Monday, December 21, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/21

I was finally able to catch last week's episode of Jersey Shore over the weekend. Let me just say this was one of the best hours of TV ever. I have a hard time posting recaps of the show because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, so let me just throw out my favorite quotes from this episode:

"Mike would #### a Gatorade bottle if it had a pulse at this point." —Ronnie

"I'm hookin' up with my girl, Pauly's hookin' up with his girl, and, uh, we're gonna have sex. So, you know, that's the Situation."
—The Situation

"We smushed." - Ronnie

"Chill out, Freckles McGee." —The Situation

Oh man, just go ahead and do yourself a favor and head over to the Jersey Shore website and watch last week's episode. You will not be disappointed.

-Can't get enough Tiger Woods news? Well apparently neither can I. Woods was named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for 2009. This is the 10th time that Tiger has won the award in his 13 years on the Tour. He won 6 times this year on the Tour, and captured his 2nd FedEx Cup, and the $10 million bonus that comes along with it. The award is voted on by other members of the PGA Tour.

-Two major fast food chains are proving that sex really does sell everything, even hamburgers. Carl's Jr., and Burger King have both launched advertisements that are hoping to capture the attention of young men all over the world. One ad allows users to watch a bikini clad women take a shower and allows viewers to choose which song she will sing, while the other will allow consumers to have an online lunch date with Kim Kardashian. Still not quite sure what the prize is for that.

-Time Magazine has posted its 10 Worst TV Shows of 2009. The fact that they decided to add Jersey Shore to this list automatically discredits them in this guy's opinion.

-James Cameron's new blockbuster film, Avatar, captured the weekend's war at the box office. The film brought in $73 million. That was on the low end of early studio estimates, but considering that the Eastern Seaboard was buried under a massive snow storm, this is considered a huge success for the director's first movie since The Titanic in 1997.

-Actress Brittany Murphy passed away over the weekend. The actress who appeared in 8 Mile, and Clueless among others was only 32 years old. Foul play is not suspected in her death. The actress was apparently ill in the days before her death appears to have died from natural causes. An autopsy will be performed this week to determine the actual cause of death.

Not sure what the schedule will be like for new posts throughout the week. As always you can check up on our Twitter page for the latest updates.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/18

Slow day today for decent links. Is everyone hungover from watching Jersey Shore last night?

-As I first mentioned yesterday on our Twitter account, Pepsi has decided not to advertise during this year's Super Bowl. This will be the first year since 1986 that the beverage giant will not have an ad during the NFL's Championship Game. Ads for this year's game are in the $2.5-$3 million range for a 30-second spot.

-Just a few days after the Golden Globe Awards were announced, we now have the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Nominees. The awards are voted on by the members of the Guild, and will be handed out on January 23rd, and will air on both TNT, and TBS.

-I posted a link a few days ago about General Motors threatening to shut down Saab if no potential buyers emerged. Well, that didn't take long. 3,400 employees of the Swedish automaker will be affected by the closing of the company.

-GQ has put together a slide show of their top 12 Cover Girl's of the decade. For all the men out there who read this, you're welcome.

Like I said, slow day today for links. If anything pops up throughout the day I'll be sure to post it on our Twitter account. Hope everyone has a good weekend, it might be time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. At least that is what I am being told.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/17

Oh, by the way today is Thursday, which means a new episode of Jersey Shore tonight on MTV.

-Just a day after Tiger Woods received some good news by being named the AP's Athlete of the Decade, a report has surfaced that Tiger's wife, Elin, is seeking a divorce from the golf superstar. The move can't really be questioned by anyone with a brain after the allegations that have come against Woods in the past few weeks, but the big question now is, how much will Elin get in the settlement?

-Some tragic news this morning from the NFL. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Chris Henry has died following an accident in Charlotte. The troubled wide out who attended West Virginia University was involved in an apparent domestic dispute with his fiancee, and fell out of the back of a pickup truck that she was driving. Henry had been arrested 5 times after being drafted in 2005, but had seemingly turned the corner before this tragic accident. While homicide detectives have been assigned to this case, no arrests have been made.

-In a post that is clearly directed towards my wife, John Krasinski sat down with the USA Today to discuss his role in the new movie It's Complicated which co-stars Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin. Vegas has placed the odds at 3 to 2 that the picture on this article will be my wife's new background on her computer.

-People Magazine's issue that is set to hit newsstands tomorrow, will feature its 25 Most Intriguing People of 2009. Notables that are going to be featured on the list are Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin, and of course the Kardashian sisters.

-I will finish out today's post with a hilarious clip from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you, The Mormon Christmas Song!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/16

Is it Thursday night yet? I need my Jersey Shore fix!

-In what can only be viewed as a minor upset, I was not voted Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Instead the honor went to Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. In a year where the financial markets dominated the news, Bernanke helped lead the United States economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Interesting to note that this honor comes just a day ahead of a vote scheduled on Capitol Hill on whether or not Bernanke will be given a second 4-year term as Chairman.

-Finally some good news for Tiger Woods. The Associated Press announced this morning that Woods has been voted the Athlete of the Decade. Despite all of the negative press that Woods has garnered in the past 3 weeks, Tiger's performance on the course this decade could not be overlooked. Some of the stats in this article are mind boggling. Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, and Usain Bolt, were all among the top 6 by members of the AP.

-Domino's Pizza is changing their core pizza recipe. The world's largest pizza delivery company is changing every part of their pie. Despite being the leading seller in pizza's nationwide, Domino's was recently voted (along with Chuck-E-Cheese) as having the worst tasting pizza among leading chains. It is hard to fathom how a company can have the worst tasting pizza, yet still be #1 in sales. Doesn't quite add up to me. Oh well.

-Saab, GM's Swedish car manufacturer, only sold 371 vehicles in November, down over 56% from the same month a year ago. General Motors has announced that if no suitable buyers emerge by the end of the year they plan on shutting down their Saab division.

-The Washington D.C. city council has passed a measure that will legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was passed by an 11-2 margin. While Congress will still need to vote on it, the mayor of D.C. has already said he will sign the bill.

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their class of 2010 this morning. Headlining this year's class is ABBA. Despite my constant complaints pleas, Bon Joviwas not inducted this year. Inducting The Hollies before Bon Jovi makes about as much sense as cheating on your Swedish model wife, and leaving a voicemail on your lovers phone with your name on it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/15

Let's just pretend that this never happened last night. Let's get on with today's brew...

-The nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe awards were announced this morning. Some of my favorites are mixed in. Jeremy Piven is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Ari Gold on Entourage, which was also nominated for Best Comedy along with The Office. The award show will take place on January 16th.

-Speaking of Golden Globe nominees, the nominee for Best Comedy Movie, The Hangover was released today on DVD. Just do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It's the best movie of the year, no questions asked.

