Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

"...why would XXL and Smooth magazine be holding a joint model search, when they're owned by different groups of TIs and ostensibly compete against one another? But I wouldn't be surprised if they cop their 'models' from the same suitcase pimps. The better-looking ones go to XXL, the rest of them go to Smooth - similar to how Playboy and Penthouse have been able to peacefully coexist. One magazine has more attractive women, the other one lets you see inside them. At the end of the day, the white man still gets paid."
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 Rap-Up and Jeremih's Raindrops Video

Skillz - 2009 Rap Up

It's a shame that we all look forward to Skillz's end of the year recaps more than we look forward to his actual albums. He's a talented cat and has done a LOT of ghostwriting in the past but it looks like his legacy will be Mr. End of the Year.

(NSFW) Video: Jeremih - Raindrops

This video is RIDICULOUS!!!! Ridiculous in the best way possible if you're a guy. I've been to Magic City once before and I can attest to the fact that this pretty much the truth as far as Magic City's "staff" is concerend, lol. Also, I remember there being a $40 minimum if you wanted to use your credit card at the bar and a $7 ATM fee (as if the $20 cover wasn't steep enough). Welcome to Magic City, people! Best viewed through the lens of this video's camera unless you're able to (and planning to) make it rain, lol.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 16

These are the Christmas Quick Picks. I had a horrible week last week and dropped back to 5th place overall. I have to make up 4 points in two weeks so my new team name is "All or Nothing". Wish me luck!

San Diego over Tennessee. "Pinball" (aka Chris Johnson) gets his yards but San Diego wins.

Atlanta over Buffalo. I think Buffalo might win but I'm giving the Falcons an edge because they're playing at home.

Cincinnati over Kansas City.

Cleveland over Oakland. I picked Oakland at first but then I thought about Jennings performance last week and the fact that this game is in Cleveland.

Green Bay over Seattle. I've been saying all year Seattle sucks. It's because they do.

Miami over Houston. Miami needs this win and I think they get it.

New Orleans over Tampa Bay. This one is going to be UGLY.

Giants over Carolina. Carolina will play tougher than the Skins did but the Giants will pull this one out.

Pittsburgh over Baltimore. The Ravens always lose these types of games.

Arizona over St. Louis.

Indianapolis over NYJ. I really want to pick the Jets but I think the Colts are just FOCUSED right now. I think they might drop next week's game though.

49ers over Detroit.

Eagles over Denver. Denver was done for the season weeks ago.

Dallas over Washington. After last week I refuse to go with the Skins in an upset.

Minnesota over Chicago.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 15

I accomplished my mission last week of gaining a point on the leader. I went from 3 points down to 2 points down. This week I'd like to pick up another point if possible.

My team name was going to be "3 Weeks 2 Points" a la last week but I decided to change it to "Rest in Peace Chris Henry" for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, I don't think Henry's passing will inspire his team enough to beat the Chargers but maybe they'll make a heck of a play-off run and he'll be their inspiration for that.

Indy over Jacksonville. It's a divisional game so I think that even though they have the AFC wrapped up, Indy will still take this one seriously and try to put up points like they normally do. Jacksonville is one of the most inconsistent "play-off teams" (hey, CowGirls) right now.

New Orleans over Dallas. No way Dallas goes into New Orleans and beats the Saints. I refuse to believe it.

New England over Buffalo. Randy Moss goes for 100+ yards and 2 scores. Jarius Byrd might make you think Buffalo has a chance at stopping Moss. But they don't. And won't.

Arizona over Detroit. What a great game to rebound from that embarrassing performance they had in San Francisco.

Miami over Tennessee. I really would like to take Tennessee in this game but I just can't. Miami is playing for a play-off spot and Tennessee is basically playing to see if they can get Chris Johnson past 2000 yards on the season. I think Miami having a lot more to play for makes the difference in this game.

Kansas City over Clevelend. This was another tricky choice for me after Cleveland beat Pittsburgh. This game is in Kansas City though and Jamaal Charles, Chris Chambers, and Dwayne Bowe (yep, he's back this week) should be able to step it up this week and beat the scrub-azz Browns.

Houston over St. Louis. Andre Johnson. That.Is.All.

Jets over Falcons. Wanted to take the Falcons but I just don't have faith in them against a solid Jets defense. But can the Jets score if this turns into a shoot-out? Meh.

Eagles over Niners. Sorry 49er fans, I just don't see it happening. Not in Philly. Not with the Eagles fighting for a play-off spot and the NFC East title. If the Eagles can stop Frank Gore they win this game. If they can't, I think they lose. Philly will find a way to score a couple TDs even if it has to come from DeSean Jackson returning kicks. But if they Eagles defense can't stop Frank Gore, it'sa wrap. Not to mention the Giants WRs had a field day against the Eagles so that makes things look a little promising for Crabtree if the Niners can get a run game going. So again, stop Frank Gore, win the game.

Ravens over Bears. The Bears are not going to come into Baltimore and win. They're not good enough. It's not that the Ravens are that good, it's just that the Bears aren't.

Broncos over Raiders. In Denver. Broncos are the better team. The Broncos need a win to manage decent play-off positioning. Who's starting for the Raiders this week? Is that Mark Rypien? Hold up, it's Andre Ware. Oh nope, it's focking Charlie Frye!!! Charlie Frye, everyone!!!

San Diego over Bengals. Sorry Bengals fans...It's not happening. You'll start the game strong with a lot of emotion and passion. Maybe even go into the half up by two TDs. That's when it starts going downhill though. Rivers and company find a way to win.

Green Bay over Pittsburgh. Green Bay has the better defense, the better offense, and the better QB. Do I think that playing in Pittsburgh means something? Yes, I do. But not so much in this game when Green Bay is more than comfortable playing in "the elements" and are simply a better team this year.

Seattle over Tampa. *YAWN* Games like this are why people get false hope about the Seahawks every year. They'll score like 40 points this game, watch.

Vikings over Panthers. Do I even need to talk about this one?

Redskins over Giants. Upset special. The Redskins pass defense is good enough to hold up against the Giants. The run defense is the question though. The Skins can get decent pressure on Eli too. The two breaking points in this game will be the Redskins rushing defense and the Giants defensive line. If the Giants line can get to Campbell, it's a wrap. If the Skins defense can stop Jacobs/Bradshaw, they've got a solid chance at winning this game regardless of how the offense plays. I guess the "make Eli beat us" mantra isn't such a bad one now that I re-read what I just typed, lol.

(Semi-NSFW) Photoshop Much? This picture cannot be real...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Real Hip-Hop: Gods'Illa

I won't even try to convince you that I posted this song here a long time ago...

I'm not even gonna say listen to it because I know 'em...

I'll just say that if you like real hip-hop, then you should listen... And then hit up the UAU Open Mic on Tuesdays in D.C.

This right here is proof that the grind pays off. Congrats on the video fellas! Looking forward to seeing ya'll blow up even more.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 14

I'm now in 3rd place after a relatively bad week. I'm down by 3 points with 4 weeks left in the season so my new name is "3-Points 4-Weeks". Original, I know. This week is one of those tricky weeks with some divisional games that were tough to pick (ie - Giants/Philly) and a few teams with some must-win games against tough opponents (ie - Dallas).

I'm looking to pick up a point or two on the leader this week. I haven't taken any picks that are completely insane (or at least I don't think so) but you can judge for yourself.

Pittsburgh over Cleveland...The weather's going to be near 0 degrees (yes, ZERO) in Cleveland and Pittsburgh's not afraid of playing in that type of weather. I'm not so confident in a mediocre/horrible Cleveland team being able to face this weather and the fact that they suck to beat Pittsburgh. Even if Hines Wards ends up not playing and they don't have Troy, I still think the Steelers toughness as a team wins this game for them. I expect it to be somewhat close though because of the weather.

