Wednesday, January 30, 2019

GBS Movie Roundup

Below are the movies that I have live-blogged here on this site over the last five years or so. I've rated each movie out of 10, and as you'll see, Blue Chips is really the only decent film of the bunch.

The funny thing is that I've also grabbed the IMDB ratings as well. Typically, I find IMDB's ratings to be a decent and somewhat consistent guage. I ran a movie podcast for years, and we always referenced IMDB's ratings. Usually, a film with a rating of 5 or higher is somewhat decent. (To me, a 5/10 is the level of "I would watch this again.") But here, the IMDB ratings are so wacky, especially when compared to mine.

I can't explain it. But trust me! Aside from Blue Chips, you do not want to watch any of these movies unless you have a special interest of some kind (or some idiots are live-blogging about them during a blogathon or other event).

Here is the GBS movie list so far:

3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004) - 3/10 (IMDB = 6.9)
Blue Chips (1994) - 7.5/10 (IMDB = 6.1)
Crackerjack (2013) - 1/10 (IMDB = 6.6)
Driven (2001) - 2.5/10 (IMDB = 4.6)
Fumbleheads (1997) - 1/10 (IMDB = 6.0)
Hockey Mom (2004) - 1/10 (IMDB = 5.2)
Kart Racer (2003) - 2/10 (IMDB = 5.8)
My Dad's a Soccer Mom (2014) - 1/10 (IMDB = 5.4)
Superdome (1978) - 3/10 (IMDB = 2.6)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Blogathon 2019 Pick 'Em Challenge Results

Well, I somehow managed to win this thing again, probably cause of the rain. But I'll take it. The final standings came out the same as last year. Below are the final scores:

Mike - 107
Speedgeek - 75
Wedge - 67

Sunday, January 27, 2019

2019 Daytona 24 Hours - 23.5 Hour Update

Just kidding, the race is over. Red flagged for the last hour or so, and with the conditions not really getting any better, the race was called with about 10 minutes to go. Fair enough, because every time they restarted, it was obvious that the track was a complete skating rink. So, with that, we've got our final standings:

1) #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac (Mike - 12 points)
2) #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac (Speedgeek - 8 points)
3) #7 Penske Acura (Wedge - 4 points)

1) #25 BMW M8 GTE (Speedgeek - 6 points)
2) #62 Ferrari 388 GTE (Mike - 4 points)
3) #67 Ford GT (Wedge - 2 points)

1) #11 Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (Mike - 6 points)
2) #29 Montplast by Land Audi R8 GT3 (Speedgeek - 4 points)
3) #12 AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 (Speedgeek - 2 points)

24 Hour Points:

Mike - 22 points
Speedgeek - 20 points
Wedge - 6 points

And the overall total:

Mike - 59 points
Speedgeek - 38 points
Wedge - 22 points

So, the racing portion of the Blogathon is wrapped up. There's maybe not a ton to talk about, since there was only like 40 minutes or something of racing in the last 7 hours of the 24 hours, but we did get a guest overall win by Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi, BMW winning GTLM basically out of nowhere, and the Grasser Lambo winning GTD for the second year in a row (shoutout to my dude Aaron Telitz, who was in the Lexus that finished 3rd in GTD on his sports car debut).

We'll have a bit more in a bit, with the curling results. We've got a couple of tense games through two and four ends!

One Hour To Go!

And we are enjoying the furious action of....

The jet dryers going around the track. I have serious doubts that we're going to see race cars in motion under their own power again today. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

Meanwhile, Mike has placed one team into the curling semifinals (skipped by Kirk Muyres), I've got one (skipped by Reid Carruthers), and Allen has two (skipped by Jason Gunnlaughson and Rich Ruohonen). Allen has teams in both halves of the semis, so he could place one, two or zero teams into the finals. We will be monitoring that, while the race stays under red flag.

Five Songs for a Rolex 24 Playlist #4

1. The Beatles - Drive My Car

2. Belle and Sebastian - I Love My Car

3. Ronny and the Daytonas - Little GTO

4. Size 14 - Rollin' in the 5-1-0

5. Jan and Dean - Dead Man's Curve

Blogathon 2019: Limerick #5

I didn't want to fight with Rossi,
But then he decided to cross me.
I said, "OK, bro"
And got ready to throw,
But that's when I saw his whole posse.

