Of Reggie and Basketball

March 15, 2010

Last night, I was able to watch ESPN’s movie, “Miller Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks”. It is part of a series that ESPN is doing where they get a real director and pick 30 stories to make hour-long movies on. It was terrific, and brought back a lot of great memories. I thought I’d share some with you.

You see, I did most of my growing up in Indiana. Here, basketball has traditionally been the most important thing around, especially sports-wise. It is a way of life in many small, rural towns. We spawned the movie Hoosiers, and are widely-known as a basketball state (until recently, when some guy named Peyton came along). Therefore, basketball was long my favorite sport as a kid. I loved playing it, watching it, and just being around it. Some of my fondest memories of High School revolve around playing in the pep band at games, screaming my head off, and cheering on my buddies (since I obviously had no talent to play myself). When we moved to Indiana from the Detroit area, the Pistons were the dominant team in the NBA, and my favorite team. As I ingratiated into Indiana culture, the Pistons faded, and the Pacers started to build the nucleus of what would become a perennial power in the mid-90’s all the way through about 2004. I jumped on the bandwagon (yes, I admit it) and became a huge Pacers fan.

Now, my favorite weekend of the year has always been the one coming up: the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. Basketball in near-pure form is played on one station, with 3 and 4 games at a time for 4 straight days. It is heaven. I would always fill out my brackets with Dad, and we’d compare/compete. I have always had a special place in my heart for college basketball. But as the Pacers ascended, I soon became a die-hard. I lived and died with every playoff series. Watching the film last night brought back some fantastic wins, and soul-crushing defeats. But it also made me sad.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that Pacers team, and everyone on it. But unfortunately, those guys are gone. And the NBA is just not the same. Gone are the days of hard fouls, and in-your-face defense. Rarely is there a pure shooter that can knock anything down (a la Reggie Miller). Now the league is populated by spoiled millionaires who don’t give a crap. Rarely do you see any hustle, or drive. It’s really pathetic to see what the NBA has become, and that coupled with the Pacers ineptitude the past few years have driven my interest to an all-time low. I just don’t care. That’s why last night’s movie kind of depressed me…I will most likely never see that level of competition mixed with skill again. As the NCAA tournament nears, and I start filling out my bracket, it reminds me once again how much I love college basketball, and loathe the pros. So, I decided to make a list of my all-time favorite Pacer moments from my high school/college days. And, big surprise, most of them revolve around Reggie Miller, with 3 of them being against the hated Knicks. Here we go:

1.8 points in 18 seconds – Astonishingly, I was playing in a church-league softball game, and missed this happening live. But of course I’ve seen it replayed about a thousand times. The movie last night really chronicled this well. In game one of the 1995 Eastern Conference finals in New York against the Knicks, we were down 6 points with 18 seconds to play. The game was essentially over. Then Reggie hits a 3. Steals the inbounds pass, steps back and hits ANOTHER 3. Tie ballgame! Inexplicably, we decide to foul. One of their premiere shooters, John Starks, misses BOTH free throws AT HOME. Patrick Ewing misses an easy put-back that he’s probably hit a thousand times. Reggie rebounds, and inexplicably, they FOUL HIM, one of the best free throw shooters of all time! He hits both to complete the feat. Most basketball pundits agree that they have NEVER seen ANYTHING like that in their lives, at any level. Unfortunately, we gave up a 3-1 series lead and had to play Game 7 in New York…which we finally won on a missed finger roll by Ewing. Spawned our radio announcer’s famous line: “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead!!!” Glorious. Of course what they didn’t show you was us not being able to break through and beat Orlando at their place, and so not making it to the NBA finals…AGAIN.

2.The Picture – In 1999, my brother Joel put a picture on the wall in our shared room. Reggie Miller had hit another playoff buzzer-beating 3 to tie the game, which we eventually won (as well as the series). In the picture, Reggie is pictured at the top of his jump, releasing the ball. In the background, you can clearly see a bunch of the Knicks fans. Many of them are shouting “NOOO!”, and several have crazy looks on their faces, and their hands on their heads in agony. It is absolutely hilarious, and whenever I think of Reggie, I think of that picture. You can see it, if you scroll down, here: http://www2.indystar.com/library/factfiles/people/m/miller_reggie/reggie.html

3.The Push-Off – Another one I didn’t see live. I was living in Scotland, and the game wasn’t broadcast. In 1999, the Pacers faced the Bulls, with Michael Jordan, to go to the NBA finals. In game 4, at home, down 1, Reggie pushes off Jordan, comes open, and hits a 3 with 2.7 seconds left to win the game. Old hat for Reggie, but one of the most amazing, clutch shots I’ve ever seen. We lost game 7 at Chicago, that we had under control in one of the more heartbreaking defeats of my life.

