Sunday, November 27, 2011

Updated College Football Playoffs

With the conference championship games and final regular season showdowns next week, here is what the playoffs would look like under my scenario. Keep in mind, this will probably be dramatically different in a week.

Sugar Bowl
1. LSU vs. 16. Northern Illinois
8. Michigan State vs. 9. Oklahoma

Fiesta
4. Oklahoma State vs. 13. Louisville
5. Stanford vs. 12. TCU

Rose
2. Alabama vs. 15. Louisiana Tech
7. Oregon vs. 10. Houston

Orange
3. Virginia Tech vs. 14. Arkansas State
6. Arkansas vs. 11. Boise State

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Updated College Football Playoffs

It was a difficult weekend for highly ranked teams from BCS conferences, and so the prospective playoff bracket looks a little different. Pretty interesting that the SEC West has the top three teams in the country.

Sugar
1. LSU vs. 16. Northern Illinois
8. Michigan State vs. 9. Oklahoma

Fiesta
4. Virginia Tech vs. 13. Louisville
5. Oklahoma State vs. 12. TCU

Rose
2. Alabama vs. 15. Louisiana Tech
7. Oregon vs. 10. Boise State

Orange
3. Arkansas vs. 14. Arkansas State
6. Stanford vs. 11. Houston

Sunday, November 13, 2011

College Football Playoff Bracket

A new update to what a 16-team college football playoff bracket would look like:

Sugar Bowl
1. LSU vs. 16. Northern Illinois
8. Virginia Tech vs. 9. Stanford

Rose Bowl
4. Oregon vs. 13. Cincinnati
5. Oklahoma vs. 12. TCU

Fiesta Bowl
2. Oklahoma State vs. 15. Nevada
7. Arkansas vs. 10. Houston

Orange Bowl
3. Alabama vs. 14. Arkansas State
6. Clemson vs. 11. Michigan State

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Survivor live blog: the Evil Cocrhan episode

Coming to you on the heels of a historically awesome episode of Survivor. We begin with Cochran's former alliance confronting him for turning on them last week. Whitney gives Cochran the bin Laden treatment and tells him he "dis-GUSTS her."

She goes on to explain she's saved him three times at tribal council even though there's no evidence of this.

Cochran explains he didn't want his fate decided by pulling a rock, which makes total sense, except to Jim whose boiling anger is totally over the top. Several of his comments get beeped out. "Don't you ever beeping talk to me again. You're a poor excuse as a beeping man."

Unabashedly evil medicinal marijuana salesman Jim wins a disgusting immunity challenge, likely saving himself from being voted out. Note to Survivor producers, we need less challenges involving contestants spitting stuff out of their mouths.

As an indication this will be an epic tribal council, the producers have TC begin about 20 minutes early.

Well I take that back, there will be two tribals apparently. Ozzy makes a desperate illogical plea, trumpeted by Jim, to vote out Cochran. The tribe promptly ignores this and votes out Ozzy, including his fellow alliance members Whitney and Dawn. I wonder if Jim will berate them for going against the tribe? Prolly not.

A second immunity challenge has the three losers competing while seven in the majority chow down on sweets. Jim proves even more unlikable while scoffing at Jeff Probst.

Whitney, who many Survivor watchers didn't even know was in the game until she berated Cochran, wins the immunity challenge by outlasting ridiculously athletic soccer mom Dawn. Half the tribe was rooting raucously for Dawn, which leads Albert to want to vote her out.

Jim offers a weird plan to vote out Edna (WTF?), but Albert wants to vote out likable Dawn instead. Outstanding strategists they're not.

Brandon calls Dawn out at tribal council for blatantly contradicting herself over something stupid. Whitney starts crying about being vilified. Problem is, we saw the whole tribe demean and bully Cochran the whole season, so they're poor-me act doesn't resonate.

The tribe does the smart move by voting out villainous Jim. Stay tuned for scenes from next week: Albert goes for a big strategic move with little chance of it actually working.


Well that's it. Apparently Cochran did the right thing by stabbing his tribe in the back. Truthfully they did a poor job keeping him on board. Previous episodes where they gathered around and talked about how awful he was at challenges were hard to watch. I doubt he can win the whole game but he's certainly a more compelling player than those he's helped vote out (Keith, Ozzy and Jim).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

From the Queue: a buncha movies, cuz I got way behind

So I have done a poor job of staying on top of mailing back my Netflix movies and I've done an even worse job of trying to keep up with mini reviews on this blog site. I'll try to plow through the last several we've seen. I would honestly recommend all of them to friends and family.

Bridesmaids
This movie did not live up to the hype for me, even though it starred one of the funniest "new" comedians in a while in Kristen Wiig. I found the movie's obvious laugh-out-loud scenes (like when the bridesmaids get food poisoning and violently poop all over the place during a dress fitting) to be less funny than the more subtle scenes (like when Kristen Wiig nonchalantly turns down a strange man's offer to "go for a walk or something," by sheepishly telling him without missing a beat, "No I can't. I can't.")
Three stars

Rango
Rango is a good old fashioned western flick starring a cartoon lizard who must save a desert town of rats, insects, reptiles and other critters from drying out and dying. It's an epic story really, and it was easy to watch from start to finish. I'd have to guess Rango has a great shot to win best animated feature at the Academy Awards next year.
Four stars

Scream 4
I am an unabashed fan of the Scream franchise, even though the whole shtick of the film depicting life imitating the film gets a little old. After progressively worse installments, Wes Craven returns with his best offering since the classic original Scream. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a good, scary, campy slasher film.
Three stars

X-Men First Class
Ever since Spider-Man and X-Men cemented the comic book movie as something worth watching for more than just fan boys, like me, the genre has succeeded in making audiences forget the stories are based on old-fashioned comic books. Other than the Dark Knight, with its haunting performance by a dying Heath Ledger, X-Men First Class accomplishes this feat like no other comic book-inspired film. Take away the cartoonish superpowers, and this is straight up a great movie with phenomenal acting, an actual moral in the end and all topped with eye popping action sequences.
Four stars

Hanna
Hollywood is on a bender for action films based around tween girls who can kick ass. For starters, there was Kick Ass. Coming soon is the popular revenge porn Girl With series, and maybe the best of the bunch is Hanna. You may not exactly understand why the government agents want to hunt Hanna down. Even still, you'll be rooting against them and for her, even when you know she'll win.
Four stars

No. 21 Vampire Weekend

We all know why the anti-hipster hipsters hate Vampire Weekend. They make their case against the band in eloquent Pitchfork-esque arguments that I won't try to match. What I will say is that Vampire Weekend write catchy songs that remind me of several bands I also like. Their drummer is talented and their live show was fun and authentic.

The Vampire Weekend haters have only fueled my love for the band, but really I can throw in either of their albums into my car stereo and find myself listening to the same CD a week later.

Updated NCAA Playoff Bracket

Here is a quick update of what a playoff bracket my look like following last weekend's games.

Sugar Bowl
1. LSU (SEC) vs. 16. Nevada (WAC)
8. Nebraska (at-large) vs. 9. Clemson (ACC)

Rose Bowl
4. Stanford (Pac 12) vs. 13. Cincinnati (Big East)
5. Boise State (Mountain West) vs. 12. Houston (C-USA)

Orange Bowl
2. Alabama (at-large) vs. 15. Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
7. Oklahoma vs. 10 Penn State (Big 10)

Fiesta Bowl
3. Oklahoma State vs. 14. Toledo (MAC)
6. Oregon (at-large) vs. 11. Arkansas (at-large