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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Timberwolves give up future

The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Rob Babcock as an assistant GM (article)
Ugh.

For those who don't remember, this is the guy who drafted Rafael Araujo with the 8th pick in the 2004 draft, then traded Vince Carter for basically nothing later that season. When he quit, Kevin McHale took over the position of worst GM in the league. Now, in some cruel twist of fate, they are going to put their heads together to decide the future of the Wolves.

Feels like this is all building up towards one terrible terrible KG trade...

Fall TV Season Premieres

Full (I mean FULL) list

Primetime easy-to-read grid

Of the new shows, I'm looking forward to checking out Studio 60 (Sep 18th). Returning champs include:
My Name is Earl (Sep 21st)
The Office (Sep 21st)
Grey's Anatomy (Sep 21st) (not that I watch that, of course)
South Park (Oct 4th)

And even though I have somehow unbelievably not gotten into these shows yet, I should list:
Lost (Oct 4th)
24 (Jan 7th)
Although going by the strength of both shows' fan(atical) following, I'm sure anyone who cared to know those dates already had them circled.

Karl Malone: Illegal Elk Hunter

Karl Malone has been accused of offering some dude a $25,000 bribe to take the blame for an illegal elk hunting trip.
Whatever. Just wanted an excuse to post some of these old Karl Malone clips from the Man Show.

Here's KarMalone on aliens:




And Karmalone on music:

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

WTF story of the day - Backup punter stabs starter in the leg

ESPN article here

This kid attacked the starting punter on the Northern Colorado football team, and stabbed him in the leg, in the hope of eliminating the competition, as they so poetically say. Now he's been suspended from school and is sitting in jail awaiting trial.

I could get into talking about how much pressure must be on college-level athletes to succeed in order to guarantee a spot in the pros, how mind-numbingly frustrating it must be to spend a college career on the bench, and how this is just an example of how all these factors could drive a college athlete to desperation.

But all I can say is WTF?!

Go Marlins!

That's it.
Don't want to jinx it.
Just Go Marlins.

crazy kids...

Schumacher to retire, hopefully as champion

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher just announced that he will retire from the sport after this season. This right after he won the Italian Grand Prix, moving to within 2 points of leader Fernando Alonso. This guy just has to win the championship this year; he's been up in the Tiger Woods - Michael Jordan - Roger Federer class within his sport for the last decade, and if anyone deserves to go out on top, it's him.

So here's hoping for some old-school magic over the next 3 races. Let's go Schumi...

FIFA monthly rankings show US at 29th

And to think they said the US team was overrated when it went into the world cup ranked 5th...

Top 10:
1. Brazil
2. France
3. Argentina
4. England
5. Italy
6. Holland
7. Czech Republic
8. Germany
9. Portugal
10. Spain

Greece had the greatest jump, going up 10 places to 22nd on the list. It's been a good few weeks for Greece, starting with the strong showing at the basketball worlds. Come to think of it, it's been a good few years, sports-wise, going back to the big Euro 2004 win.

Lucky 13

As I just signed in after a long hiatus, I noticed that it has been exactly one month since my last post. Just thought I'd point that out for the two people (tops) that might have checked back from time to time.

Lucky 13

As I just signed in after a long hiatus, I noticed that it has been exactly one month since my last post. Just thought I'd point that out for the two people that might have checked back from time to time.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New movie from the Super Troopers guys!

If you liked Super Troopers (shenanigans!), then rejoice. New movie from the guys at Broken Lizard coming out at the end of August.

Beerfest is about a bunch of Americans who discover an underground beer olympics, and assemble a crack team to compete for the big prize. Sounds sufficiently ridiculous. I'm psyched.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Congressman likes cocaine and prostitutes because...?

I remember coming across this interview on the Colbert Report when I was flipping channels, and I just thought it had to be a joke. Good-natured is one thing, but that couldn't have been a real Congressman playing along with Colbert's questions about hookers and blow.
Guess I was wrong.
Good on him.

Link:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-07-24-wexler-colbert_x.htm

And vid:

Surprise, surprise: Tour de France winner tests positive for testosterone

Tour de France "champion", Floyd Landis just tested positive for testosterone.

What is going on with this sport? Pretty soon just entering the race will guarantee a position finish.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Jockey head butts his horse (no, really)

This is unbelievable. This guy was tossed by his horse, so he got up and slammed his helmet into the horse's head.
Crazy bastard.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Heroes in a half-shell!

This is awesome. They're making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film, to be released in March 2007. They're going to use the latest animation, so no more clowns running around in turtle suits, like the first two movies (which I remember as being really good, but that probably doesn't mean much. I've watched a few cartoons that I used to watch as a kid again more recently, and I just couldn't believe that I ever found them funny. I guess that's one of the sad parts of growing up, losing that ability to be entertained by almost anything.)

Take a look at the trailer. It's just a glimpse of what the animation is going to be like, but it looks really cool.

I'm excited. Bring on Bebop and Rocksteady.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Adam Carolla hangs up on Ann Coulter

You might have seen this already, but I just came across it. Apparently Ann Coulter called into Adam Carolla's radio show an hour and a half late, and then said she was pressed for time. So Carolla hung up on her.
Nicely done, sir.

Read and hear it here.

Reverse Switch: Trying to convert the iPod faithful

The New York Times reports that Microsoft is developing a portable music player to try and compete with Apple's iPod. (See the article)

First instinct says they just don't have a shot. From product quality to marketing, Apple's got it down. I'm wondering what the MS player will compete on. Lower price and compatibility with other music stores are probably the two areas where they can hope to offer the customer an advantage.

My personal view is that, if they can offer up a player that, if not spectacular, is at least decent on size and functionality, and can work with Napster's subscription service (where you pay a monthly fee for unlimited downloads to your mp3 player, even though you don't actually "own" the files), I would definitely give it a try.

Whether Microsoft can grab meaningful market share or not, it will definitely be a good thing for the consumer if Apple has to finally react to some competition, rather than making all the rules themselves. At the very least, maybe they'll be nice and get rid of the bug that made my iPod battery crap out a week after the warranty expired.