Arbitrary Randomness
Thursday, November 18, 2004
For those of you who haven't seen Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic yet, there will be a marathon on Thanksgiving Day. You will find out what "Here's what to look for" means and what the "Cheapies" are, not to mention who Ron Parker is.

It's also on it's normal time tonight at 10 and 10:30.

I find it a bit humorous that over the last few days, I have had a bunch of hits for people searching for some variation of "Terrell Owens Nicollette Sheridan Monday Night Football Intro Towel nudity MNF" or something along those lines. I haven't really posted anything on the topic yet, but apparently I have mentioned all those words at some point.... well, this might be the first time I have mentioned Nicollette Sheridan (is there one l or two in nicolette sheridan?).

For those of you who came to look for it, I don't have it, but I think you can find it at ifilm.
Monday, November 15, 2004
As an update to my post last Monday regarding teams that are in/out of the playoffs, we still don't have a mathematically eliminated team yet (at least I don't think so, maybe the way the schedules play out there is, but I'm not going to do that much researching).

Of the 3-win teams that I had as still alive last week, if they lost, I added them to the list. That puts KC, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay on the list. So the list is up to 12, with 20 still alive.

Analyzing the standings a bit more this week, some of the NFC teams might have to come off the list, but I'm sticking to my guns for now ... being that there is only 7-1 Philadelphia and 7-2 Atlanta leading the way, with 9 teams at 5-4 or 4-5, it really makes the 3-win teams very much alive, especially if Dallas can win tonight, and become one of those 4-5 teams. I guess what I am saying is that if I'm wrong about the teams I've put on the list premature, I'm guessing that it would be Dallas or Tampa Bay. That's it for now.... more next week.
Friday, November 12, 2004
I thought it was dumb when 1130 was using the slogan, but now, for some reason, 1270 felt it was a good idea to use "Remember the time you spent listening to "

So not only did someone come up with this line, someone else approved it, recorded it, and aired it. Then, someone else thought it was a good enough line to steal. I just don't get it.

To me, advertising is mostly for name recognition, so wouldn't it be better to just spend your thirty seconds saying your company name? Sure it would be boring, but wouldn't it be just as effective to hear "AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, AM 1270, ...." for 30 seconds?

Which reminds me, how many times during an interview do we have to hear, "We're talking to here on SportsRadio 1130 WDFN." I can kind of understand this type of thing back in the day when you had to scroll back and forth to find the radio station, and you weren't sure which station it was actually on (I know, there are still radios like that out, but most radios (especially car) are now digital), but now, I just don't see the point.
As I stated on the tag board over to the right, when I wanted to post this yesterday, blogger wasn't allowing me to post. so here it is..

Thank you

To those who served.

Happy Veterans Day (Belated).
Thursday, November 11, 2004
I have been informed that it is Diwali. I don't know much about the holiday, sometimes known as the "Festival of Lights", but I do know that in college when Mo was dancing in a Diwali show, Bill liked to respond to phone calls for Mo saying that "he was out dancing."
Wow, very strange.... While I was clicking through "Next Blog" to get a random blog, I came across this post, which is the second reference that I've seen to "Donna Martin Graduates" in a week. Whilst watching "Cheap Seats" recently, they made a reference to it, too.
Picture of the Pistons in Fros (Larry Brown included) in an upcoming issue of GQ

The other day, this line from a song popped in my head... "Today you tell me something, y manana otra cosa"
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I sit at my desk to eat my lunch and do a little surfing. Twice this week, the same person has come up to me, and started with, "I hate to bug you at lunch, but....." Well, if you hate to do it, then DON'T!!!!

I can understand if it's some type of an emergency, but both times it was minor things that were of no big deal. Furthermore, it could have been summarized in about 30 seconds, but it took this person about 5 minutes repeating stuff over and over, even after I answered the question.

What's even worse is that I have a cube with a half wall (only goes up about 3-4 feet or so) and am on an aisle, so the person could just stand in front of me and talk, but she came around the side, and stared at my screen. Not that I was surfing any improper sites, but I hate when people do that.

UPDATE: She just asked someone else the exact same question, and it looks like she just went over to a third person to ask the same question. So (1) if it wasn't so important that it didn't have to be answered during lunch, why did you bug me in the first place, and (2) If you are going to ask someone else's opinion, don't ask me in the first place.

OK, I'm done venting for now. Enjoy the show.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
There are many times where I think of things to blog, and then forget to blog them when it comes time to blog. Here's another one of those.

Many months ago, I tried the new Crest toothpaste flavors. The three flavors were Cinnamon, Herbal Mint, and Citrus (they had cooler names, but I forget what they were). The Cinnamon was good, the Herbal Mint was good, but the Citrus, not so good. At first, I thought, why citrus? Orange Juice (or any citrus juice) and toothpaste do not mix.... don't we already know that? Although that awful taste was not the taste of the Citrus flavored toothpaste, it wasn't that good.

More recently, I ventured into the newer flavor, Vanilla Mint. MMmmmmm.... this is a good flavor. It's not overpowering, but the vanilla is definitely there. Very good. I like it.

