The Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League

Oh boy, oh boy…Ladies and gentlemen the talking of proverbial “smack” has begun!

From all corners of the world and from all realms of existence people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me about how they would destroy me in some Fantasy Football.

From emails, texts, DM’s, Snaps, even by assault with deadly Facebook-account I am being attacked in preparation for this seasons antics. Well all I can say my good friends is that I hope you are prepared in the most proper way possible. I am coming out in the most tip top Shane Falco form of competition and there is no Coach McGinty to hold me back from my quest to reign supreme. I welcome all sorts of competition, Sports Guru’s, Auto Drafters, Former FF Champions, Waiver Wire Surfers, I don’t care!

I’ll be starting my very own Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League In the next day or so with plans of bringing the respective internet friends and family along with a live draft. Friendships will be broken, tortilla chips will be consumed, wide screen high definition broadcasts will be watched, and an epic live draft will take place.

Old Man Diary

-DISCLAIMER: NO PICTURE BLOG. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO READ THIS ONE-

Someday in the not so far away future my daughter is going to laugh and shake her head at the concept of a “blog” or a “taxi,” or “Twittering.” Think about how drastically our world has changed just from three decades ago when the internet was a novelty. Than consider how far we could be only five decades from now into the future, a time in which you and I will still be alive but the picture and reality of our world could be completely shifted.

Every morning I wake up and consume a massive bowl of granola cereal and then wake my daughter up so she could get ready for school. Every time I see my daughter, I realize how fast she’s growing and how old i’m getting. I seriously cringe at the sound of my age and find myself thinking of my life (so far) more and more often.

Like most people taking a stroll down memory lane there is always something you wish you could take back and re-do. I, being a perfectionist for most things, have a huge amount of things I wish I could have re-done, but the point is that you do what you have to do, and don’t look back with regret. I’ve changed a great deal since my “Hypebeast” days and way more since my dragonball hair days. Things ALWAYS change and as long as you carry that same youthful energy that you’ve had since you were a kid, and make it shine through everything you do, you can’t go wrong. which is why I can’t be anything but happy with the outcome of my life.

Just know without a doubt that every season incites more growth. who really knew what they wanted growing up anyway? When I was younger I wanted to be a Weather Man by day and a Cop by night. Fast forward 20 something years and I’m a elemantary school teacher…and then a leasing agent..and then a teacher again.

Life is a trip.

Forever was a lie!

Ferris didn’t take Jessica Jung’s departure from Girl’s Generation very well.

 

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Speak up.

I’ll never understand this…If you have a problem with someone, why not go handle it like a man? I’m not saying go out and fight that person but, go address the issue you have, and handle it. Talk about things before it turns into something worse. Instead most people would rather keep it to themselves, having those thoughts brew and fester inside, making themselves more and more angry. Others will take the slander approach and add lies and bs to the mix and talk about the issue with everyone and their moms. Everyone BUT, the person they have a problem with of course. I couldn’t tell you which one is worse because they both suck!

Let me put this in a way some of you might better understand…
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Most people who have this issue probably think they’re so awesome…kind of like a Charizard. In realty, they’re more like a Garbador…you’re literally trash.
For all you kids/teens/ and heaven forbid, grown ass men who are having this problem. SPEAK UP! GROW SOME NUTTS! AND HANDLE IT!
life would be so much better for you in the end.

KUNG FURY IS THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR ALL YEARS

Dinosaurs, Vikings, Chainguns, Ninjas, Lamborghini Countaches, Kung-Fu Renegade Cops, Nazis, Hacking….it’s like Laser Unicorns peeked into my retro psyche and pulled out what was inside.  Maybe I should quit now because I can never hope to achieve the level of awesome that this movie does.

Nah, I’ll still keep shooting for it.  In my own way.

The Madness Begins – SDSU Wins in OT

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It’s better to win ugly than to lose gracefully. Fortunately, the fourth-seeded San Diego State University Aztecs went with the prior.

SDSU had built a 14-point lead early in the second half; however, the 13th-seeded New Mexico State Aggies came charging back after a 14-4 run. With 16.9 seconds left, the usually reliable senior guard Xavier Thames mishandled the inbounds pass which eventually led to New Mexico State’s Kevin Aronis making the clutch 3-pointer and tying up the score 60-60 at the end of regulation. It was the fourth overtime game on the first full day of the NCAA Tournament.

