October 26, 2011

Amazing Halloween Light Show

Everyone has seen the dancing houses covered in Christmas lights. But how about Halloween lights.

Check this out.

And if you like that, you can view more on his youtube page.

October 23, 2011

Coldplay Paradise video

I love the new song by Coldplay called "Paradise."

It's great. And today I saw the video. Really creative and who doesn't love an elephant on a unicycle?

October 14, 2011

I'm taking the plunge this year... becoming a super college basketball fan

WHY NBA? WHY? I've done nothing but love you and stick up for you these past few years, telling people that you have the best players, story lines (Stern vs. Cuban, come on! It's like Stone Cold vs. McMahon) and entertaining factors of all the major sports. Alas, you're going to plungue into that nasty pit of labor hell and cancel the first two weeks of your season.

... and judging from the articles I've read, there probably will be more than that cancelled. Even if you do come back online this year, it's going to be an abbreviated season with a lessened quality of play and stats that will be skewed.

Hence, I'm going to do this. After years of dogging this sport for sucking, I'm going to jump head first into college basketball. Oh boy, I am looking forward to the beneath the rim play and point guards I don't recognize because they'll only be in school one year. Bring on the pain!

Here's what I'll be hoping for...

1. Eagles improve with Jim Hayford as their coach
After winning 79 percent of his games at Whitworth, he can turn things around at EWU right? Here's hoping. I think that his ties to the Spokane community will mean better local recruiting. I'm not asking for a conference championship here - just finish around .500 guys.

2. Gonzaga guys will suck, girls will rock
Don't ask me how I can root so murderously against the Zags but cheer on the Lady Zags. There's seriously something wrong with me and I think it may have something to do with my inability to grow Adam Morrison-esque facial hair. Anyways, I hope the guys go down in flames.

Alright who's ready to go?!

The vehicle I want to own someday


October 12, 2011

The Avengers trailer

The Avengers movie has been a long time coming. Actually five movies building up to it.

I can't wait!

October 7, 2011

The Brandon Hansen NFL Column

The Titans are 3-1 and killing it right now! Super excited to see how they finish the season in a division with a notoriously choke-friendly Texans team, a Manning-less Colts team and the LA Jags. But first, lets see what this week has in story for us...

Panters vs. Saints
I'm starting to call him Cam "Empty Calorie Stats" Newton. Sure he puts up big numbers as a rookie, but how much of that has been in garbage time? I'm not dogging him, but I'm certainly not picking him over the Saints and Drew Brees.

Eagles vs. Bills
This is the week where Philadelphia finally pulls their collective heads out of their nether regions. I know the Bills are talented and are the feel-good team of the year so far, but remember that an Andy Reid team with high expectations always starts off slow, picks up and finds a way into the post season. They won't overlook the Bills like they did with San Francisco.

Chiefs vs. Colts
Lets play "Which team is more gawdawful!" I'm gonna go with the Colts on this one, they showed some life last week against the Bucs, who aren't a complete flaming train-wreck. I think they're slowly figuring out how to score some points. If they're going to win a game this season, they have a good chance against the Chiefs. Kansas City has been blown out twice this season to good teams, barely lost to division rival San Diego when it was in its September funk and eeked by Minnesota. Not exactly a powerhouse.

Bengals vs. Jags
Cincinatti wins this one because they at least appear to be a somewhat interesting team. The Jags meanwhile, are getting called out by New England linemen for not adjusting to the other teams offense with audibles (Namely, how you play defense in the NFL). Or not moving at all on defense when the offense lines up to run a play. That's not a good sign for them.

Giants vs. Seahawks
I don't know New York does this but they'll be 4-1 after defeating Seattle. Don't tell me you think the Seahawks have a chance, on the road, against a team in the NFL. However, I still am going to be scratching my head while trying to explain how Eli Manning and the Giants are freaking 4-1. Give that NFL scheduler a medal.

Vikings vs. Cardinals
Vikings pick up their first win of the season. They've played in close games in their first four games of the season and while be home for this one. While Donovan McNabb is a zombie, I think with it being at the Metrodome, and the fact that the Cardinals are 1-3 and not as good as their record indicates, this means a W for the Purple People Eaters.

Titans vs. Steelers
Tennessee's D vs. that awful Pittsburgh line? Better hope they have a big enough stretcher to carry off Big Ben in. I'm not saying its going to be a blowout as these two teams usually play one another pretty close, but do you really want to put your money on Pittburgh's hobbled quarterback behind one and a half linemen?

Raiders vs. Texans
The Raiders really do follow the Oakland Aura. They're talented, with tons of speed, lack discipline but look promising this season. Matt Schaub didn't look great last week and they'll be without Andre Johnson. The Texans beat an Steelers team that is actually using Lingerie League linemen to protect Big Ben, and will be hard pressed to stop the Raiders No. 1 rushing offense. See where I'm getting out here? The TEXANS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! AND WE LET THEM OFF THE HOOK! They're a bunch of pretenders.

