NYRampage

Happiness. Short-term, stupid, self-interest.

Rom-OH MY!!!

f100906a.jpgOctoberfest weekend turned out great, despite the logistics we all had to juggle. We played many games, ate great tasting but not-so-healthy food, and got little sleep. It was a great weekend, but it was exhausting. That exhausted state I was left in Monday evening was not a good state to be in for the football game I was about to watch, especially because this Cowboy’s fan had no idea what was coming.

The teams the Cowboys had defeated up to this point were not much to talk about. I thought the Bears game would be a real test, but it didn’t turnout so. The Bills certainly can’t be their real test.

I was worried about Romo because I felt he needed some humbling. Well, I think he got that and then some. Six turnovers by one guy… the Quarterback… I can’t believe it!

As always when losing a night game, there is the temptation to turn the game off after half-time if things don’t start to get better. Which, they didn’t. But, I stuck with it knowing the Bills had not yet scored an offensive touchdown and that Dallas’ half-time adjustments in their first 4 games were always positive.

The emotional rollercoaster that was the fourth quarter nearly killed me. One second we had a chance, the next it was blown. There would be a close call, then get overruled. There would be almost catches, then a drop. The jobs by the referees were good, better than most games I’d say. (their were a couple of missed calls and a couple of non-calls, but it went each other’s way) I don’t like the rule about calling a timeout as the ball is snapped, especially before a kick, but it is within the rules.

I won’t try to rehash the game… either you saw it, heard about it the next day, or don’t care. But let me tell you, the ESPN Sports Center coverage can’t relay the intensity, or incredulous, that happened live in Buffalo. That was one of the most entertaining games I have ever seen. Ever.

Romo came through in the end, the rest of the team stood by his side and they stepped up to win the game. But, I’m still wondering if the Cowboys are for real even with a 5-0 record. However, in less than one week, I will know as they play the Patriots on Sunday. If they can just hang in their and make it a game, win or lose, then, I can start believing…

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October 10, 2007 Posted by | Sports | 1 Comment

What This Guy’s Playing – March 2007

March 2007 – Spring is Around the Corner

Most of my time lately has been spent working on “the porch project.” I’m enjoying the work, but frustrated with the planning and details. So instead, I’ll be cleaning the basement which is huge, but at least it is mindless.

Video Games

    Now Playing

  • Barely Anything – I never finished my replay of Half-Life 2; I’ve jumped in to play a little more Burnout 2 (I found unlocks I didn’t unlock), I’ve made a couple TrackMania Sunrise tracks (I’m bored of TrackMania Nations), and wife and daughter are still addicted to Paper Mario, but they are almost done.
    On the Horizon

  • Demos – I probably won’t be playing much at all, though I’m looking for a demo of NeverWinter Nights 2 and Supreme Commander.

Sports

    Now Playing

  • Soccer/Gym – Time to get back in shape!
  • The kids are enjoying sledding and are sad to see the snow already starting to melt.

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    Now Playing

  • Battlestar Galactica – I’m finally starting the series; so far, I like it a lot. My wife is still unsure.

Life should be fun… GO PLAY!
What are you playing?

March 1, 2007 Posted by | Gaming, Life in general, Sports, TV | 3 Comments

What This Guy’s Playing – Feb 2007

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Video Games

    Now Playing

  • Nothing on the GameCube – ’cause I can’t rip my wife and daughter away from Paper Mario. Who would have thunk it?
  • TrackMania – Only three tracks done so far for WinterFest II.
  • Half-Life 2 – In hard mode. I was cruising until now I’m at a spot where I’m stuck; dam manhacks!
    On the Horizon

  • RTS – I’m watching some RTS and playing some demos. I’ll post something separate.
  • TrackMania United – Tm United has been released in Europe and online.

Sports

    Now Playing

  • Soccer – haven’t hurt myself… yet

On the Horizon

  • Signed up for the coaching Matt in the Spring.

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On the Big Screen

    Now Playing

  • Good Eats – Makes me want to buy a side of beef. Who wants some steak au poivre?
    On the Horizon

  • Battlestar Galatica – time to move this up in the queue.
  • My wife is watching season 5 of Alias.

Music & Radio

    Now Playing

  • Maximum PC now has a new podcast.
  • http://www.htguys.com, episode #140, 6:50 – I’m a geek on the air.
    On the Horizon

  • Rush’s new album – waiting… waiting…

Life should be fun… GO PLAY!
What are you playing?

February 1, 2007 Posted by | Gaming, Life in general, Movies, Sports, TV | Leave a comment

The Pain is Over ’til Next Season

The Cowboys had proven they were just a mediocre team half-way through the season when they lost their second game against the Redskins. It showed that the Cowboys can, and will, take perfectly good games and hand them to the other team. The season was a roller-coaster of emotions for fans, players and coaches; most of which were dam painful. Last night, the Cowboys put a fork in themselves to end it.