New Orleans over Atlanta...I wanted to take the Falcons, I really did. But I just can't. After the scare last week against my Redskins of all teams, I think the Saints are going to put on a clinic unless the Falcons can get some sort of a running game going. I do believe that the Saints will lost this season though and my guess is that it will either be at Dallas next week (especially if the Cowboys lose to the Chargers this week and Philly beats the Giants) or at Carolina during the last week of the season when it's a divisional foe and the Saints will probably rest a lot of guys.

Green Bay over Chicago...Green Bay's defense is playing very well and they can score in Chicago in any type of weather. With all that said, this is a divisional game and it would not surprise me one bit if Jay Cutler threw 4 TDs and they routed the Packers. That's just how the NFL is sometimes when it comes to divisional games. But yeah, I'm picking the Packers.

Indianapolis over Denver...The puzzle that was the Denver Broncos was solved by the Ravens several weeks ago and the Broncos have yet to recover. And unless Dumervil sacks Peyton 5+ times this game I don't see Denver winning. Unlike the Saints, I don't think that the Colts will lose this season. The only team that I think will be tough for them after this week is the Jets in the next-to-last week of this season. You cannot under-estimate Peyton Manning. If he's playing more than 2 quarters you've gotta put your money on the Colts at this point. The game at Buffalo in week 17 will be a tough one as well (especially if the weather is bad) but in the end I think Buffalo might beat themselves in that game even if the Colts are starting their 2nd stringers.

Kansas City over Buffalo...Kansas City beat the Steelers at home and I think they'll play well this game.

Cincinnatti over Minnesota...I believe that Cincinnatti's defense can contain Adrian Peterson. He might get a score but he won't dominate them. The loss of E.J. Henderson is going to be very important this game I believe. Cincinnatti in an upset.

New England over Carolina...No explanation necessary.

Jets over Bucs...The Bucs are going to make this one interesting but since the Jets are great at stopping the run and the pass, I'm not sure how Tampa will manage to score enough points to win. The Jets are starting Kellen Clemens but they run the ball better than any team in the league and the Bucs can't stop the run.

Miami over Jacksonville...Miami can play good football when they want to and I think that they'll win this game. This is one of those toss-up games.

Baltimore over Detroit...Ravens fans will be going wacko for Ray Rice after this one is over. Maybe even Flacco too! But again, the Ravens are not for real this year. Get over it Baltimore!

Houston over Seattle...Can't stand Seattle. Can't stand Houston's undpredictability. Houston wins this game at home though.

Tennessee over St. Louis...Chris Johnson runs for 200+ and 3 TDs.

Washington over Oakland...My sole reason for this pick is that the Raiders suck at stopping the run. The Redskins can run the ball and I think that they've been getting better and more competitive over the past few weeks. I'm going with my Skins this week. And naturally, they'll friggin lose, lol.

Dallas over San Diego...I went back-and-forth with this pick for a while. Dallas is NOT FOR REAL just like the Ravens aren't. San Diego always goes on a mid-season winning streak and then loses a game JUST LIKE THIS ONE and still somehow manages to limp backwards into the play-offs. I really think that San Diego should win this game but I just don't think they will. Even with Dallas's record in December and the CowGirls not being legitimate to me, I still think they will win this game. I blame all this on Norv Turner. Great offensive coordinator in Dallas, mediocre coach in San Diego.

Philadelphia over New York...Philly can stop the run. The Giants pass defense is lackluster at best. DeSean Jackson is going to play. This does not bode well for the Giants unless they can get consistent pressure on McNabb. Hold up, they shouldn't have any problems putting pressure on McNabb! Man, this is another tough pick. I'm sticking with the Eagles though. I just don't believe in the Giants secondary or their offense.

Arizona over 49ers...The 49ers are talented on defense but they won't stop the Cardinals from scoring. And the Cardinals defense is playing really well it appears (though they might just mail it in this week, lol) so I'm going with the Cardinals.

Friday, December 4, 2009

ATHLETES of the WEEK: Vince Young

This just in!!!! VINCE YOUNG (apparantly) IS NOT DEPRESSED, HURT, OR SUICIDAL!

As a matter of fact, he's playing like he did back at the University of Texas. And in the win last week against Arizona, Vince looked a lot like he did in that EPIC National Championship game back 2006 at the Rose Bowl.

I've been rooting for Vince since he came back into the line-up as starter this year because last year he got hurt, disappeared and unable to be found by the team, and subsequently the media turned Vince Young into a spectacle by saying he was contemplating suicide. Not to mention the fact that his mother didn't help the situation by telling the media he didn't want to play football anymore. In a matter of a week or so he went from promising young quarterback to young quarterback spiraling out of control. WOMP!

The truth of the matter is that Vince Young was a kid who came into the NFL having dominated the game of football at every level. In addition to that, I'm sure he came into the NFL with a bunch of people around him who had been telling him he was the best person to every play QB and that he would be a star in the NFL. But that NFL stardom doesn't come without many trials and tribulations. Just like every other young NFL QB does, Vince struggled at times. At other times he showed glimpses of greatness. These are the ups-and-downs every quarterback tends to go through until they settle into an offensive system with some decent weapons and learn how to read NFL defenses. It wasn't a big shock to me that Vince might have been having some trouble growing in the NFL. But when you considering the pressure placed on an NFL quarterback you also have to realize that not every player in the NFL (let alone a QB) is ready to carry the emotional load that comes with being in the NFL and expected to perform at a high level.

Vince got hurt early in the season last year and the team was turned over to NFL journeyman (but also Superbowl QB) Kerry Collins. The Titans then went on to win 13 games last year with Collins at the helm. During this great run it appeared to me that Vince Young was mostly an afterthought. And when he was thought of there were questions about his mental toughness, stability, and his ability to succeed in the NFL that all came before anything positive. Meanwhile, Vince Young was on the sidelines keeping quiet and apparently learning a lot about the NFL.

This year, after a horrendous start to the season with Collins as the starter, the Titans brass decided it was time to see if Vince still had something left in the tank (which is a crazy thought considering how young he is) and the owner made it publicly known that he felt Vince should start. Titans' coach Jeff Fisher subsequently started Vince in the next game and since then the Titans have yet to lose a game of football beating the Jaguars, 49ers, Bills, Texans, and a thriller over the Cardinals with Vince leading a 99-yard drive to win the game capped with this throw to rookie, Kenny Britt.

Now I'm not even close to being Vince Young's number 1 fan. But even if the Titans lose every game from here on out I think Vince Young is the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year this year. I'm just happy to see a young brother rebound from adversity to come back and prove (at least up until this point) his doubters wrong. It's good to see him rebound from everything that happened last year and play like a stud for the last 5 games. It just goes to show that sometimes every one else might doubt you, but if you believe in yourself you can do whatever it is you set out to achieve.

Congrats to Vince on his great play this season and I hope they continue to play well.

ATHLETES of the WEEK: Allen Iverson

This week A.I. resigned with the Philadelphia 76ers. Am I supposed to be excited about this? Am I supposed to be excited for him? Really, am I?

I think this is a desperate move for A.I. and an obvious business move for the 76ers. Allen doesn't need the money, he just needs the spotlight/ball. Everybody knows that even with A.I. the 76ers aren't doing anything this year. The Sixers could have Moses Malone, Dr. J, A.I., Andre Iguodala (WTF is an Iguodala by the way), and Eric Snow and they STILL would not do ANYTHING this year!!!

Everybody should know that they're only bringing in Allen because he's loved by Philly fans and he undoubtedly help ticket sales. Sure the 76ers need help when you consider Lou Williams is out for 8 weeks with a broken jaw. And sure, Iverson could come in and average 25+ points per game on that team which really doesn't have a true scorer other than Williams. But in the end, what is Allen looking to get out of this situation other than a starting spot and the ability to jack-up shots whenever he wants? I don't think John Thompson would have advised him to come out of his semi-retirement to play for the 76ers.

