Song of the Day May 31st is "Telescope" by Cage the Elephant. Off of 2013's "Melophobia". Yup.
Listen, I love the Red Sox, like really love the Red Sox, probably an unhealthy amount. For an "adult" I definitely care way too much about the Sox and Pats. But that's who I am, take it or leave. Despite that love, there are many things I cannot stand about the Red Sox, but like any relationship, you take the good with the bad, and try to love them for who they are, gotta overlook some of the short comings.
For example, I have HATED the Red Sox presence on Social Media for years. Mainly since the train wreck that was the 2012 Red Sox where they were fucking terrible and cared more about promoting the 100th Anniversary of Fenway than the baseball team that plays there.
The Red Sox ownership group is very tough to deal with, yes they helped end the curse and have brought three World Series titles to Boston, but at the same time they are complete ass holes who care more about PR and promoting Fenway Park than putting a winner on the field. Just look at 2012, 14 and 15. I'm convinced their hearts are not completely in it, John Henry is a dick, cares more about controlling the media by owning the Globe and his stupid soccer team than the Sox.
I hate how the Red Sox will play Sweet Caroline in the middle of the 8th inning when the Sox are down 8 runs, I hate the stupid hashtags, I hate NESN, but most of all I hate Red Sox twitter account. Now sometimes they are fine but then you'll get some nonsense like this tweet
Are you kidding me? Maybe it's just me, but reading this shit makes my skin crawl. You're in first place, and are actually a wicked fun team to watch. You don't need shitty gimmicks like this, YOU'RE THE BOSTON RED SOX, not the Oakland A's. People show up to games, we are loyal AF as a fanbase despite how inept this team has been run lately. I know I just blogged about my love for lists but I take that back after seeing this tweet. Honestly, 26 was wayyyyy too many reasons for the game tonight, and I get it it's because of Wade Boggs, but fuck Wade Boggs. Would have been a lot better if he wore a single digit so you wouldn't have so many shitty reasons to go.
These were my least favorite.
#8. Wade Boggs - You mean the trader who went to the Yankees and went around on a fucking horse after winning the World Series with THE YANKEES? Listen I know he was great in the 80's before I was alive, but Wade Boggs is a douchebag. Maybe it's because I'm 24, but idc about Wade Boggs. He is a great player who played for the Red Sox but he is not a guy I care about, tons of other old players I have way more respect for than him.
#9 Sox VR- more SOX PR bullshit caring more about dumb gimmicks like this then on the field product. There are at least 30 commercials for this a night on NESN.
#11 Sweet Caroline- ONLY acceptable when the Sox are winning or tied. Should not be played in blowouts, idc if it makes me hardo, when the Sox are losing (which has happened last 6 times I've gone to Fenway) I refuse to participate.
#12 Hanley's Hair- listen I love Hanley and how he's played this year, but nobody and I mean NOBODY gives a fuck about his dreads, and by no means is coming to the game strictly to see his Dont'a Hightower flow.
#17 Kid's Concourse- again with the Boston PRed Sox.
#18 Red Seat- complete lie, gets moved every year. Does not matter. Is a LIE Ted Williams didn't hit a 550 foot HR. More Red Sox PR
#19 Tessie- One stupid mascot wasn't enough, he needed a sister/wive idk who she is. Sox did this just to have a girl mascot too, life in the new millennium for you
#22 Dirty Water- Now we're really grasping at straws here
#23 Mookies Snarl- Stop
#26 Immortalizing #26- It's a joke, like 20 guys have worn #26 since Boggs left. In my eyes when a number gets retired it has to happen immediately as a guy retires/makes HOF and nobody can wear it before it's retired, just takes away from it. Red Sox are probably doing this just have another spectacle before a game because that's all they care about.
I have a list of reasons why you should NOT go to the Red Sox game tonight. It's a very short list.
1. Clay Buchholz is pitching.
I cannot wait until the day Clay Suckholz is off the Red Sox.
