Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Do You Believe In Miracles. Well Then So Do I.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Mr. Mom - 4 LeBrocks!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
This might be the worst movie ever. Its so bad and you can't even enjoy making fun of it. After laughing at the stupid wardrobe choices of the Corey's in the first few minutes even that gets old. And Feldman's Michael Jackson obsession is just plain weird and not funny itself.
I'm also starting a rating category for 80's movies. Movies will get zero to four "LeBrocks" based on their enjoyablity which is not to be confused with quality of the film making.
The name comes from the ultimate creation of the ultimate 80's Week Movie Weird Science which was featured at the original 80's Week Festival.
So to rap up the week thus far:
Dream A Little Dream - Zero LeBrocks
Police Academy 3 - 4 LeBrocks
Legend - 2 LeBrocks
RoboCop - 2 LeBrocks
Do Or Die - 3 LeBrocks
(Bad explosions. 4 LeBrocks.
Cheesy Lines - 4 LeBrocks.
Estrada - 4 LeBrocks Gratuitous Costume Changes - Zero LeBrocks. Average 3 LeBrocks)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The second offical installment of 80's week occured with Ridley Scott's Legend. An odd film with Tom Cruise as a woodboy fighting Keith Richards inspired goblins and Tim Curry's Lord Of Darkness. Cruise is assited by a group of elves including Bam Doyne. Scott credited a bunch of pot smokers for causing him to shorten the film dramatically but has as of yet failed to credit the drug with inspiring much of the movie.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The week got off to a rousing start with 1985's Do Or Die staring Pat Morita and Erik Estrada.
Do Or Die was a fast paced action romp complete with espionage, assassions, explosions, and gratuitous costume changes that the lady wookie didn't much care for.
Coach O even made a cameo as a helicopter flying assassin. Morita went against typecasting to play the evil smuggler who wants two agents and Erik Estrada dead. Only he didn't count on Estrada having a major league pitching arm. The film was apparently made before computer techonology was cheap and easy as the computer monitors are faked by using maps with lights imbeded in them.
Estrada and the ladies returned to film a sequel Guns! which might have to get some 80's week 2008 consideration.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Here are the Ten Rules Of 80's Week so that you can start a festival in your remote part of the world. With choice libations, pick five movies based on the Rules, and enjoy.
I. Legit movies that you would normally rent on your own, while released during the 80's are not allowed. Ex. Indiana Jones, Chariots of Fire, Blues Brothers, 48 Hrs, Trading Places, Rambo.
II. One Movie must be a cheesy film involving wacky aliens or robots. Ex. Batteries Not Included, Short Circuit
III. Nostalgic kids movies are allowed considering they don't violate rule I. Ex. Weird Science not Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
IV. Avoid movies that come on TBS every weekend. Again see Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
V. No strictly chick flicks. Ex. Dirty Dancing.
VI. One movie must solely be based upon the absurdity of the box/ poster that no one has seen, with good reason.
VII. One movie must include a Corey/Cory/Korey.
VIII. If at all possible include Steve Guttenberg.
IX. Try to find at least one movie that includes an ex wrestler, football player, washed up TV star or Mr. T.
X. All movies must have been released from 1980-1989.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The real question is whether on not Vieira and Lauer will treat him like a rookie at training camp when he reports in April. I'm looking forward to, "And now lets take it to Tiki who's covering an exciting Cat Fashion Show! Oh, aren't they adorable Tiki?"
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
There is also strong speculation that three more players, Chad Morton, Frank Walker, and Tim Carter will be released soon as well. Possibly as soon as Morton gets back from his honeymoon. (Update) In fact Chad Morton was released on Tuesday.
New Giants GM Jerry Reese is certainly putting his stamp on the team. Speculation is that he is high on Left Guard David Deihl who started at left tackle for the last two games and feels he could play it on a permanent basis. Either way neither Arrington or Petitgout were not terribly expensive so the Front Office must have medical information that shows they are not worth the risk.
