The Eclectic Mix: UFC, Baseball, Cell Phones and Guitar Hero

This weekend’s been rather uneventful. Probably a good thing after losing a bit of money last week in poker. However that does not mean that there’s nothing interesting to report on.

Something that I was looking forward to a lot this weekend was the UFC PPV which featured the much hyped rematch between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, and the third match between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski (who my brother and many others had told me is awesome) for the Heavyweight Title. Unfortunately, the card turned out to be quite uneventful to me. The opening bout between lightweights Joe Stevenson (who dropped to 155) and Yves Edwards was pretty good and was on its way to becoming a Joe Stevenson dominated fight, but Joe had busted Edwards open and the ref stopped the fight. The fight between heavyweights Frank Mir and Dan Christison was an awful one, where both were gassed by the end of the first round and walked around slower than zombies. The next fight was the much hyped Ortiz-Shamrock fight. And this one ended in less time than it takes Steve Trachsel to throw a pitch. Thanks to ref stoppage after 5 pretty much unanswered elbows, Ortiz was handed the victory. The fourth fight of the night featured a welterweight battle of Josh’s in Neer vs. Burkman. Burkman was in control most of the match and Neer never seemed to show the instinct to win. Finally, it was main event time and Arlovski faced off and.. well.. man was I disappointed with this fight. Except for the first round they basically turned it into a boxing fight, but neither man ever committed to much offense. This was just very disappointing. It’s going to take a while for UFC to make me feel strong enough to want to order another PPV.

This weekend in baseball has seen some very good starts. Amongst the good starts were those by Jaret Wright, John Lackey, Francisco Liriano and Jered Weaver. Wright’s start involved him going 6 innings, allowing only 4 baserunners, all on hits, and striking out 10. A nice step forward for Jaret. Lackey’s start was even more impressive. After allowing a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay, he retired the next 27 batters straight. Liriano put up another gaudy stat line in his Saturday night start, going 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 8, to lower his ERA to 1.83 and as a starter a 1.53. And that’s not mentioning the ridiculous 102:23 K:BB ratio on the season in his 88 and 1/3rds innings. Not to be overlooked, Jered Weaver shutout the A’s (just like his teammate) over 7 innings, allowing 4 baserunners (2 walks, 2 hits) and struck out 5. His ERA is now down to a 1.12 over 6 starts. And the Angels thought they’d be better off with him in the minors and his brother Jeff instead?

This week I’ll be getting a new cellphone. I’m leaning towards the LG VX8300. Let me know what you think.

Finally, this weekend I got around to playing a bit of Guitar Hero, once again. Like fine wine (or so I’m told), the game just gets better with time. As do I at playing the game. If you still haven’t checked it out, I suggest you drop every thing you’re doing at this moment and go check it out right now.


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