-Two Wisconsin women received plea deals for charges of super gluing a cheating man's penis to his stomach. Neither woman will spend any time in jail. You know, sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

-In an attempt to prevent anyone who isn't a UNC fan from having any fun, Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams had an opposing fan ejected from a recent North Carolina home game against Presbyterian College. Apparently the fan stood up and cheered for Deon Thompson to miss a free throw which angered the all mighty coach. Numerous reports suggest that the fan, Brian King, did not use any profanities or say anything vulgar, but the thought of someone rooting against the Baby Blue was too much for Williams to handle as he immediately had security remove the fan. Give me a break.

-ESPN has put together their list of the top 25 games of the decade. The slide show highlights some of the most compelling games of the decade. This is a must look for any sports fan. Some great moments indeed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/14

In what hopefully will become a new Monday tradition, I am going to highlight some of my favorite moments from this past week's episode of Jersey Shore. (BTW, you can click on that link and watch all of the episodes, the perfect time killer at work!)

If you haven't watched the episode, and don't want it spoiled for you please feel free to cruise down to today's links.

The fact that Angelina had that fake cough going all episode was reason enough to kick her out, but being to hungover to work pushed Danny over the edge. SHE GONE! At least she was classy enough to try and start a fight with The Situation on her way out the door.

The love triangle between The Situation, Ronnie, and Sammi escalated this week, and ended up with Ronnie on the dance floor with another woman, and Sammi getting pissed. Somehow I think she will get over it, and they can get back to canoodling in the guest room ASAP.

Oh, Snooki. Between making out with her friend in the jacuzzi, and asking The Situation to do things that are only acceptable in prison, you made your family proud this week.

J-Woww (yes that two W's) broke up with her boyfriend. She then gave us the quote that will excite Guidos all over Jersey for the rest of the season: " the whole world better watch out now that I'm single, because I've been a “Catholic nun” all this time now." Can't wait to see how that turns out!

Final thought: does anyone else find it ironic that they spent a night out a club called "Karma"? Hmmmm.....

OK, on with today's links:

-Tiger Woods announced on his website Friday afternoon that he is taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour. Speculation is flying all over the sports radio airwaves as well as blogs about when Woods will return to a sport that so desperately needs him. The biggest issue that no one has mentioned so far? This is the final year of the PGA Tour's TV contract. If Tiger decided to take the entire season off, how will that affect ratings, and how much money will the Tour lose in their contract negotiations? Could be interesting.

-Being from Utah, I am not a huge fan of stereotypes, but I did find this interesting tidbit from the state of West Virginia. In the Mountaineer state, 1 out of 5 babies are born to a mom who used drugs or alcohol during their pregnancy. Oh well! announced its top stars of 2009. Twilight star, Robert Pattinson is the website's #1 celebrity of the year. Obviously this award has nothing to do with good acting, as anyone who has seen New Moon could attest. Sorry wife!

-New York City continues to be the greatest city in the world. On Friday the city unveiled world's largest Menorah in honor of the first night of Hanukkah. Very cool.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/11

Good news, I woke up this morning and it was exactly 0 degrees. Which means that it's time for a new post! I can't believe how cold it has been in Utah this week. You know it's bad that you are excited that it is 14 degrees on your way to the office.

Before we get started just wanted to wish a Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is lighting their first candle tonight.

-I don't know how many of you use Amazon's Kindle, but it really is a first class device. The USA Today ran an article today comparing all of the e-reader devices out there. Pretty interesting stuff, and definitely a must read if you are planning on picking one up for the holiday season.

-Oh, Jersey Shore! While I haven't had a chance to catch last night's all new episode (a full recap will come on Monday), that doesn't mean there is a lack of coverage today. Apparently the Jersey Shore Visitors and Convention Bureau, are not thrilled with how the city is being projected. I'm shocked! I mean, why wouldn't you want to be projected as the Guido capital of the United States? You obviously have some fantastic bars, and t-shirt stores, why wouldn't someone want to travel there? I know I do, I need to get my fist pumping on!

-Planning on grabbing a Frosty from Wendy's on your next trip through Tokyo? Not so fast my friends! The company announced today that it is removing it's 71 restaurants from Japan by as early as the end of the month. No specifics are given in the article, but I'm sure McDonald's long standing tradition in Japan played a large role in the company's decision.

-The man who is accused of making secret video tapes of ESPN's Erin Andrews, is set to plead guilty to interstate stalking charges. Michael Barrett is accused of altering the peep hole in 3 different hotels that Andrews was staying in and secretly taping her in the nude while she was in the "privacy" of her hotel room. He could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

-The Tiger Woods saga continues to get weirder by the second. ESPN's Bill Simmons, is calling it the story of the decade. I mean can anyone really argue that?


Thursday, December 10, 2009

What, You Thought I Was Kidding?

If you thought I was joking around yesterday about not posting when I wake up and it is below zero, you were sorely mistaken. -2 again this morning when I woke up. Yikes. I will however leave you with this tidbit that I found in this morning's USA Today Corrections and Clarifications Section:

"A December 2nd story about airplane cargo regulations misidentified the gender of Jan Koslosky, who is a man."


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?

I woke up this morning and it was -2 degrees. If you think I am making a post when it is this cold you are out of your mind. Brrrrr....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deron Williams

This even made the wife say, "oh wow!"

That's how you know it's good.

Morning Brew for 12/8

Snow. FML.

-I broke down some of my favorite parts from MTV's Jersey Shore in yesterday's entry, if you are a true fan of the show (which we all know you are), than you MUST listen to ESPN's BS Report with Bill Simmons. The Sports Guy, and his guest, Dave Jacoby, go in depth on all the "characters" as well as different aspects of the Jersey Shore in general. Truly an amazing 56 minutes of podcast history.

-In a story that no longer surprises anyone, Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was taken by ambulance from Woods' Isleworth home early Tuesday morning. Barbro Holmberg is being listed in stable condition after being transported to Health Central Hospital for stomach pains. Although this seems to just be a coincidence considering what has transpired in Tiger's life the past 2 weeks, I'm sure this will draw more attention than needed over the next 12 hours.

-In other ground breaking reality television news, it seems that beginning on March 15th, 2010, VH1 will air "Basketball Wives" a show featuring wives and girlfriends of NBA players that showcases their lavish lifestyles, all while hoping their spouses are faithful. Shaunie O'Neal, the now ex-wife of Shaquille O'Neal, is listed as an executive producer as well as one of the stars of the show. I wonder how early is too early to set my DVR?

-The results are in for the top selling music, and musicians of the decade. Eminem is at the top of the list for best selling artist of the decade, while The Beatles album "1", is the top selling album narrowly edging out 'N Sync's No Strings Attached. Pretty interesting list that will take you back through the decade of music. Definitely worth checking out.

-Speaking of end of the decade lists, Daniel Powter's, Bad Day has been named the the one hit wonder of the decade. The song gained a huge following as it was featured as the "good-bye" song on American Idol a few years back. There are definitely some classics on this list that will take you back.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Hero...

