Archive for October, 2005

Horror Hole

Monday, October 24th, 2005

As Halloween approaches, one major website that you might want to visit is Horror Hole . This is a website that has all sorts of stuff that’s of interest to horror fans.

NHL’s Blog Central

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Contrary to pre-season news media speculation, the National Hockey League has shown great resiliency as shown by its post-strike strong attendance and fan interest. The NHL also has a strong website network including its interesting Blog Central that shows that the NHL is the most web-savvy major sports league around.

A Pair of Interesting Websites

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Here’s a couple of interesting websites:

American Scary which is about TV horror show hosts and related topics.

Clay Guy’s TV Horror Show Hosts figures for sale . Just what the link says.

Casting Call for Indie Horror Flick

Monday, October 24th, 2005

From: Casting Call for Indie Horror Flick:

email this posting to a friend

Help my D-Grade movie making dreams come true! No talent hacks seeked.

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Reply to: tacolove@gmail.com
Date: 2005-10-22, 3:08PM CDT

I’m making a d-grade sci fi movie about a killer spider from outerspace that hates earth. I need some no talent hacks who want to act, get fake-killed, etc. I need:

guys: 6 need six guys.. three of which will be getting killed by the spider from outerspace

girls: 5 need five girls total. one will be killed by the spider.

intro person — doesn’t matter

boyfriend1 — gets killed by spider
girlfriend1 — goes insane

business girl — gets killed in bath-tub

connie oberger (guy) — reporter
“jim” — cameraguy

girl – “pizza bitch”
girl – “other pizza bitch”
pizza delivery guy – pizza talo guy (gets killed)

man 1 – gay guy (gets killed)
man 2- married gay guy

girl 1 – wife

I’ve never made a movie before (well i have failed twice before) and I am hell bent on making this movie. It will probably only require one weekend of your time and acting energy. I’ll provide all the props and costumes and all that stuff. There isn’t anything too difficult in the movie to memorize, some roles have hardly any dialouge. The scene where the girl gets killed in the bathtub asks for partial nudity, but that is /not/ the focus of the scene at all..
The end scene with the two guys asks for guys who are into/ok with some very “PG” man on man contact.. (If there is sucha thing, but nothing graphic or gross or even R-rated at all) The rest of the movie is pretty easy.. The reporter role (Connie Oberger) I want to be played by a really badly dressed guy in an ugly dress (which I’ll provide) bonus if you’re big or have a beard and look horrible in a dress. This movie is supposed to be a sci fi horror movie, but i think it’ll turn out really funny and stupid (which is ok with me)..
And just so you know, this moviemaking stuff is a hobby of mine. Nobody gets paid for nothing. But I’ll provide food and pop or beers if thats what everyone wants. This is a D-Grade movie from a no talent jerk like me who never went to film school, but just really wants to make a geneuine amateur short movie. Like I said, this’ll probably ask for a weekend of time, which can all be arranged to hopefully fit everyone’s schedual.
I’m totally serious about this movie, even if the idea is totally stupid.
Email me with questions or if you want to see a the script or the script for
the part you’re signing up/applying for..
XXX
dave
this is in or around Chicago

no — it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Compensation: Free Food or Pop or Beers – free copy of the movie when done

Quest For Yap: Race Specifics

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Race Specifics: The Yap Game:

Human:
They are evenly talented in all areas of interstellar endeavor. They get a ship, the Galley, that is likewise evenly suited for the tasks posed by intergalactic missions.

Krioni:
They are the bounty hunters of the heavens, cruising around looking for the Universe’s Most Wanted. Their ship, the Bounty Hunter, can see cloaked ships, and enable their owners to collect a 20% bonus on bounties. However, the Krioni are required by law to post an additional 25% to post their bounties.

Neothans:
The criminals of the Universe. They fly a special ship, the Pirate, that has a cloak.

Artes:
A commercially-minded race. They get the Super Freighter that has lots of cargo bays. They get a special 5% discount when they buy goods from ports, and also get a 5% bonus on their profit when they sell their goods.

Yodi’ki:
A defensively minded race. Their ship, the Armored Freighter, carries a goodly number of cargo bays and a strong defensive frame. They receive a 20% bonus on top of their regular profit when they trade in low-level goods.

