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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Need to Pack” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts.  We’re going to try to have our review of our less than stellar picks in last weeks NFL playoff games, as well as our guesses for this weeks games up this afternoon. In the meantime, let’s see what sill stuff is rattling around inside Beer’s brain this morning, shall we?

  1. Well, college football season is pretty much over. I say pretty much because we still get a few ‘bowl’ games like the senior bowl and the like, but the real games are done. And out of all the games comes a very cool story. I sometimes think we get so much bad news all the time (Because that’s what sells) that we forget that every now and then, some people do some very cool things. Like faking an injury in a bowl game. Yes, this time it’s cool. Because by faking that injury he allowed his backup, a non-scholarship ‘Rudy’ type guy, to get into the game. See, there is still some good news in the world. Plus, it’s a Rudy reference that lets me use one of my favorite commercials from the bowl games. Tim Brown and ‘Rudy’ going to the Heisman House.
  2. And while we’re talking about college football and the end of the season, I have to bring this up. I’m I big fan of statistics and measurements, and computerized analysis and all that, but when it comes to sports, well… “That’s why they play the games”. You never know what could happen and it gives you “The eyeball test”. Case in point, the BCS championship game. Alabama in a rout. Yet one BCS computer… picked Notre Dame as the #1 team even after its loss to Alabama.
  3. This past week, David R. Ellis passed away. You might know him better as the director of “Snakes on a Plane”. In one of the more fitting tributes… A large python boarded the outside of a Quantas flight from Australia to New Guinea. And it also gives me a reason to go with… “Snakes on a Plane”‘s signature moment.  (Warning, foul language)
  4. I was drawn to this next headline by the simple absurdity of it., “Sweden seeks 2 Britons for smuggling garlic“. And apparently I’m out of the loop as far as how lucrative and widespread the garlic smuggling industry is. Those guys were smuggling millions of dollars worth of garlic. Here at home, I can by a bulb of garlic cloves for less than a buck – and that’s retail! Just how much demand for garlic is there in Sweden??? I mean, the Swedish Chef never struck me as the type to use a lot of Garlic.
  5. And lastly. I wanted to note there that yes, I have head and noticed that “Hockey is back!”. First off, hockey never left – just the idiotic No Hockey League did with their lockout. And second – no, I am still not going back. And oh, by the way… there are already articles talking about impending labor trouble again before this CBA is over… So yeah, losing most of a season and a bunch of fans… to once again not really fix it for good, totally worth it, right No Hockey League? Me, I’m good without hockey. We have the Superbowl coming up, and then in Mid February come the words to signal the end of winter.. Pitchers and Catchers report. Play Ball! (Or at least… “Do… Baseball!

Okay, that’s five and I need to get going. I have a Boondoggle to start planning. Yes, another one. More details soon. No, I don’t have a problem. I can stop traveling whenever I want. I just don’t want to. I’m not an addict.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

 

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Seeing Red” Edition

Hi folks, it’s Friday again and we’re going to run off in a little bit different direction here today. Yes, I’m going to stick to the usual format but the subject matter will be a little bit different as we try to work within a them and see where it goes from there. And fair warning, this one may be a bit hockey heavy for some, and not enough hockey for others. Shall we see where it leads?

  1. Valentine’s Day was just this past Tuesday. Plenty of red to be seen all around for that. Red flowers, Red cards, Red Chocolate boxes. Red Strawberries. And lots of Red Ink for all the frivolous purchases people probably made. Now, don’t get me wrong. My valentine and I went out for dinner and drinks and had a nice time. We just didn’t go overboard.
  2. While out on Valentine’s Day, we got to watch the Detroit Red Wings make history. They won their 21st consecutive home game of the season. That kicked off a wave of discussion both locally and nationally. I’m a firm believer that you really can’t compare different eras in sports, but a record is a record. And that one is damned impressive.
  3. Know what wasn’t so impressive? The front page of the TSN hockey page the next morning. Now, I know it’s a Canadian site and there’s usually some preference given. I”m fine with that. But when a team sets a record in the league you’re covering they probably deserve a bit more of a mention than the second byline under “Headlines”
    Hey, at least the jersey the Flames goalie has on is red, so for a second or two I thought it might have been someone from the Red Wings.
  4. So I headed over to Sports illustrated to compare. The front page of SI.com that morning? Well, that was the swimsuit issue. I can’t argue with ratings. But the hockey page? See for yourself.
  5. As we close out the week, I note that today’s date is February 17th. Why do I mention that? Well, for a couple of reasons. NHL Trade talk is heating up with the trade deadline fast approaching on the 27th, but that gig is my co-blogger’s specialty so I’ll leave it to him. Me, I’m going to beat an all too familiar drum. Because as soon as tomorrow people are going to stop seeing red and start seeing green. As in green grass. And palm trees. And start hearing words like cactus or grapefruit league. That’s right folks. The first sign of summer arrives tomorrow as Pitchers and Catchers start to report.

Okay, that’s five and I got a bit off course. I’ll admit this one didn’t really work out quite the way I had planned. Oh well, I guess that stuff happens from time to time.At least it’s done though. Because that means it’s time to start thinking about getting the weekend started. And that’s good, right? So to close out, I needed to find a video to go with the “Red” theme. I found a couple, but how do you not go with “Simply Red“?