4.The infamous “choke” game – Again, very well chronicled last night. Down 15 points in the 4th quarter, and with Spike Lee jawing at him in the front row, Reggie scores 25 points in the QUARTER to steal the game. I remember watching this at my best friend J.K.’s house, and being almost speechless. It was probably the most astonishing performance I’ve ever seen. Of course, we blew game 6 at home in front of the most frenzied crowd maybe in NBA history (on a Free Throw MISS by Reggie), and then lost game 7 by 1 point. Crushing, again.

5.Smits, This Time – The only one on my list that doesn’t involve Reggie Miller, was all about Rik Smits, The Dunking Dutchman. I remember it was Memorial Day, 1995. Joel and I were alone in the house watching game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic and Shaq (the rest of the family was at some cookout). Penny Hardaway hits 2 3’s in the last 13 seconds, to take the lead in a game that we had control of. The Pacers inbound to Smits and he hits a GORGEOUS 12-foot shot at the buzzer to win it. Joel and I erupted and it was a moment I will NEVER forget.

As with my Colts, there are always going to be our share of wonderful, as well as gut-wrenching, moments. Although the Pacers never won the championship, I followed them with the same (or more) passion that I now follow the Colts. And though my affections for NBA basketball have waned, and may never return, I will never forget the decade I spent living and dying with the Indiana Pacers. Thanks for the memories, Reggie. We miss you.


Final Top 10 Movies of 2009

March 9, 2010

Well, I’ve finally seen all the movies I feel like I needed to see to make a competent Best-of Movie list from last year. I will mostly be updating my original list, which you can see here: https://joshuamelton.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/top-10-movies-of-2009/
I did change the order a bit, and I moved 2 movies into the top ten that I saw after the original list, bumping I Love You, Man and State of Play (both very good, by the way). But these, in my mind, are clearly the best movies released last year. I have descriptions of the replacements (The Hurt Locker and District 9) if you search the older entries on the blog. But now, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Movies of 2009:

1.Away We Go
2.Up in the Air
3.The Hurt Locker
4.Inglourious Basterds
5.The Hangover
7.District 9
8.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
10.Star Trek

–Just one additional note. In all fairness, this list should have been grouped into the Top 4, Middle 3, and Bottom 3, because I feel like there were two major dividing lines. The Top 4 were clearly the cream of the crop, and there is a major drop-off between 4 and 5. And then, as much as I loved those last 3 (Up, especially – though it didn’t congeal quite as well as the others, and didn’t quite live up to the first 10 minutes of the movie, which were spectacular), they just didn’t belong in the same league with the top 7. However, I like round numbers, and the movies were all excellent, so there they are.

Final Oscar Thoughts

March 9, 2010

The Oscar buzz is finally dying down, and I did pretty well on my picks. Ten out of fifteen, and I should really have done better, since most of the categories were very predictable this year. I rushed through them a bit – should have seen Precious coming with the Screenplay award. Also, I didn’t give enough credit to the Oscar voters – I thought they’d cave in to the Avatar money machine. Instead, they gave credit where credit was due, and honored The Hurt Locker…though it was easier because a woman made the film, so they had that to fall back on, if you catch my drift. But regardless, it was a superb film, and deserved all the accolades it got.

I’m super pumped The Dude won Best Actor, and we’re throwing him a Big Lebowski party next weekend. As far as Sandra Bullock goes, I haven’t seen The Blindside, but much as I like her, I’m sure she doesn’t deserve an Oscar. For crying out loud, she got a Razzie on the previous night for her role in All About Steve. I mean, she’s funny and everything, but do you mean to tell me she out-acted Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep? Any other year, she doesn’t walk away with the statue. The supporting actor/actress awards went exactly as I suspected. Chistof Waltz was extremely deserving, Mo’nique much less so.

I was also disappointed that Up In The Air got shut out. It was the second best movie of the year, and should have won something.

All in all, though, a decent telecast. I laughed a good bit with Martin and Baldwin, although I wasn’t all that impressed with the star power present this time…thought it a bit lacking. Ah well. I’m sure I’ll watch again next year.