Hyperions:
Another defensively minded race. They do not have any special ships of their own. Instead, they buy ships that are generally available and re-engineer them so that their ships have 20% more armor than normal including 20% more than the maximum armor allowed for that ship.

Aviation Education Resource Guide

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

FAA Aviation Education Resource Centers

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Alabama

Alabama Aviation
Technical College
Ms. Megan Johnson, Director
Learning Resource Center
PO Box 1209
Ozark, AL 36361
(205) 774-5113

University of North Alabama
Ms. Michele R. Walker
Programming Coordinator
UNA Box 5145
Florence, AL 35632-0001
(205) 760-4623

University Aviation Association
Mr. Gary W. Kiteley
Executive Director
3410 Skyway Drive
Opelika, AL 36801
(205) 844-2434

Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Mr. Dennis Stephens
Collection Development Officer
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
Fairbanks, AK 99775-1006
(907) 474-6695

Arizona

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Ms. Karen Hudson
Educational Programs Coordinator
3200 N. Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
(602) 771-6673

California

National University
Mr. Ernest Wendt
Chair, Department of Applied Sciences
4141 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 563-7122

San Jose State University
Dr. H. Gene Little
Chairman, Department of Aviation
1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0081
(408) 924-6580

Museum of Flying
Mr. Harvey Ferer
2772 Donald Douglas Loop North
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-8822

Colorado

U.S. Space Foundation
Dr. Jerry Brown
Educational Director
1525 Vapor Trail
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
(719) 550-1000

Metropolitan State College of Denver
Mr. Jonathan R. Burke
Assistant Professor
Aerospace Science Department
Campus Box 30, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
(303) 556-2923

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Aeronautics
Ms. Tambri Graville
24 Wolcott Hill Road
PO Drawer A
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(203) 566-4417

Delaware

Delaware Teachers Center
Ms. Stephanie Wright
3401 Green Street
Claymont, DE 19703
(302) 792-3806

Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Ms. Patricia Fleener-Ryan
AvEd Teacher Resource Center
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(904) 226-6499

Florida Institute of Technology
Dr. Ballard M. Barker
Head, Department of Aviation Studies
The School of Aeronautics
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6988
(407)768-8000, Ext. 8120

Florida Memorial College
Mr. Anthony J. Sharp, Director
Division of Airway Science
15800 Northwest 42 Avenue
Miami, FL 33054
(305) 623-1440

Georgia

Conyers Middle School
Ms. Viki Dennard
Assistant Principal
335 Sigman Road
Conyers, Georgia 30207-3699
(404) 483-3371

Hawaii

Mid-Pacific Institute
Dr. Phillip R. Brieske
Aviation/Space Science
2445 Kaala Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 973-5000

Idaho

Idaho State Bureau of Aeronautics
Mr. John Maakestad
Safety/Information Officer
Chief Pilot
3483 Rickenbacker Street
Boise, Idaho 83705-5018
(208) 334-8775

Illinois

Parks College of
St. Louis University
Dr. Peggy Baty
Assistant Vice President and Dean
500 Falling Springs Road
Cahokia, IL 62206
(618) 337-7500

Southern Illinois University
Dr. Elaine Vitello
College of Technical Careers
Room 222
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618)453-8821

State of Illinois
Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Richard M. Ware
One Langhorne Bond Drive
Capital Airport
Springfield, IL 62707-8415
(217) 785-8516

Kansas

Kansas State University-Salina
Ms. Karlene Propst
Tullis Library
2408 Scanlan Avenue
Salina, KS 67401
(913) 825-0275

Louisiana

Louisiana State University
Dr. Marlon Abbas
Director of the Trans. Systems Group
Louisiana Trans. Resource Center
4101 Gourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(504)767-9127

Maine

Kennebec Valley Technical College
Ms. Sue Doner
92 Western Avenue
Fairfield, ME 04937-0020
(207) 453-9762

Biddeford School Department
Ms. Sara Jane Poli
Maplewood Ave.
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 283-8280

Penobscot Nation Tribal Administration
Mr. Mark Sanborn
Assistant Director
Vocational Training and Education
6 River Road, Community Building
Indian Island, ME 04468
(207) 827-7776

Massachusetts

Bridgewater State College
Mr. Bill Annesley
Management. Science & Aviation
Science Dept.
Bridgewater, MA 02325
(508) 697-1395

