Saturday, June 26, 2010

How about Da'Sean Butler?

That's right. He got drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of last Thursday's NBA draft. He was the 42nd pick and quite possibly this year's biggest steal.

Quite honestly, many didn't expect Da' to be drafted. After he completely ruined his knee against Duke in this year's Final Four, his draft stock plummeted. He was originally projected as a late first round pick, but had dropped off of almost every team's draft board. With every pick, I began to doubt more and more that he'd get his chance. That changed rather quickly, however.

At the time, my focus wasn't on Da'Sean. It was on his Mountaineer teammate, Devin Ebanks. He was due to be chosen and I was just hoping his name would be called. To my satisfaction, however, the Miami Heat selected Da'Sean out of nowhere... a total surprise. Both my wife and I celebrated like the dude hit a game winning shot (he's prone to do that, ya know).

Some are crediting this piece on Da'Sean done by ESPN's Outside the Lines for his being drafted. LINK It shows just how great of an attitude this guy has. It had to have an impact on NBA general managers.

Whatever it was, though, it's apparent his hard work paid off. The guy is an inspirational story. He's smart. He's a good kid and he deserved this chance. Two thumbs up to Da'Sean Butler!

BTW... Devin Ebanks was drafted by the LA Lakers with the very next pick.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy West Virginia Day!

Celebrate your roots a little bit and watch this video. "This is My Home" is performed by Mountain Stage's Larry Groce and some random person took the pictures and edited the video. I thought it was pretty solid given today is West Virginia Day.

Festivall Charleston West Side Wiener Dog Race 2010.

Every year as a part of FestivAll Charleston, the city's West Side (Best Side) plays host to the wild and wonderful wiener dog races. Yesterday the wife and I decided to attend because it's only about a half a mile from our house and we have a love for four legged friends. We made the jaunt down to the track and got there just in time for the costume contest. A wiener dog dressed as Ricky Bobby from the movie Talladega Nights was crowned the winner. Immediately after the dogs were undressed and participated in the races. There were seven or eight heats, and a winner was finally crowned. It didn't really matter, though. They all looked the same without the costumes.

Here's video of the event: Link

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Old Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, WV

I mentioned in a past post that I was helping a friend film a movie about a serial killer from West Virginia. Here's the first trailer for the film. It was made earlier this year, but I think a new one is being cut. I'll post it when it's finalized.

And here's the film's website...

John Wooden Quotes

Here is some wisdom from quite possibly the greatest coach of all time...

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

"Never mistake activity for achievement."

"Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"Be prepared and be honest."

"Be quick, but don't hurry."

"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player."

"Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character."

"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."

"I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."

"It isn't what you do, but how you do it."

"Ability is a poor man's wealth."

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

"It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

I'm pretty sure my favorite is "Be quick, but don't hurry."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa in 2008 after his Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Marian Hossa in 2009 after his Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals.

And Marian Hossa last night after his Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philthadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.

Golf clap for Mr. Hossa's perseverance.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happy 75th Birthday to Grandmom!

Happy birthday, Grandmom.

We love you!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Live Link to the Oil Spill

3 months until this thing can be completely stopped? Three months?!?!?


Anyway, here's a live link to the leak. I encourage you to take a look at it once a day. Get mad at BP. Get mad at our government. Get mad at society and get mad at yourself.

We're all accountable.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

PNC Park Threatens to Leave Pittsburgh

By now, you all know my frustration with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball in general. So, in honor of my frustration, I bring to you an article written a few years back by the witty masters of satire at The Onion.

Here's a link to the actual story: link

And here's the story...

PNC Park Threatens To Leave Pittsburgh Unless Better Team Is Built

July 20, 2006 | ISSUE 42•52 ISSUE 42•29

PITTSBURGH—After five years of serving Pittsburgh as their state-of-the-art sporting facility, PNC Park, the home of the rundown, poorly maintained Pirates, said Tuesday it is threatening to leave Pittsburgh unless a new team can be built within the next three years.

"I love the city of Pittsburgh, but the Pirates are an old, dilapidated club built from other teams' spare parts, and its very foundation is rotting away," the stadium said to reporters assembled in its press box. "I had every intention to stay here for the duration of my career as a ballpark, but given that I haven't seen any realistic long-term plans for improving my resident team's ramshackle condition, I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about taking my services elsewhere."

