One of my all time favorite athletes, the 39 year old Paul Pierce tried to slam one home last night against one of his former teams, the Brooklyn Nets. Unlike thousands of dunks before it did not go so smoothly. The former Jayhawk fell harder than me after a few pitchers on Thanksgiving eve.
While at 39 I doubt Paul has Life Alert, he does have teammate Chris Paul to help bring him back to life.
We know Paul (Pierce) is tough SOB. Dude got stabbed 11 times and went on to have a Hall of Fame career. Not too many people can say that. That being said he got stabbed in 2000 at like 22 years old. I feel like falling after a failed dunk in an NBA game could be just as deadly at 39. When you're young you can take a beating. Luckily CP3 was there to save the day for the Truth. Not a huge Chris Paul guy but considering the sense of humor of most athletes this was actually a pretty funny moment.
Still sucks to see Paul Pierce finishing his career in any uniform that isn't the Celtics but I'm glad to see he's having some fun out in LA. Hopefully next time he just lays it up, never forget lay-ups are two points as well.
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The one thing Amazon Prime Video could always claim they that had over Netflix (other than the series "Catastrophe") was that they allowed you to download videos onto your device to watch in areas where you don't have service/wifi.
Well after today that is no longer the case, as you can now download videos from Netflix to view whenever you want. Basically flipping the commute game for people who use public transportation on it's head. Now you can watch your favorite Netflix original shows on a subway which I guess to people who have real lives and real jobs is pretty cool. Wouldn't know but it's my job to let you know.
What I'm souped about is how you can download some episodes of your favorite show for the flight. I hate flying more than anything in this world, it scares the shit out of me, it's uncomfortable. Not in the sense of not being able to fit in seats, because I can now, but sitting in between two strangers for 4 hours is not exactly an ideal situation. So anything to make flying better I'm all in for. No more buying the $9 wifi from Southwest only to learn that the wifi isn't strong enough to use Netflix. That would drive me insane like if they can have wifi that works at stadiums of like 70,000+ people I think you guys could've figured out a way for me to watch The Office at 30,000 feet. I'm not asking a lot from you guys, yes I know bags fly free but they should anyway... you're not as amazing as you think you are.
As of now you cannot download everything available on Netflix to your device but I'm 100% sure all Netflix original programming can be downloaded. As for everything else you're gonna have to check for yourself because reading 3 tweets is all the research I am doing for this blog.
Song: Stubborn Love
Artist: The Lumineers
Album: The Lumineers
Happy birthday 3!
There will be 25 recordings added to the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of their Class of 2017. Some of these recording include: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, David Bowie's Changes, Losing My Religion by R.E.M, the famous Elvis hit Jailhouse Rock and Prince's Sign 'O' the Times.
Besides TV themes (Lalo Schifrin's "Mission Impossible), country (Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee, Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make Your Love Me") and early Sixties pop (Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," Dion's "The Wanderer"), N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, the Beach Boys' I Get Around, Jackson 5's ABC and Sly & The Family Stone's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) are also in this colorful group of great tunes.
The Billboard reported that the criteria for the Grammy Hall of Fame eligibility is based on the rule that the recording has to be over two decades old—25 years old, to be exact. The two tracks that celebrated their 25th anniversary in the year of 2016 are Smells Like Teen Spirit and Losing My Religion. The Hall of Fame's number of inductees would rise to 1,038 with the 25 new additions.
"The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," The Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.
Like the more famous Hall of Fame's for the respective sport leagues in this country there is a multiyear eligibility period to make it in the Grammy HOF. In most sports you're not eligible until 5 years after you retire, with the Grammy HOF it's 25 years after the song is released. 25 years is a longggg time, I haven't been alive for 25 years (although it's QUICKLY approaching). But I think it fits because if a song can still hold up 25 years later then it's definitely worthy of being in the HOF. Just because you went to #1 for 2 weeks in 1983 doesn't automatically mean you made an all time record.
With such classic tracks like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Losing My Religion in their 1st year of eligibility they both make perfect sense to headline the class of songs. As much as I think Nirvana is still way too over-played on my local alternative station, there is no denying the cultural and historical impact the song (and band) made on music. Nirvana absolutely changed music in the early 90's with their impact on grunge and youth culture. All in a relatively short career as the band "broke-up" in 1994. Many call that song the most important of the 90's so I have no issues with me being inducted, it's very deserving.