North Shore Community College
Dr. Robert Finklestein
Beverly, MA 01915
(508) 922-6722

Museum of Science
Ms. Carolyn Kirdahy
Lyman Library
Science Park
Boston, MA 02114-099
(617) 589-0266

Westfield State College
Ms. Maureen McCartney
Director of Career Services
Ely Campus Center
Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086
(413)568-3311 ext. 206

Massachusetts Aeronautics Comm.
Transportation Library
Dr. Toby Penstlen
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116-3966
(617) 973-8000

Michigan

Oakland University
Ms. Karen Conrad, Interim Director
Aviation & Space Center
216 O’Dowd Hall
Room 216
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(313) 370-2485

Project STARS
Ms. Barbara Koscak
Boc 450082, Building 814
Selfridge ANG Base, MI 48045-0082
(313)466-4884

Minnesota

Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
Office of Aeronautics
Mr. Gordon Hoff
Director of Aviation Educ. Relations
644 Bayfield Street
St. Paul, MN 55107-1008
(612) 297-7652

Vermilion Communication College
Mr. Julius Salinas
1900 E. Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 365-7200

Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Omaha
Mr. William S. Shea
Director, Aviation Institute
60th and Dodge
Omaha, NE 68182-0508
(402) 554-3424

Nebraska Department of Aeronautics
Mr. Val J. Hruska
Aviation Specialist
PO Box 82088
Lincoln, NE 68501-2088
(402)471-2371

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Dept. of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronald Wanner
65 Airport Road
Concord Municipal Airport
Concord, NH 03301-5298
(603) 271-2551

New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Mr. Richard S. Sanchez
University College Room 11
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1456
(505) 277-3861

New York

Dowling College
Dr. Albert E. Donor
Provost, Executive Vice President
Oakdale, Long Island, NY 11769-1999
(516) 244-3200

North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Mr. Charles L. Robertson
Assistant Professor
Department of Aviation
Box 8216, University Station
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8216
(707) 777-2791

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma
Dr. Lee Morris, Director
Education and Aviation/Aerospace
1700 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73037-0001
(405) 325-1964

Rhode Island

Warwick Public Schools
Mr. Anthony Gagliardi
Warwick Career and Tech School
574 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02889
(401) 737-3300

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Wallace R. Maples
Chairman, Aerospace Department
East Main Street
PO Box 67 MTSU
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2788

Texas

Texas Southern University
Dr. I. Richmond Nettey
Director of Airway Science Program
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 639-1847

Texas State Technical Institute
Campus Library
Aerospace Technologies
3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
(817) 867-4838

Vermont

St. Johnsbury Academy
Mr. John Barney
Vocational Director
St. Johnsbury, VT 05816
(802) 748-8171

Virginia

Virginia Aviation Museum
Ms. Betty P. Wilson
5701 Huntsman Road
Sandston, VA 23150-1946
(804) 786-1364

Washington

Museum of Flight
Mr. Gregory Moyce
Education Program Manager
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5700

West Virginia

Salem-Teikyo University
Dr. Ronald OhI, President
223 West Main Street
Salem, WV 26426
(304) 782-5234

Wisconsin

Experimental Aircraft Association
Mr. Chuck Larsen
EAA Aviation Center
3000 Poberezny Road
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3065
(414)426-4800

Department of Transportation
Bureau of Aeronautics
Mr. Duane Esse
4802 Sheboygan Avenue
PO Box 79l4
Madison, WI 53707-7914
(608) 266-3351

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Mr. Michael J. Wallschlaeger
Chairman, Division of Education
1800 Grand Avenue
Superior, WI 54880-2898
(715) 394-8309

The Idiotic Harriet Miers for Supreme Court Campaign

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

With the nomination of the grossly unqualified hack Harriet Miers for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bush Administration has seemingly set out to prove to critics that yes, President Bush is every bit as stupid as they have always said that he is. Even worse is the administration’s strategy which consists of insulting the intelligence of Miers’s critics and doing so in such a way as to make themselves look moronic.

For instance, Bush’s wife Laura who has generally come across as a dumb cow, claimed that “sexism” was the real reason why folks opposed the moronic Miers. She offered zero evidence for this baseless assertion.

