Friday, August 31, 2007
Georgia - 27
Oklahoma State - 20
Yes, but are they tapping their feet while they wait?
As galling as I find the idea of being subjected nightly to all four of the most obnoxious and entitled fanbases in MLB (along with Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets fans) this coming post-season...I'm telling you, I'm starting to like those Cubbies. Provided they successfully get past a big, four-game series at Wrigley against the Dodgers next week, they'll have clear sailing 'til October. The vast majority of their remaining road games are against the dregs of the NL Central which, BTW, is about as dreggy as it gets. If they can take care of business inside The Friendly Confines, they'll head into the post-season as one of those streaky, emotion-fuelled teams that nobody wants a part of in the first round.
Et tu, dumbass? Et tu?
Hey, anything going on this weekend? Anything at all? I'll be posting a Quick Prediction sometime tonight and, I gotta say, this pick is going to be the dictionary definition of a "head vs. heart" decision. Right now, I'm all Luke Skywalker about this particular matchup: "I've got a bad feeling about this." I'm afraid we're going to get lit up on the 'board and I don't know if we can put up the numbers to stay with the 'Boys. Like I said, I'll get back to you.
So, when did Evander Holyfield's plans change from simply winning back one of the heavyweight titles and retiring to unifying the belts? Sure, he can beat Ibragimov...and if he does, he should take that belt back to Fayetteville, GA, hang it on the wall, and spend the rest of his life counting his money and playing with his army of kids. If he decides to go on and fight IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko, he could get killed. Not "killed, ha-ha"...killed, dead. If that fight happens, and it absolutely shouldn't, I want a notoriously quick-stopping, Richard Steele-like referee in the ring as the third man. Preferably hopped up on Jolt Cola and Mountain Dew. I'm serious. We're talking serious "Apollo Creed vs. Ivan Drago" potential here.
Finally, is it just me or does Michael Douglas...
...look these days like he's starring in The Zell Miller Story?
[Pic courtesy of Breitbart.com]
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
It was reported by Roll Call yesterday that Larry Craig [pictured, courtesy of senate.gov], Republican senator from Idaho, was arrested in June for trying to pick up an undercover officer in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport. He ended up having the naughty charge dropped in return for a guilty plea for "disorderly conduct" and the matter, by virtue of the fact that we are all only now learning about it months later, was pretty much covered-up. It will surprise you not at all to learn that allegations of homosexuality have been repeatedly denied by Senator Craig over the years and that he also has a rock-solid record of opposition to gay-friendly legislation. Check this out (courtesy of Americablog):
* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)It's almost enough to make one ask: Are there any straight Republicans left in Washington anymore? (Must...resist urge...to...link...back...to....Rudy in drag picture...Oops.)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Man, football frenzy is in full effect here. Things are so crazy right now that Georgia head coach Mark Richt apologizing for rather emphatically renewing his call for an indoor practice facility is somehow a big story. I don't know where we'd put it...or how to pay for it...but, sure, a practice bubble would come in handy. For me, though, what I love is the fact that, in a sports culture dominated by jerks and egomaniacs, we have a coach who is such a straight arrow that he issues a formal apology simply because he didn't want to come off like he was popping off to the press. I bet he gets his practice bubble sooner, rather than later.
Now, didn't you just know that David Wells was going to go right out and win a big game for the Dodgers first time out after being passed up by the Braves? True, he didn't put up an especially gaudy pitching line...but you're telling me you wouldn't take 5 innings/7 hits/2 runs from Buddy Carlyle right now? From Jo Jo Reyes? Dude could've been had for a song. Missed opportunity.
Miss South Cackalacky gives her side of the story to The Today Show. I'll say this much for her...she's being a good sport about the whole thing. Oh...and she is blazing hot.
Finally, is giving a lightsaber to a shuttle full of allegedly drunk astronauts really that great an idea?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Formula One: Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park
(Surprise...it's all about Ferrari and McLaren)
1. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
3. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
The names never change, do they? Those two teams are simply dominating this season.
Champ Cars: Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder
First off, I can't wait to see a real race at Zolder. I've only "seen" it as part of the Pro Race Driver series games for the PS2. Long straightaways, impossible curves, and three bus-stop chicanes providing prime overtaking opportunities. Should be a good show.
1. Sebastien Bourdais
2. Justin Wilson
3. Robert Doornbos
IRL : Motorola Indy 300 at Infineon Raceway
Infineon, which will always be Sears Point to me, is one of my favorite road courses. The Indy cars look cramped at The Glen but they can really stretch their legs out at Infineon. The former Champ Car guys and road specialists will have a big edge tomorrow.
