Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This One Fails The Laugh Test!

Yeah, you got that right Jay Bilas!  As usual the experts look real good heading into the Final Four.  Just 2 weeks ago it was an abomination that VCU was even considered as a play-in to the tournament.  Now they're playing for the right to play for the Championship!

To be fair, the team that all of the analysts were so up in arms about being passed, Colorado, is in the NIT Final Four and very well could win it.  I wish this clip wasn't edited because there were many more great quotes that night and VCU was the butt of most of the jokes.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Some of History's Greatest Quotes

“The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.” Unknown Author

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle

"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." William Blackstone

“Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." Napoleon Bonaparte

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Napoleon Bonaparte

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

“You ask, What is our policy? I will say; ‘It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.’ You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.’” Winston Churchill

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” Winston Churchill

"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains." Winston Churchill

“If we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!” Winston Churchill

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

"Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down." Jimmy Durante

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." Alice Morse Earle

“I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.” Thomas Edison

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Albert Einstein

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If the Government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have." Gerald Ford

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo Galilei

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” André Gide

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” Jean de La Fontaine

"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Beatrice Hall [aka S.G. Tallentyre]

"To love another person is to see the face of God." Victor Hugo

"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just." Thomas Jefferson

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." Samuel Johnson

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal ... We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” Abraham Lincoln

"With malice toward none; with charity for all: with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." Abraham Lincoln

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.” Michelangelo

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” William Shakespeare

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” William Shakespeare

“Socialism is a great idea till you run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher

“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.” George Will

Friday, March 25, 2011

Great American Quotes

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Benjamin Franklin

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Nathan Hale

“Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death.” Patrick Henry

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.” Abraham Lincoln

“From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph." Thomas Paine

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war, by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!" Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

“December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ten Pivotal Dates in American History

April 19, 1775 - The shot heard around the world, the battles of Lexington and Concord begin the American Revolution

July 4, 1776 - Our nation’s birthday

April 12, 1861 Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in the first shots of the civil war

November 19, 1863 - The Gettysburg Address - the greatest speech in American history helped to rally the dispirited North to persevere and defeat the rebellious South

April 14, 1865 - President Lincoln Assassinated - the greatest American President was shot and with him the hope of a just peace died

December 7, 1941 - “a date which will live in infamy” brought a reluctant America charging into WW II

June 6, 1944 - D Day - the largest amphibious invasion in world history landed over 160,000 troops with the help of over 5,000 ships

August 6, 1945 - the Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

July 21, 1969 - men walk on the moon

September 11, 2001 - nine eleven - the deadliest foreign attack on American soil in history

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ten Movies All Young People Should See

Movies are often the most effective way to teach life lessons. This list of ten great films shares many common themes including overcoming injustice and intollerance and the importance of courage, faith and loyalty. As a bonus, they are all very entertaining.

1. Brian's song – This is the true story of two young football players selected to be the first interracial roommates on the Chicago Bears. Their friendship allows them to overcome racism and have the courage to face the adversities they are dealt.

2. Chariots of Fire – The real life story of two British Olympic runners. One was a devout Christian who ran for the glory of God and the second, a Jew who ran to overcome prejudice.

3. Its a wonderful life – George is a good man who reached the end of his rope and was about to take his life until his guardian angel intervened in a surprising way. After agreeing his suicide would have caused too much pain to those he loved, George wishes he were never born and the angel shows us the consequences of a world without George.

4. Mr. Smith goes to Washington – The Naïve head of the local Boy Rangers is picked to fill a Senate seat by a corrupt western state political machine. When Smith tries to do his job, he is crushed by the machine and betrayed by those all around him, only to be saved at the end.

5. Schindler's List - This German businessman seemed to be indifferent to the Nazi horror all around him. That is until we realize that he saved the lives of more than a thousand Jewish refugees by finding jobs for them in his factories.

6. The Shawshank Redemption – This is an inspiring story of an innocent man sent to prison for the murder of his wife. His courage and strength allows him to overcome the injustice and brutality that became his life.

