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Monday, January 31, 2005

More Sammy

Excellent takes here from Gene Wojciechowski on Sammy Sosa. Some of my favorite lines from the article :

"You want to know why Sosa is no longer a Cub? Because he forgot how to take the temperature of a city that can stomach losing but despises frauds. He underestimated the long-term effects of his annual late arrivals to spring training, his no-shows at the yearly Cubs Convention, the 2003 corked-bat incident, the 2004 hissy fits when Baker had no choice but to drop him in the batting order, the ditch-and-lie incident of Oct. 3."

"Actually, he deserves exactly this. After all, this is a legacy Sosa forged himself, home run by home run, insolent act by insolent act. He was showered with fame, fortune and, at times, boos -- and in the end, he didn't know how to handle any of the three."

"I can already hear Sosa. He'll rave about the Orioles' lineup, about having something to prove. But he misses the point. Sosa had something to prove in Chicago but took the easy way out.
He bolted. Again."

Gene's book Cubs Nation : 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction will be realeased April 12th, and you can bet I will be pre-ordering that bad boy.


Sunday, January 30, 2005

Just continuing the streak

I think today, that maybe yesterday's post on Sammy Sosa was a little harsh. He could come back this year for the O's and really prove me wrong. I really hope he doesn't.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

The Sammy Sosa trade

The Cubs have traded Sammy Sosa. The point at which I wanted him traded was when, instead of striking fear into the hearts of pitchers, he got scared and moved his batting stance further away from the plate. Or maybe it was when teams stopped intentionally walking him, and started intentionally walking batters in front of him to get to him. Or maybe it was when a sneeze gave him back spasms and sidelined him for a couple games. It wasn't the corked bat incident, or the walking out on his teammates on the last day of the season incident, it was the fact that he just was not getting it done on the field anymore. The greatest character flaws are easily forgiven if you can hit .300 with over 40 home runs. Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa are both self-absorbed ego-maniacs who will resort to cheating to succeed. The difference between the two is that Barry has the drive to pull it off. Sammy could get into real great shape and put together some monster years, but he won't. Sammy lacks respect and understanding for the game, his own team, and his own legacy, and for that reason he deserves no respect and understanding in return.

Friday, January 28, 2005

halfway moved

I watched Total Recall for the first time last night, and there was only one moment when I thought "Hey, that guy is the governor of California!" It was great. After seeing it, I now realize that The Matrix was not nearly as revolutionary and innovative as I thought it was. The Wachowski brothers are certainly not the geniuses that everyone thought that they were back in 1999. If you watch The Terminator and Total Recall back to back, not only will you be speaking with an Austrian acccent, but you'll think "Man, those Wachowski bros sure ganked a lot of stuff from these movies!"


Thursday, January 27, 2005

It's Thursday and I don't have to work tomorrow

I'm going to make this short. I have a long weekend coming up, but it's not quite a real long weekend, because more than 50% of it will consist of moving. And I don't mean moving around, I mean moving all of my stuff from one domicile to another, not my favorite thing.

Before I bust out of here to take in Meet the Fockers for free, I'll leave you with a link to Bill Simmons' latest mailbag column . Bill Simmons is to writing as Jim Rome is to radio.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

It's Awesome baby with a capital "A"

Illinois basketball is on fire. Not only are the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 20-0 (Just as I predicted back in November in my "things to watch" post ), but the Chicago Bulls have been almost as good, winning 17 of their last 20 games. With the Illini, it's expected, they've had like one losing season in 25 years. So it's twice as sweet with the Bulls, because they have been so bad for so long. This is a very good time to be a a fan of Illinois basketball, but then again, it's always a good time to be a fan of Illinois basketball.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Quote of the Day

"Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!"
- Steven Wright

Monday, January 24, 2005

January 24th, the worst day ever

One of my favorite tv shows is VH1's "Best Week Ever". Every week they look back on the things that happened that week and pronounce it "THE BEST WEEK EVER". It's great. People are now saying that VH1 is the channel where quasi-famous people make fun of genuinely famous people, and that's probably true, but I love it. Anyways, I came across this article today on Drudge about how January 24th is the most depressing day. I think the guy's theory is bunk, but it's kind of funny. Fortunately, my January 24th was not too shabby.

