Monday, August 17, 2009

Seriously!?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre duri...Image via Wikipedia

If I took a girl out on a date and as a conversation starter she asked me, "What are your pet peeves?" I'd say, "people that chew with their mouth open and Brett Favre."

"Brett Favre?"

"Yeah, Brett Favre."

For the last as long as I can remember, Brett Favre has spent off seasons dropping the idea of possible retirements, only to come back the next season. Recently, he's taken to actually retiring and then coming out of retirement. He did this last summer with the saga between the Packers organization and Favre, and again this summer when Favre started floating around the idea of coming out of retirement again to play with the Vikings. This story ran for the entire summer becuase, in order to keep it interesting, Favre started saying that he wanted to come back but that it depended on his shoulder and the subsequent surgery he would need. While I'm not saying that statement was a lie, I really don't think that Favre had any intention to return to the NFL and that this man has some kind of sick need for attention. The thing is, he'll always have attention. I mean, he is a future hall of fame quarterback. So maybe Favre just has a need to be a page one headliner. This is the only reason I can think that this happened.

Now, the reason I started writing this post wasn't to tell you guys about something that happened a couple of months ago, but rather something that's happening right now. This morning I came in from breakfast and tuned into SportsCenter at the exact right moment, as they were just starting to talk about Brett Favre possibly returning to the Vikings. What?! Again?! Didn't we just go through this? According to several stories I've read regarding the matter, there's a multitude of reasons Favre could still show up in the NFL this season. One of the reasons was that Favre didn't want to do the whole training camp and dorm situation. Now, I could understand wanting to skip out on training camp in order to avoid an injury that could hamper your regular season play (LaDanian Tomlinson frequently does this.) But even then, LT at least declares that he'll play for the Chargers one more season before he skips out on training camp. Favres other reason, the reluctance to do the dorm thing, is what kind of got me thinking a little bit. I mean, isn't Favre supposed to be tight knit with his teammates considering the fact that they're key to Favre's success? Favre can't just step on the field and throw the ball. He has to make sure that his blockers block and his receievers receive. In my eyes, not wanting to dorm with them means he has a reluctance to spend time with them which means that they can't function as well as they should on the playing field.

Another reason I've heard is that Favre is still taking advice from people close to him regarding the matter, and that his decision is far from made. Seriously? I want Brett Favre to make up his mind today. I want Favre to tell me that he is or is not coming back, and I want him to sign a binding contract stating that he can't flip flop on the issue. I want the NFL to draft "The Brett Favre Rule" in which you can only come out of retirement once and you can only pretend to retire twice. If you exceede those limits, you're retirement becomes permanent and the comissioner literally sets it in stone. He'll have a tablet atop his desk entitled "Permanent Retirees" and the name at the very top will be Brett Favre.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Until next time.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Give The Kid A Chance

Michael Vick (en), of the Atlanta Falcons (en)...Image via Wikipedia

I had originally intended for this blog to be a daily thing, but between the work of packing for school and trying to squeeze in everything I need to do before I leave, I've realized that this blog is probably going to end up being closer to a weekly thing. Like I said, that was never the plan but I'm still getting up to speed on this whole blogging thing and smoothing out the wrinkles. If I could put a beta tag on this blog, I would.

That little tidbit was just something I wanted to preface this post with before I got to the actual heart of what I'm about to write. As you may or may not know, Michael Vick was given conditional reinstatement into the NFL a couple weeks ago, but had yet to sign with a team. On Thursday night, Michael Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. While I personally was excited that this had happened, it was clear that not everyone felt the same way. For example, Friday's issue of the Philadelphia Daily News featured Michael Vick's face on the front page with the headline "Hide Your Dogs." Not the most welcoming reception. However, some NFL players sent out tweets that were in support of Vick. Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers (@shawnemerriman) wrote: "Just got in from practice and seen on the tube that vick signed a 2 yr deal with the eagles CONGRADS to him." Takeo Spikes of the San Francisco 49ers (@TakeoSpikes51) wrote: "Congrats to Mike Vick for landing on his feet in Philly. He deserves to play, period." Finally, Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints (@reggie_bush) wrote: "I think it's great the Mike Vick has signed with the Eagles! Everyone deserves a second chance! The only person who can judge us is God..."

