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Cool.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

A gravity wave in Iowa:

(Hat tip: Mark West.)

Bun Run!

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Defying a threatened crackdown, two dozen Zahm Hall residents streaked twice through LaFortune Student Center just after midnight Monday, delighting a large crowd of onlookers (both male and female) as they successfully completed another edition of the semiannual “Bun Run.”

I attended the event thinking there might be a clash between naked Domers and campus police, which would have been quite a newsworthy spectacle. Nothing of the sort happened, but it was still an entertaining exhibition, complete with a naked dude on a skateboard.

The first time they came through, at 12:06 AM, a total of 24 streakers made the run up the stairs from the basement, through the first-floor lounge and lobby, past the Huddle and out the door. They then apparently re-entered the building on the lower level, and 22 of them repeated their naked run past the enthusiastic crowd two minutes later. I’m not sure what happened to the other two streakers, though there were reports of NDSP officers “outside every entrance,” so it’s possible 2 of the original 24 were apprehended on their way back into the building. I don’t know, though. There was no visible police presence inside LaFortune itself, at least not on the first floor where the Bun Run(s) took place.

Lisa took video of both runs, which can be seen (with the streakers’ faces obscured) after the jump. Warning: nudity!!!

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Will Ferrell is funny

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Like a half-dozen different people have sent me this, so I figure I’d better actually post it. :) Here you go:

Heh.

Speaking of USC football, the kickoff times for a bunch of their games were announced yesterday, along with the rest of ESPN/ABC’s Saturday Night Football slate.

An unassisted triple play, A-Rod humor, and Wally

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, a rookie out of Long Beach State, completed an unassisted triple play Sunday, just the thirteenth in Major League Baseball history. (Complete list here.) Here’s the video:

[UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can still view it on this page, however. Just click on “400K” next to “Tulowitzki turns three.”]

Sweet.

In other baseball news Sunday, the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-4 to win the series at Yankee Stadium 2-1 and finish 5-1 in the season’s first six games between the archrivals. The Yanks have lost 8 of 9 overall, and there is some talk that Joe Torre’s job may be in jeopardy (which is ridiculous, but whatever, that’s George Steinbrenner for ya). New York is 9-14 and in last place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

The one bright spot this month for the Yankees has been Alex Rodriguez, who has been playing like he might actually be worth the eighty gajillion dollars they pay him. Even so, as a Red Sox fan, I was amused by this satirical take on all the media hype surrounding A-Rod:


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Heh. I dunno what the origin of that clip is, but I heard it on Buffalo’s WGR 550 while listening to the Sabres postgame show.

Speaking of the Red Sox and Yankees, even funnier is the new SportsCenter ad featuring David Oritz, Jorge Posada, and Wally, the Red Sox mascot. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

LOL!

UPDATE: For the moment, it least, it appears that Joe Torre still has a job. Here’s what the back page of the New York Post looks like:

Ah, Boris

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Boris Yeltsin’s death has me reminiscing about some of his greatest hits…

Is it disrespectful to post funny videos of President Yeltsin on the day he died? Perhaps, but as Lisa said when I asked her that question just now, I hope that when I die, people have a good laugh about the funny things I did in my life. To wit, if this blog is still around when I die, I hereby give my guestbloggers permission to re-post the video of me tripping over the tennis net. In fact, I insist on it. :)

Besides, I’m remembering ol’ Boris fondly here. As I said in comments earlier, “It makes me nostalgic for the good old days when Russian presidents were merely drunken buffoons instead of wannabe fascists.”

R.I.P., President Yeltsin. May the vodka flow freely in heaven. :)

Back-to-back-to-back-to-back

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

For those who missed ’em, here’s a 7-minute video clip of the Red Sox’s four consecutive home runs as they happened last night:

If you want to see just the home runs, here’s a 53-second clip.

I feel lucky to have watched history unfold live. It was the first baseball game I’ve watched all season. I picked a good night to tune in!

“You will lose everything”

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

There’s a new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix international trailer out!

(Hat tip: Andrew Leyden.) It’s on YouTube, so I don’t know how long it’ll be up before it gets yanked by the powers-that-be. Watch it while you still can!

UPDATE: Doesn’t seem like they’re cracking down, since there are a whole bunch of copies up on YouTube.

Pericles and Logan

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

During our trip to Buffalo last weekend, we had a great time visiting with Shannon, P.J., Barb, Weston, Casey, a couple of Casey’s Ph.D. friends, and the Bfloblog guys. But with all due respect to all of them, in terms of raw entertainment value, they just can’t match Casey’s octopus or Shannon and P.J.’s baby. :) Here are some video clips of those two — first Pericles, then Logan:

Sorry it took so long to get those online. Incidentally, my photo gallery of the trip, including the Sabres game, is here.

