Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Weekend Recap...

I hope you guys all had a wonderful Holiday weekend, here's what the last few days have been like for me...

Wednesday:
- built this gingerbread house with Taylor and Lautaro
You can't really see it, but that's a graham cracker basketball goal, I made. I'll post a better picture soon.

Thursday:
- Ate wonderful food and hung out with wonderful people.

Friday:
- Started Tailgating for the UofL game at 9 a.m....it was cold.
- The Cards lost and it was sad for the seniors...but then I gave them hugs to make them feel better. I'm not kidding. The players were pretty appreciative and thought it was pretty funny. Here are some pictures:
That's me hugging Trent Guy. You can't really get a feel for the emotion in this picture.
Yeah, he's my best friend.

Also, I hugged some other players and I kept saying, "I'm hugging Trent Guy before I leave here"...then this person walked by with dreadlocks and a sweatshirt that said "Louisville #3" so I ran over and yelled "Trent, give me a hug!" then I gave that person a hug...and it was Trent Guy's sister. She laughed and pointed behind her...where Trent was standing. Then he laughed and gave me a hug. I think I invited them to Christmas dinner at my house...but I can't remember. Nevertheless, we're totally BFFs now.

- Friday night I had some friends over and then we went to Molly Malone's. I normally don't like Molly Malone's but I had a really great time...it was probably because Todd was wearing his shirt like this:
He likes to let those chesties breathe...I can't explain it.

Saturday
* Woke up and felt awful...but then found out Steve Kragthorpe had been fired! Woo-hoo!

* Then the Cards took a loss in B-ball. I wasn't really that mad. It was on the road, we played crappy and still almost won. Plus, Kragthorpe got fired.

* Later that night we went out with some friends to celebrate a bit since Taylor was leaving the next morning. The Zeppelin Cafe is awesome by the way.

Sunday
* Taylor headed back to Charleston in the morning

* I laid in the dark and watched TV for several hours...it's my normal "mini-bender" that I do when Taylor leaves.

* Then I made meatloaf (it was ok for my first effort), watched Home Alone and drank Egg Nog.

* Then I woke up with a stomach ache in the middle of the night.


Now it's Monday and things are back to normal. It was a great holiday and it was good to see some old friends. It's on to Christmas now, Taylor's back home in 2 weeks and I've still got some work to do to complete my list of Christmas goals. I hope you guys are getting into the spirit, I'll give you an update of my Christmas cheer soon.

Song of the Day: Leon Redbone - Christmas Moon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

There is a lot going on...

Of all the times to get sick...now is not a time I would pick...not even close. However, I'm feeling better...not great...but better.

Now then, let's just run through some bullet points to get us set for Thanksgiving.

* Being sick when you have a job is way less fun then being sick when you are in school. I'm not really sure why, but it just makes you feel irresponsible.

* I hate taking medicine. A lot.

* Please everyone refrain from saying "Turkey Day" when talking about Thanksgiving. I can't stand when people say that.

* I have a lead on a possible internship in the UofL athletic department. BOOM! I'll be AD in no time.

* I decided the other day that radio commercials are possibly the thing I hate most in the entire world...why are they so loud?

* I watched Gangs of New York while I was sick yesterday. Seriously, is there a bigger bad ass then Leo? Maybe Liam Neeson.

* The CrapBags won and got high score in the league this week! We're still in dead last.

* I love the holidays

* The Kragthorpe era at UofL will probably be over by the time we talk again. Yay!

* Start thinking of things I might want for Christmas, people are starting to ask and I can't really think of too much.

* Being sick is lame.

* I get to leave work early today though! Woo!

* The Christmas decorations are up at my apartment, I'll share next week.

* You better be in the Christmas spirit by Monday..or else.

* Thanksgiving is a great holiday, enjoy it with those you love.

Song of the Day: Bing Crosby - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Blah...

* I'm still sick

* I'm feeling better

* I still don't feel great

* Taylor gets home in a few hours!

