Monday, December 28, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 12/28

Hello all. I make my Monday return. Last week, I felt really lethargic and it showed until Sparty made the save. Thanks, Sparty. I needed a little pep talk, and I got it, and I thank Sparty for that.

I have had a long 2009, for me, where I live, and for the world in general. One simple thing I want to say, I just want to get 2009 out of my system. But one thing for sure, being officially part of the Sparty & Friends family is one of the highlights. Now onto to the meat.

Fantasy Update: Pending the MNF Game.

Sparty & Friends League: SMTT leading by 4 over JDS. On my end, ALAC leading Hawk 94-70.

Mikey & Friends League: Pat leading Sae 114-98. On my end, ALAC trailing TONS 89-76.

Pick 'Em: Tila Tequila Ate My Balls with a 2-pt lead over Futbol Pick, Where's ManU. On my end, I'm 9th, one pt behind Hawkeye.

Eliminator: I hate you, Tampa Bay. I hate you. Same hate applies to Garrett Hartley.

College Bowl Mania: Let's just say that Johnny, Sae and Rek have the most PPR and the highest Max available belong to Johnny and Rek.

Before I provide the links, here is your mandatory volcanic coverage. Again, I am safe and sound. The volcano is far far away from the place.

Link love:

So, Urban pulled a Donovan. Yes, I think he will be back for Year 1 of the A.T. (After Tebow) Era.

If you miss the no mercy nature of your opponent, go to global hockey.

Saints lost again. Must be bad juju from Tom Benson. Then again, bad juju for the Manning family today. Archie's Saints, Peyton's Colts and Eli's Giants all lost.

Will you vote for Andre Dawson?

Bengals finally win the North. Their reward is a simple flex. Maybe this would be a better farewell to Giants Stadium.

This looks dated, but these happened @ Giants Stadium, considering what happened yesterday will not be counted.

Futbol Update: I missed doing this on my posts. Meanwhile, the other team in Manchester gets a nice win.

While waiting for the Team of the Decade posts of Sparty, do you argue that they are absolute busts?

Case in point why the Bowl System is needed.

You would think they are succeeding, but they just got shut out by a team that is also struggling. Plus when your big buy this year mouths off, you know the end of the Zorn era is near.

I find this map very interesting in trying to track golf.

What if Hendrick Motorsports offered to work on Santa's sleigh?

Yes, I know Paul Pierce is out, but I need to express glee as the Clippers eke one out. Bingo!

Video Slots:
Loving dedicated to (traditionally) the Dallas Cowboys.

I am sure we can all relate to this question:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Week That Was The NBA a.k.a - TWTWTNBA - December 16

Because of what someone wrote, I decided to make an emergency post instead of what I had in mind for this week. Since I had time (when I would have wanted to be in a conference call that unfortunately I had to miss when I would have preferred not to), I ought to write my own views on this. So let's start.

1. I agree that it will take a miracle for the G-Men to advance. A lot of dominoes have to fall in place, but they need to start to win out first, starting with the Redskins. As for the Spartans, at least it is the college basketball season.

2. The NBA has the least parity. But as long as the bellwether teams are doing mostly alright, things will be fine.

3. As a Clipper fan, I am partially a bit pleased with the T'wolves state of mind. I just need them to keep that up until the time when we have a chance at snagging the top overall pick they might get.

4. This is the complete list of free agents this summer. They key is what will be the cap space for 2010. It is said to be projected at between $50-53 million.

5. Lebron: Let's see what the Nyets can do. And of course, the Knicks. All we know is that he pays homage to Akron, not Cleveland. I would think he would test the market before he responds. He has never been highly recruited, so this is like a first for him.

6. Wade: I think he stays, but the pull of Chi-town is interesting. In addition, the Bulls have a plethora of assets they can move.

7. Amare: He is a huge risky target, with his recent injury-prone tendencies. I still have issues with their penny-pinching owner.

8. Dirk: No way he leaves. There is a reason why the Mavs are constructed the way they are. Besides, the shock it would bring would be like what this is.

9. Jesus Shuttlesworth: Veteran shooter with a ring. I am sure a lot of teams with space for an MLE or a smart winning team with a veteran's minimum would love to have him around.

10. Tyson Chandler: One thing I know is that if you have a modicum of talent and you are 7'0", you will get paid. Ask Jerome James and DeSagana Diop.

11. Manu: the so-called Bat-killer is not going anywhere. He owes it too much to the Spurs. Reduced salary will help this team rebuild on the fly as the transition of the post-Duncan era continues in its natural pace.

12. RJeff: The interesting thing is, the Spurs have not been the type of team to overspend to keep guys. Pop and Buford sure know what they are doing.

13. Joe Johnson: You better hope J-Smooth, Marvin, Al and Mike find a way to convince him to stay. But they thought of plan B (trading for Jamal Crawford) already in case he leaves. I know going from JJ to Crawford is huge, but that ownership is questionable.

14. T-Mac: This season is a tryout open for everyone to see what he can still pull off. Same for the Answer.

15. Yao: It is unlikely he leaves. There is too much going on. Not his style also.

16. Redd: The successor to Walter Ray in Milwaukee is in the same situation as he is.

17. CB4: I agree, he is the major chip that will likely move. Depends on who offers the most.

18. Amongst the second-tier players mentioned, J-Smooth is locked in the ATL for a while.

19. Again, it is all about the cap space and what the guys do early. I won't be surprised if it will be a thud, but I won't dismiss it that easy.

20. John Wall to the Nyets is nice. Hmmm...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Myself as a NFL Pro Bowl selector (defense / special teams)

It is about that time of year that the ProBowl roster for the NFL will be named. Here are probably the most deserving ones, based on performance. (and possibly reputation)

I selected these people before Week 14 Sunday games and after the Thursday debacle in Cleveland (for Steeler fans). And these were on the ballot during that day. You may freely argue with me over the selections.