3 Hours to Go...and IT'S ALL HAPPENING

We've finally gone back to green flag racing with right around three hours to go, and all three main classes are up for grabs, with the #31 Whelen Engineering Caddy taking the lead from the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy just before Jordan Taylor brought the #10 in to hand over to Fernando Alonso. Also, four manufacturers (Porsche, Ferrari, Ford and BMW) are in the running for GTLM and like 10 cars can still win GTD. Meanwhile, the quarterfinals of the Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic Presented by The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen is in the quarterfinals. Mike, Wedge and I managed to pick 7 of the 8 teams that made the quarters, with Allen squaring off against me in one, Allen and Mike playing in two quarters and Mike against the one team we didn't pick in the last one.

IT'S GOING DOW- oh, wait, we're back under yellow again in the race.

Famous actors from The Dale Earnhardt Story

If you watched the Blogathon movie with us, not only did you learn a lot about Dale Earnhardt and his famous quotes, but you also probably recognized some actors. If you're trying to remember where you've seen those actors before, I've put together this nifty chart to help you out. On the left side is the way each one appeared in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. On the right side is a picture of the actor that may be more familiar to you.

8:36 a.m.: The Mike Story

Like Dale Earnhardt, I can also see the air flowing over the cars. And out the back of the cars. And from the sky on top of the cars. And the air looks wet.

2019 Daytona 24 Hours - 18 Hour Update

The race is still red flagged, as it has been for over an hour now. As such, even though the IMSA Results webpage hasn't updated yet, Timing and Scoring has essentially been frozen except for the race end countdown timer, so we can still do this update.

1) #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac (Mike - 6 points)
2) #6 Penske Acura (Speedgeek - 4 points)
3) #7 Penske Acura (Wedge - 2 points)

1) #62 Ferrari 488 GTE (Mike - 3 points)
2) #912 Porsche 911 RSR (Mike - 2 points)
3) #66 Ford GT (Wedge - 1 point)

1) #86 Mike Shank Racing Acura NSX (Mike - 3 points)
2) #29 Montaplast by Land Audi R8 LMS GT3 (Speedgeek - 2 points)
3) #540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (unselected)

So, the score for the 18 Hour mark:

Mike - 14 points
Speedgeek - 6 points
Wedge - 3 points

And the grand totals:

Mike - 37 points
Speedgeek  - 18 points
Wedge - 16 points

Barring something fairly crazy happening in the last six hours (which would also require the race to, you know, start back up again), Mike is looking awfully hard to beat here. BUT, it's racing, so we shall see (Mike probably trounce us again in 6 hours' time)!

Blogathon 2019 Beer #3

Jokes. It's coffee.

2019 Daytona 24 Hours - 12 Hour Update

OK, so this is going back a few hours now, but I didn't quite make it to the 12 hour mark before I needed a little sleep...BUT, I'm now up and ready to push through to the end. Um, even if Mother Nature is not on board with anybody pushing anything.

So, at the 12 Hour mark, this was our rundown:

1) #7 Penske Acura (Wedge - 6 points)
2) #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac (Mike - 4 points)
3) #6 Penske Acura (Speedgeek - 2 points)

1) #911 Porsche (Mike - 3 points)
2) #912 Porsche (Mike - 2 points)
3) #62 Ferrari (Mike - 1 point)

1) #33 Riley Mercedes AMG-GT (Mike - 3 points)
2) #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari (Wedge - 2 points)
3) #96 Turner BMW (Wedge - 1 point)

For the 12 Hour mark:

Mike - 13 points
Wedge - 9 points
Speedgeek - 2 points

And, the running total:

Mike - 23 points
Wedge - 13 points
Speedgeek - 12 points

And with the race currently under red flag, we're only a few minutes away from locking in Hour 18. We'll be back for that shortly.

Blogathon 2019: Limerick #4

They're just partying along the track now.
I can hear "Wipeout" play in the background.
Until each pit dismisses
Let's admit that this is
Just 24 hours of snacks now!

Five Songs for a Rolex 24 Playlist #3

1. Fountains of Wayne - Survival Car

2. The Clash - Brand New Cadillac

3. The Cure - Mint Car

4. Bruce and Terry - Custom Machine

5. Parasite Diet - Cutlass Supreme

Djokovic secures the win

Well, Djokovic just finished the sweep, winning the Australian Open in three sets at 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. The ESPN announcers said they've never seen anyone play this well on this court (particularly when factoring in the opponent). And as a huge fan of listening to sports on the radio, I switched to the official Australian Open radio broadcast for some of the last set, and the guy there had the great quote: "Oh, when will this master class end?!"

And so goes another Blogathon with another fantastic Djokovic performance. He continues to amaze me every time I watch him in a big match.

And hey, this is just in time to switch over to the race as it returns to NBC Sports!

If our jobs were like tennis...

If our jobs were like tennis...

- Every time we went to write something, we'd take out two pens, inspect them, and then just toss one behind us for the trash-pen boy to scurry over and pick up for us.

