Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I lost my boots in transit babe

song clue: Ken Kesey

I find it interesting that all of my favorite books feature the same sort of main character- the young man who is a bit lonely in the world and is searching for something. These are usually what I consider my favorite books:

-The Moviegoer- Walker Percy
-A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole
-The Grandissimes- George Washinton Cable
-Waverley- Sir Walter Scott
-Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger
-Foucault's Pendulum- Umberto Eco
-On the Road- Jack Kerouac
-Wind, Sand, and Stars- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
-Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer

In each of those books to varying degrees the main character is a young man searching for something... usually truth. I wonder what that says about me?

Am I searching for truth? In a way I guess... I kinda think that's why I enjoy Wikipedia so much. I also have a natural aversion to commercialism, advertising, public relations... that sort of thing. I enjoy political discussion in the same way I enjoy musical or sports discussions. On the other hand I can't stand the art of politicking. Maybe that is why I am/will be a journalist.

I find the same qualities of authenticity in my music selections. Whether its The Grateful Dead and their love for the moment and the experience of the live show and their songs being so much about America in general, or its Dylan and his troubadeering.

I don't claim to have some obsession with the idea of truth, in fact I think people use it far too easily, much in the same way people use the word "real" way too often. But I guess that "realness" is something I look for in life, literature, and music. Something that isn't pre-fabricated or corrupted to meet the demands of the dollar sign. Whenever I think of the book Into the Wild and Chris McCandless burning all his money in the Arizona desert I almost always think he is an idiot. But every now and then I get it- I mean I really get it.


Monday, August 28, 2006

If I don't do it, ya know somebody else will

Song clue: Bonnaroo

Today was the first day of class. What can I say? A ton of very cute freshman girls. Anyway I'd like to git to the perdicktchuns...

Week 9 (October 28):

Byes: LSU (7-1, 3-1)

No Brainers: Florida International at Alabama (6-2, 2-2); ULM at Arkansas (4-3, 2-2); Buffalo at Boston College (3-4, 0-4); Florida State (5-2, 3-2) at Maryland (4-3, 1-3)

Auburn (8-0, 5-0) at Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3)- The Rebs will scare the Plainsmen here and AU won't win until late in the game. Auburn won't be able to afford such slip-ups against Georgia.

Clemson (7-1, 4-1) at Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-2)- The Tigers will slip for the second week in a row and lose important ground in the race to the ACC Championship.

Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-5) at Duke (1-6, 0-5)- Vandy wins on road to keep bowl chances alive...

Kentucky (2-5, 0-4) at Mississippi State (2-6, 0-4)- I think the Mildcats will win in this battle of teams lacking SEC wins.

Wake Forest (5-2, 1-2) at North Carolina (5-2, 2-2)- The Demon Deacons will come out strong and the Tar Heels will drop a crucial game.

NC State (4-2, 3-3) at Virginia (6-2, 3-1)- The Cavaliers know they can't afford to lose this game with FSU, Miami, and Virginia Tech finishing off the season. NC State wins anyway.

Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) at South Carolina (5-2, 3-2)- Spurrier has Fulmer's number. Cocks win.

ACC Game of the Week: Miami (6-1, 3-0) at Georgia Tech (5-2, 3-2)- The Yellow Jackets will lose this one in order to maintain mediocrity.

SEC Game of the Week: Florida (5-2, 3-2) vs Georgia (8-0, 5-0)- The Gators will once again derail a UGA dream season with a ten-point win in Jacksonville.

Week 10 (Nov 4):

Byes: NONE

No Brainers: Mississippi State (2-7, 0-5) at Alabama (7-2, 3-2); Arkansas State at Auburn (9-0, 6-0); Maryland (4-4, 1-4) at Clemson (7-2, 4-2); Navy at Duke (1-7, 0-5); Florida (6-2, 4-2) at Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-5); Virginia (6-3, 3-2) at Florida State (6-2, 4-2); Georgia (8-1, 5-1) at Kentucky (3-5, 1-4); Northwestern State at Ole Miss (5-4, 2-4); North Carolina (5-3, 2-3) at Notre Dame

Arkansas (5-3, 2-2) at South Carolina (6-2, 4-2)- The Hawgs will deflate Spurrier's Cocks with a win on the road.

