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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Make it up as we go along” edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to yet another edition of Five Thoughts. As usual, we’re in a rush to get to the weekend. Why? Because… It’s the weekend! Doesn’t that say enough in and of itself?

So, where does our random little trek take us this week? Well, this week we’re aiming for a mix of comedy, stupidity, and we’re even going to throw in the odd “feel good” story.

So what’s bouncing around in the brain this week? Let’s find out.

  1. Somehow, calling it a “cannonball” pales in comparison to calling it “Ass Bombing“. With a name like that, all I’ll say is… It could have been worse. MUCH worse.
  2. This guy wasn’t real bright. Than again, he’s lucky he didn’t end up very bright. At for one brief, sparking and sizzling moment.
  3. Thought Three… Does there have to be a Thought Three? Since it’s going to be hard to get to four and five with out one, I guess there does. To that end, we wanted to make sure it was a fun one. Can’t top this:
    SMUT IS GOOD FOR YOU! Draw your own conclusions on that one.
  4. I have no real issue with this story. I do have a question though. That being “What kind of damned snakes require a .380 Ruger with laser sights and hollow tip bullets? Did the the snakes start wearing flak jackets down there or something?” Ok, that may actually be two questions. Still… Is the Governor getting gun advice from Dirty Harry?
  5. Going to go with a feel good story here. This guy deserves credit where it’s due. Brooks Laich stopped to help some stranded fans after his team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nice move.

That’s five and we’re out of here. After all, that lawn isn’t going to mow itself. And you can’t have the post “mow the lawn” beer until the lawn is mowed.

And one last quick note… Saturday is Derby Day! So get your Mint Juleps and get ready for the race! Everyone should recognize this tune:

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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In an effort to embarrass ourselves further…

We’re back for round 2 of the NHL playoffs!  You didn’t think we’d let a little thing like making fools of ourselves in the first round stop us did you? That’s what this blog is for, isn’t it?

On to the second round we go!

Eastern Conference:

(4) Pittsburgh versus (8) Montreal

Beer: I like the Penguins here (yes, yes, I picked against them in round one), not because I think Montreal will run out of magic but because of the style the Penguins can play. Pens move on. (And really, could things have played out any better for them with all the other top seeds going out in round one?)
King: So I’ve come to the conclusion that the east is just really weak and Pittsburgh might make it all the way back to the finals.  I can’t see Halak playing like that for another round.   Not really happy with it, but Pittsburgh in 6.

(6) Boston versus (7) Philadelphia

Beer: 6 versus 7 in the second round? How the heck did this happen? I know the Flyers are missing Ian Lapierre, so I’m going with Boston.
King: Once again…..Cam Neely fan…. Boston fan…..Boston in 5.

Western Conference:
(1) San Jose versus (5) Detroit

Beer: This one might work in the Wings favor a bit with the quick turnaround. They went to San Jose right after the got by Phoenix in game seven, so they’re not fighting a time zone change to start the series. The Sharks? Their top line slept through round one. I have an uneasy feeling about them. Wings win. (Which would put them in the conference finals for the 4th straight year.)
King: I picked the Wings to make the playoffs.  I picked the Wings to win the first round.   Go Wings…  But I pick San Jose to win in 7.

(2) Chicago versus (3) Vancouver

Beer: I’m sorely tempted to go with a coin flip on this one. ‘Hawks or Canucks? Something about the Blackhawks just doesn’t seem right to me, but I can’t put my finger on it. Something about their play I’m uneasy with. I’m picking them anyways though. Hawks win.
King: I don’t want to say this, but I think Vancouver with their missing defense will be hurting.  I have not been impressed with Luongo, either.  I know the Blackhawks have looked bad too, but…. Sigh… Blackhawks in 6.

And so there we have it for round 2 of the NHL playoffs!  The King has even gone way out on a limb and called the number of games! Brave man!

Once again, check back after this round and we’ll see how we did. Take care folks!
Beer & King

The NHL playoffs… How’d we do?

Well, the 1st round of the NHL playoffs is over. How’d we do with our Beerbarrel picks? Let’s take a look!

Out East, here’s what we said:
Washington (1) vs Montreal (8):
Beer: When in doubt, pick the Habs! That used to always be the safe bet. I’m not in doubt here though. Caps win and move on.
King:  I have chosen my mancrush as the grand winner this year so I’m going to have to go with King Ovie’s team Washington.

Annnnd…. We both got clobbered on this one. Washington chokes away a 3-1 series lead and loses to the 8th seeded Habs in 7 games. Ouch.

New Jersey (2) vs Philadelphia (7):
Beer: Every season, it seams like there’s a first round upset. This is not it. Devils advance.
King: Sorry Phillie, gotta go with the Devils on this one.  I don’t think they’re a great team, but believe they are the better team in this match up.

