Life of Pi: Real life- tiger kills the kid 30 seconds in, roll credits
Django Unchained: RAYCISS
Lincoln: Good president boring movie
Silver Linings Playbook: Crazy people watching the Eagles
Les Miserable: French
Beasts of the Southern Wild: No idea what that is
Argo: Apparently Canada wants credit for it?
Goon should have won best picture. IT’S HILARIOUS!
Hockey Weekend Across America starts today. HWAA is an initiative from USA Hockey (and supported by, among other organizations, the National Hockey League). While it is unlikely to ever fully catch on in any sort of ‘mainstream’ sense, HWAA is a nice attempt at growing the game in America. It encourages people to wear a jersey to work or school on Friday, offers free ‘learn the game’ clinics across the country over the weekend, and attempts to honor ‘hockey heroes’ on Sunday. Just as importantly, it allows me to make the “Monday off for Hockey Weekend Across America. What is Presidents’ Day?” joke for the third year running. This year, I am going to get the blog involved a bit, by posting a couple of USA Hockey themed videos.
We will start with the classic to end all classics. All I could do from here is waste words or take away from the majesty of the greatest moment in hockey history, so, enjoy.
The lockout sucked. That is the bad news. It was 119 days of pure shit. It was a whole lot of having nothing to watch on TV (except on nights when Nashville was on. Nashville is awesome). We had to sift through negotiations trying to find out what was happening. We had to fill the void by pretending to give a damn who led the KHL in scoring. At one point I even watched a basketball game. Santa Clara lost to Duke.
Having sunk to all-time lows (seriously, I even considered watching a Warriors game), hockey could not come back soon enough.
The good news is that we are three months, hundreds of hours of negotiating, over 500 cancelled games, over 5,000 angry columns and 10,000 podium jokes later. We are back. One more time: WE ARE F’ING BACK.
For a few hours last Saturday, the BCS world (the bottom half of it, anyways) was on fire. The teams ranked 15, 17-21, 24 and 25 had all gone down in the past day. Number 16 Oregon State was about to kick it as well, meaning that every team ranked below 14 in the BCS, with the exception of 22 and 23, were going to go down. While the ultimate purpose of the BCS standings (finding the top two teams, who play for the National Championship) was unaffected, the task of filling out the six major college football games had been made quite a bit harder. Continue reading →
The NHL lockout is dragging along, and with a recent round of failed negotiations and another batch of games cancelled, things are looking depressingly bleak for hockey fans.
Apart from a plea prior to the actual cancellation of games, I have stayed pretty quiet on the subject for the simple reason that writing about hockey that isn’t being played is no fun at all. I feel compelled to speak up at this point, because I have come to fear the worst: that we will not be seeing NHL hockey this season. Continue reading →
Maybe it is me. It could be something that comes with a certain age. It could also be the times. Maybe the political climate that we are in serves to foster this in a way that it hasn’t in the past. It is definitely partly down to the internet, where anyone can spew their half-baked opinion on facebook or wherever else. Maybe it is actually the candidates and he people who are involved with the election. I don’t know. I can’t say why exactly. But the 2012 Presidential Election and the surrounding political season has served not to inspire me, interest me, or anything else, but to piss me off like none before it.
September is here, and for those of us who live for the game of hockey that means a few things. It means that later this month players and coaches across the NHL will head back from the lakes, from their home training facilities, and from their offseason abodes, and report to their respective NHL cities for training camp. By the end of the month we will have preseason tilts, find out who looks like they are making the team and who is going back to juniors or the AHL, and by the beginning of October this season will be upon us. Gloriously, mercifully, after a long summer without hockey, Labor Day and the month of September should mean that hockey is coming back.
That should be a guarantee. It should be taken for granted. It should be automatic. It isn’t though. It isn’t automatic, and it won’t be, as long as the a league is headed by a man who is obsessed with cutthroat negotiation and what he sees as favorable deals, but can’t be bothered to give a damn about the greatest game in the world, which he has appallingly been placed in charge of. As long as Gary Bettman is in charge of the league, every time…EVERY TIME the CBA is up for renewal, hockey fans can expect to lose the game, at least for a time, because the simple fact is that Gary Bettman doesn’t care. Continue reading →
The NHL’s 2012 Draft and free agent frenzy are behind us, and while a certain Columbus sniper, Rick Nash, and former Capital who sportswriters are apparently obligated to refer to as ‘enigmatic,’ Alexander Semin, are still likely to find new addresses (along, perhaps with the likes of Shane Doan, Roberto Luongo and perhaps even Shea Weber), the busiest season of NHL roster shuffling may in fact be behind us. That makes it an ideal time to look at who got better and who got worse over the busiest month of the NHL’s off-season. Continue reading →
Survey: 25% of Female Facebook Users Admit to Posting Unflattering Photos of Friends on Purpose
Out of 1,500 women surveyed by the photo gift website Mymemory.com, one in four said they’ve deliberately uploaded “ugly photos of friends” to Facebook, though had different reasons for doing so.
Of those responding positively to the question, one in three claimed they were doing so out of retribution for a similar slight made against them. A majority of the rest said they had fallen out with the friend in the photo.
75% of participants said they were in the habit of detagging themselves from photos they felt were unflattering, but a fifth of women said they were not swayed by a friend’s request to have the photos removed from Facebook.
A full two-thirds would get mad if a friend were to post an unkind photo of them to the site.
“To see that so many women deliberately commit ‘photo sabotage’ and upload unflattering pictures of friends is somewhat surprising,” said MyMemory co-founder Rebecca Huggler, “particularly when you consider how many said they’d be mad if the same was done to them.”
An earlier survey conducted by the site found that Brits are drunk in the vast majority of the photos that appear on Facebook. Some 76% of nearly 1,800 Facebook users polled said they were at one stage or another of inebriation in most of the photos in which they were tagged.
According to some Obstructed View Sports official calculations that I just did.
And realistically, I think that I am being pretty generous by not just saying that 100% of girls do this. As for the why, forget falling out or retrabution, it is because they are girls, and for girls, facebook is a competition. I don’t even blame them though. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
PS. Is Rebecca Huggler the most easily surprised person in the history of humanity? She must have been shocked when Anderson Cooper came out.