And so, here we go:

On the Defensive side of the ball!

select 1 SS


Adrian Wilson (Arizona)


Brian Dawkins (Denver)

select 3 CB


Asante Samuel (Philadelphia)
Charles Woodson (Green Bay)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Arizona)


Champ Bailey (Denver)
Darrelle Revis (New York)
Nnamdi Asomugha (Oakland)

select 3 DE


Jared Allen (Minnesota)
Justin Tuck (New York)
Will Smith (New Orleans)


Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis)
Mario Williams (Houston)
Robert Geathers (Cincinnati)

select 3 DT


Albert Haynesworth (Washington)
Kevin Williams (Minnesota)
Pat Williams (Minnesota)


Haloti Ngata (Baltimore)
Marcus Stroud (Buffalo)
Vince Wilfork (New England)

select 1 FS


Darren Sharper (New Orleans)


Ed Reed (Baltimore)

select 2 ILB


A.J. Hawk (Green Bay)
Karlos Dansby (Arizona)


Bart Scott (New York)
Ray Lewis (Baltimore)

select 3 OLB


Chad Greenway (Minnesota)
DeMarcus Ware (Dallas)
Lance Briggs (Chicago)


Brian Cushing (Houston)
James Harrison (Pittsburgh)
Rey Maualuga (Cincinnati)

select 1 KR


Percy Harvin (Minnesota)


Joshua Cribbs (Cleveland)

select 1 K


Neil Rackers (Arizona)


Rob Bironas (Tennessee)

select 1 P


Brad Maynard (Chicago)


Shane Lechler (Oakland)

select 1 ST


Sean Morey (Arizona)


Kassim Osgood (San Diego)


1. Not much from Pittsburgh and New England. Obviously, both teams have had issues on that side of the ball.
2. Ridiculous depth in the AFC corners.
3. May be shooting blind regarding the front 7. Hope I got it right.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Myself as a NFL Pro Bowl selector (offense)

It is about that time of year that the ProBowl roster for the NFL will be named. Here are probably the most deserving ones, based on performance. (and possibly reputation)

I selected these people before Week 14 Sunday games and after the Thursday debacle in Cleveland (for Steeler fans). And these were on the ballot during that day. You may freely argue with me over the selections.

And so, here we go:

On the offensive side of the ball!

select 3 QBs


Drew Brees (New Orleans)
Brett Favre (Minnesota)
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay)


Peyton Manning (Indianapolis)
Tom Brady (New England)
Philip Rivers (San Diego)

select 3 RB


Adrian Peterson (Minnesota)
Frank Gore (San Francisco)
Stephen Jackson (St. Louis)


Cedric Benson (Cincinnati)
Chris Johnson (Tennessee)
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville)

select 4 WR


Desean Jackson (Philadelphia)
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona)
Marques Colston (New Orleans)
Sidney Rice (Minnesota)


Andre Johnson (Houston)
Randy Moss (New England)
Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis)
Wes Welker (New England)

select 2 TE


Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta)
Vernon Davis (San Francisco)


Antonio Gates (San Diego)
Dallas Clark (Indianapolis)

select 2 C


Jonathan Sullivan (Minnesota)
Jonathan Goodwin (New Orleans)


Jeff Saturday (Indianapolis)
Nick Mangold (New York)

select 3 T


Bryant McKinnie (Minnesota)
Jermon Bushrod (New Orleans)
Phil Loadholt (Minnesota)


D'Brickashaw Ferguson (New York)
Michael Oher (Baltimore)
Michael Roos (Tennessee)

select 3 G


Deuce Lutui (Arizona)
Leonard Davis (Dallas)
Steve Hutchinson (Minnesota)


Alan Faneca (New York)
Ben Hamilton (Denver)
Brian Waters (Kansas City)

select 1 FB


Mike Sellers (Washington)


Tony Richardson (New York)


1. Leaving Thomas Jones out was hard. Had to give props to Cedric Benson. Ditto with Carson Palmer.
2. Nice WR depth overall.
3. Picking linemen is picking blind.

Blog Outsourcing 12/ 14

Welcome to the Monday edition of the TMA!

It is only 11 days to go before the day most people look forward to. As the days grow closer and closer, the anticipation goes higher and higher, gets even more chilly and the expectation of giving gets even more intense.

Meanwhile, I have been struggling with insomnia. Definitely the after-effects of my graveyard work, I need to gets this addressed when it comes to the weekends. I need to get things re-wired already. Oh well.

On the other hand, I enjoyed the weekend. My relatives who immigrated to Canada are home again, while another international artist comes to my shores.

And so, the let's begin the link love, shall we?

Don Cherry is to blame for the violence?

It must be those uniforms, they look eerily famillar, right?

One sign it is almost the end of the College Football season. We all wait with baited breath for TWTWCFB.

Lane Kiffin News: Compliments, really?

Hecklers, beware of this guy.

The first aftershock of the Tiger Zoo.

Quitters never win, but somehow his team did.

Two things are certain: when it is December, it is good to be a Bolt and bad to be a Cowboy.

21 teams got off less completions than this guy's feat.

Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones to team up again?

Nice way to close out the year for the

Futbol update: This football game settles who's the best on the field, not by arbitrarily. Also, more issues for these Reds.

Video time:
I like the beat.

More local stuff:

Happy Holidays from the islands!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 12/7

Today is an important day, especially for those of the Greatest Generation. These days, we must not forget those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

I thought about doing a World Cup post regarding the draw, but decided not to since anything can happen from now until June 2010. We all thought that Davies would be a lock for the US National Team, but something happened. Now he's questionable.

Anyhow, I spent yesterday afternoon checking out the trains. Being a photogeek, I took my trusty camera and took shots of the scene. But more important, it is essential that the community know what that it commemorates. And I felt that the objective was made.

And I know that TWTWCFB will cover this, but I just do not like the idea of the minnows facing each other.

Time for some link love:

Never has tying shoelaces been this controversial.

Talk about homerism, i thought the announcers had to be impartial.

This is the last Bowden Bowl.

I never knew that they could be on ice.

I wonder how many of you want to be healed with beer?

Hmmm... Tiger needs to work on his taste. I think I have better taste, take a look at this:

Just me again

Another reason why smoking is not good for you.

