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sunday NFL roundup…

Posted by eric on November 25, 2007

Good game by the Jaguars this afternoon. Despite the fact that we didn’t do much in the red zone at first, we went on to soundly beat the Bills. I just noticed that has a handful of video clips, so here are some of my favorites from the day:

I also came across a Youtube video of ACC ref Ron Cherry giving a rather unusual explanation of a holding penalty in this weekend’s Maryland-NC State game. If you’re confused, it’s a reference to a similar call during a Bills-Jets game in 1986. Good stuff.

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as expected…

Posted by eric on November 24, 2007

Miami lost to Boston College today. The Hail Flutie clip was shown at least 5 times, I think. We finish at 5-7, worse than we did my freshman year (5-6). I don’t think there’s ever been a 5-7 season, because they’ve only been playing 12 games a season in the last few years. Nevertheless, I’m sure there was a time when we lost 7 games in a season, but it had to have been at least 28 years ago. Because when we went 5-6 my freshman year, it was the worst season since 1979.
Now, we just have to hope something changes in the offseason.

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good news..

Posted by eric on November 20, 2007

Yesterday, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to watch the Jaguars on December 2nd, when I’m in Atlanta. So I went on, and posted a message on the message boards. I asked if anyone knew of a way to look up bars that have Sunday Ticket, or knew of a place to watch Jaguars games in Atlanta. Within minutes, someone posted a link to the site for the group of Jaguars fans up there, and wouldn’t you know it, they have a restaurant where they gather. So it looks like I’m set. Now I’m just hoping it’s a good game!

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shadows of 1997…

Posted by eric on November 17, 2007

So, the Miami Hurricanes are now 5-6. That’s the same record they finished with in 1997, my freshman year at UM. That year, we lost 47-0 to FSU at Doak Campbell Stadium. This year, we lost 48-0 to UVa, in the last game ever at the Orange Bowl. At least we beat FSU this year, but I don’t know what that really means. This year, we still have one game to go. Against Boston College — still one of the top teams in the country. I’d say there’s a pretty good chance we finish 5-7. Not exactly what many fans hoped for. Well, there’s always next year.

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the end of an era.

Posted by eric on November 9, 2007

Tonight (well, early tomorrow morning), the Miami Hurricanes will play their last game ever in the Orange Bowl. The now-rickety steel structure has seen 70 years of Hurricane Football. A lot of mediocre years, then some really good years, a few bad years, some really good years, and now some more mediocre years. Among the bad years: the 1997 season, my freshman year, when the Hurricanes went 5-6 (only three of those five wins were at home: Temple, Arkansas State, and Rutgers). But three years later, you had “The Drive” against FSU, and Wide Right III. What a game. Too bad I missed half of it because I had a kidney stone.
And it hasn’t just been UM football that’s created memories in that stadium. The Orange Bowl bowl game was played there until the mid-90s, so it’s seen plenty of national championship games. Plus decades of Miami Dolphins football, including the perfect 1972 season. Plus five Super Bowls. Plus concerts. And more.
Tonight, plenty of former Hurricane greats will come back, to help say farewell to the OB. I assume we’ll take the smoke, the cannon, and everything else with us to Dolphin Stadium. We’ll be leaving behind the place that witnessed the NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak. But we will take with us the memories.

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The U on ESPN U

Posted by eric on November 3, 2007

(I’m not going to go into the actual details of today’s game. It’s just not pleasant.)
For what I think was the third time this season, UM’s game was on ESPNU today. Thankfully, the place where we watch our games gets ESPNU now. One thing struck me during the broadcast, compared to other televised football games — the commercials suck. Normally, you see a lot of car commercials, and other ads targeted at the largely-male football-watching audience. This game was loaded with a lot of two-minute, “infomercial-style” ads. One we saw twice was for Proactiv — an anti-acne skin care system, pitched by Jennifer Love Hewitt. We also saw one for the DR Wood Splitter (or something like that) twice. Saw a Bose commercial a few times. I can’t remember the others, but you get my drift. They aren’t doing a very good job of selling ad time for these games. There was one upside to this — the game moved a little more quickly.

