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Friday, March 12th, 2010 02:49 am
I once again fail at updating, but the Olympics, school, and fandom have eaten my life. And I'm too addicted to Twitter to stop and write an entry. Anyway, the end of the Olympics was great. The ladies figure skating went according to plan, mostly. Kim Yu-Na won gold while being coached by the guy that was denied gold in Calgary. Sweet revenge and awesome skating. Also, Mao Asada landed three triple axels in the Olympics for the first time ever. And then there was competition darling Joannie Rochette who won bronze despite her mother's sudden death. First time in forty years an American didn't medal, but the ladies are young and will be ready for Sochi. However, as much as I love figure skating, I didn't watch more than five minutes of the gold medal hockey game. It's never really been explained to me. I wasn't sorry Canada won though, I knew that was the medal that meant the most to them.

As for school, drama has ensued. I'm still getting a Masters, but non-thesis option as Dr. Frank dropped from my thesis committee last Tuesday. I then met with Dr. Gray and Dr. Grant and decided to redo my registration and take comps/turn my thesis into a professional paper and graduate in summer. Upchurch has agreed to remain as part of my comps committee, but I need two more professors for that and to find out whether Frank will supervise my professional paper. That's who Grant wants despite the awkwardness. We shall see, not sure if Grant contacted Frank as he said he would. The saga continues...

As for fandom, I owe my Adam filter some thoughts, but just keeping up with the news and music is insane. International promo makes my sleep cycle look positively sane. And now, I'm a news poster for [livejournal.com profile] hooplamagnet as well as a tweeter for the comm Twitter account. TweetDeck and I have made peace finally though. That on top of keeping up with songs? Crazy. My upload folder of Adam audio has over 300 files. How'd that happen? Fandom is insane. More on him later though.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 06:01 am
Ok, I fail at updating. I did go see RENT, and it was definitely good, especially for the beginning of the run. Different costumes and casting surprised me, but pleasantly. Roger in tight leather? Mimi and Maureen in short skirts and black patterned hose that reminded me of the ones that [livejournal.com profile] springmornings got. The casting was intriguing. First off, probably two thirds of the cast had been in Rocky Horror or HAIR, which amused me. Angel was perfect. The most fem Angel I've ever seen. Mimi, Benny, and Collins were races that were not the norm (white, Latino, and white respectively), but it was worth it in the end. The singing was great even if some of the phrasing was funky and the chemistry wasn't sport on, but nothing so off that it ruined anything, just enough to make me wish I could afford to see it again. I know it sounds like I wasn't happy, but it was actually very well done, and fun to be sitting in front of people who'd never seen it before. I was thrilled to hear they enjoyed it. Different than when I saw it in 2006. Also, I wondered if the play would strike me any differently this time around, but Roger/Mimi is still my favorite plot line, and Goodbye Love and Your Eyes still break my heart.

On to other parts of my weeks, the Olympics started and the figure skating and snowboarding have amused me to no end. Shaun White has double gold in halfpipe and Shen/Zhao finally got gold in pairs skating. The latter I cared about because I learned a good bit about them in the book about the Sale/Pelletier gold medal scandal of 2002. They were together, but had to retire to get married. They came back for one last chance. The men's skate went to Evan Lysacek, an American, for the first time since Calgary. Canadian ice is home sweet home? I know many people wanted Johnny Weir to medal, but even though I like him, I wasn't surprised. I love his exhibition piece, but he'll be a better pro than amateur I think, if that's what he wants. Otherwise, he needs to get in touch with Brian Boitano and figure out how to play the game a little better. Also, we've gotten more alpine skiing medals than normal. After blanking in Torino, Bode Miller has medaled three times, in downhill, super-g, and super-combi. Julia Mancuso has two silvers in downhill and super-g while Lindsey Vonn has gold and bronze in downhill and super-g. Not much left except the women's figure skating. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the coverage every night and checking for daily spoilers. I've missed sports of late.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2009 03:43 pm
Last night's UNC-Duke was fabulous...after the Heels rediscovered the key to defense. An eleven point lead early in the first half vanished mid-half due to a lack of defense and poor shooting. A 52-44 halftime deficit to a team that averages 83 points wasn't cool. However, after swapping leads in the low sixties, the Heels finally got the lead for good, and then put up 100 points on Duke for the first time in a while, 1995 I think. More importantly though, Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green are the first players to beat Duke four times in Cameron since Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue completed their years in 1997. However, despite this success, I'm still not sure of a number one seed, let alone a championship.

