Keep it down or I'll give you a smack!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dear Santa

I have been sort of OK at times this year so I am putting together a list of totally unattainable items that would make for the most wonderful and outstanding Christmas that a 35 year old man-child could ever want.

First as you know I really love to watch TV. So this would be a nice addition.

If I got a new TV I would have to have TiVo to go with it.

I am also going to need some new DVD's to watch on my new TV.

To help my blogging, I would really like any of the notebooks here.

I like to add pictures on my blog but if I am going to do that I really could use one of these.

And I would like one of these to keep on top of e-mail and my phone contacts.

My golf game can use an update so I am going to need some of these and these and these.

This won't help my game but I can use one.

I would love to see this hanging on a wall in my house.

For my Browns games I can always use some new gear. One of these and these, please.

To support my favorite college team, I should get one of these.

It's not Ohio State but I like this jersey.

I need some shoes to hoop in. And some running shoes too.

I can use some more electronics in my life (Lifetime subscription included please).

I have found some of my inner Jedi. These should cure that fix:

I think I need to take a trip next year. But do I go here or here?

And to top it all off, I can use a new ride. This one should do me just fine.

Willowick, OH

ps: I am aware that I just made a shopping list that is in the neighborhood of $40,000. But a guy can dream, can't he?

Random Thoughts...

A few tidbits that came to mind…

Another Thursday night game that I can’t watch. But then again maybe I am lucky because I don’t have to listen to Bryant Gumbel butcher another game. The worst part about it for the NFL Networks is that the games have been so shitty that I don’t think anybody is really complaining. As long as other cities are doing the same as Cleveland did last week and broadcast the game on local television.

My pick tonight is Seattle -10

I am ready for the National Championship game. And it is still almost a month away. But I have started reading some smack talk on a few websites and want to watch that game. 55 days is a long time for the Buckeyes to have to wait to play. But I have faith in Tressel to have his troops ready to go.

Buckeyes vs Gators website

Not all OSU fans are geniuses.

Couple more videos to share with you that I found while messing around on You Tube:

Go Bucks!

Seinfeld Lost Episode

Whose Line is it Anyway is one of my favorite shows.
This may one of the funniest clips ever.

Last weekend I watched Rocky 2 and 3 back to back. I forgot how funny the running on the beach scene really is. Luckily I can now re-live that scene over and over.

Since I don't have a date for New Year's yet I may have to give Jenn Sterger a call.

We'll talk more later!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Getting to know your author

I saw this on Mikey’s blog and I decided to give it a whirl
I thought it would be a good post since I was lacking inspiration this week.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink—I did with 2 other guys in Bowling Green
02. Swam with wild dolphins— No
03. Climbed a mountain – No mountains, just hills

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive— I think the best /most expensive car I drove was a Jaguar
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid – Only in Vegas
06. Held a tarantula – No thanks
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone – Yes
08. Said “I love you” and meant it – Yep
09. Hugged a tree – Not on purpose
10. Bungee jumped – I remember that I was at Geauga Lake and wanted to try it there, but chickened out

11. Visited Paris – Only in Vegas
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea – Lake Erie isn’t a sea, right?
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise – Again Vegas comes to mind
14. Seen the Northern Lights -- No
15. Gone to a huge sports game – I am trying to figure what the biggest game I have been to. Maybe 1997 ALCS? Or the 1991 Florida State League Championship game?
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa – I’ve got to get over there first
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables – We grew tomatoes when I was younger
18. Touched an iceberg – I want to say there was one in a museum somewhere
19. Slept under the stars – Jamboree in the Hills!!!

20. Changed a baby’s diaper – I have way too many nieces and nephews, so yes.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon – We had them at a fair once, we went up but it was tied down, so we didn’t drift anywhere.
22. Watched a meteor shower – I don’t think so
23. Gotten drunk on champagne – Seriously, who are we talking to here?
24. Given more than you can afford to charity – Yep
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope – At the Natural history museum, I used the big telescope there
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment – My first communion, when the kid next to me ate the bread and said, “Mmmmm”
27. Had a food fight – But of course

28. Bet on a winning horse – Every 19 minutes I pick a winner, along with 3 losers
29. Asked out a stranger – Yep
30. Had a snowball fight – We had some good ones when I was a kid with a guy down the road
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can – Probably at a game, I’ve done my fair share
32. Held a lamb – I’m trying to recall my days at a petting zoo. So it may be possible

