Saturday, June 18, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies

I was watching the movie The Walk (better than I expected) yesterday and noticed it used a French version of this tune.  However, I was never actually aware of what the title was or who sang it--I only knew some of the lyrics.

My first attempted google search was Candy Girl, which I immediately remembered is a New Edition song--strangely enough the group I wrote about last week.

Attempt No. 2, Sugar, Sugar, nailed it.  By the Archies, from 1969:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Always going for 2 is a great idea in the NFL, but that's just the beginning...

Earlier this week, Ben Roethlisberger said that he'd prefer his team went for the two-point conversion after every single touchdown--no more extra points.  Drew Brees then publicly agreed with him.  Mathematically, the numbers support their argument.  Here are the stats from last season in the NFL:


Statistically, clubs scored more points on average last year by going for two.  But in my mind, that's just the beginning--and Brees alluded to this as well (click on the link above)--I want teams to also stop punting.  If I were an NFL coach, I'd go for it on every single fourth down (I'm certain I've written this before somewhere, but I can't seem to find it).

Unlike the conversion numbers above, it's much more difficult to collect relevant data on this, but I feel as though a team that never punted would score more points by extending drives than it would give up by turning the ball over.  I know there's no way this is going to happen in the NFL any time soon, but I'd like to see a major college program commit to it for a full season (maybe a lesser-known school could do it as a publicity stunt, it'd probably help recruit star players on offense as well) and see what happens.

Or even better, the NFL should just eliminate kickers altogether.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dragan Bender likes Chandler Bing

There are six players who are likely candidates for the Celtics to take with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft (a week from today).  I have no idea who is the best of the bunch, which is why I think Danny Ainge's smartest move might be to trade down.

However, this morning I learned an interesting piece of information that could bring 18-year-old Croatian Dragan Bender to the head of the pack:

Call, me crazy, but isn't there also a bit of a resemblance between the two?  And not to outdo you Dragan, but I've probably seen every episode an average of 7-10 times each (although I do have a two-decade advantage).  Yikes.

Here's my Friends 20th anniversary blog from 2014.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bartender tales: The best version yet of "I can't find my waitress"

The closest representation of the situation
that I could find on Google images.
This is something that happens quite often to me while I'm bartending--someone will come up to the bar from the dining room and say "I can't find my waitress."  One of these days I'm going to forgo my required pleasantries and respond with "Did you even look?"  I can almost always spot the "missing" server immediately, usually in plain sight of and in close proximity to the table where the person is sitting.

The most ridiculous example of this that I've ever encountered happened last night.  A woman approached me to say that her party wanted to pay their check, but they hadn't seen their waitress in a long time.  I asked what she looked like (blond or brunette), then pointed out the closest server I saw fitting the description (blond with hair up), who happened to be standing just a few feet away.  The woman replied that that was in fact her waitress--crisis averted.

Now here's where the humor of this particular scenario far surpasses that of all the others just like it:

1.  As it turns out, it was the wrong sever and she was very confused when the woman asked her for a check.

2. When she went and found the right server, that waitress was also very confused because the bill was already on the table.

3. The group of four women then proceed to sit for another 20 minutes before paying, which begs the question of why they even approached me for the check (which had already been delivered) in the first place when they were clearly in no hurry.

RELATED: More stupid stuff people say to bartenders

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why would I want an omelette pan that doesn't make omelettes?

I saw a commercial today for the Over EZ Omelette Pan.  Unfortunately I was unable to find a video of it to embed from YouTube, but you can watch it here if you like.  Regardless, I'm sure you get the gist of it from the picture on the right.

What is that thing they're trying to call an omelette?

It looks like a sandwich, but instead of bread it's two giant pieces of egg.  Now I'm not saying that it wouldn't taste good or that I wouldn't love to eat it (although I'd also bet large sums of money nothing you cook slides right off the pan the way they say it does), but that egg-based concoction is clearly not an omelette.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Buddy Hield shoots like Steph Curry in practice--until you watch Steph Curry shoot in practice

I'm a fan of Buddy Hield, and I'd be quite pleased if the Celtics traded down a few spots from No. 3 and drafted him.  When I saw this video of him draining five deep three-pointers in a row in a very Stephen Curry-esque fashion during a recent workout, I got pretty excited:

That is, until I remembered this other clip I saw last month of Curry warming up before a game.  Also 5-for-5, but from the logo at half court:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I'll watch Bill Simmons' show, but soup is definitely not the perfect food

Here's the promo for Bill Simmons' new TV show on HBO, which debuts a week from Wednesday: (WARNING - Since it's on cable, he makes a point to swear at the end.)

For the record, I've always been a fan of Simmons and I think his podcast is the best in the business.  However, I have two major gripes with this ad:

1.  Soup?  Are you kidding me?  Maybe if it was something really thick and hearty (like a chili), but that canned tomato stuff in the clip barely even qualifies as a food, let alone the perfect one.

2.  Ban the DH?  The trouble with that, Bill, is then the greatest Red Sox player of this generation, the three-time World Series champion who you also painted as a deity 20 seconds later in this very same commercial, might never have existed.  Isn't that a bit hypocritical?

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