Can you tell we really didn’t have a good feel for this one. Flyers in 5 games over the Devils, who lose their coach the very next day as he retires.

Buffalo (3) vs Boston (6):
Beer: This could well be the one. I’m on the fence with this one, but I’m playing the odds and going with the Sabres on the strength of Ryan Miller alone. But you have been warned.
King: Got to go against my brother from another mother on this one.  I believe Boston, although having a horrible year, will be one of the better playoff teams. Plus…CAM NEELY WAS MY IDOL..GO BRUINS! (I guess he’s picking Boston, huh?)

Maybe that shrine to Cam Neely that the King keeps actually works. Bruins win.

Pittsburgh (4) versus Ottawa (5)
Beer: Call it a gut instinct. No, I don’t have it in for the Pens. Despite the merciless over-hyping of Sydney Crosby, I actually like the Penguins. I just think they’re about to find out how rough the defending champs can have it in the playoffs and get earlier tee times than a lot of people think. Senators are the pick here.
King: Sheez….and I was the total Sid the Kid hater of the two of us.  As much as I predicted at the end of the playoffs last year that Pitt wouldn’t get past the first round…And as much as I actually love the Sens ( got an old beat up hat in my closet to prove my fandom)…AND as much as I hate the NHL bending over backwards for the Pens…..Sigh, I pick the Pens.

Sydney Crosby lit this one up. He did what good players need to do this time of year, and the Penguins advance (And are suddenly the highest seed left in the Eastern Conference).

So the final tally of our Eastern Conference picks? King goes 2 out of for, and Beer shows why he never actually bets on sports with the big old goose egg in the “got it right” column.

And in the West:
San Jose (1) vs Colorado (8):
Beer: The Sharks, perennial playoff underachievers, versus the Avs, a shadow of a once dominate team. I really can’t find much reason to want to watch this one, and I like the Sharks for the most part. Sharks move on.
King: ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…oh wait, was that a series….Avs, just based on the fact that the Sharks are doomed for a first round exit every year.

Beer finally gets one right as the Sharks advance. King found inconsolable.

Chicago (2) vs Nashville (7):
Beer: If a team from Nashville pulls an upset and nobody in Nashville notices, does it really happen? I’m not convinced it’ll happen, but it’s a gut feel with no logic. And that’s how I’m picking them. That’s right. I picked the Preds.
King: There are only two teams that I hope never win the cup again and Chicago is one of them. I think the Preds are actually a pretty decent playoff team and will scare if not upset a few teams.  I’m with Beer on this one, Preds.

Yeah, about those upset picks…..

Vancouver (3) vs Los Angeles (6):
Beer: Roberto Luongo has an Olympic gold medal. That seems to make people forget that he also has a near meltdown as a playoff goalie on his resume (last year). All the same, the Canucks move on in this one.
King: This one I’m just picking on who I’d like to see.  I’ve been a fan of the Kings all season so I’m hoping and picking the Kings.

Beer gets another one right! King picked the Kings, that at least has be be worth a laugh for the play on words, right?

Phoenix (4) vs Detroit (5):
Beer: I have no idea on this one. You have Detroit (my hometown team – even when I lived out of state) against the former Winnipeg Jets (I just like that name better). There’s so many storylines here it’s crazy. The Wings comeback to make th playoffs, the NHL owned Coyotes. And really, if you’re the NHL – aren’t you thrilled with this matchup? Your bankrupt and for sale team makes the playoffs and gets to play the best drawing road team in the league? They may actually fill up the arena for 2 or 3 games. That’s serious cash come playoff time. It could be a lot tighter than a lot of “experts” think, but I don’t think the Coyotes get to play Cinderella after the first round. Wings move on.
King-  I’m a homer and I’m cool with that…Detroit.

Wings win, so we both finally picked a winner.

So in the west we have Beer correctly picking 3 out of 4, and King getting 1 out of 4.

That brings the total number of correct picks for each of us to…. 3. Out of 8. That’s pretty brutal, but at least King managed to get at least one right in each conference.  We probably would have done better flipping coins. Ah well.

That’s all for now folks, we’re still debating on embarrassing ourselves with picks for round two!!
-Beer & King

Five Thoughts on a Friday – the “I feel a draft” edition

Friday is here once again, and so it’s time to cobble together five thoughts. You might have noticed the NFL draft started last night. If not, no biggie. It does lead to some interesting moments thought, and with that little observation we’re off and running into this week’s 5 things!

