Thursday, August 31, 2006

Manilow vs. Diamond

With Barry Manilow's Emmy win the other night, I had a conversation with some folks recently about who is the better musician: Manilow or Neil Diamond. Feel free to weigh in on this topic. I'll share my thoughts later this afternoon.

Neil Diamond's acting performance in "Saving Silverman" should not be considered in this discussion.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Best Steelers Website

I have a link on the right to Steeler cornerback Ike Taylor's "Face Me Ike" website, and I have also profiled Joey Porter's website in the past. Neither of these compare to the MySpace page of Steelers backup center Chukky Okobi. Did you know he's a rapper? I didn't either until I found this site. He's actually pretty good, although I may be a little biased since he mentions the Steelers and Pittsburgh quite frequently. Please note that some of the lyrics may be R-rated. I personally like the 412 references in "In the Strip," but my personal favorite is "Steelers '06 Who's..."

In case you've been wondering, Steelers backup tackle Trai Essex also has a MySpace page.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 29th

August 29th will always be a special day for me. The 29th was my grandmother's birthday and is the birthday of my best friend growing up (basically from 3-18). Unfortunately, I haven't talked to him in years. Exactly two years ago today, another set of friends had a baby boy and of course, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast last year. Michael Jackson's birthday is also today, but I really don't care about that.

Monday, August 28, 2006


Over the weekend, I went to my first concert in probably four years to see Counting Crows and The Goo Goo Dolls. Much to my surprise, the Goo Goo Dolls put on a better performance (with the exception of the two songs sung by the guitar player and not by John Rzeznik). Two days later, I'm still amazed at this. I don't own any Goo Goo Dolls CDs, yet I knew almost every song they performed. Meanwhile, I didn't seem to know many of the Counting Crows songs, and they played a really odd version of Mr. Jones.

I have had the Bengals-Packers game on in the background as I've been typing this. Bengals Quarterback Carson Palmer is back and looks really good. That's good for the NFL and is even better for the Steelers-Bengals games. At least now we don't need to hear the "Palmer is hurt" excuse when the Steelers beat the Bengals!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

2006 Emmys - Live!

Welcome to my live comments and thoughts on the 2006 Emmys! I am typing live from my couch and will be here all night (or at least until I get bored or tired). Anyway, feel free to post comments or predictions throughout the evening. Enjoy the show...
I should mention that I will be joined tonight by my wife. Tonight's Emmy host: Conan O’Brian, who I think still has a TV show on at 12:30. I honestly have no idea since I don’t stay up that late anymore. I’m not really a big fan of his, but I thought he did a great job. Of course, making fun of your network is always funny (see Letterman, David). Putting yourself in a montage of TV shows (Lost, The Office, 24, etc.) was also a good move.

First award of the night: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series being presented by Patrick Dempsey and Grey of Grey’s Anatomy. Grey is not funny (her joke bombed). The winner: Megan Mullally. I really think this is going to be a Will & Grace tribute show tonight. Debra Messing will definitely win for Best Actress in a Comedy. I'll also predict a big night for Grey's Anatomy despite Grey not being funny.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Alan Alda. Why does Sean Hayes get to accept Alan Alda’s award? I think the presenter should say that they're going to put the award on EBay.

From my wife: I don’t think I want to watch this with you. I’m bored already. Could be a short night.

Bob Newhart = funny. Even if he's not talking, he's still funny. I also think he's extremely underrated. Two hit shows and the best series finale of all-time.

Congrats to Jeremy Piven for winning Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series. He was great in PCU!
Is it bad that I know Cloris Leachman from "The Facts of Life" and not because of her eight Emmys?

Dick Clark looks better than he did on New Year's Eve.
I'm getting tired (and a little bored), so I'm not sure how much more I'll be writing.

The Jon Stewart Show won a couple of awards.

Is Bob Newhart sitting in the glass case all night? Do they let him out to use the restroom or have some nachos?

Tony Shalhoub won for Best Actor in a Comedy for Monk. While most people know him from Wings (does anyone watch Monk?), I also remember the short-lived show he was on with Neil Patrick Harris. Without checking IMDB, can you name that show?
Stephen Colbert's rant, especially about losing to Barry Manilow (apparently, he's not a Fan-ilow) was great. OK, I'm done for the night. Too tired. I'll just share my predictions for the rest of the main awards:

Best Comedy: Arrested Development
Best Drama: Grey's Anatomy
Actress Comedy: Debra Messing
Actor Drama: Martin Sheen (Peter Krause could be an upset winner)
Actress Drama: I have no clue on this one. Maybe Geena Davis.
They will keep Bob Newhart alive.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

New Referrals

Once again, I’m “borrowing” this idea from Sarah, who just redesigned her site so check it out! Anyway, these are real searches (usually from Yahoo or Google) conducted by real people:

VH1 Flavor of Love
One of the greatest TV shows of all time!

