Simpsonized

If you haven’t heard, the new Simpsons movie is being released today and in the spirit of things, the site is offering the chance to turn yourself into a Simpsons character.

However, they’re not the only ones with this offering as their partner, Burger King, also has their version of this up. Their version of your Simpsons character has much more detail than the actual official movie site, but that’s because you upload a photo of yourself first. Plus, I’ve found the system extremely buggy with it not working properly the majority of the time. But when you get it to work, it works pretty damn well. So without further ado, I present the Simpsonized me!

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The State of Professional Sports

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard about the recent controversies happening to the “Big 3” in sports.

In the NFL, there are a few trouble spots for the league. First, there was the issue with the ever problematic Pacman Jones and Chris Henry. These repeat offenders of the NFL’s personal conduct policy landed them both suspensions from the league for the upcoming year, with Pacman getting hit the hardest being suspended the entire season.

In MLB, there is the on-going steroid controversy which has landed a dark cloud over Barry Bond’s chase to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. Seeing a momentous event like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but to have this feat performed by the biggest jerks in the business with obvious involvement in trying to cheat the game really makes me wish something happen to the man so that he is unable to play for the rest of the season, leaving the hallowed mark in good, HONEST hands. Should all the blame be pointed to Bonds? Definitely not as MLB didn’t have a drug policy in place while Bonds allegedly was involved with steroids, in a sense not breaking any rules that didn’t exist.

Then of course, there is the NBA and the biggest controversy of all: The betting scandal involving an NBA referee and his betting on games, including those he was officiating. This scandal is HUGE. This brings back the days of the Black Sox scandal and the lifetime ban of Pete Rose for his gambling on games.

With the Big 3 being hit hard with these issues, the NHL must be sitting pretty. Not a chance in hell. It may not be in the headlines as much the others, but the NHL has had it’s fair share of recent problems from the issue with Ted Saskin and the NHLPA, to allegations of Bettman’s meddling with the purchase of the Nashville Predators.

I don’t know what it is with all these on-going issues, but one thing’s for sure, pro sports has never been more in the public limelight than it has over the last little while…. and unfortunately for them, it’s for all the wrong reasons.

7 Wonders

I’ve always been a big fan of all things related to ancient history and civilizations. One of the things that had always interested me as a kid was the Seven Wonders of the world. So when it was announced a while back that there would be a poll to determine the new seven wonders, it was pretty exciting news for me.

For those not in the know, the original seven wonders were also known as the seven wonders of the ancient world. Six of the original seven have fallen, with only the Great Pyramids of Egypt still standing. The committee behind this new initiative has assured that the Pyramids will not lose it’s status as a “wonder” and will remain as the eighth wonder. So what did the world decide as the new seven wonders?

  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Taj Mahal
  • Petra of Jordan
  • The Roman Colosseum
  • Machu Picchu of Mexico
  • Chichen Itza
  • Christ Redeemer in Rio

I’m in agreement with most of the picks, but there are some who felt there were other notables more worthy of the list, in particular, Stonehenge. I guess that raises the question as to what defines a “world wonder”; is it simply popularity? Does it have to have an extensive known history? Longevity? Complexity of the object in question or sheer size?

If you could change this list, what would you remove and what would be it’s replacement?

A golf story

Yesterday, I took a floater day off and met up with AJ, who was back from the US b/c of Independence Day, and we went for our traditional mid-week round of golf at Camisle. At first the weather didn’t look like it would cooperate as it was calling for thunderstorms in the afternoon, but that soon gave way to just rain, which we were both comfortable golfing in. And boy, what a good decision that was.

It actually didn’t really rain that hard and halfway through the round, it stopped altogether. But it was enough to keep all the other golfers off the course, as we were the ONLY ones on the course until we left. As a result, there was no sense of rushing and we ended up with the best rounds of our playing days. AJ edged me out on the round with an 82 on the par 70, over my 83. But the day had some memorable moments, from him hitting a solitary wooden post in a wide open fairway about 200 yds off the tee, to my eagle (yes EAGLE!!!!) on the 12th hole.

Now I would be amiss if I didn’t at least describe this once-in-a-blue moon eagle. The drive has hit well but then tailed off to the right and we lost sight of it. Both of us figured it would be close to the water hazard, if not in it, so I chose to play it. As we approached, we saw no sign of the ball, so we scoped out the water and lo and behold, we saw a ball close to shore under the surface, but out of reach. So I hit a drop to the green, and as we strolled up, we saw another ball on the fringe. We were both floored when it turned out to be my drive; a 270+ yrd drive. So I lined up with my 9-iron and chipped it, and BAM!, eagle! We couldn’t believe it!

But all in all, I can’t say I’ve ever had a better round; my short game was on fire, and my irons were true. I think we’re going to have to do some more rain soaked golf more often.

Proud to be…

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Happy (belated) Canada Day! Hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend (and yes this is a cheap excuse for a post :P)