* I'm pissed that I'm sick

* I'm hoping to be 85% tomorrow and 100% by Thursday

* I'd say I'm running at about 70% today

* I hope your weeks are off to better starts

* I'll talk to you guys soon

Song of the Day: Bing Crosby - White Christmas

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm Sick...

Hey, it's Brian.....whatever.


I'll blog again when I feel better.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Facts

It's Friday..woo!

1.) I just finished my FAFSA form for Grad School and it was the opposite of fun. They ask you ridiculous long/wordy questions. Regardless, check it off the list.

2.) The Cards have three games in three days starting Saturday. Should be a good measuring stick of our fitness...but the opponents aren't that grand.

3.) Taylor comes home in 4 days. She's pretty busy from now until then so I'm not sure how much she's focusing on coming home...but I am pretty pumped about it.

4.) Christmas time is here. If you haven't hummed Jingle Bells or put up a Christmas decoration...this weekend is the time to start. Christmas is only 35 days away. Make sure you enjoy every second of it.

5.) I don't really have anything too exciting going on this weekend. I'll probably end up cleaning my apartment tonight, pretty sad, huh? The saddest part is that I'm really excited about it.

6.) Starting Monday and continuing through December, the song of the day will be a Christmas song. Feel free to send recommendations.

7.) I'm not happy with the results of Project Runway. Luckily, the new season starts in January.

8.) The Ear X-Tacy Holiday Gift Guide is out. Color me excited.

9.) I need to get my oil changed. Someone try to remind me of that next week, please.

10.) I still haven't seen the Office from last night. Keep the info to yourself until I tell you it's ok.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Song of the Weekend: Cake - Opera Singer

Thursday, November 19, 2009

10 Things I Like and Dislike These Days...

Haven't done this in a while...I'm feeling lots of likes.

* LIKE: CHRISTMAS. I'm getting in the mood, people! As you can see, I've decorated the blog for the holidays. I've put up the tree in my room and I plan on decorating the rest of my apartment this weekend. Also, I'm buying this cd soon...


* DISLIKE: FANTASY SPORTS. It's been well documented that The CrapBags are having a bit of an off year...but now it seems the JuwannaMen are headed a bit south too. I mean we're losing to Lautaro for crying out loud! Hopefully it gets better.

* LIKE: GRAD SCHOOL. Did I mention that I got into grad school? It's totally awesome. I registered for classes today and it looks like I'll be in class from 4:30-7:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I'm jacked.

* LIKE: CHILI. I made a pot of chili last night and used hot everything...including cheese. I overcooked the meat a bit, but overall it was outstanding! However, it was really friggin' hot. I like spicy things, but this bad boy was on fire!

* DISLIKE: FACEBOOK. What are they doing? It's so junked up now. I don't care what the chick I went to grade school with scored on her "Which Twilight Character Am I?" quiz, I just want to look at pictures of her trip to St. Louis without anyone knowing! Seriously, Facebook...you're making it hard for us all to be creepy.

* LIKE: TWITTER. The more I use Twitter...the more I like it. I wish more of my friends used it...because it's sweet.

* LIKE: END OF THE YEAR/DECADE "BEST OF" LISTS. I'm not really sure why...but I've always loved these things. It's so fun to look back at the year and remember what happened. The whole end of the decade thing is blowing my mind. Paste magazine continues to have awesome lists everyday.

* DISLIKE: DICK VITALE. I know his whole gig is to be this wacky, animated guy...but just give it a rest. His knowledge of the game is really slipping and he rarely, if ever, says things that are actually helpful. Stop talking about the Yankees, stop talking about Kenny Chesney, Stop talking about teams that aren't playing...just tell me about what's happening on the giant basketball court 3 feet from your face.

* LIKE: THE WEATHER. It's cold, it's cloudy, it's magical.

* LIKE: THIS VIDEO. It's basketball season. GO CARDS!


Have a great day gang.

Song of the Day: Ben Folds Five - Fair

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Back to School...

Ladies and Gentlemen...I'm going to grad school!