Personally, I agree with these players. While I certainly don't condone what Vick did, the truth is that not only has he served his time, but people have done a lot worse and gotten away with it. Vick does in fact deserve a second chance. If he goes to Philadelphia and starts a new dogfighting ring or commits any other sort of animal cruelty, then by all means kick him out. But for now, I'd rather see people give Vick the chance to be the changed man he says he is and see him in uniform on a football field.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Until next time.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Twitter Fail (Win?)

I haven't been able to update my twitter in a few days (@jorgetheBOSS90) because apparently I play a central role in the Georgia-Russia conflict. While most of twitter seems to be running smoothly again (at least, that's what I've heard from my fellow twitter members), for some

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reason I still lack the ability to send tweets, update my settings, and do just about anything else central to what makes twitter, twitter. So if you're wondering why I haven't tweeted anything in 48 hours, although I don't see why you would considering the fact that right now I possess a commanding 7 followers, three of which are spam bots, there's your answer.

All the other times that twitter has gone down, which apparently happens all too frequently, I haven't really been affected because I don't fall under the category of "twitter addict." Hell, I don't even fall under the category of "heavy user." It just so happened that this DDoS attack occured on the same day I created this blog, and my ability to promote it has been severely hampered as a result. In all seriousness, it would surprise me if even one person is reading this (if you are then welcome! tell your friends!) but this way if this blog ever becomes popular, you'll have mass amounts of reading material to hold you over until I come down from on high with my much sought after new blog post.

But while we're on the topic of twitter I wanted to share a story with you guys. You may or may not have heard about this, but earlier today a tour helicopter crashed with a small plane over the Hudson River in New York. The reason I bring this story up is because almost immediately tweets of what had just happened where sent to the internet masses via twitter. While I hope that these guys called 911 before sending out tweets on TwitterBerry, I think that this situation completely embodies the way that news intake has moved in this day and age. Even CNN has embraced the use of iReport, their program where individuals like you and me send in news stories. As I type this, the main picture on the CNN article of this story is from an iReporter. I think that this is a great move for media and while some may aruge that leaving news reporting to the masses leaves the door wide open for bias regarding the interpretation of the story, I think that when it comes down to the barebone facts of what just occured, anyone could report fairly accurately. I'm curious to see where media and news reporting moves in the future.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Until next time.
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The First of Many

For a while now I've wanted to start writing a blog, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out what I wanted to write about. I didn't want to write a blog recapping the activities or shenanigans I had been a part of earlier that day; That wouldn't have been interesting. I thought about giving my two cents on big news stories that happened on whatever day I updated this blog, and while I liked that idea better than what essentially boiled down to an internet diary, I still wasn't sure. As it turns out, I still have no idea what I want the long-term theme of this blog to be, however I do know what I want to write about tonight.

David Pogue writes a New York times blog that I think is absolutely great. Lately, he's launched a campaign dubbed "Take Back the Beep." The goal behind this campaign is to get rid of the mandatory 15 second messages that a caller is forced to listen to each time the recipient of the phone call can't come to the phone. This mandatory message is in addition to the personalized greeting that person leaves. As Pogue puts it, "These little 15-second waits add up–bigtime. If Verizon’s 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year. That’s your money. And your time: three hours of your time a year, just sitting there listening to the same message over and over again every year." I

Straight-to-beep cheat sheetImage by johnlamb via Flickr

completely agree with this campaign and so I've decided to include links to respective phone companies where people can direct their complaints and attempt to get phone companies to remove, or at least make optional, these 15 second messages.

Verizon: Post a complaint here
AT&T: Send e-mail to: customerissues@attnews.us
T-Mobile: Post a complaint here

Note: Sprint isn't included on this list because they've already made this 15-second message optional.

Leave your opinion on the mandatory messages in the comments. I would love to hear what you guys have to say. I'll consider this a very successful blog if people can come together, debate, and maybe even learn something regardless of how many people regularly keep up with it.

Until next time.

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