Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
You would think Jose Canseco has enough abuse in the last few years - from shouldering the steroids burden to being on "Surreal Life" - but apparently that's not the case. He got knocked out in just over a minute in his first MMA fight by the Korean brother of the guy from Happy Gilmore. Jeez, that guy's big, is all I'm saying. He makes Canseco look like Spud Webb.
Monday, May 25, 2009
The winner of the Tallahassee Regional will face the winner of the Norman, OK regional, which consists of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wichita State and Washington State.
UPDATE 1: We will be sticking with the new pitching rotation that Perno used to start the SEC tournament. During the regular season, Trevor Holder was our Friday starter followed by Justin Grimm on Saturdays. Perno made the change against Ole Miss in round 1 because he viewed the 2nd game more crucial to staying in the tourney. It worked there and I hope it will serve us well in Tallahassee.
UPDATE 2: Interesting Note: 4 teams from the state of Georgia made the field this season: UGA, GA Tech, GA St., and GA Southern.
Other interesting side note: The Lady Diamond Dawgs just beat Ohio State Friday night in the softball tournament and now their male contemporaries have a chance to do the same to the Diamond Bucks.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The 16 host-schools are: UC-Irvine, Arizona St., Cal St. - Fullerton, Clemson, ECU, Florida, FSU, GA Tech, Ole Miss, Louisville, UNC, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas, LSU and TCU. Each site will host a four team double elimination tournament to decide who will advance to the next round. The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced Monday.
On the other side of the bracket, Vandy beat Arkansas 11-1 to force out the Hawgs and make game 13 unnecessary. The 'Dores and the Tigers will play for the title later today.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
*Southland is a great show and deserved to get a second season. However, The Moviegoer tells me it got moved to Friday night and that's pretty much the kiss o' death for network TV.
Georgia knocked off conference co-champ Ole Miss last night, 6-3 to advance to the next round in the winner's bracket. The teams were scoreless until the 5th when the Rebs scored on a wild pitch. Down a run in the 6th, Matt Cerione hit a grand slam to give the Dawgs a lead they'd never lose. The Rebs threatened in the 6th, but managed only one run with bases loaded on one out. Two RBI's in the 7th put Georgia up 6-2 and Ole Miss never threatened again, scoring one last run late. The win sets up a Georgia-Arkansas game, as the Hawgs beat Florida last night, 8-5. The winner gets to relax Friday before playing again Saturday morning.
On a related note, 4 Georgia players won All-Sec honors this week. Rich Poythress is the first team 1B, Bryce Massanari was selected for the 2nd team and Colby May made the all-Freshman team. Poythress and pitcher Trever Holder earned spots on the All-Defensive team.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over on Jinx's blog, I'd listed Metal Gear Solid IV as my game of the year. Methinks Fallout 3 has overtaken it. I have not played a game through a second time in quite some time. For those of you who haven't played this post-apocalyptic gem, give it a whirl on PS3 or 360. 360 owners, read on for a breakdown of the DLC.
Note: I recommend all three for the true Fallout experience.
Note Note: I also recommend visiting gog.com (good old games) to purchase and play the first two Fallouts on your PC. As Tony (the Tiger, not Soprano) would say, "They're great!" But he'd drag out the "They're" a bit longer. I digress...
If Fallout 3 is a 10...
...Operation Anchorage is a 7.5. It plays Fallout, but it doesn't quite feel endemic to the larger universe. A computer simulated reenactment of the liberation of Alaska from the Chinese (a huge event in the Fallout future), this mission lacks the tangible danger of the larger game.
...The Pitt is an 8. It would be a 9 or higher were it larger and longer, but its brevity holds it back. The largest quest involves picking up steel ingots scattered about a steelyard haunted by mutated monsters called Trogs. Cool but tedious. The rest of The Pitt blows by. A gladiatoral fight for freedom was over too quick (then again, my character was too statistically developed and well-armed for anyone to pose much of a challenge by that point). The final decision will delightfully challenge the morals of your Wasteland proxy more than any other in the game.
...Broken Steel is a 10. You simply have to get this DLC. If you've gotten to the end of Fallout 3, your character's probably reached the maximum level of 20 and you've still got a ton of Wasteland exploring left to do. Broken Steel raises the level cap from 20 to 30. And it supplies new, tougher enemies for your badass hero/villain to slay. And the three main quests don't suck. They are not merely tacked on missions. They nicely add depth and meaning to your character's progression in the larger game.
