After a few mellow weeks during Christmas/New Years, the network of websites was rocking this week. We had a little something for everyone. For the music fans, we had our Music Video of the Week (Youngblood Hawke) and Album of the Week – Drive Soundtrack. For movie junkies, we asked the question who really cares about the Oscars alongside reviews of some heavy hitting movies – Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. Fans of movies who also like to read might enjoy my brief Book Review of “The Town” by Chuck Hogan. And for the sports fans out there, we took a look at the 2013 Crtside NBA All-Star Team along with a retro review of Jock Jams Volume 1 (I enjoyed doing that way more than I probably should have). If you liked Jock Jams, you probably would enjoy our Jock Jam inspired weekly running playlist
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Arsenal update: After a miserable weekend match against big spenders Manchester United that started off poorly when Laurent Koscielny got a red card in the first 10 minutes virtually guaranteeing the Gunners were going to lose, Arsenal bounced back with a solid 1-0 win in the FA Cup behind a strike in the 86th minute by (my favorite player) Jack Wilshere. In other news, Arsene Wenger has claimed a deal with soon-to-be free agent Theo Walcott is “99% done” according to Arsene Wenger. “It’s still not finalized, but I hope it will be done by this weekend”
I’d put the odds at more like 10% that the deal gets done and maybe like 1% that it’s done by this weekend(UPDATE: Signed for three years… wow! Unexpected!), but here’s to hoping. There also is rumors that Arsenal may be in for Wilfriend Zaha and/or Edinson Cavini. I don’t think anything will happen, but we’ll know when the transfer window (translation: “transaction deadline”) closes in two weeks.
- I didn’t listen to a whole lot of new music on Spotify this week, but the one album that has climb my rankings to the #1 spot on my (admittedly bare) list of top albums of the year is “Long. Live. A$AP” by A$AP Rocky. Fantastic album by someone that is sure to join Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, and Lil Wayne on the short list of most relevant rappers out there today.
- I had a dream the other night. I was on-stage rapping with Brother Ali. It was strange to say the least because a) I’m not very familiar with Brother Ali’s music (which made the dream weird because I was pretending I knew the songs when I didn’t), b) I can’t rap (or even sing along to most rap) and c) the dream ended with me going backstage to catch a bad guy who was hiding trying to kill people with a hammer. I haven’t listened to a Brother Ali song in a solid 2-3 months and I can’t even remember how long it’s been since I last captured a bad guy who was trying to kill me with a hammer. Any amateur dream psychologists care to tell me what the heck that means?
- We’ve heard some horror stories about concussions and injuries in the NFL for the past few years. It seems like for every positive story we’ve got, there are way too many Junior Seau, Andre Waters, and Dave Duerson-like stories. In fact, the sadness revolving around former football players can only be matched by dead wrestlers. I’m all about guys being tough, but I had a tough time reading this story about Jason Taylor. In fact, later on in the week, the White Mamba released a similar story about playing when he probably shouldn’t have been.
- Hold the phone. This Michael Beasley to the Suns thing isn’t working out? As a Timberwolves fan, I can’t possibly believe this to be true. I just can’t believe that a guy who’s main skill is scoring yet doesn’t really score in about 2/3 of the games he plays isn’t working out. I hope you enjoy watching him earn $12.25 million over the next two years, Suns fans.
- One of my all-time favorite bands – Bloc Party – recently had a concert in Baltimore. Two dudes from the guest list didn’t show up.
- Really enjoyed Terry Vandrovec’s “Too Much TV” podcast featuring Rob Babock of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Watch out for the buzzer around the 3 minute mark, though. It almost made me spill my Mountain Dew.
- Cool story out of South Dakota about Don Meyer’s story being made into a movie. It’s a super good story that led to a really good book (according to my brother-in-law… I haven’t gotten to read it yet) by Buster Olney. I’m a little skeptical about the movie as I’ve never heard of anything from anyone involved with this movie. As a guy who made (what I hope) is a good movie outside of the normal way of making movies, I hope this one turns out alright.
- Speaking of “For Three,” I’ve done little to no promoting of it lately and but I’m closing in on 10,000 hits for the full version of “For Three” on YouTube. Based on the YouTube’s really cool site analytics, people have spent over 18 full days watching my video. It’s nowhere near Gangham Style, but I still think it’s pretty cool. I’m still a proud father of the little movie that could…
- Kobe Bryant might have been facing payments of nearly $1.4 million dollars per month had he and Vanessa not gotten back together. $1.4 million per month!?! That’s $16.8 million per year. Or nearly $185 million over the next 11 years until his youngest daughter turns 18.
- Quentin Tarantino movies are fantastic. In other news, the earth is round, the sky is blue, and you’ll probably have to pay taxes next year. This interview, in which he goes after the interviewer for his asinine questions, is an all-time classic.
- Kevin Durant has such a silky shot that people love to talk about. He’s a sneaky good dunker, though.
If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,