Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Coaching Staff Concerns

I went to a prayer breakfast up in Kennesaw today and Coach Mark Richt was the guest speaker.

This isn't spring-football related but he did mention that a member of the coaching staff was going through a tough time because his mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. He said he wasn't going to name names, but he used this example to tie in how you can spend your life trying to make mankind happy, but you're wasting your time because when it's over, it's over.

Of course he put it much more eloquently than I did, but this coaches father had already passed away due to cancer and his mother was presumed to have approx 6 months left (IF I heard that correctly).

This isn't an attempt to break news, it's more-or-less an attempt to bring some prayer concerns to those who care. I felt the need to pass this along because yesterday I discovered a member of our neighborhood supper-club passed away in January and my wife and I completely missed the boat on sending condolences to his wife.

So if you're the praying type, just remember those whom put on the show for us are real people and deal with life's crappy circumstances as well.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Nice Weekend

I didn't know about this until I heard about it on The Regular Guys, Friday morning, but Saturday they were hosting an Open House at Turner Field.

I got the opportunity to re-enact some of my favorite Braves moments...

1. Otis Nixon
...I was also arrested for cocaine possession afterward.

2. John Rocker
...not as easy as it looks. The purple-haired f@#%^$ from the #7 train are relatively accurate with their battery throwing.

3. Jeff Blauser
Not pictured is the softball size wad of chewing tobacco.

4. Jeff Francoeur
...too soon?

5. Skip Carey
"It looks like a fan from Kennesaw, GA comes away with a souvenir...DON'T STEP ON DOWNED POWERLINES!"

6. Rafael Furcal
About to get WAYSTEAD and go for a drive!

7. Dan Kolb
...just kidding. Had Dan Kolb actually stayed sitting in the bullpen instead of seeing closing opportunities, 2005 might have been a better season. Still makes me angry. The Braves have a notoriously patient fanbase, and if a player brings out this sort of satire from us, then you know something ain't right.

But in all seriousness, it was a fantastic Saturday. We got to Turner Field around noon and got to run the bases, pitch in the bullpen, sit in the dugout, visit the clubhouse & locker room, and got a tour of the pressbox. All of this was free too...even parking which is a miracle in-and-of itself. I had no idea they did this every year but it sure isn't publicized too well because I've seen bigger crowds at a Marlins game. So keep your ears & eyes open next year for this event, it's an absolute blast. Also, if you get there earlier they'll let you catch flyballs in the outfield...unfortunately we were running a little late and they'd already cut the line off.

Friday, March 26, 2010

...because it never gets old.

Of course the question marks have moved from RBs to QBs this year, but one thing that will never change is the joy that comes from beating OurBarn.

PS: I absolutely love the display of athleticism in Ealey's TD attempt (both times).

This was following Bacarri Rambo's scary hit which saved the game (because their receiver had ball-in-hand barreling toward the endzone). One of our defense's finest moments of the 2009 season...and believe me there weren't too many. They did it for Rambo and came up huge with a solid win against a bitter rival.

Just for insight, my lack of posting has been due to an INSANE work schedule. I'm trying to get a few more things wrapped up before the weekend but with a little luck I'll have more time next week.

Also, I have no idea why the High Def videos get cut in half...feel free to click and watch directly from YouTube.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


...welcome to spring football news in the South.

Perhaps we should check with new QB's Coach Papadapolis for an explanation.

Green UGA Stuff...not A.J.

As many of you know, today is St. Patrick's Day (or for the undergrads, Wake Up With Sharpie Penises Drawn on Your Face Eve). It's a day where the people of Ireland celebrate a liturgical day of solemnity, and the rest of the world mocks the Irish by drinking, fighting, and vomiting green fluids. It also happens to be the only day of the year all nationalities get away with wearing "Kiss me I'm Irish" shirts and it's alright!

...clearly not Irish.