- When we typed an email, every time we hit send, we'd go, "UGH!" really loudly.

- We'd dump out the old coffee, set up a new pot, turn it on, wipe our face with a towel, throw it on the ground (or to the trash-pen boy), and walk away back to our desk.

- We'd get one thing accomplished and then go sit down, stare into space, and eat a granola bar. Oh wait... Lots of people actually do this one...

Anything else?

(In actual important news, Djokovic just won Nadal's serve to go up 2-1 here in the third set. If he wins his serve here, it could be basically over.)

Djokovic wins first two sets

If you're missing this tennis match, it's unlike any I've seen between these two guys. Djokovic won on Nadal's serve to take a 5-2 lead in the second set, and then in the final game, Nadal watched the last three serves go right by him without taking a swing. Djokovic is one set away from his 15th major title and his 7th Australian Open championship.

I don't have a crush on Djokovic. You do.

Back to the topic of Djokovic being in great shape...

Look, I'm not saying Nadal has a belly. I mean, I have enough belly for me, you, these two tennis dudes, and Santa Claus, OK? But when you look at him, he has just the normal belly of a fit guy. You can see it in his shirt. He's a fit dude.

But Djokovic has like a NEGATIVE belly. His shirt goes IN. I almost want to share some of these donuts with the guy, cause I feel like he must just never eat. Yet he has the energy to just zip all over the place, Snoopy style. (Seriously, I think he's the first tennis player who could play against himself like Snoopy does in the Peanuts Thanksgiving special.) I called Djokovic a robot before. But maybe he's an alien?

Hey! Did you know it's like 4 in the morning here in Nashville?! Happy Blogathon!

Djokovic is a robot?

Imagine a Blogathon without Djokovic... I know, right? It's difficult!

And you'd think that, after a solid 10 years or so, we'd see him slowing down by now, maybe not making it to the finals so often. But here, he is in top form and looks as good as I've ever seen him. Now, I know enough to be aware that there are always twists and turns, as the person who starts hot usually hits a rough patch along the way, and we typically end up with pretty long and extremely competitive finals. But so far, Djokovic barely appears to be sweating, winning his serves with relative ease, while making Nadal work extremely hard for wins on his own serve. In his dominating first set win, Djokovic grabbed 20 of 21 service points.

Blogathon 2019: Limerick #3

Nadal is a colorful fellow.
Today he woke up and said, "Hello!
Now what shall I wear?" -
As he tied back his hair -
"Oh! A shirt, shoes, and racket of yellow!"

Five Songs for a Rolex 24 Playlist #2

1. All Girl Summer Fun Band - Car Trouble

2. Presidents of the United States of America - Mach 5

3. The Tigers - GeeTO Tiger

4. Everclear - Speed Racer

5. Dishwalla - Counting Blue Cars

Blogathon 2019: Limerick #2

We're nearly halfway through the race,
And though my car's not in 1st place,
LSU got a win,
I've got donuts again,
And now I know Earnhardt's birthplace!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

24 Hours of Daytona - 6 Hour Update

Uh...we are well past the 6 hour point of the race (8 1/2 hours in, as I write this), so...I am past due for the 1/4th mark update. At 6 hours, our overall top-3 were:

1) #31 Whelen Cadillac (Speedgeek - 6 points)
2) #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac (Mike - 4 points)
3) #6 Penske Acura (Speedgeek - 2 points)

The GTLM top-3:

1) #4 Corvette (Wedge - 3 points)
2) #62 Risi Ferrari (Mike - 2 points)
3) #911 Porsche (Mike - 1 point)

And the GTD top-3:

1) #33 Riley Mercedes AMG (Mike - 3 points)
2) #29 Montplast by Land Audi R8 (Speedgeek - 2 points)
3) #57 Caterpillar Mike Shank Acura NSX (Wedge - 1 point)

And, for the sake of the pick-'em game, we're ignoring the LMP2 cars.

After the first 6 hours, our point totals:

Mike - 10 points
Speedgeek - 10 points
Wedge - 4 points

We'll be back with more updates in a bit!

GBS at the Movies - 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story

Join us here for all the fun! I've never seen this movie, and I know nothing about Dale Earnhardt.

Since LSU/Missouri went to overtime, I'm backing the movie up by 15 minutes. When this clock says 9:15, I'm pressing play... See you soon!


Here we go!


Well, first of all, YouTube bootlegger man spared no expense or pixels when illegally uploading this one!


I'm gonna assume that this movie is to race nerds what that awful 2000 Beach Boys TV movie was for Beach Boys nerds. Produced by Uncle Jessie or not, it was BAD.


