One of the best new bands I’ve seen this year played on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night. Below is the YouTube video they posted on Facebook.
While Steve is missing in action, Les, Alison, and Dave preview the first round of the NFL playoffs, talk about the Bears dismissal of Jerry Angelo and lots more. including NCAA basketball and corruption, along with Packer Dave giving Les a piece of his mind. Also up for discussion is Starling Castro’s future with the Cubs.
I first read about this on Cnet.com, where they talked about a PayPal seller who sold an antique violin on eBay for $2500, only to have the buyer dispute the authenticity of the item.
It resulted in the destruction of the item after a dispute between buyer and seller.
Read the original mention of this on the Internet
The Cubs finally sent their beleaguered star to the Marlins for Chris Volstad. Here the official release from the team.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins for right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano and a cash consideration.
Volstad, 25, is 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA (298 ER/584.0 IP) in 103 major league appearances (102 starts) with the Marlins the last four seasons (2008-11). The 6-foot-8, 230-pound righthander has made at least 29 starts for the Marlins each of the last three years, including a career-best 30 starts in 2010 when he went 12-9 with a 4.58 ERA (89 ER/175.0 IP).
Originally selected by the Marlins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2005 Draft out of high school, Volstad made his major league debut with the Marlins midway through the 2008 campaign at the age of 21, going 6-4 with a 2.88 ERA (27 ER/84.1 IP) in 15 big league outings, 14 as a starting pitcher his rookie season. He made his first major league Opening Day roster in 2009 and went 9-13 with a 5.21 ERA (92 ER/159.0 IP) in 29 starts during his first full big league season that year. Volstad followed up with his strongest full major league campaign in 2010.
Volstad went 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA (90 ER/165.2 IP) in 29 starts last year with the Marlins. He finished strong by posting a 2.41 ERA (10 ER/37.1 IP) in his final six starts, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his final six outings while tossing at least six innings in five of those starts. Volstad began the season with the big league club but was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 23. He was recalled to the big leagues on August 12 and, despite going winless, posted a 3.48 ERA (21 ER/54.1 IP) in nine starts upon his return to the majors.
A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Volstad graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2005.
Zambrano departs the Cubs with a 125-81 record and a 3.60 ERA (731 ER/1,826.2 IP) in 319 appearances, 282 as a starter, in 11 seasons (2001-11). He went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA (78 ER/145.2 IP) in 24 starts for the Cubs last year before being placed on the disqualified list on August 13, missing the remainder of the season.
Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 12, 1997, Zambrano holds the franchise record with 23-career home runs as a pitcher.
You will hear the debut of a very special Packer Dave “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” some bad jokes from producer “Ira Tating,” some very good jokes from Steve Kohn, and some great retorts from Len.
Get a load of these names that are discussed on this show: Alonzo Spellman, Brad Johnson, Dave Kreig, Andre Rison, Shane Matthews, Wayme Fonts, and Raymont Harris.
So with our sincerest apologies, and we are not liable if you cannot contain you bladder, we present this mostly forgettable episode in the BPS annals.
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If you’re looking for something light-hearted and amusing, go see the Chipmunks or the Muppets. If an intense, violent, dramatic thriller is your cup of tea, be sure to catch the newest adaptation of Steig Larsson’s international best seller. But beware, this film is not for the faint of heart.
David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network) brings the ferocity of a Scandanvian winter, and a no holds barred approach to this film. Those who have read the book know that there is sex,lies, and videotape, along with computer hacking, murder, rape, and some flat out sick stuff that makes a Sunday helmet to helmet hit look like playground antics.
Those who haven’t read the books will hopefully understand why the movie clocks in at 158 minutes. There is a lot of story to tell here. Mikael Bloomkvist is a Swedish journalist working for an independent magazine, who at the beginning of the film if found guilty of libel against a prominent businessman. Henrik Vagner, an aging, retired head of a large, former industrial old line company hired the disgraced Bloomqvist to solve the forty year old mystery of his beloved niece’s murder.
Bloomqvist has to investigate the Vanger family, which is more dysfunctional than the McCourts, Addams, or Manson families. There are Nazis, drunks, and loners that don’t talk to each other. Along the way he enlists the aid of Lisbeth Salander, one of the most intriguing characters in modern fiction. She is a brilliant hacker, with a photographic memory and an anti-social personality. Salander works for a security firm, doing a lot of “off the books” work. She only takes on cases that interest her, and when Bloomkvist asks her to help catch a “killer of women,” Salander jumps at the chance. She has some issues of her own, which are explored more deeply in the second and third novels of the famous trilogy.
The movie is very faithful to book, except for a minor plot adjustment that doesn’t change the overall outcome, but does save some valuable screen time.
Rooney Mara is fantastic in the movie. Certainly, and Oscar nomination is in her future. Some may remember her from her small role in the “Social Network,” where her breakup with Mark Zuckerberg is the inciting event which results in the creation of Facebook. She bares everything, including many body piercings, her soul, and most of her body. She even manages to keep a Swedish accent going the whole time, unlike Daniel Craig (Bloomqvist) who slips back into British English about halfway through. Stellan Skarsgaard is the only Swede in a major role, is terrific also as the smooth talking, slightly creepy brother of the missing girl, that now runs whats left of the formerly gigantic Vanger empire.
Steven Zallian (Gangs of New York, Schindler’s List) does a fabulous job of adapting Larsson’s story. Trent Renzor and Atticus Ross once again team up for a haunting soundtrack. The movie’s hallucinatory opening sequence is set to a searing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”
If you haven’t already, read the book. It was so much more enjoyable to see the characters come to life again. I am so looking forward to the next two installments of the series. By the way, if you want to see the original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace can be found as Madam Simza Heron in “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”
My rating – a grand slam – four stars.
After witnessing the debacle at Soldier Field I quickly needed some mindless relief from the beating I had just seen. The latest installment in the “Mission Impossible” series was playing, and all I kept thinking was the title referred to the Bears playoff hopes. Actually as improbable as the movie was, it certainly was more believable then anyone thinking the Bears are still alive.
Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hawk, and this time he does a James Bond trick and saves the world. I could begin to describe the plot but it was more ridiculous then Mike Martz’s playbook. Suffice to say that Cruise and his sidekicks dodge death more then the Bears offense avoids getting into the end zone.
Jeremy Renner is introduced into the cast and the word is that he will take over for Cruise (getting a bit long in the tooth) if there is a fifth installment. In this flick, Cruise supposedly climbs up a 130 story building, jumps thru windows, crashes cars at high speeds and tries to outrun a sand storm. I wonder how many stunt doubles were employed for this movie.
The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) also has a new female member and what a member she is. Paula Patton defines sultry, sexy and shapely. Her acting is a little wooden, but who cares. This isn’t Macbeth and she surely isn’t some Victorian old hag.
The movie studio and production company did something fairly unique (and maybe risky) in releasing this flick in only IMAX theaters for the first five days. The gamble being that large crowds would want to see this action movie on the large screen with the sound blaring from the extra speakers. I can’t say that I would have enjoyed it any more or less on the smaller screen and I doubt it’s worth spending the extra $5.00 to seeing it the IMAX way.
This movie will definitely pack them in for a while because of the publicity, and the fact that this is one of the worst Decembers I can remember for cinematic releases. It’s definitely too long ( well over 2 hours,) and hard to keep up with the plot, but it’s definitely mindless and that’s what I needed after seeing the Bears (again) wet the bed.
My rating… a run scoring double – two and a half stars.