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Just Another Cheat Code

July 11, 2010 1 comment

I remember playing Contra on the NES in the third grade. My friend Tim and I would play it for hours. My preferred weapon of choice was the spray gun. The moment I got the game, I quickly punched in the, “30 lives” cheat. (Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, select, start. Like you needed me to even say it.) Within a few hours, I was celebrating my victory. Tim, however, refused to use the cheat. He stuck with the three lives allotted by Konami. He failed. And failed. And failed. Days went by. Weeks. Months. And then on that fateful Friday night, he finally beat the game. He was a winner. I celebrated with him. And deep down, I was jealous.

Maybe I could have beaten the game with three lives. Maybe I had it in me. I’ve always been primarily a sports game guy, so it was rare that I’d put a lot of time into a game like Contra. After beating the game with 30 lives, I had little motivation to put in the necessary work to beat it again with only three. But I often wonder if I really could have done it.

I was the LeBron James of Nintendo. Read more…

The Mistake by the Lake

October 29, 2009 4 comments

Brady Quinn

In the past four years, I have bemoaned the fact that I was forced to watch the Seattle Seahawks on a weekly basis. Perhaps because there are starving children in Africa who don’t get to watch any NFL games, God has decided to punish me by moving me 75 miles southwest of Cleveland, a.k.a. “The Mistake By The Lake” – where I am subjected to Cleveland Browns games every week. Read more…

PNC Park

September 29, 2009 1 comment

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This year is the 30th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ last World Championship. However, Willie Stargell and the Family are a distant memory, as the Pirates are closing in on their record 17th consecutive losing season. While fans have had little to cheer about on the field, Pittsburgh is home to one of the best parks in baseball. Read more…

NFL Preview

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

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It’s the same every year: The MLB pennant chase heats up, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a firesale and Brett Favre retires/unretires. That can mean only one thing – the NFL is back. While many of the television NFL prognosticators seem to make their season projections with a blindfold and a dartboard, we here at Not In HD have a much more scientific method – the Magic 8-Ball.

There are 20 answers given by the Magic 8-Ball. Conveniently,we have 20 questions that desperately need answered as we head into our favorite time of the year. Read more…

We Talkin About Practice

July 16, 2009 1 comment

I play in a low level, co-ed softball league with NIHD’s own, Ben Bates. Not to brag, but I don’t think there’s much doubt that Ben and I are the two best players on the team – especially defensively. Apparently our coach scheduled a practice for this past Wednesday, which we didn’t know about (and I had to work anyway). Without saying a word to us, when we showed up at the game today, we were dropped from our usual first and third spots in the lineup, to the end and were the only two players to be benched to start the game. We each ended up playing about half the game. We found it rather bizarre that we were benched for missing a practice that we didn’t know about. Either way, it reminded me of NIHD’s flavor of the month sports video. 

Practice? We talkin’ about practice?

The NL Best?

June 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Tim Lincecum

The Los Angeles Dodgers are running away with the NL West, as they’re currently 8.5 games up on second place San Francisco, and still nine up on the Rockies, who have won 18 of their last 19 games. The Dodgers are 7.5 games in front of the next best NL team (the St. Louis Pujols Cardinals), and 3.5 ahead of the next best team in baseball (the Red Sox). Read more…

Why the Magic Will Win

June 1, 2009 1 comment

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Do you believe in Magic? If you’re an ESPN expert the answer is clearly no, as nine of ten believe that the Lakers will soon be celebrating another championship. However, ESPN also hired Bill Simmons, so their credibility is immediately in question (you didn’t think I could blog without one rip on Simmons, did you?).

I have long been an Orlando Magic fan, even when as a kid, my best friend started calling them the “Tragic” after Shaq skipped town. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the Magic have reloaded with a new Superman. He’s like the original, only slightly better at shooting free throws and without the disappointing acting (great job portraying a giant basketball player in Blue Chips. You’re truly a chameleon) and rap careers (seriously, a “best of” Shaq album? Is it just a blank CD?).

Without further adieu, here’s why the Magic will win their first NBA championship this year. Read more…