GMIM: Podcast Resurrection

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: 36 degrees, bit cool
Traffic: Pleasantly not terrible
Breakfast: Caramel latte
Zach arrival time: 9:10-ish
Mornings without Starbucks: 287

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When last week sucked, but it’s a new week, new you:

New podcast. Yes, new.

So it’s been too long. I’m a little rusty behind the mic, but I banged out an episode with old guest Mike, aka Young, aka The Wrestlin’ Investin’ Investor to talk a little XFL, NFL, and other dumb stuff. If you’re looking to kill an hour and a half of your miserable day, then I suggest you listen:

I picked the Patriots to lose. Why am I so negative?

I had a moment of clarity yesterday after recording the podcast. Well, we could have classified it as a therapy session, but regardless, it was revealing of why I am the way I am when it comes to being so damn negative about the Patriots (regardless of their success).

Simple answer: 2007

Picture this: it’s 2007. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls in the past 6 years. They’re steamrolling other teams en route to a 16-0 regular season, and an 18-0 record heading into the Super Bowl. It’s looking like Tom Brady will have himself an easy path to his fourth Lombardi Trophy and a perfect record in both Super Bowls and the 2007 season.

Then comes the day of the big game. Not a worry in my brain about this game at all. I can vividly remember watching pregame and talking to my brother about the parade. Yes, kickoff hadn’t even taken place, and we were already discussing which day of school we would miss to go watch the Super Bowl parade. The thought of losing wasn’t even remotely in my mind. It wasn’t possible. It couldn’t happen. The Patriots would win yet another game, just like they had every other game that season, and move on to the parade. Simple enough.

Well folks, that shit did not happen. The one and only game they lost was the final game of the season. The only game that mattered. The game I was so confident about, it was like watching a rerun of a TV show anticipating the end. Except this time, it did not happen like I remembered.

So that’s the stem of my negativity. Despite the Patriots winning five titles, Brady/Belichick reaching an eighth together, I am still a pessimistic asshole when it comes to these games. Because after 2007, I take none of these games for granted. When Super Bowl XLVI rolled around for a Giants/Patriots rematch, I just knew they would blow the game yet again. And they did. Yes, they’ve won two more since, but they easily could’ve lost them as well. It’s too close for me to ever be comfortable.

Although I’m excited for this championship game, I’m still cautious. Plus, the 10-year anniversary of Super Bowl XLII is this Saturday, the day before the Patriots play. Is that on my mind? Yup. Will ESPN run replays of the helmet catch continuously THE DAY BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL? Absolutely they will. And that will be a reminder to not take this game for granted.

(Prediction: 31-27 Eagles)

Starbucks executive chairman thinks a “trusted” digital currency is on its way, continues to be stupid

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[Source: CNBC] – “One or a few legitimate” cryptocurrencies are coming, but bitcoin is not one of them, according to Starbucks’ executive chairman and former CEO, Howard Schultz.

“I don’t believe that bitcoin is going to be a currency today or in the future,” Schultz said, during a post-earnings conference call Thursday after the closing bell on Wall Street. (Shares of Starbucks were under pressure on Friday after another quarter of disappointing sales growth as holiday offerings failed to draw in customers.)

Instead, Schultz told investors he sees potential in blockchain, the online ledger technology underlying digital currencies. “I’m talking about … the possibility of what could happen — not in the near term, but in a few years from now — with a consumer application in which there’s trust and legitimacy with regard to a digital currency.”

“I’m not bringing this up because Starbucks is announcing that we are forming a digital currency or we’re investing in this,” Schultz said, according to audio of the call on the Starbucks website. “I’m bringing this up … as we think about the future of our company and the future of consumer behavior.”

Well folks, Starbucks is all it again. This time, it’s one of the head honchos over at the douchebag coffee company. First they refuse to serve me a Unicorn Frappuccino, now they think fake money will fund their coffee shops. Sad!

Dude, your sales sucked during Christmas time. How do you fail during the biggest season for basic-bitccez looking for holiday-themed coffee drinks? Your company is built off the pumpkin and Christmas seasons, and you failed. And now you think fake money will bring you back? What’s next, Monopoly money will be accepted?