1. Scott Dixon
2. Dario Franchitti
3. Tony Kanaan
ALMS: Grand Prix Of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway
I love sportscar racing. The spec series stuff like Grand-Am is entertaining but the ALMS is the place to see actual, recognizable marques competing against each other. I always make the trip over to Road Atlanta for the ten-hour ALMS Petit Le Mans. A very up-close and personal, fan-friendly series with some sweetass cars. My picks for each production class:
P1 (and overall winner): Audi R10. Alan McNish/Dindo Capello, drivers
P2: Porsche RS Spyder. Romain Dumas/Timo Bernhard, drivers
GT1: Corvette C6.R. Olivier Beretta/Ollie Gavin, drivers
GT2: Ferrari 430GT Berlinetta. Mika Salo/Jaime Melo, drivers
Can you believe that one-fifth of all Americans can't find their home country on a map? Can you believe that one of those one-fifth got called upon to explain the phenomenon at the Miss Teen USA pageant? And you will see nothing funnier this weekend than her response. I particularly loved how she kept trying to reel it back in by name-dropping "the Eye-Rack." She should've just stuck to her original, simple answer: "Some people out there in our nation don't have maps."
And, honestly, I know it's easy to dogpile this poor girl...and there, but for the grace, goes whatever hapless Stepford Sorority Suzie from Georgia was competeting...but they do drills with their "pageant consultants" on these stupid questions. Nutting up is simply Choke City. Plus, is there more of a 3-1 hanging curveball than a question about literacy and education in the US? She shoulda smoked it deep into the cheap seats.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Anyway...we're back up and running. See you kids in the morning.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Seriously...hopefully this won't take very long. A day or two.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"She enters the general election campaign with the highest negatives of any candidate in the history of the Gallup poll," Rove said.
"It just says people have made an opinion about her. It's hard to change opinions once you've been a high-profile person in the public eye, as she has for 16 or 17 years."
Monday, August 20, 2007
[Vick pic courtesy of MSNBC.com]
Anyway...after that, go cleanse your sports palate.
Read about the amazing comeback of Rick Ankiel.
[Ankiel pic courtesy of AP]
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Edwards - Clearly bumfuzzled. The attack dog of a couple of weeks ago was Mr. Hope And Optimism today. He's to the point of throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. Still coming off as very stage-managed and too slick by half. Still, the guy has been a constant presence in Iowa since 2004. Edwards is rolling the dice by concentrating all of his efforts in the early primaries and the outcome could reshape how we elect Presidents in this country. I can see a scenario in which Edwards wins Iowa and New Hampshire, stumbles in South Carolina against Obama, and then is buried on "Monster Tuesday" by Hillary and/or Obama. Can you imagine a 2012 election in which Iowa and New Hampshire no longer matter? We're moving closer and closer to a national Presidential primary, I think.
Oh...anyway...back to the debate, Edwards was ineffective today. Another missed opportunity, speaking of which...
Obama - Got his sea legs back a little today. Sure, he had to stand back and watch in silence as the rest of the candidates piled on him for the first ten minutes. But the upside of that is...hey, they were talking about him for the first ten minutes. The entire first segment of the debate was "Let's talk about Obama vs. Hillary." Which is great for Obama. That's how he wants to frame this whole run-up to the primaries. However, the "you're great...no you're great" vibe in this debate found Obama unwilling to draw sharp distinctions between himself and Hillary. Again, a missed opportunity.
Hillary - Her performance was like that of a basketball team with a ten-point lead late in the game that executes a flawless possession but doesn't score. She protected her lead and ran the clock down a little bit. I swear, if she could project a little warmth and empathy, Hillary might be the best performer at these kind of debates I've ever seen (a title currently held by her husband). Her poise is absolutely unshakable, she never hems-and-haws or stalls, and she never backs down. I would've bet you anything three months ago that Obama would've closed this race up to "pick 'em" status by this point...but Hillary's formidable, man. It's her nomination to lose.
And one more time: Whoever wins...please, Joe Biden for Secretary of State.
[Hillary/Obama pic courtesy of AP]
Saturday, August 18, 2007
NASCAR-3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Kasey Kahne
[ETA: Thanks to the rain in Michigan, that prediction now carries over 'til Monday.]
[E-one more time-TA: Would you believe...TUESDAY? Bring a box brunch!]
