av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
Sometimes I wonder why I watch the Steelers games when they're actually on here-- most of the time it seems like I end up turning off the TV in disgust before the game is even over.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
...but I woke up early yesterday morning and my stomach had other plans. There was no way I was making it to [livejournal.com profile] fuzzy_gizmo's party, as I could barely pull myself off the couch.

Still, that was a hell of a Super Bowl, wasn't it? Apparently, I missed all of the good commercials, either between nodding off or running to the bathroom. I'm sure you all wanted to know about that.

Happy Groundhog Day to those of you who celebrate. Looks like it's six more weeks of winter.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
Mayor wants to drop 'Ravens' from his name
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, at least for this week, wants to be known as Luke Steelerstahl.

"On behalf of the Steelers Nation, I've decided to remove the word 'Ravens' from my name just like the Steelers will remove them from the AFC Championship," he said, referring to Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The mayor this morning began, but did not complete, a Verified Petition for a Name Change. [...]

Mr. Ravenstahl said the idea for the name change was not his own. Callers to the Star 100.7 morning show "called in and thought it would be a good idea to change from Ravenstahl, given we are playing the hated Baltimore Ravens this weekend, to Steelerstahl," he said. "As soon as I heard it, I thought it was a great idea."

He said he and his wife, Erin, and 2-month-old son, Cooper, "didn't really talk about it, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind doing it, either."

At least their mayor isn't under indictment for corruption.
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (energymotron)
I wrote a set of short routines in Python to help me decide the 34 games in our office's college bowl pick-'em pool.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
...to somehow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. That game sure was a nail-biter, and no one seemed to know when the game had actually ended.

Voting

Nov. 4th, 2008 09:11 am
av8rmike: Flying TARDIS on UFO poster, text: I want to believe (believe)
Hmmm.. I don't really have a political icon, but this is close. As I text-posted earlier, I got to the Pratt Library at about 7, when the polls open in MD. The line was out the door and around the corner, but moved pretty quickly... for the first 20 minutes. Then it went much more slowly, as it was about half an hour before I got inside. I got to one of the 11 machines they had by about 8:00, so it was an hour total. I'm not sure what I was expecting, maybe the kind of lines they had in Georgia with 1,000 people waiting 12 hours to vote early.

Also, if you're going to try to get a free cup of coffee at Starbucks, go to a "real" one, not one of the ones collocated with a grocery or book store, because they probably won't honor the offer. Or, do what I did and run into a co-worker in line, who offers to buy you a cup.

Finally, GO STILLERS!
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Best unintentional double entendre by a football announcer:

"Big Ben [Roethlisberger] loves his tight ends."
--Dick Enberg, calling today's game against Cincinatti.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
This weekend went from "nothing to do" to "not enough time to do everything" in pretty short order. I killed time on Saturday, as has tended to be my usual way, and was contemplating how to kill the evening, when my friend Bonnie called. She and a friend were going to their neighborhood bar for karaoke, so out I went. No, I didn't sing, because it looked to be a "regulars get favorited"-type of treatment. Then, while I was out, I got messages from Jess about directions to Sunday's Super Bowl party at her friend's place in Arlington. Her and I managed to talk a little beforehand, and since she said not to bring beer, I elected to try the brownie recipe one of our recent interns at work left behind.

Unfortunately, between running to the store, throwing laundry in, and mixing/baking/packaging the brownies, I didn't have much time for the practicing I neglected to do Saturday. The party was pretty fun, despite me knowing only one person there and the hosts being Chicago fans. Not that I cared one way or the other about the outcome.

Today I have to go home really early, not just because of rehearsal, but my teacher is back to lessons again, and this afternoon was the only time we could schedule. Should be interesting.

Ravens

Jan. 15th, 2007 09:27 am
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
I'm actually kind of glad the Ravens lost this weekend. I don't think I could have dealt with another month of insufferable Ravens fans, not to mention all the logos and purple lights all over the city.

I came home after the concerts on Saturday, laid on the couch to watch the game, and fell asleep sometime in the second quarter. I didn't wake up until shortly into the third quarter, then flipped to something else because it was so boring to watch. Even if the Ravens had somehow managed a comeback touchdown in the fourth quarter, they wouldn't have deserved to win. Now I'm not sure who I'd want to win either of the conference championship games.
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It might be the worst-kept secret in the NFL, but I was surprised when I first heard that Bill Cowher was leaving as head coach of the Steelers. Coaching jobs in the league are like revolving doors, especially in a place like Washington, where owner Dan Snyder just throws money at coaches until they start winning. But Cowher was the longest-tenured coach, at 15 years, so it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't around. That's going back to before I was in high school.

Although, the more I thought about it, I was more surprised he didn't step down after winning the Super Bowl last year, like Bettis did. I guess it became clearer this year that the team lacked the same magic and that Cowher was starting to burn out. And you can't blame a guy for wanting to spend time with his family. I feel sorry for the guy who has to take over after him, though; there will be some mighty big expectations on him.
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
Got a message from our conductor about next Monday's rehearsal. Seems that, since there isn't much to work on for the next concert (for kids!), he wants to spend the first 35 minutes or so sightreading Beethoven's Symphony #1. I've already played #s 3, 5, and 8, so I wonder how close I can come to playing all nine? [info]violinchick, you might actually want to show up for this! ;)

Also, I can't believe I didn't check this sooner. In the long-awaited fantasy football rematch with my brother's team, it was a complete cakewalk, 90-something to 30-something. Losing McNabb really did him in, but there's no shame in splitting the match-ups. Of course, we may be facing off again in the playoff consolation rounds.
av8rmike: (edoras)
I am positively electric today; Every time I touch something metal, I get a shock. Of course, it's pretty hot and dry in here, which probably has something to do with it.

