Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, June 29, 2009
HT's Two Sense
This is the first movie review I've done, but this movie really intrigued me, for several reasons. If you haven't seen it and don't want to be spoiled, don't read this, because I will be getting into detail and talking about the whole movie.
This is a movie about a man, Walt, who is a Veteran, and has just lost his wife. His neighborhood is filling up with Japanese, Chinese, etc, whom he has very colorful names for.
He's a man that calls it how he sees it, and makes no point to be politically correct. It's very apparent that he doesn't like anyone in his neighborhood as he thinks they should go back where they came from. A new family moves in next door and he obviously doesn't like them, in his words they are "Gooks, slant-eyes, and zipperheads".
There are gangs in this area, and one night a car stops by and tries to get Tao (who is Walts new neigbor boy) to join their gang. He is their younger cousin. He doesn't seem interested in all, but goes along not wanting any trouble. Their initiation is to have Tao steal Walts vintage 1972 Gran Torino. Walt hears him in the garage, and goes out with a gun. He probably would have shot him, but they both trip and fall, and Tao runs off. The next day, the cousins stop by again, but Tao doesn't want to go. His sister tries to help stop them but they start getting physical. Walt comes out with a loaded shotgun and holds it to the face of one of the gang members, as he wants them off his property. They leave, and the next day everyone is bringing Walt food and flowers for saving Tao and his sister. He doesn't really like that and throws it all away and tells them to stop.
Later Tao's sister is cornered by 3 men, and its not looking too good for her. Walt pulls up and tells her to get in the truck. The exchange of words between him and the 3 guys is classic, and he reaches into his pocket and pulls out nothing, but points his finger like a gun and "clicks" it. Then he pulls out a real gun and they back off. She tries to tell him thanks, but he just tells her she was being stupid and he thougt her people are supposed to be smart.
This girl sees the good in him, and so does Tao, to an extent. The rest of the story is Walt getting to know that family better, albeit, very reluctantly. He also helps Tao to become a real man by teaching him how to work and even gets him a construction job. The gang gets a little tougher and roughs up Tao one day on his way home from work. Walt doesn't like this, so he beats one of them up and tells them to leave Tao and his family alone.
A few days later, the do a drive-by and shoot up Tao's familys house. The girl ends up being beat up and raped by the gang. This infuriates Walt, obviously. We find out to that Walts health is failling him, he starting to get pretty bad and you can see it progressing through the movie.
Walt and Tao want to get even, but Walt tricks Tao and locks him in his basement so he won't get involved in what's going to happen. Walt then walks goes over to the gangs house and stands in the front yard. The gang all comes out, they exchange some words, and Walt pulls out a cigarette, the whole gang now have their guns pulled on him, he asks why they are so jumpy. He then asks if they have a light. He reaches in his coat pocket, and they all start firing, thinking he was pulling a gun. Turns out he was unarmed, just reaching for his lighter.
He knew he couldn't beat them all, and (in my opinion) knew he was dying and the only way to save that family was to have that gang in jail. They all got arrested that night.
A lot of people I talked with, didn't like the ending. I loved it. He did whatever he could to help that family, even as he himself was about to die. I left out a lot of details, but you need to see this movie.
I think one thing that really touched me about this movie, is that it reminded me of watching Dirty Harry movies with my Dad. He loved Clint Eastwood, and he would have loved this movie too.
I will definitely be watching this movie again.
Friday, June 26, 2009
HT's Two Sense
So, the NBA draft was last night, and I even watched a big chunk of the 1st Round. The player I most wanted for my Bulls was Henderson, but I knew he wouldn't last that long.
Going into the draft, we needed a big man with an offensive presence, and maybe a scorer if Gordon leaves.
I was thrilled to get James Johnson at 16. He's a great athlete and can play the 4, and even has 3 point range. He could really develop into a 20-8 player, which is something we've needed on the inside for a long time.
Taj at 26 was just an ok pick to me. It becomes a better pick if we make a deal and move Thomas. Maybe a Thomas/Deng for Amare package? That's better return for the Suns than I heard about in another rumor involving Amare.