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checking the calendar…

Posted by eric on November 28, 2006

It’s Tuesday, November 28th. For about another 75 minutes, at least. A few thoughts on what this means:
— After this post, only two more posts to make the NaBloPoMo complete! I admit, I haven’t been the best blogger around. But I’ve managed to keep up the pace.
— Only one more day of the November sweeps. Thank goodness. That should ease some pressure at work.
— Unfortunately, that also means that a lot of primetime TV shows will dip into a brief hiatus until January or February. I know that next week’s Heroes is the last one for a few weeks. Studio 60… probably the same thing. Lost has been off for a few weeks now. How I Met Your Mother… dunno what they’ll be doing there. The good news is that it will give me a chance to finally start watching my West Wing season 7 DVDs. I’ve had them for three weeks now, and haven’t watched a single episode — that may be a record for me.
— A big day of college football is coming up. Well, sort of. It’s inconsequential for Miami once again. But I will be at the ACC Championship, because we already had tickets. And it should be a good game: Georgia Tech and Wake Forest have been solid teams this year. Wow, that sounds weird. Something is not right in the world.

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Day 26: quick hits, part 2

Posted by eric on November 26, 2006

— The TV spot for the new iPod shuffle is pretty cool. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out:
I tried finding out more about how it was done, but have not yet had any success.
— Bizarre day in the NFL. Jaguars lose on a last-second field goal. Giants lose on a last second field goal, to the Titans of all people. After having a 21-0 lead. Bears and Pats combine for nine turnovers.
— On another NFL note, it seems there’s a buzz about the NFL Network’s “debut” last Thursday. I read one blurb that said their coverage was good, considering it’s their first time out. Then another said that it left something to be desired, and that CBS and Fox don’t have to worry about the NFL Network taking away more games. What seems to be an agreed-upon point is that nobody (comparatively) is seeing these NFL Network games, because of the cable carriage deals.
TV Week did an audio interview a while back with Doug Ellin, one of the executive producers of “Entourage.” I stumbled upon it while looking for something else. Cool stuff. One warning: it’s spoiler-y for the end of season 3. But if you haven’t seen that episode by now, you probably aren’t interested in listening to the interview.
— Last night (around 1 AM) I looked at the upgrade process for Gallery. Then I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to start at that point in the night. I may install it on my personal server, then do the “real” upgrade/install. This agrees with the advice Dawn gave me in a comment to a previous post. (Thanks, Dawn!)

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day 24

Posted by eric on November 24, 2006

I’m this far along with NaBloPoMo, not gonna let it slip by now…
Some quick hits:
— Larry Coker is officially fired as the head coach of the UM football team. Not exactly a surprise, since plenty of people have been expecting it for the past few months. He will coach the bowl game, if we get an invitation — that largely rests on the outcome of tomorrow’s VT-UVa game. And as far as the new coach… who knows.
— I saw lines stretching all the way around a Best Buy shortly after midnight — five hours until the store opened. Nuts. I know some people love it, but it’s not for me. Three years ago, I went to a Circuit City on Black Friday (around 10 AM, after producing the morning show), and picked up a scanner at a good price, as well as some DVDs and CDs. Don’t think I’ve been shopping on the day since.
— I now have a new UM sweatshirt. Which is a good thing, because my current one is about 6 years old, and starting to shrink.
— In the next few days, I may be upgrading the software that currently runs my photo gallery. Right now, I use Gallery v1.x. I’m thinking of giving 2.x a shot. It looks like it’s a nice upgrade. There are reasons for the timing, but I’m not going to elaborate on them here at this point.
That’s what’s running around my mind at the moment (or at least a sample of it…).

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this seems to be a Big Ten issue…

Posted by eric on November 19, 2006

Once again, a Big Ten team wins a big game, and people set stuff on fire. This time it was OSU. But I’ve seen it happen at other schools: I think it happened in East Lansing a few years back (after a basketball game). And I’m pretty sure it’s happened at OSU before. The funny part of this AP story about last night’s incident is that the headline is “Columbus relatively calm after OSU win,” despite the fact that there were dozens of fires and 40 arrests. Fires and arrests, and you call it calm… suuurre.

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