NBA NHL Playoffs 04/17/11

April 17, 2011

its playoff time. Yes!

Games I watched

Watched March Madness. I won the pool I was participating in. Win for me. On championship day a friend of mine came over and she ended up watching the big game with me. It was fun because I ended up getting her to root for Butler just like me. The bad news is Butler stunk the joint up. Badly. We were screaming at the TV. I really don’t get how you can play a 2nd half that bad. The game was entertaining either way. I just wished Butler put up more of a fight. I heard from PTI that Brad Stevens uses advanced analytics. He didn’t go into detail about exactly what he does but I bet some fancy new school analysis is going on.

Just watched the Sharks get killed by the LA Kings. The announcers threw out the penalty kill stat for the Sharks is ranked 24th. Yikes, and it showed. After the first and second penalty its like they gave up because they knew they sucked at penalty kills. The play and stat does not bode well honestly but the constant optimist in me is confident in at least a 1st round victory.

Caught some NBA playoffs games. Indiana was robbed in their first game. I jumped into the game late but I saw Indiana leading with the end of the game looming in the close distance. Good win for the Bulls. Strangely I’m not nearly as bitter about basketball as I was last years playoffs. I’m thinking its because the Tim Donaghy scandal is a becoming a farther memory (haha I know what you’re saying- dumb Kings fan, get over it!) and that there is more of question mark of whose going to make a finals run.

Other High notes

The Sacramento Kings. I’ve been on high alert constant Kings news watch. Every little news bit has me either angry, crying, or hopeful. For the uninitiated the Sacramento area has been unable to create concrete plans to build a new arena. Plenty of people are at fault the city, the politicians, the people of sacramento, the maloofs, hell maybe the Kings for not competing more and getting more wins. Point is I love the Kings and so do many others and we want the team to stay. Latest news is Ron Burkle, savior of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is trying to save the day and keep the Kings in Sacramento. Oh and who the hell is going to go to the games or watch the games in Anaheim?

My crappy short review – MLB the Show 11

This game is good. Damn good. Best baseball game ever. I haven’t been able to play previous versions since the ps2 and it was pretty good then. Excellent animations. Excellent ballparks. Just plain fun. Better than MVP Baseball 2005. If you are even a slight baseball fan you really should give this game a try. Only thing is if you already are a MLB the Show fan I’m not sure how much new material is in this years version to make your mind explode like mine. I consider this my first time really playing the franchise. I play too many sports games. I want to play Dragon Age 2 but I don’t know if time will permit any time soon. Too bad too because the first one rocked my socks.

10/10.

And finally

I just found and joined http://volunteers.playpower.org/. Description is “We support affordable, effective, fun learning games. We’re starting with an existing $10 TV-computer as a platform for learning games in the developing world.” The $10 computer is equivalent to the NES. The tutorials teach you how to program for the original NES! and for a good cause. How cool is that. check it out.

long post. keep watching the playoffs. my blog sucks.


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!

If you stumble upon my blog feel free to comment on what you watched or caught you this weekend. or anything you feel