And listen Sox, it hurts me to be hard on you, but you need a total revamping. That's why I'm here to help. I'll end this blog with the real reasons why you should go to as many Red Sox games as possible. Despite how much you piss me off, I still love you, I really am too fucking loyal. You still get all my money so at the end of the day you win. Here we go Top 10 Reasons to go to Red Sox Games.
1. Fenway Park: Yeah its 104 years old and half the seats are too small for a 175 pound man but it is still an absolutely beautiful place to watch a baseball game. Probably my favorite place to be at on Earth.
2. This team is good: I took for granted the days where the Sox won 95 games a year. Figured thats how it will always be. I was very wrong. 3 of the last 4 years have been awful, Sox had been out of the hunt by May. This year the Sox are actually good and could win the AL East. Gonna be a fun summer at Fenway.
3. History: They were right about that, very cool to go into Fenway and soak up all the history of the Sox and the ballpark.
4. Beer: Yeah it's 10 bucks for 12 ounces of Bud Light but beer and baseball are a great combination. Some of the most fun I've ever had is getting drunk in the CF bleachers with my friends spending 120 bucks on beer.
5. David Ortiz: IMO the most important player in Red Sox history, if he really is retiring you gotta get to Fenway as much as possible to see him. I'm gonna try to get to at least 5 games this year because of that.
6. People watching: I love to people watch, at any pro sporting event there are tens of thousands of people to stare at, observe, and judge. "Yeah dude, Ik I'm huge but did you see that guy 4 rows over? Holy Shit." You see some real creatures at Fenway. But at the same time there are also thousands of beautiful girls in Red Sox gear which is my absolute weakness.
7. Sweet Caroline when the Sox are winning: Nothing more fun than being 8 beers deep with some buddies screaming a 40 year old Neil Diamond song. Only fun when drunk and the Sox are playing well.
8. Young Core: This Sox team has a ton of young exciting players. With how stupid ownership is, I'm sure we'll lose half of them in free agency so go and watch Xander as much as you can before the Yankees sign him.
9. Memories: Not to get all sentimental but some of the happiest moments of my life have been at Fenway. First game with my mom, watching the Sox win the pennant, walk off wins, Papi HRs. I absolutely love going to Fenway.
10. It's Baseball: Baseball is a great sport that too many people are giving up on because they are mental midgets with small attention spans. Anything can happen at a major league game, go to as many as you can you never know what you're gonna see.
For those who don't know, WatchMojo is a youtube channel (that I've recently become addicted to) They post random top 10 lists everyday and I am hooked. I'm a BIG countdown, list, ranking guy. Doesn't matter what the list is on, I'll most likely check it out. Does that make me stupid? maybe but idk if you rank stuff I'll come a knocking. I kinda hate watch the videos on this channel because the narrators are wicked annoying people who seem to not know what they're talking about, and the lists don't make sense at times (They had Lyin' Eyes as the TENTH best Eagles song...TENTH, you gotta be kidding me??? Easily top 5)
So I check youtube everyday to see whats going on on the inter web, maybe find a viral video or new song but today I saw that Watch Mojo's latest Top 10 list was "Top 10 Tragic Sports Deaths" now I'm not part of the loser pussy internet that gets offended by everything, and frankly this doesn't offend me, but I mean really? Ranking deaths? Probably not a great idea.
Idk how you can even decide what is worse? Whenever an athlete dies on the field it usually very tragic and unexpected. Usually from something going completely wrong like Dale Earnhardt. It's not like you did "Best athletes who died prematurely" because that is a fine and interesting conversation. The ultimate "what could've been conversation" but ranking based on the way people died doesn't seem the best of taste IMHO. But what do I know I'm a fake blogger? I'm just not sure this was a great call. Did they really have a team of people deciding "What was worse: Hank Gathers or Dale Earnhardt?" Idk what happened but definitely not the best idea.
Here's the video though.
Song of the Day May 26th is "Soundcheck" by Catfish and the Bottlemen. Their album is called "The Ride" Heard this on BRU the other day and really enjoyed it, hope you do too.
Last night the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 to take a strangle hold 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. With the loss, the 73 win Warriors are on the brink of elimination. The Thunder will just need to win 1 of the next 3 games to move on the the NBA Finals.
This season the Warriors famously broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls regular season wins record of 72 regular season wins. Many questioned if it was worth it to risk their health for the playoffs to chase a record. Of course in hindsight everybody can try to sound smart and say they should've rested but that isn't what I'm trying to debate right now.
My question is where would a loss in the WCF for the 73-9 Golden State Warriors (should they not come back from 3-1) rank among all time chokes in major sports history?
Even down 3-1 I don't think the Warriors are out of it, especially with game 5 and a potential game 7 at home, but in the NBA it is extremely rare for teams to blow 3-1 series leads, especially in the later playoff rounds. I can think of countless times baseball and hockey teams have came back in my lifetime but in the NBA it's wicked rare. I know the Celtics did it against the 76ers in the early Larry days, but that was 30+ years ago. I think the Lakers blew a 3-1 lead against the Suns when Kobe did that wicked lame celebration after hitting the game winner. Last year the Clippers did it against the Rockets I believe but that's really all I can remember in the last 10 or so years.
IMO when I think chokes, I mainly think MLB, NBA, NHL just because they play series in the playoffs. NFL teams have blown leads or big chances too, most notability my Patriots in Super Bowl XLII when they failed to go 19-0. However I just feel like in football and one game scenarios anything can happen. Where with a series format, the better team usually wins, so when upsets happen they are even more shocking. NFL will still be included, I just think instances of an NFL losing in the playoffs it's not as big of a choke as say blowing a 3-1 series lead. Also a lot of great chokes have happened in the final days of major golf tournaments as well but I don't follow golf and frankly couldn't give less of a shit about golf so those chokes won't be in the discussion.
Okay let's begin. In my sports fandom (about 15 years) many great teams have blown chances at championships and many teams have blown large series leads. IMO these are the worse chokes since 2000 in no particular order (unless noted) just off the top of my head
- Russell Wilson throws INT on 1 yard line in Super Bowl XLIV
- 2014-15 University of Kentucky basketball loses in the Final 4 when they were 38-0
- 2007 Patriots go 18-1 losing Super Bowl 42 to NY Giants
- 2011 Green Bay Packers go 15-1 lose first playoff game at home by 3 scores to 9-7 NY Giants
- 2011 Texas Rangers in the World Series
- 2002 San Francisco Giants in the World Series
- 2010-11 Miami Heat lose NBA Finals
- 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers lose NBA Finals
- 2011 Boston Red Sox miss playoffs after up 11 games in September
- 2004 Yankees blow 3-0 series lead in the ALCS
- 2003 Chicago Cubs blow 3-1 series lead to Florida Marlins, lose game 6 in heart breaking fashion
- 2009-10 Boston Bruins, 2013-14 San Jose Sharks blow 3-0 series leads in Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 2001 Yankees lose World Series
- Boise St kicker that missed twice from inside 40 against Nevada to blow perfect season and chance at NC
- Billy Cundiff misses 31 yard field goal in 2011 AFC Championship game
So obviously there are tons of examples and I'm sure I forgot a ton, plus there is everything pre-2000. If we are looking at that list of solid chokes IMO these are the 5 worst should the Warriors blow it.
5. 2003 Chicago Cubs (blow 3-1 series lead in 2003 NLCS)
Blew 3-1 Series lead, games 6 and 7 at home with two aces pitching, blew 3-0 lead in the 8th inning of game 6. Should have won the 2003 National League Pennant. The fact that it wasn't a great team and weren't expected to win World Series going into the playoffs keeps it lower.
4. 2007 Patriots (lose Super Bowl 42, go 18-1)
Just knock the fucking ball out Rodney. It's big choke but IMO, more bad luck than anything, Patriots led 14-10 late in the 4th quarter. I blame the offense a lot more than I blame the defense.
3. 2011 Texas Rangers (Blow 3-2 World Series lead, multiple late inning leads in game 6, one strike away from World Series victory)
I feel like people forget this one because baseball's popularity among people my age is dying. The 2011 World Series was the best World Series I ever watched. As a fan of baseball it was amazing, game 6 is one of the favorite baseball games of all time just because of how crazy it was. After losing the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers were back and looked like they were going to close it out, leading 3-2 going back to St. Louis they blew multiple chance in game 6 to win the World Series. Despite everything in the bottom of the 9th they were just one strike away from a championship. Then David Freese happened. It sucks because I hate the Cardinals and really enjoyed these Rangers teams as a baseball fan but the Cardinals were a team of destiny in 2011, nothing was going to stop them.
2. 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (go 73-9, don't even make finals)
Should the Warriors not comeback, I think losing in the Western Conference Finals after breaking the single season wins record is the 2nd biggest choke of all time.
Yes the West is tough, yes Steph Curry is banged up, but this team is loaded. The Warriors broke records and shot the ball at an amazing rate in 2015-16. For most of the season they looked unstoppable. Until last night they hadn't lost back to back all year long. 39-2 at home. This team has been getting great praise, and rightfully so all season.
However if they don't even MAKE the Finals despite 73 wins IMO it's one of the biggest disappointments in sports history. It may unfair that in sports nowadays all the matters is championships but that's the way it is, and if this team doesn't even make it to the Finals IMO it has to be one the biggest chokes in the history of sports. I do not think they are dead yet though, although odds and stats would say the Thunder are going to the Finals, a lot can happen. The Warriors have 2 of the potential 3 games remaining at home, still have one of most talented rosters in the league, if anybody can comeback it is them.
1. 2004 New York Yankees (blow 3-0 series lead in ALCS)
Make no mistake about it, this is the worst choke/collapse/blow up in the history of sports. The Red Sox were dead, they lost game 3 19-8. They were losing in the 9th inning of game 4 against the greatest closer in baseball history. They had to win four straight, they had games 6 and 7 in New York, they were cursed, they were going up against the Evil Empire, they were the Red Sox going up against those damn Yankees.
Yet the Red Sox got hot, grinded out two extra inning wins, had Curt Schilling give a miraculous performance in game 6, then exploded for 10 runs in game 7. Yankees just win 1 game in 4 tries and none of this ever happens.
They don't, Red Sox win the pennant, win the World Series, end the curse. Go on to win two more World Series in the next decade. The Yankees who were a dynasty for nearly a decade going into the series were no more, despite winning a World Series in 2009 they have never been the same since. The fear is gone.
So if the Warriors don't comeback I think it is the 2nd worst choke in the last 15 years. Who knows where in all of history? I think a lot has to do win the how this series goes, if they lose game 5 at home or in a buzzer beater in game 7 I think history will be different. What do you think?
Sorry I didn't blog yesterday.
Song of the Day May 25th "Something To Believe In" by Young the Giant. Not their best work but I need to do songs that aren't wicked old. Young the Giant is still a solid group. Wow what a shitty blog.
Song of the Day is "40 Day Dream"" By Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Just needed a song, I love this song. S/O to Hipster BBQ pandora for the help picking a song today.
Even NBA superstars can be basic bitches.
The If you know anything about me you know I'm not a Lebron fan at all. But this isn't to bash Lebron (okay maybe a little), it's to bash D-wade. This is a piece from a longer article but basically D-Wade would show up late to dinners (BPT) and only would entrust Lebron to order for him when he was running late.
… whenever he is running late to meet James at a group dinner, there is only one person whom the finicky Heat guard can entrust with culinary power of attorney. Even when Union is also waiting at the table. “My wife wouldn’t know what to order,” Wade says, “but Bron’s like, I got it.” Two years ago, at just such a dinner in New Orleans, Union could only watch, deeply confused, as James unilaterally picked seabass for a man who’d expressed a lifelong distaste for fish. “It’s what I wanted,” her husband would later explain, shrugging. “Bron got me on seabass.”
NOPE. This is not cool, no man can allow this.
No man can ever let this happen. Having another man order food (when out to dinner) for you is one of, if not the most emasculating thing that can be done to you. I rather show up and hour late and not get my food on time then have one of my buddies pick what I'm going to eat for the night. And I'm picky too like D-wade so I get it you don't want your wife ordering something you don't like, but no, this is a no bueno in my eyes. Either show up on time like an adult, or order when you get there. Under no circumstances is it okay to let one of your friends decide what you're gonna eat when you go out, especially without your say.
