More Football and A Betrayal

Rambley Bits 1-22-11

Three weeks into the year and I’m doing a pretty good job blogging.  Not necessarily the writing, though I hope that it is good, but on just updating frequently.  I’ll need more to talk about after the NFL playoffs end.

  • I was 4-0 on my playoff picks last week.  With the week before’s 2-2 that brings me to 6-2 for the playoffs.  Not too bad.  All the games were higher scoring than I expected though.
  • Way to go Jets, beating the Patriots at their place and helping to dispel the myth of Brady.  Fun fact:  the Pats team def. rankings in the years they won the Super Bowl were 6th, 1st and 2nd.  Brady was mostly a caretaker.  Tom Brady is closer to Joe Namath than he is to Joe Montana.  Hooray for the Jets.
  • The Steelers-Ravens game seemed like watching the school bully getting punched in the mouth and then running home to tell his mommy.  Big Ben is as fun to watch as Brett Favre was in his prime.
  • I’m taking the Steelers over the Jets.  I like both teams, but the Steelers are better on both sides of the ball and Roethlisberger gives the Steelers a huge advantage when compared to Sanchez.  24-17 Steelers
  • Holy Crap did the Packers beat the stuffing out of the Falcons.  Atlanta was an enigma to me coming in because they won a lot of games but they never seemed too impressive.  After that beating they are even more of one.  The Packers look like the best team in the NFL right now.
  • The Bears basically got a second bye week because the Seahawks did not show up until the 4th quarter.  Still, the Bears took care of business efficiently.  It should be a great NFC title game.
  • Packers over Bears.  This is a tough call.  Both teams are playing really well.  The edge goes to the Packers because Cutler scares me.  He could easily throw 3 TD passes or 3 picks or both.  Rodgers is more consistent.  31-27 Packers.
  • Blake Griffin is awesome.
  • Namco’s Klonoa series deserves more recognition than its gotten.  There has been no sales success for a series with 5 very good releases.  They are nearly as good as the Mario games and that is very high praise.
  • I am souring slightly on The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.  The train feels less like a fun mechanic and more like an excuse to keep the player literally on rails.  And the flute duets are some of the most infuriating experiences I’ve had in gaming.
  • I’ve also started playing Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers this week.  Through about an hour of play time it’s basically a playable FF cutscene.  So far it is great.  It is not something I want every game to be, or even any other game to be, but so far it is working.   Let’s just hope it doesn’t overstay its welcome.
  • Everybody heard the 3DS announcement, right?  As I’ve spent the majority of my gaming time over the last 3 or so years on my DS, it should come as no surprise that I’m excited.  But $250 is a little bit pricey and I’m not usually an early adopter.  Maybe I’ll get one around August or October.
  • Astro Boy (2009) is a bad movie.  There are too many joke characters, none of which are funny, for the movie to develop the characters that are actually interesting, or at least potentially interesting.  Like the villain.  Maybe the President could have been a good villain instead of a lame Bush pastiche if the movie had spent less time on the “Robot Revolutionary Front.”  It is sad because he animation was actually kind of good.
  • Murder by Death is a terrific  movie.  Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove) and Peter Falk (Princess Bride and Columbo) star in a farce about literary detectives.  You might get less out of it if you are unfamiliar with the tropes of detective novels, but I found it hilarious.
  • Wow does Family Guy suck now.
  • I finished King Solomon’s Mines.  It’s a fine adventure, but it is filled with a distinctly Victorian condescending admiration of colonized peoples, especially Africans.  They Kukuanas may be great warriors, but three random English guys are better.
  • I’ve since started Daniel Abraham’s A Betrayal in Winter, the second book of his Long Price Quartet.  I’ve only just started but I already like it more than A Shadow in Summer, mostly because I already have a better feel for the world.
  • No comic reviews cause I didn’t buy none.
  • Sorry to jet, but I’m in a hurry.

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