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Weekend Update

This past weekend was quite an exciting one in the pop culture world! Sunday, specifically, blew up twitter in a variety of different ways. We had the Super Bowl (game, commercials, & half-time show), Groundhog Day, and the passing of beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. On top of that the KC area got a “lovely” sheeting of ice on Friday afternoon, leading to a variety of problems throughout the weekend.

So, in lieu of a more “educational” post, we’re going to start this first week of February with a weekend re-cap. You know, in case you live under a rock (and somehow have internet access) and missed this weekends happenings. So, here are ALL THE THINGS from this weekend:

  • Ice…everywhere. Beginning Friday afternoon Kansas City decided to reenact Atlanta’s slippery mishaps from last week. It all started out as a light drizzle, which no one expected to flash freeze on all surfaces. The roads went from wet to ice rink in a matter of minutes. Multiple crashes ensued, highways were closed, and stopping &/or turning became a crap shoot. To all of you brave souls who traveled anywhere on Friday afternoon, bravo on being around to read this blog! For many of us, we are still dealing with ice rink conditions on our driveways, sidewalks, and small/less traveled side streets. This problem is about to be exacerbated by the on coming boatload (technical terms, of course) of snow heading our way Tuesday. Yay!

  • Groundhog Day. I’m guessing about 90% of you know what goes on for Groundhog Day. In case you don’t, here is the gist: a groundhog in Pennsylvania emerges* from his den and does or does not see his shadow. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of Winter; no shadow, early Spring! This lovely rodent is named Punxsutawney Phil and the big celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, PA. This year, he saw his shadow. Six more weeks of Winter are heading our way, I suppose.

*Emerges, meaning taken from his den by strange men in coattails and top hats.*

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman. So sad. He was 46 and was found dead in his apartment with a syringe in his arm. The initial cause of death has been ruled a drug overdose. Because I am sometimes a terrible person, my second thought (after, of course, thinking it was so sad) was: “what about the Hunger Games movies?”. Seriously, I immediately felt terrible for thinking that (but really, what will they do?). My terrible-ness aside, this is a hollywood tragedy, as Hoffman was a great and respected actor. Yet another great has left the fold. Sad sad sad.

  • Super Bowl!

    • The Pre-Game: Was anyone else confused by the replay of an interview of Barack Obama by Bill O’Riley? It was a little upsetting considering I had been watching the festivities and happy/fun interviews with Bill Murray and Jamie Foxx just moments before. Not your greatest move Fox.

    • The Game: Well that was…interesting. I think the nation was pretty well split on who would win (Vegas polls were almost 50/50). Both teams had great year, each finishing 13 – 1 and generally destroying their competition either by a crazy good passing game (Denver) or a mean defensive line (Seattle/Legion of BOOM). Needless to say, the Legion of Boom was at the top of their game, stopping Denver almost every time. Seattle put the beat down on Denver, beating them 43 – 8. Some are saying Denver didn’t “show up”, but I disagree. I think Denver played a good game, maybe not their best, but they still played hard. Seattle was just that good; they clearly had the best game of their season. I’m happy for them, even if I was rooting for Denver, they earned that win fair and square.

    • Half-Time Show: Bruno Mars & The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Wow! That was one heck of a performance, and it’s always nice to see people clearly enjoying what they are doing. Was anyone surprised that Flea and Anthony Kiedis were shirtless? I really hope not. Those leggings, though, were a bit more surprising. Bruno Mars showed the world (or at least the millions watching) why he is so liked. He put on one heck of a show, starting with a mighty fine drum solo and then moving into “Locked out of Heaven”, “Treasure”, and a James Brown laced version of “Runaway Baby”. After a brief RHCP interlude (which was…special), Mars finished with “Just the Way You Are” and tugged the heartstrings by peppering in shoutouts from deployed service men/women. It was a good show.

    • The Commercials: These were a little “Meh” this year, eh? It seems as if everyone was going for the “touchy feely” styled commercial. Props to the creator of the first Doritos commercial…it was pretty good. I was pleased-ish with the M&M’s commercial with Boris the Blade (Rade Serbedzija). My overall favorites were 1) Jaguar’s commercial with British actors Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong. It was a decent commercial, but mostly I was just enjoying the view (I dig the Hiddles). 2) The pistachio commercial with the eagle in a suit and Stephen Colbert. 3) Chevy’s commercial with the bull…it made me giggle.

Well, now you should be pretty well caught up on the weekend’s big happenings. Go forth with that knowledge and do…something. I’m not entirely sure how  you could use that information, but at least you will be able to participate in any “water cooler” conversations today. Have a good week folks!

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Football, Football, Football.

WOOOOO!! GO SPORTS!

Are you all pumped for the SUPER BOWL on Sunday? I certainly hope so, as it should prove to be one heck of a game. Your friendly neighborhood blogging librarian is a BIG fan of football in general, and since my hopes and dreams for this season died the first week of the post season (Go Pack Go… & **Tomahawk Chop**), I’m being forced to pick a  team to root for, for football’s “biggest game”.

In an effort to help all of you local Chiefs fans (or fans of any other teams out there) pick a new team to temporarily root for, here is some handy dandy information about both teams:

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Home: Seattle, Washington

Coach: Pete Carroll

Notable Players:

  • Quarterback: Russell Wilson. 58.1% completion (25 of 43), QB ranking of 89.1%

  • Derrick Coleman: Running Back. First deaf offensive player in the NFL

  • Richard Sherman: Corner Back. Blasted San Francisco 49er’s Michael Crabtree during a post game interview. Legion of Boom (Seattle’s secondary)

Team Stats:

  • 13 wins – 3 loses

  • Averages

    • 26.1 pts/game (9th [in the league])

    • 339 yards/game (17th)

    • 202.2 passing yards/game (26th)

    • 136.8 rushing yards/game (4th)

DENVER BRONCOS

Home: Denver, Colorado

Coach: John Fox

Notable Players:

  • Quarterback: Peyton Manning. 72.2% completion (57 of 79), QB ranking of 107%

  • Matt Prater: Kicker. Holds NFL record for longest field goal (64 yards), set in December 2013.

  • Wes Welker: Wide Receiver. In the news for rough hit on Aqib Talib, leading to a grisly injury.

Team Stats:

  • 13 wins – 3 loses

  • Averages

    • 37.9 pts/game (1st)

    • 457.3 yards/game (1st)

    • 340.2 passing yards/game (1st)

    • 117.1 rushing yards/game (15th)

With that information in hand, choose wisely football fans! Join me (and millions of others) to watch the game on Sunday February, 2nd at 5:30 p.m. (central). If you don’t really enjoy the football, catch the half time show with Bruno Mars & the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Oh…and don’t forget the commercials! This year’s most anticipated commercials are: Doritos, Oikos (everyone wants to see this Full House reunion!), Bud Light, M&M’s, VW, Jaguar, and of course we all love to see the Budweiser clydesdales. Keep an eye out, and let me know what you think of them and any of the others on Facebook or Twitter!

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