12.30.2004

bobby the gook, week 17

screw me. one week left and i could have just slammed the door shut on fredo making this last week a formality, but instead, i have a piss poor week and leave a glimmer of hope for my mexican rival. anyways, i know that i've been apologizing a lot lately for not posting a whole lot. well that's all going to stop right now, cuz i've realized that i'm on vacation goddammit. i'll get back to the normal blogginh schedule when i damn well please. on that note, i'm not going to summarize any games, cuz i have to eat, clean up and head out for one last night on the town here in texas before i return on saturday, so if you can't wait until school starts up again for the greatness of my blogging well, then screw you. remember, it's the last week so it's hard to tell which starters are going to be rested for the playoffs and which teams wil play their regulars, which should explain many of the point spreads. last week, me 6-9-1, season 125-107-7 (.539); fredo 8-7-1, season 122-110-7 (.526). home team in bold.

SF (+13.5) over NE
PIT (+9) over BUF
BAL (-12) over MIA
MIN (-4) over WAS
CIN (-2.5) over PHI
GB (+3) over CHI
CAR (-8) over NO
DET (-3) over TEN
NYJ (-3.5) over STL
HOU (-10) over CLE
TB (+3) over ARI
SEA (-5) over ATL
IND (+9) over DEN
JAX (NL) over OAK (just picking straight up here)
SD (+3) over KC
DAL (+2.5) over NYG

12.23.2004

bobby the gook, week 16

i know, i know, it's as if i've just given up on the blog. fear not kids, i'm just in texas for vacation, so i'm relegated to dial up in the kitchen since our other phone jacks don't seem to be working. anyways, i have much to blog about, but the usual holiday nonsense is taking up a lot of my time. in any case, there are some friday games i think, so i better post the results from the last couple of weeks as well as my picks for this week. we've had some less than great results this past week, but fredo has a really bad week in week 14 and i think this gives me a commanding lead at this point. here are the results from the last couple of weeks:

week 14
me 8-8
fredo 5-11

week 15
me 7-8-1
fredo 8-7-1

season
me 119-98-6 (.548)
fredo 114-103-6 (.525)
anyways, here are this weeks picks. home team in bold:

MIN (-3) over GB
man did the vikings get lucky last week. but i think that moss looks 100% again, and the vikes shake the jinx by effectively winning the division this week.

KC (-8) over OAK
where were you at the beginning of the season, oh might chiefs offense? the chiefs haven't been doing anything but covering recently. i think the offense keeps it going here.

TEN (+4) over DEN
home underdogs coming off a strong performance against overrated team, coach, and quarterback? billy volek for president! although i suspect that chris brown will have the big game here.

BAL (+5.5) over PIT
you know the spiel (sp?) by now, the steelers have got to lose again at some point, especially since the patriots lost last week. i also feel that the steelers have been more lucky than good lately, so i'm going to count on their luck running out.

DET (-6) over CHI
after i say that i'm not picking the lions ever again, they go and cover two weeks in a row. let's see how this works out this week.

CIN (-6) over NYG
i'm not sure if carson palmer is back or not, but i think i'm just rooting for eli to have one of the worst rookie seasons ever.

IND (-6.5) over SD
i hate picking against a team i like with a qb that i don't like personally, but as i've said many times before, no sense in getting off of this train. however, there is hope for chargers' fan as they've been playing the pass quite well in the second half of the season.

JAX (-7) over HOU
i just realized that i didn't put down a big bet last week. oh well, give me fifty bucks on the jags this week (7-7 on the big bet)

CAR (+2.5) over TAM
a most interesting game here. i picked up the panthers defense for the oter fantasy league that i'm in and i'm hoping that will translate into big points against a fairly mediocre bucs offense.

NO (-5) over ATL
huh? trap of some sort? i don't know. damn it, i wish i would have seen this line before i made my picks in the office pool (we only have to pick winners there, and oddly enough, i'm actually doing a lot better here in the point spread pickins). i have no idea what's going on with this line, so i'm ust going to assume it's a trap.

NE (-2.5) over NYJ
a couple of things that i need to say here. i seriously can't believe that the patriots lost last week. what's most surprising is the way they lost, just boneheaded play after boneheaded play. anyways, i'm sure that they'll bounce back. the other thing i need to say is that chad pennington is a sorry son of a bitch. i've been meaning to blog about this but i haven't been able to find all of the good quotes. anyways, in case you didn't see, he went on a little mini-tirade in a press conference about how the jets have been covered unfairly and how covering the jets is a privelege and not a right. hey pretty boy, go stuff the pontification up your ass. because of this, i've elevated him past peyton manning as my least favorite nfl player and i will root against the jets from here on out. normally i would say take the home dog here, but since i hate chad pennington, i'm going to say f him.

SF (+11) over BUF
i heard that mcgahee is out and without him, the bills are quite an ordinary team.

DAL (+2.5) over WAS
the cowboys are el stinko, but parcells has gibbs number. and lest we forget god, hates joe gibbs.

ARI (+7) over SEA
seattle is another team that has gotten extremely lucky over the past couple of weeks and i see complete let down here. i never thought that josh mccown was that bad and i bet with the ay the NFC west shaped up that dennis green had wished that he had not pulled the trigger on the qb change so early.

MIA (-8) over CLE
i don't even know who is starting at qb for the browns.

STL (-2.5) over PHI
andy reid does the smart thing and only plays mcnabb for a quarter, a half at the most. in other news, the general concensus is that the eagles are done without T.O. well, just count me in with the general concensus, iggles are done.

it's f-in cold here in texas. i can't wait to get back to so-cal.

12.21.2004

dolphins, nick saban, and black coaches

every since ricky williams decided that he liked reefer better than football, we all knew that it was only a matter of time until dave wannstedt, one of the worst head coaches ever, would get the axe in miami. anyways, miami went about their search for his replacement, and anyone who knows anything could tell that nick saban, LSU's head coach was their guy. however, the dolphins couldn't hire him right away because NFL rules require teams looking for a new head coach to interview at least one minority candidate and that's what art shell did over the weekend.

this guy seems to think that even though the dolphins have no intention of hiring, that it was ok for shell to go ahead and go through with the dog and pony show and interview so that the dolphins can look like they're complying with the rules. like all minority hiring remedies, this is a tough one to figure out. is it good that NFL teams are required to interview a black candidate. of course it is, but is it good that teams can get around it by flying in any black coach and pretending to be interested in him. of course not. they could have flown in samuel l. jackson and it would've pretty much had the same effect. like i said, i'm still not sure what the answer is, but between this and ty willingham, it seems clear that black coaches do not get the same opportunities as white coaches. part of this is because of the general discourse of meritocracy of sports, that it's an insular thing that only represents the best in us, so if someone gets a job it's because he's earned it in some way. but since sports is not autonomous from the rest of society, this idea of meritocracy is at least partially a myth, as race dynamics continue to play themselves out in issues such as this.

the ragin' asian reviews the life aquatic with steve zizzou

one week late no less. what really sucks is that i actually saw it before most people in the country saw it. i was in LA last weekend and i hanging out with helene who happens to live next to one of only two theaters in the nation to be showing the life aquatic. but no, my procrastinating ways has prevented me from posting a review until now. it's weird, seeing as how i don't have any real deadlines to meet for school right now, you'd think i'd be blogging like crazy. but instead, i'm treating my blog like my newly completed thesis and just trying not to think about it. anyways, i head home tomorrow, but i'll try to be better about blogging then. anyways, on with the review.

i must confess that i love wes anderson's movies. i've recently decided that the royal tennenbaums is one of my top three movies, maybe even my favorite movie of all time. for his first three movies, anderson pretty much perfected the formula for goofy and quirky, yet somehow touching and sentimental at the same time. the life aquatic is much of the same. the general premise of the movie, a jacques cousteau type person in bill murray searching for the shark that killed his best friend, provides most of the goofy and quirky. the touching and sentimental is brought out through a subplot of luke wilson as the illegitimate child of bill murray and their attempt to forge a relationship. and it works just fine. the only problem is that it feels alot like a more elaborate version of the tennenbaums. on the one hand it's interesting to see what wes anderson can do with a huge budget, as a film like this one surely commanded. at the same time, it kinda feels like wes spent a little too much time on the more technical aspects of the movie instead of directing. as erik, who along with helene, i saw the movie with said that the movie never quite came together for him. and i'm inclined to agree with him to a point. there was a good thirty - forty minutes in the middle of the movie where i really hod no idea what was going on. but i think that it came together nicely at the end. anyways, my final verdict, good flick, better than rushmore, not as good as tennenbaums.

