Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Age Surprises

Jamie Moyer, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 and won 12 games, is 47-years-old.

Dwight Gooden, who retired in 2001 after 16 years in the Majors and who was recently arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs, is 45-years-old.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stolen Idea

I swear I had this idea or one very similar to it:

Man, I really wish my job were to write beer or pizza commercials..that would be AWESOME!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Life Lessons Learned From Watching 16 & Pregnant

I just got suckered into (AKA, turned on and watched) another entire episode of 16 & Pregnant on MTV (the one following Chelsea and that A-hole Adam). Man, I see a lot of patterns:

1) The girls often make more of a commitment to the baby
2) The girls are reluctant to see their boyfriends' flaws (despite the disturbingly accurate/wise advice of their friends)
3) The guys are all weird dirtbags

Hmm..well, those are three patterns I've observed. I am amazed at the girls' abilities to step into the role of motherhood at such a young age..but the main thing that I walk away from the show thinking is that no one should have a baby at age 16..or 17..or maybe even least not 16. It's way too young.

Man, that show gets me every time.

NBA Age Surprise

Think fast: How old is Jermaine O'Neal?

Give up? Only 31. 31.

I can't believe it. Seems like he's older (although he's been in the league since he was 18). Nevertheless, he's younger than Kobe. That's pretty crazy.

I'm still amazed that Gilbert Arenas is only 28. Guy's been around for a while now.

This concludes my NBA player age post.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NBA, 16 & Pregnant

I'd like to talk about two things which I love.

First, the NBA (although I've really gotten into college basketball this year, too). I think college basketball definitely has more energy and passion than the NBA and it's fun to see players playing who might never make a living playing basketball, but the NBA is fun to watch because of the players' celebrity statuses and because of the superior skills of every single player (compared to the skills across the board at the college level). That said, I am going to be a Milwaukee Bucks fan for the rest of the season. Normally, I am a 76ers fan; but they "suck" this year. I really like the Bucks. Brandon Jennings is a fireball. And while he is erratic, keep in mind he is a rookie and has the confidence level of a veteran! I also like their foreign imports Delfino, Ilyasova, and Bogut. Salmons was a great pickup and I like watching him since he was a former Sixer. Who else do they have? Oh yeah..Ridnour and the guy Luc Richard Mbah a Mboute (sp?)..they are fun players. In any event, I'm pulling for them for the rest of this season.

Secondly, I'd like to talk about 16 & Pregnant. What a good show. I think it provides great insight into the youth of today. But the news is disturbing: the youth of today do not seem that smart.

One thing that seems to be consistent, however, is how bad the future fathers treat their pregnant girlfriends and how reluctant the girls are to recognize their boyfriends' poor treatment. I mean, the guys usually treat the girls like dirt and the girls always say to their friends, "I'm hoping he'll turn around," or, "He says he's ready to step up to the plate and be a father," or, "I think he's going to change," and on and on...

It's disturbing. It also makes you realize what a tough situation that is! These 15/16 year old girls are so you and now they're faced with the decision of whether or not to raise a child? The girls are still kids and you want them to have a normal life growing up..experience high school, college, and beyond..and you want them to be able to raise their own child..but both of those scenarios don't seem compatible. It is tough!

So in short..I am rooting for the Bucks for the rest of this NBA season and 16 & Pregnant is an interesting show! (Some episdoes I've seen in particular include Valerie, Nikkole, and Farrah)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fun Moments In Sports

A part of why I love watching sports is because sometimes you see players do something out of the ordinary [for them]. This happened last night when Andre Miller, who also dropped 52 points in a game earlier this season, slammed it home on a fast break:

Miller is not known for his flashy play or his athleticism. Rather, he's known for his good basketball IQ and wily play (pump fakes to draw contact and such). He doesn't even shoot threes. This dunk, then, came as a huge surprise and was pretty fun to watch. It reminded me of the joy I felt when the following play happened:

[Jason Williams dunks on Mario Elie]