Foxy Mamas it’s time to boogie on down. - The Famous Jet Jackson
The Setting: Saturday afternoon and the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons is playing at your apartment. You saw Jersey Boys over Christmas with your family, appreciate the energy and story behind the music, and are pretty excited about the pending game night ahead. Two I am comfortable pooping at your apartment friends (the ultimate sign of trust and true friendship) are hanging out, chatting, watching some football. Everyone is eating an apple.
Haven’t posted on here forever mainly because I recently realized how stupid the name of the site is then discussed it with a few friends who confirmed my thoughts. If we were ranking ideas/decisions of mine on a scale of movie star rankings with Leonardo DiCaprio at the top and Nicky Cage being the bottom, the name would fall somewhere in between Vin Diesel in The Pacifier and Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds.
Sometimes you just wanna tell some stories so I laced up the cleats for another go around. If you are reading this, welcome. Thanks for joining me.
Music - Timeflies Tuesday: Die Young
My mom has an all time batting average of 1,000 when it comes to getting me gifts. Constantly hitting the ball into the playing field and really making it happen in the clutch. She always plays like its a tie ball game in the bottom of the 9th. This Christmas was no different as I received this impressive quilt fleece combo. Folks, it doesn’t get much better.
the feeling you get when…
You threw a party at your house, a few NFL prospects from your college football team showed up, and a bunch of cans are wandering around your house up all over. After a few nights like this, you and your roommates take the cans to the store and get ten cents a pop per can. Routinely tack on a $30 credit to your grocery bill.
Walking into an apartment, hearing that Sugar Ray song you listened to when you were the pitcher on the 5th grade school baseball team (put me in coach), and cracking a grin because you know it’s going to be a fun night.
A ridiculous episode of Parks & Rec or Modern Family. Most recently I am thinking about the episode in which Phil has the house to himself for the weekend. Through a series of events, he ends up inviting this fella named Dave over (played by Matthew Broderick) who he met at the gym playing racquetball. Dave thinks he is on a date, somehow knows Cam as well who keeps giving him dating advice, hilarity ensues. There are a few other twists that just make for a great situation. Really happy someone thought that up.
S’mores at a campfire.
getting to that age when you start going to dinner parties and board game nights regularly…
Recently, a bunch of us have been getting together on nights previously reserved for button down Polos and vodka sold in plastic containers and trying out some different games. Two games have really stood out.
First, a game called Wizard. I played this once when I was in Montreal with my friend Pascale during the summer of 2010. Hell of a trip by the way, if you ever have the chance to visit, don’t think about it, just go. I got to go on this wild boat tour thing roaring through these rapids and getting absolutely soaked in the process which was great because it was pretty hot out that day. Talk about a great adventure. Outstanding city.
My friend Nate texted me the other day wanting to get a game together. I didn’t even remember I had played until he whipped out the deck. Really interesting strategy to this game and it only heats up towards the end. Rules are a little something like this:
The Wizard deck is similar to a regular deck of playing cards with the addition of four Wizards and four Jesters. Jesters always lose and Wizards always win. In the first round, players start out with one card. In the second round, players are deal two cards, and so on, with each round becoming more challenging. When you make your exact bid, you earn points. If you take too many or too few tricks, you lose points. The special, custom Wizard Score Sheet helps players keep track of bids and points. Wizard Card Game can be played with 2-6 players.
The second game doesn’t have a name I know about but goes a little something like this. Someone says the name of an animal and you have ten seconds to draw something. Everyone then passes in their piece of paper with their drawing and the person who said the name of the animal chooses which drawing they like this best. Check it.
It would be awesome if there was an In-N-Out Burger in Denver.
Long sleeve t shirts are a sound investment.
I hated John Fox’s game plan. Incredible game and full credit to the Ravens but the way this season ended reminds me a lot of the last season of LOST. No resolution or closure to the season. Hard to believe it even happened. We were all trapped on this island all season looking forward to something that didn’t happen. No need to produce an elaborate character list but I am going to take the liberty and cast the main cast.
John Locke – Peyton Manning. Everyone was looking for answers from him during this game. Relating Peyton’s neck surgery injury directly to the fact that Locke could miraculously walk again after they crashed on the island. The two have been around forever and know what to say to get you going. At the same time you are still stuck on some weird island in the Pacific or in Broncos terms, you get the #1 seed only to lose and just get stuck in offseason purgatory.
James “Sawyer” Ford – Joe Flacco. I’m not a Flacco fan at all. The guy could buy me a Hard Rock Cafe franchisee and I still wouldn’t like him. Regardless, I am throwing him into the roll of Sawyer for two reasons. Already mentioned it a bit but no one really likes him that much. He doesn’t have the reach or personality people want to soak up. Sure he can play but in this day and age, athletes’ personalities are on display more than ever through social media. Having a favorite athlete is now so much more than a stat line.
Second, in some ways he is a conman. Somehow Flacco trolled Division II football teams at University of Delaware for a few years then had his Uncle Hugo drop him off at the Ravens training camp one summer afternoon only to land the starting job. Maybe the dude got his act together there and learned how to use his talent. But maybe, he just wanted to enjoy the perks of being a star football player at a school that didn’t take things as seriously as major programs. Like Flacco, Sawyer was a classic conman before landing on the island. His game was hanging out in small towns along a coast line running programs on well off women, securing the assets, then pulling a Harry Houdini on them. Both men just waited for the time to be right, stopped their underachieving ways, and took advantage of their opportunities. I don’t think I’m stretching too far there.