Friday, January 30, 2009

Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear

Look out Detroit -- we won't catch you in the standings, but Dallas sent a message last night in closing out the season series 3-1, that if we end up with the seventh seed, it may be a tougher first-round matchup than the Wings would prefer. And that's without us signing our 28-year old players to 12-year contracts!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Journey Reunion

The actual Journey team held its 10th anniversary reunion at halftime of the present day Journey's destruction of Georgia Tech today. Invitations for the Franchise and me must have gotten lost in the mail!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

RIP Kay Yow


The rest of you may have more to say about this than me, but sad news from the Triangle this morning.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change has come ... and so has Reggie!


The incredible path of Reggie Love continues. The Dude posted the CNN lead picture from this morning, and this afternoon the lead is Obama entering the Oval Office ... with Reggie one of two people by his side. Unbelievable.

Change Has Come


Two years after a journey that first began in Springfield, change has finally come to the Oval Office, and not a moment too soon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Change Is Almost Upon Us


And can you believe it?

From the nurturing home of a teenage mother, to the highest office in the land.

From a student searching for identity in Hawaii, to the nation's Commander-in-Chief.

From a non-descript classroom in the basement of a law school in Hyde Park, to the appointer of the interpreters of the constitution.

From a community organizer struggling to get a meeting with local government, to the leader of a movement to change government.

From "I have a Dream," to a Dream Realized.

Noon Eastern tomorrow - it all happens.

Where will you be?

Friday, January 09, 2009

The RoughRiders are Moving to Auburn

Alabama beware, even with Nick Saban around your grip on football dominance in the state may soon end. After revitalizing Minnesota's defense, Coach Roof is bringing his roughriding style of defense to the Tigers. The SEC just got even better.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Why the NHL is crazy

I came across a story today where Alex Ovechkin was added to the NHL all-star roster. That's strange I thought - I don't know much about hockey, but i do know that Ovechkin is one of the two best players in hockey (along with Sidney Crosby, I think). How is it that he needed to be added as a reserve. Then i learned that various voting shenanigans put four players from the host Canadians on the squad. Hey NHL, way to de-legitimize an event that had no legitimacy in the first instance. How did your sport's best player not even get voted in?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Stunning News From Dallas...

No - not PacMan being involved in a strip club shooting - but that the Cowboys apparently have conduct and behavioral standards!?!? Now THAT's change we can believe in!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Melo-drama in Denver

While the Committee has grown to expect key injuries to the Rockets, last night's broken hand in Denver was a surprise. With Anthony now out 3-4 weeks, it comes at a particularly inopportune time for the Nuggets just as they were surging up the standings. With 6 of their next 8 opponents being Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Utah, and a stumbling Houston thrown in for good measure, Denver will have a tough time maintaining their current pace.

On the bright side, this should mean more playing time for surprise starter Dahntay Jones. And by surprise, I mean that I thought he was out of the Association a few years ago.

Hey FOX, Quick Question:

Do any of the players on the University of Texas or The Ohio State University not named Colt McCoy have family? Judging by your coverage and crowd shots of the game, it certainly does not appear. Way to not have slanted coverage - it's good to know that your sports coverage is just as fair and balanced as your news coverage.

Friday, January 02, 2009

DudeSpin welcomes 2009!

Well, another year in DudeSpin's annuls have come and gone. Although many will remember 2008 as a year where our markets cratered, our homes were foreclosed, and many lost their jobs, but it's fair to say that DudeSpin will remember 2008 fondly as the year that America embraced change and elected a potentially transcendant President in Barack Obama; a year that Head Dude and the Franchise embraced change by welcoming new members to their clans; and the year that the Dude returned to the homeland for a spectacular Olympic games. So without further adieu, DudeSpin presents a look back at the year in posts in DudeSpin!

January:
- 1/3: A definite harbinger of things to come as Barack Obama wins the lilly-white Iowa primary;
- 1/8: The dudes add $1,000 to Obama's coffers after disappointment in New Hampshire;
- 1/18: The Cowboys season goes down in flames after a Romo-Simpson tryst in Cabo;
- 1/27: In the least surprising post of the year, DudeSpin endorses Barack Obama;
- 1/28: One of the worst Presidents in history delivers his final State of the Union - a cause for celebration, and a DudeSpin LiveBlog!

February:
- 2/3: David Tyree punches Undude in the gut;
- 2/5: After Super Tuesday, Head Dude opines that "The biggest concern at this point is not letting the delegate deficit get too far away." Little did we know that the Obama freight train was about to take off;
- 2/19: The Dude attends a massive Barack rally in the Toyota Center in Houston, exclaiming, "With a victory in Wisconsin in hand, and March 4 circled on our calendars, there are 3 words that ring out in our efforts to deliver Texas to Barack - 'Si Se Puede!!'" That we did, at least when counting delegates.
- 2/22: A reason not to hate the University of Texas?

March:
- 3/6: Ricky Time! will get you in a brand new car with no money down!
- 3/16: The Rockets finish off one of the most unlikely winning streaks in NBA history;
- 3/18: The Race Speech in Philadelphia, one of the turning points in the primary campaign;
- 3/23: The Undude with a hilarious Easter greeting from the buckle of the Bible Belt!
- 3/24: The Vision with its now annual March flame-out!

