Friday, April 23, 2010

Ode to Minor League Baseball

Even though some might find it a little creepy that they're putting links at the top of your Gmail window based on what's in your emails, sometimes the links are pretty cool.  Case in point: it let me know there's a new minor league team: the Lake County Fielders.  Sound like an odd name?  Maybe the logo will ring a bell:

No?  Does it help to know it's in Iowa?  How about this:
Get it?  Field of Dreams?  Nice one.  That's one of the great things about minor league baseball.  You get goofy nicknames that reflect that character of the places they're in:
Kannapolis Intimidators (Dale Earnhardt was from Kannapolis)
Montgomery Biscuits:
Las Vegas 51s (as in Area 51):
Then, there's always the far less entertaining yet equally unique name of Dash.  That's the Winston-Salem Dash (One of the city's nicknames is "The Dash", in reference to the hyphenated name):
How about the Vancouver Canadians (Vancouver is in Canada...get it!?!?)
(That is not their logo but it is much cooler than the actual one)

And I guess for good measure, we can throw in the Lansing Lugnuts:
Sweet.  In my opinion, it's hard to beat a minor league baseball game.  Everything's (relatively) cheap, plenty of entertainment (outside the game, that is), great atmosphere, and all that's just in case the thought of relaxing in the sunshine and watching baseball isn't good enough for you.  So get out there and support your local oddly named baseball team!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ALERT: Guam about to capsize!

Many have probably already heard about this, but Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) actually asked a Navy Admiral about the possibility of the island of Guam tipping over and capsizing due to overpopulation.

Check it out
(No intent to deceive by skipping to 1:05 in the video, it's just that he spends the first 65 seconds wondering aloud exactly how big the island is)

Now, to be "fair", Johnson later claimed that he made the comment in jest:
On Thursday, the congressman said that he was merely being funny and used the “capsize” term in a metaphorical sense.

"The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island,” he said in a statement.
Yes, because humor is such an excellent way to get your point across on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Headlines that make you LOL

"New York's Hipsters Too Cool For the Census"

Apparently they were too busy looking for vintage t-shirts and rolling up their pants to spend five minutes on a form that "really relatively has nothing to do with your life" (that's straight from the hipster's mouth)

Apparently they don't realize that if they don't fill out the forms, thrift shops and organic food stores won't know where their customers are!

Viacom vs. YouTube

So remember how Viacom (the parent company of CBS, MTV, etc.) used to go crazy about keeping their stuff off YouTube?  Well it turns out it was all a ruse. Says YouTube:

“For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately ‘roughed up’ the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko’s to upload clips from computers that couldn’t be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. …
“Viacom’s efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself."

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Let's not mince words. This weekend is all about one person. Unless you're cut off from the world as we know it, Tiger Woods owns the spotlight. And yet it seems like for all the publicity he has gotten in recent months, the golf world is, surprisingly, back to normal.

To all those who think the fans shouldn't be cheering and applauding Tiger; nobody cares about his philandering, they just wanna clap at some well played golf balls. Like this: SICK. To be clear, that is most definitely a hook. That shot that you're able to pump out about every go on the golf course, he owns to within feet of the hole.

To all those who think Tiger should stop cursing on the golf course, and that he's disrespecting the game. Think about it this way. Golf is his job. A job he takes very seriously; admonishing him for cursing is like getting pissed off at Frank in Accounting for yelling at the copier when it has a paper jam (PC LOAD LETTER?). Maybe CBS should do us a favor and not mic him up every time he hits a bad shot (What?).

On that note, I didn't know there were loads of YouTube vids of golf players hitting people on the golf course. Makes sense, if there were a gallery of people around me when I was playing golf, I'd be sending people to the emergency room.

1. Crack
3. ohhhhh....

The first few thoughts I had when I watched opening round coverage were:

1. Tiger is jacked. Apparently he's taken all his emotions out in the gym.
2. The "YOU DA MAN, TIGER!" guys were back in full force. I heard more of these shouts than normal.
3. Who spends money on this?
4. Tiger has more than a legit chance to win. Nowhere has he shown that probably the biggest personal mess of his life has affected any part of his golf game. Not only that but you got a bunch of chokers in front of him: Westwood, Poulter, Mickelson, Kim, Couples, and Barnes. That's about as easy as you're gonna get in front of you without adding the likes of Duval, Calcavecchia, and Van de Velde.