NFL week 14 Live blog

It’s about an hour and a half before kick off, so I am starting to load up all of the barely football related pics into the blog post for this weeks edition of NFL live blog.  Ok, honestly these pics have nothing to do with football.  It is just a bunch of hot smart girls. Some are Mensa chicks, some are Harvard chicks, and some are High School valedictorians. Not current high school valedictorians, but women who are totally of legal age right now, but when in high school were the valedictorians.  Whatever, don’t judge me. I like the ladies.

I will be watching from home today cause I don’t feel like getting dressed or leaving the house.  Fox is showing the giants at vikings and cbs is showing bengals at steelers.  This is the first week of the playoffs for me, but I don’t have any players in either of those games.  This means lots of stat tracking on yahoo during the games.

Ok lets get the smart hot girl parade started with Natalie Portman.  Yeah I could go into depth about how intellegent each of these women are, citing examples, and providing links to further information, but I don’t feel like doing that.  I’m lazy and I’d rather keep the intros short. Natalie Portman graduated from High School with a perfect 4.0 and graduated from Harvard with a B.S in Psychology.

It looks like the giants V vikings game got rescheduled since there is a huge snowstorm up there and the roof colapsed. I think they are going to air the Packers game which would be good since I have Donald Driver in fantasy. Nope, it’s Redskins Vs. Tampa. Ok, well I have Chris cooley so this game is important as well. I have a bye week in my cut throat league even though i’m on a two game loosing streak.  I’m also in a couple other leagues but i’m in last place in one, first place in the other, and honestly don’t care about either of them.

These announcers are going to ride the shit out of Josh Freeman i can already tell.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy, but I hate when announcers go crazy with their praise of a player.  Wow, did Freeman underthrouw that ball.  I guess the announcers won’t be talking about Freeman’s deep ball today.

I’m so dissapointed with McNabb this season.  I really wanted him to do better than Kolb, which I guess he technically has since he’s still playing, but I wanted the Redskins to do well and for the Eagles to suffer for letting him go.  Nice run by Torrain, although most of it was just speed.   The announcers just said that the skins need to find a way of getting  Cooley involved and I couldn’t agree more. Whoooooo Fantasy football.

McNabb just tried to throw a bounce pass to Cooley who was wide open.  Yeahhhhhhh!!!!!! no points for me.  Oh wait. Darren McFadden just scored a TD. Less than six minute into the game and he has a TD, five touches for a total of 75 yards. Nice. That helps me in a big way for him to get off to a good start.

Whoooo!!! pizza is here. yum. Green pepers and red onions.  That’s kind of Christmasey right?

Ok next up we have another Harvard chick, well I think she went there but I’m not sure. I do remember that she has a photographic memory and is very talented musically. So good for her.  Rashida Jones has probably done a bunch of other intelligent stuff but you can look that up on your own.

Hot lanta is up 14 nothing pretty early on in their game.  I have their kicker so the high scoring is good, although i’d prefer a pair of field goals instead of TDs.  I love commenting on commercials so I guess I should mention that I think I don’t like the Dodge Charger commercial with the whole American Revolution theme.  It’s a little too over the top on the nose symbolism.  It’s like the Dodge people said “We would like to have the Charger associated with how great america is, you know stuff like muscle cars and freedom.”  Then the ad people came up with the least subtle approach they could think of and filmed it.

Wet field conditions are so advantageous to running backs. It’s harder for the D to square up to make a tackle, plus the RB is wet and slippery so tackling in of itself is more difficult.  Plus on Defense you are reacting to the offense so you are more likely to slip than the offense can.  That’s one of the reasons Torain is tearing up right now, plus he’s healthy and the Redskins O line are actually blocking well.

Once again another redzone chance and no catches by Cooley and Redskins are attempting AND MISSING a Field Goal.  Two missed field goals today. Holy shit is he fired.

Danica McKellar was Wendy on the wonder years and after that show ended she went to college and became a huge math geek, kind of by accident, and ended up having some formulas named after her.

Speaking of weather conditions having an impact. Blount was running hard through tacklers and then the ball gets poked out kind of easily.  So the bad weather can cut both ways.  The Skins need to get some points off of this turnover.  If they don’t, I predict they loose.  Anytime you see one team dominate but not actually get any points from their lucky breaks and big plays, it often catches up to them once the other team starts clicking on all cylinders.

