Friday, February 29, 2008

The Friday Five

The Tribe busted up the Astros yesterday 12-2 in Grapefruit league action. Trevor Crowe went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI for the Tribe, and Danny Sandavol hit a bomb off of Geof Geary. If he stays on pace Trevor Crowe will finish the season with 570 RBI which would be a record.

This may be the funniest story involving boy's high school ice hockey I have ever read. Not saying much because I think it's the only story on boy's high school ice hockey I have ever read. My favorite bio listed in this article has to be I could be coming into your mouth sooner than you think as he seeks a profession in dental hygenics (sic) in the near future.”

Now without further inappropriate sexual innuendo I give you my FRIDAY 5!

1. 1945 Barber's Point Pointers Ballcap- This is almost too obscure even for my taste...ALMOST!

2. Coconut Records "Nighttiming"- The lead singer of this band is the dude from Rushmore!

3. Rachel Bilson

4. The UFO Roll

5. Johnny Be Good

Monday, February 25, 2008

Weekend Wrap-Up

I did end up heading to the Auto Show this weekend, and had a pretty good time. I really liked a few cars I saw, and am pretty sure which one my wife and I will be getting into soon. On the same subject there were some other cars that were fricking sweet, that I probably won't be purchasing. The BMW 135i has been produced in Europe for a number of years, and is being touted as an entry level BMW to compete with the Mercedes C class, the lower Lexus models, and the X type Jaguar. I liked the styling of the 135i, but it is a 2 door coupe, and isn't much bigger than a Chevy Cobalt, so sure you get into a BMW, but it is a tiny BMW and it still costs $35k to start. I drooled over the Audi's for a bit, but a more realistic car for me may be the Pontiac G6 GXP edition. I can pretty much load one of these up with options (Nav, Leather, huge sound system, chromed out rims, etc) and still stay right below $30K. It is a little less expensive than the A3 which I really liked, but has way more options, and I can stick with my current dealer who works with my family pretty well. By the way, when did Saturn's start to kick ass? They have come a long way since the economy vehicle they were originally launched as. The Outlook is really nice, and affordable, as is the Aura.

I rented American Gangster this weekend, but couldn't watch it. My wife tends to believe our 2 year old isn't ready for this type of movie, I am sure she has a point, but with his Nintendo DS induced tunnel vision, I don't know if he would have noticed a full fledged gang war going on in our living room.

I took in some of the Cavs game Sunday also, and although I didn't watch every minute of the game I have to say I am pretty impressed with how quickly the new guys meshed with everyone. Delonte West was better than I thought. He does some wild shit with the ball every now and then, and worried me a little when the Grizz went to a trap, but for the most part he looks solid enough to bring the ball up, spread the floor and run the offense. I came out of last night thinking Joe Smif was the diamond in the rough of this trade. Maybe his struggles are going to be eased by a change of scenery. More than anything else, I felt we looked tougher, more athletic and quicker on both offense and defense...Sure it was Memphis, but to play like we did with that many new faces was encouraging.

I read a convincing article on David Dellucci today on the Tribe's website. I am not a huge fan of the platoon system, but if Dellucci and Jason Michaels can put up some power numbers I will feel alot better about our corner outfield situation. I still think this is one thing Mark Shapiro should have addressed in the off season, but with Michaels playing solid last year and having Dellucci back healthy (hopefully) we'll be able to get some production from Left Field.

I can't get the song "West Coast" by Coconut Records out of my head. My buddy has it as his profile song on MySpace, and honestly I haven't been able to get it out of my head since I 1st heard it. Now it has made the rotation on I-Rocco Baldelli (My ipod) and chances are it will be there until I gouge my ears out.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday 5

I am pretty stoked about the Cavs trade yesterday. I think we are immediately better defensively with Ben Wallace, and we FINALLY have a consistent 3 point threat with Wally Szczerbiak. I also love the fact that Larry Hughes is no longer a Cavalier. It will be pretty interesting to see how this all plays out.

I plan on hitting the auto show this weekend, and am pretty pscyhed about it. My wife and I are actually in the market for a new ride, so this trip will be for me to gawk at Audi's and other slick cars I probably won't be able to afford any time soon, but we'll also get to sit test some of the cars we are interested in. I am also pretty hyped to see the new Camaro. The company I work for is working on the center display lenses, so it is pretty sweet to have a hand in something people see everyday.

