Saturday, January 07, 2006
One of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason looks like one that has been discussed the last couple years, is Brett Farve going to retire. With the Green Bay Packers dismal performance this season, which looks like it will continue into next, and the recent exit of his coach Mike Sherman, the odds of Farve’s retirement are a lot higher this year. But for football fans of my generation, we have a connection to Brett Farve and believe that the once invincible quarterback still has one more year in him and definitely don’t want him to go out on such a sour note. But since Green Bay is still a couple years until it can be rebuilt, here is idea for Farve to ponder: the Cleveland Browns.
After the debacle that was the Butch Davis era, things look to be turning around this year for new coach Romeo Crennel. First, the O-Line has finally been solid for the first time since the Browns returned which would give Farve more time and won’t have to resort to the wild bombs into triple coverage like he did many time this past season. Also he would have many weapons to throw to. Braylon Edwards, who should be recovered from his knee surgery in time for the 2006 season, and Antonio Bryant could quickly become one of the best tandem WR’s in the league. Plus Dennis Northcutt is always a dangerous third option. Then next season we should finally see the return of Kellen Winslow Jr. who has the possibly of being the TE that Farve really likes targeting especially in the Red Zone. And even if he isn’t a great of a "Soldier" as he claims, Steve Heiden was definitely productive this year.
Also the Browns have finally gotten a workhorse running back in Reuben Droughns that can also take pressure off Favre. Also with a treat through the air, Droughns could get into the endzone more than the two times he made it this past season. So with Farve at the help, the Browns turn into a instant playoff team. This isn’t to knock Trent Dilfer who won’t lose you games, but he won’t win you games like Farve can. And Charlie Frye showed us in the last couple games that he isn’t quite ready to lead a team. So how about it Brett, like a wise man once said, “There's nothing wrong with Ohio, except the snow and the rain.” But playing in Green Bay, you should be used to that. Plus if there are better fans in the NFL than the Cheeseheads, it would be the Dawg Pound.
As for the playoffs that start today, a look back at my preseason pick look to be extremely pathetic (see here, will have to scoll down) with only four of my picks actually making it (Steelers, Colts, Seahawks, Panthers) while my Super Bowl (Falcons) pick is already out of it while some picks finished last in their divisions (Jets, Packers, Eagles). So here are my revised picks:
AFC Title Game: Colts over Denver
NFC Title Game: Seahawks over Bears
Super Bowl: Colts over Seahawks 24-12
There’s nothing like chalk in the playoffs.
Friday, January 06, 2006
This has been a good year for sitcoms. After a good decade without a new good one, this year has seen three very watchable half hour programs that debuted this year. But then again, with all the great sitcoms this year, there still was the absolutely horrible The War at Home. But one of the better new ones, My Name Is Earl along with The Office, was moved to Thursday this week as NBC tries to resurrect its once unbeatable Must See TV lineup which hasn’t been Must See since Friends started to suck, and for those keeping track at home, that would be circa the mid-nineties.
To round out the new all comedy lineup is Will & Grace which I didn’t even realized was still on and is followed by the new Four Kings. The show follows four friends who are now living in an apartment left to one of them by his dead grandmother, who just so happened to coined them the Four Kings. The show stars the werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and three dudes whose IMDB pages look as impressive as mine, well that’s if I had one. For some reason my appearance on Letterman back in 1994 or the numerous times I was on public access don’t warrant my very own page. But anyways.
Last night started off in earnest with a decent theme song in the Counting Crow’s Hangin' Around. Then it was all downhill from there. There were very few jokes that actually made me laugh, but that could be due to the episode focused around the grandmother’s death and proceeding funeral and I’m not the biggest fan of dead grandma jokes. But that’s just me. Plus everything in the show was even easier to telegraph than Reunion. When the show is advertised as four dudes living together, you knew that the grandson would pick to live his buddies over his girlfriend, or as one of the guys put it “Bro’s over ho’s.” I think that was the first time someone used that phrase since Friends started to suck. Had she actually moved in with the Four Kings that may have made for an interesting show. Seriously, these networks really need to hire me as a consultant.
The only bright spot of the whole episode is when Oz went to break up with his girlfriend, even though I wasn’t really sure why all the guys had to break up with their girlfriends, or personal trainer in one of their cases, don’t ask, it wasn’t funny. But Oz’s confrontation with the twin daughters was hilarious. Sadly, since he broke up with their mother that will most likely be the last we see of them.