But I also wanted to use today to address something I've never really understood. That would be the issue of Lucky St. Patrick's Day team paraphernalia. Now don't get me wrong, I'm as big of a UGA gear junkie as the next guy. I've got UGA socks, lawn ornaments, flags, trailor-hitches, etc... but I have never understood the draw toward GREEN stuff for St. Patrick's Day especially when it's not a school/team color (Tulane, feel free to party on with your St. Patrick's Day specials).

Perhaps if the Diamond Dawgs are playing, (I don't follow college basketball close enough to know if March Madness would ever be played on SPD), or I guess a Thrashers/Hawks/Braves Spring Training game it's acceptable for the day...but when else do you expect to wear this?!?

You would stick out like a sore-thumb any of the remaining 364 and 1/4 days of the year should you attend an event. But in my honest opinion, green team wear is nothing more than a scam to get you to buy stuff...no different than Valentine's Day or your Wedding Anniversary.

I could be way outta line on this, and I'm not calling those who do buy the green stuff "tools", but come on guys...don't be a marketing sucker. There. I think it needed to be said.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've finished my morning coffee and I need to go brush my teeth.

Happy Birthday, #5.

Blogging Pantsless wishes a happy birthday to Georgia football legend, Rex Robinson.

Still active off the field, you can find Rex daily on his blog, Roughing the Kicker. Or if you "do the Twitter" you can follow @RexRobinson5 to get the scuttlebutt.

So in honor of the man who once nailed a 78 yard FG...a little Bobby Bare.

Happy Birthday, Rex. This one's on us.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dawgs vs 'Dores Tonight

In case you were wondering, after beating Arkansas last night, the Dawgs move on in the SEC Tournament to play Vanderbilt.

According to U-Verse the game will be shown on Peachtree TV @ 9:45pm so stay up late, it's the weekend.
Smile if you've beaten Vanderbilt once already this year*.

*but we've also lost to 'em.

Braves Groupon

Usually my wife is the one who gets excited about coupons and good deals, but this was too good not to share.

If you know what Groupon is, you've probably already received this offer. But for those who don't know, Groupon is an email service that sends you a discounted coupon offer from MetroAtlanta businesses every day.

Today's offer is for Braves fans, and since I am a Braves fan I thought I'd share it with the rest of you.

For $25 you get:
1. A non-nosebleed ticket to a Braves game (in the Golden Moon Casino Pavilion Level).

2. A Braves hat.

3. A pregame tour of Turner Field + admission to the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.

4. $5 credit for concessions.

That's a damn-fine deal if you ask me.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

So Dabo wants to play ball, eh?

To be perfectly honest, I love the idea of a fauxpponent in the Spring Game.

Why not, Clem's boy?

In addition to the some groundrules about QB's being no-contact, as long as provisions are taken to ensure player safety (and get the back-ups some reps) I think it's a great idea.

Hell, if we're gonna have a throw-back opponent. Why not have a throwback coach come in and deliver a pep-talk?!?

Watch Coach Goff and his flat-billed ballcap tell you what "wins games".

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

#34 in your program, #1 in your heart.

Happy 48th birthday to the Alpha Human.

Football Nightmare

I had a REALLY bad dream last night. I dream that UGA Football opened the season against Wofford at Sanford Stadium and we lost 44-42. We lost because our Special Teams play was absolutely AWFUL! We couldn't cover returns whatsoever and it was like watching all your hopes and dreams come crashing down in EMBARRASSING defeat.

...isn't that pleasant?

Well, don't worry because I've never really been one to have prophetic dreams. If so, this whole terrorism nonsense would have been handled a while back when I first started having John Mclane style hero dreams.

For the record, in those dreams I single-handedly defeat the Russians, save my wife from her Ruskie captors, AND prevent The Pier in St. Petersburg, FL from being blown to pieces.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mackie's Guide to the Oscars: Part I

Since my guides to the Academy Awards were so wildly popular last year I've decided to fill the posting void with my reviews of the Oscar Nominated Best Pictures for this year. The term "wildly popular" used loosely, similar to how filing taxes each year is wildly popular.