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
And I know that comes off like a cheap shot at Rudy...when the truth is he's easily the least objectionable GOP candidate for my money. That picture in drag I posted and his frequent SNL appearances are a big part of the reason why I like him. He's one of the few Republicans out there who's not afraid to take the piss out of himself publicly. Maybe not a criteria that a lot of people ponder inside the voting booth...but I think it says a lot about a potential President.
Congratulations to Mitt Romney for drawing a huge crowd. To The Varsity. At lunchtime. Maybe he can draw his next "overflow" crowd by scheduling an appearance at the Five Points Marta Station on a day when the Braves and Falcons are playing at the same time. While we're here at The V though, how about a little demagoguery with your chili dog? Mittens on Hillary yesterday:
“She’s says we’ve been an on-your-own society. She wants a shared society,a we’re-all-in-this-together society. So it’s out with Adam Smith and up with Karl Marx,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
What a piece of effing work this guy is. Does he really think any talk of "we're-all-in-this-together"...of simply looking out for the other guy...really means "out with Adam Smith and up with Karl Marx"? Bite me, hard. Adam Smith's ghost ought to give you an invisible hand upside the head. You're not a bubba, Mittens...so tell those speechwriters that you hired to give you some red meat rhetoric to throw out to "the base" to dial it back a notch.
Just Facebook me, baby: This picture of our new congressman, Paul Broun, on the prowl at UGA cracks me up for some reason. I think it's because he looks like he just got a fake student ID with the name "McLegislatin" on it.
Finally, a touching scene from the White House lawn:
"Yeah, yeah...Don't let the propeller hit 'cha where the
Good Lord split 'cha, Turd Blossom."
[Bushes/Rove pic courtesy of Reuters]
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Maybe it's an omen that you picked the wrong guy: Apparently, Drew Carey got mangled his very first week on the job at The Price Is Right. I'm telling you, they screwed up by not picking Dave.
High Comedy Alert...Mitt Romney is eating lunch at The Varsity in Atlanta today. What makes it so funny is knowing that he surely put aside some time on his schedule in the past couple of days to practice ordering. It's probably spelled out phonetically on an index card: "Ahhh...yes...one nekkid dawg...one big frosted ainge." I especially like the big, all-capped FREE in the announcement. So nice of them to not charge admission...to The Varsity.
Finally, just to make it up to The Osmonds:
"Crazy Horses." Rock out with your...whatever...out.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
[Van Halen pic courtesy of AP]
[Edited to add: Holy crap! I just checked ticket prices for the North Carolina shows...150 bucks and 80 bucks! I wouldn't pay that kind of money if they were playing five minutes away at the historic Winterville Railroad Depot. These guys are supposed to be a party band...not somebody you have to hock the El Camino to afford tickets for.]
Speaking of Winterville, we've got an official song now. Here's the video for it. Way too granola-ish and more than a touch on the twee side for my taste. I would've preferred something more along the lines of "Nut Bush City Limits."
Man...There's just not much shaking today, is there? I'll sign off early and check back in later if anything happens that's actually worthy wasting some of your time over. Maintain 'til then.
Oh, yeah...One last thing before I check out:
Happy birthday today to the pride of Buford, GA
(well, besides myself anyway), center/forward
Christi Thomas of the WNBA's LA Sparks. I'm
proud to say Christi's a former Lady Bulldog and
a longtime friend of our family. Happy b-day!
[Christi pic courtesy of WNBA.com]
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sorry, but I can't get too excited about Karl Rove resigning. First of all, it's years too late. That particular horse couldn't be further out of the barn. Secondly, it's purely a CYA move by the Bush administration. They don't want Rove hanging around GOP candidates' necks during the upcoming election season. Besides, the guy will go straight into influence peddling, collecting six-figure fees for speeches, and basically never doing an honest day's work for the rest of his life. Eff him.
That is one ugly-looking gouge on the belly of the space shuttle Endeavour. What's especially troubling is the fact that the damage is to the area where heat-protective tiles are joined together. Damage that has created an ominous hole that appears to be quite deep. NASA has a few days to troubleshoot this thing and test different landing scenarios but I'm betting we'll seen an emergency spacewalk to attempt a repair job. After Columbia, there's no way you try to land with that kind of damage if there's any way you can fix it in orbit.
Is there any other kind of county you would expect to host a GOP convention?
If yesterday's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen doesn't convince NASCAR that The Chase For The Championship ought to include a road race, then I don't know what will. Here's hoping that Juan Pablo Montoya knocks the Reese's peanut-butter filling right out of Happy Harvick next time he gets all up in his business. If nothing else, he should at least call him a "fokkin' eediot" a few times.