Now we focus on Gordon. I'm really torn here. I love his scoring ability, and he's fun to watch, but he doesn't play defense and he often goes in spurts. If he's hot, he can score with anyone in the league, when he's cold, its ugly.
Free Agency opens up the 1st and Detroit has there eye on Gordon, although not sure where he'd play unless they trade Rip.
We also have some trading coming up, its inevitable, and several players will be on the move.
I will be back with more when camp opens.....or a trade happens.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I've been wanting to start writing again, really gotten off track in the last year. I've been busy with kids sports, a new job, and a health issue. Hoping to have everything a little more under control now, I'm going to start posting my "Two Sense" twice a week. Just some random thoughts about Sports, and anything else going on in my head.
I'm really starting to get annoyed at this Steroids issue in baseball. I was absolutely delighted to see A-Fraud's name come out as testing positive and watch him try to cover his lies of the past, in fact, I am in favor of all 100+ names on that ever elusive "list" that keeps getting leaked. The most recent name? Sammy Sosa. Yeah, it just happened to come out right after he officially announced his retirement and said he will wait for his call to the Hall. Interesting timing, huh?
I know that there are several "sides" to this Steroid issue. You have the people that say, "everyone was doing it, we just have to accept it as part of that Era and move on", you have the ones that say "I'll support them as long as they've never had a positive test", and some that just are so on the fence, they change their mind everyday. Here's where I sit, and always have: Innocent until proven guilty. If you have a positive test, you are guilty and will not get into the Hall of Fame. I don't care how naive or young you were, you screwed up and that's your punishment. It's an illegal drug, and you chose to use. You make a bad decision, you pay the consequences. In my opinion, it's really the only fair way to look at it. I don't really like though, that about 100 other players are coming off scott-free unless their names get leaked. How bad would it be if names like Griffey Jr, Thome, Jeter, or Pujols are on that list? Is it fair that A-Fraud and Slammin Sammy are the only ones indicted?
Baseball and the Union need to come clean, release all the information they have, and move on. Like it or not, baseball has a pretty decent policy right now, one of the strongest in Sports.....just ask Manny after he gets back from "maternity leave". Truth is, over the last two years, baseball has had less suspensions than Football, which means players are now scared of the testing. Now, you will always have HGH and other stuff that is not detectible, but so does every other sport. Baseball shouldn't be held to a higher standard, but they should come clean with everything and let the sport ride out the waves.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
As a Bears fan, I always thought I would be ecstatic when Brett finally retired, but now that he has, ecstatic isn’t exactly how I would describe it. You see, for years and years Brett killed us. The Packers were 22-10 against the Bears during the Brett Favre era, so you can see why I kept waiting for him to leave. As a Bears fan, the Packers are your worst nemesis, and well, let’s just say that Brett Favre was my Darth Vader. In fact, before this year, the Bears had only defeated Favre 8 times in 30 chances. Many Sunday’s ended with a sour taste in my mouth thanks to good ole’ boy #4.
Then finally, it happens, he retires. My first thought is “YES!!” Then, after watching his press conference and thinking about it some, I realize that the NFL and all it’s fans just lost an icon. Some would argue he’s the best ever, maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but he definitely played the game with a passion and excellence that you only see very rarely these days. He never missed a start, never missed a game, he’s the ironman of a sport that seems to specialize in injuries. He’s just a good ole’ boy from the south who just loves to throw the pigskin, and put his whole life into it.
For many years I watched Favre stick dagger after dagger into the Bears, but yet it’s still sad to see him go. Part of the reason is that I want the chance to beat him. Last year, we swept the series against the Packers….a season that was one of the best for Brett, and we beat him. That’s what you want, you want to beat the best when they are on top. I honestly thought Brett would be back next year, so I am a little shocked that he decided to retire, especially with his team showing many improvements.
But now the Packers move on to the Aaron Rodgers era. Will he be able to take the reigns, did he learn anything from Favre as he served as his understudy? Time will tell for Rodgers and the Packers, but for now, the Packers heart and soul will be hunting and fishing in Mississippi, not throwing TD’s in the NFL.
