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15 Mar, 2017

Who Do You Listen To?

By | 2017-03-15T13:53:37+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Sports|2 Comments

First and foremost, do not listen to me. Here is why:

  1. I react emotionally
  2. I think I’m smarter than I actually am
  3. I have bias for some reason or another
  4. Nobody knows shit

#4 is what you should take away from this post. Unless it’s Bill Belichick giving you advice on football, be wary of everyone.

NCAA Tournament Brackets

If you don’t fill out a bracket, you’re pretty much a stick in the mud and not a fun person. This is a blanket statement because there isn’t a better tournament on the entire planet and these next 4 days of sports are one of the best times of the entire year. It takes 5 minutes, it may cost you 10 dollars, just do it and enjoy it without worrying that you don’t know anything.

Jeff is picking against dunk city. He hasn’t seen this gif.

A fascinating part of this tournament is people who supposedly know what they are talking about give advice. These people range from commentators, former coaches, former players, and anyone else who looks pretty for TV. What you’ll notice is everyone has varying opinions so they can’t all be right. My strategy is to listen to everyone, than compile that info into what I think works the best.

Here are the teams that the ESPN analysts pick to make the final four – Arizona, Gonzaga, UNC, Duke, Villanova, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and UCLA. There are some straggling WVU, Iowa State, Florida State, Michigan, Wichita State, and Oregon picks in there as well. That’s roughly 1/4 of all the teams in the tournament. I would not be surprised if there is a team that makes the final 4 that isn’t one of these teams.

That being said, you need to make a bracket to plays towards whatever pool you are picking. If it’s a pool with 200 people, you’d be an idiot to pick Villanova (16.4%) or UNC (15.8%)  who will be this years most picked champion. Especially since we are in Philly, the only way you win outright is if you outpick the other games of 40 other people if Nova manages to win. Not happening. You need to go off grid with the Jayhawks or Arizona to give yourself the best chance.

I listen to one true source for my upsets…VEGAS. Did you know the #12 seed Middle Tennessee State is favored by 1 point over Minnesota. #10 Wichita State is 6 point favorites over Dayton. Obviously you can’t see the 2nd round spreads but at least to get an idea of how good the team you are picking as an upset. I tend to use this indicator as who I then choose to move on further.

A final thought is the conference the team plays in. You could deduce that the Big 12 is a far superior conference than the Big 10. Picking the top 4 teams (Kansas, WVU, Baylor, and Iowa State) to make runs verse (Purdue, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) makes sense. These teams mostly play each other so you have no idea what out of conference basketball looks like until this part of the year. Your guess is as good as mine.

That being said, I like to go with hot teams who won their conference championships. My brackets will have varieties of Nova, Kansas, Arizona, UNC with sprinkles of some Shocking teams, Wolverines, and Cyclones. FYI, I was close to last in my picks in last years brackets.


14 Mar, 2017

I’m So Busy

By | 2017-03-14T22:08:46+00:00 March 14th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Sam – just so we are up to date on references.
5. 23. Skidoo.

I was reading some article today about how people love to say “how busy” they are. Being busy construes working hard which translates into self worth. People love to feel important, thus everyone saying how busy they are.

There are a lot of different ways to feel busy. Take Brian’s opinion of Lois being busy.

It’s fun to pretend.

I’m a big fan of Family Guy early episodes. Up to about the 100th episode is where the show jumped the shark. There are now nearly 300.

Didn’t mean to get off on a tangent but while I’m on one, might as well rant. I was surprised to see that print book sales in the UK were up and e-book sales were down. Unpredictable. It’s hard to understand how people of certain age groups and culture adapt to what. I’m shocked how much the older generation uses emoji’s. My mom and uncle fill the entire text field with emoji’s. I guarantee it takes them longer to find the emoji than typing the word. Maybe an emoji delivers the point in more dramatic fashion which is the allure.