Boston College (4-4, 0-4) at Wake Forest (6-2, 2-2)- BC finally finds an ACC win in Winston-Salem.

Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-3) at NC State (5-2, 4-3)- The Yellow Jackets score an important victory in overtime.

ACC Game of the Week: Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-2) at Miami (7-1, 4-0)- The ACC continues to beat each other up. The Techsters win by two td's.

SEC Game of the Week: LSU (7-1, 3-1) at Tennessee (4-4, 1-3)- LSU wins close and Fulmer's season continues to slide into the abyss.

We made love like a pair of black wizards

Song clue: Athens

Back to el predicciones:

Week 7 (October 14):

Byes: Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1); South Carolina (4-2, 2-2); Tennessee (3-3, 0-2)

No Brainers: Southeast Missouri State at Arkansas (2-3, 1-2); Clemson (6-0, 4-0) vs Temple; Florida State (3-2, 1-2) at Duke (1-4, 0-3); Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3) at Georgia (6-0, 3-0); Kentucky (2-4, 0-3) at LSU (5-1, 2-1); Florida International at Miami (4-1, 2-0); Jacksonville State at Mississippi State (1-5, 0-3)

Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1) at Alabama (5-1, 1-1)- They will both have the same records but there is no question that Bama is the better team.

Maryland (3-2, 0-2) at Virginia (5-1, 2-0)- The Cavs pull out in overtime. Despite being 6-1 UVA fans have a long way to go and may have used up all their luck.

South Florida at North Carolina (3-2, 1-2)- The Tar Heels bounce back after the Cane loss with a close win at home.

Wake Forest (5-1, 1-1) at NC State (3-2, 2-2)- The in-state rivals will battle closely but in the end NCSU gets the W.

ACC Game of the Week: Virginia Tech (3-2, 1-2) at Boston College (3-2, 0-2)- The Hokies get an important road win while the Eagles remain winless in the ACC.

SEC Game of the Week: Florida (5-1, 3-1) at Auburn (6-0, 4-0)- The Gators' schedule keeps taking a toll on them as they fall for the second week in a row. Auburn keeps improving their resume in front of the nation's watchful eye.

Week 8 (October 21):

Byes: Florida (5-2, 3-2); Kentucky (2-5, 0-4); Wake Forest (5-2, 1-2)

No Brainers: Tulane at Auburn (7-0, 5-0); Miami (5-1, 2-0) at Duke (1-5, 0-4); Mississippi State (2-5, 0-3) at Georgia (7-0, 4-0); South Carolina (4-2, 2-2) at Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4); Southern Miss at Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-2)

Ole Miss (5-2, 2-2) at Arkansas (3-3, 1-2)- The Rebel woes will continue as they get into the meat of their schedule.

Boston College (3-3, 0-3) at Florida State (4-2, 2-2)- BC will keep it close as they continue to search for their first ACC win of the season but FSU is just hitting their stride.

Fresno State at LSU (6-1, 3-1)- Fresno will cause lots of problems in Death Valley but ultimately Ole War Skule prevails by ten.

NC State (4-2, 3-2) at Maryland (3-3, 0-3)- Yawn. Terps win.

North Carolina (4-2, 1-2) at Virginia (6-1, 3-0)- The Tar Heels knock off UVA in one of the south's oldest rivalries.

ACC Game of the Week: Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1) at Clemson (7-0, 4-0)- The Techsters will once again play spoilers here. Bowden's team will fall at an October hurdle yet again. Tech wins by 17.

SEC Game of the Week: Alabama (6-1, 2-1) at Tennessee (3-3, 0-2)- The Vols will finally get the win they were looking for to truly jump start their season. UT will hit a field goal at the death to get the W.

Tennessee is a brother to my sister Carolina

Song Clue: Summer of '69

Tomorrow (Monday) is the first day of class. I think I am excited. I'm not sure though... it could be a bunch of work.

I went and picked up a few used cd's today:

-No Depression Volume 1- What it Sounds Like
-Randy Newman- Good Ole' Boys
-Rush- 2112 (guilty pleasure I guess)
-R.E.M.- Fables of the Reconstruction
-R.E.M.-Document (for $4.99!)

