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NFL Picks! – The Big One!

This is it folks! The Big One! (Or the Big Game, whatever you want to call it)

Now that we’ve gotten the obligatory Fred Sanford quote out of the way,  a quick rundown of the results from the last round and then it’s time for the Beerbarrel’s “Expert” Picks Guesses! for the game…

Conference Championship pick results:
PB – 0 for 2. Leaving him at 5 for 10 overall.
Beer – 2 for 2. How the heck did that happen? Now 6 out of 10.
Kingkielbasa – 1 for 2. King’s now 1 of 6. To be fair, he did miss the one round.

Now, onto the picks guesses!

Baltimore vs. San Francisco
PB
– Well let’s just say that picking the NFL games is really not much more than sheer luck most of the time. That being said I have totally sucked in my picks since the divisional round. Well to quote Beer “We have a Har-Bowl this year”. All I can say is *sigh*. Not a fan of the coach of the 49ers and not a fan of Baltimore as well especially one linebacker that was involved in some illegal stuff allegedly. So the nice stuff out of the way, it comes down to the two best playoff defenses and one really good offense. I think Mr. “The Super Bowl should not be in an outdoor stadium because I have to wear a skirt” run will come to an end. Colin Kaepernick is the real deal and how this guy got passed over by so many other teams is beyond me. I can’t have my wish of a tie which should tell you how much I like both teams, I pick (gulp!) the 49ers to win.

King – Yawn.  Can there be anymore of a boring Super Bowl then the one we have this year?  I mean, the sports channels are trying desperately to pump this up, but I can say it’s a losing battle.  Two brothers coaching against each other..yeah, not my family…so no big deal.  A player playing in his “final” game…yeah, too bad it wasn’t his final game before he paid for his past crimes…..  Yawn.  So far, I’ve been off on most of my picks so I’m going the easy route here…the winner will be the fans that turn in for the commercials…oh what….I have to pick a football team to win.  Fine…..49ers.  There you happy.

Beer – I have to admit, I’m not totally geeked for this game either. Now, I’m not going to harp on any of the Ray Lewis issues. And let’s be honest here. He’s not the only one involved in this game that’s probably going to retire win or lose. That’s the nature of sports. And even though I somehow got lucky and predicted a HarBowl, I’m not enthralled with the story. And yes, it has been overblown. Where I differ is that I like both teams. I think this is a game with two very good football teams. And I think if history holds, only one of them will play like it on Sunday. In the end, I could really make a case either way. So I’m going to throw all the thinking out the window and pick by my gut – Ravens for the win.

So there we have it. Two picks for San Fransisco, and one for Baltimore. Of course, come Sunday night we’ll get to what’s really important. The commercials! Oh, and the game too, I guess.

Enjoy!

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Rings, Wings, and Other Things” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to February. If the title seems rather random today… well, that’s because that’s pretty much where we’re headed. So, let’s get to it shall we?

  1. I will admit, I managed to call it and even I’m already tired of the coverage. Yes, I’m talking about the hype building up to the Superbowl. It almost seems like it can’t get any more out of control. And then I read about Canadians having 30 foot antennas installed so they can watch the game on American television. For the commercials! Admittedly, the commercials are often better than the game.
  2. First there was all the talk about the bacon shortage. Now, leading up to the Superbowl (convenient, no?) comes talk of a chicken wing apocalypse. Talk about hitting Superbowl parties right where they live! Just remember, if you switch to chicken nuggets as a standby… Parts is parts. And uh… if you can’t find any wings, under no circumstances should you go with the chicken rings. Ever. Think about what part THAT might be.
  3. It’s the line almost everyone remembers from the movie. It’s a running joke, a punchline unto itself. It’s overused, and applied at the drop of a hat. But there is a reason that “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” has stuck around all these years. This however, is probably not one of those occasions. Or maybe it was. Either way, a headline about a hooked marlin sinking a fishing boat makes this week’s list.
  4. And now, it’s time to get a bit cranky. There’s been a viral receipt story going around lately. And this one has a bit of a twist. A rather classless minister left a receipt with a note asking “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%”. Of course, it should be noted, She then left a ZERO percent tip. The waitress has since been fired and the chain apologized to the minister. You know what, I side with the server on this one. The name wasn’t really posted (Someone still recognized part of the signature apparently and ID’d the cheapskate). Still, you don’t want to be called out like that? Do the right thing. Pay the tip. If you don’t you’re not only stiffing the server, but also the bar backs, bus boys, hostess, possibly even some of the kitchen staff. Yeah, nice job there Pastor. When’s the next sermon on giving?
  5. And now for something completely different…  Yahoo just published an article outlining some of the wackier traffic laws around the country. And while the actual article deals with some good tips, the graphic at the bottom with the silly laws steals the show. The one that catches my eye consistently though? In Sarasota, the fine for hitting a pedestrian with your vehicle is $78. Heck, at that price I might line a few people up on purpose! And Sarasota is located, naturally, in Florida. Of course it. Always Florida.