I’m humored by this story, so I’ll do this: if Starbucks utilizes digital currency and see’s massive gains because of it, I’ll go back. That’s how confident I am that they’ll crumble yet again. I’m not sure of how much or how long, but it has to be big. Big enough for me to say, “damn, it’s really working. Guess I have to use real life money at Starbucks.”

But until that day comes, they’re not worth my time or money.

People are hacking into ATM’s like it’s a goddamn movie

[Source: Forbes] – For several years now, hackers in search of big cash payouts have been targeting bank machines. With the help of an accomplice or two on the ground and some sophisticated malware, they’ve been able to trick ATMs into dispensing millions of dollars.

Security professionals refer to these attacks as jackpotting. You may have seen one go down on the big screen, but make no mistake: jackpotting is very real. In fact, the Secret Service has been tracking a string of recent attacks on American ATMs.

Jackpotting attacks are highly coordinated and typically the work of criminal gangs. They’ve been going down in other countries for years, but security experts aren’t surprised that criminals are now hitting ATMs in the U.S. One key reason is that many bank machines are still running Windows XP and are highly vulnerable.

The Secret Service is urging operators to update their machines to Windows 7, which they say is all it takes to prevent this particular attack.

Am I reading this right? No, not hackers remotely stealing millions of dollars out of ATM’s. But ATM’s run on Windows XP? What year is this? Why the hell are ATMs running on software that grandmothers aren’t even using these days? My mom sucks at using a computer, and even she would say, “wow this is outdated.”

What’s the limit on this? Are we going to find out that traffic lights run on solar power, or office drinking water is pulled from a well? Seriously, how on god’s green earth are we still using Windows XP in any capacity???

P.s.   Anyone who says the term “ATM machine” is a moron. What do you think ATM stands for? “Automated teller machine.” So is it an automated teller machine machine? No, you stupid idiot.

Song of the Week

It looks like Jaromir Jagr is headed back to Europe to play hockey, as the Flames sent his old ass out of North America. Sad times in the NHL indeed.

 

Have any stories to share? Suggestions? Feedback? Send them to ZacharyAdamGray@gmail.com or tweet me @ZacharyAdamGray

GMIM: Merry Christmas?

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: Warm
Traffic: Construction and roads filled with people confused about daylight savings time
Breakfast: Crumb muffin and a french vanilla iced coffee
Zach arrival time: Not the last one in, so that’s good
Mornings without Starbucks: 196

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Update: Pumpkin season is over… Happy Holidays! Seasons greetings!

If you read last week’s blog, you would know I’ve been struggling with my eventual departure from pumpkin season. I still have a half-dozen pumpkin beers in the fridge, cabinets full of pumpkin muffin mix, and a few pumpkin candles lying around the house. Well, it looks like I need to throw all of it out, because it’s time to celebrate Christmas. Continue reading

GMIM: Halloween Edition

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: Let’s check in with Ollie Williams
Traffic: Roads were decent, but train was packed as always
Breakfast: 87 cent coffee at Dunks, poor quality as always
Zach arrival time: Early bird
Mornings without Starbucks: 189

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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Thought to ponder: When does pumpkin season end?

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So here we are, October 30th. We have Halloween tomorrow and then all focus shifts to Christmas on Wednesday because people idiotically decide to skip Thanksgiving.

November is the ultimate Autumn month, so naturally I want to continue drinking Autumn beers. But here’s the thing: every Autumn beer is either pumpkin or October themed. Continue reading

GMIM: A Little Too Woke

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Clocking In

Weather: Perfect Autumn conditions
Traffic: For a Monday, not bad
Breakfast: Dunks iced French Vanilla (only because it was 87 cents)
Zach arrival time: Just right
Mornings without Starbucks: 182

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you don’t care about your job, but need a paycheck:

(Not, that’s not me.)

Conspiracy Theory: Did Gordon Hayward purposely break his leg to improve his eSports career?

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If you somehow missed it last week, newly acquired Boston Celtics “superstar” Gordon Hayward spent about five minutes with his new team before trying to imitate opposing superstar Derek Rose by dislocating his ankle and breaking his leg. It’s assumed he’ll be done for the season.

