Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Holy crap, you can win an entire novel with no money down? But wait, there's more: this novel will be inscribed to you by the author with a free haiku poem at no further charge.
The (free to enter) (brand new) IDYFT NFL Playoffs Pick 'Em is as easy and fun as throwing bread to ducks! Every week, participants will "pick" the winner of each game. These picks are worth +/- 7 points. There will also be Bonus Points available.
The Bonus Points in this Wildcard Round have an expensive significance for the rest of the Pick 'Em, so pay attention. This is your only chance to make these particular picks:
When you make your intellectually-driven pick for Superbowl Champs, know that you will receive +10 if you are right. There is no penalty for the wrong pick.
Your intellectually-driven pick for Most Undeserving Playoff Team will yield +3 points if they lose in their first game. However, should that supposedly-undeserving team win the Superbowl, you will receive -14 points. There's some fudge in them thar playoffs, I tells ya.
Here is your playoff picture:
1.Titans 2.Pittsburgh 3.Dolphins 4.Chargers 5.Colts 6.Ravens
1.Giants 2.Panthers 3.Vikings 4.Arizona 5.Falcons 6.Eagles
This Week's Picks
1. Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
2. Indy Colts at San Diego Chargers
3. Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
4. Philly Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
5. Your Superbowl Pick?
6. Most Undeserving Playoff Team?
Not these losers! Suck on it!
It's been a heck of an IDYFT Season and I am as pleased as a pint of poon punch to offer up these, our final standings.
Your 2008 Detroit Lions are now officially the All-Time King of the Fudgefests. Shocking development ... for idiots. So thick was their Fudge that they had a decisive impact on the outcome of this here Pick 'Em. That +14 Fudge Bonus sure came in handy. Let it be known that it's a good idea to have your Most Disliked team also be the Worst Football Team Ever.
The Final Standings
1. Jess = 79 (this week Fudge Bonus +9)
2. Adw = 69 dude! (this week +9)
3. Barnyard = 62 (this week Fudge Bonus +23)
4. Garwood = 54 (this week he caught the Super-AIDS)
5. MMMan = 43 (this week Fudge Bonus -1)
6. Miwacar = 4 (this week he was too racist to pick, plus he hates gays)
Jess, size options are Men's M, L and XL. I'm afraid the girly t-shirts have all been sold. You are welcome to which size you'd like as well as your address. For, at last, you've got yourself a shirt fancy enough to wear to the Mall of America.
As for the rest of you mugs ... have no fear. I'll be setting up the IDYFT NFL 2008 Playoffs Pick 'Em very soon. Come check it out ... the winner could win a (slightly damaged) copy of my novel To The Last Drop. Book signed by author with a free haiku. Stay tuned!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Laron Landry and Fred Smoot keep the Eagles out of the endzone on the last play of Washington's upset of the playoff-seeking Eagles. Washington and Oakland aided several contestants in the Pick 'Em. Detroit? Not so much.
There's some bonus points out there if Detroit lose to the Packers in the Fudge of the Week. This is the very last regular season Pick 'Em. So pick wisely, ladies and germs. Some playoff teams will rest their starters, some won't. The winner will receive a lovely t-shirt:
1. Adw = 60 (this week +3)
2. Jess = 56 (this week +23, ran the table)
3. Garwood = 54 (this week +9)
4. MMMan = 30 (this week +23, ran the table)
5. Barnyard = 25 (this week +14)
6. Big BM = 24 (inactive due to early-onset goiters)
7. Miwacar = 4 (this week -10)
Final Regular Season Picks
1. Your Shoe-in?
2. Underdog List:
winless Detroit, Rams, Cleveland, Oaktown, Jax
3. Your Favorite/Disliked Team?
4. Clash of the Titans: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
5. King of the Fudge: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Unanimously voted a charter member of the Hall of Fame when it opened in 1963, Baugh did more than merely create the modern passing game.
In 1943 he led the NFL in passing (1,754 yards, 19 touchdowns), interceptions (11) and punting (45.9-yard average).
In addition to his 21,886 passing yards, 70% completions (Redskins Record), 187 TDs passing (Redskins Record), 45.1 yard punting average (#2 All-Time) and 31 interceptions (Redskins Record), he also holds the Record for the NFL Single Season Punting Average (54.1).
