Leonardo DiCaprio Wearing WVU Hat at World Cup Match July 7, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, Political, Sports, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: Fifa, horn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Music, soccer, Sports, vuvuzela, World Cup
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Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted wearing a WVU hat at a recent World Cup match. It looks like he’s blowing in to a vuvuzela or whatever those annoying things are that sound like bumblebees.
Honk if you nasty, Leo!
Can the World Cup PLEASE GET IT TOGETHER!?!?! June 27, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television.
Tags: 2010, England, Fifa, futbol, Germany, soccer, Sports, World Cup
This isn’t AYSO!!!!!!!! GET IT TOGETHER!
Today during the Germany vs. England World Cup match, England CLEARLY and legally scored a goal against Germany. However, apparently because the referee wasn’t looking, the point was not awarded to England. HE WASN’T LOOKING WHERE THE BALL WAS GOING!?
So because the officiator of the game just happened to be tying his shoe, checking Facebook, catching up with old friends, at the EXACT time someone was going to score, yet THE ENTIRE PLANET saw it go in, it doesn’t get awarded????
The rules state if you make a goal, you win a point. Every person on the planet knows that. If you don’t adhere to the rules, that’s cheating right? This ref should be fired.
Watch the absolutely ridiculous and absurd video below, and see for yourself:
My 2010 Wimbledon Predictions! June 22, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Television, tennis.
Tags: Andy Roddick, ESPN, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Wimbledon
Hey y’all! I can NOT believe that Wimbledon has already started! I feel like I was just at the U.S. Open the other day!
This post is coming hot off the heels of Roger Federer’s near-death defeat today at the hands of Alejandro Falla. Not sure how Falla didn’t pull that one off. Either way, here are my predictions that I’ve made after looking at the draw (before Roger played today).
5 Roddick vs. 2 Nadal
Champion: 2 Nadal
1 S. Williams vs. 2 V. Williams
Champion: 1 S. Williams
I’m wondering when the door is going to start closing for the Williams sisters when it comes to Wimbledon, but frankly, they are still major threats, and with Serena winning in Australia already this year, it would be stupid to bet against her. The only other person I could see making a run is Justine Henin, since this tournament is the whole reason she came out of retirement anyway.
After watching Roger today, I dare say I don’t see him getting as far as I thought. I had Roddick beating him in the semis, but I guess that will remain to be seen. Both men are somewhat iffy right now, so let’s hope they get to that round and make it a repeat of last year’s final.
I’ll be back after this fortnight with the results!
Click here for last year’s predictions. (Which I got 75% right!)
(PS I totally called Serena vs. Maria Sharapova back in 2004 before Maria had ever won a major, or was THAT talked about. I had Serena beating her, but I called it nonetheless!)
LOST Taking Break in February For Olympics, I Boycott The Olympics October 26, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, Political, Sports, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: ABC, Canada, ice skating, LOST, Olympics, Sports, Tonya Harding, Vancouver, Vancouver 2010
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I guess I should have thought of this before but maybe I just wanted to deny it.
LOST writer Carlton Cuse recently was at Harvard and apparently took the time to let everyone know that the show was going to be taking at least a 2 week break for the Olympics.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the Olympics (Tonya Harding say what?), but this is so annoying. We were promised an uninterrupted season, which is why this makes me so frustrated.
I guess the good news is that I will now have to watch stick thin little girls doing face plants in to the ice. That’s always exciting.
I hope someone else gets beaten in the shins with a lead pipe this year. Winter Olympics are just so boring without the cheating scandals and broken legs dreams caused by jealous athletes.
Justine Henin Coming Out of Retirement September 21, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Movies/Film, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis.
Tags: Belgium, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Sports, tennis, U.S. Open, Women's tennis, WTA
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Former world No.1 tennis player, and current world No. 1 most annoying person in the world, Justine Henin, will be announcing her return to professional tennis after dramatically, yet thankfully for everyone who watches tennis, announcing her abrupt retirement in May 2008.
Justine, who has been the center of many unsportsmanlike scenarios in her tennis career, and who has no personality to offer the game of tennis, will be boring us to death with her cranky, selfish, and what now seems like desperate attempts to win more majors.
We can only assume that Justine saw the success of fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters winning the U.S. Open, and used her win as a selfish means of motivation to get back in the game of tennis.
Frankly, Justine’s retirement was welcomed, not only by me, but most of the tennis world as well. As recently as May, Justine had said that a possible return to tennis in the future was “unthinkable.” We wish she would have stopped thinking and stayed retired!
We share Justine’s expression in the picture above, knowing that she’ll be in the draws of events in the future.
David Archuleta Sings At the U.S. Open! September 13, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Television, tennis.
Tags: Caroline Wozniacki, David Archuleta, Jive Records, Kim Clijsters, singing, Sports, tennis, U.S. Open
David Archuleta, the greatest singer in the history of music, sang “America the Beautiful” at the opening of the Women’s Final at the U.S. Open tonight.
Of course, it was the most beautiful rendition of the song that has ever been sung.
