Saturday, December 31, 2005

Waiting for the New Year

The new year is less than nine hours away and it is about three hours until I leave to go to a New Year's Eve party. In the meantime, I'm a little bored. The San Diego-Denver football game is still an hour away and I have no interest in the college football games currently on TV (TCU vs. Iowa State and Fresno State vs. Tulsa). I'm listening to the end of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game thanks to Apparently, the Penguins just scored in overtime but it was called off because the referee blew the whistle when he thought the puck was under the goalie when it was really in the net. I could watch another episode of Law & Order since the USA Network is showing it non-stop. Hey, Sidney Crosby just scored so the Penguins won! Way to go Sidney! I'll have to check and see if the Penguins are out of last place now. Paul Steigerwald just called Crosby the "Wizard of Croz." I've never heard that before, but I don't think I like the nickname.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone! (& Go Steelers!)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Cell Phone Film Contest

If there's an Ithaca College story, you know that it will be here. Maybe you have seen the story that an IC dean has invited high school and college students across the country to submit a 30-second movie shot entirely with a cell phone. The prize: $5000! I liked the idea of it even before I know that IC was involved in the contest. Here is the official contest website and if you missed the story, you can see it on ABC News, The Seattle Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and CBS News. It is almost exactly the same story but it's nice to see it in so many places.

Pittsburgh Basketball

Pitt's basketball team defeated South Carolina 58-51 last night. Even though this was not technically an upset, I have seen several national college basketball commentators criticize the Panthers for not leaving Pittsburgh yet this year for a game. On Andy Katz's "The Weekly Watch" on, he said, "The Panthers are undefeated. Ho-hum. Let's see what happens when they leave the city for the first time this season." So I guess Pitt earned a little respect nationally last night. Next up is a difficult game at Wisconsin on Saturday.

This may be the first and only time I discuss Carnegie Mellon University and athletics. CMU defeated Princeton 51-46 last night becoming the first Division III team to defeat the Tigers in 23 years. I don't know the actual statistics, but Division III teams do not often beat Division I teams.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Year in Review

The other night, I decided to click the "next blog" feature at the top right of the page to see what else was out there. I found this idea on one blog for a year in review to take the first line of the first entry of each month and post them in order to produce a random and (hopefully) interesting review of 2005. Here goes:

January: Over the past few months, I have had a lot of free time at work.

February: If you're reading this on February 2nd, Happy Groundhog Day!

March: It's nice to know that other people living in the DC area can make fun of people's reaction to (or threat of) snow.

April: I am leaving for Chicago today for my fantasy baseball league draft.

May: Congratulations to Sarah and Gobo on the impending arrival of their new blog, I mean baby. :)

June: Congrats to Ravens running back, Jamal Lewis on being released from jail today after serving four months for being a part of a drug deal.

July: Since I still haven't figured out how to fix the large gap between the headline and text, I'm probably going to change templates over the weekend.

August: At this time exactly one year ago, I was in the pool and hot tub at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe/Pittsburgh, PA. And in less than three hours from this time one year ago today, I got married. :)

September: The pictures tonight of people dead or dying on the streets of New Orleans and thousands of people needing medical attention, food and water is awful to watch and is even more amazing to know that this is happening in this country.

October: Thank you ABC for showing the premier of Commander in Chief again since I missed it on Tuesday.

November: Trick: We didn't have any kids last night.
Treat: I guess that means candy for me and people at work.

December: I know it has been a week since Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share a story about the day. My primary contribution to helping with the Thanksgiving meal was to go to the store and buy the ingredients.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy December 25th!

Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas to everyone out there!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

(Mostly) A Good Day

Anytime the Steelers win, it's a good day. It's especially good when they beat Cleveland and win impressively. As much as I and almost all Steelers fans are critical of the Steelers, even in wins, the team played nearly perfectly today: 41 points scored, 0 points against, 8 sacks by the defense, big games for Hines, Big Ben & Fast Willie, the offensive line played great, a blocked punt and few penalties. Just as good for the Steelers is that Jacksonville won and the Chiefs beat the Chargers. Therefore, the playoff picture is very easy for the Steelers; if they win against Detroit next Sunday, they make the playoffs.

The only negative of today was that my fantasy football team lost in the championship game. My opponent got huge games from Larry Johnson, Frank Gore(!) and stupid Josh McCown (he's beat me in championship games in two of the last three years). Although I got a solid performance from Torry Holt and Carson Palmer, it wasn't enough (thank you Jerry Poter, Willis McGahee and Jason Witten).

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Washingtonienne: A Review

As promised, here you go. The Washingtonienne is about a small town girl trying to make it in the big city and wanting to help all Americans through her work on Capitol Hill. Maybe not. It's really about a woman who gets dumped by her fiancée in New York after cheating on him and comes to Washington where she sleeps with a Presidential appointee, a high-powered lawyer, two Hill staffers and a few other folks while working in a Senator's office. Oh my gosh, sex on Capitol Hill! I'm guessing that has never happened with any member of Congress or Presidents. What's more is that she shared her exploits in a blog, which was picked up and became big-time news, causing her to be fired. The book makes it sound like all of Washington was talking about it. I'll be honest that I live in the DC area, and I don't remember seeing anything about it or seeing her give TV interviews. The only time I heard about it was when I read an article in the Washington Post Magazine, probably several months after she was exposed. Here's the real shocking news of the book, she never slept with any Senators or Congressman!

While I'm not a therapist nor play one on the web, she has some issues with alcohol and drugs (this was mentioned by a real therapist in the book) and does not have a very supportive cohort of family of friends. All in all, I'm glad I checked it out of the library and I'm glad that I was able to return it. It was an interesting read, but certainly not worth $17 to buy it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

New Link

I haven't posted any fun links lately, so here's one for Reportervote, where you can vote on whether or not a reporter is hot, credible or cool. The leading woman for the "Hot" category is Amy Robach of MSNBC (who is she?), while the guy in the lead is Sean Hannity. I have to say that I have never heard anyone say that "Sean Hannity is hot." Katie Couric is in last place for all three categories among woman. While I like the idea of the site, I have never heard of most of the reporters. Almost everyone is from FOX, CNN or MSNBC. They really should add more reporters from ABC, CBS and NBC.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Let's Get Political

Yes, I do this once in a while. Last Thursday, Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis of my state of Virginia introduced Bill Number H.RES.579 with the purpose to express "the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected." I wish I was making this up. Apparently, there was a lengthy discussion on the House floor about this bill, which passed overwhelmingly but with slightly different language (the line in quotes above was taken out).

You would think the House would have more important things to do like discuss Iraq, Social Security or health care.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Book Help Needed!

I really need some suggestions for good books to read. I finished The Washingtonienne (I'll give a review of this later) and am currently on the waiting list for two books at the library, The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam and The Scorpion’s Gate by Richard Clarke. In the meantime, I have a book by Walter Cronkite (because I was embarrassed to check out The Washingtonette by itself) and a Kurt Vonnegut book which I should finish in a few days.

Please, please, please give me some book suggestions. Thanks!

Don't Tell My Wife

that I have already bought her Hanukkah gift. Actually, I bought it more than a few weeks ago. I'm generally not good with the whole gift-giving thing, and when I do buy gifts, they tend to be the day before the occasion.

Anyway, since my wife will read this, she'll know that I have a gift and will now be wondering what it is. I won't be sharing that here or with her!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Tale of Two Teams

Last night, I switched back and forth between OLN for the Penguins-Blues hockey game and ESPN2 which was showing highlights of 1995 AFC Championship game between the Steelers and Colts. The Penguins are just pathetic at this point and for some reason were on national TV on back-to-back nights. The only highlight was the great play of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, but as I wrote a few weeks ago, it does not matter who the goalie is, the team is still going to lose.

The Steeler highlights were much better to watch. It was fun seeing former Colts QB Jim Harbaugh say that Greg Lloyd was the only player he was scared of. I didn't realize (or I must have forgot) that current Steeler Chris Gardocki and annoying announcer Tony Siragusa were both on the Colts. I also forgot how great Kordell Stewart was in the Slash role and that he caught a TD pass in the game. Stewart really could have had a nice career as a Wide Receiver. In a completely unrelated note, if anyone wants to buy my Kordell Stewart jersey for the holidays, please let me know!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Florida Trip

As I wrote yesterday, my wife and I spent a nice and warm few days in Florida visiting my parents. We did have a few adventures along the way. First, we were honored to sit two rows in front a woman who sounded like a drunken Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies. She was extremely loud but made me laugh several times. She was constantly talking to the probably terrified person next to her and provided some wonderful quotes like, "You didn't think that you would sit next to an old woman telling you the secrets of life" and "I'm the Christmas elf thing." I also heard her say "Tower Power" (I believe in reference to cell phone towers) and Bermuda Triangle Phenomenon (possibly describing herself). Good times all around especially when I had XM radio on very loudly.

Another highlight was a trip to the Festival Marketplace Mall, which is a super flea market. There is a huge mix of nice stuff and junk. Festival features more wig stores per capita than anywhere else I've ever been.

In all seriousness, it was nice getting away for a few days and to see my family and friends. The 75 degree weather and ocean weren't so bad either.

Monday, December 12, 2005

My Return

I've been in south Florida the past few days escaping the whole winter thing that is here in the DC area. I'll talk about the trip tomorrow, but I wanted to share a quick observation about AirTran. This was the first AirTran experience and I really enjoyed the fact that they had XM radio on the plane and gave everyone free headphones. However, there was no XM radio on the flights back. Why not have XM available on all flights or at least on both portions of the same flight.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Iron City Troubles

The Pittsburgh Brewing Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although all Pittsburghers and Iron City lovers hope things turn out OK, I had to laugh at the following line from the Post-Gazette story: "Iron City beer has been a staple at Western Pennsylvania weddings, funerals, picnics and sporting events for more than 100 years." (I added the bold text.) Apparently, nothing says a funeral like Iron City!

