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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Beer and Brownie” Edition

Howdy folks, and another happy Friday to you. If you’re wondering about the title for this week’s post…. Well, blame my friend Kirsten from http://comfortablydomestic.com/. It all started on Twitter last night. anyhow, some interesting stuff on tap this week, and I don’t mean beer. (Not that the beer I have on tap is uninteresting. I happen to think it’s quite good!) So, Let’s get self-indulgent and get started, shall we?

  1. It is my great pleasure to use the first item up this week to welcome our good friend and contributor PB to the team. (If you were paying attention to the “About the Beerbarrel” page earlier this week, you noticed his bio went up)  While this in no way promises to up the posting activity on the blog, we’re still glad to have you aboard PB.
  2. Now, about that whole beer and brownies thing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a beer and a brownie. In fact, I encourage it. But that isn’t what this is about. This is about me brewing up an Oatmeal Stout to go IN a brownie. Truth be told, I think I got the easier end of the job. I already have the recipe for the beer. I don’t have to figure out how to properly make a brownie mix for it to go into. I’ll leave that to the professional. It all started based on this conversation:

    And with that, I’m on the hook to make the beer. Should be fun.

  3. Okay, how in the heck do I follow-up now? I’ve got an introduction sitting at number one, and a public plan for a collaboration for a beer infused brownie after that. How do you get from there to somewhere else? Well, sometimes you don’t end up where you thought you were going to go. Especially when the plane you’re on LANDS AT THE WRONG AIRPORT! (How’s THAT for a segue?) Honestly, it’s 2012. With all of the electronic guidance equipment in aircraft these days, how do you land at the incorrect airport? And did no one at the airport control tower bother to ask the pilots why they were landing at an airport they weren’t scheduled to land at? Sheesh. And to think, I need to get on a plane soon!
  4. One of the cooler things in the news recently has been the Mars rover (named Curiosity by NASA) that has successfully landed on Mars and started operating (Even with the slew of bad “Hope Curiosity doesn’t find any cats on Mars!” jokes). Almost predictably though, the world has acted to keep the positive news in perspective as a prototype Moon lander exploded during testing yesterday. A bit ironic isn’t it? Right after they put a vehicle on Mars, a lander for the moon, a much closer target, fails.
  5. Lastly, not another boom, but rather a splash (Or maybe smack is a better word). This has got to suck on multiple levels. There isn’t any other way to put it. You train your entire life. You work incredibly hard to qualify for the Olympic Games as one of the best in the word at your chosen sport. And in the moment of a lifetime…. Your dive that you’ve spent a lifetime preparing for goes horribly wrong. You not only get scored zeroes, you get booed out of the pool, and your dive gone wrong instantly shows up on the internet. Yes, you just did the “Nestea Plunge” in the Olympics.

Okay folks, that’s five and Beer’s brain is saying it’s time to go! So when the brain says “Let’s Go!”… we go!

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Beer Tents and Bratwurst” Edition

Happy Friday folks! Everyone hungry now? Or wondering what in the heck Beer’s brain is operating on this time? I assure you, even though yesterday was IPA Day, the brain is being powered strictly by coffee/caffeine. It’s been a crazy week, but let’s get to it shall we?

