Greg Oden: World’s Friendliest 7 Foot 19/45 year old

September 28, 2007

I’ll be honest, I was hot and cold on Greg Oden last year. Oden came in with LeBron-esque hype, and when his injured wrist threw another variable into the equation, I didn’t know what to think. Was he the greatest center prospect of the last 50 years. Or was he simply an overblown caricature who had been puffed up by our media-saturated/shoe-contract/superlative culture. Or, most importantly, was he 45 years old.

Oden sold me in the national championship game. On the biggest stage, against a better team, Oden was a man among boys. He showcased all of his potential talents, making me excited to watch what’s next.

Unfortunately, what’s next ended up being microfracture surgery. A gloomy fate for sure.

Yet after watching the video below, I can undoubtedly say that I’m a bigger Oden fan than ever before. The guy seems genuine (his biggest worry before the knee injury was “my tonsils”) and unaffected by the fame and fortune he’s already racked up.

Microfracture surgery is no walk in the park, and it’s not clear how it will affect Oden’s long term career. But one thing’s certain – we can all feel good about rooting for a healthy return.

Link to Video

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Women’s World Cup: US-England Goal Celebrations

September 24, 2007

A bunch of us got together to root for the US Women’s National Team (and good friend Cat Whitehill) in their Women’s World Cup game vs. England. In this epic battle of freedom against tyranny, the US came out again on top.

Below is a video which shows two goal celebrations – one after Shannon Boxx hit a screamer past the English keeper to make it 2-0; and the final goal, which saw Cat deliver a deep ball that skidded over the goalie’s head and which Kristine Lilly tapped in. It was really shocking goalkeeping on the third, which led to the epic quote, “you may be pretty, but you’re not good.”

See our viewing party celebration here


Greatest. Office Prank. Ever.

September 20, 2007

Not necessarily the most intricate or most impressive, but best because it was done to one of the all-time most hated Dookies, Danny Ferry.

It’s a beautiful thing to see his office decked out in Carolina Blue.


Cat Whitehill: On the Studio 90 Hot Seat

September 20, 2007

Good friend Cat Whitehill took some time from Women’s World Cup games in China to talk with ussoccer.com’s Neil Buethe in a segment called Studio 90. Cat shows some interviewing skills in trading barbs with Neil and in shamelessly plugging herself for a post-career move to a job in college football broadcasting. Especially entertaining is seeing Cat take the “Back 4 Quiz”.

See it all here.

The US plays England in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday morning at 8AM – ESPN2.


US Women’s Soccer Advances

September 18, 2007

The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard of…aka the US Women’s National Soccer Team, has survived the so-called Group of Death and advanced to the quarterfinals this morning in a soggy match against Nigeria.

UNC-alum Lori Chalupny got the goal in the 1st minute. Cat Whitehill led a solid US defense (as usual) to a clean sheet.

Match story here

The GTYNHO, hasn’t been all that great yet, but is still unbeaten. And from now on it’s up to one simple truth: Survive and Advance.


Headline of the Day

September 14, 2007

Girl, 9, Threatens to Kill Classmate Over Zebra Cakes

“The note said ‘I have a gun and first I’m going to shoot you in the shoulder,'” said Cindy Landfair, mother of the girl who was threatened.

From one nine-year-old girl to another, the note continued.

    “…then you’re going to shoot me back with a bazooka, but you’re gonna miss…”

And what could drive a 9 year old to say such things? Little Debbie snack cakes, of course.

The girl’s mother said it all started over snacks. Her daughter traded her ‘zebra cakes’ for a bag of chips. But when the other girl wanted both for herself, the mother said that’s when she wrote the threatening note.

Makes you wonder what would have happened if it had been a Nutty Bar for an apple.

View whole article here.


Jawbone – Making Bluetooth Cool Again

September 11, 2007

I’m not the biggest fan of Bluetooth headsets. It’s not so much that I dislike the headsets themselves (there’s certainly something to be said for the utility of hands free calling); rather, it’s the people who wear the sets in the grocery store, at a restaurant, or to the movies. Inevitably, these jokers end up talking into thin air (or at least that’s what we think!) and generally make everyone around them miserable.

Yet, I can’t help but think that Jawbone is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Basically it’s a souped up bluetooth headset that uses some sick technology developed for DARPA to rid ambient noise from the calling experience.

I didn’t know what to believe until I saw this demo.

It’s not cheap – I think around $120 – but definitely cool. Here’s to hoping this doesn’t create a new class of Jawboners willing to wear their earpieces while mowing their yards!