7. The Sound of Music – A young woman training to become a nun is assigned as governess for a widowed Captain’s seven children. Maria brings happiness back to the family in time for them to face the dangers of the Nazi takeover of Austria.

8. To kill a Mockingbird – Atticus Finch is a small town attorney who agrees to defend a black man in the rural south. During the trial, his family is exposed to the overwhelming racism of the time.

9. We Are Marshall – This true story tells the remarkable revival of the Marshall University football team after the players and coaches died in a plane crash.

10. West side story – A modern day Romeo and Juliet powerfully brings home the pain and misery caused by bigotry between the Jets (white Americans) and the Sharks (Puerto Rican Americans).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why St. Patrick Was Important to Us All

On St. Patrick’s Day I thought it would be a good idea to point out how important the work of St. Patrick proved to be to the preservation of western culture.

St. Patrick was not born in Ireland. It is believed he was born and lived near the modern day border of England and Wales. He was captured at the age of sixteen by pirates and taken to Ireland in captivity. After living in Ireland for six years as a slave, Patrick escaped and returned to his native Britain.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Ten Most Important Americans In History

From The Top Ten Corner:

1 George Washington – George Washington is the Father of our County. As Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, General Washington singlehandedly held together that rag tag colonial army throughout the humiliating defeats of 1776. His courage and inspiration led to the miraculous survival of our rebellion and triggered the complete reversal of fortune that allowed Washington to cast the decisive strategic maneuver of the war – the defeat of the English at Yorktown. These efforts alone saved our revolution. It was the subsequent prestige lent by George Washington to the Constitutional Convention that led to the establishment of our historic democratic government, which saved the infant Nation from the otherwise inevitable disintegration dictated by the feckless Articles of Confederation. A true democrat, Washington resisted the call to establish an American monarchy and provided the template for a temperate statesman. Washington capped off his career by walking away from power and establishing the precedent of a term-limited president.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ten Amazing Pieces of Information

The Declaration of Impendence, authored by future President Thomas Jefferson with the help of future President John Adams, was issued on July 4, 1776. Both Jefferson and Adams died on the same day 50 years later – July 4, 1826.

There are at least 100 stars in the universe for every grain of sand on earth.

No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

The Most Important iOS App of March!

mmIn case you haven’t heard, CBS and Turner Broadcasting have teamed up to give you the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament streamed directly to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch – FOR FREE.

That’s right – free. 

This year anyone with an iDevice will get to watch wherever they happen to be (Sorry Android users, not this year!).

Make sure you download this right away – play in games begin tonight!


Here It Is….Your Winning 2011 NCAA Bracket!

My own personal NCAA Final Four Highlight;

In 1999 I was sitting in 30something place in my 500 person office pool with only the final to go when I realized that my Big East bias could finally do some good for me.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

DJ Didn't Deserve This

When DJ Kennedy came to St. John's in 2007 he was going to be part of the rebirth.  The program was still in the shambles that Mike Jarvis left in his aftermath and Kennedy was part of the group that was going to help St. John's gain relevance.

This season has been special for St. John's for the obvious reasons that they've become relevant again both on the court and in the recruiting circles.  But for the fans that have watched throughout all of the lowpoints, this season was special to watch these guys who suffered through 3 up and down (mostly down) seasons but continued to work hard, behave themselves and put themselves into the situation to receive the payoff for their continued dedication - an NCAA Tournament Invititation, which will surely come tomorrow evening on Selection Sunday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cliff Lee Unimpressed By Yankees Chances

Thank you Cliff Lee for finally acknowledging publicly what many suspected this morning on WIP in Philadelphia;  The Yankees were third on his list this off-season behind Philadelphia and Texas. 

His reasoning was probably what you’d guess.  The Red Sox have improved and the Yankees stars are getting up in age making their road more difficult than others.  The Phillies are stacked as we know, and the Rangers play in a much easier division than any of them.

While the negotiating dragged along this off-season and Yankees fans were left hanging with their team as we all waited for Lee to make his decision, it only took me about 2 days to completely turn around on how I felt and hoped that the Bombers would pull their offer to the 2-time World Series loser.