Yesterday at 5p.m. I received an e-mail from the head of the Sports Administration department at the University of Louisville that said this:

I am pleased to inform you that we have recommended that you be admitted to the Master of Science program in Sport Administration

Boo to the Yah!

I can't tell you how good it felt knowing that I got in (It was similar to when Rudy found out he was going to Notre Dame). It was a sense of relief mixed with pride and excitement. The reason I was so excited was because the more I started thinking about getting into grad school the more I started to really really want it! I wanted it for so many different reasons...

* I wanted it because I had made a new plan for my life and career and I had worked hard to put myself in a position to make it possible.

* I wanted it because now there's a pretty darn good chance that I will get to spend my career working in sports...something that I truly have a passion for.

* I wanted it because I wanted to have a degree from the University of Louisville. Things didn't work at so well for me when I attended UofL, it wasn't anyone's fault...but it just didn't work. However, that University is very important to me and it just feels right that I will have some type of degree from there.

* I wanted it for many other reasons that I want bore you with now.

So yeah, I know people get into grad school all the time and maybe my getting in isn't really that great of an accomplishment. But I just got into to the grad school that ESPN called, "The best in the nation for a career in collegiate athletics" and I'm all kinds of excited.

Now then, the crazy thing is...I start in like a month and a half. I haven't done homework since May of 2008 and I haven't gone to class since then either...but it's a welcome return back to the classroom. I've enjoyed my year and a half of being a working man and it's given me a better outlook on a lot of things...but it's time to go back to school!

I'll keep you updated on news, registration, classes, etc. It's gonna be a wild ride.

Song of the Day: Vampire Weekend - Campus

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Duh na na, Duh na na...

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL!!!!!

* I'm not sure if you guys are aware but since last night at midnight ESPN has been showing live college basketball games and they will continue until tonight at midnight! UCLA already lost in 2OT, Michigan St. vs. Gonzaga and Memphis vs. Kansas still to come. It's simply amazing!

* Oh yeah, these guys play tonight:
7:30 on ESPN2. GO CARDS!

* On another basketball note, people keep asking me what I think about UK's buzzer beating win last night. Honestly, I'd love to just say no comment and stay focused on the Cards...but I'll give you guys something. It is not and should not be shocking to anyone that a group of Freshman and Patrick Patterson struggled with a new coach, new defense and new offense...it's college basketball...it happens. Now Cardinal fans, keep your yappers shut because UK is talented this year and probably will have a very fine season. However, Cat fans...why don't you stop talking about undefeated seasons and national championships for a little while because here's the truth...UK has done next to nothing for the past 5 years. You're going to be better then you have been in a long time...but maybe try waiting until you win a significant game before acting as if you could beat the 1997 Chicago Bulls. UofL will be good this year, UK will be good this year...it's an exciting time for the rivalry...but let's just stay out of each others business until January 2nd...sound good?

*On a lighter note, did anyone watch that Monday Night Football game last night? Man, if there was ever a game that needed a heroic Wave...that was it.

* The CrapBags suck.

* The Juwanna Men lost 2-1 last week, losing in points and rebounds, but winning in assists (we like to help!). Hopefully, new Juwanna Man, Mo Williams, will help with the scoring this week.

* Taylor comes home for Thanksgiving break one week from today! Woo! I'm muy excited.

* It's like 50 degrees and rainy in Louisville right now. It's da best.

* When I realized that Bill Bilicheck (Beeel Beeeeeelicheck) was going for it on 4th down the other night, I was pissed for one reason...I knew that if they missed I would have to listen to washed up NFL players and idiotic sports analysts talk about how dumb the decision was. Here's the real kicker...I liked the call. Bilicheck is a winner and his superbowl rings speak for themselves (So eat it Trent Dilfer). People whining that the Pats defense should have their feelings hurt need to grow up. It's the NFL, feelings don't get hurt. Anyway, I've always like Bilicheck...now if I could just figure out "how to reach these keeeeeeeds"

* I've just been talking about sports through the tidbits today in an effort to cover up the fact that I thought it was Wednesday until about an hour ago. Needless to say, my tidbits are lame today. I'm sorry...blame college basketball!

