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


Wilford Brimley

Phil Garner



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

* 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*


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?


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!

Great Mustaches in History: Movember Continues

George Clooney

Dr. Phil

Brooke Shields

Rollie Fingers (perhaps the greatest of the great)


This picture comes from Sunday or day eight of Movember. Scroll down to last week's post to see the difference between now and four days ago. I think the mustache is making some excellent progress.

As I mentioned earlier, I am 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. Seeing me with a mustache is certainly worth $2, $5 or more, right? Plus, all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you!

h/t Captain Easychord for the Rollie Fingers pic

Sunday, November 08, 2009

For Your Sunday Viewing Pleasure

I don't have much to share today, but these links are definitely worth your time:

Cotter has the biggest Meeting People Is Easy ever! [One for the Other Thumb]

Your opinion of Nickelback may change. Well, probably not. [Carissa Jaded]

I don't understand the Ithaca College football team this year. They had three loses and were blown out against Springfield last week. This week, they crush previously undefeated Alfred 31-10 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. [Ithaca College Bombers]

In honor of Ohio State defeating the overrated Penn State (that amazing non-conference schedule is really paying dividends), enjoy Script Ohio by The Best Damn Band in the Land.

h/t Nichole

Friday, November 06, 2009

Lyric of the Day

Baby are you down, down, down, down, down. - Jay Sean

Note that Mr. Sean doesn’t just ask "baby" if she's down or even down, down. He wants to make sure that baby clearly understands what he is asking by using the word five times. He also isn’t playing confusing pattern games asking if baby is down, up, down, up, down.

Totally unrelated, have you noticed how many people in the music business have the name Sean? Besides Jay Sean, there is Sean Paul, Sean Carter (Jay-Z), and Sean Combs (Puff Daddy/P Diddy). Coincidence?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Great Mustaches in History

Tom Selleck

University of Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt

Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher


After four days, I clearly have not joined the pinnacle of the all-time great mustaches. However, we’ll see how it looks in a few weeks. As I mentioned last week, I am 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. Seeing me with a mustache is certainly worth $2, $5 or more. Plus, all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you!

(And yes, I will definitely continue to post photos of my mustache throughout Movember)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Santonio Holmes' Hyperbaric Chamber*

The big discussion surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers this week is whether or not Ryan Clark will play in Denver against the Broncos. Without going into the entire story here (since many of you probably already know about this), Clark nearly died from a reaction in his blood to the sickle cell caused by playing in the high elevation. The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette asked WR Santonio Holmes about this since he also has the sickle-cell trait. While Holmes said that he'll be fine, this quote stood out for me:

"I have an oxygen chamber at home, a hyperbaric chamber at home, so I'll definitely, probably spend the rest of this week sleeping in it to get a feel for how it will be."

We'll skip the definitely, probably portion of the quote to focus on the hyperbaric chamber. Where does someone get one of these? If I installed a hyperbaric chamber in my condo and had it convey, could I significantly increase the asking price?

This doesn't look very comfortable, but perhaps Holmes has the best hyperbaric chamber on the market. He probably has a king-size version of the hyperbaric chamber with a built-in speaker system. I know that I would!

* This title could make for an excellent blog name.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Trivia Tuesday: Alcohol Edition

OK alcoholics out there. Today's Trivia Tuesday tests your knowledge of mixed drinks. Your challenge is to name the type of generic alcohol that's the MAIN ingredient in the following cocktails:

1. Margarita

2. Singapore Sling

3. Daiquiri

4. Mimosa

5. Harvey Wallbanger

6. Fuzzy Navel

7. Grasshopper

8. Rusty Nail

9. Toasted Almond

10. Mint Julep

In case you're wondering, we scored an 8 out of 10 (I think). How will you do? 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 02, 2009

More Random Thoughts

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

* I did not hear the Monster Mash once this year and am a little sad about it.

* Can someone at Fox replace the stupid dancing robot with stats of other games during their NFL telecasts?

* By making a last-minute decision to bench Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart and start Chicago WR Johnny Knox in one of my fantasy leagues yesterday, I lost to a team that started two players (Mario Manningham & Brian Westbrook) that were inactive. I followed an 0-4 fantasy week by going 1-3 this week. I suck!

* The Humane Society of North Central Iowa is looking for someone to adopt cats Jerome, Willie and Parker among the 50 cats who need permanent homes. [The Messenger]

* Finally, with the Steelers off this week, Jim Shearer created the first Yinz Luv 'Da Guins of the 2009-2010 season.