January 24th IS the worst day ever

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Lameness

It's going to be the Patriots and the Eagles in the Super Bowl, just like everybody thought that it would be at the beginning of the year. No upsets, no excitement. It's just like the college football season, USC and Oklahoma were #1 and #2 all year long. I wanted to see somebody step up and defy the odds, but I guess this year in football, underdogs were just dogs.


Saturday, January 22, 2005

Kramer Moment

So today we had an appointment to have cable tv set up at our new apartment. Of course it was the standard cable company appointment, a four hour window, 8am-NOON. The hours go by slowly when you're waiting for the cable guy. We probably wouldn't have been doing anything anyway, but the knowledge that you can't do anything at all because you're at the mercy of the cable guy makes you think of all the things that you're missing. By 11:30 I was hoping that they didn't come. I was going to give their customer service the business. I was going to get my installation for free. But, lo and behold, the cable guy made his appearance at 11:37 am. So I have cable now. A year from now I'm probably going to move again, and I'm really thinking satellite is the way to go.

Read Kramer's take on the Cable company's methods below, and also Nick the Cable Guy's admission of cable company guilt. If real-life cable company's could feel what Nick the cable guy from Seinfeld felt, maybe the world would be a better place.

"You remember what they did to me ten years ago? "Oh, we'll be therein the morning between nine and one", or "We'll be there between two andsix"! (quiet anger) And I sat there, hour after hour, without so much as aphone call. Finally, they show up, no apology, tracking mud all over my niceclean floors. (malice) Now, they want me to accommodate them. Well, lookslike the shoe's on the other foot, doesn't it?"
- Cosmo Kramer

"Alright, I know you're in there. I know you can hear me. You win,okay? You win. I can't do it any more. What d'you want from me? Apology?Alright, I'm sorry. There, I said it, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I see now how wemade you feel when we made you sit home waiting. I dunno why we do it. (upset) Iguess maybe we just kind of enjoy taking advantage of people. (reasonable) Well,that's gonna change. From now on, no more 'nine to twelve', no more 'one tofive'. We're gonna have appointments. Eleven o'clock is gonna mean eleveno'clock. And, if we can't make it, we're gonna call you, tell you why. (workedup) For god's sakes, if a doctor can do it, why can't we? (almost sobbing)Anyway, that's it."

- Nick the Cable Guy

from: Seinfeld Scripts

Friday, January 21, 2005

One Step Closer

Looks like the NBA is going to allow Ron Artest to practice with the Pacers. One can only hope that this is a sign that common sense will prevail, and Artest will be reinstated. I wouldn't count on it though. David Stern rules the NBA with an iron fist, and I think everybody is finally coming to realize that. I hope that this debacle leads to the end of his despotic reign.

Artest Gets OK to Practice

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Beginning of my Cal Ripken-like post streak

It's January 20 and Ron Artest is still not allowed to play NBA basketball. Props to W for being re-elected, please have a safe inauguration. Props to Mack Brown for leading the mighty Longhorn football team to a BCS bowl victory, and for having people affix "M" decals to their vehicles in the style of the pro-Bush "W" decals.

It's January 20 and it's 60 degrees outside. Props to Texas for being warm during the winter, but not so warm that it makes you sweat.

It's January 20 and the Chicago Bulls are 2 games under .500. Props to John Paxson for not trading Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler when things were rough.

It's January 20 and it's your birthday Buzz Aldrin. Happy Birthday!

Monday, January 03, 2005

RYNO

Ryne Sandberg was my favorite baseball player when I was growing up. Often, he was the lone bright spot on horrible Cubs squads. He dominated at his position for over a decade, and he actually led the Cubs to the playoffs twice. Ryno is on the hall of fame ballot again this year, and he better get in. Props to Kevin Hench for his insightful take on Ryno's Hall of Fame worthiness. Check it out here .