Okay, that’s five and I’m ready to start Superbowl weekend. And our picks are in, and will be posted this afternoon. So we’ll see you then. Until then… I have a question. What would Brian Boitano Do?

Had to slip in one more wing reference! Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

What the heck happened to my commercials?

This year’s crop of Superbowl commercials gets the official Beerbarrel “Meh” rating. Overall, there were far more disappointments than there were home runs. Here’s our quick overview/rundown of some of the high and low lights.

The big, controversial, “Pro Life” ad with Tim Tebow and his mother? Harmless, and more or less boring. Some lady comes on the screen and just starts talking – and I turn my head and start talking to the people I was watching the game with. More or less missed it.

All I’m going to say on this subject is this… there was a stretch of commercials where there was a disturbing lack of pants. Tighty Whities do not belong on television like that. Now those ads… THOSE ads were offensive.

The cheetah print thong in the remake of the Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle? Also offensive. (This is what that once feared football team has been reduced to? Shades of Little Richard shilling for Taco Bell back in the 90s.)

One company could save a lot of money by not shooting the same commercial over and over again. You know the one – the one that’s “Too hot for TV”. The “See what happens next on our website” routine gets old after 6-7 years, folks.

The US government ran an advertisement for the upcoming census. And in true bureaucratic form, they spent a lot of money and probably didn’t accomplish anything. (Ok, Ok, I’ll get off the soapbox)

And I’m sorry to have to say this, because I thought the commercial was fantastic. A great joke, and sort of a modernized send up of one of the all time Superbowl commercial greats, but I have a feeling there’s a large chunk of the audience that just did not get the McDonald’s commercial. We closed out 5 thoughts with it on Friday. If you watch the original first, the new one makes a lot more sense.

Original:

New One:

But hey… At least we got a great game to watch in between the commercials this year!

Later Folks!
-Beer

Five thoughts on a Friday – the Short Week Edition

It’s Friday again. After a week like this it’s really pretty easy to understand the “Thank God” section of that saying. Anyhow, let’s see what’s on Beer’s mind for Friday. That’s right – time for 5 things!

  1. Hmm… Sales of music games (like Rock Band and Guitar Hero) seem to have cooled. Now, I don’t own any of them, but some friends do. They’re fun. The music in some of them is good. I’m just curious… they’re talking about a decline in sales. Could it have anything to do with there now being 852,763 different versions of basically the same game? I believe the word is “Oversaturation”.
  2. From the “This is kind of funny/smart department”. The US Airways plane that “landed” in the Hudson river is going up for auction. I guess they have to do something with it (It’s being auctioned off as salvage), and you just know that *someone* with too much money will want it for some reason.
  3. I need to take better notes. It never fails that I think of something and go “This would be great for Friday’s bit”, only to completely space on it later. I try to keep notes on my blackberry, the problem is I’m not going to type them in while driving. That whole “Not watching where you’re driving” thing that scares me. By the way, coming up with silly names for these  (“The …. edition”), seemed fun at the time. Sometimes it’s really easy (like last week). Sometimes, it’s a real pain!
  4. We’re just over 2 weeks out from the Superbowl. Who will it be, I have no idea. I only mention it because once we get to the Superbowl, we’re about 2 weeks from the first official rite of spring. That’s right folks. As I sit here with snow and ice on the ground… We are roughly one month from the start of spring. Spring Training, that is. “Pitchers and Catchers report”, four words that help change the seasons.
  5. This made me laugh this morning. I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I play World of Warcraft. I was reading a Q&A article at Wow.com (a warcraft blog, go figure) and the subject of armor models on female characters came up. Let’s be clear here, it obvious a bunch of GUYS designed the female armor bikinis, er.. models. But what made me laugh was one of the tags they used on the blog. They actually tagged it with “Cleavage”.  I mean… wow (no pun intended). I guess if you really want to drive your hit count up, that’s one of the tags that might help. Seriously though, it’s a video game! You want cleavage, go to Victoria’s Secret, or just read the entertainment blog at CNN. Maybe I’ll tag this post with it, just to see what happens.

Ok, that’s five and I’m looking at a short day today, so I’m out of here! Have a great weekend!
-Beer