McCain to “Bomb Iran” critics: “Get a life”

Friday, April 20th, 2007

John McCain says critics of his “Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran” quip — which may have been based on an antiwar Internet video that “went viral” last year — should “lighten up and get a life.” (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)

Simon explains “eye roll” incident

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Just to follow up on yesterday’s post about Simon Cowell supposedly disrespecting the Virginia Tech victims, here’s a video of how American Idol addressed the issue at the top of last night’s show:

Also, if you missed it (as I did), you can watch the clip of Sanjaya being voted off. Note the crowd cheering wildly, rather than the loud booing from fans of the ousted contestants that usually predominates. Heh.

Sayonara, Sanjaya

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Now that American Idol has aired on the West Coast, I think it’s safe to blog this:

WOOHOO!!! Sanjaya got voted off!!!

The folks at VoteForTheWorst.com are unhappy, of course, and I’m sure Howard Stern is, too. But the vast majority of Idol‘s fan base is relieved, as we can stop fretting about the possibility of Sanyaja (gasp) winning… and stop listening to him sing (or should I say, “sing”) every Tuesday night. If you missed it, here’s the ghastly performance that finally led to his ouster:

For all the hype, controversy, hunger strikes and so forth, Sanjaya didn’t get as far as the last severely under-talented contestant to make it into Idol‘s later rounds: Buffalo’s own John Stevens, who wasn’t voted out until the Top 6 show of Season 3, outlasting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (who was voted out at the Top 7 stage, which is what last night’s show was). Of course, Sanjaya was significantly worse than John, and also, I think Sanjaya’s fan base was more cynical, voting for him because he was bad, whereas John’s fan base was more delusional, failing to recognize that he was bad. But still.

Anyway, 7 out of 14 contestants in my American Idol pool correctly predicted Sanjaya’s eviction. Only two of them, however — myself and my co-leader, Jay Johnson — picked Sanjaya this week after having never predicted his ouster in any previous week. (Mark Gardner and Kevin Hauschulz had each picked him once before; Marty West, twice; Toni Namnath, three times; and Vicki from NJ, a whopping five times. Heh.)

Updated standings after the jump.

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Pericles

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Easter bells

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

I realize the tintinnabulation is a bit cacophonous (how’s that for a sentence that would impress your high-school English teacher?) in my mobile-video post from the Basilica, so here’s a higher-quality recording:


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It was a lovely Vespers service. I’ll admit I got goosebumps when, after a long build-up on the organ, the choir finally started singing “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (one of my favorite hymns, hence the audio clip earlier).

Anyway, here are a couple of photos:

Showdown at the O’Reilly Corral

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Bill O’Reilly looked fairly unbalanced during a heated argument with fellow Fox anchor Geraldo Rivera over illegal immigration and drunk driving on The O’Reilly Factor yesterday. The fireworks really begin around the 5:50 mark in the video clip:

Heh. Awesome. (Hat tip: Anonymous.)

P.S. MSNBC’s resident O’Reilly-hater, Keith Olbermann, in an “utterly unprecedented” and “shocking” development, gives a “Best Person in the World” award to Geraldo.

UPDATE: Even more awesome: the Chipmunked version of the Rivera-O’Reilly showdown. LOL!

Billy Packer sucks, but is he homophobic?

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Billy Packer hater that I am, I’m remiss in not blogging about the latest Packergate controversy. During an interview last Friday with PBS’s Charlie Rose, Packer accused Rose of “fagging out.” Here’s the clip:

The condemnations came fast and furious. Mjd wrote, “If you’re broadcasting the Final Four, and you’re the voice that accompanies the most watched college basketball game of the year, and you’ve been doing this for 33 years … I don’t think it’s asking much to keep the word ‘fag’ out of your mouth in public.” Deadspin mused, “If Packer really didn’t understand the term he was using, it’s probably not wise to allow a guy like that on television at all.” Sportable chimed in, “It’s hard to call Packer racist, homophobic, or sexist because it’s obvious that Packer hates everyone on Earth. … In other news, Tim Hardaway has announced that he’d love to assume Jim Nantz’s duties alongside Packer during next year’s NCAA Tournament.” Bloggers all over the college basketball blogosphere eagerly called for Packer’s firing.

Some, however, defended the old crank. Despite Boi From Troy’s inability to “find a non-offensive context for the term, ‘fagging out,'” Michael David Smith found just that:

I detest homophobia, and if a broadcaster went on the air and used the word “fag” as a homophobic slur, I’d find it offensive.

But that’s not what Billy Packer did. The word “fag” has multiple meanings, and when Packer told Charlie Rose, “you always fag out,” he wasn’t using the word as a homophobic slur. He was using it…to mean “exhaust or tire out.”