12.18.2004

bobby the slacker gook, week 15

goddamit, i don't know what the hell i've been doing, but it sure as hell hasn't been paying attention to the blog. sorry kids, i'm tired and i've been playing lots of video games. anyways, i'll catch you up in the standings in a later post.

here are fredo's picks. they go first since he posted them first.

PIT over NYG - i have this in a parlay this weekend.
WAS over SF - this one, too.
CAR over ATL - ditto.
CHI over HOU - the bear's defense in the snow ought to cover.
BUF over CIN - i feel like this spread should be bigger, meaning look out for a trap, but i'm taking the bills anyway.
SD over CLE - another parlay pick.
MIN over DET - no idea.
NYJ over SEA - seattle will finish at .500.
PHI over DAL - stay away from it, though.
DEN over KC - i guess.
TAM over NO - blowout.
ARI over STL - like holmgren, martz is also trying to finish at .500.
JAX over GB - i should fear the frozen tundra, but that's just what they want me to do.
OAK over TEN - coin flip.
IND over BAL - also in a parlay. i think the colts will need at least 28 points to cover. why not?
NE over MIA - another why the f not?

i'm not sure if he took the spread into consideration, but i'll just assume he did unless he tells me different. here are my picks, home team in bold.

PIT (-10.5) over NYG
WAS (-6.5) over SF
CAR (+3) over ATL
NYJ (-6.5) over SEA
DAL (+12.5) over PHI
MIN (-3) over DET
CLE (+10) over SD
BUF (-2) over CIN
GB (-3.5) over JAX
CHI (-1) over HOU
TB (-8) over NO
STL (-3) over ARI
KC (-2) over DEN
OAK (-3) over TEN
IND (-8) over BAL
NE (-10) over MIA

12.14.2004

better than lasik?

from boingboing. this freak me out.

rage against the flop

*
i'm back from a much needed mini-vacation in pasadena. i apologize to my faithful readers for the hiatus, but the pressures of providing quality content for the blog was just wearing me down. but seriously, the quarter is over and i'm done with school like things for a few weeks. anyways, on to my adventures this weekend.

saturday night, fredo and i went to the commerce casino in LA to play some poker. i actually did quite well and went home with an extra fifty dollars in my pocket. this is especially gratifying since at one point i was a hundred bucks down. but that pales in comparison to the other accomplishment that night, whipping zach de la rocha's ass.

this scrawny guy with a pretty nappy hairdo, half dreads-half afro, sits down at our table. i look at him and say, "has anyone ever told you that you look like zach de la rocha?" and he replies, "i get that all the time." after which he acts distinctly unfriendly. i guess that since we were playing poker that maybe he was not trying to give away his hands by remaining calm, but at it turns out, he was calm like a bomb, and played horribly. i probably took him for about twenty bucks. he was seeing everything, and paying to see the flop with some terrible hole cards. anyways, after about fifteen minutes, a guy comes up to our table, taps the scrawny guy's shoulder and says, "hey zack, there's a seat open at our table." my jaw drops as he gets up to leave. i just played poker with the former lead singer of rage against the machine.

anyways, it's real late and i'm getting tired, so i get up a few hands later, and make a beeline for zach. he's at a table near to the one fredo is playing at. i go up to him and the following exchange occurs.

me: hey man, i just wanted to say that i really dig your stuff.

zach: thanks man.

me: hey man, when is the new stuff going to come out? we've all been waiting for so long.

zach: it's coming, it's coming...

me: well good, cuz we really need it now. all right man, good luck tonight, and i'll be looking for the new stuff.

anyways, i really wish i would've realized that it was him when he was sitting at my table, because the ass-whipping would have been much greater. i would have asked even more assinine questions, like, "so who exactly are the people of the sun?" anyways, fredo and were talking about it, and we decided that this is one of the more egregious examples of an activist selling out. let's face it folks, playing poker is one of the more decidely pro-establishment things that you can be doing. i mean the gambling industry must deprive so many people of money that they could be using to feed their family, send their kids to better schools, and so on. and yet here is the lead singer of one of the most notable activist bands of all time playing along with the capitalist machine. what's even more f-ed up is that he was playing with us peons at the $2-$4 tables and not the higher stakes tables. i suppose that most of his money is caught up in "causes" or some dumb shit like that, but with the success of rage against the machine, fredo and i figured that this must be some way for him to connect with the people. anyways, i tried to get his picture with my cell phone camera, but he saw me and kept putting his hands up to his face so i couldn't get a good picture. what an a-hole. i should have said to myself, "fuck you i won't do what you tell me," but i decided that i had whipped his ass enough already, so i just gave up on it.

in any case, i now have twenty dollars of his money that would have no doubt gone to the table dancers that he and his flunkees were headed to see afterwards. in a sense, you could say that i was being the voice of the voiceless here. you could also say that whenever zach lost on the the river, that he was basically playing cards that were born of a broken hand. i could do this all night.

anyways, i also saw the life aquatic yesterday with helene and erik, so i'll post a review real soon.

*thanks to erik for helping me create the graphic

12.11.2004

pop culture quick hits

done with the paper...just have to grade now, which is easy, since i just end up giving everyone a B+ except for the really hot chicks in class, who get A's. but seriously, hopefully i'll be able to get back to wasting your time and mine with more blogging.

1) campaigning for oscars becomes politcal. christian groups are urging very strongly that academy voters pick the passion of christ for best picture and what not. click here to see one person's really stupid website, that urges you to sign a petition that demands that mel gibson and his movie be recognized. here's a quote from the front page
It’s common practice for a movie company to re-release a major motion picture in the run up to the Oscars. These companies rarely make a significant amount of addition profit, but the re-release allows these companies to run promotional ads on television to build public support for their respective films, their director, actors, etc. In essence, these companies “campaign” for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor Oscars, and more.

Well, Mel Gibson – class act that he is – has recently announced he will run no such ads to promote his powerful film The Passion of The Christ.

Therefore, it is up to us out here in the grassroots of mainstream America to take our message to Hollywood.
as you might guess, my response is what an a-hole. as if hollywood goes out of its way to offend christian sensibilities. anyways, i hope to god it doesn't get nominated so that i don't have to watch it in preparation for the oscars. also, michael moore is actively campaigning for fahrenheit 9/11. i've always thought that campaigning for your film was a little tacky, but not that michael moore is doing it, i think that it's a lot tacky.

2) jermaine dupri is organizing a follow up for we are the world. i'm all for it as long as li'l jon gets to say "yeahhhhhh, whhhhhaaattttttt, okaaaaayyyy" during the intro.

3) more god + entertainment news. i really don't know what to make of this.

4) i don't know what to make of this either. johnny depp is good, but i fear this may signal shark jumpage.

12.10.2004

bobby the gook, week 14

jesus christ, i hate school sometimes. the quarter officially ends today and i still have to finish a paper and finish grading for the class i TA for. i've been so busy that i've more than neglected the blog. i should be commenting on things such as the dimebag darrell shooting, but i just haven't had the time (in case you were wondering, i just think that it's interesting that when violence breaks out at a rap concert, it's because the people were thugs, while when it happens at white people concerts, it's because the people were crazy, just something to think about). what makes it all the worse is that i totally kicked ass on my picks last week and i haven't had the chance to gloat. despite my stellar record that you will see below, i still managed to lose about forty bucks because the freakin' vikings lost to the bears and chutch. and that was the team on my three team parlay that i felt the best about. anyways, i've got another one going this weekend, so let's hope it all works out. anyways last week, me - 12-3-1, season - 104-82-5 (.559); fredo - 10-5-1, season - 101-85-5 (.543). yahootie, i'm smart! as always, point spreads from casear's/hilton, home team in bold. this is a tough week kiddos, so pay close attention.

CIN (+11) over NE
carson palmer is the prime example of what joey harrington is not. the first few years, while not steadily spectacular, will show flashes of brilliance, the same way david carr did early in the year. i think he's going to keep the good play going, to keep it within 10 pts.

CLE (+12) over BUF
i'm cheating here. fredo did some research and found out that teams coming off a loss to new england have been really good covering the spread. again, the bills win, but the browns will keep it close.

BAL (-10) over NYG
eli manning, say hello to ray lewis and ed reed. and at least two picks, one going for a td. eli's looking like he's going to be ok, but the giants are playing for next year.

GB (-9.5) over DET
sure the lions won last week, but i'm going to stick with never picking the lions again.

