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Shootclub Online Wrestling Game

Posted by Adam on February 2, 2008

Just wanted to take a couple of minutes to let you guys know about a pretty cool little game and community. I used to be a huge professional wrestling fan, but over the last year I’ve more or less stopped watching completely. The problem for me is that the characters and stories have become pretty stale. If you feel the same way and have thought, “I know I could do a better job than McMahon and company are doing right now,” you finally can have your chance to prove it in the Shootclub Online Wrestling Game.

The game gives you a chance to create your own wrestler (free at first, and after 5 month long cycles it is just a small maintenance fee) and off you go. Cut promos/interviews against the competition, compete in matches, win titles. Its all there for you to conquer. If you are interested, go check out the website at Shootclub Online Wrestling Game. If you are a wrestling fan you will not be disappointed. It’s the closest thing to being in the business, without being in the business.

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Monday Night Raw-ful

Posted by Adam on January 8, 2007

Towards the end of the first half beat down Florida was giving Ohio State I decided to flip over to wrestling on USA to see what was going on.  I used to watch WWE religiously up through my college days, but it finally got to the point of being so boring and unimaginative that I have more or less weened myself off of it.  I’ll still keep up with results and who’s champ now and then, but I haven’t watched in months and don’t feel any worse for wear.  Anyways, I read that Triple H, arguably the biggest star the WWE currently has, tore his other quad muscle (yes other, he tore the first about five years ago, talk about bad luck) at last night’s PPV that nobody ordered, so I decided to flip over and see if they got desperate and brought over a big name to make up for the loss.

No big name, but what I was treated to was Vince McMahon putting on a match between “Rosie O’Donnell” and “Donald Trump”.  Two piss poor look-a-likes actually tried to wrestle a match for at least five minutes while the sad sacks who actually paid to attend this epic event started chants of “Boooorrrrrrrrrr-ing” and “We want wrestling” after the confusion and shock went through their systems.  It was so bad that after flipping back to the football game I had the strong desire to keep going back to WWE just to see how bad it could possibly get.  It got worse.  Vince McMahon has lost all touch with reality.  WWE is dead.  Somewhere a Native American sheds a tear.  His name is Chief Wahoo McDaniel . . . or maybe Tatanka.

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The Death Pool

Posted by Adam on January 1, 2007

We’re creepy and we’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky.  We’re all together ooky:  Adam’s family.  Case in point – Death Pool ’07.

My mom, in a trend that stems through her entire side of the family, has a theory that famous people die in threesomes.  It’s not a totally unique belief, as I have come to find others who have heard about this as well.  It’s become a running joke in the family though, as every time a notable personality passes away we begin the lookout for who will join them.  Sometimes it works out, other times you get an extra body or two, but mostly you end up reaching for a third.   The accepted deadline for the passings is somewhere between a week and 10 days, but of course Mom Rules are in affect so things can, and often do, change.  Basically for a person to count though, at least two people have to have been familiar with them.

Things got ratcheted up to notches unheard of this past Thanksgiving when we decided to conduct the first ever family Death Pool.  Myself, Mom, Dad, and my aunt (on my mom’s side – like you needed to ask) have each chosen 20 notable names and marked them for death in the coming year (retroactive to the 1st of December).  My brother, citing morals and karma as reasoning, declined to participate, but he is taking an active role as resident score (crypt?) keeper.   He said that ultimately it was his friends who talked him out of participating, though they were all quick with names for him in case he did decide to sell his soul.  Evidently these same friends are starting to get creeped out by the family’s Nostradamus-like penchant for properly prognosticating perishment.

