Archive for May, 2014

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ESPN- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Alejandro Villanueva, a 6-foot-9 defensive lineman who spent the past four years as an active member of the United States Army and most recently served as a U.S. Army Ranger.

The Eagles announced the move Monday, saying in a news release that Villanueva signed a rookie free-agent contract. 

The 277-pound Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan. He was recently promoted to captain.

The Eagles watched Villanueva, 25, perform at a regional combine in Detroit last month. He last played football in 2009 for Army as a wide receiver, converting to that position before his senior season.

Villanueva served as the Black Knights’ offensive captain in 2009 and led the team in receptions (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (five). He began his career at Army as a reserve defensive lineman and transitioned to left tackle in 2008, starting all 12 games at that position as a junior.

I love this signing for the Eagles and hate it as a Giants fan.  This guy is a GIGANTIC football player who was also an Army ranger.  He played college football in West Point, NY and did so very well at a bunch of positions.  The closest team to West Point is named the GIANTS.  Match made in freaking heaven, right?  I don’t know what Jerry Reese was doing the last few months, but it wasn’t scouting local giant badass heroes.

I think most Giants fans can agree that the Eagles have been our biggest rival the last 15 years or so.  Every year I pay attention to their moves more than any other non-Giants team.  I was stoked when Chip Kelly turned them down, then crushed when he pulled a 180 and became their coach.  This isn’t a surefire signing for the Iggles, but I sure wish it was a Big Blue signing instead.  It’s not every day that a 6’9″ former US Army Ranger who is good at football is available to your team.

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A quick recap for episode 4 of the professional sports/drinking league known as MTV The Challenge: Free Agents.
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Because this just happened.

I think it gets weird the minute “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” comes on and no one else is around.  But that’s just me.  So we are obviously putting this one up to a vote.

PS- Is there a more outrageous face/hair combo for a famous person ever?  That’s the problem with Rod Stewart.  There are always more questions than answers.

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One month down, five to go.  After the mere mention of 90 Mets wins this year was mocked far and wide, the Amazins finished the month of April 15-11, on pace for 93 wins.  Now I am a realist, which usually goes hand-in-hand with being a Mets fan.  I recognize that it is extremely early in the season and there are a million peaks and valleys left to ride out.  But if you can’t excited for the most wins your team has had in April since 2007, why are you even watching?  Anyway, here are some quick thoughts on the season. (more…)

Capital New York New Yorkers are no longer allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes in any place where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited, including bars, restaurants, offices, parks and beaches.

The amendment to the Smoke-Free Air Act, a 2002 law, takes effect today and means that electronic cigarettes are now treated the same as regular cigarettes.

The bill was one of the last signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and was passed despite objections from some who claimed that electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking regular cigarettes.

Well, if you weren’t already smiling on a 70 degree day in New York, you should be now.  Because they finally banned E-Cigs from bars, restaurants, and other public places.  Hey, I understand being addicted to something just as much as the next guy.  Seeing a commercial for some new incredible fast food item turns my brain into drunk Roger Rabbit, straight up FIENDING food that is among the worst stuff man has ever created.  But I have always HATED smokers.  Going to bars in college would lead to a stack of laundry that smelled like a chimney.  And who really wants to do laundry in college?  Or ever, really.

Anyway, for whatever reason, the people who smoke electronic cigarettes seem to be even worse than regular smokers.  I don’t know if the e-cig has something in it that appeals to people that have the Toolbag strain in their DNA, but it sure seems like it.  So to all the e-cig smokers, best of luck finding another way to get your nic-fix in New York, because my tax dollars finally worked for me today.