The only way I can think this will pan out to give Iverson what he claims he wants (a championship) is if the following happens...
  1. Iverson comes back and averages about 25 per game (which is HIGHLY possible).
  2. He demands a trade at the trade deadline to a contender (*knocks on microphone*...Cleveland, are you there? Hey, is this thing on?) to come off the bench or maybe even start in the case that someone's point guard is injured for the remainder of the season.
  3. He makes a run with the contender and somehow manages NOT to screw up the chemistry of the team (the way Shaq-a-saurus is doing in Cleveland) before they make it to the Finals and win a championship.
Aside from this strategy, the only way I see this making sense for Allen is to perform well until Lou comes back, take a seat on the bench, and come off the bench as the sixth man with the green light, and average 20+ off the bench.

Yes, I know that benching Allen friggin Iverson for Lou Williams sounds stupid if not mildly Eli Porter. But so does Allen Iverson accepting a 1-year tender to play with the 76ers when he's trying to win a championship! The fact of the matter is that if A.I. comes in there and shoots the ball a billion times a game he's going to hurt the 76ers growth as a team more than help them. They have young players that won't be able to develop this year and after this year we all know Allen is out of there and the 76ers will most likely be left with a set of young players that missed a year of growth.

Fill the seats now, or build a contender for next year or the year after? That's the question the 76ers brass answered when they signed A.I. It's ALL about the money.

To me though, this signing says more about Allen Iverson needing the ball/spotlight than it does about the 76ers (a business) making a business decision. It doesn't seem like Allen has matured from those years in Denver and Detroit when everybody wanted to surmise that he'd grown and developed into a more team-oriented player. I'm not saying that he isn't a team-oriented guy or that he can't or hasn't been one but I AM SAYING that he won't be one on this particular team. A.I. needed to go to a team that is a contender with veteran leaders (San Antonio) or a combination of young studs and veteran leaders (Cleveland, Boston) in order to be the team-oriented Allen we all know he can be when he wants to.

But there is one angle in all of this I haven't considered much to be honest. Maybe A.I. is being black-balled by a large number of teams in the league because of his "reputation". He has a reputation as a guy who plays hard every game but doesn't like to practice. He has a reputation as a me-first guy that isn't unselfish enough to fit into a true team structure. And he also has a bad boy image no matter how much some people want to act like the corn rows, tattoos, and street gear are now a non-issue. Just a thought.

What I do know FOR SURE is that he's not going to win a championship in Philly...EVER! That opportunity was lost several years ago. So my advice to him would be to play his butt off until late January and hope someone makes a trade offer for him that the 76ers can't resist. In the meantime I'm sure A.I. and Mike Vick will have the Philly party scene going bonkers!

ATHLETES of the WEEK: Tiger Woods

My MAIN man Eldrick Woods, also known as "Tiger". This week Tiger went from curiously crashing his car in his own driveway to being chased out of the house with a golf club to having an affair with up to two women. As you can see, it's been a busy week for him but if any animal can handle all these things, it'd be a "Tiger". But it seems as if Tiger knew a few days ago that all the cheating talk might hit the fan soon considering this completely hilarious voice message he left for his jump-off. And there have also been text messages he sent to his jump-off released as well which are also rather humorous.

I'm still curious as to whether his wife beat his azz with the golf club prior to him crashing or not. It appears that those details might just go untold. I'm also still curious about how Tiger and his wife could simply tell the police they weren't going to talk to them about the accident. Hmmm, must be nice.

I've noted on this blog before that Tiger was someone I looked up to and he still is, just not in terms of him being a good father and husband. This is definitely a hugely bad decision on his part but it doesn't take away from the other things he's accomplished. No one is perfect and we all have made poor decisions at some point in our lives. You live and you learn. I just wish he could have been a better husband for his family and father to his kids when temptation came his way. But he still has time to make things better, hopefully.

I'd be lying if I said that this shytuation is surprising. Tiger's a rich athlete and lots of rich athletes (and not-so-rich non-athletes as well) get caught up in shytuations of infidelity so I don't think anyone is surprised. I never had Tiger pegged as Mr. Innocent but I probably did have him pegged as Mr. Cornball a few times and I think that lots of people may have taken his cornball-ness to mean that he wouldn't do something like this. To that I say, NEGRO PLEASE! Or better yet, C'Mon Son!

Tiger's biggest mistake in all this was deciding to cheat in the first place. The second biggest mistake was that he went and did what all these rich athletes that cheat seem to do (see Steve McNair). And that is, he found himself a young SCRUMPET that is far less attractive than what he has at home to go out and get "Becky", Rebecca, and Amanda Sue from. I don't think I'll ever understand why these guys risk so much for these bootleg chicks. The girl Tiger was dealing with (seen on the right) was on VH1's Tool Academy for crying out loud! I realize that just because you have a pretty wife at home doesn't mean she's the ideal wife but you make a vow for a reason. In sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better or for worse...Let's take these vows seriously guys. Otherwise, you might end up on TV with the Kobe Bryant "Adultery Face" (and the make-up ring bill also, lol)...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 13

I'm now in a 4-way tie for first place. That New England pick really screwed me or I'd be in the lead right now.

My team name this week is "Brees-ing By BeliCHUMP". If you can't figure out why you must have missed the game and/or score from Monday night. Drew Brees played one heck of a game.

Now for my picks...

Buffalo over NYJ...Buffalo has been playing well since they got their new coach and Ryan Fitzpatrick started playing QB full-time. I think this will be a tough game but the Bills will pull it out. They seem to be playing with a new fire. The Jet's defense will play the Bills tough but I think Buffalo will edge this one out.

Philadelphia over Atlanta...Even without DeSean Jackson and a iffy Westbrook coming off a concussion a few weeks ago, the Eagles still have enough talent to beat Atlanta. Especially win you consider that Philly has a better defense and Matt Ryan will be out and Michael Turner may also be out. When it comes down to it, the Eagles still have Donovan McNabb and I think he'll be the difference in this game.

Chicago over St. Louis...Cutler throws for 3 or 4 TDs and the Bears win.

Cincy over Detroit...This one might get U-G-L-Y!

Colts over Titans...This just in, Tennessee is giving up the second most yards per game passing in the league. Indy will give up a couple big runs to CJ on the carpet but I don't see the Colts having too much of an issue scoring on the Titans. I would really like to see Vince Young pull this off and solidify himself as the Comeback Player of the Year (which he already is if you ask me), but I don't think their defense is going to hold up against Peyton. Sure, CJ might score 3 or 4 times in this one but the Colts shouldn't have a problem coming right back down the field and scoring on that generous Titans defense.

Denver over Kansas City...Denver HAS TO win this game, and they will. That's the only logic I have in making this pick.

New England over Miami...Miami suffers because of that rout the Saints pulled off last week.

Pittsburgh over Oakland...Oakland beat Pittsburgh, IN PITTSBURGH? IN DECEMBER? I think NAUGHT!

Carolina over Tampa Bay...Tampa is 1 AND 10!!!! 1 AND 10!!! This is a divisional game so I wouldn't be surprised if they won it even if it's being played in Carolina. But seriously, they're 1 AND 10! I can't pick them against a team with as much talent (Jack DelBUM, not withstanding) as the Panthers.

Houston over Jacksonville...Neither of these teams are for real. I think Houston is the better team overall so I'm picking them.

Chargers over Browns...The Chargers continue to pulverize people for one more week. then they go to Dallas next week and lose a shoot-out to the CowGirls.

Giants over Dallas...Dallas has a soft run defense from time-to-time and I think this might be the week that they get exposed. Brandon Jacobs needs to get going early-and-often in this one and if so, I think the Giants win. The CowGirls can get on a roll offensively and score some points but I think the Giants defensive line will give Romo some problems this week. Yes, I know who DeMarcus Ware is, but I think the Giants will focus on running and controlling the clock with a few shots down the field here-and-there to Manningham and Smith.

49ers over Seattle...I say it EVERY WEEK almost, SEATTLE SUCKS! 49ers go up there and win!

Minnesota over Arizona...Arizona should have a chance in this one but Minnesota's defense is too good. I see Old Man Warner getting sacked a few times by Jared Allen in this one while Old Man Favruh can hand-off to AP and take a shot down the field with Harvin or Rice after the Cardinals defense starts to key on the run. Good luck with that, Cardinals.

