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XLV choices

personally, I’m going for the Pack Attack.  NFC.

I really should get a Giants jersey.


thank god for

just a little shout out for

with all the storms and freaky weather, cable here in NYC has been spotty at best- pixelated, intermittent, especially on HD channels.

they had the spain- italy quarter final streaming online for free.

thank you sports gods for saving me from missing even a second of the game.

oh, and vaya espana!!! ole ole ole ole… ole… ole…

mooks, maoris and .357 magnums

hi kids.

it’s been a tick since i last checked in with you, but i have been up to quite a bit.  i dropped into hong kong for a kip, caught on movies via qantas in demand, went to very many meetings, got a new roommate, took a bus tour up to northland and a boat through a hole in a rock, made friends with a traditional maori dance troupe, accrued 30K frequent flyer miles and shot some guns.

since so much has happned, i guess it’s best to sum up the highlights and key takeaways:

  1. qantas has better business class than cathay pacific,
  2. spiderman 3 was the biggest let down in my movie going career since, well, ever, i guess,
  3. australia and new zealand may only be separated by the tasman sea, but they are worlds apart,
  4. kiwis say “awesome” more than americans,
  5. the all blacks might be the coolest rugby team on the planet.  but i’m such a poser, i’m basing that statement on the trivia from my bus tour driver and the cute jacket that i bought at the auckland airport,
  6. i didn’t go to the “lord of the rings part” of new zealand (of which there are several), but i did go the house where the treaty between nz and england was signed, as well as the world’s biggest war canoe,
  7. i am now, officially, a tree hugger.  there’s a kauri tree, somewhat like the american redwood, in new zealand that the maoris believe bring you good energy if you hug it, so i complied,
  8. got some good business done,
  9. signed on some new agents,
  10. took on even more duties since my domestic counterpart is leaving the company, but will get to have some fun with it,
  11. nz also has law and order a lot, though i was often too jetlagged to make the 8:30 showtime,
  12. yes, flight of the conchords is  popular there,
  13. there is a store in australia called mooks.  seriously.  it’s very trendy.  can’t figure out why it hasn’t made it to the us, though…
  14. LA still sucks, but having a gps in your car makes it almost bearable,
  15. LA kind of rules for having a gun club downtown that you can go to, rent any kind of non-automatic and shoot.  i tried a glock 9 mm (what the coppers in nyc use- thought it might be prudent to give it a test drive in case i go that way).  also tried a .357 magnum revolver with .38 caliber bullets.  MUCH better for target practice,
  16. next time i want to try rifles and shotguns,
  17. i’ll probably never make it as a sharpshooter,
  18. hailed the return of russel crowe during 3:10 to yuma, which needed a better director to handle that star power,
  19. ate like crap,
  20. watched t.o. devour the giants on sunday night football, which is the only way i could ever tolerate a dallas-led giants loss,
  21. saw bubba on letterman whilst in oz.  still love and worship him and need his new book,
  22. decided elvis should rise from the dead to take out all those responsible for the “viva viagra” campaign- pfizer, the ad agency and the people in his estate that OKed that deal,
  23. was amired by a hot (female) bartender for my choice of drink (whiskey on the rocks) and my job,
  24. got worked on by an aussie physiotherapist and was massively impressed.  he thinks i should be much more healed and is going to hunt for someone in new york to help me,
  25. i love bubba.  i know it’s a repeat, but i like round numbers.  and i really love him.

oh, and the catalan has been IMing; he can’t wait for me to visit.  i gotta try and swing that.

ZZZZZuper sunday


Golden boy Peyton Manning has his ring. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

After an exciting 92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by the Bears Devin Hester, it was all downhill for Superbowl XLI. The rain can certainly be blamed for some of the sloppyness in the game- missed snaps, fgs and receptions. Or as Jim Nantz so eloquently put it “The rain is absoultely having a little effect on the game.” But the plays throughout the game, as well as the much-ado-about-nothing outcome, were as predictable as possible. Rex Grossman looked like a deer in headlights. Manning showed his talent, and his propensity to err when it’s clutch and Viniatieri continued his campaign to prove that kickers can be the key to get you to, and through, a Superbowl championship.

Even though Manning has been pretty abysmal in the post season, his stepping it up for these last two games will make him an even bigger name. He has to be the dullest shining star in recent QB history. No personality, haircut from 1967, part of a legacy family that really consists of two good/ great QBs and one starting QB. I didn’t think it’s possible, but the Manning era is making me miss John Elway’s fabled quest for a ring.

Maybe I’m being hard on him, but I think it’s a reflection of the lack of dynamic and fun players when a player that has only been on the professional stage for eight years… wait. It’s been EIGHT years? F. I’m sitting here thinking it’s been four, maybe five at the most. Forget everything I just said. Eight years is a long time to be doing anything in the NFL. Good for you, Peyton.

Having just admitted that, it’s kind of depressing to realize that thanks to this win and Tiki retiring, we can expect to see an even higher ratio of commercials starring Peyton Manning vs. the entire-roster-of-the-rest-of-the-NFL. If you weren’t sick of him before, kids, saddle up.

Truly, though, The Big Game shouldn’t really be about the commercials. It’s the biggest yearly sporting event (calm down soccer fans, I said yearly) that draws millions and millions of viewers worldwide. And they don’t see the commercials, just a lot of dead time during US broadcast-forced downtime (trust me, I once watched it in Spain. It made baseball look non-stop). This year proved to be the case in both actuality and theory. Nothing was happening during the breaks.

Two notable exceptions:

Kudos to Frito Lay for their subtle and quality commercial celebrating the fact that it’s the first time in history two black head coaches have met in the Superbowl. It was just really well done and nice that a corporation took the time to point that out in a non-preachy, non-condescending way, with pretty minimal product placement.

Boo! Hiss! to Snickers for their unfunny and homo-phobic mechanic “accidental kiss” spot. It was poorly executed and mean-spirited. Besides, since when does manscaping, or self-waxing, qualify as the most “manly” thing two mechanics can do in a garage? It’s just completely generic and lowest common denominator and I’m pretty happy to hear they won’t be showing it again.

OK, kids, I’m off. 9 days until pitchers and catchers report and I have some serious legwork to do before my Fantasy Baseball draft.


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Upon common theatres, indeed, the applause of the audience is of more importance to the actors than their own approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value - john adams
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