Have a good day today!

Song of the Day: Jay-Z - Public Service Announcement

Monday, November 16, 2009

Waving Goodbye to Kragthorpe...

I attended the UofL v. Syracuse football game on Saturday. I did this for one reason...to see Greg Paulus get laid out. Luckily, that happened a few times, see:
Now then, while I was just attending to see Paulus get rocked...I was also attending with hopes that the game would be exciting and we might actually get a win. Well, the game was not exciting...in fact it was the most boring UofL game I've ever seen...ever. There were approximately ZERO chances to cheer through the first three quarters and when Syracuse scored a touchdown...it appeared the Cards were headed for a gross defeat!

That's when I turned to Lautaro and said, "This crowd needs the wave!"

What followed can only be described as the most exciting thing to happen to UofL Football since the Orange Bowl in January 2007. Normally, I'm not a gigantic fan of the wave. You usually only get about 50% participation and it takes away from what's happening on the field. Now then, since the stadium was only about half full and the taking attention away from the game was my number one goal...I figured it was the perfect chance to make a difference.

So Lautaro and I stood up and yelled and waved...and then stood up and yelled and waved...and then stood up and yelled and waved. Soon about 100 other fans around us joined in the fun. We continued standing and yelling and waving, standing and yelling and waving and soon the wave began to make the full loop of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, skipping effortlessly over the open end of the field.

As the wave grew...so did our enthusiasm. We stood and yelled and waved, stood and yelled and waved and stood and yelled and waved some more. With each rotation the wave gained steam. Syracuse fans even joined in (they were winning after all). Soon, the whole stadium was whipped into a frenzy and the wave was going like I've never seen before.

The funniest part was the fact that it just kept going and going and going. Normal waves last about 5-6 times around the stadium but I'm not exaggerating when I say ours was pushing 20!

Nevertheless, it got the crowd excited and what followed can only be described as a miracle. Trent Guy put the Cards a head with a 92 yard punt return for a TD...and then it was overturned because his knee was down when he caught it. (Although I hear the -1 yard return was actually the play of the game on TV...I'm not kidding). But then, the Cards got the ball back again, with the crowd still buzzing from the wave, and scored a TD to win the game 10-9! It was magic.

While one would think the talk of the town would be about the players big plays and the unexpected Cardinal win...the Wave was actually making headlines.

It was mentioned twice in the Courier Journal:

"Shortly after that, a large portion of the announced crowd of 33,223 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium started doing the “wave.” As out of place as it seemed at a point when the Cards were trailing, it was hardly the only time a double-take was in order." - C.L. Brown

" (Trent) Guy didn't come to UofL to listen to complaints about a coach who didn't recruit him or to watch the home crowd resort to tricks like the “wave” cheer for fourth-quarter entertainment, the way Cardinals fans did Saturday." - Rick Bozich

Also, the awesome blog Card Chronicle mentioned the Wave in his post game recap:
"I wasn't there but I heard the wave exhibition put on by Louisville fans was the most impressive one in sports since circa 1988 in the Astrodome."

The wave also dominated the talk of Cardinal fans on the message boards:
From CardinalSports.com
"Who said The Wave was dead? Doing the wave for almost a hour yesterday was more interesting and fun than watching what was going on in the game."

"I have never seen a fanbase start a wave after falling behind in the 4th quarter. The game was tied up 3 to 3 and then Syracuse scored a TD. Next thing I know a wave cheer begins! What the hell was that all about? Don't you usually start a wave cheer when the game is in hand? You guys are really strange"

"
This is Louisville football; nothing makes much sense right now. At least the fans that were there had some fun."

"
2 idiots in front of us in section 211 started it. They wouldn't stop either and it was wearing everybody out. I've never heard boos during the wave...thought that was pretty funny. I guess that's more like a Tsunami??"-

"
When our hopes for a scoreless tie evaporated, there was nothing left to do but start a wave. Kudo's to the "idiots" in section 211. I thought it was great..."

