March 31, 2011
I have never been into horse racing but seeing these ads makes we want to avoid the events even more.
The infield at Pimlico Race Course has a reputation for hard partying. The organizers know that the audience is 20-30 year-olds looking to party. And apparently Kegasus speaks their language. What do you guys think of Kegasus, the Preakness and horseracing?
March 30, 2011
Beach side property, right next to the sun. Plenty of space. Not many neighbors. Must be prepared with own umbrella. Any takers?
Here is one of the first color photos of the surface of Mercury, thanks to NASA's Messenger. Here's the story from CNN...
NASA released on Wednesday more of the first images of Mercury taken by a spacecraft orbiting the planet, including the first color closeups depicting it in all its pock-marked glory.
The images were taken by NASA's Messenger spacecraft, the first mission to orbit the planet closest to the sun, according to Messenger's website. Mercury has been seen up close before in fly-bys, but this mission marks the first complete long view reconnaissance of the planet’s geochemistry, geophysics, geologic history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment.
The mission also allows NASA and its partner, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, an opportunity to show off Messenger's impressive Mercury Dual Imaging System, which has two cameras: the Narrow Angle Camera and the Wide Angle Camera, NASA said.
The first image acquired by Messenger, which was released Tuesday, was part of an eight-image sequence for which images were acquired through eight of the wide angle camera's 11 filters. A color version of that first imaged terrain, pocked with craters, was obtained through the filters and displayed in red, green, and blue, respectively, NASA said.
RadioShack in Hamilton, Montana thought it would make sense to offer a free gun with every Dish Network subscription, using the humorous and somewhat clever slogan pictured above. Even weirder than the pairing of the Dish Network and guns, is that the store’s owner claims business has tripled since the promotion began in October. In order to qualify for the deal, customers sign up for the Dish Network, pay for installation and buy a specific amount of related equipment from the RadioShack, at which point, they receive a gift certificate for a local gun store and can choose between a Hi Point 380 pistol or a 20-gauge shotgun.
However, the Ravalli Republic is now reporting that RadioShack has contracted the store owner and told him to stop the promotion. His response?
"RadioShack has taken the position that we're tarnishing their brand image with the promotion," Strand said. "I don't think this is a negative impact. I don't think they understand the way of life in Montana.
"I'm not doing anything wrong."
Yup, this is Montana.
March 29, 2011
March 28, 2011
Today I came across a great parody of that awful song.
They even got all the cheesy graphics from the music video in there too!
March 27, 2011
- Prostitution is considered a “crime against the family”.
- One may not pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.
- It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
- It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.
- It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime.
- In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
- It is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex in any other position other than missionary style.
- Seven or more indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them.
March 26, 2011
March 25, 2011
Facebook exploded after Duke lost in the NCAA Tournament, and that comes as no surprise as everyone hates the Blue Devil more than the Taliban? But why is that? Let's explore the reasons...
1. Christian Laettner - Probably hit the biggest shot in school history and then went on to have a rather unremarkable NBA. He also looks like an incredible douche...
2. Their football program is a joke - It's once thing to have a good basketball program... and another to have an absolutely abysmal football program. You're not casting off the whole "wuss" image when you're getting beat by I-AA schools by double-digits.
3. Their coach looks like a rat - Honestly, you have to say this about Coach K... he's a winner. However, this is something that I can never get past, the dude is like 60 and still have jet black hair. Dye job anyone?
March 24, 2011
March 23, 2011
Apparently WSU Basketball players like to smoke pot. Whoop de doo. Apparently, Pullman Police like searching college students apartments in a quest to end the dastardly drug that is ruining Washington State University.
While the media drums up fake outrage and disgust at the latest allegations against DeAngelo Casto, let's take a step back and think about this whole "drug" problem.
1. Lots and lots and lots of college kids smoke pot. While I won't make any excuses, I will say that if you're going to tear down Casto, you'd better be ready to tear down a lot of the free world leaders in our world because chances are, they've smoked pot. While I understand it's illegal (barely) and I understand you can't use the ol' "well everyone else is doing it" but let's not paint Casto as some reckless drug user. Pot is about the most laid back recreational drug you can have and I bet you your high school secretary is smoking it right now. In my honest opinion, this is like Casto getting a speeding ticket. Same principle. Breaking the law, but really doing no harm.
2. You know what a lot of college kids also do? They drink. And drive. That's roughly 1,000 times worse than what Casto did, yet we're calling for his suspension and removal from the team while Billy Bob Frat Boy gets off scott free? This is ridiculous.
