December 2005

My name is Matthew, and I'm obsessed…

Obsessed with Snakes on a Plane.

Apparently I am the last person to hear about Snakes on a Plane, and I wish I had heard sooner. And more than anything, it MUST continue to be called Snakes on a Plane.

If it is called Snakes on a Plane, I will be there the day it opens. If it is called "Pacific Air Flight 121," no way. I won’t even order it from Netflix.

This post about Snakes on a Plane contains some language that I certainly wouldn’t get away with at MLBlogs, so consider yourself warned. But if that doesn’t bother you, go read it. Now. Because blog writing doesn’t get much (any?) sharper or funnier.

Snakes on a plane. It’s something the Dude would say if he’d thought of it.


A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous

So, I’m back, and I’m taking the lazy columnist’s way out: bullet points. Let’s talk ball, and other things.

  • Note to Cardinals fans: don’t fret about Jacque Jones becoming a Cub. This is not bad news. The Cubs had no shortage of home run power. They did have a shortage of guys getting on base for their home run hitters to drive in. The Jones signing — for THREE YEARS, no less! — does nothing to solve that. Jones is apparently a solid defensive outfielder, and he does hit some home runs. But he doesn’t get on base nearly enough, and even with some home runs, he doesn’t hit for enough power to make up for it.
  • The bride-to-be and I saw U2 (with Kanye West opening) in concert last week in St. Louis. Excellent show, as always. You know what you’re getting with U2 — I was amused/annoyed by the guy behind us who was furious about the sermonizing. C’mon, guy — what were you expecting? That’s what Bono does. He’s been doing it for 25 years. My gripe, however, was this: someone needs to remind them that they put out two albums after "Achtung Baby" and before "All That You Can’t Leave Behind." It’s as though they’re pretending that "Pop" and "Zooropa" never existed, and that’s a shame. There’s a lot of good stuff on those two discs.
  • In doing a google search to make sure I had the title of this post accurately quoted, I came across this story. It doesn’t really cover a lot of new ground, but if you’re an Achiever, it’s a fun read. This was my favorite part, by far: "There was a Wall Street guy I met who’d drop a ‘Lebowski’ line into job
    interviews and if the person didn’t pick up on it he wouldn’t be hired."
  • Orange Bowl prediction: FSU gives Penn State far more of a fight than anyone expects. They may well lose, but it’ll be close. I’m still not ready to make a call on the Rose Bowl, which I expect to be a truly great game.



Greetings and happy Friday to all…

I preface this post by acknowledging that I really don’t keep up with the Cardinals blogosphere like I should. I have a lot of respect for the people who do a good job; I just don’t follow them like I should. I know Brian Walton from the Birdhouse, and I know that’s one of the better Cardinals blogs around.

Until recently, though, I’d never really read Viva El Birdos! all that much. My mistake. It’s a good read, and I’ve added it to my list of stuff to check out every day.

Why do I bring this up, you might ask? Here’s why: the reason I started reading their site is that they asked me for an interview. I obliged, and the results of it can be found at this link.

Please go give it a look, and also I’d advise poking around the rest of the site. It’s good stuff.