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hahah this is hilarious, this image was forwarded to me via e-mail. Enjoy! Click to enlarge image!

Plaxico Burress

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Hello,

I am sending this e-mail because I for one am highly concerned with the state of the baseball team.  I know most likely this will fall on deaf ears or that this will end up in the spam box, but I really need to send this e-mail either out of desperation for myself or for the fact that baseball has changed and its not what it used to be for the Pirates.

I understand that you sell out games with family night, and I understand that with the current amount of people in the seats are family members who can get good family deals.  However, what are you doing for the real fans of this team?  What are you bringing in that will create a buzz for the faithful who will buy tickets at any price or will support you to the end?

I mean, I look back all the way to the 1992, when you could have chosen between Bonds and Slyke, management chose an outfielder who no doubt was a fan favorite, and passed up on an elitist ball player, who turned into a mega monster of a hitter.

Why did it have to a decision as one or the other?  Why not both?  I mean later on in the years you signed Kevin Young and Jason Kendall to big contracts for hardly any payback from either one of them, and accepted their average play for years after that.

Or the fact that Van Benshoten(spelling) a power hitting first baseman/outfielder into a pitcher?  I mean seriously what was the reasoning on that decision?

At this time I feel that you got lucky in the Bay trade, it was just another wash out for trading away another fan favorite(Brian Giles), and receiving, no name players in return in hopes of great fortune.  Bay was no doubt a fan favorite, and I am surely going to follow his career whether it be in Boston or wherever else he lands, but at least he gave all he could for an organization, that has more interest in gaining fans through concerts and fireworks than good play.

So who’s next?  Gorzo? Duke? Sanchez? Mclouth?  It’s sad that a true fan of the sport speculates who the next person to leave is rather than anticipate what they will do with the future of the team.

I will negate to mention the likings of Oliver Perez and how he was handled with the team.  Understand, that I love this town, I love this team, and live for black and gold, but I am sad to say that I would give anything to see the old pirates of the 60’s and 70’s play and dominate the field like they used to.

I suppose one day it will happen, but seeing as that I am 22 years old now, the team has been losing for 16 years, I fear that this long streak is a burden that is building like the Cubs or the Red Sox 90+ years without a championship.

I guess the only question I really have is,  I understand your rebuilding, and I get that your trying to build a roster of young talent in the minors, but what are you going to do for the fans of your team that support you to the end, and are not concerned with fireworks, concerts, and all you can eat sections?  I will be sending this letter to all newspapers and posting it on my blog, hope to hear a response.  Thanks for reading and lets make 09 a productive winning year!

Sincerely,
Clayton Nichols

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So, I have decided to try and do something that can help people with boredom at work, and hopefully will entertain someone somewhere throughout the day. My goal with this current ongoing project will be to update it daily with links that I find that someone else may enjoy. It’s also a project that I feel will be good reference for myself as it will help stave boredom for myself as well, because I will certainly try and do my best to help anyone. Also, this is me asking for help, if you find any great links that you think would be great for the list, go ahead and post them in the comments section, I will surely add them to the list below!

Entertainment
Videos
break.com
Ebaumsworld.com
holytaco.com
maddox.xmission.com
TheOnion.com
Xentertainment(comics)
YouTube.com
GameTrailers.com
Google Video
VEOH.com
Truveo.com
blinkx.com
Information
Life
refdesk.com
Wikipedia.org
infoplease.com
factmonster.com
WebMD.com
LifeHappens.org
akidslife.com
Sports
Others
ESPN.com
TSN Sports
SportingNews.com
SportsIllustrated.com
Sportsline.com
Facebook
Myspace
F*** My Life
Digg
DeviantART
GiantBomb.com
Encyclopediadramatica.com

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Ok, so I’m not gonna lie. I am breaking this habit of doing top ten’s for the last 3 posts. As of right now, I cant think of really anything witty to say, and nothing in the news really has happened. Oh yea, Steelers beat the Brownies. OSU, has no idea how to manage Pryor’s snaps, and the Charger’s were robbed yesterday. I guess its a pretty dirty job when your always looking at the backside of the Steelers(zing!) Sorry Browns fans, had to say it. Ok well on to the top ten dirtiest jobs ranked by career.com!

1.) Roadkill Collector
2.) Manure Inspector
3.) Portable Toilet Cleaner
4.) Crime-Scene Cleaner
5.) Pest Control Worker
6.) Ape Urine Collector
7.) De-construction Worker
8.) Zoo Cleaner
9.) Hot-Zone Superintendent
10.) Dentist

Hopefully I can get something else up today that is somewhat entertaining. Other than that, Digg if you like, in fact, please help Digg this and get me up there! Thanks!

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I figured today I would post something that was bugging me during these Olympic events.  I dislike the new scoring and think its biased as well.  I watched an interview from some German guy basically saying it was open to let more biased scoring in for teams that have a higher political advantage towards others.  I think its pretty absurd that politics are ruining these games and creating such a buzz and poor publicity for these games.  The kings of poor publicity during this time has to be China.  That country has gone and dented so much of their reputation that it’s unbelievable how their country hasn’t had a revolt.  Maybe its just because society there is under so much repression it can’t do anything but bend over and take it.