As for basketball of the professional kind, the Lakers finished a six game road trip with wins over the Celtics and the Cavaliers, the first of which was in overtime. The game was extremely close for one half before the Celtics opened up a lead that the Lakers didn't close until Kevin Garnett fouled out. Thus allowing the Lakers to win the game and a potential home court tie-break. However, the second win was equally stressful as being down ten at half is never good when the other perpetual MVP candidate, LeBron James, is the opposing team's best player. This wasn't the Kobe and LeBron show though, as neither scored twenty points. The Lakers proved that they can win as a team, which makes them very dangerous to the entire league. This game also secured a tie-break, which looms large after the home court wins last year.

On to legal matters, Michael Phelps hasn't been arrested yet for the infamous bong photo, but Richland County authorities haven't given up yet. They arrested eight others on possession charges, but apparently much of their questioning pertained to Phelps. Witch hunt much? However, that's nothing compared to the news generated when Alex Rodriguez confessed to steroid use, from 2001-2003 while he was with Texas. That's a day I never thought I'd see and am hoping that his confession and his continued career may some day get him into Cooperstown. I'm just sad that if he breaks the home run records, they won't be legit.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2009 03:43 pm
Last night's UNC-Duke was fabulous...after the Heels rediscovered the key to defense. An eleven point lead early in the first half vanished mid-half due to a lack of defense and poor shooting. A 52-44 halftime deficit to a team that averages 83 points wasn't cool. However, after swapping leads in the low sixties, the Heels finally got the lead for good, and then put up 100 points on Duke for the first time in a while, 1995 I think. More importantly though, Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green are the first players to beat Duke four times in Cameron since Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue completed their years in 1997. However, despite this success, I'm still not sure of a number one seed, let alone a championship.

As for basketball of the professional kind, the Lakers finished a six game road trip with wins over the Celtics and the Cavaliers, the first of which was in overtime. The game was extremely close for one half before the Celtics opened up a lead that the Lakers didn't close until Kevin Garnett fouled out. Thus allowing the Lakers to win the game and a potential home court tie-break. However, the second win was equally stressful as being down ten at half is never good when the other perpetual MVP candidate, LeBron James, is the opposing team's best player. This wasn't the Kobe and LeBron show though, as neither scored twenty points. The Lakers proved that they can win as a team, which makes them very dangerous to the entire league. This game also secured a tie-break, which looms large after the home court wins last year.

On to legal matters, Michael Phelps hasn't been arrested yet for the infamous bong photo, but Richland County authorities haven't given up yet. They arrested eight others on possession charges, but apparently much of their questioning pertained to Phelps. Witch hunt much? However, that's nothing compared to the news generated when Alex Rodriguez confessed to steroid use, from 2001-2003 while he was with Texas. That's a day I never thought I'd see and am hoping that his confession and his continued career may some day get him into Cooperstown. I'm just sad that if he breaks the home run records, they won't be legit.
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Sunday, August 24th, 2008 12:20 am
Ok, so that medley relay made Michael Phelps the king of the Beijing Games. And the Sports Illustrated cover of him with his eight gold medals was fabulous. However, the story of week two wasn't an American, but rather Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the first man since 1984 to win the 100m and the 200m, and he got a gold in the 4x100 relay for good measure. I'd care if he's not American, he's freaking amazing. The American triumph in the 100 and 200 though was Walter Dix getting two bronzes, the second after a messy 200 involving two DQs. Why does this matter? Because he's been part of three national championship track teams for FSU, of course. Any medals by Noles are always welcome. Despite the fact that the Olympics are almost over there is still some unfinished business. First, the IOC is finally taking a closer look at the Chinese gymnasts, who might be underage, and who beat Nastia Liukin on uneven bars, not cool. Very cool though was Shawn Johnson finally winning gold, on beam. Second piece of unfinished business tips of at 2:30am, the gold medal men's basketball game. Nike made a commercial of Team USA clips with Marvin Gaye singing the national anthem, I just hope it wasn't premature. The Redeem Team, as they call themselves, has appeared at several other USA events and done much to repair the ill will created by the team in Athens, but to complete the mission, gold is a must, and they've beaten Spain once already. *crosses fingers* More later.

