Friday, December 19, 2008

Do athletes really pay attention to crappy fan blogs?


No relevance, just our buddy, Bear, on the highway earlier this week.

The GREAT Bethlehem Shoals over at The Sporting News Blog had an interesting post today about how Toronto is alienating their best player, Chris Bosh.

He makes some really solid points and mentions a Kevin McHale article on how blogs are runing the league now. Basically, he's saying that fans DO have in impact on players and their desire to stay in a city and on a team...after all, ask Braylon Edwards how he feels about Cleveland the city versus Cleveland the team.

This got me thinking, is there any chance in hell that a Maverick player (looking at you, Barea) has been browsing the internets and stumbled across our little corner of the world? (On a separate note, to the anonymous person who called me a racist for wanting less Barea, I'd say check out when that was written and you can see the apology. Besides, I've uttered waaay worse things against Puerto Ricans.)

Anyway, I'd like to think that we're educated fans on the things we run posts about. You don't see me posting anything relevant or critical of the Stars because, you know what, I don't watch the Stars. I'm not defending a fan's or blog's right to be an ass hole towards players, but there is a line between healthy criticism and general ass-holery (a line I straddle well, thank you).

The point of this post is this: to think that a blog has any affect on players is a bit discomforting...

So, Bobby Carpenter, if you're reading this, I hope you get a training session with Chris Benoit's personal trainer. That is all.

I have a mean man-crush on Chris Webber

Maybe because he introduced long shorts to basketball with the Fab Five.

Maybe it's because he was smearing Tyra Banks five head with his Sac-King before she went all bat shit crazy.

Maybe it's because him and Gary Payton are the funniest duo to hit basketball since Charles Barkley (get it? He's fat!)

Anyway, Webber still does TNT and he brought the funny...


Time to go Bowling!


The Mormons are coming to Vegas, to go Bowling


Its that time of year again!

Despite how you feel about the Bowl Championship Series, you have to admit its nice to have college football on almost everyday for a two week period. Granted some of the games are crap, I mean come on, who outside of the students and alumni will want to watch Florida Atlantic vs Central Michigan? Sounds like 2 types of Birds.

Well my good sexy readers, That's what I'm here for. I'm going to try and give you all a reason for watching every single bowl game (at least until I'm so inundated with family that I can't blog). Much like last year, I'm going to use one of my favorite draft sites, The Great Blue North as a guide to tell you which players in each bowl are worth watching from a NFL draft stand point, as well as a few thoughts on the game.

We are going to start this off with this weekends games, but check back when you can to see previews of as many games as I can get to. And if i make them all, I expect a pizza party to be thrown in my honor. Seriously.

EagleBank Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Navy
Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 20, 11 a.m. ESPN

Sure Wake has 5 losses, but they were only one game out from playing the ACC champ game! They have beaten such other bowl teams as Florida State and Vanderbilt, but one of there losses came too.......NAVY! How fun is a rematch? Talk about opposite philosophy's! Navy ran the ball in that game all but 4 times for 292 yards, while Wake did nothing but pass as 270 of their 313 total yards came in the air.

Big's Pick: I like Wake in this game, but not by much.

Prospects to watch:
Wake
: OLB Aaron Curry (top 5 OLB), CB Alphonso Smith (top 15 CB), SS Chip Vaughn(top 10 SS), K Sam Swank (top 3 K), RB Micah Andrews (late, late rounds, if at all), FB Rich Belton

Navy: Come on man, they are Navy!

New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Fresno State
Albuquerque
University Stadium Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. ESPN

I'll always have a small love for CSU, as they were the first team that beat UNT in the New Orleans Bowl when UNT was decent, but its hard to get excited for a 6-6 team. Fresno isn't much to make your pants go crazy either though, losing 3 out of their last 5, including a 61-10 thumping by Boise, but they do have Derek Carr, younger brother of Magic Hands David Carr signed on as a recruit for them next year!

Bigs Pick: David Carr's younger brother will be watching! Give me Fresno!

