NFL Playoffs 01/18/2011

January 21, 2011
The pats lose. That says it all. Post late 

Games I watched

I think I caught almost all of the games. Thanks to the handy dandy dvr. Aaron Rodgers is damn good. Just entertaining to watch. His throw is a fastball. Tom Brady and the Patriots were just plain disappointing. No idea why Brady took so many sacks. Throw the ball away

Other High notes

This post is old so I’m not sure. I will say I’m excited for Blake Griffin in the NBA dunk  contest. If you haven’t seen this youtube top 10 yet. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gG4W0L41FI&feature=channel

My crappy short review – Skate franchise

Skating is fun. Gamers remember when Tony Hawk came out, it really changed skateboarding games. I would say it even changed skating. I know I picked up a board after falling for the game. Skate 1 had at least the revolutionary gaming impact similar to Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding. Hard to believe that was 2 console generations ago on the playstation 1. From the moment Skate gameplay videos were shown it was obvious that this game had the nuts. I really like the authentic realistic skate feel of the game. At the same time they allow the crazy outrage we love in gaming. A surprisingly welcome difficulty just helps the long term love of this franchise. I haven’t touched skate 3 yet but I did beat 1 and am in the middle of part 2.  My friend used to say skating feels like your flying. The skate games put you in the place to stomp an ollie and feel like you’re flying down a hill on a board.

9/10.

And finally

NFL final four this weekend. My picks are the Packers and the Jets with the Packs going all the way.  Stay tuned!


NFL Football Playoffs 01/24/10

January 25, 2010

The Superbowl teams are now set in stone.

Games I watched – A week into the playoffs I realized that while this format works well with the regular season, it is a little funky for the playoffs, but I’m a lazy bastard so lets continue. I did catch both AFC and the NFC championship games. The Jets Colts game was good until Manning caught on and started destroying the great Jets D. Just shows how good the guy is. He adapted to the game and by the end he was unstoppable. Would have been entertaining to have Dirty Mark Sanchez and Sexy Coach Rexy in the superbowl. Still good surprising season by the Jets.

I was really looking forward to this game. Favre! Ok, I know its funny how much the media loves him and how much people can and especially the interwebs loath him but I gotta admit I’m on the loving side. I did like the Saints years ago when Katrina happened but for some reason they kind of bug me know. It is great for the city of New Orleans though and I’m happy for them and congratulate them. As for the Vikings and Favre, it does  indeed suck. Fumblefest. If they just held onto the ball a little you would think that the Vikings would be the ones to go to the big dance. Must be awesome for Favre haters to see that last turnover too. Either way this was definitely an entertaining game

Other high notes

My guess is that Favre stays. He will not want to leave on that note. And he had a great season with youngplayers. One more year. I don’t see anything that would hinder having another successful Vikings season.

Damn he took some nasty hits. Vikings offense did not do a good job of protecting the QB

My crappy short video game review – Dragon Age: Origins

Aah. I super liked and hated this game. Well mostly like but there was some definite despise at times. First I will say that it is a fantastic game. If you are a fan of a good ol PC RPG this is def the game for you. Good story, great great characters, lots of hilarious dialogue, good hack n slashing.

The dialogue options had its LOL moments. The micro management for me at times got a little weary. The inventory sytem is blah. I do not want to pick up something off every enemy that I will just sell after I put it in my tiny inventory. The fact that only rogues unlock locked chests enraged me. I didn’t care about the loot but I didn’t know until more than halfway through the game that unlocking a chest gives xp. It pretty much just forces you to have a rogue in the party at all times. The last boss pissed me off. I never really ranged attacked except with my mage who was indisposed by the end of the game due to story reasons. So final battle phase 2 left me in the pits. Ya there were balistas but again unjamming them is only a rogue talent. I would have built my rogue much different if I knew I needed her so much. Oh and too long for me at times. This game sucked the life outa me. Despite all that I must admit this game was pretty damn excellent. Counting Mass Effect, 2 great recent RPGs. and speaking of I cannot freaking wait for Mass Effect 2. Have not been this excited for a game in years.