I can only imagine what my wife would have done had I busted out my BlackBerry during our wedding. What a classic video. Congrats to the happy couple.

Morning Brew for 12/7

Before I get on with today's Brew, I have to talk about Jersey Shore. What a fantastic entertainment program. I really don't even know where to start. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who has it on a DVR and hasn't caught it yet, but the fact that nobody in the house calls "Snooki" by her actual nickname and instead settles on "Snickers", and "Snookams" cracked me up. Mike, aka "The Situation" is slowly becoming one of my favorite TV characters of all time. If this guy lived any where else but Staten Island, he seems like he would be a normal dude. But because he wants to be a "guido" he now is selling woman's underwear that say "I love The Situation". Oh, and Pauly D, has a tanning bed in his house. Need I say more? Do yourself a favor and watch the show. DVR it, it will only take you 90 minutes to watch the 2 hour premier and it is certainly worth your time.

Ok, now on with the Brew...

-USA Today ran a great feature on new Nike CEO Mark Parker. As a shoe fanatic I found this article fascinating on so many levels. Parker began his career at Nike as a shoe designer and has worked his way to the top. This is a man who has some big ideas moving forward for the athletic apparel leader.

-In an effort to keep my wife happy, I will also link to this story which features 5 questions with Etsy CEO, Maria Thomas. Etsy is an online marketplace that allows people to sell their homemade goods. I would expand on it, but I have no clue what else it does.

-Moneyball, the book that chronicled Billy Beane's ideas of crafting a baseball team with castoffs from other teams, is being made into a movie. Variety is reporting that Brad Pitt will star as Beane in the Bennett Miller movie. No word yet on a release date.

-Another former WWE wrestler is dead before the age of 40. Edward Fatu, 36, died Friday of a heart attack in Houston. Better known as "Umaga", Fatu joins a list of professional wrestlers who have tragically died before the age of 40. While there are house hearings taking place for the BCS, and for steroid abuse in MLB, when will someone step up and figure out how to stop these pro-wrestler's from dying before having a mid-life crisis? Such a sad story.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/4

I did not get a chance to watch the new MTV series, Jersey Shore last night. But don't you worry, I will be sure to catch the 2-hour premier via my DVR sometime over the weekend. Anyway, onto the real stories of the day.

-The Director of the United States Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, appeared in a house hearing yesterday on Capital Hill to discuss the mistakes the Secret Service made in allowing Tareq, and Michaele Salahi to crash President Obama's first State Dinner last week at the White House. During the hearing Sullivan admitted that the Secret Service made a mistake. He also mentioned that he was relieved that no lives were lost as a result of their mistake. No kidding? Good work Mr. Sullivan!

-Speaking of the Salahi's, I posted a link to this article from the Washington Post yesterday on our Twitter Account, which mentions how Michaele faked her way into a Washington Redskins Cheerleader position. I don't know if this story can get any better.

-In honor of the new George Clooney movie, Up In The Air, USA Today has an in-depth feature on big spending frequent fliers and the treatment they receive from airlines. I don't know why this is so fascinating to me, but for some reason it is. For any of you out there who are close to reaching a certain milestone in your frequent flier program make sure to give this article a glance.

-The United States Jobless Rate has dipped to 10 percent in November. This can only mean good things for a blog dedicated to getting people through their work day, right? I mean you are telling your co-workers about us, aren't you?

That's it for today. Remember you can always e-mail me if you stumble across a link you'd like to share. You will receive full credit. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Top 10 NBA Dunks from November

I figured this deserved it's own post. Mainly because Greg Oden gets dunked on in 3 of the 10.

Morning Brew for 12/3

I'm too cold to think of anything entertaining to start today's post, let's just get on with it.

-Media giant, Comcast, is set to purchase NBC Universal from General Electric for a whopping $37.25 billion. Some questions still need to be answered by an anti-trust regulators, and Congress still have some questions with the deal, but don't expect this one to get held up for long.

-The 2010 Grammy Nominations were announced last night during a live concert event. Beyonce and Taylor Swift led the way with 10, and 8 nominations respectively. Lady Gaga was given 5 nominations. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs (thus far), Bon Jovi, were nominated for Pop Duo or Group With Vocals. Bank on it.

-The Tiger Woods story continues. According to this MSNBC report it seems Tiger and his wife Elin are receiving “intense marriage counseling”. While speculation continues to fly, there are still no solid reports saying whether or not the couple has a prenuptial agreement. Reportedly Mrs. Woods is being payed a 7-figure salary to remain as Mrs. Woods. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

-This is nice. A 72-year old Wal-Mart greeter just outside of Pittsburgh, was punched in the face by a 55-year old. According to the story the attack appeared to be unprovoked. You stay classy Pennslyvanaia.

-Big props to the New Jersey Nets as they set the record for the worst start in NBA history last night, losing to the Mavs 117-101. I'm sure the Russian Billionaire who is set to purchase the club is thrilled with his potential investment.

Pretty slow day for links today. As the day goes on I will try and get some good ones to post on the Twitter Account. As always you can follow us on Twitter, and also see what gets posted on the right side of this page.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/2

-OHHHHHHHH Tiger! In both entries so far this week I told you that the Tiger Woods situation was about to blow up. Well, boom goes the dynamite. I am finding it hard to believe that someone who is as well known as Tiger would honestly think that if he had an affair that the woman would keep it a secret. Does he not understand that women are crazy? Woods did post a statement on his website today that apologized for his transgressions. Smooth.

-Who throws a shoe, honestly? Well it seems that famed Iraqi shoe thrower, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, has tasted his own medicine. While making an appearance in Paris the TV Journalist dodged the copy cat attempt, and then joked that "he stole my technique".

-President Obama rolled out his plan for Afghanistan in an address to the nation last night. Obama announced that the will be sending 30,000 additional troops overseas, with some being deployed as early as this month. The announcement also came with a plan to remove troops from Afghanistan by July 2011.

-Has anyone seen my resume? I need to send it to Rihanna to apply to be her pool guy. Thanks.

-If you have spent any time in Las Vegas over the past 5 years you were sure to notice the construction of the City Center. Well, more than 10,000 workers blood, sweat, and tears are about to pay off. The City Center's Vdara was unveiled yesterday. 1,500 more hotel rooms are now available on the Las Vegas strip. The $8.5 billion development will be opened in phases throughout the next few months.

-The now, former Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Donald Fehr, admitted in a USA Today interview that he regrets the 1994 player's strike and the canceling of the World Series. Um... on behalf of all baseball fans around the country, so do we Don, so do we.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/1

Today is World Aids Day. To find out how you can help fight the disease check out this link.

-Yesterday I mentioned how more and more would be coming out in the Tiger Woods single car accident story. Well the alleged "other woman", Rachel Uchitel, gave an exclusive interview to the NY Post. Great reading here, and I have to say that I totally believe her. It's amazing what people will say when they are offered $25,000 by a tabloid magazine.

