Too much fun to be had

I ended up getting $170 dollars worth of gift certificates to Best Buy for my birthday. So, yesterday I decided to see if I could spend some of it. I went to the local BB to pick up Casino Royale and God of War 2. I would also check for a Wii (chances were extremely slim, but they’ve had a stack of PS3‘s on the floor for 5 days now, so you never know – Haha Sony! Nintendo is sticking it in your pooper…). Unfortunately, no GoW2. And no Wii. I did manage to grab Casino Royale though, and am looking forward to viewing it…

I decided to venture over to GameStop to see if they had GoW2, and they told me that they would be getting it today. I also went over to Mark‘s favorite hangout, Walmart, to see if they might possibly have it. No dice there either. No matter, I wanted to get it from BB anyways because of those gift certificates. I’ll check again today…

While at Walmart, I noticed that they had all of the Rocky movies on sale for $7.50 each. Considering that Rocky Balboa comes out on DVD next Tuesday, I picked those up to rewatch them before seeing the newest (which I didn’t get a chance to see in the theater). I bought all 4 of the originals. Even Walmart doesn’t acknowledge that a Rocky 5 was ever created: their display case had Rocky 1, 2, 3, and 4 only. How perfect.

So I beat God of War 1 again last night – only took 7.5 hours of gameplay total (after deciding to drop the difficulty level down from Hard to Easy since I only wanted to run through the game to get psyched up for GoW2 – I was getting destroyed on Hard mode and it was taking way too long to complete). Now I have to get GoW2 and catch up on my movie watching too… I have to see the Rocky’s, Casino Royale, The Illusionist (had it for weeks, but is still wrapped), and 3 Netflix movies: Superman 1, Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut, and Employee of the Month. Plus there is a Suns game tonight (#1 versus #2 in the NBA), new Smallville tomorrow, and Suns versus Pistons on Friday.

Yes, Jamey – this is pretty much why I have no social life. That and trying to get together with my friends is much more difficult these days because of conflicting schedules. But mostly this…

Oh yeah, and to all of you non-relationshiply-challenged men out there, happy Steak and BJ Day! I had my steak for lunch. Not counting on the BJ part though…

[tags]God of War 2, Movies, TV, Phoenix Suns, Steak and BJ Day[/tags]

If it’s the Cardinals, there’s a way…

Last week, my brother asked me to join him at the Cardinals game against the KC Chiefs (“That’s great, but who are the Chefs?”). And I walked into that awesome new stadium fully expecting to win. 2 offensive touchdowns in the first quarter – right in front of where we were sitting (I saw myself on TV in a replay this past weekend) – was absolutely awesome. And then the rest of the game happened. The Cardinals couldn’t get into the end zone for the rest of the game, settling for 2 field goals. And by 1:30 left in the game, the Chiefs had mounted a 23-20 lead. Matt Leinart engineered a drive to set up Mr. Automatic, Neil Rackers, for a game-tying field goal with 6 seconds left in the game.

Of course, Mr. Automatic was his name last year. He is a far cry from that same kicker this year. He missed wide right and the Cardinals lose. I didn’t think it could get any worse for Cardinal fans. Certainly not against the Bears on Monday Night Football – where the Cardinals had little chance of ever even having a lead.

But once again, for the second time in 2 weeks, the Cardinals score 2 offensive touchdowns in the first quarter. And this time they even have a 20-0 lead going into the half. The Bears offense looks horrible (giving up 6 turnovers in the game), and their defense is looking average. I knew that we had to score more points, specifically a touchdown, because of last week’s unfortunate loss. But then again, the Bears couldn’t get anything offensive going, so how could we lose?

Try 2 Cardinals fumbles returned for touchdowns, followed by a punt return for a touchdown. Just like that, the Cardinals are down 24-23. And just like last week, Matt Leinart comes to try and save the day by engineering another great drive to get into field goal position. A chip shot for Neil Rackers, 41 yards… missed wide left. And the Cardinals once again, for 2 weeks in a row, find a way to lose a game after being up by more than 14 points after halftime (no other team in the history of the NFL has done that. Ever).

What can I say? It’s painful to be a Cardinals fan. Now Cards fans cannot even enjoy a 20 point lead without fearing that the Cardinals will find a way to lose the game. Which is the one thing they have proved over the past 2 weeks. An ESPN Column may have said it best: They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. If there is a way to blow a game, the Cardinals will find it.

And now for your enjoyment, Denny Green loses his cool in the after-game press conference.

[tags]Arizona Cardinals[/tags]

What a joke

210 yards passing, 176 yards rushing. Not terrible offensive numbers. But then you add this: 3 Interceptions, 3 fumbles, and 0 offensive touchdowns. Ouch.

Now compare that to 400 yards passing and 576 yards rushing, 1 interception, 1 fumble, and 4 passing touchdowns. And a final score of 23 to 80.

Yes, it was a horrible local football weekend. 23 points – not bad. Unless you consider that it is the point total for ASU and the Arizona Cardinals combined. Two ‘offensive powerhouses’ playing about as well as Maddi with a racquetball.