3. There are tens of thousands of medical marijuana users in the state of Montana. They all could have possessed what Casto possessed and had no problem. You know how you get a card in this state? By getting written notice from your docter that you have an ache or pain. I'm sure nobody is faking pain there.
4. I mean we don't have any issues with coaches cheating with recruiting in basketball. It's all those terrible pot-smoking players!
5. So can Pullman Police enter any apartment just whenever they want?
So please, just shut up about Casto and pot.
"It's the world of prostitution," he said during the Fox News interview. "You never know what you're gonna get. Is it gonna be a pretty girl, an ugly girl or whatever it's gonna be."
Or a young girl? Smith asked.
"You can only ask," Taylor said. "I don't card them. I don't ask for a birth certificate."
Well this should make the Lawrence Taylor Charity Banquet for kids very interesting this year...
I'm sure you've seen plenty of sites ranking the 16 teams that remain in the NCAA Tournament. And we're gonna do the same.
Only instead of basing it on boring facts such as player comparisons, strength of team, etc, etc. I'm basing it on mascots.
And who has the most awesome mascot.
16. Butler Bulldogs - An overused mascot. The only way this mascot is cool is when their is a real bulldog at the game.
15 and 14. Arizona Wildcats and Kentucky Wildcats - If there is another school with your same mascot with only 16 teams left, then your mascot is lame. Plus, not very creative. Wildcat? How about Lamecat.
13. Virginia Commonwealth University Rams - Now if VCU's mascot had been the Mountain Goats that would be awesome. I once saw Brandon chased down a trail by a mountain goat, but not a ram.
12. and 11. BYU Cougars and Connecticut Huskies - The Cougars and Huskies are also the mascots of Washington State and Washington. So I hear about these all the time. Next.
10. Kansas Jayhawks - The name of this mascot is alright. But have you ever seen the picture of this thing?!? It surely gives children nightmares!
9. Marquette Golden Eagles - Now the Eagle is probably the most overused mascot, right up there with Bulldog and Wildcat. But the reason Marquette made it to number nine is the fact they aren't just the Eagles. Oh no, they are the Golden Eagles.
8. Florida Gators - A creative mascot, but it also is used for purses and boots. Sorry Florida.
7. North Carolina Tar Heels - I always hear Tar Heels and can't help but think of people with dirty feet. Seriously, wash those feet before you come inside!
6. Ohio State Buckeyes - Your mascot is a nut. Enough said.
5. Duke Blue Devils - Is this a Devil that is really cold? Perhaps hell froze over. Which is what will happen if Duke wins the title again.
4. Wisconsin Badgers - I wouldn't want to fight a badger. I'd rather try my luck against a Buckeye.
3. Florida State Seminoles - A great way to connect to the heritage of the state. Oh, and the guy who dresses up at the games is awesome and he even has a horse.
2. San Diego State Aztecs - Another example of a unique mascot. People say the Aztecs and you think of San Diego State.
1. Richmond Spiders - Seriously the best mascot in the tournament. You never hear of other schools called the Spiders.
One proposal was adopted unanimously, giving the commissioner the power to approve or deny requests to change the color of the playing field from green. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the concern was that sponsors could approach teams and suggest a deal that involved altering a field's color.
As McKay previously noted with a smile, "We don't want any red fields like at Eastern Washington."
What? No dig at Boise State?
March 21, 2011
Washington lost because...
1. They made stupid mistakes down the stretch. Like OJ Simpson stupid mistakes.
2. Bad inbound pass... the type of pass you haven't seen since middle school AAU.
3. God and the eastern part of Washington hates the Huskies.
4. The movie "Twilight" is from the western part of the state and karma is a bitch.
5. They didn't have Damen Wayans spirit helping them out.
Gonzaga lost because...
1. Jimmer Fredette. Or like any year in the NCAA Tournament, a hot-shooting college star that lights up the Zags and knocks them out of the tournament. Stephen Curry anyone?
2. Hey you've heard it before... Mark Few can't guard the three, the pope is Catholic and sun is actually a star.
3. Gonzaga got their quota for tournament wins of the year. I mean after all, they are the Duke of the west coast and the Blue Devils lose in the second round all the time right?
4. That rowdy Kennel Club with the four kids that jump up and down weren't at the game.
5. America's Team... which strangley only has fans in the Northwest, just couldn't handle America's player, Jimmer Fredette, who strangely only has fans in Utah.
March 17, 2011
The area is just amazing.
The Emerald City - A Scenic Short Film
by Joel Edwards
Ken Griffey Jr. issued a prepared statement when he suddenly retired from baseball last June -- and didn't say another word about it.