Thoughts On Survivor

March 5, 2010

The new season of Survivor – Heroes vs. Villains (essentially, All-Stars 2) is about a month in. So far, I haven’t been as impressed with the cast as I remember being in the first All-Stars. But there are a few things that stand out. Here goes:

1a.I am extremely disappointed in the Heroes. With that team, they should absolutely roll every competition. It’s an unparalleled tribe in the history of Survivor. And yet, they have lost 3 out of 4 immunity challenges. They can’t get it together as one team, or in the social game. They are getting completely dominated, with very few exceptions, by the athletically inferior villains. And it’s pitiful.

1b.Lacey said going into this season that she thought a Villain would win. Now in it’s 20th season, Survivor has evolved, and it’s the dirty, blind-side type players that succeed, for the most part. And the Villains are much more successful at playing that type of game than the Heroes, for obvious reasons. It is especially true in All-Stars, when they all know the game so well. Now, I disagreed with my wife. The reason being, I thought the Heroes would dominate the immunity challenges, and go into the merge with a huge lead. I figured this was a lock…I was wrong. The only way a Hero had a chance to win the game was if they had a lead going into the merge. If they were even, or down a person (or more) to the Villains, they were toast. And it looks more and more like that’s going to happen.

3.I’m also very disappointed in Colby. I’ve always been partial to him, since he completely dominated season 2. I’ve always called him the best player in Survivor history, the way he played a great social game, and dominated all the challenges like no one else. But in the original All-Stars he went out early, and he is on the verge of doing it again. He has been dominated physically and mentally. He hasn’t carried his far-superior team. His social game has been non-existent. And he formed bad alliances. I’d like to pass this off as him being 10 years older. But let’s face it, Tom the fireman won (and dominated the game) when he was far older than Colby is now. That’s no excuse. I think the truth lies in Colby’s own words from a couple weeks ago – “this just isn’t my game any more…and maybe I don’t have the heart for it.” Ten years ago, when he played, it was still new. People didn’t blindside as much. There was less alliance/gameplay. You could stay true to your word the whole way and win. Now, the game has changed. And Colby has been unwilling, or unable, to adapt. Bummer.

4.Boston Rob is an absolute beast, and much as it pains me to admit it, is the greatest reality show player in TV history. I couldn’t stand BR in either his season or All-Stars. He lied, manipulated, and just plain pissed me off. But the facts are the facts. His puppet/girlfriend/wife won All-Stars with him pulling the strings. He killed it in the Amazing Race. And he is absolutely dominating this season of All-Stars. AGAIN. Not only is his social game tearing it up (gets the shelter built, everyone respects him, no one even mentions voting him out, though that is their smartest move), but he is completely dominating physical challenges as well! I never gave him enough credit here, he is absolultely an incredible all-around player and though I still dislike him, I can’t help but respect him.

5.Much has been said (mostly by the man himself) about Russell being the best Survivor ever. But he is on the verge of going home early. You don’t cross Boston Rob, play that hard that early in All-Stars, and cross everyone by going after the hidden immunity idol, and not pay for it. But I’ve learned that you can NEVER count Russell out. And if he miraculously pulls another escape out, and makes it deep into the game, he will have to start getting some mentions for being one of the greats in the game.

6.Though I think Rob is the frontrunner, my two sleeper picks are two former winners, ironically. J.T. and Parvati. Both have great smiles, people love them, and they are rarely mentioned when discussing who should be voted out. I hate Parvati worse than anyone besides Coach, but there is something that woos the rest of the players. Who knows what it is. Anyway, those are my two to watch out for.

7.On the Heroes tribe, aside from Colby, my 2 biggest disappointments have been Rupert and James. Rupert is from Indianapolis, and I have ALWAYS loved him. He does an enormous amount of charity work, he tries to keep his word, he’s a hard player, a great fisherman, and just lovable all the way around. But he picked the WRONG people to align with. If you want to be known as someone who keeps their word, why on earth would you make an alliance with such a dirty player – Cirie – and her whole group? Why not go the honorable route with Colby and Tom? It just makes no sense. James, on the other hand, has completely changed. He is loud, obnoxious, dumb, and a liar. Gone is the gentle, lovable giant. Now, he says that all he wants to do is win, yet he yells and curses out his teammates, and votes to get Colby out, probably the strongest player on the tribe. It’s ridiculous and it’s worn thin.

Well, that’s about it. I’m enjoying this season quite a bit, and I hope you are too!