Here’s John Fund of the Wall Street Journal on why he opposes the Miers nomination:

It is traditional for nominees to remain silent until their confirmation hearings. But previous nominees, while unable to speak for themselves, have been able to deploy an array of people to speak persuasively on their behalf. In this case, the White House spin team has been pathetic, dismissing much of the criticism of Ms. Miers as “elitism” or even echoing Democratic senators who view it as “sexist.” But it was Richard Land , president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who went so far as to paint Ms. Miers as virtually a tool of the man who has been her client for the past decade. “In Texas, we have two important values, courage and loyalty,” he told a conference call of conservative leaders last Thursday. “If Harriet Miers didn’t rule the way George W. Bush thought she would, he would see that as an act of betrayal and so would she.” That is an argument in her favor. It sounds more like a blood oath than a dignified nomination process aimed at finding the most qualified individual possible.

Where is the “elitism” or “sexism” that the White House losers claim to see in this position?

Harriet Miers must be defeated to prevent the Supreme Court from being compromised by hackery.

Hardball Times Predicts White Sox Victory in ALCS

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

In what must be the very first preview of the Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Mickey Mouse Land ALCS, Aaron Gleeman of the Hardball Times website
predicts that the White Sox will win in seven games
.

Here’s the paragraph that sums up Gleeman’s findings:

Game 1 of the ALCS will be the Angels’ third game in the span of 51 hours. Because of that the White Sox have their starting rotation set up exactly how they want it (Contreras, Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia) and their bullpen completely rested, while the Angels will be scrambling to find starters (especially if Colon and/or Washburn are out) and had to use both Escobar and Rodriguez last night. And last but not least, the White Sox have homefield advantage.

Before you weep for the Angels, they brought this insomnia series on themselves by failing to sweep King George’s Mercenaries in 3 straight like the South Side Hitmen did with the Red Sawx.

Blackhawks Off to Bad Start

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

The Bears are not the only Chicago major league team off to a poor start this season. The Blackhawks NHL hockey team a is off to a 1-2 start. Part of the reason for this showing is a rookie General Manager, Dale Tallon. Another reason is the rookie head coach Trent Yawney.

Thus far, this season is fulfilling the fears of a great many Blackhawks fans that firing head coach Brian Sutter and replacing him with a bush leaguer like Yawney was a mistake. Yawney was not especially successful at even the minor league level. Unlike Sutter, he has not shown that he can coach both veteran talent and rookies alike.

As coach, Sutter was dealt a bad hand by the organization. The ownership deliberately chose to make sure that the free agent players’s contracts would all expire before the lockout season of 2004-2005 so that the team would not have to pay any players. This ensured that there would be a talent drain in the three years immediately preceding the lockout season and that the 2003-2004 season would see the Blackhawks especially bereft of talent.

Of course, every general manager wants to have his own man as head coach. Dale Tallon is no different from his predecessors in this respect. However, the ownership should have stayed his hand at least for the next season or two given the fact that Tallon is a rookie GM and Yawney had no other coaching experience other than at the minor league level. Having two rookies in the GM and head coach spots simultaneously does not seem like a good idea. The bad start would seem to bear that out.

The Best Game Recap of the Bears/Browns Game

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

From target="_blank"> Fire Jerry Angelo! comes the absolute best write-up of the Bears’s Sunday defeat vs. the lackluster Cleveland Browns:

Dreadful
Monday, October 10, 2005 – It’s no wonder that we have watched our team loose in ways you just don’t see every Sunday. Because, after all, you just don’t see teams assembled from top to bottom like the Bears. The president of the Chicago Bears is actually an accountant. He hired a GM who might be a mediocre defensive scout. The GM then hired a head coach who should be a defensive coordinator. It should be no surprise that our team is a bottom-feeder for NFL talent. It should be no surprise that we loose games through lack of disciplined play and play calling. It should be no surprise that our coaching staff doesn’t know when to challenge and when not to. (HINT: have someone watch the network broadcast while the game is being played) But, its always painful to watch these losses stack up.

We’d like to give a big shout to Charles Tillman and congratulate him on breaking his two year drought. Yesterday he picked off his first pass since 2003. The myth of Charles Tillman was built on a single play against Randy Moss in 2003. Since then Tillman has been a very average corner. The Bears defense is good, but it won’t be great until they stop giving up the long touchdown passes. So Charles Tillman has to go. Against Washington he gave up consecutive third and long plays. Against Detroit he gave up a touchdown. Against Cincinnati he gave up a long touch down. Against Cleveland he gave up a long touchdown. In fact, the vaunted Bears defense surrendered two long touchdowns to a receiver who had no touchdowns coming in to the game.