5am Edit: Nike's not crazy, and redemption's been had, but was that really the same Spanish team from a week ago? A thirty-seven point victory became eleven with a gold medal at stake. And with eight minutes to go, the US was only up two, as defense wasn't working tonight. However, Coach K, who deserves major props for getting the prima donnas pro players to play as a team, gave the ball to Kobe Bryant, who either scored or assisted on fifteen straight points and sealed the game with a four-point play. I've been wondering since the exhibitions started if the shit hit the fan who'd get the ball. I just didn't expect to find out in the fourth quarter of the gold medal game. I've also wondered exactly what the end game pecking order was, but now I know that winning an MVP while losing in the Finals wasn't for nothing. However, without Dwyane Wade, no gold medal happens, as he picked up the pieces after LeBron James and Kobe got in early foul trouble, in a game with more fouls than I've seen all Olympics. Anyway, it's over and the national anthem's been played. However, the Redeem Team and the Dream Team will never be equal.
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Sunday, August 24th, 2008 12:20 am
Ok, so that medley relay made Michael Phelps the king of the Beijing Games. And the Sports Illustrated cover of him with his eight gold medals was fabulous. However, the story of week two wasn't an American, but rather Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the first man since 1984 to win the 100m and the 200m, and he got a gold in the 4x100 relay for good measure. I'd care if he's not American, he's freaking amazing. The American triumph in the 100 and 200 though was Walter Dix getting two bronzes, the second after a messy 200 involving two DQs. Why does this matter? Because he's been part of three national championship track teams for FSU, of course. Any medals by Noles are always welcome. Despite the fact that the Olympics are almost over there is still some unfinished business. First, the IOC is finally taking a closer look at the Chinese gymnasts, who might be underage, and who beat Nastia Liukin on uneven bars, not cool. Very cool though was Shawn Johnson finally winning gold, on beam. Second piece of unfinished business tips of at 2:30am, the gold medal men's basketball game. Nike made a commercial of Team USA clips with Marvin Gaye singing the national anthem, I just hope it wasn't premature. The Redeem Team, as they call themselves, has appeared at several other USA events and done much to repair the ill will created by the team in Athens, but to complete the mission, gold is a must, and they've beaten Spain once already. *crosses fingers* More later.

5am Edit: Nike's not crazy, and redemption's been had, but was that really the same Spanish team from a week ago? A thirty-seven point victory became eleven with a gold medal at stake. And with eight minutes to go, the US was only up two, as defense wasn't working tonight. However, Coach K, who deserves major props for getting the prima donnas pro players to play as a team, gave the ball to Kobe Bryant, who either scored or assisted on fifteen straight points and sealed the game with a four-point play. I've been wondering since the exhibitions started if the shit hit the fan who'd get the ball. I just didn't expect to find out in the fourth quarter of the gold medal game. I've also wondered exactly what the end game pecking order was, but now I know that winning an MVP while losing in the Finals wasn't for nothing. However, without Dwyane Wade, no gold medal happens, as he picked up the pieces after LeBron James and Kobe got in early foul trouble, in a game with more fouls than I've seen all Olympics. Anyway, it's over and the national anthem's been played. However, the Redeem Team and the Dream Team will never be equal.
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Saturday, August 16th, 2008 03:48 am
I'm awake waiting to see the Olympic coverage I slept through and debating sleep before the 8am USA-Spain basketball game. Also, feeling guilty for neglecting my journal. However, Michael Phelps is awesome. Seven gold medals and six world records? Geez. However, the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 100m butterfly race show that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, as Phelps wasn't swimming anchor and Cavic messed up his stroke count to give him two close wins. Part of what I slept through was an interview with him and Mark Spitz. I'm sorry Spitz wasn't in Beijing to hang that seventh gold, and last individual chance, around Phelps' neck. I'm excited for the medley relay tomorrow. A new king of the pool could be crowned and it would be fabulous to see it.

On another historical note, congrats to Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson for being the first US women to go gold and silver in the women's all-around. Nastia stuck her landings while Shawn didn't, finally giving Nastia the advantage over the reigning world and national champion. Both stand a good chance of getting gold in the event finals, especially Nastia on uneven bars. However, as thrilling as the all-around was, the women's team final was just as painful, especially Samantha Peszek's injury during warm-up on qualifying day. Chellsie Memmel is wonderful, or crazy, for competing on a broken ankle (bars only). The Chinese capitalized on US mistakes to win gold despite the US being the reigning world champs. And the controversy over the Chinese using underage gymnasts makes it sting worse. What gymnasts are 4'7" and under 75lbs. (per ESPN profiles) at sixteen? And that pertains to three girls, half the Chinese team. Plus, the IOC isn't willing to really investigate (accepting passports as proof) as Beijing is the host city. *eye roll* I hope that the organizers of the next Worlds, in London force the International Federation of Gymnastics to really investigate the Chinese. Anyway, lest you think I've been neglecting the men, that bronze in the team competition was awesome given the injuries. I'm done for tonight, but I'll get to Brett Favre eventually.
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Saturday, August 16th, 2008 03:48 am
I'm awake waiting to see the Olympic coverage I slept through and debating sleep before the 8am USA-Spain basketball game. Also, feeling guilty for neglecting my journal. However, Michael Phelps is awesome. Seven gold medals and six world records? Geez. However, the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 100m butterfly race show that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, as Phelps wasn't swimming anchor and Cavic messed up his stroke count to give him two close wins. Part of what I slept through was an interview with him and Mark Spitz. I'm sorry Spitz wasn't in Beijing to hang that seventh gold, and last individual chance, around Phelps' neck. I'm excited for the medley relay tomorrow. A new king of the pool could be crowned and it would be fabulous to see it.

