The NHL’s Olympic Blunder or Time to Cash in on Current Events

The NHL’s Olympic Blunder or Time to Cash in on Current Events

Sports Rants
Readers, I have a confession to make. This isn’t your normal type of confessional. The statement you’re about to hear may shock you, especially those of you who have known me for a long time. I apologize for bringing such information to your attention, but it’s essential for this post. All I ask is that you keep an open mind and remember, I remain the same person I have been my whole life. If you choose to cut all ties with me, I’d understand. I, Bloggin Hood, watch Hockey regularly. Ah, that felt great to get off of my chest. What? You thought it was going to be a serious confession? Did you even read the title? Come on, pay attention people. Now, I won’t pretend I made this change…
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Amazon Echo – Technology’s Shoulder Shrug or Alexa, Please Give Me a Refund

Amazon Echo – Technology’s Shoulder Shrug or Alexa, Please Give Me a Refund

Everyday Life Rants
Technology has really come a long way in the past 15 years. I remember in high school, just how different “new age” tech was. My cell phone was roughly the size of a brick and was allowed to make nearly 50 minutes worth of calls in a month (it didn't even have free texting. I was basically living in a monastery). The family computer was a large square with a tower and could not be moved unless you had someone willing to grab the other end of the square. We connected to the internet by plugging in a cord to the land line. Speaking of which, we had a land line that got regular use. Our TVs had antennas attached to them. We also had to hunt our own food…
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Super Bowl Running Diary or I Didn’t Want to Write Full Paragraphs Today

Super Bowl Running Diary or I Didn’t Want to Write Full Paragraphs Today

Sports Rants
Today, I'm going to try something different. I was challenged by a co-worker to try a live blog my thoughts on the Super Bowl. This seemed like a great idea, since I wouldn't have to write very many paragraphs. I thought I'd breeze through this, writing five sentences an hour. This certainly didn't happen. Instead, the following is all of my thoughts and reactions on Super Bowl Day, beginning at 3:30. This was post gym, cleaning and a shower, but I wanted to make sure the people got my thoughts on the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl. After all, these are the marquee events of the evening. I will in full disclosure, admit I starting having some sneezing fits at about 8 PM that I can't explain. I don't think…
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Super Bowl Prop Bets Part 2 Or How to Rehash a Tired Concept

Super Bowl Prop Bets Part 2 Or How to Rehash a Tired Concept

Sports Rants
[caption id="attachment_157" align="alignnone" width="300"] He feels right at home[/caption] Unlike many kingpins who use violence or money to solve his problems, Proposition Joe preferred to offer his rivals an option. With his trademark phrase "I got a proposition for you" Joe would set up a deal that benefited both parties. Not only did this help reduce bloodshed in Baltimore by nearly 3% (before Joe backed out of the deal and murdered), it kept Joe at the top of the game. He wasn't the strongest, or the quickest, but Proposition Joe might have been the smartest drug lord on the streets of Baltimore. In 2011, in honor of Joe's successes, the Vegas Sportsbook decided to name any Super Bowl bets not related to the game itself as Prop Bets. What a…
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Figure Skating – America’s New National Pastime? Or The Olympic Channel is Killing My Sanity

Figure Skating – America’s New National Pastime? Or The Olympic Channel is Killing My Sanity

Sports Rants
There is an infestation in my household. It seems to be multiplying every time I look up and honestly, I don’t see any way out of it. Try as I might, every week I see eight new ones appear, as if out of thin air. I’ve tried everything I could do to stop it, but to no avail. Even the exterminator has had no success dealing with this growing nest. No, my apartment isn’t overcome by ants, or rats or even very resourceful beavers. There aren’t twenty corgi puppies nesting in my home…As far as I know. No, I’m referring to one of most surprisingly tenacious infestations I’ve come across – Figure Skating programming. I know what you’re thinking, “Silly Bloggin Hood. The Olympics don’t start for another two weeks.…
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Predicting the NBA All Star Draft Order or Step Right Up and Take a Pot Shot at LeBron

