Saturday, August 27, 2011

Preseason thoughts from Denver:

Broncos 23 Seahawks 20

So, if I'm going to pay attention to any preseason football, tonight was the night to do it. I was even rewarded with getting to see Tim Tebow bludgeon his way to a game winning drive. It's all meaningless, but if they're going to go to the trouble of pretending to play football, I'll go to the trouble of pretending to root for them. The Broncos performed reasonably well in their dress rehearsal, and we won't see the majority of the starters until the games actually start counting when they kick off against the Raiders on September 12th. Here are a few things I noticed while watching tonight:

Kyle Orton is clearly the best quarterback on the squad right now, but that doesn't mean he isn't still immensely average at best. He had some tremendous throws tonight, yet also managed one of the worst interceptions you'll ever see and reminded me yet again why hope dies for the Broncos offense once the play breaks down. Once Kyle Orton feels the pressure, he becomes hopeless in the backfield. He just runs backwards until someone can corral him for a huge loss. The man is fundamentally incapable of making something out of nothing.

Von Miller is impressive. A 2nd overall pick better be impressive, and Von's speed around the corner is breathtaking. I haven't seen enough of him to know if he'll be consistent and able to make it through a full season of NFL pounding, but I've been impressed in the little I have seen.

Tim Tebow remains raw. I have no idea if he'll ever mature into an effective NFL player, but it's clear he's not there yet. Despite the fact that he is the highest profile player on the Broncos by a mile, fact is, he's probably the third best quarterback on the roster, and may never get good enough to be a starter. I continue to hope for the best, and expect the worst.

Knowshon Moreno shows flashes of brilliance, and then continues to be an average back. If you're a fantasy player picking him up for your team, be wary that it appears there is an excellent chance that Willis McGahee is going to vulture a lot of his touchdowns, as it sure looks like John Fox likes using Willis in goal line situations more than Knowshon.

Tavaris Jackson is still Tavaris Jackson, meaning I'm not expecting much from Seattle this year.

John Fox looks like the kind of guy who yells at kids to get off his lawn. I get a very Parcells-ish vibe from him. I don't necessarily consider that a good thing.

I can't shake the feeling that the Broncos should be improved from last season. Not that they're going to be good, but merely improved. After 4-12 last year, Improvement is all I'm really hoping for. I got into a conversation with my brother about what a pie-in-the-sky best possible season might be, and we both agreed 8-8. Safe to say that it's not the best time to be a Broncos fan, but we remain faithful. Who knows, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised with a fun season. You gotta be hopeful in August.

Anyway, that's enough about the fake football of August. Wake me up when September comes and the games actually count. Go Broncos!

Vertically Striped Radio - Episode 123 - 08-27-11 - Movin' Right Along

It's impossible to overstate how excited Craig is that a new Muppet movie is on the horizon. To celebrate, he introduced a new feature that will lead up to "The Muppets" coming to theatres in November. The Muppets Then and Now had it's first edition of "Moving Right Along" 

The Magnificent Seven list this week was a countdown of The Whale's and Craig's Top 7 Cheesy Songs that we secretly like. Craig's number 1 led to Fab Morvan getting to share his side of a huge contraversy in the music biz, and then Craig finished things off with a music recommendation of "I Know" by the Barenaked Ladies. 

Thanks to Face for calling in despite the fact that he apparently has never listened to the radio, and thanks to Jerry Fairish for calling in to rip Face for his lack of musical knowledge when it comes to terrible music. Jerry and I also shared our love of So I Married an Axe Murderer. (By the way, the actor we couldn't think of was Charles Grodin).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OK Go and The Muppets

I love OK Go, and I LOVE the Muppets. So often, the world of entertainment seems determined to annoy me, it's so rare that the cosmic forces all align for something this awesome...Every now and then I get lucky:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vertically Striped Radio - Episode 122 - 08-20-11 - Cinematic Alzheimers

Craig described the movie "Rubber" as a cinematic version of having Alzheimers, you get to the end, and you know things were happening, but you're not sure exactly what. All you know is that you are confused, and it's over. Episode 122 may have been the podcast version of this same style of confusion, but at least it felt fun once it was over.

In 122, VSR strikes back against commercials that were tacked on to the beginning of the show as we played our first anti-commercial.

Face Ventura and Elevation joined Craig to discuss things like Craig's rough emotional week spent sporting a WNBA avatar, the implosion of Miami football, Roger Goodell's omnipotence, stadium naming rights, and Jay Glazer's hatred of clowns.

The He-Man movie watcher's club tried to disect the movie "Rubber" which is hard to do seeing as how it's a non-sensical pretentious movie about a killer tire. After muddling through, Craig wrapped things up with a music recommendation of the song "Orchestrated Love Song" by Burlap to Cashmere.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vertically Striped Radio - Episode 121 - 08-13-11 - It's a Vanity State of Mind

Craig goes the prerecorded route for Episode 121, and the result is an odd hodgepodge. Special needs telemarketers, chicken sandwiches, Winnie the Pooh, a bed soaked with urine, a man soaking himself with urine and dancing proposing carrots among other assorted nonsense.

The highlight of the show is Craig's interview with Cousin Brandon and his girlfriend Michelle (known in many circles as Yoko) about their vanity licence plate blog Vanity State. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation for the show was "The Future is Nothing New" by The Alternate Routes.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

When Tattoos Go Horribly Wrong:

As much as I love the Denver Broncos and as much as John Elway is my favorite football player of all time, I simply can't condone this...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Vertically Striped Radio - Episode 120 - 08-06-11 - The Longest Segment in VSR History

The plan had been for the show to focus on a movie about a killer tire and ticket inanimate objects for the Week in Wankery. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men... The show starts out with Craig fearing for the financial shape of the world, and Face confirming our suspicions that he has no idea what Craig is talking about. We have a bit of news, a bit of football chat, and then Elevation and The Ed both call in during the middle of a "Something to Think About" segment which lasts for the rest of the show. 

In addition to being the longest segment in VSR history, that edition of "Something to Think About" sees Ed at his most entertaining. We discuss Ed's new inventions, figure out how many Elephants are in Africa and how many people live in Asia. Ed also is convinced that 5 billion people live in Mexico, which I am pretty sure is a bit high. Despite barely touching on what we intended to discuss, I found this to be a very enjoyable episode. 

I finished off the show with a music recommendation I discovered from friend of the show John Yerrick. It was the song "Action Hero" from the band Fountains of Wayne.