Archive for ‘Sports’

May 18, 2008

Unproductive “Wii”kends

So two weeks ago these two Japanese men randomly knocked on our door and in their thick accents they demanded that we play Wii with them. Despite their unashamed creepiness, Cody and I would both desperate and bored enough to accept their offer. I yanked the remote out of Yoshi’s hands while Cody hooked the system up to my 20″ Apex television.

We proceeded to dominate them in doubles tennis and Mario Kart. So far, I have nothing but good things to report. No abnormally large blisters on my thumbs, and only a small amount of soreness in the elbow. But what I’m most proud of so far is the 270 I bowled this morning. Put that on the board. I don’t see that score being beat for at least three days, and depending on how much time I invest, I could achieve a 300 game by the end of the month. Then, you’ll be seeing me on MTV’s second edition of TrueLife: I’m a gamer.

(This is a re-creation of what Cody and I look like playing Wii. I’m in the back.)

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March 2, 2008

Tennis Lookalikes

I always find myself comparing everyday people to celebrities, and usually I’m right on. So it should be no surprise that I’m fascinated with other people point out lookalikes.I’ve been compared to Finch from American Pie and Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) from The Wonder Years. I’m so flattered…

I just saw this slideshow of Tennis stars and their lookalikes on the tennis community website Tennisopolis.

My favorite was Kim Clijsters being compared to Fiona from Shrek.

February 24, 2008

‘Murdered Out’ Oregon uniforms not killing opponents.

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The Oregon men’s basketball team has been debuting new uniform designs over the last few games, with the most recent one being a “murdered out” version where everything but the players’ numbers are blacked out. Even though they looked stealthy, the Ducks had trouble finding each other on the floor, but UCLA was definitely able to see them as the Bruins recorded a double-digit number of steals.

I get the whole part about muting out the individual players’ names on the back of the jersey, but it’s certainly not looking like a team effort. Tajuan Porter is coughing the ball up way too much, Malik Hariston isn’t getting the rock enough, Bryce Taylor’s spurts of greatness need to be unleashed more frequently, and Joevan Catron needs to help Maarty Leunen by consistently finishing when he’s in the paint. Oh, and Oregon also needs a bench with energy. Those guys seem dead, and too worried about pleasing Ernie Kent.

Let’s go Ducks! You have three games left to prove you’re worthy of the a bid in March. Put that uniform on with pride, if you can find it, and just play the game.

February 23, 2008

Steve Nash pollutes Craig Seger’s hanky, promotes green sneakers

Steve Nash is slowly becoming one of my favorite professional athletes, and the Phoenix Suns have become one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA. I caught this interview between he and Craig Seger during the 2008 NBA All-Star game.

So basically Steve borrows Craig’s flashy handkerchief, then calls him “Bro” and then promotes his recycled sneaker called Trash Talk, made by Nike, and jokes about his new teammate Shaq. Is there a better made-for-TV moment?

February 12, 2008

Get me on the courts!

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If felt like forever since I prowled a tennis court, but I finally did last night. It was dry and not as cold as it has been lately, so Cody and I decided to hit some balls around after the Blazer game.

We were both pretty rusty, but we drew a crowd of three: a mom, a dad and their toddler. After five rounds of collecting eight balls, and only two decent rallies, we called it quits. I would have really liked to get a set in, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to get my serve warmed up.

I guess I’d have to say I was most impressed with how I was able to place the ball when I tried. I also had a few good backhands, including a really sweet backhand volley. These are all things I’m starting to take note of as I try to determine my official NTRP skill level. Right now I think I am a 3.0, but last summer and into the fall I think I was playing consistently at a 3.5 level. I would like to reach 4.5 by the end of this summer. I think that would be a big step, but also a very attainable goal. However, I feel that this can only be achieved if I obtain a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus racquet.

Here is how the levels are paraphrased on Tennisopolis:

3.0
You are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Your most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.

3.5
You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0
You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.

4.5
You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.

February 7, 2008

Intro to Snowshoeing

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Tonight I attended a one-hour class at my local REI store to learn about the sport of snowshoeing. The class was free, and it filled up, mostly with older adults, but in no way did that turn me off. The presenter was a gentle man named Jerry, who did not look prepared to snowshoe in his tropical shirt and Chacos.

According to Jerry, snowshoeing can be done into the Spring; however, most people assume the season ends in February. Since I have a few friends that are enthusiastic about snowshoeing, I plan on outfitting myself with the proper gear and hitting the snow very soon.

Here’s what I’ll need:

Snowshoes (rent or buy).

