Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Diversion

A little something to kill the time as we ramp up for the big VD/Family Day long weekend. Quick and dirty. Let's get to it.

Super Bowl Journal
By Bruce Springsteen

An inside look at why the Boss finally decided to play to the biggest audience in the history of rock and roll, and what he was feeling as he did so.

Thanks to Deeve for the tip

Pittsburgh Proves It: Franchise QB = Long-Term Success
By Nick Bakay

I remember the 2004 NFL draft like it was yesterday. The Bills were sitting there with the 13th pick, and I vividly recall hoping and praying that Big Ben would still be on the board... Then they cut to coach Cowher talking to Roethlisberger on the phone, asking him if he would welcome the opportunity to play in Pittsburgh. Ugh... The Steelers ended up winning 2 Superbowls in 4 years, and the Bills ended up selecting J.P. Losman. Kill me.

Thanks to DJ Smitty for the link

Taking Apart the $819 billion Stimulus Package
The Washington Post

A Coles-notes version of where the money in Barack Obama's stimulus package is headed, and when.

On a side note, I loved Obama's presser Monday night. Especially when he cut off Helen Thomas for trying to go 2-for-1 on him. And when the hour was over, I literally sat back and thought to myself: "Barack is turning the U.S. into Canada... Sweet."

Thanks to Llibs for the piece.

Announcing: Gorilla vs. Booze III
By Gorilla vs.

You see? This is why SxSW is on my ultimate list of things to do before I die. Not only is one of my favourite music blogs hosting a night at The Peacock, featuring White Denim, Girls, and Harlem (among others), but they're doing so with the added bonus of providing FREE BEER!!! And Red Stripe, at that.

With God as my witness, I will be heading to Austin in March one of these years...

The YouTube clip of the week comes courtesy of David Letterman, Joaquin Phoenix, and the former leader of the World's Most Dangerous Band, whose maniacal laughter was the crowning moment in this virtuoso performance. I don't know if it was a result of drugs, alcohol, or a brilliantly played part, but I just couldn't take my eyes off of this.


Sean McCallum said...

I didn't include this in the Diversion because I hadn't worked my way through it entirely, but as always, Simmons' Trade Value columnm is essential reading for any NBA fan:

His justification for putting Lebron at #1 is boderline terrifying for the rest of the basketball world:

"Last February, I wrote that he didn't have a ceiling. This year? I figured out his ceiling. At least for right now. At age 24, he's a cross between ABA Dr. J (unstoppable in the open court, breathtaking in traffic, has the rare ability to galvanize teammates and crowds with one "Wow" play, even handles himself as well off the court) and 1992 Scottie Pippen (the freaky athletic ability on both ends, especially when he's cutting pass lines or flying in from the weak side for a block), with a little MJ (his overcompetitiveness and sense of The Moment), Magic (the unselfishness, which isn't where I thought it would be back in 2003, but at least it's in there a little) and Bo Jackson (how he can occasionally just overpower the other team in a way that doesn't seem human) mixed in ... only if all of that Molotov Superstar Cocktail was mixed together in Karl Malone's body. This is crazy. This is insane. This is unlike anything we've ever seen. And to think, LeBron doesn't even have a reliable 20-footer or a post-up game yet. See, this is only going to get better. And it's already historic."

See? If the City All-Stars had a player like that, we surely wouldn't be looking at an 0-4 start to the season.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Super Bowl Journal... really amazing.... Jauquin Phoenix is a nut job...