Big Big Monday

February 14, 2006

Big Monday lived up to the hype tonight…wow…

 You know, I think I like Villanova about as much as I hate UConn. They’re just an exciting team to watch and they try so hard. Syracuse could really learn a lot from them…and hopefully they really DO learn a lot from them for when the Wildcats match up with the Orange at the Dome March 5.

So Slicky Dick wasn’t too smooth this weekend. Watching the press briefing this afternoon was yet another assault on poor Scott McClellan. That guy looks like the loser in middle school who always got the thousands of birthday punches, only this time its just a pounding of questions and scoffs instead of fists. It is a little strange though. McClellan just sounds like he’s lying…its almost like he’s just not good at what he does. Ari Fleischer was a pro. He would give as good as he got. And he sounded convincing, even if the amount of bullshit coming from the White House was the same then as it is now. Anyway it just seems fishy. Cheney shoots a guy in the face, and somehow no one really knows about it for almost 24 hours? Botched cover up maybe? Well just leave it to The Smoking Gun to solve anything…here’s the actual police report from the accident…The Smoking Gun is amazing…check the archives for the entire Kobe Bryant transcript from his interview with the police after his Denver creative rehab session.

Finally, working on Thursday’s column for the print edition of the DO about the bar raids back in action. Two weird stories coming out of it that I’m following up: 1)They not only raided Lucy’s, but The Shire on Erie Boulevard. And two SU students and one ESF student got their ID’s taken, along with another 25 or so written up for underage drinking. The Shire? Anyone ever heard of that place? Apparently it’s a hot spot…and 2)This whole “contaminated liquor” thing with Lucy’s. Apparently four bottles had maggots, etc. in it. Googling contaminated liquor though all I could find was hundreds of people dying in India of contaminated liquor last year. Sooo, death doesn’t really go well with Prada bags and Ugg boots, you know? Strange. Check out the column Thursday for the full details…


Michelle Kwan didn’t impregnate the olympics…and other meaningless bs

February 13, 2006

As the Pro Bowl reaches halftime, it’s time to reflect on eventful weekend in sports, or “sports” if you’d rather put it into the perspective it deserves.

Let’s start with that Hawaiian mess they call a pro football all-star game. It’s ironic that the only person who actually cares about the game, Mr. January himself, Peyton Manning, is playing quite possibly the ugliest game of his season. He’s trying so damn hard though, so you almost have to feel for him. Through the first two quarters, he’s thrown 26 times, has played every down, and has lobbed it up for some NFC D-backs three times already. Okay watch me be a reporter — Peyton didn’t have a single game all season where he threw three interceptions, and he’s thrown three in just the first half. He also tried way too hard in the QB challenge and still lost that to Matt Hasselback. Someone tell him he might start to be more successful if he doesn’t take everything so seriously.

But to be devil’s advocate and completely contradict myself, no one cares about the Pro Bowl. There’s nothing riding on the game, and the players play like it. It’s barely watchable. So I guess the fact that Manning is trying so damn hard provides some comedy. But now that he won’t play the second half, lets go back to the unwatchable half-assed play of the true all-stars. I have a solution for all-star games though. This applies much more for the NBA, where no one plays defense and everyone laughs the entire time like its some joke on the fans for actually watching. Make it like a pick-up game. Put something on the line — like the winners get a ride on the Vikings love boat, and then let them play street ball. THAT would be enjoyable.

Onto the other boring-as-hell sports TV, we’ve got the Olympics! All 400 hours on NBC! Bode Miller said something crazy! That skiier almost fell! Snowboarders are doing X-games stunts! Ice skating judges may make a strange score!

The winter olympics suck. Seriously. Here are the three biggest stories so far from the olympics. First, Michelle Kwan didn’t impregnate the olympics…even though I think it would be a much bigger story if she just took her chances and stayed in…in High Definition for the first time ever, only on NBC!

The second story today was that crazy ice racer Apolo Ohno almost fell and won’t win gold. Anyone mind?

Third story has to be the fact that America has a fever…and the only antidote is more gold medals. We’ve forced the Olympic committee to throw in those X-games events that we destroy every year, just so we can up our gold medals. Seriously, we are addicted to medaling. If we don’t get enough gold medals, the terrorists win.  Oh look, that redhead kid one a gold today, and shockingly, we got the silver too. Awesome.

 Hey, at least ‘cuse won. Now all we have to do is beat Villanova, West Virginia, Georgetown and Cincy and we’ll be set for the big dance…

Column today

February 10, 2006

My column in the print edition was in today.

 Billy Joel as our commencement speaker…strange but true.

A little worn out from yesterday’s monster Blogback session…I need a drink…


And that’s the ballgame…

February 9, 2006

OUCH! That’s a bold prediction…NIT?

Okay I thought about it for awhile, and maybe you’re right. We’ve got must wins against St. Johns, Louisville and DePaul, then I think we need to win at least TWO of our other games: West Virginia, Cincy, Georgetown and Villanova. In other words, this is going to be very tough.

Well good work tonight, Anthony. It’s been fun. Hopefully we weren’t the only ones paying attention. According to my little stat page, we got 45 new views during our blogback session. So hey, thats not terrible.

Well it’s 11:30 and CBS 5’s got a story about betting online. I’ll have to watch this one.

Just like Mike Patrick covering ESPN football, Kanye West and Mariah Carey when it comes to winning big Grammy awards or the Syracuse Orange if they don’t start winning some games, I’m out.

Three letters: “N-I-T”

February 9, 2006

Excellent work from the UConn fans at the end of this one.  Many
chants of N-I-T raining down from the Husky faithful.

That’s just good work.  I once wrote a column on who was more annoying, Syracuse
or UConn fans.

One thing’s for certain, both bases are obnoxious and drunk.

Speaking of drunk…. Billy Joel.

I’m still wondering why a man who once tried to kill himself by drinking antifreeze is my commencement speaker.

Looking forward to the wise-words tomorrow in the D.O., Mr. Piano Man.  Sing me a song.

Hell, Jim Boeheim needs one right about now.

He’s walking on “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Check that, “The Road to the N-I-T!”

Leaving Syracuse fans muttering: “We want pre-nup.  We want pre-nup.”

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…

The Boss Steals the Grammies… Marcus Williams steals laptops

February 9, 2006

Does it bother anyone else that Marcus Williams walked away from stealing
laptops with pretty much a slap on the wrist?

Hell, one girl was pretty much forced into early retirement at SU because she
hurt her teacher’s feelings on facebook.  I’m sure you saw that Krak-man?

Tirico is one of the best in the business.  I’m not so much concerned about
Kornheiser as much as I’m sick of Theismann.  He never ceases to amaze me with
his superlatives…

Joe: “We had a chance to sit down with TJ Duckett last night and this guy is
something else.  The work ethic, the dedication and what a set of
legs…Perhaps the next Walter Payton.”


Saw the Jay-Z performance… best rapper of all time.  That was followed by
Springsteen… best performer of all time.

As for Syracuse, in the words of The Boss… “I’m waitin’ on a miracle”