MIN (-6.5) over SEA
was that monday night game kick ass or what? seattle is retarded. i can't believe i put money on them during the preseason to win the superbowl. i blame it all on holmgren. seriously, hasn't this guy been given the longest leash for someone who only has one superbowl. i wonder how long he would've gotten if he were black. the only thing to worry about here is if this is the time of year where the vikes go into the annual end of season collapse. game one of this week's three team parlay.

ATL (-8) over OAK
kerry collins looks like he finally removed his head from his a-hole, but i think that last week's falcon loss was a blip on the radar on the way to a deep playoff run.

JAX (-7.5) over CHI
i am still seriously pissed off about the bears winning last week. but i think it says more about minnesota than it does about the bears. jags roll here in game 2 of my parlay and i'm going to bet 50 bucks against the bears again (6-7 on the big bet).

DAL (-7.5) over NO
maybe i'm overreacting about last week's win, but i think julius jones is looking to be a pretty brilliant draft pick by parcells. this looks like the game where the saints might play well, but it seems that they've completely given up on the season. i think it's a miracle that haslet hasn't been fired yet.

IND (-11.5) over HOU
it's tempting to take the home dogs here...just kidding. if you have edgerrin james on your fantasy team, you should expect two or three touchdowns as peyton is trying to save the record breaker for home.

NYJ (+6) over PIT
i'm just going to go ahead and always pick against the steelers here as i'm almost 99% sure that they'll lose one more game before the end of the season. the eagles and pats might finish 15-1, but not the steelers. the jets have a good good run defense too. don't think that big ben is the next great qb, he may be in the future, but remember kids, he's still a rookie. this is bet number 3 on the parlay. let's hope it works out for us.

MIA (+12) over DEN
can't pass up those points against the team that is qb'ed by jake the fake. was i right about him last week in the chargers game or what? anyways, denver keeps it on the ground much more towards the end of the year, so i suspect a relatively low scoring game.

CAR (-7) over STL
i'm starting to worry about my super bowl hangover theory. the panthers have looked awfully good the past few weeks. the rams have to fire martz at the end of this season. he's terrible.

ARI (-7) over SFO
no doubt this epic clash of titans will be the game shown in santa barabara this weekend. luckily i'll be in pasadena so i won't have to watch this abomination of a football game. this actually mirrors my fantasy football league, as this week, i have to win so i don't finish in dead last place. although, it's quite likely that i will lose.

TB (+5.5) over SD
i'm really not sure about this one. my theory here is similar to my steelers theory. the chargers aren't going to finish the season 13-3, so a loss is imminent at some point. although it breaks my heart to pick against them. especially since i'm hoping that drew brees will be the next dallas cowboys quarterback.

PHI (-9.5) over WAS
the skins are simply not good enough to put together two wins. philly looked awesome last week and they completely dismantled the packers. i think that they will go 15-1 this year, so i probably won't pick against them for the rest of the year unless the line is ridiculous.

KC (+1.5) over TEN
what do either of these teams have to play for? they should do something to liven games like this up at the end of the year, like replace the football with a medicine ball and not allow passing, or some tricked up crap like that.

hunnamanoo-maneck-maneck

more crazy news from aggieland.

even if you aren't interested in the texas a&M aggies, please read this, i promise that it will be worth it.

12.08.2004

fun times at border's books

one paper down, one to go! i'll be so happy when this quarter is over so i can get a decent night's sleep. anyways, today i had some time to kill in between shifts at the computer lab today, so i went to border's with the intention of picking up some paperbacks for my upcoming christmas trip home. it's been a while since i've been to the bookstore, and overall, it was a pretty uneventful trip, but there are a few things worth noting.

1) pamela anderson has a new book out. a novel no less, called star. the description on the dust cover looked super goofy, but the really weird thing is that she co-wrote it with another real writer. now why don't we venture a guess as to how much of the book pammy wrote and how much the co-writer wrote...just goofy. anyways, at least the dust jacket has a good picture on the front.

2) there are about eight magazines with U2 on the cover. i picked up spin and for the first time in my life, i wasn't completely annoyed with everything in it. did anyone else know that dave eggers of AHWOSG fame is now a regular columnist for spin? as you can imagine, his column was full of generation x whining about nothing. if you couldn't guess, i'm not a fan of mr. eggers work. anyways, i have also come to the conclusion that as much as i hate chuck klosterman and that smug grin that he permanently has on his mug, i have to admit, he's a pretty good writer. he had two pieces in this issue, one on the concept of the perfectly rated bands, bands that are neither underrated or overrated. and the piece is genius. he also wrote the feature story about U2 and it was also pretty good. i actually saw him give a talk at a pop music conference in seattle once. his talk was completely stupid. his basic thesis is that we as music listeners tend to designate certain songs as socially important when maybe they were socially important only because they were really good songs. think about that...only "good" songs become socially significant...yeah...i know. anyways, he had that stupid grin on his face the whole time and he mentioned at least four times that he was a big kiss fan. in other words, he's your parigdigmatic ironic doofus hipster, but he's got a sweet gig. anyways, there's also a very interesting story about elliott smith's last days. this issue was so good, i'm actually contemplating getting a subscription.

3) another music writer that tends to get on my nerves is rob sheffield of rolling stone. however, like chuckie, he's written a pretty entertaining review of the new U2 album. even if you don't like U2, the first paragraph should make you chuckle.

4) this has nothiing to do with anything but i'm listeting to radio@netscape and it's playing an acoustic version of some avril lavigne song. good god this is horrible. how is this dumb canadian famous? i guess that chuck klosterman can cross this song off his socialy significant list of songs.

5) two other new books of note: there's a new godfather book. even though mario puzo died a long time ago, the publishing company probably ruined his legacy by having some writer that no one has ever heard of write a sequel. this despite the fact that there was already a movie sequel. also, there's a new michael crichton book. the dust jacket description sounded a lot like the plot to the da vinci code. i have to admit, i'm a michael crichton junkie. i realize that his books are dumb and mindless, but something about the way he writes just gets me juiced up, despite the fact i recently found out that he's a conservative douchebag. anyways, i'll probably wait for the paperback.

5) holy crap! the radio@netscape thing only lets me listen for three hours a day, unless i become an aol member. why in the world would i do that? anyways, i went fishing for other things to listen to and i just found out that the greatest radio station in these united states, WXRT in chicago, is finally being broadcast over the internet. this is the ultimate in ironic doofus hipster radio. praise be to god.

12.06.2004

link-o-rama

just a bunch of real interesting stuff from all over the net.

1) nike is in trouble for vandalizing bus stops in singapore. i suppose it's an innovative campaign, but it's such a dick thing to do. the super smart thing about this is that nike now gets free publicity because the singaporean (does anyone know the word to describe the people of singapore?) government is pissed off. if i were singapore, i'd fine the living crap out of nike or outlaw their products or something. i mean when that one kid spray painted those cars the singapore police beat the crap out of him with the cane. unfortunately since it's a corporation we're dealing with here, probably nothing is going to happen. and man that's so f-ed up. basically someone in the nike marketing department came up with this idea, probably fully aware that vandalism is illegal in most countries, and said, "screw your laws, we need to advertise." what if i decided to walk into nike headquarters in oregon and started spray painting my face all over their campus. would they be ok with the idea that i was just trying to establish my brand with nike employees? then they shouldn't be ok with them trying to establish their brand by being douchebags. i don't know why i'm so worked up about this, but it just seems real shitty.

2) from boingboing.net: apparently, someone is building a creation museum in kentucky. according to the website, the purpose of the museum is to
proclaim to the world that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice and in every area it touches on. This ‘walk through history’ museum will be a wonderful alternative to the evolutionary natural history museums that are turning countless minds against the gospel of Christ and the authority of the Scripture.
fundamental christians can be so cute sometimes, like naive little kids who think that the tooth fairy and santa claus are real. anyways, if you're inclined, i highly recommend spending some time reading through their FAQ (particularly my favorite section on how they come to the conclusion that there were dinosaurs on noah's ark), and laugh condescendingly at the complete, willful, and disdainful ignorance of people who attempt to reconcile the bible with the fossil record, and their utter failure to do so. my four year old cousin could come up with a more coherent logic system then these people.

