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Which just makes me feel bad, since I did tweet about it. Congratulations to Greg Maddux on getting his number retired by the Atlanta Braves. Pretty big honor when you look at who else have their numbers retired by the Braves, but then again, Maddux is easily one of the best pitchers to play in the modern era, and only looks stronger the more people get busted with steroids.
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Go Braves!

-The One True Joe

P.S. Go see Harry Potter already.

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So this is nothing new news wise, but I felt like I had to say something.
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First of all, all the congratulations possible to Tim Wakefield on making his first All-Star Game. The Boston Red Sox are my favorite baseball team, and Tim Wakefield is my favorite player, and has been probably since I first began to actually appreciate it beyond watching Mo Vaughn bash things. He has been a rock for the rotation this season, as always, and no one deserves it more. Just a class guy all around. Now hopefully he can claim the record for most victories by a Red Sox pitcher. Doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch. Also, props to Joe Maddon for selecting him to the team anyway. I may hope they lose every game they play, but the Rays manager gets a big gold star on this one.

On a more somber note, I have to bid goodbye to one of my personal football heroes. No one was more of a warrior than him on the field, but he was also just a great teammate and was always giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate. Regardless of the circumstances that will come out about his death, he will be sorely missed. RIP Steve.
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Happy Tuesday everyone. Figured I’d try out a few weekly recs of things to do this week, rather than making you feel bad about all the fun I had with my week that you didn’t have. I’m nothing if not a giving person afterall.

Here we go then.

1. The Hangover: So good. Just see it.

2. Red Sox-Yankees: So yeah, you may not be able to get tickets, or afford them, but you can still watch the game on TV. I’m sure by now you can all appreciate the sentimental bias this blog has towards one of these teams, but you should still tune in if you like baseball, because regardless of the fact that they’re two of the best teams in baseball, there’s also just the history and rivalry and all that jazz. Besides, we’ve beat them five times in a row now. Would you want to miss 6, 7, or 8?

3. Burn Notice: I’m pretty sure I’d love this show anyway, even if it didn’t have Bruce Campbell, but it does, and that makes it all the better. Just a smart, fun, well written show, and they’re only one episode in to the season. Just go online to the USA channel website and watch it right there, then start watching it. If you haven’t seen an episode, don’t worry. It isn’t that hard to get in to it, and if you really need to know more, just look it up on Wikipedia.

4. The Boston College Flynn Recreation Complex Pool: I work there now, so I feel like I need to tell you to go there. Unless no one else is in the pool. Because if no one else is in the pool, the lifeguards don’t need to work, they get to go on break. If you get in the pool you ruin that. And then I ruin you.

Yelling at Teenagers: My teenage years may not be all that far behind me, but that doesn’t mean telling a bunch of obnoxious 15 year olds that no, you can’t flip sideways off the diving board to try and land right next to someone, isn’t fun. So go out there, and give those young punks a piece of your mind.

More fun to come later this week, hopefully.

-Joe Out

P.S. – Justice prevailed in my own personal Cold War. I’ll tell you about it if you ask me in person.

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Well, figured it was time to get on this train.

1. Jason Varitek- While it certainly hasn’t been an ideal start to the season, it has been nice to see Tek showing signs of hopefully a rebound year offensively.

2. Fast and Furious- I really liked it, and you should too.

3. Vacation- Seriously, why aren’t you taking one right now? Oh right, because you have to finish this. Well, that’s okay then. But take one when you’re done.

4. Green Lantern- First Flight trailer? Check. Kick-Off to Agent Orange? Check. Appear prominently in Flash:Rebirth? Check. Overall, good times for Lantern fans.

