Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The quarterback controvery is over in Blacksburg, at least for now as head football coach Frank Beamer named redshirt senior Sean Glennon the starter and said the team planned to redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor who burst onto the college football scene last fall and led to the Hokies using a two QB rotation much of the season.
The move to start Glennon and redshirt Taylor has led to an uproar among the fanbase, but really if it works out, the move will be great down the line for the Tech program.
With no proven receivers, either quarterback could struggle finding reliable targets so the Hokies look to run the ball a lot with a stable of young running backs and the prospect of bruising tight end Greg Boone both catching passes and rushing the ball in certain situations.
Next season, Taylor will have a more seasoned receving corps to work with in his first full season as the uncontested starter. Brandon Dillard will return and the youngin's won't be so green anymore more.
Of course if Glennon struggles during the first few weeks of the season, we could see the whole plan unravel and watch Tyrod lose the redshirt and come back to be a major contibutor (like last season).
Either way it proves as an interesting lead in to what should be a decent match up in the season opener in Charlotte against East Carolina this Saturday at Noon on ESPN.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
With all due respect to Mr. Gates, this is a terrible decision. Jerry Seinfeld is obviously a well-respected comedian and popular celebrity, but if the idea is to morph Microsoft's "dorky" perception into something more chic then Mr. Gates is in way over his head. PCs can be described by a plethora of adjectives but "chic" and "hip" do not even belong in the same sentence, unless of course they are being compared to Macs.
Friday, August 22, 2008
According to WNDU and several other sources, Notre Dame sophomore tight end Mike Ragone will miss the entire 2008 season with an ACL tear. The injury is the same one that prevented Ragone from playing during his senior year at Camden Catholic in New Jersey.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Even China’s own Yang Yun, a double bronze medalist in Sydney, said during an interview aired on state broadcaster China Central Television that she was 14 in 2000.
But questions about the current Chinese team have been particularly fierce. The New York Times first reported the suspicions about He and Jiang, and the AP also has found documents that indicate the two might be too young to compete.
He’s birthdate is listed as Jan. 1, 1994 in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 registration lists found by the AP. She is not found on the 2004 list. A list of competitors at a 2007 provincial competition shows Jiang with an Oct. 1, 1993, birthdate.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Last night in the battle for the gold medal in women's gymnastics all-around, America's newest sweetheart Nastia Liukin reigned supreme. For some reason, My friends and I have become enthralled with the American gymnasts (perhaps because they're talented and beautiful?). Nastia in particular has been one of our favorites.
Not knowing very much about gymnastics, I can honestly say that her style and grace is very evident, particularly on the uneven bars and the beam (not unlike the above photo). As Flight of The Conchords might say she's the definition of a "leggy blond". Born from an Olympic champion Father in the heart of cold war Russia, Nastia was raised in Plano, Texas and has come full circle to represent America so well at these Olympic games in Beijing. Let us not forget about good friend and silver medalist in the all-around, adorable fellow American Shawn Johnson, but last night the glory belonged to Nastia. Congratuataions to both of them, and GO AMERICA!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So Wilson went to work creating the songs that would make the track listing for Pet Sounds, one of the most critically acclaimed and influential records in pop music history. As The Beatles inspired Wilson, Paul McCartney would later say that Pet Sounds served as his inspiration in turn for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
McCartney has said of the album, "It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life ... I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard that album ... I love the orchestra, the arrangements ... it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of the century ... but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways ... I've often played Pet Sounds and cried."
Today's featured cut is "God Only Knows", one of the most beautiful pop tunes ever crafted. It shows Wilson's heavy use of orchestra, as that's pretty much where all the instrumentation comes from on the track. This video has some cool photos of Wilson at work in the studio with the band and the multitudes of session musicians used on the album (over 60).
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
- One of their hit songs, Speed of Sound, is a rip off of one of their other hit songs, Clocks. I know the songs are not exactly the same, but the main riff from Clocks is simply modified to a slower tempo, dropped to a lower key, and played with slightly different accents. Don't believe me? Play them back to back and judge for yourself. Yeah, even the drum pattern is the same, just switched from onbeats to offbeats. I guess it isn't as bad as stealing someone else's music outright and claiming that your song is different.
BONUS: Vanilla Queen"Theirs goes 'Ding ding ding dingy ding-ding.' Ours goes 'Ding ding ding ding dingy ding-ding'".- Vanilla Ice
- During their performance on the Today Show their lead singer, Chris Martin, messed up the lyrics to their newest single "Viva La Vida" - which is fine because no one is perfect and I, too, have messed up during a live performance - and proceeded to apologize to the crowd. "I messed up at the beginning but that's ok, you don't mind." Professionals have no need to apologize for messing up the lyrics or playing a wrong note... especially not immediately after they've made the mistake! A professional in that instance is supposed to act as if nothing went wrong. Have you ever seen a gymnast apologize to a judge after falling on a landing? Did you ever say "I'm sorry I messed up, but you don't mind, right?" to your teacher after incorrectly answering a question on a test? No. You own your mistakes and move on.
- Also during the Today Show performance, Coldplay rocked out to a melodic jam off of their new album entitled "Lost." Not a terrible song. The keys sounded great, especially considering they could be heard without any of the musicians on stage actually playing them. See it for yourself.
- The guitarist starts out playing the keys part, but then by the :45 mark you can see that he's playing his guitar, Martin is still bouncing around the stage, and no one is actually playing the keys. That's worse than lipsyncing. I guess if you're multi-millionaires you don't have to play all of your music, you can let a recording do it. Just ask Ashlee Simpson.
- Chris Martin is way too popular to be so insecure