Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What a World Series...

How good is this year’s World Series? The many errors and base running mishaps haven’t resulted in good 'actual' ball but the story lines are fantastic. After one of the craziest games we have seen in ages in Game 4, the Phillies and Rays followed it up with a 2-2 suspended tie in Game 5.

We’re not huge fans of either the Phillies or the Rays but we do like both teams. What we’re really rooting for is a Game 7. No more sweeps! No more sweeps! So we were pumped in Game 5 when, with the Rays down 2-1, the umpires decided to start the 6th inning. B.J. Upton gets a very rain-aided hit, steals second and scores the tying run. Commissioner Bud Selig made us even happier suspending the game to be finished at a later date. No Cole Hamels (likely for the rest of the series) and a possible David Price ‘start’ means that the Rays have a very good shot at forcing a Game 6.

The Phillies? They weren’t as happy as we were (from the blog at the Courier Post Online):

“That (expletive deleted) guy,” one pitcher said as he saw commissioner Bud
Selig before walking out the back door of the clubhouse. “I wouldn’t let him
supervise one of my (bowel movements). He has no clue. Not one (expletive
deleted) clue.”
“(Expletive deleted),” one position player said in the direction of one
television pausing only for a moment before leaving. “He’s a moron. How stupid
can one person be?”

Do you think the Phillies swear more because they hear the fans talking that way? You know, the same kind of thing that happens to sailors. Bud Selig is an idiot but this is a pretty tough situation for him and he managed to only screw it up a little bit.

We just can’t wait to see what is going to happen next in this series? Game winning Grand Slam? Balking home the tying run? Perfect Game by Matt Garza? The way this series has gone anything can happen!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Anti-Rays ...

Before we begin, let's make sure everybody is up to speed:

- Oren Koules, the guy who produced Saw V (and Saw 1-4, we assume), bought the Tampa Bay Lightning as became the CEO of the team.

- This off-season, he traded for a flock of forwards but forgot to pick up any defenders.

- His team is currently in second last place in the entire league.

- He thought that his new movie Saw V needed some extra promotion and did the mildly disturbing move of having the Tampa goalies wear this monstrosity for a game.

And now...the most recent stunt by owner Oren Koules was to show the following video before the Lightning-Sharks game last week:

Awful. Just awful. Maybe Ryan Malone felt so bad about taking 31.5 million of Koules' dollars that he agreed to be in this disgrace. What the hell was the guy doing lying on the ground with a hockey stick down his pants?

We figured Koules was just some rich Hollywood punk who wanted a million dollar fantasy team to play with. Were were surprised to find out he played minor hockey in the 1980's -- he wasn't half bad either (in his best season he scored 73 points in 67 game for the Spokane Flyers). The fact that his guy was a hockey player makes us think this little stunt even more disappointing.

Poor Tampa Bayians ... would you want the owner of your favourite team to be described as 'wacky, but good hearted'? So how about those Rays?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

YouTube's Best Sport Videos of the Week - Oct 19th to Oct 26th

You know we love you, right reader? Just to prove it to you, we've put together our greatest ever week of the best (and worst) the sport world has to offer:

- They are making a movie version of Moneyball? Brad Pitt may play Billy Beane? We enjoyed the book but we can't see how it would make an interesting movie. Maybe Billy Beane will be an international spy as well the A's GM.

- A Gamecock gets tackled by the ref. We're not talking about a bump, the ref forearms the QB. Not sure what he was thinking.

- Nothing we like more than awkward press conference moments. Here's a compilation of some of the best of all time.

- A goalie scoring a goal in soccer. Not as exciting as Ron Hextall but still exciting.

- Who said the Tampa Bay Rays have no famous fans?

- You know those days where you feel like you're hitting your head against a wall? What about the days where you feel like your getting smashed on top of your head with a hockey stick?

- Sure it's not a video but Puck Daddy put together a great little interview with director and Devils fan Kevin Smith. Worthy of a read ... if you like hockey and Kevin Smith.

- Another non-video, but in case you missed it Sarah Palin said if she had another child she would call it Zamboni. Hockey moms everywhere groan. At first we thought it was a bit of a joke, but she's already called children Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig ... so you never know..

- You've probably already seen this video as it's been making the rounds. A-Rod, Kobe, Phelps and Tony Hawk are all Guitar Heroes. How much money did Sony have to pay these four? Is the extra money really worth the embarrassment of this ad for these superstars?

- The Batting Stance Guy is back. This time with a tribute to walk off home runs in World Series history. We love this guy.

- NHL teams keep putting out some solid commercials this year. The Canadians add to the flock with another great one.

- Some guy from Winnipeg wrote the Tampa Bay Rays theme song. It's called "Feel the Heat, Rays". Get it? It's a 'clever' play on words. It's also awful. We were rooting for the Rays but now we're not so sure.

With a hat tip to the World Series our Clip o' the Week is from the world of Baseball. We saw the 'Rejected Yankee Stadium Memories' clips and thought they were pretty entertaining. They are also a very accurate representation of ALL Yankee fans. Number 1 (below) is our favourite but 4 and 8 are worth a look as well.

We Kick Ball...

Over the last few months we've received a few emails letting us know that we don't have enough football content here at Waikiki Hockey.

Isn't there enough football news out there already? I believe ESPN only shows NFL-related news now, so if you're looking for gridiron videos maybe turn on ESPN. However, our readers are always right so we thought it might time for a football related post.

One of our biggest NFL related posts was Super Bowl Shudder. Today we're going to show you some more NFL inspired music. The classic "We Are The Kickers":

This 'song' is from a 1987 episode of 'Saturday Night Live' hosted by Walter Payton. What was with SNL in the late 80's? Based on this song and our namesake 'Waikiki Hockey' they obviously had problems writing a decent song. Not to worry ... judging by one recent example SNL's song writing skills have increased dramatically:

Yes! We got 'Dick in a Box' into a sports post. It was a pretty big stretch, but we made it.

It's hard to believe but 'We Are The Kickers' isn't the only song about kickers. One of Adam Sandler's crappiest songs is also about kickers; The Lonesome Kicker. Alright that's the last we'll ever talk about kickers. We promise.