Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Year In Review

Welcome to my 5th annual year in review, where I take the first line or two of the first entry of each month in order to produce a random and (hopefully) interesting summary of 2009.

January - I wasn’t planning on posting today, but since it is Thursday, I figured I would share a quick story. After eating too many dairy products over the past day or two (mmm...cheese) coupled with some alcohol last night, I managed to clog my first toilet of 2009 even with a courtesy flush.

February - Are you spending the day waiting for Super Bowl XLIII to begin? Here are some links, especially if you’re a Steelers fan, to help you pass the time until kick-off.

March - Ashley Diparlo and Becky Emmers of WTAE's Pittsburgh Channel website are awesome. They are even more awesome for including the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament on their Links N'@ video.

April - I’m writing this on Tuesday night since my computer is going to be one of many to explode on Wednesday from the Conficker worm.* Should be fun! Hopefully, the world isn’t going to end and you’re able to read this.

May - The Virginia Lottery has a great advertising campaign at some Metro stations. It’s a simple electronic billboard with bright red numbers indicating the current jackpot for Mega Millions.

June - I was awake earlier Sunday than I am during the work week since I was scheduled to referee several adult co-ed soccer games. There were thunderstorms in the middle of the night, but the phone lines and websites of the referee assigner, soccer league and county all indicated that the field was open.

July - Now that I wrote about my gamblings experience in Vegas, I thought I would share notes from the rest of my vacation. I spotted Alexander Ovechkin lying out at the Bally's pool with an attractive female companion.

August - A conductor in Lithuania created an orchestral piece to accompany Nora, the piano playing cat. Enjoy!

September - Here is your opportunity to relive game six of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars.

October - It seems like the Penguins were raising the Stanley Cup only yesterday, yet the NHL regular season starts tonight. Yes, really. I’m being serious.

November - Is it a turn-on or turn-off to see someone with Lucky Charms in their grocery store cart?

December - After last week's difficult A-List actress edition, this may be one of the easier versions of Trivia Tuesday. Your challenge is to name the three letter airport code to the 10 busiest airports in the United States.

As usual, it seems like I wrote about a wide variety of topics. We got a TMI Thursday and a Trivia Tuesday mixed in with some Pittsburgh sports, my life as a soccer referee, our Vegas vacation and a question that scholars have debated for decades.

On behalf of me and everyone else here at Sean's Ramblings (that would still be me), thank you very much for reading, commenting and for your continued support. Have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

FROSTIVAL: January 1-3, 2010

You've made your plans for New Year's Eve and perhaps you even have an idea for what you're going to do on New Year's Day (my guess is that it involves sleeping in and possibly watching the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park). However, what are your plans for the Saturday and Sunday of this New Year's weekend? What are you going to do on Friday once you wake up? If you live in the Washington DC area, may I suggest checking out the first annual FROSTIVAL at the Dulles Expo and Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia Friday, January 1st through Sunday, January 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The FROSTIVAL is a brand new winter-themed family festival (created by the organizers of Celebrate Fairfax and Fall for Fairfax) geared to kids ages 2-12 and includes twenty interactive science and craft stations; 15 rides, slides and bounces; and three stages of entertainment featuring nationally recognized popular children’s performers Rocknoceros, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Yosi. That's one really long sentence! There is also a diverse line-up of music and dance performance groups showcasing the varied heritage and cultures of the region as well as a story time stage where local dignitaries will read winter-themed or classical children’s stories.

While these activities may not be a good fit for many of you, I'd like to suggest volunteering at the event. The event is in desperate need for volunteers, so please consider helping for a four-hour shift on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. If you're interested, please contact Ashley Evancheck at Ashley.Evancheck@FairfaxCounty.gov or at 703-324-9423.

For more information about the event itself, including the full entertainment schedule and discounted tickets and weekend passes, please visit the FROSTIVAL website.

Finally, check out a commercial of the event on YouTube.

Don’t Hibernate. Celebrate! (I like that tagline!)


UPDATE

Here is a few more articles about FROSTIVAL from the Washington Business Journal and the Annandale VA blog.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trivia Tuesday: Television City Edition

Happy Tuesday to you! Today's trivia is one that I created but based on a quiz I saw on Sporcle a few months ago. Listed below are ten television shows. Your challenge is to name the city where these shows took place.

1. Perfect Strangers
2. Laverne & Shirley
3. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. The Dukes of Hazzard
6. Designing Women
7. Mr. Belvedere
8. Family Ties
9. 227
10. Full House

As always, please leave your responses in the comments section below and do not use the internet for answers. Good luck!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ziggy Leads Steelers to Victory

Although LaMarr Woodley, Ben Roethlisberger and Jeff Reed were the most valuable players in the Steelers' 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens (along with Derrick Mason dropping a TD pass and some dumb penalties by the Ravens), 2009 first-round draft pick Ziggy Hood played his best game as a pro. Statistically, Hood had two tackles, one a sack and the other a tackle for a loss, and a fumble recovery.*

Here's what Coach Mike Tomlin had to say about Ziggy's performance (courtesy of Steelers Depot):

Question: Talk about Ziggy Hood.
Mike Tomlin: He made a few plays for us. A young guy kind of taking advantage of opportunities. Of course, he was afforded more of an opportunity because of what Brett Keisel’s been going through. He made a few timely plays for us. He’s a quality young player, he’s going to be a good player, not soon enough for us, not soon enough for him but we’re seeing strides week in and week out. We’re excited about what he could be. He helped us today which is good.


In honor of Hood's solid game, please join me in saying, Hooray for Ziggy!





If you thought I've been waiting eight months to write this post, you would be correct!


* Can someone explain why Hood was credited with a fumble recovery instead of an interception? Woodley knocked the ball off of Flacco's hand, the ball bounced off a Ravens' lineman and Hood caught it with the ball never touching the ground.


Finally, I have a dream to have 50 followers on Twitter. (I'm currently at 38.) Please click here if you'd like to follow me.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Steelers-Ravens Live Blog II

Our live blog of the first Steelers-Ravens game this season didn't go very well. Actually, the live blog went great; the result of the game did not. Join me, the guys from White Nerdy Wonks and others (maybe even you!) for Sunday's game. Unlike the previous Steelers-Ravens live blog, topics of conversation will not include Dennis Dixon, my mustache, and the fact that both Joe Flacco and Tyler Palko attended Pitt.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Disney Christmas

While watching the underrated* The Middle last night, ABC aired a commercial for Disney's Christmas Day parade. The advertisement highlighted the artists performing at the parade/TV special: The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder in that order. I realize that they are Disney artists and that Disney owns ABC so they want to promote their artists, but did you ever think that you would live in a world where The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato would get top billing over Celine Dion and especially Stevie Wonder?



