Last night in Auburn Hills.

November 20th, 2004

Tempers were high last night as the Detroit Pistons hosted the Indiana Pacers in the first match up since Detroit advanced past Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals just six months ago.

It is no surprise that the intensity level was through the roof the entire game. The game was, however, relatively tame until there were only about 48 seconds left in the game. Indiana sat atop a comfortable lead when Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace from behind on a lay up. The foul was not incredibly hard, though it was unnecessary when up with the game in the bag.

Wallace responded to the foul with a shove to Artest's chest. Ben Wallace overreacted. I can admit this. He should not have taken his aggression out on Ron Artest. This move caused a scrum of all players on the court. Both teams were most likely both mentally and physically exhausted at the end of such a potent rivalry.

Soon the players were pulled apart after a minimal amount of pushing and shoving. What escalated the situation in Auburn Hills was a fan throwing a cup that hit Ron Artest in the face. Artest was laying on the scorers table in an uncharacteristic attempt to stay out of the fire. Once the cup hit him, however, he took off into the stands after the STUPID patron who threw it. Pacer Stephen Jackson was not far behind in the rush to the stands.

The players were soon pulled back to the court though the brawling was incomplete as some more people still felt the need to walk onto the court. They paid the price.

These people who became involved with the players were in the wrong. I will not call them fans. They paid to see the game, some wore Pistons merchandise, but they are not fans. Pistons fans, NBA fans, sports fans would not conduct themselves in this manner. There is no excuse for how those in the stands handled themselves during this situation last night. I am not siding with the Indiana Pacers. I am a Detroit Pistons fan. Choosing sides here is not between the two teams, it is between class and no class. The people who assaulted the players showed no class and I am embarrassed to root for the same team as them.

I honestly hope that no one applauds the efforts of the guy who threw the cup at Ron Artest. He was the catalyst in what is a scar against a reputation the Pistons fans have earned throughout the league as the best fans. Do not judge the rest of us by the actions of one idiot. What happened last night was not funny. What happened last night was unfortunate. When you attend a sporting event of any variety you are not a participant, you are merely an observer. What went on on the court may emotionally charge though, though you have absolutely no right to act out.

Why would you do this? What could you possibly gain from this? I just cannot understand.

NFL Week 10.

November 16th, 2004

Finally the powers that be listened to my pleadings for exciting football. Three games this week went to overtime (each at 17-17 actually) as well as a few others that came down to the wire. It is nice to not feel as though you wasted your Sunday afternoon from watching mediocre football. My time in week 10 was well spent.

One of those overtime games was Lions v. Jaguars. Let's hope this isn't a contract year for Eddie Drummond or the Lions organization may have to shell out some significant cash to keep this guy. Both Lions touchdowns were scored on punt returns by Drummond in the 4th quarter to force overtime. If Joey Harrington used up all of his confidence in the first 4 games of the season then at least I have an explanation for lack of production. If, however, he has any left...let me be the first to tell you, Joey, we're ready for you to use it. Blame the offensive line if you want, though you'll only be partially correct. Joey has time and whether he is overanxious or not he is off his mark recently. This is the Joey we're used to, though not the one the Lions thought they were drafting. He is a very capable quarterback and one used to pressure (on and off the field) so he should be able to perform. We had one Andre Ware, please do not be the second.

More evidence this week of how the Steelers are simply a machine running on all cylinders. Ben Roethlisberger had a pretty poor game considering, though other players stepped up to the plate and made plays. Kudos to Jerome Bettis for dominating opponents he faces on the field, and also his critics in the press who said he is too old.

Welcome back to the season, Daunte. Thank you for showing up this week. Dare I say that it actually looked like you were having FUN on Sunday?!?!?! Weird to think that making plays could feel so good. He may have seen now that though Randy Moss is a beast, Daunte can still get the job done without him if he relaxes and does what he does best, and making it look effortless in the process.

What is there to say about the Dallas Cowboys? They need a change. What will that change be? Coach Parcells has already said that we will not see Drew Henson quarterback this struggling team as, he is not ready to give up on this team. That is not a direct quote, though it was not far off what he said about the matter. Does that mean that Parcells is now stuck with Testeverde just because he cannot start Henson without giving the impression now that he has given up? After being abused by a highly efficient Eagles offense on the Monday night stage, maybe he should be look into starting Henson after all.

Can Peyton Manning be anything other than a Super Bowl? Or could this be the year that he proves his "curse" untrue? Maybe he is just showing off to make young Eli fill even bigger shoes as he will see his first start in week 11. We'll have to wait and see.

My secret is no longer safe.

November 15th, 2004

I have been discovered. No longer am I able to walk amongst normal people. Today I am wearing shorts, as I have been every day since last Tuesday when I hurt my ankle. What is different is that we are being visited by a potential client, so today I have added a tie to my get up. To give you the full visual, I have a long sleeved oxford shirt, tie, cargo shorts, and one shoe.

