Yes. Please. I love me some Leo. And Jonah Hill is getting pretty versatile these days. Throw in some Matthew McConaughey and Kyle Chandler and you've got yourself a movie. Oh, and Martin Scorcese is directing.
Golf June 17, 2013 7:15 am
Looking back on Sunday, I'm moderately embarrassed about the amount of time I spent on the couch watching golf. But there's something about the final round of a major that's appealing to me. It was a classic 4th round at a US Open, with players struggling to break par with their overall scores. Whereas during the Masters you might be looking for someone to make birdie after birdie on the back nine, the course at Merion was about who avoided mistakes. I was hoping that Wisconsin native Steve Stricker was going to be in contention over the course of the day, he was out of it early after a disastrously awful start. While a guy like Phil Mickelson eagled the 10th hole with one of his many wedges from about 75 yards out, he also missed numerous putts within 10 feet, the kind of putts you need to make if you want to win a major. Jason Day had a chance to make things interesting late, but again missed his chance. It was Justin Rose that played the most consistent on the final day, playing from fairway to green for an even par 70. It still made for good television, because nobody pulled away at any juncture and was compelling to the very last hole. The TV networks (namely NBC) had to love it, as the second-biggest draw in the game still had a chance to force a playoff down to the final hole. It would have taken a small miracle for Phil to chip in on 18, and when he missed, there was still time for the narrative to switch to Justin Rose, and rightfully so. Rose played the most balanced golf throughout Sunday, and he had to feel good sitting in the clubhouse with the lead. He was a gracious winner who the fans took a liking to, and I wasn't upset to see him capture his first major.
Dream Foursome June 14, 2013 11:58 am
So the US Open is this week in Pennsylvania, and whether you're a golf fan or not, I've got a question for you. Who would be your "dream foursome" - that is, to say, what three people would be the most enjoyable to spend a few hours out on the golf course with? No cameras, no people watching, just a foursome hanging out on the golf course. I'm going with people that are still alive, and here's my list.
1. Bill Murray - Pure comedy. There's the obvious Caddyshack connection, but he seems like one of the most naturally hilarious people to ever walk the face of the earth. And he wears ridiculous outfits.
2. Aaron Rodgers - I think the reasons are pretty easy to see. I just want to be in the aura of greatness for a few hours. And he seems like the kind of guy who would be fun to crack a beer and BS with.
3. Phil Mickelson - Reportedly one of the nicest guys on tour, and it wouldn't hurt to get a few golf tips along the way, right?
Athletes and the Internet June 13, 2013 11:57 am
Every day, the presence of athletes is growing more and more on the internet. Whether it's on Facebook, twitter or on a personal blog of some point, athletes are out there online. While many of them may read everything that are written about them, very rarely do you find athletes responding to critics. Fans? Sure, they'll interact with the people that like them. But seeing someone call out a critic is not something we see everyday.
So when RedEye Chicago posted about how they felt that David Terrell is one of the most overrated players in Bears history and a "bust" - which he is - Terrell personally responded. Here's my favorite clip from the interaction:
RedEye: What would you have given to play with a quarterback like a Jay Cutler?
Terrell: (Laughs, for a long time) I would have cut off both my balls. I?d give those up, no problem. You could have neutered me. I woulda been neutered with a smile.
Apparently he wasn't a big fan of the quarterback carousel in Chicago - Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson, Kordell Stewart, Craig Krenzel and Jonathan Quinn, just to name a few.
Brawls June 12, 2013 2:48 pm
The scene in California last night, as the Arizona Diamonbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves in a bit of a tussle, is one that I enjoy seeing in professional sports. It's not something that should happen every day, but when division rivals get testy with one another, it's good to see them defend their honor in front of the fans. I understand how throwing at players can make a team upset, especially when it's near the head, as Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke found out yesterday. But the idea that grown men will take out their frustration on the middle of the playing field, and settle it "like men" is amusing to me. Now, it absolutely should not escalate to the "Malice at the Palace" brawl that took place with Ron Artest and the Pacers when they played the Pistons, but keeping the other team honest is fine by me. It's allowed in hockey (if not encouraged?), and acceptable, to an extent, in football. Basketball has clamped down after the aforementioned incident, and you still see it crop up to an extent in baseball. I like the idea of players policing each other for breaches of the rules, so I wasn't horrified, by any means, at what took place at last night's Dodgers game.
