So it's that time of year again. When we get to roast or applaud the committees selections for this years National Championship tournament. Let's first not worry about those who did not make it in like Syracuse. These bubble teams more often than not are the definition of average and choked away their opportunity at some point in the season. To me it's far more telling of who really gets screwed and or really lucky when you look at the seedings and the regions.
Here are some initial thoughts:
- Some people will say Duke got screwed by not being a #1 seed but the bottom half of the East bracket sets up pretty well for Duke as a #2.
- Virginia gets a tough opening round game against Kevin Keatts and his UNC Wilmington boys and Florida will have its hands full with East Tennessee State's TJ Cromer. Both these games are upset alerts to me.
-Keep and eye on SMU and who they play in the first round (Providence or USC). This could be the best game of the first round if Providence advances into the 6/11 game. I like SMU to do some damage in this bracket.
- Looking so forward to the Mich/OK ST opening matchup. This will be must watch television for sure as Oklahoma States Jawun Evans goes up against Michigan's Derrick Walton. Ok State should have been higher than a #10 seed for sure.
- Not sure Kansas is feeling the love right now as they get the winner of the MSU vs Miami game in round 2.
- This bracket appears to me to be the most fun. Teams like Iowa St., Louisville, KU, Iona and Michigan will make this a great bracket to follow.
- Wichita State as a #10 seed may make some think there not that good. They would be wrong. They are good. However, the Missouri Valley Conference was down this year so many will underestimate them. I would not.
– The bottom half of the South is going to be interesting with Kentucky, Dayton, Wichita State and UCLA all in that bottom half.
– North Carolina got the best draw out of the No. 1’s in terms of the 8/9 games. Seton Hall is the only team I see that can give them trouble. I do like UNC’s path to the Elite Eight ,especially compared to the bottom half of the bracket.
– That West region seems the to be the weakest bracket out of the four. Arizona has a pretty nice draw getting to stay home out West, where Florida State does struggle away from home.
- Potential upset right off the bat in this region. Dunk City is back in the field, and don’t be surprised if Florida Gulf Coast does it again, drawing a beatable No. 3 seed in Florida State.
-Keep an eye on Vanderbilt. Although it didn't seem as if they could make the field the Commodores closed strong, winning eight of their final 11 games including twice against Florida and on the road at Arkansas to secure their place in history as the first 15-loss team to get an at-large bid. The Commodores are a scary match up because of their long distance shooting, which ranks 15th nationally from 3. This is a real Sleeper.
I'll have more thoughts as the week progresses but this should be a fun next few weeks for sure. Get your brackets ready!
Fortune- Faced with the specter of a terrorist threat from rogue drones, the French are recruiting an avian ally. At a base in the southwest of the country, a special army unit has for months been training four golden eagles to spot drones and perform mid-air takedowns.
Details of the program emerged last week when French media outlets reported on an experimental program that involves soldiers raising the eagles from chicks, and training them to associate the drones with food.
Now this is some shit I can get behind. Way to go France. Nothing is more American than a damn eagle. Using them to fuck with terrorists is just amazing. I'm not sure how long the process is to teach them how to do this, but hats off to the bird handlers. I will never make fun of bird watchers again. I just feel like this is got Hollywood movie written all over it starring Steven Segal as the Eagle whisperer.
A big thank you to every animal and soldier fighting to protect our freedom. Using them to screw up the plans of those looking to do us harm is an amazing thing. Imagine a future in which we deploy these beautiful animals to protect Stadiums and Airports.
How it must suck to be ISIS and spend all this time developing these high tech ways to harm us only to get foiled by Eagles and Dogs.... Oh and those pesky
MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles probably suck as well.
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Mashable- Look, you’ve probably figured out by now that the new Fifty Shades Darker film hasn’t received the most positive reactions from critics. But it seems some people rate it rather highly. See, a cinema staffer randomly found a cucumber lying in an aisle following a Fifty Shades Darker screening. The folks at the Hayden Orpheum in Sydney, Australia found the veg, snapping the photo and posted it on Facebook. “That awkward moment when you find a cucumber in the cinema after a session,” the cinema wrote.
While it might be easy to dismiss this as a marketing stunt, according to Alex Temesvari, the cinema’s Deputy General Manager, the discovery was absolutely real. “Hand on my heart, it was actually found after our Student Night session of Fifty Shades on Monday night (actually by me!),” he said via email. “Otherwise I would totally take credit for it being a clever marketing ploy, but honestly we’re not THAT clever.”
