Thursday Ramblings

How decent are outtakes? Nothing caps a good movie like some funny outtakes playing while the credits roll. Two flicks to recommend with some hysterical outtakes: The Cannonball Run and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. … Dear the m’fcker who hacked into my e-mail and sent out a message to everyone on my contact list offering cheap, generic viagra: FUCK OFF! … Three links for your reading enjoyment this Thursday: 1) A look at Japan’s oddest museums, including the best of Japanese advertising and even one full of parasite specimens; 2) A Time Magazine reporter offers a nice account of the Winter Olympics, including how the Vancouver edition was the drunkest Olympics of all time; and 3) Check out these cool pieces of art made from stuff on your desk. … It’s a big week down at the decent Rose Alley Ale House in downtown New Bedford. The popular pub is celebrating its first birthday with a range of events, including a March Madness-themed beer tournament, a wings-eating contest, and the release of a special calendar featuring the beautiful ladies of the Rose Alley. Swing by and check it out all weekend. … Happy 54th birthday to the current mayor of Sacramento, Calif. and former NBA All-Star guard Kevin Johnson. He was the seventh pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, a draft that featured Hall of Famers David Robinson (No. 1 to the Spurs) and Scottie Pippen (No. 5 to the Supersonics) and future Hall of Famer Reggie Miller (No. 11 to Indiana). The Celtics used the 22nd pick that year on a shooting guard from Northeastern — Reggie Lewis. … Happy 42nd birthday to porn star and weird fetish queen Susan Cummings. Did you know Cummings has appeared in more than 280 pornos and has 45EE boobs? I tried to find a link to one of her “movies” on ExtremeTube, but apparently, she’s too much for the Internet. Ont he other hand, if you’re into that sort of thing, ExtremeTube is pretty decent.

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Two big thumbs up for the Rose Alley Ale House’s Halloween Party last Friday. Two highlights: The two girls dressed as hookers making out with each other (and everyone around them), and the guy dressed like the Jagerbomb Dude walking around saying “I shower in that shit” while double-fisting Heinekens. Got a few minutes? Vote on CollegeHumor’s Halloween Costume contest. What a great display of creativity. I voted thumbs up for the two guys dressed up as Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam arcade machines. Good brainstorming for next year, too. … Could A-Rod sound any gayer than his remarks on the podium after last night’s win? … Those of you who are already sick of it getting dark at 4:30 should move to Arizona, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, the three spots in the U.S. that don’t set the clocks back. Why? Well Puerto Rico’s decision has to do with its latitude and longitude. Hawaii is already in its own time zone anyway and Arizona, well good question. Google doesn’t seem to know either. Guess just another reason why Arizona is a very decent state. … As if being Irish wasn’t awesome enough already, a new study finds that an Irish accent is the world’s sexiest. Past top holder, the weak French accent, fell all the way to fourth, behind Italian and Scottish. The study, which interviewed more than 5,000 chicks, also says that 60 percent of those chicks have banged someone just because of their accent. Decent. Sucks to be an American in this discussion though as the U.S. was just 10th on the list. … This week’s sign of the Apocalypse: Snuggie For Dogs. Yes, those gay Snuggie commercials are now advertising ones made especially for your little Muffy. Here’s the deal, dog-lovers, two Snuggies and two recordable dog tags for $14.95. Ouch. … Three links for your reading enjoyment this Thursday: 1) Bear mauls two terrorists hiding out in a Middle Eastern cave; 2) You knew this was coming on Halloween — A guy gets a DUI while wearing a breathalyzer costume; and 3) Meet the person being billed as the next Steve Irwin. … Two thumbs way up for Law Abiding Citizen. This week’s not-that-bold prediction: Gerard Butler is headed to superstardom in the next two years. … Happy 68th birthday to folk legend Art Garfunkel. Did you know that the less-successful half of “Simon and Garfunkel” is a bibliophile? Nothing bad, just maybe considered a reading addict. On his Web site, he shares a list of every book he’s read with over 1,000 entries. … Happy 32nd birthday to porn star Brittany Skye. What sets her apart from all the other decent ladies of porn? She ducked under the ropes in the final round of the 2003 U.S. Open, ran onto the putting green topless with “Golden Palace Casino” stenciled on her boobs and gave a flower to Jim Furyk. She spent two nights in jail and was fined for the incident. In true Thursday Ramblings fashion, here’s Skye in action.

