Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hello my meme!

This is a stolen meme from a talented dude from the comic industry! Thanks Rol

1. You’re building your dream house. What’s the one thing that this house absolutely, positively MUST HAVE? (other than the obvious basics of course)

Home Theatre, covered large outdoor entertainment area, Pool room with fully stocked bar and a maid!
In that order

2. What is your dream car?

Free and doesn't break down!!!  An Aston Martin form Entourage would be cool!

3. What is your favourite website that isn’t a blog?

http://www.kangaroos.com.au/ or http://www.giants.com/ depending on the season!

4. iPhone 4 or Droid, which do you want?

I'd take R2D2 any time!!!!

5. When you’re feeling down or lonely or just generally out of sorts, what do you do to cheer yourself up?

Drink!!!!! Unfortunately, then I lead off with movies like Good Will Hunting or Boyz in the Hood or Braveheart.  Real pick me up movies!!!!

6. Tell me about something or someone that you love that most people seem to hate.

Kevin Smith, Rodney Rude, American Football, Wayne Carey and horror movies are all hated by my wife but cherished by me!

7. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A real little boy! A successful screenwriter (read: produced feature)

8. Would you go on a reality show if given the chance?

Not a Japanese one!!!!
One that involves a mix of sporting prowess and brains that I can be in a team of 3 with my brothers would be awesome!!  (NOT chess boxing) It has to be non-injury inducing sports like hitting 3 pointers or home runs!!!!!!! Plus movie questions!!!! 

Man I want in on this game!!!!!

9. Who was your favourite teacher when you were growing up?

Mr Dyson grade 5, 1987, Frankston East PS
Mrs Tucker grade 6, 1988, Frankston East PS

10. You get one pass to do something illegal or immoral. What are you gonna do?

Go back in time find out lotto numbers and win the $50 million plus draw.

11. What were you doing 10 years ago?

Studying my 1st year of my Bachelor of Eduction - Primary degree in Brisbane. I'm in my 7th year teaching and love it!!!  Not my ultimate job, but I'm working on it!

12. By this time next year, I...

hope my wife will be pregnant and my 2nd short film script (Soap) will be produced and have a feature in the pipeline!

13. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?

Only if she's good enough for the job!!!!  Sick of minorities getting jobs for being a minority. That's how Derek Vineyard's dad died because minorities were given jobs as firefighters

14. Which fictional TV show character you would shag anytime?

Senor Ding Dong from the Simpson!!!!  We won't be needing jumper cables!

15. What is your favourite Quentin Tarantino movie?

Kill Bill Vol 1  (Man that was tougher than I thought!)   Still not 100% on that!!!  Dogs and Pulp are classics!

16. Who was your favourite Doctor?

I'm assuming this is a Dr Who reference but I'm going with Dr. Martin Van Nostrand

17. What's your favourite slow song?

Twilight Time by The Platters

18. Do you have a nickname? What is it?

Bearded Extra, Psycho, Lindsay, Linz, Jimmy, Jimbo, Dadda or that writer from The Pessimist! I heard someone say that behind me at the movie premiere!

19. What are you dreading at the moment?

Not much to be honest!!! I've been racking my brain but life is bloody good!!!! 

20. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

Unlike my brother at Stinkbrown and Our Walking Heart I don't have m/any readers so no judging happenin here!!

21. In two words, explain what ended your last relationship.

No love (It didn't hurt that I met my future wife very shortly after that!)

22. What were you doing this morning at 8am?

Sitting at my desk at school checking my blogs, sports pages and movie pages!

23. Do you have any famous relatives?

Charles Kingsford Smith is apparently a 2nd cousin or something to my old man. My younger brother has Kingsford as his middle name and is also most likely to be famous out of the rest of us shmucks!!!!

24. How many different beverages have you drank today?

One cup of green tea and lots of water and a glass of O.J. I also swallowed some toothpaste does that count?

25. What is something you are excited about?

North Melbourne Kangaroos results, New York Giants Result and my 9 month old son Benjamin!

26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group?

Most Monday's I speak in front of the staff (15ish) but I have presented at Educational Conferences to crowds of 80 and 120 last year.

27. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

I actually avoid looking in the mirror at any time. I believe it's better to feel good than to look in a mirror and be proven wrong!

28. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Discussing with my wife whether we should use Bonjela or Baby panadol to soothe my little boy!

29. What’s a word you say a lot?


30. Who is your worst enemy?

Plaque and my bank account balance!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

I need to vent about footy and it's a week when my team has had the best win of their year!!!!

I've been listening with patience all year about how good the Demons are going to be and how their young brigade of players will hold them in good stead in the years to come.