Verdict: It’s up against Survivor and Smallville, so even if it were remotely good, I still wouldn’t be watching it.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Well it looks like Reunion has aired its final episode, so I guess it’s about time I throw together a final review of the show even though it seems weird to whip up a review when supposable the most interesting aspects of the show have yet, and apparently never will be revealed because Fox had to make room for Skating with the Stars. And for those waiting for the proposed TV movie that will wrap everything up, don’t hold your breathe. It’s just something they say to keep from die-hards from rioting. Remembered how they were going to run a couple Buffy/Angel movies every year? The last I checked there wasn’t even one in the works.
What we did get to see was a drama that followed a group of friend, with poor acting skills, as they go from graduation all the way to their twentieth high school reunion where one of them got killed. Well or until almost their ten year reunion thanks to an untimely reunion. But even with the poor acting from most of the leads and some really predictable storylines (except for maybe the dude in the wheelchair but who didn't see him cheating with his secretary), the show was still addictive. And this may be due to the supporting cast. Even though some only appeared in a few episode characters like the Prison Buddy, the French Chick, the Abusive Boyfriend and his Wife, the Dead Soldier’s Sister, and of course the Obsessive Present Day Cop were all scene stealers. Even The Gay Husband was so over-the-top cheesy, he became entertaining. Plus with the retro years, they were always able to pick great songs from the era they were in.
But alas, all was for not and we will forever be left wondering who killed Sam. Even the last scene with the cop being run over with a car left us wondering. And I’m left to sue Fox to get those hours of my life back that they ruined for next finishing the story. Had it made it to the end Reunion would have had a higher Terror Alert, but thanks to Fox pulling the plug:
Reunion 1.x gets a on my Terror Alert Scale.
Read even more ranting about the Reunion cancelation and how evil Fox is here - Won't Get Fooled Again.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Even though I typically don’t set out to watch VH1’s so called Celebreality, some how I think I’ve seen every minute of Hogan Knows Best and the other shows that don’t quite qualify for guilty pleasure due to that none are exactly pleasurable unlike, say, Laguna Beach. Then again, no one who stars in these shows really qualify as a celeb. But this past Sunday saw the première of the new season of has been line-up with the third reality show for Flavor Flav in as many years. Due to my soft spot for anything Public Enemy I decided to turn into the first episode even after the disaster that was named Strange Love.
So after striking out with Brigitte Nielsen in the last show, Flav has decided to go the root of The Bachelor to pick his next love, and by next love I mean his next baby’s momma for his latest reality show, Flavor of Love. Which I believe would make four, but I think even Flav has lost count. But at least he isn't an NBA player because then four would be low. And the show is such a blatant rip off of the ABC former juggernaut, I have a feeling Flav’s next reality show for VH1 will follow the rapper and into the courtroom after impending lawsuit if finally filed.
There are a few variations that might be brought up in court. For one instead of roses, Flav hands out his trademark oversized clock necklace while telling the lucky lady “You know what time it is.” Those unfortunate women instead are ushered out while Flav lets them know “Your time is up.” Sad thing is that they probably paid some marketing firm massive amount of dollars to come up with those taglines. As for the other variation, um, well, I really can’t remember any. Well except where The Bachelor recruits remotely classy woman who may just be three shots and a free t-shirt away from appearing on Girls Gone Wild, the woman on Flavor of Love look like small town strippers who think that guys find massive tattoos, knife wounds, and stretch marks sexy. If there could be anything that resembles entertainment on the show, it may be seeing how each girl try to out slut the others.
Verdict: Pass, although I bet just like the past Celebreality shows, I will end up seeing every second eventually because VH1 will show it again and again. If fact I think I’ve seen the show five times since Sunday.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Since 1996 I have made a CD of my favorite music from the past year and here is the CD I have made from this past year but I like to put songs in reverse order as so they are counting down to the best song. This CD clocks in at 77:06.
1. Love Love Love - Tristan Prettyman
2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
3. Fix You – Coldplay
4. You and Me – Lifehouse
5. These Words - Natasha Bedingfield
6. Doesn't Remind Me – Audioslave
7. Existentialism on Prom Night - Straylight Run
8. Breakdown - Jack Johnson
9. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - Kanye West
10. Portions for Foxes - Rilo Kiley
11. Telescope Eyes – Eisley
12. The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
13. Ordinary People - John Legend
14. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
15. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
16. Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own - U2
17. Breathe (2 AM) - Anna Nalick
18. Gold Digger - Kanye West & Jamie Foxx
19. Landed - Ben Folds
To see how Landed stacks up to past #1's, here are a list of those from years past:
1996: No Diggity – Blackstreet & Dr. Dre
1997: Foolish Games – Jewel
1998: One Week – Barenaked Ladies
1999: Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
2000: Maria, Maria – Santana & the Product G&B
2001: Everywhere – Michelle Branch
2002: Fell in Love with a Girl – The White Stripes
2003: The Seed (2.0) – The Roots & Cody ChessnuTT
2004: All Falls Down – Kanye West
2005: Landed – Ben Folds
As for the artist that made the most impact in the last year here are the ones that showed up most on my Best of lists (for those lists, click on the Best of 2005 label):
1. Kanye West (Best Songs – 2, 11, 32, 39, 79; Best Albums – 2; Best Videos – 2, 9, 16, 28) - It looked like Kanye this year was the ultimate bridesmaid with the runner up position on all but one of my lists. But he did have the unofficial best quote of the year if that is any consolation.
2. The Killer (Best Songs – 5, 21; Best Albums – 14; Best Videos – 4, 8; Best Mash-Ups – 10, 21) - This band really grew on me this year with their blend of catch hooks, inane lyrics, and of course a video with Eric Roberts and a Kate Bosworth look-a-like.
3. U2 (Best Songs – 2, 50, 57, 60; Best Videos – 10, 20) – They may have been a little more higher had How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb had been eligible this year, but unlike the Grammy’s, my year actually runs from January to December. But the album would have definitely been high on my Best Albums list if it were.
4. Dave Matthews Band – (Best Songs – 35, 46; Best Albums – 5; Best Videos – 17, 27; Best Mash-Ups – 13) – A band so great I dedicated a whole week to when Stand Up was released and they didn’t disappoint.
5. Kelly Clarkson (Best Songs – 6, 26; Best Mash-Ups – 2, 4, 12; Best Videos – 21) – Had anyone said that Clarkson would be near the top of any list let alone Best Artist a year ago, I tell them they were crazy. But thanks to some amazingly entertaining mash-ups, the karaoke queen rightfully deserves to be on this list. And the mash-ups just keep on coming as I just heard another one, Since U Been in Centerfield - Kelly Clarkson vs. John Fogerty.
Monday, January 02, 2006
When I first was brainstorming for a name for this blog, the most logical choice was a nickname that a college buddy gave me back in the day, Scooter McGavin. Now I have hated the nickname Scooter for the longest time but since this name was a take on a character from one of our favorite movies, Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore, I actually didn’t hate this moniker. Taking my love of the movie one step further, I added an obscure reference to make the blog’s name more unique with the 9th Green referring to where Shooter sent Happy on his first day on tour and ended with Happy getting soaked by the sprinklers.
Due to my unofficial 10 year waiting period for inductions into the Scooter Hall of Fame, Happy Gilmore hasn’t been eligible until now since the movie was released back in 1996, but if there were ever a first ballot inductee, it is this movie. (Granted 1996 was a great year for entertainment which I will go deeper into later this month including a Best of 1996 Lyrics Quiz on the 15th, so look out, and study up, for that). I still remember seeing the trailer to the movie for the first time with the classic line “The price is wrong, Bob” (of course they changed the line in the movie, which was much more funnier) followed by Happy punching the ancient Bob Barker. From that I knew I had to I would be in line I had to see the movie. The full page ad from the newspaper quickly made it up on my wall and was later replaced by the official movie poster that I got for Christmas that year.
And when I finally saw he movie, it didn’t disappoint. Adam Sandler was at his best as the failed hockey player turned reluctant golfer. Julie Bowen, in her first prominent role before becoming Carol Vessey on the brilliant Ed and more recently guest shots on Lost as Jack's (possibly) ex-wife, was solid as the love interest that helps Happy compete. Then there is my namesake Shooter McGavin as portrayed by the always reliable Christopher McDonald who plays the corny joke spewing adversary of Happy perfectly. Even all the bit players were on point the most memorable being Donald, the dude who Shooter paid to annoy Happy that led to the Bob Barker beating. It was because of him that “jackass” became the most used term of endearment, so to speak, among my college buddies. On top of all that there were great cameos from Ben Stiller, Kevin Nealon, and Lee Travino.
Rarely do long stretches of time go by without me quoting the movie or emulating a scene. Since I’ve seen the movie, there hasn’t been a time when with a female when Endless Love comes on I haven’t turned to her and say, “Friends can hold hands while listening to Endless Love in the dark.” Sadly, though, I have yet to master the running drive. Maybe one day.