The Lombardi Project
On Sunday, September 9th, the NFL regular season, for all intents and purposes, begins. Yes, the Giants and Cowboys already played on Wednesday, but fans of the other 30 teams are salivating with anticipation as the 2012 season kicks off. I am absurdly excited for this year. Yes, expectations for my hometown Broncos are high – although seemingly only in Denver at this point – and that makes a...
Why do we watch Hard Knocks? Sure, if it is your team, you’re watching, but HBO has never covered my team. Actually, once they covered a team that I hate, and even if I don’t hate that season’s team, I certainly don’t care. For example, the Dolphins this year. I’ll get into more of their boringness later, but I could care less about the Dolphins. Last year, there was no Hard Knocks...
True Blood: A Three-Quarters Assessment
Of a typical 12 episode season for True Blood (and most summer shows for that matter), here we stand 9 deep with the last 3 remaining. I chose to write this piece and reflection about the current season of the show at this time because this is usually when the plot starts to lose its understanding of boundaries and go straight up bananas. For the most part, the homestretch of a True Blood...
The Dark Knight Rises
SPOILERS!!! After taking some personal time (to digest the tragedy and see the movie again), I have decided it appropriate to muse on The Dark Knight Rises and its artistic merit. I’ve already touched on the horrific events surrounding the premiere, so this is just to talk about the movie itself. This has truly been an epic trilogy. In many ways it has redefined the way the general public...
Let me begin by saying this, more than anything, may be necessary for ME. Even with some great friends around me, I still need some type of emotional catharsis. I need to put in words and flush out some of things I’m still feeling. My state has been through it recently. With a devastating array of different wildfires wreaking havoc on homes and people’s lives, along with a mass shooting in a...
Book Club: 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
Some Plot Spoilers!! For Whom the Bell Tolls is the result of Ernest Hemingway’s time spent in Spain during their civil war in the 1930’s. It is a brutal look at the physical and mental struggles that impact those involved in, and affected by, war. Although it isn’t my favorite Hemingway work, I just recently finished it for real (when it had been a required reading, I spark noted that shit),...
The 'Person of Interest' Dilemma
A little while ago, I had somehow made my way out of my bat cave (inside jokes are the best!) because our internet had decided not to work for the better part of 48 hours. sidenote: the cable had been unplugged and we didn’t have internet because it was the last thing we checked. #firstworldproblems During this time I was watching Spanish television for one of the seldom times I had all year...
After some time of leaving his music to the burner, for the past few weeks I have been able to do nothing but listen to Drake’s Take Care. I could have been quoted at some point during this time as telling one of my roommates, “Drake got me through work today.” And I wasn’t even joking. Since my good man DJ Fergs (twitter: @DJFergieFerg) introduced me to the newest member of ‘Young Money’ back...
Tres Metros Sobre El Cielo or Three Meters Above Heaven is a Spanish film that came out late in 2010 based on an Italian novel of the same name. It follows the story of two young lovers from different worlds and the inherent problems that come from mixing divergent backgrounds. After seeing promos for it on TV and around the city of Madrid when it was first premiering, I was intrigued and had...
It’s been over for about a week now, and even before it was all through it seemed to leave us just as quickly as it came into our lives. Euro 2012 was a three and half week whirlwind that gave us some unbelievable displays of the beautiful game. Disregarding an odd choice of venue in Poland and the Ukraine (of course two soccer POWERHOUSES), it was a visceral experience that in no small way is...
NBA Finals Preview
Before I get into all things Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, a quick point about the Boston Celtics. The fact that the Celtics had to lose the final two games of their series against the Heat to end their season is remarkable. Now twice in the past three years (this and the 2010 Finals against the Lakers) they have defied the process of time and aging, and made it further than they should...
#waitingsucks Well, figuratively AND literally in the world we’re talking about. The insanity that is True Blood returns for a 5th season this Sunday, June 10th. For the last few weeks I’ve been: recapping season 3 with YouTube clips, watching season 4 in its entirety online, and previewing season 5 over and over again. I’m all in, and have been since the start of season 2. To be honest,...
John Mayer’s Born and Raised
Two and a half years removed from the release of his last album, and two years removed from the release of himself from the public light, John Mayer presents with Born and Raised. He has always been in my mind an amazingly gifted musician in three separate aspects: composing, vocals, and guitar-playing. However, he had in recent years added a fourth aspect to his gifts – douchebag...
Maroon 5's "Payphone"
Maroon 5’s newest single/hit “Payphone” tells us all we need to know about: a) the current state of pop music and b) the direction of Maroon 5 for the foreseeable future. There are numerous issues I have with the song in general, but the more important realization would be that the song is catchy as hell - precisely the reason that from a and b above we can determine that it...
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The Denver Nuggets' 2011-12 Season in Review
This wasn’t how this piece was supposed to start. I was supposed to be enraged, bitter, and disheartened. Once again. This was supposed to come after Game 5 of the Lakers series when the Nuggets finished another disappointing first round in less-than-stellar fashion. Now, don’t get me wrong. The loss in Game 7 still stings. Bad. However, what I saw in Games 5, 6, and 7 changed...
NBC: Where Good Television Goes to Die
If a promising series makes its way to NBC these days, should we expect disaster at some point? Well, for whatever reason, nothing great has been happening business-wise at the peacock for a significant time now. Taking away certain highs (owning the rights to broadcast each Olympic games along with some share in America’s overwhelmingly most popular sport, American Football) and ugly...
First off, I’ll try and do this without giving away anything plot wise. This will be strictly a review in that sense. Let’s look at this through the glasses which I generally use for any film I’m interested in - Rotten Tomatoes. This movie is fresh to death. The Avengers currently holds a 97% freshness rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site, and I have no disagreement. In...
State of the State - Sports in the "303"
Sports pretty much….run my life. I am an avid sports watcher, follower, analyzer, you name it. I enjoy a game between two teams in which I really could care less about the outcome. I like sports, and therefore like watching them whenever I can. During games like this, I may find myself starting to root for one team or the other, but in the end it doesn’t matter. But let’s be...
So What's Up With "The Artist"?
CONTAINS SPOILERS! I know I’m late. I just saw The Artist last weekend after making plans time after time for the last few months. “It’s everything a movie should be” “I would gladly pay again to see it in theaters” “Overrated. How did it win Best Picture?” “It was ok” These were primary sources of what I had heard about the...