5. Trend Setting- Have a cool idea for some sort of social thing, such as a word, phrase, or hand gesture? Start using it, and encourage others to as well, especially if they seem to like it. Right now the ones I have going are:
1. The F*** It hand gesture- I’m not taking complete credit for this one, because it is pretty basic, and it probably was around before, but whatever, I do it a lot more now, and other people seem to be too. Pretty much, just whenever you’re in a situation where you just want to say “F*** it,” whether because you’re over it, just don’t want to deal with it, or whatever, simply make the basic self-pleasuring hand gesture (the male self-pleasuring hand gesture, no offense ladies), move it back and forth as if pleasuring oneself, and then use your hand to imitate a small eruption. I think you get the point. Point is, use. It’s fun. Just, you know, be careful who sees it/don’t actually pleasure yourself. That would be weird.
2. People see a room full of guys, and what do they say? Sausage Fest. But what about a room full of girls? Why don’t they have a semi-derogatory food associated term? Now they do. Clam Bake. Use it.
3. Magic Man- This is pretty specific to my life and people I know actually, but it’s catching on. Not going in to details on who/what it is.

So yeah, weekly recs. More difficult than I thought.

-Joe Signing Off

P.S. Using euphemisms to make things more kid safe is fun. At least my posts are safe for work. Not sure about Caitie’s…

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Bonfire in Boston is currently offering the “A-Roid” cocktail. The drink is a shot of El Mejor tequila, straight up, with a “Performance-Enhancing Boost of Spicy Tomato ‘Juice’ ” (smoked tomatoes, tomato juice, lemon juice, Tabasco, and jalapenos). The “juice” is served in a syringe (sans needle), so that you can either inject it into the shot or use it as a chaser.  Now that is pretty fucking funny. (Source: Dishing)

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The subtitle of this website is enough to make me happy. That’s like 1/6 of his RBI total all of last year. Spring training is the place for him to start getting hits. Can’t wait for baseball season. Can’t wait.

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Hey guys. So I know Clinton mentioned about Sam Jackson playing Nick Fury in NINE, count them NINE, movies for Marvel, but I thought I’d drop a couple of other bits of stuff.

1. Iron Man 2: For those who may not have heard, booze has been confirmed to be the primary antagonist of Tony Stark for the upcoming movie. If you didn’t see this coming, then you should probably just go away. However, apparently the girl who was supposed to play the Black Widow has been dropped. While no official reeason has been given, it is rumored to be due to an inability to make Communism sexy.

2. Thor: Will be casting soon! Maybe. Tell your 6’6″ Norweigan friends.

3. Wolverine: Three new videos have been airing both on TV, and now online. They each provide new footage, including the first to show Deadpool talking. Personally I’m a big fan of the fact that they’re pretty much going with the initial backstory from Wolverine: Origin, you know the whole rich sickly kid who’s dad gets killed part, minus the whole Canadian Jean Grey thing. Also apparently Sabretooth and Wolverine are the real reason the Union won the Civil War. One thing that concerns me though is that Gambit, instead of throwing his cards, seems to be making them float and telekinetically projecting them or something. Maybe. I’m not sure, but it looked weird. Check out all three clips at comicbookmovie.com.

4. Suicide Squad: Is rumored to be getting a movie. Really Warner Brothers? You can’t hold it together for Wonder Woman or the Flash, you can’t deliver a truly epic Superman movie, you haven’t touched other prominient property, like Green Arrow or Aquaman, but you’re willing to give Deadshot and Co. their own film?

Other: On the subject of Dark Reign, it seems pretty cool from what I’ve read, but I’ve been thinking recently. See, I understand that it is “Dark” because Internation Man of Jackassery Norman Osborn is running the show, along with the Dark Illuminati and H.A.M.M.E.R. (the fact that he came up with acronym before coming up with what it stands for is awesome by the way), but I guess I’d like to see him doing some good things. I’m not saying I want him to be a good guy. Far from it. I’m just saying that he wouldn’t just be put into a high ranking government position and then use it to work his evil. I want to see some of him using his power to not only solidfy his control over the world, but also to try and clean it up, albeit with harsh crackdown methods. I think it would make for more interesting storytelling, and allow for them to get as much as possible out of the story. I have faith in Brian Michael Bendis. Maybe Norman can start by putting an end to all of this Red Hulk (Rulk?) foolishness.

Also, can I just say how awesome it is that baseball is starting again? Granted its Spring Training, but still. Baseball is back. Woo-Hoo!

Check back in tomorrow when I might have a review of Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li if you’re good.

-Joe Mahar: Problem Solver

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