I also think that when one team makes mistakes and the other team doesn’t capitalize, it gives that first team more confidence cause they almost feel like, ok we can play loose cause even if we make a mistake, it’s not going to hurt us.

Donald Driver still hasn’t caught a pass and there’s only ten minutes left in the first half.   Another redzone possession and now they are going for it on fourth an goal.  Hey TD…. to some white guy not named Cooley. Fuck this shit.  Wow, the redskins kicker barely got the extra point.   It looks like Guliver’s Travels staring Jack Black might be pretty good since it looks like it is going to be right in Jack Black’s wheel house.  Also I think Olivia Wilde is in it, and she’s sooooooooooo ooooooooooo hot.

I love the Geico commercial with R Lee M .. you know the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket. I forget what his last name is.  The way he suddenly screams at his patient makes me laugh every time.

Ok, how about another hot, partially asian chick. Asia Carrera was a pornstar, but before that she was a Mensa Member, and a classically trained pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16.

I’m not sure why I’m thinking about this, but did you know that Olivia Wilde’s maiden name is Cockburn. Seriously, check out her Wikipedia page. it’s true. probably.  Ok, one catch by Driver for five yards is better than nothing but I need something more from him and cooley in the second half.  McFadden is tearing up and has almost 100 yards receiving.  Matt Bryant looks like he might get several more FG or Xpt attempts in his game so that’s good.   Ok, two minute drill for the redskins. Lets see if Cooley gets any looks.  Torain is making the Bucs D his bitch by the way.  I hope he at least kisses them on the neck or buys them dinner or something.

Come on, you are inside the Ten. Throw to Cooley. pppppplllleeeeaaasssseeeeeeee….. pretty please.

Oh, I forgot to mention that yes, that is asia carrera playing the piano naked above, the pic is angled so you can’t see anything but that is totally hot.  If I ever become insanely rich i’m going to get me one of those for my house.  The hot asian piano player doesn’t have to be a pornstar but it wouldn’t hurt either I guess.

Matt Bryant just kicked a field goal, so I’m happy with what he’s been doing so far.

WTH are the redskins doing. They are inside the five, get a delay of game AFTER calling a time out. annnnnnddddddd incomplete pass, so here comes a field goal attempt who is oh and two right now. The pass wasn’t thrown to Cooley by the way, and the field goal kick was barely good.

And for some more Mensa inspired hotness we have Shakira. Yep, that Shakira, the singer Shakira, is in fact a mensa member.

So the half time highlights of the packers game show Rodgers getting injured, so now i’m dependent on Matt Flynn throwing the ball to driver in what looks like an ugly low scoring game. Shit.

The vikings roof collapse looks cool.  It’s amazing how awesome a stadium roof leak/collapse can look when there isn’t a city full of flood victims under it.

Bucs kicked a squib for second half kickoff and the bucks actually got it back after some guy let it bounce off his chest around the 30 something.  Redskins suck.  Ok, Tampa, just score, and then let redskins throw all day to Cooley.

Why does Southwest advertise the fact that you can only buy tickets at their site as a positive feature?  That actually kind of sucks.  I’d rather just go to Travelocity and get rates from all the major airlines except southwest, then waste my time going to southwest.com.

Torain is doing really well. You know who’s not?  Chris Cooley. Still, plenty of time left for him to make an impact. ….. and three and out. Way to go redskins. Hopefully Matt Flynn is doing better with the Pack.

Ok how about another hot singer. Alicia Keys graduated from her HS as the valedictorian at age 16 and then left Columbia University cause she would rather make shit tons of money making awesome songs like Empire State of Mind.

Deangello Hall is about to get ejected if he doesn’t settle down.  He’s kind of sucked ass today and is the main reason Tampa is even in this game right now.  London Fletcher is such a wiley veteran.  This game is starting to get pretty boring though. Three minutes left in third and Cooley still has no catches.

Another TD by McFadden. He’s helping to pick up the slack for Driver and Cooley.  Everytime they show McFadden I keep thinking he’s Charlie Garner.  Another TD by the falcons which means another xtra point by Bryant for me.

