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Prepare for the Upcoming Justin Bieber Invasion

As you know, we here at MGSE like to prepare for potential apocalyptic events. I feel adequately prepared for the return of the dinosaurs, the zombie apocalypse, the zombie-bird apocalypse, and nuclear apocalypse. When I am looking for information on the newest and greatest threat to mankind, I usually head over to The Oatmeal.

One of my friends (I can’t remember who you are because you signed off before I finished the quiz) had linked to this in their gchat status. I don’t think the threat of swarming Justin Biebers can be overstated. We should all make time to take this quiz to determine how many threatening Biebers we can kill. If that number is not very high, I would also suggest enrolling in some martial arts classes, or perhaps a fencing course, to better help mankind against invading Biebers.

Remember, the Bieber apocalypse is not an IF, it is a WHEN. Will you be prepared?

How many Justin Biebers could you take in a fight?

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February 22, 2011 Posted by | Nonsense | , , | 1 Comment

Go see True Grit

I went to see True Grit yesterday. Despite Regal Potomac Yard 16’s best efforts to prevent me from making the movie on time (which included two of the four fandango ticket redemption machines being broken, and one of the most inept concession stand displays I have ever seen), I managed to make it right as the previews were starting.

For those of you who don’t want to see me pretend to be a movie critic for the next few paragraphs, I will paraphrase here: True Grit is one of the best movies I have seen in a really long time, and you should go see it.

Why is it great? Well first the acting is top notch, Hailee Steinfeld is phenomenal as Mattie Ross. She is 14 or 15 in real life and plays the part with all the poise of someone who has been acting for fourteen or fifteen years. Jeff Bridges is hilarious as the oft drunk Rooster Cogburn. Matt Damon is great as always as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. The acting in these three roles had to be top notch since the three of them in one grouping or another share the screen for the vast majority of the movie. None of them disappoint.

I found myself laughing a lot more than I expected going into the movie. The humor is dry and sarcastic, which is always a recipe for success when done well. A lot of this has to do with the script, which is really top notch. It captured the era very well without being cheesy.

I’m not a huge fan of the Coen brothers’ previous films, so maybe I went in with lower expectations, but they deserve accolades for this movie. It is awesome.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Nonsense | , | Leave a comment

Why I love the Carmelo Anthony deal

Allow me to be the 1,356th person to comment on the blockbuster deal that landed Carmelo Anthony in New York.

I am ecstatic about the deal. It absolutely had to be done. What we’ve seen over the last couple of months is that Amare Stoudemire is not Lebron James. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amare Stoudemire, but he is not going to carry the Knicks on his back to 50+ wins a season with the cast of characters they had. He needed another star. Mostly because his knees are a disaster. It remains to be seen if Amare and Carmelo can lead the Knicks to an NBA championship, but they are a hell of a lot closer than they were 24 hours ago.

I really liked Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and Wilson Chandler, but when it became clear that Carmelo would not be available past the trade deadline, I was fine seeing them go. Gallinari has some back issues, Felton is 26 and averaging over 14 points a game for the first time in his career. I think Chandler will be good, but not great. The Nuggets didn’t get fleeced in this deal. Hardly, especially when you factor in the draft picks. However, as Bill Simmons tweeted last night:

In a 30-team league, the Knicks now have 2 of the 10 guys who started yesterday’s All-Star Game. That deal was a no-brainer.

That’s why you make the trade.

I do have a couple of concerns though.

About five seconds after the trade was reported done, everyone started talking about Chris Paul and Deron Williams having opt-out clauses in 2012. Yea, it would be great to get either of them, and if the Knicks did they would be one of the top five or six teams in the league. However, if I get told by the Knicks organization to put my expectations for a championship-caliber team on hold until (insert Superstar) becomes available one more time, I am going to scream. Since Amare, Melo, and Landry Fields are the only contracts on the books past this season, the Knicks really should be able to make enough moves to put them in contention for a Championship even if the two aforementioned players don’t end up in New York.

There has also been a lot of discussion about Isaiah Thomas’ impact on this deal getting done. Supposedly he had a major role in it. Supposedly Donnie Walsh is not going to come back next year. If the Knicks bring back Isaiah Thomas, I am out. I don’t care if Isaiah has spent the last few years creating a de-aging machine and mid-90s Jordan has agreed to play for the Knicks. He needs to stay away.

The Knicks are on the right path. They’ve been a fun team to watch for most of the season, which is more than I can say for just about every 21st century Knicks team.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Sports | , | Leave a comment