28 February 2009

Kellen Winslow to the Bucs: thoughts

According to ESPN.com, the Bucs have traded for Browns TE Kellen Winslow.

I'm not a big Winslow fan.

Don't get me wrong - Winslow is a big, fast, athletic tight end. He's a vertical threat in a way that no Bucs tight end has been before. But he'll draw a lot of media attention - a lot of unpleasant media attention - that, to me, will outweigh the benefits of his on-field contributions.

Also, he's from the University of Miami. While a couple of University of Miami players have made contributions to the Bucs in the recent past - see Warren Sapp (okay, so not that recent), UM athletics really rubs me the wrong way.

The final verdict will come, I think, when I find out exactly what the Bucs gave up for him; if it's a similar price to what the Saints gave up for Jeremy Shockey (a 2nd and a 5th round draft pick), I'd say that Winslow came too expensive. A 3rd and a 5th, say, and I'd be okay with the deal. We'll see.

Off to Seattle now! Have a great day, all.

24 February 2009

Two Link Tuesday: Oscar the Grouch

The Oscars were Sunday! And they were awesome!

How do I know this, you ask? Two options: Either (1) I sat on my couch for several hours, fully invested in the riveting dialogue, intellectual banter, and jaw-dropping athleticism of the event, or (2) I ignored the Oscars completely and am just being snarky. I'll leave the choice of which to believe up to you. Videos!

Video 1: Will Smith pulls a boom goes the dynamite

Video 2: Fashion model falls down

17 February 2009

Two Link Tuesday: The Good Old Days

Ah, nostalgia. It gets to the best of us.

Video 1: Alley-Oop!
You know how I know this movie is from the good old days?
It features "Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway".
Bonus old-school awesomeness: go to 3:10 in the video for a moment of random asian male celebration.

Video 2: Ronnie Lott
You know how I know this video is from the good old days?
The 49ers don't suck.
Bonus old-school awesomeness: go to 4:39 in the video and revel in the splendor of the now-throwback Rams jerseys.

Smell ya later, homes. I'ma go jazzercise.

[editor's note: No, I wasn't actually alive during the first half of Lott's career, and barely remember actually watching him play. My nostalgia for him has been inherited. I'm not sure from whence I've received that inheritance, but, hey. I have. So sue me.]

16 February 2009

Why is this not a bigger story?

In case you haven't heard - which you almost certainly haven't, given that there's no link to the story on the front page of either ESPN.com or SportsIllustrated.com, and it's getting very little airtime on TV - Dubai has refused to allow Shahar Peer, the 48th-ranked women's tennis player in the world, into the country. They're refusing to do this, they've flat-out admitted, because she's Israeli.

Now, I'm not one to call racism or anti-Semitism, and I'm not going to do it here... but, one question: would there be a bigger reaction if, say, Israel refused to allow an Egyptian player into the country for a tournament in Tel Aviv? Just something to think about.

15 February 2009

Getting an early start

The 2009 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest was last night. I missed it. But - never fear! We're already getting geared up for next year's edition!

Wait... what?

That's right - SportsIllustrated's Arash Markazi, by 3:23 AM the night of the contest, had already posted an article looking forward to the 2010 contest.

Premature much?

I could go on a rant here about how the internet's 24-hour news cycle leads to completely unnecessary and idiotic articles like Markazi's, about how we as a society have gotten to the point that - but I won't.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

10 February 2009

Two Link Tuesday: Go Down Moses (and visit The Hollow Men)

Two completely random videos today. Why? IDK, my bff jill?
Two completely awesome videos today. Why? That's Just How I Roll.
No explanatory text today. Why? I'm feeling lazy. Have a great evening!

Video 1: Fresh Prince in Jail

Video 2: Marlon Brando reads The Hollow Men

09 February 2009

Sign me up

The lineup for the newest version of Dancing with the Stars has been announced.

And it rocks.

For those who don't feel like clicking the link, here's the list, organized alphabetically.