So the Oscars are coming up and if you're anything like me you saw UP! and thought about seeing Avatar or had your parents tell you what a great movie The Blind Side was every time you visited. So you're pretty hip, eh? Well...not so much.

That's where I come in.

The purpose of this post is to update you on all the awesome movies you had no interest in seeing this year that Hollywood people think you should think are great.

It should hardly matter I haven't seen/heard of them either, but I've always been able to read people well so surely I can provide a ballpark idea of plot/storyline to continue making the readers of BloggingPantsless the most informed readers out there...(and stop calling me Shirley.)

So you best prep yourself for a SPOILER ALERT!!1 because there's no un-learning these endings once I drop the knowledge on you.

#1. Up in the Air

The WORST BATMAN EVER stars in this ROM/COM/DRAM about a guy who likes to fly around the world and be a douche. Just kidding, that's George Clooney's bio. But seriously, the guy from Oceans 11, 12, and 13 flies around the world and his job is to fire people at their respective jobs. He's a professional "lay-er off-er" which you would think makes him a great, big asshole (great casting btw). But Up in the Air gives us a view into the softer side of people who fly around the world and fire people as a profession...which I have yet to run into anyone with that as a job but I don't doubt it exists because otherwise they wouldn't have made a movie about it.

We see Everett O'Brother's softer side and watch him deal with loneliness (because obviously a man with looks that could make your grandma's panties drop deals with being alone often) and a job he is hated for having. IMDB also says Alan from The Hangover is in this movie so you better expect a lot of drug-humor, infant abuse, and facial hair.

#2. District 9

I gotta admit, I'm a little shady on the details of this one so I'm gonna make something up. I remember this movie having something to do with illegal aliens so I'm gonna put 2 and 2 together and say it's about Congressman Nathan Deal (*RIMSHOT!). HOLY BALLS look at the gun in that picture!

So Nathan Deal is a plasma-gun totin' renegade Congressman from Georgia's 9th District. He's on a mission from God to round up all the illegal aliens and put them in a bus back to Mexico...'cause they're Mexicans.

...and he's got a BIG GUN! BYEW, BYEW, BYEEEEEEW!!!1

#3. Precious

A friend of mine actually paid money to go see this and said he wanted to hang himself with the elastic in his underwear. So anyway, Precious is a movie about an obese, illiterate, black girl, who gets pregnant from her father (twice), is abused by her mother, has AIDS, and ...I'm sorry...who the hell would pay to see this?!? It's like someone said "Hey let me make a movie where nothing good happens to the main character and it's not Meet the Parents."

Instead of paying $9 to see this; cash your $9 into nickels, fill a pillow case with said change, dip the pillow case full of nickels into rubbing alcohol, and hit yourself in the face with it repeatedly...you'll get the same sensation as actually sitting though this nightmare of a "Best Picture"...Ppppptttttt.

#4. A Serious Man
...I'm assuming this went straight to video because I've never even heard of this film.

But A Serious Man is a black comedy (meaning it's satirical, not that it's like Soul Plane) by the Coen Brothers. If it's anything like No Country For Old Men you're guaranteed to hate it. But A Serious Man is probably a movie about a guy no one wants to hang out with. Women, gay dudes, and most pets find him intolerable due to the fact he is so frickin' serious all the time. He really needs to lighten up, so in a perfect world the Coen Brothers pair him up with the revisited role of Bud Macintosh played by, none other than, PAULY FRIGGIN' SHORE!

So the serious man and Bud Macintosh go on a road-trip together and look for a toilet stop in what they believe is a shopping mall, which in fact turns out to be a a closed ecological system which is a government funded environmental experiment sealed for 1 year. They accidentally get trapped in this "bio-dome" and hijinx ensue! They learn to rely on each other and the environment and when a year's time passes the serious man emerges from the experiment completely evolved into a cool guy. Men want him, and women want to be him...you read that right, being trapped for 1 year with Pauly Shore turned the serious man into a total homosexual. Rent it today, BIODOME 2: A Serious Man.

Stay tuned, we've got more reviews coming later this week ...maybe.