Bucs vs. 49ers
The Bucs were hard-pressed to beat Indy and didn't look like the most dynamic offense in the world against them. San Francisco is coming off their big win against Philadelphia, and have a shutdown defense while their offense looks like it can actually score points now. I think the Niners win this one. Yep that's right, pencil them down for 12-4 and a trip to the NFC Championship game.

Chargers vs. Broncos
The next time I pick the Broncos is when they clone John Elway and install him at quarterback again. Otherwise, no dice.

Jets vs. Pats
IF YOU PUT MONEY ON THE JETS... think to yourself after Tom Brady scores a touchdown after five plays during the opening drive of the game, who are the Jets trotting out to tie the game up? Mark Sanchez. Yeah I think I'm going to go with Brady on this.

Falcons vs. Packers
Falcons are gritty, but not a great team. Certainly not a good enough team to defeat the Packers.

Lions vs. Bears
Everybody is rolling on the Lions. This is the perfect time for the Bears to roll in and put a stop to the undefeated season. I'm not saying the Bears are great, but their a tough team and I think this Lions team has a knack for falling behind by a lot of points early. If they do that, they're not coming from 20 points down against the Bears' defense.

Epic Video: Adam Morrison gets tossed from European game

Good god, Adam Morrison is really going with the whole Jesus look isn't he?

October 6, 2011

Honey Badger Wonderful Pistachios

The Honey Badger don't care.

It's a true statement. And now he apparently likes pistachios.

Wonderful pistachios has some of the most creative commercials out there. And their latest one is even more proof of this.

Oh, and in case you have been under a rock and don't know how much the honey badger don't care. Enjoy!

(Warning: some dead snake scenes and some language)

Brett Favre is still an old man that sucks at life

Let me spell it out to you all. Football is a team sport. The quarterback needs his linemen to protect him. He needs his wide receivers to catch the ball. He needs his running backs to block and run the ball. He needs his defense to stop the other team on occasion. Hence the term "system quarterback" is absolutely absurd.

However, if a quarterback leads his team to a Super Bowl championship, and week-in and week-out scores more fantasy football points by himself than the Kansas City Chiefs... something tells me he's talented. Anyone who thinks Aaron Rodgers is just a lucky guy, has never watched Aaron Rodgers play football. Give him the eyeball test and watch how many of his touchdowns result in you going "Wow, the quarterback made an awesome play."

Brett Favre has apparently never watched Aaron Rodgers play. Here's the comments Favre had to say about him earlier this week.

"...he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. I don't think there's any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I'm really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year season, it hadn't quite clicked yet and I didn't know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they're going to be hard to beat. And that's what happened."

Here's how ridiculous this statement is. If Aaron Rodgers did indeed fall in a good situation, why the heck couldn't Brett Favre, the greatest quarterback of all time (according to him) make it to a Super Bowl with that same talent-loaded team? Oh that's right, Brett Favre throws a lot of interceptions.

Something tells me Favre is a little jealous that Rodgers has erased No. 4 from the memory of Packers fans and felt the need to get into the headlines again. But really? Fell into a good situation? Green Bay is the smallest market in the NFL. It's not like they can lure all the top talent to town with their beach sides and warm winter weather. Jordy Nelson isn't exactly Calvin Johnson either.

You take Aaron Rodgers off the Packers and I bet you they don't make the playoffs.

You take Brett Favre off the Packers and they win a Super Bowl.

If it was such a good situation, why did you ... um retire... Brett?

October 5, 2011

Epic Photo: Good Idea

40-year old mom playing soccer

While Casey and I are out of college for a few years now and have already gained tons of weight and pretty much lost any physical prowess (Well at least I have), Deirdre Morris is apparently ageless.

The 40-year old mother is now playing college soccer for Evergreen State College. While the school has been known to be a tad bit unconventional (namely you get to design your own degree), this story is something you don't hear every day.

It’s not about trying to recapture her youth, or an attempt to live out an unfinished athletic dream. Mercer Island’s Deirdre Morris Dornay just wants to play women’s soccer at the collegiate level.

Dornay is a starting midfielder at The Evergreen State College, an NAIA member of the Cascade Conference. She is the ideal facilitator on offense, with deft touch and unwavering will. She is unquestionably the fittest member of the squad.

And at 40 years old, the mother of four is also the oldest player on the team. She’s also 31/2 years older than her coach, Adam Fenster.

“She provides a ton of energy, and has endurance like you wouldn’t believe,” Fenster said. “And she is great with our kids. She doesn’t try and parent them. She blends in as much as she can.
“She did not play club soccer like a lot of our kids, so she very much is still learning this side of it.”