Thank God For Great Live Music!

x2_4f4e8f6In a time where there seem to be less and less great live bands out there, let’s all be thankful for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.  Simply put, they rocked the hell out of Irving Plaza last night playing their second show in two nights.

From the moment they hit the stage, the energy that the band gave off swept through the club and had the decidedly mixed crowd (VH1 Divas exposure has seemed to added a bit of a new flavor) moving for 2 hours straight. 

The first time I saw GPN was at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in 2008 opening for The Black Crowes.  I knew little of the band going in, but the positive buzz that I had read online had me looking forward to getting inside early.  Their 45 minute or so set blew the doors off the place leaving everyone wanting more.  It’s a testament to the entire band that here they were almost 3 years (and a lineup change) later playing a 2 hour headlining set and still I found myself walking out wishing for more. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Say It Ain't So Snoop!


Felicia Pearson who played Snoop, Marlo Stanfield's assassin, in The Wire was arrested in a drug sting in Baltimore.  Pearson has had a checkered past before joining The Wire so this isn't all that shocking.  More shocking is that she hasn't been targeted earlier by not only the DEA, but someone looking to take out "Snoop".


Tiki and the wife he screwed over.
I refuse to believe this could happen, but the idea just sends shivers down my spine.

Tiki Barber wants to be a Steeler!

Who wouldn't?  I get that - they're always good and on the verge of doing something special.

If this somehow happened, it would be the first time in all my years as a Steelers fan where I can remember despising a Steeler.  Not even Chad Scott came close!

Chad Scott - beaten AGAIN!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We Need A Tiki-Bar!

Is Tiki Barber for real coming out of retirement today?  Of course he is.  The guy's grand post-football plan which included being a political radio show host, NFL commentator, Today Show correspondent and most suspected a career in public office blew up in his face.

His radio show was a failure, NBC let him go from both his Football Night in America and Today Show duties and he topped it all off by leaving his pregnant wife of 11 years for his 23 year old long time mistress ruining the good guy image that was pretty much all he had left.

Tiki technically has 2 years left on his last contract and speculation early today was that he would go back to the Giants.  How comical would that be?  This guy pretty much burned every bridge in NY as he retired, calling out his ex-coach claiming he was the reason for his premature retirement as well as his ex-QB, claiming that he wasn't good enough to win.  Of course the Giants immediately won the Super Bowl the following season without him. 

Do we really need to hear about this guy?  Does he have anything left?  The guy is 36 years old, so it's doubtful.

Spare us Tiki - go find another way to pay your alimony and child support.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

iTuned Steve Jobs Rocks The IPad 2!

These guys took auto-tune to the official presentation of the IPad 2 last week.  Pretty catchy - don't watch it too many times or you may feel the need to buy a copy to rock on your IPad!

Hines, You Dancin' Fool.

Is this supposed to make me, as a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, feel better? Apparently, Hines Ward is still so distraught about losing the Super Bowl that he feels the only way to get over it is to keep busy this offseason by Dancing With The Stars.

I understand that this is one of the most watched shows in the nation, and it will expose Hines to a totally different audience than even the NFL could. Hines is creeping closer to the end of his career and obviously looking for ways to expand his brand.

Hines Ward has been a fan favorite of Steelers fans from the very beginning. A hard nosed underdog who has fended off every challenge placed in front of him, #86 has crafted a career that very well could end with him accepting a bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The big story of Media Week at the Super Bowl was the rumor that Ward would retire after the game and hopefully ride off into the sunset like buddy Jerome Bettis did after Super Bowl XL. Hines scoffed at the idea repeatedly and wasted no time in announcing that he'd return soon after the game, citing unfinished business and the desire to win that 3rd Championship.

Right from the start, Dancing With The Stars went after ex-ballplayers to expand their audience, quickly landing guys like Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith to come aboard. While it seemed ridiculous to some at the time that these guys would want to do this, they were long retired.

A few seasons ago the show landed Jason Taylor, who while not in the prime of his career anymore, was still an active player. This definitely raised eyebrows and questions arose of how committed to offseason workouts can a player be.  Since then the show has seemingly secured a pro player each season.