The pain is over, but I expect to see myself rolling on the floor in agony again next year.

I will resist commenting on the refereeing more than this run on sentence, but there was much pain in the many little things that the home’rs got in their favor (will they ever call an offensive pass interference against the home team, or was it too loud? false starts?); of course, I’ve seen much worse.

Now I’ve got the Patriots and Giants (and maybe even the Jets) to root for through the rest of the playoffs. I hope they provide some pain relief.

January 7, 2007 Posted by | Sports | 1 Comment

What This Guy’s Playin – Jan ’07

Jan 2007 – Happy New Year!!!

Video Games

    Now Playing

  • Guitar Hero II – Talk to my agent; and move over Alex Lifeson.
  • TrackMania – Inspired by a successful WinterFest virtual Party, I’m hoping to have 10 new tracks by the end of Janurary for WinterFest II
  • GameCube – I’m “helping” the kids play Donkey Konga, Lego Star Wars II, Paper Mario. Lego Star Wars is well done!
    On the Horizon

  • Oblivion – Add this to the list of games I want to try and will never get time to play.

Sports

    Now Playing

  • Soccer is back on starting next Monday!

On the Horizon

  • Skiing anyone? oh wait… there is NO SNOW!

On the Big Screen

    Now Playing

  • Firefly was great – so sad to see the end. We are going to re-watch Serenity. I have a list of action movies to catch up on including Star Wars Episode III, Superman Return, Mission Impossible III, Pirates otC II
    On the Horizon

  • Battlestar Galatica, now is a short wait in Netflix.
  • Good Eats – I received a bunch of episodes on DVD for Christmas.

Music & Radio

    Now Playing

  • Red
  • Linkin Park
    On the Horizon

  • Rush’s new album – should be in final mixing this month.

Life should be fun… GO PLAY!
What are you playing?

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Gaming, Life in general, Movies, Music, Sports, TV | Leave a comment

TVs darkness leads to light –Times Union

TVs darkness leads to light –Times Union – Albany NY

*BUMP*

Even this Dallas Cowboys fan would have loved to watch a historical Tiki Barber performance. Thanks NFL… now we all lose.

Why do I blame the NFL? Because the reason Time Warner can’t come to an agreement is because the NFL wants premium channel dollars for Time Warner to offer the channel in the standard lineup. The NFL is throwing it weight around and unfortunately I see Time Warner folding and subsequently the customer will pay the higher cost and be the biggest loser.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Life in general, Sports, TV | Leave a comment

What This Guy’s Playing – Dec ‘06

Playing is fun. I’m glad I’m a guy… we get to play cool stuff. I’d like to give a monthly update on what I’m playing, and what I’m looking at playing. So here is a first installment.

Video Games

    Now Playing
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  • PlanetSide – I’ve joined back in after a short hiatus. (3 months is short in a 3 year span) Our outfit population is on the rise and playing has been fun with a bowl of popcorn and a mug of ale at my side.
  • TrackMania – Matthew plays more than me, but I love to play the tracks he creates. I haven’t created any of late. I’m going back through each of the games’ single player modes to complete them.
  • Burnout 2 – After loosing all my saved progress from Octoberfest (and I’m only blaming myself for that), I’m back in trying to see how much I can unlock.
    On the Horizon

  • Battle Field 2142 – I have the demo installed but I have no idea how to play. Lag is a problem on some servers. I want to give this a real try.
  • Never Winter Nights 2 – I’m just looking at this. The reviews are good, but with a few bugs, they say. I like the concept that you can create your own adventure. I’m waiting for a demo.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode One – With the new video card installed, I’m going to buy this because after this comes Episode Two. And, with Episode Two, that’s how you get Team Fortress 2.
  • Supreme Commander – I don’t love real time strategy games, but the reviews of this one have got my attention.
  • Lego Star Wars II – Again, reviews for this are fantastic. They say it is as funny as it is fun, too. I hope Santa gives this to Matthew for Christmas.

Sports

    Now Playing

  • Just the gym, as normal. The holiday season is tough on schedules; plus I’m afraid to hurt my shoulder again in volleyball. (Matthew is playing soccer.)

On the Horizon

  • I’ll probably sign up for the second indoor soccer session after the New Year. Matthew will likely continue as well. (I’m dreading the influx of New Year resolute’s that will hit the gym in January.)

On the Big Screen

    Now Playing
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  • I’m currently watching the FireFly series from the Sci-Fi channel. After seeing the movie Serenity, I had to give the TV series a try and it is awesome!
    On the Horizon

  • Battlestar Galatica, but there is currently a long wait in the NetFlix queue. I need to rent Beerfest as well (because I want to see how bad it is).