WOW what a terrible fumble by freeman. first and goal at the one and it just slips out as he takes it from center.  The best part is that it took him too long to realize he didn’t have the football.  Most times that happens the QB dives into the back of the center immediately.  Still, Tampa has the ball back now after another redskins three an out and they are driving again.

There’s more hot mensa women like Gina Davis, but i don’t feel like downloading any more pics right now. Maybe later. Also, ina Davis is old right now, which is gross. Speaking of gross I just did a google image search for Gina Davis and some ripped weightlifter chick showed up in the half the results.  i guess her name is actually spelled Geena Davis.

VS. 

One of these women is a mensa member of Hollywood, and the other can bench press a car.

And Tampa takes the lead back thanks to a Vernon Davis like play from Freeman and Winslow.

Hey they have Mike Perrira from the LA broadcast center with an in game segment that added absolutely nothing to the broadcast.  Wow. That is a worthless segment they do. I   OMG IOMG IO++ OMG OMG OMG chris cooley finally caught a pass.   7  yards. That gives him almost a full fantasy point in my league. Hey another catch two plays later. holy hell. 15 yards on this catch.  Maybe if I stay sarcastic He’ll keep catching passes.

Oh hey another catch that didn’t go to Cooley, how awesome. I’m sure ignoring your best receiver is going to help you win this game.  Oh and now an incomplete pass to Williams. That’s even better. I bet plays like that will get this team all the way to the super bowl.  Hey another catch by williams that didn’t get a first down. Aweomse, keep it up guys, it’s only a minute left down by 7 now inside the 20.  Great another catch not by Cooley. yeahhhhh!!!! whoooo!!!! …. this sarcasm thing isn’t working well.

Santana Moss TD catch.

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH botched extra point attempt. aaaaannnndddd the skins loose on that play.

I told you that the redskins were going to loose when they didn’t take advantage of all of those redzone trips in the first half.

BTW, it looks like the skins never should have gotten that TD since it was on 5th down, but not really since there was  first down that nobody realized.

Holy shit another TD by McFadden.  He is tearing up for me right now. Thank god. He and Garcon are saving my ass.

Ok, I had to switch over to the Jags V Raiders game since the pitt v cincy game was final and CBS switched to this awesomeness.  MJD just scored so the jags are up 38 to 31 with a minute and a half left.  I wish i had started Garrard since I think he has three TDs in this game.

Ok how about some more Mensa Hotness. Well technically I don’t know if she was ever in Mensa but she had a proported 152 IQ. Jayne Mansfield. Yeah let’s get some old school hotness up in here.

ughhhh terrible sack by Jason Campbell, followed by a stupid over the middle pass by Campbell. I was hoping for Over time so that McFadden would get more points, but how well.

Oh Christ.  If I had known the weather was going to be as bad as it is in Chi town, then I wouldn’t have started Brady. Fuck.  I don’t expect he’s going to be throwing 4 TD passes today.  Granted he is 2 for 2 but he also got sacked once.  My guess is that the pats will do some type of no huddle for most of the game with a mix of short quick passes, and draw plays.  So if they get in the redzone, it will be a crap shoot whether or not they get any TDs and if any of them turn out to be passing TDs.   Ok now, brady is only 2 for 4. shit. This is going to suck.

Whoooooo Malcom Floyd with a TD catch.   oohhhhh thank god. Brady pass almost intercepted. Come on. Get a TD pass here. pplleleeaasseee.  YES TD Pass. He deserves Giesel.

I miss playing football in the snow.  Those were good times.

Ok, the next hot smart chick isn’t the hottest, but she was on that show Dead Like Me, which I really liked, although I only watch the first couple of episodes and then stopped for no apparent reason.  She is in Mensa, and here are some reasonably attractive pics of her.

Dang, Pats TD but on the ground. Still lots of passing from Brady in this game so far.   That actually hurts me since i have the bears D. So I want Pats TDs but only if Brady throws or runs them in.

Bears fumble returned for TD. That might kind of help me if they don’t credit the points against my bears D since the ensuing kick return will give me points.

That Dead like Me chick kind of looks like a less happy/Slutty version of Bree Olson….. who is probably not in Mensa.