With the free time and hot days of summer ahead, leave the safety of your Vault to explore the Super Mutant-, Raider-infested Capitol Wasteland of Fallout 3. It's as close as you'll ever get to being Mad Max without the world suffering a cataclysmic nuclear disaster.
Look for more Videogamer posts in the weeks to come.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Georgia is really scraping the bottom of the barrel baseball-wise right now. We broke an 8-game losing streak and avoided a sweep two weeks ago by edging Vandy in game 3. That qualified us for the SEC tourney and seemed to motivate us a bit, as we went on to beat Tech last week at the Ted. However, it all came crashing down again this past weekend against South Carolina, as we were swept for the second time in three series. We ended up seeding at SIXTH for the conference tournament; a far cry from late March when we clutched first place with an iron grip. LSU and Ole Miss ended up splitting the SEC in-season title. Here's the conference tourney seeding:
3. Ole Miss*
5. South Carolina
* SEC Co-Champs
Georgia draws Ole Miss in the first round (we beat the Rebs 4-1 in round 1 last season). The eight teams play in a double elimination tournament slated to run from Wednesday through Sunday in Hoover, AL. Depending on our first round performance, we either play Florida or Arkansas in round 2.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We start the last leg of the journey like most of the other days with getting ready and whatnot. I also got to take Dakota in the golf cart over to Xtina's parent's place to stay for the day, that was a pretty funny sight (100 lb. white dog riding shotgun). So we decide to head down to the beach for one more day of hanging out with all the friends and family that could make their way out of Hangoverville to be there. We were also joined by the last round of folks to get there in a couple of Xtina's high school friends and Tim and Mallory. As I am carefully pouring my first drink of the day on the beach I am ambushed by a walking beach security guard. And since I looked like a hooligan recklessly drinking, he decided to act like he was going to give me a $500 fine. "Do you know the Florida beach ordinance about glass on the beach son?", well I certainly don't officer was my response. As he started to speak to me the girls just flipped out though, which I am pretty sure helped my case. And I know he didn't want a beatdown from Mama Vaughan who gave him an earful. After the brush with the law we enjoyed our day. Football, volleyball, joaj34 not being able to stand up after I got him into a standing position, you know, the usual. Anywho, some people did not maekit. Joaj34 gave it a valiant effort but had to succumb to rest. We took it easy for the most part and just tried to relax before all of our months of planning were put into motion. We left the beach a little earlier than normal and go back to the place to start getting ready for all of the pre-wedding festivities. Xtina took a shower and headed out to get her hair and make-up did while I cleaned up around the place since the cleaning lady, "Lupita" had not come back after her first encounter with the dog and not being informed that there would be a dog in our condo. She acted cool to begin with but we never saw her again, I don't blame her though. So I get ready and get some of the reception decor ready and take a few things over to the reception site to drop them off beforehand. Once I leave there I headed over to Todd's to p/up LTDX and the First Lady along with Joaj34. I was in the golf cart and have been known to get a little crazy behind the wheel and almost drenched LTDX with his own beverage. However, we made it unscathed and I dropped the First Lady off at the girl's pad. Let us not forget that I probably called Xtina about ten times just because I seemed to be clueless about certain wedding things because she did so much of the planning, etc. and she did a fantastic job as everyone would soon find out. So, we had a kit to dress up the golf cart as our "getaway vehicle" which we thought was appropriate for the beach. Amazingly, these paper bells and tassel-like things stayed on in the wind. Impressive. This is when one of our photographers came over and started taking some photos of the guys and I getting ready before I meet up with Xtina. The photographers are of the photo journalistic variety so they became known as the "paparazzi" for the day. The fellas and I just hung out for a bit, played some strange card games, had a few drinks, and watched some tv. Then it was time for me to go and meet up with Xtina. And actually, I was sneaking up on her for some candid photos. Our photographers were really, really great. They took some beautiful and inventive shots. Now it is time to head to the beach and have the main event. The reception site doubled as the entrance for the wedding as well so that worked out great for us. Everything was ready to go. Everyone was seated, all parties in place, everyone was there...except for the minister. She turned out to be about 45 minutes late. Really?! Come on lady, you are from right down the road! Anyways, right before our planner informed us that she was a notary and that we could "Wing it", our minister got there and it was go time. The parents went down, then I came down, then the flower girl. After the minister asked me a couple of questions about the ceremony (really?), it was time for the grand entrance. My beautiful bride, Xtina was walked down by her