So, here’s what I have to say…

1) Fire Dirk Koetter. ASU’s head coach did not deserve the contract extension that he received last year. And this is proof. As if last week wasn’t enough (ASU getting blown out by Cal, 49-21), you have to go and out-do yourself. Masterful ploy to get you to the front of the line at the unemployment office.

2) Sam Keller should still be at ASU, but Koetter fuX0r3d that one up too. Naming Keller as the starter, then changing your mind… WTF? So instead of having 2 good quarterbacks competing for the top spot, you have 1 who has yet to prove that he should have gotten that starting nod. Way to go, Rudy Carpenter! You managed to get rid of your main competition at the QB spot, just in time for you to become a horrible HORRIBLE quarterback. Asshat. Keller must be laughing his ass off in Nebraska.

3) I feel sorry for Matt Leinart. He shouldn’t have to come in to play because of Warner being a douchey QB. But now he is in, and he probably will be for the remainder of the season barring injury (but that would be just like the Cardinals, wouldn’t it?). So, Leinart gets the start next Sunday. It’ll be good practice, but I don’t see the Cards winning many more games this season unless we get some offensive line help. And Leinart’s gonna need some protection.

4) Even if we had a semi-decent O line, Edge would be able to get more than 41 yards on 20 carries. But considering that this is the Cardinals, we have a shitty line, and he gets a whopping 2.05 Yards Per Carry average this week. I hope you weren’t one of the suckers that drafted Mr. James in your fantasy league. There is only 1 logical conclusion to make from these facts…

5) Fire Dennis Green. The Cardinals head coach has done nothing with the immense talent he has been given over the past 3 years. They have one of the best running backs in the league. They have the best wide receiver core in the league. And they had zero offensive touchdowns this week. And only 3 in the last 3 games. Even Dirk Koetter could get more points from this offense. Well, maybe not.

6) Ban all pro and college sports from Arizona. We’ve had enough of this shit.

One final note not related to Football – Farewell, Gonzo. We’ve had a wonderful 8 years with you and will surely never forget that bloop single.

[tags]Football, ASU, Arizona Cardinals, Luis Gonzalez[/tags]

Farewell, Andre

I never thought I would get so emotional about a tennis player’s retirement. But I grew up watching Andre Agassi – he was definitely my favorite tennis player. I don’t really watch tennis anymore, but I made it a point to get up this morning and watch what could potentially be the final match of Andre’s 20 year career.

And it was the last time that we will ever see Agassi play a professional singles match again.

As the tears poured from Andre’s eyes while saying goodbye to the crowd, the tears began to pour from mine. It is the end of an era.

Goodbye, Andre. Thank you for 20 magical tennis years.

Goodbye, Andre

PS: I will miss “C’mon, Andre!” the most. (right, Chris?)

[tags]Andre Agassi, Tennis[/tags]

Phoenix, the city of ‘Next Year’

I knew it was too good to be true. That The Suns would have enough steam to plow through the Dallas Mavericks. It is just so heartbreaking to watch your favorite team go down in flames (pun slightly intended). And once again, like all faithful Suns fans, we say “Wait until next year.” And we did it last year, too.

Well, if Joe Johnson hadn’t been injured, we would have beaten San Antonio. But wait until next year…

But it’s not just The Suns. We say the same thing every year with the Arizona Cardinals. The beginning of the football season can’t come soon enough, because we all know that The Cardinals have made some good moves in the off season to shore up some problem spots in the roster. And what are we all saying right now? Wait until this coming football season… The Cardinals have a healthy Kurt Warner. They signed one of the best running backs in football – Edgerrin James. They got a steal in the college draft – Matt Leinart, former USC star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner; future Cardinals starting quarterback. And all of this talk about a team that was 5-11 last year…

There is no single city* in the USA that can feel our collective pain. If it wasn’t for a then-4-year-old Diamondbacks team, Phoenix/Arizona would have a total of zero pro sports championship trophies.

But we really want the NBA trophy.

So, wait until next year, when we have Amare back.
Wait until next year, when we have Kurt Thomas back.
Wait until next year, when Nash has had another year to let another Western Conference finals loss sink in.
Wait until next year, when Raja Bell doesn’t have a torn calf muscle.
Wait until next year. The Suns will win it all.

*This assumes a minimum of 2 Pro franchises in the following leagues: NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL.
And I’m really just guessing about that… but it certainly feels like Phoenix endures the most pain.

Finally, a Phoenix Suns post…

All right. My brother has been posting on his blog that the Suns are killing him. Well, they’re killing me too. But I have a prediction to make.

Whoever wins Game 6 of the Suns-Mavericks series will win the NBA championship. That’s right, I said it. The winner of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals will win the NBA Title.

First off, the Miami Heat are the Eastern Conference representative. The Heat’s biggest weakness is fast-paced, high-percentage shooting teams. This is something that both the Suns and the Mavs can do (although the Suns are MUCH better at it). A run-and-gun offense completely takes Shaq out of the game (reference the 2 Suns wins against Miami this season: 1 & 2). The Chicago Bulls had a chance at beating the Heat in the first round of the playoffs, but their outside shooting was not good enough to overcome the Heat in every game (the games that were won by the Bulls were because of great outside shooting) . Phoenix can absolutely dominate that matchup.