3) an interesting, but essentially dumb article on slate, about the college basketball exhibition circuit. you know, the non-college teams made up of NCAA players who couldn't get drafted, like the marathon oil team or the pella windows team. anyways, the article is about one of the teams that is sponsored by campus crusade for christ, and how the NCAA stopped letting D-I schools schedule these kinds of teams because of some kind of recruiting stuff. the article says that one of the reasons that these games really got killed was that the christian team was actually too good and was beating schools. well if you look at the team's schedule, you'll see that the didn't beat any legitimate college baksetball programs. the point i wanted to make in connection with the creation museum is that somehow evangelical christians always have the dumbest, most non-sensical logic systems. the general philosphy of these people is that christ has chosen for them, athletics as the way in which they can save other people. which in essense, is pretty much the same thing as kurt warner thanking jesus after he won the super bowl. hey kurt, if jesus loved you so much, why is your career in the toilet now? same thing with these athletes: if jesus wanted you to spread his word through basketball, he would have made you better so that you could reach more people through your NBA stardom. why didn't jesus choose michael jordan, the greatest basketball player on earth to spread his message. wouldn't that have made more sense? no, these things can't be taken into considertation, instead, you pretty much suck so now you use religion as some excuse as to why you're not a better player. somehow these a-holes conveniently ignore the short-sightedness and obtuseness of their logic system and just keep preachin'. anyways, the point is, it's a good thing that D-I schools no longer have to tolerate these a-holes (and yes, if you are trying to convert anyone, that makes you an a-hole...which pretty much makes all of christianity a-holes).

4) you have probably noticed that i haven't sounded off on the whole bonds and giambi on steroids thing. and i know this is sortuva copout, but i really just don't care. i've reconciled myself to the fact that several athletes use steroids. and while it does taint (heh heh) the sport somewhat, it's not the worst thing i think you can do. for me the hypocritical thing is that we as a sports mad society set these athletes up to win via illegal means. if we weren't so obsessed with winning at all costs, if we didn't agree to pay exhorbitant amounts of money for tickets, replica jerseys, and beer at games, and if we didn't deify our athletes so much, then maybe athletes wouldn't feel such pressure do things that hurt their body in order to succeed. maybe for them, the five or six years taken off at the end of their life wouldn't be worth the immediate success right now. cuz let's face it, in the big picture, ultimately the only people who are hurt are the ones who take steroids. and if they are willing up to give quality of life in the long term for immeidate payoff (sometimes in the form of multimillion dollar contracts), then that's their right to do. i suppose there's some stuff that i could comment on in terms of how it's being talked about (in the way i would about the ron artest deal), but i haven't had time to read much of the stuff...maybe later.

5) it's now more certain that pat tillman, the AZ cards linebacker who quit football to join the army died from friendly fire. i've already said my two cents about how i feel about the whole pat tillman deal (to find out, type in pat tillman in the handy dandy search box there on the right), but i do think that people who talked about "his noble sacrifice" ought to rethink their sentiments. what's so noble about a group of soldiers who can't get their shit together? so i guess it turns out that tillman didn't die protecting our country. instead he died because his fellow americans' itchy trigger fingers.

12.03.2004

does anyone know where i can trade in two masters degrees for a PhD?

i'm literally minutes away from my MA defense, after which i will be the proud recipient of yet another meaningless masters degrees. you see with two masters, people will be twice as likely to not take me seriously. anyways, at least i can add people with only one masters degree to the list of people that i am better than. anyways, i guess i better get over to the conference room. thanks to all of my faithful blog readers, all 4 of you, for well...nothing, you really had nothing to do with me completing this...well, the blog was actually a good procrastination tool, so if you think about it, you actually have hindered me from completing my degree here. so thanks for nothing.

but seriously, everyone reading this better leave a congratulatory comment or i'm going to have to kick someone's ass.

sincerely,
bob ngo, MPA and MA.

12.02.2004

too good not to tell you about

so here's a nice little story on CNNSI.com about kansas city chiefs tight end, tony gonzalez, and how when he was younger he used to get picked on by a couple of bullies and how he was able to overcome that to become the premier tight end in the league. anyways, i don't give a rat's ass about that. what i wanted to highlight was this great passage from the article.
Now Gonzalez is sharing his experiences in a book for children entitled Catch and Connect, which also details other parts of a life that's taken him from a tough neighborhood in Huntington Beach, Calif., to stardom in the NFL.
tough neighborhood in huntington beach huh? i'm sure it's as tough as those tough neighborhoods in winnetka, IL or sausalito, CA. i think it's great that he overcame the bullies, but come on, tough neighborhoods in huntington beach?

bobby the gook, week 13

i've been bogged down with end of the quarter crap, so i really haven'd had time to think about the games. i didn't do so bad with a stuffy head last week, so maybe, i'll just go willy nilly again and see if that helps any. this week, all gut picks, no thinking about home and away, no thinking about look ahead games or let downs, it's just whether or not i think the underdog is good enough to cover. anyways, last week: me - 8-8, season - 92-79-4 (.538), fredo 9-7, season 91-80-4 (.532). it's so close, so close now...anyways, point spreads from caesar's/hilton, home team in bold.

NYJ (-6.5) over HOU
f the texans. david carr is precariously close to taking the proverbial step backward this season. he has in my estimation the second best reciever in the NFL and the texans still can't move the ball in the air enough.

CIN (+7) over BAL
that ohio showdown game was something else huh? i wish i could have seen it. anyways, i think jamal lewis is out again, so that leaves the ravens with nothing on offense. carson palmer finally put up some decent numbers, but three INTs to go with those 4 TDs. i know, i know, the ravens' secondary is better than cleveland's, but scoring on defense is such a fluky thing. you should never count on defensive scores.

NE (-10) over CLE
ten points is alot, but the browns aren't playing the bengals' defense. this line is actually from ESPN. for some reason, the line is off right now on the vegas.com site, so there might be something up with an injury or something. so who knows.

ARI (+6) over DET
never picking the lions again.

IND (-11) over TEN
even with 11 points, can you pick against peyton? mcnair should retire. i have a feeling that in 20 years we're gonna see him on one of those news segments where the guy who played in the NFL basically can't walk.

MIN (-7.5) over CHI
i heard that chutch is starting at QB for the bears so that the organization can assess who's going to be the backup qb next year. bad times for bears fans. give me 50 bucks here (6-6 on the big bet).

BUF (-4) over MIA
mcgahee makes his homecoming, yadda yadda yadda, scores another three TDs. i really feel that miami should be getting more points here, so something may be amiss here.

ATL (+1.5) over TAM
this line confuses me as well. look ahead game? trap? oh yeah, no second guessing. the falcons are the superior team here. also, i've noticed that i've been using the wrong abbreviation for the buccaneers. fredo is correct, it is TAM, not TB

SFO (+11) over STL
the niners suck, but not 11 points more than the rams here. also, i've been using the wrong abbreviation for the niners as well, it's SFO, not SF.

CAR (+1.5) over NO
another weird line. especially with the way the panthers have played the past two weeks. myabe vegas is betting on the inconsistency of the saints. they've sucked pretty hard for the last two weeks so maybe vegas thinks that they'll be better this week. how the hell am i supposed to know. i'll go with the hot team here.

KC (PK) over OAK
the snow win for the raiders is just a toss up and not an issue of them turning some sort of corner. that was a tough loss for KC last week too. they played well enough last week to win most games. while the raiders still have their head up their collective asses. also, this is another ESPN point spread.

SD (-3) over DEN
can you believe that the broncos are playing for their playoff lives? i can, jake plummer sucks and he'll be the difference in this game as well, as brees will easily outplay him.

WAS (-2) over NYG
despite what all the pundits seem to think, eli manning is not that good yet, end of story. in fact, i'm wondering if he will even come close to bieng a legitimate winner in this league. he just doesn't seem to have those moments of brilliance that you would expect from a number 1 pick. the skins d will really shine today as the giants are banged up and bad, not a good combo.

PHI (-6.5) over GB
this was a tough one to pick, so i just went with the home team.

JAX (+3) over PIT
i refuse to believe that the steelers are good enough to not lose another game. this one seems like the right team at the right time.

DAL (+7) over SEA
f the seahawks. the tendency for seattle receivers to drop balls that land right in their hands will offset the problems that the cowboys have in their secondary. shaun alexander had a bad game last week, and while regular logic dictates that he'll bounce back, i can see tuna being able to gameplan well enough here to load up against the run effectively. while vinnie and julius are good for at least a couple of touchdowns. ok, so i went a little analytical on you here, but it's the cowboys, what'd you expect.

12.01.2004

2 sports shorts + 1 tv take

how's that for a catchy title? anyways, a couple of things from the world of sports for you to think about.

