mr. blackandwhite

Short and sweet: GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!!
May 10, 2009, 8:27 pm
Filed under: The B's,The Celts,The Sox

I'll keep this one short and to the point: GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!

Also, GO CELTS and also, though not quite as urgently, GO SOX.

Once again, GO BRUINS!!!! One shift, one period, one game at a time, lets claw back into this series!

Oh yes, Happy Mothers Day too! Bruins, all the Moms I know want you to win tonight. 

Positive Vibes: ENGAGE
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There’s too much going on
April 26, 2009, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Life in General,The B's,The Celts,The Pats,The Sox

Most weeks I kind of wonder what the heck to write about. This week, I'm in the same boat but it's because there's too MUCH going on for me to write about. 

The B's and C's in the playoffs.. The B's sweeping the extremely hated habs? How sweep was that? 1000% phenomenal. The C's.. I listened / watched today's game and I was relaxed up until that point. The C's played hard but lost a tough game in Chicago and now the series is tied 2-2. 

The Sox have had a couple wild gams vs the MFY this weekend. Two games, two comebacks. Let's see what tonight will bring.. 

The Pats are drafting for the 2009 season and are all over the board, trading out of the 1st round entirely and focusing on players in the lower rounds. If the value for the player you want is not there in the 1st round, why pay the big 1st round bucks? Bill Belichick is the man.

And there was Talledangerous this weekend too.. (That's NASCAR my friends.) Second place finish for Dale Jr. Nice.

You'd think with all this going on I'd be sitting around watching the action on the TV all weekend..


The weather we've been waiting so long for has finally arrived. It was awesome this weekend, in the 80's and I was not about to sit in front of the evil flickering box with the sun shining outside. I watched a little bit of the Sox / MFY on Fri night and I listened to the C's on the radio while I was cooking on the grill today, until the end of the game, anyway. When it started going into multi-overtimes I had to go to the evil box and watch.. I checked the Pats draft status on the computor every couple hours. 

I got a ton of stuff done and the yard is in good shape for the late Spring / Summer. Hopefully that will mean there won't be too much busting my ass during the best time of the year this year.

See ya!
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I don’t know what to say about anything
April 5, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Don't Tread on Me,Music,Television,The B's,The Sox

It's one of those posts, yup.

Red Sox opening day is tomorrow!! I am looking forward to the start of the 2009 baseball season and the lazy summer days that are ahead, hanging out in the back yard, watching the kids have fun and listening to a game on the radio. 

The B's are the #1 seed in the East. Awesome. But that does not make me any less nervous about the first round of the playoffs.. 

I don't watch a lot of TV. Ok, I don't watch any TV, at all, because I think it's an evil flickering box. But I do watch sports, and Rescue Me. And Rescue Me comes back on Tuesday. I am fully psyched. 

Last week 3/4 of my grrrage band did an open mic at a local bar which featured several firsts, the most notable being, people getting on the floor and actually dancing during our set, somebody yelling 'FREEBIRD!' and a stranger buying me a beer afterwards. That is pretty f-ing cool, and what a blast! Awesome.

Today we went to a mall to go see the Easter Bunny and get a picture. My Son has no desire to sit on the Easter Bunny because, as he puts it, 'The Easter Bunny is freaky'. Ok, well, he/she/it seems friendly enough, by my Son does not like him. He just likes the candy that he/she/it drops off on Easter morning..

Nearby where the Easter Bunny was setup, a car dealership had put some new cars out on display. One of the cars was a pretty cool convertible. I opened the door so my Son could sit in it and I took his picture. After he got out a security guard came over and told me we weren't really supposed to get in the cars. I told him I was sorry, I did not think it was a problem since the car was unlocked. No biggie. 

I thought that would be the end of the discussion, but the guard went on to inform me that, 'actually you're not supposed to take pictures in here at all, it's a federal law'.

'It's a federal law that I can't take pictures of my children?' I asked.