Nice, Brian Westbrook with a TD.  That makes up for the FG the pats just kicked and the points it took away from the Bears D.  Nice turnover by pats. Hopefully leads to Brady pass TD. Nope another field goal.  But I did get a TD from Malcom Floyd just now. His second one today.  Whoooo!!!!!!!

Julian Edelmen is a beast today.  Sadly his punt return TD got taken back because of a hold.  Jesus, Brady has gotten lucky as hell with defenders droping INT passes.  WOW, TD pass with 5 seconds left like 60 yard pass. That’s awesome for me.

DAMNIT they switched away from the bears/pats game and put on the jetz/dolphins game which i don’t want to watch. Why does god hate me?

Ok let me think about who else I can list as hot and crazy smart.  The red head from mythbusters Kari Byron.

Supposedly that last pic is actually her, but I have my doubts.

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a couple of things that made me laugh

I’m spent most of this weekend watching Deadwood for the first time. I’ll write about that later, but for now I saw a pair of pics on the internet I thought were hilarious.

 

 

I use to work at a call center in the Customer Service department and we use to keep a file of batshit crazy letters.  The fact that this company felt the need to actually respond to these bat shit crazy letters is what separates this guys effort above that of the mearly annoying or moronic.

Season Finale for SOA and possible series finale for Terriers

Tuesday night was the season three finale for Sons of Anarchy and last night was the season 1 finale for Terriers.  As of right now SOA has already been renewed for at least a 4th season but Terriers is more than likely going to get cancelled.  I thought I’d jot down some quick thoughts on what I thought of each season finale and also entire season as well.

SOA – Season 3 as a whole

I was more than a little frustrated with this season right from the first couple episodes.  Judging by half the post on the SOA IMDB message board, I wasn’t alone in feeling frustrated with the pace and direction the show was taking.  Many people were getting tired of Gemma being the star of every episode and the lack of screen time Opie, Elivis Guy, Mohawk, and Piney were getting this year.  These were things I didn’t mind that much in of themselves but I did agree that the things that made the first and second season great seemed to be lacking. The first two seasons seemed to have a clear cut direction that the plot was moving, and you could argue that this season did also with the entire club focused on getting to Ireland and getting Jax’s kid back.  The main problem for me is that it took too long to get to Ireland, and the reason for this never really seemed to make sense.

I know there was a lot of explanation given after the fact for why people lied to Jax about his son, and how they tried to use his son as a pawn in a much bigger game, but as I watched it each week, it felt less like grand master plan being played out between multiple grand strategists, and instead just felt like it was forced conflict used to create a series of moments that on their own would be interesting but didn’t flow smoothly as an overall narrative.

In addition to my disatisfaction with the week to week storyline, I had a lot of small minor issues that could only be described as nitpicking. Here’s some that I can remember off the top of my head:

  • Using a blue tint on every scene shot in Ireland was somewhat annoying.
  • If they don’t want Hale’s brother to become Mayor just tell everyone that he has ties to White Power and he won’t be elected.
  • Tara’s boss’ 180 on her support of Tara was stupid, even after you find out why.
  • How much time has actually passed since Opie’s wife was killed, and is it enough time for him to be in love and ready to marry someone.
  • Jax no longer seems to want to push the club in more legitamate direction despite more and more terrible things happening to the club.
  • Jax was WAAAAAYYYYY too touchy feely with his half sister AFTER he found out they were related mid hook up.
  • No SOA member ever looses a one on one fight for even half a second.

These are just minor gripes, but they might actually speak to a larger problem with the show (which weirdly reminds me of the John Stewart Ralley to Restore Sanity).  A very wide range of people like this show and like it for various reasons.  The first two seasons have had a nice mix of bad ass action and soulful drama. Now that were are in season three, people have a pretty good idea of who the characters are, what the story is, and what they want to see happen.  In the first two season you are still learning the characters and are kind of kept off gaurd by new developments that you probably couldn’t have predicted since the show was new and you didn’t have enought of a background to make any prognostication.

