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This year's Super prediction

Football, Gambling, Las Vegas, Super Bowl, Television

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Mid-2010s Lightning Round

Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Coffee, Cooking, HBO, Las Vegas, MASL, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Patriotism, Poker, Riviera Lanes, School Board, Soccer, Star-Spangled Banner, Television, US Cellular Arena, USBC, UWM Panther Arena, Vacation, Vier Pogo Squad 51, West Allis, YouTube

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Now THAT was a Super Bowl

Bowling, Football, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, Poker, Restaurants, Super Bowl, Television, Vacation

First, let me offer that I am appalled at my lack of a Super Bowl pick this year.  Shame on me.  However, this is who I had picked...

("What the heck was that!?!?" says you, the Dear Reader. "You went to Las Vegas to bet the Super Bowl and you didn't invite me?"

“Yeah, that’s unfortunate” I respond).  My 1-1 record this year lowers my overall record since I’ve been making picks to 10-7.

It all started in the halcyon days of yore... namely Thursday, January 15.  I remember it like it was just a couple of weeks ago.  Frontier Airlines ran a one day sale, $29 one-way tickets from about a dozen airports.  

On a whim, I noted O'Hare was one of the airports.  Continuing on, Las Vegas was one of the destinations. Further whimming revealed that Super Bowl Eve was available. Finally, a mid-week return trip redeye was $69, putting a 3-day impulse round trip at an impossible $98.  My poker buddy, Scott (who works with me) called his wife and jumped on it.  Knowing that My-Sugar-Na couldn't be away from work that long, I checked the cost of a redeye return on Sunday night, which was $109, making my round trip $140. 

Although I can be a goofball, and sometimes make questionable decisions, I am rarely too impulsive.  But the Vegas geek in me got caught up in how cool it would be to find a real bargain, and just say "What the Hell?" and do it like some college kids. I picked up the Bat-Emailer and contacted My-Sugar-Na, and the conversation went like this...

(SNH) - "Are we doing anything Super Bowl weekend? We could go to Las Vegas together."

M-S-N - "You and me together?"

(SNH) - "Sure.  Got $140?"

M-S-N - "Sigh, I don't have $140."

(SNH) - "OK, how about this…

Fly out at 9:30 Sat 1-31 PM, arrive at 11:30 PM.

Watch the Super Bowl

Leave at 1:00 AM on Monday morning (the redeye Sunday night) and get to O’Hare by 6:30 AM, home by 9:30.  You could either go to work in the PM, or take one day off.

We put the flight on our credit card, I’ll find a one-night comp room.  We eat at Caesers with our points.

Scott and his wife are planning on going, but they will come back later in the week."

M-S-N - "You're serious?" (Side note; Didja notice that she didn't say no?)

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This time in Vegas, it was all business

Craps, Gambling, HBO, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, Poker, Restaurants, Soccer, Television, MASL

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Day 1 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2014 State Fair, State Fair, Television

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Reader Mail

Bowling, Coffee, Development, Gambling, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, Soccer, Television, Vacation, Weather, YouTube

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When will the world be saturated in advertising?

Bowling, Football, Free market, Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, Star-Spangled Banner, Television

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Day 10 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2013 State Fair, Free market, James family, State Fair, Television, YouTube, West Allis, Vacation

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Day 3 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2013 State Fair, Local news, Naughty businesses, State Fair, Television, West Allis, Weather

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GEICO PBA Summer Swing - Spoiler free Wrap-up

Bowling, PBA Tour, Television, USBC Masters, YouTube, West Allis

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Catching up

2012 State Fair, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Brewers players, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, NFL, Nostalga, Soccer, State Fair, Television

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Has it been 50 weeks already?

Craps, Football, Free market, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, NFL, Nostalga, Poker, Reno, Restaurants, Television, Vacation, YouTube

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Perspective on the Packers loss

Football, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, NFL, Television

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Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2012 State Fair, Green Bay Packers, Local news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Television, West Allis

Presented by Bowlers Pro Shop.  From bowling balls to advice to Gooey Mittens, you can find it all from Joe Cerar and his staff.

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2012 State Fair, James family, Local news, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Star-Spangled Banner, Television, West Allis

Presented by Bowlers Pro Shop.  From bowling balls to advice to Gooey Mittens, you can find it all from Joe Cerar and his staff.

