Archive for March, 2006

Howard Stern attacks former audience (UPDATE: …or not)

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Shock Jock Howard Sterns radio audience reached 4 million listeners recently on his new home at Sirius Satellite Radio. Stern was not pleased, in fact he thinks it should be 5 times that many. What did he do to try and convince his former listeners to jump on to the paid radio bandwagon? He lashed out at them.

“It’s insulting to me that everyone hasn’t come with me. I take it personally,” he says.

“I want to say to my audience … `You haven’t come with me yet? How dare you? We’re up to wild, crazy stuff, the show has never sounded better. You cheap bastard!'”

Yeah, cause thats the way to get your listeners back you arrogant moron.

UPDATE BY BRENDAN: The original EW interview reveals that the Associated Press is basically making stuff up here. The AP conveniently omitted the word “[Laughs]” from the quote in question, and characterized Stern’s comment as “lashing out,” ignoring the fact that he was obviously joking. First the eclipse, now this. The AP is on a roll!

Moblog photo post

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Testing

Claw the Longhorns!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Those of you who were at my bachelor party — which was about a week before the Rose Bowl — will remember the Texas stuffed animal that Dane bought, hung from a string, and gave to me with instructions to drag it around on the ground, hanging from my belt (in the tradition of dragging UCLA Bruin stuffies around during the week before the USC-UCLA game).

Well, I recently put the longhorn in a place of (dis)honor in our living room, hanging from a hook in the ceiling. And, hilariously enough, Butter has taken to attacking it:

Good kitty. :)

Accolades pouring in for Redick, Morrison

Friday, March 31st, 2006

J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison were named co-players of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association yesterday:

“About once in a generation, we see a situation where there are two extraordinary players who separate themselves from the rest of college basketball and clearly stand together as the best in the game,” said USBWA President Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“It happened in 1979 with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and the USBWA feels it has happened again with Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick. Our organization has never voted for co-players of the year but on this, the 50th anniversary of the USBWA, it seems entirely appropriate to break with precedent in order to honor two equally deserving young men.”

(Hat tip: Chris.)

But the AP gave its player of the year award to Redick alone. Duke players have now won four of the last eight AP player of the year awards.

And the thunder rolls

Friday, March 31st, 2006

We’re under a Tornado Watch here in South Bend, and a nasty-looking thunderstorm is approaching.

Bowling update

Friday, March 31st, 2006

As my Moblog posts indicated, the big news from Team Beefeater’s bowling exploits last night was Chris’s attempt at a perfect game. He started his first game with seven straight strikes. Of course, no one said anything while the streak was still intact (well, almost no one… I’m looking at you, B.J.) because we didn’t want to jinx it. Talking to a bowler about an in-progress perfect game is like talking to a pitcher about an in-progress no-hitter… it just isn’t done. Indeed, after Chris’s sixth strike, Alex Talcott grabbed me and whispered, “If you say anything, I swear to God I’ll kill you.” Heh. But I wasn’t going to say anything; I even refrained from taking a picture of the X-filled screen until after the streak was over. (When I realized that he was working on a streak of 5+ consecutive strikes, I was tempted to take a picture of the screen and post it to the blog with the caption “No comment,” but I figured then I’d be blamed if Chris proceeded to mess up on his next frame after I took the picture, so I decided against it.)

Anyway, once Chris’s streak ended with a 9 on the first ball of his eighth frame (he said it was a “good ball” and probably would have knocked down the tenth pin 70% of the time), our section of the bowling alley exploded in sympathic “oooohs” and then raucous cheers for Chris’s valiant effort at bowling’s ultimate accomplishment. He got the spare, then finished up with a strike on his ninth frame and a spare and a strike on his tenth, so his score was 259 — besting his previous law-school bowling high of 247.

As for me… I had a pretty good night as well, by my own (vastly lower) standads. :) I started off with a frustrating 97 — frustrating because I had a 55 through four frames and then completely fell apart — but I did better in my second game (117, thanks to a fantastic tenth frame) and better still in my third game (123, again thanks to two straight strikes in my tenth frame). I got a 101 in my fourth game, making last night the first time I’ve ever broken 100 three times in one night of bowling.

Easily the most dramatic moment of my evening, though, was a spare in my third game. I knocked down nine pins on my first ball, leaving just the 7 pin standing. When I let go of the second ball, it looked like it was absolutely, positively, without a doubt going in the left gutter. I was very close to giving up on it and turning away in disgust. Miraculously, however, it had just enough spin (not intentionally, mind you; I don’t know how to do the whole “spin” thing) that, about halfway down the lane, just before it was about to go into the gutter, it took a right-hand turn and proceeded straight ahead along the very edge of the gutter, ultimately knocking over the pin even as it finally edged over the crack of doom. Heh. It was awesome!

Anyway, Beefeater’s “on the board” scores were:

Chris 259
Nick 193
Joel 148
Brendan 123

Nice!

Bad news for USC

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Matt Leinart is skipping the draft to dance.

Pelosi: congresswoman punching cop not a big deal

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Considering that two Capitol Police officers died back in the late ’90s defending people like Cynthia McKinney and Nancy Pelosi from a gunman at the Capitol, I’m not at all impressed with Pelosi’s statement that the media shouldn’t “make a big deal of” McKinney’s physical altercation with one of said officers. As a spokesman for Dennis Hastert put it, “How many officers would have to be punched before it becomes a big deal?”

Moblog photo post

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Okay… there`s something very strange about watching Fred Barnes on Fox News at The Backer while listening to Britney Spears sing “I`m a slave for you.“ Heh.

Moblog photo post

Friday, March 31st, 2006

All good nights end at…

A criticism of Bush worth considering

Friday, March 31st, 2006

There’s been quite a bit of fuss in some circles over Francis Fukuyama’s new book, America at the Crossroads. The most immediate reaction for me is, it’s disappointing that such an acclaimed public intellectual has resorted to posturing and fuzzing of the truth in his latest tome, a critique of U.S. foreign policy that is as noteworthy and important as any of his previous works. Fukuyama is part and parcel of the famed “neocon cabal”, so his opinion on foreign policy definitely matters. So what is his new position, why is it so controversial, and what should we think of it?

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Moblog photo post

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Chris`s final score: 259. Not too shabby.

Moblog photo post

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

After a relatively dismal game (four frames started with gutterballs, and only two of my first nine ended with marks, both spares), I end with a near turkey and score a respectable 117. That puts me
on the board, in fourth place so far. Nice!

Moblog photo post

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Chris had seven straight strikes, but just bowled a spare on his eighth frame. I wanted to post an update earlier, but you know…

NIT pool to be decided tonight

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The NIT championship game tonight at 7pm, between South Carolina and Michigan, will decide the 2nd annual BrendanLoy.com NIT pool. Will it be a Trojan (Gary Kirby) or a Buckeye (Brad Miller)? Kirby, USC Class of 1987, wins if Michigan wins. Miller, an Ohio State grad and a Capital University law student, wins if South Carolina wins. Details here. Game on ESPN.

UPDATE: Things are looking good for Miller. South Carolina leads by 18 with 11:08 to go.

UPDATE 2: South Carolina wins the NIT, and Brad Miller wins the BrendanLoy.com NIT pool!

I’m going bowling now; full update later.

Congrats, Brad!