Well I'm going to drop some statistical knowledge on you and you be the judge.

The Demons are playing so well!?!?!? or so it seems!!!!  They are currently 4 wins and a draw from 12 games. The 4 wins have been Adelaide and Richmond (Bottom 2), Brisbane and Port Adelaide (Bottom 8). Nuff said!!
The Kangaroos are 6 wins from 12 games and touted as having a shocking year. Sure I'll admit we have had a couple of blow out losses but that is to be expected with the youngest list in the comp.

As Janet and Luthur put it 'check this out!'

I was lurking through the dark murky sewers or the 'net' and stumbled across http://www.livewire.com/ and found a fantastic resource for AFL stats!!!!

I noticed Ryan Bastinac our star recruit at pick #21 in the 09 draft is the #1 Rising Star in the AFL for disposals. I thought this was a good endorsement that he was travelling well so I sluthed further and found this:

Rising Star Total Disposals

#1     Ryan Bastinac  236
#5     Jack Ziebell     194
#26   Sam Wright     121  (11 Games played out of 12)
#31   Ben Cunnington 99  (8 Games played)

Rising Star Total Kicks

#1     Ryan Bastinac   121
#2     Jack Ziebell      117
#19   Sam Wright       73
#27   Ben Warren      60 (8 Games played out of 12)

Rising Star Total Goals

#8    Ben Warren     10
#11  Sam Wright      8  (Both not even Forwards!)

Rising Star Tackles (Probably the most impressive stats for rookies!)

#2     Jack Ziebell      58
#7     Ben Cunnington  47 (#1 avg per game at over 5!!!!)
#9    Ryan Bastinac     38
#22  Sam Wright        28
#24  Cruize Garlett     24 (4 Games Played)
#40  Ben Warren        14

I started off comparing 'our' young group with Melbourne's but have gone with a focus on The Roos group to point out the brightness of our future and where we are (hopefully) heading as a club on the field.

Nth Melb are 6-6 sitting in 9th position equal to Hawthorn who are 6-6 in 8th. A must win game this Sunday against The Power could find the Roos in the 8 at the end of the week??

Potential is a finicky game but I honestly believe that if the Roos miss the finals this year, they should make it next!!

One final look at the guns at our club who have played less than 100 games

89 Hamish McIntosh
74 Andrew Swallow
66 Lindsay Thomas
62 Scott McMahon
53 Matt Campbell
47 Aaron Edwards
41 Lachie Hansen
40 Scott Thompson
37 Gavin Urquhart
36 Ed Lower
28 Todd Goldstein
24 Nathan Grima
22 Jack Ziebell
18 Levi Greenwood
17 Liam Anthony
17 Ben Warren
15 Leigh Adams
15 Sam Wright
14 Ben Ross
12 Ryan Bastinac
9  Cruize Garlett
9  Josh Smith
8  Ben Cunnington
5  Alan Obst
2  Nathan O'Keefe
0  Majak Daw
0  Robbie Tarrant
Plus many other unplayed rookies!!!

Until then hail to the Rising Star!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Top Ten Sports to Watch/Play #2

Top Ten Sport to Watch #2

American Football (Gridiron) - New York Football Giants

I started watching NFL in 1991 and have been addicted ever since. So much so I paid for pay TV just so I could get up at 3am ad watch the early game. Oh and Sports Centre. I'm not particular either I'll watch any team and now that I have access to channel ONE I'll see more this coming summer. Back in the day I used to watch the local Frankston team and in 1999 I flew to Sydney to watch The Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers play an exhibition game. One of my bucket list goals is to see a game in New York and the Superbowl (I can dream!) Watching a game featuring the New York Giants is an absolute thrill for me and seeing them win SuperBowl XLII (42 if you're not Roman!) with my mate Rowie (sic) was top 3 sporting events ever.

I am a big fan of stats and NFL has it in spades and I'm also a huge fan of the tactical part of the sport!

Top Ten Sport to Play #2

American Football (Gridiron) - I'm looking for a throw, I'm looking to a long throw!

As I've stated earlier, my enjoyment for a sport grows exponentially with my ability to actually play it. My 3 best friends in high school were all very talented sportsmen but I would like to think that this is the one sport where I could hold my own. I have pretty good hands but lack the pace unfortunately. But throwing the ball for some reason suited me. I'm by no means muscular so I guess from a bio mechanical point my throwing style suited that skill. I'm generally pretty accurate and could definitely throw it further so my enjoyment was lifted. I would have loved to play high school football but maybe that would shown me I wasn't quite as good as I thought so it's for the best!

Until then hail to the Mary!