Good job Greg Jennings. 1 reception for 9 yards. Way to prove my point. Boykin, btw had 5 receptions for 89 yards. The chase is on.
Greg Jennings has spent the entire offseason talking smack about the Packers. Tomorrow he finally gets to put his money where his mouth is when the Packers play in Minnesota. It should be an interesting game to say the least. I don’t really want to talk to much about Jennings big mouth and even bigger ego, though it does seem to me that his constant talking about the Packers and Rodgers has more to do with the fact that he made a mistake in turning down the Packers offer which was bigger than what he got than anything else. What I really would rather talk about is how Jennings has been doing ON the field. Continue reading
The MDA marathon holds an interesting spot in my heart. When I was a kid, for some odd reason I often found myself awake through the night what seems like every single labor day. I found myself awake the entire night not because I wanted to watch the marathon, but because I was having bleeding issues thanks to Hemophilia.
I don’t really know why always on Labor Day. These days school starts after labor day, but in those days it started a week or two before labor day. So it is entirely possible that I was not used to the work that classes put on my body and my body reacted in a negative fashion, conveniently in time for the MDA Marathon.
I would never in a million years consider the Marathon to be Grade A quality television. However, in those days, even the few cable networks that existed tended to put paid advertisements or rat races on. There was very little else to watch on television so the marathon was a welcome relief from my nightly pains. There would be a number of interesting talent and singing acts, it was like watching America’s Got Talent all night long, except the talent was actually good and worth watching from time to time.
When I was a kid, my mom told me that the MDA gave money to Hemophiliacs. I honestly can’t figure out if she was telling me the truth or lying in order to give me a better connection to the marathon and all the kids with MD. To make me feel more special. What I do know is that they don’t support Hemophilia anymore, whether they did or not in the first place. Continue reading
I’ve been re-watching all the Star Trek series over the past year or two when I can. I’ve been doing it in a different way though. Instead of watching from original on, I’ve been going through the series backwards. I started with Enterprise, moved on to Voyager, then DS9 and now I am watching The Next Generation. Continue reading
All right bands, producers, marketing people, music critics and random other people, the constant new sub-genres need to stop. I feel like every time I look at a new song, it comes with a new genre unique to it and it alone. This doesn’t do anything to help music listeners define a genre at all. It doesn’t make it less confusing. It makes it more confusing. Continue reading
Kotaku recently published an article talking about how he thought that the death of television is eminent. The base premise of his argument was that he no longer watched shows on television, instead choosing his iPhone, iPad, PSP Vita or 3DS for all of his entertainment needs. I think he is in an extreme minority in this sort of mentality though. Continue reading
I went to a dance show last night, and we had a pretty good time. They had a variety of dances and of them, the middle two pieces out of 6 were our favorite. Between each piece they took a small break, not entirely sure why there wasn’t much set that needed to be set up, but whatever. The key though is that they also did a curtain call after each piece, along with between four and six bows.
They would all take their bow, people would clap. They’d turn off and on the light and bow again, people would clap. Put down the curtain, and pull it up again, bow again, people clap. Turn off the lights, turn on the lights, bow again, people clap. The silliness of this routine struck me as a complete waste of time, I mean the pieces were good and certainly worth clapping but really 4 to 6 times? For each one? No, that is really not the case.
Then today, by chance, I was listening to the latest Freakonomics podcast in which they talk about booing at performances. They talked in depth about how it is bad etiquette these days to boo a performance, even if it was terrible. But they also talk about how booing is one of the last forms of true democracy. How this is one time where you really do have your chance to say how you feel about something.
I can’t help but think about how this is somewhat true. But etiquette in the United States has gotten us to a point in which we really have no option but to go along with whatever the performers want. I mean, the 4 to 6 casting calls noted above is such a case. Really, it is nothing more than the performers patting themselves on the back, and we as the audience agrees.
Furthermore, etiquette also dictates that you now are required to give whatever performance a standing ovation. This seems like it is more audience instigated, but it is not. Again, this is instituted by the performers wishing a pat on the back and they do it by giving you an encore. In fact, every live entertainment show these days plans their encore and does it every night. It is part of the show now, not a special treat for a crowd who likes the performance more than others.
Gone are the days where you can actually voice your opinion, by not giving a standard ovation, but merely clapping. Or not clapping at all. And yes, though I hate people who boo and am particularly annoyed by hooting and hollering, I also like the aspect that if a performance was bad, we COULD actually boo without being looked at as annoying jerks.
I am not a huge fan of going back to the days of a king. But I must admit, that in this particular case, that I do wish that there was a king that the audience would follow, just so that every performance doesn’t get a standing ovation and the performers on stage continue to innovate.
I also would like to see an occasion where a crowd decided to actually say to a performer how they felt… that the performance was good, worth my time. But wasn’t so spectacular that they deserved a standing ovation. Would the encore still come? Or what if no one clapped at all, no one boo’d. Would the encore still come? Would the performers be so used to their standard, that they didn’t know any other way to act?
It might be a little early to start talking about this considering this season isn’t really over yet. But I’ve had this on my mind the last several weeks and I thought I would take the opportunity of the playoff bye to discuss it. Of course each off-season brings with it a bit of turnover. I feel the Green Bay Packers have been lucky enough the past few seasons to only come away with a couple of real losses, and honestly I feel like this season will be no different. Continue reading
No I’m not going to talk off the field stuff, just on the field, thank you. Tom Silverstein wrote an odd article in which he compares these two QBs in light of all the “Rodgers playing better than any QB in history” hype that’s been going around. In it, he takes Favre’s best 16 game stretch and compares it to Rodgers’ current 16 game stretch. Though the stats don’t support his conclusion, he decides Favre is better. Continue reading
Last weekend I got the opportunity to go to Video Games Live, which amazingly came to Madison to play. My roommate bought me two tickets to the show knowing that I would love going as a gift for paying for most everything over the last year or two. It turned out that I had my daughter the weekend of the concert, so instead of taking my roommate as usual, I took my daughter. I think that actually worked well because I think my daughter appreciated it more than my roommate would have. Continue reading