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SuperBowl 43 Wrapup

Feb. 2nd, 2009 | 08:00 pm
mood: chipperchipper

Super Bowl 43 Review

What a game! Definitely one of the better ones to watch.

We went to the Big Bamboo and we had great seats. The place opened at 6am, and my buddy was there at 6:10 to grab a table right in front of big screen TV.  We arrived at around 6:20am.  We were watching an ESPN Asia station, that was showing the NFL Network Broadcast with Bob and Sterling doing the play-by-play and color analysis. I am assuming this was a NFL Network Broadcast as Bob & Sterling are NFL guys not ESPN guys.  They were actually pretty good, and I enjoyed Sterling's commentary on the game.

General comments on the venue:

1. Overall pretty good. There was a good crowd, as the place was full, but not too crowded that you could not move.

2. They had a $15 cover to get in, and they had a breakfast buffet that they pulled out around 7am and by 9am, they closed it down. While the food was good, I would have liked it to have been open a little longer.

3. Drinks were a tad expensive, which is not surprising. Cokes (and pretty much everything else) were ~$4 drink, and there were no free refills.

The Broadcast

1. The screen was ~50" wide screen, however the broadcast was a normal broadcast that was stretched to fill screen, so everyone was looking a bit wide. It would have been nice to see the event in HD.

2. No Superbowl commercials. I was a bit disappointed with this, as we saw a steady stream of ESPN Asia, Soccer, and World Baseball commercials. That's it. 4 hours of the same 3 commercials. Thank good goodness they mixed up the Sports Center commercials a bit - I think there were about 3 or 4 different ones that they showed.

3. It was a bit humorous to hear that big game from the weekend was Chelsea v. Liverpool.

Half time show

Bruce still rocks...nuff said.

The Game

1. Probably a top 5 Superbowl. My all time favorite was Steelers - Cowboy version 2.

2. The pick 6 off Warner was a killer for the Cards. That was a huge play.

3. The 4th quarter was very exciting. Warner and the Cards picked it up with 16 points to take the lead.

4. Big Ben and S. Holmes were amazing in that final drive, and the catch was spectacular.

5. I wish Warner had another 30 seconds, as I would have liked to have seen if they could have put together a final drive.

6. Actually, I was hoping for overtime, and I thought that the Steelers were going to be forced to kick a field goal at the end.

7.  My prediction was a little low, as I was thinking Pittsburgh would only score 24 points, and they hit 27. 

All in all it was a fun experience.




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Obama and Conan

Feb. 1st, 2009 | 07:08 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

I am not sure how well known this is, but our president has a complete collection of Conan comics. As it turns out, I have just started reading my first Conan book titled - The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. The version I am reading is the illustrated series published by Del Rey, which has published all of Howard's major works in a similar fashion. I read Solomon Kane last year, and I will be reading Bran Mak Morn shortly after I finish Conan. Howard has a certain prose which is very enjoyable to read, which summons to the mind an older, rougher age. There are two other Conan books in the series, and I suspect that I will be buying those also.

In the Jan 27th edition of The Onion, there is an interesting article on Obama and Conan. It is a very enjoyable read, and I am growing to like our new president more and more. He is shaking up things a bit in Washington, and I think that is a good thing.

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Howard quote of the day.

I published this in my other blog, but it is just too good not to publish in this blog as well. This particular quote comes from the short story The Tower of the Elephant, which is perhaps one of the more well known Conan stories:

"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing."

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Superbowl Prediction - Steelers by 7

Feb. 1st, 2009 | 06:47 pm
mood: chipperchipper

Well my college bowl predictions were a solid hit, but my latest round of playoff predictions were a disaster, as the Dolphins were thoroughly routed by the Ravens. However, I hope to redeem myself in the Superbowl.

Prediction: Steelers 24, Cards 17.

I suspect that this game will not be that close, but it will not be a blowout either. While it is hard to bet against Kurt and his puppies, I do not believe that they will be able to stay with the Steelers. The Steelers are just a more well rounded team, and in my mind the Card's defense is still suspect.  I may live to regret betting against the kids and the puppies, but we will see how it goes.  By bringing puppies into the equation, the scales of fate may fall on the Cards.  I will still be cheering on the Steelers, but I have some concerns.

