Monthly Archive for January, 2002

i really dig a girl with a goth look, but this is taking the whole vampire thing a little (no, a lot) too far. (thanks to hugey for the link…i think.)

man, first dubya’s grrls and now this – these bush girls sure can party! :(

this supposed “championship” game is illegitimate! i refuse to accept this winner as deserving. it’s a great injustice. sorry about the blog rage in my previous post, but i had to vent. now it seems that everyone has forgotten about the travesty, as they wax on about the “destined” patsies….yeah, if destiny goes by the name of referee walt coleman. i couldn’t even find a mention of it on any football web sites. it’s as simple as this: the raiders should be playing the lambs this weekend(by the way, can we please stop hearing all the hype-bullshit about that team? they could have easily lost to a mediocre eagle team at home last weekend if philly had some reasonably good plays called on their potential game winning 55-yard drive at the end of the game. what was up with those calls? you have a great athlete and improvisor in qb mcnabb…cut him loose!). i thought last year’s baltimore team, with their pathetic offense, was the worst to ever make it to a stupor bowl, but this patsy team is easily worse. baltimore had a great defense(i grudgingly admit). the patsies have nothing of note on either side of the ball….unless you count coleman, their twelfth man.

and the nfl continuing to insist that what happened followed the rules is the most offensive thing about the debacle. even a stoned dude could tell. they are saying article 2 of the rule applies in this case? well if that’s true, it’s a fumble because this “tucking” was not going on. he had simply stopped his forward motion on a pump fake and was getting ready to bring the ball back again. it seems to me that article 3 more correctly applies to this case. and if neither is convincing enough for you, then it should be a fumble because that was the call on the field. a call cannot be reversed unless it is “obviously” wrong in the replay. it’s amazing that blind walt coleman used the word “obvious”, when it was anything but an obvious incomplete pass.

lastly, the true measure of the hideousness of the reversal is this: if the fumble call stayed and wasn’t reversed, would there be a controversy as there is now? the answer is a resounding NO. the patsies would be home eating chowder and nary a complaint would be heard.

this is not a legitimate super bowl match up. it’s just another case where the two best, most deserving, teams are not meeting to decide the championship. i’ll be in austria and i won’t watch a minute of it.

oh yeah, here’s a panoramic photo of the view from jp’s veranda in italy. i meant to post this while i was there, but couldn’t connect to my server. it was cloudy 8 out of 9 days and i froze my cojones off in venice. my luck continues.

offline, x raised an eyebrow at my shakira promo a few blogs ago, but here’s another hot singer who’s got europe in her back pocket: anastacia. she’s more in the soul/funk lane than pop, and has to be the hottest full-time glasses-wearing chick around … yeah, baby i like that all-natural, myopic(?) approach. of course, this could all just be the result of omnitel italia’s phonecard campaign which features anastacia’s ‘paid my dues’ and imagery of superbabe megan gale to push their products … whatever, i’m a consumer in luv 😉

THE RAIDERS WERE ROBBED.

the guys went into a hostile environment, in the snow, played their hearts out and WON that game. i’m proud of them and disgusted in the nfl. i want an apology…no! fuck that! an apology won’t cut it. i want an asterisk in the fucking record books for the whole season.

i’m devastated. the finality of it. i can’t describe how mad i am….even though i kinda saw it coming when they decided to review the woodson hit, being the cynical raider fan i am. i just thought maybe justice would prevail this time, but it never does for the silver and black. i just thought, ‘nooo, they won’t really overturn that fumble. no way.’ very bitter pill. i’m sickened. just totally sickened. this one will go down in history alongside the rob lytle fumble in denver that kept them out of back-to-back super bowls(and keep one from dallas) and the immaculate reception in pittsburgh. but those other bad calls and ones like them were supposed to be avoided by instant replay. this time, they used replay to overturn a good call to fuck the raiders.

this game was won. i can’t stomach it. the raiders outplayed the patsies. they’re the better team. i just don’t understand it. there was a roughing the passer call on gannon that wasn’t called and at least two pass interference calls that weren’t called, oh and i almost forgot, a bad spot on a first down catch by tim brown in the raiders’ first drive that was challenged by the raiders but reviewed and still marked short by the incompetent zebras when the replay showed he clearly caught the ball past the first down….and after those i thought the raiders might get a call. then came the overturn of a great, game-winning play by a great player. that official should be ashamed of himself. that call kept great, great players (hall-of-fame players) like steve wisniewski, tim brown, and eric allen from a chance at perhaps their only super bowl. not to mention rich gannon, greg biekert, lincoln kennedy, and william thomas. and that pussy brady has the unmitigated nerve to say after the game that he was throwing the ball….fucking liar! after the play, he KNEW it was a fumble by the way he acted. he was moping on the sideline. he knew they had lost. he didn’t go to the refs at all to petition that he was throwing the ball.

