Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Wii Bit of Success

I woke up this morning, took a shower, and then checked my email, like normal.  Much to my surprise, I had a message from one of my professors, canceling my only class for the day.  As I sat around trying to figure out what to do with my newly free day, I happened to check one of those handy online Nintendo Wii inventory trackers.  As many of you know, I have been searching for a Wii ever since launch day, but unwilling to camp out in front of a store for the right to purchase one.  Well, imagine my surprise, the website said that the Opelika Target had them available.  I really didn't believe it.  But, since I had nothing else to do, I figured it at least required a really futile and stupid gesture on somebody's part, and I was just the guy to do it.

But I was wrong.  I walked back to electronics and sitting behind the glass were about a dozen shiny new Wii's.  I was freaking out.  There was no one around.  No geeks waiting.  But no one was working in the department either.  So I pressed the help button.  And waited.  And waited.  For what felt like half an hour, but was probably something closer to two minutes.  Finally, a worker showed up, unlocked the case and extracted a Wii and Zelda.  Victory was mine!

So now, I have made a half-dozen Mii's, honed my skills in tennis and baseball, and worked through the first three hours of Zelda.  I'm sure this will only be a benefit as all of my classes start to ramp up.  Anyway, if any of you are cool like me, my Wii Friend Code is [0869 2825 0319 2439].  I don't know exactly how much we can do at this point (no online games yet), but our Mii's can wave at each other!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Signs of Life

War Eagle you mighty Auburn Tigers. 

Tonight you have defeated the vile, villainous miscreants from across the state.  While that statement has almost become old hat (yet never old) on the gridiron, on the hardwood you have suffered too long at the hands of the Crimson Tide.  Seven times in a row you have battled and lost, but NO MORE!  Even may it be temporary, you sit in the catbird seat of the SEC West.  So enjoy it, and may it be a sign of greater things to come; a sign that our basketball program has finally emerged from the long winter of the last few years.  May you join your football brethren in your rightful place: the best team in the state.

Friday, January 05, 2007

With Friends Like These . . .

I have a longstanding hatred of MySpace. I think that people's sites are almost universally loud, ugly, and rife of information that I don't give a damn about (much like this blog on that last point for most of you, I'm sure). I have been steadfastly obstinate about not making a page, refusing to join in. Because of it I have been called no-fun, anti-social, and a hater of puppies and rainbows (not that I would disagree with any of that).

Well, now that option has been taken away from me. Due to some overly honest comments I made after having a little too much to drink, a group of my "friends" got together and made a page for me. It is . . . entertaining . . .to say the least.

But I can take a joke. In fact, I believe that being made fun of is a sign of flattery and respect. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So, for your entertainment, here is a link.

If the creators of the page ever give me my login information, I will promptly delete the page because my desire to have one hasn't changed at all. But, until that point, enjoy.

I finally got control of the page. I didn't delete it completely like I originally threatened to do, but it is quite a bit more . . . sparse . . . than it was.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Champion

If I had a vote in the AP or any other poll, I would vote Boise State number two.  And if Florida manages to overcome Ohio State next Monday, then they would get bumped to number one.  I believe in Boise.

Their crazy-good win over Oklahoma last night more than validates their undefeated season.  It points out the absolute ridiculousness of the fact that people can sit around, point to your unbeaten team, and say "I just don't think you deserve a shot at a title," and have that be the final say in the matter.  There is no longer any defense of the current system.  As badly as Auburn got screwed two years ago, at least there was an impossible choice that had to be made between a gaggle of undefeated teams.  This time, not only was an undefeated team passed over for one of many one loss teams, it was completely disregarded.  In fact, if not for a rule change this year, they wouldn't have even gotten their shot at Oklahoma.

Do I think that Boise State is a better team than Florida, USC, or Louisville?  Probably not.  But I believe that for one game, the team that I saw last night in the Fiesta Bowl could hang with and beat any team in the nation.