* I actually have no idea if the show is underrated, overrated or simply rated. I do know that it's a surprisingly funny show but doesn't seem to get as much attention as Modern Family and Cougar Town. ABC did a nice job with their Wednesday comedy night (except for Kelsey Grammer's Hank which didn't work out that well; to paraphrase Meat Loaf, 3 out of 4 ain't bad!).

Photo from something called disneydreaming.com.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

With A Stick

Thanks to PS3 for coming up with a great reply to any argument or debate.



If you happen to have a heated discussion or debate over the next few weeks (this type of thing never happens during the holidays!), use "With a Stick" for the win!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Trivia Tuesday

I have had a Yahoo e-mail account for nearly 10 years. While this particular e-mail address is no longer my primary account, it is essentially my all-purpose/utility infielder e-mail. Whenever I sign up for something, I do so using this Yahoo e-mail. Therefore, I receive regular e-mails from airlines, hotels, restaurants, sports teams, and more. Last night, someone or something managed to send an e-mail from this account to many of my contacts with no subject and simply a link. One of my friends actually clicked on this link and told me it was for a website selling Viagra. Lovely. While I contacted Yahoo and changed my password, I may need to get rid of this e-mail. I'm reluctant to do so since there are personal messages in there from years past that I don't want to lose. However, if spam messages are sent from this e-mail again, it's D-U-N, done.

So this paragraph is a long way of writing that I don't really have a Trivia Tuesday this week. Therefore, I made up my own based on current events.

1. 86-year-old 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy married for the fourth time on Saturday. How old is his new wife?

2. What was Brittany Murphy's best film?

3. What part of Monday night's Giants-Redskins game made me laugh out loud?

4. The Federal government and nearly every school in the DC area closed on Monday due to the 20+ inches of now in the region. We received an e-mail on Sunday night from Target saying that they would be open on Monday. What time did Target open?

5. How many times did I shave over the last three days (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)?

6. How many members of the Woodland Hills High School football team are currently playing in the NFL? (Bonus: name them)

7. Pittsburgh Steelers WR Limas Sweed was placed on injured reserve ending his disappointing season. Where does he rank in on the team in catches and receiving yards?

8. Have you seen Avatar? If so, is it worth seeing?

As always, please leave your responses in the comments section below and do not use the internet for answers. Good luck!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Where Is Jerome Bettis?

It's been four seasons now since Jerome Bettis retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL. He spent his first three years of retirement as part of NBC's Football Night in America, but was replaced by Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison for this season. So where is Jerome Bettis now?



Well, he was been busy this past week telling Dan Patrick on Patrick's Fox Sports national radio show that "the Steelers are done." (Sean's note: While this is probably true, the Steelers dramatic win Sunday against the Packers gives us fans some false hope. I'm sure that I wasn't the only person looking into the NFL's tiebreaking procedures and the schedules of Denver, Baltimore and the other 7-7 teams.) Bettis continued by stating that "when you lose your spirit, then everything is pretty much gone. And that's what I saw when they hit the field against the Cleveland Browns. ... When you don't have the enthusiasm to get up for a game in which you have to win, then it tells me that the leadership isn't there." Ben Roethlisberger was not pleased. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

However, Bettis didn't just talk about the Steelers' problems; he provided solutions. As part of his weekly Sports Illustrated column, #36 shared his thoughts about what he would do to fix the Steelers. [Sports Illustrated]

Bettis also serves as the host in the collaboration between the NFL and Monster.com for the NFL Director of Fandemonium [NFL-Monster.com]



Even if Bettis shied away from the public focus, people continue to compare others to the future Hall-of-Fame running back.

Stanford RB Toby Gerhart "is an inelegant runner, blasting and banging and bouncing, lifting his style from the University of Jerome Bettis, where tackler tuition is paid in punishment." [Palo Alto Daily News]

James Island RB Matel Johnson "tries to emulate the style of former NFL great Jerome Bettis, a 5-10, 250-pound running back who was known as "The Bus" during his playing days." [Charleston, South Carolina's The Post and Courier]

Waseca, Minnesota RB Sam Milbrett "compared his running style to that of former Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams running back Jerome Bettis, who earned the nickname, “The Bus” because of his ability to carry tacklers due to his powerful running style." [Waseca County News]

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor? "This thing drives like Jerome Bettis: big, heavy, yet changes directions with ease and keeps them wheels churnin'." Um, OK. He's The Bus not The Truck! [Motor Trend]



Outside of the football field and the motor vehicle comparisons, Bettis continues to give back to the community. He's reading to kids with his mom who "love[s] little people." [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]



Plus, he also has the restaurant Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 and the "Bus Stops Here" Foundation.

Finally, Jerome Bettis prepares for Christmas with his wife and two kids. [WPXI]

So to answer the original question, Jerome Bettis appears to be everywhere! Well, except on NBC.


This is the second (annual?) where is Jerome Bettis piece. To see what happened to Jerome Bettis last year, click here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peeps Take DC By Storm

Perhaps this is not the best headline based on the huge amount of snow (20 inches for us) that fell in the DC area on Saturday. Regardless, the first ever Peeps store, called Peeps & Co., opened at National Harbor just last week. It looks like a a fun place with more than just Peeps. Here's more about the store from a random YouTube video:



Fox 5 DC (I have little confidence in Fox 5's video actually appearing here so you may need to click on the link if it doesn't work):



and the Lehigh Valley's The Morning Call has a story from the home-base perspective.

 

When the snow ever melts here, I'll definitely check this place out.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Yinz Luv Da Stillers & Guins

A few weeks ago, Jim Shearer stated that he would retire from Yinz Luv Da Stillers if the Steelers lost to the Oakland Raiders. The Steelers couldn't lose at Heinz Field to the Raiders, right? Wrong. Sadly, this is Jim's last YLDS:



Personally, I think we should start a fund where we send Jim at least $1 so that he will continue YLDS. In the meantime, Jim now has more time for Yinz Luv Da Guins. Here's his second video of the 2009-2010 season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Hanukkah

Tonight marks the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. To celebrate, I am proud to present Ziggy lighting the Menorah (sort of):



No cats or candles were harmed in the making of this picture. Actually, the candles were harmed. They were set on fire and melted into nothing!

Since we're expecting somewhere between 6 inches and 17 feet of snow in the Washington DC area this weekend, I may have lots of extra time to write. Therefore, make sure to visit Sean's Ramblings over the next few days for fascinating news and links.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fidelity Fires Employees For Playing Fantasy Football

This story comes from Yahoo via the Fort Worth Star Telegram in which four Fidelity employees were fired for playing fantasy football.