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This week at the movies

Bowling, Gambling, MLB, Nostalga, Patriotism, Soccer, Television, Movies

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Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Brewers players, Cooking, Free market, Gambling, James family, Las Vegas, Local news, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, My-Sugar-Na, New Orleans, New York, Nostalga, Poker, Reno, State Fair, Television, Vier Pogo Squad 51, Weather, West Allis

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Fuel, fuel everywhere, but too expensive to drink

Free market, Local news, New Orleans, Taxes, Television, Vacation, West Allis

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The Star-Spangled Banner is still NOT a love song

Blogger's Clip Show, Football, Fox 6, Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park, MLB, New York, NFL, One Idiot is Offended, Patriotism, PBA Tour, Star-Spangled Banner, Television, YouTube

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This and that

Bowling, Catholic church, Cooking, Football, Free market, Green Bay Packers, James family, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, Patriotism, Religion, Soccer, Television, Weather, West Allis

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Day 11 Part 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Free market, James family, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Television, West Allis, YouTube

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Day 8 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Free market, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, State Fair, Taxes, Television, Weather, West Allis

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Day 1 Part 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Fox 6, James family, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Television, West Allis, Vier Pogo Squad 51

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Imagine that! Two cooking shows get to the Final Four in the same week

Cooking, Fox 6, Television

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If you can't stand the heat, go to Hell's Kitchen?

My-Sugar-Na, Patriotism, Restaurants, Television, Vacation

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Middle of the night BONUS blog

HBO, Milwaukee Wave, Restaurants, Las Vegas, Television

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Tragedy and the Yin-Yang

HBO, My-Sugar-Na, Reno, Television

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Insomniac theater

Fantasy Football, Fox 6, MLB, Nostalga, Television, YouTube

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2010's First Snowstorm of Doom - done (Sponsor's Name Here) style

Nanny State, Fox 6, Local news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, My-Sugar-Na, Nutjobs, PBA Tour, Television, YouTube

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Thoughts of Christmas past

Free market, James family, Nostalga, Religion, Restaurants, Television, West Allis

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Everyone likes a quicky

Football, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Craps, Fantasy Football, Free market, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, James family, Las Vegas, Local news, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, NFL, Reno, Television, Vacation, YouTube

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I'm not the only one

Football, One Idiot is Offended, Patriotism, Star-Spangled Banner, Television

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This is why baseball is the best sport

MLB, Television, YouTube

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Day 10 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

James family, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, State Fair, Television, MLB, Vier Pogo Squad 51, West Allis

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Naughty businesses, State Fair, Television, West Allis, Local news

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I hope Suzanne gets eliminated soon, or else wins the prize

Cooking, Fox 6, Nutjobs, Television

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So much going on, so little to say

Bowling, Free market, Gambling, Milwaukee Wave, Brewers players, Nostalga, Other blogs, Television, West Allis

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2nd Quarter Lightning Round

Barack Obama, Bowling, Brewers players, Craps, Free market, Gambling, Las Vegas, Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, PBA Tour, Restaurants, Taxes, Television, Vacation, West Allis

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A bit of advice for convenience stores and gas stations

Free market, Television

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I'm actually a pretty good cook

Cooking, My-Sugar-Na, Television

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What's next? A Woman Cave?

MLB, My-Sugar-Na, Television

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There is no Peter Lugers in Las Vegas. I checked

Bowling, Craps, Gambling, James family, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Reno, Restaurants, Television, Vacation

I've never been known for my brevity, so here goes...

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2nd quarter Lightning Round

Bowling, Brewers players, Craps, Gambling, James family, Las Vegas, Metallica, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, MLB, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, Riviera Lanes, Television, Vacation, West Allis, Xtreme Soccer League

