Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Argentina v. Germany. A total classic. I'm rooting for Argentina. Tevez!!! Riquelme.
Italy v. Ukraine. Maybe not a classic, but the Italians are always fun to watch. Italy. And how about that Serie A scandal?!? Ay - yiy -yiy - yiy. Damn... Juventus (the Yankees of Italian soccer) is going down (to Serie B). Oh well.
England v. Portugal. Either a total upset or the British finally get their shit together. Portugal.
Brazil v. France. Ronaldo v. Zidane- the Battle of the Ancients. Unless Thierry Henry shows up Brazil all the way. Sayonara Zidane.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The buzz is wrong. The buzz is wishful thinking. The buzz is a media company hoping to recoup some cash and some fanboys helping them by re-living their youths... at all costs.
And the 3d wasn't that frigging exciting. Goddamnit, I really wanted to like that movie. Seeing Superman The Movie for the first time was like a fucking religious experience for Jebus's sake. Aaaarrrgh.
I am going to bed.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Oy jackasses! It's either the Super Hi-Fi digital reworks of Star Wars or lo-fi* old school Star Wars. You can't have both simultaneously.
* and hey, Dolby Digital 2.0 ain't no joke. Me, I'm looking forward to the old school Star Wars- for nostalgia don't ya know.**
** nostalgia however that will not surpass my appreciation for the Super Hi-Fi digital reworked SW. Those are great, and they TOTALLY hold up and match up to the Super Hi-Fi prequels (which I also like- but you already knew that).
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Perhaps he did all that heroic vomiting on purpose. What a wanker.
I love Canada. People get to act like adults, concert security wasn't there to be DICKS (unlike at Darien Lake where that is their sole purpose, that and harshing your taxpaying citizen mellow), and they even sell you bottled water with the plastic top on- because apparently in Canada unlike the US they don't use the plastic bottle tops as weapons. What a country.
I just hope they don't take after us.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
The big matches of note this weekend:
Mexico v. Argentina, today. My pick: Argentina of course.
England v. Ecuador, tomorrow morning. This could be mighty interesting, considering the profound pressure Team England is under and the surge in mojo Ecuador's got. For England to prevail they're going to need legendary games from somebody. Rooney? Gerrard? Walcott?
Netherlands v. Portugal, tomorrow afternoon. Two perfectly matched teams right down the line. A potential classic.
Tomorrow... the Hip in Toronto. Booyah!
I like Halloween when it's not Halloween, and I like Halloween people when it's not Halloween, and it was a gas.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
America needs to face it, our national soccer leaves a great deal to be desired. Sending journeymen overseas for international experience is all well and good, but our native soccer needs some juice, some oomph, some goddamned spirit. MLS just doesn't do it. Nobody is playing for their jobs, for their team's livelihoods day in and day out because there's nowhere to go- you're team is in the league and you stay there, you're good to go. Everywhere else in the world of soccer however the league lineups change from year to year because the lame teams get the boot down into lower leagues and the best move up to a higher level, and THAT is what we need in the US. The training, the commitment, the drive, it's just more intense in a promotion/relegation system and that is where our national game needs to go. That passion and intensity also carries over to the fans and the way the interact with the game, and I have to think that would help grow the game here too- fanatical fans at the local level, fans caught up in the very battle for the existence of their teams, become fanatics for the national game and national team. That's how you make the game of soccer our game.
Bruce Arena, our US manager, needs to go. They just weren't ready for the Czechs and we never fully recovered.
Oh well, the World Cup dreams of the US in 2006 are done, kaput. At least Freddie Adu, the future of US soccer will be a legal adult in 2010, and he might even be playing for Chelsea.
Anyhoo... let's go Argentina!!!!
USA 1 Ghana 2 in the 83rd minute.
Italy 2 Czech Republic 0 in the 88th minute.
A national disgrace in the making.
USA!?! USA. USA!!!
Oh yeah, the Argentina v Netherlands was a dud, the first dud of the Cup. Alas while some games are about pride and others for a chance to do more, some games are just about not getting injured. Oh well, the knockout stage begins Saturday...
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
In any case, our quest across the pop culture desert continues.
Doctor Who- The Pirate Planet was fan-fucking-tastic: well produced, clever on the verge of satire, and thoroughly hilarious. It even ended with the Doctor giving the newly liberated Zanaxians the black power salute.
