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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Was that Ricky Williams pulling out of the new Marijuana Restaurant??

According to him it was not, however a new story today talks about Ricky feeling an urge to toke up during the Miami Dolphins recent bye week.Williams, suspended multiple times for marijuana use, is one strike away from being kicked out of the NFL for good, so talking about getting an urge to blaze one down might not of been in his best interests. I hopeĀ  he goes to practice tomorrow prepared to pee in a cup, perhaps multiple times.

Just another case of Ricky being Cheech. And if I’m late for class today, I’m sorry, I was puffing a few doobies with Ricky Williams behind the football stadium.

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On Tuesday Sept. 30, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Drudge Report all featured stories relating to the economic crisis (I know surprise, surprise).

The Times featured and kept up their main article about the crisis throughout the day, however did update some of the information periodically. They also changed the main photo accompanying the story throughout the day. After my last class, I checked back in, and a new story about Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for a third term bumped the economic story.

The Huffington Post’s main headline for much of the day also centered around the economic crisis. The main story focused more on how the troubled economy affects John McCain and his campaign. Later in the day, the headline changed to “Trading Market Predicts Obama Win.” Read More »

The University Of Massachusetts hosted esteemed writer Jonathan Safran Foer last Monday night at the Fine Arts Center. Foer is the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated.

Imagine my surprise when I was told not only would we be attending Foer’s speech during class, but would be live-blogging through a site called Twitter. After the initial shock wore off, I signed up for an account, synced my home-page with my cellphone, and went down to the auditorium for the speech.

It was a full-house. Either this guy is an extremely well-know writer, or every teacher in the English department assigned it as extra credit. Then came the moment of truth, my first twit (tweet, twitter, tweedy??). As sketched out as I am about this site, friends allowed to look at ones profile are referred to as followers, twitting was actually somewhat enjoyable.

It gave me something to do while watching Foer and also made me feel like I was voicing my opinion to countless students who were either unable or unwilling to come see Foer speak. But, then reality set in and I remember no one is reading my posts, and the only way people who will are classmates forced into it. Oh well. (Note: I think some of Foer’s sarcastic humor rubbed off on me Monday night). Read More »

Taking from the cave False Kiva at Canyonlands National Park in Utah, this spectacular image of the Milky Way Galaxy puts into perspective just how big the universe actually is. Astrophotographer Wally Pacholka used a long duration exposure camera while capturing this image, which is the Astronomy Picture of the Day for today, September 29, 2008.

Denver (-10) over Kansas City

Cleveland (+3) over Cincinnati

Jacksonville (-7) over Houston

New York Jets (-1) over Arizona

New Orleans (-5) over San Fransisco

Atlanta (+7) over Carolina

Tennessee (-3) over Minnesota

Green Bay (pick) over Tampa Bay

Buffalo (-8 1/2) over St. Louis

San Diego (-8) over Oakland

Washington (+11) over Dallas

Philadelphia (-3) over Chicago

Baltimore (+6) over Pittsburgh

Last Week 8-7

Overall 17-10-2

Never go against your gut instinct. All week I was saying Oregon State was the pick last night (against USC). There was no way USC could cover 26 1/2 points on the road, in a stadium that they have been terrible in historically. Hell, I was ready to make it my lock of the month at one point.

But then came the pre-game jitters.

Palms sweating, heart racing, I paced around my apartment. Oregon State’s running back is a true-freshman. Their quarterback is a first-year starter with pedestrian numbers. How were they going to get a first down, let alone move the ball on USC’s beast of a defense. So, at 8:56 I changed my mind. After being so sure about Oregon State for five days, I flip-flopped and bet on USC.

Twelve beers, eight cigarettes, and one bottle of tums later,my wallet was significantly lighter than it was before kickoff.

Always follow you gut. Without further adieu, this week’s picks.

Clemson (-11) over Maryland

Clemson has outscored opponents 126-26 since getting hammered by Alabama Week 1. James Davis and C.J. Spiller lead a two-headed rushing attack that has combined for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns this season after being held to 20 yards against Alabama. Tough to come in and steal one in Death Valley. Take Clemson and the points.