Also I added to the ol' blogroll:

-ACC/SEC Blog- I like how they cover the almost the entire southeast. I mean I would love coverage of Sewanee but I'll take what I can get.

-Carolina March- I'm becoming more of a Tar Heel fan, and not just one of those guys who likes UNC cause Jordan went there. Anyway this is a pretty good blog so check it out.

-Hogs, Hill, and the SEC- A nice blog covering the exploits of the Hawgs. I'm not much of an Arkansas fan but that doesn't mean he doesn't do a good job on this blog.

-Alabama Ass Whuppin- Covering all things Drive-By Truckers over here. Also some political stuff. Maybe I should start a My Morning Jacket blog?

By the way its officially game week and you can tell it on campus. The traffic and tailgating signs are up, there's roped off areas for parking, and there is just something in the air. You know its football season... you know its time for the Tigers.

Across the pond this weekend Arsenal lost and Chelski won. I mean did I not say what was going to happen last week? Also West Ham fell this weekend so that is unfortunate. Over in Amsterdam Wesley Sneijder scored two to give AJAX three points. Feijenoord drew and PSV lost so that definitely helps AJAX. In Spain Villareal drew Real Madrid 0-0.

I have two more weeks of predictions coming up for tonite so stay tuned folks.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I've got a girlfriend with bows in her hair

Song clue: big suit

My predictions for the SEC and ACC continue:

Week 5 (Sept 30):

Byes: Arkansas (2-2, 1-1); Florida State (2-2, 0-2); Maryland (3-1, 0-1); North Carolina (3-1, 1-1); North Carolina State (3-1, 1-1)

No Brainers: Maine at Boston College (2-2, 0-2); Louisiana Tech at Clemson (4-0, 3-0); Virginia (3-1, 1-0) at Duke (1-2, 0-2); Central Michigan at Kentucky (1-3, 0-2); Mississippi State (1-3, 0-2) at LSU (3-1, 0-1); Houston at Miami (2-1, 0-1); Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) at Memphis; Temple at Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2); Liberty at Wake Forest (3-1, 1-0)

Auburn (4-0, 2-0) at South Carolina (3-1, 1-1)- The Cocks will keep this one close during the first half. Auburn simply has too much talent for VisorBoy's gang... Auburn wins by twenty-ish.

Georgia (4-0, 1-0) at Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0)- I said before that I was bullish about Ole Miss this season. With that being said I don't see any upset happening here. Expect the Dawgs to bring UM back down to Earth.

ACC Game of the Week: Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1) at Virginia Tech (3-1 1-1)- As usual I think Georgia Tech will be all over the place this season. Therefore I think they will bounce back from the UVA loss with a surprise win over their fellow Techsters.

SEC Game of the Week: Alabama (4-0, 1-0) at Florida (4-0, 2-0)- Both teams will be undefeated in this one. The Gators will be seeking revenge, and I think they will get it. The season will get a whole lot more interesting after this week.

Week 6 (Oct 7):

Byes: Boston College (3-2, 0-2); Virginia Tech (3-2, 1-2)

No Brainers: Duke (1-3, 0-3) at Alabama (4-1 , 1-1); Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-2) at Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1); West Virginia at Mississippi State (1-4, 0-3); South Carolina (3-2, 1-2) at Kentucky (2-3, 0-2); Virginia (4-1, 2-0) at East Carolina

Arkansas (2-2, 1-1) at Auburn (5-0, 3-0)- The War Eagle train will keep on rolling as they dismiss the Hogs without any problems.

Clemson (5-0, 3-0) at Wake Forest (4-1, 1-0)- At some point Clemson will falter, and though the Demon Deacons will provide a lively test... it won't be here. On Clemson!

Florida State (2-2, 0-2) at NC State (3-1, 1-1)- The Wolfpack have traditionally given the Seminoles trouble in Raleigh. Despite that I think the Seminoles will get their season back on track with a big win.

Tennessee (3-2, 0-1) at Georgia (5-0, 2-0)- Tennessee will be looking to jump back in the SEC East race. Georgia will be looking to enter the national title hunt. I think the latter will happen as the Silver Britches win by two touchdowns.

Maryland (3-1, 0-1) at Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-1)- Maryland won't have enough to stop the Yellow Jackets and their decline will begin here.

