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Archives for: March 2009
Mar 31 '09
I immediately thought of MAG when I saw this .
Finally, a fitting replacement for Wii Sports Tennis. Grand Slam Tennis ($50; June 16) will be one of EA Sports' first titles to support the Wii MotionPlus, giving players the most realistic Wii tennis action yet. The game will feature all four Grand Slam events, including Wimbeldon, and if that wasn't enough, it will star none other than all-time Uncrate favorite John McEnroe. Seriously.
From just the picture provided, this tennis game is probably miles better than the one included in Wii Sports. It looks more like a real video game and less like a preschool video game.
Mar 30 '09
These are HILARIOUS. My favorite is #2. (Warning: Mature Language)
Blake Griffin and Tyler Hansbrough spent a lot of time together on the court last weekend and were back together Monday as the top vote-getters on The Associated Press' All-America team.
Griffin, the sophomore forward from Oklahoma who led the nation in rebounding, was the only unanimous selection for the team. Hansbrough, the consensus player of the year last season as a junior, repeated as a first-teamer the day after his Tar Heels beat the Sooners 72-60 to advance to the Final Four.
Joining them on the team were players from schools with little All-America history, sophomores DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh, James Harden of Arizona State and junior Stephen Curry of Davidson.
AP All-America First Team
- Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, 6-10, sophomore (21 ppg, 14.3 rpg)
- Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 6-9, senior (20.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
- DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, 6-7, sophomore (15.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg)
- James Harden, Arizona State, 6-5, sophomore (20.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
- Stephen Curry, Davidson, 6-2, junior (28.6 ppg, 5.7 apg)
Congrats to these players and their respective programs.
2009 NCAA Tournament Update: 3/30/09
Time for the Final 4 ---
With a bulk of the tournament out of the way, we're down to 4 teams - and a handful of points yet to be gained. Lots of separation now, and a very clear pecking order to the finish. Here's where we stand:
Still some exciting basketball yet to be played. Good luck to all the participants and all the teams remaining in the tournament.
Seth Curry, younger brother of last years tournament hero Stephen Curry, will transfer from Liberty to Duke. He was the nations top scoring freshmen at Liberty with 20.2 points per game. He will not be eligible until the 2010-2011 season.
Seth, you couldn't have made a bigger mistake. To lead all freshmen in points per game is a tremendous accomplishment, but you didn't do it against the Tar Heels. As far as I'm concerned, your career is in jeopardy now because you chose to play for the Blue Devils. Like Liberty, you will never get a chance to play for a national title, and you will be on a second tier team in the ACC. You want the spot light, and that is a great thing to want at such a young age, but you will be exposed, both by other ACC guards, and by the Tar Heels. Lets not forget when you have off nights, coach K will expose you to the media, much like he did with Paulus and McRoberts. Duke is on the decline.
Mar 29 '09
Awesome video with a couple outstanding basketball coaches and the guys from Metallica. Coach K is in the video too. He is not part of the aforementioned group (as if you guys didn't know that):
Check out Roy's moves --- incredible.
This is pretty genius, IMO --- and a great thing if you're a Longhorns die-hard. Straight from TheWizOfOdds.com:
Today's innovation award goes to Texas, which has figured out a way to replace its Bermuda/rye grass field with FieldTurf and turn a healthy profit.
On April 5, Texas will have a one-day sod sale that coincides with the spring scrimmage. Fans will be able to purchase a 12-inch by 12-inch square of grass for $20. There will be 57,600 available for purchase, with distribution to start an hour after the end of the scrimmage.
Hook 'Em Horns
If Texas sells all the turf squares, it will take in $1.152 million.
The cost to install FieldTurf is $400,000, leaving Texas with a possible profit of $752,000.