It ain't enough not to wreck. Gotta have a car won't quit on you too.


"Grades don't matter on a race track, Daddy." - 34-year-old Barry Pepper


If we did shots for every time his dad has already said he wouldn't be a racer, this Blogathon would be over by now.


Hmmm... Super mean dad telling his son repeatedly that he will never amount to anything, further inspiring the son to prove him wrong and become the biggest star in his field... Wait! I think I accidentally put on that Beach Boys movie!


It feels like the years are going by so fast. Oh wait, it's cause they are! The dialogue in that last scene was like, "Hey." "Hey." "Got him to settle down?" "What about me? Do you need me?" One year later...


I like to think that JK Simmons improvised some of his lines here. He was like, "Hey, I know. What if I tell him right here that he'll never be a man, like I did in the last 13 scenes?" And the director was like, "Yeah! Perfect!"


The winner ain't the guy with the fastest car. It's just the one who refuses to lose. And if he has the fastest car, he can definitely refuse to lose. Cause his car will go really fast.


Son, they can't put it in you. And they can't take it out. I'm not gonna tell you what I think they're talking about in that scene.


Wait if the dad dies, who's gonna spread all this wisdom? Who's gonna tell him he's not a man?


"It's cause you got two families, Dale. You've got us, and you've got..." The other kid he had?? His mom?? "" Dammit. Almost had it.


OK, look. The first THIRD of this movie is baby and baby mama drama! Keep it in you pants, Dale!


How cool would it be if this whacky sidekick guy was actually Kramer instead?


"Who was that idiot in the 96 car?" Sips cheap can beer. Dale quietly sips different cheap can beer. How many awards did this movie win again??


SECOND PLACE IS JUST THE FIRST LOSER. He said it. In a movie full of cliches, they just said the biggest cliche of all time.


OK, I'm just gonna come out and ask it. How many calls do you think were placed to Matthew McConaughey to play this part before settling on Barry?


When he told his kid to drive around and come between him and the rail, he forgot to tell him he'd never be a man!


Somebody scan that QR code up there. I dare you.


Oh man! I knew I recognized this girl. She's the wife in The Santa Clause series, and she was in the recent Purge: Election Year movie.


We just skipped five years. And I don't even care.


Dude is Charles Manson in this Beach Boys movie, or what?


I know I'm being funny here, but I'm also kind of sad that they made this whole movie, and I feel like I'm learning nothing about this guy. I feel like he deserves an actual movie.


I like how he says "school." Skeey-ewl.


"Hey, I'm a musician."

"Really? Have you done anything I've heard before?"

"Yeah! I played all the little guitar licks after every scene in this Dale Earnhardt movie!"


I swear I just don't understand Hollywood. Why is it so hard for them to make decent movies based on true stories?

Barry Pepper in Saving Private Ryan: "Be not that far from me, for trouble is near; O my strength, haste Thee to help me."

Barry Pepper here: "Durr durr durr screwdriver."


Oh man, you know what this movie needs?? Three Doors Down! Oh good, there it is. Perfect.


Crappy movie, crappy movie, crappy movie, halfway decent final scene! Makes sense. Of course, we'll follow it all up with some truly awful music, just to make sure you remember how pathetic this whole display really was.


Well, thanks to SpeedGeek for helping out here. Honestly, as bad as this movie was, it was still way better than every other Blogathon movie, unless Blue Chips was a Blogathon movie of course. I'm gonna actually go read the true story now. Also, YouTube just auto-played something else called "Dale the Movie," which seems much better.

2019 Blogathon Bad Sports Movie Beer

After a brief "Child Bedtime Delay", we are getting set up for our annual Blogathon Bad Sports Movie. This will be a treat. Also a treat: my Official Blogathon Bad Sports Movie Beer. Joining the ranks with a delectable Terrapin Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout from a couple years ago, we have...Shiner S'mores Ale:

So, crack open some S'mores, sit back and enjoy some cinematic excellence.

LSU Miraculously in Overtime Here

I've spent most of the last hour complaining about how poorly my LSU Tigers are playing in Missouri. However, in the last two minutes of the game, LSU cut out a 14-point deficit to send this game to overtime. I think we can take them now. I'm hoping to be in a good mood while suffering through an awful movie!

 Edit: There is Blogathon magic. LSU wins.

Dale Earnhardt vs. Barry Pepper

As we inch closer to this year's terrible sports movie (3: The Dale Earnhardt Story), let's take a look at some known facts in order to compare and contrast the movie's star and its subject.