ACC Game of the Week: North Carolina (3-1, 1-1) at Miami (3-1, 1-0)- The season will get a whole lot rougher for the Tar Heels. Miami will want to start rolling on towards the ACC Championship. The Canes win this win big.

SEC Game of the Week: LSU (4-1, 1-1) at Florida (5-0, 3-0)- A loss here could see the end of LSU's SEC West bid. Florida will fight but ultimately it'll be the LSU D that delivers a win back to Baton Rouge.

We don't know our ass from a hole in the ground

Song clue: Look at my subheader

Week 3 (Sept 16):

No Brainers: ULM at Alabama; Arkansas at vanderbilt; Duke at Virginia Tech; UAB at Georgia; Troy at Georgia Tech; Tulane at Mississippi State; Furman at North Carolina; Wofford at South Carolina; Western Michigan at Virginia; BYU at Boston College

Ole Miss at Kentucky- This would be a great JP game. I'm going to take UM by 10.

Maryland at West Virginia- I really don't think the Terps will cause too many problems for WVA.

NC State at Southern Miss- This has all the makings of a trap-door game. I expect NCSU to be trapped.

Wake Forest at UConn- I think the Deacs will pull out the W in Connecticut.

ACC Game of the Week #1- Clemson at Florida State- I think Baby Bowden can get another W against daddy here. I'm not expecting a lot out of FSU honestly.

ACC Game of the Week #2- Miami at Louisville- The Cards get the home W in this one.

SEC Game of the Week #1- Florida at Tennessee- Fulmer will drop this one.

SEC Game of the Week #2- LSU at Auburn- I think we will see a crazy game which will live up to expectations. Unfortunately I think the 'Barners win in overtime.

Week 4 (Sept 23):

No Brainers: Buffalo at Auburn; Kentucky at Florida; Rice at Florida State; Tulane at LSU; Florida-International at Maryland; Florida Atlantic at South Carolina; Marshall at Tennessee; Tennessee State at Vanderbilt; Cincinatti at Virginia Tech

Boston College at NC State- I think the Wolfpack make up for the USM loss by beating Boston College.

Colorado at Georgia- I don't expect the Buffs to be too much of a problem for UGA.

Virginia at Georgia Tech- Ball and Tech slip up here against the Cavaliers.

Wake Forest at Ole Miss- Ole Miss continues their surprising start with a close win.

Mississippi State at UAB- UAB scores a modest upset in this one.

ACC Game of the Week: North Carolina at Clemson- The Tigers get a three touchdown win to continue their rise.

SEC Game of the Week: Alabama at Arkansas- Bama pulls out late against the Hawgs.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Is her sweet expression worth more than my love and affection?

Awright, because I am in the mood I will proceed to pick the SEC and ACC schedule. Let's get to it...

Week 1 (Sept 2)

No Brainers: Hawaii at Alabama; Boston College at Central Michigan; Florida Atlantic at Clemson; Southern Miss at Florida; Western Kentucky at Georgia; ULL at LSU; William & Mary at Maryland; Appalachian State at NC State; Vanderbilt at Michigan; Northeastern at Virginia Tech

USC at Arkansas- The Hawgs may cause a few problems but without Darren McFadden this one shouldn't be too much of a problem for the Trojans.

Washington State at Auburn- WSU could play like Oregon State played LSU back in 2004 but I think Auburn will bury this one.

Richmond at Duke- The Blue Devils will struggle but in the end they'll pick up a W.

Notre Dame at Georgia Tech- I think the Techsters have another giant-killing up their sleeves but it won't be here. The Fighting Irish get a W with a late FG.

Kentucky at Louisville- The first half will be close but I think the Cards will blow the doors open in the second.

Memphis at Ole Miss- Memphis traditionally gives the Rebs problems but I think Coach O will have his team ready to fight.

Mississippi State at South Carolina- Each team will have a few early jitters but frankly I don't think MSU will win an SEC game this year.

Rutgers at North Carolina- UNC's year will be one of many questions but I think they will win the opener.

Virginia at Pitt- UVA will have a down year in 2006. This one will be close but Wannstache gets the W.

Syracuse at Wake Forest- The Cuse are in for another long year, Wake will need all the W's they can get to get bowl eligible.

