The Morning After – February 28, 2011 edition

Welcome to today’s edition of the Morning After.

Today is the last day of February, and with the Ides of March about to begin just hours from now.

Today also serves as the end of Awards season. With the Academy Awards, we all now await the big releases that pepper the landscape like Thor, Captain America, etc… Oh, and Wrestlemania.

I wish I could share something about the Oscars, but I slept through it. I was awake watching TLC when they showed back to back of Bizarro Foods and No Reservations featuring the Motherland. Yes, I finally and luckily got to watch those two shows. It felt good when a great show features and highlights your own heritage.

Hereforth are the links:

Change of Relationship status for Cristiano Ronaldo. (c/o Digital Spy)

Let’s get it on, Ozzie and Bobby. (c/o Chicago Breaking Sports) have Tito Francona as the special guest referee. (c/o Boston Herald)

RIP, Duke Snider. (c/o Bats)

Duke stumbles against the Hokies. (c/o The Key Play)

Finally, Jeff Gordon ends his 66 on Route 66. (c/o Charlotte Observer)

Someone actually tallied the songs most played in stadiums / arenas. (c/o Yahoo! Sports)

Joe Torre hired to be Bud’s #2. (c/o Detroit Free Press)

UFC in Aussie-land! (c/o 5th rd)

Old-school to match old school. (c/o 10s Balls)

Birmingham wins the Carling Cup (c/o Soccer America)

The Golden Boy must be very very lucky to escape possible suspension. (c/o Sunday People)

Kaka for sale in Madrid. (c/o Tribal Football) All whilst FC Barcelona get closer to putting things on ice. (c/o Barca Blaugranes)

Tony Stewart in a F1 Car with Lewis Hamilton in a NASCAR Chevy in Watkins Glen? (c/o Corning Leader)

Think any non-Indy Car driver can snag this $5 million booty? The ultimate Las Vegas gamble? (c/o Miami Herald)

Luke Donald wins Matchplay, as Martin Kaymer takes over. (c/o Denver Post)

Purdue stamping its class. (c/o Indianapolis Star)

Bo knows home perfection. (c/o Daily Cardinal)

Say goodbye to Pauley Pavillion for now. (c/o Larry Brown Sports)

Jimmer has a shot at a 1-seed. (c/o Daily Aztec)

Texas stumbling and bumbling. (c/o Dallas Morning News)

The NHL trade deadline beckons. (c/o NHL)

If we believe in the transitive qualities, Cleveland (c/o Digital Journal) > New York (c/o ProBasketball Talk) > Miami

With the trade deadline over, it is the start of buyout season. (Yahoo! Sports)

The mess continues (c/o The National) in Detroit. (c/o the Detroit News)

Chris Bosh gets today’s Vlade Divac’s memorial flop. (c/o Deadspin)

It surely is interesting how drafting is an inexact science. (c/o Baseball America)

You’re definitely in Canada when curling outdraws hockey. (c/o Canoe)

You’re definitely in Florida if an infomercial outdraws hockey. (c/o Miami Herald)

Pacers got Frye‘d. (c/o Valley of the Suns)

Some standouts in the Combine. (c/o Shutdown Corner) Also here. (c/o Sports Illustrated)

One last thing before the Youtube portion, I think Darren Rovell of CNBC said it best, imagine if Steve Bartman occured during the era of Twitter. The poor Louisville cheerleader got it bad on the interwebs.

And I say, adios! With a Smile.

  • younglefty

    Neither of those combine links mentioned Anthony Allen, so here‘s one that does. Measurables were impressive, and his 40 time was pretty good for a back of his size.

  • Knightro

    No link for the Florida/hockey item from the Miami Herald.

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Thanks for the heads, up.

    No link for the Florida/hockey item from the Miami Herald.

  • clayton

    and with the Ides of March about to begin just hours from now.

    the ides of March is March 15, or loosely, the middle days of March. Not March 1st.

  • younglefty

    the ides of March is March 15, or loosely, the middle days of March. Not March 1st.

    The Ides is the 15th. The term ides was used for the 15th of three months in the Roman calendar.

    /took 3 years of Latin

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    he ides of March is March 15, or loosely, the middle days of March. Not March 1st.

    Noted. I learn a little bit of something new everyday. :)

  • Trey

    You’re definitely in Florida if an infomercial outdraws hockey.

    Eh, The Panthers have one of the nicest arenas in the country…settled in one of the worst locations in the country.

    There is no connection to any city…seriously.