I have a small account with Fidelity and am seriously considering closing it because of this incident.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vienna Metro

This post is specifically for folks in the Washington DC area who use the Vienna Metro station. Assuming that the move and everything else works out, I will begin using this station for my daily commute next month. I know very little about this station, so I need some help on the following questions:

* How early do I need to get to Vienna to get a parking spot?
* Where is the best place to park (I remember there being a garage and an outdoor lot)?
* If I'm too late, are there any other parking options around the Metro station?
* How much is parking these days?
* Besides I-66, is there any way to get to Vienna from the Fair Lakes/Fair Oaks area?
* I will likely take a bus to Vienna most days. Is there a specific bus area? If so, or even if not, how easy/hard is it to find my bus? (For example West Falls Church is manageable; the bus area outside the Pentagon seems to extend for miles.)



Thanks for your help!


Photo from Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It Always Sucks in Philadelphia

To prepare everyone for the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers home-and-home series taking place tonight in Pittsburgh and Thursday in Philadelphia, Benstonium created this excellent It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia parody. Enjoy!

Trivia Tuesday: Name Game

We're back with another multiple choice edition of Trivia Tuesday. Today's theme: the etymology of male names. Listed below are the origins of 11 male names (including a special bonus), and a description of a person with that first name. Your challenge is to name the names.

1. Old English occupational name meaning "noble watchman." (ABC sportscaster)

2. From the German for "famous with the spear." (Tennis champion)

3. From the Old English for "spear." (1990's HBO star)

4. From the German for "rule and warrior" (News anchor)

5. Old Norse word for "free man." (Black actor)

6. From a Scottish name for "wood" or "forest." (Grammy-winning country singer)

7. From the German for "noble" and "bright." (All-Star first baseman)

8. A Scottish word referring to a narrow strait. (2nd generation race car driver)

9. Derived from the name of the Greek God of wine. (1960's film star)

10. The world's most common given male name. (Athlete)

Bonus 11. Irish (I think) name for incredible blogger and amazing mustache grower. (Original James Bond)

Answers: Carl; Roger; Dennis; Gary; Muhammad; Kyle; Howard; Sean; Walter; Albert; Keith

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a multiple choice game. Please leave your responses in the comments section below and please don't search the internet for answers. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia (except for question #11).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Phone Problems

We arrived home on Friday afternoon to discover that there was no dial tone on our home phone. Lovely! I called our phone company (to protect their identity, let’s call them Horizon) and told them the situation. They were able to perform some type of test to confirm that we did not have a dial tone (like we didn't know this already), but Horizon was unable to tell whether the problem was occurring inside or outside our home. Therefore, they told me that they would send a technician out. This all seemed fairly standard until they told me that the earliest someone could come out would be this Friday, seven days after we reported the problem. This is unacceptable! How can a company wait seven days to fix a problem? Isn’t a phone a necessity? Of course, the phone company also said that a technician would be out between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Wonderful! I told Horizon that we are moving soon and that this was making our decision of what phone company to use at our new home pretty easy. They didn’t seem to care.



I know what you’re thinking. Why not dump the home phone completely and just use cell phones? While we are seriously considering this, our cell phone reception (to protect the identity of our cell phone company, let’s call them Werizon Tireless) is not very good in our home.

Since we are about to move, I’m looking into options for phone service, cell phone service, cable, and internet. I know there are certain packages out there and want to get your opinion on what you like and/or what you don’t. Obviously, we want something that works but also won’t cost too much. We’re not sure yet whether or not we’ll go cell phone only and get rid of a home phone. Personally, I like having a home phone. Oh, we do get cell coverage from Werizon Tireless in the new place. Finally, a DVR, whether through Tivo or another company is a must (that sound you heard is Messiah yelling it’s about time). Any suggestions? The floor is yours.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah starts tonight, so to honor this joyous occasion, I'm proud to present to you a cartoon version of Neil Diamond performing Adam Sandler's Chanukah song:



Yes, this really is Neil Diamond covering this classic song. Long-time readers know that I'm a Neil Diamond fan, but there are certainly parts of this version that make me cringe.

Happy Chanukah everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

TMI Thursday: Trip to the Doctor’s

Let me preface this post by writing that I am fine. I don’t have the swine flu, Bubonic plague or the dreaded Salahi disease.* This trip to my doctor was for my annual physical. The good news is that my weight is slightly down from last year and my cholesterol, which was fairly high a few years ago, is at a good level. The bad news is that the growth spurt I’ve been hoping for didn’t occur this year.

When the doctor completed the physical and started to leave, I asked him about getting a Tetanus shot since it’s been about 10 years since I had one. He replied that I had one recently. I did? He pulled out my record and showed a fax that I received a Tetanus shot*** on July 2, 2009 from someplace called Travel Clinic. I was confused. Did I have a Tetanus shot but forget? Where was I on July 2nd? Wait a minute. I’ve never heard of a place called Travel Clinic. And why was my name not on this fax. In fact, there was no patient name on the fax. What is it doing in my records? The doctor told me to sort it out with Travel Clinic and to come back another day if I needed the shot.

I called Travel Clinic later that day and explained the situation. They looked up their records and hadn’t heard of me either. So now I need to go back to my doctor’s office, which is 35-minutes away from my home without Beltway traffic, to get the Tetanus shot. Moral of the story: I need a new doctor!



Please visit LiLu for more TMI Thursdays. She is doing an excellent Post Secret edition of TMIT on her site plus you can visit the TMIT stories from other folks there. In addition, you can always click here to see all of my TMI Thursday archives.

* No one is going to understand this joke in three weeks.** Don’t believe me? What is the last name of the balloon boy family?

** A friend of mine wants the entire Tareq and Michaele Salahi incident to be called Gategate. I don’t think it’s going to stick. (I need a ruling from Lacochran to make sure that this is acceptable use of asterisks.)

*** Tetanus shots would be much more fun if they were Tetris shots. Imagine the possibilities of moving around squares and L-shaped pieces!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Analyzing Britney Spears' 3

Britney Spears recently released the song titled 3 off of her second greatest hits album, The Singles Collection. I have to admit that I was not expecting Britney to release a children's song though that is understandable as she is the mother of two young children. I applaud her efforts to teach kids the importance of counting and sharing and the number three. (If you're not familiar with the song, the video is at the bottom of this post.) Let's take a look at her lyrics:

1, 2, 3
This is the proper way to learn how to count. Start with the basics.

not only you and me
If it was just you and me, that would be two.