1) robert lapchick, who is pretty much considered the dean on minority hiring in sports in academia, wrote a column for ESPN's Page 2 about ty willingham getting fired by notre dame. anything that i might have thought, he's pretty much crystallized pretty well here. something interesting about this whole ty willingham deal is that almost everyone (at least the major sports writers) all thinkn that ty got a raw deal here, but almost no one is saying that race might have had something to do with it. again, i'm not saying ty got fired cuz he's black, but it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. an interesting bit at the end is lapchick comparing the advancement of african americans in sports to the advancement of women in sports. he says that women, even with the passage of title IX, really didn't get anywhere. it wasn't until people starting suing under title IX that high schools and universities started to shape up, although, they're still far from where they need to be. which leads us to....

2) an interesting report in slate by my favorite legal writer dahlia lithwick about a supreme court case where some dude got fired from his position as a coach at a high school for complaining about how the girls basketball team was getting the shaft (figuratively, not literally...i mean not figuratively....oh dammit, forget it) when the high school wouldn't let them practice in a new gym that the school had just built. all the legal stuff is interesting and you should read it, but what amazes me is that some school's administrators were such huge jerks that they wouldn't let the girls practice in a new gym? WTF? i couldn't imagine that during the planning stages of building the gym that anyone was saying, "you know, let's only build a gym for the boys team". how can you have enough education to be a school's principal and decide that girls aren't good enough to play in the new gym? do only the smart kids get to use new classrooms? i mean i'm from texas, and even there, most of the schools that i know rotated practices if there was a nice and a not nice gym. in texas!

3) f cbs and nbc. they've decided to not air ads from a church that features a gay couple joining this inclusive church. ridiculous quotes galore from the networks. according to the united church of christ, a CBS executive told them
Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast
CBS will not comment on whether or not someone at CBS actually said it, which probably means that someone did. nbc's quote was just as dumb. they're not quoted directly in the story, but according to the story
An NBC spokeswoman said the problem with the ad was not its depiction of same sex couples at church, but its implication that other religions are not open to all people.
ummm...newsflash, almost all religious denominations are not open to all people. when's the last time southern baptists let gay people in? i suppose i shouldn't be picking on southern baptists SINCE PRETTY MUCH ALL CHRISTIAN DEONOMINATIONS AREN'T OPEN TO GAY PEOPLE. anyways, the point is, cbs' and nbc's excuses are lame and ridiculous. what gets me is that the gay marriage referendum (if you believe that's what turned the election) didn't pass last november, so why are the networks so scared to just out and say, "we don't like gay people?" cuz deep down they, like most of the jerks who discriminate based on sexual orientation, know how immoral it is to hate on my cock-loving brothers and vagina-loving sisters, that's why.

11.30.2004

1 divided by 5 = 0.2

that means 20% of the nation's NCAA Div I black football coaches got axed when notre dame fired ty willingham. at the beginning of the year there were five, now there are only two. ty willingham, although lauded by everyone as a class act, tyrone ultimately couldn't turn around the most storied football program in history fast enough.

it's a tough thing to analyze in terms of race, because the firing is not out of the ordinary in the win now world of the NCAA. the irish went 6-5 so it's not like he was fired for no reason. on the other hand, it should be noted that his white predecessor bob davie had a nearly identical record of 21-16 (willingham went 21-15) after three years. yet davie managed to keep the job for another 2 years. i'm not saying race is the only factor here, but it is interesting that the black coach got a shorter leash.

i suppose this situation of any big time college program, but it certainly does not seem to be enough to be a good coach who does nothing but carry himself in a dignified manner. i wonder how long a jackass like bobby bowden or steve spurrier would've lasted at notre dame. anyways, i'm very curious to see how long the two remaining black coaches (karl dorrell at UCLA and sylvester croom at mississippi state) can last at those two football crazy schools.

11.27.2004

christmas: another excuse to say "what about me?"

you know the house in your neighborhood that puts up a zillion lights on their house for christmas? every neighborhood has one house that goes completely overboard and creates a monstosity with their garish christmas light display. well one neighbor decided to pull the plug on some norcal guy's parade of lights. according to the story, a family (disclaimer: the family has a vietnamese surname) complained about some guys ridiculous christmas display and got the city to pass an ordinance that limited this yuletide nonsense.

so the guy had a 50 foot grinch constructed with a finger pointing to his neighbor's house. he then has the gall to say that all he was doing was providing some kind of community service with his materialistic rendering of christmas. here's his ridiculous quote:
When I grew up, people decorated everything -- it was wonderful to be a kid. If you can't even put up a display these days, what kind of people have we become?
hey a-hole, you can put up a display without wasting all that money on your narcissistic display. the truth is he got a lot of attention from people for doing something only someone who didn't understand the true spirit of christmas would do. think of all the money that he spends on his electric bill alone. couldn't he buy a bunch of toys for needy kids or something? tell me, what kind of people have we become where celebrating christmas means making life miserable for your neighbors. no instead, he decides to declare loudly and clearly to the world, "look at me!" the article says that after he looked at the paperwork involved in getting a permit for his stupid display, he decided it wasn't worth the trouble. oh but wait, a-hole. i mean what kind of jerk lets a little bit of paper work get in the way of the christmas spirit? i tell you what kind of jerk, the kind of jerk who isn't interested in providing christmas cheer as he is in saying, "what about me?" what an a-hole.

i'll post pictures of the house in our neighborhood once those a-holes get their stupid display set up.

11.24.2004

bobby the gook, week 12

i've got a giant head cold, so i'm going to do this while i'm at work so that when i get home i can just take some nyquil and crash. anyways, if i suck this week, i blame it on the germs. last week: me - 7-8-1, season 84-71-4 (.542); fredo 8-7-1, season 82-73-4 (.529). point spreads from caesar's/hilton, home team in bold.

IND (-9) over DET
what the hell is going on with peyton manning? those numbers are just ridiculous. last week, however, the lions finally showed something with their running game, and covered by the way. does that make me think they've got it turned around? of course not, this is pretty much a no brainer.

DAL (-3.5) over CHI
in this battle of two crappy teams with rookie qbs, i should be taking the points, but hey it's thanksgiving. i can't pick against the home team.

BAL (+7) over NE
i'm actually pretty torn on this. while it's pretty clear that the pats are the better team here, i just think they may be ripe for some kind of let down. someone's got to be able to stop the new england offense, baltimore seems up to the task.

PHI (-7) over NYG
yeah, you just keep trotting out eli manning and see where that gets ya with the bettors. 50 bucks on the eagles (5-6 on the big bet).

WAS (+11) over PIT
pittsburgh didn't show me a whole lot last week against a clearly inferior team. i smell upset here.

CIN (-5.5) over CLE
good lord who the f cares about ohio? maybe if they stopped putting their efforts into crappy football teams and putting it into defeating bush, we could get out of this quagmire. f ohio.

JAX (+6) over MIN
minnesota has just been so spotty this year. this is just the kind of game to kill their momentum, yet again. of course, moss being out doesn't help.

TB (-2) over CAR
vegas is deferring too much to the panthers here. sure they've played well against two crappy teams. but that doesn't change the fact that they have nate goings running the ball.

SD (-2) over KC
i don't know about this one really. kc at home? it might be the end of the line for the chargers here. but they've done nothing but cover this year, no sense in stopping now.

HOU (+1.5) over TEN
dammit, when is houston going to f-ing cover.

ATL (-9.5) over NO
man that's a lot of points. but i actually got to watch alot of the falcons game last week and vick looks as comfortable as i've seen him all year.

NYJ (-3) over ARI
as bad as mccown was, shaun king is no improvement. this has got the makings of some really unwatchable football. and with my luck, it will be the one televised here on the central coast.

SEA (-5) over BUF
i don't really don't know what to think here. i just can't imagine bledsoe putting it together for more than one game in a row. dilfer looked a lot like matt hasselback though didn't he?

MIA (+1.5) over SF
whatever.

DEN (+11) over OAK
the raiders looked horrrrrrrrrible last week. i can't see them going to denver and even scoring in this one.

GB (-6) over STL
farvre on monday night? well, that wasn't hard.

11.23.2004

dangerous dan retiring

dan rather is retiring in march. which makes me, and should make you sad. he may have not been your typical stoic rock like jennings of brokaw, but he sure was the most entertaining of the three major network anchors. the article says that it has nothing to do with the whole fabricated memo thing, but i'm sure it didn't help.

anyways, here is a collection of his back-porch witticisms from this year's election coverage.

baby arm!

this isn't funny. no i mean it, it's not funny at all.

