Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Give me a break. That same argument is used to disparage the Big Ten but to uplift everyone else.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
However, when a bottom feeder in the Big Ten beats an upper tier team all we hear about is how "The Big Ten is watered down." "The Big Ten is consistently over-rated." Etc, etc.
I really hope that for about 10 years running a Big Ten teams wins basketball and football national championships every year. Maybe, just maybe, that will shut them up for a while.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
That doesn't stop so-called smart people from raving about how fantastic it is though. Like I said, it's the kind of movie where if you don't get it you're supposed to pretend that you do and that's it's so intellectual that it must be terrific. Well it's not. I understand it and I also understand that it sucked. The end.
Due to reader request, the movie gets a rating of 2. Would definitely return it if I received it as a gift, and I'd smack the person who gave it to me upside the head.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
It's interesting to think about what the team could've looked like though. Would they ever have played Z and Shaq at the same time? I think it's possible because Z doesn't have to camp under the basket like Shaq does. Z is shooting over 45% on threes this year, so he can easily extend the defense. Would LeBron be able to finish around the basket with Shaq tying up the middle though? Would there have been enough balls on the court at one time to keep LeBron, Shaq, Z, Mo Williams, and Richard Jefferson happy? Maybe, maybe not. I think winning goes a long way towards making people happy though.
As it is back in reality though, they're getting Delonte West back soon so he'll help with the defense. Hopefully the team can stay healthy for the rest of the year and has gotten their injuries out of the way now.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We sampled a little bit of everything. I really wanted to try the beef cheek pierogie and they didn't disappoint. We also got the charcuterie, which is basically a plate full of different cured and smoked meats. I tried foie gras (duck liver) for the first time. It was inside of a Jagerwurst and was really creamy and super rich. We also got the Lola fries. They're seasoned with rosemary and sea salt and fried in pork fat. They were really good. By the way, in case you haven't noticed, Michael Symon is a big fan of meat and fat.
For the entree I got the braised lamb shank. They supplied a knife, but I didn't need it. It literally fell right off the bone. It was amazingly tender. I gave Lindsay a bite of it and she said "That's the best bite of food I've ever had." And she's not really a red meat eater. She got the wild striped bass. It was ok, but I'm not a big fan of fish.
We (and when I saw we, I mean me) went a little crazy on the desserts. We got 3 of them. The 6 AM Special, which was french toast with maple-bacon (sounds crazy but is crazy good) and maple syrup. It was really really good. We also got the sweet potato smores sundae. That was pretty good too. Lastly we got the peanut pie. It was my least favorite, but was still good. It had super strong lime frozen yogurt on it.
I think if we go back, next time we're going to go for the chefs table in the kitchen. The kitchen is exposed to the restaurant, so you can see everything going on, but it'd be a unique experience to sit there and I think we'd like to try it out.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tomorrow I'll try to give a run down of the restaurant that Lindsay and I went to for Valentine's Day.
Today, however, something caught my eye in an article I was reading about towns that went from boom to bust.
"Motown has been on the empty side for decades. An industrial boomtown during the first half of the 20th century, Detroit's population swelled from 285,000 in 1900 to 990,000 in 1920, reaching a peak of 1.8 million in 1950.
But starting in the 1960s, Detroit began a precipitous decline. Detroit's population is now 900,000--half what it was in the middle of the century--and many of its neighborhoods languish in varying states of decay. Most scholars blame rapid suburbanization, outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, and federal programs they say exacerbated the situation by creating a culture of joblessness and dependency.
Yet after more than half a century, countless scholars, politicians, community organizers developers and nonprofit workers have been unable to come up with a solution to fix Detroit."
The most interesting part to me is the "Most scholars blame ... federal programs they say exacerbated the situation by creating a culture of joblessness and dependency." You mean the kind of programs that don't force you to go get a job? The kind that reward you for having more and more children? The kind that give you everything that you need to barely subsist but never enough to actually get out of the rut you're in? I do believe that the government wants it just that way. The government wants to be your provider. Your parent so to speak. The more you depend on the government the more power they have over you.
So how do we break that? A lot of people have tried and failed. They've thrown billions of dollars at the problems only to see them get worse. What they haven't tried yet though is turning off the money spigot. People tend to get motivated when they're told they won't be getting any more handouts. Either that, or they starve. The problem is, in Detroit and other places, they're doing both. They're getting handouts and are still starving. The government is not the answer. Money is not the answer to all of lifes problems. Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they can get better. Well, we think it can't get much worse in Detroit, but I guess we'll see for sure.
Cleveland has been on the decline for 30 years. We've never managed to replace the huge manufacturing base that has been vacating steadily during that time. There's promise and plans out there, but there's too much hand wringing and bureaucracy to actually get anything done. I suspect that's where Cleveland and Detroit have a lot in common. It takes private money to revitalize a city. There's no way that federal, state, or local money alone can get it done. How many billions poured into New Orleans to rebuild it only to see that half of the population simply isn't coming back? You've got to have big plans and keep having big plans until they eventually take root. You can't just take one swing, not hit a home run, and then go home.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Lindsay then said that I should have my own State of the Union address. Not such a bad idea. I wonder if I could get on national television?
Monday, February 9, 2009
1. They played terrible team defense. They didn't rotate on the pick and roll. They didn't pressure the ball. It was horrible.
2. Where was the rebounding? When I saw that they had the same number of rebounds as the Lakers I couldn't believe it. It seemed as though Lamar Odom was getting every errand shot and the Cavs were standing around dumbfounded.
3. They did not drive to the hoop. They settled for jump shots all day. If you were 6'8" 250 lbs wouldn't you feel like you could attack the basket? Wouldn't you like to try? Maybe you get tired of doing that and like to think of yourself as a three-point specialist.
4. Their exceedingly poor performances in third quarters bit them in the butt in this game. More than half of the time they give up big runs in the 3rd and have no answer. I can't explain it but I certainly get tired of watching it.
Still, after all that, they only lost by ten. If they manage to turn a few of those things around, they win the game. What's the biggest key? Not taking tranquilizers at half time. Seriously. What the crap are they doing in there? Are they getting massages and falling asleep? Valium is for AFTER the game, not during. Remember that.
Friday, February 6, 2009
You know what that means!
Oh yeah, it's time to get wild and crazy.
Maybe I'll stay up until 11 tonight. More likely... I won't.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
As such, they nearly lost. To the Knicks!
They claim that LeBron had a triple double tonight, but I don't remember him getting 10 rebounds. Last I checked he had 9. Maybe they gave him some phantom rebound or something. I guess it wouldn't surprise me.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Keaton Grant likes to take 45 footers and has the range to hit them.
Calasan looks useless in far too many games.
The team defense leaves something to be desired.
J.J. is quickly becoming a very potent offensive player.
Hummel doesn't seem like that's that huge impact player that they're missing, but apparently he is. He extends the defense when he's on offense and is a good rebounder on defense.
Purdue should've won the game, but clearly (at least in my opinion) did not deserve to win the game. When you have the ball in the last possession of a tie game you need a much better look than a wild shot while you're falling down (whether you got fouled or not.)