Now my plan for tomorrow, as in China it will be Superbowl Monday, is to head out early (~5:30am) to a local sports bar to catch the game. Andrew says he is going too -- we will see if he can get up....
 I have no idea if the game will be carried in English or Chinese, but we will be able to watch it on a big screen. This should be interesting. I will update my blog tomorrow with my experience from watching a Superbowl in China.

Deanna's score puts the Steelers at  27 - Cards { tastes like chicken } 10 [ at the most] 

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New postings

Feb. 1st, 2009 | 06:36 pm
mood: awakeawake

I know I have been ignoring this blog a bit recently, as I have been focused in on my other blog, so I thought I would post a series of entries for my readers entertainment.

Quote of the day

Let me start with two quotes of the day. The first one comes from my daughter, as she is describing a classmate of hers:

"He's yucky, he's a dinosaur. I'm a tiger...roaaarrrrrr!"

Simply priceless.

The next quote of the day comes from Deanna, and it needs a little context to be fully appreciated. We bought my daughter a play-doh jungle set, and she loves it. So while my daughter was playing with it, the topic of the US presidents came up. I, rather flippantly, threw out a comment on composition of Bush Jr's brain, to which my wife replied:

"It might be blue or red, but its still play-doh."

Very insightful.

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BSC Wrap

Jan. 9th, 2009 | 01:25 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Now that all the bowl games are complete, I thought I would provide a wrap up of my predictions and other thoughts. 

1. FEDEX ORANGE BOWL: Cincinnati (12) vs. Virginia Tech (19).

Overall rating - Blah.

Actual: VT 20 , Cinni 7

I think this one lived up to the billing. No further comments necessary.

2. THE ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI: Penn State (8) vs. No. 5 USC (5).

Prediction: USC 38 Penn 17. Overall rating - 3 stars. Good but not great. The more I think about this game the more I think I am being generous with the 3 star rating.

Actual: USC 38 , Penn 24

I just about nailed this one. I am sticking with the 3 stars, but USC controled the game start to finish.

 3. ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL: Utah (6) vs. Alabama (4)

Prediction Utah 31 Alabama 24. Overall rating - 4 stars. This game will surprise some folks, as I think Utah will beat Alabama.

Actual: Utah 31 , Alabama 17

Again, I was just about spot on with the prediction. Utah come out hot, and stayed on top the entire game. Probably 3 1/2 stars.

4. TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL: Ohio State (10) vs. Texas (3)

Prediction Texas 24 Ohio 17. Overall rating - 3 stars. Another good but not great game.

Actual: Texas 24 , Ohio 21

I will call this in at 4 stars. The game was actually very good. Texas had to rally at the end to beat Ohio State, but the end was about what I thought.

5. FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Florida (2) vs. Oklahoma (1)

Prediction Florida 35 Oklahoma 24. Overall rating - 5 stars. While this might not be the epic that was Texas and USC, this should be a very enjoyable game to watch.

Actual: Florida 24 , Oklahoma 14

This is probably a 4 star game. It was close at the half, and then Florida pulled away. I was expecting a higher scoring game, but the 10 pt spread was not surprising.

Overall, I am very pleased with my predictions, as they were very close to the final outcome.

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Football Update

Jan. 2nd, 2009 | 10:06 am
mood: optimisticoptimistic

Rose Bowl

The USC bowl went as I expected.  USC dominated, front to back, and Penn State was flat for the entire game.  Penn State was over rated at 8th, and I would have rather have seen USC play Texas.  USC is clearly a top 5 team, and I am not sure that Penn State is even a top 10 team.


The Dolphins continue to get no respect.  While I agree that the Ravens are a better team on paper, they are still going to have to win on the road with a rookie QB leading the team.  The last time the teams met, the Ravens easily won, and I expect them to be favored to win.  However, I think there is something special about this Dolphin team, and I am going to predict the upset.  I think their QB is going get a bit rattled, and will not be able win the game in the 4th quater.  I am expecting a tight game, and I think it will come down to a team executing in the 4th quarter to win.  Looking back over the past 6 match ups, the teams are tied at 3-3. 