We’re a month into the competition and already three unfortunate listees have moved on to the other side:  Joseph Barbera, Gerald Ford, and Saddam Hussein.  Whether I should be proud or ashamed, I currently hold a 2-1-1-1 lead.  The way the names have been getting crossed off, I shudder to think what happens if the trend continues.  For those of you curious enough to follow the action, here is my list.  May you not find your name below:

  • Ariel Sharon
  • B. B. King
  • Charlton Heston
  • Dick Clark
  • Don Herbert (TV’s Mr. Wizard)
  • Evel Kinevel
  • Fats Domino
  • Fidel Castro
  • Gerald Ford
  • Jack Klugman
  • Jake Lamotta
  • John Wooden
  • Joseph Barbera
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Lady Bird Johnson
  • Leona Helmsley
  • Muhammed Ali
  • Ron Santo
  • Walter Cronkite

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Saddam Hussein uncut, uncensored

Posted by Adam on December 31, 2006

In case you haven’t seen this elsewhere, consider it my pandering to the masses.  It’s not gory or gruesome, but when he actually drops it is a little jarring.  You’ve been alerted.

The Hanging Dictator

Also an interesting user made powerpoint type video set to “Thanks for the Memories” detailing Saddam’s life of international relations.

Thanks for the Memories – Saddam

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The NFL Post – week 6

Posted by Adam on October 13, 2006

By this point in the season we have determined the good, the bad, and the ugly in the NFL.  Enter the middle third of the season, the least impactful part of the skid.  Sure these games count just as much as any others, but the new season air of whimsy has gone and it is not yet time for that final playoff push.  It’s no surprise that this weeks’ Monday night game features the Bears against the lowly Cardinals.  The games keep going though, despite a record six teams on bye this week, so let’s get into the picking.

How I Did

7-4-3 ATS, 14-0 straight up (32-37-5, 56-18 for the season).

What I Learned

The book makers are getting scary good.  Three pushes last week and another two games within .5 points.  That’s over a third of the games played.  Despite that I managed to get my first winning record versus the spread since week 2.  New Orleans looks like they are going to be competitive all season long, and Bruce Gradkowski looks like he may play himself into the full time starter in Tampa.

What Was Reinforced

Oakland is far and away the worst team in the league, but it wasn’t until this week that they got a spread that reflected that.  Also if you can’t play defense you aren’t going to win many games in this league.  Detroit, Green Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, and San Francisco would have a hard time stopping a division one college squad from scoring.

What To Expect

Last week was chalk.  Every favorite won.  Looking over the lines, this week could play out very similarly.  Baltimore, Dallas, and Washington should bounce back from tough losses.  Oakland should continue to lose.  Da Bears should continue to win.

The Picks

  • CIN -5 over TB
  • WAS -10.5 over TEN
  • HOU +13 over DAL (Dallas to win)
  • DET +1 over BUF
  • SEA -3 over STL
  • ATL -3 over NYG
  • PHI -3.5 over NO
  • BAL -3 over CAR
  • NYJ -2 over MIA
  • SD -10 over SF
  • PIT -6.5 over KC
  • OAK +15 over DEN (Denver to win)
  • CHI -11 over ARI

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Friday Filecabinet 8.4

Posted by Adam on August 25, 2006

More quick hitting thoughts as we head into the weekend:

  • Those of you hoping for this week’s “Who Wants To Be a Superhero?” recap will have to settle for this brief write-up.  The producers collectively shot themselves in the foot by elminating everyone’s favorite spandexed somebody, Major Victory.  Stan’s reasoning is that he was a parody.  Well duh!  That’s why we loved him.  A made for Sci-Fi movie pitting Major Victroy against the Dark Enforcer would have been so bad that the unintentional comedy would have been off the charts.  We’re talking enough material for the best episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever.  Sadly Fat Momma and Feedback are both so dry and boring that I may not even watch the finale now.
  • USA basketball is cruising through the FIBA World Championships so far, but we are now in the medal rounds.  From what I can tell of their draw (assuming one side plays Saturday and the other on Sunday), they should cruise to the gold medal game.  There are two teams who I think have a chance of beating the U.S. – Spain and Argentina – and both appear to have gotten opposite side of the tournament draw.  Good for the Americans, but if they do manage to not play one of the other great squads before the finals that may come back to haunt them.
  • I’ve been meaning to write up a review on Talladega Nights since seeing it a couple of weeks ago, but it keeps getting put off.  I can tell you that it is an extremely funny movie that is a must see if you’ve ever liked anything Will Ferrell has done.  The supporting cast is great as well.  Hopefully I’ll get the full post about it up by Monday, if not sooner.  Also, I want to try and get up an entry about my favorite shows on TV right now, which I’m sure will foster some nice debate.  At any rate, the ideas are starting to flow again, I just need to sit down and write.
  • Couldn’t find the link to voting for the Viewer’s Choice week on Rock Star: Supernova.  My guess is voting already closed, because I know they tape the performance show in advance.  Sadly I can’t remember my favorite performances of those remaining, so we’ll just have to wait and see what they do.  On that note I am running out the door, so your filecabinet entry is a small folder this week.