Belinda Carlisle (apparently she's a singer... never heard of her)
Stephen Glover (AKA Steve-O; actor)
David Alan Grier (actor from In Living Color)
Jewel (singer; Ty Murray's wife)
Shawn Johnson (olympic champion gymnast)
Kimberly Jones (AKA Lil' Kim)
Giles Marini (actor from Sex in the City)
Ty Murray (president of PBR; Jewel's husband)
Nancy O'Dell (hosts Access Hollywood)
Denise Richards (actress)
Lawrence Taylor (former linebacker, New York Giants)
Chuck Wicks (another singer I've never heard of)
Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder)

My early predictions: Shawn Johnson will be this season's version of Michelle Kwan; Jewel and Lawrence Tayler will also do very well. Dark horse: Ty Murray.

07 February 2009

A-Rod test results: my reaction

According to SportsIllustrated.com, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003.

My first reaction: wow, that's horrible. Alex Rodriguez was supposed to be the role model, the great white (er... latino) hope for Major League Baseball's new, steroid-free-ish era. If he's dirty, then who's clean?

My second reaction: I'm not surprised. After all: the dude's jacked. And he was in a milk ad. Just take a look:

(oops... wrong picture. My bad. I meant to put in this one)

And everybody knows that anyone who was in a milk ad was juicing. Anyone.

Have a great day, y'all.

04 February 2009

No! No! No!

Alternate title: Jamal Mashburn is an idiot.


Question and answer from ESPN.com's "Daily Dime" segment:

Boston and Cleveland have been jockeying for the top seed in the East and hoping to avoid Orlando (the prospective three seed). If Nelson is unable to return this season, whu would Boston and Cleveland prefer to face in the second round of the playoffs -- Orlando or the 4 seed?

Mashburn: If I'm Boston or Cleveland I am automatically shooting for the No. 1 seed. That's my goal no matter who is below me or what potential matchups are out there. Because once you start looking at the standings and say that a team like the Magic could be a little bit undermanned and start to take them lightly if you happen to play them.

But- but- but- (yes, I sound like a motorboat. What you gon' do 'bout it?) If you start a clause with "because," then it's dependent! You need an independent clause for the dependent clause to depend on! To borrow a phrase from the vernacular: Wha ha happen?


03 February 2009

Two Link Tuesday: Super Bowl sideshows

It's time for everything but football this evening - the single best and single worst non-game-related moments of Sunday's broadcast. If you watched, then you probably already know where these are going... but I felt that they should be immortalized anyway.

Video 1: The Crotch-Slide
The worst moment in Super Bowl halftime show history? I think so. Certainly the most awkward. Seriously - the entire show, from the stripperesque pole-dancing he did with the microphone stand at the beginning to the choir singing with him at the end, came across as forced; the crotch-first power(less)slide into the camera was the icing on the cake. As soon as the Boss got that goofy grin on his face and started loping across the stage, I started saying "No! No!" like I was about to be tackled by a well-meaning but mentally handicapped puppy. Just witness (warning: some content may be inappropriate for viewers with fragile stomachs). To go directly to the ill-fated slide, skip to about the 3:15 mark.

Video 2: CareerBuilder.com commercial
Absolutely the highlight of the non-football Super Bowl to me. I've watched this commercial six times now, and have literally L'ed OL each time. Best part: the koala.

01 February 2009

What a game

My goodness, what a game that was.

Santonio Holmes has just emerged as a superstar.

Ben Roethlisberger is legit.

That was a heckuva game.

My Super Bowl pick

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I hope you've had a restful and successful weekend thus far - because things are about to start ramping up! Speaking from central Florida, I can say that things have been Cra-Z around here the last few days - and I'm on the other side of the peninsula from where the game's actually going to be!

Now, we all know that the Super Bowl isn't actually about the game - it's about the commercials and the TV coverage. But does ESPN really need to be running pregame coverage all week long? I mean, seriously - I woke up at 6 AM on Wednesday morning, and Tony Kornheiser was extolling the virtues of Troy Polamalu's uncut hair.

Anyways - here's my pick:
Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 21

Here's why:
When it comes right down to it, I don't trust Kurt Warner at this stage in his career. Now, I don't trust Ben Roethlisberger either - I might actually trust him less than Warner - but the Steelers have a better defense and a better running back. Warner will have some issues with the Pittsburgh defense that will ultimately prove to be the Cardinals' undoing.