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The Superest of Bowls

Following up on my last football update (that's American football for you non-American readers), my favorite football team, the New York Football Giants (which is, by the way, the team's legal corporate name) won the Super Bowl, besting the Patriots of New England and are thusly World Football Champions of American Football. Football. The photo below is the final play of the game: with the Patriots down by four points (thus needing a touchdown, which are worth six) their quarterback threw a last ditch pass attempt that was knocked down by the Giants defense, though narrowly missed. Close, exciting and really great game all around.

They're my favorite team in any sport (of which I follow two, the other being hockey and the New York Hockey Rangers), and it's pretty nice to see them succeed twice in such a short time span. I could go into it more but I can't really say anything that George R.R. Martin (himself a big Giants fan) hasn't already said, so I'll just leave you with that.


Bowl of Super

Woo, New York rules, Boston drools! Giants win and such! I'm late but I forgot i have a blog.

That's all I have to say about that I guess.

Sad Panda

I haven't updated in almost two weeks, so I may as well write an update because I'm at work and I have nothing better to do. I'm not really a sad panda, I was just looking at the NHL bracket I whipped up the night before the playoffs started and the Rangers being down 2-0 after two bad losses made me write that headline. I'll be surprised if they don't get swept at this point, though they did play well the last game, they just couldn't catch a single break.

On Saturday night I hung out with my friends. My good friend just took some hard as fuck engineering test to become a licensed engineer (not the train type, though rest assured he does love when I make that joke) that he's been studying for for the last many months. He was very tired and really, really wanted to drink. Also around was another friend who lives in Boston who I haven't seen since last June when we visited her for her birthday, and yet another friend who lives in the same damned town as me yet I somehow manage to never see her. I'm not sure how that works out, probably because she never calls me back so I just gave up trying after a while (she never calls anyone back though except for her parents, boyfriend and her best friend, who I am also friends with, and she does call me back, so I can find out things second-hand). Also present at this gathering were my friend's girlfriend (aforementioned best friend of girl who never calls anyone back), her sister, brother, and three friends of her brother.

Everyone except me fell asleep around 1am (we started early) so I stayed up watching something on Animal Planet about bats. I don't know why, but Animal Planet is pretty cool when it's not showing some show about people who are obsessed with their pets. And I'm not talking the normal amount of obsessed, but the insane amount of obsessed that borders on scary. To me anyway, but maybe that's because I don't have any pets. None that I can anthromorphisize anyway.

Around 1:30am, brother's fiance shows up (this is the house of the three siblings, by the way) and decides to put makeup, plastic wrap and tampons on her fiance and his friend who have both passed out cold from entirely too much scotch and tequila. And Jager. And vodka. The universal rule of drunks is if you fall asleep with your shoes on then you are open game. So yeah. Pictures were taken, laughs were had and everyone learned a valuable lesson.

Oh yeah, and Kevin Smith put up the final part of his Jason Mewes story. Kind of anti-climactic, but overall a good ending. Kind of like this update!

7 Years Bad Luck

With a 3-2 win over the Flyers in a shootout today, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1996-97 season. Seven seasons ago. Seriously. It's coincidentally the first season they stopped purchasing expensive veterans and they actually have a young team and a decent goaltender for the first time in years (Mike Richter was great, but after so many injuries he started to crap out towards the end of his career). Also Jaromir Jagr leading the league in points and goals and actually not fucking up a team he's on for once was a big help too. I expect him to implode the team if they start losing in future seasons though.

If all goes well they'll take the 3rd seed and end up playing the Devils (other somewhat less likely possibilities for 6th seed are Philly, Derek's Canadians or the Lightning) in the first round, which will be a pretty good series what with that rivalry thing that really hasn't been anything great for the last seven years since a decent rivalry sort of requires that one of the teams not suck ass. Either way, I'm happy because I can finally watch the playoffs and care a little! Or at least, I would if we had OLN. We might get it soon, but I don't know if it will be in time for the playoffs. Comcast can kiss my ass.

Sub-par Bowl... Stupor Bowl... haha!

Tomorrow, as I'm sure many of you might know (perhaps), is the 40th annual NFL championship game between the NFC and AFC, otherwise known as the Super Bowl. To be played at around 7pm eastern time in Detroit between the Seahawks of Seattle and the Steelers of Pittsburgh.

I like football. And yes, I'm well aware there is another sport which is much more popular on a world scale, and most people call it football as well... but we here in the US of A call that soccer and this is football. Throwball or runball would be more accurate names since very little of the game involves kicking, but those just sound stupid and if you want to get into it, calling it soccer is in no way inaccurate since the word 'soccer' is actually short for 'association football', which is what football (soccer) was named to distinguish itself from other forms of football, such as rugby football, which is where American football (not soccer) is derived from. All three games have common roots, which you can see from their game play, field layout and so on to a certain extent.

So anyway, before I went on that tangent, I was going to talk about the Super Bowl. It's an interesting match up because the Steelers have proven themselves quite formidable by bumping off the top three seeds, arguably three teams in the top five of the AFC all on the road. The Seahawks had an easier time, and finished with the second best record in the league (thanks in part to a weak schedule).

Pittsburgh is not as good a team as everyone is making them out to be. In round one they had few problems with a decent Bengals team thanks to Chad Johnson getting his knee torn apart after two plays. Then they played the Colts, who, let's face it, are not very good in the playoffs. And even though they appeared to dominate the Colts in what was a perplexing game from a officiating standpoint, the Colts managed to come back and only ended up losing because whoever picked up that fumble at the end is an idiot and their kicker is a drunk. They did play admirably against the Broncos however; I'll give them that much.

Still, you don't get to the Super Bowl without at least a little bit of luck, so while the Seahawks have more or less coasted the entire season, the Steelers have had to work for it. I wasn't even sure they were going to make the playoffs back in the last few weeks of the season, but they pulled that off too.

On the Seattle side, Hassleback is a solid QB, but he can be forced to make stupid throws if you put enough pressure on him, which the Steelers are sure to do. If the Steelers can shut down Shaun Alexander (which they probably won't have problems doing, they held Rudi Johnson to 56 rushing yards, Edgerrin James to 56 and Mike Anderson to 36), then Seattle is kind of screwed.

I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd bet on the Steelers. I'm picking a final score of 38 - 17, Steelers. Ben Rooflesburger or Jerome Bettis will be MVP (depending on who scores more touchdowns) and Bill Cowher will still have that sneer on his face, but maybe he'll actually smile a little this time because Neil O'Donnell isn't there to throw three interceptions.