Douglas Adams was / is a genius, and the British were brilliant for giving him their BBC airwaves to spread it around.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Due to technical difficulties and a sucky day so far you get yesterday's blog today: Dave Chappelle's Block Party is the shit. I want to live in his America: a country where people are cool with one another and where people of all creeds and colors come together to listen to our finest American rap music and enjoy a good BBQ. It's the feel good movie of the year.
Random thoughts on Block Party: Mos Def is the coolest cat in the USA, Questlove Thompson is a musical/drumming genius, The Fugees were and are hilariously overrated, the return of Big Daddy Kane brought a smile to my face and triggered a subconsious time travel trip back to the late 80's riding on the 22 Summer Best Metro bus to school, Erykah Badu is a goddess, Jill Scott is a radiant, beautiful Odetta, Dead Prez so drop the true science, and only African American folks should be allowed to do marching bands.
Why is Artvoice sleeping on Block Party? They've got a great ad for the movie but no review. It's even directed by Michael Gondry. What's that about?
The poster for Block Party is great, one of my favorite posters ever: in addition to all the musical stars from the movie and Dave front and center it also features the old Bed Stuy hippy lady, the Central State U. marching band director who helped get those kids to NYC for the party, and some of the folks from southwestern Ohio who got golden tickets to come to the party. The movie is as much theirs is it is anybody else's. Dave Chappelle is cool, no matter what anybody says.
And oh yeah, the Sabres are AWESOME. Keep it rolling lads, you are DOING IT.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
I fear that our national mojo is fucked.
The spirit of America might also have been embodied today by Phil Mickelson, who played the final hole of the US Open like he was drunk, or playing like he was me or my golfing buddies, and thus totally gave away the US Open. Two hilariously bad shot decisions in a row... profoundly bad decisions. What great television.
But... Phil admitted his error and called himself "an idiot"... is that American? It certainly ain't Bush-like. Frankly I think it was just pure cockiness and it killed him when he should have played it conservatively. Oh well. I still love Phil.
Yes, there is hope, and it is alive.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
And for your blogging pleasure The New Republic's World Cup Blog. And it's actually about soccer. Great stuff.
Civil War #2 (Marvel Comics)- Chuck said "no cosmic reset button" is going to fix that and he is right. The post 9/11 mindset hits Marvel Comics and the war against superhero civil liberties starts. Stunning shit. <- Check the link!
Wonder Woman #1 (DC Comics)- Beautifully drawn and wonderfully written by The OC's Allen Heinberg, a damn fine first issue.
Ex Machina Special #2 (Wildstorm)- Pure prequel sci-fi / superheroic action straight up, no politics, unlike the excellent Ex Machina ongoing series that juggles perfectly the sci-fi / superhero action with the sharp West Wing talk and NYC political history on a monthly basis.
Liberty Meadows #37 (Image)- I love funny talking animal / good girl art / soap opera comic strips drawn by Frank Cho. The hilarious Star Wars bit (from Episode I no less!!!) was also much appreciated.
Gnarles Barkley, St. Elsewhere. Booyah.
Episodes 1 and 2 of The Pirate Planet, a spiffy Tom Baker Doctor Who story on DVD... a story written by Douglas Adams. Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy-a-riffic, and intriguingly not cheesy at all production wise. I even think that's the dude who played Baron Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channel remake of Dune acting almost Harkonnen-like as the Doctor's foe. There might even be a critique of capitalism in there somewhere. It's ri-goddamn-diculous, but I can't wait to watch the last 2 installments.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
England and Sweden both snatching victory out of the jaws of mediocrity in the closing moments- England finding enough mojo in the presense of a resurrected Wayne Rooney for Beckham to set up the Jolly Giant Peter Crouch and later a stunner from Steven Gerrard, and Sweden pulling some poetic bullshit off in the 88th minute. Stunning shit.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
My favorite political moment of the World Cup thus far:
Watching my Republican roommate rooting for Mexico versus Iran in a match that took place in Nuremberg, where the Nazis were succesfully tried for crimes the President of Iran says never happened.
And tomorrow, Trinidad and Tobago plays England in a classic battle between former colony and former colonial power.
What a great sporting event.
And a new question, am I pretentious enough to hang out over at Cafe Aroma to watch World Cup games?