11.22.2004

buffalo a-hole

colorado university's athletic director, dick tharp resigned.

as you may already know, it's been a rough year for CU athletics. what gets me is this quote from tharp
The record will show that I performed my duties responsibly and in the best interests of the Department of Athletics and the University of Colorado
no a-hole, the record of women getting raped by the football team on a regular basis on your watch showed that you didn't perform your duties responsibly. hey erik, should we suspend dick tharp for life too?

terrell owens vs. ron artest

this one is going to be a long one kids, so buckle up.

as you might imagine, the past week's events in the NFL and the NBA have my little sports sociology brain kicked into overdrive. between all of this and the vibe awards, i think that it's safe to say that the black male image has taken quite a hit this past week. also safe to say, every single sports columnists is weighing in on what happened last weekend in detroit. i'm just going to free write here so i'm not sure what i'm about to say.

you can probably guess that i have been pondering what role race has to play in all of this stuff. i've already made known how i think race might be involved with the T.O. thing. it's interesting to see peter king's reaction to tony dungy's comments in this week's monday morning quarterback column. he writes:
Good job, Tony Dungy. I'm not sure this is very much a racial story, but I applaud that while the vast majority of NFL people sit on their hands about this one, you have the conscience and guts to tell ABC to fry ice.
it's a curious quote. on the one hand, he's praising dungy for standing up to the league, but on the other hand, king, in a very oblique back-handed way is accusing dungy of playing the race card. what makes this transparent ploy even worse is that earlier in the column, he praises eli manning's first start of his NFL career
Third quarter. Manning had just thrown his first NFL touchdown pass, a six-yarder to Jeremy Shockey. But the rookie didn't run into the end zone and leap into Shockey's arms, or act overly excited. Manning simply jogged back to the bench and accepted congratulations from his teammates. Meanwhile Shockey spiked the ball in the end zone, and it bounded toward the end line. Ike Hilliard went and got the ball. Near the sideline, Hilliard gave it to Shockey, who presented it to Manning. With that odd, sort of sour look on his face -- first impressions are that he's just so flatline that nothing fazes him -- Manning took the pigskin like it was a practice ball in a May mini-camp drill.

"I saw that," said Mora, "and I just thought how impressive it was. It was like, 'There's more to do.'"
what's interesting here is how manning performs on the field makes up for his sorriness off the field. it's as if he's somehow forgotten about the whole draft fiasco (manning basically refused to play for the team that was going to draft him and forced the chargers to trade him to the giants), which if you think about it, is sort of a textbook me-first-spoiled-athlete archetype that sports writers are so quick to criticize. but when a black athlete does something, no one remembers that T.O. has been playing like a real man this year (13TDs, 908 yds though 10 games). so while T.O. has been doing nothing but helping his team win, which is the uber-goal of sports, they get on him for dancing in the end zone, and then filming a promo which his white management let him do. don't get me wrong here, king criticizes eagles management for letting T.O. even get involved with this, and i actually think that king is usually ok at spotting when race is a factor. however, it should be noted that he's quick to hand out praise to this white player who has done squat in the league and from my point of view, comes from a long lineage of sorriness (peyton and archie), and whose most notable press thus far is his crybabying his way out of san diego. i guess my point is that how race figures into the discourse is somewhat complicated. sometimes it's more obvious than others, but just because it's not there in every instance doesn't mean it's an important part of structuing the discourse around sports and the black athlete, which leads us to...

ron artest getting fired for the season. tons of great print out there for this. marc stein of espn.com says that the suspensions are a result of nba commish david stern asserting his authority. bill conlin of the philadelphia daily news writes that the brawl was a reflection on the moral degradation of society, and jason whitlock of the kansas city star writes that black players need to watch themselves (don't forget, for logins to the registration required sites go to bugmenot.com). it's all so crazy to see unfold. anyways, on to the good quotes.

bill conlin ends his column with this:
And us? What about us?

America in general and American sports in particular is in the same state of pampered, luxury-sated decadence as the Roman Empire in its final days of "Look At Us" grandeur. The barbarians at Rome's gates were the Visigoths, the Huns and the other lean and hungry subjects of the Empire.

We have 9/11, bin Laden and the al Qaeda. Our Visigoths and Huns are millions of Islamic fundamentalists and millions more around the rest of the world who hate our wealth and arrogance just a little less than the mullahs of Iraq.

The NBA brawl is just the latest boil to erupt, a big, festering flashpoint that will distract our attention from a much bigger and uglier picture of ourselves.
what makes this good is what he wrote earlier in the column
So, yeah, the media blingmeisters offered, NBA players really have to put up with intolerable circumstances to make a living, the incredible heaviness of being. It's so bad, a man can't even pull into a handicapped parking spot in his stretch Hummer and treat his posse to Cristal shooters and Beluga Caviar without some fool getting in his face.
again, the method of message communication is oblique, but the message basically is, the decline of society is somehow linked to the NBA culture going hip-hop, which i hope that we all know by know is code for black culture = bad. seriously, he's comparing the NBA to the roman empire and black culture to the huns and the visigoths! god bless old white sports writers.

whitlock is much more direct with his take on how race plays into all of this:
American sports fans, particularly those who consistently shell out the hundreds of dollars it takes to attend a professional game, are fed up with black professional basketball players in particular and black professional athletes to a lesser degree.

What the players must come to grips with is that just because race is an element in the backlash, that doesn't mean the backlash is fueled by racism.

We're witnessing a clash of cultures. A predominately white fan base is rejecting a predominately black style of play and sportsmanship.

Who is on the right side of this argument? The group that is always right in a capitalistic society. The customer. That's why Stern, endorsed by his owners, came down hard on the players. He stated that the NBA would take steps to ensure that its fans improved their behavior. But Stern knows the real solutions are in the hands of his players. A good businessman caters to his audience. They don't play country music at my dad's inner-city bar for a reason.
which again, is made all the more interesting by what he writes elsewhere in the same column
We, black people, begged for integration. We demanded the right to play in the major leagues, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL. These leagues accommodate a white audience. As long as the customer base is white, the standard for appropriate sportsmanship, style of play and appearance should be set by white people.

This is fair, particularly when the athletes/employees earn millions of dollars and have the freedom to do whatever — and I mean whatever — they want when they're not playing or practicing.

If African-American players are unwilling to accept this reality, NBA owners will speed up the internationalization of their team's rosters. Many African-American players with NBA-quality skill will soon find themselves circling the country playing basketball with Hot Sauce and the And 1 Tour while Yao Nowitzki collects a $10 million NBA check.

The black players will have no one to blame but themselves.
dammit, isn't sports great? it's so filled with contradiction and complex power dynamics. which is why i have chosen it to be my field of study within sociology. anyways, so what whitlock is saying is that sports is inherently racist, so to survive, black players need to dance for whitey! all this coming from a black writer!

good lord this is a lot of rambling. anyways, here's the point. the actual events of sports may or may not have anything to do with race. sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. with these two incidents, it's hard to say. it's very conceivable that the abc producers very much wanted to use a big black guy to add extra sexuality to the desperate housewives promo, but it's also entirely possible that they wanted to pick the player with the most personality to do the promo, and T.O. is overwhelmingly the obvious choice. maybe those white fans threw the cup at artest because in their heads they feel that sports is a place where they can do whatever they want if black people don't fulfill their expectations. but it's also possible that ron artest was a timebomb waiting to click and some super drunk fans picked the wrong time to be jackasses.

what is clear is that the interpretation by fans and the media always have something to do with race. it's one of the fundamental axes on which sports is built (masculinity is the other big one). both owens and artest are at the center of events which break one sports code or the other, but all of the criticism has been framed in a "step n fetch" way. why can't these black athletes which we pay so much money just do exactly as they're told and not remind us that we're racists? and as my synonomic brother, the angry asian man says, that's racist sucka!

lastly, i'm still formulating my full opinion on whether or not the sanctions that the league dished out to artest and company are "fair" (as if such a thing could ever really be determined), but right now i'm landing on the side of too harsh. the actions are clearly very bad and unprecedented and fines and suspensions should be handed out, but artest is clearly being used to set an example and as a scapegoat. detroit security is just as responsible. should they all be fired? i mean we can always go back to "artest shouldn't have, but the fan shouldn't have", and all that stuff, but my roommate's reaction of "he should be suspended for the rest of his life" is ludicrous. should we ban the detroit pistons for making basketball so unwatchable then? that's done more to hurt the game then what artest did. international spectacle? f the rest of the world. we don't care what they do with soccer hooligans, so they can go f themselves. he also entertains some logic of "he has a history". well people in the middle east have a history of cutting people's heads off when they're provoked, should we ban them for the rest of their lives?