"
With a boring game, the wave sure did wake me back up"

From Insidetheville.com

"Does anybody know how long the longest wave EVER was? I'm thinking we were close today - it must have gone around 15-20 times? Is this a clear message to the administration of how the crowd was so bored with what was happening on the field this kind of distraction just went on and on? We're thinking LOTS of big beachballs for the final home game. "

"I think the wave was the most fun i have had all year at a game...thats pretty sad."

"It's not how many people, it's the fact that it went on and on around the stadium, through several sets of plays... on and on... and it was the most fun I've had in the stadium all season especially when it just didn't die..."

"I was sitting behind those that started the wave and it was
(out of) total boredom."

"Man, harsh critics on here. That wave was AWESOME! I mean, when was the last time you even saw the wave, it had been years for me. I thought it showed great spirit by the fans. We were going to have fun regardless of the game. I'm glad we won too. Can't lose to Syracuse 3 years in a row. I actually had a great time at the game yesterday."

"My daughter came to the game, that was the first wave she ever saw, and she had a blast doing it."

"(The wave) Was EPIC, started out as boredom but turned into a pretty neat unified effort."



As you can see, there are some who didn't appreciate it (especially if you read the threads I linked). But overall it threw some life back into the game and ultimately led the Cards to victory.

The best part were the two guys behind us that kept saying, "You guys are legendary! You can tell your grandkids about this!" You should sit here every game, usually the people who have your seats never show up!"

So yeah, while I'll still give the players the majority of the credit for the win...I'm certainly taking more credit then Kragthorpe.

Go Cards!

Song of the Day: The Supremes - Heat Wave

Friday, November 13, 2009

365 Days...

...until Taylor and I get married!

Pretty crazy/exciting/groovy, eh?

Yeah, when Taylor was in town over Halloween we went ahead and booked the Gillespie in downtown Louisville for the wedding on November 13, 2010. Also, we've created this website with lots of wedding info. Actually, Taylor deserves most of the credit...I just did a few things. But, anyway...here it is:

Wedding Site

It's all very exciting and it's pretty crazy to think that not only will Taylor be home a year from now, but also we'll be getting married! I'm very excited to have a date and a place set for the wedding and I'm looking forward to getting the other details out of the way so we can focus on celebrating with our family and friends.

So yeah, 2010 is going to be a big year!

Also, I had my grad school interview today and it went really well (at least I think it did). I had a solid answer for all of their questions and they seemed to respond well to the questions I asked them. I was kind of hoping that they would just tell me that I was in at the end of the interview...but no dice. I still have to wait like 2 more weeks, so I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Man, grad school (hopefully)...marriage...2010 is gonna be a wild ride! I better enjoy the rest of 2009 because 2010 is gonna be jam-packed!


Have a great weekend people!

Song of the Day: The Avett Brothers - January Wedding

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Thoughts...

Some days I have tons to talk about and some days I have nothing. Today, I've got nothing. So here are a list of random things that have been going through my head/happening today.

* I'm starting to get pretty nervous about my grad school interview tomorrow. I don't usually get nervous about things like this because I'm usually easy going. However, I think my sense of nervousness comes from the importance of the situation. I want to get in to grad school...I want it badly. I want it more than I've wanted anything in a while. So, tomorrow at 11 a.m. it's show time. Wish me luck!

* Taylor is feeling pretty sick today. It sounds like she's coming down with a cold and I hope it's not anything more than that. Still, it sucks to be away when I know she's not feeling so hot. All in all we do a pretty darn good job at the whole long distance relationship thing...but that's not to say that it doesn't suck from time to time...because it does.

* I'm completely unsure as to what my weekend is going to consist of...which isn't bad. However, after three straight weekends of good times/travel...it's kinda depressing. I'm sure something will pop-up.

* My little step-brother got his license today. Remember how weird it was to drive on your own for the first time? It's super exciting and terrifying at the same time. The highway was horrifying and going in reverse seemed hard. It's kinda cool that it's all just second nature now.

