Monday, October 03, 2005

Behold: Another Little Box

We added a new noun and verb to our technological vernacular yesterday: Slingbox and slingbox (approved endings: -ed, -ing).

Simply put, the Slingbox redirects "the TV signal from your cable box, satellite receiver, or digital video recorder (DVR) to your computer or laptop of choice, no matter your location — so long as you have a high-speed Internet connection."

In other words, as long as this little box is sitting on top of your cable box with the right cords in the right slots, you can watch your city's local news from the Federated States of Micronesia, or you can let a friend tap into your television in your bedroom while you watch something else in the living room.

Put another way, this new gadget may be the greatest invention of all time. It has the potential to completely revolutionize life on the road for the traveling salesman or the lonely businessman in a Motel 6 or even the dude on vacation. But for us die-hard sports fans looking for more and more action, this is the boss box.

Here was our set-up yesterday: As few as six and as many as eight of us sat in Snacks' apartment with the television tuned into the local game of the week, while we had the Slingbox picture up on his giant laptop screen. Thankfully, we slingboxed from Mikey Romack's second television, and Romack has the NFL Direct Ticket, so we had access to every game on television. Then we had [my new roommate] Dorsey Levin with his own laptop keeping an eye on the NFL Gamecasts, informing us when to slingbox to a different game. San Diego's in the red zone, switch. The Bengals just recovered a fumble, switch. Who's in the red zone? Nobody? Well, who's closest? The Colts? Switch!

Eventually we set up another Slingbox telecast on Levin's computer from Geoff's television, this one showing the Yankums v. Sawx game. That, however, may or may not have crashed Levin's computer, which has failed to recover from the mishap. Hewlett-Packard's autopsy technicians and tech supporters are going to have to take a look and determine the cause of death.

Between all of the aforementioned television and computer activity, fantasy football league pages up on both laptops, bagels and schmear and cannibuds being consumed at too high at rate, it was quite a disgusting Sunday of fatness and laziness coming together with new technology for a glimpse of the future. I like what I see. Look into these Slingboxes, they may change your life.

Here are a couple miscellaneous notes from the weekend:

--This just in: my Jets suck. They're terrible. And they most likely won't go to the Super Bowl this year, as I foolishly predicted. I under-estimated Chad Sexington's arm problems and the loss of new Raider rushing force LaMont Jordan (the latter of which I knew would hurt badly but desperately tried to block out).

Only, as I see it, the real and most glaring problem lies strictly with the quarterback position. If we could get somebody to step behind center and deliver the ball to the receivers, who are open much of the time, then we're back in business. That would take an extra defender or two out of the box and open up the rushing lanes and also sustain more drives to give our top-five defense more rest. Brooks isn't the answer, Vinny's not the guy...looks like it's a lost season until Jew Fiedler returns.

--The Jets should have had two defensive touchdowns yesterday. One was called back due to offsetting penalties, on the other Victor Hobsen got caught at the one-yard-line. Not only would that have been enough to win the game, I would have easily won my fantasy football match-up and move to 4-0. Instead, I'll have to wait and see whether John Kasay puts up 16 points tonight. Es posible.

--Eli Manning is playing like a man possessed, and Giants fans couldn't be happier. But let's caaaalm doooown with the Eli is better than Peyton arguments, which have been popping up all over the Internets. Let's get this straight: Eli is better than his big brother at one thing and one thing only, and that's looking like he has Down Syndrome. And in that intangible category, it's not even close. Also, if Eli actually led Plaxico and his other receivers instead of throwing behind them, he'd have double the touchdown tosses.

--From Noonan's Electric Commentary blog, here's a great clip of the Chad Johnson Lord of the Dance endzone celebration last week. If he did this once this week I'd be in much better shape.

--Donnie's future mother-in-law threw a solid gathering in honor of her daughter and Donnie's recent engagement on Saturday, and fun was had by all (maybe a little too much fun for Bart Starbux). Having been there from 12:45 until the party ended after 9, and being so tired from the move and pretty sick, I walked in just after 11 and decided not to go out. I took an Advil Cold and Sinus and turned on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

I didn't think it was particularly funny; some parts of some skits were, but overall, not entirely funny. Two things struck me as awesome, though. The first was new cast member Bill Hader's dead-on Al Pacino impession. I'm telling you, if you haven't seen the weekend's episode, TiVo future SNLs just for this guy's impressions. I've never been so impressed by a celeb impersonator.

The second was Kanye West's introductory we made his way out to the stage, he bumped into Mike Myers, and the two shared a comedy moment in the aftermath of Kanye's comments on the Katrina telethon. Good times.

--Speaking of Myers, the president today choo-choo-choosed Harriet Miers to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's Supreme Court vacancy. I can only see this as a victory for the Democrats, and I actually agree with Rush Limaugh on something -- he called it a "pick made from weakness."

This guy totally could have nominated some conservative d-bag that would have been confirmed by the Senate, but instead he tapped a woman who called herself a Democrat in the 1980s and gave money to the Democratic National Committee and Al Gore's 1988 campaign, as well as Clinton's campaign when he ran against Dubya's father. This has to be considered a victory for the left as of now...

On the other hand -- this article just hit the Internets (Miers Led Bid to Revisit Abortion Stance). Maybe the administration is willing to give up all the other issues she may be more liberal than the conservative movement would like in order to get her to the bench and let her lead the way in overturning Roe v. Wade. Hmmm....

--Lastly, the Yankees won the AL East this weekend. I'm not sure if you guys knew that. They started 11-19 and won the AL East. They were down four games to the first-place Sawx just a few short weeks ago. And they beat them for the division title. In Boston. In Fenway. Did you guys here this? Lovely day to be a Yankee fan.

Lately I haven't been having fun with the's been more of a case of relief than happiness when they win. But this season was different. Cano, Wang, Small, Chacon, say what you want about a $206 million payroll, but rooting for these four guys and the cast of regulars was actually fun this season. And we earned our eighth straight title. We earned it. What a season. More tomorrow in my baseball playoffs preview...


At 2:30 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

I, too, stayed in Saturday night and watched the season premiere of SNL. That impression by the new guy was the only thing that made me laugh throughout the whole show, and it was dead-on fantastic.

How about Horatio Sanz flubbing his way through the news? Usually I laugh at him when he fucks up, but he was beyond awful. Did he just learn how to read 2 weeks ago? I would have rather seen Tina Fey do it via satellite from her living room while nursing her newborn than watch some fatass blow punchline after punchline.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

The Pacino was so ridiculously amazing I had to include it in this post. And Horatio Sanz doing Aaron Neville was classic, that was also well done.

I didn't think Horatio on the news was that wasn't great, but I didn't have the same adverse reaction as you. Finesse Mitchell is not funny.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

I forgot about Horatio and the Aaron Neville thing....that was great. The Ray Romano impression was decent too.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger MDS said...

I don't know anything about this technology, but if it allows you to watch Sunday Ticket without giving a dime to DirecTV, it's not long for this world. DirecTV will have its lawyers and lobbyists on the policymakers like a pit bull on a poodle.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

No, DirecTV is still getting their money here...only one person can be tapped into the Slingbox at a time, so it's not like there was more than one user abusing the Direct Ticket package and pirating the games. We weren't doing anything shady, we were just using this guy's Slingbox while he wasn't.


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