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Friday Filecabinet 8.3

Posted by Adam on August 18, 2006

A little bit of everything to disucss, but thus is the point of the filecabinet.  Movies, sports, television, and plenty of mindless banter.  Let’s get it on!

  • Last week NBC was kind enough to deem us a Last Comic Standing, and that comic’s name is Josh Blue.  For those of you who didn’t watch the show, Josh has cerebal paulsey and is physically handicap.  Is that the reason he won?  It isn’t the only reason he won, and I think that’s the best way to put it.  Mr. Blue is a funny dude, but so was his co-finalist Ty Barnett.  It would be silly to think that compassion and pity didn’t have a role in the final vote, but that’s not to say the result would’ve been any different.  Josh is very clever and quick witted, with much of his routine being very topical, but there is no defining bit of his that can easily be recalled and retold to your friends who haven’t seen him.  This is why Josh Blue will never make it big.  Kudos to him for winning though.
  • In other television news, G4 (the station formerly known as TV for gamers, but perhaps now known as the station that airs lots of Star Trek) will start airing Arrested Development weeknights at 11:30 starting September 4th.  While the episodes won’t be new, this is still very exciting news as Arrested Development is one of the funniest, if not the funniest, comedy to air in the 21st century.  G4 has been trying to compete with Adult Swim for viewship for the better part of this year, and while Banzai, Ed the Sock, and TV Funhouse may not have made the splash they were hoping for Arrested Development should draw away some viewers.  After all if I have to decide between watching an episode of Family Guy for the 20th time or AD for the second, I’m going with the Bluths.
  • The minds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force have made a movie that was first rumored to come out this past Spring, but now is rumored for a September release.  I say rumored because I have not found an official release date, and seeing as how September is just weeks away and it has already been bumped back once I am hesitant to commit.  When it does come out I will waste no time in seeing it though, as ATHF is non-sensical comedy gold.  Some information about the picture is available, including its fantastic title:  The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Film for Theaters.  Also to be rumored as part of the movie was a 40 minute drum solo by Master Shake . . . sadly this scene doesn’t appear to be part of the final cut.
  • Evander Holyfield is schedule to get back in the ring and fight again tonight against some guy I’ve never heard of.  Based on this information I am going to pick the unknown guy to win in six rounds.  We’re getting close to the point where Holyfield is only going to retire when he can’t physically make it into the ring on his own.  Is it too cruel to wish one of these guys kills the man?  OK, maybe murder is a little harsh, how about just maiming him to life in a wheel chair?
  • In other ridiculous sports news, Junior Seau retired Monday after an NFL career sure to secure his place in the Hall of Fame.  Not so ridiculous sounding, right?  Reports have surfaced that Seau is planning to sign with the New England Patriots today.  Can’t John McCain pass some legislature that makes retirement in professional sports binding?  This sort of stuff happens all the time.  At least in professional wrestling when a guy loses a retirement match they wait a few months to a year before bringing him back, and even then they usually attempt to repackage the guy as a different character.  And on that note I’d like to announce my retirement from the Stream of Consciousness … at least for today.