Mar 28 '09
Chapel Hill Elementary Says, "Duke Sucks"
As a fan of Leathermans, this is what I've been looking for:
Finally, a modern Leatherman multi-tool that you'll actually want to carry every day. Based on the popular Skeletool, the Leatherman Freestyle ($48-$72; May 09) is a compact, lightweight pocket tool with just the essentials — a knife (with an outside-accessible blade) and pliers (with wire cutters). The small but powerful multi-tool folds up to be about the size of a pack of gum, weighs in at only 4.5 ounces, and comes in two models — the Freestyle with 420HC straight/serrated combo blade and the Freestyle CX with 154CM straight blade. Both have stainless steel bodies with Zytel or carbon fiber (CX) handle inserts.
Happy Birthday MAG!
Today is our last birthday of March. Though we celebrated together a week early for her, we still want to wish MAG a Happy Birthday and a wonderful day!
Mar 27 '09
This is a neat little trick I saw in the movie "What happens in Vegas" starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz. I found this picture today online and would like to give it a shot. Anyone ever attempt it before?
This is a pretty cool video of LeBron doing something pretty sweet on just one take. It's worth watching so follow the link to the good stuff.
Sources are telling WHAS11’s Kyle Draper and Danielle Santoro that Billy Gillispie will not be returning as the head coach of Kentucky next year.
After WHAS11 broke the story around 9:30 P.M., UK’s Sports Information Department issued a statement saying:
“UK men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie has not been fired. There have been no meetings between Gillispie and UK officials today and there is no scheduled press conference for tomorrow.”
Again, WHAS11’s sources are saying Billy Gillispie will not be the head coach of the Kentucky men’s basketball team next year.
So is he, or isn't he --- ESPN's take on Gillespie's status: Unclear.
Hard to say whats going on here. When it's all out in the open - we'll post more.
We've never wanted a car so badly. The just-unveiled Tesla Model S ($50,000 after tax breaks) is literally the reinvention of the automobile. This electric sedan will offer a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability, all while sporting some of the most beautiful styling you'll find. With seating for five adults and two children, the Model S has it all. Its powertrain includes a liquid-cooled 9-inch motor combined with a single-speed gearbox (just gun it — no shifting required) that's good for a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. It offers a 5-minute battery swap and charges from any outlet, with charges costing as little as $4 to "fill up." Features include (taking deep breath) a 17-inch infotainment touchscreen with all-time 3G connectivity, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, panoramic roof with sliding moon roof, retracting door handles, a hatch for large items and a 2nd trunk under the hood, a fully digital instrument cluster, LED and neon headlight and taillights, and a pretty crazy RFID keyless entry and ignition system. Sadly, this beauty won't go into production until 2011. It's going to be a long two years.
Pretty good looking and a great concept with the electric. We're sure to see more of these in the future.
Mar 25 '09
Sakhan Dosova of Karaganda in northern Kazakhstan has documents that say she will celebrate her 130th birthday on Friday. Census officials discovered that her documents all agree that her birthdate is March 27, 1879. Records show she was on the books as 47 years old when a census was taken under the Stalinist regime in 1926.
Neat story, and if it's proven true, she's seen some pretty incredible thing happen in her lifetime.
Hop the link to Neatorama to see the whole article.
Mar 24 '09
Vera Bradley has their Tic Tac Tote on sale for $25 (down from $69)! The sale only applies to the retired colors: Peacock, Kensington, Cambridge, Riviera Blue, and Botanica. My favorite is the Cambridge. These are great bags for school or work. Get one while you can!
Mar 23 '09
Red Sox fans knew to expect this, but now it's officially official:
On his own blog he said:
Good luck to Curt in whatever comes next in his life. It's been a pleasure watching him throw from the mound over the years and we will always be thankful for his contributions to the Red Sox, specifically in the 2004 and 2007 campaigns. Best of luck.
2009 NCAA Tournament Update: 3/23/09
Time for the Sweet 16 ---
With the first and second rounds of the tournament in the books, here's where we find ourselves:
Tons of games yet to be played, but we're starting to see some separation between brackets. A few teams have been eliminated that some of the brackets were depending on --- and more of that is sure to happen as things keep going - but that's the nature of this game.
Good luck to all the participants and all the teams remaining in the tournament.
Mar 22 '09
Happy Birthday Christine
Today is Christine's 20th birthday; MAG's little sister. I could post embarrassing pictures of her, but since it's her birthday I figured I would just post a picture of a surprised gorilla. Completely unrelated, but that doesn't make it less cute.