Late Night

I did think the sparseness of my late night section from my last post was funny but I did want to elaborate a little more. Even though its been discussed ad nauseum, I’ll try to talk about 2 topics that I felt were only glazed over in the recent late night blitz. Since I have mainly talked about sports in this blog, I’ll relate it to that. and music. Jay Leno does not care about either. I watched Leno for years. Looking back I have no idea why I did, I should have been watching Letterman but it took me a while to switch. I remember watching one night and Ellen asked him something about maybe the Grammys (I forget exactly, it was years ago) along the lines if he was excited to see the result of an award. He admitted he knows Dick bupkis about music today and in general for a long time. It really reflects on the show as the musical guests are often of the easy pop mainstream variety.

On the sports side it is just apparent the guy knows nothing about sports next to Letterman and Coco. Letterman and Conan have had many great musical acts and seem to genuinely enjoy it. Letterman is clearly a huge sports fan. He recently had a nice interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about his time at the U (of Miami) and his father’s wrestling career. Conan is a big baseball fan and does his part in having great interviews with athletes ranging the sports field.

Sacramento Kings watch

The Sacramento Kings continue to lose on a 7 game streak and winning only 1 in the past 13 games. Sadly this is exactly what I feared after having some tough losses. I admit I stopped catching every single game. Just heartbreaking and crappy watching 2-3 hours of your fav team getting their butt kicked.

and finally

wow. My longest post. I try to keep things short and sweet but sometimes I feel like I can go on forever. Superbowl in 2 weeks. woo!

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NFL Sunday 01/04/2010

January 5, 2010
Playoffs?!! Playoffs?!
Playoffs next week!

Games I watched – I watched Pitt and Miami. I wanted to see how teams responded in a must win situation. I liked Miami. Wildcat!! So its too bad that they sustained 2 QB injuries and their playoff chances were slim to none. Henne out in 2nd half with eye injury?? A quick google and a Miami Herald article said Chad Henne got hit in the head and couldn’t rid blurry vision. Pat White subbed in. Looked completely lost. For passing he had only 1 uncompleted pass play. Just a handful of play into being subbed in, White ran the ball and got a rough collision, helmet to helmet with Ike Taylor. You  can plainly see he was out after the collision. Scary sight. Nice to here he was released from the hospital Monday morning and said to be ok.

Watched Philly vs Cowboys. With another win its good for Dallas to have a good December.

I also watched half of the night game, Bengals vs Jets. Too bad the Bengals didn’t play. Oh and I hope ocho is 100% for next week. Injuries suck.

Other high notes

oops. see above.
My crappy short video game review – Mass Effect

I keep forgetting to get to these. I have still been an achievement 360 binge. I heard lost of good things from Mass Effect but I was skeptical. I didn’t really get into Star Wars KOTOR. Fighting and dialogue was awkward. But I always did want to give it another chance. Mass Effect blew me away. I did hear of the saucy romantical scenes included but other than stellar reviews and that it was made by BioWare, nothing else. Oh ya I heard about the elevators. Fantastic story and universe, really fleshed out. Characters are all unique. It took a while to get used to the combat but I adjusted. Its damn satisfying using biotics to toss and lift people up while you blast them with your super duper future blasters.

The dialogue all was engaging and the speech choice options kept things exciting. One minor complaint I can say is that sometimes the brief description of the dialogue choice differed from what I thought my character wanted to say.

I could go on and on but this is supposed to be short and crappy. Right now I can just say for me best game I played on the 360. Best of the best with GTA IV. Can’t wait for Mass Effect 2. I haven’t been this excited for a game in a while.

and finally

Last post I mentioned back to back tough losses by the Sac Kings. The Kings fortuitous schedule allowed them to get another chance against Lakers on Friday the first. After blowing a 20 point lead Umi Udoka gets a chance to seal the game with 2 free throws and lead by 4 points with seconds remaining on the clock. Both close misses – Kobe left wide open for a 3. Game over. Happy new years everyone!

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