Notre Dame (pick) over Purdue

The Jekyll and Hyde act that has been Notre Dame football since the departure of Brady Quinn continues tomorrow In South Bend. This is a must win for Charlie Weis and company, as there is growing concern about the direction of the program reverberating through the hallowed walls of the campus. The Irish will find a way to win this game on the arm of sophomore Jimmy Clausen.

Auburn (-7) over Tennessee

SEC schedules are not favorable for rebuilding teams, and Tennessee is finding that out the hard way this year. Auburn has beaten the Volunteers in each of their last three meetings. Look for that trend to continue tomorrow. Too much defense for the Tigers, and they have a chip on their shoulder after losing a heart breaker to LSU last week.

Alabama (+7) over Georgia

My upset of the month. Not only does Bama cover the spread, they win the game. Nick Saban has resurrected the Alabama program. The offense has looked unstoppable at times this year. They haven’t won a game by less than double-digits yet this year. On the other side of the ball, Georgia has looked flat for most of the season. The Bulldogs are ripe for an upset. Georgia is planning on wearing their black uniforms for only the second time in school history. If you ask me, it looks like they are dressing in black in honor of their own funeral.

Wisconsin (- 6 1/2) over Michigan

Illinois (+16) over Penn State

(Last Week 5-1)

(Overall 7-3)

Anyone who watches, knows of, or like myself-hates Jim Rome will appreciate this impression by Frank Caliendo. Everything from the voice, wording, and mannerisms is dead all.

In honor of my weekly picks, which will be posted shortly, I give you Jim R ahhh Frank Caliendo.

One of the major questions swirling around the political world today is whether or not John McCain will show up and debate Barack Obama tonight at the University of Mississippi. McCain has insisted all week that a bailout for the troubled economy must be in place before any debate is to happen, and as of yesterday was “very hopeful” of making the debate tonight.

First off, I was shocked to hear McCain commit to Letterman. Second, I figured he would find an excuse for bailing, which he did. Even if he appeared on the show, it would just be a big dog and pony show, swinging at softball question after softball question, attempting to show the American people he has both a sense of humor and a connect with everyday citizens. It would also show a lot of people he is capable of staying up past 11 p.m. on a weeknight (that was a joke, I know the show is shot late in the afternoon).

Anyways, if McCain’s bailout on Letterman is any indication of his attitude and game plan for tonight, Obama could find himself pretty lonely on stage tonight. Here’s hoping he makes it.

Love him or hate him, one must admit Peyton Manning makes a good commercial. Shortly after making it big in the NFL, he sold out faster than the iPhone, doing commercials for a wide range of products. After being enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame, Peyton may have a second career waiting for him in Hollywood.

This commercial is classic. Every time I see it, I can’t help but laugh. Long live Peyton Manning and his endless arsenal of commercials. Sorry to all the futbol (soccer) fans out there.

Tonight, the Boston Red Sox begin a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. With a win, The Sox will clinch a berth into the post-season for the fifth time in the last six seasons. To put that in perspective, the Sox have only qualified for the playoffs nine times since 1946.

So I ask, are Red Sox fans spoiled?

My mother, who has been a season-ticket holder for many years, offered me tickets to tonight’s game on Saturday. Who could pass that up right? Well, I did, and for a silly flag football game.

My point being, we have come to expect the baseball season to last well into October in New England. A game that my father, or me for that matter circa 2003, would skip his own funeral for back when he was my age has become just another rite of passage this generation of Sox fans.

I guess we have, in a way, become spoiled. Two World Series, three Super Bowl, and one NBA Championship tend to do that to a fan base. However, what shouldn’t be lost in all this is the fact we are living in the golden-age for Boston sports. Some day, when the well runs dry for a couple decades, we will all look back and wish we didn’t take Wild-Card clinching games for granted.

When Josh Beckett takes the mound for Game One of the ALDS, baseball fans from across the region will live and die on his every pitch. Employees will duck out of work early, kids will stay up well past their bedtime, and grown men will transform into teen-age boys again. What shouldn’t be lost in the madness that will engulf Red Sox Nation is just how lucky each and every one of us is.