Green Bay over Baltimore...Much like the Texans, the Ravens ARE NOT FOR REAL! The Ravens have a solid defense so lots of people want to believe that they're for real. But the truth is that the defense hasn't been as dominant the past couple of years as it had been in the years before that. And what appeared to be a juggernaut offense in the early part of the season has turned out to be just an average offense. With all that said, I still believe Ravens SHOULD win this game, but I don't think they will. Why? Because the game is in Green Bay. Baltimore is a better team (especially when you consider GB's offensive line) but Aaron Rodgers and the Pack can still throw the ball effectively in whatever the weather may be in Green Bay. The Raven's defensive backs are liabilities on every play with the exception of that kid with the dreadlocks. And unless Ray Rice scores 3 or more times I just don't see the Ravens pulling it off. Oh yeah, Green Bay's defense isn't too shabby either. They're #1 overall, first against the pass, and 4th against the run. The Raven's don't give up as many points per game though so this should be interested. But again, PACKERS WIN!

Monday, November 30, 2009

"I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our family..."

I just saw this for the first time over the weekend and completely DIED laughing. This might not be funny to you (yet) so just in case let me tell you why this is friggin' hilarious!!!
  1. This bama was super excited to send his mom and dad a video message about his new dog. That in-and-of itself is hilarious to me because he was truly siced about it (watch how he says "this is Jerryyyyyy!").
  2. The dog goes on him right as he's saying "he's a really good boy".
  3. Watch how his facial expression looks RIGHT BEFORE he starts spitting the pee out of his mouth.
  4. Look at how he shakes his head while spitting.
  5. This bama DROPPED THE DAGGON DOG! LMMFAO!!!!!!!
That is all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 12

It's Turducken week in the NFL so you know what that means. Wack-azz Detroit Lions and punk-azz CowGirls get the Thursday games. This year we've got (thankfully) the Giants against the Broncos which might actually turn out to be a decent game. Why is it that the Lions and CowGirls get all the Thanksgiving games anyway? One team is never a contender and the other is a contender that won't make it past the first round of the play-offs regardless. Wouldn't it make more sense to put the Patriots and Colts on Thanksgiving from here on out? Think about it, Roger.

This week I'm changing my name to the super boring and completely unoriginal "Turkey Week". Get over it and check out my picks.

Green Bay over Detroit. Seriously, it's Detroit. Aaron Rodgers throws for 300+ in this one by the end of the 3rd quarter.

Dallas over Oakland. Dallas is wack but I don't think they'll lose this one at home. This is a statement game for them. They need to pulverize the Raiders at home just to prove that they don't suck as much as I know they do and everyone else has started to think they do after the last two weeks.

Giants over Denver. Denver was exposed in the loss to the Ravens. Since then, everyone has them dialed in and is not having a problem stopping them. I don't see that changing this week. I see a lot of Denver's QB (Orton or Simms) being hurried into quick throws or sacked.

Atlanta over Tampa. If this game were in Tampa I might have picked the Bucs. Atlanta plays well at home and if Michael Turner is back in the line-up I think this will be an easy win.

Miami over Buffalo. T-Ho looked good last week but that's not a performance I'm expecting to start becoming a regular occurrence. Actually, I don't even expect a performance half as good as that to become regular. Miami has a solid defense for the most part and I don't think Buffalo will be able to stop Ricky Williams. It's a divisional game so you never know but I'm going to go with the Dolphins.

Cincinnati over Cleveland. The Browns lost to Detroit last week. The Bengals have swept the Ravens and Steelers this year and lost to Oakland, Houston, and Denver (all 3 of which would beat the brakes off Cleveland, well maybe not Oakland). If the Bengals lose this game then they are who I thought they were at the beginning of this season (word to Dennis Green). Sad part is that the Bengals are going to win the division and then pull a CowGirls and get ousted in the first round of the play-offs.

Seattle over St. Louis. I really want to pick the Rams in this one. They got blown out by Seattle in Week 1 and I'm sure they want some revenge. But it's the d@mn Rams, lol. I just don't believe that they can actually stop Seattle's mediocre offense. I'm expecting T.J. Houshyamama to have a big game this week. Hopefully Justin Forsett/Julius Jones does also because I'm starting at least one of them on my fantasy squad this week.

Jets over Carolina. I'm going to be pissed when the Panthers beat the Jets. Watch! Yes, I know what I just typed.

Philly over Washington. Redskins beat Philly...In Philly? This year? Yeah right. DeSean Jackson FTW!

Indianapolis over Houston. Divisional trap game for Indy but I'm not betting against Peyton.

San Diego over Kansas City. I don't care if Kansas City won last week. This is part of that mid-season winning streak San Diego needs to pull-off before they lose to the CowGirls in two weeks and squeak into the play-offs like they usually do. Norv Turner FTSwindle!

Jacksonville over San Francisco. I wasn't really sure who to pick in this one so I went with MJD.

Arizona over Tennessee. Just in case you haven't noticed, Arizona is undefeated on the road this year. That includes wins at Jacksonville, NYG, Seattle, Chicago, and St. Louis. Also, take a look at who Tennessee has beaten on their streak. Soooooo, if Kurt plays and is actually healthy, I think Arizona wins. BUT, if Kurt doesn't play, I will be changing my pick to Tennessee on Sunday morning. Chris Johnson can't be stopped, only contained. If the Cardinals can put points on the board and contain CJ, they'll be okay. But they won't be able to put points on the board if pretty/party boy Matt Leinart is behind center.

Minnesota over Chicago. Minnesota only loses one game for the rest of the regular season and you better believe that THIS GAME is NOT it.

Ravens over Steelers. No Polamalu. No win. Ravens beating the Steelers at home is almost as good as the Ravens winning the Superbowl. Seriously, I live in Baltimore and I used to live in the D.C. area so I know about a average team having false-hope and treating a divisional win like it's the Superbowl. Hold up, I just admitted that, SHYT!

New England over Saints. Sorry boys, the undefeated streak ends here. Brady and them will make a strong statement this week.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Latest Pair

My latest pair of shoes is a step outside of the normal type of shoe I wear. My homie Apuje broke me off with a discount code for Creative Reaction so I figured I'd look on their website and see anything that I liked. As Laf can vouch for on my behalf, I have a thing for shoes with red and black in them (red is my favorite color). So as nature would have it, of all the shoes on the Creative Reaction website, I found a pair that I liked that are black, with red outlines. Go figure.

Here's a picture of 'em. I'm betting that the reaction (get it, reaction as in "Creative Reaction". Yes, I'm that corny) to these will be split completely down the middle. Or completely negative, lol.

I actually think they look kinda bland in the first pic but with some jeans I think they'll come off more stylish since a good part of the shoe will be covered up.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flashback Friday

If you grew up in the DMV in the early/mid 90s and you went roller skating, you probably love this song! There's no way you didn't hear this at least once per night at the old Crystal skate.

This just took me back. Ok, I'm done.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 11

I'm back in first place by a point after last weeks picks. I have a bad feeling about this week because there are a lot of games that could go either way. In other words, I feel another bad week coming on. I think there will be some weird stuff going on this week and some surprise wins.

I've changed my team name this week to "Dick Jaur-GONE" as a dedication to the FORMER Buffalo Bills coach, Dick Jauron.

My picks...

Carolina over Miami. Carolina's been playing much better lately. The obviously have lots of talent on offense and more than enough talent there to score on the Dolphins. This game is in Carolina and Ronnie Brown is hurt so Miami's wildcat/pistol might not be as threatening as it would be if he were in there. I'm going with Carolina because Brown's out and they're playing at home after playing well the last couple of weeks.

Dallas over Washington. Dallas looked horrible last week. Washington looked better than they have all year. This game is in Dallas but home-field advantage doesn't mean anything in this rivalry. I'm not picking the Skins even though we won last week and I want them to win this game. I just don't believe they have it in them to go to Dallas and take this game. Sorry guys, I hope you win but I don't think you will.

