Oscar Observations: Part I

March 6, 2006

-Was George Clooney really getting played off stage after five seconds? Apparently not, although I guess they changed up the acceptance speeches production this year. They’re playing music underneath all the speeches. A little overly dramatic, but I guess it’s okay…I mean it is Hollywood. I just don’t know how they’re going to actually play off the speeches that go too long.

-Nah but Clooney really did have a great speech. He’s just the absolutely smoothest guy I’ve ever seen.

-Dolly Parton is sixty, SIXTY years old. She looks amazing. I think it’s all natural. Hollywood=another planet.

-Is Jack Nicholson’s date tonight Kiera Knightley? Every shot of Jack has Knightley sitting next to him. I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily doubt it, but she is like barely old enough to drink alcohol. (Just IMDB’ed it…yeah she’s 20, and he’s 84. Okay well he’s 68. There’s no way he can satisfy my future wife [well, one of my future wives…she’s a little old for me])

-Jon Stewart’s doing pretty well…he’s made fun of Hollywood liberals, Scientology, etc…really forcing them to laugh at themselves…which is something most hosts don’t really do.


So we lost…

March 6, 2006

…I mean, what can you do. We’re not competitive with the soon-to-be #2 team in the country. The only way a team like Syracuse can beat a team like Villanova is with a combination of massive adrenaline and a lot of luck. If and when we meet up with Nova or UCONN in the 2nd round of the Big East Tourney, we’ll need to be running on all cyclinders (and, again, get incredibly lucky). And if we don’t run on all cyclinders and get a 2nd Big East Tournament win, we’ll probably be seeing the NIT in our future. Not good times.

Well Oscars are starting in a few minutes. Some quick predictions: A lot of gay cowboy-ness. Best Picture. Best Actor. Best Director. For Actress I’ll go with Reese. So basically no surprises here. Rachel Wiesz best supporting actress, and Paul Giamatti in a slight upset for Cinderella Man. Maybe Jon Stewart will be funny though. That could be good.

Damn Billy Bush is not only really short, but really a horrendous interviewer. Bush: Can you give us a prediction for the show? Oscar Guy: It’s going to be a great show. Bush: Great thanks.

A great show?! Shocking prediction.

So another letter to the editor coming in about my column. Check it here.

You know, today at the Syracuse game I really re-confirmed my thoughts on the topic of free speech. Some asshole Nova fan kept obnoxiously yelling, pissing off the crowd. And although I, along with most other people there, wanted to punch the guy in the face…I guess I supported his right to chant so offensively (and on Gerry’s day, damnit!). EEEEh maybe not, that guy should have gotten punched.

Onto the Oscars…I’ll post an update at some point in the next couple hours.

closing out a tough week…and big DO day manana

March 2, 2006

Getting of suprisingly the most difficult, time-consuming week of my college life. Combo of classes/extra-curricular stuff. Definitely will be posting more from now on…

 Part of the reason for that, although I certainly don’t mind, is my two articles in the print edition of the DO tomorrow. First, is a front-page story (my first since freshman year) about the bar raids. The other is a column about the crazy political correctness going on at Harvard. Check it out…

 More to come this weekend, about this year’s Real World cast (looks promising), Deal or No Deal (going downhill), 24 vs. the Apprentice (and NBC’s stupidity) and probably other non-TV related things…

Biggest Win of the Year…

February 21, 2006

…by far. Not even close. Probably the biggest win of the last two years, considering the circumstances. For the first time all year, ‘cuse had dropped out of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, a disrespectful “last four out” designation from the Big Dance. With this win, and an easy win over Depaul, we now can technically lose to Georgetown and Villanova, win a few Big East Tourney games, and still make the NCAA’s. Ideally though, we beat Georgetown, give Villanova a tough game (hey, Gerry’s last game — anything’s possible) and get as high as a 7 or 8 seed in the tournament. Either way, huge effort from T-Rob (always knew he had it in him) and Devendorf (who goes from looking like a Top 10 player to a mental error-machine with great ease — FRESHMAN) Nah he should be okay though, especially down the stretch if he can learn to control himself.

 Speaking of FRESHMEN…we rushed the court after the win. And I say “we” in the collective, school-wide sense, but “I” and other seniors who saw ‘cuse win the championship three years ago certainly celebrated in the stands. Look, I rushed the court against Pitt freshman year, but they were #4 and we weren’t ranked. It was a huge win. This is a #15 team. But I don’t hate on the people who had to touch some sweaty-ass players: this was the win we all needed — the fans, the players, the coaches. So I guess it’s okay to get a little out of your head and jump around on the hardwood. Did have an impromptu debate with the guys around me about whether or not if we beat Villanova in two weeks it would be apropo to rush the court. I think it’d be okay, especially if they’re still #2. It’s Gerry’s last game, and it would be an enormous win for us. Most disagreed. Regardless, big win tonight almost justifies the little drunken frosh…

And just as my college team’s hopes of an NCAA title go up…my fantasy football team’s hopes of a title go way down…

How much of a pothead do you really have to be to get caught for a FOURTH time by the NFL drug testing? Ricky can smoke weed in the offseason. He can smoke herbal cigarettes, or hookah or SOMETHING in order to keep his ass still in the NFL. Now he’s headed towards a full year suspension. Give this man some O’Dweeds…if you can find him through the blunt smoke…I hate you Ricky Williams…