Mar 21 '09
Birthday Shout: Jim C.
Quick happy birthday shout out to Jim C. over at CTRL+ALT+Jim.
Happy Birthday from the Triple Tri.
May the Schwartz be with you
Another smokin' hot sports car:
Looking for something brawnier, flashier, and overall more vicious than a stock Murciélago? Look no further. The Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce ($TBA) is an absolute beast, with looks to match. It boasts 670 hp from a 6.5L V12, which combines with decreased weight for a 0-62 time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 212 mph. Add to that transparent polymer plates on the carbon fiber engine cover, Alcantara interior with exterior-matched stitching, and all wheel drive, and you might just have the ultimate Lambo.
Mar 20 '09
Tyler Hansbrough needed 3 points to surpass Duke's JJ Redick as the ACC all time leading scorer. The record was set yesterday afternoon. After already making a basket, needing just one point to surpass the record, Hansbrough was fouled and made his way to the free throw line. He sank 'em both. How fitting, for a guy who has made more free throws (not just in school, or league history, but NCAA history) to eclipse the record at the charity stripe. Hansbrough finished with 22 points, and currently has 2,789 points. The record will continue to grow throughout the rest of the tournament. Here's hoping he has 5 more games to play in, and set the bar just a little bit higher. I think this record will hold for quite some time. Congrats Tyler!
2009 NCAA Tournament Update: 3/20/09
And so the Tournament begins ---
With the first day of games out of the way --- here's how the standings are shaping up:
An extra thumbs up to the competitors who picked Western Kentucky over Illinois -- the biggest upset of the first day of the tournament (#12 over #5) We had several players choose that correctly --- good insight.
This whole thing is still totally wide open with lots of games left and lots of points yet to be gained. The rest of the round one games begin at noon today. Check back tomorrow for another score update. Good luck to all the participants and all the teams.
Happy Birthday Ashlin !
Our third Tri birthday of the month has arrived --- it's Ashlin's turn for the birthday wishes because today is her b-day. Here's wishing Ashlin a great birthday and another fantastic year of health and happiness; enjoy your day.
Happy Birthday Streeter
Mar 18 '09
Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the famed Redgrave acting family, died Wednesday after suffering injuries in a ski accident, according to a family statement. She was 45.
It's scary to think that this kind of thing could happen to anyone at any time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. She will be missed.
Found this around the web - act fast if you're interested, hard to say how long they'll be free. Enjoy.
President Barack Obama kept one campaign promise that should please the college basketball constituency.
After telling ESPN.com's Andy Katz in October that he would fill out an NCAA tournament bracket if he were elected, the president did just that. His complete bracket will be revealed along with the interview with Katz in the White House during the noon ET "SportsCenter" on Wednesday.
A few selections were revealed on Tuesday. Initially an underdog for the nation's highest office, the president went with favorites in his Final Four picks. No. 1 seeds Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh will join No. 2 Memphis in Detroit April 4-6 if the president is correct.
"President Obama made his picks as a sports fan, not as a politician," Katz said. "He was knowledgeable about the teams and was even up to date on the latest injuries involving the contenders. He was confident with his picks and delivered an on-camera pep talk for the team he picked to win it all. It was clear that he enjoyed filling out his bracket like the rest of America."
So there you have it. Obama will announce at noon on Sportscenter who he thinks will win the tournament. He'll even have a small pep talk for the team he picks. I have a hunch it will be the Tar Heels, though many people are jumping off the band wagon now that Lawson is hurt.
Mar 17 '09
Houston Fancher is out as coach at Appalachian State after nine seasons.
The school said Monday night that Fancher had resigned but would be paid through the end of next season, when his contract expires. Fancher was 137-136, but the Mountaineers went 13-18 this season and lost in the Southern Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Fancher was promoted to head coach in 2000 after Buzz Peterson left for Tulsa. Appalachian won a school-record 25 games in 2006-07 and reached the NIT. But the Mountaineers never reached the NCAA tournament under Fancher.
