Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL Sunday - Week Three


OK so that's actually not a real statement from Robert Kraft (here's his real one) but even as a Pats fan I found that amusing. And the situation has gotten so ridiculous you have to laugh. Today is going to be about who kneels and how many players kneel and not so much about football and that's just fucked up.

If you were at a public gathering and the organizer of that gathering asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence but if in the middle of the moment of silence you yelled out "Black Lives Matter!" - you wouldn't be exercising your right to free speech. You would be being an asshole.

Now kneeling silently during the anthem isn't even close to that sort of rudeness in my mind but to many others it is. Personally I think the guy who doesn't take his hat off during the anthem is being much more disrespectful than the player taking a knee (and much more ignorant). I honestly didn't even care that the players were protesting. That's their right as far as I'm concerned. This is America.

It does bug me that so many teams and the NFL are issuing "statements". This is the same NFL that didn't allow the Cowboys to wear stickers to honor fallen police officers. NOT EVEN DURING A MEANINGLESS EXHIBITION GAME! The hypocrisy turns my stomach.

If Donald Trump wanted to be a unifier he should have gone after Roger Goodell. Everyone would have supported that. But he didn't. He took a side on what he knew to be a very racially divisive issue. And the other side took the bait. The first rule of the Internets is DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. Today we get to witness the biggest feeding of the trolls ever.

You have to laugh.  

Anyway back to actual football - my picks for today:

Atlanta -3 at Detroit
Oakland -3 at Washington
Kansas City -3 at LA Chargers

Three road (slight) favorites.

I also like a 6-point tease - Miami pk at Jets and Philly pk vs Giants. The pro football teams in NYC suck. Why not try to make a few bucks off that fact.

For the season 1-3. Good luck!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bill Murray


Bill Murray turned 67 today. Here's some of the stories through the years about Murray that I found interesting or amusing.

Bill Murray call's Kelly Lynch's husband each time the sex scene in Roadhouse comes on

Bill Murray once got lost for years in the persona of Hunter S Thompson

Bill Murray on the last time he saw Gilda Radner

Seven Steps to living a Bill Murray life, by Bill Murray

Casting Bill Murray

Fantastic review of Bill Murray's film career

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen would have turned 83-years old today. I think may people associate Cohen with the song Hallelujah (especially maybe with the  Jeff Buckley version). I always first think of this collaboration with U2;



Today would be a good day to revisit this 2016 New Yorker profile of Cohen.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- If you are interested in Bitcoin or Block Chains - this article is a MUST read

- Sorry Hillary - history remembers

- They say alcohol often reveals your "true self" - if that's true than one-third of vegetarians are completely fooling themselves

- Ronald Dahl was an asshole

- Jake LaMotta has passed away at age 95. Maybe I'm an asshole but I cannot think about him without this bit by Doug Stanhope coming to mind. Yup I'm an asshole (at least not as big an asshole as Ronald Dahl)

See you in hell Dahl!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

National Enquirer says that Betty White, 95, is battling a debilitating illness. By any chance could that "illness" be old age?...  Tom Brady has an interesting diet... If low-calorie beers were called "skim-beer" instead of "light-beer" they would be much less popular. Michelob Ultra is should definitely be called "skim-beer"... Heh heh... Love the acronym WEIRD for countries like the US and Canada (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic). WEIRD nations should stick together... Still say that if ESPN really wants to boost their ratings on SportsCenter - they should have Strong Bad host. Or Rick and Morty... This is awesome! On the show in real-time I didn't notice the dagger flip from hand-to-hand... Proctodeal trophollaxis is such a cool way to say "ass-licking". The MSM did a lot of proctodeal trophollaxis of the Obama Administration... Ice hockey - fighting global warming one arena Zamboni dump at a time!...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day mateys!

You really don't hear the phrase "shiver me timbers" anymore - not even on Talk Like a Pirate Day. The phrase probably gained its original popularity via the character Long John Silver in Treasure Island.  I understand the phrase "well blow me down" is still popular in certain circles - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Many people have heard of Talk Like a Pirate Day but did you know that April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day?

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting - do probiotics really work?

- Cool - Traffic with Jerry Garcia do Dear Mister Fantasy (1994)

- The magic of the book - Herman Hesse on why we read and always will (long read)

- How to properly do box jumps (need to add these to my exercise routine)

- The Dyatlov incident - some freaky X-Files type true shit

- Heh heh - agreed 100%

- NASA Cassini scientists pick their favorite photos from the mission

- This guy might be my spirit animal

Sunday, September 17, 2017

NFL Sunday - Week Two


What I've learned over the years of doing this blog is if I post my picks there's a much greater chance that I'll lose. If I don't post them - there's a much greater chance that I win.  Kind of like Schrodinger's Cat (Lynch's Bets?). I keep asking myself why bother?

I went 0-2 last week but both games easily could have gone the other way. Cie la vie.

Today I like the Pats -6.5 (I bought the extra 1/2 point) and the Vikings +7. Bradford being a game time decision makes a dent in my confidence in my Minnesota pick but I'm taking them anyway (just for less money).

It should be noted that I was weary about taking Pittsburgh last week because everyone seemed to be picking them. The same seems true for the Pats and Vikings today and it does honestly concern me. I keep thinking of how everyone was picking BC to cover against Notre Dame yesterday and Wyoming to cover against Oregon. Both BC and Wyoming got smoked.

They say if 80% of the bets are on one side then the smart money will be among the 20%. Luckily only 60% seem to be taking New England today.

Good luck.

When We Was Fab - George Harrison



Hard to believe this song is now 30-years old. You really don't hear it often enough.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Through the Looking Glass


"I'm outraged a white man would say the word Boobs on CNN."

Top 5 - Harry Dean Stanton Roles

The iconic Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at age 91. And I felt compelled to write something about him. Some have described him as "legendary" but that just doesn't seem to fit. I mean Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson are legendary Hollywood actors. Harry Dean obviously wasn't in their class but there was clearly something about him. Anyway - here's what I consider my Top 5 favorite Harry Dean Stanton roles.

1. Repo Man - Bud
2. Escape from New York - Brain
3. Kelly's Heroes - Willard (as Dean Stanton)
4. Alien - Brett
5. Red Dawn - Mr. Eckert

Missing from the list is what many consider his masterpiece Paris, Texas. I haven't seen that movie and have no desire to do so (not sure what that says about my taste in movies but so be it). Also not on the list is The Green Mile because even though I've seen that movie a few times - I forgot Stanton was in it.

Stanton was a cool guy and obviously well-liked by his peers. When he made a cameo in The Avengers I remember thinking "cool - that's Harry Dean Stanton". It was like unexpectedly running into a favorite uncle. The thing is - as cool as Stanton was he wasn't the memorable scene stealer like a Christopher Walken or Dennis Hopper. Heck even in the movie Repo Man it's Tracy Walter as Miller who had the more memorable role.

This is in no way a knock on the memory of Mr. Stanton. It's just that it seems to over glorify his memory seems phony and diminishing in some way. There's nothing wrong with remembering him as he was - an iconic character actor who was a man of character.

And what better tribute could an actor ask for if when people see him on the screen they remember him by thinking "that guy was cool."