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with sports radio. I like being able to listen and get news and scores. I hate listening to some of the calls that come in to those shows. They’re painful to listen to. And in regards to a draft (especially in football), I’m convinced that some people will only be happy if their teams keep trading down until they own every pick in the draft’s last round. Of course, that wouldn’t make them happy either because they truly don’t seem to grasp one thing… EVENTUALLY YOU NEED TO PICK A PLAYER TO DRAFT!
  2. I’ll just file this one under “scary as heck“. There are still people unaccounted for, that stinks.
  3. While putting things under file headings… This one goes under HOLY CRAP!!! As if a headline reading Security camera in Ohio captures runaway saw blade isn’t enough to grab your attention. Make sure to check out the video.
  4. And….. this one goes under “What the…???” Seriously, the TSA needs to tell people that they shouldn’t being an automotive airbag (which is classified as an explosive device) onto an airplane??? Really? Sadly, I guess they do. So, were they carry on luggage or was it a checked (air)bag?
  5. This one is almost too easy. In fact, I debated not even using it but I just can’t pass it up though. Turns out that the SEC watches MORE than just stocks, bonds, and financial markets. It also watches PORN. Lots and lots of porn. On the taxpayer clock.  So it’s stocks, bonds, financial markets, and boobies! (Among other things, I’m sure). We’ll just go ahead and file this one too. Right under “We can’t make this stuff up”.

That’s five, and to keep with our draft theme we’re going to turn back to a football related video on the way out. No, it’s not draft specific but I think it’s a fun one. Years back, a local sports reported decided to film a segment with then Detroit Lion Chris Spielman. To say it didn’t “go as planned” for the reporter may be an understatement.

That’s all for now folks, have a great weekend!
-Beer

Sto Lat, Sto Lat….

Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.

Hang on, that’s not right. I need to rework that and translate a bit…. let’s go with this:

One Hundred Posts! One Hundred Posts! Holy crap, we hit One Hundred Posts!

There, that’s a bit better. For those not familiar, Sto Lat is a traditional Polish birthday song that basically translates to 100 years, 100 years, may you live 100 years.

And why have I just hijacked it? Because with this post today, it seemed sort of fitting since…
One Hundred Posts! One Hundred Posts! Holy crap, we hit One Hundred Posts!

That’s right, The Beerbarrel has hit one hundred posts, not too shabby for a couple of guys just goofing around (And nothing much to really say). Hopefully we’ve gotten at least a chuckle out of someone so far.

So what’s next? Well, we certainly aren’t done. Heck, some might say we haven’t even started yet. There are some changes we’d like to make though, a few additions here and there.

In the meantime, if you want to see where we started while we work on those… (It appears we’re a bit over a year old now, too!)

Sing it folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “We’re all over the map today” edition

And it’s Friday once again, where does the time go? On second thought, I probably don’t want to know. Anyhow, we’re off and running for another weekend, so let’s see where things lead today.

  1. I have to say, the concept of a volcano under a glacier erupting sounds pretty cool. It’s also causing exactly the type of mess you would expect when you really stop and think about that combination. And shutting down air travel over Europe? Yeah, that’s a rather large mess.
  2. You have to set goals for yourself; it gives you something to strive for. I’m not sure getting banned from every pub in England and Wales is one to shoot for though. Then again, maybe shots had a lot to do with it.
  3. Toyota is still in the news and still having a rough time of things. Hey, everyone loves to take a shot at the top dog, you know? Still, I have to think this is either poor headline writing or an intentional shot at the Automaker. Using Toyota conducts safety tests on all SUV models as a headline? What, like they never bothered to test them before?
  4. I don’t even have to even really say much with this one. You can’t buy this type of press. CNN ranks Detroit among most dangerous cities in world. You really have to work to make a list like that, or you know, get leveled by a hurricane like New Orleans did. I don’t recall any hurricanes in Detroit in my lifetime.
  5. And what’s a Friday without at least one absolutely ridiculous story/headline? The title speaks for itself. Cops: MSU thong thief caught with 79 pairs of pilfered panties. Apparently, if you wear briefs you were in the clear. The challenge for today? See how many times you can say “Pairs of pilfered panties” quickly.

Ok, that’s five and we’re off to the weekend. Have a great one folks!

-Beer

What, did you think you were getting out without a video? Since we touched on bars and England, let’s go with this:

Playoff Time!

So here we are at the start of the NHL playoffs. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been following along closely at home.

The Eastern Conference? More or less a mystery to me at this point, other than the odd game here or there that I managed to catch.

Western Conference? Hey, that’s the one with teams in what, 3 different time zones? See, I keep up with these things.

So in a situation like this, I find myself uniquely qualified… to make playoff predictions!  See, I don’t have anything silly like stats, trends, or injury reports to deter my better judgment. Strictly gut feeling here folks. And since playoffs are usually “gut-check” time, that seems quite fitting to me.

So, here we go with the Beerbarrel’s 2010 Stanley Cup playoff picks, mine are in black, and The King is joining me with his picks in whatever color this is.

Click the jump to see our picks.

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