Enter a Carolina grad. Wes Miller, perhaps? Nah, I don't think he's put in enough time anywhere else.
Found an awesome map over at BillSportsMaps.com showing the location of all 65 teams that made the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Pretty cool stuff --- go check it out and leave Bill some feedback. Be sure to click where indicated to see the zoomed version (and you'll probably have to zoom on that to see it full size) Awesome.
North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Connecticut share a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament. Their graduation rates have less in common.
The numbers ranged from 86 percent at North Carolina to 33 percent at UConn, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
Louisville was at 42 percent and Pitt at 69 percent.
That is a statistic that measures beyond the realms of basketball. It is a statistic the Tar Heels should be proud of. Even at 86%, there is much to improve on. Dean Smith coached teams had a near 97% graduation rate, though times were very different back then. I'm sure Roy would like to see the 86% increase, and I'm sure it will with the large number of seniors on this years roster expecting to graduate.
Dave Leitao resigned Monday as Virginia's men's basketball coach after the team's worst season in decades.
"Dave has been a respected colleague and a fine University representative in the local community during his tenure here," athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a release from the school. "He brought a great deal of leadership, discipline and integrity to his coaching responsibilities. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to athletics at the University of Virginia."
Leitao will be paid about $2.1 million, Littlepage said.
The school said neither Leitao nor Littlepage would be available for additional comment.
Virginia finished 10-18 this season, 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was the Cavaliers' worst record since they went 9-17 in 1967-68. Their season ended with a 76-63 loss to Boston College in the first round of the ACC tournament in a game that was never close.
Leitao couldn't seem to get his teams to really mesh and get going against the steamroller that is the ACC regular season. Good luck to him in the future and to the Cavaliers.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Hope all of our readers, and all our members have a fantastic Patty's Day.
SPD Bonus - It's a perfect day to watch Boondock Saints and embrace the brothers.
Murphy: Yeah, it's St. Patty's Day, everyone's Irish tonight. Why don't you just pull up a stool and have a drink with us?
Mar 16 '09
It feels awfully good to post a college football story --- especially one about one of my favorite teams picking up an amazing athlete, who is sure to bolster the team's offense in the future:
Bryce Brown, the No. 8 prospect in the ESPNU150, will play his college football at Tennessee. Brown picked the Vols over a list of finalists that included Oregon, LSU, Kansas State and Miami.
Brown's decision ends a months-long saga that began picking up steam when the talented running back from Wichita, Kan., opted not to make a decision on national signing day.
The Vols became a player for Brown late in the game. He visited Knoxville unofficially last week and did the official visit with Lane Kiffin and the Vols this weekend, when Tennessee held its first scrimmage of the spring practice.
The addition of Brown boosts a Tennessee class that was ranked 15th after signing day but has since added Brown and versatile running back David Oku, who is the 13th-ranked running back in the 2009 class.
Can't wait to see where Brown fits in the game plan. Go Vols.
We mentioned this in a post back in January, and 97bottles.com has finally launched.
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Go check it out.
Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller Sheen welcomed twin boys Saturday night. The children, named Max and Bob, are the first for the couple, who married in May 2008.
"They're doing great," Sheen's publicist Stan Rosenfield tells PEOPLE of the babies, who weren't due for another few weeks. "And Brooke's doing great."
Congrats to the couple. It's nice to see more conventional names like Max and Bob. Most celebrities nowadays pick some strange names (Camera, Sailor Lee, Fifi, Banjo, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, Moon Unit and Diva Muffin - just to name a few)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley on Saturday morning on a busy causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach, police said.
Stallworth was headed toward the beach when he hit Mario Reyes, 59, around 7 a.m., said Miami Beach police spokesman Juan Sanchez. Reyes was taken to a nearby trauma center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. He was near a crosswalk but it's not clear if he was crossing legally.
Stallworth, 28, was cooperating and no charges have been filed, Sanchez said. Officers drew blood to test for drugs or alcohol, which is routine. Sanchez said results from the test could take anywhere from three days to three weeks.
What a tragic turn of events.