-Thinking of texting a link to 8 Hours To Kill on Twitter? Well if you are in North Carolina, or Colorado that is now illegal. You're welcome Bernal family.

-President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight at 6 PM (MST) to discuss the sending of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Just a hunch, but I've got a feeling you will be able to find this on your TV. If not will be carrying it live.

-Former NBA player, Antoine Walker, has agreed to pay back over $900,000 to three different Las Vegas casinos. Walker owes the money for writing bad checks to the casinos. He will pay $13,000 per month over five years according to the agreement. Walker's story is well worth a read.

-In the first Cyber Monday that 8 Hours To Kill posted deals on Twitter, sales were up 11%. Coincidence? I'll let you decide.

-The late Michael Jackson has replaced Britney Spears as Yahoo's Most Searched Person in 2009. Spears had been number one on the list for the past 4 years. I find it odd that two of the ten are things that I have never heard of.

-New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. The Yankees captain helped lead the Bronx Bombers to the 2009 World Series Championship while having his best offensive year in recent memory. Jeter was also awarded the Gold Glove for American League Shortstops. While the Sportsman of the Year award is obviously an athletic award, what Jeter has done with his Turn 2 Foundation should not be overlooked.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/30

Thanks to all the readers for putting up with the lengthy delay between posts. With the holidays and some family business to attend to I have not had the time to update, but we should be back in the full swing of things for the next little while. So without further ado, let's get on with today's Morning Brew.

-In what is slowly becoming the most intriguing TMZ story of all time (slightly ahead of Jon and Kate Plus 8), Tiger Woods was involved in a single car accident on Friday morning. There have been numerous reports that Woods and his supermodel wife, Elin Nordegren, were involved in a domestic dispute moments before the crash. These are accusations that Woods vehemently denies. I'm sure there will be a lot more coming out on this story in the coming week.

-$41.2 billion were spent over the long holiday weekend by consumers. Sales were slightly up over 2008 numbers as consumers spent $10.66 billion on Black Friday alone. Early reports on Cyber Monday are giving big numbers to online retailers. There are nearly 4 million people shopping online every minute on the biggest online shopping day of the year.

-The West Virginia Humane Society had their own Black Friday sale this past weekend. The society removed all adoption fees on animals with dark fur, who are normally the least likely to be adopted according to studies. Very cool idea back east.

-The Idaho Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit from a couple of idiots claiming that the Fort Hall casino turned them into compulsive gamblers which forced them to lose their jobs, and houses. Stephen Wynn you may have won this battle, but I will get my money back!

-As if further evidence was needed, it appears that The Real Housewives television shows are ruining our country. A couple who is hopeful of being cast on Bravo's upcoming season featured in Washington D.C., crashed a White House state dinner last Tuesday night. Both, President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, were in attendance at the dinner. While the couple were not on the invited guest list, they still had to go through the same security measures as the actual invited guests. Good work Secret Service.

-I don't know why I find this so fascinating, but the Atlanta Airport is offering "Sleep Rooms" to travelers who have extra time to kill in the airport. The 7 foot by 8 foot rooms include a day bed with fresh linen, and sound blocking technology to allow the travelers to rest without the noise from the airport. If I ever have a layover in ATL you had better believe I will be giving this a shot.

-Hopefully you are already following 8 Hours To Kill on Twitter, if not make sure to today as I will be re-tweeting the best links I see as usual, as well as any good Cyber Monday deals that I stumble across.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Still Out...

Greetings non-workers,
Sorry for the lack of updates the past few days. I will be out for the remainder of the week. With the holiday at the end of the week though, your work week will go by just as fast as if you were reading the blog!

I will be doing my best to keep the Twitter feed updated during the week, although there won't be any Tweets today. You can read the feed on the right side of this page, or check it out at (sorry my BlackBerry doesn't like it when I type in HTML coding, so just copy and paste the link).

I hope everyone has a great time at work, try to get some actual work done and we will talk again next week!

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sorry We're Closed

No entry today... Have a good weekend!

**UPDATE 11:58 am MST**
While I won't be posting an update on the blog today, I will be putting some links on our Twitter account throughout the day. Check it out!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/19

Tough to get excited to make today's Brew when I just found out that the Billy Joel/Elton John concert tomorrow night in Salt Lake has been postponed. Can someone please send some Tamiflu to the concert promoter? Thanks a ton.

-West Virginia Senator, Robert Byrd, set a longevity record yesterday, working his 20,774th day as a US Senator. The 91-year old former KKK member (it's true, read the story) entered the house on January 3rd, 1953. I believe I heard yesterday on Fox News that Byrd has served under 11 different Presidents. If you can name all 11 Presidents that Byrd has served under WITHOUT looking it up I will put a picture of you, or whatever you want as tomorrow's headline. Leave it in the comments section of this post.

-The Trump Tower in Chicago is now the 6th tallest building in the world. The tower was previously number seven on the list, but due to the fact that The Donald and his hair were on the top floor when the most recent measurements were taken he has moved up a spot on the list. Okay, maybe that isn't the real reason, but it was sure fun to Google pictures of Donald Trump's hair.

-Even with the news of the concert postponement that I mentioned above, it is still a great day in the music world. The greatest band of all-time, Bon Jovi, is currently #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums. The Circle is the band's 4th #1 album. I'm still waiting for someone to explain how they are not in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. I will continue my lifetime boycott of going to the city of Cleveland until this happens.

-It's no wonder Cosmo Kramer went on strike. H&H's owner, Helmer Toro, has been charged with pocketing nearly $370,000 in income and other taxes that were withheld from his employee's checks. H&H is considered one of the world's leading bagel manufacturers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/18

I'm not quite sure how I made it through the last 3 days without any Jazz games to entertain myself. Looking forward to a nice stretch of 11 out of 14 in the 'Tah!

-In San Clemente, California at the San Onofre State Beach, there is a 1,000 foot stretch which has allowed nude sunbathing for more than 30 years. Unfortunately it seems it's time to put some clothes back on. Park Rangers are going to be on the lookout for nude sunbathers, and will begin arresting those in the buff. Fines will go up to $500 for each offense. I think more than anything you need to click on this link just to see the photo of the lawyer who is defending the nudists. Don't worry, it is safe to view at work.

-Is Twitter the next big thing in customer service? This USA Today article lists 3 dozen different national companies that are using the social media site to help frustrated consumers, including 20 who are offering after hours help. Speaking of Twitter, you can always follow us @8HoursToKill.

-I about fell out of my chair this morning reading an article about the Afghanistan game Buzkashi. Apparently in this game men on horses gallop around trying to capture a dead goat who has had it's head removed. Yes, you read that correctly. Even more exciting is that the leader of the Buzkashi Federation is pushing for this to become an Olympic sport. Seriously, just read the article. I'm sure advertisers all around the world will be falling all over themselves to make sure they get some ad time during this event.