Finally, at spring training Wednesday with the Seattle Mariners, Griffey discussed his reasons for leaving the game and the way he did it, insisting it will be the only time he addresses it.
"I just felt that it was more important for me to retire and instead of being a distraction, it no longer became the Seattle Mariners, it became, 'When is Ken doing this? When is Ken doing that?' and that's something I didn't want to have my teammates, who I truly cared about, having to answer these types of questions day in and day out," Griffey said in Peoria, Ariz.
Griffey reminded reporters that he previously had said when it came time to walk away, he would do it quickly and quietly.
"You want me to apologize for something that I felt was right? I had to do what I thought was right for me," he said.
Griffey was batting .184 with no home runs and seven RBIs when, on June 2, he issued a retirement statement through the Mariners, got in his car and drove home to Orlando, Fla., abruptly ending a 22-season career.
Griffey said Wednesday that he previously had told the Mariners' front office "that if I become a distraction or feel that I would be a distraction, then I would retire, because that's the one thing that I didn't want," according to the Seattle Times.
READ MORE HERE
March 15, 2011
And the Northern Rangers were at that first game in 2009. Here's our video from it:
March 14, 2011
Yesterday, on my way back from Bozeman, I found myself in the midst of an RV convoy. There were three of them in a line, each hauling a camper behind them. Much like a street gang in "Mad Max" They would rumble through a stretch of road at 80 m.p.h. nearly losing control of their vehicles at every corner and boxing in poor, unsuspecting cars while they tried to pass them. Since these RVs had no really passing ability whatsoever, cars had to wait agonozingly long as they tried to creep ahead.
It was the grossest mis-use of motor vehicles I'd seen in a long time. I counted at least three accidents they almost caused. Can't wait for their drivers licenses to be taken away.
March 13, 2011
They're driving crappy cars - Hollywood gets this right again. Go to your local newspaper and look at the parking lot. Chances are you won't see any Hummers or Mercedes in the parking lot. A 1983 beat up Honda Civic? Journalism at its finest.
They're always reporting on important things - Completely false. You haven't lived until you've covered a city council meeting where they're arguing over the importance of adding a secondary committee on meal planning for the old folks home or not. It's thrilling stuff.
When they're on a big story, people chase and shoot at us - Nope. The phone just rings off the hook with people trying to correct the name that we put about the hot dog vendor that was four blocks down from the murder and didn't see a thing.
All journalists are columnists, very attractive and write about their sex life - Completely false. Most columnists have been at the newspaper for 30 years, are old, cynical, haven't had sex in 20 years and hate the world.
They need film developed for their photos - Ummm, think back to when you last used a film camera? Not since the late 90s...
Their sources meet them on top of skyscrapers or call them in abandoned phone booths - They'll probably call at 8:30 p.m. at night when you have terrible cell phone reception.
March 12, 2011
I want to apologize to all of the Spokane Shock fans around the country because we did not play up to our potential this weekend. I will never let this happen again. I am embarrassed and upset for our players, organization, and coaching staff. I take full responsibility for this loss. "I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan
You don't here a football coach say things like that very often. Good for him to step up, and knowing Rob Keefe, he really means it. Chances are the Shock won't be losing to many teams this season...
March 11, 2011
March 9, 2011
March 8, 2011
Former Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones probably would not mind running behind a line composed of the Football Championship Subdivision's top offensive prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft.
It's a solid year for the big men, most of whom were offensive tackles in college but are expected to convert to the guard position in the NFL. Villanova's Ben Ijalana and Lehigh's Will Rackley are longtime college standouts who project into NFL starters, while Appalachian State center Daniel Kilgore and guards David Arkin of Missouri State, Kevin Hughes of Southeastern Louisiana and Mike Person of Montana State are similar in size and share the same hopes of being more than NFL backups.
As for Jones, he's the most NFL-ready player in the skills positions. But he battled an assortment of injuries at Eastern Washington before deciding to enter the draft as a junior.
Here's what The Sports Network had to say about Eastern Washington's star running back:
Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington, 6-0, 195 Projected Round: Third/Fourth The lowdown: A breakaway runner who is entering the NFL Draft as a junior, Jones also is injury prone. No injury was more costly for him than the broken left foot he suffered this past season in the FCS quarterfinals, which caused him to miss Eastern Washington's games in the national semifinals and final. Otherwise, what's not to like about him? Over the last two seasons, he rushed for nearly 3,000 yards on over 7.7 yards per carry. Despite his size, he's productive on runs between the tackles. He can catch passes (64 receptions in the last two seasons), but will need to bulk up to be a pass blocker. He has a tendency to run upright, which makes him susceptible to hard hits. If he can stay relatively free of injuries, he projects to be a productive change-of- pace back and return man.