Surf's up, dude. Maybe they can take on these waves.

Personally, I am very very disappointed also for them. They deserve to face the big boys.

Really, Marco Scutaro is the guy that can help the Sawx?

Sparty, care to fill in the details for this? Cashman being cryptic.

Maybe he could succeed Bud in 2012.

Get well soon, Ej. Third major injury in the past few days.

Army vs Navy has huge stakes for someone.

CGB: What can you say about Mike London at Charlottesville? Hope it can avert something like this...

Futbol update: Better start to get to know some World Cup studs.

The Answer is to start. He is on one of my teams, and I need him to start clicking right from the get go.

I hate to be Shaun Suisham right now.

In order to succeed greatness, one must show respect to greatness.

Last thing:

Because you can hear this song in the Vatican playlist:

I love the Transformer concept... Let's dance, shall we...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NBA update so far (Thanksgiving edition)

Welcome to the 2nd TWTWTNBA. I have decided to make it a bi-weekly format for the interim, since after all, it is way too early. This time, since it is Thanksgiving, I would answer this question, Why I am thankful for?

First things first, my thoughts on the Answer's retirement. I think he is the poster child of the mid-90s to pre-Lebron era, when cornrows and thuggery was the norm, when Portland was known as the Jailbrazers. It's sad that he went out this way. I wish some team can figure this out right. Paging some Eastern Conference team...

As for the latest news on Lawrence Frank, I wish him well. He is the obvious scapegoat. I think Chris Paul and the dribble-drive offense would be a good fit.

And here we go:

Atlanta: That we have the best record in the Eastern Conference right now. (this was written before the Orlando game)
Boston: That GITC finally got in a Paul Pierce Stud sighting (or 2). But i would like to see a Sheed that is in shape and motivated and a KG that is fully healthy.
Charlotte: That Stephen Jackson has not blown up on them.
Chicago: That Joakim Noah is making the leap of being a serviceable center.
Cleveland: we have Lebron not making any more weird statements. But I would rather have a guarantee he would be staying.
Dallas: That they are atop the Southwest Division with the player with the 2nd most assists in history.
Denver: That Ty Lawson might be the successor to Chauncey Billups.
Detroit: Will Bynum being a quality 6th Man of the year and MIP candidate.
Golden State: That they have the endurance to play 48 minutes without subbing. But I would like to have less dysfunction.
Houston: That they have not fallen out of the race without Yao and Tracy.
Indiana: That they have the Colts to take the headlines (for now).
Los Angeles Clippers: That Chris Kaman may be the best low post presence in LA.
Los Angeles Lakers: That Ron Artest has not yet gone bad crazy. And that no one has punched the Neckbeard in the throat yet.
Memphis: That the Iverson experiment ended already. We already have enough ballhogs.
Miami: Michael Beasley is in his good graces.
Milwaukee: That Brandon Jennings is a stud. Also being 8-5. But I wish they can shoot FT's better. (3rd worst in the NBA)
Minnesota: For that one win, even though it came at a buzzer beater.
New Jersey: Is thankful for the "injury" excuse, because Lawrence Frank would have been fired already.
At least we still have Jay-Z as an owner. And Brooklyn beckons. UPDATE: Coach Frank has been fired.
New Orleans: That we have a nice gem of a find in Marcus Thornton. But I would much much rather have Chris Paul healthy again.
New York: That the Yankees won their 27th title and that their leadership will be going for some guy in the offseason.
Oklahoma City: That Kevin Durant fell into our laps. But I'd rather have the franchise another way other than taking it from the Sonics.
Orlando: That i have a deep lineup that can cause havoc in the East. But i would like a less whiny Dwight with a retinue of post moves.
Philadelphia: that they are the most ideal situation for some guy who was said to be "forcibly retired."
Portland: For the continued development of Greg Oden.
Phoenix: the SSOL is back, revving up and having the best record in the League.
Sacramento: That we have eight wins (and at .500) already for a team considered to be the worst in the League.
San Antonio: That the usual cruisin portion of the season has already netted 5 straight wins.
Toronto: That Andrea Bargnani is finally getting it. And that they are the second best team in their division.
Utah: That Jerry Sloan has no plans on retiring, ensuring stability on the floor.
Washington: for the goodness of Abe Pollin. Good luck, Ted Leonsis.

(Belated) Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 11/30

Greetings! It is a holiday here in the islands, but when you enter your comments, I will be at work. My office, which is part of the outsourcing industry, relies on the American Holidays, so I was pleased to enjoy the mini-sabbatical to do something I have not done in a looooong time, which is bar hop to watch independent local music acts. Friday night was at a fund raiser for this organization. Saturday night was an album launch while earlier that day was spent doing a little charity work. Ever since I have gone graveyard (or work in the same time frame as Sparty), I haven't gone out and about going to gigs and watching bands and artists strut their stuff. At the same time, I have not been able to go on my CD binges that I have missed out on.

Let's take a peek at the linkages.

Things have not changed 4 years hence for Matty and Vince. In this case, Miz > Fiesta Trio

These Colts are the Cardiac Colts. Does Kwsn approve? I believe so. Interesting fact: Colts have trailed in all 4th quarters this month before pulling out the rabbit.

Things are looking good for J-Rod. Purple Jesus just did Sae a favor in ousting Da Bears.

Clippers have new company where they are. This guy is an easy scapegoat.

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Does CGB approve? They would say, long time coming.

Is he clearing out for Patphish? What would Patphish bring to the table? Maybe you have your suggestions. Help him reach his goal.

Tiger tells us to STFU and leave him alone in his domain. Maybe Trey can use his lawya skills.

I do not drink alcohol. I wonder if this is for Big D's to dominate.

For this guy and this guy, it's up to the AD's now. I think both stay.

World Cup update: How do you prepare for hooligans?

New meaning for football as religion.

Football has already ended somewhere.

Good day for Sparty. Unfortunately, does not cure the misery of losing to Trey.

Parting Videos:
She is one of the ones I watched in my music gigs. Perfect for the Thanksgiving vibe.

