Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Miguel Cabrera hit his 300th career homerun is today's win over the White Sox.

My Thoughts

Just got back from seeing "TDKR."  Here are a few of my thoughts:

- Very "intense", which I believe is how Stack described "The Avengers."  So, using his one word description about both movies kept me excited.

- Agree, Joker was better villian.

- It also seemed to have more of a "League of Shadows" theme compared to "The Dark Knight."

- This was my first IMAX experience for a motion picture.  I guess I wasn't very impressed.  Maybe I expected more for $17.50.  Maybe other screens are bigger/better, but all I can picture in my mind is the IMAX screen at Cedar Point.  That seemed more impressive.  Side note, nobody at the AMC theater in Anaheim took our tickets, so we could have literally walked in and seen the movie for free.  It was a sold out show...we didn't even get to sit together!

- I also plan to see movie again, probably in a few weeks, more than likely not in IMAX.

- I wish I hadn't checked updates of the movie as often or read some of the character info/names on the IMDB.  Knowing one of the characters names or history kind of spoiled a big twist for me.  Or, maybe I shouldn't have researched Bane and found out some of his background which lead to part of that spoiler.  Oh well.

- Movie was quite loud, which certainly made it difficult to understand all of Bane's dialog.  Other parts were difficult as well with Batman's deeper voice.

- Great movie, still not sure if I like it better than TDK.  However, much more intense than all movie.

- Lots of clapping at the theather.  During the beginning with all the "special" sneak preview trailers, at the beginning of the movie, and at the end.  Not used to that in the Thumb.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises

Some non-spoilery thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises:

-The film is intense. It's a long film (164 min), but it doesn't let up the whole time. It's also pretty dark, fairly similar in tone to The Dark Knight.

-The music is probably more intense than the film itself. Hans Zimmer is the man.

-There were more nods to the comic than I would have expected. Also more twists than I would have expected.

-No post-credit sequence, if you're wondering.

-Bane works well as the villain, though he's not as good as the Joker.

-Anne Hathaway was very good as Catwoman.

-I thought Office Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, would feel like a tacked-on character, but he's important to the story and fits in seamlessly.

-Batman's new vehicle, the Bat, is awesome.

-I can't imagine this will make as much money as Avengers. It's a great movie, but it's pretty heavy. I will definitely see it again in IMAX though, and I may end up seeing it again before the weekend is over.

100 mph On Pitch 116

Justin Verlander had his fastball working deep into the game last night as he was still throwing 100 mph in the eighth inning. One of these fastballs broke Gordon Beckham's bat. On a check-swing. Video here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Live from Comic Con...almost

I'm heading to SD in a few hours for the zoo.  Dang, could have dressed up like a freak and gone to Comic Con instead.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I am Iron Man

Read this story and this one and tell me Robert Downey Jr. doesn't absolutely love being Tony Stark. If there's any doubt about him coming back for more after Iron Man 3 Marvel needs to make absolutely sure it happens.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel announced some movie plans yesterday at SDCC, here's the short version if you haven't seen any info yet:

 -The Thor sequel is officially titled Thor: The Dark World and will arrive 11/8/13.

-The Captain America sequel is titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it hits 4/4/14.

-New characters will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, scheduled for 8/1/14. Concept art:

-There will also be a movie based on the character Ant-Man, no release date yet.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


The new armor from Iron Man 3 has been unveiled as San Diego Comic Con, you can see it at Marvel.com. My thoughts? It's really gold.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Touch This Light


...discusses his All-Star game performance, but not Kate Upton, in the Detroit News.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

And Pitcher

Sowell also discusses the greatest pitcher of all-time here.

Monday, July 09, 2012

All-Time Greatest Hitter

Thomas Sowell has narrowed the list to five.

Sunday, July 08, 2012


I heard something about a man in maroon running around CC with a torch. Anyone care to comment?

Saturday, July 07, 2012


The Tigers are above .500 again after beating the Royals.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Quote of the Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
-Declaration of Independence

Sunday, July 01, 2012

NFL Attendance

Here's an interesting article from the WSJ about the NFL trying to combat declining attendance at games. That attendance is declining is no surprise to me. Though most of my experience is with college games, many of the issues are the same: Tickets cost too much, concession prices are ridiculous, you can't see as well as on TV, and other fans are obnoxious. On top of that NFL games can't deliver the atmosphere that a major college game has. Why does anyone go at all?

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