And so can the Mavs. The Mavs have the ability to match up against any of the 30 teams in the NBA. They can play small-ball (like the Suns). They can also play your standard slow tempo games (and excel in these instances). This is the reason that the Mavs have a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 against the Suns – their ability to slow the tempo and not let the Suns get their pace going. Therefore, both of these Western Conference teams can easily handle Shaq and the Heat. So, my guarantee is that whoever wins from the Western Conference will win the title.

But my prediction goes a bit further. I am predicting that the winner of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals will win the Championship. That means that if Dallas beats the Suns in Game 6 (and therefore win the Western Conference Finals 4-2). they will beat the Heat. But if the Suns beat the Mavs in Game 6, I am predicting that the Suns will win Game 7 as well and go on to win their first NBA title…

Final thoughts: Suns win Game 6 and go on to beat the Mavs in Game 7. They then win the NBA Champtionship over the Heat, 4 games to 1.

Heartbreak, The Ring Dance, and Front Page News

Sports weekend, mostly sucky on my behalf.

Fortunately, USC did not light up ASU for 63 points (Haha Scott). Unfortunately, ASU (read, Sam Keller) gave USC the game in the second half. It was 21-3 going into Halftime, with the final score being 38-28. Freakin’ Grrrr! Sammy, 5 interceptions? I know that 2 weren’t your fault, but seriously. You can’t win a game playing as poorly as you did in the 2nd half.

Roy Jones Jr. beat on Antonio Tarver. Well, at least he did between taking left jabs from, and dancing/mocking, Tarver. But in the end, Tarver was the winner. Tarver was solid for 10 rounds, whereas Jones was decent for 2. The general consensus is that if Jones had actually decided to punch Tarver more than 5 times per round, he would have won. The more Jones landed, the weaker Tarver got. Only problem was that Jones played the dancing game – he danced and moved more than he threw punches. He didn’t take any chances. I’m sorry, but how do you expect to win with that attitude? Just because you are one of the greatest fighters in history, you think that the judges will automatically give you points? There’s a lesson to be learned in there, which Randall has already delved into. A quick synopsis: The only way to win (in life, love, music, etc) is to take some chances. No guts, no glory.

The Arizona Cardinals are such an infuriating team. Last year, I was in Vegas when they played the 49ers (the first time). I put my $20 down on them to win. And they killed the Niners – right up until the 4th quarter when they quit playing and let San Fran tie the game, send it to overtime, and eventually win it. Fuckers. Anyways, last night was one of those rare times where the Cardinals were “at home”, actually got on national TV (ESPN), and it was not blacked-out. Played locally – in Mexico City. Yes, Mexico. The NFL had to ship the Cardinals down to Mexico to sell out a game. And at 105,000 in attendance, the record was set for largest crowd ever at an NFL game. Of course most of the fans were there for the 49ers.

After 1 quarter, the score was 14-0, Niners. And the 14 came via 2 Cardinal fumbles returned for touchdowns. I was ready to turn it off. But then something weird happend – we started scoring. And, even though we couldn’t find the end zone much (6 field goals, 2 touchdowns), we kept scoring. Final Score 31-14. And the front page of the AZ Republic shows the Cards game info (specifically that it was in Mexico City). Mexico City or not, a Cardinals win is frontpage news.

Why couldn’t they beat the Niners last year? I want my $20 back.

Back on the block

Well, I’m back from vacation. Actually, I have been back for 5 days now. And considering that I didn’t go anywhere on my vacation, I really can’t technically be back at all. It’s just been a long time since I blogged and figured it was time to update the 5 of you (I have more readers than my brother).

So, last week I had my first vacation since January. I pretty much did nothing of consequence, unless you consider yardwork-induced sunburn as something of consequence. Other than yardwork, I: slept in, watched some movies and TV (If you haven’t seen House yet, go pick up the Season 1 DVDs now!), played poker online, and ultimately did not go to work (which was the point in the first place). And the week ended too quickly.

This week has actually been all right, if you don’t count Tuesday. I got a tech support phone call at 4:30am that day, and when all was said and done, I couldn’t get back to sleep. Ended up coming in to the office at 6:40, and that’s just too early. Other than that, Jeff is really pushing a compensation review for me right now. And if I get what he expects me to, then I will stick around this place for a while. Of course, if I don’t get close to the money I deserve, I’m outta here. Should find out early next week.

Got some work done in the studio with the guys this week. I’m hoping that by the end of the year we are able to get a show together.

I’m looking forward to the festivities that are Saturday tomorrow. First, we have college football: #1 USC at #15 ASU (Fork ‘Em, Devils!). Then we have Jones-Tarver 3. I hope this fight is awesome – it needs to justify the $50 for Pay Per View.

I’m also looking forward to my brother’s wedding. Not only will it be a fun time, but it will put me 1 step closer to Jerry Jester status. I rule.

Is it really friggin’ awesome that I now know a girl (in a purely online way) who uses ‘teh cool’ in sentences? Yes it is. SWSAS, you are teh r0x0rz.