Detroit over Cleveland. I don't know why. I guess I should pick Cleveland in an attempt to protect my lead since most people will probably pick Cleveland. Mehhh, we'll see. I might change this pick before Sunday, who knows.

Green Bay over San Francisco. Even though I think last week says more about Dallas than it does about the Packers, I don't think the 49ers are going to make the trip to Green Bay and deal with the "elements" well. Green Bay is used to playing in the cold/snowy/dreadful weather. If this game is played in inclement weather, Green Bay takes it. If it's played in fair weather, San Francisco keeps it close but loses late.

Pittsburgh over Kansas City. Do I really need to justify this?

Minnesota over Seattle. Seattle STINKS. I've said it one million and one times now.

Giants over Falcons. Eli's not 100% but Atlanta isn't consistent enough to beat them in NYC. And if Michael Turner's out I see the Giants D-Line having a HUGE day getting at Matt Ryan since Aaron Snelling and Jerious Norwood don't present much of a threat.

New Orleans over Tampa Bay. This is a trap game for the Saints because Tampa's a divisional foe. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tampa go up by a couple TDs early and then fall apart at the end and let Drew Brees slice them like a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Jags over Bills. The Jags are building momentum and the Bills STINK and have a brand new coach this week. Do I smell a blow-out? MJD FTW!

Baltimore over Indianapolis. Baltimore will come be ready to play crack some heads this game. Losing Suggs on defense hurts though, especially when you're trying to throw Peyton off. The Ravens have already ended one team's unbeaten streak this year (DEN) and this will be tougher, but it'll be the second winning streak they end. Sorry Peyton.

Arizona over St. Louis. Kurt Warner returns to St. Louis with a healthy Anquan Boldin, and with Fitz and Breaston to go along with him... I see a lot of points being scored. Beanie Wells might get a few TDs this game as well but Stephen Jackson will get his yards for all the fantasy owners.

San Diego over Denver. The Chargers are playing with a lot of confidence right now and they've built up some of that typical mid-season momentum they tend to have in their run to a first-round play-off loss. Denver is on the down-swing and Kyle Orton is hurt. This might actually be a blow-out if Denver gives up a couple easy TDs early.

Cincinnati over Oakland. The Bengals are for real. Oakland is FTLAWSE.

New England over NYJ. The Brady Bunch will not lose twice to the Jets this year. I wonder if Rex Ryan is going to leave messages for the Pats fans asking them to stay home this game since he left messages for Jets fans asking them to show up to the first NE/Jets match-up this year. Oh yeah, Randy Moss has something to prove when it comes to Derrelle Revis. Watch that match-up.

Philly over Chicago. Even without Brian Westbrook the Eagles and their blitzes should be able to beat Jay Cutler and the inconsistent Bears.

Titans over Texans. Tennessee is building up the same type of momentum that San Diego is. After starting the season horribly, they seem to be getting it together thanks to Chris Johnson and (ahem) Vince Young. The Texans can't stop CJ.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 10

I'm back on track now. One point out of first place after only getting 3 picks wrong last week. I feel my momentum picking back up now. Team name this week...


If you can't figure out why, oh well. Dude's been running like one all year.

*DISCLAIMER: There's a Thursday night game this week so my picks are subject to change between Friday and Sunday depending on what side of the bed I wake up on.

San Francisco over Chicago. I'll take San Francisco at home in this one. Chicago isn't consistent and neither is San Fran but I think the 49ers will be more motivated in this one. By the way, will anybody actually be watching this game? Is this on the NFL Network and if so does that come with the standard Comcast package? It would be nice to have football on in the background while I do some work but I don't even know if I'll have access to the NFL's shiddy channel.

Tennessee over Buffalo. Tennessee seems to be clicking a little better with Vince Young at the helm. Yeah, the same Vince Young most people had given up on. I see you, HI HATER!

Saints over Rams. The Saints might score 100 points. This is going to be a good game for Mr. Kardashian.

Miami over Tampa Bay. Tampa got their first win last week but this will not be win #2. Miami is the best NFL team in Florida.

Vikings over Detroit. Adrian Peterson rushes for 200+ in this one. They might as well rest old man Favruh for this one. Detroit couldn't beat Suitland's varsity squad this year. Which is saying this...The REDSKINS couldn't beat Suitland's varsity squad OR the Lions. Embarrassing!

Jets over Jags. I think the Jets defense will find a way to hold MJD to a manageable amount of yardage this week. The Jets need this win.

Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. After beating the Broncos in Denver how can you pick against the Steelers at home in a divisional game that they NEED to win? The Bengals could be undefeated right now and I still wouldn't beat against Tomlin, Ben, and Hines.

Denver over Washington. Denver in a rout over my Skins. I bet Knowshon gets his first 100+ yard game. If Jason Campbell can't throw TDs against weak corners, what's he gonna do with Denver's corners? Clusterfock!

Carolina over Atlanta. This is my upset special this week. Carolina proved last week that they still have something left in the tank. This is prime game for Atlanta to get caught slippin' in. If DeAngelo and Jonathan get going, it is a WRAP for Atlanta.

Kansas City over Oakland. Come on, did you really think I would pick the Raiders? If you think about it Larry Johnson should be signed by the Raiders just off of the strength (or lack thereof) of his character. Or maybe so Tom Cable can smack him around like he does his assistant coaches.

Dallas over Green Bay. I hate to say it, but the Cowboys look half-decent. I still don't believe they'll make it past the first round of the play-offs but they look good, I'll give them credit. This just in...Tony Romo is the QB equivalent of Norv Turner as a head coach. No team will ever win a championship with Romo at QB or Norv as head coach. Isn't that right LaDanian?

Arizona over Seattle. The Cardinals are iffy in games like this but I can't stand Seattle so eff it. I am rooting for my man Larry Fitzgerald in this one.

San Diego over Philly. Remember what happened to the Eagles the last time they went to the West Coast this year? They played HORRIBLY against the Raiders. I feel another one coming on and this time against a much better team than the Raiders. San Diego in a close one.

New England over Indy. Indy's secondary injuries will be brought to the forefront this week. Unless Dwight Freeney is in the backfield EVERY time Brady drops back, I think the Pats will pull out the win in Indy. Yes, I'm betting against Peyton. I don't want to but I have a gut feeling on this one. This is a statement game for the Bradicheck Bunch.

Baltimore over Cleveland. No way Baltimore loses this game. Period.

Monday, November 9, 2009


You already know...

The way they did this video with everything looking like an animated oil painting is pretty slick.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 9

After a not-so-bad week last week I'm now in 3rd place (down by two points from the leader). I'm changing my team name to "Team No Name" this week because I'm not feeling very creative with the naming this week. My picks are below.

Atlanta over my Redskins. At Atlanta there's no way I could pick us in this game. Not to mention all the drama/hoopla surrounding the Skins right now.

Arizona over Chicago. I didn't want to pick Arizona but I think this is a winnable game for them. Which Jay Cutler you'll get is a toss-up. Which Kurt Warner you'll get is a toss-up. I'm gonna go with my gut and take Arizona based on how they played against the Giants. The loss to Carolina was a day when everything possible went bad for Kurt Warner so I'll bet that it won't be that bad again.

Baltimore over Cincinnati. I don't think the Ravens will lose this game after having lost to the Bengals once already. I do think it's funny that Ocho Cinco sent some Ravens players deodorant because "that's the only thing that can cover" him, LOL.

Indy over Houston. I don't really believe in the Texans but the Colts secondary is depleted by injuries. This is a prime opportunity for Houston to step up. But in the end, how can you pick against Peyton Manning at home against the Texan's defense?

New England over Miami. Miami won't win this game IN New England.

Green Bay over Tampa Bay. After losing to Brett Favruh, the Packers will rebound well against the Bucs.

Jacksonville over Kansas City. MJD much? Sidebar: I think it's probably appropriate that the Chiefs fans have petitioned to keep Larry Johnson from breaking the Chiefs rushing record. He's an azzhole.