* As you can see I added a groovy little twitter application to the blog. You're welcome.

* The Office, 30 Rock and Always Sunny are on tonight...which is good because the stupid CMAs kept me from Modern Family last night.

* I wish UofL would go ahead and play a basketball game. Tuesday can't get here soon enough.

* It's kinda cold and sunny today...this has to be the worst kind of weather. When I'm outside I need a coat...but as soon as I start walking or get in the car...the sun beams down on me and makes me sweat. I could really use some rain/colder temperatures.

* I'm going to shave tomorrow...it's a bummer.

* I think I'm all out of thoughts for now.

* Have a good Thursday.

Song of the Day: James Taylor - Sweet Baby James

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Explosion...

That title is not meant to be sexual or violent.
So, I've decided that this year I'm going into super-ultra-wham-o Christmas mode. I realize that most of you are probably saying, "Brian, how is this different then any other year? You always go overboard during Christmas!"

Au contraire, Bon jour!

This year I'm making a list of all things Christmas and my goal is to have them all accomplished by December 25th. So far...here's my list:

* Decorate my apartment indoors and outdoors
* Watch the following Christmas movies: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Love Actually, White Christmas, It's A Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas Story, Christmas Carol
* Make a gingerbread house
* Make Christmas cookies
* Send out Christmas cards
* Create a new holiday cocktail
* Ring the Salvation Army bell
* Participate in the Angel Tree
* Speak only with Buddy the Elf quotes
* Make a new Christmix CD
* Go caroling
* Go to Bardstown Road Aglow
* Learn to play at least 4 Christmas songs on the guitar
* Eat a candy cane
* Send someone a fruit cake
* Make it snow
* Drink Egg-nog
* Write a letter to Santa
* Decorate the blog
* Decorate my cubicle at work
* Put a wreath on Francisco
* Spread Christmas Cheer to everyone I encounter.

As you can see, there are lots of things to accomplish. I'm not saying that all of those things are going to get done...but I'm gonna shoot for 80%. Now, not only do I want to encourage you guys to participate....I want you guys to send me some suggestions. If there is something Christmas related that I don't have listed, let me know and I'll add it to the list.

Now then, there are lots of things to get accomplished and only 44 days to complete them all...so I better get cracking now.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Song of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald - Sleigh Ride

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Giggty Gig...

* I'm back from my trip to Charleston and as usual...it was fantastic. Taylor and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary (even though it's the on the 15th) by going to a cool restaurant out in the harbor, we went to one of her friend's wedding receptions and even took a stroll to the battery. It sucks to be away from her after seeing her so much over the past 3 weeks, but luckily Thanksgiving is right around the corner...so she'll be home soon.

* I have some disappointing news...No-Shave November is over for me. I urge those of you who are participating to carry on, but my journey will come to an end on Friday.

* Luckily, the reason for my shaving is pretty grand...I have an admission interview on Friday for grad school! This is kinda unexpected, but I assume it's better to get an interview then to not...right? Anyway, I'm excited and nervous...it should be interesting.

* My younger step-brother, Ryan, plays lacrosse and he had a tourney in Maryland over the weekend. Apparently, he must have played well because this was on an ESPN affiliate website today:

Blue Grass Bats junior goalie
Ryan U’Sellis (St. Xavier, Ky.) made a ton of big stops throughout the second half. In addition to making a huge stop in overtime, U’Sellis ran out two different shots while down a man to regain possession for his team in overtime.

Pretty cool stuff. However, he's actually a senior...but at least they got the last name correct.

*
The CrapBags lost again...we suck...I don't know how to fix it.

* Luckily, the Juwanna Men won 3-0 in their first week of action! Also, Steve Nash gave us 20 assists already for our game this week. I smell a dynasty.

* I listened to Christmas music while driving to and from Charleston...it was everything I thought it would be...and more. I have a big Christmas announcement later this week.

* Paste magazine is still rolling out the Best of the Decade Lists...Including Best: Producers, Books, Music Videos, Video games, Documentaries and Comedians. I love Paste.

