Monday, August 27, 2012

If the Yankees are Coming West at Least Bring the Pizza!

I'm rarely lacking in reasons to dislike the Dodgers.
  • They're from LA, so yeah, that's obvious
  • The fans can't even fill the seats behind home plate when they're playing their biggest rival
  • Jason Schmidt (this one still hurts, Kent? not so much)
  • They're from LA
  • The history (each team has 6 titles and 21 NL pennants)
  • My first MLB game was Giants-Dodgers in LA.  I was 9, with the Pops, and the fans were crude
  • While not all of their fans are violent, drunk, assholes, let's not ever forget Marc Antenorcruz and Bryan Stow (I will say the Dodger's organization has since handled the incident with class I didn't know they were capable of. Thus the "rarely" instead of "never" lacking in reasons)
  • They're from LA
Now, they're trying to turn the NL West into the AL East.   

Hey, look at me, my current "talent" can't compete with the Giants, and we know if we don't act now the World Series title is gone, so let's buy out the two guys no one wants in Boston, along with a guy whose nickname is based on a Muppet, and LA sports writers can't wait to use it in every headline after he hits a HR, but at least is better than Loney, for a quarter of a billion dollars. 

Are we sure Steinbrenner's soul hasn't inhabited Magic's body? You can't blame the team for feeling desperate after the Giants swept them.  At home.  In front of 100 fans.  Everyone knows Flags Fly Forever in baseball.

However, if you're going to become the Yankees, shouldn't I at least be getting some NY style pizza out of the deal?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's just a jersey!

It's high time I throw a little rant out in the sports realm. I will never understand why these athletic companies make such big deals about the jersey design of college teams, especially college football. Now I love college football, and I'm not dogging on any school out there. However, they approve some of these designs and then promote the crap out of them, so maybe I am.

Nike is the worst about making ugly uniforms, however, it does what they want because I'm now talking about Nike. Nike, Nike, Nike. There, that's worth a few uniforms.

Of course now, especially with social media, these uniform reveals have become full on events. I'm an event coordinator, I'll never understand how that renders itself a full on press conference . . . but I guess I'm just too logical.

I look at a few schools in the area, who have done these "reveal" events, and I don't even understand. TCU's looked like scales, which I get the horned frog look, but it was just ridiculous. SMU's looks almost identical to their Adidas jerseys.
 SMU's Adidas look a likes
TCU's pants were made to look like frog/snake scales.

We had Oregon wearing neon bright yellow, that they looked like little fat highlighters running around. Now, Notre Dame is changing their helmets . . . away from their signature gold.

 Oregon's lovely yellow . . . not.

 Notre Dame has broken tradition, and redone everything.

Why? Who knows, apparently keeping a similar look or tradition is just too weird for everyone. Personally, I wish they would stay the same. I'm okay with the old colors and logos, updating is fine with me, but completely going away from what you've been for years? Doesn't make any sense. However, I also don't need to put on a press conference for the new look of a jersey. Just saying.

All images were found from a Google Image search.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Move Over Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics. I know I'm not the only person on Earth that really isn't too concerned about the Olympics. My husband might be the only other person that agrees with me. While I completely appreciate the events, and how hard the athletes work to make it to the games, I'll be honest I just don't watch it. The only events I've taken time to tune into were the ones playing at the local bars and restaurants around Orange Beach, Alabama this past weekend. You see I was taking a much needed vacay, and any shop owner not showing the games risked being thought of as unpatriotic. So as I ate my weight in seafood and drank myself silly I caught a few bits and pieces of the US Gymnastics team, and some of the Female US Dive Teams' performances. All were impressive, the uneven bars, rocked. That being said, I still, just can't get into the games. Maybe it's because it's the Summer games and I've always been more of a Winter game type of person (snowboarding). If it wasn't for the tv's at these places being tuned in I might have missed all the events completely. My focus is else where, even with this big deal happening, I can think of only one thing. Football.

I'm super excited about NFL's Pre-Season. Especially tonight's match-up between my Steelers and the Eagles. I'm sporting my gold and black at work today, and I'm praying I can actually watch the game tonight on TV (I live in Titan Country so getting Pittsburgh games are few and far between here. It's either Titans or Falcons, neither of which I really care to watch, unless you count catching up on what Juilo Jones, a former Crimson Tide is up to in ATL). This time of year is always bitter sweet for me. I'm stressed at work because I'm putting together media guides for local football teams, and at the same time dying to watch professional and college football.