  1. We’re gonna jump right in this week and lead off with one from our “Stupid *should* hurt department. Yahoo! called it adding insult to injury. I’d say if you hang a fish over the side of your boat with your hand in alligator infested waters, you shouldn’t be surprised when a gator comes by and takes the fish, AND THE HAND HOLDING SAID FISH. Oh, and yes… you should still get charged with breaking the law. No getting around that one, just because you lost your hand.
  2. With the Olympics in full swing, it’s only natural that we cover an Olympic story this week, don’t you think? Of course, we can’t go for the obvious. No, we’re not going to cover the badminton scandal that’s rocked the games either. Actually, we’re not going to cover anything directly from the games. You see, I’m not sure if this should go in the “You’re not real bright, are you?” category or the “Surely you can’t be serious” category. Either way, the story of a man who got so inspired by the Olympics he attempted to swim from France to New York City would fit into one and/or both of them.
  3. The sad thing about these Olympics? They’re probably the last remaining buffer we have against the onslaught of US election coverage that’s already started. Once the games end, we’ll have to fend for ourselves until the elections actually occur in November. That being said, every once in a while some of the political stories are good for a laugh. Like this one, which details Mitt Romney losing out on the all important endorsement of adult film star Ron Jeremey. You know, I’m not sure that’s a voting block he was going for, anyways…
  4. Some people see this article and marvel at the Air Force tracking every bomb ever dropped. And indeed, that’s actually kind of cool that they can do that (Track them, not drop them. When you get to the point of dropping bombs on other people, well… that’s never a good thing in the grand scheme of things)…. anyways, I don’t look it and think about that. I look at it and think… how exactly do you train/qualify for a job like that? Yes, I know… I’m weird.
  5. Since we’re talking about tracking things down… let’s close on a similar note. Since we’ve well established that Beer’s brain is wired a bit differently it should come as no surprise that I find something like this to be pretty cool. And since I get to write this piece, I get to include this one. Apollo Moon Landing Flags Still Standing, Photos Reveal. I dunno, I know it’s kind of geeky, but I think there’s a couple of cool aspects to that story. First, the fact that the flags are still standing (I can’t imagine they look very good anymore though), and second – that they can even get pictures of a high enough resolution to make that determination. Again, I know… geeky.

Okay folks, that’s five and I need to get out of here. No, Beer’s not heading off on another boondoggle just yet, that comes in a few weeks. No, I’ve got to get out of here so I can go hit up the car show/concert/carnival/festival that’s going on in town tonight. It’s a can’t miss. And besides all the bratwurst, hot dogs, corn on the cob and other assorted foods (Don’t miss the Polish tent!) There’s also the all important Beer tent! So if you need to find me… I’d start looking there. And tomorrow night? Fireworks! And Low Rider! Yep, War is playing tomorrow night. I just need to talk somebody into doing the Nic Cage Gone in 60 Seconds Low Rider hands when they play it.

And of course, the original…..

Have a great weekend 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!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The moving on up edition

Good morning, and welcome to a snowy Friday morning. It’s time once again for Five Thoughts, so let’s get started.

  1. In a bit of a rush today, we’re being moved around at work. Apparently after several years, we’re now sitting in the wrong place. Who knew? The funniest part though? Some coworkers got moved yesterday. We played a joke on them this morning, and it’s currently lying in wait. Those are the best pranks you know. The ones that slowly develop and no one sees coming.
  2. Once I saw it, this one was basically a given:  Are the Olympics ready for … pole dancing? I don’t know about the Olympics, but I know a bunch of guys who would probably say yes. And people thought my idea of racing 4 bobsleds down the track at once was far fetched…
  3. Saw a reference to a Florida Room, which isn’t usually a big deal. But it was by someone in Florida – Which begs the question, “People in Florida still have Florida rooms?? Don’t they by default have entire Florida HOUSES?” Just curious. Is the room with the really good air conditioning the “Michigan Room” or the “Canada Room”?  And why does it have to be a Florida Room? Can’t it be a Georgia room? Or a Jamaica Room?
  4. I need to clear a couple of things up that I’ve heard about the impressive Team USA men’s hockey win over Canada that my co-blogger covered. It was NOT what NHL hockey should be. Unless you want a 6 or 8 team NHL with team payrolls around $220 Million each. And it was not ANYTHING like the Miracle on Ice in 1980 at Lake Placid. Those were kids beating arguably the best team on the planet. This was NHL pros beating NHL pros. Huge difference.
  5. And in what’s becoming a regular occurrence while catching the Olympic updates, I caught this gem on Wednesday of this week: “American Lindsey Vonn crashes in Giant Slalom and breaks finger – will not medal”. Well, thank you ESPN. All this time I thought crashing was HOW you get the medals in skiing. Instead of, you know, finishing the race with the fastest time.

Ok, that’s five for today and the movers are here. Guess I’ll go see what George and Weezie are up to.

Have a great weekend folks!

Hold your head up high Michigan….