'No, it's a federal law that you can't take pictures inside of the mall, for security reasons. If the feds found out you were taking pictures, they'd come in and shut this place down.' 

He continued to try to impress upon me the seriousness of the security threat that my snap-shots posed, but I had put the bullshit filters on by that point so I politely thanked him for the information and headed back to the Easter Bunny.

Aside from the ridiculousness of his statement that 'the feds' would come in and shut the mall down if they found out some guy was taking pictures of his kid inside.. you can't take pictures inside of a mall. Yup.

March 30, 2009, 8:00 pm
Filed under: The Sox

Hey what’s up everybody? Sorry there was no post last week. My Wife has been taking a class and needed to use the computor.. then last night, the power went out just as I was about to hit ‘post’. Oh well. There was a hurricane! A FLOOD! LOCUSTS!!! It wasn’t my fault!!!!!

This past week Curt Shilling announced his retirement from baseball and I want to send out one last ‘Thanks’ to him for everything he did while wearing a Red Sox uniform. (Actually, I cheered for him as an Arizona Diamondback against the MFY in the 2001 World Series as well.. so, bonus!)

For coming to Boston to help break an 86 year old curse, asking, ‘Why Not Us’ and then, ‘Why Not Us, Again’, thanks Curt. I truly enjoyed every minute of your time as a Red Sox. You are the man in my book.

Enjoy your retirement and try to stay out of trouble, will ya??
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Still all over the place…
October 9, 2008, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Life in General,The B's,The Pats,The Sox

Well a week has past and it seems that I am still all over the place. In fact, I actually started writing this post two days ago and still have not finished it! 

This month has proven to be pretty much the same as last month as far as the busy-factor goes and this week has been one of the busiest. There's something going on every night and I leave work early, rush home, rush into the house, say 'Hi' to my Wife, change out of my work clothes, say 'Bye' to my Wife and then run right back out the door with a kid in tow for some kind of child-related activity. Sometimes if I've got an extra minute in there I have time to make a half a PB&J sammitch. Sometimes I skip dinner all together.. It's not bad, I enjoy doing stuff with the kids, it's just, busy!

The Pats win over San Fran last Sunday was very satisfying. I had written earlier that I thought that the San Fran game would show us a lot about what this year's Patriots team was going to be like and if this is what we can expect, then I think we will be in good shape. It wasn't perfect, but The Pats got the job done. Do I expect there to be rough patches and some bumps along the road? Of course. But I think the Pats showed a lot on Sunday, coming from behind, playing solid defense against a good offensive 49ers team, and moving the ball on the ground and through the air. 

It seems like the Pats made a great decision in staying on the West Coast rather than traveling back East between the San Francisco game and the San Diego game. Let's hope it pays off come Sunday night vs. The Chargers.

Switching gears to the Sox, I didn't really write too much about the ALDS and too be honest, I didn't see a lot of it. Those West Coast games were a killer and then there was the marathon Game 3… The only game I saw in it's entirety was Game 4. Yup, I'm a wuss. 

Whatever. It was great to see The Sox finish it in 4 and avoid the trip back out West for a Game 5. 

The Rays are going to be tough in the ALCS. Mission: 8W

Last but not least, the Bruins open up their '08 season tonight out in Colorado. Although I will be watching the game, I don't know how much of it I'll really get to see since it starts at 10 PM. 

Hmm, is there a theme developing here? 

I'll get to see the puck drop on the season at least. 

I know I don't write about the Bruins all that often, but I am glad that hockey is back and I am very optimistic about this upcoming season for the Black and Gold.

See ya!

All over the place..
October 1, 2008, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Current Affairs,Don't Tread on Me,Life in General,The Pats,The Sox

It's October? I am completely blown away at how fast the month of September went by. It was probably the busiest month we've ever had since the kids were born. There were weeks when we had something going on every single night; soccer, cub-scouts, brownies… stuff I don't even remember. Things will start to calm down in October. There will be a brief lull for a few weeks near the end of the month for us to catch our breath before things gear up again for the crazy holiday time of year. My Wife is already buying X-Mas presents!