I am not going to Opening Day for the first time since 2004, been to 16 overall since 1985... Predictions are impossible this year.  Gallardo = 2008 Sheets, Parra = 2007 Gallardo.  The key is if there is the opportunity to get an ace before July... I had a 300 game at Riviera Lanes a few weeks ago, it was my 16th... Leaving for Vegas in two weeks to bowl the USBC Open Championships, aka Nationals... The bar has been set, and it won't be topped this year... Wisconsin bowlers tend to do well at Nationals... Not gonna eat my way through Las Vegas... Don't think I can eat steak for three meals a day for six daysTry me... Copper prices are going up, is the recession almost over?  Oil is going up, so it just may be... Maybe not for the captain, but the first thing I thought of when I read this was "Cool"... Still looking for bloggers in West Allis to write about issues... But don't look at me, I've got more important things to write about... Metallica is in the middle of a month-long marathon on XM42, it goes through Monday... (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Offical Son, Mitten, was the starting pitcher for his Rufus King High School JV team on April 8th.  He and another pitcher combined to no-hit Bay View High School 17-4 (side note; 17-4 and a no-hitter?  Yeah, it was JV)... Mitten's fastball was clocked as Thursday... It can't be that hard is it to make sure your van is empty first... Or to put your baby in a crib... Or keep your beer truck on its tires... Way cool... So is this... And this... My-Sugar-Na thinks I have too many blog links... Blame Mark the Editor, he showed me how... My-Sugar-Na's new shoes give her blisters... Hey, bbear, quarter craps (but only 10x odds kinda stink)... The Milwaukee Wave managed a 10-10 record with a bunch of guys you've never heard of.  Next year should be much better if they can retain their stars... In one of the other indoor soccer leagues, the PASL-Pro, the Stockton Cougars won the championship, were sold, then fired their head coach... In the third indoor soccer league, the Baltimore Blast will face the Rockford Rampage in Baltimore this weekend for the NISL title... Happy Easter, y'alls!

Why aren't more people upset about the USA performance in the World Baseball Classic?

Brewers players, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Patriotism, Television

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament that - though first held in 2006 - will be held every fourth year.  In both 2006 and 2009, 16 teams from North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa participated.

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The field is set for the finals of the USBC Maters

Bowling, Las Vegas, Miller Park, PBA Tour, State Fair, Television, USBC Masters

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America has been cool for the last 8 years

2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, HBO, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Wave, NFL, Patriotism, Restaurants, Television, Vacation, Xtreme Soccer League

(Subtitled:  How to begin the first Lightning Round in 2009)

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Could "A Christmas Story" be remade succussfully?

Nostalga, Television

I am one of those who will watch A Christmas Story marathon on TBS more than once today.   Watching it last night while I wrapped presents got me thinking about the process of making that movie.  When it was on a few weeks ago, I did some internetting and read all about the movie on Wikipedia, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.  Without spending too much of my Christmas morning recapping those three websites, the point I want to address is that the movie was set in a floating period of 1939 through 1942 (it was intentionally not specific) in a made up city that really was Hammond, IN (a Chicago suburb).  The movie was released in 1983 - 25 years ago... and set 40 years earlier

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A cobbled together semi-rant

Bowling, Fantasy Football, Injuries, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Wave, My-Sugar-Na, Religion, Television, US Cellular Arena, Vacation, West Allis, Xtreme Soccer League

1)  When you are driving on the freeway in the snow and the rest of the traffic is going 45 MPH, then YOU should go 45 MPH or else get off the freeway.  If you are afraid to maintain freeway speeds in the snow, park the car in the garage and take the bus.  Along those lines, JS Online had a poll question that asked what annoys people most after a snowfall, fast drivers or slow drivers.  It was a dumb question, it should have asked "which drivers are more dangerous in the snow, fast drivers or slow drivers?"  Slow drivers are far more dangerous because everyone is trying to go around them causing cars to slide while switching lanes, and causing the pokey drivers to panic and drive even slower.  I was behind a car with an easy to memorize vanity plate.  I won't call out her car here, but if I ever get stuck behind her and find that she is soley causing a traffic disaster on I-894 southbound between the Zoo and the Hale again, I will identify her.

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PBA Finals - The Ken Simard Story

Bowling, PBA Tour, Television

(All photos courtesy of www.anokijig.com

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Minute by minute - The Amazing Race

James family, NFL, Other blogs, Television

I really hate reality shows.  Most are pretty very lame, with constant back biting, lying, and non-existant-but-dammit-we're-gonna-tell-you-anyhow storylines.  Considering a show like Stupidvivor, they take over 100 hours of footage of multiple contestants, and edit down to a 46-minute story.  That is NOT reality.  That is a serial protrayed by underpaid, non-union actors.

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I am Joe the Plumber

2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, John McCain, Television

Ok, so I'm not really a plumber, not named Joe, from Ohio, or looking to buy the business in which I am currently employed.