ACC Game of the Week: Florida State at Miami- I don't think FSU is going to have a great year. I think the game will be close like always but Miami will get the last TD and the last laugh.

SEC Game of the Week: Cal at Tennessee- I keep going back and forth on this one. Ultimately I don't think UT will have it all together this early in the season. Cal wins by ten.

Week 2 (Sept 9)

No Brainers: Vanderbilt at Alabama; Utah State at Arkansas; Auburn at Mississippi State; Central Florida at Florida; Troy at FSU; Samford at Georgia Tech; Texas State at Kentucky; Middle Tennessee at Maryland; Florida A&M at Miami; Akron at NC State; Air Force at Tennessee; Wyoming at Virginia

Duke at Wake Forest- Duke will give their fellow devilish North Carolinians problems... but not too many.

Arizona at LSU- Arizona won't be able to keep up with LSU in the second half.

Ole Miss at Missouri- The Rebs will keep this oneclose... and win it in the end. I'm feeling bullish about the Rebs this year.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina- The first upset of the ACC season comes here. The Tar Heels win close at the end.

ACC Game of the Week: Clemson at Boston College- Clemson is the trendy pick in the ACC this year. I'm not sure how the Tigers will do in the long run but I think they will win this one.

SEC Game of the Week: Georgia at South Carolina- This is a traditional trap-door game for the Dawgs. Nevertheless I think they will pull out the W at the death- Tereshinski to Massaquoi style.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Wilco - Muzzle of Bees

Yesterday I bought tickets to go see Wilco in Oxford, MS on October 10th. This will be my second Wilco show. I'm taking a couple of Wilco virgins. I'm really looking forward to it. If you ever get the oppurtunity to see this band then definitely geaux!

Let me tell ya 'bout a place

So I feel like posting my SEC rankings on a 100 point scale before I head out to cover an event:

1. Auburn- 91
2. Georgia- 88
3. LSU- 87
4. Florida- 86
5. Alabama- 83
6. Tennessee- 78
7. South Carolina- 76
8. Arkansas- 75
9. Ole Miss- 69
10. Kentucky- 61
11. Vanderbilt- 59
12. Mississippi State- 55

So there it is. I think the SEC will be VERY tight this year. It should be a whole lotta fun. Perhaps I will expand on those later this weekend...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

LSU vs UGA 2003

An amazing win for LSU football.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I think we are the right age to start our own peculiar ways

Jaw meet floor. The Boro took down Chelski today. Jaw you've met floor right? FC fucking Kobenhaven knocked AJAX out of Champions League with a 2-0 victory at the Amsterdam ArenA. I'm glad Chelski lost but I can't stand Boro. Oh well, I guess its a bit like cheering for Arkansas to beat Auburn. Vermaelen scored an own goal for FCK to beat AJAX today and from what I've heard AJAX should have won but didn't capitalize on opportunities in the first half. This can't be good for new AJAX boss Henk Ten Cate. Hopefully AJAX can make a run in the UEFA Cup and challenge PSV for the Eredivisie title.

Last night I had the idea that the top 25 could be viewed as a ranking of all time programs. Last night I knew perfectly how to explain it, but I am struggling for the words now. If you look at college football as not each season seperate but as a collective body, an ongoing progress it is conceivable to look at the top 25 from last year to be the all-time top 25. I know the idea sounds crazy but ultimately its all about The idea of it sounds a bit ludicrous now but I think if you bent your mind around viewing college football as being a sort of one never-ending season with long breaks. Maybe sometime when I have more time to think I can explain it better.

In any event I think LSU fans don't need to be as worried about our RB situation as they are. Even when our starters and veterans have faltered LSU's younger RB's have always stepped up to perform.

Mama said a pistol is the devil's right hand

Deadlines make life much more interesting. Today we had our first deadline at Le Reveille. In other news LSU is ranked #8 in the latest rankings of top party schools.

Also I wish I could find it but there was a wonderful piece of asininity in some Lafayette publication about 5 reasons why that particular artist hated LSU. My favorite part was when the author scoffed at LSU's athletic prowess and claimed that ULL combined athletic tradition with academic excellence. Ah yes the athletic tradition which doesn't exist and the academic excellence of a school that is the second-rate (for the most part) state university. The author also wonders how LSU has the money to pay for Mike the Tiger's cage upgrade which cost a whole lotta millions when the state is dealing with Katrina while completely ignoring that the Mike cage was completed BEFORE Katrina and was paid for with Tiger Athletic Foundation DONATIONS.

