It's been an uneventful week, but that never puts the brakes on the blog. We're still coming at it in full force and as usual, we'll figure out something to chat about. In this edition we get talk on a new TV show that has hit written all over it, OJ doing his thing, Notre Dame getting progressively worse, Real World, and a slew of other items.
So what's the TV show that is a must watch? It's on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM EST, CBS. It's called Kid Nation. If you missed the premiere this week, you missed out on some hilarity. I'll lay the storyline out in a nutshell. 40 total kids are part of Bonanza City. They range from the ages of 8 up to 15. They need to turn this deserted town into something productive. The trick is, no adults are part of this. They are broken up into groups, have jobs, can earn fake money, and every week, someone is given this gold star for being the best that week, which is worth $20,000 in real money. Then, the real drama is these little kiddies crying their eyes out over little things, fighting with each other like they are tough guys (hey, that sounds like my middle school punks who think they can whip the world), and disorganization. How can you go wrong with that? My favorite one so far is this Jared kid on the red team, I don't think he's quite right, but he'll crack ya up good. After one week, only one kid dropped out, one of the 8 year old youngsters. Yes, it's a cheezy reality show, but I'm going to be hooked to this one.
Time to go to national thoughts. Good ol' OJ Simpson. What's my take on America's most known celebrity? For some reason, I think he gets off from all of these charges. Something has come up each of the past few days to show it's not as violent as made be. Now we see that OJ didn't have possession of a gun. Are the items in question really his or not? The thing that gets me is how people cry about how they don't want to see this story. They've had enough of OJ, blah blah. True, we have, but most would be lying if they said they weren't interested in how this all plays out. That's true reality TV right there. I remember being at the beach with the family in 1994 during the original OJ Trial. Most of that trip, me and Dad were ate up with the trial and watched all of that mess and stayed in the hotel. Yeah, I admit it, it was good. Remember Marcia Clark the prosecuting attorney against OJ in those days? She's now a blonde and looks horrendous. She is 54 now, but you'd think someone would tell her straight up that it's brutal. More people need to be honest, not mean, but some people get scared to speak their mind.
I'll keep the trend of TV life going. Wednesday night's Real World? This season isn't blowing anyone away, but I still think it's going well enough. Then again, this is a guy that watches every single season no matter what. This week's edition? Since we didn't get our token gay dude on this cast of characters, we get our week of gayness in this episode. Imagine MTV shoving that down our throats. How so? It was Gay Mardi Gras in Sydney. I'm sure it has a technical name, but the entire show was based around that. The ones that took part in it had a lot of fun, but a few stayed behind. Trish broke down and freaked that she would be sinning if she went and supported the cause. Then we had Cohutta who didn't want to go for another reason. He said he didn't want to be around 750,000 people at once, especially since they'd be drunks, well said. He's a small town guy and didn't want any part of that action. Sounds like someone else I know.
Can my Notre Dame boys go 0-8 before getting a win? It's highly possible, but I hope I'm wrong. Right now they're 0-3 and have a total of 13 points for the entire season. They're a total mess and things can't possibly get any worse. Here's some stats to blow your mind. THE worst in the nation in points per game and also rushing yards. How about this? Rushing total for the entire year? -14 yards. No, that's not a typo, they're that bad. Passing yards? 112th in the nation. Total yards per game? Dead last. This week, Michigan State. Even though it's at South Bend, that doesn't mean a thing, chalk up the loss. After that, two road games, Purdue and UCLA, both probable losses. Then after those two? It'll be time to get murdered by Boston College and USC, not fun times. 9th game of the year is against Navy. That's not even a given, but that's the easier part of our schedule, doesn't come till November. Navy, Air Force, Duke, and Stanford is our last 4 games. It should be interesting for sure.
I'm not a big wedding fan in most cases. I'm a guy, so I have that right to feel that way. I know girls think they're the greatest things ever made, but to us guys, eh. We go to tear up some food basically and roll on out of there. This Saturday, I'll be rolling along with Big Cork to Clinten's wedding. Again, the food should be quality, so it'll be worth it. That and most of our buddies will be there. I'm sure someone will have some story worthy drama to mention. After that, some of us head back to the mean streets and gear up for pay per view time.
Yep, it'll be UFC 76: Knockout. This one features Chuck Liddell facing off against Keith Jardine. Also we get Mauricio Rua (one of PRIDE's studs before that promotion died and was bought out by UFC) going against Forrest Griffin. Another top match has Diego Sanchez coming off his first loss ever taking on Jon Fitch. Wednesday featured another live Fight Night for free and that was followed by the premiere of Ultimate Fighter 6. Reality TV mixed in with UFC? Yep, I'm a sucker for that. So Wednesday of this week I went from watching little kiddies be wusses in Kid Nation to watching UFC guys crush skulls and go to pure bloody violence immediately after. I'm versatile like that.
Remember the CDs from last week? Nothing new this time, but I've had the chance to listen to them all. I'll give a quick report card on each without taking too much of your day.
50 Cent: Curtis. Pretty good. Out of his and Kanye's "rivalry", 50 smoked him as far as quality of their albums. I'm not sure who ended up selling more though, but this CD is good. (B)
Benzino: The Antidote: Not a bad listen. It's not amazing, yet it's not horrible either. If you're a Benzino fan already, you'd like it. If you've never heard him before, try some of his older stuff. (C)
Kanye West: Graduation. I was let down by this one. To begin with, I'm not a huge Kanye guy. Second, he tries to do too many funky and weird futuristic type beats. That doesn't do much for me personally. I didn't care for this, you can find better. (D+)
Talib Kweli: Ear Drum. Excellent. As I wrote in the last blog, I had already listened to this one. Again, some true hip hop right here, very well done. (A-)
Miller Boyz: Hip Hop History. I'm probably more of a Master P fan than the rest, so take my grade on this one lightly. It worked I feel as Romeo is coming into his own too. They work together and it's a nice mix. No hard gangsta stuff that you'd get from old P tracks, but don't let that stop ya. (B-)
Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week: http://www.myspace.com/norcalchika
Bird's Video Moment of the Week: Barbaric! 178-year old West Virginia Senator, Robert Byrd. Maybe it's just me, but I'm watching this over and over and laughing just as much each time. It's him talking about the Michael Vick saga, you'll love it: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uYgXRU8gCls
3 Quick Thangs:
1. Let's try some birthdays. How does Saturday, September 22nd sound to you guys? It works for me. We start with David Stern, NBA Commish and a legend, 65. Actress Meryl Streep, she's now 57. Scott Baio, Single and 45, he's 47. Rocker Joan Jett is also 47. Soccer dude Ronaldo, 31. It's a few days early, but I'd like to send one out to the mean streets of Australia for Jordee. Have a great one parting it up big on Tuesday the 25th. :)
2. Want a weird fact? Here you go: Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
3. This is strange. I'm reading one now that says this: An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged. You kidding me? I only report it, so we'll assume it's true until one of you people try it out and let us know.