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Another Professional Bowlers Association season is upon us

Bowling, PBA Tour, Television, USBC Masters, YouTube

I was going to bore everybody with a preview of this 50th anniversary PBA season.  There are significant format changes, a local player (Chad Kloss) back on tour as an exempt player for a second year, and Milwaukee losing not only is tour stop, but the stop was a "Major" tournament to boot.  As a matter of fact, I wrote numerous update pieces during the USBC Masters qualifying at this point last season.

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This blog is on hiatus

Fantasy Football, Gambling, Injuries, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, Religion, Television

The singular, A-number-1, positively, absolutely most important time in a young man's life is upon us.  For that reason, I can't blog for awhile.

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Endless State Fair segues into the endless Olympics

Free market, Olympics, State Fair, Television, West Allis

Thank you to everybody who expressed their concern.

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Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here) style

Fox 6, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, State Fair, Television, West Allis

On my way home from work this evening, driving east on Greenfield Ave., I turned right onto 86th St. to see what the parking situation was like.

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here) style

Craps, Free market, Green Bay Packers, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, State Fair, Television, West Allis

A record setting day in the mobile child delivery system industry.  22 cars parked beat the record (of 21 cars set yesterday).  However to be fair, My-Sugar-Na and I made more money yesterday, as the "Demand is more than supply" theory set the pricing.  And to prove the free market works, today "Supply was more than demand", so pricing needed to be adjusted accordingly.  However as of tonight, we are 60% of what we made last year, with a full week to go.  My theory that more folks are taking local vacations seems to be bearing out. 

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Blown away by Cheer Day

Injuries, James family, Miller Park, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Television, West Allis

Some time in 2007, (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Daughter, Gooey, and (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Stepdaughter, Sloppy, concocted Cheer Day.  Conveniently held in conjunction with Sloppy's birthday party, Cheer Day was to be a day when the two girls thrilled us with their repartee of cheers and dances.  However, Gooey had broken her arm in the week leading up to Cheer Day, and on the big day wasn't feeling well.  In other words, the First Annual Cheer Day fizzled.

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Grab a beer (or wine) and settle in. This could take awhile.

HBO, James family, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, Television, Vacation

New York City was fun (but I wouldn't want to live there!)  I did the chronological last week, so instead I will pick some topics which I find interesting (or from which I have interesting photos.  We took about 300 pictures, and printed about 185. Consider yourself lucky you only are seeing this small sampling).  Again, I apologize if you don't care, but at this point my hit-o-meter has regestered your visit, and I thank you.

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I can't believe that I am that guy!

James family, Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, Television

The other day I had mentioned in by blog that the long version of my vacation diaries would be next.  I am still working on it, but I need to do some emergency image repair, first. 
I watch too much baseball on TV.  And purportedly to keep the game interesting, broadcast directors waste countless hours showing us the fans at the game.  This tells me one of two things; either that the game itself isn't worthy of the viewer's attention, or that the viewers aren't bright enough to want to watch baseball and that we'd rather see the people at the game watching the game.  Worst upon worst are the crowd shots of some guy talking - or worse, texting - on his cell phone.
Last night, I was that guy.
A supplier took me and two co-workers to the Brewers game last night (side note - the Brewers are now 1-5 in games that I've attended so far this season).  Apparently late in yesterday's game, I was on TV during a crowd shot.  Unfortunately, it was during one of two times that I was sending a text message to (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten, who was letting me know how he played in his game yesterday.
It's funny.  When I got the first message from Mitten, I had mentioned to my buddy, who was sitting right next to me (and conveniently not on the camera), that I am going to be one of the idiots in the really good seats who is playing with his cell phone during the game.  We all got a good laugh off of it.  And now 47 million people saw me sending a text message.
So for the record, I hated myself for doing it last night even before I knew I would be shown on TV sending a text message.  I promise to never do it again.
And Mitten's punishment will be that he is grounded to the closet inside his room until he is 25.

Insomniac Theater

NFL, Nostalga, Television, YouTube

Aimless, middle-of-the-night surfing has led me to some classic broadcast NFL openings.

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I'm a John Paul Dellacamera fan. Are you?

MISL, MLS, Nostalga, Television, YouTube

John Paul Dellacamera is a soccer announcer.  Maybe it falls into the category of "You never forget your first", but he is the easy choice as my favorite soccer announcer.

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Sponsorships getting out of control?