I sure hope that Jones goes to a great team that will allow him to shine. Two star Eastern players in the NFL would be amazing!
March 7, 2011
Eastern Washington men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine was informed Monday morning by Eagles athletic director Bill Chaves that his contract will not be renewed.
Earlywine, who is in his fourth year as Eastern’s head coach, told The Spokesman-Review that he met with Chaves and learned of his firing but was given no specifics on why the contract will not be renewed.
“I’m disappointed,” said Earlywine, who compiled a 10-20 record this season and is 46-73 overall, “but as disappointed as I am for myself I’m even more disspointed for my players and my assistant coaches.”
Now who could possibly be the new head coach at EWU?
March 5, 2011
When you play the game, it might seem as if the four ghosts are actively chasing you. That's not exactly true. Iwatani intentionally avoided programming them with that purpose, since that would have resulted in Pac-Man zipping around the screen with four ghosts always right behind him.
Instead, it's only Blinky, the red ghost, who doggedly pursues you throughout the game. Pinky, the pink ghost (naturally), simply wants to position itself at a point that's 32 pixels in front of Pac-Man's mouth. The blue ghost, Inky, is seeking to position itself at a similar fixed spot. And Clyde, the orange ghost, moves completely at random.
You can read the full story here.
March 4, 2011
This short fellow from Illinois College put together this awesome dunk reel. His name is Jacob Tucker and he's a wee 5'11" ... which is my height. There's a campaign to get him into the slam dunk contest, but I has some complaints about that...
1. Tucker plays D-III basketball, they don't have their own dunk contest? Ohhh... wait... it's division 3, nobody can dunk there anyways.
2. He's not tall enough to get on a Disneyland ride. Okay that's a lie, actually 5'11" isn't thaaaat short, I don't know why everyone is playing it up. That's pretty much the average height for a human being. So why are we packaging him as the short guy.
3. If he isn't a short guy than he probably doesn't have the cocky short guy attitude that everyone hates. Nobody will root against him.
4. All those dunks are great, but did he dunk over a car... a la Blake Griffin? I think not.
5. The Facebook group campaigning for him has 700 fans and this is after Deadspin picked the story up, so nobody cares...
1. The lady had her left turn signal on for about 20 miles. When I drove by her I noticed she was old.
2. While passing another person completely legally they tried to swerve in my lane because they didn't check to see me passing. It was another old person.
Something tells me that old people should not be on the road.
March 3, 2011
North by Northwest has just signed a contract to film, “Thunderballs, ” a sitcom pilot, for the cable TV channel Spike.
It’s about three 30-something guys on a beer league bowling team. As North by Northwest’s Rich Cowan points out, “Spokane should be a good city for that.”
The pilot will be filmed in May and if it gets picked up by Spike network, the entire series will be filmed here.
Will it have stars? Casting is still under discussion, but Cowan predicts it will have some “recognizable” names. It will probably use some local actors and extras as well.
Anyone else wonder if Adam Morrison will make a guest star appearance?
March 2, 2011
Here's a little poster to get you all pumped for the game...
I'm sure The King's Speech is a wonderful movie.
Judging from the clips they've shown so far in the movie I can already tell it's a well-crafted, well thought out movie. But alas, I'm a 25-year-old guy.
You see, I'm just getting sick of people telling me I should go see The King's Speech like everyone told me to go see Avatar. I had no interest to see it in the first place because subject matter just isn't in my wheelhouse of entertainment, and it winning a bunch of awards shouldn't change that.
First off, it's not going to live up to the hype now and I'll be like any other person who rents it thinking they'll be lulled into the great cinematic adventure known to man. "Oh well it was good.... it was good... wait, it won Best Picture?"
They really need to break "The Best of" for movies into several categories instead of just one. It's a movie about the King of England overcoming his stutter. I don't know if I want to invest two hours into that in a theater. There are a lot of people that would enjoy that kind of thing. I'm just not one of them.
Again, I'm sure it's really well done but I need a movie to mean something specifically to me before I watch it. Like The Hangover. I've been known to have a hangover or two. I can relate! British royalty and their speaking problems? No so much. Seriously. I know it's infinitely more in-depth than that, but when you're a busy working man like myself, you only get so much time to invest into your entertainment zone and this is not something I want on the mantle.
Why? Because I'm 25. I want a movie I can text quotes too and make analogies. I want a movie that for the most part when I say "Remember in the Hangover when..." most people know what I'm talking about. If I go "Remember in The King's Speech when..." somebody's eyeballs are liable to explode.