I don't know if anybody cared about the posts I had written about the economic bailout recently. I'm just going to say that this issue is being voted on in the U.S. Senate today and I would urge you to contact your Senators and let them know your thoughts about it. I would also urge you to contact your U.S. Representative as well and tell him or her what you think about the bailout plan, as well as anything else you have on your mind! THEY WORK FOR US.

Mission 11W: The '08 version. It's kicking off tonight in Anaheim. I expect this will be a good series. The Angels pretty much owned the Red Sox during the regular season and the Sox will come into the series with some key players dealing with some nagging injuries. In the end, as always, it will come down to pitching and with Jon Lester, a.k.a. Red Sox Ace 1A, taking the mound tonight, I think the Sox are in a good position to come out of the gate strong. A Game 1 win for the Sox would be huge and would mean there would be at least 2 home games at Fenway. Mission: 11W. GO SOX.

The Patriots week off is over and there's thirteen games left to play. The Pats will start October off with two back-to-back West Coast games, starting in San Francisco this weekend. San Fran lost to the Saints last week but have shown that they are a team that can move the ball down the field. I think this upcoming game may show us a lot about the '08 Patriots as we start the 2nd quarter of the season. Lets hope that the week off did the team some good. Time to get down to business. GO PATS

Tip ‘o the ol’ cap to The Rays..
September 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
Filed under: The Sox

I've gotta tip my hat to the Tampa Bay Rays after last night's victory over the Red Sox. At the start of this final three game series against the Rays, The Sox were looking like they were poised to take control of the A.L. East for permanent with a 13-5 win, but Tampa Bay slammed the door in games two and three, putting the Sox two games back as they head up to Toronto.

I actually think it's pretty awesome how well the Rays have done this season and if it were not for the fact that they are in direct competition with the Sox in the A.L. East, I'd be fully rooting for them as my backup team this year. The Rays have been the A.L. East doormats for so long, it is nice to see them turn it around this season, even if it does impact The Red Sox.

With their magic number for the Wildcard currently at 4, barring some kind of disaster, the Red Sox look like they will be playing baseball in October as well, otherwise I'd be a bit less congratulatory and a little more agitated regarding the Rays situation. Obviously I'd prefer to see The Sox win the East and there's still a chance it can happen, but making the playoffs is the first priority.

So nice job Tampa Bay. Enjoy the playoffs, (just not as much as the Red Sox hopefully will. Heh.)

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Quick recap of the last few days from Friday up till now which is Wed.
September 17, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Life in General,Music,Nerdery,The Pats,The Sox,Web/Tech

Hey whats up everybody? Happy hump day.

Quick recap of the last few days:

The Supersuckers show last Friday = Awesome.
Driving home from Boston after the Supersuckers show with toothpicks holding my eyes open sometime prior to dawn on Saturday morning = Not awesome.

Not having to go to work after the Supersuckers show last Friday = Awesome.
Being pretty much total junk all day on Saturday due lack of sleep and seriously wondering if I'm getting too old to go to these rock shows = Not awesome.

The Patriots beating the Jets in Jersey on Sunday after football 'fans' in nyc celebrated Tom Brady's season ending knee injury and crowned themselves the presumptive AFC East Champs the week before = Awesome.

The Red Sox tying The Rayz for first place in the A.L. East on Monday = Awesome.
The Red Sox falling a game back again after The Rayz walk off win last night = Not awesome.

Finding earlier today = Awesome. (I like to end the post on an 'Awesome')

(H/T to the The DSC Drop for the lolinator link. Also, my is feeling lonely..)


