Life is almost always a whirlwind of madness

January 29, 2007

Well, I got my Beanpot tickets, but not much else seems to be in order, these days. It’s probably some of my unhappiness that causes me to procrastinate even more than usual, but sometimes it seems like there’s nothing I can do about either. I’m kind of happy to have this blog as a way to just get my feelings into words, even if my only consistent reader seems to be my mom. But hey, that’s how Aaron Gleeman started also, right?

I’m a bit worried about the Terriers without John Curry in net. Gillespie did a fine job against UMass after Curry was pulled, but that’s UMass, not a team like UVM or UNH. I know Curry is still the starter, but I have to wonder if he’s hurt or just worn down from playing a lot of games.

The Perl tutorial I went to on Friday might’ve been the most boring thing ever. I know it was an introductory tutorial, but they need to decide whether they want it to be for people with programming experience or not. The first hour was basic programming language type stuff, but the instructor made comparisons to C, in which case, if people should know C for the tutorial, then why are we spending an hour on maybe 15 minutes of material? Oh well, the regular expressions thing was interesting, at least. Hopefully tomorrow’s CSS tutorial is much better.

One last note: It prides me to see Philip Hughes show up strong in this study of types of minor league pitchers. I am excited for his major league debut, when it happens. I think the kid will easily make everyone stop talking about Roger Clemens.


Yankees vs. Mariners, 7/18/2006

July 19, 2006

I don’t think when I woke up yesterday I could’ve imagined having gone to a game like last night’s Yankees game. You always hope to be there for a walkoff home run, but with the Yankees offense over the past few years you usually expect the chances of that happening being pretty low. Then again, my family and I were at the Jorge walk off game, but left when the Yankees first took back the lead due to rather cold May weather. Last night, I think it was pretty obvious if we left early, it wasn’t going to be because of cold weather after some 98 degrees weather during the day around NYC.

I went to last night’s game with my parents and one of my best friends. We had seats in Tier Reserved Section 11, row B. None of us (well I don’t think my mom even knew who Ponson was before last night) had high expectations for Sir Sidney. So when he struggled in the first inning, I just expected to be seeing a lot of Villone, Wilson and Chacon. The fans gave Sidney some strong boos as he walked off of the mound after the first.
The Yankees were able to show some early offense against Joel Piniero despite an “offense” that had Cairo batting second, Bernie starting and hitting 5th despite hitting righties much worse this year and Stinnett as the catcher at the bottom of the lineup. Phillips’s homer was one that was carried by the hot air, and in the upper deck, seemed like it’d be stopping at the warning track. And in the ballpark when it carried and Mariners CF Adam Jones jumped for the ball, it looked like it went off of his glove (which later on a highlight video online I saw was not the case). Either way, the Stadium was happy with the Yankees bringing the score to 3-2.

Ponson cruised through the next two innings, with Sidney striking out three in the 4th, which got the fans very much behind him. The Yankees did put some pressure on Piniero over the next few innings, but never enough to amount to any offense. The Mariners scored again in the 5th, though none of the balls that were hit were hit hard, so that must be somewhat of a confidence boost to the stocky one. Ponson also did something Shawn Chacon hasn’t done much in his time with the Yankees and that was pitch into the 7th inning. Torre went to Ron Villone when the Mariners got a runner into scoring position with 2 outs in the 6th and Villone did what he’s done well for the Yankees this year, and that was he worked out of the jam.

Now it’s time for rant #1. Read the rest of this entry »

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

July 9, 2006

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Some small bits

July 7, 2006

I probably should get around to posting at earlier times. And more often. That tends to make a blog like have readable material. But between feeling pretty awful Monday night after playing poker, and being out of my apartment much of Tuesday, I’ve been on the computer less this week than I have expected. Anyway, onto the more interesting stuff. Read the rest of this entry »