31 August 2008
That picture comes from my phone while at the Steelers game on Thursday night. The seats were fantastic (thanks Mom & Harmon). We sat in the Club East section, you get to go through some glass doors and there is carpeting and a full bar. Not what a thought for my first professional football game.
Anyways, since Mom and Harmon could not make it, I gave the other two tickets to a friend from work and his girlfriend, mostly because it was such late notice. We had a lot of fun, drank some beers, watched some third string football...I will say that I like Dennis Dixon more than Leftwich if it ever comes down to Ben getting hurt.
This preseason game left me wanting more though. I definitely want to go to a real game. I want to drink in the parking lot all day before the game. I want to have a crazy time. Who is down with me?
After the game I went over to Mugshots and had some beers, then went with this one guy Sean up to the Ugly Dog Saloon to try and find some girls. Needless to say that did not pan out. Oh well.
29 August 2008
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25 August 2008
Apparently the big, bright idea by the fans and people who make up stories about movies is that Johnny Depp will be the Riddler in the next movie. Again though, this is where people make a mistake. They are thinking about previous versions of the Riddler, not how Christopher Nolan will actually try to portray him.
What would be a way to make the Riddler believable?
Another character I have heard rumors of is Catwoman. I actually have no problem with this one. As long as they do not go with some stupid supernatural element, like she dies and gets nine lives or dons the powers of a cat goddess. That is retarded. She is a cat burglar, she has multiple tools for her trade, and just so happens to wear some tight leather and looks very feline while doing it.
There should definitely be some kind of sexual chemistry between Batman and Catwoman, every time he catches her, they flirt/fight and somehow she manages to get away from him. Also, if you do have her in the film, with another villain, instead of her teaming up with the villain, she should see the error in her ways and try to help Bats, but in the end, probably steal some jewels and just shrug her shoulders.
I think there are two villains that Christopher Nolan could really work with and make them seem very cool and very scary. First up would be Scarface. I know, you are probably asking "Who?" Scarface is a gangster, but he is a puppet. The Ventriloquist, who rarely speaks, usually to apologize to Scarface, has a whole bunch of split personality problems. He believes Scarface is alive, hell his own men sometimes believe the puppet is alive, but in the end it is really The Ventriloquist's sick mind. I could see this being dark, creepy, and pretty funny at times.
Next villain who could work well: Clayface. He can shape change, he is insanely strong. I know what you are thinking, yes this character is a little bit like, Sandman from Spider-Man 3, and there have been no "super" characters in the Batman movies yet. However, this one could work.
The great thing about Batman: his insane villains. He has plenty of them, sometimes they are really just carbon copies of each other, but with a little work, you could really change them around. The Riddler and Mad Hatter do not have to be cheap Joker clones. Anyways, let me know what you guys think.
24 August 2008
This time of year also means baseball season is coming to an end (although for the Pirates, that usually happens in June, so no big deal there, right?), and football season will be taking over. Do not get me wrong, I love football, but not while there is still baseball to be watched. Especially meaningless preseason football games, nothing worse than watching third stringers most of the game. Although, on Thursday I get to go to my first Steelers game, and yes, it is a preseason game.
This time of year also marks the start of school for most college students, and I begin to miss those days. Life was much simpler when I was back at Penn State, having fun, going to work, going to class, and doing whatever I wanted. Oh well, I guess this is what it means to grow up. Every day is pretty much the same, and before you know it, another year has passed you by.
Wow, this entire post has made me somewhat sad. I need something to help perk it up.
A nice picture of me from back in the day, 2001 to be precise, during my 21st birthday celebration...
22 August 2008
Obviously the big show I am excited for is Heroes. The teaser gave me a boner, just imagine what will happen on September 22 when the three hour premiere finally happens...
Next up, True Blood, the premise sounds cool; vampires admit to the world what they are and a small town waitress tries to date one, or something like that. Anna Paquin stars in this one by the guy who did Six Feet Under, which started off good, but got weird toward the end.
Fringe sounds very cool, except that I feel like this should be written by Warren Ellis. This seems more like something he would do and probably do it much better and a good bit funnier. Oh well, I will still check it out.
Other shows that I will continue to watch whenever I can, but not really care if I miss an episode: Smallville,Supernatural, House, and Bones. Actually I used to watch Supernatural because it was on after Smallville, but as of last season, it became the reason to tune in to CW on Thursdays.