April:
- 4/5: Broadway is Dark Tonight!
- 4/19: Airborne takes flight in the Spring Game. In a brilliant photo-journal, the Undude gave us this hint of the season to come: "Zack Asack looked good, and his Blue team moved the ball better than Thad's White team." The picture of Duh-cenzo adjusting his pants remains a classic.
- 4/23: Barack balls with Alison Bales; see video here;
- 4/26: The Franchise rolls out his Mock Draft, some highlights and lowlights: (1) advising the Falcons to take Matt Ryan, they did, and the rest is history; (2) waffling over whether the Ravens should take Brian Brohm or Ryan, but not a peep about Joe Flacco; (3) calling the Panthers' pick of Jeff Otah, reasoning "Panthers will let DeAngelo Williams take a crack at the feature back role and find someone already on the roster to spell him;" bingo; (4) saying about Rashad Mendenhall, "Mendenhall will be an immediate fan favorite" (5) correctly calling the Boys' pick of Felix Jones.
- 4/30: The Dudes and Big Daddy collectively write the obituary on the Little General and the Mavericks' run at glory;

May:
- 5/14: The Franchise treks to the Big D to take in NHL playoff action with Head Dude, and something about Modo!!
- 5/29: A classic photo of Reggie Love, the President-Elect and Chris Duhon;

June:
- 6/2: Obama clinches the nomination with Jeff Russell bolting down the save!
- 6/7: A short-lived Veepstakes Profile series that never quite got to Joe Biden;
- 6/12: The Dude takes in a fundraiser with David Axelrod;
- 6/17: The Committee celebrates another title for Beantown, this time - the Boston Three Party;
- 6/18: Head Dude and the Dude get into it over the Olympic Spirit; like always, the Dude was proven to be right

July:
- 7/12: Perhaps the best Veepstakes Profile, Shane Battier;
- 7/24: Apparently, being despicable runs in the Giuliani family;

August:
- 8/13-8/24: The Olympics LiveBlogs;
- 8/26: Stop the Presses! Head Dude admits that he's wrong!
- 8/28: Obama's Nomination Speech LiveBlog;
- 8/29: McCain picks Caribou Barbie, among the DudeSpin reactions: Dude: "this is a roll of the dice for sure;" Franchise: "I think this may have been the best candidate for McCain and company to cover as many angles as possible;" but perhaps Undude had the best react; "I think this has a chance to backfire on him. I hope Democrats or freethinkers can label this as a blatantly political maneuver. It reeks to me as a blatant attempt to get Hillary voters, and he basically chose a woman for the sake of choosing a woman. I think if voters (men and women) see that, it could make McCain look like a shameless politician who picked someone to play a political game, rather than pick the person he thought was best for the job."
- 8/31: Airborne debuts with a win over JMU and a brilliant LiveBlog from the Undude, which introduced us to Crazy Sweaty Guy

September:
- 9/5: the Dude rolls out the Airborne/Obama Challenge;
- 9/7: Airborne's National Title dreams die with last second loss to Northwestern;
- 9/13: Eron Riley earns much-needed bucks for Bama in a win over Navy;
- 9/21: Head Dude getting a bit too excited, a bit too early about, what I think, was a Terrell Owens block; what was most hilarious was Head Dude's comment that this was "a continuation of the Cowboys establishing themselves as the top team in the league"
- 9/26: First Presidential Debate goes off despite McCain's tomfoolery, the Dude picks up on McCain's petulant old man meta-narrative.
- 9/27: Duke snaps long ACC losing streak against UVa - unfortunately, that would be about it for the highlights as Undude continues to dream of oranges; and earns a total of $565 in the Airborne/Obama challenge!
- 9/30: Head Dude takes to the public airwaves to get the Dude to Ohio;

October:
- 10/15: The Undude strikes again with a hilarious picture recapping the 3rd and final debate;
- 10/18: Airborne trounced by Miami, but Big Daddy is re-introduced to the world as the Ricky Time Guy!
- 10/19: The BoSox bows out of the playoffs, and more inter-Dude spats ensue;
- 10/31: Head Dude debuts little Evan in the Blog;

November:
- 11/4: Jubilation!
- 11/30: Controversy and censorship strike DudeSpin as the Dude descends on Durham;
- 11/30: Airborne's season quietly comes to a close amidst a freezing drizzle at Wally Wade;

December:
- 12/29: Given that DudeSpin 2008 began in January with much public bickering over the Cowboys' early exit, it ends on a similar note.

Well DudeSpin readers, I hope you enjoy this year-end retrospective as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. Although our posts slowed down at the end of the year after the excitement of Change wound down, I am confident that 2009 will see a rebirth of DudeSpin. How could the blog not come back alive with the following things in store for 2009?

- more UTexas wining;
- the Undude's welcoming of a new member to the household;
- more Vision and Journey disappointments;
- the Franchise and the Dude's LiveBlog from Wrestlemania;
- Potential LiveBlogs from Vegas in fall of 2009;
- Obama's 1st 100 days;
- Rockets, Nuggets and Celtics playoff runs;

Si Se Puede.