Mar 13 '09
Happy Birthday L8N
Time for our second Triple Tri birthday of the month ----
You make the sound of pulling heaven down
A big happy birthday goes out to Eric from all of us here at Triple Tri. Hope you have a great day and that you're pumped for our birthday / Patty's Day celebration next weekend. From all of us, and all our readers, happy birthday.
Mar 12 '09
Blue October is set to release a new album on March 24th called Approaching Normal:
Hop the link to check out the Blue October website --- or follow this link to Amazon to pre-order a copy of the new album.
A man went over Niagara Falls and survived Wednesday afternoon, one of the few people to ever survive the plunge unprotected, authorities said.
It is unclear whether the man chose not to aid in his rescue or was physically unable to do so, officials say.
The man was seen entering the icy water just above Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side, and apparently jumped in about 2:15 p.m, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fire Chief Lee Smith said.
Smith said the unidentified man was in the near-freezing water for "40-plus" minutes before he was rescued by Niagara Parks Police and Niagara Falls firefighter Todd Brunning.
Brunning, who was tethered to shore, swam about 60 meters (nearly 200 feet) into the river and was able to get hold of the man and bring him to shore.
Niagara Parks Police initially used a helicopter from a private company, Niagara Falls Helicopters, to attempt a rescue of the man. When that failed, they used the wind from the chopper's rotors to push the man closer to shore, Smith said.
This guy is mightly lucky to have survived this ordeal. Between the falls and the icy water, this could have ended badly in several ways.
Mar 11 '09
Selection Sunday is quickly approaching, and if you would like to join our bracket challenge, simply follow the link and sign up for a cbs account or leave a comment with your email so I can send you the invite with all the information you'll need. Last year we had 8 people play and I would like to see that number grow this year. If you know someone that wants to play, leave their email as a comment (I can delete the comment once I get the invite sent). Picks can be made once the selections have been finalized. Sign up today!
|2004 - L8N (I was the only one playing that year)|
|2005 - AES|
|2006 - L8N|
|2007 - Jessica|
|2008 - Vickie|
|2009 - ??|
Happy 311 day to all our readers. Not as familiar with 311 as you should be ? Here's some 311 info to help you out:
The History of 311 Day
311 day is an annual celebration by 311 and their fans that takes place on March 11th of every year.
Since 3-11-2000, 311 has played a biennial concert to celebrate the event in which they play a set much longer than the typical 311 show, and they play a variety of songs to please their hardcore fans.
Spin some 311 tunes today in honor of the boys from Omaha. As Papa Hoy says:
'From chaos comes clarity' ~ 311
Mar 10 '09
No one has been able to keep up with Ty Lawson all year, not even in the race to be considered the Atlantic Coast Conference's top player.
The speedy junior was named the ACC Player of the Year Tuesday after guiding top-ranked North Carolina to the league's regular-season championship despite an 0-2 start in the league. Lawson earned 31 of 76 votes from Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members, becoming only the second point guard to win the award along with Tar Heel legend Phil Ford in 1978.
I have seen numerous games where Lawson put the team on his back and got the win. The other players are all important, but Lawson has controlled the game with his speed, 3 point shooting (nearly 47%) and taking the ball to the basket. Congrats Ty! Bring us an NCAA championship!
Mar 9 '09
The ACC has announced the All-ACC teams of the 2008-2009 season. The Tar Heels have 2 members on the All-ACC first team, in Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansbrough became the first player in conference history to be unanimously selected to the All-ACC team all 4 years.
Hansbrough last year became the third player in league history to be unanimously named to the all-ACC team three times, joining North Carolina State's David Thompson (1973-75) and Duke's Art Heyman (1961-63), and was the first to do it in his first three years in the league.
Then, the 6-foot-9 big man went out and one-upped himself during his senior season.
He leads the league with a 21-point scoring average. The reigning national player of the year and leading scorer in school history enters this week's ACC tournament 52 points shy of J.J. Redick's 3-year-old league record of 2,769 career points.
Danny Green made the All-ACC 3rd team and All-Defensive team, and Wayne Ellington was an honorable mention. Ed Davis earned All-Freshmen team.