Finally, Mike Huckabee's surprisingly strong showing
in Iowa this past weekend means that Primus will have
to carry on without him for a little while longer.
[Huck-a-thump pic courtesy of AP]
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Lesson learned: Never make out in public with George W. Bush.
[Tommy/Dubya makeout pic courtesy of AP]
(Hard to pick against the road course pros at The Glen)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
1. Tony Kanaan
2. Dario Franchitti
3. Dan Wheldon
I don't know that there's a better driver in open-wheel racing than Tony Kanaan when it comes to running away and hiding from the pole position...so, with TK on the point tonight, it's hard to pick against him. Almost as hard as it is to pick a one-two finish for Andretti Green Racing in light of the way that entire team has piled on Dan Wheldon in the aftermath of last week's big wreck. Dario, maybe the cleanest driver in the IRL, is largely innocent in all of this but his AGR teammates, TK and Danica Patrick, are two of the worst offenders when it comes to the "pushing" they accuse Wheldon of. Sure, Wheldon did attempt to push Dario up the track. And you know what? If Dario had moved over and Dan had gone on to win the race, we'd all be talking about what a sensational racing move it was. It'll be fun to watch when these guys inevitably end up next to each other again tonight.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Seriously. So make sure you knock first. This heat is killer.
"The headline was repulsive to every University of Georgia Bulldog fan who lives in Oglethorpe County." [Except, of course, to the ones who can take an effing JOKE.]
Remember my "friends" at the Barrow BullCrap blog? Never mind.
While I'm sorry for the family's loss, tell me this headline from the ABH doesn't make it sound like this guy was devoured on some savanna in Central America.
Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart are becoming teammates. I'll fess up. I freaking love Kyle Busch. Number one, I love how he drives the wheels off a car...but I also love him the way I love a good pro-wrestling "heel." Basically, I just love how most NASCAR fans hate his ever-loving guts. He pouts, he whines, he looks like a total dweeb...and he's fast as hell. When he wins a race, his victory-lane interviews are drowned out by boos. Just once, I'd love to see him pull a Ric Flair and scream, "YOU PEOPLE...SHUT. YOUR. MOUTHS!" Here's hoping that next season, Kyle's primary sponsor is Tampax Tampons and that he puts a gigantic "Hillary For President" logo on his hood...and that he runs away with the championship. Oh...and that he gives Dale Jr. a folding steel chair upside the head at the NASCAR year-end banquet. That'll show 'em.
Are you down with "Chocolate Rain" yet? There's still room on the bandwagon.
If the front-office could make the money work, the Braves could do a helluva lot worse than pick up David "Boomer" Wells as a late-season rental to prop up the back end of the rotation. That 10-5 postseason record (with an ERA of 3.17) is awful tempting. I don't know that the fiery, raunchy "Boomer" would be a good fit in the Braves vanilla clubhouse, though...or if they could stock the post-game spread with enough hot wings to sustain both he and Bob Wickman.
Finally, Mitt Romney counts off his many stances on abortion
as a worried aide in the background wonders if his emotion chip
is inserted and activated. [Mitt pic courtesy of AP]
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Still, it sure would've been nice to sweep those
effing Mets. But we had to get this rubber game
going into Phillie behind James, Cormier, and
Carlyle. Need big bats this weekend, fellas.
BONUS: Only one game back for the wild card!
The heart doctor stuff has biffed my whole week up in terms of good mojo. Everything's a little off. For instance, you know it's going to be a weird day when you read an interview with Newt Gingrich and pretty much agree with every word he says. He's right...the way we run a Presidential election in 2007 is slap out of hand. I do think that it's largely because this is such a unique cycle, though. No incumbent, no sitting Vice-President running...it's about as up-for-grabs as you can get. With a sitting President more than likely up for re-election, there's no way it gets this nuts in 2012.
Well, it's only a decade too late...but we're finally getting a Van Halen reunion tour with David Lee Roth. Let the jokes start ("Sittin' With The Devil"..."And The Walker Will Rock...") but if the tickets are at all affordable, I'd like to be there. Still, though...remember Beavis and Butthead trashing one of Dave's videos and his rapidly receding hair line with, "Uhhhh....I didn't know David Lee Roth's dad was in a band"? Dude, even that was fifteen years ago. At least I'll have my nitro pills handy if Diamond Dave or Eddie need one.
The PGA Championship tees off today. I shall venture way out on that limb and pick this guy to win.