I had a much different post planned on re-thinking the way college football polls are looked at and the way college football history is interpreted but I'm not in the mood to do that now so that can wait. Amazing how I get this great thought when I should be previewing the season rather than in the middle of May when it would have fit in perfectly with the time of nothingness in the college football world.

Song title clue: Guitar Town

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I can hold my breath til' next Wednesday

I'm sure many of you CFBheads already know that Sam Keller- the guy who torched LSU for like 4,361 yards and 13 touchdowns will no longer be quarterbackin' the Sun Devils. When I saw Keller play us last year I thought he had a very bright future... now its all up in the air. Best of luck to Sam though.

I tried to make game-by-game predictions for the SEC season but I don't like the way they came out. I can't really explain why I was so dissatisfied with them- I mean I ended up with Bama going 10-2 but I know that I don't think they will go 10-2. So I'm just going to make it a lot easier. Auburn will lose to UGA during the season but beat the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship. LSU will lose at least two but no more than three regular season games. My gut says at Auburn and Alabama at home. At least eight SEC teams will make bowls (Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee) and Ole Miss will be right on the edge, I can't decide if they do or they don't. Either Mississippi State or Vandy will finish the season without a conference win. Auburn will be in contention for the national title (I don't think anyone will finish undefeated). McFadden, Darby, Irons, Little, and Foster will all rush for over 1,000 yards. However the most potent rushing attack will play for Georgia. Perilloux will start by the end of the season for LSU. LSU at Auburn will be the game of the year.

Alright, enough stream predictions. I have to say that I don't agree with this whole Maxwell Pundit thing. I mean I guess its sorta fun but its disdain for the Heisman is the source of its own problems. I don't particularly like the whole individual award outside of a positional award (Doak Walker yes, Heisman no). Too much apples and oranges between positions. I also find it wonderfully ironic that they claim to look for the best/most outstanding player no matter the position when the only time the Heisman has picked a defensive player to break the boundries/mold was the one time they were obviously wrong. But then again that may be the point. In any event I don't really like any individual awards in college football since the game is so dependant on the collective effort. I mean honestly most years we don't have any candidates close to the caliber of Vince Young and Reggie Bush. They are really two of the only players I have seen the last few years (I'm not exactly scouring my brain though) who have fascinated and defied conventions the way they have. I think sports like basketball, hockey, and most definitely soccer are perfect for individual awards because they are all sports which allow for a high level of individual brilliance. I think in many ways football is such a rigid game depending so much on a team performance that it hinders any unbelievable individual performance. I'm pretty sure that was clumsily written and that I didn't explain myself at all but I don't really give a damn. Honestly I don't read this except for when I am typing it as the letters appear on the screen.

In the week or so I've been working for the Reveille I have discovered just how much newspapers and media in general are driven to create the story. I don't mean make the story up per se, but journalists definitely want people to make drastic actions, do things that don't make sense, cause problems, etc. I know its something everybody knows, but I wasn't fully aware of just how much the media craves the story. The media can never be fully objective because they always need a story.

Ian had a very interesting post today about pop music and music in general. I think its interesting that Iam only discusses the sonic parts of music and never really addresses songwriting itself. Also its interesting to note just how much of all music is essentially an assembly line production. At the moment I feel very pessimistic about the future of music just because of how much of it is slaved to the entities like MTV and ClearChannel. There's no real way to discover new stuff that isn't just run-of-the-mill because even the blogs inundate us with stuff that is essentially decent and unremarkable. I don't know how to explain myself in terms of how I feel about music but its just struck me how unbearably fake 95% of music is. We need a Woody Guthrie "This machine kills fascists" revolution to kill the fakeness.

Why do people listen to fake music?

I've prolly convinced all of you that I'm crazy but the music industry and the sports industry and the news industry are all driven by the dollar sign and the hunger for the story. The story makes the world go 'round.

Maybe I'll join the seminary.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I'd like to love you

By the way before I retire for the nite I'd like to point you over to Brian Jonestown Massacre. You can download all of their music from their site which is really great. I'd check out Thank God For Mental Illness and anything with the song "Jennifer" on it.