Same with Losing My Religion, it's an all time song by an all time group. It has one of the more memorable music videos of all time. It was a top 5 hit and won 2 Grammy Awards. It makes perfect sense to include as well.
What I don't understand is how many of the songs on this list have taken so long to be included. Take a look at the full list of inductees:
Arlo Guthrie - "The City of New Orleans"
The Beach Boys - "I Get Around"
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues
Blind Willie McTell - "Statesboro Blues"
Bonnie Raitt - "I Can't Make Your Love Me"
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra - "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive"
David Bowie - "Changes"
Deep Purple - "Smoke of the Water"
Dion - "The Wanderer"
Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock"
The Everly Brothers - "Wake Up Little Susie"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
Lalo Schifrin - "Mission Impossible"
Lesley Gore - "You Don't Own Me"
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee
Mills Brothers - "You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Mississippi John Hurt - "Stack O'Lee Blues"
N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
Rod Stewart - "Maggie May"
Sly & The Family Stone - "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
Sonny & Cher - "I Got You Babe"
I mean I get it, you can't induct like 200 songs a year but how were some of these not already Hall of Famers?
I'm not sit here and act like I know all these songs, but I do know most and their impact on music and I mean it's absolutely shocking it's taking this long to be added into this HOF. These songs just getting added to the HOF in 2017 shock me the most:
"I've Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.
How is this just getting inducted into the HOF in 2017? This song came out in 1965! Bobby Kennedy and MLK were still alive to put that into perspective. This song has been in hundreds of movies, shows, and commercials in the 52 years since its release and is what many would call a "classic". How did it take so long? Sonny died like 20 years ago.
"Smoke of the Water" by Deep Purple
Maybe the most iconic simple guitar riff of all time? You could've never touched a guitar in your life and still could be able to strum this tune. Just from being the most famous intro to guitar song of all time alone would make me think it would've been recognized by now.
"I Get Around" by The Beach Boys
Every single Beach Boys hit should be in the Hall. Again this song is over 50 years old. What took so long?
"ABC" by The Jackson 5
Easily the Jackson 5's most famous song, at least in the eyes of people who weren't alive when they were around. I consider myself a pretty knowledge music fan and can't even think of another Jackson 5 song off the top of my head right now. This is their signature song, an all-time classic. Should've been recognized for that years ago.
"Changes" by David Bowie & "Sign 'O' the Times" by Prince
Feeling a little guilty that they both died this year, committee?
I could do this for like 10 more songs but you get the point. It's shocking it took so long for so many great songs to get recognized by this Hall of Fame that most people didn't even know exists. Oh and sneaky great song on that list. Again an all timer that should've been recognized years ago.
Is it still called "sub-tweeting" even if it's on the gram? Sub-gramming just doesn't have the same flow.
By now all Patriot fans know about Jamie Collins and his shocking trade to the Cleveland Browns
a few weeks ago. Apparently the Patriots were not happy with his play on the field and attitude off of it so they shipped him to Cleveland where he cannot comeback to haunt them this season as the Browns are winless and no threat to the Patriots. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda we all know, this isn't about that.
What this post is about is how yesterday on the gram the former Patriot linebacker posted this pic with the following captain. "I may not be where I need to be. But thank God I'm not were I used to be" then put #BetterDays on it with the black fist emoji that I don't know how to post with my 28 year old mac.
This post can be interpreted a few ways, but I think the most glaring way here is that Collins is acting like every teenager on social media after a break-up by posting some not so cryptic "I'm not going to mention you in it, but this is obviously about you in it" post also known as a sub-tweet.
As someone who used to be a serial sub-tweeter back in the day ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) I know a thing or two about getting your message across and here Jamie Collins might as well just posted. "Yeah being on the Browns sucks but I'm leaving after this year, at least I'm not in New England anymore" because this is about as subtle as a slap in the face giving where his career is at right now. It's so perfectly fitting for his current situation it has to be about the Pats. I know it says "Artsy Christian" on the post but let's not act like people don't use God to cover shit up.
What my biggest concern is that @_boomtower aka former teammate Dont'a Hightower liked this picture. That kind of worries me. Like Jamie is gone. It sucks but I moved on. I'm worried about the guys the Pats currently have. Don't is a free agent after the season. Will he be the next young stud to leave the Patriots defense? I know the Pats want him back but liking this pic kind of worries me I can't lie. Is he unhappy in New England too? Hopefully Dont'a is just being a good friend and liking his boys pic on IG because we all know there are different kinds of "likes".