I've been anxious for this time of the year for months. I'm over the heat, and I long for crisp Autumn mornings, some of which I hope to spend tailgating, or at least prepping wings to grill in our own backyard. I'm ready to scream at the television and cheer when we win, and whimper when my team loses. (Let's hope the second doesn't happen often). Roll Tide!

I've been stalking my team's websites, their instagram feeds and reading all the tweets by my favorite players. I feel like I'm more tuned in this year than I ever have been in the past. So for today... I'm totally excited. Check back with me in a week or so, usually about mid pre-season I'm cussing up a storm and totally over football (thanks media guide designing). Then check back another week in and I'll be all about the game again. I'm very up and down this time of year depending on my work load.

As Hank Williams Jr. asks, "Are you ready for some football?"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Customary Olympics Nonsense

To be perfectly honest it's my last day at my current job and I start my new one next week, so writing this is definitely incredibly last minute.  But, I thought I would just share my random musings from the Olympics so far:

Why do we care so much that we beat China in the medal count? I'd almost rather they get more, we don't punish people for not winning .  .  . .

Ryan Lochte is a total douche, but if he could never wear clothes again . . . I'm totally okay with that.

I'm incredibly proud of Michael Phelps. And if he thinks he won't be going to the Rio Olympics, he's an idiot. He's not done.

Water polo is crazy hard and so impressive. However, I don't understand one bit of it.

How is power walking an Olympic sport?

I know NBC has completely screwed up with all the showings, but if you really don't want to know, stay off the sport websites. It's not going to change this year, maybe next time.

Serena Williams is a beast. An awesome beast.

Regular volleyball doesn't seem as intense as I remember it. Sand volleyball is crazy awesome.

I missed all the shooting events and I didn't look at where the winners were from. My assumption is from the South . . . I'm totally making fun of myself in that statement.

I love Will and Kate more than ever.  Harry, feel free to come visit Texas, I'll show you a good time.

Watching gymnastics makes me miss it, and I can barely do a cartwheel anymore. Yet, I've totally been trying to do them. Seriously.

This NBA fan, hasn't watched any men's basketball. I just can't watch half the team and cheer for them. I'll be happy if they win, but I can't watch it.

The track stars are so amazing. Kirani James from Granada is such a great kid. He has so much character and humility. Usain Bolt has none, and that makes me sad.

The USA National Anthem makes me cry. A lot. In a good way.

I love the country pride. I especially love hearing the crowds cheer their country men and women on. It's why the Olympics are so great.

Monday, August 6, 2012


As a sports junkie, I love all aspects of the Olympics. The world's best athletes competing in non-stop coverage over two weeks. There's the feel good stories, heartbreak and upsets.  I'm completely enthralled every day.  At least, that's how the Olympics have felt in the past.

This year, NBC committed the biggest FAIL I have ever witnessed in the history of sports broadcasting. I don't feel like I'm exaggerating in the slightest.  Please force me to disconnect from the world in order to watch the coverage deemed appropriate at the time of some random executive's choosing.

To keep up with the coverage, I stepped away from social media/news outlets and tried staying up late as swimming and gymnastics (my favorite events) were often shown well after my normal shut eye time.  I don't function well as a zombie at work, so I tried a different approach.  I watched the first half of the crap ass coverage at night, and would fast forward through the remaining coverage in the mornings. Not ideal.

Growing up, my parents may or may not have had a questionably legal black box during one of the summer Olympics. All events were available live and we could choose what we wanted to watch.  With all the advances in technology since, I never thought we'd take such a huge step backward.

NBC, the fix is simple.  Show all event finals, on TV, live throughout the day.  Internet does little for those who actually have to work during the day.  Allow me to record/watch what I want.  Then, by all means, keep your primetime coverage at 8pm.  I would actually be interested in the fluff pieces and prelims. I might be less annoyed and wouldn't laugh at your poor attempt to compare the trampoline to snowboarding with Shaun White.

I have faith there will be improvements before 2016.  If not, I'm moving to Canada!