2 possibilities here. #1 we are looking at a health conscious movie consumer who doesn't want to deal with all those calories that come at the concession stand OR we are dealing with a professional freak who enjoys getting off with fresh produce in public places. Either way, what in the fuck is this guy doing holding it without any gloves on? Are you kidding me? Who would walk into a theater after a showing of 50 Shades, stumble upon a cucumber and go, "well look at that. I best pick this up and take a photo of it." Are you insane? Their is no amount of Purell or Ajax in the world that can undo whatever is on that pickle.
My god I thought the freaks in Florida were bad. Apparently they don't hold a candle (or a cucumber in this case) to the freaks in Australia. Moral of the story here, Fifty Shades of Grey brings out the freak in people. Next time you want to hit the same old bar fellas looking to drag something home caveman style at 2am, buy a ticket to this gem and see if you can spot the cucumber in the crowd.
So I''m not going to lie, getting "Let Go" really sucks. I say "Let Go" because every article I read on how I should be feeling says that the term "Fucking Fired" is a bit to harsh. "Onward and upward" they say or some total bag of shit statement like that seems to be what the so called experts think is best for my mental state right now. So as I wake up every morning now trying to justify my existence in this world, I surf the internet on how exactly I should be coping with this total fucking screw job situation I find myself in.. No wait. I believe the term is "New Beginning". It appears that I could go one of two ways.. The first is to try and deal with it by viewing the glass as half full. Look at this as an opportunity to explore life and all the wonders it has to offer...Sorry, I just threw up a little in my mouth. Or the other way to go is to just fucking hate the world and everyone in it. For now I'm going to choose this path. For those of you who know me, not a big shocker I'm sure but for me, this just seems like the logical path. As I sit here typing I already feel better about myself. So here we go. I dedicate this series of Blogs to those assholes who make me say, "I Can't Even".
1. Unwarranted Dog Petter Asshole:
Here's the deal. Just because I have stepped outside my home with canines by my side so they can get some exercise and do their business doesn't mean you can REACH OUT AND TOUCH MY DOGS WITHOUT ASKING. It’s just kind of rude. If my dog comes up to you, I get it, I’m not going to be a dick because they’re social animals, but for all you know this Sheppard Mix and Jack Russel Terrier could not like you or people at all. So now if you smell like bacon or a cat and my dogs decides to take a bite or run you over, I've now become a lawsuit waiting to happen. If I see a cute animal that I want to touch, I’d simply say to the owner “Cute dog! Do you mind if I pet him/her?” It’s that simple. I CAN'T EVEN WITH YOU PEOPLE.
2. The I Can't Wait For You To Get Off The Elevator Asshole:
Can we all agree that these people need to Chill the fuck out! I promise you’ll get where you’re going. The idea is, we get off first and that gives you more space when you get on. It’s a fucking common courtesy! Don’t be an impatient asshole. SO LET ME GET OFF FIRST. I CAN'T EVEN WITH YOU PEOPLE.
It’s seems lately that everywhere I turn, someone or something is telling me why it’s the perfect time to join a gym. DON’T! So, before you fall for this scam and bench press your savings account dry, read this list of reasons why you shouldn't join a gym this year:
In general, a gym contract is like a regular contract…on steroids. And, if you look at them closely, you’ll see another 3-letter word besides “gym” that pops up quite often; “FEE.” Turns out your monthly charge covers everything except… anything. Bring a guest? Fee! Go to the same gym closer to your work? Fee! Use that fancy new equipment upstairs? Fee! Got to use the bathroom? It’ll probably cost you!
The Food is Terrible
I know that a gym snack bar isn’t going to serve onion rings floating in gravy (e-mail for recipe), however, is it possible to have a few normal items that don’t have to be blended or served in bar form? The secret to the gym food is that it is so gross you won’t eat it, and boom, you’re skinny. How about instead of a Soy Milk Tofu bar and a tall spinach shake, you offer up a nice healthy rotisserie chicken and a beer…ok, light beer.
Every gym claims to be “revolutionary” and they try to live up to this claim by inventing some of the most ridiculous workout classes I’ve ever seen. What started with Jazzercise classes in the 80’s morphed into Boot Camps, Crossfit and spinning. I know it’s probably good for me if I hang upside down from a basketball hoop while curling a potted fern plant and breathing deeply, but that doesn’t mean they need to offer that as a class.