However, in the end SDSU was victorious outscoring New Mexico 13-9 in OT. Up next the Aztecs face the North Dakota State Bison who beat the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime earlier in the day. Tip-off is at 3:10 p.m. PT on TNT. The Bison are a team best known for their offense averaging a nation-best 50.9 percent from the field. Nonetheless, I Believe…

How I Met ‘How I Met Your Mother’

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In the summer of 2005 I began seeing promos for a new comedy coming to CBS with the tagline ‘A Love Story in Reverse.’ Instantly I recognized a few of the actors and actresses: “Hey she’s from Buffy! Hey he’s from Freaks and Geeks! Hey it’s Doogie!” On September 19, 2005 I (and the rest of America) was introduced to ‘How I Met Your Mother‘.

The show had me at “Have you met Ted?” Actually, it had me the moment I heard Bob Saget’s narration. See, one of my favorite shows ever is ‘The Wonder Years‘. And HIMYM is essentially a modern take on that. Both shows have an unreliable narrator, an exceptional soundtrack, and a girl that was never meant to be “the one”. But unlike ‘The Wonder Years‘, we are told at the end of episode 1 that the woman our narrator is aching for is not his destiny.

Still, that first episode quickly cemented my infatuation with this show. I adored all of the characters and was fascinated with its unique storytelling. In fact, only one other series has ever knocked me out right out of the gate like HIMYM did (see: ‘Arrested Development‘). Nearly every episode from that first season of HIMYM was one I either could relate to or was inspired by. Whether it be drinking far too much and proceeding to make ill-advised phone calls resulting in strange encounters the next morning (‘The Pineapple Incident’), always striving to get great stories out of an evening with a friend (‘Sweet Taste of Liberty’), or throwing a last minute party in hopes that a certain someone stops by (‘Purple Giraffe’)…(don’t tell my parents), I could see myself in Ted Mosby.

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One particular moment that stands out for me is from the episode ‘Okay Awesome’. In this episode Future Ted declares, “Clubs weren’t awesome. Clubs weren’t even okay. Clubs sucked.” Later on in the episode Ted admits to Marshall, “The problem is you can’t do any of that couples stuff unless you have someone to do it with. And the only way I’m gonna find that someone is by going out and doing stupid singles stuff with Barney!” I shared those exact sentiments all those years ago. Because while going out and participating in stupid singles stuff on the weekend was indeed good times, it wasn’t what I wanted to do every weekend. Ted’s words have always stuck with me because at the time the show seemed to be the only thing that understood how I felt.

Actually, there are a lot of moments from that first season that still stick with me. Aside from what I’ve already mentioned, another scene that’s preserved in my own personal television registry is the ending of the episode ‘Drumroll, Please’. It’s an episode that showcases everything I enjoy about romantic comedies. I can recall jumping up and shouting “Yes!” as Ted walked into Victoria’s bakery. That perfect moment of bliss provided me with this sense of optimism that I’d one day live out that scene in reality. There’s also that moment in the ‘Slutty Pumpkin’ when Ted and Robin are sitting on the rooftop when Nada Surf’sInside of Love‘ begins playing; perfectly capturing their individual dilemmas. Speaking of great music, ‘Barney’s Get Psyched Mix’ from ‘The Limo’ is a true highlight. Another Barney highlight that stands out is from ‘Game Night’ where we learn how the man went from giving “high-twos” to “high-fives” and are treated to an epic “Suit Up!” sequence. Then there are the equally as epic episodes ‘Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.’ and the season one finale ‘Come On’. Seriously, how good is this season? Come on!

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However, watching HIMYM then was a bit of solitary experience. I just didn’t know more than one other person who watched it. Back then it was still very much considered a “bubble show”, on the verge of cancellation at any moment. So after the first season ended I made it a point to pick up the DVD and tell everyone I knew about the show. I remember one particular night I had thrown a get together at my place. It was around midnight and I had decided to go to bed. Still, I told those who were still around that they could hang out for as long as they wanted. They asked me what DVDs I had and I recommended they check out HIMYM. They agreed and I went to bed. Several hours later, despite it already being morning, they were still watching! To this day every time I hear about someone who hasn’t watched HIMYM I offer my Season 1 DVD.