How does this relate to being busy? It doesn’t. I have noticed one telling sign from today’s snow day, if customers don’t call in, I hardly get aggravated. This pretty much correlates to people on this planet making me nuts. It’s only a small % of the people but it’s amazing how small disturbances can make large impacts. I’d keep writing about this point but I’m too busy.

10 Mar, 2017

Have You Heard of the Smiths?

By | 2017-03-10T15:01:07+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Music|3 Comments

If You Were Here by the Thompson Twins was playing on 1st Wave and I said to my mom, “I wish I was born years earlier so I could have grown up with this type of music.” If You Were Here was the song playing in 16 Candles when Jake Ryan and Sam finally kiss if you were wondering. Pretty iconic. Anyway, I started naming other artists I liked such as The Cure, Tears for Fears, and The Smiths. My mom asked me, “who are the Smiths?”


UHHHH, Morrissey, ever heard of him? The most popular song on Spotify, There is a Light That Never Goes Out, has 66 million listens. I understand not liking the Smiths or not hearing their music, but never even heard of there existence?!?!

Now I’m hoping my audience is truthful and wants to participate in a poll. Please let me know below if you’ve ever heard of the rock band, The Smiths?

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My favorite songs below.

Technically not the Smiths, but Morrissey is the Smiths

9 Mar, 2017

When People Fade Away

By | 2017-03-09T00:30:28+00:00 March 9th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

A Neil Young quote from My, My, Hey Hey that means it’s better to go out in a blaze of glory than to, well, fade away.

In Kurt Cobain’s suicide note he quoted Neil Young’s song “My My, Hey Hey” and the lyric “it’s Better to burn out, than to fade away.” I would suggest reading the actual text as it is quite a detailed description of a man who lost his passion in life (the website hosting this note would probably piss him off too). If you’re too lazy, here is the gist about his performances:

The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I’m having 100% fun.

I bring your attention to the Hozier album work which I’ve never viewed closely before. I see the typewriter and some beers which seem to be his workplace. His head is filled with thoughts of city life and tranquility, while his arm comes from an industrial nature. That’s what I see at first glance and I only point it out because I haven’t ever looked closely at it before and it’s a decent segue (after Jon corrected my for all intensive purposes, I’ll use segue instead of segway) into my next thought.

For the love of god don’t Google people having sex at church.

I was listening to Howard Stern and he mentioned how Hozier’s song Take Me to Church signified going to church as having sex. News to me. I suppose the lyric:

My church offers no absolutes
She tells me “worship in the bedroom

pretty much gives that away, but I never paid attention.

That noted, Howard was wondering what happened to Hozier and I had the same thought months earlier. The self titled album “Hozier” came out in 2014 and he’s only released one song since then in 2016 called Better Love. His twitter account is still popping about history and typical Hozier fashion that I’d expect:

I didn’t start this post with the intent to write about Hozier, but then I started playing the album on Spotify and figured I’d answer the question for myself. I can’t come up with any new news through basic searching.

Eminem at 18

My spark for this post was wondering how Eminem keeps writing lyrics to rap songs. This thought came to me a long time ago when I heard this lyric:

Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is
Find different ways to word the same, old song
Ever since I came a long
From the day the song called “Hi, my Name Is” dropped

The Slim Shady LP was released in February of 1999. That’s 18 years of Eminem recording music. How is he able to do the same principle over and over again without getting sick and tired of it like I imagine Hozier has. Or I’m sure you could say that he does get sick and tired of it, but he’s made to do it, so why not?

I try to relate this to normal everyday life a little bit because most people do run out of steam with whatever it is they do. I can only speak for myself, which I’m learning is most important, and I wouldn’t be able to perform an activity for 18 years no matter what it was. But what about your job? Shit. I’m 11 years into my work and I’ve learned much about the position. There is no end in sight though. I suppose it’s possible we could explode the business in the next few years but it’s more of a brick by boring brick instead of a Snapchat IPO.

8 Mar, 2017

What’s In a Name?