Monday, June 12, 2006
We're officially the worst team in the World Cup, potentially for the second World Cup in a row. The only thing we have left is for Ghana to stun Italy and potentially get that traditional yet scandal-ridden powerhouse to pack it in before our game against them next week and then a stunner against the gigantic question mark that is team Ghana. Can team the US Team pull it's shit together? It's going to be a long, strange 4 days.
The US team is as of right now rubbish.
And is Ben Rothlisberger a TOTAL RETARD? Getting in a motorcycle accident without a helmet? The guy is frigging King of the County. Jesus Christ.
Kudos to the US team for getting to the Cup in the first place. Now let's do this thing. USA!! USA!!!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
You know what that means.
The caravan is leaving Buffalo NY no later than 5 PM.
And behold their new video for "The W.A.N.D." Easily one of the best videos ever as you will soon see.
President Bush may give the event a miss - one can only wonder what he would make of a game in which the U.S. has a negligible chance of being world champion; for Americans with qualms about their country's imperial role, by contrast, supporting the plucky and rather well-liked outsiders of Team USA is an opportunity for guilt-free patriotic fervor. But you can be sure that Bush allies like Tony Blair, Angela Merkel, Jacques Chirac, Junichiro Koizumi, and Silvio Berlusconi (who actually owns AC Milan, one of Italy's top teams) will watch their countries' every game.
Indeed Tony Karon's How to Watch the World Cup: Politics and War by Other Means is a most handy guide to the world (as it is right now) during this exciting World Cup month. The other day one of the chaps on The Daily Show said that the reason why Americans don't get crazy about soccer is because if soccer is metaphorical socio-political warfare Americans already have the real thing and thus don't need the metaphors (or something to that effect), and he is indeed correct. I however like metaphors, larger meaning, and shit like that. That's why when the roommate and I triumphantly advanced the US to the quarterfinals on the PS2 FIFA World Cup (after enjoying the end of the Netherlands vs. Serbia Montenegro match) game I listened with such pride to the "Star Spangled Banner" at the conclusion of the game. In it's entirety. I was that proud.
And who do we have to play in the videogame quarterfinals? The Czech Republic.
We definitely ain't playing that until after the actual game tomorrow. That would be bad juju no matter how you cut it.
I love Buffalo
Was it me or was yesterday the best Allentown day EVER? I'm still gobsmacked.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Also for the record, the teenagers of Williamsville need to get their shit TOGETHER, especially the teenage girls who occupied the row in front of us. Goddamn it you were in public.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
- 1 more day till the FIFA World Cup. Matches of note over the next few days: Costa Rica vs. Germany 6/9 (opening match of the tournement), England vs. Paraguay 6/10, and the US vs. Czechoslovakia 6/12.
- The almost hilarious national saga that has been the recent life of injured England striker Wayne Rooney is reaching it's apex.
- Bruce Springsteen is the MAN, and free as a bird. I can't wait to see what he does next.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
8 more to go but the third disc is out over at the Blockbuster. I might have to cruise on by to see if I get lucky...
Monday, June 05, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
I cannot wait for next week's conclusion.
* Early reports from the UK indicate that the new Doctor David Tennant is more than adequate in the currently running second series/season.
** Amazingly, it's still in continuity, going all the way back to the 1963 first episodes. The advantage of building your show around an immortal time and space travelling Time Lord who occasionally regenerates himself in totally different male guises thoughout his long history.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
John Murphy seemed almost choked up.
Briere is a warrior. The future of the Sabres.
I am so proud of this team. No bitching. Anybody.
I would never admit to anybody upon pain of death that I was at Thursday in the Square tonight after 7 PM. Ever.
They rescued everyone
They lifted up the sun
A spoonful weighs a ton
Giving more than they had
The process had begun
A million came from one
The limits now were none
Being drunk on their plan,
they lifted up the sun.
Forcing it off with their hands
The trapdoor came undone
Above our heads it swung
The privilege had been won.
Being drunk on their plan,
they lifted up the sun.
Yelling as hard as they can
The doubters all were stunned
Heard louder than a gun
The sound they made was love.
"A Spoonful Weighs A Ton," The Flaming Lips
Of course this made for a fine conversation at Seeley's. Obviously the consensus is that we're cool with it, and sure I'll read it if only for one issue because not even that will keep it in my stack for long.
I am a fan.