In one particular 42-20 romp over the Detroit Lions (yeah, they sucked back then too), Sammy Baugh threw 4 TDs and picked off 4 INTs in a single game, an accomplishment which will never be equaled.
And he did it all without ever wearing a facemask.
Slingin' Sammy Baugh:
"When you're on the field you've got to feel like the best son of a bitch out there."
Hail to thee!
Monday, December 15, 2008
A correction: no one should be punished by the King of the Fudge, for god's sake, so it is worth +3 but picking wrong doesn't hurt you. Look forward to a dreadful NFC North showdown for the coronation of the last Fudge King of the regular season. Those three points might decide who's the IDYFT King of the Fudge!
1. Adw: 57 (this week -17)
2. Garwood: 45 (this week +23, ran the table)
3. Jess: 33 (this week -1)
4. Big BM: 24 (non-participant due to pale, tiny penis)
5. Miwacar: 14 (this week +10)
6. Barnyard: 11 (this week +7)
7. MMMan: 7 (this week -10)
This Week's Picks
1. Your Shoe-In?
2. This Week's Upset List:
Washingtongue, Oakland, Detroit
3. Your Favorite/Disliked Team?
4. Clash of the Titans: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings
5. King of the Fudge: Cincinnati Bungholes at Cleveland Poo
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This year, the NFL is on pace for a record-high scoring, nearly forty-five points per game. Not pulling their weight is the offense of the 7-7 (1-5 most recently) Washington pro football team. They are currently ranked 29th in scoring (16.5 points per game).
And thus, my favorite team is finished for 2008.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says the suspension given to starting guard Eric Devendorf by a university judicial board is too severe.
The board recommended Wednesday that Devendorf be suspended for the remainder of the academic year after allegedly hitting a female student in the face. He is appealing the decision.
Umm...as the Dagger noted, and we linked to, Devendorf's own teammates basically admitted that something went down--they were apologetic in their text messages; they were asking that Devendorf be given a chance to explain, whilst admitting that what he did wasn't right.
Devendorf, it seems, slapped or punched a chick. Boeheim thinks that isn't that big of a deal. Not to betray any anti-Syracuse bias, but what else would you expect from that little rat-faced fuck?
What the Dagger didn't mention, at all, as far as I can tell, is Jim Boeheim's weirdly wrong stance that nothing wrong happened. Jimmy has no idea what went down. He has no business weighing in on what is or what isn't "too severe."
Again, the Dagger is quite right in pointing out that this maybe should haven't even gone to the Syracuse Judicial Board. The woman in question asked for the cops to arrest the man who had just punched her in the face. And they didn't arrest him. This story is far from done, and I doubt Jimmy Boeheim's stout defense of his player is going to look good in retrospect.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Two of those teams are now in the Top 25. I'm a prophet! Or possibly, like unto a God.
Ladies and gentlemen, what can I add to this? Especially when tomorrow I'll be managing the Grand Opening of a brand new restaurant in this Madrid, New Mexico: The Hollar. Offering a taste of the South with all the amenities of literacy.
But we're down to the nitty & gritty in the NFL. If I had the time without the crime I'd be writing some crud about the delights but I'm closing out with this: unless this is the ultimate pouisson rouge, everyone should expect a massive blowout of the Giants over the Terrell Owens (and associates) Sunday. Gonna be fucking hilarious.
Enjoy those pre-season Superbowel picks, Dallas fans!
My one beef? They seem to question whether Michigan's John Beilein is a genius or not. Of course he is! Beating Duke is probably going to end up not being that big of a deal, as I don't think Duke is all that good, but still--Beilein got the job to resurrect Michigan because he had done such a great job raising West Virginia from the fucking ashes. Prior to Beilein's coaching, that team was still harking back to Jerry West in discussions of success. Beilein won there, not with superstar recruits, but with a funky 1-3-1 defense and guys like Mike Gansey and Kevin Pittsnogle. He probably is the Mike Leach of College Hoops, but without the pirate fixation.
So, read The Dagger, is what I'm saying.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
The bigass bonus for picking when, if ever, the Lions win might be a deciding factor in the Pick 'Em.