Prospects to Watch:
CSU: TE Kory Sperry

Fresno: TE Bear Pascoe (top 10 TE), OG Cole Popovich (top 25 G)

magicJack St. Petersburg
Memphis vs. South Florida
St. Petersburg. Fla.
Tropicana Field Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. ESPN2

Speaking of former UNT bowl game opponents, Its Memphis! We played them in both football post season and basketball post season, where they killed us in both! Memphis is only 6-6, but they go 6-3 after losing their first 3 ballgames, but they will be traveling to the back yard of South Florida, as the bulls only have to go 30 miles or so to get to Tropicana Field. Ohh, and USF has lost 5 of their last 7.

Bigs Pick: I like USF to get off the snide.

Prospects to Watch:
Memphis: DT Freddie Barnett, KR Michael Grandberry, RB Charlie Jones.

USF: DE George Selvie (top 5 DE), OLB Tyrone McKenzie (top 10 OLB), QB Matt Grothe (late late pick), OG Ryan Schmidt, C Jake Griffin,

Pioneer Las Vegas
BYU vs. Arizona
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ESPN

By far the best game of the Weekend not played in the NFL. BYU is a really good team, and Arizona finally looks like they are showing some signs of life under baby Stoops. BYU was the original BCS buster darlings at the start of year, but droped a game at both TCU and Utah. Zona might only be 7-5, but they beat Cal, ASU and UCLA. Those guys aren't world beaters, but its not too shabby either.

Bigs Pick: BYU, followed by a mass exodouis of BYU players to the craps tables, where Mormonism stands no chance, and the football program is disbanded.

Prospects to watch:
BYU: TE Dennis Pitta (top 10 TE), OT Dallas Reynolds (top 10 OT), OT David Oswald(top 20 OT), OG Ray Feinga (top 10 OG)

Arizona: ILB Ronnie Palmer, FS Nate Ness (top 10 FS), QB Willie Tuitama (sleeper), WR Mike Thomas.

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Troy
New Orleans
Superdome Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. ESPN

Ahh yes, the only bowl game to host a UNT post season appearance! Alas this year, there will be no Bourbon Bowl for UNT. But a team we played in oneIS going to be there in Southern Miss! And that almost didn't happen. Southern Miss had to win their last 4 games to have the honor of playing in New Orleans. Troy on the other hand, won the Sunbelt on the way to 8 wins, including a 45-17 thumping of the Mean Green.

Big's Pick: Sunbelt baby! Troy is the new David Lee Roth (?)!

Prospects to watch:

Southern Miss: TE Shawn Nelson (top 5 TE), ILB Gerald McGrath (top 5 ILB), P Britt Barefoot (a punter named Barefoot? That's fucking great!)

Troy: DE/OLB Kenny Mainor, OG Dio Small.

I hope that helps and enhances your viewing pleasure. Check back next week when i'll rock some more games, and give you option to make fun at me picking all the wrong teams. Hazaa!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My New Year's Resolution for 2009...two weeks early


Me, two weeks from today

Big and I tend to do a good job of keeping anonymous when we write on this thing. Mainly because we've read stories of how bloggers can get fired or in big trouble because their names are attached to shit that wouldn't be appropriate in any kind of setting not called the internet.

However, in really thinking about our readers, most of you people know who we are. People read this thing that I didn't even know read it until they come up to me and say something about it. In fact, thanks to other readers' stupidity, people I work with read this thing, and due to my own stupidity, my family members are reading this thing.

You know how awkward it is to write a post about white girls loving their butt hole tickled with the knowledge that your sister might have read that?

When I realized the number of people who read this thing and it dawned on me who they were, I realized that perhaps I needed to censor myself. By merely mentioning that, I had a beer thrown at me by Big followed by a loud "BOOO!" (He's not the world's best communicator...if you think he spells poorly, he's a master of the phrase "I want to go to there")

Then I look back on some of the posts I've written in comparison to the first post I ever did, and I've realized that I haven't held up my end of the bargain. See, sexy readers, I made a promise to do everything I could to offend you. I haven't done that. Though most of you know who I am, you should know that I give the internet the amount of serious nature it deserves...none.

So, there you go. I promise to be more offensive then ever in 2009.


Get it? She's offended.