Manny’s gone to La-La land..
August 1, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: The Sox

I was all ready to enlighten you with my thoughts on the Manny Ramirez trade to the La-La Land Dodgers, but then I read Angela’s post over at Boston Brat and as usual, she has pretty much completely summed it all up very succinctly and much better than I could have done, so go over and check her post out.

As for my own thoughts on the matter, I like Manny. As far as I am concerned, Manny = Awesome.

Aside from the shoving incidents a few weeks ago, Manny’s ‘antics’ or whatever you want to call them never bothered me. In fact, most of the time I found Manny being Manny to be entertaining. I never really understood the uproar that often ensued following one of his exploits and I am sad to see him traded away for a player that might give the Sox some of his productivity at the plate, maybe, if we’re lucky.

Yeah, looking over his RBI and HR stats at Baseball Reference, outfielder Jason Bay has somewhat comparable numbers to Manny, but also comes over from the NL, which is literally an entirely different league, the league that old pitchers generally escape to in order to extend their careers when they can no longer hack it in the American League. So I guess all I can say is, we’ll see what happens. It took J.D. Drew a little time, but he seems to have figured it out.

In reading about the trade, it seems that Bay liked being a Pirate (Arrg. (sorry had to do it)) and may not be exactly thrilled about being traded to pressure-town. I hope Bay is ‘media scrutiny friendly’ or we may have another disgruntled outfielder on our hands.

I can’t go without saying something about the hypocrisy of the Boston press, who have done nothing but rag Manny and call for him to be traded away for years and who are now falling all over themselves to explain to us, the uninformed and unwashed masses, why this trade is a good thing. I have no doubt that if the Sox do not make it into the post season, these same writers will point directly to the Manny trade as part of their opening salvo against Theo and the Red Sox. (I’m not a big fan of the Boston press, for those who are unaware.)

I have often thought that The Sox should try to operate more like The Patriots and in these kinds of situations I think to myself, ‘If this situation had occurred on The Patriots, what would Bill Belichick do?’

I think we all know that Belichick would not have put up with a star player who was not putting out 100% when it came time to take the field, or at any point for that matter, and in that vein, if Manny was determined to dog it for the remainder of the year, then maybe this is for the best and I give credit to Theo for having the guts to let go of a player of Manny’s caliber.

Baseball savvy and smokin’, on-the-verge-of-bursting-into-flames, hot Dodger fan who helps starving kids and has her own clothing line, Alyssa Milano, is very excited about the trade, I can tell you that. I wish I was but in the end, I just root for the laundry.


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My Wife took a picture of my Sausage last Friday and said it was ok to post it online…
July 29, 2008, 8:00 pm
Filed under: The Sox

So here you go..

We went to last Friday’s game vs the MFY (which the Sox lost, 1-0, goddammit) and sat in the State Street Pavilion section of Fenway Park. This is the section for the people who have so much money, they can afford to sit and watch the games inside at a bar located behind the seats.. 

This section also has waitresses that come around and take your food order. 

Waitress (after handing me a menu (!!)): What can I get you?

Me: Uh.. what?

-awkwardly fumbles with menu-

Me (clearly out of my element): ‘Um.. I’ll have a bag of nuts and a beer?’

Waitress: What kind of beer?

Me (staring at the menu and wondering if I am actually at Fenway. I can see by the view that I am, but it all seems very surreal): 
Um… Do you have Sam Adams?

Waitress: Summer or Lager?

Me: .. uh .. 

And holy fuck look at this view


If there was one down side to sitting there, it was the fact that people who are loaded, money-wise that is, don’t make much noise. I did my part and made sure to heckle A-Rod as well as to loudly boo every muther-fucking yankee player that came up to bat, with the exception of Johnny Damon, who remains my Daughter’s fav so I gave him a break. And I made sure to yell ‘YANKEES SUCK’ when Joba threw at Youk’s head. Not that it did any good on that night.. My voice was hoarse for two days. 

We’ll have our revenge.