The young stadium, regarded as one of the best of the recent crop of real-estate development projects throughout the league, added that "after this year's All Star Game, I have learned that a ballpark of my caliber deserves to host that kind of play every day."

"The Pirates have become such an eyesore that I've even had to resort to bringing in different teams each week to play in me," the stadium said.

Although Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy said he is doing everything in his power to keep the park in Pittsburgh—attempting a rebuilding process every few years, making small free-agent additions, and erecting a new six-foot-tall outfielder in left field—the stadium dismissed the moves as nothing more than "a fresh coat of paint on a team that's in danger of collapsing under its own weight."

Mets owner Fred Wilpon has been vocal about his interest in bringing PNC Park to New York for the 2007 season so that it may take over for an aging Shea Stadium.

"The New York Mets have all the necessary components in place to fulfill PNC Park's needs," Wilpon said. "We have a gleaming new shortstop in Jose Reyes. We have a visually stunning, jaw-dropping player in Carlos Beltran. And the infrastructure of our minor-league system is designed to ensure that PNC Park will be inhabited by great ballplayers for years to come."

"Also, PNC Park has already established a good rapport and budding friendship with this year's Home Run Derby runner-up David Wright—the bedrock of our team's stability," Wilpon added.

Though PNC Park would not elaborate on its relationship with Wright, it did say that Wright mentioned how much he enjoyed its dimensions, especially those in left and left-center.

Pittsburgh fans were irate upon hearing news of the stadium's possible relocation.

"If that ballpark left, this city would be devastated," said Pittsburgh resident Howard Valinsky. "I make a point of taking my kids down to the stadium during Pirates away games so they can stand outside of it and marvel at the rugged limestone and the blue steel—both of which have had an excellent year despite rainy conditions."

Valisnky added: "The fact that McClatchy hasn't given this stadium the sort of beautiful, well-designed team it deserves is a travesty. Let's face it, the Pirates have been falling apart for years. Frankly, I find myself wondering if it's even safe for fans to be near them."

The stadium echoed Valinsky's sentiments, saying, "The fans have been so great at being there for me. But if I can't hold a team that can compete, then what's supposed to hold me here?"

In a last-ditch effort to keep PNC Park, a citywide referendum will be added to this year's midterm election that, if passed, would draw from a property-tax fund to aid McClatchy in assembling a new, state-of-the-art team by 2010.

PNC Park, however, is not convinced.

"When I came here in 2001, they promised me a championship team," the stadium said. "I was warned by venerable and much-beloved Three Rivers Stadium—which imploded soon afterwards, as you know—that I should look elsewhere, that this team was set in its ways and not focused on rebuilding, that they were simply using me as a means to make money," the stadium said. "I was young and brash and I didn't listen. Now that I am more mature and have settled a bit, I realize I have to do what is best for me and my family."

In the event that the Pirate organization does not have the financial wherewithal to meet the park's demands, there are contingency plans in place to attract other stadiums to the city. While the league has said it frowns on the idea of putting an expansion stadium in the Pittsburgh area, some have floated the idea of bringing over old Tiger Stadium, which went into forced retirement in 2000.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Weekend Tradition

Last weekend we headed to Summersville lake for a day and celebrated Memorial Day with our swell friends. Cheers to the Fosters!

Awesome picture, eh? It was taken during a ride on the most badassed pontoon on the lake.

Happy Birthday to My Wife!

Last week we celebrated my wife's birthday with a couple beers and a few friends at the ballpark.

Happy birthday to the best wife ever. :)

Spring Flowers

Two weekends ago my wife started her Spring Home Beautification project. It consisted of flowers in the side yard, the front porch and the back porch.

Here are the marigolds she neatly mulched and planted in the side yard. Notice the freshly trimmed grass in the background? That was my contribution.

And here are some red flowers. I don't have a clue what they're called. Perhaps lilies or petunias? They're red and that's good enough for me.

Yellow flowers on the front porch!

Purple-ish, kinda white flowers!

And last but not least, our friend the frog. He protects the flower bed on the back porch from those rascally deer that use our property as a feeding ground/bed.

Nice work, my wife!