My girl Washingtonienne got a front-page article in the DO today. Nice work Becker. And by “my girl” I only mean I think the story is spectacular, and not that I would like to be added to the long list of men she’s banged. For those who don’t know Jessica Cutler, read about all the ways she prostitutes out her asshole here. I dont’ want to hate on her…I really actually think she’s cool for being so honest. Anyway I’m sure if you have a dick and have ever been to Washington, you have a Washingtonienne story. Here’s mine:

…by the way, I’m half-kidding about the sluttiness of Washingtonienne…I’m more just trying to somehow get linked at www.jessicacutleronline.com. Ah shamelessly self-promoting:

So this summer I interned for Fox News, at the show Dayside. Great experience, and certainly topics for another day. The interns were allowed to pitch story ideas and eventually work with producers to see their ideas to fruition. Cool. So the first idea I pitched that got okay’ed was to try to get Cutler on the show to promote her upcoming book. I was able to book her a few weeks in advance, for the day the book was to be released. Cool. So the day rolls around and I’m excited to see my idea work out, and also just to see the brutally-honest Cutler spar it out with Linda Vester (host at the time). Well she never showed up. Apparently her agent cancelled in a late-night email to the producer I had been working with, in what sounded like a hangover-excuse. Yeah, on the night her book was to be released.

Either way, good article, and SU’s most famous sex-related alumni since Lexington Steele. Yeah, that Lexington Steele.

Couple other small things:

-check out this page of photographs…what’s the best thing about ice skating in the Olympics? THIS

-So Kevin Federline’s CD is going to be released soon. I’m sure it will be a classic. Best New Artist next year? Shouldn’t there be laws against Federline being a father of three already at just 27?

-one more Olympic thing. This rivalry between US speed skaters Shani Davis and Chad Hendrick is actually pretty entertaining. Obviously NBC needs something to boost their ratings, but their race tomorrow should do it. Davis also has the pleasure of shutting Bryant Gumbel’s barely-Black mouth up, winning the first ever gold by an African American Winter Games athlete.

-okay got some more topics to come shortly. I think the quantity of posts is better than the length (or quality, probably).


Is Mariah Carey getting shut out?

February 9, 2006

I’m disappointed with Kanye tonight. He’s way too cocky. And it used to be kind of cute, but he’s just bothering me now.

Bruce the best performer of all time? I don’t know. I’ve never seen him live, but I’ve never been a huge fan (and I’m from Jersey). I’ve also never been to a Billy Joel, but I’ve heard good things. And now for some shameless self-promotional synergy: for anyone reading this, check out my Billy Joel column in tomorrow’s Daily Orange. Okay back to the post:

Yeah this facebook thing is crazy. I was at the DO tonight and it looks like there was a huge uproar response to it with some strong letters on the way. These past two semesters have been really a blast when it comes to the first amendment. Hill TV and now this…really awful.

Marcus Williams is a punk, but then again so is his coach, and apparently so is his entire school administration. So I’m not surprised he’s back. If Carlton Dotson went to UConn he’d still be playing basketball.

Yeah Theismann sucks. So did McGuire, so it’s nice to get rid of him at least.

Ah last thing. If I even cared a little bit about hockey I’d be going nuts about Tocchet. Truth is, I never even heard of him before. I just think its funny that Wayne Gretsky’s wife is involved, although I’m pretty sure her betting in this ring isn’t breaking any rule, and I know its not breaking any law. Still…no major parlays for me tonight. I’m hanging out for a little while. Although I almost did take the bodog odds on Green Day winning song of the year. Ah well.

Looks like the game is winding down…no miracle tonight…take us out of here Mague…

“Kanye West doesn’t care about how ridiculous he looks”

February 9, 2006

…sorry real quick. Kanye just won his grammy for best rap album. Shocking.

 He’s wearing an open shirt, black gloves and these huge ridiculous sunglasses. He looks like a ghetto gay pirate.

And he pulled out a thank you list that said “Thank You List” on the back. Damn this guy’s a comedian.

I think Kanye just jumped the shark.

Oh and some quick predictions:

best new artist- John Legend, record of the year- Green Day, song of the year/album of the year- Mariah Carey

Let the Realtime Blogback begin…

February 9, 2006

Sooo…corny, I know…

 Well we got the talented Anthony Mague from DO Sports to participate in our very first blogback, a little real-time conversation, tonight taking place during the SU-UConn b-ball game.

And of course any other topics that happen to pop up during the course of coversation. Like for example, the Grammy’s which are happening on CBS during the game (and right now) and will be where my remote will be clicking to if ‘cuse starts to really suck. And believe me, I don’t want to see Mariah Carey’s crazy-ass carrying arm fulls of little Grammys any more than you do. So let’s go ‘cuse!

As a matter of fact I’ve got on the Grammys right now, and U2 happens to be performing their worst single ever, Vertigo. Anthony, you a fan of U2? Oh wait, here comes Mary J. Blige. This should be random. Maybe I’m just annoyed because the sound people f-ed up the performance I was most looking forward to — Sugarland.

….okay yeah that was a joke. Who the hell is Sugarland and how are they in any category involving the word “best”?

Well from now on, I’ll be conversing with Anthony for either just our own enjoyment or for anyone else who may be tuning in to this little blah-g of mine. So if you’ve got anything to say, please feel free to comment/email during the game and we’ll talk about that as well.

One last thing: Anthony, you see this article yet that Bill Simmons (my favorite columnist) had linked to last week? The fact that no major sports service picked this story up just kind of proves the point of the column. Some serious shit…kind of makes you look at Calhoun a little differently.

Alright, that’s all for now…damn Mary’s really rockin’ it out. Alright talk to you soon.