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Friday Filecabinet 8.2

Posted by Adam on August 11, 2006

As I attempt to get back to a daily updating schedule, here is another dose of tidbits and thoughts that have been floating around my head.

  • If this week’s episode of Flavor of Love is half as entertaining as the season premier I might just have to start recapping it here for a Monday column. Between none of the girls being remotely attractive, one being an alcoholic, another litterally taking a crap in the middle of the stairs, and no less than 2 of them bring “homemade” clocks to Flav as a present this show has serious potential.
  • I hate to say it, but the Las Vegas strip is quickly becoming too pricey for its own good. Even in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, in the dead of summer (supposedly the slowest of slow times in the year for tourists) most strip hotels were near $100 a night and the lowest limit tables were $10, plus the days of the cheap Vegas buffet has died (the food quality may be better, but $20 for a cafeteria style meal is still pricey). The places that did have cheaper rooms/lower limits are all older establishments rumored to be rennovated and/or imploded within the next couple of years, meaning that by the end of the decade the low income, cheap bastards like myself will be relegated to downtown or other off-strip establishments. Not saying this is awful, but it is disappointing to me. Stupid trendiness.
  • So Mr. Landis maybe won’t go down in history as the next in the line of great Floyds after all. Guess Floyd couldn’t avoid the roids noid. It is fishy that his tests on the stages before and after the positive results came up negative, but then again he wasn’t 8 minutes back at any other time in the race. I wanted to believe Landis, but the cornucopia of excuses lead me to believe he’s just trying to find a story people will buy. Can someone tell this guy that the more tales he makes up the faster his credibility (if he has any left) declines?
  • Mel Gibson is meshugge and a putz. Translation: he’s a crazy son-of-a-bitch! And please don’t read anything into this. That is not a compliment by any means.
  • If you are in Wal-Mart and looking to find an hour’s worth of quality entertainment for cheap, pick up a copy of Grandmasters of Wrestling , Vol. 2. You’ll find it with the $1 DVDs by the checkout. Basically this is the second half of an independent wrestling league called Maccabeah Wrestling that takes place in a high school gym in New Jersey. Not only do you get to witness Nikolai Volkoff sing Hava Nagila, but you get to bear witness to the worst/best match I have ever seen. The Iron Sheik defends the Maccabeah Title against the Mighty Maccabee, a masked skinny white kid. I don’t want to ruin this epic, but look out for the posedown between the two men, the Sheik’s feat of strength with his clubs, the “choke” on the ropes midway through the match, and some truly amazing mic work. By the time I finished watching these 25 slowest minutes of wrestling in my life I found myself wanting “five more minutes, five more minutes!” Definately worth the price.

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Life beyond the blogosphere

Posted by Adam on August 2, 2006

Been an incredibly hectic last few days for me, and the main victim has been the Stream of Consciousness here.  I was out of town on business yesterday and returned hom expecting to find Rockstar waiting for me on tivo, but thanks to the first storm we’ve had here in weeks my satellite could not record it.  Thus no recap this week, but I will be on tonight with the Burnout.  Also I should be back on Thursday night with more tales of Major Victory and the Who Wants to be a Superhero gang.  Possible Friday Filecabinet to close out the work week, but then I am off to Sin City and will not have another post until Wednesday more than likely.  Just a heads up.

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Friday Filecabinet 7.3

Posted by Adam on July 28, 2006

Welcome back kiddies.  This week we’ve got must-see TV, head scratching sports trades, and a music review of sorts.  Something for the entire pop culture loving family!  Shall we?