The Oscars

March 2, 2010

The Academy Awards are Sunday. I’m a bit torn about the Oscars, and I have been for some time. Lacey and I watch them every year, and we enjoy them. It’s fun seeing that many big stars in the same place. We always have chicken wings, and make it kind of a big deal. On the other hand, I’m willing to admit that they are pretty much irrelevant. Rarely do the most deserving films win anything, and it is driven by money, and the pathetic palette of the average American. And now that they’ve expanded the Best Picture category to 10 movies, it’s more of a joke than ever. However, we will certainly be tuning in, supporting this hoax, so really we are to blame, and that’s ok.

I’ve already posted my top 10 movies of the year, and I’m actually going to be updating that soon. My thoughts are known. But I wanted to predict who I thought would win on Sunday (just the categories that interest me), as well as who I think SHOULD win. The caveat has to be – I haven’t seen all of the movies on these lists. So take my thoughts with a grain of salt. Here goes:

Best Picture (if this had been a normal 5-movie category, it would have been excellent):
Avatar (will win)
The Blind Side (haven’t seen, not that interested)
District 9
An Education (haven’t seen)
The Hurt Locker (honorable mention)
Inglourious Basterds
Precious (haven’t seen, not interested at all)
A Serious Man
Up In The Air (should win)

Best Actor (a little weak this year):
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart (Will win- haven’t seen)
George Clooney – Up in the Air (Should Win)
Colin Firth – A Single Man (haven’t seen, no desire to see it)
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Supporting Actor (Decent List):
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger (haven’t seen)
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station (haven’t seen)
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones (haven’t seen)
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds (should win/will win)

Best Actress (eh):
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (haven’t seen)
Helen Mirren – The Last Station (haven’t seen)
Carey Mulligan – An Education (haven’t seen)
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious (haven’t seen, no desire to see)
Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia (haven’t seen)
**This is the one category that escapes me. I’m guessing the Precious chick will win. But probably shouldn’t.

Supporting Actress (pretty ok):
Penelope Cruz – Nine (haven’t seen)
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air (should win)
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart (haven’t seen)
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious (haven’t seen, no desire, will probably win, sheesh)

Animated Film (very good this year):
Coraline (haven’t seen)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (haven’t seen)
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells (haven’t seen)
Up (will win/should win)

Cinematography (superb):
Avatar (should win/will win)
Harry Potter
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon (haven’t seen)

Director (superb):
Avatar – James Cameron
The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow (Will win)
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino (Should Win)
Precious – Lee Daniels
Up In The Air – Jason Reitman

Editing (Superb):
Avatar (will win)
District 9
The Hurt Locker (should win)
Inglourious Basterds

Music – Score:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (haven’t seen)
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up (Should win/will win)

Sound Editing/Mixing:
2 categories, both should and will go to The Hurt Locker…loved the way this sounded, it really added to the film.

Visual Effects:
Avatar (should/will win. as much of a landslide category as there is, perhaps in the history of the Oscars)
District 9
Star Trek

Writing – Adapted Screenplay:
District 9 (should win)
An Education (haven’t seen)
In The Loop (haven’t seen)
Precious (haven’t seen, no desire)
Up In The Air (will win)

Writing – Original Screenplay:
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds (should win/will win)
The Messenger (haven’t seen)
A Serious Man (haven’t seen)

So, we’ll see how it turns out! I’ll probably do a follow-up after the show, and re-post my top 10 movies of the year.

Why I Hate American Idol

February 17, 2010

Obviously, American Idol has become a worldwide phenomenon.  I just read a statistic that in the past six seasons, AI has NEVER lost a half hour segment to any other show.  NEVER.  That is absolutely astounding.  It is a ratings juggernaut, and although it has slipped a little from it’s “glory days” 5 or 6 years ago, AI remains nearly as strong as ever.  I remember vividly watching season 2 (Clay vs. Reuben) and thinking that those guys had real talent.  I was talking on the phone with Lacey at the time, and through that entire season, often we would talk back and forth during the show.  In fact, there was a time when I considered myself a fan of American Idol.  I always enjoyed the first few weeks, laughing at the idiots who thought they could sing, and marvelling at many of the voices of talented people who crossed paths with the show.  In particular, I have fond memories of season four, when Carrie Underwood won.  That season had genuinely talented people (not the least of which was Underwood herself) such as Anwar Robinson, etc.  And even the season after that, with Daughtry, I remained somewhat interested in the show.  However, I could feel my dislike growing.  More and more, the judges recycled the same comments from year to year.  More and more it became a popularity contest.  But what really started to hit me was that the show was basically only medium-talented people doing average karaoke, with a lot of glitz, glamour, and talented back-up singers.  And that continues to be the case.