Now that everyone is comfortable with the show, they start to project what they like about the show and want to see happen on the show, and then get upset when the show goes in different directions, even if only for short moments.  If you like the show mostly because you like the bad ass outlaw aspect of it, then you probably hate when there is almost an entire episode where the club just does a bunch of talking and no fights or shoot outs break out.  If you are like me and you like the character development and the Shakespearean aspect of the show (the plot is based on either king lear or hamlet, I forget which) then you probably get annoyed when the club stop the soul searching and instead runs some errand where they have to kill guy A so that Biker B will do C.

Since Kurt Sutter has a very specific story arch already mapped out (I’m thinking he probably has a 7 year run of story lines where every season builds to a very specific conclusion – like the shield did) it is hard to look at this season objectively if you can’t put it in the proper contexts since that context hasn’t happened yet.

Sooooooooooo here’s what I’m saying. Season 3 might seem like the worst season of the series so far, but maybe after 7 years if you rewatch the series you might look back on this year and see it from a brand new perspective know that you know the full story and can see how pivotal certain moments were to the over all plot of the show.

SOA – Season finale

How did the season finale compare to the rest of the season? Did it follow suit and disappoint me or did it knock my socks off? Did it put a nice bow on the season to make put the season in a better light? Did it – yeah I should start to answer some of these questions before I go too much further. The season finale was my favorite episode of this season hands down, and in fact I thought it may have been one of the best episodes of the season.  The last several episodes were deffinitly trending up once the club got into Ireland and was not just kicking ass but also revealing a lot of plot and had some excellent dramatic moments with Jax following Abel’s new family in the mall being chief among them. So I’m not surprised that this episode was as good as it was, but it does make me wonder if the rest of the season would have been better if the writter didn’t have to follow such strict TV programing guidelines.  Maybe it would have been better if some of the episodes had been shorter or longer, and maybe less episodes were really needed for this season.

The ending few moments of the episode really did tie a bow on the whole season for me for a couple of reasons, both of which had been major complaints by me throughout the year.  1. I was starting to hate how Jax had given up on making the club go away from the gun running and blah blah blah. 2. I missed all the scenes where Jax got inspiration from his dad’s journal.  and let’s add a 3. in here: Jax’ feud with Clay shouldn’t have died especially since in season 1 they hinted that he might have killed Jax’ dad.  All three of these things seemed to be brought into focus in the episodes final scene where you realize that the writer didn’t just move away from these themes, but instead Jax’s character moved away from them because of the events of season two and three and that in seasons four and hopefully five six seven or more, you will see Jax revisit those themes but with a new perspective.

I have a file on my hard drive where I keep my favorite TV episodes from all kinds of different shows, and as soon as I saw those final moments where Jax’s voice over letter to his mom segueyed into John Tellers letter to Irish chick, I knew I would be saving this episodes as a favorite as well.  Actually one of these days I’m just going to make a compilation of my favorite TV moments from those favorite episodes.

Yes there is a few Breaking Bad moments, and no this is not one of them

SOA Season 4 predictions

  • First half of season takes place with majority of club in jail dealing with the gangs in jail and it’s inner workings.
  • I get pissed when they name Jax and Tara’s baby Kain.
  • Jax starts to read his dad’s letters and is all conflicted again
  • One of the prospects gets killed
  • The Sheriffs take over and are corrupt or maybe just one or two of the top guys are but not in a pro SOA kind of way.
  • The Russians are still pissed at the Sons about the fake money thing – Russians are the new antagonist gang
  • IRA isn’t happy about the SONS making Stahl’s death look like a casualty of Jimmy’s killing by the IRA.
  • A new legitimate income stream makes itself known, but the club argues whether or not to go after it.
  • Kara Kara’s killer is brought to justice or at least investigated.
  • Season ends with Jax finding out the truth about his dad’s murder.
  • I still like the idea of one of the prospects being undercover for…. someone.  Maybe not law enforcement.
  • Piney dies.  He’s old. That’s what old people do.
  • New Mayor does zoning stuff and tax stuff to go after the SOA’s real business, the auto stuff.
  • Some friend of Jax from the past comes back home, makes Jax take a look at what an honest non violent life can be like.
  • Jax needs to take advantage of a completely honest upstanding person to help out the club who is in a bad situation.
  • Club meets an old time biker from a club that doesn’t exist anymore cause the end result of all the bad stuff is never positive and this acts as a mirror of a possible future for some in the club.