Dad and we were finally here. On the beach at sunset in front of our most beloved family and friends. We had fly overs from planes (at just the right times), the paparazzi, and I tried my best to block the sun from her eyes. The ceremony went quickly as Xtina and I said, "I do" and kissed and were announced as "Huntina". Afterwards, everyone went down to the water to throw a stone and live it for us. We headed up the stairs to go take the rest of our pics before we came into the reception a little later. This drunk idiot wouldn't get out of Xtina's way up the stairs and I got to see him one more time later in the night, which I enjoyed. Alright, so we take all of our family pics and our sunset pics and out beach pics and we head in. Xtina's dressed has picked up about 20 lbs. of sand so we try to shake it out. Then there is the bustling of the dress, what an easy task that turned out to be. Anyways, on to the party! We get announced and head into the first dance. Xtina didn't remember our song being so long but it was fun, there is only so long you can do the prom shuffle before you start to laugh. The food was fantastic, I especially enjoyed the bbq. And for God's sake, did you see Optimus Prime? My groom's cake was of the Autobot leaders head and chest and it was truly amazing! Also, the wedding cake itself was great all the way around. We had the mother/son and father/daughter dances which were very nice and emotional. We also had the Dad toasts and they stayed true to form. Xtina's dad: Sweet and emotional. My dad: Starts sweet ends smart ass. So now it is just on to the mingling, music, friends, drinking, dancing, etc. I had the good timing of coming down to the bar and seeing the guy who almost ran into Xtina on the way up the stairs asking for a drink. Well, I got him thrown out in a hurry and LTDX let him know that he was "not livin' it", no he wasn't sir. The rest of the night was just pure greatness. A few folks had to keep it semi-straight (you know who you are!) but everyone else was getting loose, having fun, and then the dancing began. Santiago started freaking everything he could see. The girls thought they knew the words to "Your Love". I even dropped it like it was hot. Kathleen told me that I danced like Cliff Huxtable but that it was "cool". Hey, whatever I was having too much fun with everyone to care. Sanzone-Jones dropped a little hemoglobin on Todd's shirt and the First Lady of LTD was drinking G2(Coors Light) whenever she needed to rehydrate. Joanna walked it out while Xtina's dad passed on that because he is "old". Nate got a little creepy. Xtina's boobs were made of metal so the ladies punched them. The girls were getting crunk. Santi slapped LTDX's ass and he came back for more. Everyone was on the floor. "Thriller" came on and GA led the choreography. Jason walked through like a dead zombie and stole the scene. The music kept on cranking through and the shots were flowing. "Don't stop Believin'" got the crowd hyped. Then IT happened. Slash kicked in with those chords we know and love and everybody and their mother sang "Sweet Child O' Mine" until the very end. I played air guitar with Tyler. Joaj34 looked at me with glee from Christmas morn' when the song hit. We were livin' it like no one has lived it before and dare I say will never live it again. We ended the night with "Melt with you", because I am an 80's fiend and Xtina loves the song too. It was truly amazing and well worth everything that was put into it. I thought we would join everyone at the wharf for the after party but Xtina and I did when we went to change and even woke up on the "wrong" sides of the bed. We awoke to a hangover that was appropriate to the night that was.
So we go to a cafe in the resort for Mother's Day breakfast with Xtina's parents and splurge like crazy since the strict self-imposed lifestyle change on New Year's. It was a great meal and then we headed to the beach for a final day with the girls and Marlin and Jason. Giachetti and Vanessa to join later. Everyone else went home today. So sad, I really want to get everyone together like this for a vaca once a year. Nothing could beat that! The water wasn't all that rough and we didn't have enough for games. We just chilled, read, drank, etc. Later we hit up the Crab Trap for dinner and went back to the girls for Trivial Pursuit and Catchphrase. ML Professional Willie Jones was a worker. Gia joined in and we had a fun couple of hours of games. We turned it in at midnight to rest up for the return home.
We leaned up, loaded up, checked out, and became very sad. We made it home by rush hour and we were back to the real world. Man that really sucks.
In closing I just want to say how awesome the whole experience was and how great each and everyone made the stay for us all. Xtina and I love you all very much and cannot thank you enough for taking the time to be with us for our most special day/days. We lived it, flipped and bundled it, as well as so much maeking it. You all are the best friends that we could ask for and will always be there for you as we know you will be there for us. I also want to give a special thanks to my wife for all of her help, love, and support.
We love you all!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
1. The film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. This is one of the best books I've ever read and I'm looking forward to the film - no matter how visceral and brutal I'm sure it will be.