I put the tie on after seeing my boss for the first time, so when she saw it she turned to the coworker I was with and said while laughing, "He looks like a dork." Apparently wearing a tie with an outfit that involves shorts is a faux pas. And here I was simply trying to go the extra mile to look nice for potential business.

Sure we can play the game that she never said I am a dork...just that I look like one. Understand that in the great scheme of things this matters little.

I feel as though I had her fooled for so long, though no more.

Secret's out...


November 12th, 2004

Kyle @ Stonehenge

Whereabouts of Kyle were unknown until moments ago. Last seen bolting from his grandmother's house in Dallas, Texas, Kyle has apparently been spotted at England's marvel, Stonehenge.

Reports show this international lady killer thought it was a good idea yesterday to refer to himself as someone's "manfriend" in conversation to his "uber-religous" grandmother.

Sources close to the action remember feeling great apprehension towards supporting Kyle in his choice of wording to grandmother.

Kyle thought the comment would hit for sure. Turns out he was incorrect and is on his own with this one. Good luck buddy. Maybe you should stick to volunteering at churches for linen cleaning services.

Grandmother could not be reached for comment.

NFL Week 9.

November 12th, 2004

Ok, so it's been an interesting week. I may or may not have forgotten to get this post in this week, but regardless here it is.

To be honest I would have never forgotten to write this up had there been more exciting football this past weekend. What does that say when all professional football begins to bore you?

Bills winning games. Chiefs losing games. This season is still yet to right itself. There is something terribly wrong with the league.

One thing that is right with the world is the giant killers in Pittsburgh. Here is a worthless stat: I believe the Steelers are the only team in the history of the NFL to beat two undefeated opponents consecutively. They are probably the only team in history to ever PLAY two undefeated teams consecutively. But that is not meant to detract from the fact that this team gets it done. Give Roethlisberger his due, but he's not the star of this team. They are a well oiled machine that simply outperforms teams week after week. Do I think they have the staying power to make it to the bowl? I will be so bold to say that they do. Is my prediction that we will see the Pittsburgh Steelers represent the AFC in the Super Bowl? No, but that is not to say they are some incredibly overrated team that has no business being there. That make any sense?

There were big games from Jake "the snake" Plummer and Shaun Alexander who each lifted their teams to big wins in week 9.

Bigger numbers from Daunte Culpepper (we see a pattern developing here?) could have spelled 'W' for the Vikes. Though this was the first Monday Night game with some excitement to it. It did come down to a Vanderjagt field goal, though overtime could have spelled victory for me in my fantasy league.

Look out sports world, get ready for that team from San Diego to charge onto the scene. This team is quietly dominating teams on their schedule this season. It may appear that Drew Brees has hit his stride as leader of this ball club. Couple him with the most proficient back in the league over the past few seasons. This could equate to some excitement in San Diego.

Thanks for showing up to the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.


November 10th, 2004

I went to the gym after work yesterday to play basketball. That is nothing new. I hurt myself playing basketball yesterday afternoon. That, also, is nothing new. "Why," you ask, "would anyone hurt them self playing basketball?" Well, I have to admit I was a bit curious. I decided to conduct a case study as to just how perpendicular to the floor I could get my foot. It was a pretty basic experiment. All I needed was one loose ball as it bounced off the rim and one misplaced foot from another player. The difficult measure was timing. I had to chase the ball at the precise moment so as to land on the other guy's foot at the right spot to allow for maximum rolling of the ankle. I learned a few very valuable pieces of information in this process.

1. My foot, when placed properly, is capable of the 90 degree angles to be exactly perpendicular to the ground.
2. When my foot hits that point of perpendicularity I feel a small pop above my ankle.
3. Ouch.

Through many previous encounters with doctors, my faith in the medical profession is somewhat in the red. Last night however, I did some soul searching. I thought about all of those pay checks I have opened and the dirty looks I shoot at the check where it shows my insurance deduction. If I pay for it, why not use it? Right? I'm learning.

So the woman who admitted me to the emergency room last night took off my shoe to see what was wrong. I having been around my fair share of ankle injuries in my day knew better than to take the shoe off prior to proper care. She takes one look at my ankle and she said that it certainly looked "suspicious." Great word, don't get me wrong. I just don't think suspicious is a word I want used to describe my injury, especially by a member of the hospital staff.

Signs were posted all over the x-ray receiving room that told me that I should tell the technician if there was a potential health risk by having the x-rays. So I did as the signs told and said to the technician as he wheeled me down the hall to the machine, "I should tell you, I may be pregnant."
"That is fine, I'll just prepare the 20 forms for you to sign."
"It might almost be worth it just to see the face of whomever will process the paperwork."
He got a kick out of that. So did I. Hospitals are such downers. Those people need to laugh more.

So I had my picture taken and he told me that it would be a few minutes while he developed the film. He came back to me a short time later to take me across the hall and I had the realization that the solution in which he developed my x-rays smells surprisingly similar to cigarette smoke. I never would have guessed that.