Kevin Federline
Would you be at all surprised if he had a VH1 reality dating show in 10 years? I didn’t think so.

test answers for dmv driving test for day august 23, 2006
Unlucky. I had the answers for August 22, 2006. Make sure you stop completely at a flashing red light.

I Hate Taylor Hicks
Is that you Justin Timberlake?

rumors about celine dion being a lesbian
Sorry, no rumors here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

wife of "pat mears" baseball player
Why is anyone even searching for Pat Mears?

breezewood park-n-ride
Breezewood has a park-n-ride? It really is a traveler’s oasis!

family ties "not the theme song"
That would be every song besides the actual theme song.

World cup speedo
I have nothing even remotely funny to write.

tempur pedic bad results
Sorry to hear that. Maybe you shouldn’t buy a bed after seeing a 3:00am infomercial.

are you gellin and zinfadellin
NO! How many times do I have to say that I hate these commercials? I’m going to go now to have some watermelon. Damn, they got me rhyming again!

There's a really good chance that I'll have a live journal for the Emmys on Sunday, so feel free to provide your comments then. It should be fun.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

College Rankings

The 2007 U.S. News & World Report edition of America's Best Colleges and "The Princeton Review" rankings have both been released recently. The spin by colleges and universities are always the best part of these rankings. For example, I received the following information from The Ohio State University boasting about being named 19th among the nation's top 50 public universities, up from 21st in 2005, 22nd in 2004 and 2003, and 24th in 2002. If Ohio State goes to say 42 next year, would there be this type of press release?

Conversely, while many current students of Penn State (#2) and West Virginia (#3) may be happy to be ranked among the top party schools by the Princeton Review, the administrators want to put a different spin on it. In response to the ranking, Penn State university spokesman Tysen Kendig said, "Certainly, we want our students to have a great experience at the university, both academically and socially. But I think we need to be careful at all colleges and universities because we are dealing with a climate of alcohol abuse. And that's definitely not something that any college or university would be proud of." Of course he's right. However, he then pointed out that the Washington Monthly had a poll of the best universities in terms of service to the nation, where Penn State ranked No. 3 in that poll.

Other schools of note for the Princeton Review rankings:

Ithaca College
#4 Best College Radio Station
#18 Best College Theater
#14 Reefer Madness

George Mason University
#16 Students Dissatisfied with Financial Aid
#13 Their Students (Almost) Never Study
#2 Diverse Student Population
#14 Least Happy Students

The George Washington University
#5 Most Politically Active
#20 Dorms Like Palaces
#18 Great College Towns

The Ohio State University
#7 Teaching Assistants Teach Too Many Upper-Level Courses
#19 Students Pack the Stadiums

To see the complete list, click here (you may need to create a username and password) or if you're looking for a particular school, let me know and I'll check it out for you.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Updates, Updates, Updates

* The air conditioning is working again! Unfortunately, the cost to fix it was a lot more than I hoped. Of course, I had hoped it would be free.

* The first episode of season two of Prison Break was great last night. I don't want to give anything away, but there was definitely an unexpected "wow" moment.

* I know that no one cares about other people's fantasy team, but in case you were wondering, here is my team from my 16-team fantasy football league. The number in parentheses is the overall pick number.

1. (3) LaDainian Tomlinson
2. (30) Kevin Jones
3. (35) Torry Holt
4. (62) Trent Green
5. (67) Tony Gonzalez
6. (94) Muhsin Muhammad
7. (99) Drew Bennett
8. (126) Kevan Barlow
9. (131) Byron Leftwich
10. (158) Jacksonville D
11. (163) Jerry Porter
12. (190) Zach Hilton
13. (195) Michael Turner (Tomlinson insurance)
14. (222) Bobby Engram
15. (227) Sebastian Janikowski

Monday, August 21, 2006

Toilet Talk

I have said many times (although mostly to myself) that the United States is way behind in toilet technology. The primary toilet innovations come from the Japanese company, TOTO. I'll get back to TOTO momentarily. Maybe the U.S. is starting to make some strides in toilet technology, however, thanks to the Fish 'N Flush, a two-piece aquarium toilet that is pictured. I don't know how it works but you can check out the FNF website for more details.