– Waterproof, and preferably insulated, hiking boots.

– Three thin layers of synthetic clothing (long underwear, Polartec fleece and a waterproof shell).

– A hydration system for my day pack.

– Gloves and hat (styles depend on conditions).

– Trekking poles.

Gaiters.

And here’s the advice that stuck with me from the presentation:

– Walk with a wide stance, toes angled out.

– Stay hydrated.

– Let someone know where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.

– Always be prepared to deal with a worst case scenario.

– Avoid wearing cotton.

-Don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail once you’re familiar with the conditions and the terrain.

February 4, 2008

My Favorite Super Bowl XLII Ads

Ok, so I just want to get these out there. I didn’t really see a lot of amazing spots this year. The ones that really stuck with me were the E*Trade spots with the baby. The funny dialogue really made these work, and the little extras woven in, such as the spitting up and the creepy clown.



I also enjoyed the Planters ad and the spot for the Toyota Corolla, although I thought it it could have been executed better. But the ones I really liked were not new for the Super Bowl. They were the Doritos ad and the Tide ad (a previous Ad Crush).

January 21, 2008

The Blazers: Never too young to win, never too old to learn.

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Doesn’t Channing Frye (third from the right) kinda look like Pete Wentz with that beanie on? Sorry Channing, I hope I’m still your boy, after all I do have two of your bobbleheads…

The Blazers are nearing the end of a long and challenging road-trip. They’re still playing good basketball, but what’s even more reassuring is that they’re not just thinking about basketball. ESPN’s J.A. Adande followed members of the young Portland team on their history lesson through Atlanta scheduled around the MLK Jr. holiday. Portland defeated the Hawks, 111-109 in overtime Monday.

January 8, 2008

Stv Mllr ready!!! Gladiator hotty!!!

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Before I start blabbing about my infatuation with one of the new lady Gladiators, I should preface by just saying that the second-coming of American Gladiators lives up to the original. I wouldn’t say it blows the original out of the water, but the show certainly has aged well, and in some ways reinvented itself…with the help of Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, of course.

To be completely honest, Crush is going to be reason why I’ll be watching every Monday night. Her real name is Gina Carano and she is a 25-year-old MMA fighter from Las Vegas. She’s also a knockout with a solid frame. One of her legs would probably last me a year if we got in a plane crash and I had to eat. That’s the sort of thing I look for in a woman. It’s even more important than the mother-daughter so-this-is-what-she’s-gonna-look-like-in-30- years comparison.

So let’s review:
-I wish I was in good enough shape to wrestle with big dudes in spandex.
-I don’t mind women with a little meat on their bones, as long as it’s life-sustaining muscle.
-Ladies, just a heads up, I’m gonna be giving you mama the once over.

January 6, 2008

New Years Resolutions Revealed

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I figured I’d better get my resolutions published now. The new American Gladiators premiers tonight, and I know I’m going to want to blog about it, so I don’t want to mess with the chronological flow of my entries (it’s OK to be delayed with these things, but never out of order). Here they are. I believe I’ve lived up to all of them so far:

1. BE MORE INTERESTING. It’s that simple. I need to read more, think more, do more, and be more. If Extreme Ironing doesn’t pan out, I’m going to need to have something to fall back on. The Vibra-Slap II that Cody gave me for Christmas could be just what I’m looking for.

2. DO NOT CONSUME FRIED POTATOES. The only exception is the occasional shredded hashbrowns, such as what you’ll find in a Cricket omelet or as part of a Grand Slam. But everything else is out: French fries, curly fries, tater tots, potato chips and potato cakes. Mashed potatoes and baked potatoes will be in high demand, and I am already very disappointed that Fords on 5th offers neither of these—only potato chips or potato salad (yuck!).

3. WATCH LESS TELEVISION. The NFL is into the playoffs, so there will only be a couple games each week, and the college football season has wrapped up (I really don’t care about Ohio St. vs. LSU). Sure there will be Duck basketball and the Portland Trailblazers, but I can just go to those games. The only things I see keeping me glued to the tube will be the new season of Lost and the aforementioned American Gladiators…maybe American Idol, but only if there are a lot of hotties…I mean talented singers.

4. COMPLETE THREE SPEC ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. This is getting ridiculous. It’s been almost two years since I graduated, and I still don’t have a completed portfolio. I have the tools, and most of the resources, so I need to make it happen. It may be time for me to start carrying that idea journal everywhere I go. I need to start exposing my ad crushes. Thumbnails, thumbnails, thumbnails. I cannot let this blog be the only thing displaying my ideas.