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Hershey Bears – New Logo

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I’ve never seen the Hershey Bears play but have always liked them. Probably because they’ve been around forever (next year is 75 years). So when I was little (not 75 years ago) the Phantoms (in Philly) were around yet and what kid doesn’t love Hershey. So there you go.

I haven’t thought much of them in a while. The Phantoms moving away hasn’t helped my AHL knowledge. But I spotted their new logo and it’s pretty great.

I didn’t see anything about the jerseys, that will be important to put the jerseys into context and see how the all chocolate works with this solid logo.

One other thing I spotted while on the Hershey Bears site was that they are playing an outdoor game in January at Hersheypark Stadium. Ok, everyone is playing outdoor games these days. But I was excited by the logo.

Actually, I have thought about the Hershey Bears recently. Last month, the Hersheypark Arena roof caught fire. The Bears haven’t played there in 10 years but they still practice there. The arena opened in 1936. Link to a news story about the fire.

Found on Icethetics.

Mike

Alex Goot – Not Over You (Gavin DeGraw)

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Alex Goot (covering Gavin DeGraw) – Not Over You

Covers are usually just ok. Every once in a while I find a good one, although it’s usually not a cover of a song I like a lot. In this case I like the original a lot and this cover is really well done. So listen.

Listen on Spotify.

Never sure if music posts should be morning or night.

Found on AbsolutePunk.

Mike

Twins get 2014 All-Star Game

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Twins get 2014 All-Star Game

Mets have 2013, in case you forgot.

With all these new stadiums getting All-Star games, I can’t post about visiting the stadium. I went to the Metrodome in 2004, well before Target Field. I was living in Minnesota that year for a co-op. I convinced the co-op/internship program to pick a Twins game when the Phillies were in town. To add to the excitement, Larry Bowa got thrown out during the game. That’s all I remember. That and that it was a football stadium so the seats didn’t face home plate, but straight forward into the outfield (from the 3rd base line).

Target Field looks nice and the Twin Cities in July is a pretty great spot for an All Star Game. Compared to this year in KC, the Twin Cities have a lot more going on and it isn’t nearly as hot.

When will the All-Star game come back to Philly? I expect 2015 and 2017 to be some order of DC and Miami. Meaning 2019 for Philly at the earliest. The Phillies missed out with the new stadium buzz since they last had it in 1996 (I was there!) and then the new stadium opened in 2004. Also, the early 2000s Phillies weren’t a big deal so no one was all that excited about coming back. Now is a different story but we’re caught in a round of new stadiums.

Mike

First few SNL hosts for this season

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September 15: Seth MacFarlane
September 22: Joseph Gordon Levitt
October 6: Daniel Craig

Saw this on HitFix. Can’t really complain about any of the hosts. Seth MacFarlane surpringly hasn’t hosted before but as all the tools. Joseph Gordon Levitt has all the tools as well and I remember him being good last time. I’m curious to see Daniel Craig because I only know him from being serious in the Bond movies.

I’m surprised SNL isn’t doing Weekend Update Thursdays like they did for the election in 2008. NBC doesn’t have a lot going for it, I’d think a handful of half hour slots being spoken for would be a no brainer.

Oh, the musical guests are Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, and Muse. No big deal, I usually skip through the musical acts. Mumford & Sons are the only ones I’ll listen to for a minute.

Mike

AP Rankings for NFL

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The AP Pre-Season Rankings for the NFL came out about a month ago. They are called the AP Pro 32 (catchy, huh?). I forget how I came across them, but I feel like they should get a lot more attention. They likely haven’t gotten that much press because every sports site does their own Power Rankings.

Who runs the AP? I’d like to know because I’m curious why it took so long to branch out from college football and basketball. There should be weekly rankings for every sport and even things like MVP races. I just thought of the MVP idea and I love it. Pre-season MVP rankings. What happens to a player on a bye week or an injury. Will someone drop if he sits at the end of the year since their playoff position is set. So many questions and I want to see what would happen.

I like it for the purpose of more arguments but also because it would make professional pickem games on Ice Cream Helmet easier to figure out. ‘Which NHL games to pick this week? Here’s a game with two top 10 teams. Done.’

The Packers came out at #1 with the Patriots and Giants each getting some 1st place votes. The Colts are solidly in last.

My biggest problem with this list: so few voters. Just 12. You could easily get sports writers from each NFL city and from each of the major networks. No excuse for less than 40 voters.

AP NFL Voters:
Chris Berman, ESPN
Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
John Lynch, Fox Sports
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune

Mike

High Frame Rate Video Playback

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High Frame Rate Video Playback

There was a lot of talk about high framerates when The Hobbit was previewed a little while back at 48fps. This post has a lot of examples of some of the effects of different framerates.

Mike

Last Week on Kimmel

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A couple of great clips from Kimmel last week.

Skype Scavenger Hunt with girls who just moved back to college. So many shoes!

Kids crying after seeing that Timothy Green movie. This wasn’t one of Kimmel’s challenges, but a similar effect. My mom said people were complaining about this on the radio because the parents are filming and laughing. Who cares. Maybe I’m just used to family that wants things to make fun of you in the future.

Boy goes and gets help when his dad gets stung by a bee. It made it to Kimmel because of the kid’s unique vocabulary.

Mike

Sporcle: US Newspapers

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My Sporcle activity really took a dive after I stopped working. It should have been more popular during grad school, but oddly only came up a few times. Those days it did come up meant all productivity for the day was hopeless. I found in my Pocket List an old link to one I really liked: US Newspapers.

I’m not sure why but city newspaper names stick in my head. It could be because I usually prefer to get the local story of big news so I’d wind up on their sites more often than most.

I did this one over a year ago. I got 19 of the 30, which I was pretty ok with. There are only 3 that I didn’t get that I look at now and have a small kick of myself (but not a big kick). Try it out, let me know how you did.

What do you think, more Sprocle talk on BF?

Mike

No More Bums – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Brian Regan)

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Have you been watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? I hope so. I’m not sure how much Crackle spent to get it going. I love that they did since it lets me watch the episodes on my XBox (just get the Crackle app). It hasn’t gotten me to watch anything else on Crackle, so maybe not the best investment yet.

In addition to the episodes, there are bits that got cut from the show that are put online the next week. This was my favorite from the Brian Regan episode. Just click on the image, I didn’t see an embed option.

No More Bums – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Brian Regan)

The whole Brian Regan show and extra clips were all great. This one stuck out because Bums was the word my Pop Pop used more than any other. It was mostly aimed at the Phillies and Eagles and occasionally anyone on TV that also deserved the title.

Mike

Cockneys vs Zombies Trailer

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I never got into the zombie craze. All the preparing for the zombie apocalypse books, and The Walking Dead was so boring I quit watching it in the middle of an episode. However, I’m all in for this.


Cockneys vs Zombies
Mike

Tosh.0: Wheelchair vs. Escalator

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Great things about this clip:

  • “Does she think she’s a shopping cart at a 2-story target?” I was blown away by those in California. Target was like Ikea.
  • A Mitch Hedberg reference. My mom texts me that whenever she comes across an escalator that is temporarily stairs.
  • Tosh says how his luggage never works on those. That’s why I invented the luggage escalator for the airport many years ago.