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Mustangs, Chargers, and T-Birds, Oh My!

Let’s take a quick stroll back in time, shall we? Back to when songs like this ruled the airwaves (many of which were still just AM!).

Why am I mentioning this? It’s pretty simple really. If you’re into cars (and we’re definitely guilty as charged here at the Beerbarrel), then this weekend holds one of the signature events of the summer for you. It’s officially going to be held this Saturday, but in all honesty it’s already going on (and has been for a day or two). What the heck are we talking about? Were talking about the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Up and down Woodward Avenue, you’ll see some of the greatest automobiles ever made. From muscle cars to cruisers and roadsters, you’ll see plenty of Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers, T-birds, and just about any other car you can think of to make you see “Oh My”. Not just from the condition, but the variety. So if you’re anywhere near the Detroit area this weekend, make sure to check it out! And if not this year, make plans! It’s worth it to see it at least once.

As for the song up there at the top? Well, the Beach Boys are emblematic of the era of cruising, and a few years back I was lucky enough to catch Brian Wilson live, on the day of the Dream Cruise. And yes, he sang that song that night.

And of course, what’s a car thread without a picture or two?

A Goat

And one to hit the King where it hurts… Torino Time!

Later folks!

A quick rebuttal….

My co-blogger, a fantastic guy who’s like a brother to me, often posts some small outbursts here (You may have noticed) in fits of emotion.  I think it’s fantastic, but last night he touched on a topic that seems to be gaining a bunch of traction in the online hockey community. Sydney Crosby scoring to win the gold medal for Team Canada.

Let me be perfectly clear about this. I am no great Sydney Crosby fan. I happen to think on many nights he isn’t even the best player on his own team, let alone the best in the NHL (Hello Mr. Ovechkin, please have a seat and we’ll get right back to you in a moment). Here’s the thing though…. Sydney Crosby has been crammed down the throat of the average NHL fan. He has not, however (Folks in Detroit probably won’t want to hear this next part) done a single thing on his own to warrant the hatred. He’s a good player. He stays out of trouble. He gives nice, safe, cliche answers when asked questions in the media. Pretty easy to see why he was chose as the face of the “New NHL”, isn’t it?

Alex Ovechkin? Better player (from one fan’s viewpoint). But plays too close to the edge, has too much fun, and doesn’t worry about playing it “safe”. Too risky to fill the “spokesperson” role. He actually reminds me of a young Jeremy Roenick in his early Chicago Blackhawk days. Reckless, aggressive, fearless. A must see player.

Back to young Mr. Crosby though. For all the promoting people complain about, let me say this… he earned his spot on Team Canada with his play. By the admission of the announcers his play in the gold medal game was anywhere from “not great” to “quiet” up until that goal. He stepped up when it mattered though.

And this, this is for all the people in Detroit. The player you love to hate. The one that has you proclaiming “Anyone but him!” and “Why did it have to be him?” was there, and was on the ice to score that goal because of two people that fans of Red Wing hockey hold dear (If not holy).

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman

Mike BabcockMike Babcock

Those two guys know a thing or two about winning hockey. If they thought Sydney Crosby deserved to be there, I have to agree.

Congratulations to both Team Canada and Team USA for putting on two of the best games of Olympic hockey in a long, long time. And congratulations to Ryan Miller, the USA goalie who was tournament MVP. He was outstanding.

As I’ve said before, Olympic hockey is not “What NHL hockey should be” but this time around these two teams made it (For two games at least) everything Olympic hockey is supposed to be. Entertaining right to the end.

Later Folks!

Getting into that Christmas spirit

It’s almost time. It’s almost time for old St. Nick to shimmy on down the chimney on Christmas eve. (And hey, Santa? While you’re at it, could you clean it out a bit in there? It’ll save me on calling the chimney guy in the spring. Thanks!)

That being said, the Christmas spirit is in the air. The Christmas specials are on television (Merry Christmas Charlie Brown never gets old, and neither does Christmas Vacation), and the songs have been on the radio for a while now. And let’s face it, a lot of them are garbage.

There, it’s been said. Call us Scrooges or Grinches if you want, but you know it’s true. Garbage.

(And if I’m going to be a Scrooge, I’m picking this guy!)

But that’s neither here nor there. We’re here to talk Christmas songs. The GOOD ones. The ones that set get the Beerbarrel crew into the Christmas Spirit.

Here’s a few of our favorites!  (ed – Oh look, another LIST! Beer must be going first.)

Santa and His Old Lady – Cheech and Chong

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Christmas Don’t be Late – Alvin and the Chipmunks

These aren’t meant to be put out there as the “Best” Christmas songs, just the ones that seem to really sort of bring home the fact that it’s Christmas time. The classics are great too, although every time I hear Jingle Bells right now I can’t help but think of the Jeff Dunham/Achmed the Dead Terrorist version. Heck, any of the Burl Ives songs off of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer fit the bill for us here at The Beerbarrel.

I’d talk more about it but I need to get the Christmas shopping finished, so I’ll turn it over to the King to get his thoughts.

While I agree with all my co-blogger’s music, I just need to add a few more:

Nothing, I mean nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like Gene Autry’s songs.  Here comes Santa Claus was my first Christmas song and still makes me smile.  I remember listening to that album pop and hiss as my sister and I put up ornaments.

Also from Gene Autry is the true version of Rudolph is a huge hit at my home.  I’ve must have heard this song over 100 times and it still makes me smile when I hear my kids sing it.

The other song is Sting’s version of I Saw Three Ships.  This is my wife’s favorite Christmas song and it always makes me remember how much I love this time of year.


And there we have it. We’ve got one more song for you though. It’s one of the classics, and as far as I’m concerned it’s “The” definitive version of the song.

Sing it Dean!

Enjoy those Christmas songs folks!

The Shadow Knows!

I’m a geek.  I admit it and I have no problem with it.  I’m a tech geek, cartoon geek, movie geek, video game geek, computer geek…if it’s geeky, more than likely I’m into it.  My latest geeky love has been old time radio.  I’ve been addicted to the Old Time Radio channel on Sirius for quite some time now.  What I would love to know is why this hasn’t made a comeback lately.

I mean with all the podcast crap out there, how come someone hasn’t figured out a way to make this a profitable entertainment venture.  You could easily use the old techniques of adding a sponsor’s product into the story line like Fibber McGee and Molly. I love listening to those stories just to see where the product placement would be inserted.

I’m all for starting up some new classics and would love to hear some great ideas for new shows.  I recently listened to an Episode of Suspense titled Zero Hour based on a Ray Bradbury story.  It was fantastic.  I gotta believe there are a ton of writers out there who could easily write up some new stories.  Let me know if we have any fans out there and I’d love to start a “garage” revival of old time radio!