There's the "you're a random person I follow who has to earn likes by posted something I genuinely like" like.
The "you're my friend and I'm going to like everyone of your posts no matter what" like.
And of course the "I'm liking this to show my interest in you" like.
For us Patriot fans let's hope Dont'a is a 2nd type of like kind of guy.
Watch the whole clip if you want but go to 2:22 to hear the part about Belichick
I was so happy when the Pats signed Tim Tebow in June of 2013. I really thought they'd resurrect his career. (get it, he's Christian??) If there was anybody who could save him, it'd be Bill Belichick. The greatest coach who ever lived. That obviously didn't happen as the Pats cut him after their final pre-season game and he hasn't played in the regular season since.
In an interview with Fox News (boohoo) Tebow promoting his new book "Shaken"( which is obviously on my Christmas list) said he was offered $1 million for an endorsement during his quick summer with the Patriots during training-camp 2013 but went to Bill Belichick first to make sure it was okay as he didn't want to step on anyones toes. When Bill said he'd prefer that he didn't do it, he didn't do it. To all the people who say Tebow loves being a distraction I think that proves you dead wrong, dude just wanted to be on the team. Then a few weeks later Belichick cut his ass and Tebow was out of a job.
This move says a lot about both parties as Tebow despite signing a 33 million dollar deal with the Broncos after he was drafted saw nowhere close to all that money since he was traded after just 2 seasons with the team. Timmy could've really used that money especially since his contract with the Pats was not guaranteed. Obviously it's not like he was starving but an extra million dollars could've gone a long way for him. But he didn't care, he didn't want to be a distraction and turned it down, hoping maybe that would help him when it came down to cut-down day.
It did not. The Patriots cut Tebow on August 31st, 2013. Or as I like to refer to it, the worst day of my life.
Just another story about how cold and heartless Bill Belichick is because I think everybody knew the Pats weren't going to keep Tebow on their roster. Just didn't fit and they didn't need a 3rd QB. Could've been straight up with him and at least let the guy make a quick million bucks but Bill Belichick does not operate that way.
P.S. Did she call him Tom towards the end? So disrespectful. This man won an NFL playoff game in January of 2012!
Artist: Hall & Oates
Little change of pace from the norm on DOL. Low key huge Hall and Oates guy.
After beating the Jets yesterday by the score of 22-17 a Tom Brady led Patriot team picked up a victory for the 200th time. A crazy number to think about. 200 times Tom Brady started and won an NFL game. Also eclipsed 60,000 career passing yards during the game. Brady has more wins than the entire franchise history of the Baltimore Ravens and they've been in existence for 4 more seasons than Brady has been playing and didn't miss an entire season to injury.
200 is the exact same amount of wins as Peyton Manning had in his entire career. They're tied for the most of all time. Brady did it in basically two full seasons less of playing time, 31 less games to be exact. Including the playoffs Brady is 200-61 as a starter while Peyton retired with W/L record of 200-92. Tom Brady is the greatest to ever play.
You play to win the game. I'm sick and tired of people trying to discredit wins by quarterbacks as a stat. Similarly how many baseball analysts completely take discredit wins for determining how good a pitcher is. Obviously it's not 100% on them win or loss but the quarterback has the biggest impact on whether or not a team wins (usually). More often than not Tom Brady was the reason the Patriots won or lost games. Their job is to lead the offense and score points. While there are many different styles of quarterback play at the end of the day it's their job to win. Just ask Bill Belichick.
Brady has won games in the NFL playing many different styles of QB. Early in his career he was more of a "game-manager" relying on a run-game and great defense to win in the early 2000's. Brady detractors love to say that but also forget that in his 2nd season as a "game-manger" in 2002 he lead the NFL in passing TDs. Then when Brady finally got elite weapons in 2007 he manages to have an undefeated regular season and breaks the single-season touchdown record. Despite losing the Super Bowl the 2007 Patriots are one of the greatest teams of all time. He's won by throwing touchdowns to linebackers. Anything that can be accomplished by a QB has probably been done by Tom Brady. He's won 4 Super Bowls, been to 2 more. He's had to adapt a ton over his 17 year career. Ultimate team guy. Does whatever it takes to win.