33. Seen a total eclipse – Just on TV
34. Ridden a roller coaster – I think my first was the Double Loop
35. Hit a home run – I was a pretty good softball player when I was a kid
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking – Have you ever seen me at Hangge Uppes?
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day – I may have thrown a twang or two in my voice at times
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment – there have been good days
39. Had two hard drives for your computer – Never needed more than one
40. Visited all 50 states – I ran the numbers and I think I count 25, so I am halfway home
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk – Yes, and I’ve been taken care of too
42. Had amazing friends – I HAVE amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country – Does Canada count?
44. Watched wild whales -- No
45. Stolen a sign – we got some street signs in high school
46. Backpacked in Europe -- No
47. Taken a road-trip – Quite a few actually
48. Gone rock climbing – Not really my thing
49. Midnight walk on the beach -- Yep
50. Gone sky diving – Out of a perfectly good plane? No, thanks
51. Visited Ireland – It’s on a to-do list
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love – I don’t think so, but I could be wrong
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them – I just watched the Seinfeld in the Chinese restaurant. I’d like to walk by and steal somebody’s egg roll
54. Visited Japan -- No
55. Milked a cow – I may have helped my grandpa do that when I was real young. I bet my mom has a home movie of it
56. Alphabetized your CDs – Yes I have because I am a nerd
57. Pretended to be a superhero – I always was Batman, I wanted that utility belt
58. Sung karaoke – We sang in Chicago…Sweet Caroline, bah bah bah!
59. Lounged around in bed all day – I do that with the best of them
60. Played touch football – Tackle and touch with the Whittington boys
61. Gone scuba diving -- No
62. Kissed in the rain - Yes
63. Played in the mud – Jamboree in the Hills
64. Played in the rain – See 63
65. Gone to a drive-in theater – Several times, even had a season pass
66. Visited the Great Wall of China -- Nope
67. Started a business -- No
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken – Seeing as how I am single, I might have to say no
69. Toured ancient sites - Boston had cool sites, but I think they are considered ancient
70. Taken a martial arts class - No Daniel san
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight – Never played that at all
72. Gotten married – Not me
73. Been in a movie – I should have been but Krause beat me out for the part
74. Crashed a party – Yes I have
75. Gotten divorced – See 72
76. Gone without food for 5 days – I have not missed many meals, ever
77. Made cookies from scratch – not solo, helped mom though
78. Won first prize in a costume contest – Mom used to make some cool costumes when I was little. But I don’t think we won any prizes
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice - Never
80. Gotten a tattoo – Needs to be done soon damnit, maybe my next prison visit
81. Rafted the Snake River -- Nope
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” – I have been the local boob asked for my opinion about stuff
83. Got flowers for no reason - No
84. Performed on stage – I was a singing fool in middle school (an inadvertent rhyme)
85. Been to Las Vegas – About ten times
86. Recorded music – No
87. Eaten shark -- No
88. Kissed on the first date – Of course.
89. Gone to Thailand – Not high on my list
90. Bought a house -- No

91. Been in a combat zone – Besides the time I was in Baltimore in my Browns gear…no
92. Buried one/both of your parents -- Thankfully no.
93. Been on a cruise ship – I passed on that a couple of years ago
94. Spoken more than one language fluently. 3 years of HS Spanish and 1 year of HS French. Me habla that stuff real bien.
95. Performed in Rocky Horror -- No
96. Raised children -- No thanks. I have a hard enough time with myself.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour – Faith Hill and I had an agreement that I would leave her alone

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country. No.
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over – Just the summer I stayed with Ron in Florida
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge – Ain’t made it there yet
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking – I’ve been caught and just had to laugh
103. Had plastic surgery – Penile Implant but it didn’t take

104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived – I guess I have been lucky in that sense.
105. Wrote articles for a large publication – Right here is about it, Oh and the Searchlight for dear old North High
106. Lost over 100 pounds – That may be a tad too much, but I could stand to drop a quarter or so right now.
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback – What?
108. Piloted an airplane – Just video games
109. Touched a stingray -- Yes
110. Broken someone’s heart -- Not that I know of
111. Helped an animal give birth – I was there for my grandma’s cat giving kittens
112. Won money on a T.V. game show – Time for my dream of being on the Price is Right is running out
113. Broken a bone – Amazingly no
114. Gone on an African photo safari -- Not my bag
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears – Just an ear in HS. I think the hole is still there.
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol – Strangely enough, no
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild – I do not like fungus.
118. Ridden a horse -- Yes
119. Had major surgery – Nope
120. Had a snake as a pet – I was never into snakes
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon -- No
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours – That’s too much math for me, but I am going to say no
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states – I haven’t traveled internationally.
124. Visited all 7 continents – I’ve only hit one. I may need to start branching out
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days – I canoed once and we tipped over. End of canoeing
126. Eaten kangaroo meat – People eat Roos?
127. Eaten sushi – I like me some sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper – A few times
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about – Drawing a blank right now
130. Gone back to school – A couple of times, if only I would stick with it
131. Parasailed – You’re gonna need a bigger boat
132. Touched a cockroach – Stomped a few
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes – The movie?
134. Read The Iliad – Cliff notes
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read – I’m not huge on reading. So I’m gonna say no
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – Just fishing.
137. Skipped all your school reunions – I have gone to 2 of them
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language – Just the guy at China Mountain
139. Been elected to public office – I haven’t run for one yet. My checkered past would probably keep me out of office.
140. Written your own computer language – Maybe in my future
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream – Some married people have told me that I am.
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care -- I’ve seen both grandfathers in nursing homes. Not good times.
143. Built your own PC from parts – No I have bought new ones
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you – I’m not that good at drawing
145. Had a booth at a street fair - No
146. Dyed your hair—I used some of that sun in stuff when I was younger
147. Been a DJ – Rick’s Mix has always been a popular item
148. Shaved your head – Once a week
149. Caused a car accident – We almost jumped a guard rail once
150. Saved someone’s life – Thankfully, no