Got one eighty degrees
I'll be honest in that I don't understand this line. However, by searching 180 degrees in Google, the first result is for 180 Degrees, Inc., a Minneapolis non-profit that "has been providing intervention, prevention and supportive services to juvenile and adults since 1973." In that case, bravo to Britney for pointing out the important work of this organization.

And I'm caught in between
You can't be caught in between with just two. The number two is caught in between 1 and 3.

Countin'
Counting

1, 2, 3
Numbers.

Peter, Paul & Mary
A tribute to the late Mary Travers. Maybe this will encourage a new generation to learn more about this inspiring musical group.

Gettin' down with 3p
Sesame Street was brought to you by number 3 and letter p the day this song was written.

Everybody loves (oh)
and the letter o

Countin'
Yes, everybody loves counting!

(The previous portion of the song is the chorus.)



Babe, pick a night
Perhaps, Britney wants kids to learn about the seven days of the week too.

To come out and play
Great line. Britney wants kids to know that counting can be and should be fun. This could also be a tribute to the band, Offspring.

If it's alright
Obviously, you should check with your parents before going over to a friend's home.

What do you say?
Hopefully yes.


Merrier the more
To get you into the holiday spirit.

Triple fun that way
Not just fun or double fun. Triple fun is even, um, funner!

Twister on the floor
Not only will you learn to count, you can play Twister which helps you with colors and coordination.

What do you say?
Again, yes. (Plus, say rhymes with way.)


Are - you in
Britney is really applying the peer pressure.

Livin' in sin is the new thing (yeah)
Some cultures discourage women to learn. Britney sings that these women should learn. It may be a sin to some people, but it shouldn't be.

Are - you in
She's going to keep asking until you say yes.

I am countin'!
She is counting and wants you to join her.

CHORUS (x2)


Three is a charm
Actually three's company but Britney couldn't use that line due to the show's trademark.

Two is not the same
Correct. Two is not the same as three.

I don't see the harm
Seriously, what's the harm in counting?

So are you game?
Just another way of asking if you're in.

Lets' make a team
You can't have a team of one.

Make 'em say my name
That could be part of the game. 1 = Britney; 2 = you; 3 = another person.

Lovin' the extreme
I got nothing on this line.

Now are you game?
She's really applying the peer pressure!


Are - you in
Britney will not give up!

Livin' in sin is the new thing
We addressed this earlier, but using the word "sin" is a reference to letting adults know that it's okay to like this song intended for kids.

yeah Are - you in
OK, asking us again and again is not going to change our answer!

I am countin'!
And back to counting.

CHORUS

(2nd chorus is slightly different with the two lines below replacing "Got one eighty degrees" and "Gettin' down with 3p" respectively)

Got one minute of dreams
Unlike Fiona Apple, Britney wants you to know that she does go to sleep to dream.

Gettin' down with repeat
She wanted to say three-peat, but former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley has this trademarked.


What we do is innocent
Counting. Learning numbers. Innocent!

Just for fun and nothin' meant
Don't discourage the kids into thinking this is learning is not fun. Learning is fun!

If you don't like the company
With three people, there's always a chance you won't like one of them. Let's call the guy you don't like, Brady.

Let's just do it you and me
But everything is fine since with just the two of you.

You and me
Just reiterating you and me.

Or three
We can ask another person not named Brady.

Or four
or two other people, none of whom are Brady.

- On the floor
Well, duh. You can't play Twister on a roof or in the air.

CHORUS (x2)


So there you have it: Britney's first children's song. Plus, here's the video, which isn't quite as kid-friendly.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Trivia Tuesday: Super Bowl Music Performers Edition

Let's go back to a happy time: February 1, 2009. A day when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. A day when James Harrison turned in the greatest play in Super Bowl history only to be matched a few hours later by Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes. A day when someone performed at the halftime show, but who was that person and/or band? Today's challenge is to name the celebrity acts that performed at each of these Super Bowls.

1. XLIII (2009; this is the year the Super Bowl was played not the 2009 season)

2. XLII (2008)

3. XLI (2007)

4. XL (2006)

5. XXXIX (2005)

6. XXVIII (2004)

7. XXXVII (2003)

8. XXXVI (2002)

9. XXXV (2001)

10. XXXIV (2000)

At trivia night, we were given the ten artists that performed in a multiple choice format. I'm not going to give you that option...for now. See how you do, and as usual, do not use the internet to search for answers. Please leave your answers in the comments section below. If you are struggling and need some help, I will provide some names later. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Russell Crowe on Pittsburgh Sports

Cool video where Crowe uses Pittsburgh as an example to his rugby club fans:



h/t 96.1 KISS Morning Freak Show


Plus, check out KDKA's interview of Crowe about Pittsburgh itself (make sure to check out the web extra of the interview).

He deserves an Oscar nomination for every movie he makes and is always welcome in Pittsburgh (unlike Sienna Miller).

Season Over

If you can't beat the Oakland Raiders at home, you don't deserve to make the playoffs. You can't lose four straight games and expect to reach the postseason. No disrespect to the Pittsburgh native, but you can't give up three touchdowns passes by Bruce Gradkowski in the fourth quarter and win a football game.* It's clear that the Steelers miss Aaron Smith and especially Troy Polamalu. Over the past three weeks, the Steelers led late in the fourth quarter only to give up a scoring drives in the fourth quarter and overtime. I guess if there is any consolation to Sunday's loss, it is that we didn't have to wait until overtime to watch the Steelers lose.

So where do the Steelers go from here? I know people want to complain about offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, but the offense hasn't lost these games. The special teams has been, to be kind, below average, though again, it wasn't that unit's fault for the loss to Oakland. I guess we could say that the Steelers would have won had rookie DB Joe Burnett caught Gradkowski's pass late in the fourth; however, I think we would have the same concerns about the secondary. Well, except that we would be in a better mood, and a 7-5 Steelers team would have a chance at the playoffs while a 6-6 Steelers team with five conference loses does not.

So is it a Super Bowl hangover? Poor offensive red zone execution? Coaching? Defensive breakdowns? Personally, I still blame Jimmy Fallon.

Overall, I really can't be too upset. The Steelers are coming off of a Super Bowl Championship and are one of the greatest franchises in professional sports. Plus, things could be much worse; we could be Cleveland Browns fans!


