Monday, February 06, 2006

Super Bowl ZZZ

Boring pre-game festivities, boring mershes, boring teams, boring storylines. Ordinarily I'd expect a last-second thriller of a game in the face of this listless monotony, but the football gods refused to comply. The big game truly lived up to its non-hype.

The only football-related excitement I had all day immediately preceded the coin toss, when I bet a friend $20 the Seahawks would receive the ball first. Total suckers bet. I mean, you knew Seattle was taking the ball, and you'd expect Pittsburgh to put their defense on the field first had they won the flip.

So I thought this was a heads-I-win, tails-you-lose proposition, and I was indeed correct. All told, I won $85 yesterday, but I paid out about $140 for box pools, so I'd call it a push.

Since there's really no post-game analysis or even a hint of Monday morning quarterbacking to perform, and because nobody cares about how much we ate and drank, here are three pretty cool weekend sports stories that probably nobody heard nor cared about:

Tiger Woods won the Dubai Desert Classic in the first playoff hole against Ernie Els. Why is this noteworthy if Tiger wins all the time? Well, this means Eldrick is now 2-0 on the young season, both victories coming in bonus cantos. What's most impressive is that he worked his way up to the top of the leaderboard in both tournaments, starting out fairly cold both weekends. Tiger must've seen his shadow, 'cause it looks like six more years of greatness. That's a lame joke.

Donnie Fiedler's Chelsea squad defeated my newly adopted Liverpool 2-0 at Stamford Bridge yesterday, in a game that probably blew the Super Bowl out of the water in terms of competitiveness and rough-housing. The win virtually guarantees Chelsea its second straight Premiership title, but there's still plenty to play for before the season's over. I've had a genuine soccer rebirth, and I suggest you folks do the same. Not only is it a great sport, but you can laugh at Peter Crouch's gargantuan size every time Liverpool plays (check out the picture in that article I linked to above).

And like the Manhattan's own Chelsea residents, the New York Rangers came from behind for a huge win this weekend. The Rangers rallied late to tie the Flyers at 3, eventually scoring the game-winning goal on a power play in overtime to take over first place in the Atlantic Division! Let me repeat: The Broadway Blueshirts have leapt into the top spot of their division for the first time in a decade.

Finally, it ain't sports, but here's another underreported story that mustn't under any circumstances fly below the weekend radar:

"Meet Michael Garibay. We're going to give the Orlando, Florida man the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was stoned out of his mind early this morning when he offered to sell cocaine to a prospective customer. Because the buyer Garibay, 34, targeted was a sheriff's deputy. Wearing his uniform. Seated in a marked patrol car.

According to a sheriff's report, Garibay parked his Ford Taurus directly behind Deputy Edward Johnson's vehicle around 1 AM. After exiting his car, Garibay began chatting up Johnson through the cruiser's window. Soon, he was asking the patrolman, 'Do you want to buy some cocaine?' Johnson, who thought Garibay was kidding, answered, 'Yes.' Garibay then took out a baggie containing "several pieces of white flat rock substances" and asked the cop if he had money. Johnson exited the police car, seized the baggie, and arrested Garibay."

There's only one word for this guy's actions: Brilliant!

Slack Link of the Day: Couple more shots-a whiskey, and I'm goin' down to Minglewood. Pretty cool stuff -- computer in a bottle.

Slack Video of the Day: Why not? The famous Wardrobe Malfunction.

Slack Song of the Day: In the history of the SSOTD, I'm not sure I've posted anything by the Jazz Mandolin Project, a group I saw probably five times from 1998-2002. Since then, nada. Does these guys even still tour? I don't think so -- their tour dates page just has a bunch of Jamie Masefield appearances.

In any event, let's start off the week with a little mando-bass-drums action: Here's Flux, Good n Plenty, and Barber's Hunt from 6/9/98 at New York City's JazzFest.


At 10:56 AM, Blogger Trix said...

I'm surprised you didn't mention how f'ing awful the Stones sounded as well. BO-RING.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

when did the bush administration take over nfl officiating? that was terrible. why can't they just have that incredible hunk of mansteel ed hock-u-lee do the game?

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I was pretty pissed when I heard the Stones would be playing the halftime show. Has the NFL ever heard of Motown? Sure they caved and invited some darkies to do the pre-game show and the anthem, but how fucked up is that? They put the game in Detroit and then invited 60-year-old Brits to rock out with their Viagra cocks out.

The officials did indeed blow goats (we all have proof), but I think the game was too boring to even care about that.

The only real excitement all day came when a friend of ours broke into a tirade about how bad he thinks Lost is (he's just not correct), screaming "You're so full of yourself" while deriding the show's fans in the room.

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Scotty B said...

Ironically enough for the first time in over a year some news from Jazz Mandolin Project (via Glide)

Jazz Mandolin Project To Interpret Leo Tolstoy
Monday, February 06, 2006

The name itself, “The Jazz Mandolin Project” suggests an ongoing experiment, and so it is that Masefield steers his group away from the concert stage and moves it in front of a movie screen to shed light on classic literature and the ethics of Leo Tolstoy, who has often received the title as ‘the greatest storyteller in modern history” (1828-1910). Unlike anything Masefield has done before, the quartet now undertakes the challenge of performing live, an original soundtrack score to a Russian story written 120 years ago,,,, but with a modern American treatment. Tolstoy’s tale is of a man spurred on by the Devil to acquire more and more land, who ends up dying of exhaustion in distant lands from pure greed. The story takes on a modern context by the inclusion of video footage of American lifestyles and landscapes, edited to follow the storyline. While traversing the US on tour throughout 2005, Masefield collected relevant footage with a handheld video camera that also gives a realistic keyhole view to the bumpy, fast life of a traveling musician. With a BA from UVM in Geography and Environmental Studies, he found the interpretation of this story ideal for his various interests. Many of Tolstoy’s short stories were designed to provide an entertaining way to examine universal ethical issues. This one reflects upon man’s exploitation of the environment for profit, which is as relevant today in the US as it was then, in Russia. James Joyce said, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” is the greatest story the world of literature knows”.

Masefield will be joined by Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou on flugelhorn and keyboards from Cincinnati, Michael O’Brien on upright bass from Minneapolis and Sean Dixon on drums from New York City, all of whom have toured extensively with Masefield. The Jazz Mandolin Project started at a volunteer run coffee house called The Last Elm Café in Burlington in 1993. Since then it has toured relentlessly for eleven years performing for college students and jazz enthusiasts at many of the most prestigious festivals on the continent including Bonoroo, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, Atlanta’s Midtown Music Fest and Summerfest in Milwaukee. The group has also performed in Holland, Finland, Japan and Canada. JMP has released 6 CD’s to critical acclaim including Xenoblast (2000) on Blue Note Records. It’s most recent, “The Deep Forbidden Lake,” (2005) was a surprising acoustic collection of Masefield’s favorite cover tunes which was recorded with jazz luminaries Gil Goldstein (2004 Grammy winner) and Greg Cohen (longtime bassist for Tom Waits).

This performance takes a significant departure from past efforts. Not only does it mark the first long piece of program music for Masefield as a composer, but also by including literature and film, he tackles the challenge of working in multiple mediums not to mention the gravity of interpreting Tolstoy’s works.

Both performances will take place at the FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT on

Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 8 PM

Sunday, April 9, 2006 at 7 PM

To order tickets and for more information, please visit

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Thanks for the heads up, Scotty! Sounds like some cool shit from the Masefield camp...


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