The computers are picking the Ravens to win the game, but it does not become official until the teams actually hit the field and play some ball.

Score:  21-20 Dolphins.  Its going to be a tight game.


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I want 2 hours of my life back

Jan. 2nd, 2009 | 10:00 am
mood: blahblah

Last night I went to the movies with a couple buddies of mine, and we went and saw The Spirit.  It was really bad.  It was suppose to be a dark pulp noir film, but it failed miserable.  When I go to a film like this, I am expecting witty dialog, action packed plot, and some twists and turns.  It should have the feel of an old detective film, and harken back to the black and white films of the early part of the 20th century.  Instead, the film was woven with a tired dailog, that seemed strained at best, and flat most of the time.  After the film, we spend a good 30+ minutes trashing the film.  It was really bad.  I can take some satisifaction in that I was not the one that picked it.  Clearly this is not one I will pick up in China.

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Happy New Year - 2009!

Jan. 2nd, 2009 | 09:50 am
mood: optimisticoptimistic

Wishing all my readers in the best in 2009!

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Dec. 29th, 2008 | 09:25 am
mood: excitedexcited

Dolphins win!  Dolphins win!

This was a great game, and I have 10 reasons as to why this was a great game:

10. This is the first Dolphin game I saw this year.

9. This was a "W"

8. It was a win over the hated Jets.

7. NE was also knocked out of the playoffs

6. This was one of the biggest team turn arounds ever.

5. This was a winning season

4. Chad winning in NY, is a great story.

3. The Dolphins won their division

2. The Dolphins are hosting a home playoff game

1. Did I mention that they beat the Jets in NY, and at the same time also knocked out the NE, they are in the playoffs, and I was watching it live....this was a sweet Christmas present!

Bring on the Ravens, and let's get the 4-0 bus going!  Actually I would be very happy to see the Dolphins win 1 playoff game.  Unfortunately, I will be traveling next weekend, so I will miss the game on TV.

To my sister Alyssa, that was one ugly game.  My take is that Wade is not around next season.


PPS...on a bad note, Parcells might opt out of his contract, was Wayne has basically sold the team and Bill has an opt out clause...I do not have high hopes that he sticks around....Yuck  :(

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Dec. 22nd, 2008 | 05:47 am
mood: hopefulhopeful

10.  While 10 has been shown to be perfect, I find it slightly lacking.  As good as 10 is, 11 is one better.

Notable movie quotes (This is Spinal Tap)

I know this is suppose to be a serious sports blog, but I could not resist this.  It was funny in 1982, and it is still funny now. 

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Dolphins v. Chiefs final

Even though is cold in KC, the Dolphins are Florida hot, as they roll over the Chiefs.  The first half was about as ugly as it could get.  However, when the 4th qtr rolled around, the Dolphins finally got on track and put the game away.  I question the call of the Chiefs late in the 4th.  There was ~3:40 left on the clock, and they had all three time outs left, with the ball on their own 26.  It was 4th and 1, with the Dolphins up by 7.  I think I would have punted it, and looked for the defense to make a stand.  The problem with going for it at this point, is that if you miss, you have basically lost the game.  My thought is that if you are 4th and short, you would really like to go to a power running game to get the yard.  As it turns out, the Chiefs go for it via a pass, and end up with a sack.  Dolphins get the ball, and that was the game.  This was a big game for several reasons.  Firstly, the Dolphins are one game away from winning the division.  Secondly, it is another conference win for the team, and that puts them slightly up on NE.  Thirdly, it puts more pressure on the Jets.  11-5 is right around the corner, and this very achievable.  If they can do it, this would be one of the bigger turn arounds EVER.

Ravens v. Cowboys final

This was one of the few times that I was actually rooting for the Cowboys.  If the Ravens lose, then there payoff hopes get significantly darker, and opens up the possibility that another team from the AFC east gets in.  As it turns out, Dallas defense collapsed in the 4th, giving up 2 big runs, and that sealed the game.  This was also the final game played at Texas Stadium.  Next year, the Cowboys will play in the billion dollar Jerry Jones stadium that will be amazing.  Consider that this was the last home game in the old stadium, the loss was a bit disappointing.  The Ravens are going to be tough to beat in January.

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