Can Silver Jebus save the NFL's biggest Fudgefest from the ultimate humiliation of a winless season? If not, there's sure to be lots of tiny tears squeezing out from between cold, tiny hands.
This year Mea Culpa-pepper has only fumbled 4 times in 5 games; for his career he's got 97 fumbles in 97 games. Here's when we picked the Detroit Fudge to get their first win:
MMMan = Never (for 14 points)
Barnyard = Never (for 14 points)
Miwacar = Saints (for 10 points)
Jess = Never (for 14 points)
1. Adw = 74 (this week +10)
2. Jess = 34 (this week -4)
3. BBM = 24 (this week -4)
4. Garwood = 22 (this week -4)
5. MMMan = 17 (this week -4)
6. Miwacar = 5 (this week -4)
7. Barnyard = 4 (this week +4)
Here's just a little clue: this week's Perseus (as interpreted by Harry Hamlin) in the Clash of the Titans was Carolina, which is undefeated at home. Yet over 70% of you picked the Bucs to win (road record: 3-4). I'm just
This Week's Picks
1. Your Shoe-In?
2. This Week's Upset List
winless Detroit, Cleveland, Cincy, 49ers, Oakland
3. Your Favorite/Disliked Team?
4. Clash of the Titans: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Saturday, December 06, 2008
He knows his role and his role is to go straight to the rim. I mean, how many guys (at Kentucky) missed a high school game to go deer hunting? That kinda tells you about his make up, you know what I'm saying? The sideburns, the look... he's just a guy's guy. I like guys like that.
*I'd like to apologize to Harrellson for this post. I had no idea that I'd find a picture of him shirtless wearing a construction helmet but once I did, well, I couldn't not post it here. Wow.
And on the off chance that Dykes hints that Harrellson is retarded later in the telecast, I've got this one cued up.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
IDYFT: How about what's going on in Brazil lately, and Iran over the past 10 years or so? Do you have any concern that as American Culture exports more and more, we'll see more foreign movies that are filmed by foreign directors, about foreign issues, but look more and more like Hollywood Blockbusters? I'm thinking of how often "Mongol" was compared to "Braveheart", for example. Or is that not a problem?
As far as Brazil goes, they've certainly had their moments of participation in the world cinema conversation. Cinema Novo was a huge part of late 50's and early 60's. At that time Brazilian filmmakers were getting a great deal of notice outside of their home country. In 1959 "Black Orpheus" won the Palme d'Or. It's a hell of a movie.As of the mid-90's, political stabilization and funding have really allowed for Brazilian film to thrive and they now consistently play a part on the world cinema stage. In regards to the main gist of your question, I suppose you could argue that "Central Station" or "City of God" suffer from an American mainstream aesthetic, but I don't think that's true. I think their exuberance is characteristically Brazilian actually.
Now Persian cinema is a huge global success. Remember Hollywood, as far as the world goes, is not the only commercially successful player out there. Films from India, Nigeria and Iran bring in serious ticket sales all over the world. But those are commercial successes, and we're more interested in pretentious artsy-fartsy flicks. So how is Iran meeting my particular cinematic itch these days? in 1997 "Taste of Cherry" took the palme d'Or and that is an amazing film. Since then Iranian cinema has been getting a lot of attention. To be honest I've seen very little of it. I need to be exposed to more. But, in keeping with your question, "Taste of Cherry" had an American Jazz score. Did that make it somehow less Persian? I don't think so. I think it wrestled very well with Iran's modernity issues.
IDYFT: It seems a lot of your work in the comics field have been adaptations of works originally created from other media. Do you find yourself watching movies with half an eye on what might be interesting or fun to adapt? Can you separate the creative urge from the ability to just enjoy a movie?
While we're at it, let's throw some other amazing contemporary cats in the mix, directors who keep it quiet. Who don't push the pulp. Who create brilliant comments on their cultures and ours in a steady low-key voice, like Carlos Reygadas, Ming-liang Tsai, Nikita Mikhalkov, the Taviani brothers and Laurent Cantet! There's so much amazing cinema of all stripes to see.
Anyway, thinks for the opportunity to rap about something other than comics and East African Politics! It was fun! I totally procrastinated on my work to do this. People love to talk about shit they love to talk about.