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The xx PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Sunday, 15 August 2010 12:12

I recently stumbled upon a musical treasure. I have not been grabbed by a band like this in many years. The xx has been molesting my ears for a solid week now, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. The xx is from London, England and is made up of 19 & 20 year olds, which means I should hate them, but they've disarmed me with their music. They have a somewhat simple sound, but at the same time they are very unique. The vocals of Oliver Sim & Romy Madley Croft and the beats of Jamie Smith are purely hypnotic. The self-titled album they released in 2009 was their first and only so far. I sure as hell hope there are more to come.

Below is the video for their song Islands. On top of it being such a great song, the video is fucking incredible. So kudos & thank you to the director, Saam Farahmand. After watching it the first time, I immediately watched it three more times. I hope you enjoy! If you don't, you suck! If you do, here are some more of their songs you should check out: Heart Skipped a Beat, Night Time, Crystalised, Shelter and Infinity.

 
College Football Expansion: Why? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Saturday, 12 June 2010 09:12
Of course we all know the answer to the question why, begins & ends with money. I get it, and it's easy for me to say, leave all that money on the table and don't go after it. But it bothers me that universities and their leaders always preach all this bullshit about academics & caring about the true student athlete. Give me a break. It wouldn't bother me so much if they weren't so two-faced about it.

I for one am not excited about all of this expansion. I think it's a bad idea and it's going to have a negative long-term effect on the popularity of college football. Having said that, I've always wanted the Big Ten (11), Pac-10, Big East & Mountain West to add more teams & get up to 12 teams each. But I think 14-16 teams in a conference is fundamentally too many for college football. But of course, b/c it's all about the money, it looks like it's an inevitability.

So far, the first two moves have been Nebraska to the Big Ten (now 12) and Colorado to the Pac-10. Before Colorado went to the Pac-10, I think the scenario that would have made the most sense is this:

The SEC & ACC stay the same (they obviously both already have 12 teams).  With the addition of Nebraska, the Big Ten now has 12 teams, so they are set. What I hoped would have happened, but I knew it wouldn't, is for the Big 12 to add TCU to replace Nebraska, getting them back to 12 teams. Then, the Pac-10 could add Boise State & Utah to get to 12. And the Big East could add Notre Dame & three other schools (like UCF, Navy, East Carolina, etc) and reach 12 teams. I think that scenario would have been great. I think having seven, 12 team conferences would have been a better step in the right direction, and possibly get us closer to a playoff. That's my one caveat with all of this. If all this expansion & creation of super conferences eventually gets us a playoff, then I am all for it. But I'm not holding my breath.

So, since the greedy-ass college presidents are hell-bent on creating super conferences, and for now there's no playoff in sight, this is how I hope it goes.

- The Big Ten, in addition to Nebraska, would add Notre Dame and 3 more teams from the Big 12 & Big East to reach 16 teams.
- The Pac-10, in addition to Colorado, would add 5 more teams from the Big 12 to reach 16 teams (which from the looks of it, will be Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech & possibly Texas A&M). Although, there's word that Texas A&M is more interested in joining the SEC. So we'll see how this plays out.
- The remaining Big 12 would merge with the Mountain West, which now has Boise State, & a few more WAC teams to reach 16.
- The SEC would take FSU, Miami, Clemson & Georgia Tech from the ACC to reach 16.
- The remaining ACC would merge with the remaining Big East, plus possibly a team from Conference USA (in this scenario, UCF).

