Monday, December 31, 2012
Originally I had wanted to come up with anywhere from five to ten nominees and then have you, the readers, vote on which song deserves the title of "song of the year". But after some thought and deliberation I realized that there was only one possible choice.
Frank Ocean represents everything that is right in American in 2012. His album "Channel Orange", along with a beautifully sincere post from his tumblr page, represented the turning of a new leaf in the r&b genre. No longer should artists feel the need to hide who they really are in fear of alienating potential listeners. Ocean's honesty and sincerity (along with his angelic voice) is the exact reason for his immense new found fame. Frank is an open book, and his words created a masterpiece.
I for one am looking forward to whatever it is Frank brings to the table in 2013. Whether it's in the form of music, words or acting I'm sure it'll be great. Because when you can be honest to yourself, and the whole world, there's nothing left to hide and the end result will be you in your purest form.
Or do you not think so far ahead?
Teams: Wisconsin (8-5) vs No. 6 Stanford (11-2)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are at the forefront of one of the greatest rookie quarterback classes the NFL has ever seen. Both players have turned their teams’ misfortunes around en route to securing unforeseen playoff births for their respective franchises.
Now, one would think that the loss of such talented players would be detrimental to their alma maters down at the college level. Remarkably, however, that was not the case this season as both Stanford and Wisconsin have thrived, and ultimately earned the right to square off in the 2013 Rose Bowl. This is Stanford’s first Rose Bowl appearance since losing to Wisconsin back in 2000. Meanwhile, this is Wisconsin’s third straight trip to the Granddaddy of Them All, only this time around their hoping for a different outcome.
Stanford cruised through Pac 10 play, losing just one in-conference game, to Washington, as well as an October showdown versus Notre Dame that saw the Cardinal come up just a yard short of victory. Wisconsinon the other hand had some struggles in the Big 10, finishing up regular season play with an 8-5 record, included three overtime loses. The Badgers will become the first five-loss team to ever make the Rose Bowl, thanks largely impart to both Ohio State and Penn State’s postseason bans from prior infractions.
The big storyline heading into this game has more to do with the men on the sidelines than the men on the field. Former Wisconsin head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez is set to make his return to the gridiron, filling in as an interim coach for Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers this off-season to take the head coaching position over at Arkansas. Alvarez first came to Wisconsin in 1990 after serving as the defensive coordinator under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.
Alvarez coached the Badgers for 16 seasons and in that time won three Rose Bowl games. A victory on Tuesday would tie him with Ohio State legend Woody Hayes for the most Rose Bowl wins by a Big Ten coach.
Despite the aforementioned loss of Andrew Luck, Cardinal coach David Shaw has done an outstanding job of keeping the program at an elite level. Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov are the anchors of a stellar defensive unit, but it was a midseason decision to start Kevin Hogan at quarterback that really has this team firing on all cylinders. Hogan provides duel threat capabilities that keeps opposing defenses on their toes, and he’s done a great job at limiting his turnovers (3:1 TD to INT ratio on the year).
Both Stanford and Wisconsin rely heavily on their bread and butter, the running game. The Cardinal’s are led by Stepfan Taylor (1,442 rush yds, 12 rush TDs), while the Badgers offense goes through Doak Walker Award winner Montee Ball (1,730 rush yds, 21 rush TDs). Ball already owns the NCAA single season and career touchdown record with 39 and 82, respectively, and would like nothing more than to add to those totals in his last collegiate game. We know that both teams are going to try to establish the run early, but the outcome will be determined by which team can do a better job at stopping the rushing attack on defense.
Stanford ranks in the top 25 in the NCAA in both points allowed and total defense, and should have no trouble putting the breaks on the Badgers in Pasadena.
PREDICTION: Stanford 38, Wisconsin 20
Saturday, December 29, 2012
My fantasy football season and hopes of championship glory went up in flames last weekend after losing two big money championships in the late hours of Sunday afternoon, due to a Matt Forte ankle injury, and a last minute roster switch (flex'd BJGE instead of Sproles). It had been an incredible run (reached the finals in 4/5 leagues) and it was finally starting to look like all the hours of compulsive research, writing and watching would pay off. And although it technically did "pay off" (I made 2.5x my initial investment), those two specific title game loses made it hard for my to sleep at night. I had both trophies within reach and I let them slip away worse than Sty Stallone is the opening scene of Cliffhanger. Fantasy football can be cruel.
So with my fantasy season ending and the Giants doing their best Jets impersonation, football just doesn't have the same meaning to me heading into week 17. I know my situation is nothing like that of John Mayer and Taylor Swift, but I can't help but feel like only half of my heart feels invested in the rest of the NFL season. It's weird because obviously I'm still going to watching the games, but that vested interest I held so dear all season long has gone away. No more checking my iPhone for updates 200x on Sunday, no more snarky texts to league-mates, no more sweating out the Sunday and Monday night games. Nope, from here on out it's strictly entertainment for me.
The way football was intended to be.
