Friday, July 29, 2005 - Oreovicz: Don't diss Danica

Someday, these guys on the IRL circuit will learn. Maybe. Why can't they get it that the reason people even care about the IRL right now is because of Danica? Gentlemen, just strap on your cars, run your races, and let everything else take care of itself. Either she'll start winning, and earn the attention she's received so far, or eventually the press will stop giving two craps. See: Anna Kournikova.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Nicole... call me.

I'm in the book.

2005-06 NHL Schedule Released

The 2005-06 schedule was released today. The Pens only have one game in St. Louis this year, so I guess everyone knows where I'll be on December 13th...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Discovery Prepares for Launch

Things are looking good for liftoff of Shuttle Discovery at 10:39am EDT. The ECO sensor problems that forced the scrubbing of the last attempt at launch have not resurfaced. Good luck to the crew of STS-114. Godspeed.

Edit: We have a successful launch of STS-114. MECO occurred a few minutes ago and there was a good external tank separation. Discovery is currently preparing for an OMS burn to place it in the proper orbit to rendevous with the ISS later in the mission.

Edit: Finally found a picture showing the dramatic new camera angle I saw for the first time today. It's from a camera mounted between the orbiter and the external tank, facing backwards. During liftoff, it was spectacular to see how fast the Florida coastline came into view. The next most amazing shot was of ETSEP (External Tank Separation), which I've included here. Cool!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Let's Go Pens!

Suddenly, I'm very excited about hockey season. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Scotty Beams Up

I met James Doohan once at a Trek Convention, and he was easily one of the most personable and down-to-earth celebrity I've ever been in contact with, especially within the Star Trek community where so many of the actors get very jaded. I watched a lot of Star Trek as a kid, and loved his character. I still use Scotty's theory of under-promise and over-deliver in my job. :) Rest in Peace, Mr. Doohan.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Doesn't this guy learn?

So I see Kenny Rogers had another, less physical run-in with a cameraman at his booking yesterday.

Kenny. You fucked up. You're in jail getting fingerprinted. Shut the hell up, get it over with, and get out of there. If you hadn't been a jackass in the first place, the dude wouldn't have had to get up early to videotape you at the county lockup. This will help your appeal to MLB immensely, no doubt. You're 40-fucking-years-old. Start acting like it.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Monday Musings

So the normally hapless Royals showed a little life yesterday in completing a split with Detroit. The fight (if that's what you want to call it) wouldn't have even happened is Carlos Guillen wasn't such a giant pussy trying to work a free base out of a possibly hit toe. He won't admit it but, I'm sure Runelvys Hernandez said to himself "you want to be hit by a pitch? Here..." I don't agree with him going at his head, but Guillen did need to be drilled.


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Watched the ESPYs last night. Overall it was pretty dull stuff. I did enjoy Matthew Perry's parodies of Hoosiers and Friday Night Lights. Schill and the Sox won a couple of awards. The USA women's softball team won an award, and we got to see Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman in some pretty stunning dresses. Aye carrumba! Cat also won "Best Female College Athlete." Normally I'd have been happy they saved Destiny's Child for the very end, so I could change the channel, but I wanted to see SportsCenter from Fenway so I was stuck. Bleah. Oh yeah, Danica looked great, too!


Interesting series between the Sox and Yanks over the weekend. Yanks showed a lot of testicular fortitude coming back from that severe ass-pounding they got on Friday night to win the last two games of the set. What exactly was in the water in Miami that made Al Leiter suck? He was outstanding last night. Still a lot of baseball left, though. Hopefully the Sox can get it turned around and hang onto the AL East lead.


In non-sports stuff, I got to see Charlie & The Cocolate Factory on Saturday morning. I was skeptical, since I grew up with and loved the Gene Wilder version, but hopeful since Tim Burton and Johnny Depp rarely let me down. Suffice it to say I was extremely impressed. I also love the IMAX theater at the AMC Studio 30 in Olathe. I'm going back there tonight to catch "Batman Begins" in IMAX before it goes away completely.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Grand Theft Auto: Senator Clinton Wants To Know About Sex

A) She should check with Bill.
B) She should stop being a dumbass.
C) This is all she has to worry about? Lazy parents?

Update: Shuttle launch possible but unlikely Sunday

Gah. Hopefully everything will shake out properly and they go on Sunday. I'd like to be able to watch it live. My five-year plan includes getting down to Kennedy and watching a liftoff in-person. I missed seeing Endeavour by about a week a few years ago, due to a hold.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

GodSpeed, Discovery

Just under 6 hours to scheduled liftoff of STS-114 from Pad 39B at Cape Kennedy. Fingers crossed for a safe and successful flight.

Edit: Launch scrubbed due to faulty fuel sensor, postponed at least a day.

Game on!

I have to admit, I didn't miss the NHL much during the regular season, but I did really feel it when playoff time came and went without the pucks.

Hopefully the lessons learned in this terrible lockout will stick with both sides and prevent it from ever happening again.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Wow. This guy is totally on the cutting edge...

Video-game 'orgies' for devoted players - Technology - International Herald Tribune

[Geek]I've been organizing and attending LAN parties for about ten years now. [/Geek] Thanks for the breaking news...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Bobby Abreu: He hit the ball real hard.

Dang, I wish all those dingers counted for my fantasy team. 41 home runs is a damn good season total...

Poor Big Papi, he peaked too early. I know the feeling...

Why can't the Home Run Derby be just about home runs, and not about crappy local bands that sound like bad knockoffs of Nickelback? Alter Bridge sucks, and that was before Johnny Damon got in there. Don't quit the day job, JD.

In other news, Jennie Finch made the Legends/Celebrity softball game after the HRD watchable... You go, Ernie!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Dear IOC Euros... Get bent. - Play ball!? Not in 2012: Baseball, softball out

Just because you suck at it doesn't mean you should vote it out of the Olympics. I'm hoping that if this is the trend, that somehow the US and Canada can have everything in the Winter games dropped except for Hockey, Curling, and Figure Skating.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Shut up, Tony - IRL - Danica fades as Kanaan wins Kansas shootout

Quit pickin' on my girl, Kanaan. She's the reason there's anyone around for you to say stupid shit to.