Tim Tebow June 11, 2013 2:52 pm
Tim Tebow has a place in the NFL. That I'm sure of. Exactly what that place is? Still to be determined. But his landing in New England yesterday was a very savvy move by a smart franchise. Of course, he is of absolutely no threat to Tom Brady's starting job, but it's still a good landing spot for Tebow. Unlike Denver and with the Jets, there is no illusion that he is going to be the starter, and he can spend time getting NFL reps in practice with little pressure. It wouldn't be very much, but it wouldn't surprise me if Bill Belichick found a way to work him into the offense in some way. Brady should still be taking 100% of the reps during the game, but leave it to the Patriots to work up a scheme or gadget play to get a talent like Tebow involved. He's 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, athletic and mobile. Brady is the master of the 1-yard QB sneaks (seriously, look it up), so that wouldn't be the move. But something that got Tebow moving left with the option to throw? It would work, and the combination of Belichick and Josh McDaniels will figure out exactly how.
Breathalyzer June 10, 2013 3:19 pm
I've been breathalyzed before. Luckily, it was just a big misunderstanding because I blew 0.00. (I'm responsible!) I remember not worrying when the cop asked me if I would submit to one, because I knew I hadn't had anything to drink and would be just fine. I imagine that's kind of the feeling that Jesse Thornton had last week when he was pulled over. It wasn't the greatest situation (he veered out of his lane a bit), but it wasn't going to be made worse by a DUI. Or so he thought.
After he was pulled over, he answered the officers' questions, but they were not satisfied. He was placed in handcuffs and led to the station for a test where he registered 0.00 on the breathalyzer.
The DUI has been dropped, but Thornton, who is black, is threatening other legal action.
According to ABC15 in Arizona:
Thornton now claims this wasn't DUI. "It was driving while black," said Thornton.
"This is a case of D-W-B, driving while black," said Thornton's attorney Marc Victor.
Favre admitting fault? June 7, 2013 2:22 pm
The whole Aaron Rodgers-Brett Favre-Ted Thompson saga is played out to me, but there is something that Favre said yesterday that did catch my eye:
"I was at fault."
Many of the Favre-backers laid the blame on Thompson for the way the tail end of Favre's career played out, from Lambeau to the Jets to the rival Vikings.
But in an interview with the Buffalo Bills' beat reporter (not sure how he was able to get the quote out of him, but you can read more here), Favre said this:
?It is what it is. It's over and done with. I was at fault,? Favre told the show?s host Joe Buscaglia. ?I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you can go back would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would have, but you can't.? That's a change of pace from 2007, don't you think? I've always been in the pro-Rodgers camp, and I can say that I've been that way since day one. The wounds are starting to heal, and Favre is rightfully working his way (and being allowed) back into the fold. It's a great step for one of the most important figures in franchise history, and hopefully some day this will all just be a side note on an illustrious hall of fame career.
Ryan Braun June 6, 2013 1:12 pm
Over the past decade, it has been admirable the way that the Milwaukee Brewers achieved a balance between turning prospects into stars and adding veterans along the way to become competitive in the National League.
Ryan Braun became the pinnacle of that success. He went from the fifth overall pick in the 2005 draft, to the National League MVP in 2011. Not only did he help lead the Brewers to the playoffs in both 2008 and 2011, but he became extremely invested in the Milwaukee community, becoming the spokesperson for different organizations and opening local restaurants along the way.
He took a hometown deal in signing an extension with the small-market team that had invested so much in him. He?s helped revitalize a fanbase in Milwaukee that could now cheer for a respectable team with a golden boy in left field.
Ryan Braun got out of one suspension, but it?s unlikely that he?ll be able to repeat that feat this time around.
With Braun now facing the very real possibility of a 100-game suspension, a cloud is cast not only over his MVP and individual awards and accolades, but it tarnishes the successes ? however mild in comparison to other clubs ? the Brewers have attained in recent years.