As tragic as this may seem, I don’t believe Hayward will be losing much sleep over this injury… literally. If you didn’t know, Hayward is an eSports nerd, which means he likes to play video games. So there’s a real chance he’ll be spending late nights on Call of Duty playing hardpoint and demolition rather than ice and elevation. Continue reading

GMIM: Columbus Day Edition (A.k.a, a fake holiday)

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Clocking in

Weather: Muggy, 71
Traffic: Close to none
Breakfast: Bacon & cheese croissant with a caramel latte
Zach arrival: He gucci
Mornings without Starbucks: 168

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you do something really nice, but get screwed in the end:

You have to feel bad for J.J. at this point, right? Yeah, he’s gotten some slack from the haterzz for being a try-hard and goodie two shoes, but I just want to see great players like Watt, Rob Gronkowski, and others have long careers and full seasons. Especially when there are so many low skilled players and poorly coached teams in the NFL, we need players like this to provide us some awesome highlights to enjoy. Let’s hope it’s a speedy recovery.

Monday Mourning Gripe: Are cheese sticks the most vile snack in human history?

I’ve been thinking this one for a while, but it came back to mind after witnessing a girl eating one of these things on the subway. Snacks in general can be weird since they’re processed and made to last much longer than they should. But something about cheese sticks makes me want to vomit. Continue reading

GMIM: Night Edition

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Clocking Out

Weather: More on that later
Traffic: Still sucked, both ways
Dinner: Spinach fettuccine with sausage
Zach leave early?: Sort of, but not really. But maybe.
Mornings without Starbucks: 161

Monday Evening Metaphor

First thing’s first…

With the news that started last night and continued pouring in this morning, I was in no rush to post today’s blog on time. Didn’t want to jump right into stupid hypotheticals, bitching about my “miserable” life, or any other Monday related items since really, it was not a bad morning for me in retrospect. Continue reading

GMIM: Ponzi Schemes

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Clocking In

Weather: Mario Lemieux, cloudy
Traffic: Could’ve been worse
Breakfast: Iced coffee, cream/sugar
Zach on time?: I think?
Mornings without Starbucks: 147

Monday Mourning Metaphor

STAY WOKE: Ponzi Schemes are all around us

So this weekend was my first official weekend off without having to take vacation time in over a year. A tornado could’ve plowed through my living room and it still would’ve been the greatest weekend ever. So how did I celebrate this? I attended a “Jack & Jill” on Saturday night.

I know these J&J’s aren’t common for every soon-to-be-married couple to have, but I’m surprised not many people know what they are. If you are not aware, Jack & Jill’s are parties thrown for a couple who’ll be married soon, sometimes a month or so in advance. It’s meant to be casual, but still nice I think? Basically you get dressed like you’re going to church for the first time in a few months, but don’t want to over do it to make it obvious that you haven’t attended in some time.

There’s two guarantees for J&J’s: Continue reading

MLB releases “Players Weekend” uniforms

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Yesterday was a big day for people who obsess over baseball jerseys. MLB announced August 25-27 would be Players Weekend, where each team will wear funky colored jerseys with custom names on the back. The whole thing is a collaboration with the MLB Player Association to pay homage to youth baseball and where the players came from . . . something like that. Players can also wear custom cleats, crazy colors, and wear gear that supports a cause/charity. Darren Rovell has a complete write-up on this.

I personally like this. Baseball has long been associated with old people and boredom, and anything as small as this to help put a little more youth into the game is a plus.

But there’s a group of fans who are not happy about this, Yankees fans. Here’s a small sample from Twitter: Continue reading

GMIM: Toilet covers, Kyrie Irving, and Chipotle rats

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Is using a toilet seat cover a soft move?

In the 9 o’ clock hour at work, I usually take care of some business in my office. If I’m lucky enough, I can snag the handicap private bathroom, which features toilet seat covers. We’ve all seen them, the thinner-than-paper toilet seat shaped cover that prevents your cheeks from touching the seat.

My question is this: am I a coward for using them when I can? I’m not the type of person to use a cover or build a nest every time I use a public restroom. If it’s a grimy place or if something seems off, I’m cushioning my butt. Otherwise, I have no problem going unprotected. Continue reading

GMIM: Hot-Take Monday, Tennis Edition

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WARNING: THIS WEEK’S BLOG WILL FEATURE HOT-FIRE-FLAMES TAKES. THESE ARE OPINIONS (OR MAYBE FACTS) THAT’LL BE SURE TO GET YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CHATTING IT UP AROUND THE WATER COOLER. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SEATED FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR READING PERIOD.