The Chinese governement, in one simple word “sucks.”  They kicked a kid out of the opening ceremony because she didn’t seem like a good person to represent her country i.e. she was ugly.  That’s absurd.  The girl is 7 years old.  But, we can’t get a great opinion about a country because they are lying bastards who try and represent something they are not.   It’s just frustrating how much politics absolutely ruins everything in life.  In this article here. The Chinese actually defend it as a statement of “favoring one girl and making one sit on the bench.”  how so?  You had one girl sit on the bench and then had that girl that was riding the pine do all the work while you had someone else gain notoriety?  Piss on you China, your politics and what you want people to see earn you a spot in hell.

Next, another story that is so incredible I can’t believe it’s real.  A performer was injured during practice and was not attended to for 50 MINUTES!  Are you kidding me, seriously?  She is now paralyzed from the waste down and some speculate that it could have been prevented if the Chinese governement would have let parametics enter in a timely fashion.  Also, once everyone found out this person was hurt China went ahead and said that it was a broken leg. China, if we ever meet, I could shoot you.  I honestly feel bad for people that live there and have no way to escape their government.  Link to article http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/4898104

Haven forbid you talk about Darfur.  What’s going on there is so balls, one can’t even comprehend that their government is a piece of shit.  They revoked a visa of an American Olympian because he was an open activist for Darfur.  Well newsflash China, what your doing to them is fucking insanity, I only hope that someday someone can do that to you, and killing someone’s dream of being a medal winner in favor of your good face is ridiculous.  I hope the politicians die for it.

Their government is absolutly insane.  You can’t have an opinion, you can’t protest, you can’t live, you can’t breathe, and to the Chinese government if you live there, you certainly have no freedom.

To everyone who reads this and are of a foreign nature.  Please, don’t think I hate people of Chinese nature.  I simply am astonished that this government can destory someone’s soul, and dreams in order for it to always seem like its one giant land of OZ.

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Xbox 360 & PS3

  • In this years Madden EA has added a new “Adaptive Difficulty Engine” which will change the AI’s strengths depending on the player’s skills. The game’s tag line is “The first sports game that adapts to you“. Players will be able to determine their skill in a holographic environment with the help of John Madden.
  • Backtrack will show the user their error after a bad play such as a failed 4th down conversion or an interception. The computer will be able to show the player his/her mistake while the user will be able to re-do the play with EA Sports Rewind. Backtrack and Rewind will not be available during online play.
    Picture-in-Picture window
  • The play calling window has been replaced with a picture in picture interface where the player will be able to access up to the minute information.
  • EA has updated last years Total Control Animation System by adding in new animations, feet planting, the ability to return short field goals and more.
  • This is the first year that a Madden game will feature true online leagues with 32 human players. Drafts, trades and a full playoff system will be in place.
  • Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond will be replacing the Radio Broadcaster.
  • Players will be able to celebrate TD’s
  • Madden Moments will let the players re-live the highlights of the 2007 NFL season. This will be much like the Super Star Challenges of last years Madden for the PSP.
  • Stadium, weather, player and grass graphics have all be improved.
  • A handicap feature has been implemented in multiplayer games. This allows two players playing against eachother choose different difficulty settings.

Wii

  • This year the game will be called Madden 09 All-play thanks to a new button scheme that lets the player control the action with only 1 button
  • A new playbook will make it easier for new players to jump into the game as will the ability to create a passing play on the fly. Simply point the Wii mote to a spot on the field and the WR will run to it.
    Wii play calling screen
  • A celebration system much like the one on the 360 and PS3 will be put into place.
  • New 5 v. 5 mode

Nintendo DS

  • 8 player wireless mode, Wi-fi enabled, single card play available.
  • DS exclusive mini-games.

Receiver Icons in Madden 09 on the PSP

PSP

  • EA Sports Rookie mode lets players play the game using only 1 button.
  • Receiver Icons let the players know which wide receivers are open.
  • New coach tips and easy to use playbooks are aimed to help new players.

PS2/Xbox

  • Points based Franchise mode lets you earn points by drafting high profile players, winning games and making stars out of no-name players.
  • Fantasy Challenge: A tier based mode where the player must complete each league and beat its champ to move onto the next round.
  • SuperSim lets you sim 1 play, 1 quarter, 1 half or the full game.
  • QB Avoidance Stick – Lets your QB get out of pressure in the pocket.

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Well, with the release of Madden 09 approaching us, the player weapons seem pretty standard as always. With the addition of Rookies there isn’t much new to who is listed and who is not. The only thing I disagree with is that Eli Manning is more accurate of a quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger. I don’t know if its because he won the Super Bowl, but Ben has always had a higher completion percentage, than Eli. Even with his season where he led the league in interceptions. So without further ado, you can find the link to the player weapons here. Madden NFL 09 Player Weapons.

Notable Players:

Darren Sproles – Elusive Back
Joe Flacco – Cannon Arm QB
Ryan Grant – Power Back
Rashard Mendenhal – Power Back
Darren McFadden – Stiff Arm Ball Carrier
Adrian Peterson – Stiff Arm Ball Carrier
Jerricho Cotchery – Possession Receiver
Limas Sweed – Spectacular Catch Receiver
Mario Manningham – Spectacular Catch Receiver

As for all of the other players, its more of the same. Like I said, my only problem was the Eli/Ben thing and that’s because I am a Steeler fan. But, all is well that ends well. Read and Enjoy!

Matt Ryan

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