Music & Radio

    Now Playing
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  • Red
  • Linkin Park
  • NextGen Podcast – I have a whole slew of podcasts I listen to from games, to news, to network security. NextGen is my current favorite.
    On the Horizon

  • Rush’s new album
  • Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me – Recommended by a friend, I’ve got these in the podcast queue.

Life should be fun… GO PLAY!

December 1, 2006 Posted by | Gaming, Life in general, Movies, Music, Sports, TV | Leave a comment

Be Afraid

Tony Romo has looked pretty good, but he is still a rookie for experience and sooner or later he will make mistakes by trying to force something to happen. The running backs of Jones and Barber are a good one-two punch, but neither are outstanding; or, could carry the whole game should one of them get hurt. Terry Glenn is the only top-notch receiver on the squad; T.O. can implode at any moment. Jason Witten is a decent Tight End, but he certainly isn’t in, say, Shockey’s class. Injuries on the offensive line, mistakes in the secondary, and more fouls than turkey house before Thanksgiving.

So why be afraid…?

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Because of the Tuna.

It has been a roller coaster ride for Cowboy fans all season. It was a shaky start, and I’m glad Drew is finally sitting down – he looks good on paper, but was never going to be a super star. I can handle the loss against the Giants. The Giants were on fire and deserved that win. I think they could have beaten anybody that day. Still, I felt as if that was the season ender after that.

Of course, they came back and looked very impressive against a tough Carolina team. After that game, I felt as if they had just saved their season.

The next week, in the words of the local Dallas home’r, “On a penalty and a field goal, the Cowboys prove once again that they are just a mediocre team.” Reality sets in; another season down the tubes.

Who would have thunk they could beat the Colts????? What is all this about? I have to think that one of the greatest coaches of all time must have something to do with it. (now I’m going to have nightmares about Barry Switzer returning)

I’m once again looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day game. Who knows how I’ll feel after that…

November 21, 2006 Posted by | Sports | Leave a comment

36-22

There is nothing satisfying about watching the Dallas Cowboys play like a bunch of high school kids and getting utterly destroyed by the New York Giants; except maybe this…

New York Giants
Player Pos. Date Notes Status Injury
Osi Umenyiora DE 10/24/2006 is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Questionable hip
Matt Lentz OG 08/30/2006 is on the injured list IR elbow
LaVar Arrington LB 10/24/2006 is expected to miss the remainder of the season Out leg
Jason Bell S 10/24/2006 is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Questionable concussion
Carlos Emmons LB 10/24/2006 is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Questionable pectoral
Sinorice Moss WR 10/24/2006 is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Questionable quadricep
Derrick Ward RB 10/24/2006 is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Questionable foot
Junior Ioane DT 08/30/2006 is on the reserve/did not report list IR undisclosed
Lewis Kelly OG 08/07/2006 is on the physically unable to perform list PUP foot
Matt Lentz OG 08/30/2006 is on the injured list IR elbow
Ryan Grant RB 08/30/2006 is on the injured list IR hand/wrist
E.J. Underwood CB 08/30/2006 is on the injured list IR shoulder

October 25, 2006 Posted by | Sports, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

World Cup: It’s a Shame

The referee's in the 2006 World Cup have been awful through the opening rounds of play. So bad, that it is making it not fun at all to watch some of these games.

The main problem is that they aren't letting the players play. The yellow cards are coming way too quickly. A lot of the calls should just be fouls, and there are many that shouldn't even be called at all. It's just two guys going for the same ball, 50-50, and someone is going to lose. Shame on the ref's for not letting the game continue at the fast pace it should. I don't blame anyone who doesn't like watching soccer for all of the stoppage time.

I'm not saying the ref's are morons. The Oscar winning performances of some the players don't make it easy for the ref's to determine what is real and what is not. I say "shame on you" to the countries that make faking fouls and injuries a part of the game. I can proudly say that the American's generally don't stoop to this level of play.

Speaking of the American's, they got ripped badly by the ref's. The yellows and reds in the Italy game were bad, turning the match into a game of hanging on for dear life. Then in the Ghana match, the "foul" against Oguchi Onyewu in the penalty box was no foul at all. Few will disagree. That's a bad call equals a goal for the opponent; not good. With bad calls like these, you don't really know who would have won these games, and if the U.S. should have 6 points, or zero.

That said, I don't think the U.S. deserves the second round anyway with the way they played. They put no pressure on the Czech's, couldn't score a goal against Italy, and made KEY mistakes in each match. Mistakes that were punished badly, particularly simple mistakes like clearing the ball defending our goal. Shame on the U.S. for such a poor showing.

(The one exception, Clint Dempsey, who I watched from the beginning was the only one fired up from game one. Congrats on his well deserved goal)

June 23, 2006 Posted by | Sports | 1 Comment