When my brother was in college, he had a marketing internship with the Pittsburgh Brewing Company. He was paid in beer. I believe it was two cases every two weeks, but I'll have to confirm that with him.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Much to Discuss

Since it's December, why not start with the winter sport of, um, baseball. The Pirates made their most significant move since the free agent signings of Derek Bell and Pat Mears in trading for Upper St. Clair native Sean Casey (who because we share the same first name is welcome to add posts here). There seems to be a lot of excitement in Pittsburgh about the move and has temporarily knocked the worry about the Steelers off the front of the sports page. In a somewhat related note, are the Pirates worried that Brad Eldred could become the next Ron Wright or Mark Johnson (it's OK if you don't know who they are)?

Grammy nominations will be announced tomorrow. The favorites to receive the most nominations are Kanye West, Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey. I'm guessing Kelly Clarkson and Black Eyed Peas will also get a good number of nominations.

Here's something about a real winter sport: hockey. I went to the Washington Capitals game this past Saturday night and saw them beat the New York Rangers 5-1. Rookie Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and three assists and was clearly the most dominant player on the ice, including future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr.

Finally, congrats to JQ for winning on Jeopardy tonight There was some difficult subjects (Barry Manilow songs?), but he was able to survive and will be back on Thursday.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I'll Take Therapists for $100

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Tivos. JQ will be appearing on Jeopardy on Wednesday, so check your local listings.

I Love Snow

Actually, I love the reaction to people in the DC area to snow. A couple of inches on the ground, and everyone freaks out. There are many schools closed or opening two hours late today. Here is the current list of closings/delays. I've said this before, but people in Minnesota, Vermont and upstate New York are laughing at us.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Positive News

The University of Pittsburgh basketball team was supposed to receive their first test this season in tonight's game against Auburn. Although Auburn was picked to finish near the bottom of the SEC standings, they are still in the SEC, so I am pleasantly surprised by Pitt's 37-point win. The fact that Pitt out-rebounded Auburn by 21 and shot 57% from 3 are both very positive signs.

Frustrated Incorporated

I am using this post as therapy. It is probably better to share my feeling in writing than to keep them inside, so here I go. The Steelers did everything they could to lose the game against Cincinnati today. Three interceptions on poor decisions by Ben Roethlisberger, a lost fumble by Hines Ward, three fumbles (2 by Parker and 1 by Staley) that were lucky not to be recovered by the Bengals, penalties at bad times of the game and an awful performance by the defense who produced 0 turnovers, 1 sack, little pressure on Carson Palmer and allowed Rudi Johnson to have a big game. After losing three straight games to go to 7-5 overall, the playoffs look doubtful. The Bengals pretty much clinched the division today, so the Steelers are fighting with Jacksonville (9-3), Kansas City and San Diego for the two wild card spots. KC and San Diego have tough schedules the rest of the season but have also looked much better than the Steelers over the past few weeks.

To be positive, so I'll end with these two items. Thanks to Washington's CBS affiliate (WUSA) for showing the Steelers/Bengals game over the Ravens game. Second, it was nice to see the Nextel commercial with the two guys dancing to the Salt N Pepa song "Push It" again. Makes me smile every time I see or think about it.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Thanksgiving Adventure

I know it has been a week since Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share a story about the day. My primary contribution to helping with the Thanksgiving meal was to go to the store and buy the ingredients. While I got everything at Giant (the grocery store around the corner), they were out of shredded Swiss cheese. No big deal, so I went to Harris Teeter which is about a mile away. No luck there. I then tried Trader Joe's about a 1/2 mile from Harris Teeter, but they were closed for Thanksgiving. At this point, I went to Safeway about 2 miles from Harris Teeter. It is amazing how many types of shredded cheese they had, but no Swiss. Actually, they didn't even sell a block of Swiss cheese. How can a store have absolutely no Swiss cheese? At this point I was determined to find shredded Swiss cheese. Next stop: a Hispanic grocery store just down the street from Safeway. You can guess how I did there. Finally, I went to a different Giant about 7 miles away where I found what I was looking for (maybe shredded Swiss cheese was what Bono was referring to).

You may be asking (if you even made it this far), why did I go to six stores to buy shredded Swiss cheese? The answer goes back to my role in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal. When I said that my primary contribution was to buy the ingredients, I should have said it was my ONLY contribution (well, besides eating the food). I felt it was my duty and responsibility to find the cheese. Maybe someone moved my cheese, but I was going to find it. I should also add that we do not own a grater, which will probably be holiday purchase I make for our home.

The end result was that I found the cheese and the food was good!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Penguin Talk

Since I really don't feel like writing about the Steelers today (What else is there to say? They were never really in the game against Indy and now they have a must-win game against Cincy.), I thought I would do something different and mention the Penguins. You may remember them as Pittsburgh's hockey team with high expectations and going into tonight's game are the 13th best team out of 15 teams. That would not be very good. Therefore, the team has apparently made goalie Jocelyn Thibault their Lee Flowers (or scapegoat) by waiving him. While Thibault has been below average (that's a nice way of putting it), even if the team had Patrick Roy, Billy Smith or Tom Barrasso in their prime, the Penguins would still not make the playoffs.

Then again, maybe waiving Thibault will be the best thing to happen to him and the team. At least I hope.

Monday, November 28, 2005

NFL Rules

Why is it that I learn a new NFL rule every time the Steelers are on Monday Night Football? According to Al Michaels (would it have hurt him to try and jinx Vanderjagt too?), on a change of possession, a player can't go through another player to make a tackle. I have no idea what I'm writing because I have no idea what this rule is. However, it cost the Steelers 15 yards and helped Indy get a field goal to end the half.

During the Steelers-Chargers game earlier this season, we learned that a punt returner has the right to catch a punt after bobbling it when calling a fair catch. As long as the ball doesn't hit the ground, only the returner can play the ball; no one can touch him. Do I have this right?

Damn You Al Michaels

You had to say that Jeff Reed went from Heinz Field to fantasyland (i.e. an indoor dome). As soon as he said that, I knew Reed would miss the field goal.

Considering the terrible start, the Steelers are actually in this game down only 10-7 with 9+ minutes left in the 2nd quarter. I may be writing more throughout the night since I'll be up for a while.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

80's Music Quiz

If you have a free 10-15 minutes, check out this 80's music lyrics quiz.

I got an 80.5 or Pop Junkie, but after seeing the answers, thought I should have done better. Good luck (and feel free to share how you did)!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

As Adam Sandler once said, "Turkey with gravy and cranberry. Can't believe the Mets traded Darryl Strawberry."

Here are a few things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:

- Ben Roethlisberger will be starting on Monday night. (I'd be even more thankful if Marvel Smith was also playing.)

- I am still using the same can of shaving cream since June.

- Not only are there two NFL games today, the Backyard Brawl will also be on national TV at 8:00.

- I am thankful that Tom Cruise bought Katie Holmes sonogram machine. How romantic! I am hopeful this means that they won't ever have to leave their house.

- Carl Krauser is still at Pitt and that Kevin Pittsnogle is still at WVU.

- I have a four day weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Monday, November 21, 2005


I've thought about what I wrote yesterday and realize I was totally unfair to Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman. Although I can't claim to know any of these people, the Agulera-Bratman relationship seems much more, I don't know the word, maybe normal, than Spears-Federline one. I can't see Christina having a terrible TV show like the Spears-Federline one from earlier this year. I also don't expect to hear any stories about Bratman being the father of two kids and then leaving his girlfriend/wife for Christina or hear about him borrowing money from Christina to buy the engagement ring.

With all of this said, I really do want to congratulate Jordan & Christina on their wedding and apologize for even trying to compare them to Britney and K-Fed.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Quick Links

There are less than 9 days left to vote in the Campbell's Chunky Soup Click for Cans. The Green Bay Packers have a big lead but I'm hoping the Steelers can make a big comeback. You can vote once a day until November 30th.

Congrats to Christina Aguilera who got married over the weekend. Her website has a message saying, "Congratulations Christina & Jordan! They were married on Saturday, November 19th in Napa Valley, CA." I think I speak for everyone in saying that I hope Jordan Bratman doesn't try a rap album like Kevin Federline. Christina will always be a genie in a bottle.


Thank goodness I don't have to watch another Ravens/Steelers game this year. Both games, especially today's game, were tough to watch. The only consolation in the Steelers' loss today was that Tommy Maddox was the QB. In fact, listening to the Ravens post game show on the radio was very interesting. The Ravens broadcasters said that the Ravens would not have won if Big Ben was playing. In addition, they were criticizing Kyle Boller saying that he will never be a good quarterback. The one announcer said that high school quarterbacks don't make as dumb a play as the one Boller made when he tried to pitch the ball from his knees (the Ravens got very lucky on that play), and that he wouldn't feel comfortable driving behind Boller. Ouch.

My main concern with today's game was the offensive line. The Ravens seemed to get sacks or at least pressure on every big play. The Steelers really missed the injured Marvel Smith today.

Saturday, November 19, 2005


I wanted to have this on record before the game, but was unable to because I was refereeing soccer games all day (more on that later). However, it's still early enough in the game to make a prediction: Penn State will lose to Michigan State. (Currently Penn State is winning 3-0 with about 4 minutes left in the 1st quarter.)

Please note that if I am wrong I have the right to delete this message. :)

UPDATE: There was a typo in my earlier prediction. I meant to say that OHIO State would beat Michigan.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Harry Potter Movie

Did anyone know this movie was coming out? I haven't seen any advertisements, articles, stories or heard about people who went to the first showing Thursday at midnight.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Washingtonienne

Should I feel dirty by checking out The Washingtonienne from the library? The book is by Jessica Cutler, who was a big story last year when she got fired as a Senate staffer after posting information about "relationships" she had with important Washington people on a blog or online journal. I also took out a book by Walter Cronkite to balance things out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Stupid Redskins

Typing that title sounds really offensive. I am referring to the Washington Redskins football team, but I already on a tangent from what I was planning to write. The Redskins really should change their name. It's not going to happen anytime soon, but it probably should. (And I'm sure I just upset a million people in the DC metropolitan area by writing this.)

What I was going to talk about was my thoughts for this upcoming weekend. Yes, I know it's only Tuesday night. I was thinking that since the Steelers are playing Baltimore and Ravens games (no matter how bad the team is) are always on local TV, I would invite some friends over to watch the game. However, the Redskins are going to be on CBS meaning no Steelers game on local TV. Oh well, I guess I'll have to go out to watch it. And now a lot of Washington area residents are probably going to tell me to move back to Pittsburgh if I want to watch the game.

Monday, November 14, 2005

What Not To Do With an Old Jersey

I've written several times about my quest for a new Steelers jersey. My Kendrell Bell and Kordell Stewart jerseys are in the closet and will probably stay there until I move (which is several years away). I've never thought about doing what two people did at last night's Steelers game. They were both wearing a #80 Plaxico Burress jersey. However, they covered up "Burress" with duct tape or masking tape and wrote another name (not Wilson) on the back. It looked ridiculous.

Pittsburgh's own (apparently) Povertyneck Hillbillies performed the National Anthem and the halftime show at the game. I've never heard of them, but the announcer made it sound like they were a big deal (or at the very least a rising star) in country music. They sounded OK, but I think they need a new name. Maybe they can change it to the Oneders. A special congratulatory message to anyone who knows this movie reference.

Steelers Win!

I just got back from the Steelers game within the last hour. I'll write more about the game tomorrow (well, today) and about the rest of my weekend. The only negative about being at the game is not knowing the status of injured players. I still haven't heard what happened to Charlie Batch (I know it involves his hand) or when he got injured. Is Ben going to be back next week or am I going to get a call to be the back-up?

Time to go to sleep, although I'd like to see Grey's Anatomy. They are showing it in ten minutes (2:00AM) due to the game, but I don't think I can stay up that late and drive safely back to Virginia in the morning. I feel bad for any Steelers fan (especially those at the game) who has to be at work in the morning. Good luck!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sean's News & Notes

* I visited a kindergarten class today for their fall celebration. I got to read a Clifford book and basically helped out while class participated at five different stations: cookie decorating, fall bingo, storytelling, pumpkin measuring and another one that I can't seem to remember at the moment. The kids are very cute.

* Thanks to VH1's Best Week Ever, I learned that the Tony Danza Show had a Who's the Boss Reunion. How did I not hear about this? Was Alyssa Milano there?

* "The Biggest Little Game in the Nation" takes place Saturday. (I didn't make up the name; Sports Illustrated did.) I'm sure that you know that I'm referring to the Cortaca Jug game between Ithaca College and SUNY-Cortland. Here is a preview of the 64th Bombers/Red Dragons game and here is another one if want more. If you can't make it to Ithaca for the game, go to Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington (which is where I will be).

* Today is November 11th. Isn't it a little bit early for college basketball? George Mason has already played two games including tonight's 83-78 overtime loss at Wake Forest. Although there is no such thing as a moral victory, hopefully Mason will be able to build off this game for a successful season.

* Finally, thank you to all of the veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Rogan's Pizza

I recently learned that my favorite pizza place from college is gone. I ate Rogan's Pizza at least twice a week when I was at Ithaca College, and nearly every day during Finals Week. I actually had a different name for Finals Week with some friends: Week of Rogan's. My favorite was a plain cheese pizza with blue cheese dressing. It may sound terrible, but it is really, really good. The dressing was their specialty and they refused to give out the ingredients. Rogan's also had a double dough pizza where I could never eat more than two pieces.

Anyway, I heard about Rogan's being gone a few weeks ago and finally got around to doing some research about what happened. According to a March 24, 2005 article summary (I didn't want to pay $2.95 to view a 683-word article) in the Ithaca Journal, Tim Reynolds and Brian Carvill took over the restaurant, gas station and coin laundry in the Rogan's Corner complex. They even have a website that says King Subs & Pizza (formerly Rogan's). I've heard from two different sources that the pizza is not the same and that's putting it nicely.

I don't understand why someone would change Rogan's. Who are these guys that bought and changed Rogan's? The place was a goldmine; the only convenient pizza place right next to a campus of 6,000 students. I don't get it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Make It Stop

I can't get Madonna's new song "Hung Up" out of my head. Besides the ABBA sample, it's not a good song.

Congratulations to...

Sarah & Gobo on the addition of Freebird who arrived yesterday afternoon. He is 8 pounds, 8 ounces and already a Steelers fan!

Tim Kaine for being elected Governor of Virginia.

Virginia residents who no longer will have to receive campaign mail and phone calls and watch constant TV ads.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ice Princess

Back in July, I gave a review of the Disney movie "Ice Princess" that I saw on my flight from San Diego to Washington. You can probably guess what movie was on my flight back from Puerto Rico today. Do airlines regulate or monitor what movies they show on flights, or am I going to get stuck watching Ice Princess again on my next flight?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

PR Update

* I lost $40 in the hotel's casino playing blackjack last night. I can thank most of my losses to people who have no idea how to play. Hitting when they should not be not hitting (or staying when they should hit) really affects the cards for the rest of the players and the dealer. It is certainly OK to watch before you play or even ask other people at the table. Stupid people!

* A few blocks from the hotel is a place for cockfighting. I didn't have time to go, but it seems like it would be an interesting sport (I don't know what else to call it) to see. I'm sure PETA would not approve.

* The emergency message on Friday night turned out to be an Amber Alert message. I haven't heard any other information since, but hopefully everything is OK.

* I really want to watch Grey's Anatomy tonight, but it does not start until 11:00pm San Juan time. I could really be hurting tomorrow morning if I decide to stay up that late.

* I was very tempted to crash a hotel at the wedding last night that must have cost a minimum of $100,000. I definitley do not have the courage to do it. If someone asked who I was or if I knew the bride or groom, I would have said my name is Sean and I am staying at the hotel. Maybe they would have appreciated my honesty! Of course they could have called security and banned me from the hotel.

* Although this trip has been for work, swimming in the warm water of the ocean is very nice!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Little Help?

There was just a message on every TV station from the Emergency Alert System with a Civil Emergency Message. That's what it said on the TV screen. Then a voice came on the TV with the message being in Spanish, which makes sense since I'm in Puerto Rico. I really hope that they said in case of a real emergency we'll let you know. If there is a real emergency, I hope someone will tell me. In the meantime, I'm going to watch the end of White Chicks (I missed the beginning; I hope I'm able to pick up the plot) and go to sleep.

Good Morning From PR

I made it to San Juan and the hotel and weather are beautiful. I was able to be a tourist for a little bit yesterday. If you ever visit Puerto Rico, I highly recommend visiting Old San Juan and especially the incredible fort which was built by the Spanish army starting in 1539. Off to work. Have a good Friday!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Do You Know the Way to San Juan?

I actually don't, but hopefully the pilot does since I'm flying there tomorrow (Thursday). I will try to post some notes from the trip, but I'm not sure about the internet access in the hotel. While I am very excited about going to Puerto Rico, it looks like I'm going to miss my first Steelers game of the year. The 88 degree weather and being on the beach should more than make up for missing the game!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Month, New Ramblings

* Mr. (Creigh) Deeds is running for Attorney General in Virginia. I don't know anything about him, but he has great name recognition. Younger voters may remember Adam Sandler as Mr. Deeds. Older voters may remember Gary Cooper as Mr. Deeds. I like his chances.

* Did anyone else know that the NBA season starts tonight?

* The best show on TV right now may be Grey's Anatomy. Good storylines, good cast and characters that you actually care about. Plus a sort-of regular role for My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé who plays Joe the Bartender. It may make my list of "must watch" shows each week. Right now, the only show on that list is the Steelers game.

* One final thought on last night's Steelers game. I'm a little concerned that the Steelers never really got much pressure on Ravens QB Anthony Wright. I'm not sure if it was by design (playing more players in pass coverage), but it seemed like Wright had a lot of time to complete passes.

* I have a theory of why Freebird has not yet arrived. He/she was waiting to see the Penguins to win another game. Any coincidence that the Pens won in New Jersey?

Final Halloween Message

Trick: We didn't have any kids last night.
Treat: I guess that means candy for me and people at work.

Trick: I didn't go to sleep until 12:30 last night/this morning.
Treat: The Steelers won, so at least I was happy about going to bed so late.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween Observation

Once a quarter, I have a day where I can work from home. Today is that day. I've had the TV on for background noise and saw many shows celebrating Halloween. Good Morning America, The Today Show and The View all had kids dressed up in Halloween costumes. While I love Halloween, the last time I checked it is not a federal holiday. So why are all of these kids on TV when they should be in school? Do their parents really think it is more important to have their kids be interviewed by Star Jones and Joy Behar than being in school?

Happy Halloween!

Have a Spook-tacular day!

(Get it, because of Halloween, I changed spectacular to "Spook-tacular." You can stop groaning now.)

Sunday, October 30, 2005


Yes, that's me. I haven't done a good job of posting lately, and I'm sure there are millions of people out there desperately waiting to hear about the Kenny Loggins concert.

I should preface my review of the concert by saying that it was a fundraiser, so it was not a traditional concert. There were speakers, presentations and two videos before Loggins came on the stage and everyone was wearing dresses or coats and ties. Not exactly a Woodstock or Lollapalooza environment. We also did not stay until the end of the show (long drive home and we were the guests of the folks driving), so we did not see Kenny Loggins perform Footloose.

Besides all of that, it's amazing how many songs Kenny Loggins has had over the years. At least two or three times, my wife asked me who sang a particular song. My response was "I guess Kenny Loggins." I never knew that he sang the "even though we ain't got money, I'm so in love with you honey" song and the Winnie the Pooh song ("Christopher Robin and I walked along"). Kenny Loggins has really had a great career and put on a good show. What ever happened to Messina?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Kenny Loggins

I'm going to see him perform Thursday night. If I had to chose one concert to go to (OK, 100 concerts to go), I wouldn't pick Kenny Loggins. However, since his performance is at an event where the money is going to a good cause, I'm going to make the most of it. I'm just hoping that he'll sing Footloose, Danger Zone and I'm Alright. Actually, that may be the only Kenny Loggins songs I know.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

More Weekend Notes

As part of the tailgate, we bought a 12-pack of FMV hot dogs...for 99 cents! FMV stands for “For Maximum Value” and after doing a Google search, I saw that there was a recall of FMV hot dogs in 2002. I'm sure they are fine now, but I'm glad I had Hebrew National hot dogs instead.

Second is somewhat of a serious note. At both the tailgate and game, there were a good amount of people, both Steelers and Bengals fans, who acted inappropriately. It was mostly swearing, hand gestures and a few near fights. Most of the time, I mark it up as part of football culture, especially since a lot of alcohol is involved. However, for some reason, this year was different. I really enjoy my annual football trip and going to football games. This year, I was thinking about the future, and while I don’t have kids, I would like to take them to games when I do. From what I have seen over the past few years (Ohio State games were the worst), I do not think that football games are a good environment for kids. Maybe it was different when I was growing up because I remember people having fun and rooting for their team. Now, I see people rooting for their team but also insulting the opposing team and fans. It was probably like this when I was younger, but I guess I don’t remember it. Am I being overly sensitive or is this something other people (well, parents) think about?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Weekend in Ohio

Anytime the Steelers win, especially when I'm there, is a great day/weekend. I go to maybe one game a year, and I don't think the Steelers have lost any game that I've been to since the AFC Championship game against the Chargers ten years ago (but I don't want to talk about that).

On to the main event...we were at Waffle House by 7:00am and after several car problems, made it to the tailgate around 10:00, a little later than usual. There were fewer Steelers fans in the tailgate and in the stadium this year than in years past mostly due to there being more Bengals fans. It was great seeing so many "die-hard" Bengals fans. Actually, there was a good deal of real Bengals fans. (I actually think people yelling "Who Dey" is very funny. I'm not sure of the origin, but it stands for "Who Dey, think is gonna beat Dem Bengals," and is also the name of the mascot.) They were especially loud just before kick-off and in the first quarter. Of course, they were not as loud in the fourth quarter where many fans celebrated Halloween early by dressing up as empty green seats.

My favorite moment was walking back to the cars after the game. Even though the Bengals were totally dominated in the second half, the fans couldn't admit defeat. They kept bragging about being in first place. Apparently, Carson Palmer and T.J. Houshmandzadeh feel the same way. On, T.J. said, "I think we're better than them. They won the game and I'm sure they feel like they're better than us, but I don't feel like it." The Bengals really went out and proved it.

Anyway, the weekend was great. I got to see my brother and some good friends, some of whom I haven't seen in over a year. The only downside of the entire weekend was sitting in the middle of a backseat of a small car between two guys weighing a combined 450 pounds and both snoring. That part wasn't so fun.

My annual trip to Columbus and then going to the Cincinnati for the Bengals-Steelers game really has become one of my favorite times of the year. While there was nothing of the scope of being part of an Ohio State-Michigan tailgate or being in the bar for the Pistons/Pacers brawl, it was still a fantastic weekend. Next year in Cincy.

Oh and Who Dey think is gonna beat Dem Bengals? The Steelers!

I'm Back

I'm exhausted, but I'm back in Northern Virginia. I was awake at 4:15 this morning and left Columbus on a 6:15 flight. I'll write more about my trip later today including the impressive Steelers win yesterday and my thoughts on Cincinnati Bengals fans. In the meantime, I'm heading to work. Have a good day!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

On A Much Lighter Note

from what I previously wrote, I am extremely excited for this weekend. I am heading to Columbus and Cincinnati for my annual pilgrimage to see the Steelers at the Bengals. Sunday morning will start will a 7:00am stop at Waffle House, followed by pre-game tailgating and then game time. This will be the first year I remember where the Bengals are favored to win.

Highlights from last year included being in a bar and watching the "highlights" of the Ron Artest/Pacers/Pistons brawl over and over again, tailgating before the Ohio State (victory) over Michigan and, of course, a Steelers win.

Who knows what will happen this year?

A Little Too Far

ABC News had a story the other night about conservative activists threatening a boycott of the American Girl doll. The reason (yes, I'm borrowing most of this from the ABC story): American Girl is having a campaign where proceeds from sales of a wristband (enough with the wristbands already, but that's a different topic) go to Girls Inc. in support of their educational and empowerment programs. Girls Inc. is a wonderful nonprofit organization with its mission of "inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold." However, the conservative groups are upset that the advocacy portion of Girls Inc. supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians as part of its Girls' Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights includes some very controversial items (note the sarcasm here) that girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies, express themselves with originality and enthusiasm and to have confidence in themselves. Again, the money from the wristband sales goes to the educational and empowerment programs, not the advocacy part.

Some of these groups have way too much time on their hands. Why is there not more time, effort and money going to helping the poor? A boycott of a kids doll and an organization that helps girls? C'mon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Oh Moe!

Former Penguin Moe Mantha is now the coach and general manager of the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League. Actually, I should restate that. He is the suspended coach and general manager. The OHL suspended Moe for the rest of the season as GM and for 40 games as the coach for a hazing incident and a fight between teammates during a practice. TSN (Canada's Sports Leader) has more information about this on their website, including this:

The incident involved players "being told to strip and stand in the washroom at the back of the bus by other players," the OHL said in a release.

Not so good times for Moe and those players being hazed.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Ike vs. Byron

Although it's not helping me get over the Steelers loss on Sunday, Ike Taylor of the Steelers has a much better website than the web page of the Jaguars' Byron Leftwich when he was at Marshall.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Terrible Sports Weekend

The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently the only team in the National Hockey League without a win. They have six losses, four of which happened in overtime (including on Friday night against the Flyers). Apparently, the Steelers sympathize with the fellows across town because they displayed possibly the worst offensive performance in overtime history in losing to Jacksonville 23-17. Unfortunately, in the National Football League, teams do not get a point in the standings for an overtime loss. If you're a Steelers or NFL fan, you already know what happened, so I'm not going to discuss it. If you really want to read more, click here. I just don't understand why the Steelers couldn't have run Bettis or even Parker up the middle two or three times to try and get the team into better field goal range.

Besides the Steelers (and Penguins, but I'm not counting them as a real team until they win one game), Ithaca College also lost in overtime on Saturday. They are no longer undefeated and will drop out of the Top 10 of the Division III rankings. Fortunately, there is a playoff system for Division III, so the Bombers (yes, that's the nickname) are still in good shape to qualify.

I'm just glad I'm not a Penn State or Notre Dame fan. The weekend would have been even worse.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Click For Cans 2005

Campbell's Chunky soup is again having its Click for Cans to fight hunger. Visit the Chunky website and vote for your favorite NFL team (hopefully the Steelers) everyday from now until November 30th.

This year, two NFL teams will earn donations of Campbell’s soup to the food banks of their choice. For the team with the most clicks, they will donate the winning team's total weight in cans. In addition, the team that improves the most in the number of clicks from last year will also receive a donation.

So vote early and vote often!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Commercial Coups

Congrats to Motorola not only for getting Madonna, Iggy Pop, Little Richard, Mya, Bootsy Collins and Alanis Morissette for their ROKR iTunes phone commercial, but they were also able to get Beethoven. I've been worried that Beethovern hasn't been able to get much work lately, so hopefully this will jump-start his career.

There is another commercial out now for Intel Centrino that features Seal sitting on a woman's lap singing the song Crazy. Does he need extra money to help support Heidi Klum and their child? Random commercial, but good concept.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Did I Miss Anything?

Yom Kippur is now over, so after 25+ hours of not eating and drinking, I've had bagels, lox, orange juice, etc.

Yom Kippur is also a time for me when I do not use the phone or turn on the radio, TV or computer. Therefore, if something significant happened in the world, I would probably not know. So what happened over the past 28 hours or so? (The question is somewhat rhetorical since I'm now going to check out the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and ESPN websites, but if there is anything that I missed, please let me know.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Musical Names

I have no idea why I was thinking about this, but I was trying to come up with the coolest names in music. Here are my nominees:

Tre Cool (of Green Day)
Will.I.Am (of Black Eyed Peas)
The Edge (of U2)
Neneh Cherry & her brother Eagle Eye Cherry

Please feel free to add your own suggestions.

Steelers Win!

Although the Penguins lost in overtime (again), I am very happy with this Monday night/Tuesday morning. Jeff Reed kicked a clutch 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to give the Steelers a 24-22 victory over San Diego. It's great seeing The Bus back too. Of course, all Steelers fans are wondering how Big Ben is doing. I'm sure that we will not hear anything about his left knee until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest.

I'm definitely going to be hurting tomorrow/today. Why do Monday Night Football games end so late? And will ABC please stop showing previews for Freddie!

Monday, October 10, 2005


What a perfect fall Monday evening. At 7:00, the Penguins will be on national TV (the OLN network) against the Buffalo Sabres. This will be my first chance to see Sidney and Mario together. Then at 9:00, the Steelers will face the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. I'm hoping the Penguins will be leading 9-0 at the end of the second period, so I can watch the Steelers game without worrying about switching back and forth. If only the Pirates were in the playoffs...

Weekend Update

Being part of a study is pretty cool. I felt like I was completing a physical for a Major League Baseball or NFL team. I had to answer numerous questions and questionnaires and then came "the treadmill test." The Pitt team monitored my breathing, heart rate, levels of exertion and pain and then took my blood at several intervals (I didn't understand this part of the test, but that was OK). I'll go back to Pitt in 2 years for the next part of the study.

The Original Hot Dog Shop was as good as always.

What are the chances that I would hear the song Garden Party by Ricky Nelson twice in the same weekend?

Congrats to Woodland Hills and Pitt graduate Lousaka Polite on his first NFL Touchdown yesterday for the Dallas Cowboys.

Congrats #2 to the Baltimore Ravens for committing 21 penalties (one short of the NFL record), having two players ejected and losing 35-17 to Detroit. It couldn't happen to a nicer team.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Back from the 'Burgh

I'll write more tomorrow, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm back in Northern Virginia. If you ever have to take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (particularly between Breezewood and Pittsburgh), I recommend going in the fall. The foliage is beautiful.

I'm off work tomorrow for Columbus Day, so look for several posts throughout the day.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Making Research History

I am part of one of the longest follow-up studies of physical activity in the United States. I bet you didn't know that, did you? When I was in high school, the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study of physical activity. A few years ago, I received a follow-up phone call asking about my physical fitness. On Saturday, I'm going back to Pittsburgh to visit my family and to spend 2.5 hours at Pitt. During my visit, I will be completing a series of tests including a treadmill exercise test and body composition assessment. After displaying my physical fitness ability, I am planning on going directly to the O for a hot dog and delicious (and greasy) fries.

For more information about the study, check out the Pitt Chronicle, the University of Pittsburgh's newspaper (scroll down to the 2nd item).

Katie & Tom

There was a Simpsons episode where actor Troy McClure (voiced by the late Phil Hartman) is able to improve his career by planning a fake marriage to Marge’s sister Selma. When McClure’s agent tells him that all of the big movie parts are going to family men, he unsuccessfully tries to convince Selma to have a child. Why do I mention this? Because Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have now gone beyond a publicity relationship. I guess having a child makes their relationship legitimate. More importantly, has anyone heard from Dan recently?

Monday, October 03, 2005

Happy New Year!

Rosh Hashanah is tonight marking the start of the new year (5766). Apples, honey and Manischewitz are on me!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Lazy Sunday

I've spent most of today just sitting on the couch watching football. With all of my sitting, here are some random thoughts from today:

- For the first time in years, I watched Saturday Night Live last night. It's not nearly as funny as it used to be. With that said, the bit before Kanye West went on stage, including a Mike Myers cameo, was extremely funny. Great performance by Kanye too. Oh, Horacio Sanz at the Weekend Update desk didn't quite work.

- Will someone explain to me why NFL players have a green sticker on the back of helmets today? I haven't heard the announcers say anything about them, and I don't remember the stickers being there last week.

- Someone found this site by doing a search on Yahoo for "Diaper Harajuku Girls." What exactly was this person looking for?

- The Steelers game at San Diego next Monday night looks like it will be a tough game. The Chargers won 41-17 at New England today. Can anyone stop LaDainian Tomlinson?

- It looks like a 7th place finish out of 12 teams for my fantasy baseball league team. I've been in the league for 14 years now and have never won. I think the saying is the 15th time is the charm! At least I'm doing well in fantasy football.

Thank You ABC

for showing the premier of Commander in Chief again since I missed it on Tuesday.

Friday, September 30, 2005

I Can't Take It Anymore

I'm watching the Pitt-Rutgers game on ESPN2 and with 11 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Rutgers is winning 27-0. I'm not even sure if the game is as close as the score indicates. Pitt has no running game and QB Tyler Palko gets hit every time he goes back to pass. Why is there college football on Friday night to begin with? Here is how football is supposed to work: Friday night - High School; Saturday - College; Sunday - NFL.

I have no idea how (actually, Palko threw a TD pass to Greg Lee), but Pitt scored a touchdown. It's now 27-7. Um, Go Pitt!

UPDATE: Of course, I couldn't turn off the game and I'm glad I didn't. Pitt made a nice run, but fell short losing 37-29. The one (and maybe only) positive from the game is that Pitt may have finally found some receivers to compliment Greg Lee in Derek Kinder and Darrell Strong. However, unless the offensive line gets better, Palko is not going to make it through the season healthy.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Steelers Jersey

I'm still on my quest to find a unique Steelers jersey. There is no way that I will wear my two current jerseys: Kordell Stewart and Kendrell Bell. As soon as I bought the jerseys, their Steelers career went downhill (Stewart because he was a mediocre QB and Bell due to injures). Therefore, I will not buy a jersey of any current Steelers in fear that something bad will happen. I've been searching for a Louis Lipps, Rod Woodson or John Stallworth jersey. Woodson & Stallworth jerseys are available on EBay, but I haven't found any that I liked (or won). My new idea is to big on this Steve Bono jersey.

I may also try to go for Illawarra Steelers rugby jersey, if one becomes available.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Shakira's Song

Shakira has a fairly new song with Alejandro Sanz called "La Tortura." I really like the song. It's extremely catchy and is now also featured in cell phone ads. Oh, I didn't mention that this song is in Spanish. While I can sing (not well) along to parts of the song, I have no idea what the lyrics mean. I bet that non-English speakers feel the same way about the Thong Song.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Is It Just Me

or does Ed Harris look really scary in the previews for the upcoming movie A History of Violence?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Commander in Chief

Geena Davis was just on Monday Night Football being interviewed by Al Michaels. It will not be the highlight for either of their careers. Anyway, Davis said that she is excited to be the first woman president on TV. That's not true. For some reason, I remembered a show with Patty Duke as the President. Thanks to IMDB, here is information for Hail to the Chief.

The show didn't last very long, but it was produced by Paul Junger Witt, executive producer of Soap, Benson, Golden Girls, Blossom and Herman's Head.


The TV season is off to a great start, and I’m finding that there are a lot of shows that I want to watch. Which brings me to Tuesday night. Do I watch the debut of Commander in Chief with Geena Davis on ABC or My Name is Earl on NBC? Two completely different shows, but both that I'd like to see.

On the subject of new TV shows, Prison Break was fantastic tonight. Nothing like a prison riot and a "to be continued" episode.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Ithaca College and the Emmys

As I've mentioned before, this is the place for Ithaca College news (well, besides the IC website. Congrats to the following Ithaca College alumni for winning Emmys last week (and thanks to The Ithacan for this info):

• Chris Regan ’89, a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” won his fourth Emmy in the category of outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy program. He’s a five-time nominee, and this is his third-straight win.
• Mike Royce ’89 picked up his second Emmy as the executive producer of the outstanding comedy series winner, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Royce had also been nominated in the outstanding writing for a comedy series category for his contributions to the show’s final episode. Royce won an award in 2003 when he was the show’s supervising producer.

The following graduates were nominated for Emmys (and will win next year!):
• Barbara Gaines ’79, who has won five Emmys, was nominated again in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series category for her role as executive producer of “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
• Lighting designer Steven Brill ’80 received his first Emmy nomination for outstanding lighting direction for variety, music or comedy programming for his work on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
• “Mad TV” production designer John Sabato ’80 earned his sixth nomination for outstanding art direction for a variety, music program or special.
• CCH Pounder ’75, a three-time acting nominee, was nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role as detective Claudette Wyms in “The Shield.”

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Jury Duty?

I received in the mail and completed a Jury Questionnaire. The form says that I have been randomly selected as a prospective juror for the County's Circuit Court. While it's not a summons to appear, I don't remember ever receiving any type of questionnaire like this before. For the lawyers and non-lawyers out there, is this fairly common? Should I expect to be called to jury duty soon?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I Like Earl

I mentioned this in the comment section of my "Much to Discuss" entry of Tuesday night, but I feel like this deserves its own post. I was really impressed with the new TV show "My Name is Earl." All-around good show. It was funny and I liked the show's characters. I also enjoyed seeing Ethan Suplee in the show. While I didn't know his name until I looked it up, he is a recognizable and likable actor from great roles and performances in American History X, Remember the Titans and Boy Meets World (yes, I wrote Boy Meets World with Fred Savage's brother, Ben). I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

New Addiction

I'm already addicted to fantasy football and baseball and NCAA College Football 2005 on XBOX. My new addiction is a number puzzle called Su do ku. It's in the Washington Post Express (and many other newspapers) just below the crossword puzzle and is really keeping me occupied during my Metro and bus commute. I've been able to solve the easy "degree of difficulty" puzzles, but am really struggling with the medium one right now.

Monday, September 19, 2005


Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Much to Discuss

I'll start with the Emmys. I only watched parts of the show, but was not surprised to see Everyone Loves Raymond win its lifetime achievement award for Best Comedy. On the other hand, I was surprised to see Lost win for Best Drama. I saw the first few episodes and then saw the last twenty minutes of the finale. I think I may have missed a little bit in between. I hope it's not too hard to get caught up.

Congrats to Felicity Huffman on winning Best Actress. She was great on Sports Night.

The premiere of How I Met Your Mother was pretty good. Doogie's character was a little annoying, but it's still great to see Doogie back on TV. I wonder if Neil Patrick Harris is sick of being called Doogie or if he embraces it.

During commercials, I switched to Fox's Kitchen Confidential. I wasn't expecting much, but the show looked pretty good too. I need to get Tivo.

Oh yeah, there was a Steelers game too. :) The Steelers defense played so well that the Houston Texans fired their offensive coordinator. I'm sure it was his fault why the Texans lost.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Gray Hair

I found my first gray hair and feel like I have officially become a man. I should get a fountain pen for this accomplishment. Seriously, I know some people freak out about their first gray hair. It doesn't bother me.

All of a sudden, this has become a place where I talk about my hair. It's all Sean's hair, all the time! Good thing there's a Steelers game today.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Prison Break Haircut

I got a haircut the other night, and I now look like I would fit in nicely with the cast of Fox's Prison Break. Maybe it's not THAT short, but it's not far from it. My barber/stylist finished cutting my hair in about four minutes. I figured that since it took such a short amount of time for him to cut my hair, he must not have cut enough. Note to self...find a new place to go besides Hair Cuttery.

Speaking of Prison Break, something does not seem right (actually there are many things, but I'm just going to focus on one). From my experience watching movies involving prison (Green Mile, Dead Man Walking, Silence of the Lambs), the folks on death row tend to be completely isolated from the general prison population. Not on Prison Break where the lead character's brother (who is on death row) is able to be outside and be on work duty with everyone else.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

More Rants

This is a belated rant: The U.S. Open was completed on Sunday and the amazing James Blake-Andre Agassi match has been over for almost a week. The fifth and final set of the Blake-Agassi match was decided by a tie-breaker. A tie-breaker! I could be wrong, but I believe that the other major tennis tournaments (definitely Wimbledon and I believe the Australian Open and French Open) go until the winner actually wins. I've seen the score of the final set as 16-14 and 21-19. This is the way it should be at the U.S. Open.

While I'm at it, I don't like World Cup soccer matches ending by a shoot-out. They should play until someone scores. I would love to see a 4-overtime game like they have in the NHL playoffs.

Who are the people that still approve of President Bush's work (or lack thereof) during and after Katrina? He doesn't even approve of himself.

Why is it called the World Music Awards when all of the performers and winners are American performers?

Not a rant...congrats to Tommy Lee on getting a C+ in English, a B in Horticulture and well, no credit in Chemistry because he got a 10 out of 100 on the final. I didn't do much better in my only college science class. I have to admit that I enjoyed the show.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Just Feel Like a Rant

I know I'm not going to get any sympathy from women with my rant since many women spend hundreds of dollars on all types of toiletries and cosmetics such lipstick, make-up and shampoo. I can get a monster bottle of Pert Plus from Costco for $5, but many women need special shampoo, conditioner and I'm sure there's more hair products. Anyway, my rant involves razors. I don't understand why they are so expensive. I bought a 5-pack of Gillette Sensor Excel razors the other day for $8.50. $8.50!!! I can get maybe three good shaves out of one razor and then two or three mediocre shaves after that. I've tried electric razors before, but it just does not give a close shave. Some razor company needs to design an inexpensive razor that does not get dull for at least a week. Does this exist?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Great Sunday

A Steelers victory always makes a Sunday and weekend great. I love having football back, especially with an impressive Steelers win against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers may have played a perfect game. After giving up a touchdown on the Titans' first possession of the game, the defense played great, Willie Parker had 161 yards rushing and Big Ben looked 1000 times better than he did during the preseason.

Plus, today marked the season premier of The Simpsons, and the US Open tennis final of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi was fun to watch.

Just a great day to sit on the couch. Well, until Fox's "The War at Home" started. Not a great show, but at least I can switch to more football.

Are You Ready For Some Football?


(Steelers kick-off and the first full day of football starts in about 2.5 hours!)

Friday, September 09, 2005


According the Site Meter, I have passed 5000 visits since I started this blog in January. While this is not a significant number compared to many other websites, it is a lot more than I expected when this first started. Granted, probably 2500 visits have been me, but that's still 2500 visits from people other than me. Thanks to everyone who has checked out this site whether or like it or not (hopefully you like it; you really, really like it). I also want to thank all the people who visited looking for Kevin Pittsnogle information or searching for Sean William Scott instead of Seann William Scott.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Ramblin' Man

* Do people not work over the summer? After two months of being able to get a parking spot at the Park 'n Ride at 8:15 and a relatively easy commute to work, the parking spaces are now gone at that time and the Metro is packed. Where did all of these people come from and can they go back?

* What mothers decide it would be a good idea to be on MTV's Date My Mom, where young men date mothers to decide which daughter to choose?

* I have watched a lot of national news the past few weeks for the Katrina coverage and discovered that 1 in 10 people have Restless Legs Syndrome. I'm sure it is serious for some people, but when I think of restless legs, I think of someone sitting in a cramped airplane. It just sounds like someone made this up.

* Bow Wow was much better as Lil' Bow Wow.

* Since I finished Harry Potter, I have read a wide variety of books: 1776 by David McCullough, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made by David Halberstam, Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut and A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Very different but all were very good. The current book I am reading is Winning the White House, 2004: region by region, vote by vote (I think I know how it ends), which was partially written by one of my college professors. I've read 13 pages thus far.

As always, please let me know if you have more book suggestions.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bye, Bye Lloyd

The Pirates fired Manager Lloyd McClendon after five years on the job. I still think it's not Lloyd's fault that the Pirates have been so bad during his tenure. Before PNC Park was built, Pittsburgh and Pirates fans were told that the team could not compete without revenues from a new ballpark. There's now been a new ballpark for four years, but the team still can't compete. I don't feel like having a baseball economics discussion, so I'll get back to Lloyd. Would it have been terrible to wait until after the season to not rehire Lloyd? What benefit is there for the team to fire him now? Could they at least have waited one more week so there would be one final Pirates-Cardinals, McClendon-LaRussa & Duncan series? The big question: will Nick change the title of his blog?

Monday, September 05, 2005

Happy Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, I thought I would write about some of the jobs I have had over the years. Please note that many of these jobs I had after I earned a Masters degree.

- Beer Man (I went up and down aisles at sports arenas/stadiums yelling "Cold Beer Here")
- Harry Potter board game demonstrator at a Northern Virginia mall.
- Blockbuster employee
- Kohl's Men's Department during Christmas season
- Data entry at a Repo company (You like having the repo guys on your side.)
- Soccer referee (I still do this one)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Pittsburgh Sports Notes

As with most University of Pittsburgh fans, I was really excited for last night's national TV game against Notre Dame, the first game of the Dave Wannstedt era. Unfortunately, like several games from last year, Pitt had trouble running the ball and the defensive line was overmatched. Pitt is still going to have a good year, probably with 8 wins, but will struggle against the better college football teams.

The final National Football League cuts took place yesterday. Among the cuts was the Steelers 2nd round draft pick from 2003, Alonzo Jackson. What a wasted pick. The Steelers never could figure out what to do with him. I wonder if he'll end up being anything in the NFL. In other cuts, the Seattle Seahawks cut former "Superman" Bobby Shaw and the Jacksonville Jaguars cut Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala. I don't care what anyone says. He is still a bad Ma'afala!

Finally, congratulations to Woodland Hills High School in defeating Gateway High School, the former #1 team in Western Pennsylvania.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Something Different

The pictures tonight of people dead or dying on the streets of New Orleans and thousands of people needing medical attention, food and water is awful to watch and is even more amazing to know that this is happening in this country. I actually wanted to write about something a little lighter tonight. I watched the two-hour debut of Fox's Prison Break, which despite way too many stories going on (that I hope will all come together in a few weeks), I enjoyed. I'd like to write more about it, but I really can't. I'm still in disbelief that food, water and medicine are not getting to people who need it. I don't understand why the local, state, and especially federal government was not prepared when we knew a major hurricane was going to hit as early as Friday or Saturday.

In a completely unrelated note, why were the Saints playing a preseason game tonight?

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Being Political

First, I wanted to provide an update in regard to my sister-in-law's friend's family. I don't know the specific details but everyone is OK and either in or on the way to Houston where they have family.

I'm usually not very political here because I enjoy talking more about my life and random TV shows, music and movies. However, Arianna Huffington had an interesting article on her blog titled The Flyover Presidency of George W. Bush. (I wish I could come up with catchy titles like that). Anyway, Huffington (who I always thought was on the conservative side of the spectrum) blasted Bush for flying over the hurricane damage and then returning directly to DC. For better or worse, in times of crisis we look for our political leaders to well, lead. See Rudy Giuliani. For all of President Clinton's faults, he always seemed to be around and on the scene anytime there was a natural disaster. Even after his presidency, Clinton was in New York at Ground Zero before President Bush during 9-11. Why is President Bush not around? I guess we should we be happy that he cut his month-long vacation in Crawford short.

Personal Katrina Message

I wrote yesterday that I did not know anyone directly affected by Katrina. It turns out that my statement was not true. I met many people when I went to Gulfport & Biloxi for work. I learned today that the place I visited is "totally gone." Even closer to home, my sister-in-law's good friend was born and raised in New Orleans and still has family there. He wrote the following yesterday evening...


You've no doubt seen the pictures and heard stories of what has unfolded in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in recent days. This email is my attempt to give you a perspective of what it's like to be someone who still has people very close and important to him stuck in the wake that Katrina has left, the perspective of a son, the perspective of someone who needs your help.

Tonight there was an important announcement concerning the efforts to save the city of New Orleans. Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans, announced that any attempts to repair the breach in the levee, a 200 foot hole that is allowing water from Lake Ponchartrain to spill into the city and the surrounding area, have failed. What this means is that officials now expect that within the next 24 hours there will be approximately 12 feet of water in almost all areas East of the Mississippi River, that includes most of the city of New Orleans and all of Metairie, a suburb where my parents live, and I grew up.

Although they have not said it yet, it is just a matter of time until they announce that no evacuees will be allowed to return to the city for weeks if not months. Hopefully then they will begin to answer the question which it's unbelievable that after 48 hours they have not come up with a firm plan for, which is, "How do we get all the people left in the New Orleans area out of harms way?" As you probably know, and it is important to keep in mind, most of the people remaining in New Orleans are not there by choice, they are there because they are too poor, too old or too sick (as was the case for my parents when my stepdad was struck with a mild heart attack at the wrong time) to leave.

Maybe I am being simplistic and unrealistic, but considering the capabilities of our country that we lately have not hesitated to display to the world, it's unbelievable to me that we cannot go in and save those in trouble in our own country. Whether this means using different state's National Guards, all humanitarian efforts that exist, or the full might of the United States Army, it's something that needs to be done, and needs to be done now.

My parents are sitting in East Jefferson Hospital. They are ready to leave, but have nowhere to go. The hospital is rationing food. There is no electricity. The temperature is near three digits, there is little water, and a failing sewage system. My 86 year old grandmother is in conditions that I would guess are even worse (we've lost contact with her). I'm not foolish, I realize that the conditions for most of the others trapped in the city are far worse, some are in their houses, some are literally treading water for their lives, even the 30,000 people in the Superdome could comparatively still be considered lucky ones.

I write this as a conscious American, a New Orleanian, and most importantly a son, a son who has no clue when the next time he will be able to talk to his mom. If there is anything you as a individual can do, anyone you can reach out to that you think has a minutia of a chance of making a difference, please do so, do it for people like me, and do it cause it's the right thing to do.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide and for keeping people like me in your thoughts. You have no idea how much it means to all of us.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

More on Hurricane Katrina

I live about a thousand miles away from the Gulf Coast and do not have any friends or family who live in or around the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. With that said, the destruction and devastation caused by Katrina is really affecting me. I touched on this a little yesterday, but the area hardest hit is where I was only a few months ago. I stayed at the Beau Rivage, which according to the Biloxi/Gulfport Sun-Herald seems to be the only casino in Biloxi still standing. (By the way, the Beau Rivage website has not changed. You would think there would be a message saying we're closed.) I drove back and forth between Biloxi and Gulfport on Beach Boulevard during my entire trip. From all the reports I have heard, Beach Boulevard and everything on it has been damaged if not completely destroyed. Although I haven't heard anything yet, I'm worried that the place I visited for work is out of business for a while if not ever.

People, including me, have joked about the poor planning and design of New Orleans. It is certainly not funny now. The Superdome, which has served as the primary shelter for the shelter, is going to have to be evacuated because the water is still rising. I cannot imagine what people who have lost their homes and their jobs are going through. I think even worse is the uncertainty. I've heard some reports of areas where people will not be able to return to their homes to see the damage for weeks or longer.

I'm going to give some money or supplies to the Red Cross, United Jewish Federation or another agency for the relief effort. Sarah has some links of agencies that are helping.

Monday, August 29, 2005


In mid-May, I wrote about my trip to Gulfport & Biloxi, Mississippi. I didn't write it then, but I clearly remember something that my cab driver told me on the way to the airport. Maybe it's me, but I'm not very good at striking up conversations with cab drivers. So naturally, we talked about the weather. It was beautiful the three days I was there, and according to the cab driver, it had been like that the two weeks prior to my visit. I remember the driver telling me that because the weather had been so nice, it was going to be a bad hurricane season. His prediction was correct. Although most of the coverage has focused on New Orleans, which was somewhat spared considering the early reports of complete destruction, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been hit very hard by Hurricane Katrina. I don't really have much more to write. I just hope that everyone there is safe.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Fantasy Football

Fantasy football has really become mainstream. While there have been magazines and websites for fantasy football for several years, the primary pre-game shows on both ESPN and Fox had drafts on TV this year. I feel like I'm way ahead of the trend! Anyway, here are my rosters if you're interested (and even if you're not)

League #1
There are 14 teams in this league (way too many, but better than 16 from last year). The players listed below are by round and overall.
1. (5) Willis McGahee (RB BUF)
2. (24) Torry Holt (WR STL)
3. (33) Mike Anderson (RB DEN)
4. (52) Darrell Jackson (WR SEA)
5. (61) Jerry Porter (WR OAK)
6. (80) Jason Witten (TE DAL)
7. (89) Carson Palmer (QB CIN)
8. (108) Carolina Panthers (DST CAR)
9. (117) Jerome Bettis (RB PIT)
10. (136) Mewelde Moore (RB MIN)
11. (145) Brian Griese (QB TB)
12. (164) Tyrone Calico (WR TEN)
13. (173) John Kasay (K CAR)
14. (192) Marcus Robinson (WR MIN)
15. (201) Jeb Putzier (TE DEN)

League #2 - 10 teams
1. (1) LaDanian Tomlinson (RB SD)
2. (20) Rudi Johnson (RB CIN)
3. (21) Torry Holt (WR STL)
4. (40) Javon Walker (WR GB)
5. (41) Marc Bulger (QB STL)
6. (60) Michael Clayton (WR TB)
7. (61) Fred Taylor (WR JAC) - Yes, I know it's Fred Taylor
8. (80) Randy McMichael (TE MIA)
9. (81) Lee Evans (WR BUF)
10. (100) New York Jets Defense
11. (101) Thomas Jones (RB CHI)
12. (120) Rod Smith (WR DEN)
13. (121) Jake Delhomme (QB CAR)
14. (140) L.J. Smith (TE PHI)
15. (141) Greg Jones (RB JAC)
16. (160) Jeff Reed (K PIT)

Feel free to comment and to make fun of my Fred Taylor pick.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Steelers & Pirates Update

As I wrote a few days ago, many Steelers fans seem to worry (to the point of obsession at times) about the team. Tonight's preseason game against the Washington Redskins is not going to help. After seeing that Duce Staley may not return until October, Jerome Bettis injured his calf . The Steelers first-team offense didn't do much again tonight and the besides Polamalu's interception, the first-team defense did not look great giving up a lot of yards. Troy Aikman keeps saying that the Steelers have nothing to worry about, but I'm sure that is not what the Pittsburgh talk shows and newspapers are going to say over the next few days.

Transitioning to the Pittsburgh team with no expectations, there is certainly hope for next year. Unfortunately (at least for him), next year will probably not include current manager Lloyd McClendon. I don't remember if I have written this here before or not, but I do not think it's Lloyd's fault that the team has been so bad the past few (13) years. I'll write more about that some other time. Anyway, besides the actual results on the field, the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates, particularly Lloyd and Cardinals' manager Tony LaRussa over the past few years has been great to watch. The most-recent incident was a "tussle" between both teams during batting practice. We're talking about batting practice. If Lloyd does get fired, the Pirates should bring him back just for games against St. Louis.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Name a Panda

The Friends of the National Zoo here in Washington, DC is holding a contest where you can vote for the name of the newly-born male panda. The choices are:

· Hua Sheng (hwah SHUNG), which means "China Washington" and "magnificent."
· Sheng Hua (SHUNG hwah), which means "Washington China" and "magnificent."
· Tai Shan (tie SHON), which means "peaceful mountain."
· Long Shan (lohng SHON), which means "dragon mountain."
· Qiang Qiang (chee-ONG chee-ONG), which means "strong, powerful."

I really don't want to get into the pros and cons of these names (like why would you name a panda, dragon mountain? A panda is a panda, not a dragon, and there are no mountains in DC) but I have my own suggestions to be considered:

· Hines
· Pittsnogle
· Roethlisberger
· Kimo von Oelhoffen
· Fred the Panda

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Venezuela, Guam, Alaska Ramblings & More

* I'm waiting to hear Pat Robertson say that his quote about assassinating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was taken out of context. I'm sure that the liberal media twisted his words.

* For no apparent reason, I am rooting for the Little League World Series to be between the teams from Hawaii and Guam.

* I have my first of two fantasy football league drafts tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Wish me luck. I'm not as prepared as I would like to be, but I figure I'll be OK as long as I don't draft Bubby Brister.

* Major news: My parents are currently in Alaska, and my dad found and bought Rice Oriental Hamburger Helper in the same store that I found it in last year.

Update February 2008: I still receive numerous hits from people searching for Rice Oriental Hamburger Helper. If you are searching for it, I've put together a list of places where it is available (with links) here.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Steelers Fans

As everyone who has ever met me knows, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I think it is a requirement that anyone who is born in Pittsburgh must be a fan. Anyone who is from Pittsburgh and has a relative in/from Pittsburgh is also a fan. I hope you won't mind the numerous Steelers posts that will be here over the next few months. Anyway, since the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s, the team has been good most years (I've tried to block out the Mark Malone days), even great in some years. However, the team has only made one Super Bowl appearance, which it lost. I think it is fair to say that Steelers fans are now, and probably have been, worriers. Instead of focusing on the positive, we worry about what is going to go wrong. We have become Red Sox fans prior to last year's World Series. Case in point is the top story in the Sports section of today's Post-Gazette. The headline reads "Is Something Wrong With Big Ben?" Granted the top of the article itself is "Steelers not overly concerned with Roethlisberger's struggle." The implication is that other people (fans and media) are concerned with Big Ben. Before last Monday, we were worried about the Steelers chances because Hines Ward was holding out. We have to worry about something regarding the team.

Am I wrong on this?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Back From Florida

I had a very nice four-day weekend, and am almost ready for the work week. Here are a few notes from the trip to Jacksonville:

- I was on A1A constantly during the trip. While the road is best known for being a major route through the entire state, I thought of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby every time I saw the sign ("so I continued to a1a beachfront ave").

- I also passed several Huddle House restaurants. Even though the website says that the restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary, it still seemed like a Waffle House knock-off.

- While swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, I had a "Spring Break Shark Attack" moment. A woman (not a lifeguard, just some random beachgoer) advised us to get out of the water when she saw several fish jumping out of the water. According to her, the only reason they were jumping out of the water was because something bigger was chasing it. It seemed like a perfect time for me to lie on the beach and read.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Later Gator

I'm heading out of town for a few days going to Jacksonville, Florida, a place that I believe has some gators.

Just a few things before I leave...

Happy 50th Birthday/Anniversary to Waffle House! I'm a big fan of Waffle House, which I first discovered during my 1997 road trip. My brother and I ate at Waffle House in several states during the trip. Now, Waffle House is part of an annual tradition: the Steelers-Bengals game in Cincinnati. We always eat there the morning of the game before driving from Columbus to Cincinnati.

Finally, for those of you who really wanted to know the answers to the missing songs:

8. The Killers - Somebody Told Me (I thought this would be one of the easier songs to pick; they have only released 3 songs)

17. Dave Matthews Band - Trippin' Billies

Thanks to everyone for their guesses. I enjoyed it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


I saw today that there is a DVD for the complete series of the Fox TV show Undeclared. This was a very funny show that I believe only lasted one season in 2001-2002. I never understood why it didn't last longer. I remember some fantastic episodes with guest appearances by Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell. I think I'll have to buy it.

Monday, August 15, 2005

More Reality

For someone who doesn't like most reality shows and the fact that reality shows have taken over TV, I seem to write a lot about them. There are two shows that are premiering soon that I find intriguing. The first is NBC's Tommy Lee Goes to College. Here is the show's bio: Lee enrolls at The University of Nebraska at Lincoln and struggles just like any other (famous rock star) student to balance academics with extra-curricular pursuits, his new roommate Matt and a distractingly attractive tutor named Natalie. As someone who spent several years working in student affairs, I am interested in seeing how the staff and students react to Tommy Lee on campus. How does he behave? Does he take classes seriously? Does he give his RA a hard time? Does he get involved in student activities (I assume marching band)? The debut is tomorrow night, and I'm probably going to miss it.

The second show is ABC's Commander in Chief debuting this fall. Geena Davis is going to be the President. I'm really surprised that the Bush administration was OK with this, but I guess they are looking for some new ideas to help with the current approval rating.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Blogger Problems

I had to switch to an entire new layout last month because there was a giant space between the title and the post itself. Now, my links and everything in the right column magically moved to the bottom of the page. I have not touched or even looked at the template, and I really don't want to mess around with it. Just a little frustrating.

Saturday Morning

I'm watching VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. Willie Aames, best known for his role as Buddy in Charles in Charge has some anger issues. He always seems so happy with Scott Baio.

Here is a very good sign for the University of Pittsburgh basketball. Levon Kendall scored a tournament-high 40 points as Canada upset the United States in overtime of the men's Under 21 basketball world championship.

From AP as printed in The Washington Post Express, "A 28-year-old South Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games non-stop for 49 hours, South Korean police said Wednesday. Lee, who was identified only by his last name, collapsed Friday after having eaten minimally and not sleeping, refusing to leave his keyboard. Lee was quickly moved to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack, police said." I wonder if he was playing Madden 2006.

I'm going to play X-Box now. If you don't hear from me in a few days, it's OK to be worried.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Stealing an Idea

Yes, I am stealing the idea of this post from JQ and Contrary SOB, who stole this idea from other folks. I am listing 20 artists who would have one song (well they may have more than one, but this would be my #1 song of that artist if I had to choose only one) on my iTunes playlist or IPod, if I had iTunes or an IPod. Your job is to identify that song. I have a few one-hit wonder types and others which may be a little tricky since they have so many songs. I'll update as people answer them correctly. Have fun!

1. Bon Jovi - "Livin' on a Prayer" (Christine) - I'm not sure if this counts since two songs were selected
2. Murray Head - "One Night in Bangkok" (Christine) - I don't know any other songs by Mr. Head and company
3. Rob Base & DJ E.Z. Rock - "It Takes Two" (Christine) - Only the greatest dance song of all time!
4. Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" (Amy) - I never get tired of this song.
5. Peter Gabriel - "Big Time" (Dan) - Fun video; I love the start of the song (Hi there).
6. Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter" (Nick) - Nick is on the board!
7. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime" (Amy) - Perfect song this time of year.
8. The Killers
9. Black Eyed Peas - "Hey Mama" (Christine)
10. Duran Duran - "Rio" (Amy)
11. Sublime - "What I Got" (Christine) - I think I first heard this song working on an all-night paper in college. I never get tired of the song, but I did get tired of staying up all night working on papers.
12. The B-52s - "Love Shack" (Christine) - My favorite karaoke song, of course I need my friend Barb as a partner.
13. Spencer Davis Band - "Gimme Some Lovin'" (Christine)
14. Michelle Branch - "Everywhere" (Amy) - This song just rocks!
15. Milli Vanilli - "Baby Don't Forget My Number" (Rob through Christine) - Love is stronger than thunder may be some of the greatest lyrics ever written.
16. Neil Diamond - "America" (Amy) - I never understood how Lee Greenwood's song is considered so more patriotic than America.
17. Dave Matthews Band
18. Tone Loc - "Funky Cold Medina" (Christine) - Tone Loc should still be recording today.
19. Beyoncé Knowles - "Crazy in Love" (Amy) - With an assist to Jay-Z.
20. Seal - "Crazy" (Dan) - Before many of the slow ballads, this was (and still is) an upbeat and catchy song.

Last updated: Monday, 10:40pm

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Catching Up - Part II

- My ultimate frisbee recreational season is over. Although I worked all weekend, I was able to play in the first half of the quarterfinal match on Sunday. I left at 7-4 and heard that it wasn't that close in the 2nd half. My team lost a close match in the semi-finals. Overall, a very good season!

- It was somewhat spooky hearing and seeing the title "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" this evening. I wonder how long ABC will keep the title. Although I don't watch the evening news as often as I used to, I always go to ABC News for any significant event. Therefore, I watched Peter Jennings during 9-11, the Presidential elections and during any international event where he always seemed to be. He seemed to be great at summarizing the major points, keeping the viewers informed and really attempt to get to the heart of the story.

- I have been very encouraged about the stories today of people saying that they are going to stop smoking because of Peter Jennings' battle with lung cancer.

- On a much lighter note, Ithaca College football is ranked #17 in the preseason Division III football Top 25. Go Bombers!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Catching Up

I've been at a meeting for work the past few days, so I have a few things I wanted to share from the past few days (and in some cases weeks).

- According to the Post-Gazette, Steelers running back Duce Staley will be out for a month, or around the start of the regular season. While I hope that the Bus can carry the load until Duce is healthy, I really think that Verron Haynes is going to come up big.

- In the other Steelers story, Hines Ward is still holding out. The Steelers will not renegotiate a new contract unless Ward is at training camp. Ward will not report to camp until he has a new contract. You can see the problem here. They really need to work this out! It will not be good if Lee Mays is a critical part of the Steelers offense.

- Want more Pittsburgh sports discussion? I like the Penguins (yes, hockey is back) signings of Ziggy Palffy and Sergei Gonchar. The Penguins are really putting together the all first-name team with Ziggy, Sidney, Lasse, Brooks, Konstantin, Rico, Milan and Mark.

- I'm currently watching pre-season football. It seems odd since it was 90 today, but it's great.

- In watching part of VH1's new show, Hogan Knows Best, the Hulkster was inducted into the Wresting Hall of Fame. First, I never knew there was a Wrestling Hall of Fame. Second, some of the old wrestlers and wrestling people were there like St. Slaughter, The Iron Sheik, Mean Gene and Jimmy the Mouth of the South. They all look old. Oh and Hulk wrestled as part of Wrestlemania 21. I think I remember watching Wrestlemania 1.

- Touchdown Bears (Thomas Jones)!. I feel like I'm doing scouting for fantasy football. Oh, I need to find a league to join. I'm only in one league right now and I'd like to be in 3 this year. Between this and my two fantasy baseball leagues, I realize that I may (or do) have a problem.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

My Date With Drew

It's a little odd for me to discuss movies on back-to-back posts, but I need some information. There is a movie coming out on Friday called My Date With Drew about a guy who has a crush on Drew Barrymore and tries to ask her out. The guy, Brian Hertzlinger, is an Ithaca College graduate like me and my friend Christian, who first told me about the movie. From looking at the website, I discovered that director, producer and editor Brett Winn and Jon Gunn along with Brian (they all have the same title) are also Ithaca College grads. My first question is do I know any of these guys? My second question is has anyone heard anything about this movie? Since there are IC people prominently involved I am hoping it is good and does well. Jason, since you have been reviewing movies lately, have you heard anything about this one?