So, this is goodbye to a legend. When we play the Packers this year, it will be very different not to see #4 out there. The victories will be just as sweet, the losses will be just as bitter, but it will all be different. Just like when Sweetness retired, everything changes. Thanks for the memories Brett, you will be missed…..for the most part.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Richard Dent is a name that used to instill fear into opposing teams and especially quarterbacks. His career started at Tennessee State, and after graduation he was selected by the Bears in the 8th round of the draft, 203rd pick overall. He played with the Bears for 12 years, and he spent 3 years playing for the 49ers, Colts, and Eagles. He retired with 137.5 sacks, which put him third behind Reggie White and Bruce Smith. He currently sits tied at 7th, with John Randle.
He finished his career with 137.5 sacks, 8 Interceptions, with 1 returned for a TD, recovered 13 fumbles, with 1 returned for a TD, and a safety. Dent was named to the Pro-Bowl 4 times, and was an All-Pro 5 times. He was the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots. He was one of the main reasons that the Famous Bears 46 Defense was so dominant. For 10 years, he averaged over 11 sacks per year, and usually helped push the Bears to the top of the rankings in the sacks department.
This is the 4th year that Dent is one of the 17 finalists named to the Hall of Fame ballot. Will this be the year that he joins the other NFL-High 26 Bears in the Hall of Fame? A majority seem to believe that Darrell Green will get in as well as Cris Carter. Can Dent survive the cut down to the Final 6? Ray Guy, Ryan Zimmerman, and Paul Tagliabue could also make it to the Final 6, and let’s not forget about Art Monk and Andre Reed. Those are just a few of the top players that are on this years ballot, there are many more.
I honestly don’t like that the NFL has a minimum and maximum number of players they let in per year. That seems a little odd to me. If you deserve to get in, you should be in. But, that’s an argument for another day.
So, is Dent a Hall of Fame type player? Looking at his stats, his dominance for a 10 year period, his performance in the Super Bowl, I say yes.
Hopefully 2008 is a Hall of Fame year for Richard Dent.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007
What's the deal, Baseball?
You know, I love baseball, it was the first sport I ever watched in person, it was the first sport I ever played, and I just wonder where it is heading. We are still going through the whole “steroid scandal” and attendance is up, as well as profits. The sport itself is growing in popularity, even with the issues that it has.
Baseball is just entering it’s “Winter Meetings” phase. This is the part of the year where rumors are flying rampant, this person is getting traded, this Free Agent is getting signed, it really helps to pump up the fans for the upcoming year. We’ve already had some big signings, like Torii Hunter leaving the Twins and signing with the Angels for 90 Million. This is the soon to be 33 year old Hunter. Then there are rumors of Johan Santana being traded. Why would the Twins trade the best pitcher in baseball? Simple….they can’t afford him. Who can? The Yankees or Red Sox, and maybe the Angels. This is the thing that really bothers me about baseball. Santana is arguably one of the best pitchers of this generation, and he won’t be able to play for the team he came up with because they just don’t have the money. To me, it’s pretty sad that this is what baseball has come down to. If you are a good high priced player, your options are severely limited on who you can play for, unless you are willing to take less than “Market Value.”
Does this bother anyone else? Will we ever see the Pirates, Royals, Devil Rays, Reds, or any other small market teams make it to the World Series? Sure, I know Colorado made it this year, but that team is about to be gutted. Matsui is already gone for more money, and how long can they hold on to players like Holliday, Atkins, Tulowitzki, and others when they are available for Free Agency? Those players will all end up on higher market teams that can pay them more money.
The small market teams that make it far in the playoffs still have players like those listed above that haven’t been able to hit the free agency market. When they do, they are gone. I can’t blame them either. Would you take 50% less income just to be loyal? Not many would.