* Based on this sentence, I think I am disrespecting Bruce Gradkowski.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday Links and Videos

Happy Friday everyone! I'm proud to present to you the following highlights from the internets:

* In preparation for Sunday's Steelers-Raiders, here's the best preview of the silver and black team that you will find. [One for the Other Thumb]

* Cory put together a post with the goal horns and songs from all 30 NHL teams. Well done, sir. Well done! [Three Rivers Burgh Blog]

* Ginny is trying to raise $10,000 for a game room at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital. She is at close to $8,000 so please help out if you haven't already. [That's Church]

* Two amazing Sporcle quizzes for Pittsburgh Pirates fans. First, name all of the 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates. Second, name the Pirates opening day lineups from 1990-2009. [WHYGAVS and Raise the Jolly Roger respectively.]

* Penn State coach Joe Paterno is delusional if he thinks his team belongs in a BCS game. Besides the six automatic BCS bids, there are four other spots available. These other teams deserve a place in the BCS over Penn State: the Florida/Alabama loser, TCU, Boise State, Iowa (who beat Penn State in Happy Valley), Cincinnati (when they lose to Pitt). [Post-Gazette]

* Although the physical Movember is now over, the spiritual and psychological Movember continues as it is not too late to donate by clicking on this link. Thanks again to everyone who donated to this wonderful cause.

To celebrate everything mustache: the Fighting Wannstaches prepare you for the big game between Pitt and Cincinnati tomorrow at Heinz Field. Go Pitt!



Plus, the Minnesota Wild presented a tribute to the end of Movember:


(h/t Puck Daddy)

Have a good day and a great weekend!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

TMI Thursday: My Life

I doubt that many of you have even noticed, but I feel like the quality of my posts recently aren’t as good as they were before. Actually, some of you probably think that my posts are rubbish* regardless. Anyway, since it is TMI Thursday, I feel like now is an appropriate time to share what’s going on in my life. In just the last few days, we have signed contracts to sell our condo AND buy a townhouse. Between all of the negotiations, calls with our realtor, waiting to hear back from the realtor, talking to a financial guy, trying to figure out if we can afford to do this, how quickly this entire process is moving, scheduling times for home inspections, and trying to explain to Ziggy that he’s going to move to a new home, life has been extremely stressful lately. Well, maybe not the last item, but everything else has caused some anxiety.

So that’s what’s happening in my life. I have some great stories and ideas that I’m looking forward to sharing soon, but I may also ask for some advice about movers and the probable new commute over the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience and for reading!

Meanwhile, please visit LiLu for more TMI Thursdays. She is doing an excellent Post Secret edition of TMIT on her site plus you can visit the TMIT stories from other folks there. In addition, you can always click here to see all of my TMI Thursday archives.


* I’m currently reading Nick Hornby’s new book so I feel entitled to use British words!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Greatest Mustaches In History: Movember Concludes

As December begins, Movember sadly comes to an end. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Movember Foundation on my behalf (over $125 was raised!) and for those of you who had to see my mustache frequently or even infrequently. I'll have more about Movember momentarily, but as promised by the title, I'd like to introduce the greatest mustaches in history.

Father Ramblings



Sean on Day 28



Now I'd like to share my transformation from mustache man to clean-shaven.







Yes, Ziggy was fascinated with watching little pieces of hair fall from my face into the sink.

There are definitely pros and cons to growing a mustache. I look older with one and it was itchy at times. However, I thought it looked pretty good at the end, and I've noticed that I really miss rubbing my mustache with my finger while reading or thinking. (I know that sentence sounds strange but I'm sure some of you curl your hair while reading or do something else with your hands.)

Thanks again to everyone who donated to this wonderful cause and to the other Mo Bros out there. Plus, it's not too late to donate to Movember which benefits the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong Foundation. Just click on this link.

To prove that I wasn't alone in growing a mustache, here's a little more about Movember:

ABC News presented a feature about Movember: Movember: Men Grow Moustaches for Cancer Awareness

Players on the Minnesota Wild participated as did Washington Capitals' Brendan Morrison and Shaone Morrisonn [DC Sports Bog]

Although not associated with Movember, Anaheim hockey player George Parros launched a 'Stache gear line. [h/t Hand of Godard via Empty Netters]

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Jim Shearer To Retire If Steelers Lose Sunday

The Steelers must win this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders! It's not only a must win game if the Steelers want to make the playoffs, but Jim Shearer also declared in this week's Yinz Luv Da Stillers that he will retire from YLDS if they lose. That cannot and must not happen! Play Ben; play Troy; play Dermontti Dawson; play Rod Woodson. Anything to ensure a Steelers victory!

In the meantime, enjoy the week #11 YLDS.

Trivia Tuesday: Airport Edition

After last week's difficult A-List actress edition, this may be one of the easier versions of Trivia Tuesday. Your challenge is to name the three letter airport code to the 10 busiest airports in the United States.

1) Atlanta Hartsfield
2) Chicago O'Hare
3) Los Angeles
4) Dallas/Fort Worth
5) Denver Stapleton
6) Phoenix Sky Harbor
7) Las Vegas McCarran
8) Minneapolis/St. Paul
9) Houston Intercontinental
10) San Francisco

As usual, please leave your responses in the comments section below and please don't search the internet for answers. We scored a 10 out of 10, so I have high expectations for you this week!

Finally, look for Movember updates either later today or tomorrow.

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekend Thoughts

* I’d like to call out Christine Brennan of USA Today. On Good Morning America this morning, she said that the Tiger Woods accident story would have gone away at this point if it wasn’t for the internet and the blogosphere. That’s an interesting point since the Tiger Woods story is on the front page of today’s USA Today (A1) and was also the second item on GMA behind only the incident where four Washington police officers were killed. Yes, this is definitely a story because of bloggers.

* I thought that Dennis Dixon played well in his first NFL start. The loss is definitely not on him. While I certainly understand that the coaches wanted to put him in as little risk for injury as possible, I really would have liked to have seen a play call or two in OT where Dixon could have run the ball himself.

* By the way, I liked the old Pittsburgh Pirates hat Dennis Dixon’s father wore at the game.

* Shopping at Kohl’s recently, I noticed that they are selling perfumes from the following celebrities: Elizabeth Taylor, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Halle Barry and Usher. I hope that Miley Cyrus and Beyonce are looking for new agents!

* Since the Penguins scored eight goals at home against the New York Rangers on Saturday night, does that mean that everyone with a ticket stub received free chili from Wendy’s? This promotion that occurred when the Pens scored seven or more goals has probably been over for about 20 years now.

* Congratulations to the Woodland Hills High School football team for winning the WPIAL AAAA football title against the Gateway Gators on Friday night. For folks not familiar with Woodland Hills, famous graduates include current NFL players Jason Taylor (Dolphins), Ryan Mundy (Steelers), Shawntae Spencer (49ers), Steve Breaston (Cardinals) and Lousaka Polite (Dolphins) as well as “famous blogger” Sean (Sean’s Ramblings).