What do you do when your 10-year-old son wakes up in the middle of the night screaming, "There's a 'roo in my room!"
If you're Beat Ettlin, you wrest the marsupial into a headlock, drag it down your hallway and toss it out your front door.
Ettlin and his family were woken early Sunday when a 6-foot-tall kangaroo crashed through a window, landed on their bed and thrashed around their house in the suburb of Garran, south of the capital of Canberra, Australia.
This all seems a bit strange to me. They do live by a kangaroo reserve, but one actually jumping through the window of their house? And here is my absolute favorite part of the entire story:
"At first, he (my husband) thought it was a lunatic ninja," said Ettlin's wife, Verity Beman. "It leaped through the window, this martial-arts kind of figure. It was very Jackie Chan."
Wow. Simply Wow.
Mar 8 '09
[Melissa] Rycroft, 25, is to fill the slot vacated by Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell, who had to withdraw from the competition on March 5 due to a knee injury. According to a source close to the production, the Dallas beauty, who has had only days to rehearse, is expected to perform live on Dancing’s Monday premiere.
Melissa is the woman who was dumped on National Television on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose." I think Melissa is a great woman and she deserves to have a little fun.
The final car in our weekend series, the Corvette GT1:
Special edition corvettes like this Corvette GT1 in C6.R yellow are a sight for sore eyes. In celebration of the C6.R's success, this special edition corvette will be released with a "Jake" graphic, chrome wheels and a carbon pattern engine cover. It also features chrome wheels, a body-colored spoiler, "carbon pattern" engine cover, and a leather-wrapped ebony interior inside. Those who opt for non-Z06 models also get the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance exhaust, and only 100 units of each model (600 total) will be available this spring, each carrying a $7,840 premium over standard models. What a badass version!
Mar 7 '09
The second car in our three car weekend special, the Perana Z-One:
What do you get when you cross a Corvette engine, a Zagato body, and a new South African manufacturer? The Perana Z-One ($75,000 est.), that's what. This unique exotic, limited to a build run of just 999 cars, features a 6.2L LS3 V8 Corvette engine good for at least 440 hp and a 0-60 time of under four seconds. But forget about performance -- this is one of the best-looking rides we've seen in a long time.
Be sure and come back tomorrow to see the third car.
FSU is in serious trouble with the NCAA again and may have to vacate victories they aquaired in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. This time, the trouble isn't limited to football as nine other programs were also penalized -- baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf -- and face the same sanctions. Overall, the scandal involved 61 athletes.
Hop the link to the article for the whole scoop.
Happy Birthday Vickie
Happy Birthday Vickie!! We hope you have a fantastic day that is free of tax stress. We can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks for the big celebration! Grady Sizemore is thinking good thoughts as baseball season is about to be underway. It looks like he would like to hit a Birthday Home Run for you. Now that's special!
Mar 6 '09
The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs
Either these were overlooked URL names, or they are using it as a marketing tool. Here's just one example of the ten provided:
If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always
Browns Put Up Bio Of Player Not Even Drafted Yet
Usually NFL teams like to keep their draft plans a well-guarded secret. But the Cleveland Browns aren’t like most NFL teams. When the new coach isn’t asking to move the team’s video room up one floor for $500,000, the webmasters of the team’s official site are adding players to the roster they haven’t even acquired yet.
WAITING FOR NEX YEAR shares with us a simple screenshot taken from CLEVELANDBROWNS.COM featuring the bio page of Jeremy Maclin. One slight problem - the receiver just came out of college, and the NFL Draft is still a month and a half away.
Maclin is a highly touted prospect out of Missouri, and could be a welcome addition to the Browns’ lethargic offense. But now that he knows the Browns want him, Jeremy could be ready to barter for a higher salary. Or it could be a warning to try and broker a deal with some other NFL squad.
This is either incredibly clever, or a gigantic oops.
Time for some beautiful cars --- I have three good ones for our readers, one today, and the other two spread across the weekend.
