Archive for February, 2014



With the winter weather beating me into submission, I have decided to try to focus on the positive.  So here is a quick list of the underrated great things that can brighten up a day.


Getting Straight Edge Shave At The Barber:  At the end of a haircut, my barber will get some warm shaving cream out of the machine and spread it around my neck.  Then he takes an old-school straight edge razor and shapes up the ol’ neckline.  This almost trumps the rest of the haircut combined.  I feel like I usually get this done at the Italian barbershops near me in Westchester.  Is this a country wide thing or just a local custom?  Also, I’m not sure if I should enjoy the action of a man putting warm shaving cream on me and shaving my neck as much as I do.


Bagel Onion Surprise: I love eating a bagel and getting that random bit of onion inside.  It throws off the whole flavor for a minute, but it wakes me up and I enjoy it.  I will admit I hated it as a child, but I guess this is all part of growing up.  Maybe you aren’t a man until you enjoy that hint of onion.  I may even consider this a Rite of Passage.  A similar scenario to this is ordering regular french fries and getting a rogue curly fry with the rest of your regular fries.  Just something small to break up the monotony.


Bag Fries:  Speaking of fries, having extra “bag fries” at the bottom of a fast food bag feels like found money every single time.  Maybe that’s why I love Five Guys so much.  They load up a tiny cup with fries and then load up the paper bag around the cup with fries as well.  Taking a good thing and making it great.  In related news, I am definitely having Five Guys for dinner tonight.  And maybe a bagel tomorrow morning.


Dice With Buddies: Despite being a board game connoisseur, I never played Yahtzee growing up.  Dice With Buddies is to Yahtzee what Words With Friends is to Scrabble.  The best part about the app is that it is quick to play and requires minimal thinking.  That type of gameplay is golden this day and age.  If you are interested in trying it, check it out here.


Messages app: I just purchased my first Mac and I am constantly learning new things about it.  One of those things is the Messages app.  Any message that is sent to my iPhone from an iOS device will pop up in this app and vice versa.  So I can basically use my computer to text my friends and family.  Not having to check your phone while your on the computer is strangely liberating and being able to write a long message without typing on a touch screen is much appreciated.

Break out your tiny violins everyone, I am going to formally complain about the weather.  It took two absurd electric bills, three deep freezes, and countless inches of shoveled snow but your pal Clem officially hates this winter with every inch of his being (and that’s a lot).  My car is constantly dirty, my house is filled with salt/sand from the street, and just leaving the house is a chore.  I am sick of seeing my breath and my nipples the minute I step outside.  To top it off, we now we have a winter storm named Titan heading towards us, which has to be the most badass storm name ever.  So long story short, screw you Old Man Winter and everyone living in warm climates.  When the hell is baseball season going to get here?

P.S.- Was the point of this blog just to put a picture of the Smarch calendar up?  I plead the fifth.


P.P.S.- Did I add that P.S. just to sneak in a classic Chappelle line?  Yup.

Well it was only a matter of time until Johnny Football showed up at the FFCA Headquarters to talk shop with Jon Gruden.  Now we all know Chuckie has a reputation for loving everyone that he covers in football.  But you just KNOW that Gruden wishes he was Johnny Football.  A young stud who already has a Heisman, a ton of A&M/SEC/NCAA records, and countless co-ed pelts on his wall?  Once the cameras went off, I guarantee he cracked open a 12-pack and asked if he could smell Johnny’s fingers.  As long as Manziel does not end up on an NFC East team, he will be right at the top of my list of favorite players in the league off the bat.  And if by some chance an NFC East team does draft him?  I guess I will just have to sit in a dark room on Sundays in the Fall and Winter.  Obviously he will have to be on his best behavior until the draft and maybe until he is entrenched as a starter?  But once he becomes a successful QB in the NFL?  Watch out.  Do the damn thang, Johnny.