Additionally this enables the Giants to go after a big name free agent. Further showing faith in Deihl is that they are not any big name tackle options on the market. The best names for the Giants are cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Nate Clements. It also will change the draft strategy now as the Giants will have to look for getting depth there on the offensive line and at linebacker.
Patrick Willis maybe?
Friday, February 9, 2007
A quick caveat I will not badmouth any recruit by name here as I feel like that is in bad taste.
The Rebels lost 2 commitments to Miss. State on signing day. This was only part of the overwhelming defections. Some were grade inspired but for some reason Big 12 champion Oklahoma and Alabama were able to take a chance on players that our staff believed were too risky. In fact here is a total list of one time commitments that were sadly many of our best prospects that signed with other schools and where they signed.
Robert Elliott - MSU
LaMarcus Williams - MSU
Drake Nevis - LSU
Stevan Ridley - LSU
Dion Gales - Troy State
Allen Bell - Iowa State
Alex Williams - Oklahoma
Jeramie Griffith - Alabama
Larry Dennis - University of Nevada At Las Vegas
Darnell Williams - University of Southern Florida
Stanley Porter - Arkansas State
Paul Henry - Arkansas State
Of course the biggest story from signing day was that Robert Elliott, who committed to the Rebels last February, signed with State because he felt the Rebel staff wasn't honest with him by telling he was their guy and then telling Joe McKnight the same thing. He said that if they were just recruiting another running back he wouldn't care but that he felt the coaches were being dishonest with him. That and MSU gave him the chance to "Rock the 2" in that he would not have to where a double digit number but continue to sport his highschool number 2.
Recruiting Coordinator Hugh Freeze said on the radio Wednesday night that while runningback was not a necessity the Rebels will have to sign a juco running back next year since they failed to add one this year. The frustrating thing about this is that the Rebels had a top ten ranked running back committed but lost him by their own screwing around. A Rodian friend of my said it best when he compared the situation to having having a super hot girlfriend in the bed and getting dressed to go out and see if you have a chance with Pamela Anderson (or the supermodel of your preference).
Where the defections took the highest toll on this class was on the offensive line. This was one of the greatest needs again for the class and sadly was mostly unmet. Paul Henry and Alex Williams were the two highest rated offensive lineman that committed to the Rebels leaving the Rebels with projects. The staff publicly stated previously that they felt it was a position of such great importance that they would sign six new players. The Rebels added 3 with one Juco midsemester transfer. In two years the Staff has now brought in 5 new highschool offensive lineman. And one of those played Defensive Tackle on the scout team last season.
The Rebels also desperately needed to bring in a star tightend or possibly two. Everybody loves to score with a Tight End. Showing how they were concerned with the depth last year they signed a Juco tightend who left the team after spring training. Going into next year the only Tightends with any experience will be seniors Robert Lane and Robert Hough. Beyond them is one walk on and possibly Cecil Frison if he gets moved back. The Rebels did add one Tightend, David Rue out of Monroe, LA, who did not draw any interest from another SEC team and choose the Rebels over Louisiana Tech.
Additionally the Rebels did not sign a quarterback this year. Last year everyone said the Rebels had to sign an elite quarterback this year. Now everyone says its actually next year that the Rebels have to sign an elite quarterback partly because of the transfer of Jevan Snead. However Snead will transfer in as a sophmore after playing at Texas and will not count as a quarterback for this class.
Quarterback is a position that has to be addressed every year. This was the mistake that Cutcliffe made. If you wait and sign one every few years then you dig yourself a hole where the one you signed has to pan out. If you have gaps and one turns out to be more athlete than quarterback you find yourself with no quarterback and scrambling the jucos for a signal caller. As we've seen this year junior college is not where you want to look for a quarterback. Especially if you want to run any kind of complicated offense. In all honesty, thought, I have to say I'd prefer not to sign a quarterback at all than sign one who was recently arrested for possession of ecstasy.
Oddly the Rebels also didn't sign a single defensive end. However they recruited there so well last year it wasn't really a need but you still think they would have signed one for number balance. One area the Rebels desperately needed going into last year and failed to bring help was at Defensive tackle and this year they added three highschool tackles that should give some much needed depth.