And of course Lebron would be okay with doing, any real friend, would not accept this role. Can't emasculate your boy like that. The fact that Lebron was okay with doing this shows you everything you need to know about Lebron.
Porn has been parodying tv, movies and everyday life situations for years. They know how to capitalize on a trend. With tons of people using things like fitbits, apple watches, and garmin bands to track exercise, Pornhub has decided to get in on the action. I can't lie when I first saw this very 80's looking animated video I thought it was a joke, but they're completely serious. (The part with the hooverboard is so perfectly true)
We all know Americans are way too fat; I know first hand how tough it can be to lose weight. One of the toughest parts is finding time to exercise, and ways to exercise that are fun. I'm no expert, but I'd say most people think sex is fun. So I think this is a great idea (as long as they aren't secretly filming it on your iPhone for new amateur footage. Unless they are compensating for it, but that's for another day) One of the biggest problems with most exercises is that they are too boring. Going on the treadmill or elliptical at the gym can get monotonous. This spices up both exercise and sex.
Now you have the best reason ever to plead to someone to try to get laid; it is exercise that can be saving your life!
Basically what Pornhub is doing is they're selling a belt you wear while having sex, plug your phone into it and try to follow along to the same pace as video on your laptop or tv. Basically like guitar hero for sex. There are solo and multiplayer options like most games, so even if you're not getting any you can still get in on the fun.
Only downside is in the video they said people can share their results on social media. Like everybody doesn't already hate the people who share their exercise on social media enough. Sweet dude you ran 5.3 miles and shared the track of it. Nobody gives a shit.
Bangfit is setting people up for the ultimate brag. "Not only did I exercise with my girlfriend but it lasted 23 minutes". Sweet dude, congrats on the sex. Just don't shove it down our throat. Last thing we need to see if people who we don't wanna be Facebook friends with, but can't delete them because we still see them from time to time and it would be an awkward encounter share their sex stats on FB. Now we get can people bragging about exercising AND getting laid. That is a world I don't wanna live in. Nothing worse than hearing about someone you don't like/care about and what they're doing sexually. Even me just blogging this invention and posting about it to Facebook friends and people's moms makes me cringe as a I type.
But overall I think this is a great idea, but only if it is like regular porn where we aren't sharing what we watch on Facebook. Sure you can talk to your friends about it, thats what friends are for, just don't make it your status.
That part definitely needs to be fixed, but I think it's a fair trade off if this idea can help people get laid and get in better shape. I'm all for everybody getting a little more action. It's like rooting for the dealer to bust in blackjack. Everybody wins. And hey maybe two out of shape people can bang their way into shape. Kind of like how Shaq used to show to each NBA season a little pudgy and play himself into shape. Talk about a great success story!
P.S. To any girls interested in trying this out but are a little too shy to ask someone.
I heard this song for the first time in forever the other and remembered how much I loved it when it came out in 02/03. The Seed 2.0 by The Roots so fucking catchy and groovy (bringing it back), it is honestly one of the best songs to come out during my lifetime. This song is everything, rap, r &b, soul, jazz, rock. My mom hates rap but I bet if I played this even she could tolerant it. The rapping/singing mix from verse to chorus is something I'm a big fan of. ?love kills the beat like most Roots songs but Cody ChestnuTT makes this track.
I'm pretty good with history especially music history (aka not real history) and despite this song not being a success chart wise I'd say it is one of the 10 best songs of 2003. I can remember seeing the music video on MTV2 in middle school as that was right around when MTV and MTV2 truly stopped playing music, this is one of the last music videos I can vividly remember watching on television. It's honestly one of my favorite songs of all time. I'd love to make a DOL top 50 songs of my lifetime list but it would be too hard and the most narcissistic thing I've ever done. Maybe one day I'll start listening to new music again but that is not today. Song of the Day for May 20th 2016 is The Seed 2.0 by the Roots feat. Cody ChestnuTT.