-America's favorite woman's soccer player, Elizabeth Lambert, has apologized for her actions in a game against BYU on November 5th. Lambert believes that some of her actions were misinterpreted, or taken out of context. No, I'm pretty sure that I interpreted her yanking an opponent to the ground by her pony tail the correct way. Good thing it took you nearly 2 weeks to issue an apology though Miss Lambert. Class act.

-People Magazine has named it's Sexiest Man Alive for 2009. In a mild upset, I was not awarded the crown. Interesting. Anyone know where I can demand a re-count?

-Is there anything more entertaining in sports than a coach making fun of a reporter in a post game press conference? Me thinks not.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/17

Why are you following Perez Hilton on Twitter, but not 8 Hours To Kill? Go on and do it, I'll wait...

-After spending over 7 weeks in Amazon's Top 100 BEFORE it was released, Sarah Palin's book, Going Rouge: An American Life hits bookstores today. Political nerds enthusiasts from around the country are turning off C-SPAN today to check out the former Alaska Governor, and Vice-Presidential's autobiography. I on the other hand am watching my clock and hoping it magically says 5:00.

-As someone who makes part of his living on tips, I have often wondered what the standard protocol for tipping at a hotel is. USA Today had a very informative article today about how much you should tip to different hotel employees. The story also includes a graph at the bottom that shows different services that I forgot even existed at hotels. Next time I'm traveling, I definitely need to request an extra phone book.

-Wholesale warehouse store, Costco, is no longer carrying Coca-Cola products. The store is in a pricing dispute with the beverage company, and is refusing to sell their product in it's 560 stores nationwide. No word on how long this dispute will last, but this could have a huge effect on vending machine companies, and Jack Mormon's everywhere.

-Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 56 year old who previously has beaten Hodgskin's disease 25 years ago, was diagnosed at the beginning of the month and has already begun to undergo treatment. Scary stuff, even for a man who is worth over $11 billion. Our thoughts are with the Allen family.

-Not sure if you had a chance to check out this video of 86-year old Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, flipping off the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The NFL has fined the crazy old dude long-time owner, $250,000. Although I am pretty sure that the entertainment value for this video is close to that total.

-While shoppers all around the country will be looking for deals on electronics, and toys on the day after Thanksgiving, it turns out that Black Friday is also the best day of the year to buy a car. The average discount for a vehicle on November 27th of this year is projected to be nearly 7.5%. The average discount during a regular day of the year is around 4.7%.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/16

I'm too cold to think of an interesting introduction today. It was 28 degrees on my way to work this morning. So glad I still live in Utah...

-As I mentioned in Friday's Morning Brew I really enjoy the News From Every State section in the USA Today. This morning there was a dandy from the state of Washington. A man from Everett decided to shoplift a $6 mechanical pencil. Upon his arrest it was discovered that he had over $600 in his wallet. Maybe he didn't want to break a $100? Here is a picture of the man after his arrest.

-Just when you thought you couldn't get enough Britney Spears in your life, her new application (app) for the iPhone, and iPod Touch was released today. I wonder if there is an app that will slap someone in the face for paying $1.99 for the "It's Britney" app. An App Slap! That's what we'll call it!

-Fox News has given us a slide show of the 9 Worst Nude scenes of all time. Don't worry, this slide show does not contain any nudity and is perfectly safe for viewing at work. In fact, it may be encouraged.

-Oh Elizabeth Lambert. You're disregard for all things sportsmanship has led to an awesome dating service video. I don't know what guy wouldn't want to go out with you. What a catch!

-With all of the negative stories you read about NFL players, sometimes stories like this one tend to get overlooked. Browns WR/KR, Josh Cribbs, went out of his way to make sure a high school senior would never forget his final football game.

-Sunday Morning Movie Madness made it's triumphant return to my life yesterday, the wife and I saw Pirate Radio. I really enjoyed the show. I thought Phillip Seymour Hoffman was outstanding. The movie had great music throughout. Also it had a different title in the USA as compared to everywhere else. If you are planning on seeing this film in London, look for "The Boat That Rocked". You're welcome England.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/13

You may have noticed that our Twitter feed is now available on the right side of the blog. For those who are not registered at Twitter you can catch everything that we post right there. For those on Twitter, do us a favor and follow 8 Hours To Kill.

-Nothing like the fear of being kicked out of our country to make you plead guilty. The parents of the 6-year old "Balloon Boy" plead guilty this morning to charges of being dumbasses. The boy's mother is a Japanese citizen living in America legally, but felt that they needed to plead guilty to avoid more severe punishment that could involve her deportation. No word on whether or not Japan would even take her back.

-Whatever happened to the separation of church and state? By the way, this was posted in the Religion section of the USA Today.

-The News from Each State section is one of my favorites each morning in the USA Today. While they don't post it online, which is preventing me from linking to this story, Florida's post for today was outstanding. Apparently 6 members of the Florida Anti-Drug Task Force are going to be re-trained after video shows them in the middle of raid at someone's house stopping to play video games. Hmmmm.... Still waiting to hear if the training is anything like a day at the Stanford office of Dunder Mifflin.

-I posted this video yesterday on our Twitter account, but it is worth re-posting today. Former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, decided that even after CNN's Larry King changed the subject that he was being inappropriate. So she preformed the weakest storm off attempt in human history. Quality entertainment in this video.

-A group that represents nearly 80% of Burger King's franchises is suing the fast food company over it's $1 Double Cheeseburger promotion. The franchises are upset because the cost to produce the Double Cheeseburger is about $1.10 depending on the location. The promotion was twice rejected by BK franchises after a test run in certain markets earlier this year. Good thing you went ahead with the promo though.

-You know, there comes a time in every blogger's life when he just has to link stories that will keep his wife happy. You're welcome.

-Someone's alma matter is headed to the state championship game. Good luck Red Devils!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/12

This just continues to depress me. I feel like a Republican when Sarah Palin was named VP Candidate. Not good times.

-Sometimes things are just meant to be. This story absolutely proves that. A man was about to propose to his girlfriend on a hot air balloon when he dropped the ring over the side of the basket to the forest floor 500 feet below. What happened next could only mean that this couple is meant for each other.

-Over the past couple of days I have posted videos of violence in woman's soccer, including the top moment in the history of The Mountain Sports Channel, the incident between a New Mexico and BYU soccer player. Well Christine Brennan had a chance to sit down with New Mexico head coach Kit Vela, to discuss what transpired. While I am not quite a soccer expert, some of the tackles that Elizabeth Lambert made were not exactly in "the flow of the game", sorry coach but you're not even close to right on this one.

-Lou Dobbs, who was the last of the original CNN anchors still at the news network, has left CNN. While CNN President, Jonathan Kline, called the split "totally amicable", one would think that the fact that Fox News Corp's Shepard Smith pulling in nearly 2 million more viewers at the same time slot might have had something to do with it. It was also just announced that John King will take over for Dobbs starting next year.

