2010-7-7 daily 0.5 Not A Sports Blog: February 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Funny Stuff for a Sunday Afternoon

Jeff Green and Joel Przybilla are special friends.

Cole Hamels = James Van Der Beek

More excellent pictures like these can be found at LOL Jocks

Also, this funny video that is sweeping the internet is also modled after lol cats.

Obama's Elf

From BoingBoing

Friday, February 27, 2009

Canadian Health Care

I recently went to Niagara Falls, and while making small talk with the taxi driver, the topic of Canadian Health Care came up. He immigrant to the United States from the Philippians, but he eventually moved to Canada because he thought they had a better health care. He said that before he had kids it was worth the risk of not having great health insurance because he and his wife were healthy and had no history of major illness. However, once he was ready to have kids he wanted to move to Canada to make sure their healthcare needs would be taken care of. He made sure to mention that he did not have to pay hospital bills for the childbirth.

This got me thinking. There have been plenty of stories about pregnant Mexican women coming to the United States illegally to have children so they will born US citizens. I wonder if there are very many Americans going to Canada to have their children so that they can take advantage of the Canadian health care?

*Full review of Niagra Falls coming soon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Does Hannah Storm read NASB?

I started this blog last December, and within the first week I took a picture of Hannah Storm in a low cut shirt. It got picked up on a lot of sites and directed a lot of traffic this way. Unfortuantly, since then there hasn't been a lot of traffic, and there hasn't been a lot of cleavage.

No, I don’t think Hannah Storm reads my site, but she probably reads Deadspin . Or at least somebody at ESPN does. And judging by the lack of cleavage recently, perhaps someone saw the posts about her revealing outfits and told her to tone it down. If that’s true, I feel terrible. Honestly. If I had anything to do with ESPN showing less tits, I deeply and sincerely regret it. I mean the only thing better in life than sports is tits, and having sports and tits together is better than pie and ice cream. So Hannah, the weather is getting warmer, do your part to help the blogconomy and show us some skin.

If anyone is interested, I took some pictures of Hannah Storm on Sports Center since I originally posted the pictures of her looking cleavagey. It might be worth a look.

Also, I have one more Hannah Storm related post coming soon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bill Simmons Podcast

I've been listening to Simmons' Podcast since this Summer and its been pretty good. However, his most recent one is by far the best one yet. Adam Carolla is on there with him, and he is hilarious. I'm not sure the topic of sports ever comes up, so everyone should enjoy it.

I also still plan on writing a Bill Simmons post at sometime in the future.

The NFL Combine Happened

Here are the results of the NFL Combine.

I didn’t get a chance to watch any of it, but that isn’t going to stop me from having an opinion about it. Here is what jumped out at me:

David Buehler is a badass. He had 25 reps of 225 on bench press. That's the 45 pound bar plus two 45 pound plates on each side. Doing that once impresses me - doing that 25 times REALLY impresses me. Oh, I forgot to mention, he is a kicker. Yeah, one of those fags. He also ran a 4.6 40 yard dash. One other little thing that should be mentioned, he ended the regular season by missing all 3 field goal attempts against UCLA. So, maybe he should spend a little more time kicking footballs instead of bench pressing. I'm guessing he thinks no chicks want to hook up with the dorky kicker. Hey kid, I got news for you. Just being on an NFL team is enough to get pletny of poon. Do you think Jeff Reed has ever been inside the Steelers weightroom?

I think the 3 Cone and the Shuttle Run translate much better to the NFL than the 40 Yard Dash. I expected Pat White to have the best 40 time for QBs, but I pretty surprised that Mark Sanchez and Chase Daniel both had faster shuttle runs than White.

So who is going to be good? Any bum can tell you Michael Crabtree, Matt Stafford, and Andre Smith are going to be good (Mel Kiper). It takes a real keen eye to tell you who else is going to have NFL success.

On the Radar, but barely: Javon Ringer, RB Michigan State
He had excellent times, on the two events I think are the most important (3 cone and shuttle), and he had 390 caries his senior year. He is not affraid of being tackled.