Having finally caught up with a refresher course on the first two Iron Man movies (and thankfully having seen The Avengers), I took advantage of a rainy night to go see Iron Man 3 while still in theaters. To make my recap short: It was entertaining, and wrapped up the trilogy well. Was the whole plot line believable? Not really, but when you get to a third part of a series, you have to start getting a little creative. There were a lot of special effects and explosions and what not, but that's likely because the director had a huge budget and you can't NOT not spend that money, right? Iron Man 3 is the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, and wraps up what is probably my second-favorite superhero franchise (na na na na na na na na BATMAN!). SPOILER: Tony and Pepper live happily ever after. Not as good as the first two movies, but worthwhile if you're invested in the franchise.
One Wipe Charlies June 4, 2013 10:45 am
Ever have issues after going Number 2? You don't? Well than this video probably isn't for you. Apparently there is a product out there that is called "One Wipe Charlies" and well, it's pretty self-explanatory. Need an explanation? Watch below.
Thanks? June 3, 2013 8:05 am
I found myself in an awkward situation yesterday, as I received a text from a number that looked vaguely familiar, but I ultimately could not figure out who it was. The text was a compliment that was clearly intended for me, and I felt terrible that I didn't have the number saved in my phone. I let it linger for a little bit before responding "Thanks! And I'm really sorry but I don't have this number saved...who am I thanking?" I eventually got the response of who the individual was and felt like an idiot for not having his number saved. (Sorry Josh! It wasn't intentional.) It was mildly amusing that with all the technology out there and the amazingness that is smart phones, I still found myself in this pickle. I have the room in the phone book, so from now on I'm gonna save every number I possible can.
Really people? May 31, 2013 3:15 pm
There's the phrase "pick your battles" which I really like. But when you're going to battle, location is important to. A place not to get in a kerfuffle? How about a KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION CEREMONY. Come on people.
Arrests have been made after Cleveland police broke up a fight at an east side elementary school, following what turned out to be a false report of shots fired. Police said the fight broke out during a Kindergarten graduation ceremony at Michael White Elementary School Friday morning. Cleveland Metropolitan School District Spokeswoman Roseann Canfora said the fight took place outside of the school after an argument between two teenaged girls allegedly erupted inside the building. Then the fight spilled outside, involving several other adults either in the school parking lot or street. She said at least eight people have been taken into custody for aggravated rioting, including two juveniles who are reportedly not students at the school and that no students attending the school were involved. Police said a hammer and a stick were taken as evidence. However, neither object was used as a weapon during the fight.
Good to know the hammer wasn't used as a weapon at a kindergarten graduation ceremony.
Rain Rain Go Away May 30, 2013 3:27 pm
Think it rains too much on the weekends? Blame humans.
I found an old article (thanks to Reddit) that says that we're responsible for it raining more on weekends.
New research shows weekends are wetter. The cause, scientists suspect, is the build up of pollution during the week, resulting in rain at the weekend.
"We knew that cities have an effect on local weather with urban heat islands and so forth, and people are pretty sure that we're having a general global effect with carbon dioxide," said Dr Randall Cerveny of Arizona State University.
An examination of five decades of data on hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic showed a similar cyclical pattern.
According to the post, there was about 22% more rain on Saturdays as opposed to Mondays, so don't blame the weatherman for the weekend rain!
Why I wish I was a pro athlete May 30, 2013 1:10 pm
It's gotta be easy being a pro athlete.
NBA player Quincy Pondexter, who is on the recently eliminated Memphis Grizzlies, took to twitter to ask a seemingly innocuous question about who the most recent winner of the Miss Tennessee crown was.
The reigning royalty, Chandler Lawson, got wind of the tweet and replied.
Here's the awesome exchange:
So not only did he NOT KNOW WHO SHE WAS, he has a date set up with her after just three tweets.
If only it were that easy...
Wisconsin's #3! May 30, 2013 12:48 pm
When I first saw this news, I was a bit angry to find out that Wisconsin was "only" third in the rankings of most bars per capita. Then I looked at the top two: North Dakota and Montana. Each state has a population of less than one million people, and combined, the two states have 1,024 bars. Wisconsin? 5.7 million people and over 3,000 bars. TAKE THAT. Also, how does New Hampshire have only 38 bars?!?! I can come up with over more than that, just within the city limits of La Crosse, off the top of my head!