Saints over Panthers. It'll be closer than people think through a half or maybe even through 3 quarters. After that, it's a wrap!

Seattle over Detroit. I can't stand the Seahawks but Detroit just doesn't have a good enough team to beat Hasselback and his crew of mediocre talent. What does that say about Detroit's talent?

Chargers over Giants. Eli has not been the same since his foot injury. The Chargers have a good enough secondary to risk blitzing Eli to confuse him and force him to make some errant throws. Phillip Rivers is a solid enough QB to take advantage of the Giants poor safety play. Vincent Jackson has a big day.

49ers over Tennessee. *yawn*. But I can only imagine the pain Patrick Willis is going to inflict in this game.

Philly over Dallas. Dallas typically looks good for a few weeks and then loses a game like this against a team that's solid. All the coverage is going to get rolled to DeSean Jackson so I expect Jeremy Maclin to have a big day. Jackson is such a beast though he still may get his yards and a TD. And Philly's at home too so that might mean a just a little lol.

Pittsburgh over Denver. This was the toughest pick to make this week. The weather doesn't really matter because Pittsburgh is used to playing in cold weather. Denver's defense is playing well and I think they will play well in this game. But containing Ben is not an easy thing to do and Hines and Santonio are pretty crafty and reliable. Not to mention as far as QBs go, Kyle Orton can't takeover a game like Ben. This is going to be a close one but in the end I think the difference will be Big Ben's ability to lead his team and takeover a game.

Scrumpets everywhere will be taking their little girls to see Plies

It appears that Algernod has some sort of conscience when it comes to the potential impact of his music. He gave some young girl a stack to leave his concert (1:45 in the video below). He should have given her mother an all expenses paid trip to a social worker. I give him props for this but maybe this will make him think a bit more about the content of his songs. Then again, it probably wont!

It's a pretty nice segue into "Becky", is it not?

By the way, what the frick is an Algernod? I guess calling yourself a "goon" is fitting when your gubment name is "Algernod". I'll assume this is an older family member's name that was passed along to him.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 8

Short and sweet this week. I am in a five-way tie for first after previously having a lead by 5 points. My team name "Perfect Week". Why? Because I feel one coming on and to be quite honest, I need it. I'm not really worried at this point because there's still a ton of time left in the season, but I do feel the need to get back in the #1 spot all by myself.

Houston over Buffalo. Houston has more than enough firepower on offense to beat Buffalo. Andre Johnson has a bruised lung (that's a crazy injury) but it looks like he's going to play. I can't imagine how playing would a bruised lung as a wide receiver would be. Seems like it'd be tough to breathe, let alone get hit. Anyway, if Johnson is healthy the Texans win easily. If he's not I still think they squeak out a win.

Chicago over Cleveland. After getting embarrassed last week I think Chicago will show up for this game.

Dallas over Seattle. Seattle sucks. Dallas is at home and I picked against them last week and I won't make that mistake this week. Now next week, that's another story.

St Louis over Detroit. St. Louis has Steven Jackson. Detroit has...a somewhat healthy Calvin Johnson and Daunte Culpeper. I'll take my chance with St. Louis.

Indy over San Fran. Peyton Manning. That is all.

Miami over the Jets. Miami played very well against the Saints last week and let the win slip away. The Jets aren't nearly as good offensively as the Saints and I expect the Dolphins to play well considering this is a division game. Wildcat FTW!

Giants over Eagles. Neutralize DeSean Jackson, beat the Eagles. The question is, can the Giants suspect secondary shut down Mr. Jackson? I don't know. And this is going to be a close/tough game no matter what but I'll go with the Manning brother on this one.

Broncos over Ravens. I wish I could pick the Ravens but with their defense playing average nowadays and the Broncos playing well on both sides of the ball (especially defense), I'm gonna have to go with the Broncos. I still feel like they have to lose at some point and this is a prime week for it with them coming to BodyMore and all but I just don't believe in the Ravens defense the same way I used to. Just my luck though, the Ravens will blow them out for their first loss of the season.

Jags over Titans. *yawn*

Chargers over Raiders. Chargers will win. LT will score but he'll still be old and washed-up for the most part.

Vikings over Packers. Brett wins his homecoming game. Get it? The Packers are outmatched offensively and defensively, but much more so on the defensive end. Did you see what Jared Allen did to the Packers the last game?

Cardinals over Panthers. How are you gonna pick against the cards after they beat everybody's pre-season Superbowl winner last week?

Saints over Falcons.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 7

That's how I looked after last week's picks, lol. Last week was HORRENDOUS. So horrendous that I am now TIED for first place in my Pick'Em league. Now I've gotta try to get myself back ahead by a couple picks/points. This week's peeks seem relatively easy with a couple of exceptions.

I've changed my team name this week to "ZORNucopia" in honor of the abundance of media attention the shytuation in Washington has received, albeit negative. His days are numbered. You know. I know it. He knows it.

As for my picks this week...

Green Bay over Cleveland. Cleveland stinks. That is all. Instead of giving advice to Terrell Pryor, maybe LeBron should be giving advice to the Eric Mangini.

San Diego over Kansas City. After losing that divisional game at home against the undefeated Broncos I don't see the Chargers dropping this game. San Diego always likes to make the season dramatic/suspenseful in the AFC West by under-performing for a third of the season and then going on the roll they should have started the season with, late in the season when their backs are up against the wall. One thing is for sure to me though from what I've seen from the Chargers, LT is not who he used to be. I don't know who has fallen off more of a cliff, him or Clinton Portis. They both stay injured, they both are getting "old for RBs", and they both used to be good if not great.

Indy over St. Louis. This is going to be U-G-L-Y! Peyton Manning has thrown for 300+ yards every game this season and now he's got the Rams defense to torch after the Colts come off a BYE WEEK. He might throw for 400+ this week if the Rams actually put up a fight.

Minnesota over Pittsburgh. I am NOT picking against Brett and Adrian again until they lose. This may very well be the week that they lose (they will NOT be going undefeated) but until then, I'm going to stick with picking them. This is the opposite of what I will be doing with my beloved Redskins. I'll take my chances this week with them playing Pittsburgh. It's in Pittsburgh and I want to pick them but something's telling me not to.

New England over Tampa Bay. This game is going to be played in London (*yawn* unless I was going to be there to watch it) but no matter where it's played Tampa Bay just doesn't have the talent to stop New England's offense. This won't be a 59-0 blow-out, but I wouldn't be surprised if Tampa loses by more than 20.

San Fransisco over Houston. Houston is like the sleeper cell of the NFL. You never know when they'll show up. San Fran on the other hand is coached by one of my new favorite coaches, Mike Singletary. He's one of my favs because he's an old-school, hard-nosed coach that dropped his pants at halftime to let his team know they were getting their azzez kicked. How can he NOT be one of your favs after that? LMAO!

Jets over Raiders. After last week you might wonder a few things: 1) Will Sanchez have another horrible day? 2) Who will throw more interceptions, Russell or Sanchez? 3) Will the Raiders play the way they did last week in a win against Philly? 4) Will Oakland's coach punch a player this week? 5) Will Al Davis drop dead during the game? Okay, that last one wasn't nice, I take that back. The Jets defense will carry them through this game and Sanchez will get back on the right track.

Carolina over Buffalo. Buffalo sucks as much as Cleveland does. Carolina sucks less and has more talent overall. If this game were in Buffalo I'd have taken the Bills.

Chicago over Cincinnati. Chicago should win this game. If Jay Cutler pulls a douchebag-Cutler-game like he does every once in a while, they'll lose. For the record, I think Jay Cutler has the potential to be a GREAT quarterback but he just seems like he needs to be doing security at a Las Vegas tattoo parlor that only pornstars patronize (i.e. - doucheBAG!). As for the Bengals... Cincy has me confused, it's that simple.