-Randy Lewis of the LA Times had a chance to catch up with Taylor Swift after the singer captured 4 CMA Awards last night in Nashville, including Entertainer of the Year. Pretty refreshing to read just how genuinely happy she is to win these awards.

-Speaking of refreshing, how about Chicago Tribune columnist, Rick Morrissey literally eating his own words? Morrissey wrote a column back in 2007 about Joakim Noah, and how he thought he would be a bust in the NBA. Well, now that Noah is averaging a double-double, (not the hamburger)he has decided to own up to a promise he made to his readers. The video is about 6 minutes long, but I highly recommend checking out the last 90 seconds or so to watch Noah jumping around, and also telling him to "roll it up", probably not the first time Joakim has said that before.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/11

First and foremost, Happy Veteran's Day to all of our men and women who are currently serving our country, and to all those who have done so in the past. The courage that you all show in allowing us to have our freedoms is something that I am forever grateful for. THANK YOU!

-As I posted on Friday, there are numerous businesses offering free, or discounted meals or goods to all Veterans today. If you, or someone you know is a Veteran please pass this link along to them so they can take full advantage of some of these offers.

-For some reason this article about the guy who came up with the $5 Footlong idea for Subway fascinated me. Subway has generated $3.8 billion in $5 Footlong Sandwiches, that is over 760 Million sandwiches. Whoa!

-Donald Trump is upgrading his private plane. What does that mean for the rest of us? Well if you've got between $4 and $8 million you can purchase his 1968 Boeing 727. The plane has some over the top features (big shocker, I know) that include a queen size bed, gold plated sinks, and a bidet. No word on whether or not it comes with any locks of The Donald's hair.

-Google got you a present. If you are planning on traveling during the upcoming holiday season check your local airport for free WiFi. The company is paying the bill for free WiFi in 47 airports, ranging from chic Miami International, to the um... not so chic Bozeman, MT regional airport. Can someone please make sure Bozeman knows what WiFi is all about? Thanks.

-In yesterday's post I linked to a video of a fight between the New Mexico and BYU Woman's Soccer teams. Well not to be outdone, the violence has spread to the high school ranks. Thanks to @clbernal for sending along the link to our Twitter account.

-Most of you know that I am big Utah Jazz fan. I have done some writings for this season. The creator of that website has created a site designed to help send Deron Williams to his first all-star game this year in his hometown of Dallas. I highly recommend checking out the website, and also voting for Deron (and other Jazz players) on your 2010 All-Star Ballots.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/10

Considering that I e-mailed yesterday's "post" from the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, and today I am sitting at my desk typing while staring at my clock and hoping it says 5:00, you can probably guess how excited I am to be back at work. Anyway, here's the brew...

-With Veteran's Day coming up tomorrow, I found an outstanding article in the USA Today about a group of senior citizens who greet our troops at the Bangor International Airport. The Maine airport is one that is mainly used for troops that are going and coming to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. Totally worth your time to read this one.

-Not sure if you had a chance to see this clip from the BYU/New Mexico Woman's Soccer game from over the weekend. Oh. My. Goodness. You know if I am linking a video from a woman's soccer game, that it must be good. I'm sure this is exactly what the NCAA had in mind with it's code of conduct.

-John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the sniper attacks in Washington D.C. in 2002, executed tonight in Virginia. Governor Tim Kaine denied Muhammad's request for clemency which has cleared the way for tonight's execution. The other person involved in the attacks, Lee Boyd Malvo, is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole.

-The NBA's all time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is receiving treatment for a rare form of leukemia. The six-time NBA Most Valuable Player was diagnosed with the condition nearly a year ago, but has decided to make his battle public in the hopes of helping others. You can learn more about Abdul-Jabbar's disease by visiting

-Every male aged 22-27 needs to know that Kelly Kapowski is pregnant. While reports state that Tiffani Thiessen's husband, Brady Smith, is the father, we are still awaiting test results that Zack Morris is not somehow involved.

-The Greatest Band of All-Time has a new album out today. Could someone please explain to me how Bon Jovi is not all ready in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame? While This Magic Moment is a great song, I somehow feel that the boys from New Jersey deserve the induction a little more than The Drifters did in 1988.

Monday, November 9, 2009

He Gone!

No new entry today. I'm busy spending the 15% I saved on car insurance at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. We should be back in full force tomorrow!

Remember if you see a link you want to share, you can <a href="">email it in</a>, or send it along to <a href="">our Twitter account.</a>

Until tomorrow...
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/6

-While most of the news items that I post on here inspire some sort of joke, there is nothing funny about the tragedy that took place at Fort Hood yesterday. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of opening fire at a military processing center, killing 13 people. Despite early reports that the Hasan was shot and killed, he is in stable condition. My thoughts are with all those at Fort Hood.

-The two Northwest Airlines pilots who over shot the Minneapolis International Airport by 150 miles, have appealed their license revocations with the National Transportation Safety Board. Hopefully the NTSB will exercise a little common sense and keep these two idiots out of the air.

-In a related story US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger has been named as the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. "Sully" is of course known for helping save the passengers of a US Airways flight that was forced to land in the Hudson River shortly after take off earlier this year. This year's theme for the parade is "A Cut Above the Rest". Certainly they made a great choice for Grand Marshall.

-Remember The Office episode where Michael tries to check Meredith into rehab against her will? Well if Dunder-Mifflin was in Alaska, that wouldn't be a problem. The state has adopted a law that will keep alcoholics for 48 hours before deciding if they are sober enough to be released. Something tells me this could be a great fraternity joke.

-Wednesday November, 11th is Veterans Day. To help honor those who have defended our freedom, many restaurants are providing free meals to veterans. Kudos to all the different restaurants that are participating in this program.

-Just hours after leading the Yankees to their 27th World Championship, manager Joe Girardi helped flagged down help after being the first person to come across a car accident on his drive home. According to reports Girardi put himself in some danger by running across the parkway near a blind curve where drivers apparently reach speeds of 80 MPH. Good for him for doing the right thing.

I'm on a plane this afternoon bound for Las Vegas. Hopefully we will have time to get the Moron of the Week posted. If not make sure to check out the Twitter Account for new links throughout the day.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/5

-In Monday's Morning Brew I mentioned how Kellogg's cereals were going to help prevent you from getting the Swine Flu. Well, apparently that was just a goof. The cereal maker has decided to pull the immunity claim off of its boxes of Cocoa Krispies, and Rice Krispies. So I guess we are all stuck with getting a regular old flu shot. Too bad.

-The New York Yankees captured their 27th World Championship last night in The Bronx with a 7-3 victory of the Philadelphia Phillies. Free agent to be, Hideki Matsui, was named the World Series MVP. I have been searching for a clip of Fox's Chris Rose doing perhaps the worst job of all time interviewing "Jetes", and "Mo" last night after the game. What a joke that guys was. If you happen to see a clip of it, please send it in.

