Showing posts from June, 2010

Mets Monday, Vol. 10

It was another good week for the boys from Queens, going 4-2 against two good American League teams. Right now, the Mets are just half a game out of first place in the division, and still have the lead in the wild card race.

Is it just me, or has John Niese become a damn good pitcher since coming back from the disabled list? They've won every game he's started since he's been back! He's been a great counter-point to Johan Santana, who has kind of been a mess lately. Less strikeouts per nine innings than ever before, more walks, shorter outings. I don't know if this whole mess about him having an affair or rape or whatever it was is bothering him or not. Now, obviously, I don't condone rape, but I don't think it was rape, since nobody heard of it for how long since it happened, and the case was closed anyway. If it was him having an affair, that's none of my business and I honestly don't give a shit as long as he pitches the way we pay him to pitch, w…

The Week's Best, for the week of 6-21-10 to 6-27-10

Very tired. No sleep this weekend. No more words. Just pictures. Enjoy.

The Week's Worst Comic Book - Wolverine Origins #49

The Week's Best Comic Book Runner-Up - Amazing Spider-Man #635

The Week's Best Comic Book Winner - Superman #700

Fiction Fridays - Untitled Magic Story

I've decided to start this new weekly column, Fiction Fridays, partly as a way to get some feedback on what I'm writing and partly as a way to keep me writing. With that in mind, here's the first little snippet of something I've started... I'm not sure what, if anything, it's going to amount to, but here it is.

The first thing I should tell you is that Harry Potter is bullshit. Wait, no, that’s not the first thing I should tell you. Sorry; after everything I’ve been through in my short life… I’m younger than I look, trust me… the mind starts to get things a little jumbled sometimes. I’ll do my best to keep things relatively linear for you.

So, first thing: magic is real.

Second thing: Harry Potter is bullshit. Magic is something you’re born with. You either have it or you don’t and there’s no fancy school filled with friendly old people with beards and funny hats who teach you what to say while you daintily wave a wand in the air. Fucking wands. Who thought up tha…

Mets Monday, Vol. 9

Normally, I'd be a lot more upset after losing a series to the Yankees, two games to one, but this time, I'm not. For one thing, we split the year series with them, three games apiece. For another, those two loses came after an eight game winning streak, seven of which came on the road and included two sweeps. Obviously, the Mets read this blog last week and decided I was right about them needing to win on the road, because they improved their road record from 8-18 to 15-20, which really is a drastic improvement. Also, the Mets are only a 2.5 games behind Atlanta for first place, and, if the season were to end today, would be in the playoffs in the wild card spot. So right now, things are looking pretty damn good.

Today is the last of three Mondays off in a row before starting a homestand tomorrow, where they're facing two tough AL teams in the form of the Tigers and the Twins. I have faith, though, that with such a dominant home record (24-10), the Mets are in good shape. …

The Week's Best, for the week of 6-14-10 to 6-20-10

So obviously, since the TV season ended and none of these summer replacement shows have done anything to pique my interest, I have to make a change to this column. If I didn't the best TV show every week would be True Blood and there would be no runner-up, and that would just be too repetitive for me. Instead, what will happen is that until the new fall season starts (or until I decide to stop blogging in the sheer face of indifference I'm receiving from people who all told me it would be awesome if I blogged again...), this will solely be a comic book column. There will still be a runner-up and a winner each week, but to add to it in place of the missing TV show entries, there will be a new "Week's Worst Comic Book" Award, and we'll kick it off with that right now.

The Week's Worst Comic Book - Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #12

Look, I want to make it clear right off the bat, my intention here isn't to bash anybody or say anybody sucks. Truth is, even th…

Tales from the Tube: The 2009/2010 Season

By now, most people know I watch a lot of television. Over the course of this season, I watched 22 shows (not counting the latest series of the BBC show Merlin because, well, it's British.) which is oddly fitting, considering that's how many episodes of a show there usually are. So I've decided I'm going to count those shows down, with mini-reviews for each one. I'm including only shows that ran between September and May (with the exception of Friday Night Lights; yes, I know it only started on NBC a few weeks ago, but it aired on DTV starting in December, so it counts). And since this is my countdown, no, you won't see Grey's Anatomy on here, just shows *I* like. So without further ado, and unlike some other countdowns I've seen recently that started with number one, let's kick things off at the bottom!

22.) Melrose Place

That picture right there basically sums up why I started watching this show in the first place: hot chicks. There were, like, six …

Mets Monday, Vol. 8

The Mets have finally broken that 4-2 per week streak they seemed to be on that I mentioned last week. They went 5-1 since last Monday, which is, well, pretty goddamn good. They took two out of three from the Padres, which is an accomplishment, and then swept the Orioles, which, well, isn't an accomplishment at all. But it kind of is, because they swept the O's in Baltimore. That's right, the Metsies swept a road series, something that hasn't happened since last May 2009, apparently.

That's a fact, by the way, that seemingly led Rod Barajas to tell Frenchie that they sucked last year... he was joking, but he seems to have caught a little static or something for it. I don't know why, it's not like he was wrong...

Anyway. The Mets pickup the road trip tomorrow night with three against the Indians, which, the way Cleveland's season has been going, should result in two out of three for the Mets, if not another sweep. That'll be followed by three games wit…

The Week's Best, for the week of 6-7-10 to 6-13-10

Once again, because I'm doing this crazy late since it took longer than usual for me to read all the things I was going to read for this week, I'm just going to drop some pictures on you today. Next week I'll probably start the new format I've thought up for this column for the summer. So until then, here you go.

The Week's Best TV Show Winner - Glee Ep. 1x22, "Journey

The Week's Best Comic Book Runner-Up - Batman #700

The Week's Best Comic Book Winner - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #11

Mets Monday, Vol. 7

The Mets have a lot to learn from these fellas. Once again, since my last entry, they've gone 4-2, which isn't bad at all. The problem is, it's all part of a disturbing trend. Out of those four wins, the last three of them came in a sweep of the Marlins at Citi Field. For the second time this season, the Mets have won eight games in a row at home, where they now have a 22-9 record. That's a .710 winning percentage, which is pretty damn spectacular. And yet, they're only three games over .500 for the season. How's that?

Simple. They're 8-18 on the road. So it's hard to capitalize on all those home wins when you've got an away percentage of .307. That's... well, it's pretty damn awful.

There's a pretty true saying in baseball that if you can win two out of three at home and just break even on the road, you've got a good chance of being a championship team. The Mets are doing better than two out of three at home. So, how well would they b…

The Week's Best, for the week of 5-31-10 to 6-6-10

I'm not in the chattiest of moods right now, and I'm also fairly pressed for time, so I'm going to skip the usual right ups after each show or comic, and just give you the winners. And like last week, since I only watched two shows, there's only one TV show.

The Week's Best TV Show Winner - Happy Town Ep 1x04, "Slight of Hand"

The Week's Best Comic Book Runner-Up - Serenity: Float Out

The Week's Best Comic Book Winner - The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain