New Categories!

After three years, over 200 posts, and a very good time on the ol’ blogosphere, the time has come to make some changes about the way I group my items on here.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, from this day forward (actually from earlier this week forward,) there will be all-new categories.

Hold your applause until I’m done. I hate when audience members drown out the speaker they’re hearing with applause. I really do.

I figured that adding these new categories will make the site much easier for you guys to navigate, and hopefully you guys will agree with me.

These new categories are as follows:

NBA: All roundball posts will go here from hereon in.

NFL: You’ll be able to find all non-Arena, non-Canadian, non-college football items in this category.

MLB: Want to read more about your favorite baseball teams? Sure, you do!  This category is a home run– make that a walkoff grand slam.

Cleveland Indians: These posts have been a regular feature on the blog for almost two years now. It’s high time that Terry Francona, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles, and the rest of the Tribe got their own category.

NHL:  Many years ago, there was a classic motion picture entitled On Golden Pond, which starred Henry and Jane Fonda. This category will pertain to all happenings on frozen pond.

More new categories will be added in the days and weeks (and hopefully years) ahead. Be on the lookout for those. Stay tuned for more posts, and thanks for your continued support.

(In case we don’t talk between now and Thursday [for those of you inside the United States], Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.)

Video: Tecmo Bowl Version Of Melvin Gordon’s record day


This is too awesome for words to even describe. It has to be seen to be believed. Here you go.

Originally posted on Big Ten Network:

Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard record setting day was one that Big Ten fans will remember for a long time. In fact, it felt like Gordon was playing in a video game at times.


Well, one Wisconsin fan took it to a new level and created a Tecmo Bowl version of what Gordon’s game would have looked like.

Check it out above.

Of course, Gordon’s 408-yard performance broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s former record of 406 rushing yards. The Badgers’ star running back leads the nation with 1,909 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns through 10 games this season.

Gordon and the Badgers take on Iowa at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Iowa City.

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Peterson’s Punishment


Sadly, most don’t agree with the ban. No one should abuse their child or spouse, regardless of who that person is or what kind of job they have. Here’s a read from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

The NFL’s decision to suspend Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season—and perhaps longer—is, at first glance, a stunning and harsh rebuke for a player who already has been taken off the field for nine of 10 Vikings games this season. But after closer review, it should not have been surprising.

The league handed Peterson a six-game ban, minimum, that will cost him $4.14 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already said—in modifying the Personal Conduct Policy in August—that he plans to make first violations of the league’s assault, battery or domestic violence statute punishable by a ban of at least six games. So the six-game ban seems hardly coincidental.
The reaction on several fronts to the Peterson ban was swift:

• The NFL Players Association announced it would appeal the verdict, and went further, saying it would also demand a neutral third-party arbitrator…

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MST3K Headed To PBS? American Public Television Offers 4-Episode Package of Classic Shows

Cult classic sci-fi/comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 might be returning to television, although this time, it’ll be in a place that you might not expect– PBS.

No, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy are not going to humorously critique episodes of Masterpiece Theatre in the style of RiffTrax DVD commentaries, nor are they going to riff on decades-old story arcs of the original Doctor Who series.

Shout! Factory, the current rights-holder and the DVD distributor of MST3K since the 2008 release of the 20th Anniversary Edition box set,  approached American Public Television, offering them the chance to place classic reruns of the former Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel program on the lineups of PBS affiliates throughout the nation.

MST3K is among 75 programs being screened by representatives of PBS stations during the annual American Public Television Fall Marketplace, currently ongoing in San Diego, California.

PBS affiliate programmers are being offered a preliminary package consisting of four Comedy Central episodes of the series. All four episodes are Joel Hodgson-era programs. (Sorry, Mike lovers, not this time.)

The programs offered in the package include:

Manos: The Hands of Fate (season four, episode 24, paired with second half of Hired!, a 1940 short training film by Jam Handy Productions for aspiring sales managers at Chevrolet dealerships.) The main feature revolves around a vacationing family becoming lost on a trip and eventually stopping at a lodge ran by Pagans. It’s as strange as it sounds. The episode has been called the best of the series.

Hercules and the Captive Women (season four, episode 12.) This stinker deals with Hercules rescuing an attractive princess– but it’s her mother that becomes attracted to him. She tries– and fails– to drug Hercules before the protagonist rescues the princess at movie’s end.

Gunslinger (season five, episode 11, Hodgson’s next-to-last episode as the star of the show.)  This Harvey Corman-directed film is a woman’s western. Beverly Garland stars as a widow out for revenge after her husband, the marshal of the fictional Texas city known as Oracle, gets killed by a hired assailant, and now she wants to take out him.  Strained continuity and mistakes ahoy!

The Unearthly (season three, episode 20, paired with short film Posture Pals.) Rounding out the trial package of episodes, this Boris Petroff-directed bomb concerns a mad scientist’s attempt to uncover the fountain of youth through the creation of “the 17th gland” and using depressed test subjects with no family to speak of. His experiment backfires when his pupils devolve into hideous monsters.

This package, if enough PBS stations agree to devote broadcast time to it, may yield to subsequent packages of other episodes. It’s not certain that the package will air on TV at the moment.

After the Marketplace ends tomorrow, representatives of the affiliates will vote on the shows that they are most likely to program. The fate of MST3K on PBS will be known within the next month.

If MST3K, which ordinarily has a running time of somewhere in the neighborhood of 94 to 97 minutes without commercials, is voted to air by affiliate programmers, PBS would then have to cut seven to nine minutes of footage from episodes to fit the more constricted running times of public television series.

PBS would be a likely fit for a series like MST3K– and why would it not be? In the past, they’ve aired cult comedy series like Monty Python’s Flying Circus (a show that was edited for PBS itself, but for content, not time) and The Red Green Show, an offbeat Canadian offering.

PBS in primetime hours is a place for fresh, offbeat shows that you would not necessarily find on traditional broadcasters like NBC or CBS. Thus, MST3K would surely fit the bill.

(On a personal note, if PBS does decide to air MST3K, I just might have to donate. It’d be well-worth the tote bag.)

I’m also reminded of the 22nd episode of season eight of MST3K. which featured the made-for-TV movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, funded in part by New York City PBS affiliate WNET.

Naturally, the episode’s host segments lampooned the occasional pledge drives found on PBS stations. Pretty funny stuff. Then again, the whole series is like that.

Third Anniversary Post

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this WordPress blog.  Time really flies when you’re doing pointless crap having fun. Three years of doing this burden labor of love, and I didn’t think I’d be blogging for very long.

It all started in the middle of November back in 2011, when my professor had my classmates and I in my News Reporting I class create WordPress accounts. We wrote stories about our holiday traditions with family.

After those assignments were completed, I had free rein to decide the fate of this waste of Internet space great blog. I chose to keep on going. What you see here on this site is the amazing result.

All right, enough with the strikethrough sarcasm. Let’s get serious. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to everybody who has stopped by this blog to read, like, share, and comment on, my posts, even the people who left negative comments.

Those negative remarks only added fuel to the fire I have as a writer. They help me arrive at a desired path.

If I made an impact on someone’s life through this blog, and I have, it’s been worth doing. That was especially true in the spring of 2013, when I took to the blog to share my memories of my 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Wilson.

Without her inspiration, I could not possibly achieve my goal of becoming a journalist. I am truly blessed to call her one of the best teachers I have ever had.

Another thank you goes out to sportscaster Katie Witham, who, like myself, was born to her mother prematurely.  Katie knows, and sees, what kind of true potential I’ve got. She knows how serious my dreams of being a sportscaster are. She is a total inspiration, and I know that she’s very proud of what I’ve done.

Finally, my last round of thanks goes out to somebody from the Youngstown State University English Department, Dr. Mary Beth Earnhardt. I had her as a professor for two courses in previous semesters.

It wasn’t until last March that Dr. Earnhardt, who serves as the adviser for The Jambar, YSU’s twice-weekly student newspaper, offered me a life-changing opportunity.

An opening came up on the sports staff, and, thinking that I’d be the prime candidate for the job, Dr. Earnhardt invited me to fill out an application. Without hesitation, I filled it out.

The next month, I was called into the offices of The Jambar for an interview, which Dr. Earnhardt sat in on.  In the immediate aftermath of the interview, I wasn’t sure if I’d be hired. The Monday after the interview, I checked my student e-mail account. I landed my current position of sports reporter.

Without Dr. Earnhardt, I wouldn’t be employed at this very moment. I offer my utmost thanks to her.

Three years down on this blog. I hope for many more. I know it’s not New Year’s Eve for 51 more days, but what the hell, let’s celebrate like it is!

Video: Nintendo Training Film (1991)

Like the previous item, the following blog post is a re-posted item from my group blog, “jjjdrew.” Please enjoy.

In the early 1990’s, Nintendo of America released a piece of footage that has since become a hilarious source of unintentional comedy throughout the Internet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the (in)famous Nintendo of America Customer Service Training Film!

First shown in 1991 to employees of video game retailers, this eight and a half minute video gives workers hints on how to help customers resolve their problems with defective Nintendo products, as depicted in short vignettes.

It’s hard to pinpoint which scene in the video is my favorite, though I am partial to the scene with the father who brings in the sticky console stained with… something, I don’t know what.

It looks like he deliberately spilled motor oil on the Nintendo. Maybe he was sick of his kid playing it.

Can’t forget about the attire of the host of the program, either. Anyone else think “Hi, I’m Troy McClure!” when they first showed him? This is from 1991, but that sweater screams 1987.

The whole film is just crazy and silly. That’s why it’ll always be one of my favorite YouTube clips. Whenever I need a good laugh, I just watch this video. Until next time, be sure to take great care of your Nintendo products.

Nintendo & Beyond: My Journey Through Video Gaming

The following blog post is a re-posted item from my group blog, “jjjdrew.” Please enjoy.

Growing up, my brother and I were certified Nintendo nuts. When Jonathan (my brother) was young, he got a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas one year. He really enjoyed playing that NES, and his favorite games ranged from Castlevania to Super Mario Bros. 

I was always astonished at how well he could play, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my brother.

We’re talking about a guy who would rent an NES, Super NES, or Nintendo 64 cart (cartridge) on a Friday night for the weekend and complete the entire game by late Saturday afternoon.

Hell, he once beat the original Donkey Kong Country in an hour and a half, with me as his sole witness for the event.  He was the total package when it came to video games.

He’d have the ins and outs of the game researched before playing it, so he knew what to expect from the cart and when to expect it from the cart. That’s not to say he slipped up every now and then.

I remember one time when he rented the Super NES cart of Alien vs. Predator, only to get a game over screen on the final boss level. The moment was incredibly painful for him, and he let his frustration out by emitting a loud simian yell. To the best of my knowledge, he never attempted a playthrough of that game cart again.

I, on the other hand, was not as lucky when it came to Nintendo games. Most times, I couldn’t even get past the first level of Super Mario Bros. I know, incredibly embarrassing.  How hard can it be to step on a turtle shell or the head of a Koopa?

Sports games were hard for me, too– at least when I first started. Take, for example, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Fun game, very nostalgic cartridge, but I still had no clue as to how to swing the bat.

As a result, many times when I tried to play it at my aunt’s house back in the day, I got numerous swings and misses, followed by my uncle laughing at the subsequent audio clip of “Oh, COME ON!” from the film The Man With One Red Shoe. Thankfully, through the magic of YouTube, that sound clip is forever immortalized in short videos like this one:

As I got older, I got better. Through the years, I was able to watch Jonathan play sports video games and diagnose what I had done wrong. By age 13, I was a whiz at Madden, and I still am to this day. I even play FIFA like a champ, too.

General video games are still somewhat of a challenge for me, and in some cases, even a challenge for Jonathan.

I once bought a GameCube game based on the Nicktoon The Fairly OddParents, and I failed to clear the tutorial stage. Jonathan came home for Thanksgiving that year and tried to play it, and he had the same problems.

So, to wrap this up, I was able to master the video challenges because of watching my brother play. With time, I moved on from Nintendo, and so did he. We both are avid XBOX One players, and we still have game lab sessions every time he comes home.

Game on!


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