On Monday, the WWE Network launched to the delight of millions of diehard wrestling fans.  I hung up my fanboy boots a long time ago, but I was still very excited to hear this news.  The reason?  I love nostalgia and having access to every wrestling Pay-Per-View was too much pass up.  Granted, I only signed up for the free 1-week trial but it was great to see some of my old favorites back in the ring.  Here are a few observations:

1.  The theme song for the Royal Rumble was fire flames.  When Vinny Mac would get on the mic and announce every name with such enthusiasm, you thought any Superstar had a chance to win (well, except for Bushwhacker Luke)

2.  Speaking of the Royal Rumble, the old VHS box art was sooo ahead of its time.  Sorry if I date myself, but going to the video rental store as a kid and seeing this stuff used to get me hyped.  Obviously all the big Superstars are present in these videos.  But seeing guys like Jake The Snake, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mr. Perfect, Bobby The Brain Heenan, Haku, etc. was great as well.


3. When I was a youngster, I was a Hulkamaniac.  I said my prayers and ate my vitamins.  I had the shirtthe wrestling buddy, and even dressed up as Hulk for halloween.  So obviously there are a ton of highlights from my youth to be seen on this network.  I have watched the big matches: Hogan/Andre, the Mega Powers Explode, etc.  But having access to the forgotten events was fantastic.  Seeing Hulk get his revenge against Earthquake after getting flattened on the Brother Love Show was incredible.  Watching This Tuesday In Texas and not being absolutely terrified of the Undertaker made me feel like a man.  And of course seeing my first crush, Ms. Elizabeth, in all her glory had my heart fluttering.

4. I am still not able to watch Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior.  I compare watching that match to watching the “Rickyyyyy” scene of Boyz N The Hood or any of the heartbreaking SPOILERIFIC scenes in Game of Thrones.  I will always have a deep dislike for The Ultimate Warrior.

5. And then of course we have the gems from the Attitude Era of the late 90s.  I’m not sure if wrestling was better in the early 90s or the late 90s, but it is definitely a discussion.  Re-watching the actual matches isn’t all that fun now, but seeing all of those crazy characters and storylines is real entertaining.  They are all there: Stone Cold slugging beers, The Rock acting like a jerk, Degeneration X being, well, degenerates.  If this DVD cover doesn’t fire you up for some WWE flashbacks, nothing will.


6. Mick Foley was probably my favorite overall character during this time, so being able to see him try to end his life of the company’s dime brought back some lovely memories.

7. Starting up The Divas branch was a genius move.  Stacy Keibler will always be my number 1 in my heart, but I gotta give credit to the Original Gangsta, Sable.

8. I followed ECW a little bit when they first started, but here you have access to a bunch of their PPVs.  The stuff they did is just as crazy now as it was back then.

9. I hated WCW for my entire life, but I’m sure you can poke around and find some decent stuff in their archives.  But that is something I won’t be doing.  To each their own, I guess.

10. I didn’t really go into the content for the recent events since I am not a wrestling fan anymore and don’t see me becoming one ever again.  But I’m sure they have a ton of quality stuff for their fans.

I won’t keep the WWE Network after my free trial mostly because I don’t follow it anymore and after that first wave of nostalgia, I have no real use for it.  But damn, that was a fun trip down memory lane.  I definitely recommend the free week for anyone who was a fan back in the day.  Obviously for the current fans, it is clearly worth the money since the Pay-Per-Views are included with the network.

These days, all 30 For 30 films are must watch for sports fans.  They are thorough, well-done, and have some sort of interesting angle.  I am not going to lie though, this one hurts a little.  As someone who would be allowed to skip school for the day to catch the triple-header Big East Tournament games, I still haven’t come to grips that the NCAA has allowed conferences to be torn apart all in the name of the almighty dollar (AKA football).  Granted, I thought the sport has lost a lot of its appeal since the 90s, with teams lacking identities due to constant roster turnover.  But being a Syracuse fan during the heyday of the Big East was amazing.  Having to leave the Big East was hard enough, but having to go to the pretty boy ACC with the Dukes of the world?  Unbearable.    In fact, I want Syracuse to win more this year more than any other year simply because it will be the final nail in the Big East vs. ACC debate’s coffin. Anyway, this 30 For 30 should have so much nostalgia, you will have to brush it away from your face.  It will premiere on March 16th at 9 PM ET.