Predicting the NBA All Star Draft Order or Step Right Up and Take a Pot Shot at LeBron

Everyday Life Rants
Loyal readers (reader?), I have failed you. It gives me no joy to admit this, but I dropped the ball. It is my duty, nay, my honor to provide the most ridiculous topics to rant and complain about. I’m both humbled and saddened by this, but will present you the best blog I can on the topic, despite being nearly a week late. The NBA changed up their All Star game format. I don’t know how this slipped through the cracks, but it did. When I heard that there would a draft to decide the All Star game rosters, I became giddy. This was amazing news. It was the first fascinating idea the NBA had since David Stern began fixing the lottery system to favor the big markets. Drafts, by…
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Super Bowl Prop Bets or The Fun Way to Liquidate your Assets

Super Bowl Prop Bets or The Fun Way to Liquidate your Assets

Sports Rants
After six months of the longest grind in professional sports – the media continuing to pull football story lines out of their ass, we’ve finally made it. After eliminating all the pretenders this year, we’re left with the only good team in the NFL, and the team that would have been good if their QB didn’t get hurt. I don’t want to spoil next week’s Super Bowl preview, but let’s just say I have as much faith in this game being good as I do in Peppa Pig respecting her poor sweet father. Typically, I’d go on a long-winded rant about something remotely close to the main topic before transitioning to it. You’ve probably caught on to the pattern by now if you’re still reading these. However, today is different…
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The Terror of Being Santa Claus or How to Make Children Cry in One Simple Step

The Terror of Being Santa Claus or How to Make Children Cry in One Simple Step

Everyday Life Rants
I remember as a child, my family would go up to both Sesame Place and Hershey Park. Both of these places were awesome in their own, unique ways. Sesame Place had a variety of water rides, with my favorite obviously being the lazy river. You could float on that thing for hours, getting sprayed with an assortment or surprisingly refreshing spouts of water. At the time, you didn’t need to worry that the water was filled with so many kid germs* that you were either swimming in pure filth or 75% chlorine. Back then, the park was nothing but magic. Now a days, I'd be force to bathe in sanitizer   before any ride. Hershey also had rides, though all I remember were they slow, and featured a lot of…
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The George RR Martin Problem or A Song of Procrastination and… Ehh I’ll Finish the Title Later

The George RR Martin Problem or A Song of Procrastination and… Ehh I’ll Finish the Title Later

Everyday Life Rants
Bayonne, New Jersey isn’t known for much historical relevance. In fact, there’s really only a few things the city is famous for. Back in the 1800s, Bayonne was a popular vacation destination, where the crème de la crème stayed. Of course, this was before the Hudson had 3 eyed fish, toxic waste, and a distinct odor of manic depression. Needless to say,  the only people staying in Bayonne today for long weekends are visiting family, or trying to avoid being caught. Another proud distinction is Bayonne is often referenced by the classic program, the Honeymooners. The Honeymooners made Bayonne to seem like a shady, awful place to live. That description is completely… Let’s change the subject shall we? In the most recent years, Bayonne had an unlikely celebrity – one…
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Disney is Killing the Ducktales Revival Or The Quack is Back! Then it’s Not…Then it is… Then Not… Then Maybe?

Disney is Killing the Ducktales Revival Or The Quack is Back! Then it’s Not…Then it is… Then Not… Then Maybe?

Entertainmnet Rants
Although it seems cartoons run forever, they usually only have 2-3 years where new episodes are created. The run of a show like Spongebob, which has been around for 20 years, or even an adult cartoon, like the Simpsons* are the exceptions to the rule. The reason cartoons feel like they run forever is because they’re replayed consistently. Try spending a week watching Nickelodeon, or have a glance at the TV guide, and you’ll see a scary amount of episodes for particular shows, and an even scarier amount of the same episode being shown. TV networks used to love loading up on a new cartoon early. In the first season or two, networks would prepare upwards of 65 episodes if the first 10 episodes were pulling in viewers. Then, they…
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