Fortunately the show eventually overcame its “bubble” status conundrum and became a bona fide hit. In these past 9 years we’ve hypothesized ‘The Olive Theory’, held ‘Interventions‘, followed ‘The Platinum Rule‘, diagramed ‘The Hot/Crazy Scale‘, kicked out a naked man 1 out of 3 times, shouted “Woo!”, abided by ‘The Lemon Law‘, saluted “General Consensus“, walked 500 miles, donned a ducky tie, gone on a ‘Two-Minute Date‘, built sandcastles, dressed up as a hanging chad, examined ‘The Bro Code‘, and pulled off the greatest play of them all – ‘The Robin‘.

At the time of this writing there are only 2 episodes left. Still, throughout this final season we’ve been given glimpses of Ted’s future with his wife and those scenes have been nothing short of awesome. Actually, this final chapter of HIMYM reminds me of the first chapter of the movie ‘Up‘. We meet this wonderful woman yet unexpectedly we find our moments with her fleeting. Nonetheless, no matter how this show ends, I am content. Victoria, Stella, Blah Blah, Cindy, Zoey, Robin, etc. – all of these failures were merely Ted’s training grounds for true love. And though it’s finally coming to a close, this journey we’ve been on to meet the woman with the yellow umbrella whom Ted achieves his happy ending with has undoubtedly been Legen-wait for it

Jonathan’s Top 5 Episodes of HIMYM by Season

Season 1
1. The Pineapple Incident
2. Drumroll, Please
3. Game Night
4. The Slutty Pumpkin
5. Okay Awesome
Honorable Mention: Pilot, Purple Giraffe, Sweet Taste of Liberty, Return of the Shirt, The Limo, Life Among the Gorillas, Nothing Good Happens After 2.A.M., Mary the Paralegal, Best Prom Ever, Milk, Come On (I think I’ve made my feelings about this season pretty clear)

Season 2
1. Slap Bet
2. Swarley
3. Single Stamina
4. Arrivederci, Fiero
5. Something Borrowed
Honorable Mention: Ted Mosby: Architect

Season 3
1. No Tomorrow
2. How I Met Everyone Else
3. Sandcastles in the Sand
4. Ten Sessions
5. Slapsgiving
Honorable Mention: Wait For It, The Platinum Rule, Third Wheel, Everything Must Go, Spoiler Alert, Miracles (okay this too was just a really good season)

Season 4
1. The Front Porch
2. The Naked Man
3. Three Days of Snow
4. Murtaugh
5. Benefits
Honorable Mention: Right Place Right Time

Season 5
1. Girls Versus Suits
2. The Playbook
3. Say Cheese
4. Robin 101
5. Definitions
Honorable Mention: The Rough Patch

Season 6
1. Last Words
2. Hopeless
3. Blitzgiving
4. The Mermaid Theory
5. Glitter
Honorable Mention: Natural History

Season 7
1. Symphony of Illumination
2. The Burning Beekeeper
3. Ducky Tie
4. Tailgate
5. Tick Tick Tick
Honorable Mention: Trilogy Time

Season 8
1. The Final Page (Part 1 and 2)
2. The Bro Mitzvah
3. P.S. I Love You
4. Band or DJ?
5. The Time Travelers
Honorable Mention: Something New

Season 9 (does not include final 2 episodes)
1. How Your Mother Met Me
2. Vesuvius
3. The Lighthouse
4. Unpause
5. Bass Player Wanted
Honorable Mention: Gary Blauman

Florendo Fact: I named my first dog Teddy Mosby

Hi— I’m Ted Mosby. In exactly 45 days from now you and I are going to meet and we’re going to fall in love and we’re going to get married and we’re going to have 2 kids and we’re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now I guess because… I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. Look and if I can’t have them I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you, til the end of my days and beyond. You’ll see.

-Dary.

Study Breaks.

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It’s
that time of the year again. Number 2 pencils sharpened. A thin film of Eraser dust covers the work space. A never ending, and ever changing itunes playlist carries through the background. Twitter and Instagram are more or less being left to the wayside. The same t-shirt starts to see more than a few days of wear in a row…Sounds like another All Nighter

SSB offers our blessings and the ability to stay awake all night and study! For all those at school who will need the well wishes for the approaching exams, Good Luck. Handle all those academic responsibilities and prepare to celebrate the completion of those exams and papers with a RAGER.