Is Wimbledon’s dress code racist against the colorblind and thicc people?

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It’s MLB’s All-Star week, which means the American sporting world has come to a halt. It’s especially dead this year since the All-Star game means nothing now thanks to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s choice to take away the whole “winner is the home team in the World Series and it means something now, guys” aspect. First he takes steroids away, then chewing tobacco is banned at parks, and now teams lose without consequence? Pretty soon he’ll be making players line up after games to give opponents high-fives and say “good game.” If we start praising Corey Kluber for shaking Aaron Judge’s hand after giving up a pair of bombs, then I guess we’ll have to be critical towards Cherokees for not thanking Andrew Jackson.

So as America’s Past-time takes a timeout, we have an opportunity to watch our friends across the pond scream and moan their way towards winning a plate and centerpiece. Yup, I’m talking about Wimbledon.

Most people covering the event will say the main story lines are Roger Federer’s quest to win yet again, Novak Djokovic’s attempt to be liked more than Roger, Rafael Nadal’s strategy to convince us he’s good at tennis when not playing on clay, Andy Murray’s journey towards being relevant in his own country, Serena Williams being pregnant, or Venus Williams being the best Williams sister in the tournament.

But the real story this year, and every year since 1877, is Wimbledon’s offensive dress code: players must wear all white. Continue reading

Overused athlete clichés fans use

Woah, Zach decided to write a blog more than once a week? Yeah, I did, so shut up and read.

The Boston Celtics pulled off a July 4th miracle of sorts and signed free agent Gordon Hayward. If you don’t know him, he’s the dude that almost hit the greatest shot in basketball history:

…and once looked like this: Continue reading

GMIM: The city (still) sucks, NBA Draft, and teeth

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The city sucks, part 153

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Over the weekend I went to a couple of graduation and birthday parties that consisted of eating food, drinking some drinks, and talking about whatever people decide to ask me. Of course, whenever you’re talking to someone you don’t know or talk to all too often, the universal topic to discuss is work. Why is it when people gather at a party to get away from work we insist on talking about our jobs?

Anywho, I get asked about my job in Boston and I cover the basics as everyone does. “The office is here, my position is this, I’ve been there since then, yes I like it.” We all usually get the typical response that goes something like, “Oh that’s great!” or “That’ll be good for the resume,” or maybe “Wow, you’re doing great.” Ya ya, sure sure.

But I wasn’t expecting the response I got Saturday. “I love the city, it’s great. It feels so alive, everyone is busy doing something. It motivates me and put me in a good mood.” Continue reading

GMIM: Celtics and manicures

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Hot take Monday: Is Danny Ainge the greatest B.S. artist in sports?

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If you somehow haven’t been following the recent NBA news, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has agreed to trade away Boston’s first ever #1 overall pick to division foe Philadelphia for the Sixers’ #3 pick and another future 1st round pick. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the deal, but the overall consensus so far is if there are no other deals or plans past this, the Celtics absolutely screwed themselves. It was expected that the Celtics would draft Markelle Fultz in the top spot, but now it’s looking more like Josh Jackson out of Kansas.

Through his tenure in the Celtics front office, Ainge has been the center of both praise and criticism from Boston fans, aka Green Teamers. His trades have resulted in great success, while other moves have many scratching their heads.

This leads us to the ultimate question: is Danny Ainge the greatest bullshit artist in sports right now? Continue reading

GMIM: Starbucks, Big Ballers, and the NHL/NBA Finals

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Starbucks baristas slam executives, as the Zach Gray unicorn frappuccino curse rolls on

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[Source: Yahoo!] – Starbucks baristas say that a recent initiative to improve customer service proves how out-of-touch the company’s executives are with what’s really going on in stores. 

In interviews with more than a dozen current and former Starbucks workers, employees told Business Insider that serious adjustments need to be made if the company wants to grow sales and maintain its positive, progressive reputation. 

“The perception isn’t the reality,” one Chicago barista told Business Insider. “Most people see Starbucks as a well-run operation, but being on the inside, I’ve found many flaws and wonder how this place makes money.”