Dale Earnhardt
Barry Pepper
North Carolina
Has won
76 races
0 Oscars
Typically moustachioed
Helped save Private Ryan

Tune in tonight at 9:00, and stream the movie with us on YouTube to have some fun.

Curling is HEATNG UP!

As many of you (OK, like, both of you who are following us) may have noticed, we have incorporated professional curling into our pick-'em game this year. This is likely due to two items: 1) I took the game up about 10 months ago, and 2) Mike writes a mean curling song. Anyway, we've all selected three each from the teams that are participating in this weekend's Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic Presented by The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen (seriously, this is the actual name) that's going on in Scottsdale, AZ this weekend. Right this minute, there's a titanic Group Round battle going on between Kirk Muyres's team from Saskatoon (Mike has them) vs. Karsten Sturmay's team from Edmonton. Into the second end, Sturmay is up 1 to 0, but Muyres has the hammer.

Curling fever! CATCH IT!

P.S. Also, the Chupacabra car is ON MY TV SCREEN RIGHT NOW, MIKE!!!

Blogathon 2019 Beer #1

Greetings to all from Blogathon West HQ. We're already into the second half of the first hour of the 24 Hours of Daytona, and it's already a cracking good race, with the Acuras chasing the lead Mazda out front, and the second Mazda and Action Express Caddys in hot pursuit. Our 2019 All Racing Fantasy Draft went off without a hitch this morning, in probable record time (125 minutes, first pick to the last), and NBCSN has already made a strong debut with their IMSA coverage with a fantastic graphic package that shows the top cars in every class, with gaps to the leader. It's good times here.

Meanwhile, Blogathon Beer #1 has been opened. Something a little tropical, as a tip of the hat to the good folks down in Florida this weekend...and a tip of the hat to our dude in KC, Tech N9ne:

We'll be checking in periodically here and there, as events dictate (and childless minutes allow). Enjoy!

Five Songs for a Rolex 24 Playlist

1. Gary Numan - Cars

2. Big Star - Back of a Car

3. The Beach Boys - Cherry Cherry Coupe

4. The Zatopeks - We Wanna Cruise Around With You

5. The Rip Chords - Hey Little Cobra

Blogathon 2019: Limerick #1

I know you've heard of Allmendinger.
But did you know he's a good singer?
Catch him at karaoke,
He does "Strokin'" and "Stroke Me"
And Whitesnake and Warrant and Winger!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Blogathon 2019: Pick 'Em Challenge

This is a new post to place the table in here.

Rolex 24
(6-4-2              Prototype
3-2-1               GTLM
classes)          GTD

5, 10, 55

911, 912, 62

86, 33, 71, 11, 9 

31, 6, 85

24, 3, 25

48, 29, 12, 44, 88

7, 77, 84

67, 66, 4

57, 63, 8, 96, 73

6-hour mark     Overall/P



12-hour mark   Overall/P



18-hour mark   Overall/P



24-hour mark   Overall/P
(double points) GTLM



time when Pruett says "hi to family at home" (5, 3, 1)

2:13 pm
4:00 PM EST (He's back!)
2:30pm as he gives the command



NFL Pro Bowl: NFC vs. AFC (5)


Touchdowns (5 minus # incorrect)  -- 4 total

Australian Open
Women's winner (5)


Men's winner (5)








PBC (1)

Booker/de Angel

Basketball (1)

Kansas State at Texas A&M
Texas at Georgia
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Marquette at Xavier
West Virginia at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Oklahoma
South Florida at East Carolina
Kansas at Kentucky
Arkansas at Texas Tech
LSU at Missouri
     LSU✓ LSU✓
Tulane at SMU
Syracuse at Virginia Tech
Arizona State at USC
Utah at California
Colorado at Stanford
Auburn at Mississippi State
Arizona at UCLA
Georgetown at St. John's
Rose Hulman at Transylvania (men)
Rose Hulman at Transylvania (women)
Marshall at USM
Spurs at Pelicans
Pacers at Grizzlies
Warriors at Celtics
76ers at Nuggets

Curling (1)

Quarters (1)  Semis (2)
Finals (3)  Win (5)
Yuta Matsumura (x)
Reid Carruthers (6)
Jason Gunnlaughson

Kirk Muyres 
Karsten Sturmay (1)
Rich Ruohonen

Jim Cotter
Fred Maxie
Jeremy Harty
Soccer/Futbol (1)

Cruz Azul/Tijuana
       TJ CA
Guingamp/Stade de Reims
Excelsior/De Graafschap
Dock Sud/Ituzaingó
D (T)
I (T)
I (T)
Crystal Palace/Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea/Sheffield Wednesday
Caykur Rizespor/Akhisar Belediyespor