Awful Announcing isn’t buying it:

Ugh…okay. Here’s the thing….Yes, I understand what the term “fagging out” means. I get it….you tire out….like a cigarette burning out….fag is a British slang for cigarette. I get all of that. But why be that insensitive and use the phrase? It’s just so idiotic and ignorant to not pay attention to what you’re saying.

A Brazil nut was once known as a “N****r Toe”. Do we still call it that? Of course not….it’s an inflammatory term, and has no business in our dialect.

The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay-rights group, unsurprisingly agrees: “[E]very time someone uses the F Word, gay kids in high school die a little bit on the inside. … Billy Packer and the CBS Network should know better and must apologize for the hurt that this kind of remark causes.”

LeslieAnne Wade, vice president of communications for Sports, told Outsports, “I know he wasn’t meaning to be insensitive at all.” But she added, “While it is a term that is in the dictionary, it was still a poor choice of words. I’m confident that he would agree that it was a bad choice of words.”

Ms. Wade’s confidence, it turns out, was misplaced. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported:

CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer said he wasn’t being insensitive or homophobic when he made a comment while being interviewed Friday from Atlanta on The Charlie Rose Show, which airs on PBS. …

“I said he fagged out on me and it had nothing to do with sexual connotation,” Packer said yesterday in a phone interview. “I got to know Charlie a number of years ago and have great admiration for his program and intellect. He is a big Dukie, and he has been talking a number of years about coming to the Final Four to be a runner.”

Dictionary.com defines fag out as meaning “to tire or weary by labor; exhaust.”

Which is what Packer said he meant.

“The term has nothing to do with sexuality,” Packer said. “I think he is the most eligible bachelor. It’s about a guy too lazy to get the work.” …

What Packer is probably most guilty of is being out of touch, which isn’t the first time this charge has been leveled. In 1996 he referred to then-Georgetown point guard (now former 76er) Allen Iverson as a “tough monkey.” Packer himself said he is not a politically correct person. …

And despite this latest controversy, he insists that he did nothing wrong. Packer said the expression comes out of the word fatigue.

“I can assure you I will use that phrase again and I won’t think twice about it,” he said. “My meaning is genuine.”

That last remark had even some of Packer’s defenders, like the above-quoted Michael David Smith, backtracking:

I initially defended Packer, but I have a harder time doing that now. Packer’s defiance runs in stark contrast to what a CBS spokeswoman said (“I’m confident that he would agree that it was a bad choice of words.”) And by saying he has great respect for Charlie Rose, is he implying that he would feel free to call someone a “fag” if he didn’t have great respect for him?

And Packer’s critics are even more up in arms: “No Billy your meaning was/is not genuine. If your meaning was genuine you would have either A) Not used a derogatory word no matter what the connotation was. B) Apologized if there was confusion/harm, and explained the true meaning of the term.”

So, where do I come down on all this? I’m of at least two minds on it… possibly three or four. On the one hand, I’m a strong believer in gay rights and a strong opponent of discrimination and bigotry, and as such, I have no love for people who use the word “fag” offensively. On the other hand, I’m also a strong opponent of political correctness run amok, and as such, I hate it when people get in trouble for such non-offenses as saying the word “niggardly” or using the expression “to call a spade a spade,” where there is absolutely no racist intent on the part of the speaker, nor any actual offensive content to the words spoken, only a misunderstanding whereby the listener believes — incorrectly — that something offensive has been said.

On the other other hand, isn’t there a point where it would be wiser to stop using an antiquated colloquialism that’s uncomfortably similar to a far more commonly used slur? It’s different when we’re talking about an actual word, like “niggardly,” or an expression that’s commonly used, like “call a spade a spade.” But does it make any sense to resurrect an outdated expression that nobody even uses any more, just as a matter of anti-PC principle, when it would be easier and less painful to just let it die?

On top of all that, and ultimately eclipsing all principled arguments, is the fact that I hate Billy Packer. Hate, hate, hate. I think he is a blight on the landscape of college basketball, and even if I thought he was getting in trouble for no good reason, the most I would do is shed a single tear for him while playing the CBS Sports theme song on the world’s smallest violin. There are about a thousand reasons why Billy Packer should have been fired long ago, so really, I would love to see him fired for this, whether that’s technically justifiable or not, just because it would mean he’d be gone — good riddance! — and replaced by a Final Four analyst who, you know, doesn’t suck. As a Deadspin commenter, quoted by Charles Rich, aptly put it: “Firing Billy Packer for a very un-PC statement is like putting Al Capone behind bars for tax evasion. Not the worst thing he’s ever done but we’ll take it!”