Here is another one of my music gimmick journeys.

Hope you enjoyed the weekend.
She is a lovely face.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blog Outsourcing - November 23, 2009

Greetings in what would be a holiday-filled week for you guys (and in-relation to that, me as well).

Yesterday, I managed to get myself into a 3k Fun Run. For a guy who is portly at 76.2 kgs (that's 168 lbs for English system believers), I definitely need it and deserve it. For those who want to know, I finished the run at a little over 35 minutes. For a dude who never took part in a run before, that was relatively decent.

Just a reminder as there are people who will be eating turkeys this week. A suggestion as to what you can do to shed excess calories.

I wish i could be of better use, but the interwebs is wonky at home and i had to spend a little bit to get this done.

Here are the link-love:

Here is the lowdown on the girl on the picture today.

Why is Patphish not on this list? Didn't he go to South Bend already to present himself?

Speaking of South Bend, even the leader of the free world is not spared from the mess.

Denny won the skirmish, but Jimmie is part of history.

What would be your ice cream flavor?

Will you buy a Griffin vs Ortiz III MMA PPV? Save it for PacMan vs Mayweather.

Man"Genius" may be looking over his shoulder soon.

I am sure hockey fans will approve of this goal.

I wonder why he is always mad when i listen to the ATH podcasts.

Jackie Robinson definitely he is not. But he has a better chance than she would.

Weird torture strategy? Maybe for Packers fans.

Victims of political correctness? BINGO!!!

There are some who take the football as a religion too much...

Think you can turn them around?

They are a package deal in perpetuity....

Futbol update: Just as you think things can get better for Beckham, there is always a reality check. And 9-1. Yes. that is a soccer score, not a baseball score.

Get your pigskin update:

Parting video:

I am sure you want to have a video phone.

Because this is a better rendition of the theme song compared to Mutemath.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 11/16

PacMan ready to chomp on someone

80's -Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (from ROCKY).mp3

I have to admit, I had a great weekend. This one capped it off. The day before, i was here.

It feels good that one of your countrymen made you proud of your heritage. It feels good that you were watching this moment. It feels good that you saw it happen. It feels good that everyone embraced it.

Now, all I need is the HBO broadcast feed of this event on torrent, to be stored and kept for safekeeping.

Time for some specific PacMan link love:

Even the others Filipinos won their matches (except Brandon Vera and the ones who fought on Friday the 13th). However, one boxer is in critical condition.

The first step has been taken. Do it already as the Master has called for it.

Look at those who were at the event. PacMan is a boxing stud.

Time stands still in the Philippines.

And the best thing? No ego whatsoever.

Oh, and to put it in College Football terms. Pacquiao has SEC speed.

Now for a different set of links: (The Non-PacMan edition)

Bud Adams must hate Ralph Wilson. But definitely a satisfying experience, right?

Will you accept his apology? It was 6 pts, after all. It could have made a difference.

Nothing like the first time for a lady. Interesting she did it at the same age as this guy.

Big D has a scheduled post regarding this. KWSN approves of the weekend.

Chad OchoCinco lost a gamble, but won the war. He needs to pay up. Look at T.O. for example, he complied with his end.

Speaking of war, lots of attrition going on. It has been brutal.

Trevor Ariza was the happiest guy today.

I wonder how many players Lebron can sell this idea to? Answer: 12 (including Lebron himself).

Looks like we will know the state of Weis until after the season. Is Patphish willing to wait?

USC got schooled by the smart guys of Stanford. And these smart guys are being smart by keeping him away from South Bend. And yes, the shoe was on the other foot.

More talk of this in the TWTWCFB.

I am very sure Sparty has tuned out of Dantonio in favor of Izzo by now. And in typical Izzo style, he schedules hard. Look who's next.

I love the mid-majors.

PacMan Videos of the Day:

Just because it's PacMan.

Here is another PacMan special.

And i did not forget...
She's so awesome.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Week That Was The NBA a.k.a - TWTWTNBA - 1st edition

The Logo

Welcome to the first-ever TWTWTNBA, where I will see and check on the state of the League (divisional style).

Atlantic: Knicks, Nets, Raptors, Celtics, Sixers

Hall of Heroes - The Celtics maintaining their edge. 3.5 games ahead of the Raptors and Sixers. In addition, they retain Rajon Rondo.

Goat Center - Nets remaining winless this season. But with the likes of Devin Harris, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jarvis Hayes, Yi Jianlian all hurt. It is expected that they will struggle.

Your worst nightmare - The New York Knicks. 1-8. Chris Duhon ripping the team earlier this season, then just gets 2 assts in their last game.

Central: Cavs, Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Bucks

Hall of Heroes - Will Bynum being awesome as the 6th man that Allen Iverson should have been. Also, Brandon Jennings is the early ROY leader.

Goat Center - Bulls getting robbed of a victory because of bad clock timing. It is not often that the home team gets jobbed.

Your worst nightmare - Lebron finally ending all free agency talk, but sometimes, you do not have to say something to make a statement.

Southeast: Magic, Wizards, Hawks, Bobcats, Heat

Hall of Heroes - Wade is having a ball in Miami. On top of the division and no concerns regarding free agency speculation. Even His Airness likes him enough. Oh, and the Cavs come calling tonight.

Goat Center - The Wizards have lost 5 straight. Other than the Nets, they (along with the Knicks) have the longest losing streak in the Eastern Conference. Injury issues forced them to sign a familiar face.

Your worst nightmare - This box score encapsulates all things not good.

Northwest: Timberwolves, Blazers, Jazz, Thunder, Nuggets

Hall of Heroes - Carmelo Anthony is becoming MVP material. In addition, The Thunder won their 4th game already. It took them until New Year's Eve last year to do such.

Goat Center - The Blazers initially mishandled the Andre Miller situation. Although they remedied that by starting a small lineup.

Your worst nightmare - 8 straight losses for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Could have been 9 if it were not for this.

