Friday, September 19, 2014

200 dozen doughnuts

Homer would be jealous!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 3

Really wish I changed my "Pick of the Week" for week 2 once the Adrian Peterson news came out, but unfortunately I didn't (it would have been New England). That being said, I still expected New Orleans to defeat Cleveland. There were plenty of other surprises last week though, as I managed to finish at 9-7. Overall I am 20-12 after 2 weeks, good for 62.5% correct. Let's see where I went wrong:

I already mentioned my Pick of the Week, and 4 of my remaining 6 losses were upsets. Those included Buffalo over Miami, San Diego over Seattle (which nobody in their right mind had winning), beat up St. Louis over Tampa Bay, and Chicago coming back to beat San Francisco. I also didn't start the week off great, as I incorrectly picked Pittsburgh to upset Baltimore (though who expected them to play that badly?). My final loss was also an incorrect upset pick, this time being wrong for picking Detroit over Carolina. 2-2 in upset picks (5-3 overall) and 1-1 overall for Picks of the Week. Last week before the byes start, so I'm hoping to get some wins in. There's some damn tough games to pick though:

Thursday, 8:30pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, 1pm
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills
Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams**
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Houston Texans at New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Oakland Raiders at *New England Patriots*
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Sunday, 4pm/4:25pm
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs at  Miami Dolphins
Sunday, 8:30pm
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Monday, 8:30pm
Chicago Bears at New York Jets

*Pick of the Week*

upset picks as of 9/18 12:00pm

**No favorite

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Week 2: 9-7
Season: 20-12 (62.5%)

Darrell Hammond to become new SNL announcer

From Variety:

The new “voice” of “Saturday Night Live” is going to have a familiar tone 
Darrell Hammond, the versatile impressionist who held forth on the program between 1995 and 2009 – the longest tenure of any cast member on the show – will return to the venerable program as its announcer, Hammond and show executive producer Lorne Michaels said in interviews with USA Today and The New York Times. He will replace Don Pardo, the program’s longtime announcer who passed away in August. 
Hammond has some familiarity with his new duties. He has at times quietly substituted for Pardo when he had voice problems, according to the reports. 
Michaels told USA Today that Hammond would not replicate Pardo’s voice, but would come up with his own take on the role. “”I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” Michaels told the media outlet. “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. And it will be nice to have Darrell around. He understands the show and will probably be helpful in ways we haven’t yet figured out.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron plot details

From Marvel's press release:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. 
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eagles vs Colts: Behind the Numbers 2014

The kick is up and it's GOOOOOOOD! Eagles win 30-27!!!

The kick is up and it's GOOOOOOOD! Eagles win 30-27!!!

See what I did there? I hate icing the kicker; can someone please do a study on how ineffective it is? I had no doubt that Cody Parkey would drill the kick the second time, and he did just that to give the Philadelphia Eagles a dramatic 30-27 comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts as time expired. Once again the Eagles found themselves in a first half hole before storming back in the last 30 minutes. The game was still fairly close throughout with the Colts and Eagles seemingly evenly matched, so let's see if the numbers support that:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Miss the soda Surge? Now you don't have to!

Seriously. It is now available to purchase on Amazon. For only $14, you can get a 12 pack of 16 oz Surge cans!
More info here

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 2

It wouldn't be the NFL if there weren't plenty of surprises after Week 1. Luckily I was able to correctly predict some of those upsets, finishing 11-5 overall and 3-1 for upset picks. I also was correct with my "Pick of the Week", as Philadelphia was able to take care of Jacksonville after a terrible first half. Of the 5 games I incorrectly picked, I truly wasn't surprised by any of them.

New England losing to Miami was certainly not expected, but Miami always tends to play well against NE it seems. Same situation with Atlanta and New Orleans; division rivals that play tough. If I were to pick one surprising upset, it would be Buffalo over Chicago. Chicago played awful at home. Ditto for Kansas City, losing to Tennessee at home. Lastly, Washington looked pathetic losing to Houston on the road, but I don't think anybody had high hopes for them anyway. On to Week 2:

Thursday, 8:30pm
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, 1pm
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings
*New Orleans Saints* at Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, 4pm
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 4:30pm
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 8:30pm
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Monday, 8:30pm
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts

*Pick of the Week*

Upset picks as of 9/11 12:30pm

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Season: 11-5 (69%)