Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
I spent a lot of time at Wal-Mart in college, but this is a tad bit ridiculous. However if you can get national press just from hanging out in a somewhere for 41 hours, I"m all for it. I'm pretty sure that I've been in the Steak n Shake on West Paces for at least 5 hours before a waitress asked me what I would like to order. That should at least get me into the Northside Neighbor, right?
also this is the wierdest picture I found while doing a Google Images search for Wal Mart.
from the brain of nixforsix at 12:48 PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
I'm a little late on posting this, but Gunslingers had a pretty good take on an article about the Hawks by Chris Mannix. I have two differences of opinon:
from Manix "Why are Reggie Evans, Vladimir Radmanovic and Chris Wilcox being dealt at yard sales while Esteban Batista plays seven minutes a night?". First of all, as mentioned in my last post, don't mess around with my boy Esteban Batista. And how could you watch the Hawks and think PF is the issue? And how about giving Billy Knight credit for getting ZaZa to sign for practically nothing after the Bucks decided to go with Gadzuric? The Hawks problem is not signing or trading for a legitimate defensive center. And to be fair, that problem was made even worse by the untimely passing of Jason Collier.
I would also disagree in part with LD's take on Joe Johnson. The first part of the equation is that Boris Diaw would have never reached his current state with the Suns, if he was still with the Hawks. I fully blame Woodson for that. We had a guy who needed to play in an uptempo game and use his athletic ability (as did the Josh's) but instead he tries to slow the game down so we can play better defense and not give up too many points. The argument to make with King on that trade is whether or not we could have just signed Joe Johnson ( I think it was too big of a risk that we couldn't) and whether or not we could have gotten a better deal just for Diaw prior to that trade. At the very least the Hawks made a fair trade. Bringing in Joe Johnson and then having him play like an All Star was absolutely necessary if the Hawks have any desire of actually landing another big time free agent. Without Joe there is no way Harrington would think about staying in Atlanta. Personally I don't want him, but it's nice to have the option. The only way this trade doesn't turn out in Atlanta's favor is if we bomb on our pick this year, and the picks that the Suns get turn out to be All Stars.
I know that the Crafty Vet already snagged me a ZaZa bobblehead doll, but if anyone's feeling generous and wants to buy this for me, I wouldn't be all that mad. Regardless, I promise to have a picture or video of the Zaza bobblehead doll up this week.
from the brain of nixforsix at 5:40 PM
Friday, March 24, 2006
I was going through the friends of this chick bartender we know and I stumble upon Josh Childress' myspace page. But the fun doesn't stop there. I also found Salim Stoudamire's and possibly the best find ever... ESTEBAN BATISTA ! Dude is hillarious. He was already my Hawks version of Pete Orr, and then I find out that he's trying to snag every blonde in Atlanta. Fantastic. Seriously, check out his friends list. It's basically a photo guide to blonde NBA groupies in Atlanta. At this point, I'm not resting until ZaZa gets a page.
from the brain of nixforsix at 12:27 PM
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
I love that companies are starting to figure out the internet/iTunes. If you make a great commercial, it still costs you tons of money to run it during peak TV viewing hours. Or if it's funny enough, people will actually download it and watch it on the computer voluntarily.
Download SportsCenter Ads on iTunes absolutely free. I just hope Nike realizes this is a great idea and I finally get to have all the great Jordan, Barkley, and Bo commercials on my computer or iPod.
from the brain of nixforsix at 12:26 PM
Monday, March 20, 2006
Nice revisionist look at the 2002 NFL Draft by Len Pasquarelli. Looking back the Falcons probably should have taken Ed Reed or Lito Sheppard instead of TJ Duckett. If I remember correctly, they signed Warrick Dunn before the draft, so it was a pretty odd pick. And it's not like you typically groom a running back to take over. But then again, this was pre- Rich McKay era, so it's a different ball game now.
I gotta say that I was impressed with Allan Ray over the weekend. I don't know where he's projected to go in the draft, but from the little I've seen, I wouldn't mind if the Hawks got him. I guess it really depends on who is available in free agency. We have to sign either a point guard or center and draft the other position. It seems like you could keep Lue around for one more year, bring Ray along, keep Ivey as a 3rd option, and trade Salim to a team in need of offense in return for a much needed defensive big man on the bench. I think worst case scenario, he turns out to be like Jason Terry.
(edit) actually here is the list of free agents this summer. What's kind of depressing is that the two best centers available, Joel Przybilla and Nazr Mohammed, were both on the Hawks a few years ago. Speedy Claxton wouldn't be a bad pickup, I'm sure he's tired of playing second fiddle everywhere he goes. No problem of that happening with the Hawks.