By | 2017-03-08T09:43:24+00:00 March 8th, 2017|My Brain|2 Comments

I was reading an article today about over-confident CEO’s and the man they were interviewing was named Bill Treasurer. Without much thought, I came to the conclusion that wasn’t his real name. Which made me start thinking how important is it to have a catchy name? Would this guy be the target of an article if his name was John Smith? Probably not.

In recent time, I became aware that Muhammad Ali is not a random Islam name. I knew that Muhammed was god’s messenger and most famous prophet of Islam, but I was not aware that Ali was his son in law and cousin of Muhammed, or also known as the second most prominent figure of Islam. So Cassius Clay, Muhammed Ali, just took the two most famous figures of Islam and joined them into one name. Amazingly he became one of the greatest boxers of all time and living up the standard of the name.

Another tidbit is that William Shakespeare’s wife was named Anne Hathaway. Would present day Anne Hathaway have made it if not for this coincidence?

Am I the only one who doesn’t trust people like this? You are immediately getting off on the wrong foot on the trust scale by creating your own user name. Let me bring us back to the good ol’ days of Chris Moneymaker the accountant who won the World Series of Poker back in 2003. Would you want your accountant named Moneymaker? Sounds great in theory but for someone to go above and beyond the normal means and change their name to an enticing means feels off.

Sure we have Homer Simpson and Max Power. The video game Max Payne. Usain Bolt is like a lightning bolt. Tiger Woods teeing off with woods (not to mention his first name is Eldrick).

These can’t be real.

7 Mar, 2017

Attaching to Inanimate Objects

By | 2017-03-07T15:01:37+00:00 March 7th, 2017|My Life|1 Comment

I recently replaced my 46″ Sony Bravia television that I bought a decade ago. I kid thee not, the picture quality of this TV and the brand new 48″ Samsung is virtually identical. The Sony probably cost me over a K back then and my new Samsung was only $450 which I thought was pretty cheap. The Bravia didn’t have many features, only HD channels. This new “smart” TV can watch Netflix but scanning the internet is an exercise in futility. For all intensive purposes, I didn’t have to replace my TV, but the time felt right. I’m going to give it to my mom who can use it for the Pocono House and extend its life span.

The TV replacement came hand in hand with a brand new driver I bought as well. I hit a Callaway XR at GolfSmith last season but didn’t pull the trigger because it was too expensive. I impulsively went to Dick’s a few weeks ago and found the same driver for $200 and figured it was time to replace the old Ping. Now, Louie plays Ping so it’s hard for me to go against the brand, but after so many hits with it, it had run its course. After the 2nd round I played with the new driver, it was clear I made the right choice. The control was tight, as I didn’t lose a ball off the tee in 2 rounds, and I was getting my distance back towards the end of my second round. Small sample size, but I’m hoping for the best.

Both of these items I replaced had been with me for between 5 and 10 years and served me well. Whatever I paid for them was elapsed many times over which is why I’m mostly a proponent of spending more on items that you intend to last you a long time.

Nice Jeans!

However, on that TV and driver, it was like I was getting rid of a part of me. Frankly this feeling didn’t last for more than 5 seconds as yanked the plug on the TV and gave the driver to Adam, but it did exist for a very brief moment. Oddly enough when I replace my bowling ball, it doesn’t carry the same emotional weight. Some items that I get attached to:

  • The pair of jeans I wear everyday
  • Running shoes that fit so well after I while that I hate to replace
  • Old golf cards with rounds that I played well
  • Replacing a hard drive
3 Mar, 2017

From the Jaws of Defeat

By | 2017-03-03T15:47:47+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|My Life|0 Comments

I flew to Vegas on Tuesday and while I headed to the baggage claim, I turned my head to the right and saw Ron Jaworski coming out of the bathroom. My jaw dropped.

