Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Coming soon to the MWB

Just to let both of our loyal readers know, Dids and I - seeing as how it's championship week and all - will be posting our keys to filling out a tournament bracket. Just some general guidelines, along with some notes on interesting aspects of the NCAA tournament. We'll each be concocting our own formulas, and will each post them without seeing the other's. We'll see if he and I know anything, anything at all, about figuring out an NCAA bracket. So keep your eyes on the MWB the next few days. Good times will (hopefully) be had by all...


At 11:55 AM, March 09, 2005, Blogger Jack Fu said...

UPDATE: We now have a working bloodninja link over thar on the right. If you haven't seen it yet, we highly suggest that you check it out.

At 3:26 PM, March 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the keys to the bracket, though I'm not sure we really need your assistance. Either the Torgonator or I could win the pool without your help. (We are having a pool, right?) On a related note, Yahoo! has its Fantasy Baseball thing up. I say we do a league, you know, as long as we don't do too many NCAA pools.


Okay, just a few random sports-related things I've come across while flipping through the channels:

- Fox Soccer Channel (formerly Fox Sports World) has been showing more and more English soccer games where they get the feed from something called FanZone. The premise of FanZone? The broadcast is exactly the same except for the fact that instead of having a play-by-play announcer and a color guy calling the action, they get a dedicated fan of each team to do the honors. It's hilarious. Among other things, the 2 dudes invariably:
- have heavy British accents
- are comically biased
- have no experience in broadcasting whatsoever
- scream a lot
- slam players left and right
- make me question their sobriety
I swear their idea of play-by-play is: "Come on then. COME ON THEN. NO!!!!!!" They have to say that at least 30 times a half. And as a viewer, you're just never prepared for their reaction when something big happens. In one game I watched, there was a huge save at the very end of a tie game. It sounded like they just saw their whole family murdered. Anyway, here's my question: Why can't we get this idea stateside? I mean, who here thinks a Browns/Lions game with Fu and the Diddy in the booth wouldn't be a thousand times better than the same game called by some godforsaken duo that includes either Randy Cross, Todd Christensen, or Solomon Wilcotts? Apart from calling the "action", possible discussions might include how the hell Trent Dilfer actually win a Super Bowl, Matt Millen's sensitivity training, how the hell someone as ugly as Jeff Garcia convinced a Playboy PMOY to date him, tips from William Green on how NOT to fall on a knife, and Charles Rogers's not-so-bionic collar bone. And as an added bonus, this would of course bring "grundle" into the American lexicon. Please!!! CBS, FOX, SOMEONE, make this happen.

- Has anyone seen Big Break 3? My guess is that you're like I was up until a couple days ago and haven't heard of it. Apparently there was a Big Break 1 and 2. Anyway, it just goes to show how the reality show formula can fit just about any situation. There are 10 contestants, all female, of varying ages. It's a total ripoff of Survivor, what with the challenges, and the whole immunity & elimination thing going on. But they all live in one house and there's no "tribes", so I guess in that regard its just like every reality show that isn't Survivor. Think you've seen this show? Well I neglected to tell you that they're all golfers and the grand prize is an exemption on the LPGA Tour. And this show's on the Golf Channel (who obviously have a lot of dead air to fill). I've watched this show a couple times and still can't decide whether or not I like it. None of the girls are interesting. None are particularly good looking. Obviously they can't be that good at golf or else they'd already be on the tour. On the other hand (I have 5 more fingers), the show brings an uncomfortable awkward feel that only a reality show on the Golf Channel can provide. Plus, it's always fun to play "Guess Which Ones Are Lesbians?"

- Curling was on the DroppaDeuce yesterday and I realized that atheists no longer have a leg to stand on. By the way, anyone who has anything bad to say about curling needs to be executed. There. I said it. Anyway, sadly, it was merely a curling skills competition which kind of sucks compared to the real thing. It's like watching poker before they started showing the hole cards. But I'm not gonna complain. It was on and that's all that matters.

- Nips --- Take it to the house! And preferably to the button!

At 4:17 PM, March 09, 2005, Blogger Jack Fu said...

Okay, in order:

A.) Of COURSE you don't need our help to fill out a bracket. We're morons. But we're gonna try this anyway. If our respective systems work, then that's great. If, however, they don't (which is MUCH more likely), then we can all have a good laugh. Everybody wins.

B.) Regarding a Fu/Dids version of this "FanZone" bit ... lord knows, if I had the power to make this happen, I certainly would. Oh buddy, I would.

C.) Believe it or not, I was aware of the existence of "Big Break 3." My dad was a yooge fan of the first two, and I actually watched several episodes of "Big Break 1." It was strangely absorbing to watch, and not only because it was held at TreeTops up in Gaylord, MI. But I haven't watched either "2" or "3," nor do I plan on it. "Which ones are lesbians" ... good lord. THEY'RE WOMEN GOLFERS! WHICH ONES DO YOU THINK AREN'T???

D.) I saw the curling on, as well. And it looked weird, and then I noticed that, yes, it was a stupid "skills" "competition." Curling's been on the Canadian channel up here a lot recently, but it's always women's curling, so I haven't done an S.O.C. yet. When the Yukon and Northwest Territories take on Prince Edward Island, and it's MEN, I'll see what I can do.

And, because it can't be said enough, I just have to give more and more and MORE props to the 3-headed ESPN announcing team of McDonough, Raftery, and Bilas. It's heaven on my tee vee. I love them so...

At 5:28 PM, March 09, 2005, Blogger The Diddy said...

I know no one will be surprised that I too knew of the Big Break series. (However, I do think there needs to be more GolfChannel on the blog) I didn't pay much attention to any of them, but I did watch a few episodes of Big Break 2. I wasn't that impressed with any of it. Then when I saw the new one "Big Break 3: Licking County" I had no interest to watch a dozen or so girls nicknamed "butch" go hoover on several carpets.

In regards to a Jack and Diddy style FanZone, yes, we've been saying it needed to happen for years. We could call it FuZone, but then no one would watch.

At 6:54 PM, March 09, 2005, Anonymous torgo-lez said...

When in rome...

I had heard of "Big Break 3" as well. Actually, I hadn't. But I feel an insatiable need to follow suit whenever possible.

At 3:13 PM, March 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Fu said...
"Curling's been on the Canadian channel up here a lot recently"

I am filled with jealous rage.

- Nips


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