I wonder why the sudden kick with Vanilla? I've always liked vanilla. When many people think of vanilla as plain, I've always enjoyed it. I've been known to go to a Baskin-Robbins/31 Flavors type place, and have a vanilla ice cream, with all the other options available to me. But in the past few years, it seems that many things are coming out in vanilla flavors.... vodka, cola, toothpaste. Don't get me wrong, I like it, I'm just curious why all of a sudden.
Monday, November 08, 2004
Here is a good time killer. You pick a sit-com character, and then answer yes/no questions (answer 'no' if you don't know the answer), and it will guess who you are. I've done it a few times, and sometimes it got it in about 10 questions, some took longer.... I didn't count, but it seemed to be around 30 or so. So far it guessed right when I picked Joey Tribianni(sp?), Kelly Kaposki(sp?), Molly Hudson, and Frank Dreben. Put in the comments who you were, and if it got it right or wrong.... I'm still trying to stump it without picking a real obscure character.
Will you be as glad as I am when the bye weeks will be done after next week?
Now that there are no longer any undefeated or defeated teams left, and we are halfway through the season, we can start eliminating teams from the playoffs. Now I don't believe any team is mathimatically out of it just yet (Miami is awfully close), but I think we can put the the one-win teams on the "out of the playoffs" list. So good-bye to SF, Carolina, and Miami.

Can a three-win team still make it in? Of course they can mathematically. 9-7 can make it in, so they would need to go 6-2 the rest of the way to make it. As Oakland hasn't had their bye week yet, they are 3-6, and would have to go 6-1 the rest of the way. I just don't see it. Oakland is now on the list. So we're down to 28.

Of other three-win teams, Dallas, Washington, Cleveland, Cincinatti, and Buffalo are all 4 games out of first place in their respective divisions. I know their are two wild card spots, but I don't see these teams making it with so many other teams in the wild card mix. You are all on the list. We're down to 23.

The other 3-win teams are only two or three games out of first place in their division (Arizona-2, TB-3, NO-3, Chicago-2, KC-3, Tennessee-2), which puts them well in reach of the playoffs.

If you are .500 or above, you are obviously in playoff contention. So I see 23 still in it, and 9 are out.

Friday, November 05, 2004
I saw the beginning of the Miami/Cleveland game last night, and when they were doing the player introductions, the announcer at the stadium said that the introductions were brought to you by Florida Light and Power, or something like that, which I am assuming is the power company in that area. What I found humorous is that when they started the Miami Heat introductions, they turned the lights out.

I need to go to the post office and get me some of these....

Thursday, November 04, 2004
I find these maps interesting..... there was a similar one after the 2000 election. It's amazing how close the race was with the amount of red on this map.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
My obligatory election day post:

I was surprised when I went to the polls yesterday after work, and was in and out in about 10 minutes. Barely any wait at all. Woo-hoo
I know I'm not the first to say it, but the championship belts the Pistons wore for the ring ceremony last night were pretty goofy.
CBS has put dr vegas on hiatus. I've watched 3 of the 5 (or has it been 6) episodes. It's been decent. Nothing spectacular, but enough to keep me watching. I wonder if its timeslot had anything to do with it. They should try moving it to another night.
Blogger is finally letting me post
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Is Father of the Pride on its way out? This article states that NBC has pulled it for November sweeps. Has any of the new fall shows (for any network) been cancelled yet? I'm not counting Last Comic Standing. I just haven't been following TV like I used to.
I don't understand why people encourage other people to vote. If less people vote, your vote is worth more. Seriously though, I don't like the encouraging of voting just for the sake of voting. You should only vote if you have educated yourself on the candidates and know why you are voting for or against any particular candidate. So go and vote..... if you know what you are doing.
How would you like to come home to this message on your machine:

“Dave, this is Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons. Just wanted to let you know that you won the lucky fan drawing and you will get a championship ring (tonight). Holler back.”
Last night, I was reviewing some information for the election. I was looking at responses to a survey done for the candidate for the US House in the 10th district of Michigan. I found this article which shows the response from the Natural Law Party candidate Anthony America. Something tells me that wasn't his given name at birth. Maybe he's related to Johnny Spirit. Anyway, here are the questions and the responses:

1. Please state your position on the war in Iraq and explain what role you believe the United States should play over the next several months. Should we maintain a substantial level of troops there and should the U.S. military continue to provide national security for the Iraqis?

2. What economic policies do you advocate to create new jobs and to slow the movement of American jobs being outsourced overseas? Should President Bush's tax cuts be made permanent?

3. What changes should be made to our health care system to make health care more accessible to the uninsured and more affordable for employers and their workers?

ANTHONY AMERICA, Natural Law Party

Personal: 62, Port Huron

Education: Self-educated.

Occupation: Real estate broker.

Background: Life-long "Democrat" running on the Natural Law Party ballot. A political activist for the rights of all Americans.

1. Bullfeathers. Saudi Arabia is responsible for 9/11. Leave Iraq and take back our money. Four thousand dead Americans, more than 1,000 soldiers dead, and Osama bin Nasty is still alive. Iraq is Pappy Bush's war. What a waste, what a crime.

2. Unite Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A. as one nation. From the North Pole to the Equator - this will be our motto. Invest our money and corporations in the Russian economy for this could be our new frontier. Build a trans-Siberian railroad linked to Alaska. Tax help for the working man, not crooks and the wealthy.

3. A Canadian-type health system would be fair to everyone. Regulate doctors, hospitals and all medical treatments due to all the greed, malpractice and harm and death caused by uncaring, careless and ignorant personnel and crooked doctors who give people operations they don't need, so they (the doctors) become wealthy.

I almost want to vote for him for the humor value.
Monday, November 01, 2004
As I click on "next blog" and look at random blogs, I am reminded of the old Saturday Night Live skit with Mike Myers on Sprockets. I read through a post or two, and then think... "Your story has become tiresome", which then triggers other lines, such as "touch my monkey" and "now is the time on Sprockets when we dance" although I am able to control myself and not dance, mostly because I am at work.
Phily is the last of the unbeatens. So much for my Super Bowl of Unbeatens.
Is anyone else getting a bagillion election related calls on their phone? Maybe it's time we got caller ID.

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