Well Michigan, you can hold your head up high.  As I was watching Team USA play Team Canada in some of the best freakin’ hockey I have seen in years, I was proud to call Michigan my home.  I mean, just look at these numbers:

  1. RYAN MILLER Hometown: East Lansing, MI   42 saves on 45 shots
  2. BRIAN RAFALSKI Hometown: Dearborn, MI  2 Goals 1 Assist
  3. RYAN KESLER Hometown: Livonia, MI 1 Goal

Four of the five goals were touched by a player from Michigan and Miller looked fantastic.  If Michigan was a Hockey Dad he would have to be the guy standing along the glass looking in on the game with a huge smile.

I’ve always said I was proud to be an American, but proudest to be from Michigan.  Congrats USA and great job boys!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Pinball Wizard edition

No, this isn’t going to be some Who themed post. No Superbowl halftime performance or anything like that. What’s it about? Keep reading to find out.

  1. Funniest headline from the Olympics so far was seen on Tuesday. One of the downhill skiing events (I think it may have been the Super Combined) was canceled due to snow. Now, I understand why as far as visibility and all, but the headline on the sports ticker “Alpine Skiing: Men’s Super Combined postponed due to heavy snow” just struck me as funny. Snow skiing, canceled because of… Snow. Yeah.
  2. On a completely difference subject…. To my fellow coworkers. The restrooms are conveniently located right near the coffee station. Please, put your coffee cup on the counter at the coffee station before using the restroom. Do you have any idea how wrong it looks to see you walking out of the bathroom with your cup in your hand? Seriously folks. That’s just nasty.
  3. I’ve spent my fair share of time and money playing pinball over the years. I never truly intended to BE a pinball though. Of all the things to cross off my “list of things I want to do”, “Total a car in a multi vehicle accident at 70mph” was never there. I can now cross it off the list though. As my co-blogger put it “You WERE the pileup on the interstate”. Apparently he heard the traffic report.
  4. The magical first signs of spring are upon us…. Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training.
  5. I think we need a tag that says “We couldn’t make this up if we tried”. I mean, how else do you explain a headline this this:   Body falls from cargo plane leaving Dominican Rep. About the only thing I find more odd than that, was this line: The flight arrived in Florida about two hours later.  So… a body falls out of a plane taking off, and nobody thinks that maybe they should call the plane and say “umm.. get back here, you just dropped a body!”

Ok folks, that’s five and I’m off to find more trouble to get into!

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday, the Light That Torch Edition

Well folks, we’ve made it to another Friday! Let’s see what’s rattling around in Beer’s brain for this edition of Five Thoughts.

  1. Note to the grocery store. No, I don’t want to buy one of your little cloth grocery bags to “go green”. You know how I want to go green? By saving paper. Yeah, paper. See, when I stop in to buy bread and milk… not only do I not need a bag (cloth or otherwise) but I also don’t need a receipt that’s a foot and a half long!
  2. The Winter Olympics are here. These were always THE Olympics to watch growing up. The summer ones, not so much. The winter games are all the stuff your parents told you NOT to do. “Stay off the ice”, “Don’t sled down that hill it’s not safe”. I mean – they have a sport that combines skiing and GUNS! Now, if we could get one that involves ski jumping and guns, I bet the ratings would really skyrocket.
  3. Of course, speaking of the Olympics – What the heck happened to the “Great White North”? I think the east coast of the United States has stolen all the snow this winter. Quit hogging all the snow! Then again, that whole ski jumping thing could get a lot more interesting if there’s no snow when they land.
  4. On the gaming front, Star Trek Online is getting a fair amount of buzz. Might need to check it out. Also coming on the horizon… World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which is apparently going to be coming out this year. A golden age for MMOs? Or is it going to be market over saturation? Time will tell.
  5. This was a good one from the news this week. A Thief robbed an arcade with a cup of coffee. Laugh all you want, but I can see it happening. Heck, if it’s anything like the coffee here at the office, those people had plenty of reasons to be fearful. Bad coffee can be seriously scary stuff!

Ok folks, that’s five and we’re just about down. But I want to leave with one final little tidbit. Because when it comes to winter sports crashes, there’s one phrase that will be forever burned into the pop culture lexicon. The holy grail of ski crashes, if you will. And it can be summed up in these four words:

“The Agony of Defeat”

Is there a more iconic ski crash, than the one that played for years on Wide World of Sports?

Have a great weekend folks!