Equally electric is my outstanding and baffling luck when it comes to football. Not only did my fantasy team win this week (thank you, Jamal Lewis), but I split the office pool this week and won last week. Somehow I always manage to win the week before Thanksgiving.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
Boy, what a crappy football weekend. Sure, the Ravens managed to beat the Saints at home, which was something no other team has done this season, but what the hell has happened to the Steelers? They're on yet another of their inexorable slides downward into oblivion. How come there are certain teams they just can't beat, no matter how bad the opponent is? The Raiders, who were supposed to go 0-16 this season?
Also, due to all the concerts I had this weekend and all the running around, I managed to start like three players on my fantasy team who were on a bye week. That's probably the end of my 5-game winning streak, but I think week 8 was going to kill me anyway.

Anyway... speaking of concerts, they all seemed to go well. Sunday's benefit for the orchestra was pretty poorly attended, much worse than it should have been for performers of that caliber. Mom came in for the day to see it and talk to the promoters. She absolutely loved it. I just wish [info]Jamie could have been there, too.

Football

Oct. 17th, 2006 10:57 am
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
After making an inauspicious start by dropping the first two games of the season, my fantasy team has now won four in a row. Although, most of them have been squeakers; this past week I beat Brad's team 107.34-105.78. I'd have done better if I had a better defense, but both of my starting defenses were on a bye last weekend, so I didn't have much choice but to draft whatever was available.

The Steelers game on Sunday was weird... or at least, WJZ's coverage of it. I didn't get home from the concert until 4:30-5:00, already well into the third quarter. I was half paying attention, half washing dishes when I heard them say something about checking into the Jets-Dolphins game, but they never went back to the Steelers. I guess since the Steelers game was a blow-out and Miami was in the midst of a fourth-quarter come-back, they figured more people would want to see that.

I know, that's why people buy the NFL Sunday Ticket or DirecTV or whatever people buy nowadays.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
So, not only did I win the office football pool for last weekend (12/14 correct picks), but my fantasy football team won its second game in a row, evening the record to 2-2. The team was also the second-highest point scorer of the week, behind only Phil, somehow. He doesn't even have Peyton Manning this year! (Which makes me wonder how he did last year.)
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
Why did I watch the replay of Jericho last night? I should have known it was going to freak me out. It's a good thing it's on Wednesday nights, when I have GVO rehearsals. In any case, I don't have time or energy for another ensemble-cast serial show.

All I wanted to do afterwards was walk around the city, maybe patronize a business or two, just to reassure myself it was just a TV show and there were still people around. Which I did, except for the patronizing part. Except for bars, there are surprisingly few places in Mt. Vernon open past 10:00. I talked to Jamie for a while before going to bed after 1 AM.

Now, it probably isn't related to the TV watching, but I must have gotten up three times during the night to pee, the third of which was before 7:00. After that, I couldn't get to back to sleep because I was thinking about the show. I putzed around here for a while before getting breakfast at the farmers' market. I suppose I could have gone back to shul, but I've never in recent memory gone to services on the second day of Rosh Hashana, so why start now?

Maybe I can grab a nap this afternoon, since I won't be going over to Dad's to mooch dinner tonight. They're in England until next Wednesday. Oh yeah, I should also finalize my fantasy football line-up, since it looks like most of the players are done being injured.

Musings

Sep. 11th, 2006 09:35 am
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
Corporate sent out an e-mail asking us to observe a moment of silence at 8:59 AM today, or 9:37, or whatever. Given that during this time of day I'm usually just sitting silently at my desk, is there something different I should be doing? Not typing or clicking the mouse? Turn down my radio? I certainly wasn't going to do that, they were playing Copland's "Lincoln Portrait", with narration (Adlai Stevenson), and that's something you never hear on the radio.

Instead I'll talk about football. I'm getting killed this weekend, both in office pool and fantasy, because there were so many upsets. The problem was, when in doubt I went with the home team, and most of the visiting teams won this week. And who'd have thought the Saints, Bears, and Rams would do so well this week? I must have to check the fantasy news before every game, because Cincinnati must have benched Houshmanzadeh just before kickoff. Tom Brady had a good day, unfortunately Chad Pennington had a better one. If Clinton Portis has a good night tonight, it'll thrown my whole world into doubt... =(
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
I hope I can stay awake enough to enjoy the Steelers' season opener tonight against the Dolphins. I somehow picked up a sore throat over the weekend and have been dragging all day. After this, maybe off to find some tea in the office...

I got my picks in for the office pool: Steelers, as always; Denver, New England, Green Bay, Arizona, Indianapolis, Washington, Oakland; the rest I can't remember or don't care about. As far as fantasy goes, I swear half my team is injured. I probably won't know until Monday afternoon if Clinton Portis is starting, and my other running back, Jamal Lewis, is also "questionable". I'll probably end up putting Tatum Bell in for Portis unless something changes by Sunday morning.

Football!

Nov. 23rd, 2004 09:09 am
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)
The Patriots won last night, making me the winner of the office weekly football pool. For some reason, I picked the Jaguars over the Titans, but that was the only game I picked wrong. You only have to pick the winner of each game, but usually I just get around 10-11 right. It's also the first time I've won in about 2 years. So, I get $40. Go me!

As is the office tradition, I treated everyone to Einstein's bagels and myself to some strong French Roast coffee.

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