REM - So. Central Rain

Here's some nice youtube fun from a very early performance of So. Central Rain by R.E.M. Enjoy.

Edit: Well I was going to post a link to a very awesome show from 1984 that rbally had posted a while ago but the mp3's have been taken down. So instead I will link to a later show (1995) which I haven't listened to yet: Part 1 and Part 2.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

listen podnuh I ain't no cheap thrill

Back again fellas. So this is how I'm going to blog for a while. I plan on using a lot of Reveille stories to help keeping the site updated since I'll be over at the office so much. I'll still be hanging around to comment on football once the games start coming and to talk about a few other things. I promise that once Aug 31 rolls around you'll see more activity 'round here.

On that note I'd like to point you to And the Valley Shook. The Sports Blog Network has finally added an LSU blog to their ever-expanding network. I was contacted about starting one over there but that really wouldn't be my thing. Plus I haven't decided if I actually like Sports Blog Network or not. Anyway the new LSU blog looks great.

AJAX hit five on RKC Waalwijk to open the Eredivisie campaign. Despite the stomping AJAX is still behind AZ Alkmaar. AZ put up eight goals in their first match of the season.

The EPL also commenced this weekend. Surprisingly Chelski is already two points ahead of Arsenal. I can already tell this is going to be a long season for those not at the Bridge. Oh well at least my chosen team for this year West Ham United got out to a cracking start with a win over Charlton. Also Bobby Convey, Marcus Hahnemann, and Reading came back from 2-0 down to defeat Middlesborough. Hopefully West Ham and Reading can keep the chase on Chelski.

Adios, for now.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm Holdin' Out For That Teenage Feeling

So I just got my beat assignments for the Reveille and I think its hilarious that I'm assigned to residential life. I don't mind it necessarily its just that I've never lived in the dorms and in general don't know much about any of them other than names really. Whatever, I'll take it.

By the way that last post was the flag of the Republic of West Florida. The flag is simply known as the "Bonnie Blue Flag" and was the inspiration for the Texas "lone star" flag. "Bonnie Blue Flag" was a popular Civil War tune for Confederate soldiers, in fact when Mississippi seceded they ran the Bonnie Blue up the flagpole at the statehouse.

Also feel free to have fun figuring out what songs or bands I reference in my post titles. I'll even give you a clue for this one: New Porn

Saturday, August 12, 2006

"We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,
Fighting for our liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,
Hurrah! for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star."

I Hoped to Find You This Mornin' Talkin to the Trees

Alright time for some football talk. At some point over the summer I was contacted about starting an LSU blog over on the sports blog network where the Kyle and Nico have their homes. As much as I love what those guys do over there... that ain't for me. First of all Dandy Don already is the King of LSU bloggers in my opinion. Secondly I don't have the kind of drive to post every day about college football. I like what I have going on here where my blog can flow to my own rhythm, whether that's falling off the face of the Earth for three months like I did this summer or getting excited for the Champs Leagues Final or the college football season.

Anyway to start things off here is my top 10 going into the season:

1- Ohio State
2- Auburn
3- Texas
4- USC
5- Notre Dame
6- LSU
7- Georgia
8- West Virginia
9- Miami
10- Cal

-Now just cause I rank Ohio State at the top doesn't necessarily mean I think they will capture the title. Really this may be the hardest season to pick in a very very long time.

-LSU's schedule is obviously not favorable. I know a lot of folks are talking about our eight home games, and to an extent I agree. I don't think we should be playing eight home games a year, but considering we lost a home game last year and we have a home/home with Tulane and we are completing a home/home with Arizona this year it is certainly understandable.

-JaMarcus Russell will be starting on September 2, there are no doubts in my mind about that. However, I don't think he should have too much room for error, very little room for error really. He'll start the first two games, and if he doesn't do what he's supposed to in those two games then I think Flynn or Perilloux should take the helm for the game against the 'Barners.

-My goal for the season is SEC Championship and top-5 finish. Honestly that is what we should have had last year but our no-shows against Georgia and Tennessee in the second half didn't help us at all.

More shite later!

