A 1-In-100 Blogger: November 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

California Golden Bears take on Oregon State Beavers - College Football Prime Time!

Oregon State's tailback Jacquizz Rodgers is the 'Point-A plot line' for the team's dominant play this season. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing with 121.0 yards per game, and is the only player in the conference averaging over 100 yards per contest. I've never seen such a small player drive the football down field so consistently, and with so much power game after game! Without his athletic ability, excellent vision and balance, Beaver football might not be what it is today.

During the first half of today's game it was the Oregon State Beavers special teams play providing momentum, as their offense found themselves up against a stout Bears defense. The Bears scored first, but the Beavers quickly responded when James Rodgers took one to the house with an 86 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Not long thereafter OSU's Sammie Stroughter returned a 56 yard Cal punt to the Bears' 2-yard line, setting up a two-yard plunge for a 14-7 lead.

End of Game update: for the entirety of the game both teams fought hard, scoring scoring back and forth keeping it close; however, the Beavers look to keep their Rose Bowl dream alive! Go Beavs!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One for the Ages: 'Tropic Thunder' makes me Laugh

Here's yet another summer flick I never got to see, though it's one I certainly can't wait to watch! Comedies are definitely my favorite, too. Unfortunately sometimes the previews tend to show all of the funny parts, leaving the rest of the movie to be somewhat boring. You know what I'm talking about. After watching the preview to a movie you decide it's worth the $10 to go see it, which is $20 with a date and $50 after ordering a small soda and popcorn; you find your seat in the theatre, wrap your arm around the hottie next to you, and both of you sit there thinking it'll be a hilarious night. Lo and behold, during a second or third yawn session mid-movie you realize everything's been shown to you already. I hate that!

Fortunately, when Tropic Thunder played in theatres my brother forked over the cash to go see it himself. In his critique after watching it, apparently this is one of the rare movies where even the previews don't give justice to its humor. Chuckling to myself (still) after watching the above trailer for Tropic Thunder, I hope my brother is right! I love a good laugh. He's set my expectations for the movie to be pretty high, however, I won't be surprised if it's even funnier than what I now imagine. With an awesome cast of actors who are known for their humor, it's got to be good!

So hopefully this movie is 'one for the ages,' whatever that means. One for laughter and another for fun - or is it just one for laughter and fun? Anyways. If the trailer videos make you chuckle, expect much more from the actual film. Or so I've been told.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Humor of Fantasy Football Trash Talking

Do you play Fantasy Football? I do. It's a great way to get more involved while watching sports. If you don't know much about the sport or the player's who play the game you love to watch—or wish you enjoyed more—fantasy sports help make it happen. Not only does it allow one to learn about the entire league and its player's, but knowing more about them gives an upper hand to fantasy team owner's vying for a Championship win.

Due to the deeply rooted competitive nature all of us share, losing is simply a non-option, not without taking heat. Because fantasy sports are more fun to play with friends, family, or more competitively for money, it's easy to imagine trash talking as a inevitable relation to the game. Unfortunately, it's much more difficult to trash talk when the team you've built happens to be losing. This is the case for my fantasy football team this season.

During the first season playing in The Erwin Invitational Fantasy Football League, my team dominated! In 2005 I had "Mr. Touchdown" Shaun Alexander, Carson Palmer during his best season performance ever, Torry Holt still in his prime, a former U.S. Marine turned football player Mike Anderson, along with many other great football player's. I had a Championship caliber team.

What's amazing is how quickly things can change. Given the high injury rate of football player's, the shortened career potential due to injuries, and by chance having a stressful year in 'the real world,' a team can go from top to bottom in just a few seasons. I never did win the Championship game, after making it there I lost to my brother's team. This was the beginning of a downward spiral from there on out. I went from having a 10-3 season the following year, one in which I lost the first round of the playoffs, to an even worse season after that one. Four years into The Erwin Invitational I now find myself resting at the bottom of our league standings. It's been rough. To make matters worse, league trash talking is beginning to direct its attention toward my team – at me, to be more specific.

Here's the latest comedy from our very own league "Liberal Media" news wire:

Coach Erwin Goes Postal!

While Coach Erwin of the Muddy Grunts has been on the hot seat all season and may be near the end of his tenure, he has remained calm and could be called anything but hostile…until now. Early this morning Coach Erwin went on an insane shooting frenzy, shooting 32 and killing 12. To make matters worse, the rage that triggered his “gone postal” actions began in his own locker room where he shot and injured 8 of his own players. Included in this coach on player violence was former Heisman trophy winner Carson Palmer, as well as Jeremy Shockey, Sammy Morris, Ahman Green, L.J. Smith, Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky, and Ernie Sims.

While nobody knows for sure exactly what triggered Coach Erwin’s movement of violence, our experts all agree it was most likely a combination of factors that allowed the buildup of enormous stress and pressure while also effectively preventing Coach Erwin a healthy outlet for his stress. Most analysts believe Coach Erwin’s high stress level began after failing to make the super bowl two years ago. After taking over a team that was more than capable of winning a championship, Coach Erwin’s discipline dropped down a notch, as did his number of wins. Last year, he went 7-6. Currently, his team is 3-6 on the season and is a miracle away from making the playoffs. Additionally, his lack of leadership has allowed his players to consistently under-perform without consequence. A few weeks ago, coach Erwin used the age old excuse that for his team, “this is a rebuilding year.” But Erwin has done anything but rebuild his team. He hasn’t made any trades, and has failed to make any blind bids on the waiver wire which has proven to be one of the most successful and efficient tools for rebuilding any team.