  • Got a chance to check out the debut of Sci-Fi Channel’s “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” last night, and what a pleasant surprise the show turned out to be.  Look for a detailed recap of the program tomorrow.
  • Despite my best efforts to persuade everyone to the contrary, it appears that Allen Iverson is staying put in Philadelphia for the upcoming season.  Instead of landing one of the top guards in the NBA, the Hawks are reportedly set to sign-and-trade Al Harrington to the Pacers, along with backup center John Edwards, for the financial relief gift set:  a future first round pick, a trade exception, and cash (rumored to be around $3 million).  Atlanta Spirit-gate continues to baffle me.  I suppose this deal is better than the alternative (getting nothing in return for Harrington signing elsewhere), but the Hawks had a lot of leverage.  Charlotte was the only other team in the league with enough cap space to realistically sign Harrington to a fair deal, so if any other team in the league showed interest in Harrington they would have needed Atlanta to help broker the deal.  Obviously the dysfunctional family of owners in charge of the Hawks do not care about fielding a competitve team; only about pinching every penny they can.
  • On the other side of A-town, the Braves are supposedly considering trading highly talented utility infielder Wilson Betemit to the Yankees for relief pitching aid.  I’ve already talked about my feelings on the Braves before, but Betemit could be a fixture in the Atlanta infield for the rest of the decade.  This would be the final nail in the Braves coffin.  Inside this coffin?  Competitiveness for the next five years.
  • I bought the new Butch Walker CD last week – The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out-Tonights, which really leads me to a few different things worth mentioning.  I’ll begin with a Readers Digest worthy review.  If there’s one talent that everyone knows that Mr. Butch Walker has, it is his ability to write a catch pop-rock diddy.  In this regard, he is able to deliver a very strong opening to his new album.  The first four songs (tracks 2-5 for you counting at home, since the first track is just a 20 second intro) are all very catchy and hooky.  Each has gotten stuck in my head at some point over the last week.  Unfortunately the CD drops off dramatically after this.  What comes next is a slew of ballads and songs with an apparent overtone of country-western influence.  Lost in this shuffle is the one quality track of the second part of the album (Song Without a Chorus).  Depending on how much you pay for singles I would recommend the CD for the opening tracks, but if you are looking to save money just get “Hot Girls in Good Moods”, “Ladies and Gentlemen …”, “Bethamphetamine”, and the aforementioned “Song Without a Chorus”.
  • The thing that surprises me the most about Mr. Butch Walker is his seemingly massive cult following.  This is a guy who has mainly made his fortunes in the music industry by writing for and producing the likes of The All-American Rejects, Pink, Bowling for Soup, and Lit amongst others.  I was first exposed to Butch during the later years of the Marvelous 3, a semi-local rock group based in Atlanta.  They floated around the local music festivals and concert series.  The group’s biggest hit would be “Freak of the Week” which I know got radio play locally, and I am inclined to believe it got at least a certain level of national exposure.  The Marvelous 3 went their separate ways around the turn of the century, and between producing top 40 hits for the previously mentioned groups Mr. Butch Walker continued making his own music and has put out multiple CDs with different backing bands.  What amazes me is that from a performing stand point I had no idea that Walker was as well known as he is.  There are fans of his from coast-to-coast and even in Canada.  How an artist with very little national radio play can emerge into such a popular personality befuddles me, but it couldn’t come to a more deserving man.
  • One final note on Butch as we wind up today’s post – the band name.  Nowadays you don’t come across too many high quality band names.  Most are obscure references or names that refer to the group as a whole, such as Coldplay, Pearl Jam, or Metallica.  Then there are those names which do a fair job of bringing a title to the band, I like to refer to these as the “The” bands (The Rolling Stones, The Offspring, The Ramones, et al).  However I often long for the days when group names were just a matter of filling in the blanks.  It was [lead singer] and the [rest of the band].  While they don’t sound like much all the time, Martha  and the Vandellas, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Morris Day and the Time tell you everything you need to know about the group.  That’s why I smile everytime I hear about bands who know not to mess with a good thing.  So thank you Butch Walker for bringing along the Lets-Go-Out-Tonights for the ride.  You have followed in the recent footsteps of Honest Bob and the Factory-To-Dealer Incentives and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.  A good band name is like a Mad Lib.  Just fill in the blanks and the possibilities are endless.

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