In other news, I threw my back out the other day... watching football.

October 1, 2011

The Brandon Hansen NFL Column

Now that the Tennessee Titans are 2-1, I really have to get onto the "Here comes Matt Hasselbeck!" bandwagon. Thanks to Peyton Manning's incredibly shrinking neck, the Titans are going to fight the Texans for the AFC South division title.

That is, of course, unless Chris Johnson continues to run like crap and Matt Hasselbeck gets injured (which, it's Matt Hasselbeck, it's bound to happen) and tries to play hurt, meaning he'll force passes and cause turnovers. I've watched enough Seahawks games to know how this goes. However, for now, I'll enjoy the 2-1 start.

Now here are the NFL games this week...

Lions vs. Cowboys 
I'm not sure how much I can believe the whole "Detroit starts 4-0." The Lions are a young team and they're going to hit roadblocks along the way. This has trap game written all over it, except that it's against the Dallas Cowboys. Did you see them against Washington? It's hard to put your money on them after watching the center struggle to snap the ball to Tony Romo. And Romo? That was considered one of his best wins? Did anyone look at his stats after the game. BLEEEECH. I'm still gonna have to go with the Lions with this one, because Dallas just isn't that good.

Bills vs. Bengals
The Bengals are like Last Call with Carson Daily. It's terrible, but for some reason it's still on the air. Cincinatti is terrible, you can't get really too excited about them, but they're still a football team. However, they play a good Bills team and they're going to get whacked. Just look at the QB matchup, this year's surprise QB and fantasy god Ryan Fitzpatrick (soon to win the Matt Cassel award of getting a fatty contract and then probably sucking) vs. Problem Child. Yeaaah gonna go with Fitzpatrick on this one.

Panthers vs. Bears
Chicago is a mediocre team. They'll lose the games they should and win the games they should for an 8-8 record. Against Carolina, they'll pressure Cam Newton into throwing picks (something people having quite told you about Newton... he's turnover prone), and come away with the victory. However, don't oversell on the Bears.

Vikings vs. Chiefs
Yeah I'm not picking the Chiefs in any game this year. Sorry Kansas City, better wait for baseball season to start.

Browns vs. Titans 
I'm going to go with the homer pick here. The Browns don't exactly cause me to get excited when I'm running through picks of the week. The Titans are better than expected. I know they lost Kenny Brit BUT I don't think they'll be hurting against the Browns. Although we haven't seen Mr. Hyde Hasselbeck yet so this could end badly.

Redskins vs. Rams
I am humorously rooting for Washington to make the playoffs this year. I want to see a Rex Grossman resurgence. This will be one of those games where he picks apart the opposing secondary and we'll get a nice Washington Post article about how Rex "isn't as bad as everyone thinks!" I love the 24-media news cycle for that exact reason.

Eagles over 49ers
Run the ball. Run the ball. Run the ball. Poor pass by Alex Smith. Run the Ball. Run the Ball. Run the Bal.... FUMBLE or STUFFED AT THE GOALINE. Yep I just described the 49ers offense. Do you think that's going to get it done against the Eagles?

Saints vs. Jaguars
The Saints may not be able to play defense but I think they'll be able to outscore a Jags offense that looks about as lifeless as Al Davis.

Texans vs. Steelers
So lets get the poorly-coached, unbalanced but talented Texans and throw them against one of the best  franchises in the NFL? A franchise that plays tough defense and will ram it down the throat of the finesse Texans? This doesn't end well for Houston.

Seahawks vs. Falcons
I think Atlanta is better than everyone thinks, and while it's at the Seahawks home stadium, I'm going to venture a guess and say Matt Ryan can outduel T-Jack. Just a hunch.

Packers vs. Broncos
Lets just hope Denver fans go into this game thinking "Hey! We have a shot!" I know that's not the case, but it would be funny to see Broncos fans get their fake hopes crushed.

Dolphins over Chargers
Can't wait for a signature shot of Phillip Rivers snapping and yelling at his teammates again. This guy is just a standup John Lackey.

Patriots vs. Raiders
After the Raiders collect roughly 200 yards in penalties against the finely-tuned Patriots, you'll be regretting going with Oakland.

Jets vs. Ravens
The Ravens are one of the best teams in the AFC while I think the Jets have some concerns they need to address. The Jets are 2-1 and they've been the Cowboys (bad team) and the Jags (awful team), and lost to the Raiders (meeehhhhh, marginal playoff team). Also factor in that the Ravens crushed a defense-minded, tough as nails team in Pittsburgh with their own brand of smash mouth football. Something tells me the same happens to the Jets.

Bucs vs. Colts
JAWSH FREEMAN! If you put a bet on the Colts this season, you're a moron.

It all makes sense now

Epic Photo: Here come the Chiefs