There are some players that I'm really high on. Obviously its hard not to like signing the top rated player in the state in Eddie's nephew Chris Strong. If he keeps his weight down he'll be a solid linebacker like his uncle. Otherwise he'll be a solid defensive lineman. Either way he'll play. Johnny Brown, the only other dandy dozen player signed by the Rebels, looks to be a solid athlete that currently is projected to play in the defensive backfield. The coaches rated Roderick Davis as the top player in Memphis and he sounds like an elusive receiver that should really help the Rebels. Ted Laurent has Mr. T's mohawk and that's good enough for me. Tony Fein is the Juco Linebacker we desperately needed for depth after loosing Rory. Isaiah Smith is my sleeper of the class and I think he makes it on the field sooner than anyone is expecting. And Justin Sanders sounds like a really tough player that slated to help on the defensive line but I wouldn't be surprised if he moves to offense because of his frame.
One of the underlying problems of this class is that Ogerzook only signed 5 players from the State Of Mississippi. The State where the University is located. You can't argue that there was not other players worthy of scholarship offers. Members of the top ten and dandy dozen signed with Alabama, Auburn, Miami (FL), and LSU. 3 of the players signed by Ole Miss made the Clarion Ledger Top Ten , one was the son of a coach, and the other was not on the second team all state team. Of these players, two had family members that attended Ole Miss, one had a father on the coaching staff, and one grew up tailgating in the Grove. This is not a good way to build relations with coaches around the State of Mississippi. Coaches will soon feel like you are not taking care of your own kids. And in state is one of the few areas where you're supposed to have a built in advantage. No matter what anyone says you can't completely rely on out of state players since most of them were passed over by their instate schools. Which might be why we finished 9th in the SEC.
And Ogerzook only outrecruited Croom for one player in the State of Mississippi. On top of stealing two commitments on signing day Croom finished with more top ten players and more dandy dozen players. And these were players offered by Ogerzook. According to the Scouts.com rankings MSU actually signed a higher rated class. In fact Ole Miss finished in 9th place in the SEC only beating Arkansas, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt. So at best this class is treading water which is not a good thing if the water you're treading has 8 losses.
Finally the supposed expertise of the Ogerzook was supposed to be his ability to recruit. Instead this class turned out no better than one of Cutcliffe's and that's if everyone makes it into school which is a big question mark at this point. If one or two players don't qualify this class is beyond a disaster. In fact based on the scouts.com rankings the average Cutcliffe class was 32nd in the country. Scout rated this class 32. Awesome. We made a coaching change to go up zero spots in the rankings. This must all be part of Boone's master plan since he just gave Ogerzook an extension for the same stellar recruiting that he felt earned Cutcliffe's dismissal.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Players set to announce on signing day that Ole Miss was recruiting:
Joe McKnight - Signed with USC (updated)
Kelvin Bryant - Signed with the University of North Carolina
Roderick Davis - Signed With Ole Miss
Jonathan Frink - Signed With Stanford (updated)
Maurice Harris - Signed with Florida State University
Tommy Walker - Signed with Memphis (updated)
Rashod Mason - Signed with the University of North Carolina
In other news by early morning the Rebels have already lost the 3rd rated prospect in the state to Mississippi State University. Ole Miss also had defensive tackle LaMarcus Williams out of Bastrop, LA decommit and sign with MSU. The status of offensive line committ Paul Henry is also up in the air. (Update) Henry signed with Arkansas State.
Monday, February 5, 2007
The Wookie community has been quick to distance itself from these actions and point out that it was a Wookie impersonator. A real Wookie would have ripped the man's arms out of his sockets instead of some sort of sissy head butt.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
The Sports Wookie officially announces he will be pulling for the Colts in this one because Grossman is a gross man. (See the pick below.)
And for Dr. Jones. Indy! Cover Your Heart!
Sadly the only player in the game with ties to the Rebel Alliance is backup offensive guard Terrence "Fancy Feet" Metcalf. Wouldn't mind seeing him get a ring and its certainly possible.