Also, the Braves are about to start things up again. This is the best place for Braves info that I can imagine.
from the brain of nixforsix at 9:14 AM
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Usually I'm pretty logical when it comes to sports. But for the life of me, I can't figure out the average coaches approach when he has a player in foul trouble. Let's say it's a college game and with 12 minutes left your star center picks up his fourth foul. I understand taking him out of the game. You need to make sure he collects himself, rests up, and understands that he needs to avoid picking up another foul. But then you should put him back in. Waiting until there are three minutes left to put him back in seems idiotic to me.
Sure there is a chance that if you put back in with 9 minutes left that he'll foul out. But there is also the chance that he is able to play that entire time without picking up a foul and he tremendously helps your team. You gotta bet big to win big. If you don't the chance and play him, he sure as hell isn't doing any good sitting on your bench.
I'm guessing most coaches are of the opinion that you want your best players to be available and on the floor in the last few minutes of the game. I'm calling shenanigans. Every minute of a game is just as important as another. If having your best player on the floor leads to you going on a 14-4 run with 10 remaining, well the last 3 minutes of the game should be a breeze.
This only amplified when coaches go overboard in reaction to someone getting in foul trouble during the first half. Oh well, he's got 3 fouls, I'll sit him out for the last 5 minutes of the half and the first 7 minutes of the second half. At some point or another you have to play his backup. Why not just risk it, and hopefully he'll be able to play the rest of the game.
The only knock against this that I can figure out is the emotional edge the your opponent gets when someone fouls out. Otherwise, I can't figure out what angle I'm missing here.
Now the best advice a coach can ever give:
There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese. -Coach Finstock Teen Wolf.
from the brain of nixforsix at 1:16 PM
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
First a quick history lesson. Some of Hot Tub Johnny's rich private boarding school friends created a holiday while they were spending time on the slopes before summering in the Hamptons. I only heard about this last spring, so this will be my first year observing the holiday. Here's the manifesto that I first read
Gin Weekend - A History and Brief Overview
Gin Weekend is celebrated every March on the weekend before St.
Patrick’s Day. The first Gin Weekend took place March 14 - 15, 1997.
It began as a simple idea: a group of like-minded friends, still in
high school and just coming into their own as drinkers, made the vow
to drink only gin for an entire weekend. The result was an epic
weekend of such dramatically drunken proportions that the echoes of
their revelry still haunt the corridors of Crested Butte Academy to
They knew that from this point on, the idea of Gin Weekend would
become something much too large and important to be kept in the
shadows. As the founders graduated and spread out across the country,
they took their revolutionary ideals with them, spreading them into
educational institutions and unemployment lines throughout America.
It soon became obvious that, if the holiday was to spread to the
masses at large, the requirements of participation would have to be
slightly relaxed. Not everyone can handle an entire weekend of only
gin, and the purpose was to spread the ideals, if not the strict
practices, of appreciation, fellowship, and, ultimately, inebriation.
Orthodox followers still stick to the idea of consuming only gin-
based cocktails during this time, but consumption of at least one gin-
based cocktail during the weekend is all that is required for proper
observance by the lay person.
The most important rituals are acknowledgement of the weekend as a
holiday in its own right, recognition of gin as a liquor in a class
of its own, and an attempt to convert as many friends, family,
acquaintances, bartenders, passers-by, and law enforcement officials
to our point of view as possible.
The holiday has taken on a life of its own, spontaneously spreading
its influence as it feasts upon the brain cells of the willing. Every
year, as the time approaches, a Document of Notification is sent to
as many citizens of the Gin Weekend Nation as can be reached.
Membership has increased steadily since the holiday’s inception, and
shows no signs of abating.
Now, as for me, I plan on purchasing a bottle of Bombay Sapphire today at Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe, and seeing how long I can handle drinking only gin this weekend. I think I get through Friday easy. Saturday should be a little bit tougher. However if I decide to watch the Nascar on Sunday, I'm going to have to switch back to beer. I mean who watches the race while drinking a Tom Collins. Speaking of, I'll probably be drinking a steady stream of Gin and Tonics and Gin and Sprite. But for the record here are some other gin drinks that can be used to whet you whistle.
and a bit of wisdom from Fred Toucher's friend Jason D:
"Instead of ordering a vodka tonic like every douche bag at the bar, be a man and drink gin. A girl I know said, "Gin is like the Old Spice of liquors. It reminds girls of their fathers, which makes them trust you. And if they trust you, they'll go home with you."
from the brain of nixforsix at 11:15 AM