Well, well, well, if it isn’t another negative story about the almighty Starbucks. We all know by now that I’m 30+ days into my boycott of the coffee chain. It seems ever since it started, there have been mishaps and negative stories slowly building. In the middle of May, Starbucks shops across the country experienced software glitches with their registers, causing them to go offline for several hours. This resulted in thousands of closed stores, cash-only purchases, or even shops giving away free coffee. Continue reading

GMIM: Celtics, early mornings, and criminals

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Celtics stun Cavs, time to fire up the hot takes!

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If you didn’t watch the Celtics take down the Cavaliers last night, you missed some great playoff basketball. Boston, down by 21 in the third, managed to scrap together a comeback and ultimately win thanks to an Avery Bradley 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining. Final score: 111-108, Boston wins.

But today isn’t about a great win. Nope, it’s all about Hot Take City. Let’s take a drive over to Mayor Skip Bayless’s town and see what’s in store: Continue reading

GMIM: White NFL cornerbacks

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White sports writer writes story on white cornerbacks’ struggles as minorities in NFL…huh?

Last week, Sports Illustrated posted an article on the lack of white cornerbacks in the NFL. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure out the number of white guys playing cornerback ranges from extremely low to none existent, yet SI felt compelled to write a 5,000 word feature story on the few guys who have other the past several decades.

This piece, written by white guy Michael McKnight, is filled with some A+ head-scratching quotes. It starts by introducing Donny Lisowski, former NFL corner and Caucasian person, in Seahawks training camp making plays and getting hype and love from fellow corner Richard Sherman, who is not white. Continue reading

GMIM: Coffee, Hockey, and Steve

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Starbucks vs Me

Yesterday morning, I get into the office a little early. First and foremost, early in the office on a Sunday is the working man’s move. Early bird gets the worm, but the hawk eats the little bird. Or something like that.

Anywho, I figured I’d stop at the Starbucks downstairs to grab some morning caffeine to get my Sunday started. It’s been out for a little, but the Unicorn Frappuccino advertisement was just staring at me from the behind the counter and figured “why not?” I’ll give it a try, see what the buzz is about.

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So I head up and ask for one of these cups of fairy vomit and I’m told, “Sorry, we’re out of the stuff needed for it.” Understandable. These stupid things have been flying off the shelves left and right. The Starbucks back home had a sign saying the Unicorns had gone extinct. So with that, I get the usual Venti Caramel Macchiato.

I get to the office, sit down, and a co-worker asks if anyone wants anything from the ‘Bucks. Only 10 minutes later, he comes up with a hot coffee and a UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO, the exact drink they “didn’t have the ingredients for.” Continue reading

GMIM: Patriots Day

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The Marathon Monday All-‘Murica Team

Here in Massachusetts, we observe the third Monday of April as a state holiday called Patriots Day. It’s a good old time, especially if you’re a college student along the Boston Marathon route getting drunk at 8 a.m.  You know, responsible actions that’ll land you a job a few months later after graduation.

The Boston Marathon isn’t the Super Bowl or World Cup, but it’s a feel-good day for Bostonians to celebrate the state that invented America. It could be argued that the marathon itself is an analogy of the American Dream: a group of individuals from nations across the globe pushing their own limits to reach their goals and celebrate all that is good with the land of the free.

On this day every year as well, the Boston Red Sox play their 11 a.m. Patriots Day game. It is truly a perfect day drinking experience for sports-goers. But while watching this game, a couple of my favorite pitchers came in to toss the ol’ leather for Boston. Why are they my favorite? Athletic ability? Personal story? Morals? No, it’s none of those. These players’ physical appearances embody what it means to be overly American. They look like true ‘Muricans: overweight, un-groomed, and free living manly men. We’ll get to them later.

Without further delay, here is the All-‘Murican Patriots Day Team (Note, this is cross-sport and does not have any true structure. You know, the ‘Murican way): Continue reading

GMIM: Bracket update, names, and… a new podcast?!?

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Zach’s coin flip bracket update

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If you read last week’s blog, you would know I have filled out my annual coin flip March Madness bracket. Here are some notes so far after the first weekend before we get into the Sweet 16: Continue reading

GMIM: Phones, Meals, and Automobiles

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Little housekeeping news for the Monday blog: I won’t be numbering them any more. Yes, riveting news, I know. Now back to the blog…

Nokia to bring back the 3310

It’s been news for a bit now, but the Finnish phone company is bringing back the iconic 3310.