I was like, “are you Jaws?”
“I got a hole in one on Riverwinds and you signed a football.”
“Congratulations. I’ve never had one, what hole was it?”
“15. I also play Dowington, Ramblewood…how are your courses doing”
“Ramblewood is great with the 27 holes and the renovations. Riverwinds is doing well too.
“Are golf courses good investments?
“They produce beer money.”

A few other sentences were spoken but I didn’t want to seem like an over eager fan even though I wanted to be like, “Ron. Ron. Ron. Take a selfie with me.” I did mange to take a picture of him though.

After the Jaws encounter, I checked into the Luxor and roamed around the city a little bit. I’ve seen Vegas before and enjoyed the atmosphere around me. It’s nothing special to me unfortunately. I hit the sack at around 10:30 and woke up the next morning at 6 am to see the sunrise.

I went for a run for about 2.5 miles in the opposite direction of the Strip. I’ve run the Strip before and it’s annoying because you can’t cross the streets and have to run the pedestrian stairs. The other way down Las Vegas Blvd is not that scenic. I’ll also add I tried to go to the Luxor gym at 6am and it was packed. The gym is nowhere near big enough to handle the 5,000 hotel rooms they have there. I ate breakfast after and was feeling pretty good. I did the show which I won’t bore you with.

At around 8 I decided to head over to the Bellagio to play some poker and ran into Scott Seiver, Patrick Antonius and Gus Hansen in Bobby’s Room. I didn’t say anything but it was cool to see them there. Gus is a lot shorter in person. The players at the 1-3 game are more intelligent than the games at Sugarhouse. More 3 betting. Not as much limped flops. More attacking weakness. Better players but better players have holes too like calling too many hands and making hero calls. I ended up losing $75 with not too many of hands of interest.

The next morning was a meeting for a group I’m associated with and I did the trade show for the 2nd day. After the show ended I had an 11pm flight back to Philly. I had a few hours to kill and played a few shoes of blackjack where I won $20 bucks. A guy split 9’s against, and I want to say 7 here (the only non-split card on the chart from 2-9) but it could have been 8 and got 2 10’s. I was off an 11 so I wasn’t real pleased. I doubled to a 14 and lost the hand which also killed all the momentum. At the time I thought it was an idiotic move to break 18 against a 7 or 8, but after seeing the card, it obviously wasn’t. Either way, I went on to lose the next few hands and walked away.  I was playing by myself at a 25 min before that guy jumped in mid-shoe and killed my vibe.

I played some poker at the Luxor which I wouldn’t recommend and lost $200 on some suspect plays. I did manage to win about $150 sports betting so it all evens out (even though my net for the trip was negative). I even managed to save $33 because Draftkings rejected my lineup because I had Sam put it in from another state and they asked how I could be in 2 places at 1 time which violates their policy. DK is banned in Nevada. The reason I saved my money is because Stenson withdrew which would have been a sure fire loss. I picked one player out of 76 which seems to happen to me far more often than it should.

I’ll close with the plane ride. I lost $50 in a Jurassic Park slot machine at the airport that I was certain I was destined to win on with my bowling nickname being T-Rex. Degenerate shit right there rooting for Alan, Ellie, and Nedry to escape a Velociraptor. I got on the plane at 11pm and was trying to go to sleep but it wasn’t happening. I had to rip a fart the entire ride and it was ruining my time until eventually I just made the two people next to me get up so I could unleash one. My flight was ruined by people coughing. I swear to god they should put people who want to cough the entire time on another flight. Out of the 200 people on the flight I would estimate that 20 people could have contaminated the entire flight by coughing constantly. I don’t mind sneezes, but these people were coughing like they were ill in a confined space. Not cool.

Figured Rob would like this autographed TB12.

28 Feb, 2017

Taking a Step Back

By | 2017-02-28T13:43:04+00:00 February 28th, 2017|My Life|0 Comments

I figured I’d squeeze one more post in before Viva Las Vegas.