Okay, I admit it. I just wanted to use Simply Red as an excuse to lead into this clip.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Thirteenth!” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to a Friday the 13th edition of Five Thoughts. Yeah, I know. Playing up Friday the 13th is a cheap cop out for a subject for today’s post. Well, yes and no. But, I’ll get into that more in the body of the post. Shall we get started?

  1. Maybe it’s a sign of getting older, but is Friday the 13th even really that big a deal anymore? Seems to me that it used to seem a lot more ominous back when I was younger. It got talked about more. Horror movies would be on TV, that type of thing (As opposed to today, where the television programming basically is a horror). Maybe it’s because they finally stopped with the Friday the 13th movies after, what 127 of them? Just one of those weird things I wonder about from time to time.
  2. I realized last night, that we are quickly heading into one of the sports “Dead Zones” of the year. With the snoozer (unless you’re an Alabama fan, I guess) of the BCS title game college football is over. A few more weeks and the Superbowl will be played and then the NFL will be done for the season. What does all this incessant babbling mean? It means that if you aren’t into hockey and basketball, there isn’t going to be a heck of a lot, sports wise, to keep up with here very soon.
  3. Of course, from all endings, can come a beginning. Just as you realize you’re into a sport’s dead zone – the four magic words that signal the coming of summer are nearly ready to be uttered. We are just over a month out from the dates that “Pitchers and Catchers Report“. That’s right, as I sit here watching it snow we are roughly one month from the start of baseball spring training.
  4. And speaking of snow – here’s a little driving tip for the folks that were having such a hard time of it this morning. It really wasn’t that bad folks, and you’d have known that, and had a much easier drive in, if you had cleared the snow and ice off of your windshield before leaving! Being able to see where you’re going really does make a big difference in your driving experience. Trust me on that one. I’m right.
  5. Wow, talk about getting sidetracked. I stopped after thought number 4, and suddenly it’s almost lunchtime. Ah well. Crap happens. Don’t believe me? Ask the guys from Lincoln. Who had their shiny new MKZ concept start smoking at the Detroit Auto Show. Right when there was a guy from the newspaper there to catch a video of it. Oops.

Okay folks, that’s slightly tardy on a not very spooky Friday the 13th. I’m off to go do… other stuff. So, off we go with a little music to jam by.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Out there” edition

Howdy folks! And welcome back to another edition of Five thoughts on a Friday. I gotta admit, I’m feeling some pressure this week. Not only did I appreciate my co-blogger filling in (quite nicely, I might add) for me last week, but when I checked on it I find he slipped a small compliment in towards the end. Saying I write interesting stuff. Great. Now I have to try to be interesting.

Still, we try to have fun here and make people giggle and laugh, or maybe think just a tiny bit. I still try to make sure there will be no math involved, though. So, let’s get started!

  1. Let’s start with this one. It’s from the news, but I’m not sure if it’s “green” news, news of the weird, or just news of the “WTF?” variety…  A local authority in England has given the go ahead for a swimming pool to use energy created by the next-door crematorium to heat its water. Yes. You read that correctly. As they’re cremating bodies, they’re also heating your pool. Why do I suddenly want to go watch Soylent Green again?
  2. I ran this one buy a couple of folks here at Beerbarrel productions (ok, that would actually just be me and the voices in my head…) and we all agreed, if any of us had been involved in this the headline would have read “MAN WALKS ON WATER!! While screaming like a little girl”. What really happened though, was a photographer was talking pictures (while in the water) of the Marlin they had caught, tagged, and were releasing. Or, as the Mako shark that came along would call it.. Lunch. (The photos alone are worth the click)
  3. Guitar Hero is dead. As this article supposes, it’s from over-saturation of the market among other reasons. What? 841,293 different versions of the same game were too much?
  4. There is a group in Detroit that wants to put up a statue of Robocop downtown ala Rocky’s statue in Philadelphia. Surprisingly, Detroit’s Mayor doesn’t see it as a wise use of taxpayer funds so the group is now looking to raise the funds on their own. I like Robocop, but I think it’s a silly idea. For one thing, while the movie is set in Detroit it was actually filmed in Dallas. To the extent that Reunion Tower is visible in some scenes (look under errors at IMDB). As for me, if we’re going to do a movie character statue… Can we get Axel Foley instead?
    (You know – This guy! Preferably in the Lions Varsity Jacket)
  5. I know I harp on it a lot during the winter, but today is Feb 11th. The reason I mention this is that on Feb 13, Pitchers and Catchers Report. The beginnings of baseball season. So I figured I’d go with some baseball news that shows baseball really has no real connection with reality. Yesterday, Pitcher Jared Weaver lost his arbitration case with the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, he’ll only get a raise from $4.2M to $7.3M. Wouldn’t you love a job where you lose and ONLY get a $3M raise?

Ok, that’s five thoughts for today and I’m going to head out. It’s snowing here once again, but just knowing that we’re closing in on spring makes it not seem quite as bad. Or maybe it was all the beer last weekend while we were away. Hard to tell. Either way, while we were on the trip I heard one of my all time favorite “out there songs” and decided I was going to use it today, so.. here it is!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer