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playoff hockey

May 2, 2009

hockey is a great sport.  it’s intense.  it’s exciting.  it’s quick paced.  it’s fan friendly.  it has attitude and tradition.  it is a sport where both young boys (18) and old men (45) can play — and be competitive — in the same game.  if you haven’t tried hockey, try it.  go to a game.  if you can’t make it to an nhl game, try a minor league or amateur league game.  it’s totally worth it.  even little girl z loves it.  we’ve been to a regular season game and a playoff game this year.  she can’t get enough!

so i’m listening to the blackhawks game through nhl.com’s gamecast which includes radio feeds from both teams.  the hawks just won 6-3 in a very exciting game.  the last eight minutes were as exciting as any 8 minute stretch that i can recall.  i want to give props to the hawks radio play by play man, john wiedeman.  dude has a great radio voice and is rediculously passionate about what he does without being obnoxious.  he is descriptive in his call giving as detailed accounts as possible of the fast action and uses his voice to relax the excitement and tension on the ice.  if you can’t be at the game or watch the game live, it’s not a consolation to listen to it on the radio.

cheers to you dave wiedeman!  thanks for doing what you do and doing it so well!

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the hoosiers won!!!

February 5, 2009

we have been getting closer the last several games, but still I AM TOTALLY STOKED ABOUT IT!!!  this year has been rough.  that’s not a surprise.  i knew it would be difficult and that we would have lower our expectations, but still i wasn’t ready for how difficult it would be.  now that i am almost used to it (read: expecting it), it is absolutely thrilling to win a game!

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super bowl commercials

February 3, 2009

i am a sports purist. i hate big games if only because of all the drama and pageantry.  i don’t see the point of pre-game, half-time, and post-game concerts.  i find the need for having half of the former players and every photographer in the u.s. at midfield for the coin toss asinine.  i loathe the crowd that is brought on to the field to jump around for the concert-dejour in hopes that i’ll be fooled into thinking that i am at a concert instead of a football game.  generally speaking, i just can’t stand anything that consumes your attention and detracts from the significance of the game.  i understand that the nfl does all of this to try to bring and capture the attention of those who otherwise would not care about the game.  i understand that there are millions that watch the game just for everything else besides the game.  i also understand that i’m never going to be able to change it, but i just want a game.  give me a good game (and i got one this year!).  if the millions that would rather be at a broadway show don’t watch it, so what?  it’s a football game.  if they don’t want to watch it, fine.  they don’t have to.

rant aside, there is one non-football aspect to the super bowl i enjoy:  the commercials.  before i go on i have to be clear about something.  commercial time is time to go to the bathroom or reload my plate/bowl/drink.  as great as the super bowl commercials are, they still take a backseat to gluttony (and that’s what dvr and hulu.com are for).  assuming my bladder is relatively empty and my plate is full, i truly enjoy most commercials.  the last several years have had a few good ones and a few bad ones.  this year was no exception.  my thoughts on some of the individual commercials follow.

top three:

1.  bud light – swedish conan.  quite simply, anything with conan is destined to be hilarious.

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2.  pepsi max – “i’m good.”  pain is funny.  pain several times is several times funnier.

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3a. monster.com – moose desk.  the guy is sitting in between the moose’s legs.  hilarious.

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3b. e-trade – baby with the golden pipes.  the baby pretty funny.  add another baby and use the phrase “golden pipes” and you’re in business.  good stuff.

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the bz honorable mention (in no particular order):

now for the commericals that were failures in my eyes:

  • castrol – grease monkeys.  i just don’t get it.  it wasn’t funny.  i’ve watched it several times and it’s just not funny.
  • coke commercials.  i thought these were mildly clever at best, but not overly entertaining or relevant.  a guy napping on a spring/summer day while bugs take his coke bottle airing while the midwest is stuck under a foot of snow and ice and most of the country is very cold.  it just doesn’t seem like the right time to air a summer time ad.
  • godaddy.com.  okay.  here’s the deal.  danica patrick is NOT hot!  she’s not.  period.  end of discussion.  here’s why people are sometimes fooled into thinking she’s hot.  sandwich her in between aj foyt iv and tony kanaan and yeah she looks pretty good.  but sandwich her in between heidi klum and marisa miller and she’s just another pretender.

pick the hot one and danica gets picked every time (except by mrs. foyt iv and mrs. kanaan)

pick the hot one and danica never gets picked.  ever.

danica is not hot.  please go daddy (and sports illustrated and the irl), stop trying to make her hot.

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just the two of us

December 1, 2008

[this was supposed to be published on september 10th.  for some reason i didn’t get it posted.  i figure since i went to the trouble to write it, i might as well post it, right?]

sunday (september 7th) i took little girl zurcher to a cubs game for her birthday.  granted her birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but i wanted to be able to take her to great american ballpark in cincy instead of wrigley.  don’t get me wrong.  there is nothing like seeing a game at wrigley, but when it is just myself and a three year old, i didn’t want to have to explain beer and beligerence just yet.  as it was we had one drunk behind us who had a problem pronouncing kosuke fukudome‘s last name.  fortunately addison didn’t pay any attention.

we had so much fun.  at first she was tentative as always around people she doesn’t know, but as the game progressed she became more and more vocal.  this was not her first game, but it was the first game where she was old enough to begin to understand what was going on and will remember it.

highlights:

  • after the second inning they put us on the jumbotron.  i just happened to look up and there we were.  little girl zurcher was sitting on my lap, staring at the big screen, with absolutely no emotion on her face.  she just didn’t realize what was happening.
  • she loved the 7th inning stretch.  when we sang, “root root root for the…” she screamed “CUBBIES!”
  • between the eigth and ninth innings she tried to start the “let’s go cubbies” chant.  the best part is that i didn’t teach her that.  she heard it during the game and tried to start it on her own.  my heart is so proud.  not to brag, but i’m such a great father.

as always, if you want photographic, click on the flickr widget on the right hand side to see all of our pictures.

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random thought

October 19, 2008

i’m still pissed at the cubs.  i hate them.

i can’t hate them.  i want to, but i can’t.  but i can be pissed at them.

i’m still pissed at the cubs.

[end inner monologue]

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it’s probably for the best…

October 6, 2008

note:  if you’re looking for the words “curse(s),” “goat,” or “100 years,” please look somewhere else.

…that the cubs were swept out of the playoffs like an umpire sweeping the dirt off of home plate.  it’s okay, really.  i didn’t want to have a cubs team live up to my expectations.  i didn’t want the season to end with a series loss in which we actually won a game.  i didn’t want to use that ticket i bought for game 5 of the nlcs.  come on.  it would have sucked sitting in the bleachers for a playoff game.  and what if it was cold?  it’s not like they sell cubs sweatshirts or something.  but most of all, in no way would i have wanted my beloved cubs to win the world series.  what would have happened then?  obviously i root for the cubs because they are losers.  if they all of a sudden became winners, i wouldn’t know what to do with myself.  i would certainly have to become a marniners fan.  i am a cubs fan because i like being scoffed at.  i like having people look down upon me because i’m loyal to a fault.  if i made business decisions as effective as i choose baseball teams, i would have shot myself long ago for the inability to make any money.

[sigh]

ok.  sarcastic vent session is over.

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the playoffs

September 30, 2008

here we go.  the sox are in and it is now officially time for the playoffs to begin.  in less than 24 hours, the first cubs game will be over and i will either be laughing or crying.  there is no such thing as a curse and i’m not supersticious.  with that being said you will get no predictions from me.  suffice it to say that i will be living on every pitch until the cubs win game 11.  if and when it happens i hope i just don’t get too emotional.  i’ve been told that if i cry over a cubs world series win, but not when my children are born or when loved ones die then i have severe emotional issues.

GO CUBS!!!!!