So we'd have five, 16 team conferences. Here's how it would look:

The new "Big Ten"
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska

Northwestern
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

The new "Pac-10"
Arizona
Arizona State
California
Colorado
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State

Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

UCLA
USC
Washington
Washington State

The new "Big 12/MWC"
Air Force
Baylor
Boise State
Brigham Young
Colorado State
Fresno State
Houston

Kansas
Kansas State
New Mexico
New Mexico State
San Diego State
TCU
UNLV
Utah
Wyoming


The new "SEC"
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Clemson
Florida
Florida State
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Kentucky
LSU
Miami
Mississippi
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt

The new "ACC/Big East"
Boston College
Cincinnati
Connecticut

Duke
Louisville
Maryland
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Pittsburgh
South Florida
Syracuse
UCF

Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
West Virginia

I know there's no way in hell it's going to go like this. There is so much more that has to play out. In the end, I'm a huge fan of college football, and that's not going to change. But I sincerely think this period of change will be looked back upon as a really bad decision. It's obvious what the biggest problem with college football is the BCS & lack of a playoff. But of course, that's not what they are focusing on. We'll see how this all shakes out. Whether we like it or not, it's happening. And I must admit, even though I'm not happy about it, all of this change is interesting as hell.
 
Quote Contest #34 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hotstuffler   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 20:09
I swear to God... Okay, let’s have fun!


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“My Homer is not a communist. He may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a communist, but he is not a porn star.”


Simply name the show. Good luck, The Simpsons! Remember that show?
 
Caption Contest 3-2-10 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff (via Hotstuffler)   
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:53
Here's a new Caption Contest. Hotstuffler sent me this pic & thought it'd make a great CC, and I totally agree. Let me just say, you'll get it when you see it. And no, the funny part is not the dumbass from that horrible TV sitcom that I don't even want to mention by name.

The picture was used by dickie299 (I don't think this qualifies as a pun), to sell this dress on on Trade Me. Which is a New Zealand website where people can buy & sell stuff. Here is the actual original page - Green and black dress size 10. As you can see, it eventually sold for $14. I'm not sure if the seller agreed to throw any extra items in, to finalize the sale. But if so, buyer beware.

 
Ninja Warrior PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Friday, 26 February 2010 12:22
There's a new passion & obsession in my life. Yeah, yeah, my wife is pregnant, but I'll deal with that later. I'm talking about Ninja Warrior. It's a show from Japan, which presents the ultimate obstacle course. Sasuke -- as it's known in Japan -- began in 1997. The event consists of 4 stages of increasingly difficult challenges.

In the US, Ninja Warrior airs on the G4 channel. Unfortunately, there is a delay between when it takes place, and when it airs here. Some of you might already be familiar with G4. I wasn't, and just recently started getting the channel. Originally, G4's main focus was pretty much only video games. But as the channel has gotten more popular, it now shows movies & many different types of shows. Some of it's other popular programs are Attack of the Show!, X-Play, Movies That Don't Suck, Web Soup and Unbeatable Banzuke (which is somewhat similar to Ninja Warrior, but focuses on competitors with specific skills). It's a very original & unique channel. I'm really glad I get it now. More than anything I've mentioned so far, the best reason to tune in to G4, is Olivia Munn. She is a goddess, with nerdy attributes to match. If you don't know who I'm talking about, you need to Google her. You'll thank me later.

Okay, back to Ninja Warrior. Most competitions begin with 100 competitors. The first stage is the longest, and focuses on balance and agility. The second stage is the shortest, and focuses on speed. The intensity and difficulty really gets turned up in the third stage. Very few have completed this stage. Competitors need incredible back & grip strength, and very strong muscle endurance. The fourth -- and final -- stage is more simplified, but it's the hardest. It has evolved over the years, but basically it's a straight-up rope climb with a very short time limit. Through the first 24 competitions, of the over 5,000 attempts, there have only been 3 men to defeat all four stages: Kazuhiko Akiyama (4th), Makoto Nagano (17th) and Yuuji Urushihara (24th).

If this sounds interesting, you should definitely start checking it out. Just this week they started replaying the competitions from the very beginning. They are currently showing the 4th competition. If you've never seen it before, watch the video below for a little taste. It's a quick little special on five Ninja Warrior All-Stars: Makoto Nagano, Toshihiro Takeda, Shingo Yamamoto, Bunpei Shiratori and Katsumi Yamada (Kazuhiko Akiyama is also an All-Star, but he isn't shown in this clip).