11.21.2004

holy cow

ron artest got suspended for the rest of the f-in season. good lord, i knew that the hammer was coming, but i didn't expect anything like this. i have a lot to say, but i don't have the time right now to commit everything to print, but here are two things that i can say quickly about this whole deal. 1) ron artest is a gigantic headcase. watch the video again, and see how he goes from calm and collected after a minor dustup with ben wallace to raging maniac in a matter of seconds. 2) the pacers are done. they go from a title contender to fighting to get the last playoff spot just like that. i'm not sure if the suspensions will hold up (i think they're too harsh if you were wondering), but not having o'neal and artest for the next couple of months is like the bulls of the nineties not having jordan and pippen. all that's left are a a bunch of dudes that were pretty good in college.

i think alfredo said it best, "the nba is saying, 'screw with business, and you're gonna pay, but you can rape as many people in the offseason as you want.'"

11.20.2004

here ya go, you big pervs

statcounter tells me that my blog traffic has increased to due to numerous searches for the terrell owens/nicollette sheridan video. well, here it is, courtesy of ifilm.com. and i can guarantee that most of you perverts are gonna be disappointed. if you're looking for T & A, there's plenty of it to find on the internet, but not in the clip. there's nothing really special (or controversial for that matter) to be found here.

for some reason, the ifilm website causes firefox to crash on my computer. if you want to see it, you're gonna have to cut and paste this link: http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2656474 in another browser.

p.s. the ifilm website is pretty cool and has a bunch of streaming video goodies, including a blottoed anna nicole smith at the american music awards. (IE link for firefox users: http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2655657

11.18.2004

bobby the gook, week 11

back to my sucking ways...another bad week in the picks, pool, and fantasy football. fredo made up a lot of ground. it really pisses me off. anyways, last week: me - 6-8, season - 77-63-3 (.550); fredo - 9-5, season - 74-66-3 (.523). point spreads from caesar's/hilton, home team in bold.

BUF (+1.5) over STL
ummm, i guess i like home dogs this close. st louis won last week but weren't very impressive. and the bills just got trounced by the pats, but i think that mcgahee bounces back nicely here.

DAL (+8.5) over BAL
is baltimore that good? it looks like the cowboys are sticking with vinnie, which is the wrong thing to do from a franchise standpoint, but as far as covering the spread, it's the right move. despite getting killed by philly last week, the offense looked like they could move the ball just a little bit. true baltimore's secondary is better, but i don't think that enough points are going to be scored to cover this spread. and seriously, how many eggs can a parcells team lay in a row?

CLE (-1) over NYJ
i really have no feel for this game, so i'll take the home team.

PIT (-5) over CIN
did you see the gag that chad johnson had when he told people to bring money to cover the fine he's going to get for his touchdown celebration. it's a good gag, but he neesd to get in the end zone a little more often to really pull this kind of bs off.

CHI (+7.5) over IND
what can i say, the bears defense is really really good. sure their offense stinks, but i get the feeling that peyton won't play as good in the cold weather. he'll still throw a couple of touchdowns but i think that the bears offense will be able to run on the colts. this is not a very smart pick.

MIN (-7.5) over DET
culpepper is good isn't he? the vikes were one bad call away from beating the packers last week. anyways, remember earlier in the season when i said that joey harrington is going to nothing more than a serviceable quarterback. i was wrong. he sucks.

AZ (+2) over CAR
why can't the cards get any respect. that defense is good! emmitt is playing well! carolina did go nuts against the niners in the second half, but that all seems fluky to me. bad team, only one good half...yeah, i'll take the cards straight up here.

JAX (-3.5) over TEN
i just found out that some guy named greg taylor is going to be the short yardage back for the jags, which further puts my fantasy football team in hell since i have fred taylor. as for the titans, if the bears beat you, i'm not picking you again until you show me something.

TB (-8) over SF
not that the bucs are really that good, but they're definitely good enough to beat the niners. fifty bucs, get it? buccaneers...bucks...never mind (4-6 on the big bet).

NO (+4.5) over DEN
the saints are the most maddening team to pick in the league. inconsistency is what this team is all about. who knew that they could beat the chiefs last week? i don't know, i wouldn't bet any saints games, but if i did, i guess that homefield here works to their advantage.

MIA (+10) over SEA
man, screw the hawks. i think that miami's secondary will be good enough to cover the sorriness of the hawks recievers which will allow the linebackers to play the run. lower your expectations for shaun alexander this week if you have him on your squad.

SD (-4) over OAK
maybe this ought to be the fifty dollar game of the week, i don't know. however, there is one thing to beware. a few years ago, san diego started the year pretty hot, and then after the bye, they sucked ass. can drew brees who has done jack-bitch in his NFL career really keep this going? it's a contract year, so i guess why not.

ATL (-3) over NYG
hmmmmm.....i'm not sure how the falcons got to be 7-2, since i feel they've been inconsistent all year, but with eli starting, the atlanta d will shine here. this is the completely wrong move by coughlin by the way. i'm pretty sure that the hawks will be able to smell the desperation and make eli manning pay for the sorriness of his older brother.

PHI (-10.5) over WAS
the skins actually have the same problem (sorta) that the cowboys have, not that great a running game. ramsey is finally taking over for the alliterative brutal brunell, but that still won't make a difference in the running game.

HOU (+3) over GB
ughh, i don't know about this one either. either houston just out and out sucks and got lucky a few times earlier in the season or they're starting to make strides in the right direction. i'd like to think that david carr and andre johnson are good enough to justify the latter here. late-season-home-dogs theory in play here as well.

NE (-3) over KC
i know, i know, i just got through recommending that you take home dogs late in the season, but without priest holmes, the chiefs can't keep that horrible defense off the field enough. the pats roll here in a high scoring game.

11.17.2004

more on the T.O./desperate housewives scandal

seriously people, do you know how ridiculous it is that i even had to type "T.O./desperate housewives scandal"?

indy's head coach tony dungy decided to chime in and say that he was thought that terrell owens segment was somewhat racist in that it depicted black athletes as sexual predators.

ok a few things. dungy's got a point, but i think his ire is directed in the wrong direction. sure abc played up the racial discourse of black man as a hypersexual subject, but really, is that anything new? i mean, isn't one of the reasons that the NFL is so popular is this whole homoerotic thing that's going on with football and sports in general? i think that dungy should be mad as the kind of outrage that people are expressing. no one will say it, but one of the reasons that everyone is so put off is because it's a black dude stealing away a white woman. if you need a lesson on the history of this discourse, i just don't have the time. read any sociology book on race and you'll find that this stuff has been going on for centuries. of course, the naked lady in the commercial was shocking, but add to that a visual depiction of white people's worst fears, a black guy carrying away a white woman to have sex with her, and then you get people getting pissy and calling the FCC.

second point, michael powell, the FCC chairman, is a douchebag. here's his quote:
I wonder if Walt Disney would be proud. (disney owns abc)
you mean the same walt disney who blacklisted communists during the red scare and openly discriminated against jewish people? puh-leeze. what an asinine remark. i wonder what mlk or malcolm x would think of your bugie-uncle-tom ass.

11.16.2004

i would've much rather seen terrell owens naked

so the big brouhaha over the mnf intro with a naked housewife jumping into terrell owens arms has the NFL PO'd at TO (i thought of that one all by myself). no need to comment really. here's a column by jason whitlock about the whole deal. i'm really not sure what he's trying to say. and i think it is because he doesn't specifically mention race as a factor in the way that the NFL handles things, although he does obtusely hint around it. i don't know, the reaction seems par for the course for the NFL. they, more than any other sports league aggresively police their public image, so i don't see what the outrage against the NFL is all about myself. of course, the outrage directed at ABC by the NFL is unwarranted as well, but that whole line of rhetoric wore itself out two weeks after the whole janet jackson thing. honestly, i just wish it was me that caught a naked nicolette sheridan.

new U2 album available for streaming

in all of his benevolent greatness, king bono has seen it fit to allow the people to listen to the new U2 album in its entirety on mtv.com. i'm listening to it as i type, and you can imagine how crazy my rock 'n' roll parts are right now.

11.14.2004

halloween pic

all right, here it is. just so you know what i'm doing, i took the picture of my reflection in the bathroom mirror with my cell phone, so that's why i'm holding it up like that.

11.12.2004

bobby the gook, week 10

wooooooooo! rough draft of thesis done. time to start thinking about football. last week, i actually did pretty decent to help turnaround this thing. let's hope the cowboys can do the same. last week: me 8-6, season 71-55-3 (.611); fredo 6-8, season 65-61-3 (.516). hey fredo, you've been treading water so long, you're ready to become a lifeguard now! as always, point spreads from caesar's/hilton, home team in bold.

