Thursday, October 19, 2006

On a Navajo [whoa oh] Radio

It's been a long week and some days, and I'm just now catching up on world events --earthquake n Hawaii, "nucular bomb" test in North Korea, and football.

I've had enough of the really bad news, so I won't talk about that. But I will talk about football. Last Sunday, I watched Sunday Night Football featuring Denver vs. Oakland. With the exception of some good defensive plays for Denver, the game sucked. That's no shocker. What's shocking is how the NFL insists on featuring this AFC West division rivalry in a national prime time slot [or Oakland in any prime time slot!]. Sure, Denver vs. Oakland has been a perennial Monday Night Football matchup that has produced some high-scoring affairs and last-minute victories. But the Raiders have been absolute crap for the last several years and have shown no signs for improvement in the near or long term. It's time to put Oakland on the "Not Ready for Prime Time" shelf with the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions [and Buffalo, who handed Detroit their first victory of the season].

So I'm checking out and see this news piece: Raiders-Cardinals game broadcast in Navajo.

"'Ya'at'eeh Navajo Nation aa'doo' ahxe'hee',' (Hello Navajo Nation and thank you) said Raiders chief executive Amy Trask. 'We again embrace the opportunity to unite the Raider Nation with the voice of the Navajo Nation.'"

Thank you for the crappy football game, pale face.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ain't no party like a racially offensive party.

Why why why do college kids continue to throw parties with racially or culturally offensive themes? The "ghetto fabulous" themed party thrown recently [and, apparently, documented on the web] was mildly offensive and relatively harmless but still stupid. This kind of activity doesn't usually go over so well around college campuses, and college kids should know that by now.

During my first semester of college [early 90's], a Greek fraternity threw a party titled "Party in the Projects." The attendees dressed up and mimicked the same class of people as the aforementioned UT law students. But . . . several fraternity members showed up at the party dressed in Klu Klux Klan outfits! I heard rumors of scandalous photos from that party with the KKK guys pretending to torture other partiers in blackface. It was a pretty big controversy on campus for a couple of months. I don't remember what happened to the frat--probably just a slap on the wrist.

I would expect this kind of behavior from frat meatheads. You'd figure law students would know better.

I never "got" theme or costume parties. The whole idea of dressing up in a costume and going out is embarassing. That reminds me. Halloween is almost here. I don't like Halloween.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Send in the punt team.

Long time no post. I don't think anyone's reading, anyway.

Not much going on with yours truly except work and watching football. Speaking of football, I think I've renewed my boycott of the Dallas Cowboys, effective last Sunday. Bledsoe is dead to me. If the 'boys can beat the Giants, the Panthers, and the Redskins, I may tune in to see them play the Colts on November 19th.

Also on the subject of football--I think I'll take a moment to talk about stadium rock. Pro sports stadiums have always had staple stadium rock anthems to play during timeouts [e.g. Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up"]. But lately I've noticed a lot of Guns 'n' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and Ozzy's "Crazy Train." Certainly, these hard rock gems are not new to the sports arena. It's the implementation of these tunes that has peaked my interest. In two separate games in two different stadiums, I heard the opening riff of "Welcome to the Jungle" played every time the visiting team faced 3rd down inside their own 30 yard line. I've also noticed the intro to "Crazy Train" when a visiting team's offense takes over after a kickoff subsequent to a home team score. Is there some stadium rock custodian who sets the trend for all other stadiums, or does the NFL have a license to play a portion of these songs at specific moments in a game?

My suggestions for play-specific hard rock clips: third down inside offense's own 5 yard line -- cue main riff from Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath."

Is hard rock making a comeback? The Gap is using AC/DC's "Back in Black" to pimp pants. Volkswagen has Slash firing off a wanky bluesy riff in front of a "stack" of VWs. Apparently you can get a sweet axe for free if you buy a new V-Dub.

More YouTubery featuring Slash here. Is that a TLC logo in the bottom right corner?

Last Friday, I watched the Texas Gubernatorial Debate. That's right, a gubernatorial debate held on a Friday night during Fall in Texas. So much for Friday Night Lights. The debate was a joke. My opinion of the candidates remains unchanged. Perry won by a hair[do] simply by not losing any voters. Chris Bell posted second for the same reason as Perry. The only problem is, he doesn't have many voters on board. IMHO, Kinky and Strayhorn spouted the most hot air and probably may have lost some people who were leaning towards their candidacy. Considering how many people were likely to have watched the debate or are likely to read the transcripts, that probably amounts to 14 people who may just not register a vote for Governor at the polls. No doubt, there are thousands more registered voters who will just leave that ballot blank on November 7. Honestly, who cares? It's the Legislature, Speaker, and the Lt. Governor that are really running the show.

Highlights of Friday's debate:

Kinky Friedman called the Internet "the work of Satan." Al Gore invented the internet. You do the math.

Chris Bell got all Nipsey Russell on our ass and closed with a rhyme, "I'm a serious man [pause] with a serious plan."

Rick Perry [essentially] does not acknowlege either Strayhorn or Kinky as viable opponents by only differentiating himself from Bell in his closing statement.

Strayhorn stood on a box to see over the podium.

Lowlights of Friday's debate:

My lame ass sitting on the couch watching the whole lousy affair.