Southwest: Mavericks, Spurs, Rockets, Hornets, Grizzlies

Hall of Heroes - Texas teams stamping their class. Dallas dealing the champs their only loss. Houston being feisty. The new Spurs rejuvenating the vets and Manu being the new Batman.

Goat Center - Grizzlies getting the Mutombo treatment from Carl Landry.

Your worst nightmare - The whole Iverson situation. Local TV was broadcasting the Grizzlies-Blazers game (same game where Thabeet broke his jaw). Broadcasters were saying that Mike Conley was scared of Allen Iverson. That he could not really play well the way he could play. With AI out, Conley has been able to breathe easy.

Pacific: Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Suns, Warriors

Hall of Heroes - The SSOL Suns are back. 8-1 record. Nash pulled off a 20 assist game.

Goat Center - Al Thornton. He has just been benched. The Clips then pulled off a three-game winning streak.

Your worst nightmare - The Stephen Jackson mess in Golden State. That marriage has gone south absolutely. At least they managed to mangle the T'wolves.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 11/9

Some lucky guy in a Hawaiian shirt

Awesome weekend. I know yesterday was bad for certain people *cough*patphish*cough* but it was good for some *cough*kwsn*cough*.

The date proves to be a good alliteration with the WSOP ongoing. But this week, it is a special one, as by the end of the week, it is already the big PPV event in a place called Las Vegas. Then again, as what someone has raised, apparently, only I care about it. So there.

I know someone is really pissed with some team, so let's go to the links:

This is what happened on this date.  I never knew Atlanta had a NHL franchise before the Thrashers. And Larry vs Dr. J. Wow.

This woman definitely has more toughness than some men. Redneck material? But these people would fit in nicely.

The next Gus Johnson could be in the race track.

Bad news just keeps on going and going for the Redskins. Portis goes down, then DeAngelo gets hit.

Expect a visit to the omnipotent Roger Goodell, Chad. This is not the NBA. However, he is smart enough to know it was done in jest and expected it. So, child, please.

The new Ana Ivanovic? You decide.

If you were Richmond, you would release f-bombs, too.

Futbol update: Chelsea beats Man U. Fergie being really whiny.

The South looked good. Colts and Saints stay unbeaten. and the Creamsicle is rocking, here, look:

Nice win, Tampa

Unfortunately, the North cannot say that. the Bears and the aformentioned Packers lost. Only 1 win for both Conferences, with 3 on byes and pending Monday Night.

Ken Whisenhunt knows how to work the mic. And when Mike Singletary is around, good sound clips are always ready.

Well, it is never too early to set up the Manning vs Brady on Sunday Night Football.

Seriously, this is no laughing matter. Kidnapping is a bad bad thing.

A simple preview for TWTWCFB to be in depth. One thing. How is USC ahead of the Ducks?

Parting videos:

Because Leighton Meester is hot:

And because he can sing and if you have a problem, he will knock you out:

One last thing to say, tonight is the start of the journey towards the Madness. the Race to the Lucas Oil Stadium is on.

Dare to be Fit N' Right

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event in Taste Asia. It was sponsored by Del Monte Fit N' Right (It was the first event I attended after Dad passed away).

People have been asking me to lose weight. People have been wondering what the **** am I doing, so here. Here is a plan to "remedy" situation.

I will be joining the Dare to be Fit N' Right Fun Run (specifically the 3k portion, but there is the 5k and 10k Men's and Women's Open Run) on November 22 at the SM Mall of Asia. Call time is at 4am in front of the Music Hall. (Yes, it is personally ungodly, but what else is new).

You can already register here for the Fun Run. You can also go to the (1) CEMG Office – Unit 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (look for Marianne Tapales (892.5842/09155498282), (2) Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig plus SM Hypermart in Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA, (3) Fitness First branches on November 16. Registration fee is only P300.

Prizes await the winners! And remember, proceeds to this event will go to relief efforts for Ketsana and Parma (locally known as Ondoy and Pepeng) via the SM Foundation.

More details can be had here if you have questions and clarifications.

Note: I really need exercise and since I won the right to participate this event, I fully intend to participate in it. I hope you do it as well. Preliminary warm-up? Jogging from MOA in front to back end of the Music Hall (where we are supposed to be for the call time).

So what did I learn from the experience? The bloggers were involved in it as well, with the Fast Interval Training (FIT) workout regimen being taught to us by Coach Jim Saret. The FIT regimen emphasizes calorie-burning as a way of staying fit. It's short bursts of intensive exercises that would ensure that even after the workout, you are still burning calories. This would be helped with a dosage of Fit N' Right (either the drink or the fruit snack). It contains L-Carnetine, a substance that aids in burning calories and raises metabolism.

Hopefully, I can get the needed exercise as people have really really thought that i have no hope. LOL.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 11/2

Just because I love the picture.

Happy All Souls Day! I spent the weekend with the family visiting the dead. It is tradition to spend November 1 with the departed ones. I hope you guys were able to adjust your clocks appropriately.

Anyway, as the weather turns, the cold freezing air is getting to me. You just get the feeling that it is that time of the year. I wish alongside the changes bring a positive vibration and feeling.

Link love time:

All about New York and Philly. Halloween, the NBA. Yesterday, on the Linc and in the Bank. And how some celebrated both.

You know that at this time of the year, it is this guy's moment.

This just in, Rex Ryan allows another Ted Ginn Kickoff Return TD. Yet I still benched the Dolphins D. Luckily for me, I started this D against Sparty.

Apparently, Bart Scott knows what it takes to be a Super Bowl contender.

Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre Favre . (Inspired by a Trey post from S&F).

Bud Adams knows how to push buttons Because of Vince Young. With the Titans and Rams winning, the Bucs are the last team left.

Could be a future recruit for Bammer. Could be for Oakland. Maybe Cleveland.

Because JJ Redick has too much time on his hands.

Reggie Wayne is nicknamed Batman. Maybe Manu Ginobili is a better Batman. He has the looks, right?

I plan on running a 3k a few weeks from now. This should be a reminder.

Suggestion for goal celebrations in these hard times.

The World Series provides a good opportunity for conflict resolution (temporarily).