* The Mad Men season finale on Sunday was amazing. It was easily the best episode of all time. I wish we didn't have to wait until August for the next season.

* I jammed my finger at basketball last night...it's swollen.

* I'm having Chili for dinner!

Have a great day!

Song of the Day: Spoon - Don't You Evah

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Quick Five...

Heeeyyyy-oooooo!

Alright gang, I'm leaving for Charleston in about an hour...but I wanted to get on here and say a few things.

1.) I hate the Yankees. As if baseball isn't being ruined by their ridiculous pay roll...a DH went a head and won the friggin' MVP. I mean really? He only plays half game. But I guess if you play whole game you get a whole snow cone and if you play a half game you get a whole snow cone...So, I just wanna play half game. Nevertheless, Screw the Yankees!

2.) The Cards looked really good last night. Also, freshman Peyton Siva was #7 and #2 on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays. The kid has some bounce. Go Cards!


3.) Taylor and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary while I'm in Charleston! Boo-yah! 5 years is a long time...and I've enjoyed all of them. Love ya Lady!

4.) I won't be blogging again until Tuesday...but I will be Twittering. So you can follow me there.

5.) Merry Christmas!


Song of the Day: Willie Nelson - On The Road Again

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Twitter...

For a really long time I told myself that Twitter was stupid. I honestly thought it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of. I mean honestly, who cares what other people are doing and why should anyone care what you're doing? As it turns out...I care what other people are doing and I think Twitter is awesome.

That's why I'm telling you guys today...that I'm officially twittering. (I know the kids call it "tweeting" but that's really dumb. I'm not a "tweeter" I'm a "twitterer"). So yeah here is a link to my twitter page.

Boo-Yah

Now then, I'm aware that there are a lot of people out there who think Twitter is stupid. Well here are five reasons that I like twitter.

1.) It's basically like people watching without having to do much work. I can just click on this webpage and I get to learn how people are spending their days. Where are they eating? What music are they listening to? Are they watching the game? All of that stuff can be found out on Twitter. Don't act like you don't care.

2.) It is a source for good info. As twitter gets bigger and bigger, more and more people are using it...including musicians, bands, athletes, celebrities, newspapers, etc. For instance, I follow ESPN writer Pat Forde, so now instead of having to navigate all through ESPN's website to see if there is any new college b-ball info...I just go to twitter and he posts links to new stories and such. It's pretty cool.

3.) It allows you to talk to high profile people. Now, I'm not one for celebrity gossip...but often T-Will, Earl Clark, Chad Ochocinco, Shaq, etc. will take some time to interact with fans. You can send them a question and they'll answer it. Also, T-Will gives out autographed jerseys and Ochocinco is constantly giving things away to fans. In fact, a couple weeks ago after a big Bengals win Ochocinco posted that he was going to the movies, he then gave the name of the theater and the time of the movie he was going to see and then said he would buy tickets to the movie and popcorn and soft drinks for as many fans that could fit in the theatre. It's kinda lame, which is why I haven't asked any celebs any questions...but it's insanely cool at the same time.

4.) It's basically just like a bunch of status updates on Facebook. I don't know about you guys, but I love reading people's status updates on Facebook. However, Facebook insists on ruining things by having Farming games, personality quizzes and other stuff on there. Twitter cuts all that crap out and just let's you know what everyone is up to.

5.) T-Will, Stephen Colbert, Shaq, Steve Nash, Rainn Wilson, Jim Gaffigan and Myself all use it...what's not to like about that?


So yeah, feel free to follow me/read my updates/kindly stalk me from a far...because I've jumped on the Twitter bandwagon big time.

Have a great day!

Song of the Day - Belle and Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Boom Goes The Dynamite...

* The CrapBags are officially awful at fantasy football. Not only are we losing games, but also we're not even coming close. With 6 weeks left, we're only 2 games out of 1st place...but we're also in danger of earning exactly $0 for the first time since...ever. I blame Steve Kragthorpe.

