Month: August 2007

Brews You Can Use

The WSJ devoted an entire online article (with 2-minute video documentary) to the rise of beer pong. I’ve always loved drinking games, but this one has never appealed to me. I guess I’m getting old. Excerpt:

Rules vary by region and campus, but beer pong — a game some call “Beirut” — typically is played on a 6- to 8-foot-long table where partly filled cups of beer are arranged in triangles of six or 10 at each end. Two-person teams take turns trying to toss a ping-pong ball into one of their opponents’ cups. When a ball lands in the suds, the opponents must chug the beer and remove the cup. The first team to eliminate all of the other team’s cups is the winner.

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Some might say this is only a few steps away from playing at Bar Mitzvahs, but I wish I could’ve been there. I’ve always gotten a kick out of his music: Straub Brewey’s Peter Straub Special Dark beer was premiered Friday in many establishments in St. Marys, and was officially introduced on Saturday at an outdoor concert in Treasure Lake featuring George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
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RIP: The beer blogosphere mourned the passing of a great beer writer this week. Michael Jackson. Here’s just one of many links I came across while assembling this morning’s post.… Read the rest

Football Quotes

Football starts tonight. A friend sends these along. I can’t vouch for the authenticity, but they’re pretty good. My apologies for any awkward formatting, but I don’t have time right now to straighten them out.

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.” Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

“Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas.” Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for that.” Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“When you win, nothing hurts.” Joe Namath / Alabama

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, tide, roll!” Bear Bryant / Alabama

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” Woody Hayes / Ohio State

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” Bob Devaney / Nebraska

“In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.” Wally Butts / Georgia

“You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.” Paul Dietzel / LSU

“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.” Bear … Read the rest

Out Again

I took the family to Cedar Point, America’s best amusement park, yesterday. The kids had a great time (rode 14 rollercoasters, some more than once), but we didn’t get home until midnight. I’m dragging, and I have a mountain of work to tackle. Until tomorrow . . .… Read the rest

The Tuesday Eudemon

The memorial of St. Augustine. I wrote an article for Catholic Exchange two years ago, but I can’t find it online anymore. If you want to see it, I’ve saved it as a separate page on this blog. Go here. I’ll delete it in a few days, so if by chance you want it in the future, cut-and-paste it now.
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The South Carolina girl is apparently taking her mental meltdown well. Man, if you’ve listened to the spiteful commentary across the airwaves, you’d think the poor girl had defended Al-Qaeda. I think people feel justified shredding her because she’s good-looking and in a beauty pageant (she’s obviously beneath contempt). Oh well, she’ll be alright. She’s going on The Tonight Show.
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Drudge this morning has this headline: VICK: I FOUND JESUS: ‘I HAVE TO GROW UP’… I read the story, and I didn’t see any reference to Jesus. In my opinion, dog fighting is barbaric (coincidentally, I’m writing about this on the memorial of St. Augustine, who experienced blood lust as a younger man), but NFL players have committed worst crimes and been back in uniform after a short spell. In any event, although I feel a little bad for Vick, I was going to scoff at his “conversion” (announced the same day that he pled guilty in court? what happened to concealing one’s holiness?), but I don’t have proof that Vick has been touting his conversion experience yet.
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This disgusts me: “The world’s only penis museum has appealed for a human specimen.” But then the same story cracked me up: “[The curator] said people from the UK, Germany … Read the rest

Polka Infiltrates

Rock polka? Motown polka? Yeah, it exists, though people don’t believe me. I see it in Frankenmuth every year, and now I can prove it:

If you want some Polka Pink Floyd, go here.

It’s a slow news day and I got to bed late last night, so that’s it for now. … Read the rest

The Weekend Eudemon

The rain won’t stop and we’re supposed to get more. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this in southwest Michigan. It stopped yesterday from about 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., which is ironic since the high school postponed last night’s football game until tonight. They postponed it (seven hours before kickoff) because the doppler said we’d get hit with more thunderstorms. It struck me as a little impetuous, especially since weather in Michigan is about as predictable as a pit bull on whiskey, and now it turns out that last night may have been the only time this weekend we could’ve played. We’re supposed to have thunderstorms into the afternoon. After that, clearing. I’m hoping the humidity lifts a little, too, after this is finally over. With a little luck, the weather might be splendid for a football game tonight.

I have little else to write about. The news is lame, unless you’re into “Young Guy with Suddenly-Found Wealth Screws Up Again” stories (this time, Michael Vick).… Read the rest