Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Right Church, Wrong Pew

One of the best viral campaigns ever, but it's composition barely misses the mark.

Marx, Engels, Lenin...Mikhail, Hova, Bron? Hoops fans unite!
The oppression of Madison Square Garden is at an end!

Amazing Find By Uniwatch on Three-Way Game Played by Dodgers, Giants and Yankees

Uniwatch turns out amazing nuggets daily. Today's gem is that in 1944, with the War raging, the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers all played each other in one game in a fundraising effort. I can recall playing some exhibition three-way sticks in NYC, one time I think was with Cannatar and a work buddy of mine at a very crowded L.I.C.. Out here in L.A., Coachette, B-town and I played a couple of three-pitcher exhibitions.

Here's the link to the story:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Eternal Debate over Soccer Rule Changes; and Don't Let Mick Jagger Near Your World Cup Squidad

Mick Jagger is the Harbinger of Doom, first for the U.S. on Saturday and then on Sun and Hun Sunday for England. Hopefully Micky Bigmouth and Slick Willie bluetoothed Too $hort while they were swapping tail tales.

On the more serious tip, like 50-cent and J.T. said, let's ayo technology (but f Timbaland for ripping off Crystal Castles). Reprinted from EPL Talk (a must read site if you're following the World Cup):
Sunday’s refereeing blunders, following the many glaring group stage errors, have reignited a debate over changing the sport’s rules. Some favor video replay, some favor an additional referee who would only monitor each goal area, while others would like a sensor-system for goals similar to that used in hockey. Of all the ideas, the addition of another referee seems to have the most realistic chance as it has already been implemented on an experimental basis in competitions like this past season’s Europa League.

However, the debate should not obscure the fact that goals like Frank Lampard’s simply have to be called correctly by the referees on the pitch. There were four eyes directly on the action, those of referee Jorge Larrionda and those of assistant Mauricio Espinosa. How did both these men blow the call? Are the assistants too timid to voice their opinion over the headsets (technology!) they use to communicate with each other? An additional referee stationed behind the goal may well have called Lampard’s call correctly, but keep in mind again that two were already watching the play today and still couldn’t get it right.

Moreover, before changing the rules, shouldn’t Fifa ensure that only the best of the best get to referee World Cup matches? If they are only using the best of the best then explain how Larrionda,  who was suspended for six months for “irregularities” and forced to bow out of the 2002 World Cup, is allowed to referee in the most important tournament there is. Explain how referee Martin Hansson, he who allowed Theirry Henry’s handball goal, is even in South Africa working as a fourth official and on the list of reserve referees. Get the referee selection right, then worry about rule changes.

Of course, we may be asking too much of referees to make such crucial decisions when the game is faster than ever. All the more reason to give them better tools to work with. The traditionalists may bemoan any tinkering whatsoever. But then again, cricket, rugby and tennis, all international sports with traditions, history, and conventionality that rival football, have all introduced technology to improve the chance that a call is made correctly.
Moreover, would the introduction of video replay, an additional referee or a microchipped ball be so drastic in a sport that has seen the introduction of such rule changes as allowing three substitutions, adding linesmen, deciding draws via penalties, awarding three points for a win, eliminating the backpass, adding red and yellow cards, and the various changes to the offside law?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Prince Harry First Pitch at the Mets Game, and Sly Stallone to Play John Gotti??

Sylvester Stallone, apparently putting aside the urgent pressure from me to make Rambo 5, Rocky 7 and Expendables 2, is in talks to play John Gotti in a movie, as reported by the Daily Mail. I love Stallone, but I don't think he has the chops to play someone as smoofy suave/suavy smoof as the Teflon Don. It's also a tuff physical fit. The Don was Dapper in a way far different from Stallone's machismo-ooze.
 Stallone leaving dinner in Bev Hillz with John Gotti, Jr.

The Mail also featured fotos of Prince Harry, the one with hair in the family, throwing out the first pitch at the Mets game.

Look at all those ads scattered haphazardly about the place. But oh, that's right, Shea was tacky. What a joke. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Should You Find Yourself in Trouble...

which reminds me of Chris Childs' shining moment:

Good Question

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bruce Davidson's Source Photo For the Beastie Boys Ill Communication Album Cover

Always ill to hear the original samples in the rap game, like Wendy Rene's "After Laughter," the source for the Wu's "Tearz," or Isaac Hayes' "Hung up on My Baby," the source for the Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks on Me," or the Isley Brothers' "Footsteps in the Dark," the source for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day."

