Tag:Battling my inner demons
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:06 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2008 3:47 pm

Alpha Blog: How the 'stache was won ... or lost

Tom Selleck.  Burt Reynolds.  As you can see, mustaches ruled the Wild West. David Crosby. Gung HoRollie Fingers. Ned Flanders. President Skroob. Sal Fasano.

And now Buzz Fagan.

Who's Buzz Fagan? Legendary CBSSports.com newsroom editor Buzz Fagan is the latest American hero to sport the mustache. That's what happens when you make a bracket bet with me. I take that back. That's when you somehow fill out a worse bracket than me.

I had Georgetown winning it all, vs. UCLA in the final. I also had Texas in my Final Four. And UNC. I'm not s-m-r-t. I mean s-m-a-r-t.

As for Buzz, well, this is what happens when you fill out your bracket in "10 minutes tops." His Final Four was UNC (nice pick), Texas (OK, I did that oopsy too), USC (LOL) and UConn (ROFL). Luckily my D.C. bias wasn't as harmful as his New England bias.

So we deemed the month-long tourney Mustache Madness and the loser had to sport the 'stache for a week. Harnessing the awesome power of apples, I grew a manly beard in preparation for losing (I did have Georgetown after all).

Try not to get distracted by my beard while marveling at his 'stache.(My "biological" father was either Robin Williams or a Chia Pet. C'mon mom, make with the truth.)

But if not for Kansas' win over UNC, I was Mr. Mustache for this week. And I was getting ready. I did all my usual errands -- from grocery shopping to Oriental massages -- in preparation of going from work to home from home to work with as little human interaction as possible. No mas for me. I can do normal things -- except shave. As you can tell my beard is uber-manly, and it's taking over my life.

It's so long, small creatures are nesting in it.
It's so face covering, I don't need sunblock. (face covering, yeah, that can't be a real term)
It's so manly, Stetson is asking me to pose for ads.
It's so greasy, I'm a hockey player.
And as assistant managing editor, staff writer and Power Ranker Lyle Crouse says, "with great beard, comes great responsibility."
However, George Maselli, says it's "serviceable," as in Matt Chico "serviceable." Phooey.
Plus, I really stand out in the office -- in that HR wants to talk to you sort of way. Never! And lay off my stapler.

I do plan on sporting a sympathy 'stache Friday when I finally take razor to beard. But if there are two things this tournament has taught me they are: never pick against somebody with a name that reads Stephen but rhymes with Geffen and always ask not what your beard can do for you, ask what you can do for your beard.

Anybody wanna wager on the hockey playoffs?

On to the best four blogs...around!Upon hearing his own voice, Dicky V realizes he's made a huge mistake.   

Dick Vitale alongside Chick Hearn in the Basketball Hall of Fame? Battling my inner demons
is getting delivery tonight.

Intentional fouling has The Blog to End All Blogs ticked off -- and claiming Kansas' win is artificial. Can't agree with that. If it's allowed within the boundaries of the game's rules, it's just strategy. You want to restore the integrity of the game, strip away two timeouts and stop letting the coaches micromanage the last two minutes. Let the kids play it out and execute what they've practiced all season.

Covering the bases breaks down early season surprises who just may keep the hotness going.

I was planning on doing a Western Conference hockey preview today, but the 'stache had to be talked about. So while I'll say Calgary has Cup potential written all over it, Gumby's Rocky Mountain Rants makes a case for the Avs.

Klick of the Day    

I'm not sure whether I want this guy putting together my Royale with cheese, but I like his style. (courtesy of Sean's Spontaneous Loquacity)

Posted on: January 29, 2008 4:47 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2008 6:31 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Tuesday, Jan. 29

Maybe you heard about this, maybe you didn't. Grey Ruegamer, a lineman for the Giants, once had the most unusual job I've ever heard a football player to have. It's not so much an unusual job, I mean, I know this sort of thing happens in the livestock biz, but the way in which he did it is, well, simply odd (read: disgusting).

Ruegamer used to castrate lambs with his teeth.

And people thought Kurt Warner packing groceries was an interesting rise to stardom.

"You grab the forelegs and pin them to the ground, and then you grab the back legs and throw them on their back," Ruegamar tells the East Valley Tribune about the procedure. "You pull them out with your teeth, spit them in a bucket, next one. There was other work that had to get done, so we had to hurry with that and move onto the next thing. It's just a little lamb. It's not a big animal. I have pictures. The blood on your mustache is the worst part."

Yes, that mustache blood can be so hard to get out.

If you think being a one-time lamb castrator isn't odd enough for you, here's what teammate Shaun O'Hara says about his fellow lineman:

"He keeps all of his toenail clippings and callous shavings all season long in a cup, and if anybody wrongs him and he deems it necessary, he will dump that cup in a personal belonging of theirs. He's known for that."

I believe that's called a touch of Grey.

On to the best ... blogs around!

It's not even February but spring is in the air at Pioneeer Skies. The blog has its spring training schedule mapped out and asks for a little help in determining which games to attend. Rockies at Cubs at the HoHo sounds good to me.

Sick from the Brady boot, the Mannings and Coughlin's "douchiness?" The Sports Comedian may know what's up: Super Overexposure.

Royals Baseball breaks down his favorite Royal moment and wants to know yours (not all at once, Royals fan). Here's mine. Classic Hal

You know you're at a bad Super Bowl party when more people are wearing I heart Kucinich shirts than Pats jerseys. The Wonderful World of Gonos breaks down his worst and asks for yours.

If you don't like the Cowboys (or even if you do) and you like comedy that involves making fun of Hitler (who doesn't?): Watch this YouTube clip courtesy of Basic's Bemusings.