Atlanta over Dallas. Yes, I know they're playing in Dallas and the CowGirls are coming off a bye week. But can't I just pick against the CowGirls because I can't stand that they're over-hyped EVERY YEAR and haven't done anything in YEARS!?!?! Atlanta's good enough to beat Dallas at home and I'm hoping that is the case.

New Orleans over Miami. This game is going to be a LOT closer than people probably think it will be. Miami has HEART and that can sometimes make-up for being overmatched when it comes to talent and/or offensive firepower. If New Orleans slips up, they might just get beat.

Giants over Arizona. Sorry Fitz, you guys just don't have the defense to pull this one off. It'll be a fun game to watch though.

Philly over Washington. Like I said above, I'm using the opposite strategy in the case of the Skins with regard to the strategy I'm using in the case of the Vikings. I am a FAITHFUL REDSKINS FAN, but I AM NOT... I repeat AM NOT, picking them again this year until they win a game. Philly got beat by Oakland last week but you are an idiot if you believe they're going to play that horribly against a divisional rival on Monday Night. Is this the week that Michael Vick scores a touchdown? Hmmmmnnnn...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Latest Pair

If you caught my last post on my latest pair of shoes then you know that I have a strong proclivity for buying shoes. I haven't bought a pair of shoes in a minute so I figured I'd post the pair I just purchased. Shot goes out to Wingenroth for Prime-ing these via Amazon for me.
These are the New Balance Men's RX505. They're actually a cross-country shoe (spikes and all) but I plan on using them to play football in. Why you ask (because I'm sure you care)? Because they're light. I thought about buying a pair of football cleats until I realized how I don't like the clunkiness and weight of cleats. Then I realized just how light the track shoes I used to wear when I ran actually are. Granted, a pair of cross-country spikes won't have the lateral support - in terms of being able to cut east/west with a good grip - like football cleats do. But in the end, I'm not trying out for a spot on the Redskins either so what does that matter, lol?

Sidebar: The Redskins could use me right now though to be honest.

So we'll see how these cross country kicks fare on the football field this weekend. Hopefully I don't bloody too many people with these. LOL.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Morehouse MEN"...Don't dress like women. Well, maybe some of them do.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Morehouse graduate.

I just finished reading this article from Inside Higher Education and it explains how there's a new dress-code being enforced at Morehouse (an all-male historically black college) that's being well-received in general by the students but not so well-received by the homosexual population. Sidebar: What's politically correct, gay or homosexual or both?

I actually think that Morehouse College's creation of a dress code is a great idea for an all-male H.B..CU. With all the stereotypical images of Black males floating around television, movies, and the InterWeb I think this is conducive to helping young brothers step up their game as far as situation-appropriate attire goes. And I'll go on record and mention that of the 3 men I know that are Morehouse graduates, they all dress very very well and know how to dress specific to the event/occasion.

As for the dress code, it seemed fair overall and sensible. Some of the items that jumped out at me from the dress code are the following:
  • Sunglasses may not be worn in class or at formal programs. This is a welcomed dress code mandate as far as I'm concerned. I'm tired of seeing guys wearing shades in the club, let alone class or a formal program. You're future ain't that bright, bama.

  • Jeans may not be worn at major programs such as convocation, commencement or Founder's Day. I consider this part of the "step your game up" program that all young Black males should have to go through. I'm tired of seeing dudes show up at funerals with jeans on and a R.I.P. T-shirt. And I'm tired of dudes showing up at the N.S.B.E. banquets with durags jeans and a blazer on thinking they are stylin'.

  • "Sagging," defined as "the wearing of one's pants or shorts low enough to reveal undergarments or secondary layers of clothing," is banned. Do I even need to comment on the fantastic-ness of this one? Not only do I not care what the sign on your azz says homeboy, I don't want to SEE the sign on your azz either!

  • Wearing of "clothing associated with women's garb (for example, dresses, tunics, purses, handbags, pumps, wigs, make-up, etc.)" is banned. (Morehouse educates only male students.) This one appears to be causing a bit of controversy among the gay students. Not a surprise. I'd call this one the "Rid us of the Queens" mandate. This is obviously an attempt to keep some of the gay males from taking it "too far". I don't think this is right, however. This seems kind of discriminatory even though I'm not necessarily fond of guys dressing up in women's clothing. It's one of those, you don't like to see it but they have the right to do it type of things, like visiting one of those racist group's websites. But nowadays with the tight jeans and man-purses the attire/accessories of the young male isn't that far off from a female's "typical" attire/accessories.
This particular stipulation/rule however makes me wonder...

The above picture is taken from my previous blogpost.

Overall, I think the dress code is definitely a GOOD thing. Young men (especially young Black men) need to be held to a high standard for the way they present themselves in public and in general. Take a second to perform a Google image search for "young black male" and take a look at the first result you get.

And while I think the dress code is a great idea, at the same time I don't see the need to have a stipulation that targets a specific demographic subset of the student body. Doesn't the leadership at Morehouse want the "Morehouse Man" be tolerant enough to live with a few cross (or close-to cross) dressing guys on campus? You'll have to live with it in the "real world" once you get out of college, so why not start learning to be tolerant (if you aren't already) at Morehouse?

In addition, if the dress code is "part of a larger agenda to develop student's minds and 'social consciences'" (according to Morehouse Vice President for Student Services, William Bynum), then how does this stipulation fit in with that agenda?

Social conscience is defined as "an attitude of sensitivity toward and sense of responsibility regarding injustice and problems in society." That is, part of having a social conscience is being sensitive towards injustice. Wouldn't it be an injustice to have a dress code that completely singles-out a specific group of the student body? If this where a predominantly white institution and a no-durag policy was instituted I'm sure many Black students would be defiant. Just because Morehouse is an all-male institution doesn't mean it should (or that it has the right to) single-out the part of the gay population that wants to dress like females. And yes one could argue that Morehouse banning durags singles-out the "durag wearing" population at the school but we all know that's not the same issue as discrimination based on sexual preference.

In general, this rule echoes a larger societal sentiment toward gay males and in this case specifically gay males that dress like women. In this case that sentiment could be considered disdain, uncomfortableness, or even intolerance. The U.S. is a male-dominated society and nowadays that doesn't always coincide with the sexual evolution that seems to have taken place among the youth of America. If Morehouse really wants to "develop students' minds and social consciences", it should consider rescinding that particular part of the dress code. Maybe they'll help instill some tolerance by being more tolerant as a college. In general, the Black community might want to start realizing the parallels between the civil rights movement, women's rights movement, and gay rights movement. They're not equivalent, but some very important lessons can be learned and from that knowledge, more progressive and forward-thinking choices/policies can be made.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 6

Ok, I have a confession to make. I changed two of my picks at the last minute last week. So I ended up getting the Redskins game right (picked Carolina to win at the last minute) and I picked the Dolphins to win at the last minute. So my week wasn't as bad as my post from last week would lead you to believe. It still wasn't good though, lol. Hopefully this week I'll do better.

I'm up by two points in the Pick'Em league, still holding down the #1 spot. But "they coming for my head"!!!

This week I am changing the team name to "WhoDey? Bungled Broncos" in honor of the Bengals and the Broncos who are the biggest surprises to me so far this season. Cincinnati beat Baltimore, in Baltimore. That's a feat. And the Broncos (who I thought were full of you-know-what) beat the Pats. And while the Pats aren't as good as they used to be, they still should have beat the Broncos. So there you go Broncos and Bengals, enjoy!

Now onto this week's picks...

Bengals over Houston. In hindsight, the Bengals have played a pretty tough schedule up to this point and it looks like that's seasoned them well. Defense is playing well and Carson Palmer is also playing well. I'll take the Bengals at home in this one. It would not shock me one bit if they got over-confident and let the Texans beat them because the Texans have a lot of offensive fire power. My advice to Marvin Lewis: Let Cedric Benson run the ball 20-25 times this game and you'll win.

Green Bay over Detroit. Detroit stinks. Green Bay FTW! It's a divisional game so the Lions will get up for this one but Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings are going to have a field day.

