Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wishes For My Football Bet

I need Diego Costa to do two things.

1) Return from injury for Chelsea
2) Score at least three more league goals

I also need:

1) Sergio Aguero not to score in the Premier League for the rest of the season
2) Harry Kane not to score in the Premier League for the rest of the season

Not asking for too much, am I?

Monday, April 27, 2015

The King Of The Ring Returns

WWE is bringing back its King of the Ring tournament on Tuesday night.

The tourney will take place on the WWE Network. I'm unsure whether it's going to be a one-night deal as they've only just announced it during the Extreme Rules PPV.

Should be an interesting week ahead.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Below Zero' Is 85 Today

When it comes to IMDB, I am unsure whether the release dates of Laurel & Hardy movies are accurate. If the website is spot on, it means that one of my favourite L&H films of all time celebrates an anniversary today.

Below Zero came out on the 26th of April 1930.

Eighty. Five. Years. Ago.

I was first introduced to this film by my father when I was at least three-years-old. It has been one of my faves ever since.

The short starts out with Stan and Ollie busking in the middle of winter. The duo are playing 'In The Good Old Summertime' (get the irony?). Somewhere along the line, they find a wallet on the floor and are then chased by a pickpocket.

The pair are saved by a policeman. To thank the copper for his assistance, Laurel and Hardy take him to a steak house for a meal.

When the dinner is complete, and it's time to pay, the comedians realise that the wallet belongs to the policeman. He works out it's his and pays off his part of the bill and leaves his dining companions to fall foul of the restaurant staff, who had earlier been seen to act heavy handed with patrons who didn't pay for their meals.

The hysterical situation ends with Stan being thrown into a barrel of water out the back of the premises. Oliver is thrown into the road and narrowly avoids being hit by a car.

As Ollie is banging the back door looking for his missing friend, he hears gulping coming from within the barrel.

Stan's head forces the top of the barrel to come off and Oliver enquires as to how he got in it. This leads to one of the funniest interactions between the pair. I'm quoting this from memory, so excuse me if I am not 100% correct:

Oliver: What are you doing?
Stan: They threw me in this barrel of water

Oliver looks inside the barrel

Oliver: Where's the water?
Stan: I drank it.

Oliver then helps his partner out of the barrel. The only problem, however, is Stan's belly has grown huge due to his drinking of the water.

The film then ends with the big-bellied Stan whisper something to Oliver and then running around doing the weepy sound he used to make when things were not going right with the pair.

The whisper is obviously a visual gag to mean he needed to go to the toilet.

I know I have spoiled it for you, if you haven't seen the short yourself. However, I have watched it hundreds of times. It still makes me laugh. It truly is my favourite film made by the comedic duo.

If I get some time today, I'll seek it out and watch it again. The tape my father had recorded it on back in the '70s or '80s broke a few years ago. Thankfully, it is included in one of the Laurel and Hardy box sets we have here. There's even a colour version of it, but I refuse to watch it in anything but black and white.

Please YouTube this film if you have a spare half hour.

Trust me. If you like Laurel & Hardy, you'll love this.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Crossing The Finish Line

The marathon is over.

I have watched the first four seasons of Game of Thrones before they are removed from Now TV.

It took me about a week. I started last Thursday and finished yesterday afternoon. I had a few distractions along the way, otherwise I would have done it a little bit sooner.

Still, it's done now.

As for my thoughts - it was good.

I went in wanting to know what all the fuss was about. I sort of get it, but it's not really my thing. However, now that I have dedicated all those hours watching the series, I might as well stick around.

The first two episodes of season five will remain on demand for a few more weeks, so I will get to them after I catch up with the other shows I need to watch.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spreadsheets Are Done

I'm all ready for the 2015 NFL season.


Earlier this year, I created spreadsheets for every regular season game in preparation for the schedules to be announced.

I knew the teams that were playing each other as that information was given out in late December. So, in March, I spent two evenings producing spreadsheets ready for the autumn.

I also created seventeen folders for the weeks of the season. All I had to do then was wait until the schedules were published.

Now that that has happened, Wednesday evening was spent moving the spreadsheets to the required folder so I now have every game in the right folder.

I now have to start updating FootballPointspread.tips. I plan to do this some time within the next week. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Golden Shield

With the announcement of the new 2015 NFL season schedule came a new NFL shield to mark the year that the Super Bowl turns 50.

Looks kind of cool, yeah?

This golden emblem will be everywhere in the upcoming season. I have read that every pitch will have the celebratory colours where the regular crest is painted.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The 2015 Schedules Are Out (Oh, And I Was Wrong)

I was wrong.

A while back, I made a guess that the New England Patriots' opponents in the 2015 NFL season opener would be the Buffalo Bills. The schedules were revealed in the early hours of this morning and the current Super Bowl champions will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in early September.

I bought into the Rex Ryan versus Bill Belichick renewed rivalry angle a tad too much.

The pair will duke it out for the first time with Ryan as a Bills coach in week 2.