  • clayton

    took 3 years of Latin

    did you go to a ritzy ass private high school?

  • younglefty

    did you go to a ritzy ass private high school?

    Nope. Gwinnett County Public School System.

  • Trey

    To note: Gwinnett is the rich county in the Atlanta area. Ain’t no Latin in Fulton or Dekalb

  • clayton

    wow. I didn’t know public schools laid Latin out there for kids to take. I know Catholic schools do, and super fancy private schools where there are dozens upon dozens of chicks hotter than Jessica Alba, just waiting to sex you.

    So can you read Latin, or just order food at a Latin restaurant (if that ever comes up). That’s all I can do with my years and years of Spanish.

  • younglefty

    So can you read Latin, or just order food at a Latin restaurant (if that ever comes up). That’s all I can do with my years and years of Spanish.

    It lets me feel like Duffy when I see things misused, like the ides of March. And I can read Julius Caesar’s war diary (propaganda) De Bello Gallico in the original Latin, which is some pretty cool shit.

    /that typo went out on the batphone first thing

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Speaking of Latin,

    There is this guy whom i know, while we are saying our prayers, is actually muttering the same prayers in Latin.

    It feels weird and creepy watching him do it.

    (reminds me of the Da Vinci Code movie, specifically the Opus Dei priest who was the custodian of the Albino guy)

  • clayton

    There is this guy whom i know,

    say no more. I’ll sing at your wedding.

  • Senator Jersey

    Birmingham wins the Carling Cup (c/o Soccer America)

    Such a ridiculous ending.

  • ParrishWalton

    I thought Franco was pretty bad last night. I think he was clearly nervous, but he never seemed to loosen up. Hathaway was great, though I am quite smitten with her so I’m clearly biased.

  • younglefty

    Franco was high as shit the whole time. And I think he smoked out ScarJo backstage. Billy Crystal made me laugh though, and the first Charlie Sheen joke hit its mark. Largely forgettable on the whole, though.

  • clayton

    I thought Franco was pretty bad last night.

    plenty of people will disagree with you, but they’ll all say he was somewhere between deplorable and the worst ever.

    I’ve read about 7 Oscar reviews this morning, and he’s just getting killed. Justifiably, but killed.

  • ParrishWalton

    I’ve read about 7 Oscar reviews this morning, and he’s just getting killed. Justifiably, but killed.

    I think he came off as if he was trying to be “too cool for school,” whereas Hathaway looked like she had been doing it for a while.

    I agree that the Charlie Sheen joke was good, but that’s low-hanging fruit. I would have been disappointed if there wasn’t a Sheen line somewhere.

  • younglefty

    Also, I’m glad Trent Reznor and Melissa Leo won.

  • clayton

    I wish I knew how to retweet, because the best tweet I saw last night was a fake Trent Reznor acceptance speech – I want to thank you like an animal.

  • younglefty

    Are you still tweeting via the web interface? That shit’s hot garbage. You need to get on the tweetdeck or something similar.

  • ParrishWalton

    Are you still tweeting via the web interface? That shit’s hot garbage. You need to get on the tweetdeck or something similar.

    I do 99% of everything via my phone when it comes to Twitter.

  • younglefty

    Hahaha MIchael Felder from In The Bleachers just tweeted that he’d rather man up on AJ Green than Julio Jones. And then he added:

    AJ might Moss me for a TD but Julio will pancake you & then next play catch a hitch & drag you & 4 teammates 10 yards.

  • ParrishWalton

    AJ might Moss me for a TD but Julio will pancake you & then next play catch a hitch & drag you & 4 teammates 10 yards.

    Assuming he caught the ball.

  • Trey

    I don’t watch the Oscars. I am just not an award show fan. They’re all so lame, and the SAME FUCKING MOVIE TYPE WINS EVERY YEAR.

    Biopic, biopic, biopic…

    I know they don’t clean up in best picture…but every fucking individual award…

    “OMG!!!!! He/She was such a good ____________.”

    The Academy is a fucking joke that has completely become what it used to hate.

    You think Jodie Foster would win an award for Silence of the Lambs today? Fuck no.

  • ParrishWalton

    I really am part of the problem, but the Combine does more harm to sports fans than it does good. The fans will hear Julio ran a 4.39 and jumped 11 feet, 3 inches and shit their pants. The fans won’t actually watch games and see that Julio does not play as fast as he ran and he doesn’t run good routes nor does he catch the ball naturally.

  • ParrishWalton

    You think Jodie Foster would win an award for Silence of the Lambs today? Fuck no.