Friday, August 11, 2006

My Heart, It Was A Gun

So here are some new sites I've been perusing lately:

-LSUnpredictable- I mentioned this one earlier. Lots of football fun here.

-Hickory Wind- Hickory Wind is one of my new favorite music sites. HW has been up for a while now (almost 4 years) but I've just discovered it. Anyway they cover Americana music from many different angles and they especially dig guys like Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams, and of course Mr. Gram Parsons- some of my favorites.

So there you go fellas.

Also I've been getting a ton of shows and downloads from An Aquarium Drunkard and R Bally- my two favorite mp3 blogs for the past 3 months or so.

I Got You (At the End of the Century)

Well today I discovered a new LSU-ish blog: LSUnpredictable. The blog looks pretty good, I definitely like their sense of humor. By the way I saw an interview with ol' Leslie the other day and his hat was definitely back to its early-2005 stylings. Maybe Les needs to read a little bit more Tigersmack.

While I'm on the subject of LSU blogs I have to ask: How does DandyDon manage to post EVERY single day about LSU athletics?

So my insiders are telling me that the team looks really great right now and will definitely be ready in a few weeks. A few names that have been dropped with high praise attached: Ryan Perilloux, Justin Vincent, Trindon Holliday, and Dwayne Bowe. Supposedly they all look great early on.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Back in Baton Rouge

Well I just got back to Baton Rouge today and I am definitely ready to get started. To be honest I almost exited off of I-12/I-10 and on to Airline Highway/Highway 61 to keep going straight up to Memphis and St. Louis and on and on all the way up to Hibbing, Minnesota (VERY appropriate run-on sentence). But alas I stayed in Red Stick. In a bit I will hopefully get around to writing about some of this stuff but here is a nice rundown of the cd's I bought this summer and the books I read:

CD's (a lot of this was less in order of discovery and more in order of fleshing out my collection):

-Ryan Adams- Gold
-Ryan Adams- Cold Roses
-Beck- Odelay
-Big Star- #1 Record/Radio City
-Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Howl
-Blur- Parklife
-Drive-By Truckers- A Blessing and a Curse
-Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited
-Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint- The River in Reverse
-Gram Parsons- GP/Grievous Angel
-The Jayhawks- Hollywood Town Hall
-Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice- The Pizza Tapes
-Matisyahu- Live at Stubb's
-My Morning Jacket- It Still Moves
-My Morning Jacket- Z
-Bruce Springsteen- Seeger Sessions
-Toots and the Maytals- The Very Best Of
-Uncle Tupelo- No Depression
-Uncle Tupelo- 89/93 Anthology
-Whiskeytown- Faithless Street
-Wilco- Being There
-Neil Young- Harvest

-On the Road- Jack Kerouac
-Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer
-Wind, Sand, and Stars- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
-Chronicles vol. 1- Bob Dylan

I'll write more later but I can tell you that each of those four books really left a huge impression on me. More to come later, including football stuff.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Back Into the Fold... Soon

Well the end of summer break is coming and it is definitely a sign that I need to return to posting. Sometime next week (Wednesday? Thursday?) I will be moving back to Baton Rouge and on August 14 I start at the Reveille. Class resumes on August 28th and LSU plays UL-Lafayette on September 2nd.

Truth be told I haven't been as excited as usual for the return of college football but this morning the fever hit me and I'm itching with excitement. I think my lack of fervor for the past few months was due to the World Cup and the amount of work I've been doing (I clocked in 60 hours during my last week of work, which ended yesterday).

The World Cup was definitely an exciting adventure but I can't help feeling disappointed in some ways. There were very few revelations or real surprises and neither of my teams (USA, Holland) really impressed in any way. I don't think any of the young guys captured my attention the way the now-retired Zidane did (although I was VERY impressed with Ribery). I thought France should have won the Final but didn't necessarily deserve to after Zidane's red. The new seasons are starting as I click-clack away so I offer up my predictions for the coming season in the major leagues:

Premier League: Chelsea by a long ways
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich
Eredivisie: AJAX! slightly over PSV
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais for the 6th year in a row
La Liga: Barcelona
Serie A: Inter

Anyway once I do get back to Red Stick I'll run down some of the stuff I've been mulling over this summer. Also I'll start doing a little bit of writing on LSU football and the SEC.