I'd like to start early by asking a simple question:

Are tampons big enough for whores? I'm talking about the ones where you could pretty much get your shoulder up in there. Is it a lot like the scene in "The Shining" where the elevator opens up and blood gushes everywhere? Do they just wrap a Shamwow! cloth around a baseball bat?

Talk amongst yourselves.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are you a last minute shopper?

Might as well have fun with it....


Big's End of the Year Awards - TV

We already did wrestling, so Its time to focus on TV.

Cable TV. How great are thee. With your channels more than three, and such great picture quality. Its easy to see, that without you I would be, a more contributing person to society.

A poem by Mamma-auk-a-boo-boo-day

I did watch more TV this year than I have in the past couple because of the fact I could afford Cable, and one with a DVR to boot. No longer do I have to choose to either play video games or watch TV! America is great! Here are my tops for the year.

Animated Show : Family Guy.



Haven't you heard about the Word? I'm sure its no surprise that a couple of juvenile joker like us love the greatness that is Family Guy. While I will always be a Simpson's fan at heart, I found myself laughing more at Family guy this year than Homer and the crew.

Runners Up: Simpsons, ATHF, Robot Chicken

Best Comedy:

How I Met Your Mother



I don't think any other show on TV has hit the late 20 early 30's market better than this one. They live just like us, only much more wealthy and funny! The show is made by Neal Patrick Harris's part of Barny Stinson, a suited up ladies man. We all have that friend in our group, who is still all about getting ass, while others are looking for relationships. Its funny cuz its true!

Runners Up: Psych, Daily Show, 30 Rock, the Soup

Best Drama:

Sons of Anarchy



I'm not into lost, Friday Night Lights is only showing on Direct TV till the new year, I missed last years Shield because i didn't have cable so i am waiting for the DVD's, so i guess what I'm saying is I really didn't watch a lot of drama's they year. At least not alot of good ones. But SOA is an exception. I'm pretty sure SOA never stayed on my DVR longer than a day or so. It was first available 45 that I had, I was watching that show. Bikers, Morality, Crazyness...sign me up!

Because of this show, brown and I are starting a Motorcycle gang, called the Burn Cycle (don't ask about the name, its a long story), despite the fact that nether of us have Bikes, or are very scary at all.

Runners Up: House, CSI, Life.

Best Reality Show

Go fuck your self!

I despise Reality shows. I wish they would all go away. That said, I will get suckered into watching American Idol a few times, and late night reruns of Real World bullshit on MTV. I know it sucks, but I can't help it.

On a side note, everybody needs to help me convince brown to submit a tape for the casting of "the greatest race." How funny would it be to have your favorite blogers rock that show! You know who would win if that happened? America that's who.

Best New Show I'm sure will get cancelled soon.

True Blood



This is one of those shows that I really like, but I can completely understand if nobody else does. Its about Vampires, which is one strike against it for most people, but the way the show is put together is entertaining, if not always logical. One really good reason is to watch is that its got lots of Nudity, including Anna Paquin (who played Rouge in XMen). Very good stuff.

That will do it for TV. If I forgot something, hit me up via comments. Music and Movies are next, stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Big's End of the Year Awards - Wrestling

I was thinking about doing some end of the year awards post after watching the Video Game Awards the other night. You know, do it like a "real" award show, give nominees, pick a winner, do a fake thank you speech, but there was two things wrong with that idea.

1. It would take WAY to long, and I'm lazy
2. Nobody really cares, and would just skip past the post after the first 2 sentences.

None the less, I still want to do something like it, so I came up with 4 things that I enjoy doing not involving a slab of meat or a scantly clad showgirl, and I will give you my "awards" for those things.

Up first is Wrestling.

I know, not another wrestling post. But its one of few things that keep my attention outside of the sports world, and I love it. So here are a few awards for the Genre of Wrestling.

