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Feb. 20th, 2010

Paladin

"My Boys": Cause girls love sports, too


Bobby, Andy, Mike, P.J., Kenny, Brendan, Stephanie

One of my favorite shows, both because it’s downright hilarious and because of the very awesome sports-loving leading lady, “My Boys” is one of those underrated television comedies that airs on TBS. With 3 seasons under its belt, with a fourth coming this spring, “My Boys” has something for everyone. Whether you’re the sports-loving girl dealing with the complexities of romance, or one of her guy friends, like the one who’s always cracking jokes even when they’re not funny or the hot bachelor who just can’t seem to make a relationship work, there’s a character for everybody to relate to.

The show follows P.J. Franklin, the sports-loving leading lady, from her job as a columnist for the Chicago Suntimes (she covers the Cubs) to her personal life, dealing with her very intimidating (yet heartwarming) guy friends to her romantic entanglements. Baseball has been a big part of her life, thus she compares things that happen in her life to sports and baseball, adding a unique narrative voice. I’m a sucker for things like that.

There’s a realness that is evident when you watch this show. Often people relate to the way P.J. and the gang interact, saying, “that’s how me and my friends act!” It doesn’t feel forced. It’s very natural and the chemistry between the cast is a driving force behind the show. The little quips and banter is as natural off-screen as it is on-screen.

One of the reasons I am absolutely in love with this show, besides it being able to make me laugh hysterically, is that P.J. lives the life I aspire to have. Living in Chicago, writing for the Cubs (well, of course I’d want to cover the Bears instead), surrounded by great friends and living life as it’s handed to you.

So if you haven’t watched “My Boys” then go watch! Now! Season 1 is out on DVD and Season 4 returns this Spring. For now enjoy this clip for a small taste of many laughs. And remember, girls love sports, too!

And if you’re already a fan, check out some of the cast member’s Twitter accounts!

@JamieKaler

@MichaelBunin

@KyleHoward

 

Feb. 19th, 2010

Paladin

Bears raising ticket prices for 2010 season

 

Isn’t it bad enough that Bears fans had to sit through the atrocity that was the 2009 season? Now the Bears are raising ticket prices for the 2010 season for over 75% of seats, most possibly due to the threat of a 2011 lockout.  Are they that confident that it won’t affect attendance for this season and coming seasons? Of course they are. They know no matter how much they raise prices, within reason, that Bears fans will continue to renew their season tickets and flock to games from around the country. Because as Bears fans it takes a lot to turn us away. The days of Jonathon Quinn and Craig Krenzel are enough to make any Bears fan cringe yet we continue to subject ourselves to it and other catastrophes like it. Why? Because it’s not just a passion. It’s a disease. And once you have it there’s no brushing it off.

The hype for the 2009 season was unlike anything I had experienced as a Bears fan. Jay Cutler seemed to take this city of his shoulders with his mere presence on the team. Training camp saw record numbers, with 6,000 on the first day alone, and 2009 was shaping up to be a pretty impressive year.

We all know how the story ends. The Bears fall to a 7-9 record and Bear Nation is left mouths agape. Poor coaching and performance by players transformed the 2009 season into one of the worst seasons in recent memory. Anything and everything seemed to go wrong and still the Bears just sat by and let it happen. So what the hell happened?
 


With the drama of the impending 2010 season, worthy of focus on the NFL hit “Hard Knocks,” Bears fans can only pray that 2010 won’t be a repeat of 2009. The addition of Mike Martz as offensive coordinator brings a cautioned excitement that will play out in full at training camp this July. But the real problems, Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo, still remain. There is one positive that would surface should the 2010 season turn out a disaster. Smith and Angelo will surely be gone. And possibly a decline in ticket prices? I wouldn’t get one’s hopes up on the latter.

Feb. 17th, 2010

Paladin

Greetings from Tradition Field

Pitchers and catchers from the New York Mets don’t arrive until tomorrow but I decided to check out Tradition Field today anyways. And I wasn’t the only one. There were a dozen Mets fans at the gates all of us hoping for a glimpse of a Met. They wanted pictures and autographs but I wanted a story.

The media entrance, where I will be going one day

For my News/Reporting class we are set to write a profile about a select individual. I am making it my personal goal to profile an up-and-coming Met looking for a roster spot. Because everyone loves a feel good story, right? I know I do. And since I plan on covering the Mets through their duration at Tradition Field (a month basically) I thought I’d get a jump start on some interviews.

Tomorrow and Friday I plan on heading over to the field again (it’s only 10 minutes from my house) and hope to find hopefully a pitcher (or catcher) and set up an interview at a local bar or before or after a game. I’m also going to take pictures and have a Met Report to recap the day.

 

Feb. 15th, 2010

Paladin

"Johnny Damon--you got the sweetest ass in the league!"

Surprisingly one of my favorite all-time movies is a baseball movie--a Boston Red Sox movie, at that. I'm a Tigers girl-- and don't you forget it!

"Fever Pitch" is one of those movies I can watch over and over and still laugh hysterically like I've seen it for the first time. And I do. I've watched it to the point where I actually know MLB players' names--and recognize them. But one of my favorite lines from the entire movie is during one of the Red Sox games when one of the girls stands up as shouts: "JOHNNY DAMON. YOU GOT THE SWEETEST ASS IN TH E LEAGUE!"

I plan on re-creating that scene should Damon happen to fall into the Detroit Tigers hands, like I'm hearing. They've offered him the most money and seem to be the front runner in acquiring him.