-Michael Jordan's son, Marcus Jordan, is a basketball player at the University of Central Florida, which is an adidas school. When UCF played their first exhibition game this week the younger Jordan decided to wear Air Jordan shoes on the floor which is a direct violation of the school's contract with adidas. This nullifies the shoe companies contract with the school which will end up costing the university nearly $5 million. Hmmm.... and my wife thought that I paid too much for shoes. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes the Jordan Brand, or Nike to become the new apparel provider for UCF.

I posted a couple of links yesterday on our Twitter page yesterday. Since it is such a slow day for links today I figured I would pass them along again here.

-AT&T has filed a lawsuit against Verizon Wireless over their "There's a Map For That" ads. AT&T is claiming that the ads are going to mislead Midwest users into thinking that their service is useless. They are asking for the ads to be pulled ASAP.

-The Bro Bible has posted The 15 Best Man Caves on the Internet. I don't think there is a man alive that wouldn't kill to have his own Man Cave. Some of the pictures they show here are incredible.

As always, if you find a link online that you think will help folks kill some time during their day please e-mail it to You can also follow us on Twitter. The account is @8hourstokill.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/4

I'm still trying to get over last night's Jazz game. The good news is, I have someone to blame. Thanks Ross!

-As we exclusively reported yesterday, Tuesday was Election Day across the United States. Here is a list of some of the notable races around the country. Most importantly I will now have something to do if and when I take a trip to Ohio. Does this make Lebron's personal casino legal? Hmmmm....

-Good news for beer lovers, states around the country are nearly doubling the alcohol content in beer. Some beers will now have a legal alcohol by volume of 13.9%, up from 6%. The newer, more potent beers will cost more than a regular 6-pack however.

-The Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple has resigned. Keith Bardwell refused to marry the couple based on his belief that it was unfair to the couple's potential children to come from an interracial home. I thought that making my "Moron of the Week" pick was going to be more difficult. Good riddance Mr. Bardwell!

-American billionaire, Warren Buffett has taken his model train enthusiasm to a new level. Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway purchased Burlington Northern for a mere $34 billion. The company is the nation's largest rail transporter of coal and grain, also transports electronics and consumer goods as well as imported cars from both Toyota and Honda.

-Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin will share the duties of hosting the 82nd Academy Awards. The show which is scheduled for March 7th, will be Martin's 3rd time hosting, while Baldwin will be making his debut. This will be the first show since 1987 to have multiple hosts. Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan split the duties that year.

-The World Series resumes play tonight with game 6 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. Tonight's starting pitchers, Andy Pettitte, and Pedro Martinez are going to party like it's 1999. The two starters are a combined 75 years old. Speaking of old people, did you know Tim McCarver has a CD of great American songs? If that doesn't top your Holiday Shopping list, I don't know what will!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Morning Brew For 11/3

Before we get started, I just wanted to remind everyone to follow 8 Hours to Kill over on our Twitter Page. I will periodically throughout the day post links over there. Also it's a great way to get a link sent in, quick and easy (that's what she said).

-It is Election Day across America. Millions of people around the country are headed to the polls today to vote in the off-year elections. CNN gives us 10 Races To Watch from around the country.

-If you haven't seen the video of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili swatting a live bat out of the air on Halloween night, do your self a favor and check it out. The video itself is worth the click, but the fact that he had to get a rabies shot afterward, and then apologize to all the bat lovers across the country pushes the comedy even higher.

-Have you ever wanted to be on a 25 story high billboard in the middle of Times Square? Well, it might be cheaper than you think. American Eagle will give that opportunity to anyone who makes a purchase in their new Times Square location. The company will put a picture of you, as well as a 50 character message on the sign for as little as a $6.50 pair of socks. I wonder how Jackie Chiles would feel about this?

-I threw this link up on our Twitter account yesterday, but Time Magazine has posted what they think are the Top 10 Game Show Moments of all-time. Some entertaining stuff here.

-Does it get any better than seeing Doug Reinhardt dressed as the Tooth Fairy? Oh what we do for money love.

Make sure if you have a link to e-mail it in, and we'll share it with the rest of the world.

Monday, November 2, 2009

We're Back!!

Guess who's back? Back again..... After taking a short break to take care of some business I'm very happy to announce that the blog dedicated to getting you through your work day, school day, or your Monday, is back. I probably will be changing things up ever so slightly from the previous format. Instead of posting things under a Sports headline, or Entertainment, I am just going to find the best links that I can and get them all in one location for you.

As an added wrinkle for 8 Hours to Kill 2.0, I invite all of you to follow us on Twitter. Just click here to go to the Twitter page and make sure you follow us for all of our latest updates. I'm thinking that I will still do a morning post (tentitively scheduled to go online around 10 MST each morning), and will throw different links out on Twitter that are sent in throughout the day, or that I stumble across online. If you see a link you want posted please e-mail it in or send us a message on our Twitter page.

Enough of the business, let's get to today's Morning Brew:

-Worried about getting the H1N1 Virus? Well according to Kellogg's your morning bowl of Cocoa Krispies might just save your life. The FDA is still investigating whether or not Kellogg's is violating any laws with "false advertising".

-Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about remembering 9/11. So it was a no-brainer for me to link to this article that is talking about the U.S.S. New York returning "home". The ship was made with 7.5 tons of steel that was taken from Ground Zero, will be officially commissioned on Saturday. Very cool.

-Need goosebumps? The crew of the U.S.S. New York recalls where they were when they found out about the 9/11 attacks.

-This article nearly had me spitting coffee on my table while reading the USA Today this morning. A 78-year old man describes how new technologies are killing communication. A must read!

-In case you were ignoring your television this weekend, Brett Favre returned to Green Bay this weekend. The Green Bay Press Gazette has an entire section on their website dedicated to just this weekends Packers/Vikings game. Think they care much about local football? As of posting this the game story on there website has a mere 1,328 comments on it.

-The Yankees have taken a commanding 3 games to 1 lead over the Phillies in the World Series. During Saturday's Game 3, Alex Rodriguez hit a ball off of a camera lens in right field. Originally called a double by umpires, A-Rod was awarded a home run after the umpires used instant replay to review the play. This was the firs time in World Series history that instant replay has been used to over turn a call on the field.

-The bigger story about the overturned home run, is why haven't I seen a replay of from the camera that was hit by the ball? I mean Fox can show us 438 different angles of Charlie Manuel, and Joe Girardi, but I can't see a replay of a home run coming into my living room? C'mon Joe Buck make this happen!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sue Me...

I know, it's been multiple days since our last post. I've actually been a little busy at work and haven't had time to do too much. Give me the rest of the week off, hopefully I will be back at it next week. In the mean time watch this Justin Timberlake video over and over. It's that good.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thursday's This 'N That

The Links

-Why would I post a video that is NSFW on a blog that is dedicated to getting you through your work day? Because this video is friggin' hilarious! Big thanks to Warren S. for sending that one in.

