Wednesday, December 28, 2005

End of Year Tidbits

1. Something that you may not know about me is that I’m a fan of the Monkees. If you don’t know who they are, then you never had the pleasure of watching their T.V. show (I believe it was made in the 60’s, but has been shown on T.V. many times since). Unfortunately, EBAY is trying very hard (and becoming marginally successful) in combating my “fandom.” It seems like every commercial now is an EBAY commercial – you know, the ones where people are buying, playing with, or wearing an “IT.” Each of these commercials features the Monkees “Sleepy Jean” song. I used to love this song, but now I can’t stand it anymore. My hope is that no other company has any plans for using songs like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Stepping Stone,” “I’m a Believer,” and “That was Then, This is Now.”

2. Can anybody believe that we have had to undergo the annoying career of Kobe Bryant for 10 years already? As luck would have it, he is only 27, so we will probably have to deal with the Diva for another 10 years. He scored 62 points a few nights ago, which shouldn’t be shocking because he hardly ever passes the ball (as can also be evidenced by his astounding 0 assists that same night). I can’t figure out why I find it so hard to watch pro basketball with all of the “teamwork” that goes on.

3. I hope 2006 will feature better movies than 2005 did. What a clunker. I went to about 4 movies this year, and I wasn’t bowled over by any of them (Batman, King Kong, Just Friends) except for “Walk the Line.” I didn’t even really like Johnny Cash prior to the movie, but after seeing it, my wife and I actually listened to AND enjoyed the greatest hits compilation that I for some reason purchased years ago.

4. I can’t believe another year has just zoomed by. Does anybody else enjoy watching those “Year in Review” specials that are being aired on a 25-hour-per-day basis the last week of the year? I love them, and I’m always astounded by how many things of significance actually occur in a given year.

5. Have a Happy New Year Everybody!!!

6 comments:

Jeff said...

1. Something that you may not know about me is that I’m a fan of the Monkees ... Each of these commercials features the Monkees “Sleepy Jean” song ...
** I knew you were a fan of Spanking the Monkee.
** The Stones are next.

2. Kobe Bryant ...
** We knew Kobe Bryant was a creep when he dumped his high school girlfriend to fly Brandy in from LA for his prom. Nothing afterward should surprise us.
** He's basically the NBA version of Niedermeyer from Animal House -- the guy most likely to be shot by his own troops.
** If Kobe "hardly ever" passed the ball, that would be an improvement. But we in Philly can't say much. Iverson does pass on occasion, but he's right up there in hoisting up lots of bad shots.
** That 62-point game: Kobe wasn't hurt, yet didn't play the 4th. The Lakers lost. Nice teammate.
** You think maybe Kobe's presence in LA had something to do with Coach K staying at Duke?

3. I hope 2006 will feature better movies than 2005 did. What a clunker.
** Damn right. I can't remember going to so few movies -- and that includes in college when I had no money and 18 credits/semester of engineering classes.
** A couple other good movies: Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Harry Potter.
** Maybe all the writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood can put their shared brain to use and put out a whopping 7 good movies in 2006.

4. I can’t believe another year has just zoomed by. Does anybody else enjoy watching those “Year in Review” specials that are being aired on a 25-hour-per-day basis the last week of the year? I love them, and I’m always astounded by how many things of significance actually occur in a given year.
** Dave Barry's Year in Review is the best one each year.

5. Have a Happy New Year Everybody!!!
** And to you, too! And may be beat Florida State on Tuesday!

Rev. Smokin Steve said...

1. "Stepping Stone" is the best of their songs. Just my opinion.

2. Allow me to respond to Jeff's criticism... Allen Iverson is averaging 7.4 assists per game this season and ranks 7th in the NBA this season in that category. That's a little more than passing on occasion. I'm getting sick of the "Iverson doesn't pass enough" argument. Though I am the first one to say he has taken too many shots in his career. And get your facts straight... the game that Kobe scored 62, the Lakers won 112-90 over Dallas. There's plenty of good reasons to bash Kobe for being an asshole. That isn't one of them.

3. Yeah, the best movie I saw all year was the Star Wars flick. My lady and I hardly went to the movies this year, and the last one we saw was the disappointing Pacino sports betting flick. 2005 sucked movie-wise.

4. You might enjoy my year in review blog I just wrote.

Jeff said...

I'll grant my mistake in the Lakers winning when Kobe scored 62 ... but that's the only point I'll concede about Bryant. He's still talented, and still an egocentric fraud.

About Iverson: despite all the layups he gets off turnovers, he's still a 42% career shooter (45% this year). That means he has taken a LOT of terrible shots.

Iverson and Bryant shoot 26x/game -- 5 more than the next player (Arenas). I'll level the same criticism of all three of them: if you shoot 20x/game at under 46%, you don't pass enough.

Reverse said...

Happy New Year bro...

Ink and Stone said...

1. You look and smell like a monkey too.

2. meh.

3. War of the Worlds wasn't bad.

4. Nothing is of significance. Time is an illusion based upon humanity's primitive need to chronologically annotate all that happens within their perception! We live in a constant time/space continuum, there is no weekend!

My spoon is too big.

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