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Over the top opening song/video

I could be using this post explain the way the Badgers were sabotaged out of a win Saturday, but that would be too easy and there already too many articles that have or will be written on the subject.

What I really want to talk about is the opening video of Berzer by Eminem with Notre Dame/Purdue highlights integrated into the video before the game on Saturday night. I will post a link to the video if I can find one.

All I have to say about that video is….. Wow. That is not a good wow, that is more like “Oh my eyes” along with a “What the hell?”. I’m a person who has never done any drugs, but watching that intro I’m assuming that is what being on acid is like with the stop motion along with the forward and reverse of the video. The video itself was pointless while boarding on driving away viewers. I ask why that type of intro video is needed?

What is wrong with the simple intro video? The people that already have channel set to ABC are not going to say “I really want to watch Purdue, but that intro video is too simple, lets flip on Hallmark Channel instead”.

In this era of companies trying to maximize their profit, I would think that the intro video would be one area that television companies would be looking. I’m sure this post will have no effect on future intro video, but I wanted to get my thoughts out there about the intro video.

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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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Bruce Pearl on ESPN?

Just a short thought today, I was watching Women’s Tournament coverage and who did I see pop on the TV? Bruce Pearl. It appear that in the US we have a double standard when it comes to not following the rules.

Bruce was suspended and hit the the “Show Cause” clause attached to his name which is equivalent to fraud in the criminal world. In the criminal world, you get prison time for fraud (AKA cheating), but in the NCAA world, you just get a job at ESPN (and he is probably making more money).

It is truly sad that no matter what Pearl does short of a felony, someone is gong to pay him and he is going to have a job.

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NHL start of season predictions

Another NHL season is upon us after the lockout and I wanted to take the time to make some predictions. In this day, it is easy to pick the Kings the “cliché” pick, but it seems to never work out that way. As long as I can remember, I see other networks (like ESPN) pick the previous years champion to repeat no matter the sport with the assumption that the current players will play to their current level and no new players will emerge. That is easy to do with no need to do their homework, but I digress

My predictions as follows:

Playoff Teams:

  • Eastern Conference
    • Atlantic
      • Philadelphia
      • NY Rangers
      • Pittsburgh
    • Northeast
      • Boston
      • Toronto
    • Southeast
      • Tampa Bay
      • Carolina
      • Washington
  • Western Conference
    • Central 
      • Chicago
      • Detroit
      • Nashville
    • Northwest
      • Vancouver
      • Minnesota
      • Calgary
    • Pacific
      • San Jose
      • Los Angeles

Finals Prediction:

Minnesota defeats Philadelphia four games to two.

That’s right, I picked Minnesota to win it all, but I think there might a future post called at the end of the season “I got all the picks wrong”

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Other Blogs I read

I thought I would take today’s entry and talk about some of the blogs or forums that I like to read/watch. Now a lot of them are Wisconsin-centric, but if your from Wisconsin they should be.

  • Rattler Radio (http://rattlerradio.mlblogs.com). This blog is one of my personal favorites to read. This blog is maintained by Chris Mehring who is a great radio announcer for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A of the Milwaukee Brewers). This blog is just not about a current promotion of the team or a recent event. This blog is everything about the Timber Rattlers past, present and future. Chris provides good commentary about the team each day during the season including spring training and in the off season providing a look back from the previous years in baseball in Appleton. I hope to be writing some posts about Chris and the Timber Rattlers next season
  • BrewerFan.net (http://forum.brewerfan.net/). This blog provides a great place to find out all Brewer information from the Brewers and the minor league teams. This forum does not “doll” up the information. Some of the information on the rest of the site can be outdated, but the forum is kept pretty much up to date and is a good read.
  • Ben’s Biz Blog (http://bensbiz.mlblogs.com). In this blog, this guy goes traveling around to other minor league stadiums. I like this blog since this person not only writes about his experiences at the game, but the journey to get to the game. The places he stopped at while traveling, sites he saw, the places he ate along with the operations of the minor league club. This blog is the complete minor league journey in one spot.
  • NFC North Blog (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth). If you are working for ESPN, you should be good, but that is not the point with this blog. Kevin Seifert does a good job covering all that is the NFC North. He provides good content about the games going on Sunday along with reporting during the week.
  • Close Call Sports (Formally Umpire Ejection League, http://www.closecallsports.com/). I started following this site when they use to only cover MLB umpire ejections, but has expanded to other sports including technical fouls in the NBA. They provide a good in site for each MLB ejection and takes a closer look in season at the MLB rules.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and all a good night.

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