With 200 wins (and counting) to his credit, Brady has provided Patriot fans with a lifetime of a great memories on the gridiron. In honor of TB12 picking up career win #200 here are my personal 5 favorite Brady regular season wins. These are wins where it all about TB12. If we we're talking playoffs and Super Bowls that would be pretty obvious that 1 through 4 are all Super Bowl wins. Any ways here they are:
5. Week 6 2009. Patriots beat Tennessee Titans 59-0.
Brady missed nearly the entire 2008 season after tearing his ACL week one against the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2009 Brady had a textbook comeback against the Bills week one in his first game back, but overall the team disappointed the first 5 weeks of the season as they were 3-2 before this match-up against the winless Titans.
While the 2009 season is one of the more forgettable seasons of Brady's career, Pats went only 10-6 and were blown out at home in their playoff game, it did provide one of his best statistical performances in a snowy game in Foxboro.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense exploded for a 59-0 win that included and NFL record 5 touchdown passes in one quarter. Brady threw 6 in the game. Finished the game going 29-34 for 380 yards and 6 touchdowns. Wes Welker had 10 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ready Moss had 8 grabs for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns. For one day in 2009 the Patriots were clicking like it was 2007 again.
Oh and I was at this game so it holds an extra special place in my heart. Also love the throwbacks, wish they were allowed to wear them again.
4. Week 17 2007. Patriots beat New York Giants 38-35.
2007 was nearly the greatest year in Boston sports history. The Red Sox won the World Series, the Celtics were on their way to a 2007-08 NBA championship and the Patriots went 16-0. First undefeated season since the schedule was expanded to 16 games. We all know the Patriots would end up being upset in the Super Bowl by the same Giants team they beat in week 17. That obviously ruined how history will remember this team. People will say 18-1 but what Tom Brady and the Patriots accomplished in this game should not be taken away by 1 lucky drive by Eli Manning.
In a comeback win for the Patriots Tom Brady notably broke the single-season passing touchdown record by tossing his 50th TD of the season to Randy Moss. The reception also helped Randy Moss score his 23rd TD of the season, breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving TD record in the process.
That play alone has to be remembered and deserves a spot in the top 5. If the Patriots won that Super Bowl this game is much higher.
3. Week 9 2007. Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-20.
The Patriots had two huge road wins against undefeated teams in 2007 on their way to a 16-0 record. I almost went with week 6 against the then 5-0 Cowboys because Brady lit the Cowboys up for 388 yards and 5 touchdowns. But personally those games aren't as sweet as the hard fought rivalry games.
People may forget because it was nearly a decade ago but this game was build up as "Super Bowl 41.5" as the Patriots and Colts were both undefeated going in. Pats were 8-0 Colts were 7-0. This game was essentially for home field in the playoffs. The Patriots also had just blown a 21-3 lead against the Colts in the previous season's AFC Championship Game, the Colts ended up winning the Super Bowl. The rivalry was as hot as ever.
This game was the toughest test for the Pats and Brady in 07 at the time. It was Brady's one of only two multiple interception games in 2007. They trailed in the 4th quarter for the first time all season as Indy's D had kept the league MVP in check for most of the game.
The Patriots trailed 20-17 late in the 4th quarter before Brady found Kevin Faulk in what ended up being the game winning touchdown.
The Patriots won, and kept on winning in that magical 2007 season.
Brady finished the game with 3 touchdowns and 2 picks but did enough to beat a very good defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts on the road.
2. Week 12 2013. Patriots beat Denver Broncos 34-31. (Trailed 24-0 at halftime)
2013 to me will be one of the biggest what ifs in Brady's career. Statically it was one of his worst seasons as a starter but this team was decimated by injuries and Brady still somehow lead them to a 12-4 record and appearance in the AFCCG. In a season full of comeback victories, this Sunday Night Football classic from 2013 was one of the greatest comebacks in Brady's HOF career.
After a horrible start, aided by 3 turnovers on their first 3 drives the Broncos jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead against the Patriots.
Then in the 2nd half Tom Brady helped lead the Patriots to 31 straight points before the Broncos tied the game. In overtime, coach Belichick famously took the wind which ended up being the reason the team pulled out the victory late in overtime.
Brady threw for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns, it was also the game where America were truly introduced to Julian Edelman has an elite slot receiver as he scored twice and had 110 receiving yards.
1. Week 5 2014. Patriots beat Cincinnati Bengals 43-17.
In 2014 the Patriots were 2-1 before a Monday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs week 4. The Patriots were blown out on national TV 41-14 to fall to 2-2. The Patriots looked awful, Brady looked over-matched and finished at 37 years old.
Many in the media questioned if Tom Brady's time in New England was coming to a close. Many believed he could be benched or even moved after the season. The Patriots were simply onto Cincinnati.