50 years for this Mask.

Oregon is the highest 1-loss team at 8th. All you need to do is win in the BCS.

Futbol Update: Liverpool got schooled.

Parting Videos (World Series edition):

A classic ode to the City of Brotherly Love

And this is a modern ode to the City that never sleeps.

Just because I am a friendly guy. Enjoy the rest of the month!

Being friendly and all.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NBA Predictions for opening night.

4 games on tap to start off the NBA:

Boston vs Cleveland: Both teams had chippy moments in their last preseason game. Both teams highly fancied to meet again in the late postseason. Low scoring, physical play will highlight this. I pick the Celts.

Washington vs Dallas: New faces dot the landscape. Both teams with early injury issues (Jamison for Washington, Howard for Dallas). I pick the Mavs because Jamison is a bigger loss.

Houston vs Portland:  Classic TNT game they played last year. No Yao this time. Still going with Blazers.

LA Clippers vs LA Lakers: Ring night. Clips will try to spoil party, but unfortunately, no Blake. Lakers roll.

The Definitive NBA Preview (part 2)

This is a portion of the definitive NBA Preview, despite what others may claim. I will try to tackle the prevailing issues the best that I can do so that the standards can be met by the others here and those who read elsewhere.

Part 2 is simply gazing into the crystal ball and peering into the different Awards that are to be given out this year, as well as the other things that need predicting.

Award winners:
-    MVP: Easy choice. I still think this is LeBron James' domain for a while.
-    DPOY: Easy choice. I still think this is Dwight Howard's domain for a while.
-    ROY: Despite the early injury, Blake Griffin is the choice. (Homer alert!)
-    COY: Jerry Sloan, because it is simply a travesty that he has not won yet.
-    MIP: Courtney Lee. He will be the slashing scorer he was at WKU.
-    6th man: Jamal Crawford. I really think the Hawks are better. It's just that the three teams above them are ridiculous.

Best offseason move: Richard Jefferson for nothing. The Spurs know what they need.
Worst offseason move: Kahn picking 4 point guards, Wayne Ellington and Henk Norel. Trading 1 of the 4 away and two going overseas.
Most underrated offseason move: Tie. Hawks and Clippers with their offseason transactions (Homer alert!)
Biggest storyline so far: The big-time teams getting better. The mediocre franchises gettting worse.
Storyline that we need to keep an eye on: the emergence of the kids of Oklahoma City.
Coach on the hotseat - Lawrence Frank. All the teams in East have had some sort of coaching overhaul over the past few years. You might be on the next one. Besides, not much is expected with what is on the cupboard right now.
Player on the hotseat - LeBron. It's all about you. What you do. and the offseason that follows.
Executive on the hotseat - Danny Ferry. Bringing in Shaq was a huge gamble. Will it pay off for him.

Divisional winners: Celtics, Cavs, Magic (East) and Lakers, Blazers, Spurs (West)

8 playoff teams of each conference
East: Celtics, Cavs, Magic, Hawks, Heat, Bulls, Wizards, Raptors
West: Lakers, Spurs, Blazers, Mavs, Nuggets, Jazz, Hornets, Clippers

4 Conference Semifinalists:
East: Celtics, Cavs, Magic, Hawks
West: Lakers, Spurs, Blazers, Nuggets

2 Conference Finals:
East: Celtics, Magic
West: Lakers, Spurs

NBA Finals: Celtics vs Lakers
NBA Champion: Lakers in 6. Revenge is served.

All-stars Roster

Starters: D-Wade, D-Rose, Lebron, KG, D-12
Reserves: Shaq, Joe Johnson, Danny Granger, The Truth, Jesus Shuttlesworth, Rashard Lewis, Agent Zero

Starters: The Answer, Kobe, Dirk, TD, Pau
Reserves: D-Will, Boozer, CP3 (wooooooooo!!!), Durant, Brandon Roy, David West, Melo

Lastly, every Monday, Alongside the TWTWTNBA: there will be this little segment called the games of the day, as i pick out one game per gameday that I personally like.

Here we go:
October 27: As much as I like LA @ LA, Boston vs Cleveland is the more flavored choice.
October 28: ESPN has New Orleans vs San Antonio. Both have new interesting pieces to play with.
October 29: TNT Doubleheader. Melo is a stud, but Roy is a star. Time to let the rest of the ignorant world know about it. Denver - Portland.
October 30: Vince Carter returns to New Jersey, with GatorTrey's crew.
October 31: Halloween. Which scares you more less: Sparty's Pistons or Sae's Bucks?
November 1: How about the GatorTreys visiting Hedo up north?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Clipper Virus struck

The Clippers are really cursed. Damn. Blake Griffin has a hurt kneecap. Out 6 weeks. Damn. I hope DeAndre Jordan, Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman can shoulder the load, and Al Thornton, too. But we really need this guy to do what he does best: Give all out all the time.

Monday, October 26, 2009

2009-10 NBA Preview (part 1)

This is a portion of the definitive NBA Preview, despite what others may claim. I will try to tackle the prevailing issues the best that I can do so that the standards can be met by the others here and those who read elsewhere.

Part 1 looks into the offseason and who struck gold in the offseason and who struck nothing on a per Divisional set-up

Atlantic Division (Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Toronto)

Best non-player addition: Imagine the possibilities if Mikhail Prokhorov will be able to secure the Nets. Brooklyn, here we come. Maybe LeBron, too.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: Boston. Adding Sheed that could be motivated by what happened last year might be able put them over the top. Oh, and Marquis Daniels might be the guy that would be what James Posey was two years ago for John's Celtics.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Philadelphia. Because I do not know if Lou Williams can handle the point full-time. Andre Miller was really effective in orchestating the offense. Is Jrue Holliday the answer? He might be too raw. Are they a running team or a halfcourt team?

New face to look out for: Courtney Lee. Because where will all the Vince Carter possessions go? And has already proven himself to be a good scorer. Oh, he and CD-R will be handling the 2-3 spot previously held by Vinsanity.