Speaking of receivers, where is Mushin Muhammad? We spent $30+ million dollars on a 32 year old who is nothing more than a glorified possession receiver. He’s not even a great possession receiver. Do you remember Angelo’s first cut when he became GM? Bobby Engram. The guy Angelo targeted as too pathetic to be part of the elite Chicago receiving corps. Lets compare Bobby Engram to Angelo’s 30-million dollar man, Mushin.

Player Catches Yds Avg Tds First Downs
Mushin 22 250 11.4 1 12
Bobby Engram 27 316 11.7 0 17

Now, we thought about not beating a dead horse and leaving Cedric “the bust” Benson alone — but, we couldn’t stop ourselves. The best player on the offense is Thomas Jones (even if he can’t stay healthy and likes to close out the season rushing for 3 yards a carry). So, Angelo goes and drops the #4 overall pick on a head case to replace our best offensive player. That’s sharp thinking Jerry. Almost as sharp as the strategic thought behind the QB position for the past two years.

We could write a lot about the specifics of the game — starting with some far too conservative offensive play calling, Mark Bradley not tagging the defender for the second straight week, a two yard pass on third and long at the end of the game, Mushin Muhamad afraid to take a hit, Tommie Harris registered a sack but couldn’t make a tackle, the disappearance of Ogunleye, Chris Harris blowing coverage for the second straight week, and just too much yapping from the Bears defense about how great they are — great defenses don’t give up 20+ points three out of four games.

Props: Mike Brown, Brian Urlacher, Thomas Jones
Flops: Cedric Benson, Adrian Peterson, Charles Tillman, Mark Bradley, Tommie Harris, Chris Harris, Roberto Garza (the backup when Ruben Brown went out with injury)

P.S. More special congratulations for Charles “Roasted Peanut” Tillman, as he becomes the first player we’ve ever flopped four games in a row.

Hopefully, this will prove to be Jerry Angelo’s last season as Bears GM.

Film Threat and Flashback Weekend 2005

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

There is a webzine covering the flick scene called Film Threat that does an above average job. However, when it comes to covering events put on by commercial interests that have in the past advertised on the FT website, the folks at FT tend to get a bit wobbly. Take the disaster known as Flashback Weekend 2005 for instance. FT’s coverage consisted of running a self-serving publicity release for FW 2005 and a later feature article about FW 2005 that was filled with inaccuracies and distortions, all of which served to make FW 2005 look much better than what it really was.

As previously reported on The Nexus’s sister blog Fornax FW 2005 was a bad experience:

This year’s edition of Flashback Weekend has concluded and from all accounts, it was a disaster. Attendance was down substantially this year, which is not surprising considering the fact that prices were markedly higher than they were in 2004 and there was substantially less programming than there was in previous years. Many of the invited “celebrity guests” were either complete no-shows or just showed up long enough to get their paycheck before disappearing in the night. One can only wonder if Anchor Bay will get a clue and change their greedy ways before Flashback Weekend attendance drops so low that it winds up being cancelled for good.

How does FT’s coverage compare to what really happened? Here’s a typical example:

We never once laid eyes on Bruce Campbell. His legion of fans arrived to pay him homage and get their “Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way” book signed. But he never made it upstairs in any capacity to my knowledge. Some grumbling made our way, though, with complaints leveled towards how the signings were being handled. Oddly enough, I thought it was the smartest way I’d ever seen a signing go about: numbers were issued to ticket holders, and those numbers were called in groups at assigned times throughout the day. Still, people bitched. Apparently you either had to buy the book or have one in order to get anything else signed. One person told me that only the person with the book would be allowed into the room. Blame was leveled at the Flashback promoters and at Bruce, but I suspect the real culprits behind this were those responsible for the book tour. Such shenanigans are not unheard of in the publishing industry. In any case, I wasn’t there to witness any of this myself. I was, however, during one of my looser moments, tempted to call his cell phone and say hello, but I thought that would just annoy him. But I do a reasonable Ted Raimi impression and was fairly confident I could get away with it…

Actually, the situation was much worse than described above. Most of the celebrity guests that attendees were hoping to meet and get autographs from never showed up or did so for only part of the show. This is glossed over as is the shameful way that most of Bruce Campbell’s fans never got to meet their Number #1 Reason for going to FW 2005 and paying its inflated ticket prices in the first place. Its laughable the way that the handlers of the book tour get blamed for events way out of their control. Basically, attendees at FW 2005 were promised the sun, the moon and the stars and received dirt in return despite the fact that they paid as high as $160 for tickets.