Just a follow up to last weeks Friday 5 where I mentioned Bonsai Sandals. I ordered my Bonsai's on the 15th and got them this week. I have to say they are treating me to the best flip-flop experience of my life. As you can see below the sandals have a sheepskin lining that not only keeps your feet warm, but also molds to the contours of your foot and is really comfortable. I liken it to continuously walking in bare feet on a freshly vacuumed soft shag carpet. Needless to say when I open my own specialty baseball hat store I will also be carrying Bonsai Sandals.

By now I am sure most people have checked out the Lindsay Lohan nude photos from New York Magazine. Apparently LL was paying homage to her idol Marilyn Monroe who did the exact photo shoot (location, props, photographer) before her death. I think Lindsay Lohan is hot, no joke, but part of me was a tad disappointed as the current Lindsay Lohan is quite as hot as the version from Mean Girls or Herbie Fully Loaded. It was sort of like the Farrah Fawcett Playboy spread a few years back where the perception I had of her with clothes on was hotter than she was nude.

Now without further discussion of the Lindsay Lohan nude spread in New York Magazine I give you The Friday 5.

1. TPO Enterprises- Travis Hafner's Fantasy Football Team "Technical Pronkout"

2. Finger Eleven's "
I'll Keep Your Memory Vague"

3. Good Luck Chuck- Everyone hated it...I really liked it.

4. The Classic Greek from J's Pizza Market

5. Air Jordan V's

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up

I checked out The Comebacks this weekend, and was pretty disappointed. I knew going in that it wasn't going to be Citizen Kane, but it honestly was pretty awful. I am a huge sports movie fan, so I at least figured picking out the spoofs would be entertaining, but all and all this movie sucked ass.

Kimbo Slice is the a certified bad mofo. Not that I didn't know that before his 2nd fight in EliteXC against Tank Abbott on Saturday night. I did think someone with the chin of Abbott would be able to hold up against the strength of Kimbo Slice. I was wrong. Slice destroyed Abbott in :43 seconds in front of a completely pro-Kimbo crowd, and increased his MMA market value ten fold. The question I think alot of MMA fans are asking is, when will Kimbo make it to the UFC? Also with 2 raw potential superstars in Kimbo and Brock Lesnar, MMA should learn from boxings convoluted sanctioning bodies and unify under 1 title. Imagine the money that could be made and the interest that would be generated with a Brock Lesnar Vs. Kimbo Slice fight in a HUGE venue.

I checked out NBA All Star Saturday on DVR. Which is totally the best way to watch these events. I was pretty psyched to see Boobie Gibson put on a good show in the Rookie Challenge, and the 3point shoot out. The obstacle Course and shooting stars contests are garbage, but this years dunk contest was actually bad ass. The dunk contest has been pretty lame for a few years, but this year Dwight Howard and Gerald Green were awesome. Green's birthday cake dunk where he blew out a candle on a cupcake balanced on the rim while dunking was one of the most creative dunks I have ever seen. Dwight Howard matched Green's creativity, but his dunks were honestly things I have never seen before. His Superman dunk, and the toss off the back of the back Board was insane. With all of this said I am still not planning on watching the all star game itself.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Friday 5

I haven't done a Friday 5 since Hector was a pup, so I could probably do like a Friday 1005, but I'll just start listing things of notable awesomeness until I get bored.

1. Bonsai Sandals

2. The Black Keys

3. Yo Yo Sushi (Best sushi EVER! Try the UFO roll)

4. The Audi A6

5. My Sony PSP

6. This T-Shirt

7. 18-1 BITCHES!!!

8. Frogs on Motorcycles

9. Nip/Tuck

10. My 1926 Washington Senators cap

11. The Brock Lesnar/Frank Mir fight at UFC 81

12. Brooklyn Decker

Romeo Dev, the world's smallest bodybuilder

14. Kimbo Slice

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Spring Trainning 2k8

So pitchers and catchers reported in today and honestly I cannot wait for baseball to start. Sure it was fun to have the Browns win some games this year, and Ohio State's run to the National Title game was awesome, but honestly I just cannot wait for baseball season to get going. There are some serious questions facing the Tribe as they look to defend their AL Central Crown this year.