Fantasy Football, Free market, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Nostalga, Television, US Cellular Arena

I joined my first Fantasy Football League in 1993 (while I was working at the now-evil USBC, then called the American Bowling Congress).  One guy in the league had a wife who owned a business, and his team was named for his wife's business.  Seeing that, when asked what name I wanted, I said that I didn't have a corporate sponsor, yet, so I would take (Sponsor's Name Here).  Nobody much got it then.

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Didja ever get the feeling that things weren't meant to be?

HBO, Television, Vacation

Last July, I ordered each of you to watch the show "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO.  Well, somebody must have watched it with me, as it was renewed for a second season, albeit to start in 2009.

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Did you see me in West Allis NOW?

Barack Obama, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Catholic church, James family, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, My-Sugar-Na, Other blogs, PBA Tour, Television, They Came to Bowl, USBC Masters, West Allis

I've been told that my grill/FD story made the paper this morning - I'll have to buy a paper now...  Unfortunately, my buddy trumped me... It'll be BO vs. Mc in November, I'm sure I'll pull it together and vote for the RIGHT guy...  It's cold outside...  The lunar eclipse was cool...  Watched the remake of Hairspray; very interesting...  Jesse Martin is leaving Law & Order...  Taking my first trip to New York City in May...  Family didn't die of carbon monoxide poisoning overnight...  I love my job...  I should lose weight...  I miss bowling...  I'm worried about the ice dams on my roof all winter...  American Idol is dopey...  I could spend hours looking at this website...  Trying to get over the fact that Milwaukee lost the USBC Masters...  The cost of every metal I purchase for work is skyrocketing right now...  My birthday is on Holy Saturday this year, and (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Daughter, Gooey, celebrates her birthday on Easter Sunday... My car needs a good cleaning on the inside...  Planning on going to Wrigley Field on April 2 or 3 to watch the Brewers/Cubs game...  Our office is buying pizza for lunch tomorrow, I get to pick the sausage off...  I felt it was a good set of comments on my Obama post, aren't you glad West Allis can talk to each other without it breaking down into this or this?

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Blog Jeopardy

HBO, Milwaukee Brewers, NFL, Television

The category is - FEBRUARY

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World Series review

Milwaukee Braves, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, Nostalga, Television

Yes, I know the Super Bowl (Side note - The MVP selection was a crockDavid Tyree caught one of the two TDs, and made the catch that saved the game for the Giants, and instead a marketing machine was named MVP) was just played yesterday, but on Saturday, I went to Long's Wong and attended a viewing of Game 4 of the 1957 World Series (the "Nippy Jones" game).

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The NFL's lawyers have read my blog!

Free market, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NFL, Television

In my third-ever post back in March 2007 (a brilliant post, by the way) I detailed how the NFL is vigorously defending its marks, and mentioned that the NFL had previously sent letters to Las Vegas casinos stating that the Super Bowl cannot be shown in “public on screens that, according to federal law, are larger than those 'commonly used in private homes'."

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Who IS Michael James?

Bowling, Brewers players, Fantasy Football, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, NFL, Nostalga, Other blogs, PBA Tour, Reno, Television, Uphill (both ways)

Maybe a check into some of the lists (lower right of this page, but conveniently linked in this post) would give us an idea...

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Three brushes with greatness in a 42 hour span! A new record

Coffee, Dan Devine, My-Sugar-Na, Television

Thursday evening, My-Sugar-Na and I went to Potowatomi Casino to watch the Packers game in the Northern Lights theater.  We made the mistake of eating at the buffet before saving our seats, and when we got to the theater an hour before game time, all of the seats were either saved or occipied.  My-Sugar-Na and I waited for about thirty minutes until two seats opened up.  In the row directly behind us was Frank Calieno's father.  Unsolicited, he introduced himself to us as "Frank Caliendo's Dad".  I don't actually know his first name.  Clearly, he is proud of his son, and he was quite proud of the fact that the elder Caliendo had just gotten back from California and will be on an episode of Frank TV in the near future.

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I feel obligated to post about the NFL Network not being on cable

Free market, Green Bay Packers, NFL, Television

Did you notice the lack of an explosion around State Fair on Thanksgiving Day?

Cooking, My-Sugar-Na, Television

I successfully deep fried my first turkey Thursday... ON MY FIRST TRY!!!!

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