Get ready, Oconee County...more white refugees are a-comin'! Me, I was lucky enough to escape Gwinnett County under the cover of darkness a little over fifteen years ago (not that the rising minority population had anything to do with it, I assure you). I've never looked back, broseph. In fact, let me get all Jim Whitehead on you good people and suggest that, except for Buford's football team, somebody probably ought to bomb the place.
Finally, this shaggin' wagon has been seen parked
outside of the Sean Hannity White Guy Woodstock
'07...errr...Freedom Concerts. Pimping out the name
of your old TV show in a slogan, Fred? Tacky.
[Fredbus pic courtesy of the Dirtbag's Delight blog]
Eight miles from the launch complex, in the city of Titusville.
Even that far away, the rumble will rattle the loose change in
your pockets. I've been lucky enough to witness over a dozen
shuttle launches in person and I can't wait to take my kids. If
you haven't...you ought to. And you'd better hurry, the shuttle
fleet is scheduled to be mothballed in 2010. [Shuttle launch pic
courtesy of Reuters]
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Even though these Presidential debates are quickly reaching "Everybody Loves Raymond"-rerun levels of TV saturation, I somehow totally missed the one from Chicago last night. From the highlights I saw, though, it looked like Obama took a lot of heat from the lesser lights (classic primary strategy...second-tier guys fighting to be The Alternative to The Official Front-Runner) and Hillary got off a great soundbite with her "I'm your girl" line.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
But, since I know you people coordinate your lives around this blog, I just thought I'd pop in to announce no proper entry/update until this afternoon or evening. The cardiac stress test is supposed to take pretty much half the day. Until then, stay cool...yeah, that'll happen.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Oh, man...Here I am jumping on another bandwagon. How did RENO 911! make it almost five seasons before I finally discovered it? (I mean...besides the fact that once you get past Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, there are more laughs-per-minute to be found on C-SPAN than Comedy Central.) Anyway, I'm catching up via reruns and I have yet to see one episode that doesn't have at least a couple of gut-busting gags.
Yeah, but did he ever answer the question? This just in, Rory Sabbatini is still a punk.
Finally, my pal and neighbor...former UGA golf great Ryan Hybl...is turning pro! Watch out for him on the PGA Tour in the next couple of years. The long-haired guy carrying his bag, gasping for air and popping nitroglycerin pills? That'll be me.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
(Tony and JPM stay hot but the kid wins)
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Tony Stewart
3. Juan Pablo Montoya
Hungarian Grand Prix at The Hungaroring
(Feuding McLaren teammates share podium space...again)
1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
3. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
[Edited to add: I originally had Felipe Massa (Ferrari) in second
place but my pick was revised after late-Saturday-night penalties
imposed by F1 that reshuffled the starting grid order]
Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway
(Only fitting for Penske Racing to win IRL's last show at MIS)
1. Sam Hornish, Jr.
2. Scott Dixon
3. Dan Wheldon
Friday, August 3, 2007
The post yesterday about Sean Hannity's Manly Man Brodeo Tour '07....errrr...Freedom Concerts...mentioned that a portion of the proceeds were going to charity. Well, as it turns out, not a very freaking big portion. Four bucks from a $78 ticket? To paraphrase your favorite President, Sean..."You can do better...(bites lip)...and you must do better."
JMac over at Safe As Houses and The Wife went and had their first baby yesterday. Little Emma Katherine McGinty...and she's got to be seen to be believed. Go now. It'll make your day.
This much I will tell you about Ron Paul: If his strength at the polls was half of that shown by his supporters in blitzing online polls and call-in shows, the guy would be President-For-Life.
Good news: Stevie Wonder's coming to Atlanta! Bad news: He'll be at Chastain Park. Wonderful. A sweltering, dog-days night rubbing elbows with a bunch of tight-ass white people (okay, I'm white too...but the Chastain crowd is, like, porcelain) who'll be more interested in their wine and cheese than the god of popular music competing for their attention. I've had some of the worst concert experiences of my life at Chastain.
Finally, the fact that it's a painting of John Glover as Lionel Luthor from "Smallville" should've been their first hint that it wasn't really a Van Gogh.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
House Admin. Asst. Brittany Anderson
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
State Rep. Mike Coan
State Rep. J. Gordon Craig
State Rep. Tom Graves
State Sen. Judson Hill
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston
House Comm. Aide Sarah Larios
House Asst. Clerk Morgan McGrady
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan
State Rep. Nikki Randall
Angela Speir (PSC)