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“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

- Theodore Roosevelt, "The Man in the Arena"

Mini rant.

The message of the Tebow Super Bowl ad doesn't bother me nearly as much as these factors:

1. Can anyone name a commercial allowed during such a venue expressing a strong, liberal opinion on such a controversial topic?

2. People praising Tim Tebow for "taking a stand". Oh, how brave that young man is! How courageous of him to express a view on what women should do with their bodies. Since he was in his mother's womb while she made such a difficult CHOICE young Mr. Tebow must know not only exactly what his mother went through but what all women go through when facing a situation where they must CHOOSE between their life and that of the fetus within them. Therefore, he is a hero to push to take away that choice from women. Or, at the very least, to make them villains should they make the "wrong" decision.

3. The clear and one-sided survivor bias put forth by allowing this ad and not others. (c/o of Slate.com)

4. Those millions of dollars could be so much better spent.

For those who aren't on Tumblr.

Eli Manning, high school baseball player a/k/a ridiculous upside.

what sports can mean.

The hero of the game last night.

Pierre Garcon, a Haitian American, had a lot on his mind this week with his birthplace in ruins and the health and safety of family and friends in question.

But he played like a man on a mission, as you can see in this moment when a pass intended for Garcon is intercepted by Ravens' Ed Reed only for this to happen:

Absolutely amazing. I'll never forget that moment and I can only hope that Garcon is able to hear more from his loved ones in Haiti during this upcoming week.

ETA: For anyone who wants to serve Garcon fanism and Haiti at the same time go to this website here to donate money.

This is the worst day of my life.

Robert Pattinson is going to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the fourth and fifth films.

brb ragetooning.

ETA: I was duped. The news is fake.

Not over this yet.

I've entered the stage of bafflement. No longer in denial, no longer angry. I just don't understand.

WRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY. Why does management hate nice things.


In which I am a raging, immature pervert.

I should not read sports articles when I'm loopy and taking cold medicine. But since I already have, I'm going to take a moment to describe how slashy the recent Peyton Manning SI cover story is.

First of all, the article starts off describing how Colts rookie receiver Austin Collie once attended the Manning Passing Academy and dreamed of being singled out by a Manning and having a ~moment~ together. Tossing back and forth a football. Discussing the NFL. Having a picnic under the stars. Unfortunately, he never had a meetcute with the Mannings and thought that would be the end of the dream.


"Collie and Manning, strangers at the Manning Passing Academy, have seen more of each other than they have of their wives. The football marriage is a big reason why the Colts head into their annual November showdown with the Patriots on Sunday a very surprising 8-0."

The Colts are doing so well because their QB and rookie receiver spend all their free time naked together, SI? Okay, I can buy that. Additionally, "Manning speeds the learning process for Collie by spending 75 to 90 minutes every Thursday after practice watching tape alone with the rookie." They have a date night.

However, Collie is not the only rookie who has a special relationship with Peyton that Sports Illustrated wants us to know about.

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Comment of the day

"Gammons is NOT in the Hall of Fame. That’s not a true statement, unless he buys a ticket and goes to visit and someone calls him on his cellphone and says 'Peter, where are you right now, at this very minute?” and he says “Right now, at this very minute, I am IN the Hall of Fame.'"

- TSJC at River Ave Blues
Remember when the Yankees won the World Series?

That was awesome.


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