The Patriots and Tom Brady were facing off against the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals. "The hottest team in the NFL" who were poised to put the nail in the Patriots coffin in week 5 on Sunday Night Football.
That did not happen. This did.
The Patriots would destroy the Bengals 43-17 on their way to 7 straight wins, a 12-4 season overall and 4th Super Bowl championship.
At this time the Patriots were on a decade long Super Bowl drought and many were beginning to wonder if Brady would ever hoist the Lombardi Trophy again. He did and the turnaround for the 2014 Patriots began with this week 5 ass kicking.
What do you think? What are your favorite Tom Brady regular season games? Here is to you Tom and this great team and individual accomplishment. Now find a way to win ring #5.
I'm already running late for Thanksgiving at my aunts due to a heroic effort in some Thanksgiving football but I had to write a little something today. This blog isn't to talk about the touchdown I caught, and it's definitely not to talk about the two more I threw. No, it's to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everybody and to tell how thankful I am to have so many great people in my life.
2016 has been by far the most important year of my life. I did two things I've wanted to do for a very long time and they were both the best decisions of my life that would not be possibly from all the support I've had from everybody around me.
First was losing over 100 pounds. It was 120 but now is closer to 100 but that's okay. I'd obvious love to be in better shape, but if I stayed right where I am from here on out I'm more than okay with that. I'm genuinely happy for the first time in years. Life isn't exactly where I thought it'd be right now but it's still pretty fucking good. I have the best friends in the world who are like brothers to me. I love you guys. A great family. Obviously love you guys too. I'm relatively healthy and I live in America. Sure I'd like more money and a girlfriend but things could be a whole hell of a lot worse.
I was almost 400 pounds and now I honestly feel like I have my life back. I just want to keep moving forward and keep living. I'm so excited for the future. Still a big dude no doubt, but shit is in control regardless of how much shit my friends may talk. To everybody who supported me throughout all of that you have no idea how much it means to me and I just want to thank all of you. To feel loved, and to know people cared enough about me to say something positive when I was in a very, very dark place honestly helped save my life. When times got tough I would think about all the great people I had around me and how much they cared and that I didn't want to let them down. To everybody who has reached out to me again, thank you. I wish there was more I could for all of you because you did so much for me. Honestly you have no idea how much it meant to me. That is truly what kept me going. Again thanks to everybody. You helped give me life again.
The second was starting this blog. Lots of people have busted my balls for how cavalier I am about my own life on here, but if you know anything about me that's how I am, I'm an open book. Maybe to my own fault, but it's who I've been for nearly 25 years so I don't think anything is going to change.
I know there are people who think I'm crazy for doing this and chasing what seems like an impossible dream, but we don't get a ton of time on this planet and I already wasted enough time being unhappy. I'm going after what I want. If I fail, I'll accept that, but I want to at least try and know I did everything I could to try to make it. I've been too scared of rejection my whole life and I mean I still am, but deep in my heart I know I have what it takes to make it, it's just if I'll get my shot. I could get a haircut and full-time job tomorrow if I wanted to, I have two college degrees and I'm a middle class white straight dude in America. There's plenty of opportunity for me. I could be just another guy like everybody else, but I want more than that in my life.
I just I want to make people laugh. I want to make people think. I want to show people awesome music. I just want to have a positive impact on people. I know life can be shitty at times and I want to be able to help people escape their real lives for a second when they need it. If you can laugh at me for a couple minutes and forget about the hardships in your life then I've done my job. To everybody who has read my typo-littered blogs over this year. Thank you. You guys are the reason I do this. If I wasn't getting readers and people didn't like it, I wouldn't do it. Somehow people keep reading.
When I die someday I want to be remembered as someone who made people's days better. If my writing can do that, that's awesome. I've had plenty of shitty blogs, but when there's a good one and people let you know it's amazing. When someone texts me about how something I wrote made them laugh it's honestly the best feeling in the world. It happened to me yesterday when I was running and it like almost made me go faster for a second just because it made me so happy. It's even better when someone tells you in person. That's what keeps me going all the positive support I've gotten from a ton of people. To all the people that keep reading, again I just want to say thank you.
So to everybody who has reached out to me, thank you. It means the world and honestly is what keeps me going. When I eat way too much food in a few hours and we're talking about what we're thankful for I know who I'll say I'm thankful for. All the great people I have in my life.
Again I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving and just know that what you say to people can be life changing. To me it was in a good way.