Today could be the last day of the mustache. More on this tomorrow, but you can donate to the Movember Foundation by clicking here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Steelers-Ravens Live Blog

Join me, the guys from White Nerdy Wonks and others (maybe even you!) for the start of the Dennis Dixon era. Topics of conversation to include Dennis Dixon, my mustache, Dennis Dixon, and whether or not Al Michaels will mention that both Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Pittsburgh's Tyler Palko attended Pitt. I guess we'll also share our thoughts about the game!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Latest Yinz Luv Da Stillers Video

I feel bad for Jim Shearer. He spends a lot of time putting together the Yinz Luv Da Stillers videos, but because the Steelers played their worst game of the season against Kansas City last Sunday and because it is Thanksgiving week, no one is going to see his work. Therefore, the least I could do is show you the least viewed Yinz Luv Da Stillers ever!



Now that last week's Steelers game is behind us, let's focus on today. Go Pitt and Woodland Hills High School!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Message

On this Thanksgiving, I wanted to share this message for you and your family:

Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pants
Are corduroys



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Great Mustaches In History: Movember Rolls On

President Skroob


Stanley


Wilford Brimley


Phil Garner


Mario


Sean


My mustache will only be around for another week, so I hope that you consider donating to Movember by clicking on this link. The donations are tax deductible and go to a great cause. In addition, thanks to the folks who have already contributed!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Which One Doesn't Belong?*

I received an e-mail from the NFL encouraging me to vote for the 2010 Pro Bowl. The e-mail featured this picture:



In looking at the three players featured, two are MVP candidates; two are leading undefeated teams; and one is a member of a 5-5 team. One of these guys is not like the others!

Maybe I'm being unfair to poor Ray Lewis. He is tied for 8th in the NFL in tackles with 83 and has 2 sacks (tied for 96th along with Detroit's Larry Foote and Pittsburgh's Aaron Smith who has been out for several weeks), 5 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles.

I guess we should be happy that the NFL is promoting a player on a mediocre team. However, perhaps the Jets' David Harris (88 tackles; 3.5 sacks; 1 INT; 1 forced fumble) San Francisco's Patrick Willis (96 tackles; 2.5 sacks; 2 interceptions) or Kirk Morrison of the Raiders (84 tackles) weren’t exciting enough and don't yell and do silly dances prior to games. Heaven forbid the NFL should highlight Denver's Elvis Dumervil (12 sacks); Minnesota's Jared Allen (10.5 sacks) or even the 2008 Defensive MVP James Harrison (10 sacks; 4 forced fumbles) over Ray-Ray.

You can vote for Ray Lewis or anyone else at NFL.com.

* Let's call this an extension of Trivia Tuesday!

Trivia Tuesday: A-List Actresses Edition

Although I missed trivia last week, my teammates were gracious enough to provide the questions for your Trivia Tuesday pleasure. Your challenge is to name the A-List actress who starred in the following movies early in their careers:

1) Mystic Pizza
2) Cyborg 2
3) Blue Juice
4) The Man in (not "on") the Moon
5) The Mask
6) Firestarter
7) Selena
8) Heavy
9) Dead Calm
10) Love and a .45

As usual, please leave your responses in the comments section below and please don't search the internet for answers. I don't know the answers for at least half of these, so I may violate my own rule and, well, search the internet for answers. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ziggy In The Morning

I am trying to block out everything that happened between 1:00 and 4:30 Sunday afternoon, so I'm not going to write a Steelers recap today. Instead, in honor of Ziggy arriving in our home exactly one year ago last week, I figured I'd share this story from Saturday:

4:45am - Ziggy: Jumps on nightstand, bats bedroom blinds.
4:46 - Me: Grabs spray bottle from nightstand, sprays Ziggy with water, Ziggy squeaks and jumps down.
4:47 - Ziggy: Bats other set of bedroom blinds.
4:47 - Me: Sprays Ziggy; no clue if I am successful as he may be out of range.
4:48 - Sean: Gets up to go to bathroom.
4:49 - Ziggy: Happy I am awake. Purrs and rubs up against my leg. He is wet.
4:50 - Sean: Walks back to bed.
4:50 - Ziggy: Tries to grab my leg to prevent me from returning to bed.
4:53 - Ziggy: Jumps on dresser, knocks remote controls on to the floor.
4:55 - Ziggy: Jumps on nightstand again, meows in preparation of batting blinds.
4:56 - Sean: Gets out of bed, Ziggy follows.
4:56 - Sean: Makes sure Ziggy is out of bedroom, closes door.
5:30 - Ziggy: Meows loudly. Throws himself against bedroom door. Eventually successful in opening door.
5:35 - Sean: Gets out of bed, walks to kitchen, feeds Ziggy.
5:35 - Ziggy: Purrs & eats.
5:36 - Sean: Goes back to bed.
8:30 - Sean: Wakes up, Ziggy is curled up and sleeping comfortably against my feet. He's very cute.

I really, really, really love my kitten, but unfortunately, this is almost a daily occurrence. He's so cute, affectionate, playful and loving 23 hours of the day; it's just that other one hour. But how can you not love this guy:

Friday, November 20, 2009

I Dare You Not To Laugh

I know that you're going to watch this video and laugh.



You might feel bad about laughing, but if it makes you feel better, no one was hurt in the making of this video.


h/t The artist formerly known as Arjewtino

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Great Mustaches in History: Movember Update

John Oates



Hulk Hogan



Attorney General Eric Holder*



Sean



I've written several times now that I'm growing this mustache as part of Movember to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer. For those of you who have only heard of Movember from my blog, here's more about this special month and other folks growing their own mustaches:

- The Huffington Post features Movember
- The Ball State University men's lacrosse team are growing mustaches for Movember.
- Canada's Alpine Ski team is in.
- Here are 10 literary mustaches for Movember. (h/t WahooJ)

I hope that you consider donating to Movember by clicking on this link. The donations are tax deductible and go to a great cause! In addition, thanks to the folks who have already contributed!

Finally, prepare to be Wann-stache'd!



h/t Pitt Blather


* What does it say that I felt the need to identify this country's Attorney General but not a musician and a wrestler?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blues Traveler: Classic Rock?

My brother called me yesterday in a panic. It had nothing to do with a personal matter or the fact that his fantasy football team lost two straight games. No, he was listening to a classic rock station and they played Run Around by Blues Traveler. He was devastated that a song from his (and my) youth and as he said, "his generation" was now considered classic rock. Let's skip the fact that my brother is the first person since The Who to talk about his generation and also that this makes him "feel old" for possibly the first time in his life.