maybe i should’ve seen this coming with things like the phantom tripping call against frank middleton at denver that gave the patsies a bye (and was later apologized for by the nfl) and the jets having ZERO penalties called against them last week. and don’t even compare this with the ray hamilton roughing-the-passer call in 76, bitch boston writers! that was a judgement call and on third down. they always call it when you go anywhere near a qb’s head, idiots! (just ask the raiders, who get called for that more than any other team….surprise, surprise.) and who’s to say the raiders wouldn’t have got the first down on the next play. THIS play was GAME! they had to overturn it on replay. everybody saw it confirmed as a fumble on their tv’s except for that ass-hole referee walt coleman. patsies have no time outs. raiders kneel twice. raiders advance to afc championship. period. this shit is as bad as i can remember. one of the toughest losses ever. i’m furious, heartbroken, and can’t believe what i just witnessed.

(one note i have to make is that even though it was obvious to me and thousands of others that the qb did NOT have a forward throwing motion and HAD in fact stopped on a pump fake when he was hit and fumbled, the call on the field WAS A FUMBLE and you must have CONCLUSIVE evidence to the contrary in order to overturn it. in the LEAST, that was not the case. what the fucking zebras were looking at i’ll never know. i’ll say it again….IRREFUTABLE, UNDISPUTABLE, CONCLUSIVE visual evidence needed to reverse.)

i don’t even feel like fucking going to italy.

i’ve finally found some time to post digital photos from my Christmas in st louis. most from my parents’ Christmas party, but some from my uncle steve’s and my sister’s. now it’s time to watch the raiders bust some patsy ass (though the snow worries me…that always seems to help an inferior team) and then i wake up early to fly to gaeta, italy for a conference. at the end of the week, i’ll be having a mini roman holiday, then driving to vicenza (near venice) for a day.

let a former terrorist off because she’s now a nice lady? hell no kathleen soliah, alias sarah jane olson. s.l.a. operative. it disturbs me that someone on the lam for 25 years can dismiss past felony crimes of youth with some “i’m sorry” dribble … hey lady, it takes more than a gesture for (planned) bombings, thrill killings, and bank robberies; too bad you and most of your cohorts were/are/are going to be on trial during the war on terror, and i can’t wait to see who dimes-out remaining fugutive james kilgore the quickest in return for leniency(sp). damn leftists.

i like some foreign films and see a good many, but i’ve found that they just don’t compare, for the most part, to our american movies. i see why there’s a separate category at the academy awards. one recent example is the devil’s backbone. i read some capsule reviews on it(mostly good) and many raved about how it was spookier than the others(which i thought was great…the best ghost story i’ve ever seen). so i went into the local arts picture house with high hopes. while it was good, with some beautiful cinematography and really cool opening titles, it just didn’t come close to american-made films in its genre like the others and wasn’t even as scary as the aforementioned mulholland drive. maybe it’s just me? cuz i still can’t get over the fact that roberto benigni actually won a best actor oscar and people actually liked the most horrible cheese since the titanic(if that’s possible) called life is beautiful. that movie made me want to throw up (sorry, dimitri).

adios, j.ho (who has been thoroughly beat down by xristos and hugey) hola, que tal shakira! i’ve been ribbed plenty about my occasional pop endorsements, and sure, g. estefan is her new handler … but this chica is an eyeful both still and in motion (see video for current hit ‘whenever, wherever’). and i thought my own nicaraguan/chicago irish mix was out there; shakira is columbian/lebanese and spikes her sounds and moves with some arabesque freak. props to her for tackling her 1st ever english-language album: whenever, wherever is catchy in any dialect.

wasn’t thrilled with channel-surfing lame US tv over the holiday break, however i was impressed by the food network’s iron chef. perhaps b/c it’s a japanese program where bold challengers duel against the show’s expert chefs to create as many unique dishes from a common theme/food in one hour, all taking place within ‘kitchen stadium.’ host kaga takeshi is an over-the-top MC, and the dubbed guest judges provide insightful play-by-play/color commentary/instant replay to make it almost as exicting as a raiders playoff game. i gar-on-tee it’s the best cooking show hilarity(sp) since that old guy with the red suspenders from nawlins. on a related matter, i got a good laugh out of the iron chef

drinking game … best sure-bet queue to throw one back is if kaga says “if memory serves me right”