Party on people!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Troy Smith, Thee Heisman Trophy Winner 2006

I was very happy to see Troy Smith win the Heisman Trophy tonight.. It was great to hear his back story and see what kind hardship he has overcome to get where he is today. It didn’t stop him from trying to get that extra cash a couple of years ago, but we won’t bring that up too much. Anyway I loved that I just watched SportsCenter where they talked to Kirk Herbstreit. The first words out of his mouth were “if you are the Cleveland Browns, learn from the mistake that the Texans made last year and draft Troy Smith.”
I like to think that I am a realistic fan. He’s a very good college quarterback but I don’t think that Troy is going to be a very good in the NFL. I don’t think he has the size. Maybe I don’t know what I am talking about and he will prove me wrong. He does win football games though. Maybe if they beat Florida somebody will pick him before the Browns are on the clock. Because we all know that the Browns will probably win one more game and be stuck in about the same place as they picked last year. In any case, I don’t see Troy Smith as the answer in Cleveland.
I'm not convinced that Charlie or Derek are either but that is for another day.

On to the slate of NFL games:

Ravens @ Chiefs -2 ½
I am torn with this game. The Chiefs are coming off that heartbreaking loss to the lowly Browns last week. But I'm not sure that I trust the Ravens. An Arrowhead is always a tough place to get a win. I am going to take the points.

Falcons @ Buccaneers +3 ½
Time for Ron Mexico to fly! Falcons should be able to run all over the field against the porous Tampa defense. Like that vocabulary word?

Vikings @ Lions -1 ½
This is just a bad football game. With a combined record of 7-17, I think I will take the Vikings of Minnesota to squeak this one out.

Titans @ Texans -1
Vince Young fans get on board. It’s time to ride that train a little bit more. How much fun is it going to be to see the Houston fans get a taste of what they could have had for their quarterback of the future?

Giants @ Panther PK
With Jake on the shelf I think that I will have to go against Chris Weinke (Heisman Trophy winner) and his career record of 1-16 as a starter. Although Eli has been about as reliable as (insert clever reliablility joke here).

Saints @ Cowboys -7
It’s the Game of the Week in my eyes. I like what Tuna has going on in Big D with Romo and TO. But you really have to hand it to the Saints this year. Drew Brees was a free agent QB, and now he’s on the verge of a record breaking season. I have a feeling that this game will be very, very close. I am taking the extra TD and the Nawlins Saints

Bills @ Jets -4
How about the job that Mangini is doing in the big apple? Luckily for him the Giants are sucking all of the headlines and he can go somewhat unnoticed. Did you realize that the Jets were 7-5? They are almost legit playoff contenders. Let’s not get crazy just yet.

Colts @ Jaguars +1
This has a lot of potential to be an upset. The Colts rushing defense has been horrific lately. And the Jags are 5-1 at home this year (they lost to Houston!). I am calling for the upset here. Jags win!

Eagles @ Redskins +1
Can you believe that Jeff Garcia has 6 TD’s and Zero INT’s? Why can’t the Browns get a guy like that? Oh wait…

Raiders @ Bengals -10 ½
Who Dey? Who Dey? Who Dey gonna arrest them Bengals? It may not be enough to help the Raiders though. If only it was Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson getting pulled over with some hookers and a few pounds of weed. Now that would be fun!

Patriots @ Dolphins +3 ½
I was watching “Inside the NFL” in my hotel room this week and saw a special about Bill Belicheck and his kids on the sidelines during the games. His youngest son was charting plays and he kept asking Matt Cassel what all the plays were. And of course Cassel has to act like he wants to help since it’s the coaches’ kid and everything. It’s good to be backing up Tom Brady.

Packers @ 49ers –4 ½
If this was in Lambeau I think I would take Bret Favre instead I am taking the Niners at home.

Seahawks @ Cardinals +3
Seahawks are getting on a roll now and I don’t think there is anything that AZ can do to stop them. Good news for the Cards is that the forecast is for 80 and sunny.

Broncos @ Chargers -7 ½
This should have been a good game. But with all of the crap that is going on with the Bronco QB’s, I think the Chargers keep it going. Personally, I think it was a dumb move by Shanny to make the switch when he did, but nobody asked me.

Bears @ Rams +6 ½
How long before Griese gets into the game this week? I am going with half way through the second quarter. They are lucky that they play in a crappy division and that they have already clinched a playoff berth.

Last Week 7-9

This Week 0-1
YTD 68-77-3

Catch ya later,