Here is a nice little video of the best Big East Tournament moments:

And for my Cuse brethren:

Syracuse Orange v Pittsburgh Panthers

The official trailer for the new Godzilla movie just came out and I am really torn on it.  The last attempt at a Godzilla movie was an absolute travesty.  It was a typical over-promoted 90s blockbuster with Matthew Broderick bopping around NYC and some lame attempt at a CGI Godzilla f’ing things up.  Godzilla was the only creature that laid more eggs in Madison Square Garden than James Dolan.  However, there are a few things that give me some hope for this iteration of that big freaking lizard.

  1. Bryan Cranston is in this movie.  This is his first big role since being the one who knocks.  It took years for him to get a role like Walter White, but he has always been a great actor.  So at least you know that the lead acting role is in good hands.
  2. Cloverfield was a pretty fun movie to watch despite the constant shaky camera.  So a giant lizard monster attacking New York City can clearly work.
  3. There are a few moments in the trailer that are terrifying.  The giant waves, the loud screech, the planes crashing, and the first time seeing Godzilla all are pretty intense.  It doesn’t seem like this is one of those “Hey, we acquired rights to make a Godzilla movie.  Now here is everything except for Godzilla” type of films.
  4. Based on the few glances we get of the monster, Godzilla actually looks like Godzilla.  It’s crazy to think that people could mess up the most important part of a Godzilla movie, but they did exactly that back in 1998.
  5. Based on the breakdown of the trailer, we will get a little backstory to it all.  Hopefully not too much, but enough to give everyone an idea why this gigantic SOB is crushing NYC like Daz and Kurupt.

So all things considered, I am going to take a wait and see approach with this movie.  I will check out the Rotten Tomatoes reviews once they start rolling in around May, but as of now I am leaning towards seeing it in the theater.

  1. So we start off with Arya calling out names of the people she is planning to kill.  Definitely the best Stark still breathing.  I hope she becomes the female version of John McClane.  The scrappy underdog who just eliminates bad guys.
  2. Speaking of Starks still breathing, it is mind boggling  that Sansa hasn’t gone full blown emo after the last 2+ years of her life.  She is just constantly getting crapped on.  If there was a Hot Topic in Westeros, she would be shopping there.  And for the record, I have no idea if Hot Topics are even around anymore.
  3. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was nervous that Jon Snow’s story was going to suck again.  However, if he gets fired up and plans to avenge Ned/Catelin/Robb, his story will be amazing.  The dude is rescuing people from volcanoes in Pompeii, killing wildlings north of The Wall, and breaking hearts of beautiful women.  Rescuing, killing, and heartbreaking.  That’s what Jon Snow does!
  4. I don’t like Joffrey but I gotta say the character is just so much fun to hate.  He has no redeeming qualities at all, so you can truly hate everything about him.  Joffrey is clearly the Duke Blue Devils of Westeros.
  5. Again, Tyrion seems to be a in a real bind during these previews.  I hope everything breaks alright for him, but I’m guessing his boo may end up dead.  Shae is definitely one of my favorite people in King’s Landing.  That chick isn’t afraid to slice people up.
  6. I forgot about how Littlefinger is going to react to his crush getting backstabbed (and neck slit).  While he isn’t dangerous in a physical sense, he can definitely hurt you in quiet ways by being a weasel.  No one messes with Tommy Carcetti.
  7. I don’t know who Stannis and Melissandre are burning at the stake.  It seems like it could be his wife, but Game of Thrones isn’t above killing kids (like his daughter).  Stannis is a cold-blooded killer.
  8. There are about 20 frames of just mayhem that cannot be deciphered.  I am sure it will all be awesome.  I think the people who make these videos can edit a video of me walking around my house and make it seem interesting and intense.
  9. Another preview, another glimpse of Dany not is Westeros.  She seems to be developing a nice little ego however.  It should make her story a little more complex, even if it makes her potentially less likable.
  10. I am so bored with the White Walkers right now.  We need them to start doing stuff or just forget about them until they come.  I’m sure they are going to be killing machines once they start encountering people, but until then stop teasing us.  I also hope somehow they bring back previous characters that have been killed in White Walker form.  I don’t know if that is even possible, but it would be awesome.  White Walker versions of Catelyn, Renly, and Lady (Sansa’s dog) would be epic.  Weird and sad, but epic as well.