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In a time where 90’s and early 2000’s nostalgia is gaining popularity, from movie and TV show reboots to horrible fashion, the time machine has finally picked up cell phones on it’s trip back to the future. Continue reading

GMIM #16: The New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champs

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Today is a Pedialyte day, folks. The clock and sun say it’s the afternoon, but my body is telling me the day has just begun. So, good morning to you, reader. Continue reading

GMIM #15: Super Bowl picks

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Super Bowl LI

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We sit six days away from what companies without rights call “The Big Game” and folks, it should be a doozie. As I’ve stated previously, I’m no football expert. I’m just your average shlub sitting in the office, writing for an audience of 16 people at best. So my opinion does not matter. Regardless, you’ll read it anyway and wonder, “geeze, who is Zach picking for the Super Bowl?” Well, allow me to dive right into the swimming pool of hot takes and uneducated predictions. Continue reading

How FOX landed the NFC

This week marks the unofficial start to the NFL season, as teams will play the first of four meaningless games to prepare for the 2013 season. Soon we’ll all be huddled around the television in the midst of autumn cheering on our favorite teams. Being a New Englander, I’ll be tuning into CBS most of the season to watch the Patriots. As for fans of the NFC, FOX will once again carry those games. But how exactly did FOX, once a small network struggling to compete with the established juggernauts, get the rights to broadcast the most successful conference of the past six years? The answer came from a college commencement speech. Continue reading

Classic Sports Video Game Review: NFL BLITZ (N64)

 

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In 1998, Midway released what GameSpot.com referred to as “the greatest football game ever made.” Although NFL BLITZ hit the arcades in 1997, the home console version was released shortly after in 1998. Midway’s NBA Jam was a hit, as exaggerated visuals and fast gameplay were popular among gamers.

BLITZ was unlike any football game of its time. Teams play on a small field surface, games consist of two minute quarters, teams field seven players as opposed to 11, it takes 30 yards for a first down, and there are no penalties. Yes, defensive players can tackle receivers as many times as possible before a play ends. The offense is made up of three linemen, two receivers, a running back, and quarterback. Playbooks are the same for all teams; offense has 18 plays (all passing-based, unless it’s a special teams situation) and the defense has nine. Extra points are automatic, unless going for two. And passes to a player behind the line of scrimmage can be thrown forward again. Continue reading

A Question From a Boston Sports Fan

Written on March 10, 2012…

So me and certain fat boy Brazilian friend just ended a heated debate on listing a Boston Sports Legends top 5. We looked at it as finding 5 guys that trump everyone under them when it comes to Boston Sports. We’re looking at THE faces of Boston Sports for everything they accomplished. The Brazilian dough-boy listed Bill Russell, Tom Brady, Ted Williams, Bobby Orr and Troy Brown (say what!?). I listed Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Tom Brady, Bobby Orr and (here’s where the debate came in) David Ortiz. I want to hear your take on both top 5’s and then if you would ever be so kind, list your own top 5.

 

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The Long Run Ahead

Back in April 2011, I wrote the following piece on Chad Crowther. I originally wrote this for my sports journalism course, but with Chad’s approval, I revised the piece for online submission. Chad and his family are amazing people. I wish them all the very best.

Every mile is nearly the same. Every race is almost a guaranteed victory. Every other runner is behind. For Chad Crowther, cross-country running is second instinct. Winning numerous state and vocational titles, the 17-year-old from Lowell, MA is the best runner for Greater Lowell Technical High School. It began as something to use up time back in middle school. Then it became a way to stay in shape for high school basketball. But Chad’s early success in the Massachusetts Commonwealth Athletic Conference raised his goals and standards in cross-country running. Continue reading

Idol

No matter what aspect of life you look at, it’s always good to have some form of an idol. In politics, it could be a former President. In business, it could be a CEO of a multimillion dollar company. In childhood, it could be a parent or teacher. In Christianity, it could be Jesus Christ. In sports, it could be a former champion. Idols are a necessity in everyday life, for if we didn’t have idols, a majority of us wouldn’t be able to find a purpose. Continue reading