Consider now that I am sitting on a hospital bed waiting to see a doctor. While there I sit quietly reading my book, the doctor is at the next bed stitching up an elderly woman's head. She apparently requires a hearing aid and must have been rushed out of the house without it on her way to get the blood gushing out of her forehead cleaned up. So this doctor is yelling everything to her. I was fine with this. He isn't bothering me I thought. Then he tells her that he is going to give her a shot to numb her head so he can make with the stitches. Post shot he yelled to her that he was glad she wasn't in any pain as he tried real hard to get the nerve in her head with the needle. I'm glad she had no pain, I just wish I was less grossed out by the whole conversation I had no choice but to listen to. Sorry, I digress.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, cue the doctor...

"There are varying degrees of ankle sprains. First, second and third degree sprains are for differing severity; third being the worst.
"From the swelling we can see that you have a third degree ankle sprain."
Dramatic pause. My doctor must be an aspiring actor. Oh yes, there's more.
"You didn't break [the ankle], per se."
(Imagine the look of shock on my face at being the first person to kind of break a bone...though not really break the bone...and all of this just a short time after speculation that I may have been pregnant.)
"There is a sizeable piece that chipped off the bone, though it did not do so without help. There are three ligaments that run over the ankle bone. One of your ligaments pulled away from the bone and took with it that chip."
(This would explain the lovely pop I felt in my ankle at the point of injury.)
"We can also see a chip on the inside of your ankle beneath the bone that may or may not have occurred during this same injury. We have no way of knowing that."

He then advised me to see an Orthopedist in case further care was necessary. I am in a "half cast" for what should only be a few days then I'll have an air cast for 6 weeks or so.

Now, the short version for those of you who are attention deprived:
I went to play ball. I rolled my ankle. It hurts enough for me to go to the hospital. Doctor said I have a third degree ankle sprain and there is kinda sorta some ligament damage as well as a bone chip. I'm on crutches, though only for a short time. At least that is what they told me.


November 7th, 2004

World of Warcraft street release.

World of Warcraft street release is 11.23.04

World of Warcraft $49.99
Collector's Edition $79.99

How will a nation respond?

November 3rd, 2004


I got home late last night and immediately turned on the TV to see how the electoral count was coming along. As no surprise to anyone the presidential race is deadlocked and coming down to the wire. I went to so far as to turn on my laptop as I watched the recap of the polling, but shut it down before it booted. My plan was to write an elaborate post about how convoluted the election process has become. I wanted to cry out to the so very few of you who actually read this page and plead to you to move on. The time to vote has passed. The election is now out of our individuals hands. Regardless of how things turn out now, we have a leader being sworn into office in a short time. He will be in charge for four years. Is there a chance that the half of the country who's candidate did not win will support he who did? I was going to try and appeal to the rational side of each of you and try to get you to see the silver lining. I wanted to have you focus on whatever could be construed as positive over the next four years.

Obviously this was a post I did not make. And it appears that this is a good thing. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press has taken it upon himself to do the work for me. He has taken the stance I have taken and...well...he's better with words so I'll just link you and Mitch take it from here.

Full Article: Will we let winner actually lead us?


November 3rd, 2004


So apparently there is a gentleman who has too much free time on his hands. Listening to Drew & Mike on WRIF radio in Detroit this morning, I heard the interview with the inventor of the TV-B-Gone. TV-B-GoneSure his rational for his brain child was poor, but the gadget itself is pretty theory. The device (shown) is roughly the size of the key fob for locking and unlocking the doors on your car and has a single button that can turn off any television. It is essentially a palmable universal remote with the sole ability of turning off television. The item lists at only $14.99 and will actually turn the TV back on, too. This will become the number 1 tool for bitter people and individuals who think they are funny, though are not. The TV-B-Gone will be an outcry for attention, it really serves no other purpose. Marketed for people who want to turn off a television that no one is watching, the company cannot keep up with orders. They have apparently underestimated demand. I guess this means they have also underestimated human kind's inherent trait to be obnoxious.

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Vote? Check.

November 2nd, 2004

It was a lunch hour well spent today as I headed over to the middle down the street from my house to vote in today's election. I will openly admit that I did not do my homework on my state/county/township specific elections. I waited in line for 45 minutes to fill in my vote for President and my vote on one of the proposals on the Michigan ballot. My butt had hardly hit the chair and I was on my way to turn in my ballot.

I will say one thing...well I say a lot of things...can't help it, but one thing I will say (that sounds better) is that I do feel as though I accomplished something today by exercising my right to vote. I am not a big political nut so this voting thing is not something I lost sleep over last night, but there is a definite feeling of accomplishment for having voted.

A widely held opinion on this election is that there was no better candidate, there was only a lesser of two evils. This was an opinion I share. I have come to terms with the fact that my political interest is fleeting at best, so I simply looked at the information and asked myself not "which is better," but "which isn't worse?"

I am glad I voted. It is an interesting experience.