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Update on Cowboys draftee David Buehler

April 30, 2009 1 comment

I’ve learned it’s pronounced BEE-ler and not BYOO-ler. So, alas, we must say goodbye to the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off jokes.

I’ve been told by a sports reporter in Texas there might be two things about Buehler that could delegate him to kickoffs only:

1. During the NFL Combine, he wasn’t very accurate on field goals.

2. During his career with USC, he converted on only 1 of every 4 field goals against cross-town rival UCLA (some would suggest using the term rival loosely since UCLA hasn’t had a great football team since, well, I don’t remember the last time), which suggests he doesn’t handle pressure very well. Also, there haven’t exactly been a lot of pressure kicks for him since USC–during the Pete Carroll Era–wins most of its games. Easily.

Still, here are two important factors to consider: the number of touchbacks current Cowboys kicker Nick Folk had last year: ZERO.

Number of reps Buehler had at bench pressing 225 pounds at the NFL Combine: 25. His teammate, Rey Maualuga? 23. Buehler’s 25 reps bested two 6’5″, 309-pound first-round picks (Virginia’s offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, selected eighth by Jacksonville and Mississippi’s offensive guard Michael Oher, selected by Baltimore) and equaled 6’2″, 254-pound Wake Forest inside linebacker Aaron Curry, who was taken fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks.

A recent job interview

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I interviewed for a sales job at an upscale clothing store. The clothes reminded me a lot of what the “rich” kids in high school would wear. To be honest, I felt a little like a fish out of water since I was the only applicant this time who wore a tie and wasn’t wearing stylish clothes. One applicant wore knee-length shorts with cargo pockets. Another–I kid you not–wore torn jeans with mesh in the tears, suggesting that’s how the jeans looked when bought. I marveled at how times have changed: 20 years ago when I was in high school, other students would’ve thought he was poor.

I’m not too optimistic about getting hired, probably because I was the only applicant there who was out of high school. Compared to those young men, I must’ve looked frumpy, as if I were a U.K. American Idol candidate.

Please understand this is solely an observation. The interview itself went well and I found the company has an interesting hiring process. They pose scenarios to you in the interview instead of giving you a boring test asking you how you’d respond to various questions.

We’ll see what happens.

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Arlen Specter left the Pennsylvania DEMOCRATIC Party?

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Yes, according to Vice President Joe Biden. He was talking about how longtime Republican In Name Only Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter announced he was switching to the Democratic party.

Listen to the 5:00-mark during the same speech where Biden earlier said he told is family not to fly anywhere. He says, “[Specter’s] party left him. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party of Arlen Specter, the party that was much more aligned with moderates, is no longer in existence in Pennsylvania, so he came where he was most comfortable.” [Emphasis mine]

I presume the vice president meant to say the Republican Party.

And you liberals thought Sarah Palin would be embarrassing as vice president…

April 30, 2009 1 comment

Vice President Joe Biden, whose off-the-cuff comments cause great consternation for the White House, recently told people to stay off planes and subways on NBC’s The Today Show as of way of trying to avoid the swine flu. Well, that must’ve caused confusion for the many Americans whose jobs require them to travel every day.

A few hours later, Biden modified his comments, saying he was talking about traveling down to Mexico.

The above article states that Biden received much criticism from the travel industry, calling his comments irresponsible.

Right now, Biden’s frequent comical comments are about the only thing I enjoy about this presidency. Somewhere, Dan Quayle must be wondering why so much slack is given to Biden.

Before anyone accuses me of taking the vice president out of context, here’s a link to video of his comments. He is asked if he would tell his family not to fly to Mexico, and he clearly says he’d tell his family not to fly anywhere.

Hearing from actors: Kevin Gage

April 29, 2009 1 comment

Several months ago, I saw that actor Kevin Gage had a website. Gage played the white supremacist criminal and probably serial murderer/rapist Waingro in my favorite movie, Heat. I told him that I thought he was an underrated actor (which, frankly, he is compared to some of the clowns you see on the A List these days) and that I hoped to see him in more films since I really enjoyed his performance. He was very kind in his reply.

Here’s a shot of him from Heat:

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Speaking of Heat*, I find myself wishing director Michael Mann would do a prequel showing how Vincent Hanna, Neil McCauley, Chris Shiherlis, et al, came to be where they are.

*Yes, I’m a proud owner of the special-edition DVD.

Arlen Specter newsflash!

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

This just in to the From A to Zowie newsroom…R.I.N.O. Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter has switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat!

In other breaking news, we’ve also just learned the Eiffel Tower is in Paris!

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Houston Astros update

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

The Houston Astros are now 9-12 on the season, courtesy of a three-game winning streak. Yes, they’re still in last place in the N.L. Central, but perhaps that can change. Last night, WandyRodriguez pitched seven strong innings as the Astros–for once–scored runs for him enroute to an 8-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Park–a place Houston (and Lance Berkman in particular) has had lots of success. Wandy gave up five hits and one run, evening his record to 2-2 with a season ERA of 1.69. Catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez added his third home run of the season for Houston.

Alas, Berkman’s off to a slow start. He’s hitting .164 on the season.

Long ways to go in the season…