I think the bigger issue is what's considered classic rock. Run Around was released approximately 15 years ago. Is 15 years enough time for a song to be considered classic? My point to him is that I've heard Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit debuted only a few years before Run Around) on classic rock stations before; however, Nirvana may have become "classic" earlier since Kurt Cobain has been dead for 15 years. That doesn't seem to make a point for or against the argument, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

Let's open up the phone lines and hear what you have to say.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cortaca 2009 Recap

We interrupt Trivia Tuesday for a special presentation. Trivia Tuesday will return next week at its regularly scheduled time. [Update - See the end of this post for two trivia questions.]

When I wrote a preview of the 2009 Cortaca Jug game last week, I mentioned that I had a bet with The Sports Chick where I would win a guest post on her blog when Ithaca College won. This is what I wrote (and you can also see it for yourself on The Sports Chick blog):

The Sports Chick was kind enough to agree to a wager in which I would write a guest post on her blog when Ithaca College defeated Cortland State in this year's Cortaca Jug game. In the slim chance that Cortland actually won, she would have written something on my blog, but naturally, Ithaca was victorious. The Sports Chick really didn't think she would win, did she? Perhaps she just wanted a day off from writing, so that's why she agreed to this wager!

Anyway, Ithaca College won Saturday's game 23-20 at Butterfield Stadium in Ithaca, New York. That now makes three straight wins for Ithaca against Cortland and a 34-17 lead in the overall series. Using my incredible math skills, that means IC has won 67% of the Cortaca Jug games over the past 51 years. That would suck to be a Cortland fan and deal with so many loses to your rival.

Since I have the floor, er, blog, I want to point out Cortland coach Dan MacNeill's quote leading up to the Cortaca game. He said, "The Cortland-Ithaca matchup is a big rivalry although this game is just the same as any other. The field measures the same as it does over in Ithaca as it does here."

Was the variation of the Normal Dale-Hoosiers quote really necessary? Cortland's Juniors and Seniors played at IC in 2007 and the team is not going to confuse Butterfield Stadium with Ohio Stadium or the Rose Bowl. Actually, maybe the field measurements are different at Ithaca and that caused Cortland to lose. That and the fact that Ithaca has a better football team!

Finally, although Ithaca College (along with Cortland) finished 7-3 and failed to reach the Division 3 playoffs, this marked the 39th straight winning season for the Bombers. It's nice supporting winning teams like the Bombers, Penguins, Steelers, and the Pirates when they start winning again at some point in the next decade.

Although this was nice writing about Ithaca's success on a Cortland fan's blog, if we make a similar wager next year, I'd like dinner at A&W!

Go Bombers!




(This picture has nothing to do with the game; just a few campus buildings and the view of Cayuga Lake.)

Want more about the 2009 Cortaca game? Here are a few links:

- Ithaca Journal
- Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
- Ithaca College Athletics
- Cortaca 2009 Photo Gallery
- The Biggest Little Game



Since Hand of Godard and others need a trivia fix, I'll present two questions this week.

1. Name the only one-word musical instrument that contains all five vowels.
2. What U.S. President lived the longest?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jimmy Fallon Causes Steelers Loss

I know what you're thinking. The Steelers lost to the Bengals yesterday because Pittsburgh couldn't convert on third down or in the red zone, the special teams gave up their third kick-off return for a touchdown in four games, Ben Roethlisberger had his worst game since early 2008 and Cincinnati's offensive and defensive lines outplayed their counterparts. Perhaps you can blame me. Sunday was the first game since the Steelers-Chargers AFC Championship game nearly 15 years ago where the Steelers lost when I was in attendance. I had my Terrible Towel, Heinz pickle watch and Louis Lipps jersey, so nothing out of the ordinary. The moustache couldn't be the reason why the Steelers lost, could it?*



In reality, we should turn our attention to NBC Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. When Troy Polamalu appeared on the show last Tuesday night, Fallon quickly brought up the Madden Curse and showed the Madden 10 cover featuring Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald. Polamalu said that he didn't want to talk about it, but Fallon continued this egregious line of questioning until Polamalu, being the nice guy that he is, relented and spoke very briefly about it. So what happens on Sunday? Polamalu left the game in the first quarter due to a knee injury. Therefore, I blame you, Mr. Fallon! Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel would never do such a thing! I hope that Jay Leno takes over your 12:30 slot!

(In case you want to see Troy, not Fallon of course, the interview starts around the 28:30 mark.)




* I say no since this is a lucky mustache. The Mustache of Power or The Mustache of Justice if you prefer. This is also a good time to remind you that I'm growing this mustache as part of Movember to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). Please contribute by clicking on this link. Thank you!


h/t One For The Other Thumb for the video.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mean Joe Greene Honored Today at Heinz Field

Depending on when you read this, I will either be on my way to the Steelers-Bengals game, at Heinz Field, heading back to Northern Virginia after the game, or potentially at work on Monday. Anyway, I'm cutting and pasting this information I received about a pre-game ceremony honoring Mean Joe Greene.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous Coca-Cola commercial with Greene that TV Guide called one the best commercials ever. Well, this fall marks the 30th anniversary of the ad and Greene will be at Heinz Field this Sunday (11/15) to accept his Clio award for his work in the ad, which recognizes creative excellence in advertising.

Greene won the award in 1979 but wasn’t available to accept the award at the time, and never received the hardware over the past 30 years. Coca-Cola recently secured the trophy and is presenting it to Greene in the special pre-game ceremony with Tommy Okon, the boy in the commercial who famously offered Joe his Coke. As part of the event, Greene and Okon will reunite for the first time in years.



So there you go. If you're at the game, you can look for me (the guy with a mustache and Louis Lipps jersey) and you can see Mean Joe!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fear the Stache?

There's no need to fear my mustache, is there?



Instead, Notre Dame should fear Dave Wannstedt's Stache Saturday night at Heinz Field.



Please click on this link to contribute to Movember to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). That's the reason why I am growing this mustache. Perhaps, Notre Dame will also fear my 'stache!

Go Pitt!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Steelers Videos

I will be at Heinz Field for this Sunday's Steelers-Bengals game. If you are also attending the game and see someone with a mustache and wearing a Louis Lipps jersey, please say hi. Hopefully, that person is me and not some other random person with a mustache and Louis Lipps jersey. Anyway, as I countdown towards kickoff, here are three videos to prepare you for Sunday:

Sometimes, you need to look backward before going forward. Therefore, Jim Shearer breaks down Monday night's Steelers-Broncos game and provides holiday shopping tips from the NFL catalog.



On to this week as Tecmo and Cotter discuss the game in their [Unnamed] pregame show.