Seasons 6 and 7, I did not watch.  Lacey remained a fan, but I would always have her DVR it, so I didn’t have to get frustrated with people butchering songs I know and love.  And literally every time I would walk in the room, I would get more and more irritated.  It got to the point that whenever Lacey would have the show on in the house, I would be in a bad mood.  I grew to hate the show.  Then this season came on, and they brought Ellen to the fold.  How that woman came to be on the judging panel is absolutely beyond me.  She has no musical background.  She has no idea how to judge singing talent.  She is an abhorrent human being.  I have gone from hating the show to loathing it’s entire existence.  The whole idea of it, now, rubs me the wrong way.  It is not a “good show”.  They do not have geniunely talented people.  And as I look back on it, I really think it has dumbed down it’s talent pool so much that the average viewer doesn’t even realize that what they are watching is terrible.  These people will be on your TV sets for a couple of months, and then they will disappear forever.  When was the last time a singer was on the show that lasted longer than the next season’s finale?  Even Jordin Sparks is relegated to doing only national anthems at various sporting events, because her dad was a player in the NFL.  Beside the fact that the show has run out of real talent, now it basically gets ratings by populating culture with gimmicks.  I mean, don’t get me started on the whole “pants on the ground” thing.  Sheesh.

What’s more, the ratings from last night are in.  American Idol beat the Olympics.  The freaking Olympics!  That means that 22 million people (4-5 million more than tuned in to NBC) would rather watch people with arguably very little talent sing songs that were written by someone else, than watch their countrymen compete for international glory.  Now, I’ll admit that I watched Lost last night, since it is the best show on TV, but those numbers absolutely astound me.  Just another reason that I hate AI.  So, I apologize if this turned into a rant.  If you watch American Idol, I don’t hate you.  We just can’t hang out if the show is on.  Sorry.

Snow Days

February 11, 2010

I had the last two days off from school, due to snow. It has been really cold and windy here, as well, so I haven’t been able to get out and do much around the house except for shovel. I’ve taken advantage of the past couple days to catch up on a few movies. Here is a rundown of what I watched:

1.Whatever Works – This is Woody Allen’s latest. I am a pretty big Allen fan, and I’ve seen almost every one of his movies since the mid-90’s. I’m not exactly sure how he keeps them fresh, since they are all so similar, but he does it. They all have the “Woody” character, which is basically him. They are all somehow tired or bored with their life, and don’t really see the point of doing anything meaningful. Life is hard, deal with it. Your existence is meaningless, stuff like that. This was no different. Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) plays Woody. He does a fantastic job. He’s a pissed-off ex-physicist who goes around complaining about everything and everyone. He ends up falling for a girl half his age, but through a series of bizarres circumstances, she leaves him, and you end up with the thesis that everything is chance, there is no rhyme or reason to life, just do whatever works for you and try to squeeze some joy out of life while you still can. It’s terribly odd, this movie, and yet I quite liked it. The first hour, in particular is hilarious. But it is certainly a dark comedy. As a Christian, I take away different conclusions than what he intended, obvoiously, but it is another well-done, well-acted, delightful little Woddy Allen movie.

2.The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard – This is one crass movie. And I say that with as much affection as I can muster, because I really like the people involved. Jeremy Piven is the main character, who I’ve liked since he was most famous as John Cusack’s sidekick, and through his fabulous Ari Gold role on Entourage. He is hilarious as a “gun for hire” at car dealerships because of his ability to sell anyone anything at any time. His crew is a group of side-actors headlined by Ving Rhames. I wish I could tell you that this is a good movie…it isn’t. But it is genuniely funny in parts, and plays its laughs for all it’s got. Will Ferrell makes an amazingly funny cameo near the end. I can’t recommend this movie, but I laughed a lot.

3.Zombieland – This was by far the best of the bunch. The fist 5 minutes are hard to watch (gross!), but after that, it settles down and becomes a remarkably enjoyable movie. The “rules” for surviving zombies are spot-on funny, Woody Harrelson is fantastic, and there are actually some really touching moments. This is a zombie movie with a heart…though it’s not always apparent. The shock value is definitely there, so beware if you’re squeamish. I coldn’t stop laughing though, particularly during the Bill Murray cameo. Priceless. Anyway, if you don’t mind violence and language, this is well worth your time. I enjoyed it immensely and would watch it again in a heartbeat. The soundtrack, script, acting, everything is superb.