Top Face of 2008 (good guy)

Jeff Hardy




I always look at a guy that being a good face if its somebody I root for, constantly. Is funny and intense on the mike, and preforms well in the ring. I haven't really rooted more for anybody this year more than the Enigma, Jeff Hardy. From his first shot at the title against Randy Orton during the Rumble, to his suspension for drug use, from his comeback to being "drafted" by Smakdown, and then to last weekends title victory over HHH and Edge and his soon to be feud with his brother (hopefully). I have enjoyed rooted more for Matt Hardy than anybody else in the business right now.

Runners Up: CM Punk, HBK, HHH,

Best Heel of 2008

Chris Jericho



It was a tough call between him, Orton, and Edge, because these three guys are just about as perfect a heel as you could want. The sheep fans hate them because they are told too, but the smarts fans love to hate these guys. I picked Jericho because of his ability to carry a feud, and a story line without chasing after or defending a championship belt. He's work with Shawn Michaels was brutal, and captivating, leading to his heel turn, where he took over as top heel of the company. His work has been just nasty good.

Runners up: Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Edge

Top New Comer (guy i think has a shot at being big)

CM Punk



Regulated to ECW for the start of the year, made a big splash when he won Money in the Bank and wrestlmania. Unlike what i feared would happen, he didn't cash in his title shot for the ECW championship, instead waiting till he got "drafted" to Raw, and took advantage of a beaten down Edge to win the World Heavyweight title.

I loved his run with the title. It was something new, and unexpected. Something the WWE rarely does.

Runners Up: Evan Borne, Santino,

Female Wrestler of 2008:

ODB



For the longest time I wasn't a big fan at all of female wrestling. Fun to look at, but the only redeeming part of the matches were watching to see if a nipple popped out. Then I started watching TNA wrestling a little more and my view changed. They didn't just have super models trying to wrestle, they had full out wrestlers who could really throw down, and had distinguishable traits

ODB is one of them, and in my opinion, the most fun the watch. She's a little mannish, but has some good moves, and fantasticlly large chesticals. I mean come on, a little bit of a big girl who drinks alot, cusses, and can beat my ass? How can I not love this chick.

Runners up: Gail Kim, Roxxie, Beth Phoenix.

So there is my end of year awards for wrestling. I'm going to try and get another one up today, either Music or TV. So check back this afternoon.

A Dallas Cowboy Christmas

So, last year, I borrowed an idea from a couple of other blogs and I had written up A Dallas Maverick Christmas

This year, I offer up, A Dallas Cowboy Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, double J, that's Jones, Jerry



On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 Newman picks



and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the third day of Chistmas, my true love gave to me, 3 sacks from Ware



two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 4 playoff wins



three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 5 "get your popcorn ready"'s



four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a 6th Lombardi trophy



five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the seven healthy linemen



a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Aikman in the booth



seven healthy linemen
a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Tony Romo jersey



Aikman in the booth
seven healthy linemen
a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 10 Cowboy cheerleaders



a Tony Romo jersey
Aikman in the booth
seven healthy linemen
a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the Real Roy Williams



ten Cowboy cheerleaders
a Tony Romo jersey
Aikman in the booth
seven healthy linemen
a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a successful December



the Real Roy Williams
ten Cowboy cheerleaders
a Tony Romo jersey
Aikman in the booth
seven healthy linemen
a sixth Lombardi trophy
five "get your popcorn ready"'s
four playoff wins
three Ware sacks
two Newman picks
and double J, that's Jones, Jerry

The End

Guest Post and Field Trip: Bizzle Goes to the New Texas Stadium

We don't hide the fact that we encourage our readers to submit cool stories and pictures to us so we can post them up here and the 2 other people that read this can laugh. Not many of you actually do this, but one guy who comes through in clutch is J-Bizzle.

This time, he might never be topped.

J-Bizzle got himself a tour of Jerry World, and he's shared some pictures with us.

UPDATE: Bizzle sent his own comments....see in bold


The Outside of the Stadium

This stadium is so big that you can see it from North Richland Hills...about 16 miles away


The East End of the Stadium

If you want an analogy for a size comparison:
Cowboys Stadium : me :: Big's right man-boob : the cheeto he found that he thought was a "lump" when he was giving himself a breast exam....



The View of the BallPark at Arlington

It also makes Ranger's Ballpark look ludicrously small.