Baseball needs to come together on the framework of a salary cap. I know it can’t be instituted immediately, but let’s at least work on something here. We already have a penalty that teams have to pay if they go over a certain amount, and that’s a good start, but we need more. The NFL has a salary cap, and look at the competitive balance you get out of it. Every team has the same beginning point, some strike out in the draft, but that’s just life…at least they have the same funds to get something done.
The Yankees $199 million payroll in 2007 was higher than the bottom 5 teams…combined! Something needs to be done, and it needs to happen soon or else everyone will keep seeing their favorite players end up in a different market. It’s sickening to have to view your team as a “Minor League” for the big boys.
I have no doubt that baseball can make it out of the “Steroid Era”, but I have many reservations that it can survive the “Outspend them” Era.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
So, at the halfway point of the season for the Bears we sit at a very disappointing 3-5 record. How did we get here? We went from the NFC Champs, to being last in our division? Our starting QB gets benched, our 1st round RB isn't doing much, our O-Line got about 10 years older in the off-season, Urlacher's back is giving him problems, and we've placed most of our defensive backfield on IR.....it seems that way at least.
So, 1st we bench Rex. Was that the right move? I certainly think it was, our offense was absolutely pathetic with him out there. In the 3 games he started, he threw 6 interceptions and 1 TD. He couldn't keep a drive alive and he just looked completely lost at times. This kid just baffles me. He has a rocket arm, he has confidence in himself, and he proved he was a good QB at the beginning of last year when he was lighting everyone up. Greise comes in, and in 5 games he has 9 TD's and 10 INT's. Still too many turnovers, but at least he is getting us into the endzone. We are really going to have to get some help at this position in the off-season. When you analyze your franchise and you can honestly say that Erik Kramer was one of the best QB's your team ever had, that's a pretty big red flag that you need some help at that position.
We trade away Thomas Jones and give the job to Cedric Benson. The running game has been anemic this whole year, but to solely put the blame on Benson is not fair. Defenses have stacked against the run, and the O-Line isn't creating any holes. I see Benson getting hit in the backfield about every other time he gets handed the ball, and that just doesn't cut it. However, Benson does have to share the blame. He gets taken down way to easy at times, especially for a "power" RB. He also gets chastized for his nonchalant attitude. That doesn't really bother me if he's laid-back, as long as he brings it on Sunday. He's picked up his average over the last few games and better show something solid against a soft Oakland run D this weekend, or he could start losing more carries to the other Adrian Peterson.
Now to the defense. Not really "Monsters of the Midway" this year, are they? Urlacher was taking criticism for having a down year, so he revealed he has an arthritic back that causes him pain daily and may effect the longevity of his career. First things first, I care more about Urlacher the man, than Urlacher the player, but I really hope he can get something done and return to his old form. The defense really isn't the same without him wreaking havoc. We lost Mike Brown for the year, Vasher is still out with a groin injury, Tillman missed a few games, Payne is on IR, Archuleta missed a game, along with Briggs and Harris. The injury bug really bit into us on Defense, but I refuse to accept that as an excuse. Is it new DC, Bob Babich's fault? Why can't we tackle all of a sudden?
The above issues are exactly what the Bears went into the bye week facing. I hope they found out some answers, and I hope they have a new game plan. Part 2 of the season starts Sunday in Oakland, and if they want to make the playoffs, they better start it out with a win.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
- The Windy City Flier
- The Awesome
- Any Time
- Mr. Rediculous
- Second City Speedster
He already holds or shares 5 NFL Records, and he is only in his 2nd season:
- Longest play (108 yards)* - Against New York Giants on November 12, 2006
Most touchdowns returns in a season (six) - 2006 season
Most touchdowns kick and punt returns in a season (five) - 2006 season
Most touchdown returns as a rookie (six) - 2006 season
Most touchdown returns in one game (two)** - Against St. Louis on December 11, 2006
So what makes Devin Hester so special? He didn't have the best childhood, as his mother was severely injured in a car accident before he was a teenager, and his father died of cancer. Hester's stepfather and brother helped him get his life back on track when they got him invloved in football. He started exceling in both sports and acedemics. He got a scholarship to Miami and became friends with Deion "Primetime" Sanders. It was at Miami where Devin first got the nickname "Anytime" as sort a tribute to Sanders. He's a Christian, and is very involved in helping out the Youth and donating time and money.