I personally think the line on the game is a little high and think it should be a pretty good game. This Bears team actually matches up really well with the Colts. Of course I said the same thing about the Ravens and it didn't seem to matter. The have a solid running game behind two good running backs and a solid offensive line and a very good defense albeit a defense missing one of its biggest cogs in Tommie Harris.
But as every analyst has beat into the ground, the Colts have difficulty stopping the run. Da' Bears weakness is the horrible play from the aforementioned quarterback Rex Grossman. However if the Bears can control the game by running the ball and keep Rexy out of obvious passing situations they can easily neutralize this. If the game stays close it actually plays in the Bears hands more since it keeps Rex from having to go into obvious passing series where Dwight Freeny and his boys can just all out blitz after Rexy. That's when he has his biggest problems is when D-linemen start hitting him around a little bit. He gets nervous and starts throw the ball to quickly before receivers have a chance to make their cuts or too early on timing patterns. However if the Colts get up early then the Bears have to have him make big plays to keep them in the game. Not just pull a Trent Dilfer and not loose the game. If the Bears get the running game going than it won't matter if Rexy's just daydreaming about the post game party.
So the biggest matchup in the game will be the IndyD-Line versus the Bear's O-Line. Whoever wins that match up should win the game. I imagine the Bears faithful really wish that Tommie Harris was available.
So the Pick? You'll have to wait for the Weekly Theme music to come out.
Wow this defiantly rivals the craziest party any kid ever through while their parents were out of town. This is crazier than any of the House Party movies. It's even crazier than the party in Weird Science where all the bikers show up and the rocket flies thought the house. Sadly after the incident officers were unable to explain how after Weird Science Kelly LeBrock killed her career, married Steven Segal, and got rather "large."
On second thought those results might be related.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
What's so funny about this is that LSU fans and anti-Bama fans are up in arms claiming how offended they are that he would say "coonass". When any non-LSU fan uses the term frequently and most Cajuns are not actually offended by the term. They just want the chance to sling more mud at Saban and its quite funny.
Either way I think it's hysterical that SEC coaches are calling LSU fans coonasses and hope this is a trend that picks up. I can't wait to hear Tuberville or Fulmer call out the coonass fans before a big game. Or where that could lead to Les Miles calling out Houston Nutt and Arkansas fans. Of course Ogerzook would have a tougher time than most using the term do to the whole "pot calling the kettle black" theory of hypocrisy. Maybe in the future head coaches will give mock interviews with Gene Okerlund where they call our their competition like in wrestling.
Bam! has really benefited from Coach Kennedy's change in style of play and he has to get credit for bringing it out in him. Additionally the Rebels have show improvement this year with Kennedy and the future looks promising. The best quote I've heard from concern the fact that we don't have the guard depth he would like to run his system.
So instead he's adapting his system to use what talent he's got. Most notably he has a big man that doesn't run as fast as he'd like in Dwayne Curtis. Yet Dwayne has show that he can be a dominate player. So he tinkered his system to get Dwayne involved. Well it worked as he's having a solid season as well and scored 14 points Tuesday with 8 boards in beating State.
Even more importantly I've always said the number one test to see how good your coach is is when he's able to look at what talent he's got and figure out the best system to maximize the talent. When a coach can only run "his system" its usually a bad sign and you'll loose a lot of games where he's not maximizing potential and playing people out of position. It also shows he has the ability to remain creative and thus invent new ways to score if teams are stopping the regular game plan.
A couple of other Rebels had a pretty big game as well. Todd Abernathy came up huge leading the offense with 10 assists to go with his 19 points. Clarence Sanders also added 22 points playing though the most over used metaphor in sports broadcasting as the ESPN crew commented at least 100 times that his streakiness reminded them of a cheap motel shower as either too hot or too cold. Kenny Williams and his Isaac Hayes beard and Jeremy "funnier than Chris" Parnell mainly help the Rebels by just trying to neutralize their Nemesis Charles Rhodes.