Central Division (Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee)

Biggest non-issue: Indiana is not racist with their large number of white players.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: Cleveland reloading with Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon and Leon Powe. And then, there is that big guy.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Milwaukee. Trading Richard Jefferson away. Then let Charlie Villanueva go. What are the Bucks really doing?

New face to look out for: Shaq. Because we really have no idea how this will work.

Southeast Division (Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington)

Biggest non-issue: Gilbert Arenas abandoning his entertainment value. That is just Gilbert being Gilbert. Also Juan Dixon being waived, but is merely for someone with Maryland tendencies.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: Orlando. Team GatorTrey actually getting even better with Brandon Bass, Matt Barnes and Vince Carter coming home.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Miami. Beasley goes to rehab. Wade won't sign an extension (yet). Just like Lebron in Cleveland and Chris Bosh in Toronto, watch out all year long.

New face to look out for: Jamal Crawford. All Atlanta needed to get him was Acie Law IV and Speedy Claxton. They have a good shot to retain that 4th spot. And who knows, they might finish higher.

Southwest Division (Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio)

Biggest non-issue: Dirk Nowitzki and his off-court brouhahas. Some may take offense with his hair. Definitely we all take offense with his choice of women.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: San Antonio. Richard Jefferson. Antonio McDyess. Theo Ratliff. Three vets who want a ring. This team wants to win. RC Buford and Pop know what their needs are and act accordingly.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Houston. Losing Yao Ming for the whole year is really huge. Considering that T-Mac is still unavailable.

New face to look out for: Zach Randolph. People in Miz's area think he could average 20-10 this season. Makes you wonder why they traded Pau Gasol in the first place. The other problem with that idea is that there is only one basketball to spread around Iverson, Gay, Mayo, Conley, etc...

Northwest Division (Denver, Utah, Minnesota, Portland, Oklahoma City)

Biggest non-player acquisition: Kurt Rambis. He will bring a winning attitude to a team lacking one. Interesting coaching staff with Bill Laimbeer and Reggie Theus in his corner. Remains the top man to replace Phil Jackson in LA when he retires.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: Oklahoma City. Not much on the new additions, but all eyes on the emergence of Kevin Durant as a super-stud. Bill Simmons has drunk the kool-aid. I might have as well.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Portland. (Not because they will fail, because that's Minny and their inability to bring in Ricky Rubio.) I think they never really made an effort to improve. Come to think of it, other than Minny, not much major player movement took place in the Northwest, excluding Andre Miller. There's the rub. I never really understood that addition. It felt like a Tony Stark moment.

New face to look out for: Jonny Flynn. Another chip on the shoulder with the Ricky Rubio fiasco. Let's see if he and Ramon Sessions can coexist.

Pacific Division (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento, Golden State)

Biggest non-player addition: Khloe K. Odom. Nothing is not interesting in LA. If Ron Artest will not keep you interested, she will.

Team that best benefited from the past offseason: (Homer Alert!) The Los Angeles Clippers. Trading away Zach Randolph. Managing to nab Rasual Butler. Drafting Blake Griffin. We might be able to finish 8th and grant the wish of most to have a series at Staples.

Team that least benefited the past offseason: Golden State. It is not about the who they acquired or who they lost, it is about the chaos ensuing in Nellie's World. Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson are not exactly happy campers.

New face to look out for: Blake Griffin. Maybe this guy can bring good luck to a moribund franchise.

Blog Outsourcing 10/26

Is it just me or I am the harbinger of reality for the Sparty and Friends community. A typhoon ravaging the countryside, not once, but twice. A third almost brushed us. Then, you know what I wrote last week. Rather not dwell on that one.

So, what should I write? Well, the other major collegiate league just wrapped their season last Saturday. The San Sebastian Golden Stags denied the San Beda Red Lions a chance at a fourth straight title in the NCAA. With that finally over, time to prepare for our own version of the NCAA Tournament, the PCCL.

I found some personal enjoyment watching / listening to U2 earlier today. How come? After all, I am in the 'burbs of Manila while they were at the Rose Bowl. I love Youtube. Youtube livestreamed the event online here. So the world managed to watch the event at the same time as those inside the home field of the UCLA Bruins. Very convenient since the concert was in the late morning / lunch time here.

Time for the Link-a-lot:

Sparty must be in a happy mood. I wonder why... (expect some major gloating later today). No shame to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They really gave it their all but in the end, Andy Pettite made his mark on the postseason, and possibly book his Hall of Fame induction. Btw, found it interesting that the honorary American League President (Jackie Autry of the Angels) awarding it to Hal Steinbrenner.

Ok, insert your Big Mac joke in 3... 2... 1...

I hope this guy will keep Albert happy. I shudder at the thought of the best hitter in the game needing a hitting coach.

He definitely deserves a second chance. Does it have the Jen seal of approval?

He sacrificed it all for a woman. Haven't we heard this cliche before?

Someone is still bitter about not having the Joe vs Joe series.

Are the 2009 Phillies the best Phillie team constructed? The 1980 team might have some issues with that. Good discussion point.

Mini-preview of the World Series. And continued suffering for Jen and the Indians.

New BCS results out (because that is the only poll that matters, right?). If you are a Hawkeye and a Horned Frog, this is great news. You can discuss this further on the TWTWCFB. More stat goodness here.

SEC officiating cannot get a good break this year. Especially in games involving the Herban Jesus.

Talk about early entry. This is way too early, but at the same time, way too late. Someone has already tagged a team for him.

Mediocrity to still reign in Champaign.

Futbol update: The Reds have beaten Glazer's new boys, 2-0 at Anfield. On the other hand, Robert Kraft's new boys punched their playoff tickets.

Speaking of Glazer and Kraft, their NFL teams went to London. How the Brits view the spectacle. Goodell likes them so much, he wants seconds. Oh, Tom Brady was great.

Speaking of great, so was Miz's Manning. As for Sparty's Manning, not so much...

Steelers vs Vikings was amazing. Watching the highlights was amazing because the camera seemed to be rocking along with the stadium. AD, though, still deals hard hits that really hit hard.

Vengeance best served cold. For Cedric Benson and for Keith Brooking.

Finally some parting shots:

I was watching a special from NFL Films earlier today. It feautred this song. Fitting since Pittsburgh won against Brett:

Hope you can indulge me on something. This is a local song, a theme song, so to speak as our national elections are coming soon.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Blog Outsourcing 10/19

Pardon me for this will be simplistic, you might say a mailed-in version. but read the last portion of this and you would understand.

Brutal month, right?

Time for the links.

The BCS standings are out. You better subscribe to the Al Davis philosophy to advance.

Well, TCU is right now on the outside looking in, but their coach does not care. Focus is on BYU. And guess who will be there?

More fodder for TWTWCFB: This guy might end the QB Heisman run.

Exhibit B as to why if you can leave, you ought to leave. I think we should be showing this to a certain QB in South Bend.

Sad sad news
from Storrs. I like their chances this Sautrday against a West Virginia team with issues at QB.

Moving to beisbol:

This is the tim kurkjian special: the Game 3 NLCS edition.

Bill Plaschke
reminding the Dodgers about their trading gaffe.

Angels hoping their last two games were merely a mirage. However, in New York, A-Rod is clutch (so far). Must be the Kate Hudson.

Btw, Bud is not the only one hoping for a Joe vs Joe.

Your weekly Futbol update: Hot and Not in the Premier League. And btw, World Cup spots on the line as the matchups are to be determined.

Peyton 2008 = Brady 2009. This is why. Hard to believe Titans are 0-6.

The bookends of the NFL Franchise value index have issues. At least Oakland can hang their hat on a win. Zorn without play calling is a lame duck. Btw, their next game is Monday night (October 26) against the Eagles.

Oh, the State of New York lost all three games against Archie's boys, with Sparty's G-Men being the last one.

Parting videos:

After the Palace Brawl, there are times people never learn. See this case:

UPDATE: he has been thrown the book.

Meanwhile: here is a better way to end the post...

Enjoy the week ahead.

P.S. Dad, I love you.

What is now on my mind as of late.

Another huge weekend of sports looms and the world should be ready.

Locally, the collegiate scene winds down with the other big-time league (the NCAA) in its Final 4 stage. San Beda has booked its ticket by surviving a game Letran squad playing without Smart Gilas bound Rey Guevarra. The Knights, behind RJ Jazul and Kevin Alas, kept in step (even led) with the defending champions. But Borgie, Garvo, Dave, Bambam and Superman will not allow them to lose. On the other hand, the Heavy Bombers took advantage of a Jimbo Aquino-less Golden Stags to force a winner-take-all 330pm on Monday.

On the other hand. the international version is just starting, with Midnight Madness in full throttle. North Carolina will be trying to defend their title. Kansas and Kentucky just nipping at their heels and Duke chomping at the bit. Expect some posts on it soon.

Pro Basketball is taking root as well, with the PBA and ASEAN Basketball League underway and NBA Tip-off being two weeks away. I will input my thoughts on the NBA all season long here. Btw, Wynne Arboleda acted like an idiot. He acted as if what a certain retired "journalist" would be doing in theory. I am just giddy that SMART Gilas is playing. They lost against Burger King that featured the slugfest between Wynne and the heckler, but that's fine.


However, things change and perspectives change. As of 1110pm Saturday night, My dad passed away. It saddens that you lost someone you love. It saddens when he left a little bit too early. But you know, I know he is in good hands with the Deity.

What do I remember about him? For starters, I inherited the love of sports from him. He loved watching sports. He especially took to love baseball, especially the pitching aspect. After all, he did pitch when he was young. He liked the Yankees. He liked the Lakers as well. The first basketball game I watched live was with my dad at the Araneta Coliseum. The last moment I had with my dad in the hospital was watching Game 1 of the ALCS, with CC Sabbathia dealing some mean stuff. Yankees won, so he was pleased.

I also remember him being stern and strict, but that is a different matter. Anyway, Dad, I love you. Wherever you are, take care of us.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ateneans might be interested in this book.


After 20 years the Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles have once again completed a back-to-back championship in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament. A once-moribund program has come full circle through a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and the tireless effort of so many men and women, from the players to the coaches to the team management and the team patrons.

Through it all the fans - the legendary Blue Eagles Sixth Man - have remained constant, steadfast and firm believers in their beloved Blue Eagles. From the most heartbreaking losses to the the most glorious victories, it is the Ateneo fans who lustily cheered the Blue Eagles to this incredible back-to-back crown. Gameface - the country's first and only online hardcore basketball authority thru it's popular Blue Eagles' Nest (BEN) Forum - is the preeminent sounding board of the Blue and White legions. Now in the works, it will soon present this chronicle of Ateneo's Sesquicentennial Back-to-Back UAAP championship of 2008 and 2009 as told by the Ateneo hardcore fans themselves.

Hardbound. Full gloss. Full color. 8.5" x 11" size. More than 200 pages of content which includes game per game narratives, analyses, highlights, and sideshows as written and arranged by Collegiate Basketball authorities and Ateneo Fans themselves (BENistas in particular). 200 photos. Topics cover from recruitment and a possible peek in Season 73 and those players waiting in the wings. You will be surprised to know that most of you are in this book thru your BEN Forum posts and photos in the games.

Only 500 limited copies will be made available. Book special price will be Php 1,500 if reserved and bought before Nov. 30, 2009. BENistas will get a special discount if bought before the said date. Orders from abroad shall also be accepted (but will include cost on shipment). Regular price of Php 1,859.00 shall apply thereafter. It is an ideal gift for Christmas for Ateneans worldwide.

It is our school's ONLY VISUAL AND ORAL HISTORY of the Sesquicentennial Back to Back championship.

Those interested to reserve copies can text cell no. 09088647948 and email at the following info:

1. complete name with corresponding gameface username (this will be treated with confidentiality)
2. year graduated from the Ateneo
3. Course (if College, if not HS or GS level)
4. Number of copies you are reserving or getting
5. Home address
6. email address
7. landline number
8. cell phone number