    I do, actually. Don’t blame the Academy for Hollywood making shitty movies. If a movie like Silence of the Lambs comes out again, it will win awards. But movies like The King’s Speech, The Social Network, et al don’t have that kind of competition anymore. Studios go for the easy buck instead.

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    That’s why game film is probably still the most important aspect of the draft.

    (although we still remain fascinated by the Mamula’s that strike every year.

    or the fastest guy in the 40 that piques Oakland.)

  • clayton

    I really am part of the problem

    I concur.

    /burn

  • jpq1999

    You think Jodie Foster would win an award for Silence of the Lambs today? Fuck no.

    “The Silence….The Silence…”

    /jarring

  • clayton

    But movies like The King’s Speech

    somebody said that they would like The Kings’ Speech a whole lot better if there was no such thing as acting awards. But it’s definitely a movie made for award getting.

  • ParrishWalton

    somebody said that they would like The Kings’ Speech a whole lot better if there was no such thing as acting awards. But it’s definitely a movie made for award getting.

    I need to find the clip of Bill Maher’s show from the fall. One of his New Rules was telling people to cancel the Oscar’s because Hollywood was making a movie about teaching the Kind of England to speak properly and it had Firth and Rush in it. He was spot on.

    That’s why game film is probably still the most important aspect of the draft.

    Yup. Just watch the freaking kid play the game. Instead we’ll salivate over him running in a straight line in tights, or throwing while being defensed by air.

  • jpq1999

    I feel like Elaine w/ The English Patient, but British movies have ZERO appeal to me. Don’t know why. From the Shakespearian to the period Royalty pieces to Guy Ritchie, I’ll watch an infomercial before throwing one of those on

  • Trey

    I do, actually. Don’t blame the Academy for Hollywood making shitty movies. If a movie like Silence of the Lambs comes out again, it will win awards. But movies like The King’s Speech, The Social Network, et al don’t have that kind of competition anymore. Studios go for the easy buck instead.

    Blah, that’s crap…

    In 2005 Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind was a great movie. Jim Carrey killed in it. It got TWO nominations and Leonardo DiCaprio’s semi-decent portrayal of Howard Hughes not nominated above him.

    Why? Because Eternal Sunshine was released in March of 2004, and thus not worthy of more consideration.

    RAY….FUCKING RAY was nominated over that movie. That was a canned biopic that wasn’t even on point with Ray Charles life.

    I can go back to 2000 when Brad Pitt was left out for Snatch.

    There are plenty of good movies, and there have bene plenty of winners that I like. I’m sure the King’s Speech is really good.

    The Academy is in love with biopics though. It’s easy because they can put two and two together. Acting to them is more about mimicking what is out there and NOT what one can do.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Yup. Just watch the freaking kid play the game. Instead we’ll salivate over him running in a straight line in tights, or throwing while being defensed by air.

    as long as his moobs aren’t flapping in the breeze, it’s not as bad.

  • ParrishWalton

    I can go back to 2000 when Brad Pitt was left out for Snatch.

    I do agree that the Academy loves biopics. There is no denying that, but to say a film like Silence of the Lambs wouldn’t win today is simply not true. That movie is one of the 50 best movies of all time.

  • ParrishWalton

    Acting to them is more about mimicking what is out there and NOT what one can do.

    I totally disagree with this.

  • cabbage

    Tony Stewart in a F1 Car with Lewis Hamilton in a NASCAR Chevy in Watkins Glen?

    Smoke is easily 75 pounds too heavy to fit in a F1 car.

  • Johnny

    The Academy is in love with biopics though. It’s easy because they can put two and two together. Acting to them is more about mimicking what is out there and NOT what one can do.

    Bad day to be arguing this after Portman won best actress

    What drives me crazy is that animated films still don’t have a legitimate chance of winning best picture. Hell Toy Story was pretty much ignored throughout the best picture montage last night. They just don’t take them seriously as films and that isn’t exactly right

  • Trey

    Parrish…Jamie Foxx…Ray

    Total mimick

  • ParrishWalton

    What drives me crazy is that animated films still don’t have a legitimate chance of winning best picture. Hell Toy Story was pretty much ignored throughout the best picture montage last night. They just don’t take them seriously as films and that isn’t exactly right

    I agree, but Toy Story wasn’t the best picture of the year. The argument will hold more water when an animated picture is the best and gets the shaft (which it will).

  • arkbadger

    although we still remain fascinated by the Mamula’s that strike every year.

    and with their first round pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Matt Jones, University of Arkansas….