We'll get started with this one:
Bentley marks its arrival on the eco-friendly scene in a big way with the Bentley Continental Supersport ($TBA). Not only is it Bentley's first FlexFuel car, but it's also the company's most powerful, with its W12 engine producing 621hp, a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph. Other features include a 6-speed Quickshift ZF transmission, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, an advanced ESP system, and more.
Be sure to check back on Saturday and Sunday for the other two cars.
Mar 5 '09
Manny Ramirez is severing one of his last ties to Boston.
The former Red Sox outfielder put his Boston penthouse condominium on the market for $8.5 million on Wednesday, the same day he agreed to a $45-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Michael Doherty of City Life Real Estate, the listing broker for the 37th-floor condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, tells the Boston Herald it's the "most magnificent apartment" in the city.
In addition to panoramic views of the city, the 4,500-square-foot condo has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and three valet parking spaces.
Ramirez paid $5.8 million for the condo in 2001, and put it on the market for $6.9 million in 2005.
I'm sure it has a breathtaking view. When we go to Boston this summer, I would like to see where the Ritz-Carlton is located, and look straight up to the 37th floor where Manny lived. That would be pretty cool. Also, the condo sounds like it would take up the entire floor. (I'm sure that is how it works in big cities) 4,500 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms? 6?!?!? That's the perfect number for the 6 of us at TT to have our own bathroom. That would be awesome. We could even rent the 4th bedroom out to someone else - of course they wouldn't get to use the bathroom because, well I already said we each claim one a piece. Anyway, lets scrounge up whatever TOP money we have saved and see where that gets us...
The Dallas Cowboys have released controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, sources told ESPN's Michael Smith late Wednesday.
There has been talk since the end of the Cowboys' 9-7 season, in which they missed the playoffs, that they would consider cutting Owens to improve locker room morale.
Not only did Owens have relationship issues with quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten, but the receiver consistently criticized offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's play calling and his offensive schemes to the point that sources have said Garrett did not believe they could coexist.
Owens is a great, physical receiver. I would go as far as to say he is clutch, but his negative attitude and constant whining did him in; again. First the 49ers, then the Eagles, now the Cowboys. Every team he has played for would have loved to keep his talent and not his drama. I am anxious to see how this works out for both the Cowboys and Owens. The Cowboys will probably go after another gifted receiver, but where will Owens end up? I don't know why, but I see him playing in Cincinnati. Why? Because as much drama and trouble that team gets in to, he might just be a good fit.
Mar 4 '09
This season's "The Bachelor" has caused a lot of controversy because of the way Jason Mesnick handled the break-up with Melissa. (I linked an article from Bargainist- Alison Storm shares her opinion)
I thought Jason was a great, stand-up guy, but now I have completely changed my view. Yes, he followed his heart and it would have been even more horrible if he stuck around just to be nice. I just think it was very inconsiderate of him to dump Melissa on national television. He went through "The Bachelorette" and understands how it feels to be in love with someone but them not love you back. Knowing this, he should have handled the break-up privately. I can't believe he went immediately back to Molly. And did she not think to herself, "I'm sloppy seconds"? I just think the entire thing is very strange.
(By the way, I am pumped about Jillian being the next Bachelorette!)
What do the Triple Tri readers think? Let me know your opinion on this.
Straight from the Wiz of Odds:
When it comes to elevation, Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie can't be beat. It sits at 7,220 feet, the highest Division I-A stadium in the nation.
Now, thanks to a Sept. 12 visit by the Texas Longhorns, the Wyoming Cowboys have ticket prices to match the elevation.
A ticket to the Cowboys' game against the Longhorns is already commanding up to $349 on Stubhub. Take into consideration that Wyoming, with a string of several mediocre seasons in a row, has not been a box office draw of late and that the game game is still more than six months away. But this is all about the Longhorns.
Pretty amazing stuff there - just by showing up, Texas can really effect all aspects of a game, on and off the field. Good money for U-Dub and hopefully some good football... wouldn't bank on any upsets here though.
Manny Ramirez finally agreed to a $45 million dollar deal with the
Toledo Mud Hens LA Dodgers.