My Wimbledon 2009 Predictions June 22, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Andy Roddick, England, London, Novak Djokovic, predictions, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Venus Williams, Wimbledon, Wimbledon predictions
Every year my summer is consumed by the French Open and Wimbledon. And every grand slam of the year, I fill out a bracket (as most do with March Madness) to determine who I think will win each slam. Back in 2004 when Maria Sharapova was just an up and coming, I pitted her against Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, even when Sharapova was the No.13 seed. That was unheard of, but it came true! I had Serena winning, but Maria won convincingly to become the lowest seeded player to ever win Wimbledon. That stat was changed the very next year when Venus Williams was seeded No.14 and won.
I’ve filled out the entire draw sheet based on what I think will happen. I will update later with how many of the first round matches I got right (and the percentage) in hopes of keeping a record here on my blog for those of you who are tennis fans. I’ll say that I know the women’s game better and predict that my percentage of correct guesses will be much higher in that bracket. We’ll see!
So after a few tough decisions, a lot of consideration, and a lot of time and paper wasted, here are my predictions for the semifinals, finals, and champions of both the men and the women’s draws for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
Semifinal 1: (6) Roddick vs. (3) Murray
Semifinal 2: (4) Djokovic vs. (2) Federer
Final: (6) Roddick vs. (4) Djokovic
Champion: (6) Andy Roddick
Semifinal 1: (5) Kuznetsova vs. (3) V. Williams
Semifinal 2: (12) Bartoli vs. (2) S. Williams
Final: (3) V. Williams vs. (2) S. Williams (repeat of 02, 03, and 08 finals)
Champion: (2) Serena Williams
Roger Federer Makes Tennis History Twice June 7, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Fred Perry, French Open, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Roy Emerson, Sports, tennis
The picture should pretty much say it all. Today Roger Federer became only the 6th person in history to win all four Grand Slam major tennis tournaments, by beating Swede Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 to win the 2009 French Open. The other 5 being Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Don Budge, Rod Laver, and Andre Agassi. Not only did he make history in that category, but Federer also tied Pete Sampras’ record for winning the most Grand Slam major titles – at 14. One more for Federer and he will be the winningest Grand Slam champion in history.
For those that don’t follow, Federer has made the French Open final the last 3 years, losing to Rafael Nadal each time. A lot of people wondered if he could ever win this tournament, and when Nadal was beaten by Soderling early in the tournament, a lot of people thought this would be Federer’s year.
I woke up in time to watch most of the last set, and I am so excited and honored to be watching tennis history like this go down. After winning this tournament, it’s fair to say that Roger Federer will go down in history as the best tennis player that ever lived.
Here is a list of the majors that Roger Federer has won, which I pride myself in knowing without looking up!
2004 Australian Open
2004 U.S. Open
2005 U.S. Open
2006 Australian Open
2006 U.S. Open
2007 Australian Open
2007 U.S. Open
2008 U.S. Open
2009 French Open
Birthday Extravaganza! January 26, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Travel.
Tags: Augusten Burroughs, birthday, bowling, Bridgeport, City Lights, Cumberland, David Archuleta, Facebook, french food, Maryland, MySpace, Prevence Market, Sports, Twitter, West Virginia, White Oaks
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Heck yes! This weekend was definitely one of the best birthdays I have ever had. I think the main reason was because my birthday fell on a Saturday (the 24th) this year. Previous birthdays (including my 21st) included going to class, working, or going to bed early because I had a 9am class. That’s not a fun way to celebrate.
Friday night, C’Anna and her mom took me to this DELICIOUS restaurant in Bridgeport, West Virginia called Prevence Market. It was sooooo good! I got crab cake and vegetables. They each got me a few gifts including David Archuleta’s autograph and homemade chocolates!!! Do these people know me well or what!?
Saturday, the day of my birthday, I came home to Cumberland. I went to dinner with Lyndsay, Danny, Jackie, Brittney, Kim, and Kristin at City Lights in downtown Cumberland. I hadn’t eaten there in a while but it was yummmmy! Danny got me Power Rangers windows stickers, a new shirt, and a new hat! Jackie got me hand sanitizers (long story!), and Brittney got me balloons and a card! After dinner, we met up with Johnny and Rachel and went bowling at White Oaks. I thought that we would be able to bowl at 9:30, but it didn’t start until closer to 11. So, I spent an hour and a half and about $10 in quarters trying to win something in the damn claw machine. Johnny spent 1 quarter and won a bee stuffed animal and gave it to me! Yes!! Then, I used Lyndsay’s quarter and got myself that awesome Happy Birthday bear you see in the picture above! What an awesome gift to get! I was so excited! Rachel also met up with us after she got off work and got me an Augusten Burroughs book. I can’t wait to read it!
Sunday, I spent time with my family…who by default, don’t know when the camera is going to flash! But, I love them still the same. They had a birthday cake ready for me when I walked in on Sunday. My cousin Aurora was there which definitely made my birthday. She was so excited that it was my birthday so I asked her to help me blow my candles out. She happily obliged.
If you wrote me a message via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, text messages, or called, thank you so much! I really mean it. I read every single message and I am so lucky to have such amazing people surrounding me on my birthday. I couldn’t have been happier this weekend!