He became the first person in NFL history to return the opening kick of a Super Bowl for a Touchdown. Hester is also the only person in history to be given a score of 100 on Speed in the Madden NFL video games. Jeff Joniak, a play-by-play guy for the Bears coined the phrase "Devin Hester, you are rediculous" and uses it quite often.
Teams have started kicking away from Devin on both Punts and Kickoffs, but the Bears are now also working him in at receiver, and he is already showing dividends with a long TD reception against the Vikings.
I was very young when Payton was in his prime, but I remember watching him play and I remember all the things my father told me about him. Payton will without a doubt always be the most iconic Chicago Bear, but I can truly appreciate how exciting it must have been to watch him play when I see Devin out there.
You never know what's going to happen when he gets the ball in his hands, but I am very happy that he's on my team, and not playing against me.
No matter what nickname you call him, it doesn't really matter to me, because I call him a Chicago Bear....and that's the most important name he can have in my opinion.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
PG: Kirk Hinrich: He's generally overlooked when it comes to Point Guards in the NBA, but if you look closely, he's improving his game steadily every year and becoming more and more of a leader on the court. He's increased his FG% every year, with last year being his high at 44.8%. He still sometimes tends to try and do a little too much if Gordon and Deng are struggling, but he has definitely proved his worth hitting many clutch shots last season and in the playoffs. Kirk is 26, and one of the few players that actually stayed in college perfecting his game.
SG: Ben Gordon: Gordon has become the "go to" guy for the Bulls, Mr.4th Quarter. I can't count how many games Ben has just taken over, and when he is on, no one can stop him. Gordon has struggled at times, and almost seemed more comfortable coming off the bench than he was starting. He'll be starting this year and the Bulls need him to show the same fire and passion in quarters 1 through 3 that he does in quarter 4. Don't forget, Ben Gordon is only 24 years old.
SF: Luol Deng: Deng really blossomed into a big time player last year, and showed everyone what he is capable of. He's only 22 years old, and his best basketball is still ahead of him. He started all 82 games last year, the only Bull to do so, and led the team in shooting percentage just under 52%. He is a very strong defensive pplayer as well, yet rarely commits fouls...only averaging 2 per game. He's a great person on and off the court, winning the NBA's Sportmanship Award that is voted on by NBA players.
C: Ben Wallace: In all reality, who doesn't know what Ben Wallace's game is all about? He's a defensive guy that brings great energy and heart to the floor, he just doesn't have an offensive game. He's a great shot blocker and he provides some verteran leadership on the court. He's getting a little up there in age at 33, but can still provide the defensive presence the Bulls need from the man in the middle. He's on the shorter side for an NBA Center at only 6 foot 9 inches, but when is AFro is in full effect, it makes him look about 7 foot tall.
PF: Here is where things get a little interesting. In all honesty, this should be Tyrus Thomas' job to lose. His athleticism and natural skill is unmatched by anyone on this team, he just has yet to show the heart and effort to put it all together. The also picked up veteran Joe Smith this off-season who should get some good playing time if his knees hold up. Then it brings us to two rookies, Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray. I have to admit, I wasn't happy with the drafting of Noah. I thought, we already have Tyrus Thomas, we don't need Noah. But Noah offers something Tyrus doesn't, and that's heart and hustle. Noah is an all-out energy type of player. If he had the athleticism and natural skill that Tyrus has, he would be unstoppable. Unfortunately, he has a shot that is uglier than Wallace's. Now, that brings us to Gray, who has really stepped up in the pre-season and has earned himself some playing time with great defense and even some offensive prowess. This will most likely be a platoon situation until someone steps up. I'm really pulling for Tyrus to show some fire, that kid can be special if he can put it all together.