If this doesn’t sound like the type of situation that would make a coach go insane enough to kill, that’s because you haven’t heard what experts are saying lit the fuse on this ticking time bomb. Two days after Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, Coach Erwin goes on a shooting frenzy…Coincidence? We think not. Coach Erwin was a public supporter of John McCain throughout the election process, and has also made his harsh feelings on Obama public as well. Coach Erwin was quoted yesterday, just hours before his blood thirsty rage, saying “Change? We don’t need change!! The Muddy Grunts don’t need change!! We need wins, not change!! If I wanted change, I’d give a dollar to a bank teller!!” While it was clear there was anger in his voice, it was more unclear if what Erwin said was just a bad joke, or a misunderstanding of the definition of change. Either way, the election seems to have pushed Erwin over the edge of reason.

After shooting 32 people, and finally running out of ammunition, Coach Erwin gave himself up screaming “You want change!! Here’s your f***ing change!!” as he threw nickels and dimes at innocent spectators and injured victims. While Coach Erwin is facing extremely harsh penalties for his actions, including the death penalty, experts predict his brother, the coach of The Channel 4 News Team, will bail him out with his connections as commissioner, similar to what happened in the marijuana scandal that just happened to magically disappear out of the record books without a trace.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

Whether duped into electing him or, similar to the cause of impulse shopping and random purchases, Obama's record spending on advertising during the election campaign is living proof that marketing does indeed sway people one way or another. The billions Obama spent did get people to vote for a man we know very little about; but regardless, the fact is a majority of citizens living in the United States of America have spoken. Without going into too much detail about the heartbreaking loss for McCain's campaign, here we wait for Barack Obama to take control of the White House and move the country into a new direction. After all, that's exactly what everyone voted for: change.

The best part for Democrats is the fact they now hold a majority vote in the U.S. House and Senate, and above all else, with presidency in the White House too. So what happens when Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are all in charge for the Democrats? They can slam through their agenda. And they will. "This will be a wave upon a wave," Pelosi said.

So now we have to deal with the Democratic party having full control of the U.S. for the next two years. Flashbacks from overregulation during the Clinton era when the party controlled only both Congress and the White House back in 1992 come to mind. Despite Obama's pledge for change pushed down our throats during his campaign, we will get much more than bargained for. It may take time for all of the mistakes to kick in, but you can count on them happening. Let me explain.

We know very little about Obama, due in part because most of his experience in politics was gained campaigning for elections; and just as slick, he's got an interesting legislative voting history, recording a total of 129 "present" votes. Looking further into his 'present' voting record, one of Obama evading tough issues or refusing to support common-sense legislation, Obama portrays himself as someone voters can "trust to tell the truth and skip the usual political games." What we know of him are only what Obama told us to believe, which was spun to us throughout his campaign to the White House - his promises to the American people.

What are some of Obama's promises and how are they likely to shape out?

Obama pledged to give Americans who make less than $200,000 a year a tax cut (95 percent of taxpayers), and raise taxes on those making above $250,000 a year. However, now that we have a majority of Democratic congressional leaders in charge of the House and Senate, as well Obama soon in the White House, his "pledge" is very likely to get scaled back and give fewer people a tax cut. A lot more people will face higher taxes than Obama had voters believe.

During the last few weeks of his campaign, Obama discretely re-defined his definition of middle class. Joe Biden shrunk the middle class defining them as people making under $150,000 a year, and Bill Richardson cited those making under $120,000. Both figures are well below the $250,000 Obama had promised as the threshold for a tax increase. Unfortunately for all of us, it gets worse.

Here's another 'actions speak louder than words' problem, Obama's pledge contradicts his actual voting record. Obama voted twice in favor of the Democrats' FY 2009 budget resolution, which would raise taxes on individuals earning approximately $42,000 or more. "The resolution Obama voted for would not have increased taxes on any single taxpayer making less than $41,500 per year in total income, or any couple making less than $83,000..." (FactCheck, 7/11/08). Obama says one thing but his actions continue to suggest another. Does that sound like someone we can trust? Holding a voting record like this, I'm not sure if reality will coexist with his advertised promises.

On the other hand there's also a very slim chance that--just maybe--Obama sticks to his pledge. In which case, I will be wrong and Obama will prove that he can gain our trust with intregrity, which agreeably is something the American people deserve from our President. After all, he is in a sense taking office with a 'clean slate' and fresh start. So it's up to him to decide how much damage he does to his own reputation. For the sake of America, hopefully Obama proves me horribly wrong. It would truly be an amazing act if he were to shift my "disapproval" of him to "approval." It's not impossible for him to do so, but his actions will decide whether or not I ultimately approve of him.

Will this date be the End of an Error - or the beginning of an eight year term, due to Obama actually moving the U.S. toward positive change?

It's completely up to Obama.