A $100K Star that sits on top of the scoreboard. It's just something nice for blimps to get a shot of...

No really, that star is purely for the enjoyment of the Goodyear blimp guys. That Jerry; thinking of everybody.


A view from above the scoreboard

This is from in the neighborhood of 260 ft. above field level.


That support has to support 9 Million pounds of force, and the hand of Kyle Orton faced J-Bizzle

The buttresses are larger than 4 bulldozers apiece.


Jerry's Suite in Jerry World

This is the view that Jerry gets at every game. He also has his personal elevator to take him to field level whenever he feels like going down there. Interestingly, no helipad at this stadium.


Jerry's Throne in Jerry World

This isn't actually Jerry's Throne, although technically 75% of the toilets in that place kind of are. This is the bathroom inside one of the $150K/year suites on the suite level that you see in pic 13. They wouldn't let me take it for a test drive.


The center of the field

The scoreboard weighs 500 tons as is in this pic. It's essentially a 10 story building with two elevators. Once the crew adds the electronics, it will weigh 750 tons.


The catwalks above

That catwalk starts out at least on a 60° grade. It’s so steep that on the way down the catwalk that you use to get there doesn't look like it's level at all.


One of the buttresses also holding up the stadium...please don't fall.

I think the guy said this is the largest building in the world to be supported solely by arches. The keyword there is building. Each buttress goes into the ground 70 ft. and then goes out from the stadium 110 ft. For those keeping track: that's one 10-story building for a scoreboard and 4 7-story buildings keeping the stadium from collapsing.


Bizzle called this "Seats in the Sky"...what a shitty view

This is from the catwalk in pic 10 looking at the top tier seats. I stood on the back row of the stadium (which would probably be the only seats I could afford) and it's really not a bad view of the field at all. At least they're not behind a Titan-tron, right?


The suites...

Ranging from $100K-$1M per year. I asked if the $1M suites came with happy endings, but our guide wasn't sure.


The beginnings of the scoreboard

I'd kind of like to go to Texas Stadium now just to get the feel for how much bigger the new stadium is.


This is called "The Bus Loop", and it can, apparently, fit an entire bus

Yes, yes it can.


The club level...will be the home of 2700 televisions

I tried to enjoy all of these places that I will never get to go once the stadium is complete.


The roof still has a hole, only this one can be covered

Brown's caption covers this one.


The seats of the common man

And I sat in one for free. $5 to touch me.

Other highlights: a giant beer cooler which is about 2 stories tall; the locker room where each locker will have an outlet, DSL, HDTV and (why not) a Playstation; there is a Walmart literally across the street which was only allowed to be built because they broke ground the day the stadium was approved, yes they sell beer; I live about 2 miles straight North of the stadium so tailgating at my place!; interesting fact, you could lay the Statue of Liberty down inside the stadium and she’d fit end-to-end.

Total cost: $1.2 billion
Construction cost: $800 million
City of Arlington’s input: $300 million



Bizzle, awesome job of capturing these shots and thinking of your buddies at The Big and The Brown. Now if you can only work a press pass for us....

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Greatness that was the Video Game Awards

While Bear and I watched the Cowboys last night, we switched over to the Video Game Awards on Spike a few times(he's a big gamer too). The show was mostly filled with singers we have never heard of, and game previews for the up coming year. Some looked good, other not so much.

The host was Jack Black, and if you like him(i do), then he was great. The opening where he asked God (Darrel from the office) if there was a heaven for gamers, and God told him there was, but he must defeat the devil's three demons, Reading, Exercise, and Healthy relationships with girls, before he could enter. It was quite good. I have tried to find it on YouTube, but alas, I can't. If i do, I'll post it.

Until then, here is another of the good moments of the show. Promoting his new movie, Kevin James and street skateboarding legend Mike Valley. Funny stuff.

Ed Werder gets punked out by TO

Great game last night. Demarcus Ware is Beast. Tashard was the right "choice"(giggle). More on the boys later, but for now, here is the great sidline interview of TO, Romo and Witten after the game. Enjoy TO punking out Ed Werder and Romo makeing a joke about the whole week.