July 7, 2014
Sports Saturation in your 30s

I just spent probably at least a half hour writing a FanPost that might never get read over at A Sea of Blue about Kentucky college soccer, a code of soccer/football that almost no one cares about. Seriously, no one. Which led me to question why I bothered to do that?

I’m getting to realize that once you turn 30 or so, get married, and have a few kids, you’ve got to start choosing your battles. I love Kentucky basketball and football. I love soccer. I very much like Vanderbilt basketball and football, SEC football, less so NFL, NBA, MLB in that order. Now that Louisville City FC is coming to town, it’s probably gonna be my main sports obsession, or at least share that spot with Kentucky basketball and football, for the foreseeable future. 

If you’ve ever really kept up with anything I’ve ever written under this moniker, you’d know that I, at one time, read and wrote blog posts about almost everything anyone ever wrote about Kentucky and Vanderbilt sports until that started kind of interfering with the job people paid me money to perform. I post a lot less about all that stuff now, as it’s become harder and harder to digest news about five or six different sports teams every day. It’s time consuming. Something has to take a back seat.

So I’ve made a conscious decision to stick to Kentucky, some Vandy stuff, and Louisville City FC. USMNT will get my undivided attention every time they play, but I can’t be reading clippings about how everyone involved in that program played every weekend - I’d never get a work day started. Real life has to be lived in there somewhere. Live on.

July 3, 2014
USMNT Aftermath

The United States Men’s National Team’s loss last night in extra time to Belgium was hard for most of us to stomach. I was pretty sad, myself, and couldn’t really focus on much else afterwards thanks to a misplaced confidence in cheap beer as a comfort blanket. However, given a few hours this morning to reflect on the Yanks’ performance in Brazil this World Cup, a few things have become clear:
1. USMNT was not good enough to beat Germany or Belgium. There is almost a zero percent chance that anyone at a professional club anywhere in the world would trade a player on those two rosters for any US player, with the possible exception of manbeast Tim Howard.
2. The US’s performance, which was viewed by more Americans than any US team ever before, put front and center the issue that has plagued US Soccer for nearly 20 years: the skill gap between the Yanks and the best teams in the world. 
The good part about Point Number Two is that the more people that become acquainted with the shortcomings of the players on our National Team, the more interested they are in ways to shore up that gap. Since Klinsmann has become the senior team’s coach, and, more recently, technical director over all of US Soccer, there has been a sea change in the national program to try to develop more technically skilled players.
The USMNT has always featured good athletes. Always. The problem is that they are often deficient in skills on the ball. Clint Dempsey is probably one of the best players the US has ever produced in terms of ball skills, but at least six Belgians and Germans (each!) on the field in the past two games are better than he is with the ball at their feet. Look no further than Omar Gonzales and his giraffe-like gallops up the field during regular time yesterday and how easy it was for the Belgians to dispossess him. Then look at Vincent Kompany doing similar things and nearly scoring a goal. 
There needs to be an emphasis on developing technically skilled players in the States. The good news is that directive has been coming down from US Soccer for a few years now, and many MLS teams through their academies are starting to follow suit. THIS is where our lower league teams come in: 

There’s been an explosion of interest in soccer in the States for the past few years and the number of new teams in the lower leagues reflects that. Those teams, too, need to focus on technical skill development both within their own teams and the youth programs that are often profit centers for those teams. While pay-for-play is part of what is wrong with American youth soccer, if those lower league teams (like Louisville City FC) start understanding that the best way to develop talent is through incentives and a focus on technical skill, rather than pricing would-be talent out of the youth club structure, the better players the US will start to produce.
The teams that win the World Cup aren’t always stacked with the most expensive talent. But they’ve usually got their fair share. Once the USMNT starts featuring more world class players, that brass ring that is the Jules Rimet trophy will be much, much closer to a reality for the Stars and Stripes. GO GO USA.

June 1, 2014

I bet I can throw a football over them mountains.

(Source: thebloodrage, via ruinedchildhood)

May 19, 2014
theclearlydope:

Face down … ass up … that’s the way I grocery shop. 
[via]

theclearlydope:

Face down … ass up … that’s the way I grocery shop. 

[via]

May 10, 2014
cloudsformed:

you stupid idiot why would you do that to yourself

Probably one of my kids

cloudsformed:

you stupid idiot why would you do that to yourself

Probably one of my kids

(Source: ForGIFs.com)

March 25, 2014

2000ish:

Iconic

Yais

(Source: middlechildswag, via ruinedchildhood)

February 19, 2014
David Spade acting like he’s embarrassed that’s hilarious

David Spade acting like he’s embarrassed that’s hilarious

(Source: roses-and-fire, via juliasegal)

February 14, 2014
grungebook:

Former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured with her daughter Lori Black, meeting the Beatles. Our sympathies go out to Lori and her family.Lori was a bassist for the Melvins and dated frontman Buzz Osborne, who recounts his interactions with Shirley in my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:BUZZ OSBORNE (Melvins singer/guitarist) When I went to San Francisco, I moved directly into Lori’s house. Now, bear in mind, I started going out with her long before I ever knew who her mom was. Months and months later, she said, “My mom is somebody famous.” I was like, “What are you fucking talking about?” It was crazy. I couldn’t believe that her mom was Shirley Temple.Lori’s dad was Charles Black, who came from oil money, I think. And Shirley is a self-made woman. Shirley’s parents squandered every dime she ever made as a child before she had a chance to spend any of it. She got nothing. Zero. So she’s a pretty tough broad, you know? She’ll rip your head off and eat you for breakfast. She was the ambassador to Czechoslovakia at that point, after being the ambassador to Ghana.Their house was unbelievable. Lots of stuff from the Hearst collection. Amazing shit—they had really great taste. And there was an Oscar sitting there. Shirley talked about her acting a lot. At one point they had her playing drums, and she had a recording of her playing drums when she was a kid, and she sounded like fucking Buddy Rich. And then she showed us how tap dancing is really just drumming. She tap-danced for us, and she was fucking amazing.DALE CROVER (Melvins drummer) Shirley was like, “Yeah, my mom made me give away my drum set because it wasn’t ladylike to play drums.” I was like, “Oh, you couldn’t spread your legs with a dress to play drums. I get it.” She was sad about it.The family was kind of weird and straight and conservative. Proper. I remember we’d line up outside the dining room and all kind of walk in together for some reason. I didn’t really understand it. But they were nice to me.BUZZ OSBORNE They probably thought that I was some leeching weirdo and that their daughter went out with me just to screw with them. Her dad was never nice to me. Shirley was nice to me to some degree, but they’re very guarded people. I’m sure they thought I was going to write some book or something. And believe me, without going into any graphic details, there are massive skeletons in that closet.One thing that Shirley said to me was, “Working in the government, you can always get somebody audited.” I took that to heart. They never did anything to me personally, or even threatened me, but they didn’t need to. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. They were über-right-wing. Now, I’m not talking about Rush Limbaugh; I’m talking about the people who make life-and-death decisions. And it’s not necessarily evil; it’s more realistic. Charles was ex-CIA. It’s weirder than you can possibly imagine. I certainly never got the truth.Since then, everything that’s happened—from Nirvana going crazy and on and on and on—none of that holds a candle to how weird that situation was. That’s David Lynch weird.


This is cool.

grungebook:

Former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured with her daughter Lori Black, meeting the Beatles. Our sympathies go out to Lori and her family.

Lori was a bassist for the Melvins and dated frontman Buzz Osborne, who recounts his interactions with Shirley in my book
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:

BUZZ OSBORNE (Melvins singer/guitarist) When I went to San Francisco, I moved directly into 
Lori’s house. Now, bear in mind, I started going out with her long before I ever knew who her mom was. Months and months later, she said, “My mom is somebody famous.” I was like, “What are you fucking talking about?” It was crazy. I couldn’t believe that her mom was Shirley Temple.

Lori’s dad was Charles Black, who came from oil money, I think. And Shirley is a self-made woman. Shirley’s parents squandered every dime she ever made as a child before she had a chance to spend any of it. She got nothing. Zero. So she’s a pretty tough broad, you know? She’ll rip your head off and eat you for breakfast. She was the ambassador to Czechoslovakia at that point, after being the ambassador to Ghana.

Their house was unbelievable. Lots of stuff from the Hearst collection. Amazing shit—they had really great taste. And there was an Oscar sitting there. Shirley talked about her acting a lot. At one point they had her playing drums, and she had a recording of her playing drums when she was a kid, and she sounded like fucking Buddy Rich. And then she showed us how tap dancing is really just drumming. She tap-danced for us, and she was fucking amazing.

DALE CROVER (Melvins drummer) Shirley was like, “Yeah, my mom made me give away my drum set because it wasn’t ladylike to play drums.” I was like, “Oh, you couldn’t spread your legs with a dress to play drums. I get it.” She was sad about it.

The family was kind of weird and straight and conservative. Proper. I remember we’d line up outside the dining room and all kind of walk in together for some reason. I didn’t really understand it. But they were nice to me.

BUZZ OSBORNE They probably thought that I was some leeching weirdo and that their daughter went out with me just to screw with them. Her dad was never nice to me. Shirley was nice to me to some degree, but they’re very guarded people. I’m sure they thought I was going to write some book or something. And believe me, without going into any graphic details, there are massive skeletons in that closet.

One thing that Shirley said to me was, “Working in the government, you can always get somebody audited.” I took that to heart. They never did anything to me personally, or even threatened me, but they didn’t need to. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. They were über-right-wing. Now, I’m not talking about Rush Limbaugh; I’m talking about the people who make life-and-death decisions. And it’s not necessarily evil; it’s more realistic. Charles was ex-CIA. It’s weirder than you can possibly imagine. I certainly never got the truth.

Since then, everything that’s happened—from Nirvana going crazy and on and on and on—none of that holds a candle to how weird that situation was. That’s David Lynch weird.

This is cool.

(via newsweek)

February 5, 2014
theclearlydope:

"Nah son I don’t do … Russia."
- Curling Cat when asked about if he was competing in Sochi
derplodge:bunnyfood:(via juliasegal)

theclearlydope:

"Nah son I don’t do … Russia."

- Curling Cat when asked about if he was competing in Sochi

derplodge:bunnyfood:(via juliasegal)

January 31, 2014

tastefullyoffensive:

Science Penguin [x]

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