While I like the idea of FNF, it's really a novelty compared to TOTO's most famous product, the Washlet. Some of the Washlet features include a heated seat, warm air dryer, air purifier, remote control and it self-cleans. I can only dream!

Manic Monday

I love using music references in the title of my posts. Anyway, this is a special afternoon posting because I'm home today. We have had some air conditioning problems so I have been home waiting for the HVAC guy. He was here this morning and has to come back because a major part was broken.

Besides the air conditioning, here are a few things I wanted to share:

- Prison Break - Season II starts tonight. Watch it or set your TiVos!

- There's a website I just discovered called, which is a blog directory with a ranking system based on the number of unique visitors each blog receives every week. You can see where I rank with other blogs. For this week, I'm #11 in the sports section (I had to choose one and figure I write just a little bit more about sports than entertainment) and #293 overall.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

So Bored

I've talked about my love for fantasy sports many times in the past. I am typing this at the 2.5 hour mark of my 16-team, 15-round fantasy football league online draft. Yes, I've been spending my Sunday evening sitting in front of a computer. Did I mention that this is a 16-team league? Oh, and there are 3:00 minutes for each pick. That is an eternity especially in Round 11 when all of the good players are long gone. We're almost done, so I can go back to enjoying fantasy football soon.

On the bright side, I'm watching the Teen Choice Awards. Nick Lachey won an award for Best Love Song (I think) which could have made for great television since Jessica Simpson is the host. Unfortunately, Jessica did not present the award; she was probably in a dressing room. However, I'll give Nick some credit. His first word for the acceptance speech was "awkward," followed by the sound of 1000 squealing girls.

Kevin Federline will be performing for the first time ever. This could be very entertaining.

Update 10:04: Chewing her gum and looking the opposite of classy, Britney came out to introduce Kevin. His performance: not very good. I guess he thinks that he's a rapper. He may be a good dancer, but singing/rapping, not so much. All I know is that he would never be performing on TV if his wife wasn't Britney. They are just a train wreck.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Christina on GMA

If you're reading this early this morning and happen to be at home, Pittsburgh's own and one of Ramblings' favorites, Christina Aguilera will be in concert on Good Morning America. I'll miss the performance (that work thing gets in the way), but if you see it, feel free to share comments about how she did.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Pedro Astacio - Greatest Pitcher Ever

I attended the Nationals-Braves game on Tuesday night and witnessed the best pitching performance I can recall seeing in person. The amazing part about this is that Pedro Astacio was pitching. Astacio threw only 89 pitches in the complete game win giving up no runs, two hits, no walks and five strikeouts. This was Pedro Astacio, who many casual baseball fans have probably never heard of. For the non-casual baseball fans out there, do you realize (I did not) that Astacio has been in the majors since 1992 and has a career record of 127-121?

For those of you keeping track, I rank this game with one where Kip Wells took a no hitter into the 9th inning (2001?).

Monday, August 14, 2006

Taste Test

Along with Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios, one of the cereals that I eat regularly is Kellogg's Apple Jacks. On a recent trip to the greatest grocery store of all-time, I decided to buy the Wegmans version of Apple Jacks, Apple Snaps. So the taste test was on! Although the Wegmans brand is less expensive and they both look similar, there is no contest in terms of taste. The winner: Apple Jacks!

Yes, I have a very exciting life.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Failure To Be a Good Movie

I'm currently watching the movie "Failure to Launch" starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. What a terrible movie! I guess this is a technically a "chick flick" but it's so bad that my wife left about twenty minutes ago. Actually, it just got worse...they showed Terry Bradshaw's ass. Not cool and not funny. I'm really glad that I didn't pay money to see this in the theater or from Blockbuster. I borrowed this piece of crap (I don't think I've ever used this phrase on this blog before) from a co-worker because a classmate from high school is in the movie. Anyway, here is the IMDB profile of Gretchen Cleevely. She was on screen for an entire minute and had maybe two lines. I'm really looking forward to Sunday night football or even Desparate Housewives.

3:00 AM Eternal

I'm all for random KLF references instead of the other song I could think of with 3:00 AM prominently featured in the song (Matchbox 20).

Anyway, I fell asleep on the couch a few hours ago, so now I'm wide awake. Basic TV is really, really bad at this time of night/morning. Well, unless you love infomercials! Here's what's on:

- The local FOX station (WTTG) has something about a company called Carleton. I have no idea what it is but there are items such as "How to Skyrockets Your Profits" and "How to Get Cash at Closing."

- The paid program on ABC (WJLA) is from The Sharper Image. They are talking about cleaning a grid. Let's move on.