Two books come out fairly soon, which have me fairly excited. The first is The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, it is the third book in his First Law trilogy. Actually it came out this week, and I picked it up today, so umm, yeah, I am very excited for it.
September 20, sees the release of Brisingr, the third and not so final book in the Inheritance
Basically only one DVD has me super excited and that is Iron Man. Remember before The Dark Knight, when everyone saw the movie back in May and talked about how awesome it was? Yeah, me too. I cannot wait to watch it again.
Alright, so not much of a fall preview, but should help you better understand how I will be spending my nights when I am not at work. Obviously reviews for Heroes will be up and we can always discuss it each week, any other shows you guys want to talk about?
20 August 2008
And people wonder why I love to go there so much...
19 August 2008
My two Red Sox, Bay and Pedroia, were killer for me, but they did not have enough to overcome my loss of Braun for almost the entire week. Pitching wise, I had a good week, Singer beat me in Wins (8-5) and Ks (72-66), but I won WHIP (1.19-1.44) and ERA (1.83-4.40). Like I said before, Singer's strategy may seem to be working, but if I had any closers, and somehow won that category then 3 out of 5 pitching stats would have went my way, which is all I can ask for from the pitching, obviously.
The hitting was close, I could get really pissed about it, but honestly, if I play Singer in the playoffs, I think it will go either way.
Also, I want to give Offord some credit, he is a pulling a Ryan vis-a-vis last season, going from last to moving into the playoff hunt...
14 August 2008
Anyways, as I start to drift back into sleep mode, I hear a slam, it sounds like someone is downstairs and just closed my refrigerator door. I start to get scared, and now I am wide awake. I turn my lamp on and start to get up, grabbing my cell phone and having it ready in case I need to call the police.
I hear the slamming sound again, and as I reach the downstairs, I see...absolutely nothing. Once I thought about it and also heard a few sounds outside and also through the walls, I came to the conclusion that the people who live on the opposite side of me, were still up and must have been going in and out of their place since the sound I heard was obviously a door being slammed shut.
I felt a bit foolish, but then realized something else: it was 3:00 a.m. and I was wide awake. It appears that a good nights sleep is out of the question this week.
12 August 2008
I am not even going into how Sunday sucked, yet again. I should sit my team on Sundays...Remember how last week I said that two different players offered me a starting pitcher for Carlos Lee? Well Chamberlain gets hurt then Lee is out for the season. Also, it looks like Ryan Braun will be missing a few games. FUCK! My team is falling apart all around me.
So, as the trade deadline approaches, I must ask myself: "am I a buyer, or a seller?"
I just finished reading Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara. I found it to be an excellent book, much in the style of Lord of the Rings. The problem though, is that I am reading this book now, after reading a bunch of other books which probably copy the style from Brooks and Tolkien. I am sure back in the late 70s, this would have been great to read and some of the things would not have been so obvious.
Do not get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, and cannot wait to start reading the next book in the series The Elfstones of Shannara, which I am glad moves to descendants of Shea, instead of using the same characters and putting them into another adventure. When I finished the book, my first thought was "well what could Shea and his band of friends do now? Where could this story go?"
One of the coolest things about the book happens to be that instead of being set in some different world, like Middle-Earth, it is set here. In the future, after a nuclear/biological holocaust has decimated the planet. Instead of science ruling the land, magic does. I pictured the scene where they find the ruined city of the people from our era as Shea uncovering some of the buildings and we see something familiar, like the Lincoln Memorial or something.
Anyways, below is a picture I found online of the city of Kern from the book, which is almost how I pictured it.
I wanted to jump in, but this guy never shuts up, and he definitely gets very annoying the drunker he gets, so I let him continue feeding on his prey (who kept looking at me with the hope that I would help him out, HA! not a chance).
Let me explain what my argument would have been. I used to make the same argument, until I had to write a paper about it for some SpeechComm class at Penn State. What I found shocked me. Turns out that ticket sales really do not have much of an affect on player salaries.
Do not believe me? Well let's look at some numbers.
Steelers 2007 Team Salary: $103,274,123.
Heinz Field Capacity: 65,050.
It is hard to find what the average ticket price is for a Steelers game, but let's go with a high estimate of $150. Every estimate I have seen puts the actual number between $75-$100.
Over the course of a season (eight home games, each selling out), the Steelers would make $78,060,000, which almost covers the players salaries. Yet, the teams are always making tons of money. I cannot find how the network deal breaks down per team, but lets go with what I can find. The NFL receives $3.735 billion per year to allow someone to televise the games. I am guessing each team gets a share of that, to be fair, I will just divide that by thirty-two, but I am sure that is not how it really works.
