Monthly Archives: May 2013

Favorite Bond Movies

A slight change to the mostly sport-centric posting to touch on the topic of what my favorite Bond movies along with my favorite title openings.

First and foremost, I do not believe in the Non-Eon films and they will not be included in the list below.

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me
  2. Goldfinger
  3. GoldenEye
  4. Skyfall
  5. You Only Live Twice
  6. Dr. No
  7. A View to a Kill
  8. Thunderball
  9. Moonraker
  10. Diamonds Are Forever
  11. Tomorrow Never Dies
  12. From Russia with Love
  13. Casino Royale
  14. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  15. Octopussy
  16. Quantum of Solace
  17. Die Another Day
  18. For Your Eyes Only
  19. The World Is Not Enough
  20. The Living Daylights
  21. The Man with the Golden Gun
  22. Live and Let Die
  23. License to Kill

Favorite Openings Credits for song and title sequence

  1. Goldfinger
  2. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  3. The Spy Who Loved Me
  4. Tomorrow Never Dies
  5. Skyfall
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NHL End of Season Predictions

Back in January I made a couple of predictions about the upcoming shortens season for the NHL. In this post I will review the predictions.

  • Eastern Conference
    • Atlantic
      • Philadelphia – Incorrect
      • NY Rangers – Correct
      • Pittsburgh – Correct
    • Northeast
      • Boston – Correct
      • Toronto – Correct
    • Southeast
      • Tampa Bay – Incorrect
      • Carolina – Incorrect
      • Washington – Correct
  • Western Conference
    • Central 
      • Chicago – Very Correct
      • Detroit  – Correct
      • Nashville – Incorrect
    • Northwest

      • Vancouver – Correct
      • Minnesota – Correct
      • Calgary – Incorrect
    • Pacific
      • San Jose – Correct
      • Los Angeles- Correct

Finals Prediction:

Minnesota defeats Philadelphia four games to two.

While the finals prediction looks in bad now, going 11 for 16 is pretty good given all that was up in the air at the start of the season.

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Brewers have season ending issues

Long time no posting… I had to take a little break from posting, but now I’m back to talk baseball, specifically Brewers baseball. In case you did not notice the Brewers were able to pull one out Monday against the Pirates, but one win in May does not make a season.

The Brewers as a whole and in the long term are all on the 60-Day DL with season ending problems. The most recent series against the Reds and Cardinals go a long way in proving that pitching wins you games in the long term and home runs win you a couple of games.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin and his budget bullpen time over time have caused the Brewers major trouble. Now the starters are getting into the mix when it comes to giving up runs with Burgos giving up a nice 10 spot the other night due to the overused pen. Years of pillaging the minor leagues for the short term victory has now come bite Melvin.

If you look at the trade that essentially won them the division, the Brewers gave up four major league players for a year and a half rental (Cain, Escobar, Jeffress, Odorizzi) and while winning is important while you can, long term success is more important. These guys would have would have all played important parts of the lineup for the Brewers since we would not have Segura.

The next person I would like to zero in on is Rickie Weeks. Whether the numbers the support this or not, Weeks has regressed in the past 4 years overall at the plate and remained level with the defense. Weeks has lost his way in how to bat and what kind of style he played when he was first called up to the major leagues. When he first came up, he was a average power, speed player that would beat out the high chopping play. Now Weeks has packed on the pounds and is carrying a couple of jelly rolls. I really wonder how many half step out plays Weeks would have beat out if he would drop about 10 pounds.

Do not hold your hopes up for this season, the team structure is too far gone to win anything. The overall issues of the Brewers in the end center around them being good, but just not good enough to compete in the division or in the wild card playoffs. The Brewers need to work on establishing the pitching in the minors and the draft. If the Brewers do take their lumps for the next couple of seasons and do not trade away the future, there is no reason this team can not win the division.

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