On another historical note, congrats to Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson for being the first US women to go gold and silver in the women's all-around. Nastia stuck her landings while Shawn didn't, finally giving Nastia the advantage over the reigning world and national champion. Both stand a good chance of getting gold in the event finals, especially Nastia on uneven bars. However, as thrilling as the all-around was, the women's team final was just as painful, especially Samantha Peszek's injury during warm-up on qualifying day. Chellsie Memmel is wonderful, or crazy, for competing on a broken ankle (bars only). The Chinese capitalized on US mistakes to win gold despite the US being the reigning world champs. And the controversy over the Chinese using underage gymnasts makes it sting worse. What gymnasts are 4'7" and under 75lbs. (per ESPN profiles) at sixteen? And that pertains to three girls, half the Chinese team. Plus, the IOC isn't willing to really investigate (accepting passports as proof) as Beijing is the host city. *eye roll* I hope that the organizers of the next Worlds, in London force the International Federation of Gymnastics to really investigate the Chinese. Anyway, lest you think I've been neglecting the men, that bronze in the team competition was awesome given the injuries. I'm done for tonight, but I'll get to Brett Favre eventually.
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 04:37 pm
I've been tossing several entries around in my head, but many are long topics, such as book reviews and the Brett Favre situation. However, since I'm feeling guilty about my lack of postings here goes. I've been staying up late and getting up early to watch USA Basketball exhibitions. And while this team is on a three-year program, and thus has been together a while, I still have reservations. The first three games (Canada, Turkey, and Lithuania) were the typical blowouts with lots of flashy plays. The last two games (Russia and Australia) have revealed shortcomings, such as a lack of half court play. The ability to break or shoot over the zone defense will be crucial, but the point guard rotation seems to be disrupting the offense, as Jason Kidd doesn't get much playing time and Chris Paul is getting beat on defense. Only Deron Williams seems dependable. Also, players are in roles they are unaccustomed to, such as Kobe Bryant being the main defender instead of the go to guy on offense. The perimeter shooting is working nicely with the international arc being closer to college range (I think college players should be shooting from the international difference), despite the tendency to shoot from NBA range anyway. However, the ability to play in the half court and play a slower tempo will be crucial to bringing home the gold. It's been eight years since that happened, and that seems like an eternity.

On a lighter note, the announcers today made a comment that I much enjoyed. They both have history degrees, and agreed that they did it in part to avoid the math requirements. :-) Also on an announcer note, Doug Collins will be calling games in Beijing, which should be interesting as his son is on the USA Basketball coaching staff as a result of being one of Coach K's assistants at Duke. As for my thoughts about Coach K winning a gold medal. :x However, it was revealed that even if the USA wins gold, he doesn't get an official medal. ;-)
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 04:37 pm
I've been tossing several entries around in my head, but many are long topics, such as book reviews and the Brett Favre situation. However, since I'm feeling guilty about my lack of postings here goes. I've been staying up late and getting up early to watch USA Basketball exhibitions. And while this team is on a three-year program, and thus has been together a while, I still have reservations. The first three games (Canada, Turkey, and Lithuania) were the typical blowouts with lots of flashy plays. The last two games (Russia and Australia) have revealed shortcomings, such as a lack of half court play. The ability to break or shoot over the zone defense will be crucial, but the point guard rotation seems to be disrupting the offense, as Jason Kidd doesn't get much playing time and Chris Paul is getting beat on defense. Only Deron Williams seems dependable. Also, players are in roles they are unaccustomed to, such as Kobe Bryant being the main defender instead of the go to guy on offense. The perimeter shooting is working nicely with the international arc being closer to college range (I think college players should be shooting from the international difference), despite the tendency to shoot from NBA range anyway. However, the ability to play in the half court and play a slower tempo will be crucial to bringing home the gold. It's been eight years since that happened, and that seems like an eternity.

On a lighter note, the announcers today made a comment that I much enjoyed. They both have history degrees, and agreed that they did it in part to avoid the math requirements. :-) Also on an announcer note, Doug Collins will be calling games in Beijing, which should be interesting as his son is on the USA Basketball coaching staff as a result of being one of Coach K's assistants at Duke. As for my thoughts about Coach K winning a gold medal. :x However, it was revealed that even if the USA wins gold, he doesn't get an official medal. ;-)