Fill a storage locker with a few hundred people sweating, breathing heavy and drinking vegetable shakes, and what do you expect? Even “high end” gyms smell bad, so you can forget about the bargain gyms. As a general rule of thumb, the less the gym costs, the more it will smell. That’s why free gyms are pretty much homeless storage with a few rusty weights holding the floor together. The real problem here is the group-stink. If hell has air fresheners, they probably come in “Gym Scent”.
If you really want to get in better shape in 2014, take the stairs once in a while and limit your funnel cake intake to every other week, but don’t get suckered into joining a gym. As always, thanks for reading and I hope my sarcastic social commentary on life will at the very least give you a laugh.
As I get older it has become very apparent that more and more things are starting to annoy me more than ever. The sad part is I know that many of these things probably shouldn’t but nevertheless, they do. I thought I would start a new series of posts outlining some of the things that just drive me crazy lately. See either of these situations makes you scratch your head and say, “Are you kidding me”.
1) Tons of empty seats, but the person sits right next to me
I went to the Cobb Theater this weekend to catch a matinee. There were literally rows and rows and rows of empty seats in the theater when the movie started. However, a couple walks in during the previews and with all the choice seating available to them, they decide it best to sit right next to me. I don’t get what people are thinking when they do this. Frankly, it’s creepy.
2) Did you find everything you were looking for?
It annoys me when I get to the register and a sales cashier asks me, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” It takes every fiber within my being to resist the urge to say, “Obviously I did, otherwise would I be standing in line to pay? Wouldn’t I still be shopping if I was looking for something else?” I just don’t get this question. Attention sales cashiers: If I still am looking for something, I would be shopping rather than twiddling my thumbs standing in line.
These are just a few of the everyday situations I run into that aggravate me. Now I know I should not let such stupid little things aggravate me, but I can’t help it. What aggravates you? Take a moment and share some of the more annoying things you encounter everyday.
Somebody just asked me the other day if I had a penchant for seafood. Of course my answer was, "What the hell is a penchant?" When I realized they were asking if I liked fresh seafood my response was that I loved fresh seafood. Who doesn't except for those allergic to the iodine – like my brother is?
The lady who asked me that question was selling fresh shrimp from the back of her truck on Southern Blvd. In case you’re new to South Florida, pick up truck beds often sub for the produce or meat section in Publix these days. Once you get the dogs out of the back of the truck it is a great platform for selling shrimp. So I reluctantly bought a few pounds of gorgeous pink and brown shrimp. I say reluctantly because the temperature was hot and the sun was bright; however, she had everything iced down well.
I get home and start to prepare my little friends.. Some get the fryer and the remainders were placed into a highly seasoned blend of spices and boiling water. Damn! I was extremely proud of my culinary creation here…I could hardly wait to dig in! My girlfriend set the table. A couple of buddies were bringing the cold beer as we got ready to submerse ourselves in shrimp. So as I was trying to pick out some clean silverware to eat with I listened to the local news. Seems a lady and her brother had been arrested that day for selling stolen, and possibly contaminated, shrimp from their truck. The news report showed their pictures and listed the two locations that they had sold the shrimp from and guess what??? Exactly!
When my friends made it over I told them the news. I had purchased stolen and possibly spoiled seafood. I suddenly had a penchant for a lot of cold beer!
I guess penchants can be good for something after all!
If you have spent anytime with sales people then I’m sure at some point you have come across this situation. I’m referring to a common problem (and possibly the most annoying) among those in charge of “selling” a product or service. It’s called Closing after the sale. This is when someone GETS what they want, but continues to argue for it. You see this often in the Restaurant, Real Estate and yes even in the Radio Business.
For instance the other day, I was eating at an Italian restaurant with a bunch of friends and the server was one of those who talks and talks and talks causing all at the table to count the seconds until they leave. Unfortunately, the person in charge of coordinating this meal was the kind of guy who can't lay it down and tell someone to shut up, so our ENTIRE table was subjected to the most horrendous type of monologue imaginable. Finally, when all of our orders were placed the server CONTINUED saying why my choice was a good one since it was the softest pasta on the menu, etc. WE ALREADY PLACED THE ORDER. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SELL ANYMORE. PLEASE LEAVE! What ever happened to the art of just listening? Watch for this next time you're out. Collectively we can begin shaming these people into shutting up.