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My Top 10 Super Bowl Ads: 2014 Edition

I did this last year, so why not do it again? Exactly!

I didn’t think the selection of Super Bowl commercials were that great as I was watching the game. The day after, I still am underwhelmed, but that didn’t stop me from having some favorites.

Here is a list, in no particular order.

Coca-Cola: Going All the Way
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Budweiser: A Hero’s Welcome
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Budweiser: Puppy Love
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Ohio Stadium Needs To Improve Their “Improved” Cellular Connectivity

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Now, I know I said I was going to take some time off before I started blogging again, but dangit, I’ve got something to say!

I attended the opener of Ohio State’s 2013 season, on Saturday. There’s just something about sitting in 90 degree heat and 80% humidity, with 105,000 of my closest friends, that makes me look forward to this time of year. Nah, I’m a college football addict. I’d sit through just about anything to see my Buckeyes play!

And while I enjoyed myself at the game, I did come away with one huge gripe, and it wasn’t related to the weather or the team’s performance. It was how I had absolutely NO CELLULAR SIGNAL for the majority of the game! That’s simply unacceptable! And especially on the heels of Ohio State promoting their efforts to improve connectivity within and around the stadium. FAIL!

Now, most of the talk was around improvements provided by Verizon for their users. They set up 300 antennas, around the Horseshoe, that were the equivalent of eight cellular towers. However, the Verizon subscriber I was sitting next to, and another one I spoke with after the game, said they couldn’t even send text messages! If that’s what passes for improvement, I’d hate to see an announced setback! Ohio State should immediately demand a refund.

I didn’t expect my connection troubles to magically disappear for the first game. But I also didn’t expect expect things to be markedly worse than last year! Seriously, Verizon, get it together! How is Ohio State going to request fans, inside the stadium, tag tweets and Instagram photos with #TheShow (so they can show up on the big video board) if we can’t even connect to the Internet?

I understand that infrastructure adjustments take time, but don’t promote instant improvement if there indeed isn’t any. That’s all I’m saying. Do better.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!

2013 Ohio State Spring Game

It’s no secret, especially if you follow me on Twitter, that I am a huge college football fan. Gigantic. So much so, that my new followers numbers trail off after football season ends, and start picking up again, once it returns. I’m not mad. I think I’m far more interesting during football season. And apparently, the Internet agrees!

As I type this, the goodness that is college football, is on my TV. I couldn’t be happier! I don’t even care that I’m watching Minnesota football. I don’t care whose team is playing tonight. I just want to see as much of it as possible!

My team, THE Ohio State Buckeyes, get things started on Saturday, and I will be there! I don’t really care which games I attend. I just want to be in that stadium, w/ 105,000 of my closest friends, as often as possible. I love, love, love being able to go to the opener. It’s like our long, national nightmare (of no football) is over, and we are all being cured by the mighty hand of the Lord together. Was that overboard? Whatever. I don’t care. FOOTBALL’S BACK!

The 2013 US Open Is Underway!

While I didn’t make it to the Western & Southern Tournament, in Cincinnati, a couple of weeks ago, I’m still just as tuned in as I usually am come US Open time.

Even though, as of this posting, Venus Williams has bowed out, she electrified NYC with her first round upset of the #12 seeded player in the world. But that wasn’t the only story to come out of that match. Did you see her hair? Va-va-va-voom!

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And she wasn’t done! For her second round match, today, this is how she wore her hair. It wasn’t enough to push her into the third round, but I’m just glad she’s still even playing. (Please don’t retire anytime soon, V!)

The next huge storyline I’ve seen so far is the surprised win by 17 year old American Victoria Duval. She upset the 11th seeded player, and former US Open Champion, Sam Stosur. It was just her 2nd US Open match ever and she’s ranked 296 in the world!

Look at the sheer bliss after her big win! You can’t replicate that type of passion! I look forward to seeing more from her!

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And watch her post-match interview below…

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How cute is this child? I will definitely be keeping an eye on her! The US needs girls like this, along with Sloane Stephens, to take the torch from Serena and Venus in a few years!

P.S. Can y’all believe there are only 3 days left in the #31WriteNow challenge? I have not missed a single day. Go me!

Man Crush Monday: Starring Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers starting QB, has been all over the place this year. He was one of the cover athletes on ESPN’s Body Issue a few months ago. (Of course he wasn’t on the cover of the issue I received in the mail. Hmph!)

While I enjoyed the nudes, I like seeing a well dressed/styled man, and that is precisely what GQ has given us with their September 2013 “Sports” Issue. Helloooooo, CK!

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Dear Sports Fans: This Is How NOT To Use Twitter

The super fan (or stan) movement is awful. I’ve stated many, many times that I think the downfall of our country will eventually because of these fanatics. Sure, a bit of an exaggeration, but these people are downright crazy! So, allow me to tell you a story a sports fan that should have known better, but got busy thumb-thuggin’ and now doesn’t have any season tickets anymore.

Picture it (no, I’m not going into a Golden Girls flashback): your favorite team or player performs horribly and you are frustrated. There are many ways you can deal with it. Some go and drown out their sorrows in alcohol, but more and more, it seems fans make themselves feel better by diving into a profanity laced diatribe about said team; including mean-spirited and foul comments about particular athletes.

