| Music Board|| Music Board's Album of the Year Voting Thread - Baloo on 1/9/15 at 9:54 am|
By request, I'm ramping back up the MB's Album of the Year voting. Please use this thread to submit ballots, and I'll close the voting in a week or so to tally up the votes.
Now, if you want to submit a top ten list, you can do that, and I will accept it. 1st place is 10 points, 2nd place 9, and ...
| More Sports Board|| The best thing about the Playoff selections... - Baloo on 12/8/14 at 10:56 am|
We are talking about how Baylor or TCU got screwed, and not Oregon. Under the BCS formula, the title game would be Bama v. FSU, leaving out perhaps the best team in the country.
The playoff was worth it just to prevent the ultimate screw job of Oregon. ...
| Movie/TV Board|| Fantastic Four - Michael Chabon's Script - Baloo on 9/26/14 at 10:19 am|
Michael Chabon is one of my favorite authors, but I was unaware that he made a pitch for the Fantastic Four. Had a meeting with the producers and everything. They didn't go in his direction, unfortunately, and we were left with the crappy movies we got (and it appears, we are going to get again). an...
| More Sports Board|| Orioles actually win something! - Baloo on 9/16/14 at 9:50 pm|
First division title since 1997, which was the first one since 1983. I honestly can't believe it. This is just a wonderful, beautiful team. Everything went wrong, and three of the team's best players are currently out, yet they are the team to break the drought.
I am getting really f'n drunk.
| Movie/TV Board|| Preacher (comic -- SPOILERS) - Baloo on 7/24/14 at 9:14 am|
Preacher has been in development hell for over a decade, but they are finally adapting the popular comic into a TV show. I've never actually read it, so I went down to my local comic shop, picked up a trade paperback, and read the first 12 issues. It's one of the the most praised comics of my life, ...
| More Sports Board|| NHL Free Agency Thread - Baloo on 6/30/14 at 10:12 pm|
Free agency begins July 1st. Your unofficial ranking of the UFA's can be found here: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/6/30/5856870/nhl-free-agents-2014-rankings
Who is going to get wildly overpaid and bust your team's cap for disappointing production? ...
| Music Board|| The Germs are the band people think the Sex Pistols are - Baloo on 5/17/14 at 2:15 pm|
Listening to (GI) and pondering the ridiculously stupid suicide of Darby Crash (they literally had one last show so he could raise money to buy enough heroin to kill himself -- not a joke). Stiil, the album is amazing and a billion times better and more "dangerous" than anything the Pistols put out,...
| More Sports Board|| Kris Letang has a mystery illness - Baloo on 2/7/14 at 9:56 am|
He's expected to miss the rest of the season, and it's always a bad sign when the headline has to re-assure you his mystery disease is not life threatening. Good God.
It's a real shame. He's a terrific player. H...
| Music Board|| Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta - Baloo on 1/15/14 at 10:59 am|
Anyone ever been? Know anything about it? The lineup is pretty much like they got together and asked themselves what would Baloo and his wife like to see? (Well, if they could add the 'Mats).
| More Sports Board|| Four goal night for Ovechkin - Baloo on 12/10/13 at 9:45 pm|
Ummm... that was insane. Ovie scored his last goal with 30 seconds left in the 3rd with the goalie pulled to tie the game. Just an amazing game.
He's playing at a level right now that is almost unmatched. This is like Pavel Bure in his prime kind of goal scoring. ...
| Music Board|| Fun Fun Fun Fest! - Baloo on 11/8/13 at 10:15 am|
Austin's best music fest starts today! On my way to see some Slayer. ...
| Movie/TV Board|| Defending Ron Howard - Baloo on 10/3/13 at 11:10 am|
With the release of Rush and the high praise it has received, there’s been a recent uptick in Ron Howard think pieces. Here are two recent examples:
| Movie/TV Board|| Long thoughts on the ending of Breaking Bad - Baloo on 10/2/13 at 9:23 am|
This is going to be TL;DR but screw you, I’m verbose.
It’s taken me a few days to digest the finale of Breaking Bad, and I’ve perused all of the major episode reviews out there. The general consensus seems to be that this was a satisfying though not spectacular finale. I can agree with that asse...
| More Sports Board|| The Unofficial Season Long Hockey Thread - Baloo on 9/30/13 at 12:55 pm|
Puck drops tomorrow. Can Chicago repeat? Will the Penguins be healthy enough to dress 23 guys? Will the Flyers goalie suck? (Yes. Yes he will.) Will the Bruins miss Seguin and Horton? How much will the Red Wings enjoy the East? Can LA bounce back? How badly will Calgary suck? Wi...
| More Sports Board|| Grantland Fixes the NHL - Baloo on 8/8/13 at 1:59 pm|
Down Goes Brown was one of the best hockey blogs out there, and he's been writing for Grantland about hockey for a few months now. Today, he had proposals to "fix" the NHL
[quote]NHL offense spiked after the 2005 lockout thanks to new ru...
| Movie/TV Board|| Smurfs 2 grossed $18 million... and turned a profit - Baloo on 8/5/13 at 3:39 pm|
[quote]There’s already a third film slated for 2015, and that box office number is [b]offset by $150 million that over 100 corporate partners ponied up to promote the film through licensing deals.[/b...
| Movie/TV Board|| Movie posters - Baloo on 7/19/13 at 9:42 am|
Mrs. Baloo and I just bought a new house, and we're in the process of decorating. Now, being the guy, I have almost no authority whatsoever, but we are going to decorate the den with movie posters.
So... I need suggestions. What are the best movie posters taking into account both aesthetics and w...
| More Sports Board|| A's win 19 inning game - Baloo on 4/30/13 at 12:13 pm|
Man, I'm glad I didn't watch that. Game ended at 3 AM, and the Angels blew a five run lead in the 8th inning, which is hard to do.
Josh Hamilton is hitting .202/.246/.298 after going 0 for 8 last night. That's unfathomably bad. ...
| Music Board|| Wedding DJ - Baloo on 3/8/13 at 11:58 am|
A couple of good friends of mine are getting married next weekend and they have asked me to be their wedding DJ. I have the equipment and stuff, but I'm most definitely not a professional. It should be a pretty casual environment (clearly, if they are asking a buddy to be the DJ). But, I thought I'd...
| Music Board|| The death of rock n roll - Baloo on 2/19/13 at 9:21 am|
Stephen Hyden has been writing a largely excellent series on Grantland called the Winner's History of Rock n Roll, in which he looks at the most popular rock acts and what the hell happened to rock radio. It's beena fun read, but I think he gets to the core issue of "what's wrong with rock?" in this...