 
Quote Contest #33 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hotstuffler   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 00:30
Come on guys, let’s get our shit together. I’m going to do something this week that I have had some success with previously since all of you don’t seem to give a shit about this anymore. Okay, let’s have fun!

Category: Music


Simply name the song or artist. Good luck, Third Watch! Remember that show?

 
New GIF - Yippee! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:21
Yes, you read correctly, there's some very exciting happenings on URDD. I added a new GIF to the Randomness section to your left. I like to think, that no matter how old I get, I will always enjoy & appreciate crotch-related humor. Plus, throw in a really cute dog, and you've got comedy gold. I don't want to read too much into this GIF. But in my mind, I think the dog was terrified that a sniper was about to shoot his owner, and he was trying to take a bullet for him. Maybe not. I'm just glad my wife is okay with the fact that she married a man with an 11-year-old's sense of humor. Enjoy!

 
16 and counting... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Friday, 12 February 2010 00:28
I know, I know, it's been over a week since Roger Federer won the 2010 Australian Open. Sorry for the tardiness, I've just had a lot going on. So without further ado, here's another piece about the man, the myth, the legend...the great...Roger Federer.

Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open title (and 16th overall Grand Slam title, extending his own record) by defeating Andy Murray (6-3, 6-4, 7-6). While I'm a huge Federer fan, there was still a small part of me that would have liked to have seen Murray pull off the upset. Not only would it have been Murray's first Grand Slam title, but it would have also snapped an amazing streak of 74 years since the last British man to win a Grand Slam (1936 for those without an abacus). Murray is already making great strides though. At only 22, he has already become the first British man in the Open era (which began in 1968) to reach two Grand Slam finals. I hope Murray eventually wins one. I'm sure he will (especially if Rafael Nadal continues to get injured and Federer retires).

It was just last year at the Australian Open, when Federer broke down crying during the trophy presentation, after losing an epic 5-set match against Nadal. That's one of the reasons I really like Federer, because he's not afraid to show his emotions. A lot of people think Federer is conceded and smug, but the fact that he showed that much emotion in front of his bitter rival and everybody watching, showed me how passionate he is and how much he really cares.

This year though, it was Murray that was choking back tears. This made me like Murray even more, and I'll continue to root for him in the future. It also led to a good line by Murray, when he said, “I can cry like Roger. It’s just a shame I can’t play like him.” This reminded me of a similar, but more comical quote by Robin Soderling at last year's French Open. After Federer won, during Soderling's runner-up speech, he told Federer, "My coach and I were joking before the match. You know you've beat me 9 times in a row. But nobody beats me 10 times in a row."

Federer is just unbelievable. I hope he can stay in this form for a while longer. It's an honor to witness arguably the best tennis player of all-time (not arguably if you ask me). There's no doubt, that when healthy, Nadal has Federer's number. And although he's Federer's nemesis, I like Nadal. I hope he gets healthy and stays that way. We'll just have to wait and see. But as far as all-time greatness is concerned, I think Federer is the best tennis player to ever walk this planet. He is just incredible. I know -- even though he is still winning right now -- that he is past his prime. I hope I can see at least a few more years of his legendary play though.

Finally, I'd like to take a moment to bombard you with a list of some of Federer's records & accomplishments. I fully expect none of you to read all of this, but I enjoyed looking it up anyway. Just take a look at some of this stuff, it's mind-boggling.