OK, it’s confession time.  I hated Legos growing up.  For whatever reason, building something out of those little plastic blocks never interested me and it was always a process to clean them up.  When I first heard that they were making an entire movie about Legos, I quickly dismissed any idea of going.  But after seeing the trailer, I pulled a 180 and was excited to see the movie.  Seeing Batman, Abraham Lincoln, and Shaq all in the same movie is pretty damn rare.  The final straw was finding out the movie received a 96% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Another confession: I love animated movies that adults can enjoy.  The Lion King, Toy Story, and Wreck It Ralph are all very close to my heart.  My wife and I debate Woody vs. Buzz all the time.  I still can’t believe that the majority of my friends are bigger fans of Aladdin than The Lion King.  The Lego Movie is another example of how an animated film can be enjoyed by the older crowd.  It starts out with a highly energetic musical number and the action is high-paced for the next hour and a half.  There are memorable quotes, lovable characters, and references to classic movies.  Plus, can you really go wrong with a movie that has the voices of Will Ferrell, Charlie Day, and Morgan freaking Freeman in it?!?!  Trust me, go to the movie theater this week and see The Lego Movie.  Don’t wait for it to come out on DVD or make tentative plans to see it in the future.  Give it a shot, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 8.25/10


Well the news just broke that Derek Jeter will retire after the 2014 season.  As a Mets fan, I obviously have no love in my heart for the Yankees fans.  Many are too loud and obnoxious for my liking (even though they root for the greatest American sports team).  But it has been very hard to actually hate many of the players on the Yankees the last 20 years or so.  Sure you would have guys like Roger Clemens and Gary Sheffield occasionally wear the pinstripes.  But players like Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettite were all highly respected and seemed like great people off of the field.  Anyway, here are a few thoughts on the announcement:

  • I am sure Derek is not going to love having the spotlight on him all season long, similar to Rivera.  But the Yankees will honor him the right way.  They always take care of their own.
  • The Yankees will also make millions of dollars because of this announcement.  They always take care of their bank account as well.
  • I wonder if teams will be making parting gifts for Jeter the way they did for Mo last season.  While Jeter seems like a great guy, Mariano seemed to be even more transcendent in regards to his personality than even Number Two, Derek Jeter, Number Two.
  • I actually do feel bad for Yankees fans (or at least as bad as you can feel for a fan base that has won 5 World Series in the last 20 years).  They are losing a once-in-a-lifetime type of player.  Jeter is a gritty leader who leaves it all on the field and made you proud to root for him.  He did his best to keep his personal life out of the controversy factor known as the New York tabloids.  And he is truly someone who loves his familiy and friends.
  • If you need further proof that everything always works out for Jeter, look no further than the fact that his last season will be free of having the A-Rod distraction in the locker room everyday.  Yeah, Jeets!
  • As a baseball fan, I’ll be sad that the game loses Jeter as a player.  He is a great ambassador of baseball and is a tremendous role model.
  • As a Mets fan, I will be very interested to see how the Yankees replace Jeter and Rivera.  After 20 years of dominance, maybe the tide will turn in New York and just the littlest slice of humble pie will be served.  Maybe.