So, that brings me to my prediction for the 2007-8 season. Can the Bulls win the East? Absolutely, I fully believe they could have last year, and they've only gotten better this year. Can they hang with a West team in the Finals? If I leave my Red and White glasses on, I say yes, and being the fan I am, I have to believe that. Their main competition in the East will come from the Cavs, Pistons, and maybe the Celtics with the big three they have now. This Bulls team is very young and has steadily improved every year, going further in the playoffs. They have a very talented and very young roster that continues to grow together. Thier coach, Scott Skiles, is a no-nonsense fiery competitor that seems to get everything he can from his players. It's taken a long time to get back to the top after the Jordan Era, but I believe we are just about to get there again.
I'm excited for this year, I can't wait for opening night.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Bears were coming off one of their best seasons in history. Everyone was returning, the offense was supposed to be improved and the defense was supposed to be just as nasty as it had been when it led them to a Superbowl. So what happened?
First of all, let me preface this by saying that this is the most disappointed I have been by a Bears team in a long time. I had huge expectations for them this year, first time I've really had expectations like this. So, let me breakdown on what I think happened.
- Rex Grossman didn't grow into the QB that we all had hoped for. After his Nuclear start to 2006, everyone thought we finally found our QB. Then, he started turning in stinker after stinker....with a few decent games sprinkled in. It was okay that he wasn't that great because we had a scoring defense and Devin Hester to help cover up how Rex was playing. Instead of an open competition for QB this year, Rex was given the reigns, and stunk it up again. He was finally benched after the 3rd game of the year for Brian Greise.
- Thomas Jones was traded to make room for Cedric Benson. Personally, I think Benson will start picking it up, but so far this move hasn't panned out. Not that TJ is doing anything special in NY. The O-Line has been horrible, many times Benson is being hit right as he gets the ball. With that said, there are also many runs that end to soon because he couldn't break a tackle. He is being questioned big time, and I think he'll start responding soon.
- The Defense. To me, this is the biggest disappointment. Everyone had questions or reservations about the offense, but this D was supposed to be the best in the NFL. Well, they aren't even top 15 or 20 right now. We have so many problems it makes my stomach turn, but here are the biggest ones:
- Adam Archuleta. I wasn't too fond of signing him, and he has proved me right. He can't cover, he misses tackles, bounces off of people and finally got benched for a 7th round draft pick
- Danieal Manning. He's been moved around from FS, to SS, to CB, and honestly I just think the kid is confused. He's a gifted athlete, but never really had the chance to play and learn one position. Right now, he is lost.
- Mike Brown. Yet another season ending injury. This guy is the heart and soul of this defense, not Urlacher. When he is out, it kills us. He's a leader out there, and our secondary always looks lost when he is on the sideline.
- Nathan Vasher. Out with a groin injury for the past three weeks, and maybe a couple more. We don't have good depth here, and it's showing.
- Tackling. I know the coaches emphasize trying to strip the ball, but I lost count at how many of our players missed tackles. Tackling is essential, even above creating turnovers.
Can this year be fixed? I fully believe we can still make the playoffs, but the NFC Central is the Packers to lose. If we can fix our defense, start tackling, and get some players back we could still end the season with a 9-7 record and earn a wild-card birth into the playoffs. Greise and Benson are good enough as long as the defense starts showing up. Allowing 35 4th quarter points in one game is shameful, same as allowing a rookie RB to run for almost 200 yards and 3 TD's on you. This isn't the Bears defense that I know and love, and I sure hope the players recognize that as well. Show some heart boys, it's not too late to turn it around.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Well, my son has played about 4 games of Flag Football now. He loves playing QB and RB, and he's learning how to use his stiff arm:He eventually got his flag pulled by another kid, but he had a good run. Later he missed the handoff to the Rb, so he took off running and got ahead of everyone for a TD!!
He's having a really fun time learning how to play the game and have fun with his teammates. They had their first loss of the year last week, so he's also learning how to deal with losing a game. He's starting to understand that as long as you play your hardest and have fun, that's what the game is all about.
His sister was very excited to learn about the TD!:
Posted by Bill at 11:13 AM
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
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