Terriers Season on a whole

I went into this series with a lot of mixed emotions.  I liked every aspect of the show leading up to it’s premier from what I could gather from the marketing, but I hated the fact that it was using private detectives doing realistic private detective jobs since that was goign to be a cornerstone of the show I wanted to write.  Still, it was being made by a guy who made the shield and another guy who made ocean’s 11 (the remake), and it had Donal Louge who I like everything he’s done despite him being the modern day Ted McGinley.

Two things struck me after the first episode.  It was funnier than I was expecting, wasn’t as dark as I was expecting, and was a little slower and not as focused as I usually like.  When I got around to watching the next couple of episodes I notice that it ran this weird mix of  the episodes being stand alone episodes, enjoyable by them selves without a lot of focus on ongoing storylines, and other episodes that relied heavily on the viewer understanding ongoing storylines.  Basically  episode number three might be just like an episode of monk where there are a bunch of one off characters and even if you don’t know the main characters that well it doesn’t matter, and then the next episode was more like the wire or the shield where you need to understand each person’s motives and the plot points that came up a few weeks back.

This isn’t a bad thing, but it might not be something most people like.  As the season went on, and the season long story lines and conflicts started to come into better perspective the show started to get better, although, I still never got to the point where I thoroughly enjoyed it to the level I have enjoyed other FX shows like the Shield, SOA, or Nip Tuck.  Sadly I think a lot of people shared this opinion since like me they probably started watching the show thinking it was going to be in the same vein as those shows I just mentioned.

Terriers Finale

Maybe I’ll start with the last part first; the lady or the tiger ending.  IF you don’t know the Lady or the Tiger ending just google, lady or the tiger or just read the rest of this paragraph.  Lady or the Tiger is a short story where in some far off land back in the day some princess was in love with a commoner.  The king found out his daughter was in love with the guy and arrested the man and put him into the middle of the coliseum. There were two doors. Behind one door was a Tiger that would maul and kill the man, and behind the other was a lady who the man would have to marry and love instead of being with the princess. So the king was basically saying, no way can you be with my daughter but I’ll let fate decide if you live or die.  So the princesses found out who was behind which door and then man looked to her to find out which door to go to having told her that he would want to go to the tiger since he couldn’t live without her.  So the princess points to one of them, and the story ends with the man opening the door and not revealing whether she told him the tiger like he wanted or told him the woman since she couldn’t stand to see him die.

You could also call this ending the Soprano’s ending or the Inception ending since it is done purposefully so that the audience can basically write his or her own ending.  In my ending I see Britt going to jail and coming out a year later and rejoining Hank who is hot on the trail of the bad guy from Walking Tall.  BTW this is a great way to end a show that might be cancelled before it’s time should have run out.  It give the series a good enough final ending, but also leaves it open so that there could be more seasons without having to do any major rewrites.

I have also heard that there is a possibility that if FX does drop the show, another network might pick it up.  Obviously I think USA would be perfect for this since it has a similar format to Burn Notice and Royal Pains.  It might be slightly darker than those other shows, but it is also too light hearted for FX when compared to Justified and it’s other dramas.

Such a dark, bleak, angst ridden drama

Next Season Predictions for Terriers

Maybe there won’t be another season for Terriers but I can still have some fun an make predictions anyways.

  • Season starts with Britt in jail and Hank working trying to find some way of getting his sentence shortened – possibly by finding out that guy he beat up had actually roofied Brit’s chick.  Not sure how that helps, but I’m not a legal expert.
  • Brit while on the inside got or works towards getting some dirt on the new bad guy.
  • Hank goes after that new guy but when he gets close he threatens Brit’s safety in prison cause he’s a bad guy, and that’s what bad guys do.
  • At some point Hank has to have a relapse, maybe just for a second, and maybe not in season two.  Maybe season two ends horribly for him and that triggers him and season three starts with him getting clean again.
  • Hank’s ex partner, the cool black guy, is framed for something and Hank needs to solve something.
  • Brit’s chick has the kid while Brit is in the pen and Hank has to be there for the delivery
  • The blue truck finally dies and hank and whoever is not in jail has a very somber funeral service for it

That’s all I can think of for now.