Feb. 11th, 2010

Paladin

Obsess Completely: SyFy's ALICE

My new obsession: SyFy's miniseries "ALICE". And FYI, SyFy, I'm waiting for the sequel.

This is a whole new dark twist on the "ALice and Wonderland" tale. The most notable difference for me is the relationship between Alice and Hatter. I love how they made it a romantic relationship. These two actors were amazing together---so much chemistry.




Everyone had been talking about it forever--and making videos like the one above-- so I decided to check it out. A-mazing. Let's just say the countdown til the DVD is release--March--is on.
Paladin

Me and Baseball--Baseball and Me

So it's pretty obvious that I am not the biggest baseball fan out there. I tend to think watching the games on TV are quite boring to say the least and actually pretty exciting watching in person. But let's get one thing straight. Baseball is not football. Football is king. Football rules all. Football is the cake and baseball is the crumbs at the bottom. Okay, food analogy is making me hungry. I'll stick with football is king and baseball is peasant.

Despite that I am going to give baseball a chance this year. First because I think as an aspiring sports writer I'm going to have to know something about baseball and second because the sooner football season arrives again.

I recently wrote a blog for my journalism class (go check it out at soflasun.com) and that sorta opened me up to the idea of, well, opening myself up to baseball. From the 3 baseball games I have attended in recent history (2 regular season and 1 Spring Training) they have been pretty entertaining. Hanging out with your family and friends and enjoying some competitive atmosphere. Plus, beer + any sport = happiness.

Now that I have moved 30 minutes north (and closer to Tradition Field) I've decided that I am going to try to follow the New York Mets as much as a minor baseball fan can. The Detroit Tigers play them on March 13 so that is one game I will definitely be at. I like the Tigers. A lot. My late grandfather was the biggest Tigers fan I've met and when the Tigers made it to the World Series in 2006 that was the most I've ever watched baseball and gave a damn. Now I'm going to try again. For the old man.

I'm a sports fanatic, overall, with football and hockey leading the race. Hockey is approaching the playoffs in a couple of months and the Detroit Red Wings, struggling with injuries, are still in the hunt. Basketball has kind of fell away a bit (a lot!) with me; I haven't seen a game in 2 1/2 years.

So basically this pointless 5 + paragraph rambling is about me giving baseball a shot and paying a little more attention while I secretly count the days til the new football season (Free Agency starts March 5--  22 days! Not that I'm counting). To use the phrase I used to close my fist ever baseball article-- Celebrate the end of one  sports season with the beginning of another.
Paladin

South Florida Sun and Spring Training!

Go check out my News/Reporting class' blog! It's called The South Florida Sun and we blog about local happenings around South Florida. I recently wrote a post about Spring Training coming to South Florida, Port St. Lucie and Jupiter specifically.

Here's a quick bit from the blog:
 

Spring Training is coming to South Florida in March


In a couple of weeks a handful of Major League Baseball clubs will journey down to Florida to begin training for the upcoming season that begins in April. Pitchers will make their way down here in about a week while the rest of the players will be down here by March 1.

Known as the Grapefruit League, for those training in Florida rather than Arizona, 16 baseball clubs call Florida home for the spring as they prepare for opening day on April 5, working out the kinks that were their downfall in 2009 and looking at a clean slate for 2010.

Four teams will occupy Central Florida: the Atlanta Braves, Detroit TigersHouston Astros and the Washington Nationals.

Nine teams will occupy the West Coast: the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red SoxCincinnati RedsMinnesota TwinsNew York YankeesPhiladelphia PhilliesTampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.

The remaining three teams all inhabit our own backyard: South Florida. Ranging from Port St. Lucie down to Jupiter, the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals will train here for 5 weeks.

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and continue to check out SOFLASUN.COM
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Feb. 9th, 2010

Paladin

Writer's Block: Wake up and smell the coffee

Given the choice, would you rather sleep in or eat a delicious breakfast? Is there any food you love so much that you'd wake up at dawn or travel a great distance just to eat it?

Sleep in. Every time. It's just not fun waking up early.
Paladin

A Writing Fool

Right now I am working on about 7 total writing projects, 4 novels/novellas, 1 screenplay, 1 feature article and 1 magazine. Be it 3 or those are for school currently. Working on all of these projects at the same time can get confusing at times. My head is flooded with random and different ideas and I'm lucky if I get a free moment to digest it all.

Besides that there are about 6 books that I'm dying to read. I got the last Wake book titled "GONE" in the mail Friday and have been trying to sneak in reading bits at work on my break or before class. There is not enough time in the day.

Feb. 5th, 2010

Paladin

Like OMFG....FRINGE!

Ok so the Winter Finale of Fringe defintely lived up to word "Finale"- aka the biggest f***ing cliffhanger all series! Of course knowing Fringe wasn't going to come back til April I was sure they would leave us with something to obsess over for the next 7 weeks. And boy did they! Watch this first video and let me know how much it pisses you off (cause it did me)


Did you have enough time to digest that? @fringepodcast had this to say: "I think I had an out of body experience when they were about to kiss. But no, then, I was denied :("

Oh but wait, there's one more WTF moment that was just pure evil to taunt in front of us, while we have a 7 week break.


April 1st is circled in a large red circle on my calendar. Now I'm off to re-watch old Fringe episodes for 7 weeks. Luckily I'm pretty busy with school and work and other stuff that maybe April 1st will just pop up expectantly.
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