Last night we bowled Strike You and managed a 3-1 record. This was mostly due to the sharp-shooting of Sam who finished with a 650 series (230+ & 260+) and could have gone higher if he didn’t “tard” out the last game. Weens also managed a bizarre 234 in the final game which allowed us to cling to a winning record. Without these nice performances, we would have been toast. Since it’s my blog, I’m going to write about me who was the main reason we were nearly toast.

I barely cleared a 500 series and this is coming off 3 straight 600 series prior weeks. It’s one thing to be 550, but low 500’s is not where I’m at. Sam, Rob, and I rolled 8 games on Saturday and I averaged 207 on the exact lane that one of the ones was last night. I didn’t have a problem on 15, but 16 had my head spinning.

In all my games at South Bowl, the philosophy is move right as the lanes start to break down. 16 last night was the opposite as I couldn’t hit the right side of the lane as hard as I tried. Now after I finished and gave it some thought, I should have tried one time to move further right and keep the ball really right. It boggles my mind why I didn’t try this with one of my throws. Either way, last night I had about 9 or 10 open frames on both lanes. Last week I had 1. Last practice I had about the same through 8 games. I felt perfectly fine but I couldn’t pick up the spare pins. I’ve considered it being the competition but I have to say that wasn’t on my mind last night.

I didn’t break down mentally aside from the frustration I felt from not knocking over more pins. It’s like I knew it would turn around but it never did. I couldn’t string 2 strikes together. At one point in the 2nd game I had thrown 5 strikes on the left lane and 0 on the right. When you can’t string strikes together, you can’t score.

It’s actually a miracle that our team managed a 3-1 night with my poor performance and a blind player but each game came down to me vs their final bowler and we had some extraordinary luck. We would have lost the first game but their guy threw a split after I striked. Then in the 2nd game I managed a spare, strike and he didn’t turkey. The final game had us both go back to back and they couldn’t catch us on the total pins. Wild action.

This is mainly a recap of last night than saying I’m a mental midget but it helps to write it out.

27 Feb, 2017 On the Fritz

By | 2017-02-27T12:28:40+00:00 February 27th, 2017|My Life|2 Comments

This website is seriously damaged and Anoop couldn’t help me. We all know about the homepage not updating with new posts. This is extremely annoying. I went through their support and we ended up altering a part of the cache file. What this did was screw up plugin updates that surround that file. So when I tried to update Akismet, it broke the site.  I also can’t upload pictures.

When the site breaks, I have to go to Hostmonster and have them revert back. Anoop renamed the plugin file and I’m re-activating them one by one. Not knowing what is the problem plugin, this is fucked up. The W3 Total cache seems to be the root of the problem. If the site is down, these problems still loom.

In other news, I’m heading to Vegas on Tuesday and will be back early Friday morning. I’m heading to a Roofing Show which is code name for 2 day vacation. Not really but not that far off. Most likely there will be no posts in the meantime.

I have other little tidbits going on in my life but they are barely blog worthy. No one cares about our bowling league and we take on Strike You tonight who has the highest team average. Sam and I have been pretty hot and if the Cohen’s come to play, we should be fine.

Jeff and I went golfing on Friday and we paid $23 and got in 18 holes. The front nine took us 2:15 and the back nine was 45 minutes. It was getting dark considering we teed off at 3pm. I shot a 44 on the front and was driving the ball beautifully with my new driver and 3 wood. I even had 2 up and downs which I was never doing before. I’m feeling really good about this season and a few minor tweaks will hopefully make big differences.

My Bovada account is making a boost again with some timely Sixers bets. Having a juiced account for March Madness is preferred. In other gambling news, I was hit with a 3 outer when I flopped top 2 and was up against top pair with a higher kicker. I haven’t been running so hot and it’s not because of bad play. I get it in and lose when I’m ahead and also lose when I’m behind. These reasons are why I try not to devote so much time towards playing.

I’ve been lax on blog updates and I don’t have any good reason other than I’m just not posting. No real explanation.