* The good news in fantasy land is that I'm now part of a fantasy basketball league. We had a draft the other night and I picked up some stud players including, Lebron James, Steve Nash, T-Will, Baron Davis, Ben Gordon and Al Jefferson. So now not only do I need you guys to root for the CrapBags...but I also need you to root for...The Juwanna Men. I'll keep you updated on our season.

* Hey guess what? I get to go to Charleston again this weekend! Boo-yah! I won't be gone as long as I was last time, but it will give Taylor and I a chance to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Also, one of Taylor's friends is getting married this weekend...so that'll be fun too.

* I'm not sure if you guys have checked the date lately...but it's November. You know what that means? It means this:
Yup, it's now officially ok (in my book, at least) to start getting in the Christmas spirit. Crank up the Christmas songs, watch Elf, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation, and drink some egg-nog! For crying out loud...it's the most wonderful time of the year!

* I absolutely love when it gets dark early. I'm not sure why, but I just love it. Anyone else feel me on this?

* Here is a picture of Taylor and me dressed as Don and Betty Draper from Mad Men for Halloween:
Fancy! I kinda want to dress like that always....

* Former Louisville Stud and current Juwanna Man, Terrence Williams, was recently featured in the New York Times. It's a really great article about his past and how he's adjusting to the NBA lifestyle. I really do love that guy.

* For the record...I hate Florida's football team. Actually, I hate the entire SEC conference. Are you seriously going to tell me that a player is going to get caught gouging another player's eye out and then you're going to suspend him for 1 half of a game against Vandy? Give me a friggin' break. I'm pretty sick of college football...thank goodness b-ball is on the way.

* Last but not least today, Paste has issued their 50 best albums and 50 best films of the past decade. Overall, they're pretty solid lists. However, I'm a bit upset by the fact that My Morning Jacket was left off the list. I know I like them more than most...but to say they didn't make one of the best 50 albums of the past decade is unfair. Also, don't get me started on the whole Love Actually omission from the films list.

Alright gang, I'm off to my guitar lesson in a bit. I hope you all have a wonderful night.

Song of the Day: Arcade Fire - Intervention

Monday, November 02, 2009

I Miss College

It's weekends like those that make me realize that college was the best.

I have to admit that before this weekend I was a little worried that this homecoming would be different in some way. Last homecoming I had only been out of school for a few months and I had still seen everybody a healthy amount. However, as this year came around we were all another year older and part of me was unsure how it would affect us.

Let's just say...it was even better then last homecoming.

It was so awesome to see everyone again. Taylor and I got down to Danville on Friday night and headed to Guady's with Roy Lee, Danielle, Jake and Leslie. We enjoyed our "Danville Specials" and then headed back to campus to meet up with Matt and Leigh and wait for Lautaro and Will to arrive. Soon, the whole gang was back and it was just like old times. The usual catching up conversations were minimal because we all pretty much knew how everyone had been. Instead, our conversation were the same as if we still all went to school together.

Saturday came and it was more of the same. We all wondered over to the Centre football game for a while, but for the most part we hung out together, watched football, ate pizza and played Fifa. My favorite part of college was always the fact that everyone lived within walking distance, so hanging out became so easy. Now, on a usual Saturday afternoon, Lautaro and I will watch football and eat pizza and it's great. However, it's a lot more enjoyable with 8 or so of your best friends.

Saturday night we all dressed up for Halloween and danced, played flip cup and even had a jagger-bomb or two. It was exactly how we would have spent a Saturday in the Fall of 2007...and it was as much fun as you could ever imagine.

We've all gone our separate ways again. Louisville, Charleston, Tuscaloosa, Lexington, Texas, Nashville, etc. But, it's good to know that we'll always be able to go back to Danville for a weekend and relive the glory days.

Centre College is the best place on the planet...I really really believe that.

Have a great day everyone. Pictures and more homecoming stories will appear throughout the week.

Jaaaaaagaaaaahhhhbombs!

Song of the Day: Blink 182 - Dammit