BAL (-1) over NYJ
don't get me wrong, i love the q-car as much as anyone, but he had a tendency to suck against sophisticated defenses like the one that the ravens have. by the way, i'd kill to have quincy back on the cowboys right now.

PIT (-3.5) over CLE
this one's not even funny. i haven't seen the steelers play this year yet, but beating philly and the pats in two consecutive weeks, how can you argue?

HOU (+9) over IND
ughhh. i'm not sure why i'm going with the dogs here, especially after they sucked against the broncos last week. indy's defense still isn't that good, and i think houston is good enough to hang. carr looks good on turf too.

TEN (-6) over CHI
break up the bears! krenzel for president. who knows what's happened the last two weeks, but you can't like the bears unless they're getting at least seven.

ATL (-4) over TB
ughhh part 2. i guess tampa bay is the hot team. but i read somewhere that the falcons have been practicing the shotgun all week. which fredo astutely points out lends itself to a lot of wild ass scrambling. and with vick doing said wild ass scrambling, i think they'll be fine.

DET (+3.5) over JAX
i really need to stop taking the lions. but i think i've seen enough chinks in the jags armour to pencil them in as a wildcard loser this year. by the way, did you see that one-hand catch roy williams made last week. athletic.

SEA (PK) over STL
well, i guess we saw how important that home dome advantage was for the rams last week. umm, i guess i'll try to will the seahawks back to respectability here.

KC (-4) over NO
surely the chiefs are better than they were against buccaneers? aren't they? although, i think that priest holmes is out this week. dammit, i took KC in the pool.

WAS (-3.5) over CIN
dammit, i took cinci in the pool too. i'll go with the cowboys suck and that's why cinnci looked good last week. god still hates joe gibbs, but i think he might hate carson palmer more.

GB (-4) over MIN
no moss, no win.

ARI (-2) over NYG
the cards are just the team to drive the nail in the coffin for the giants and their sorry coach tom coughlin. by the way, is emmitt smith playing well or what? i hope that he plays well the rest of the year and then retires. and then he, cocaine mike, and troy boy can start making those gay porn movies.

SF (-1) over CAR
was i right about the superbowl hangover or what?

NE (-7.5) over BUF
son of parcells is a genius. never mind the whole troy brown thing, and never mind the vinateri trick TD. corners are out? blitz like hell. and blitz + bledsoe = :( = 50 bucks (3-6 on the big bet)

PHI (-6.5) over DAL
i've feared this day since the season began. the only thing you can do on the eagles is run, and the cowboys can't run. i've decided that the best thing that the cowboys can do now is position themselves to take adrian peterson when he comes out. if i could, i'd put another 50 bucks on this one, but the whole equation thing above just reads better.

11.11.2004

quick hits


ok, i've really got to work on my thesis, so i'll just give you some quick hits.

1) more courtney love stuff: nothing too exciting, other than she's pleading innocent to beating up another musician. i guess i knew this, but the E!online article really slammed it home for me. she's involved in four different court proceedings right now. poor frances.

2) U2 is releasing their album via MTV: i'm a little disappointed in U2's stance on this whole thing. i'm cool with rushing the release of the album, but their stance against file sharing is dumb. i bought the single, the iTunes download, and i'll buy the album. they have nothing to worry about as far as not making money on this album.

3) backdoor draft update: the army is not sending that guy that i wrote about a few days ago to iraq. thank god. keep your eye out though, no telling how many other people are in the same situation. on a related note, i actually got an email from zentronix thanking me for posting about this story (the guy who got recalled is zentronix's cousin). i feel validated and my complex about being a part of the quasi-asian-pop-culture-blogger community is doing much better now.

4) a bunch of ABC affiliates are not going to show saving private ryan tonight because they're scared of possible FCC fines. it's a weird situation, because clearly, showing saving private ryan in its unedited form will violate FCC rules. however, i doubt sincerely that the FCC will hand out fines to the affiliates that do show it. if you thought that the janet jackson backlash was bad, could you even imagine what the backlash would be about censoring a rah-rah america! movie? i guess you could look at it both ways. on the one hand, it's unamerican from a "i love america" kinda way, since it glorifies the american military. but on the other hand, it also shows the horrors of war quite well, which could be viewed as anti-war. one thing is for sure though, the FCC are still a bunch of douchebags.

5) just plain pathetic.

6) the crazy kids at texas A&M are still going to have a bonfire before the texas game. this after twelve, count-em, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12, students died in 1999 building a fire. i dunno, i suppose that they can make changes to make it safer, but i think by definition an 80 foot bonfire is going to always be dangerous. in a way, the people who feel it necessary to have a bonfire are kinda saying "f you" to the memories of those kids who died. some things i can understand dying for. freedom, family, hot babes, yes. school spirit, no. i doubt sincerely that the kids who died would've consciously risked their life for the sake of beating the longhorns.

again, i apologize for the decrease in posting. i'm almost done with my draft of my thesis, and i'm already a year and a half late with this thing, so i've got to get it done soon.

11.10.2004

more goofy white people news

i had no idea that this was going on, but a group of people are reenacting the lewis and clark expedition, in honor of its bicentennial. i always thought that their achievements were overrated. and apparently so do some native americans. and it just seems like a wholesale waste of time and money to do this. seriously, does anyone care about this?

what makes it worse is that they're taking a break. they only made it to north dakota, and now they're going to resume their trip in april. last i checked, reenactment doing what the original people did, and as far as i can remember from 2nd grade history, lewis and clark didn't take a 4 month siesta. anyways, as the title of this post will tell you, only goofy white people could dream up crap like this.

11.09.2004

good news for VAX

via angry asian man, i just found out they're putting VAX, the vietnamese television news and culture magazine, back on the air (LATimes link, go to bugmenot for a login and password) it's still kinda f-ed up since now they have to lease time from a television station, but it's better than nothing. hopefully, some production company will step up and do the right and i'm guessing profitable thing and back the makers of the show.

i don't know if anyone who had anything to do with this is reading my blog, but thanks for getting it back on. i will make sure that fredo tapes it for me. for those of you who just read my plea for help, and then went along your merry way, thanks for nothing. just kidding, i just signed the petition, so it's not like i did anything. anyways, read the story. if you're vietnamese, it'll make you feel mushy inside.

troubling

not a pop culture post, but interesting nonetheless. i got this from zentronix via pop life. it seems that instead of the back door draft, the armed forces have resorted to recalling every single person who is a part of the reserves, including this guy who fulfilled his obligation eight years ago. what's curious to me is that the army or bush hasn't been quick to just say, "hey my bad, thanks for serving, must've been some mixup." i mean if you wanted to allay people's fear of a backdoor draft of their fears of the war getting worse, isn't that the smart thing to do? no instead they just tell him, "we'll look into it." which means one of two things. either 1) the army has its head up its ass dealing with the stuff that's really going on in the mideast causing someone in PR to drop the ball on what's really a simple mistake, or 2) they're trying to find a way to get this guy over to iraq anyway. either way it sucks. also, please note the last name of the gentleman who might get called over there.

blog meta-note: i feel like a junior high school kid who just moved in and wants to be able to hang out with the cool kids with the blogs listed above. it seems like that there is this circle of asian guys who are in academia and blog and write about pop culture. which is kinda what i feel like i do, except i haven't been published anywhere like they have. i love their blogs and i want desperately for them to read my blog and to be a part of their circle. i just don't know how except to send the really lame, "hey you're great! read my blog too!" email. i guess i could start writing music reviews and somehow getting them published somewhere, but i just can't do that with the workload i've got right now with school (which incidentally, is why i haven't posted a whole lot for the past few days). dammit i want to join this gang so bad! this really doesn't have anything to do with anything else, but it's giving me a complex.

as fredo and i like to call it: crapitalism

according to the wall street journal, best buy hates shoppers who want to save money.

i read this on boingboing and really didn't know what to make of it. the story basically says that best buy, nirvana for tech geeks like me, is going to change its market strategy to weed out people who do things like buy stuff on sale, or send in for rebates. they call them "devils" because they drive profits down by only buying things that don't add to best buy's profit margin, as opposed to the "angels" who buy expensive stuff as soon as they hit the market without waiting for markdowns. in other words, despite their claim to match the lowest price, they actually don't want to be in that position of having the lowest prices. it's an amazing contradiction of capitalism that you can try your hardest to position yourself as a place where people should go because stuff is cheaper, and then try to squeeze people who make them back up their claim. i know that it'd be a hard sell, but shouldn't this be illegal. i mean, if best buy wants to stop selling things at below cost, then fine. but then they shouldn't be able to imply in any way that their store is the place to save money.