- Channel 8 News is an ad for Proactiv. Hey, we get famous people like Jessica Simpson and P Diddy!

- WUSA (CBS) - ACFC. I don't know what it is but there's a family riding on a boat. Oh, there's a cash flow workshop involved.

I've also found information for a Sleep Number bed, Tempur-Pedic bed, Time Life's "Classic Sixties" edition (I like this one!) and Erik Estrada talking about Bella Vista Village.

There's something wrong with the local NBC station (WRC). They had an infomercial on at 2:58, but now they're actually showing a real show: an SNL repeat with Kelsey Grammer.

Time to go back to sleep...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Political Quiz

I love taking quizzes, and here's a political one. Maybe you think you're a centrist but are really a libertarian. As for my results, I received a Social Liberal percentage of 65% and an Economic Liberal percentage of 23%. Therefore, I am "best described as a Democrat."

Click on the link to take the quiz and feel free to share your results in the comments section.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Book Review

As usual, I've been reading a large variety of books lately from Mike Lupica's "Bump and Run" to Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink." I'm looking forward to the next few books I will read: "Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History" (which I mentioned a few months ago) and "The Great Deluge" about Hurricane Katrina by Douglas Brinkley.

The book I'm currently reading is "What Really Happened to the Class of '93" by Chris Colin. I found this book by accident at the library. It caught my eye since I also graduated in 1993 and is about graduates of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology ("TJ") here in Northern Virginia. While I am enjoying the book, I am continuously comparing the students at TJ to my high school. TJ seems to be very political; the students have intense discussions involving politics and sexuality; and apparently, a good number of students came out during high school. At my high school, we talked about sports, music and relationships (or who liked whom). I didn't know of anyone who came out and I don't remember high school being very political even though the Bush-Clinton Presidential election took place my Senior year.

For high school graduates from the early to mid 1990s, which high school was more typical?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Song Lyrics (or Lack Thereof)

Although most of the recent NSync news has focused on Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake has a new song out called "Sexy Back." It has a great beat and a cool video, but I heard the song on the radio today and realized that there are virtually no lyrics. The song has three verses with four lines each and a bridge, but most of the song is JT singing "Go ahead, be gone with it." It doesn't make any sense. I'm starting to miss the days of insightful lyrics from songs like "My Humps" and "Hollaback Girl."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Looking for a Fantasy Football League

Now that it's August and training camps have started, it's that time of year to start thinking about fantasy football. I'll admit it; I have a problem/addiction with fantasy sports. I'm currently in two fantasy baseball leagues, two fantasy football leagues, and I even had a World Cup fantasy league earlier this summer. There are much worse vices than fantasy sports. Anyway, my two fantasy football leagues are not enough especially since one does not appear to be very serious (we pre-rank the players and the computer automatically drafts for all teams; what fun is that?). So I'm in search of an additional league. I don't care if there is money involved or not. It just needs to be a league where people are involved. I don't want to be in the league where owners give up in week five and are starting players on a bye or tore their ACL in week two. Preferably, I'd also like to know at least one person in the league.

If you are looking to start a league or have any suggestions of a league I could join, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at Thank you!

Flavor of Love is Back!

VHI's Flavor of Love 2 debuts on Sunday, August 6th, but maybe you're like me and don't want to wait for Sunday. If so, you're in luck. The first episode of Flavor of Love 2 is online at VHI's VSpot. I watched the first half last night. I'm not sure how this season can top the original Flavor of Love, but the show is off to a great start.

Thanks to Jason for forwarding this link. He says he's not a fan of Flavor of Love, but why else would he have been looking for the show? :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


I've written on several occasions about Express, a free publication from The Washington Post, with news and random stuff that is great to read on the Metro. However, I think that the Express editors were asleep for page 21 of today's edition:

"PITHY HEADLINE: Missouri, known as own as the Show Me State, is cracking dow the Show Me State, is cracking down on Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday signed ri, known as the Show State, is on . Gov. sexuall mile of 40-45 WORDS.(AP)"

This is a direct quote! I'm sure the AP is honored to be the source of this.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Happy Anniversaries

25 years ago today, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles aired on MTV. (Complete tangent but would the Buggles even have been a one-hit wonder without MTV? Did the song get any radio play?) That's right, MTV is officially 25 today. To celebrate, MTV aired portions of one video per year in a one-hour (or 30-minute; I'm not sure) show. Not much of a retrospective. Oh, MTV also showed several episodes of Sweet Sixteen, celebrating the birthdays of people born 9 years after the station debuted.

2 years ago today, I got married!