Finally, this video regarding the origin of the Steelers' use of Styx's "Renegade" will definitely get you pumped up.



h/t Mondesi's House

Go Steelers!

Cortaca 2009 Preview

The 2009 Cortaca Jug game, also called the "Biggest Little Game in America" by Sports Illustrated, is this Saturday at noon at Ithaca College's Butterfield Stadium. Ithaca College (6-3) comes into this game winning two straight games against Cortland State (7-2) in the series. The Division 3 playoffs look unlikely for both teams, but that doesn't diminish the importance of this game.

As the self-proclaimed unofficial blogger of Ithaca College football and the Cortaca Jug game, I feel like it is my responsibility to share my knowledge with you. First of all, to those unaware of the annual Ithaca-Cortland game, click on this link to learn about the Cortaca Jug history.



For this year's game, I present the following:

* Here is everything you need to know about the 2009 IC football team [Ithaca College Athletics]

* IC attempts to defend the Jug [The Ithacan]

* The Ithaca Journal highlights Bombers' QB Brian Grastorf [Ithaca Journal]

* The game is sold out, so if you don't have tickets, you're not getting in. [IC Athletics]

* Notes from the Cortaca press conference [Cooch's Rant]

* An interview with Cortland coach Dan MacNeill where he channels Normal Dale from Hoosiers:

"The Cortland-Ithaca matchup is a big rivalry although this game is just the same as any other. The field measures the same as it does over in Ithaca as it does here." Really? That's from 20+ years ago! [Cooch's Rant]

* Here is your Cortaca Jug broadcast information [Cortland Athletics]

Finally, I have a wager with The Sports Chick regarding this game. When Ithaca wins, I will write a guest post on her blog about the greatness that is IC. If Cortland somehow manages to win, she will write a post here about how lucky Cortland got in winning the game.

Go Bombers!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

TMI Thursday: Ziggy Broke My Computer

When we first brought Ziggy into our family last November, I’m sure that some of you were concerned that this blog would turn into post after post about the energetic kitten. Fortunately, the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory and Penguins’ march to the Stanley Cup prevented that from happening. Unfortunately (for some of you), the Steelers used their first-round draft pick on a defensive lineman named Ziggy (Hood), so this gave me more opportunities to write about our kitten, now cat, in the context of the Steelers. A win-win for everyone!

Up until today, all of my posts about Ziggy have been positive as I shared cute pictures of him and stories about my life as a pet owner. However, Ziggy seems to be attracted to wires lately. Specifically, he discovered the power cord to our home computer. Now I may or may not have shared that this 5+ year-old laptop is terrible. It’s extremely slow and is pretty much useless except for allowing me to type and publish blog posts (which could also be useless if you’re not a fan of my blog). Anyway, Ziggy managed to chew partially through the power cord so that it no longer works. This is especially a problem since the computer battery literally lasts about 90 seconds without the power cord.

Please excuse me for a brief tangent. As part of TMI Thursday a few months ago, I shared that I am not handy and that Home Depot scares me. I also know very little about computers or how to repair computer software or hardware. I was told that I could fix the cord destroyed by Ziggy by cutting off the damaged portion, splicing the wire together, and then covering it with electrical tape. As you can probably guess, I’m not exactly comfortable doing this as I envision the cord and computer catching on fire due to my handywork. Therefore, I went to Best Buy today to see if the Geek Squad could help. They told me that they won’t touch the cord, but that I can replace it for the low cost of $105. My next stop was Radio Shack who offered to sell me the materials to splice and tape the wire but not to repair it themselves. The cost for a brand new cord at The Shack is $100.

While I’m not sure what I’m going to do (my current goal is to try to find a used cord that no one is using anymore), Ziggy must be punished for the destruction he caused. Therefore, I am sad to report that Ziggy has been banished into the wilderness. Don’t feel bad for Ziggy as the sweet kitten may actually be an evil cat as evidenced by this picture.



We wish Ziggy well in his future endeavors!

For more TMI Thursdays, please visit LiLu and you can click here to see all of my TMI Thursday archives.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

John Allen Muhammad & The Death Penalty

If you stopped by today looking for trivia, funny Steelers stories or more pictures of my mustache, I apologize as I'm going to be a little serious. I'm guessing that this post's title might have been a tip off! Anyway, John Allen Muhammad was executed Tuesday evening by lethal injection. I'm conflicted over this. I am generally against the death penalty as I find the practice barbaric and it does not represent a deterrent. At the same time, I feel like Muhammad deserved the death penalty. For those of you not familiar with Muhammad, he and Lee Boyd Malvo, who was a teenager at the time, killed 10 innocent and random people in October 2002 and wounded several others. They killed someone at a Home Depot parking lot and another at a gas station. They shot and wounded a child near a school. There really was no
rhyme or reason to their killings.

The entire DC area lived in fear over a three-week period. There was no outdoor recess at schools and many sporting events across the region were cancelled. People walked in a zig-zag fashion on the street and ran from their cars into stores and homes. Gas stations put up tarps around the pumps. Everyone listened to the radio or watched local news to hear about another shooting. Every white van was looked at suspiciously. It truly was a scary time to live here.

Muhammad's death doesn't end a chapter, close a book or whatever metaphor you want to use. I doubt the families and friends of those he killed feel closure. How can there be when a loved one's life ends tragically, much earlier than it should, and for no reason?

Thoughts?



There's more about this in The Washington Post and Yahoo/AP.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Trivia Tuesday: Name the Movie Band

Happy Tuesday everyone! If the Steelers lost last night, I would not have started this post with this phrase, but a Steelers win equals a Happy Tuesday! Anyway, your challenge this week is to name the movie based on the famous fictional band. The quiz begins (dramatic pause), NOW!

1. Citizen Dick
2. The Thamesmen
3. The Good Old Boys
4. The Soggy Bottom Boys
5. The Wonders
6. Stillwater
7. Steel Dragon
8. Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate
9. The Lone Rangers
10. Wyld Stallyns

For trivia night, we were presented with a list of movies, so the challenge was to match the band with the movie. I'm not going to include the movie titles, for now, but if you're struggling (and ask nicely), we can play the match game later.

As usual, please leave your responses in the comments section below and please don't search the internet for answers. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Steelers-Broncos Live Blog

Join me and the guys from White Nerdy Wonks for a live blog of tonight's Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Bronocs game. I'm sure that we'll weigh in on the performance of Ziggy Hood, how Ryan "Steely" McBean managed to wind up as a starter in Denver, Ryan Clark's spleen, my mustache, fantasy football implications, and the current health care legislation. Well, maybe we won't touch on all of these topics, but we will discuss the game!