  • ParrishWalton

    Parrish…Jamie Foxx…Ray

    Total mimick

    Of course there are BS wins. there is no denying that.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    I totally disagree with this.

    the correct way to intimate this feeling on the internet is to say “your an idiot.”

  • Johnny

    I agree, but Toy Story wasn’t the best picture of the year. The argument will hold more water when an animated picture is the best and gets the shaft (which it will)

    It was the best reviewed film of the year

    of course I’m still bitter that Wall*e wasn’t nominated a few years ago

  • ParrishWalton

    It was the best reviewed film of the year

    It’s an animated film. Reviewers aren’t going to look at it the same way as a live action movie.

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Pixar / Disney has the best animated movie on lock.

  • Trey

    Toy Story 3 wasn’t even the best of the series, nor best of the year.

    Johnny…not every award is going to a biopic. However, that doesn’t mean the majority arent

  • Johnny

    It’s an animated film. Reviewers aren’t going to look at it the same way as a live action movie.

    which is completely bs as they should

    At the very least I thought it was better than A Social Network. That movie just did not sit well with me at all

  • Johnny

    Toy Story 3 wasn’t even the best of the series

    Completely false

  • ParrishWalton

    which is completely bs as they should

    How can you judge the acting compared to a live action movie?

    At the very least I thought it was better than A Social Network. That movie just did not sit well with me at all

    I thought it was one of the best written movies I had seen in a long time.

  • Johnny

    How can you judge the acting compared to a live action movie?

    It would have to be some sort of combination of judging the voice work and the actual character animation . It would be different but you could

  • Johnny

    Listen I’m not ruing that it should have won but rather it should have been viewed as something more than a throw in

  • Sanders

    I agree, but Toy Story wasn’t the best picture of the year.

    It wasn’t even the best in the animated category. The Illusionist ran that dog ragged.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    The Illusionist ran that dog raggedraw dogged that category.

    D-Ho baby’s momma.

  • Trey

    Sorry Johnny, the first Toy Story blows it out of the water

  • cycledan

    I don’t watch the Oscars. I am just not an award show fan. They’re all so lame, and the SAME FUCKING MOVIE TYPE WINS EVERY YEAR.

    I am with Trey on this one. I almost never watch award shows. I just hate them. I don’t care what anyone else thinks about who the best actor/actress is. I haven’t watched the Oscars in probably 20 years or more. I watched the Knicks beat the Heat last night. Far more entertaining as far as I am concerned.

    Also, the only one of the “big” movies I have seen is Toy Story 3. I loved it. Really struck a chord with me since my sons both loved the movies when they came out and I really identified the little boy Andy with my kids. Now that Andy was going to college and my own son is a sophomore, it really worked for me.

  • Sanders

    It’s not like anyone really recognizes the Oscars as an indication of quality. Oscar nominees are like draft picks, you have to wait a few years to see which ones will really stand the test of time. And the acting awards are a farce. Sandra Bullock won last year because she’s extremely well liked in Hollywood and everyone knew they’d never have a chance to vote for her again. Colin Firth won this year (when he really didn’t deserve to) because he didn’t win last year, because it was Jeff Bridges’ Scent of a Woman career acknowledgment Oscar.

    David Fincher was nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but NOT for Zodiac, his best work. It’s a stupid awards show, but if you’re in movies you watch because, well, it’s a tradition.

  • cabbage

    Paea benches 225 49 times

    That was impressive.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    the most impressive thing about Paea is the vowels:consonants ratio paired with the vowels:letters ratio in his last name.

  • arkbadger

    the most impressive thing about Paea is the vowels:consonants ratio paired with the vowels:letters ratio in his last name

    Kent Hrbek is insanely jealous.

  • clayton

    Paea benches 225 49 times

    that mf’er is Maori strong.

  • clayton

    I guess looking it up, he’s actually Tonganese. But that’s some fantastic strength. He’s got Polynesian power. I think they’re stronger than Vikings.

  • cabbage

    Paea had 11 more reps than second place. The difference between 2nd and 10th was only 6 reps.

  • younglefty

    Paea? Is that the latin inspired dish with the rice and seafood? I think I saw Bobby Flay lose a Paea throwdown once.

  • clayton

    Kent Hrbek is insanely jealous.

    not as jealous as somebody named Schwartz. Or somebody from kyrgyzstan

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Paea? Is that the latin inspired dish with the rice and seafood? I think I saw Bobby Flay lose a Paea throwdown once

    That’s Paella, lefty