1. Welcome into another exciting edition of The Numbers Game, ladies and gentlemen. I am very, very excited to share a little sports and entertainment talk with you today, and I hope you know that if you are brand new to Town Square Buzz and this is your first week of reading TNG, I am so excited to have you a part of the team. What am I not excited about? The fact that I actually did this stupid bit to mock Tim Tebow’s press conference, which in turn probably makes me look like a jerk to a lot of people out there. If you are unaware of what I am poking fun at, during Tebow’s 30- minute long press conference introducing him as a member of the New York Jets, Tim claimed to be “excited” to be in the Big Apple and a member of ‘Gang Green’ 45 times! You are telling me that’s not somehow a coincidence, but rather it’s just a reflection of how he truly feels?! OK, New York media, next time something thrilling happens in my life, I am going to constantly repeat how excited I am over and over and over again and see what kind of looks and responses I get. Then again, we are talking about the Chosen One with Tebow here. My bad gang.
2. Did anyone wake up at 5 a.m. to watch a little Opening Day baseball? I am almost tempted to tell the people who did that you are the ones that missed out, because those three hours of precious sleep are some you can never get back. The reason the ballgame began at the wee hours of the morning here in the U.S is because the first two regular season games of 2012 are being played in Tokyo, Japan between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s. Now as un-American as it seems to have Opening Day somewhere other than here in America, I don’t know if that’s as bad as sending Seattle and Oakland to represent MLB for two games in Japan. But give it up for the Mariners, who with the 3-1 extra innings win on Wednesday morning just became baseball’s best team at 1-0. Soak that feeling in Seattle, it only goes down from here.
3. On Monday’s episode of The Sports Bruu Podcast, Steve and I discussed what we expect from the MLB season in 2012 and gave our expert predictions on who would represent each league in the Fall Classic. Despite both of us being very strong supporters of the Rangers and fans of the roster and how the team is shaping up top to bottom, with the odds already stacked against the team to make it to a third consecutive World Series combined with the strength of so many organizations in the American League, neither of us picked Texas to win the pennant again in 2012. Just so we have the predictions on official record, below are the TSB Podcast World Series picks as stated on Monday’s program:
4. Steve’s Pick: New York Yankees OVER Cincinnati Reds
5. My Pick: Tampa Bay Rays OVER Miami Marlins
6. If you have an official World Series prediction you wish to put on record for the entire world to see, please feel free to leave your matchup and winner in the comment box below. And if you would like to listen to our reasoning for each pick, click here to listen to this week’s episode of TSB Podcast.
7. On Tuesday it was announced from the Owner’s meetings in Palm Beach, Florida that the New York Giants would host the Dallas Cowboys in the Wednesday night opener on September 5th. Since 2004, the Super Bowl winner from a year ago has opened the season on Thursday night with a primetime home game to celebrate the accomplishments from a season ago and reward the organization for winning a championship. Now as cool as it seems that the Cowboys will be the team to try and ruin New York’s celebration next fall, just know that home teams in this game are a perfect 8-0. Yeah, not so cool now right? By the way, the game is on Wednesday night this fall so as not to conflict with the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the first NFL game on ‘hump day’ since September 22nd, 1948.
8. Since I want to be open and honest each week with you and every reader out there, I should let you know that this has been one of the most frustrating weeks of my life. I have managed to become part of some ridiculous conflict in my radio and TV class at Collin College, to lose almost 2,000 songs and files in a transfer from my old computer to my new computer, and the thing that takes the cake and then some, I've gotten my car towed two times in two days because my engine has an internal leak and needs to be entirely replaced. So if you were driving through the Jordan and Virginia intersection yesterday afternoon around 5 p.m. and saw a grey car stuck in the left hand turn lane, it was very nice to meet you. I am hoping that my bad luck this week is coming to an end, but if you could send some extra positive energy this way, that would be greatly appreciated.