1. Who will be the 5th starter? Among the candidates are Aaron Laffey who pitched well in spots down the stretch last year. Cliff Lee who recovered from a early season rib injury and was adequate in a few spot assignments. Jeremy Sowers who endured a bad sophomore slump but came back strong with some good numbers in the minors. You also have to figure it is time for Adam Miller once thought to be the best arm in the Indians farm system to finally fulfill his potential. The good news is there are alot of options. Terry Pluto figures that we may have the deepest pitching in the majors. I agree with him, if you take a 60,000 foot view of our rotation it could be as deep as 7 pitchers. Plus you have to believe That CC Sabathia will pitch well in a contract year (more on that later) and Fausto Carmona will continue to be tough on batters with his sinker and 2 seam fastball.

2. What will happen with CC Sabathia? CC has called off all contract negotiations until the end of the season. Initially I thought this was a pretty shitty move. To me he was basically saying that the Tribes $18 million dollar 4 year offer was too low, and he had made up his mind to walk. I still think this is part of it, because his numbers are stronger than Johan Santana's who just signed a $146 million dollar deal with the Mets. After rethinking it though Sabathia may just want to squelch all of the hoopla and media attention contract negotiations typically create. Last season they were at least part of the reason Travis Hafner was for shit.

3. What will come of the log jam in the corner outfield spots? Going into Winterhaven the Tribe will have 7 outfielders reporting to camp. David Dellucci, Jason Michaels, Ben Francisco, Franklin Gutierrez, and Shin Soo-Choo all figure to play in the equation. The platoon system worked ok last year, but I feel like we need to seriously set at least one of the corner spots. I would like to see Fransisco and Gutierrez go head to head and the one who shows the most keeps the spot for better or worse. I think this is the only way we'll know what we have out of these guys. Michaels and Dellucci both have the ability to platoon, so why not set them up in right and have Goot and Fransisco fight for left.

4. How will the complexion of the AL Central Change with off-season acquisitions?
The Tigers and Whitesox have loaded up, and the Twins have begun rebuilding, how will the AL Central look this year? Honestly the Tigers scare the shit out of me. They honestly have one of the most potent and versatile lineups in all of baseball. They also have added Dontrelle Willis to their rotation. I think the Tigers are going to be a force in the central, but I also think some of the things that derailed them last year will do so again in 08. Sure they have Rogers, Robertson, and Verlander to start games, but other than Todd Jones no one in their bullpen worries me. Joel Zumaya can be one of the scariest pitchers in the game, but he is so inconsistent I don't see him contributing night in and night out in either a set-up or closing role. The Whitesox added Nick Swisher to a potent lineup. Swisher will benefit from Jim Thome and Paul Konerko batting in front of him, and Jermaine Dye who may bat behind him. I still think the Sox need to add another top of the rotation quality pitcher to complement Mark Buehrle who is starting to hit the downside of his career. Bobby Jenks is a solid closer but like the Tigers there aren't people in front of him in the bullpen to get the game to him in the 9th.

5. What's the deal with the new Block C jerseys and caps?
I personally like the Block C look. It is a modernized throwback look kind of like the San Diego Chargers new uni's. I still haven't found a "Franchise" cap with the new logo, but once they drop I'll definitely be purchasing one.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Deezo's Triumphant Return

So I took a wee bit of a break from the blogsphere to work on my game and come back stronger like Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, Tommy Vardell, Wanad Sykes, and Influenza. Anywho, my gameplan is pretty much the same this time around. I am going to post pretty much meaning less drivel about sports, food, technology, current events, semi-hot chicks I find hotter than most people, and of course wiffle ball. I will probably be brining back some of my old standards like Gay Song Wednesday and The Friday 5. As the days pass we'll get into my unhealthy obsession with the Cleveland Indians as well, so we've got that going for us. So on behalf of my entire staff of 1 bellhop, a fluffer, and an omlette chef I'd like to welcome back my dozens and dozens of fans....

Look what you made me do, look what I made for you
Knew if I paid my dues, how will they pay you
When you first come in the game, they try to play you
Then you drop a couple of hits, look how they wave to you
From Marcy to Madison Square
To the only thing that matters in just a matter of years (yea)
As fate would have it, Jay's status appears
to be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye
When I come back like Jordan, wearin the 4-5
It ain't to play games witchu
It's to aim at you, probably maim you
If I owe you I'm blowin you to smithereeens
Cocksucker take one for your team
And I need you to remember one thing (one thing)
I came, I saw, I conquered
From record sales, to sold out concerts
So muh'fucker if you want this encore
I need you to scream, 'til your lungs get sore

--Jay-Z Lyrics from Numb/Encore