And if you think Chris Berman is still Da Man, Battling my inner demons would beg to disagree. As would our message board users, who actually come to the defense of Gregg Doyel. You read that right.

More community blogs to come...tune back in and keep up the writing! 

Posted on: January 28, 2008 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2008 5:53 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Monday, Jan. 28

The Orioles could be down to one Canadian pitcher. But they'll get a Pacman in return.

(Speaking of the O's, trading a potential staff ace right at the prime of his career is always a true-and-tried recipe for success. If this goes down, and being very liberal with how good Bedard just may be, this is similar to Pedro to the Red Sox or Beckett to the Red Sox or ... wait, why isn't he going to the Red Sox?)

The market too volatile for you? The lads at Slate.com purchased stock in a pitcher (he's not Canadian).

If the Giants were smart, they'd bring good ol' Rachelle to Glendale.

If Led Zeppelin was smart, they'd do a world tour, according to Jimmy Page.

If you're smart, you'll take Carl up on his +23 Super Bowl line.

And the new Rambo is already in the IMDB Top 250. But it couldn't beat out the glorified Youtube clip, Meet the Spartans at the box office. Mel Brooks needs to offer a class called "Parody: Gay jokes are funny, but there's more to a movie than them."

On to the best ... blogs around!

As a Redskins fan (I really use that term loosely these days) I empathize with PC Free From PC Central. Only Raider Nation has it worse than the Burgandy and Gold.

Bears fans, if you're looking for a reason to franchise Bernard Berrian, here's one: Devin Hester is the next best option at wideout for you, says Big Bad Bears Blog. The user has four more reasons for you, including one with the credibility stripping statement: There would be a dropoff in productivity if say, Andre Johnson were a Bear.

Boogers, no matter the context, will always have a home in Blog Day Afternoon. Kids, Listen to your Mother found a grape of one recently. 'Nuff said.

mets4life.blogspot.com looks at what's missing from the Nationals. Trading Da Meathook is not an option, my friend. Otherwise, you're spot on.

With hockey still on hiatus, Fly Flyers Fly offers a look at the, you guessed it, the Flyers. Long story short: They're doing better than last year.

Think the Patriots have forgotten how to lose? Taking your talking points from the likes of Terry Bradshaw and sober Dana Jacobson? Battling my inner demons has this to say: The Patriots will crush you!

And don't forget to share your love and hate for Boston and New York in The Blog Whisperer's blog.

Weekend rewind blog: The score from the weekend goes to What kind of player will Greg Oden be?. The user asks what the best Sega sports games are. Everybody knows NHL '94 (despite the loss of bloodlust) is the best for that system. But off the beaten path, we're talking Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing.

Posted on: January 21, 2008 4:12 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2008 4:27 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Don't leave work without 'em

It looks like Randy Moss isn't the only wide receiver with relationship woes.

Hello Cedrick Wilson. How you may have known Cedrick Wilson? Why he's the mediocre third or fourth receiver for the Steelers. How you may know him now? Mr. Wilson, as the neighborhood boys like to call him, saw his house turn into the Branch Davidian compound for about 12 hours Saturday.

His girlfriend (that term may no longer be official) brandished a .38-caliber firearm following a tiff, fired two shots into a wall (not the plasma TV!) and shacked up in the abode for half a day as dozens of police set up a perimeter and evacuated the neighborhood.

"I was taken aback," neighborhood resident Gretchen Dunn told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The situation did not seem to warrant the kind of response that occurred. I thought somebody was being held hostage there. But that obviously wasn't the case."

Lindsey "Left Eye" Paulat eventually relinquished her role as madwoman/hostage and all was well in the Pittsburgh 'burb.

This proves one thing: Chad Johnson's approach to raffles may be pretty smart, after all.

In other news, Jason Priestley (of "Donna Martin graduates" fame) announced he's co-owner of a race team that will have a car in the Indy 500.  Bring on the inevitable Peach Pit stop/crew jokes in 5, 4, 3, 2, (Have a nice day. Thank you.) ... now!

On to the best ... blogs around!

Speaking of girlfriends, turns out Eli is the BMOC of the Manning clan. The Sports Comedian breaks down the Lloyd Dobler effect the Giants' win is having on poor ol' Peyton.

You know Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But do you know the other top catchers under 23? Believe it or not, one of them plays for the Orioles. But Stu on this brings up the point: Remember Ryan Garko?

Pismojoe's Blog Central asks the question: Do CBS writers steal from message board posts? To paraphrase Lord Helmet: Suckers! I can't believe you fell for that! Seriously, the answer is most likely not. It's more of a situation of highly in-tune posters being on the same story-idea curve as the national media.

BigPapiandManny's 3-4 Punch offers an in-depth look at the Super Bowl. Included is a Tom Emanski-inspired "Tackle the right way" talking point.

If you're one of the many who think L.T. let his teammates down Sunday, hear what Battling my inner demons has to say about the Chargers' hobbled running back.

If you like Power and/or Rankings and/or the Pac-10 check out dbacksfan414's list-a-majig. Or check out Huskyonspeed Power Blog's Pac-10 rankings. Does anybody outside the West Coast do CBK power rankings? Regardless, Gary Parrish would be proud. Or is it mad? I mix those two words up.

se7en says has his daily dose of riddles for your reading pleasure (or torture). His Lucky 7 entry brings up the old joke: Who are the two most trusting people in the world? Two cannibals having oral ... (hey now!).

And speaking of love affairs gone sour, FOOTBALL WITHDRAWAL says New York's love for Jeremy Shockey may need to be re-evaluated following the team's success without the tight end.

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