February 5, 2010

I was thinking about the Super Bowl the other day (surprise, surprise), and something struck me. I truly believe that the Colts will be the best team on the field on Sunday. They have better players at nearly every position. They have the experience. They have won consistenly for a decade. They know what it takes, and their starters literally haven’t lost a regular season game in almost 2 years (not that this is a regular season game). But that’s not what bothers me. The problem is, the Saints don’t have to be the most talented team. They just have to be the better team for that ONE game! There is so much that could go wrong – fumbles, interceptions, lucky breaks and bounces, you name it. Just ask the 2007 Giants. No one in their right mind picked them to win that game, they were absolutely NOT the better team…and yet they still beat the mighty Patriots. Because for one day, they played better. It’s kind of why I prefer the NBA playoffs – no one game has make-or-break circumstances surrounding it, until you get to the final one, and even then, you had 6 others to prove yourself. Now, that is not feasible in football, and it would certainly take away the drama in the Super Bowl, but it certainly scares me. That being said (chuckle), with Peyton Manning at the helm, I am still extremely confident. This bunch doesn’t beat themselves, doesn’t make critical mistakes. And ultimately, that will play itself out on Sunday, as will a higher talent level. Given 100 games, I think the Colts would come out on top in over 90. Sunday will be one of those 90. Go Colts!!!

This Is It

February 5, 2010

Lacey and I watched the Michael Jackson concert movie the other day, and it was pretty great, actually! It’s certainly not something that has a ton to say, but for what it’s worth, it is excellent entertainment. I was amazed that he is 50 years old! I mean, it makes snese, but I guess I just didn’t put 2 and 2 together. For his age, the man could absolutely still bring it. The moves, the voice, everything was still there. The movie was put together mainly in songs – showing rehearsals, giving you different days, outfits, and points in the process. You also got to see just what an enormous spectacle this show was going to be. 3D effects, movie clips, animation, fireworks, gymnasts, a moving stage, you name it. And of course, it all revolved around the music, which after all this time, still seems fresh. These are some of the great pop songs of our time, and I was absolutely grooving. Noah and Jude were up for about the first 20 minutes of it, and even they were dancing like crazy. They start with some of his lesser-known songs, and then cycle around to the classics. Billie Jean is one of the last ones, and you definitely realize why that song is his absolute masterpiece. He’s dancing alone on the stage during that one, and it is incredible to behold. Such a shame such an awful human being seemed to waste such amazing talent. At the end, we just left feeling sad. Sad about the way he lived his life, but also sad for the literally thousands of people who gave their heart and soul for that show, all to have it come crashing down with just days to go. I can’t imagine how devastated they would be. But while the movie is going, you can’t help but be impressed with the immense talent of the man, the musician, the performer. Wow.

What A Week!

February 1, 2010

I can’t see a week topping this one for the rest of the year.  Seriously, there is so much coolness packed into this week, it almost boggles my mind.  Check out my schedule for after work the rest of the week:

Each day, arrive home by 3:30.  From 4 – 7, play with the boys, read, eat dinner.  7 – 7:30, Family Worship.  7:30 – 8, get the kids ready for bed, tuck them in, etc.  Then:


8 – 9 – New Chuck!

9 – 10 – Watch 24


8 – 9 – Get caught up on what I forgot about Lost

9 – 11 – The Final Season of Lost premieres!!!!!!


8 – ?? – Who cares.  Watch a movie?  I’ve got Public Enemies at home, maybe that one.


8 – 9 – ??

9 – 9:30 – Watch a new episode of The Office

9:30 – 10 – 30 Rock is new


8 – ?? – Who cares.  Maybe watch a movie?  Should have a couple in from Netflix.  We’ll see.


No time schedule here, really.  Vicki and her mother are visiting, so we will be doing various things with them.  A little Wii, some cards maybe.  I’ll probably watch some basketball on top of that.


10 – 1 – Church

1 – 4 – Relax, take a nap (if I can stay calm)

4:30 – People start arriving for the Super Bowl Party!!

5 – Start watching pregame and getting jacked up

6:30 – KICKOFF!!!!! 

10:30 – Start winding the party for the Colts as Super Bowl Champs down.  It will be tough though for our 2nd Championship!!!

I suppose it could be better if I had the week off of work.  But when does that ever happen, and what is going on then?  I really don’t think it could compare.  I’m still a little bit in shock that the premiere of Lost and my Colts being in the Super Bowl happened in the same week.  Someone pinch me.  GO COLTS!