Wednesday, July 29, 2009

YouTube Video of the Day (7/29)

This is how Phil Mickelson has developed his short game...


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Sporcle Quiz of the Day (7/29)

In honor of the late, and great infomercial king...

http://www.sporcle.com/games/billymays.php

Vick's Situation

I am not one of the many Michael Vick haters out there. Vick was recently released from prison after an 18 month sentence for federal dogfighting charges. He did his time and let's hope he has learned his lesson. I'm happy that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to give him a conditional reinstatement meaning Vick will be eligible to play as early as week 6 of this upcoming season. My opinion is that while Vick's actions were clearly not right, they were not done out of malice or hatred toward animals. His ignorance and false sense of invincibility probably were the propellor's that kept his high stakes dogfighting ring running for however long it did. He was just tryin' to get his bills. Does this make it right? Not at all - But he deserves a chance to put a positive spin on all of this and turn his life around.
From a football perpspective, let's not forget that Vick was one of the most electrifying players in the entire league. The first overall selection in the 2001 NFL draft, Vick is one of the three best dual threat quarterbacks in the history of the league. His 1,039 rushing yard and 8.4 yards per carry in the 2006 season are both records for quarterbacks that will not fall anytime soon. I hope an owner of a team sees the fact that people make mistakes and gives Vick a chance. Yes, there will be a somewhat considerable PR fallout upon the signing; but the fact remains that Vick is a game-changer and a ticket seller. The latter is an invaluable commodity in this day and age. Anyone who is rooting against this guy turning it around must have never made a mistake in their life. He paid the price, now let's hope an owner steps up and gives this guy a chance to ressurect his life and career.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

YouTube Video of the Day (7/28)

Here is the "Who'll Stop the Rain" YouTube video of the day...

and congratulations to Joe Mauro for being my first follower, he just won a hug


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Hermione Granger is very smart...

Just came across this story about Emma Watson (Hermione in the Harry Potter series) heading off to Brown University in the fall...

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20292428,00.html

Sporcle Quiz of the Day (7/28)

This one's a little short and more doable....

http://www.sporcle.com/games/popular_pets.php

Hermione Granger is smart in real life, too

Just saw this report that Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series)

Monday, July 27, 2009

YouTube Video of the Day (7/27)

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YouTube Video of the Day (7/27)

Sporcle Quiz of the Day (7/27)

Possibly my favorite of all time......enjoy.

http://www.sporcle.com/games/world.php

New York Metropolitans

It's been a long, and sadly, predictable season for my Mets. Where does one even start? The injuries that have piled up at a rate similar to Rob Coloney using the word "unprecedented" in everyday vernacular have been crippling to say the least. I think Jerry Manuel has done a pretty damn good job given the cards he has been dealt. My problem lies with the front office: the Wilpons and the indescribable Omar Minaya. It seems that the Wilpon's unconditional sense of loyalty to Omar has led to a domino effect of continuous public relations disasters. It all started last year when Omar fired then-manager Willie Randolph on a road trip in California at 3 a.m. at the team's hotel after giving Willie a vote of confidence just days before. Don't get me wrong, I was not a huge fan of the way Willie managed the Mets either, but the way that went down was absolutely classless.
Unfortunately, the trend of clueless leadership has spilt over into this season with no signs of a let up. Omar's insane buddy Tony Bernazard has been wreaking havoc within the organization soon after his arrival in December of 2004. Bernazard was finally fired today, but not before challenging the entire Double A team in Binghamton to a brawl with his shirt off. It appeared that this day would bring a positive end to an unfortunate situation until Omar threw the nastiest curveball we had seen at Citi Field all season, right at the head of New York Daily News Mets beat writer Adam Rubin. Minaya's bold accusations of Rubin purposely writing incendiary reports (which have all been proven to be 100% true) about his best buddy Bernazard in order to secure his own job within the Mets front office were the absolute epitome of classlessness. Regardless of whether Rubin wants to get a job in baseball, all he did was his job, and very effectively for that matter. Hopefully this was the last straw for Minaya, and we can begin to repair this organization's tarnished reputation in the eyes of many around baseball and the sports world.
Fortunately, the product on the field is showing signs of improvement. After 3 straight wins, the Amazins are a mere 6.5 back of the wild card. Hey a guy can dream right? Here's to hoping I will have to purchase the mlb.tv package while studying in Galway, Ireland to watch meaningful Mets games in the month of September.