It seems there are a lot of people who don’t truly understand what “freedom of speech” really is. It is simply a protection that should keep you from being prosecuted, or jailed, for sharing your thoughts. No laws can be passed to limit what you can or cannot say. What it doesn’t do is provide of shield for any responses, criticism, or consequences to said free speech. In short, if you say something stupid, it can get you in hot water with your family, job, or recreational activities.

A Twitter account used by members of San Diego State University’s cheering section, The Show, popped off on Twitter (a path many have taken), and went so far as to wish further illness and death wished upon a rival player. Bad form. Simply dreadful. The SDSU Athletic Department stepped in and handled this. They met with the officers of the student section and found out who actually wrote the truth. After the tweets were deleted, and an apology was issued, the offender was stripped of his student tickets. Good riddance!

Being an Ohio State fan, I know that fan rivalries can get quite heated, and sometimes people take that stuff too far, but this is so far across the live, that I just can’t believe anyone would be so horrible and dumb. And because sometimes words don’t fully convey my feelings on any given matter, I will direct you to the “judging you” GIF tag on Tumblr. That sums things up quite nicely.

Well, along with this one (it’s a personal favorite):

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Friday LOLZ: Brought to you by Michigan State

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Whenever I talk about Michigan State, it’s usually because I’m watching either their football or basketball teams, and then they do something dumb. Then you’ll hear me say (or tweet) “Sparty, NO!” Otherwise, I don’t have much to say about Sparty… Well, until today!

Michigan State Football released a video, the other day, that just made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh! A MSU player posed as a mannequin, outside their locker room, and proceeded to scare the crap out of as many players and coaches as he could. And honestly, I don’t know why it was so funny to me, but it was!

So, take 4 minutes out of your day and enjoy a laugh. Hopefully you’ll tell me you think it’s funny too! If not, I’ll stand alone!

This Is A LeBron James Post

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I’m going to talk about LeBron James for a minute, and there is not going to be a drop of slander in this post. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about that man on this topic, and neither can you. So, cut the crap and check out the good work this man has done.

Despite the running joke that he hates Ohio, LeBron does nothing but put on for his hometown (and state) at every possible moment he can. This was largely on display over the weekend.

King James went back to his alma mater, Akron St. Vincent St. Mary, and helped them reveal new athletics program uniforms that he donated the money for! And he wasn’t just there, he also modeled the new football uniforms! How awesome is that?!

Also, I don’t know if most people are aware that LeBron was an elite prep WR recruit in high school as well. Being the freak of nature athlete that he is, that really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The money he donated outfits all of the sports at SVSM, not just football. And on top of that, he donated another $1M to renovate the basketball gym. When it’s finished, it will be renamed LeBron James Arena.

LeBron is not obligated to do anything like that. He doesn’t have to stay involved to that extent. Hell, he could just cut a check and let that be the end of it. But nooooooo. LeBron takes time out of his schedule to be a part of the reveal. He wants to show his community how much they mean to him, and how much a part of him Akron still is. Respect.

You know those students got their lives from his appearance. A certain Ohio State football commit certainly did! That had to be a really amazing experience for them.

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Have I Mentioned How Much I Love The Mannings?

Every day we read about the shenanigans that certain sports stars are up to. These days, there’s a new Johnny Manziel headline everyday, and a new Riley Cooper apology on the off days. Where’s the fun, I ask? WHERE IS THE FUN?!

You don’t have to look very far for relief. Eli and Peyton Manning have our backs. Obviously inspired by the success of Justin Timberlake’s digital shorts for SNL, the lovable brothers have teamed with DirecTV to give us a music video full of hilarity!

I’ve long been a fan of the Manning Brothers; especially Peyton. (Yea, I first blogged about him waaaaay back in 2008. That’s love!) Those guys are so humble and don’t take themselves too seriously, which is a trait I really appreciate in high profile entertainers.

So, without further ado, I give you “Football On Your Phone!” Watch below:

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The Upcoming Launch of ‘Fox Sports 1′ Intrigues Me

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I’ve been saying for a while that ESPN needs some major network competition. I’m really sick of 90% of what that network is all about and stands for. I was glad to hear that FOX was launching their own 24/7 sports network, but I wasn’t about to hold my breath. I’m still not, but I’ve been following their hires and the news leading up to the debut anyway. Basically, my expectations for the network are incredibly low, that way, if it actually ends up being a success, I’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a self-defense mechanism and it works for me somehow.

My ears perked up when I heard Fox Sports 1 had hired Andy Roddick. I love that guy. I think his personality will be great for sports media. At least I hope it is. I’m sure he’ll be rusty to start things off, but most analysts and personalities are.

I rolled my eyes when they announced they hired one of college football’s greatest trolls in Clay Travis. Really, guys? You couldn’t find anyone credible? You had to hire on a TMZ-esque wannabe Mark May? Good job. Good effort.

But FS1 really got my attention when I learned they hired Michelle Kwan for their 2014 Olympic coverage. Slam dunk, y’all! Michelle Kwan is everything, I tell you. EVERYTHING! As a fan of figure skating, I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table! They’re going to have her do more human interest and fluff pieces, rather than standard reporting, as I understand it, but I’m still happy about the move. I’m an Olympics junkie (more for the Summer Games than the Winter Games), so FS1 gives an e-high five from me.

I’ll be watching the launch when it takes place in 2 weeks. Even if the network doesn’t end up being a hit, it’s shiny and brand new right now. Sports fans like just about everything when it’s shiny and brand new. So, let the games begin!