Hey, I think I’ve heard of him: Rhett Bomar, QB Sam Houston
He is the guy that got kicked out off Oklahoma because he was being paid for working at a place he never worked. Whoops. Oklahma's athletic department was shocked, and Bomar landed in Division II where he totally redeemed himself (/Dumb and Dumber’d)

Who the hell is that guy: Nathan Brown, QB Central Arkansas
Basically this is going to be the next Tom Brady. Except not as tall, handsome, or talented, so maybe he is the next Jeff Garcia. Actually, that is an excellent comparison. It is my firm prediction that many NFL teams will regret not drafting him, there will be rumors about his sexuality, and he will bang a smokin hot playmate.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Get Poor Quick

If you fall for this trick, you deserve to have your information stolen. In related news, if you are worried your cash might be counterfit, mail it to me, and I will inspect it for free.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Damn Astigmatism

Framing the Debate

When I was in college, I spent a summer interning for a US senator. While I was there I learned that one of the most important things about passing legislation is the way the debate is framed. Unfortunately, the Democratic party did a great job with the recent "Stimulus" legislation.

Just by having the bill called the "Stimulus Package", it infers that the bill will be good for the economy. The Democrats have the battle halfway won before the debate begins. Instead, if it was called the "Deficit Spending Package”, I'm pretty sure it would have had a lot more trouble passing.

This is especially important with the next piece of legislation the Democrat's are trying to pass, the "Fairness Doctrine". Unsurprisingly, I don't think this law would be "fair" at all. Instead, I suggest the "Government Censorship Doctrine." I'm guessing that bill would have a little more trouble passing. Fortunately, it won’t matter if congress passes it or not because Obama has said he doesn’t support it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bad Experience at Work

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day. 65 degrees, light wind, and sunny. I noticed this as I was walking to my car on my lunch break. It was the first nice day in 5 months, and I really wanted to get some exercise. Unfortunately, I didn’t have work out clothes so I had to be extra miserable the rest of the day.

I decided I had to take advantage of the nice weather. So during my lunch break today, I changed clothes and went for a run. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the weather wasn’t as nice as it was yesterday. When I walked outside I realized it was really cold. About 35 degrees and the wind was blowing like crazy. I had already changed clothes, so I decided to go ahead with the run. I don’t know how far I ran, but I now know it was too far. My guess is about 2 miles in about 15 minutes. Not impressive, I know, but I hadn’t exercised since before Thanksgiving, and it was really cold, and really windy, and I was under-dressed, and I’m a pussy.

So after the run, I made it back to the locker room feeling like total crap. I set in front of the locker for about 10 minutes trying not to throw up. Then another guy came in so I changed clothes and went back to my desk. I set at my desk for another 10 minutes and I kind of fell asleep and continued trying to not throw up. I needed something to drink so I walked to the break room to get some ice water. Somebody was cooking fish tacos in the microwave, and the smell literally made me taste vomit. I knew I had to go somewhere and take a quick nap or I wasn’t going to make it. I headed to the only place I knew I could be totally alone and uninterrupted – the bathroom. The seat wasn’t very comfortable, but it worked. I slept on the toilet for about 20 minutes with my head in my hands, it was great. As I was washing my hands I noticed I had a big mark on my forehead. While I was trying to sleep, I used my sweater to help pad my head, and it left an imprint of the sweater on my face.

I walked fast back to my desk looking down the whole time. Fortunately, I wasn’t bothered by anyone until I was no longer sick and my face was no longer imprinted. So, my bright idea to exercise on such a nice day turned out to leave me with one of the most miserable days I’ve ever had at work.
Is there a silver lining to my crappy day? I’m guessing when I go running tomorrow, I will be in better shape, and I shouldn’t have much trouble falling asleep tonight.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Damn Dirty Squirrels

We recently discovered squirrels in our attic, and it is miserable. They gnawed holes in the wall and squeezed in. They run around, fight, and scratch all day and night. They have destroyed the insulation, wrecked havoc on everything we store up there, and almost started an electrical fire. It is the worst early in the morning. Right when the sun comes up, the little devil bastards wake up and start going crazy. This wakes me up about two and half hours before I normally wake up. I then have to get out of bed and go bang on the attic door to get them to shut up.

After I failed at patching up the hole, we hired a professional. He was able to plug the holes, but there were still a couple squirrels lose inside the attic. We have a trap and he told us when we caught the squirrel, fill a trash can with water and put the whole cage in there to drown the squirrel.