I'm a little tea pot... May 29, 2013 1:53 pm
My roommate from college is getting married this weekend, and I bought something from off the registry the other day (You're getting an iron!). I did not do my shopping at JC Penney (not that I have anything against the store), but I think this connection between a freaking tea kettle and a 20th century dictator is a bit of a stretch.
Apparently there is a billboard in California that featured the kettle and it was distracting to drivers. According to "The Daily Beast" JC Penney has taken down the billboard as well as the listing for the $40 kettle...after they all sold out. Be careful who you give this gift to, I guess.
$54,000 bar tab May 28, 2013 2:24 pm
I've been to a few establishments in my life where I've opened up a bar tab, and generally if it gets anywhere over $50 for the night, I'm feeling pretty guilty about myself. Well, apparently a teenager in Japan went to some swanky nightclubs and racked up over $54,000 on his dad's American Express card.
According to MSN.com, Kyoto District Court ruled last week that bar owners and the credit card company bore the lion's share of responsibility for the misuse of the card in 2010, media reported. The court ordered that the boy's father pay 800,000 yen out of the 5.5 million yen bill his son had racked up.
That's about 15%, or just shy of $8,000. I had no idea that much burden is on the retailers to help prevent fraud. I also have no idea how a 16-year old can rack up that much in one night! There were some insinuations in the link that there may have been females of the escort variety, but, according to the post, "There is no suggestion he paid for sex."
Good to know.
Brian Urlacher. May 23, 2013 2:02 pm
I hate most things about Chicago. The drivers, the weather, the Cubs, Jay Cutler, etc. Growing up in Milwaukee, I wasn?t a fan of Michael Jordan, but I came to respect and appreciate who he was and what his career meant. When Brian Urlacher came into the NFL in 2000, I had many of the same feelings. I hated that he was so good right away, earning Rookie of the Year honors and a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate in his first year. When he was healthy, he was undoubtedly the best in the league. He was the player that, as a Green Bay fan, you kept your eye on when the Packers were on offense.
I typically only watched two games a year ? when Chicago and Green Bay squared off ? but it was easy to see Urlacher?s impact on the game. He stood out physically on defense, so even a casual observer could see that Urlacher played the game on another level. The Packers have gotten the better of the Bears over Urlacher?s career, winning 18 of 27 games, but #54 has made it difficult for Green Bay each and every time. Urlacher was the catalyst that helped turn the Bears defenses into some of the best of the era. He?s deserved every award and accolade he?s attained over the course of his career, and I?m in full support of his candidacy as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
He?s had some great games and plays against the Packers, and I?ll miss seeing lining up against Green Bay twice a year.
All hail the locking pliers May 22, 2013 11:27 am
I like to consider myself a man worth a grain of salt, so I have a basic tool kit with all your essentials: screwdrivers, wrenches, tape measure, flashlight, allen wrench, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. But the one item that I've used time and time again over the past few weeks? The locking pliers. Let me tell you why.
1) They hold stuff of all sizes tightly. Last week I needed to fix my toilet, as the lever arm inside the tank somehow snapped off. I needed to pinch the chain together tightly so I could affix the nut to the back of the tank without the chain falling off. It was tough to do with my big ol' paws but once I was able to get the locking pliers in place...boom. I was able to get it fixed in just a few short minutes.
2) They can grip tighter than a needle nose pliers. I was trying to open up my shed after the winter and broke the key off in the lock in the process. I didn't know how I was going to get my shed open until I grabbed my locking pliers and pinched the very tip of the broken key with the very tip of the locking pliers. That little morsel of key was all that I needed to pry the broken key loose and use the spare key to open the shed.
3) They can pick up things I can't reach. I dropped a sock behind the drier and couldn't reach it, even with my long arms, I needed about three or four extra inches. Boom. Locking pliers came in to save the day.
I don't know why I thought about this, but I've come to appreciate the ingenuity that is the locking pliers.