At least somebody in my age demographic. We like explosions, comedy and the occasional breast to appear on screen.
And heck, if it comes on TV, I might sit down and watch the thing. I might even rent it on DVD, but it's going to be on my terms.
Oh these people that sniff wine and tell me how grand this flick is remind me of San Antonio Spurs fans. They love telling you how great their team is and how wonderful and fundamental their team plays. But they do it more for their own general ego (Oh look at my cultured self I like Tim Duncan and his lack of spectacular dunking. Tony Parker is French! I'm so cultured) than for your own good as a basketball fan.
Face facts, Spurs fans, your team is old and about as fun to watch as a tree beetle documentary.
I feel like movie fans are telling me this movie is great just to think to themselves "Yes! I'm cultured, I loved the movie that won Best Picture! Whaaat? You don't want to see it? You're missing out. I'm better than you."
(The British are good about doing that)
And right about now you're probably thinking "pssh Brandon I don't think I'm better than you because I saw the Kings Speech and you didn't" ... well then why do you keep bringing it up?!?! My movie habits have no effect on you yet you still feel compelled to tell me how wonderful this movie is. Hmmmm...
So again, I'm sure it's a fantastic flick. I'm sure it does everything right. But it's not in my library of things to see. It's not a knock against it, but I have a certain requirement for the movies I like (lightsabers) and I stick to them.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go see the A-Team.
March 1, 2011
Well Washington State University's very own Zach Enyeart has up loaded his own trick shot video.
Only being a long snapper his is a bit different.
None the less it's some amazing talent. He's hoping it will get him noticed and take him to the NFL.
Check it out:
127 hours might have been snubbed at the Oscars over the weekend, but today it is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Now I sadly didn't get the chance to see it in theaters so I'm stoked that 127 hours is finally on DVD.
I've been excited for this movie since I first heard about that James Franco was cast as Aron Ralston last January.
The DVD features the commentary tracks and bonus deleted scenes, while the Blu-Ray version, in addition to those, has a mini documentary on Search and Rescue techniques.
Once I do see the movie I'll definitely let you guys know what I thought of it.
And you can still check out the trailer for 127 hours at Just South of North.
Bummer thing is this isn't a list you want to be number one on.
Seattle has been named the most miserable sports city in America.
Here's what the list was based on.
Where have U.S. sports fans suffered the most misery? Not futility, but the heartbreak that comes from building fans' hopes up only to let them down in the end. Sticking to sports towns with at least 75 cumulative seasons in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, we rank each by playoff failures (the deeper you lose in the playoffs, the more misery points) and championship droughts.
And here's why Seattle is number one:
Teams: Seahawks, Mariners, Sonics
Championship round record: 1-3
Semifinal round record: 4-7
Total Seasons/championships: 111/1
Last title: 1979
This year's 7-9 Seahawks snagged a bogus home playoff game thanks to a faulty seeding system that rewarded them for winning a weak division, but they promptly lost in Chicago the following week. Meantime, Kevin Durant and the Sonics are in Oklahoma City, and the Mariners, losers of 101 games last year, are still trying to reach a World Series after three trips to the ALCS. We're not counting the one-year run of baseball's Pilots in 1969.
Can you say ouch?
Here's the rest of the top 10.
5. San Diego
7. Kansas City
With the MLS season starting on March 15, with Seattle Sounders FC hosting the L.A. Galaxy, many are wondering about the conferences now that Portland and Vancouver have joined the league.
The addition of Portland and Vancouver brings the league to 18 teams. The MLS wanted to have two conferences of nine teams.
Since the league currently had two conferences of eight teams someone would have to move to the East. Unless the league did something dumb like make Portland go to the East.
But thankfully the MLS decided to continue with the geography and send the furthest East team of the Western Conference to the East. That would be the Houston Dynamo.
Along with the new Conferences also comes a new play-off qualifying system for the league.
With 18 teams playing a balanced schedule, we will see the top three teams from each conference automatically qualify, followed by four wild-card teams regardless of conference.
However, the wild-card teams square off with a play-in game to reach the main field, where the survivor with the lowest seed will face the conference winner with the most regular-season points, and the higher-seeded wild-card team will play the opposite conference winner.Now I'm not sure what will happen next season once Montreal joins the league. But we'll worry about that next year. For now, let's just hope the season get's started the right way in two weeks. With a Sounders FC victory!
Shot in a vérité style, TROLLHUNTER is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy.
A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, TROLLHUNTER delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.