9. Clean off that old jazz flute and make sure your bottle of Sex Panther is at the ready, because Ron Burgundy will return to a theater near you in the somewhat near future. As the original film is one of the funniest comedies of my generation, I really hope that the sequel does not disappoint. But until then, you stay classy, San Diego. I love lamp.
10. The MHS and North boys and girls soccer teams are beginning their paths to Georgetown Friday night as the class 4A soccer state tournament kicks off around the state. I talked to the head coach of the Lions boys squad, Alan Pocock, about his team's perfect district record and becoming back-to-back champions of District 17-4A, as well as what it means for the city of McKinney to have all six MISD soccer programs make the playoffs. The interview, as well as a small preview of each class 4A matchup, will be on Town Square Buzz early Friday morning, so before you go out and support your team make sure you get prepared with the best source in McKinney for your soccer playoff coverage.
11. On Tuesday, MHS football player Elliot Parkman officially signed with Howard Payne University in Brownwood*, TX. Parkman was joined alongside his brother Matthew, his parents Ralph and Pam, MHS athletic coordinator Jeff Smith, and MHS principal Stewart Herrington. Everyone at TSB congratulates Mr. Parkman on the tremendous accomplishment and look for good things on the football field next fall.
12. Tuesday night was a very bizarre night in the world of MISD baseball and softball. While the ladies had an outstanding night on the diamond with every McKinney school winning its game, the boys were 0-3 on the evening with each school missing valuable opportunities to make up ground in the district standings. While it appears as though Boyd will send both programs into the playoffs in April and the Lionettes and Lady Bulldogs will finish in the top four in District 10-4A, the pressure is starting to heat up for MHS and North baseball as both are currently on the outside looking in. The Lions desperately need a win on Friday at Highland Park to get momentum going, while the Bulldogs hope to take advantage of two straight home games against the third and fourth place teams in the district. Things are definitely heating up on the diamond as the regular season calender turns to April.
13. Only in college basketball can the state of Kentucky be the center of attention for a week. While I will probably watch very little of the Final Four on Saturday night, I have seen enough of Kentucky to know they are head and shoulders above everyone else. Prediction: UK-Ohio State for the title on Monday night, and John Calipari and the Wildcats win by 12 and hold up the trophy in a sea of confetti. You can tell how into this Final Four I am, can’t you?
14. I may take some heat for this, but oh well. I really don’t like American Idol, and each week of watching to support Hollie Cavanagh has really hit it home why I haven’t watched in years. My main beef with the show is that for all of the contestants to be within the ages of 15-28 years old, almost 90% of the songs are ones that most kids within that demographic have barely heard of or listen to on a regular basis. I think it’s really cool that you can sing a Billy Joel song, but tell me how many current radio hits sound like a Billy Joel song? I still believe that you would have a lot more people legitimately interested if the contestants had to write their own songs or use their prior work during the show, instead of getting up there and singing an old Elvis or Madonna tune. Don’t get me wrong; I have really enjoyed watching Hollie perform these past few weeks. I just disagree with the premise of the show, that’s all.
15. RIP Trayvon Martin. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how evil this world can be.
16. I think I am one of the last remaining people in the world not to have seen The Hunger Games, but I can honestly say that I have no real desire to see it. Maybe I am just turned off by how much it is being treated like a Twilight movie, but when all I see are 15 year old girls on TV going crazy about the film, you can count me out.
17. This is what is in left-center field of the new Miami Marlins ballpark. The fish move around and water shoots out of it when a home run is hit. Yes, that is in a major league ballpark.
18. My weekly song and artist that you need to check out: Contrails by Astronautalis. Incredible mix of rap and alternative music from one of the greatest freestyle rappers on the planet. YouTube his name and enjoy the magic folks.
19. I believe my time is up for the day, but I have to say that sitting down to write this has definitely made my week a little bit better. Stay tuned to TSB for all of your soccer playoff updates, and make sure you continue to check out The Sports Bruu Podcast every Monday. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.