These squirrels are the bane of my existence. They have cost me time, money, effort, blood, dignity, sweat, and sleep. I hate them with a passion, and yet I can’t kill them. Instead, I wrap the cage in a sheet to keep the squirrel calm. I put the cage in the back of my car, drive 15 miles away, cross over a river, and let the squirrel out in the woods.

Every time I hear those squirrels scratch and every time they wake me up in the early hours of the morning, I want to hit them over the head with a mallet cartoon style. Yet, when I come face to face with them, I just can’t come close to doing it.

I have two excuses.
1. We have a pet Chihuahua, and she looks remarkably similar to a squirrel. Every time I look at the squirrel, I see our dog.
2. Those damn squirrels are cute. Honestly. Click these links and tell me if you could drown a squirrel.
Hand Fed
Lots of Pictures
Squirrel Skiing

Auto Bailout

I meant to post this earlier but never did. I just wanted to post my thoughts on the Auto Bailout, and since they say a picture is worth a thousand words:

Vanity License Plates

If you drive a White Ford Bronco, you basically have to get this vanity plate:

And if you are a time traveler, you basically have to get this vanity plate:

Check out more cool license plates at Jalopnik

Also, be on the lookout for another OJ related post coming soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Around the Horn just got Street Cred

Lil Wayne showed up on Around the Horn yesterday.

It's just Woody being Woody.

Jay Mariotti was the first one eliminated, and Tony Reali mentioned that he got beat by a blogger, which was funny.
Reali also said something about Lil Wayne's face tattoo's.
Lil Wayne ended up "winning", and used his 20 seconds of face time to call Lawrence Taylor a pussy for going on Dancing With The Stars.

The “Stimulus” Package Literally Makes me Sick to my Stomach

Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron proposes a stimulus package that will actually stimulate the economy and not just the government:

“When libertarians question the merit of President Obama's stimulus package, a frequent rejoinder is, 'Well, we have to do something.' This is hardly a persuasive response. If the cure is worse than the disease, it is better to live with the disease.

In any case, libertarians do not argue for doing nothing; rather, they advocate eliminating or adjusting policies that are bad for the economy independent of the recession. Here is a stimulus package that libertarians can endorse:”

From Greg Mankiw

I Wish Politics had Instant Replay

From the Washington Post Washington Post "Obama repeatedly stressed the need for swift and aggressive action on the economy, pitting his plan against those who he said would "do nothing" to assist a desperate public."

Russell Roberts pointed that it reminded him an offense hurrying to the line of scrimmage after a questionable play to quickly snap the ball before the other team can throw the challenge flag.

If you are looking for an easy read to help you learn how economists think, I reccomend Roberts' novel Invisible Heart.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Obama Agrees, the "Stimulus" Package Sucks

Comic from Henry Payne

Here is obama on the "stimulus" package:
Actually, it is Obama reading from the audio book for his book, Dreams From My Father. Other funny lines can be heard at The Phoenix

Reminds me of George Bush's "1 finger victory salute"

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kris Jenkins' Jersey is too Tight

If I went to the University of Maryland, I wouldn't tell anyone about it either. Also, Cris Collinsworth making fun of Andy Reid is funny.

In case you are wondering why I was watching the pro bowl, my local ABC station decided to show an infomercial for The NuWave Oven Pro instead of the Kobe/LeBron game. I now understand homicide.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lots of Links

I just wanted to post some interesting links:

An interesting, short video on how the Department of Agriculture is a really bad idea. Unfortunately, Obama voted for the farm bill in 2008, so it will probably be a problem for another 4 (8) years. (Cato: Downsizing the Federal Government)

A great sentence from Tyler Cowen:
"Lock Jason Furman and Larry Summers in a room for an hour, with no web connection and equipped only with a single crayon between them. They still would come up with a better spending plan than would Congress."
(Marginal Revolution)

A cool map showing all the Wal-Mart's being built across the country. (Flowing Data)

Charles Platt was curious about Wal-Mart, so he decided to get a job there. It's pretty interesting.
(Boing Boing)

Incase you missed Miss America, here are some pictures and a video. (Huffington Post)

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America (THE BEAST)

Quinn and Phelps Sitting in a Tree

I don't know if I should make a Brady Quinn sucks joke or a Brady Quinn is gay joke. Boom Roasted!
(Kissing Suzy Kolber makes fun of Brady Quinn and Michael Phelps)

*In other news, I've been having computer trouble. Posting might be light the next couple of days.*