Here is the statement Jeter made on his Facebook page earlier today:


Yesterday, the wonderful people at HBO released a 15 minute video previewing the next Game of Thrones season.  Here are some quick hits from that glorious piece of Youtube heaven.  FYI, I have not read any of the books and do not intend to until the television series is over.

  • First off, whoa.  That was a lot to digest and kudos to HBO for making such a long, detailed teaser for the fourth season.  The show is hyped enough as is, so this felt like a nice treat for all of the GoT diehards out there.
  • We learn right off the bat that some of this season will deal with revenge for the horrifying actions of the Red Wedding.  Since I am a huge fan of the Stark family, it excites me that their story won’t fade away much.
  • It also appears that our boy Tyrion is going to be in some serious danger from the jump.  Since Peter Dinklage plays the most entertaining character in the series, especially when he is trying to outsmart his enemies, this should lead to a lot of fun.  The sibling rivalry between him and Cersei will probably be more vicious than ever.
  • I do not know who this Oberyn Martell character is, but anyone who hates the Lannisters is cool with me.  He seems like a Mack with the ladies and a hell of a fighter.  The “hand over the candle flame” move is legitimately bad ass.
  • Hearing Emilia Clarke’s British accent trying to politely say that Joffrey the character is an asshole is cuter than a litter of puppies.
  • I feel like Arya is going to start becoming a killing machine this year.  The team of her and the hound have some serious comedic potential ahead of them as well.
  • It seems as if the tide of popular opinion will continue to sway towards Jamie Lannister this season.  When we met him in Season 1, he seemed like an entitled and arrogant prick.  But upon further review, his character is one of the more layered and fascinating ones in the series.
  • Speaking of Jamie, it should be a blast watching him and Tyrion back together.  Those two characters and actors showed chemistry during their brief time together in the first season.  I hope to see more of the same going forward.
  • I have never been one to really notice how great the scenery and set design is in television shows.  But Game of Thrones changed all of that.  You truly feel like you are in a different world for that hour or so after the best opening credits in TV.
  • On that note, the Royal Wedding should be a masterpiece visually.  And I say that as someone who haaaates Joffrey.  But the setting looks great.
  • Natalie Dormer (the actress who plays Margaery Tyrell) is a straight up smoke show.  Nothing else to add, just thought I should mention that.
  • It looks like we will again have to wait a while before we see Khaleesi sail to Westeros.  I guess she still has business to take care of on the other side of the pond.  It’s a bummer, but I’m sure there is a reason for George RR Martin’s madness.
  • Dragons.  DRAGONS!  DRAGONS!!!  While I am sure the dragons will not get a ton of air time due to the tremendous expense it costs to make them, I do think they will have more of a presence this season.
  • The Jon Snow story started to get interesting at the end of Season 3, but it looks like we are back to the same old boring crap again.  Add in my least favorite character in the show (Sam), and I am going into this season with low expectations for the scenes near The Wall.  However, this show often zigs when you think it will zag.
  • The actress who plays Brienne sometimes seems to have a little bit of Hordor in her voice when she speaks.  Definitely reminiscent of an old Billy Madison favorite.
  • Bran is smack dab in the middle of his awkward years right now.  Poor kid.  It’s hard enough to go through that when you aren’t on the biggest show on television.  Hopefully his storyline picks up this season as well.
  • The actress who plays Arya seems to be funny and goofy in real life.  It is very cool to see the actors outside of the realm of this heavy, dramatic show occasionally.  Her Youtube reaction to the Red Wedding was awesome.
  • Even though he is only on screen for a short time in the above trailer, I am reminded how much I like Bronn.  He has a witty line for almost every occasion and plays real well off of Tyrion’s character.  I hope we see more and more of him.
  • Listing the saddest deaths of the series is basically the same thing as reading the Stark Family Tree.  This meme describes my feelings the best about this phenomenon.
  • Seeing that dragon in the last frame of the video definitely got more than a few fanboys to sit up in their seats.  Now the obsession can start again for the next (almost) two months.