  • Federer has won 16 Grand Slam titles, extending his own record. The previous all-time male record was 14, held by Pete Sampras (Federer won 16 majors in a span of 27 majors, while Sampras won 14 in 45 majors).
  • Federer has won 6 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens, 4 Australian Opens and 1 French Open.
  • Federer is currently setting an all-time record, by reaching the finals in 18 out of the last 19 Grand Slam tournaments (2005 Wimbledon - present, excluding the 2008 Australian Open).
  • Federer has reached an all-time male record 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals (2004 Wimbledon - present). Breaking the previous male record of 10 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals (shared by Ivan Lendl and Rod Laver).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to win at least five consecutive titles at two different Grand Slam tournaments (2003–07 Wimbledon, 2004–08 US Open).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to win the same two Grand Slam tournaments back to back for four consecutive years (2004–07 Wimbledon and US Open).
  • By winning the 2010 Australian Open, Federer became the only male tennis player to win three different Grand Slam tournaments at least four times each.
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to win at least two Grand Slam titles for four consecutive years and five years overall (2004–07, 2009).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year three different times in his career (2004, 2006, 2007).
  • Federer is the sixth man to win all four Grand Slam titles during his career. And only the third man to win all four in the open era (on three different surfaces; hard, clay, and grass).
  • Federer's 16 Grand Slams in 8 years (2003-10) is an all-time male record (Sampras won 14 Grand Slams in the span of 13 years).
  • Federer is only the third man to win at least one Grand Slam per year for eight consecutive years (2003-10).
  • As of the 2010 Australian Open, Federer has appeared in an all-time male record 22 Grand Slam finals (the former record was 19, by Lendl).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to reach the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments in back to back calendar years and three time overall (2006–07, 2009).
  • Federer reached an all-time male record ten consecutive Grand Slam finals (2005 Wimbledon - 2007 US Open). Breaking the previous male record of seven set by Jack Crawford in the 1930's. The previous open era record was four (shared by Laver & Andre Agassi). At the 2008 French Open, Federer began another streak of eight consecutive Grand Slam finals (2008 French Open - current).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to reach at least three Grand Slam finals for four consecutive calendar years and five overall (2004, 2006-09).
  • Federer is the only man in history to reach seven consecutive Wimbledon finals (2003–09).
  • Federer is the only male player to reach at least six consecutive finals at two different Grand Slam tournaments (2003–09 Wimbledon, 2004–09 US Open).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to reach at least four consecutive finals at three different Grand Slam tournaments (2006–09 French Open, 2003–09 Wimbledon, 2004–09 US Open).
  • Federer is the only male player to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournament at least four times.
  • Federer is the first male player to appear in the French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open finals in a calendar year for four consecutive years (2006–09).
  • Federer is the first male player to appear in back to back Wimbledon and US Open finals in a calendar year for six consecutive years (2004-09).
  • Federer is the only male player in tennis history to reach at least five consecutive semifinals at all four Grand Slam tournaments.
  • Federer's 40 consecutive match wins at the US Open (2004–09) are an open era male record.
  • Federer is the only player to win 40 consecutive matches at two different Grand Slams (2003-08 Wimbledon and 2004-09 US Open). He is also the only player to win 19 consecutive matches at three different Grand Slams (2006-08 Australian Open).
  • Federer has either won or lost to the eventual champion in a record 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments (2004 Wimbledon - current).
  • Federer holds the record (male or female) for being the #1 ranked player in the World at 237 consecutive weeks. The previous male record of 160 consecutive weeks was held by Jimmy Connors; and the all-time female record is 186 consecutive weeks, held by Steffi Graf.
  • Federer is the first player to finish the year as a top two player in the world for seven consecutive years (2003-09).
 
2 chickens break up rabbit fight! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 21:23
I guarantee you've never said that sentence before. This was so completely random, that I felt compelled to put it up. I just got finished watching an old Pride MMA fight on YouTube. And this video automatically started playing next. So odd...it cracked me up. Enjoy all 26 seconds of it.

 
Invisible Movie Challenge 1/29/10: PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 January 2010 11:56
Alright, it's been a couple of months since I've put up a new IMC, so here we go.

Name the four movies, and also explain what they share or have in common.

Good luck!

 
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