2. I've been waiting for this sequel for about 5 years. I loved Red Dead Revolver on the original xbox and now we get to play the next installment on the 360. It looks much more dramatic and this game trailer is better than some of the film variety. Enjoy.
Both of these will probably be fall releases, so we've got a while to wait. In the meantime, I've got the summer movie glut and plenty of video game filled dead time from the job to enjoy.
Now, I love Dikembe. I think the piece Scott Van Pelt did on him this spring was beautiful, moving, and most importantly, accurate. Mutombo's a big man with a big heart who's done a lot of good in his time. He's also a giant beast of a man who would look funny playing almost any other sport.
Cheers, EDSBS. That was funny.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Glossary of terms for the wedding weekend (not in alphabetical order)-
Worker- Someone who does work or someone who performs tasks well
LTD- Living the dream
LTDX- Living the dream to the extreme
Professional-Someone who exemplifies greatness in a given task
Dot com- An appropriate ending to any sentence or phrase
Livin' it- See LTD
Jones- An appropriate last name for anyone that you are talking about or to emphasize importance (Taken from the popular song "Basketball Jones")
Flip it- To exchange one thing for another
Bundle it- To put multiple things together
Flip & Bundle it- Perhaps the best thing that you could do at a given time
Fatal 4 Way- A drink that Kenny & Johnny invented that goes great with breakfast (5 hour energy is one of the four secret ingredients)
Willie- Often paired with Jones for extra last-nameability
Would you?- A question asked by Todd to see if you would
Maekinit- Mostly used in conjunction with the question, "R U Gawna?" This word is perhaps the oldest in the dialect
Tuff- An adj. used to describe the greatness of something
Doing work- The action that workers do
(Any word here)-deaux- A phrase derived form Tedd Hays. This can be used on the end of anything to show fondness
Going Dawgs- Showing your undying love for the Georgia Bulldogs
White Tornado- A tribal fertility dance performed by joaj34 upon request
(Anything)ing it up- Any action that is being performed at the time by a worker-deaux or professional.com
First choice- Something that you want to be but may not be if not up to Gia's standards
Mitchville- Some people may know this place by its more popular name (Baytown Wharf in Sandestin) but this is the phrase coined by the douchebag security guard to make us leave after last call
Dreamliver- See LTD
Admin. Note: Most of these apply to drinking, partying, or a bundle of both
Kenny= Cabo Wabo Willie
Joaj34= Going Dawgs.com/white tornado
Jinx= Not knowing his audience Jones
Tim= Kilt & Bundle
Jenny= Super tuff
Christen= Naughty tongue.com.org.biz.gov
Xtina= Super tuff wifey.com/flipped-bundled/jones.professional.gov
Maran= Doing work (Especially on Friday)
Vanessa= Bostonian worker
Cammy= Scrub the ground.edu
Marlin= Tomahawk Jones
Kim= Evil Robot Willie
Chrissy= Secret Bridesmaid-deaux
Kathleen= Ween Wouldn't you?
Joanna= ML Professional Jones Willie
Jason= Accio worker
Georgia= Livin' it with a deviated septum
Santiago= (All apply)
Dossie= Doss-a-lot Jones
Nate= AVP Willie
The Group - Doin' Work
Do I love being hungover? It's not my first choice, but it happens.
We hit the beach again Saturday, and I did not maek it. I had to pass out in Stealler1/Jinx's room for a bit and regroup. Later, H.Weezy picked President LTD and me up on the golf cart, and we lived it over to the groom's condo. We did a little work, played a little war, bundled it over to the girls' place and flipped it to the beach for the ceremony. It took a bit for the show to start, but once it did, it was super tuff. The bride was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and H.Weezy even got his tie right on the first time. Did the ring bearer flip it on the flower girl?
Would Todd? He would.
The reception was a blasty-deaux. We pretty much just went Dawgs on the bar and dance floor, with Sweet Child O Mine bringing down the house. The bride and groom even got a wedding White Tornado. The First Lady of LTD was doin' work and Maria was all busted nose Jones from cutting so many rugs. We probably ordered a total of 500 shots before the bar shut down at midnight. We wharfed it up one last night and said good bye to Mitchville before I would Noey at the WaHo.
Livin' It: Aroo, President LTDx, PX8, and joaj34
Maekin' it, LTDx dot com Jones, flipped and bundled, doin' work, over and out-
Hopefully, H.Weezy will breeze in with a proper recap, newlywed style!!