According to MLB.com, $25 million of the contract is deferred over five years and Ramirez has the right to opt out of the deal after one year. According to The Associated Press, Ramirez has full no-trade protection.
Manny is one of the best to ever swing the bat, but as Indians fans and Red Sox fans can tell you, he might not be worth the hassle.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball
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We need a full league to draft and play this year so passing this information along to friends who might be interested is much appreciated.
Good luck to everyone, hope to see some of you in our league.
Sidenote: Our league drafts on March 25, so be sure and sign up before then, if you're interested.
President Obama on Tuesday overturned a last-minute Bush administration regulation that many environmentalists claim weakened the Endangered Species Act.
The regulation, issued a few weeks before George W. Bush left office, made it easier for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists before launching projects that could affect endangered wildlife.
By overturning the regulation, Obama said during an enthusiastic reception at the Interior Department, he had restored "the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, a process undermined by past administrations."
Under the Bush administration rule, there was no need for a federal agency to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services if that agency determined that no harm would come to an endangered species as a result of its project.
But the determination of what "no harm" meant rested with agency bureaucrats instead of scientists.
Two thumbs up Obama, definAtely a step in the right direction on this one.
Mar 3 '09
When I wrote 3/3/09 the first time this morning, I gave pause and wondered if there was any special meaning to this date audity. I didn't even register that 3 was the square root of 9, and that anyone would be celebrating that... but sure enough:
When the month and day form the square root of the year, math geeks celebrate a special holiday. Well, presumably. I never made it past precalculus, so I’m only going by what the Associated Press says:
The math-buffs’ holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls on Tuesday — 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine).
“These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day — and poof — they’re gone,” said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event.
Interesting that it happens only 9 times a century (makes sense though, following this pattern) and that they special date combos have come and gone two other times since 2000 (1/1/2001 and 2/2/2004) and I hadn't heard mention of it before.
Fear not, loyal reader, if the Triple Tri blog is still around when the next square root day rolls around (4/4/16) we'll be sure to mention it again.
Apparently, the Mud Hens made a move yesterday to aquire Manny Ramirez, former Dodger and former-former Red Sox outfielder, turned free agent. This is obviously a joke that was floating around the web but then I caught it on the Mud Hens website, and realized that they're in on it too. Check it out for a chuckle.
Mar 2 '09
The president of Guinea-Bissau was assassinated Monday morning, a day after an explosion killed the head of the West African country's military, the prime minister said.
It was not immediately clear how President Joao Bernardo Vieira, 69, died. Prime Minister Carlos Gomes confirmed the death to CNN.
Early Monday, gunfire and rocket explosions that lasted for about an hour were heard near the presidential palace in the capital, Bissau, according to local media. Looting was later reported at the presidential palace.
Sounds like there's lots of unrest and political/social/economic turmoil in their country. Hopefully, some stability and peace can come from all this, and they can start to build the political and economic infrastructure that is needed for progress.
Curious about the most covered songs of all time -- then look no further than this article on mental_floss. As noted by the author, there are a lot of Beatles tunes on the list. Here's 5 to get you going:
- Yesterday, the Beatles.
- Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles.
- Cry Me a River, Julie London.
- And I Love Her, the Beatles.
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones.
There are more tunes and a lot more information in the article - so head over there for the entire story.
Straight from the Wiz of Odds:
A late winter storm is plowing across the Southeast on Sunday, bringing snow to much of the region. Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium got a layer of the white stuff, and although this would barely qualify as snowstorm in say, Michigan, it's big news in the Southeast.
Hop the post link to see the video - ruffled quite a few feathers in the South, I have no doubt.
China's first lunar probe landed on the moon in a controlled collision Sunday, marking the first phase of the nation's three-stage moon mission, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The second stage involves sending a second probe to practice soft landings, the Xinhua news agency said.
The mission will culminate with the launch and landing of a rover on the moon to collect mineral samples in 2012.
The probe -- Chang'e-1, named after a legendary moon goddess -- launched into space 16 months ago on October 24, 2007.
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