Friday, October 21, 2005

Special Lebowski DVD

Who has heard of this coming out? I stumbled upon it tonight at Here be some features:

8 Exclusive Photo Cards, 4 Character Coasters, Collectible Bowling Towel
Introduction by Mortimer Young
Jeff Bridges' Photography
Making of The Big Lebowski
Production Notes

Sounds stinkin' sweet.

This is a must have for any Big L fans.

Thursday, October 20, 2005, one of their tops tories today is about Vince Vaughan kissing Jennifer Anniston, and some poor soul had to see it AND take pictures. This is the bold face lead in the, ahem, story -

"Does Vinnifer have the same ring to it as Brangelina?"

The most trusted name in news folks, right there!

They aren't all bad though, they did post this pic of Tom Delay's mug shot(see above)...The Republican leader has turned himself in, what with the whole warrant and all. At least somebody is covering it. I wonder what Sean Hannity has to say...

Actual Conversation I Just Overheard Before Going to Bed

As I poured a late-night glass of milk, I hear the door on the first floor, below my window slam shut. Startled, I stop the pouring and lean foward towards the window. I see nothing from my angle, but I can hear the voices...

Man - ... and you know, so you understand, I know you tried to run me over with your car.

Woman(with slowed, almost slurred, drunken speech pattern) - I didn't try to run over your hand, your foot, over with my car. No, I didn't.

Man - Yes, you did. I saw you, you knew I was there and you ran over me.

Woman - I didn't try to run you over. If I wanted to run over you, you would know, because you would be dead. I didn't try to run you over.

Man - You saw me next to the car, and you looked right at me and ran over my hand!

Woman - No, you were holding onto, and banging my car while I wanted to drive away. I didn't try to run over your hand, your hand ended up getting...I don't know...

Man (his voice softened, the door slammed again, and I couldn't make out what he was saying)...let's just get going, I need this to be over.

And off they went into the Venice night.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

MLB Octoberfest

A quick observation about the teams left in the MLB Playoff race.

The Astros just made it to World Series(which I dig, of the 8 teams that made the playoffs and since the Yanks and Sawx were eliminated, preventing us from seeing another classic showdown, I root for the 'Stros). Biggio and Bagwell have busted their asses for a long time, so if they get a ring, it's all good in my book. But it's a short book.

That means Houston and the Chicago White Sox meet in the fall classic. Funny, 4 players that will play a major role in deciding who wins this World Series are-

Roger Clemens
Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez
Andy Pettite
Jose Contreras

George and his experts, managers, and scouts must love that. Throw in the fact that instead of trying to deal for Mark Mulder, the Yankees opted to get an aging Randy Johnson who choked in the playoffs, and one might start thinking - Maybe the Yankees magic, is done.

Here's another fun tidbit.

The Astros total team salary is: $76,779,022
The White Sox total team salary is:$75,228,000

Neither team cracks the Top 10 list in this category. I'm thinking more folks are reading 'Moneyball' then ever.

That's it. Thank you.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Big Blue

Buenos Noches, Furyfans.

I was so moved by the events on that sloping, bright, heatswamp of a football field in Irving, TX that I broke out the old Blog for another go round. I'ma get right to the point.

Today's Giants v. Cowboys game was horrendous. Not just for the Giants and their fans because they lost, but for football, and the NFC East more specifically. All week the analysts called the NFC East the best division in football since they all had winning records and each team has beaten quality football teams to get to this point. The Giants/Cowboys game was looked at as 'The Game of the Week' by Fox, and it garnered the majority of the sports talk attention leading into Sunday. As a Giant fan, I love seeing the G-Men get the press, especially with Eli playing as well as he has this season(Eli haters take note, playing him last year hasn't hurt his development. A brilliant prediction by yours truly right here in The Fury) All the 'experts' predicted a shootout affair, or a defensive battle for the ages. We got neither. Yes, both defences played well(with the Cowboys playing relatively speaking, much better), and each team forced 4 turnovers which can seem impressive. But each team had 4 turnovers...good defense? Or sloptastic football? Vote for slopo.

Don't get me wrong, I lived and died with each snap, each stuffed run, each wobbly, errant pass, each wide open Cowboy receiver, each ball thrown at the feet of Shockey, each Bledsoe panic, each Coughlin anger explosion and each wry smile by The Big Gay Tuna. I was into the game, and it was fun to watch but it was a grade-A stinker. Awesome finish saw the Giants offense come alive for a total of 1:40 seconds. That's a deliberatly low estimate of the Giants final two drives of the game. The point is the Giants offense only played well in the last 4 minutes of the game. That's not the sign of a good football team or game. The Cowboys defense blew a 4th quater lead again, and if Tiki didn't flub the golden rule of 'always pick tails', they probably would've lost the game. Also not the sign of a good football team or game. This was a supposed 'Clash of the Titans' in the NFC East, but in my eyes it was a game that exposed the weakness of each team: Inconsistency. You throw either of these teams into the playoffs against the Eagles in Philly, or God forbid a Superbowl against the Colts, Patriots or Steelers and it's Good Night, Irene. I guess the critics were wrong and they will all say on Monday 'Well, looks like we jumped the gun on the NFC East being the dominant force in the NFL this year.' But they won't, just take a look at the front page story headline on which posted just hours after today's game. It's an article about how the Cowboys defense is sooooooo f'n cock suckin' good that they will win the division. I think Donovan, TO and Michael Westbrook will have something to say about that. And the Redskins will laugh too, thinking back to a few Monday Night Miracles ago. That's the nature of the beast though, when you look at the schedule of games from today, the NFL had no other game to heavily promote, so it makes sense that they would jump on the NFC East bandwagon. I will revisit this issue in the coming weeks after the Giants lose their next 3 games and visions of Ray Handley dance in our minds.

On the whole, the season has been great so far for The Giants. When Eli, Shockey, Tiki and Plaxico are groovin' on a Sunday afternoon, the world is a wonderful place. When they play like they did today, I'd rather have a dart thrown into my hand at a bar by some shmuck. Not really, but you catch my drift. It hurts to see a team that can play so well come up empty in a big game. This game was an example of how as Giants fan, I need to keep a level head. They are not a contender, yet. But they are damn close.