One item of interest is how the late Matt McGrory was handled in the FT piece:

In a retrospective note, it’s very odd to write those last few words. We’d seen Matt at shows over the last year or so. He was always very nice to us, cracked jokes, smiled. We never became friends, though we shared mutual acquaintances. I didn’t think that when we waved at him as we left Sunday night that it would be the last time we’d ever see him.

McGrory was mentioned as being at FW 2005 on “Sunday night.” McGrory was one of the more infamous cases of celebrities who were advertised as going to be at FW 2005 for the whole weekend and then showed up in actuality for only a few hours. The plot thickens even more considering McGrory’s reputed dark side and the fact that there were rumors swirling about at the time of his demise that he actually committed suicide because the law was about to close in on him for his crimes. However, FT conspicuously chose not to mention anything about that, apparently becuase it might anger past/present/future advertisers, such as Anchor Bay Entertainment aka the purveyors of FW 2005.

Whatever happens, you can be rest assured that this blog will not allow advertiser demands to affect our coverage of the world around us.

Johnny Damon Reveals His True Priorities

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

From the
Boston Dirt Dogs
:

“…You want to put people in the seats and I’m the kind of guy who can do that. I’m looking for five plus. I’m looking for a lot. For what I bring to the table night in and night in. We know how good Manny and David are, but I also help them look real good. They make me look real good.”
– Johnny Damon immediately after a season-ending devastating loss

Johnny Damon is only verbalizing what all too many pro athletes these days think only about: money and their lust for even more money. Winning is only a means to reaping even more big bucks, not winning the championship.

Chicago Posts its 1st NHL Regular Season Win

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks by a whopping 6-3. The game began ominously for the Sharks when, in the words of
Harvey Wittenberg
:


The Hawks stunned the Sharks 29 seconds into the game when defenseman Jim Vandermeer fired a 45-footer into the upper left corner of the net past goalie Vesa Toskala. The Hawks then took control by scoring two power play goals 90 seconds apart while San Jose had two players in the penalty box. Tuomo Ruutu got his first goal of the season, taking a pass from Curtis Brown on a 10-footer at 5:51. Tyler Arnason got a great feed from Vorobiev to earn his first goal, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead while outshooting the visitors 8 to 1 at that point.

The Blackhawks’ next prey will be the Columbus Bluejackets on Sunday night at the United Center.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 3

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

While the White Sox were putting the Boston Red Sawks in their proper place, the Anaheim Mighty Ducxs defeated the hometown Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in front of 16,533 Windy Citians who are either Cubs fans or don’t like baseball. The score was 5-3. According to Harvey Wittenberg:

Hawk coach Trent Yawney felt his team had plenty of opportunities as they outshot the Ducks 39-24, but giving up two shorthanders put them in the hole.

“We were very good 5-on-5, but we need to execute better, especially on the special teams. I was pleased with the crowd and I know we can build off the positives in the game.”

Yawney commented that even though Seabrook was somewhat victimized on two of the Anaheim scores, he thought that the rookie came back and played well.

Anaheim was 2-of-9 on the power play and Chicago was 1-of-9. Hawk captain Adrian Aucoin led all skaters with 31 and a half minutes while Scott Niedermayer was high with 26 for the Ducks.

The Blackhawks have another shot at California yuppy scum when they defend their home ice on Friday vs. San Jose.

Book Review: An Improper Death by Paula Paul

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

An Improper Death is the best book in the Dr. Alexandra Gladstone series. It is handled in a manner different from most mysteries set in historical times in that it assumes that the reader is already familiar with the time and place. As a result, there is none of the historical lecturing that one encounters in other series, such as for instance Steven Saylor’s Roman series.

As with the other Gladstone mysteries, An Improper Death is written in a fun, cutesy style that makes for excellent escape reading. Best of all, the mystery is one that is difficult for the reader to figure out until all is revealed at the very end.