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Happy 379th birthday to Boston! That’s right, on this day in 1630, the City of Boston was founded by Puritan colonists from England. So all you beantown people out there, grab a brewski and celebrate. …  Nothing like a opening-night scare to knock the “we’re awesome” out of the Patriots locker room. They know they can lose to anyone (even the Bills, probably not the Lions), anytime (Monday Night Football), anywhere (at the Razor). The NFL Network replayed the game a few times during the week and the worst performance I saw on film was Gary Guyton, who was forced into action when Jerod Mayo hurt his knee early in the game. The Bills O-Line had their way with Guyton, and it will be a point of interest to watch this weekend against the Jets’ Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold, guard Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones. … Phish‘s new album, Joy, is extremely decent. For once the critics agree, as Rolling Stone gave it four stars and dubbed it the band’s “best studio album.” For the record, the magazine feels Billy Breathes is No. 2. … Want to go to Las Vegas for free? All you have to do is win the Rose Alley Ale House’s Football Picks contest. Just head in anytime Wednesday-Sunday and enter your picks on their machines. The person with the most wins at the end of the year will win a trip to Sin City with airfare and a 3-night stay at the Bellagio. Weekly winners get $50 giftcards. … For the record, spell check wanted to change Bellagio in the previous note to fellacio. … Remember all the talk many years ago around Boston how Nomar was better than Derek Jeter and A-Rod? I don’t care how many home runs A-Rod has, I’d take Jeter over him in two seconds. He’s been a great leader and the face of the Yankees for years. I wore “Yankees suck, Jeter swallows” tee-shirts for years at Fenway but, but the two words I use these days to describe the Yankees captain? Awesome and respect. Nomar isn’t even worthy to be used in the same sentence as Jeter, by the way. … Decent Community Movie Reviews: District 9 (thumbs up), The Final Destination (thumbs down), The Goods (thumbs kinda up, thumbs kinda down). … Tedy Bruschi looks like a natural fit as a football analyst on ESPN. His work last week before and after the Steelers-Titans kickoff game was superb. Another feather in ESPN’s cap is new NFL analyst Adam Schefter, who has been outstanding so far since joining the network in August. He spent five years with the NFL Network and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. … Some decent advice for our readers: Don’t buy untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations on the Internet or Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick will send you a bill for hundreds of dollars, like I got earlier this week. … Cheers to David, who recently set the world record on Pac-Man. His last name is being withheld by video game officials pending verification, but reports are that David achieved a perfect score (eat every dot, every fruit and every ghost on all 256 levels without dying) in 3 hours, 41 minutes and 22 seconds. Not bad. … Happy 89th birthday to the National Football League, which was founded in 1920 in Canton, Ohio. What would Sundays be without the NFL? … Happy 35th birthday to new Celtic Rasheed Wallace. He and KG should make the Celtics a scary team come playoff time next year.

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Celebrate and shout, SouthCoast and beyond, because today is the start of the annual Portuguese Feast in New Bedford! More than 100,000 people attend the four-day celebration of Madeiran culture and heritage, which translates into thousands getting smashed on Madeira wine, grilling carne de espeto (pronounced kanda shpit) on a huge firepit and dancing to decent tunes. The Romantics headline this year’s Feast. The band is best known for the hit song “What I Like About You.” Decent Community will be there, we wouldn’t miss this decent celebration, so come by and say hello to the guys in the Community teeshirts. … A blogger in Minnesota made a good point in relation to the Erin Andrews video scandal that hit the Web last week. He thinks she set it up. After all, who irons naked and checks out their ass in front of a mirror? … What’s better than some good ole’ beirut? The Rose Alley Ale House is bringing beirut (pronounced bay-root) to New Bedford with an assist from USA Pub Pong. Aug. 11 is the date for the first beirut tourney at the Rose, located on Front Street. The fun starts at 9 p.m. with one of the owners saying he’s expecting somewhere around 20 teams to participate at either $10 or $20 fee per team. The winner will take home some cash. Check back at the bar’s Web site, www.drinkrosealley.com, soon for details and visit USA Pub Pong for official tournament rules. Depending on how successful it is, beirut could become a weekly event at the Ale House.  … Speaking of cups, happy 11th birthday to Massachusetts resident Steven Purugganan, the world record holder in sport stacking. Huh? Take 12 plastic cups and stack them 3-6-3, three on the bottom, six on top and top if off with three more. Sport stacking was originally made famous on the Tonight Show in the ’80s and Purugganan, who lives near Springfield in Longmeadow, can do it faster than anyone on the planet: 2.54 seconds. He’s been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as well as Time and ESPN The Magazine. … How many of you saw Species when it came out in 1995? Not many I bet considering it’s kind of a weak science fiction movie about an alien trapped in a hot lady’s body. But it’s worth another glace 14 years later. The cast is decent with Michael Madson and Forrest Whitiker, and Natasha Henstridge’s boobs are just all over the place. Funny thing about Henstridge: She provided the voice for a substitute teacher in one episode of South Park, and the credits list her as “the chick from Species.” … Happy 32nd birthday to actress Jaime Pressly. Did you know that Pressly, who posed naked in Playboy twice, passed on the flight that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 because she didn’t want to take such an early flight? … Happy 35th birthday to actress Hilary Swank, who won an Academy Award for playing a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.” Swank used to be married to actor Chad Lowe (younger brother of Rob Lowe who appeared in several episodes of the past season of 24) but they got divorced last year. She now bangs her agent.

Bats come alive as Isotopes improve to 2-0

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FAIRHAVEN — Dave Gagliardi had four of the Rose Alley Isotopes’ 17 hits Tuesday night as the bats came alive in a 12-5 victory over the Outlaws.

Gags, who was 0-for-4 to open the season Monday, added four RBIs and two runs scored to his day.

“That’s what we’re looking for out of him,” coach Jon Darling said of Gags. “We want him to hit, but more importantly, we want him to make pizza.”

The middle of the order provided the pop Tuesday. Three-Six hitters (Yim, Gags, Bilty and Gifford) were a combined 11-for-13 with 9 RBIs.

The Outlaws jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Topes (2-0) responded with four in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. Bilty’s 2-run single highlighted the four-run first.

The Topes, who were well represented at the Rose Alley Ale House after the game for beers and wings, will have a few days off before returning to action Tuesday, May 5, for a double-header (KMP at 6 p.m. and Wrecking Crew ay 7:30) at Cushman Park in Fairhaven.

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As previously reported, I’ve been playing video games for a long time. At the game Developers Conference going on right now in San Francisco, a company called OnLive is working on a service that streams video games right to your TV. In summary, play these new video games without going out and spending mad cash on a XBOX360 or Playstation 3. Sounds like a good idea. … Also out of the GDC, Nintendo is making a remake of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! Soon, people with a Wii will be able to play as Little Mac and beat up on Glass Joe, Piston Honda and Bald Bull again. Decent. … Ya, last week I said Arizona was weak and I will never pick them again. Then the Wildcats go out and win two games to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Shows what I know, albeit they beat Cleveland State to get this far … UConn is not winning this tournament. Although it leads the NCAA in the team that commits the least amount of fouls, it’s just a matter of time until teams attack their big 7-foot-4 center and sit him on the bench with foul trouble. See Greg Oden a few years ago for more on this strategy …  Happy birthday to a pair of hotties. Pirates of the Caribbean gal Keira Knightley turns 24 today while Playboy chick Sara Jean Underwood becomes the big 2-5. Also celebrating birthdays today: Sopranos’ Michael Imperoli (43), Martin Short (59) and Steven Tyler (61). …   I’d like to take a few  brief moments to give a thumbs up to Tubesteak and Helmet Head. Neither of these two brothers  in decency is a professional writer, yet their posts are well-written, clear and concise. Putting a sentence together, and stringing sentences together into a readable thought, is not easy, yet these two civilian bloggers do it with ease. A quick run through some of wordpress’ other offerings will show you just how solid these two are. … Speaking of Helmet Head, I love his Bored? series. I hope he’s working on a Bored? Get High and Watch Planet Earth in HD on the Discovery Channel piece … I heard a rumor that the star of the recent DC Short Jam: The Deceptive Rogue will be doing a celebrity appearance at the Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford Friday and Saturday night. … Chapter 6 of Decent Community’s They Don’t Make Movies Like They Used To: The Running Man, Under Siege and Spies Like Us.