The Beastie Boys made their living off sampling to the max. Turning little nuggs like Cheap Trick's earnest intro of "This next song is the first song on our new album" to "Surrender" on their epic live 'At Budokan" album into the intro for Check Your Head's "Jimmy James."

I recently came across this picture, by a photographer named Bruce Davidson, the source for the cover of "Ill Communication." Always dug the cover, cuz it seemed like John Belushi. Well, NBC Saturday Mornings taught us right, the more you know.....

Thursday, June 17, 2010

R.A. Dickey Joins the Hallowed Hall of Met Immortals

The Mets won again, behind R.A. Dickey who tied a team record for a starter by winning his first five decisions joining Bobby "The Other Other O.J." Bobby Ojeda in '86, Armando "Painoso" Reynoso in '97 and Kenny "Ball Four" Rogers in '99.

Monday, June 14, 2010

BACK THE F UP! (Hot Pics Are Here)

Didn't come out so clear, but if you zoom in on the above 2 pics, you might be able to see that blue Clippers jersey being sported by Kevin James' stunt double reads "FU Sterling"
Cartman's, and Bizman's, greatest fear, a hippie drum circle about the grow exponentially.
And this was taken on my bike ride home after the Laker-Celtic game around 8:15 PM. Randy Newman was right.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Footie Fever

 So I'm in the process of preparing a World Cup guide. Here is a preview .pdf, it is a massive file, Freddie Coups helped out, take a look if you have time. (Scroll down to the middle of the page).
Also wanted to put my predictions on paper (virtual paper), please add yours in the comments.

group a: mexico, s. africa
group b: argentina, south korea
group c: england, algeria
group d: germany, serbia
group e: netherlands
group f: italy, slovakia
group g: brazil, ivory coast
group h: spain, chile

round of 16
1st bracket:
mexico v. south korea: mexico
england v. serbia: england
holland v. slovakia: holland
brazil v. chile: brazil
mexico v. england: england
holland v. brazil: brazil
england v. brazil: brazil

2nd bracket:
germany v. algeria: germany
argentina v. south africa: argentina
italy v. cameroon: italy
spain v. ivory coast: spain
germany v. argentina: germany
italy v. spain: spain
germany v. spain: spain

brazil v. spain: spain

not very bold choices I know, but the last stages of the World Cup have never really produced surprises. Competitive imbalance.

Is Lady Gaga a Met Fan?

 We already know most of the famous Met fans. Glenn Close (so classy), Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James (stop yelling at me), Viggo Mortensen (would a Viggo/Figo movie pairing literally burn the screen?), Matthew Broderick (poor guy has to root for the Mets AND sleep with a horse), Julia Stiles (met her outside a Knick game, very nice, shawter than the Mets reign on top), Marc Anthony (the only human being skinnier than BK Wallstreet), Julian Casablancas ("ohhh, we're the Strrrrrrrooooookes") and Kelly Ripa (perhaps the only human being hotter than my proposed Viggo/Figo pairing).

Can we now add Lady Gaga to this list? Only the biggest hitmaker in the world right now? The inheritor to Madonna's throne? Can the fucking paparazzi let her watch the Mets and Padres in peace?

 It's Gaga's world, we just pay rent in it. She may have feelings for the Mets, but she can't be tied down, after all, she's a "free bitch, baby."

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Rando Gems; also, Please Don't Ice Me Bro

Struggling to finish a massive, top-secret project done. So here's some rando magic.
 And the story of the day is "icing." Grown folks say stop the violence.
Anybody remember full extensions?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Photo Gems from Life Magazine

B.F.D.; Big Fuckin Deal

First you wanna step to me
Now your ass screamin for the deputy
They send you to Charlie-Baker-Denver row
Now they runnin up in ya slow
You're gone, used to be the Don Juan (Check that shit out!)
Now your name is just Twan

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Worst Call Ever?

As you've surely heard, Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce made a shockingly bad call on what was clearly an out at first base.

I was curious about how long Joyce has been umpiring in the majors, so I did a Google search (you may need to click to see the full image):

Lakers Celtics A Photographic Journey Through Forgotten Awesomeness

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Fatburger in the 1970s; other treats from the LA Times photo vaults.

I copped a bunch of photo books from the lie-brary and scanned in a bunch of dumb-dumb ill schtee that I'll be posting throughout the week. Hope youse enjoy.
Also, I want to express my thanks that my Memorial Day plans to head down to San Deegz to peep the Mets fell through.