Posts Tagged ‘sports blog’

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…

Got Mail?

July 3, 2010 1 comment

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I know that by now I should probably be burnt out on NBA free agency. But I’m not. I’m just as enticed as ever, with no hint of the rumors and signings losing any luster. And I’m betting many of you feel the same way. Part of it of course, is that I have a dog in the hunt (Clippers), but my interest is also due to the insanity of some of these deals.

Darko, Gay and Amir Johnson all signing for huge contracts? PINCH ME! Please NBA GMs, PLEASE continue the madness. It’s intoxicating.

Sounds to me like it’s time to open the inbox and answer some reader mail… Read more…

King of Commenting Competition: 2010

June 22, 2010 4 comments

The time has come people, it’s time to show your stripes. It’s time to put your money where your mouths are, putting your creative and critical minds to good use. It’s time for the second annual, King of Commenting Competition.

We are looking to crown the most entertaining, comedic and intelligent reader and present to him/her, their rightful throne.

Here’s how it will work: Read more…

‘Sounding Off’ TubeCast: USC Sanction

June 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Consider yourself lucky. You have the opportunity to help Not in HD break-in our newly featured video blog, “Sounding Off.” The TubeCast will be a weekly segment running on the site, dedicated to ten minute video rants by yours truly.

Today our topic is the sanction hullabaloo, swirling around the USC campus. The penalties were enormous. Did the punishment fit the crime? Is Althetic Director, Mike Garrett, even fit to run a 7-Eleven? Is Pete Carroll sitting in his plush Seattle office, sipping white wine, playing Go-Fish with Todd McNair?

I have thoughts. Come join me for a while… Read more…

NBA Finals Game 1 Retrospective

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I decided to go with a retrospective diary for Game 1 of the Finals rather than our typical live blog. Why? Because my normal partner-in-crime, Britton Dennis – who happens to be a Lakers incredi-fan – is far too ADHD right now, to participate in anything live where he’d be expected to provide more than minimal side-bar commentary. His left leg has been in full-twitch mode and he’s been talking to himself with such a fury, I think he’s averaging more crazy words per-minute than Ron Artest’s Twitter page.

It’s halftime at Staples meaning only one thing; all the celebs are drinking in their secret club below the stands. Read more…

Almost Perfect

June 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Unless you have been stuck in a construction site port-a-potty all night, you should know that Detroit Tigers starter, Armando Galarraga, had perfection yanked from his deserving grasp. Read more…

Ben Bates Goes Live On the Air…

Ben will be taking a break from his latest TMZ photo shoot, in an attempt to test out his sultry baritone on the airwaves. He will be following in the massive footprints left by Not in HD’s own, Britton Dennis. Bates is said to feel confident since his fellow PLNU Sea Lion has already tantalized the audiences of the Central Valley once before. Yes, you’re reading this right folks: Come 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, you can hear Ben Bates live and in action on ESPN Radio Bakersfield. Read more…

Got Mail?

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Since it has been nothing but baseball here at Not in HD headquarters for the entire month of May, it is high time that I do a little spring cleaning of my inbox, fulfilling my Got Mail? duties by answering your questions about sports not confined to a bat, ball and four bases.

(Also, we have another huge baseball feature coming next week, so I thought it would be nice to give you something non-baseball related first. Without revealing too much, but rather just enough to whet your appetite; Read more…

The Night MLB All-Star Ben Zobrist Bought Me Dinner

May 11, 2010 1 comment

Although it had been planned for months, I found myself sitting through the final out of the Seattle Mariners/ Tampa Rays game Tuesday, wondering if I really was about to have dinner with Rays All-Star, Ben Zobrist. Read more…

MLBPA Ready to Egg Self, Over Anti-Immigration Measure

By now you have likely heard that the MLBPA is doing all it can to pin itself in a corner, by asking Arizona to repeal its new Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Arizona Senate Bill 1070). So why is the Player’s Association sitting there, shaving cream pie in hand, waiting to smear its own face?

Good question. Don’t worry, if you are confused as to the reason MLB is taking such a public stand, you aren’t alone. ESPN’s Corey Costelloe doesn’t quite understand their rational either. In fact, he writes that the MLBPA should tread lightly on this one. Read more…