Now we'll hear stories about how the training for the show is intense enough to get him in shape, and we'll also hear no doubt that with the CBA issues that the NFL is having and the impending lockout, that we shouldn't care what these guys do in their time off.

I can't accept it.  Does the toughest WR to ever play the game need this?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This Week’s Playlist

Some new releases that have made the rotation:

Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
This one is definitely taking a few more listens to grow on me than their last few records.  We covered this album a bit on the week of it’s release.  Check it out.

G. Love - Fixin’ To Die
G. Love’s new album is definitely a continuation of his solo turn opening for Jack Johnson acoustically last summer.  Check out “Milk & Sugar”:

North Mississippi Allstars - Keys To The Kingdom
Along with the Drive-By Truckers, NMAS have been one of my favorite bands of past few years.  Similarly to the DBT’s new record, this one is taking me much longer to embrace than I would have hoped.  Bootsy Bangin Threes spotlighted the record here.

Newer CDs that are still getting play:

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – III/IV

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Self Titled
I listened to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 2007 disc This Is Somewhere to the point where I was sick of it and kept listening to it anyway.  I have a feeling that this record is heading down the same path.  Since this record has been released, GP has been featured on VH1’s Divas and seems to be on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream.  I’m going to see the band play at NY’s Irving Plaza next week and I have a feeling it could be the last time I get to see them in such a small place.

Them Crooked Vultures -  Self Titled
A rare case of a “Supergroup” being formed where its output may have more than equaled the sum of its parts.  This album has never left my rotation since its release and their show at Roseland NYC in February of last year was one of my concert highlights of 2010.  Thank you Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and of course, John Paul Jones.

Some old standards:

King’s X – Ear Candy 
One of my favorites, it always seems like King’s X is being miscast.  In the 80’s they were lumped in with the hair bands at times, which couldn’t have been a bigger mismatch.  You ocasionally hear prog-rock, which I just don’t see.  To me they’ll always just be one of the best hard rock bands over the past 20 years.  I usually rotate between all of their records.  This week I’ve been rocking out to Ear Candy, which I’ve always thought to be one of their most accessible.

Beatles – Revolver 
I’ve been listening to a lot of Beatles lately, but have gone back to Revolver a lot this week because I’ve seemed to have “Got to Get You Into My Life” stuck in my head quite a bit.

How about you?  Feel free to make recommendations below in the comments!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sinatra and Jagger Lookin' Like Droopy Eyed Armless Children

At least that's how Charlie Sheen believes his latest partying binge made them look.  The nuggets from Sheen seem to never end.  Someone get him some help because we can't afford for him to die.

Never Enough Chuck!

In case you haven't gotten enough Charlie Sheen, here's a random quote generator from his recent rants.

Watch Your Back Natrone Means!

Sad news today as its been announced that Shawn Lee, DT of the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers has passed away at age 44. 
Unbelievably he is the 6th player from that squad to meet an untimely demise.  Unfortunately it’s not as shocking as of late to hear about an ex-NFL’er passing away young and with more information coming to light regarding head injuries, most fear that we’re only going to see more and more of this.
While cause of death has yet to revealed in the case of Shawn Lee, these Chargers of ‘94 seem to have a bit of bad luck on their side.
Straight from today’s USA Today:
Super Bowl XXIX Was Bad Enough!
  • Starting LB David Griggs, 28, died in a car accident five months after the Super Bowl
  • Backup RB Rodney Culver, 26, died in a plane crash on May 11, 1996
  • Backup LB Doug Miller, 28, died after being struck by lighting in July 1998
  • Backup C Curtis Whitley, 39, died from a drug overdose on May 11, 2008
  • Starting DE Chris Mims, 38, died of heart failure on Oct. 15, 2008
So to recap, they had a drug overdose, a car accident, a plane crash and Doug Miller got struck by lightning!! 
The question begs to be asked;  What did this team do to bring on so much bad luck? 
If I was Stan Humphries, Alfred Pupunu or Natrone Means, I’d be worried.