Baltimore over Minnesota. I know, I know. Picking against Favruh and Purple Jesus at home. But the Ravens NEED this win. Coming off two losses, Ray Lewis just got fined $25K for his decapitation attempt on Ocho Cinco, and Minnesota has to lose at some point, right? This is going to be a GREAT game!

New Orleans over New York. If the Saints defense plays well, they win. I think they will. No team in the NFL can completely contain Drew Brees and the Saints' offense. They'll score some points and I think playing at home gives them an edge.

Pittsburgh over Cleveland. Have you looked at Cleveland's roster lately?

Tampa Bay over Carolina. Flip a coin on this one, really. I'm taking the home team.

Washington over Kansas City. This pick is not based on my loyalty as a Skins fan. It's based on the fact that they win games at home against shiddy teams. And this year it appears that they ONLY win games at home.

Jacksonville over St. Louis. I'd pick the Rams but...Sike nah, I wouldn't pick the Rams.

Philly over Oakland. Philly's going to make Oakland look so bad that Mike Vick might have as many touchdowns as Donovan McNabb this game.

Arizona over Seattle. This is my "Larry Fitzgerald Loyalty" pick. Seattle put up 41 points last week but I don't think they'll do that against the Cards. Also, Seattle loses to good teams. The question is though, are the Cardinals actually good this year?

New England over Tennessee. *Yawn*

Jets over Buffalo. Since the Bills only put up 3 points last week AGAINST THE BROWNS, I'm going to go way out on a limb here and take the Jets who have a fantastic defense, a just-acquired WR who looks like he has something to prove, and a young QB that's been playing decent. Oh yeah, and they're playing at home. Will this be the game T.O. explodes?

Atlanta over Chicago. I think this one's going to be a shoot-out but last week Atlanta showed what they can do offensively against a team with a solid defense. This week playing at home gives them an advantage.

San Diego over Denver. Playing in San Diego...The Chargers need this win since they're about to play 3 straight divisional games with this one being the first and two cupcake games the next two weeks (KC and Oakland). I'm gonna be real reckless here and say the Bolts crush the Broncos by 10-15 points on Monday Night.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Jackson Jive Skit: Taking us back 20 years, literally.

This is not a direct testament to what I said a while back, but it does drive home my point that when we act out on a level with so much media coverage that it reaches throughout the world, it can have far-reaching ramifications of the way some people view us.

I fail to believe that after doing that routine once 20 years ago and having the level of education that these Australian men have, that they don't see how this is offensive. The fact that it's an "act" or "all-in-fun" is not an excuse. And just in case you weren't aware, Australia has it's a little history with racism as well.

Kudos to Harry Connick, Jr. and his remarks.

One person's good fun can be extremely offensive to another person.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekly Football Picks - Week 5

First things first, I sucked pretty bad with my picks last week. I actually lost 3 points of my lead off that horrendous week so now I'm only two points ahead in the Pick'em League. I figured I'd have a couple of weeks that were debacles between week 3 and week 17 so there's the first. I need to get back on track asap.

This week seems like an easier week of picks than last week but it's also one of those weeks that could turn into one of those unexpected weekends of upsets. Let's hope I'm still in first place after this week (I'll even settle for a tie for first).

I changed the team name this week to "Braylon.The.Brawler" for obvious reasons and my picks are as follows.

Buffalo over Cleveland. After the Braylon Edwards trade this week I don't see any reason why Cleveland will be able to do much on offense. And even without the trade I just don't see Cleveland going TO BUFFALO and pulling out a win.

Pittsburgh over Detroit. Do I really need to justify this one?

Dallas over KC. Kansas City sucks. Dallas isn't as good in real-life as they are on paper but they'll win this game easily. As a matter of fact, this is one of those games that alleged experts will watch and say "The Cowboys look like the Superbowl-bound team we thought they were". WOMP!

Minnesota over St. Louis. I will not doubt Brett Favruh again until he actually loses a game. And I'm starting to think the Suitland Rams could beat the St. Louis Rams.

Giants over Oakland. With or without Eli, the Giants will be Oakland. The Giants second-string squad could probably beat Oakland.

Philadelphia over Tampa Bay. McNabb's back! Tampa's defense is suspect...Big day for McNabb.

Washington over Carolina. Yes I'm a Skins fan. But no, I am not blindly loyal. I think that if we keep D'Angelo Williams "confined" and get a touchdown or two, we will win this game. It's gonna be a close one though. Steve Smith will smoke D'Angelo Hall for at least one touchdown, GUARANTEED!

Baltimore over Cincinnati. This one will be a lot closer than people will expect but after the loss to the Pats, Baltimore is going to prove a point against a divisional foe. That point is, don't get them mad. I need Willis McGahee to score a couple times in this one for my fantasy squad.

San Fran over Atlanta. I like Atlanta's QB a lot. I want to pick Atlanta. But Patrick Willis and the 49er defense is playing too well for me to pick against them at this point. Especially against Atlanta who doesn't seem to be much of a real threat to anyone right now. Coming off a bye week you'd think Atlanta will have a great game plan but I'm not so confident in that theory.

New England over Denver. New England will do to Denver what Denver did to Dallas last week. That is, prove that they're not as good as people think they are. I'd bet that most of the people in my Pick'em league will pick the Broncos to win this one though. Good luck with that.

Arizona over Houston. This will be a shoot-out! But in the end, Fitzgerald will be the difference. Andre Johnson is gonna have a monster game though.

Jacksonville over Seattle. I really don't like the Seahawks and Jacksonville is capable of putting up serious numbers offensively as long as David Garrard doesn't go all cluster-f*ck like he has a tendency to do.

Indy over Tennessee. Tennessee is gonna play this game very tough. But the Manning-factor is just too much to pick against.

Jets over Miami. I wouldn't be surprised if Miami won this game but I'm not picking against Rex Ryan's defense.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"It always sounds better when you turn it up loud" -- Too $hort

Every time I hear a new song that I really like it reminds me of that Too $hort line. I've had Drake, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Slaughterhouse in my rotation pretty heavy lately. Not to mention some bangers I've found on the InterWeb. But in the past week I've heard the songs below - all of which are new to me - and I like them a lot so I figured I'd get back into the routine of posting new music I like.

Usher - Papers

There seems to have been some hoopla about this song and whether or not he should air his personal business out in his music... yadda yadda yadda. What is music without some real emotion people? Aside from that, Usher has a history (ahem, Confessions anyone?) of airing out his personal business through his music. And the last time I checked, Confessions was Usher's BEST FRIGGIN WORK! With that said, if this upcoming "Raymond vs. Raymond" CD (is that title not hilarious to you, lol) is anything like Confessions then Usher's going to have ANOTHER classic on his hands. Music is therapy for some, entertainment for some, and somewhere in-between for others.

David Banner - Something's Wrong

Honestly, there's something about David Banner that strikes me as EXTRA and I don't really embrace his music that much because of it. But on every CD he has a couple songs that I really like whether it's because it's one of those country club bangers or because he's talking about something that I connect with. This song is a case of the latter.

Rick Ross - Special Situation

This is boiler-plate Ricky Rawse music right here and by now you know how much I fool with Officer Ricky. This guy sure has a knack for picking some good beats. BAWSE!

Bonus coverage of Rick...

GodsIlla - Got Ya'll

"Rhyme like a clock w/no hands, straight timeless". I have known these guys since high school and it's great to see their grind paying off. And it's even greater to be able to post their music because I truly like it and not because I feel obligated. This is real hip-hop! Check 'em out and get familiar.

Kid Cudi - Soundtrack to My Life

I don't usually have many positive things to say about Kid Cudi but this song cranks! Real life shytuations = REAL music.

Rich Boy - Haters Wish

I think I like this song because of the beat moreso than what Rich Boy is saying. I'm not going to lie though I think that (at times) Rich Boy's country twang along with the way he stresses certain words/phrases in his verses makes up for his lack of lyrical ability. He is also fairly good at picking good beats. And as a rapper, if you can't rap very well you better be good at picking out nice beats until you start rapping well (see: Rick Ross).