-If you find a video, or an article that you find worth sharing online, please feel free to e-mail it to We will post the link and be sure to give you full credit.


-Last night's Lakers/Rockets game showed exactly why I love watching the NBA Playoffs so much. 5 technical fouls, and 2 ejections were just part of the story last night at the Staples Center. Derek Fisher absolutely had a cheap shot on Luis Scola. There is very little doubt in my mind that he is going to be suspended for Game 3 on Friday night. The Inside the NBA crew breaks it down right here. Ron Artest continues to be one of the most entertaining nut jobs in the Association. Watch his post game comments on his ejection from last night's game, I promise it is worth the time.

Update: I was just told by a friend of mine that Ron Artest apparently applied for a job at Circuit City after his rookie year just so he could use the employee discount. This just keeps getting better and better.

-Rajon Rondo had a triple-double last night to help lead the Celtics past the Magic in Game 2 of their series. Obviously the only reason the Celtics were able to hold on in this game was because JJ Redick fouled out with 4:46 remaining. Had he remained in the game he would have started hitting 30 footers like he was back in college and brought Orlando right back into the game. Believe it.


-American Idol is down to their final 3. I'm not going to post who was kicked off, just in case there are readers who have last night's episode recorded at home. Oh yeah, that and I haven't watched this show in 6 years so I couldn't tell you any of the people's names.

-Last week I mentioned the reality TV show, Jon and Kate Plus 8. Who knew that mentioning it on the blog would lead to such a media blitz? If you've never seen the show, well first of all good work, but you might want to check it out just to see how crazy Kate is. I'm never going to condone cheating on your spouse, but it wouldn't surprise me if Jon was hanging out with some women who were actually sane.

-Do not, I repeat DO NOT mess with Jack Bauer.


-President Obama has provided a more in depth look at his 2010 budget. Obama is calling for cuts that will trim $17 billion from the U.S. budget. There are 121 federal programs that the President will cut funding for, including many in the defense department.

-Ahhh, nothing quite like the occasional porn star running for a senate bid in Louisiana. Stormy Daniels is apparently on a tour through the state to see if there is support for her to potentially run against current senator David Vitter. How many jokes will the late night talk shows get out of this?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Recession Ender

No post today. 9 AM meetings will do that to a guy. Need something to kill time with today? Check out Saturday's 100th Post for a best of for all the links that have been posted thus far.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tuesday's Tidbits

The Links

-Today's link is sent in by... ME! I saw this picture over at the Uni Watch Blog and couldn't help but want to share it with the world. Check out Mark Sanchez' helmet. Sanchez was the Jets first round draft pick, and should compete for the starting QB job this season. Good times in the Big Apple.

-Lisa R. sent in this video which shows 5 very talented young girls singing the National Anthem at a Texas Tech/Texas men's basketball game. If this doesn't give you goosebumps you might want to check your pulse.


-Two upsets last night in the Association. The Orlando Magic went into Boston and defeated the Celtics 95-90. The Magic iced the game on free throws by J.J. "Mariano Rivera" Redick. Yeah I said it. J.J. had 12 points in his second consecutive start for Orlando.

-Behind 28 points and 10 rebounds from Yao Ming, Houston went to the Staples Center and beat the Lakers 100-92. Kobe Bryant scored 32 points for the Lakers, but of course he needed 31 shots to get that done. Houston dodged a bullet when Bryant and Yao knocked knees in the 4th quarter. After heading into the tunnel and loosening up again, Yao returned to help seal the deal for the Rockets. Game 2 is Wednesday night in L.A.


-It appears that rookie American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will be back next season. Simon Cowell told Ellen DeGeneres at a taping of her talk show that the new Idol judge will be back for next season. Hooray.

-Is the season finale of Scrubs going to be the series finale? According to show creator Bill Lawrence, it may be. Lawrence will be departing after this season, as will co-star Zach Braff. The only reason I mention this is for you Jason A. I know you are a Scrubs fan, although I'm not sure why, but read the article and let us all know what you are feeling.


-According to Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, the US Economy should start to recover by the end of 2009. Bernanke says that the economy will bottom out sometime this later this year and begin to turn upward. However he warns that there will be some more bumps along the road, aka more job loss, and the further diminishing of your 401K, and Roth IRA. Not that I'm keeping track or anything.

I've been looking for a 2nd news story to link, I can't find anything that I think is interesting enough to post. So take that news world! Come up with something better for me and I'll link it!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Suck it, iPhone!

The BlackBerry Curve has over taken the iPhone as the #1 smart phone in the United States.

That's how we roll!

Weekend Update

The Links

-Mike C. sends along three videos for us today. The first may be NSFW due to language, but it is pretty freaking funny. More from Axis of Awesome, which he mentions led him to this video.

-Chris B. sent in this newspaper article highlighting what may be one of the most creative Senior Pranks of all time. Chris mentions to us that this is from a rival high school of his, so kudos to him for giving props to a rival. Good luck in Houston Chris.


-After seven overtime periods, multiple last second shots, and hundreds of Sideshow Bob jokes the greatest first round series in NBA Playoff history came to a close on Saturday night. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 109-99 in Game 7 to advance to the 2nd round. Like I said last week, you know it's a good series when my wife is planning our Saturday night dinner plans around watching the game.

-According to a report out of Cleveland, LeBron James will be named the 2008-2009 NBA MVP. James averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists in the regular season, and helped lead the Cavs to an NBA best 66 wins. I'm just going to take a shot in the dark and say that this will be the first of many for the King.

-51-1 long shot, Mine That Bird, captured the 2009 Kentucky Derby. 153,563 people crammed in to Churchill Downs to watch the race. Mine That Bird returned $103.20, the 2nd largest return in Derby history, and the highest since 1913.


-NBC announced their fall lineup this morning. Heroes, Southland, and Parks and Recreation are among the shows that the Peacock is planning on bringing back for the fall. They will join Celebrity Apprentice, The Office, 30 Rock, Law and Order SVU, The Biggest Loser, and Friday Night Lights as returning shows. No word on whether or not Chuck will be picked up for another season. I'm on pins and needles.

-The new X-Men movie pulled in $87 million to capture the box office crown this weekend. Matthew McConaughey's romantic comedy, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past came in 2nd with $15.3 million.

-This weekend's movie was The Soloist. Very solid movie, I thought Jamie Foxx, and Robert Downey Jr. were both fantastic in their respective parts. Highly recommend checking out this flick.


-A man traveling through the Texas panhandle may have found the original recipe for Dr. Pepper. Bill Waters purchased a tattered old ledger book for $200. According to estimates it may fetch as much as $75,000 at auction later this month. Dr. Pepper says that the recipe in the book is not the current secret recipe for the drink, but did not comment on whether or not it was the original recipe.

-We are all going to die. The Swine Flu is everywhere, and apparently we need to cancel all sporting events. What a joke.