Found out today that Amazon is offering NCAA 12 with a $20 coupon. Include that with their already $3 cheaper price tag and you can pick up the game for $37. Of course, I pre-ordered three weeks ago at Gamestop for the full $60. Only had to trade in 14 games to get there.
Without a doubt, the 4th of July is my favorite holiday. Not only for what it represents, but the great memories that I have collected over the years with friends and family.
Along with the BlackCats and beer, there is an event on this day that ranks at the top of all holiday sporting events. For me, it’s right there with the NFL on Thanksgiving and Shaq v. Kobe on Christmas. I never miss it. It’s the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.
My guy is Kobayashi. The record-breaking freak from Japan. He won six straight Nathan’s contest from ‘01 though 06’, including doubling the previous world record in 2001.
Most Americans instinctively root for Kobi’s rival, San Jose’s Joey Chestnut. Chestnut showed up a few years back and almost immediately started topping Kobi. Chestnut has the current record with 68 downed dogs in 12 minutes, set in ‘09. It makes Americans proud knowing one of their own has reclaimed glory and victory for our country on our Independence Day. It’s how it should be.
Unless you like a comeback even better. I’ve always rooted for Kobi. He’s cocky, ripped, and believes he’s the best. He brought this contest to life. He’s the sport’s first superstar. He can’t stand that the quiet Chestnut is whooping his ass, and he keeps coming back for more. This contest needs a jolt, and that will come when Kobi takes back what’s his.
However, that might be tough to do. The last couple years things have gotten a little strange over in Coney Island. Last July, Kobi was in a contract dispute with the event organizers, Major League Eating, and showed up anyways on the forth and ended up getting dragged to jail on national television.
This year, Kobi is back…via satellite. The 33-year-old will compete from the roof of 230 FIFTH, a Manhatten bar. He’ll eat the same Nate’s hot dogs, starting and finishing the same time as the real competitors. Even if he wins though, MLE won’t reconize his victory because they still don’t have a contact.
Come Monday, I will be in front of TV rooting hard for Kobi. Hoping he brings back some character and emotion to this contest. It was at it’s best watching Kobi top his own world record year after year. We need it, America. We need a Japanese hot dog eating champion.
Ellis from Die Hard is my all-time favorite movie character. There is no doubt this coke-sniffing, flimflam douchebag would fit in at at the sales meetings at my workplace. This man that would irritate the shit out of any grounded person in real life, but I’ll be damn if there isn’t something charming about him in the film. Maybe it’s his 80’s beard or unbridled confidence, but Hart Bouchner plays the part perfectly. Even standing toe-to-toe in a couple scenes with Alan Rickman, one of the most memorable villains in history, as Hans Gruber.
This got me to thinking. What other movie bad guys have I found myself loving?
Col. Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds
Hans Landa is a no brainer. As the Jew Hunter, he is a cunning sadist, yet completely delightful at the same time. Christoph Waltz plays a similar role in Water for Elephants, you just have to sit through a lot of other mindless crap to enjoy that performance.
Bill the Butcher- Gangs of New York
Daniel Day-Lewis creates this compelling out-of-control monster so forthright in his beliefs that he will defend them at all costs. In one scene new Sheriff Monk McGinn asks Bill to solve their differences democratically in his office, only to get a hatchet in the back as he turned away. Bill finishes the “Irish bug bastard” off with with a club to the head, and casually remarks to fellow bystander, “Why don’t you burn him and see if his ashes turn green.”
Jamie Foxx was nominated for an Oscar for his role as daydreaming cab-driver Max Durocher, but Tom Cruise was the one who made this movie memorable. He plays Vincent, a hitman who hires Max to drive him around town as he wipes out his targets. Vincent is a cold-blooded killer who’s unflinching calm attitude contrasts the bumbling Max. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who liked this movie, so I may be alone on my feelings here on Cruise’s performance.
Dark Helmet- SpaceBalls
I guess I could have gone with Vader, but it’s a little too obvious. I can’t count the number of times in my childhood I told my brother to “say goodbye to his two best friends, and I don’t mean the ones in the Winnebago”, moments before I punched him in the nuts. Sucking an entire planet dry of oxygen? Now that’s pure evil, Helmet. You just know to balance things out by secretly playing with dolls in your office.
Kate Upton was named Esquire magazine’s “Woman of Summer" for 2011. I have no idea what that is, but it’s probably important if you’re blonde and have big boobs.
If she didn’t win solely on the fact that she constantly tweets photos of herself trying on clothes she must have sewed it up in her Esquire interview.
On her favorite two-pieces: “I like my bikinis very small, and I also like, uh, nude-colored bikinis because people double-take - they think I’m naked on the beach. [Laughs a sinister laugh.] So if you see someone in a nude bikini that’s extremely tiny, it’s probably me.”
Paul Lukas from Uni Watch, a must visit for any fan that relishes uniforms changes, shows us a different side of his blog as he posts photos of different baseball fields from his viewpoint out of airplanes’ window.