So that gives us an additional $116,718,750. Obviously the NFL gets a huge chunk of that, and the Steelers probably get significantly less, but as you can see, that would pay for the entire team salary. Let us say that the Steelers only receive half of that: $58,359,375.
Interestingly enough, you may think that my point is working out against me right now. Indeed it seems that way, until you start adding other factors into the equation. The ticket revenue probably goes more towards the actual stadium itself. How much does it cost to operate that place? The utility bills have to be outrageous. When I had to write about this before, I had to do it from the side of baseball, which is much easier to show that ticket prices have no real affect on salaries, football is somewhat more difficult since there are only eight home games.
Anyways, I hope you get my point. If I ever had one. That dude was drunk and annoying.
09 August 2008
10. Mountain Dew. Without it my life would be absolutely ruined. I probably account for 1/3 of the godlike nectar consumed at work every day.
9. Dispatch...Probably my favorite band at the moment, and has been for quite awhile now. I can pop in any of their albums and instantly be happy. The new Zimbabwe dvd/cd is absolutely fantastic.
8. Porn. I am a horny bastard, do we need to delve any deeper into this? Here is Audrey Bitoni, one of my favorites at the moment.
7. Bubble Breaker on my phone. If you do not know what it is, well whatever. Needless to say, I played over 5000 games on my old phone, and over 1000 on my new one...
6. The Codex Alera series. Each one I have read has engrossed me to the point of staying up all night to read the entire book. Not the greatest books ever, but extremely fun to read.
5. The commercials for True Blood, a new show on HBO. Unfortunately I cannot find any videos of them, but they are pretty funny. One is about a motel catering to vampires, the other one is about a dating site where humans can hook up with vampires. Quite funny.
4. Pirates Baseball. Yes, they continue to lose, but they made some great trades and the future looks much brighter.
3. Being a sarcastic dick. I know this comes to a shock for many of you, but I really enjoy making my comments and jokes. Especially at work.
2. Daniel Tosh. My brother introduced me to the comedic styling of Tosh. He cracks me up. Lines like this are fantastic: "I think they should legalize marijuana in this country, so potheads have nothing to talk about ever again. You are so annoying."
1. Girls. I really love girls. All types, big boobs, small boobs, short, tall, long hair, short hair. Blonds, red heads, brunettes...I love them all. And to prove it, here are a few:
06 August 2008
I woke up in absolute darkness. I immediately grabbed my cell phone and checked the time. It was only three in the morning. Outside it sounded like a monsoon with terrible crashes of thunder and lightning.
I checked weather.com and what does it tell me about my area? Partly cloudy...
So I sit here with my scented candle. Awake, bored, and slightly frightened that the gale force winds will destroy my place.
Could this be my final post? Written on a cell phone, by candle light...
When I got home from work at 5:14 p.m. I took a second to wonder if I actually imagined the entire thing, since my two alarm clocks (yes, two because I never hear just the one) were both flashing 5:16. I looked closer and they were flashing at AM, which after a thought made me realize something.
I realized that since the power went back on, they would automatically go to 12:00 a.m., which meant it must have come back on around noon. So my place was without power for about 15 hours.
And apparently it did not really storm anywhere except Crafton. I honestly live in some kind of hellmouth.
04 August 2008
My big hitters were Carlos Lee, Jason Bay, and Ryan Doumit. My team actually played pretty bad hitting wise, but they still managed to outplay their opponents and sometimes that is all that matters.
Pitchers did okay as well, although Lumberjacks had some pretty amazing lines, like 2.07 ERA. I lost both ERA and WHIP, but I am not too upset, if my pitchers can put up those numbers every week from here on out, I should see myself move up into 4th place.
Anyways, Ryan offered me a trade, which I declined. Carlos Lee for Jon Lackey. I pondered it for a few minutes, but I do not really need another starting pitcher. I need a closer (although I have made some headway there)...
01 August 2008
How difficult is it to get anything done when all day you keep checking to see if the trade has been made official? It becomes even more difficult when you have no access to a computer or TV and must use your cell phone....
Anyways, let me say first off that I am completely happy with this trade. I think the Pirates made a smart move and it will pay off in the long run. I will definitely miss watching Bay and I wish him the best of luck in Boston.
It's also pretty cool that the Pirates listened to my idea, I should be an assistant to the GM.
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