It's a bird! It's a plane! It's also a lightening bolt!
And no, I do not mean Jeanie’s retirement, which was awesome, by the way.
This weekend saw #3 Duke get smacked by St. John’s, who, although playing much better this year, are still the eleventh-place team in the Big East. Editor’s Note: I want everyone to know that I called that loss when the Red Storm was up by only 4 in the first half. Fun-da-mentals. Also, the actual Red Storm mascot is very creepy. #19 Louisville beat #5 Connecticut, and are now in second place in the Big East. #7 Villanova also fell to Georgetown. And in maybe the wildest turn of events, #10 Syracuse lost its fourth game in a row, to Marquette – and are now tied with them for seventh place in the Big East.
My new, customized, safe-to-say-fairly-awesome Reebok Easytones arrived in the mail yesterday! Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these sneakers from reaching my doorstep. And I’m in love with them – note the word LOVE on the back heel. Friggin’ awesome.
I was told that my new kicks were going to take up to six weeks for delivery, which, despite being customized, I found extremely odd. What, I asked myself, could possibly be done to these sneakers that would take six weeks? I know they have special powers and have completely made Sofia Vergara the bombshell that she is, but seriously, six weeks? Come to find out, my sneakers had an itinerary. And they can now boast that they’ve covered more miles in less time than really anyone else in the history of existence.
Apparently there was danger in the skies last night as both the UMass and North Carolina men’s basketball teams faced some scary conditions at very high altitudes.
Let’s start with UNC first. According to FoxNews, the Tar Heels left Raleigh-Durham airport at approximately 8 p.m. for a flight to Miami to play the Hurricanes. Storms in the area (not hurricanes, but tornadoes), rerouted the plane over the ocean. At approximately 10 p.m., it is believed the plane “graced the threshold of the storm line causing it to twist.” While some media outlets have toned down the nature of the landing, ESPN’s SportsCenter Rundown this morning mentioned that the plane’s flight direction was reversed in less than a minute.
Please note the -20 degrees on the left side. I am extremely unhappy about this.
Will Farrell, is that you?
Two. That is the number of NFL teams left. We do pay attention to other sports (I was the star of College Gameday at West Point this fall, in case you didn’t remember), and the Superbowl is always a great party! Does anyone else think Ben Roethlisberger looks like Will Farrell? Editor’s Note: No.
It is also the number of children Julie and Tim Turnbull now have (I would include their names but they are too hard to spell). It is the number of putts “Johnny Vegas” had on 18 to win the Bob Hope Classic Sunday (he three putted – but beat former college basketball player Gary Woodland on the second playoff hole). It is the number of games Syracuse lost this week (not enough), and it is still the number of unbeatens in Division I college basketball (ha, and you thought we were going to talk about other sports).
Over the past few years, I’ve done my best to avoid shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, because they depress me. However, recently I’ve become intrigued by Teen Mom 2, the second season of MTV’s beloved (is beloved the right word here?) series. After some serious over-analysis of the show’s first two episodes, I have a few observations I feel need to be shared:
1. Most of these girls are southern, right? They have southern accents, so I’m assuming they are. But sometimes when I drink tequila I get a southern accent, so this is not a definite. Sometimes when I’m really drunk I can speak Spanish. Hola.
Shovelers outside my office on Arlington Street
Ok, Mother Nature. I’ve had about enough of this crap. I’ve never seen so much snow in my entire life. For the past week I’ve been permanently in my snow boots, hat and North Face down-comforter coat, and while I may look adorable, it does not make up for the hours spent trekking to work in snow and ice and the amount of time I’ve spent shoveling my car out of its parking space.
To lighten the mood, I did stumble upon something very odd this morning (see picture above). Approximately seven men (and women?), all dressed in Gordon’s Fisherman rain gear, with identical red shovels, intently shoveling the same corner (Arlington and Stuart) at the very same time. I’ll admit, the weather’s horrendous, but does one corner require so much attention? Please note, as of 9 a.m., Arlington Street only had a bit of a dusting.
“I wish the gods weren’t taking January so very seriously this year.” - Colleen Sullivan, GChat status, January 20, 2011
My friend Audrey is convinced that pandas are really people in panda costumes. Convinced. And while I know this isn’t true, at times the girl has me agreeing with her. I mean, even a real panda looks fake. But really, they’re just so gosh darn adorable. And as it turns out, China’s going to let us keep some. Yay!
According to the Washington Post, DC’s National Zoo (it’s across the street from Zoo Bar on Connecticut Ave, NW, you can’t miss it) and the Chinese government have reached a deal that will keep the zoo’s most famous attractions – Tian Tian and Mei Xan – in the states for another five years. Apparently there’s some stipulation that American scientists are going to study the pandas’ behavior and what not, yada, yada, but I really think it’s just so we can watch them roll around and eat bamboo. Seriously. Everything they do is adorable.
Pitt took care of Syracuse Monday night in one of the wildest starts to a college basketball game ever. The Panthers scored the first 19, then the Orangemen the next 17 – unbelievable! Ohio State and Kansas, now the nation’s last two unbeatens, are the ones that jumped off into the week with big bullseye-targets on their backs. Kansas managed a 20-point take down of Baylor on Monday, and Ohio State will face off against Iowa tonight.
But the real winner this week is CBS, as they have been able to program the best Saturday doubleheader of the young 21st century. Ohio State vs. Illinois and Kansas vs. Texas pit four teams that will not only make the NCAA Tournament, but should each make a run to go deep in the tourney. Ohio State may have the easier path over the weekend, as they are home, freshman phenom Jared Sullinger is a beast in the paint, and Illinois did not look good in a recent loss to Wisconsin. As for Kansas/Texas, the Jayhawks are home and lead the country in field goal percentage.