2 Man Weave Anti-Lock Of The Week (10-6) Seattle -10.5 vs the Rams
The Seahawks are on god damn fire right now. They're averaging more than 50 points in their last three games and are look as close to unbeatable as we've seen a team play all season. They've beaten the Packers, Niners, Bears and Patriots and are undefeated at home this season. I know I made a case for Alfred Morris to be ROY last week, but now it's not even a question. If Russell Wilson doesn't win it's going to be a travesty. Don't be surprised if St. Louis gets shut out this weekend.
And now, the picks!
The King's Throne
Muggsey 117-114-5 Buff- 3.5, N.E. -10, Bal +2.5, Indy +6.5, Tenn -4, NYG -7.5, Wash -3, Det +3, G.B. -3, N.O. -5, Den -16, Ari +16.5, Sea -10.5
Watch The Throne
Gary 116-115-5 fell off the face of the Earth
Chooch 115-116-5 NYJ +3.5, N.E. -10, Bal +2.5, Hou -6.5, Tenn -4, NYG _7.5, Wash -3, Chi -3, Minn +3, N.O. -5, Den -16, S.F. -16.5, Sea -10.5
Flem 113-118-5 NYJ +3.5, N.E. -10, Bal +2.5, Indy +6.5, Tenn -4, Philly +7.5, Wash -3, Chi -3, G.B. -3, N.O. -5, Den -16, S.F. -16.5, St. Lou +10.5
Danye 105-126-5 Buff -3.5, Mia +10, Cin -2.5, Hou -6.5, Tenn -4, NYG -7.5, Dal +3, Det +3, G.B. -3, Car +5, Den -16, Ari +16.5, Sea -10.5
Obscure Gif Of The Week / Bike Meet Car
Babe of the Week / Leighton Meester
Random YouTube Video Of The Week That Has Nothing To Do With Football / Lady Picks Ass And Eats It
Gametime Snack Of The Week / Firecrackers!
Chief Keef "Locked 'N Loaded" Fantasy Player To Watch For
"First off I just wanna say shit's been real fun givin y'all advice dis fall. If you listened, you prolly got yo bread right, and if you didn't, you a ho. Anyways I fucked up last week and got caught with the burner on the corner of Lennox and 82nd. Dis young cat sold my boy Tito some bunk E and you know we's wasn't gonna eat that loss. Had to get some payback so Tito roughed him up with the back end of the pistol and we dipped. Thought aything was gravy til 5-0 rolled up on us and searched the whip. Got caught violating my probation with the niner so your boy may be going away for a lil bit. That's that shit I don't like."
Thursday, December 27, 2012
If there's two things the 2 Man Weave loves it's Dazed and Confused and Mac Lethal, so it should go without saying that this is probably the greatest video we've ever posted on this site.
The Top 5 NFL Fantasy Players, As Compared To Cast Members From Beverly Hills 90210 -Dan Chiavetta (9/4/12)
2012 NFL Mega-Preview -Dan Chiavetta (9/7/12)
The Pros And Cons Of "Going Greek" -Dan Chiavetta (9/12/12)
Toss Up! Which Tattoo Sucks More- Ri Ri Or Breezy? -Dan Chiavetta (9/14/12)
This Is What Happens When You Come In Last In The 2 Man Weave Pick 'Em Pool -Dan Chiavetta (9/20/12)
No Trace- The 2 Man Weave Interview -Dan Chiavetta (9/26/12)
The Revenge Of The Irish- It's Your Week 5 College Football Talk With Chooch -Michael Cianciuli (9/27/12)
Everyone Loses In Musical Quarterbacks -Dan Chiavetta (10/9/12)
"Legends Never Die", An Interview With Filmmaker John Tessitore -Dan Chiavetta (10/12/12)
The Seminoles Squander Another Shot At Supremacy- It's Your Week 7 College Football Talk With Chooch -Michael Cianciuli
Carl's Balls May Or May Not Have Dropped, And Other Observations From The Season 3 Premiere Of "The Walking Dead" -Nick Migliorino (10/16/12)
#DepressingSitcoms Challenge -Dan Chiavetta (10/18/12)
Drunks On A Train- It's Your Week 8 NFL Picks -Dan Chiavetta (10/25/12)
Migg's Top 5 Movie Characters To Drink With -Nick Migliorino (10/26/12)
London Calling -Dan Chiavetta (11/1/12)
Week 10 NFL Picks, Cortaca Edition -Dan Chiavetta (11/8/12)
New Study Finds That Sex And Booze Bring People More Happiness Than Religion -Dan Chiavetta (11/20/12)
Allow Me To Introduce You To "The Lovernor"- It's Your Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6 Recap With Miggs -Nick Migliorino (11/23/12)
Chris Brown Deletes His Twitter Account After Telling Female Comic He Wants To Fart On Her Face While She Gives Him Top -Dan Chiavetta (11/26/12)
I Asked A 2x Super Bowl Champion About Spy Gate -Dan Chiavetta (11/29/12)
A Jet Fan's Open Letter To Bart Scott -Nick Migliorino (11/30/12)
Bacon Wonders What Would Ever Possess A Man To Drink Decaf Coffee - Adam "Bacon" Herbert (12/3/12)
Dem Sanchize Boyz -Dan Chiavetta (12/6/12)
Why The Eagles Suck (Week 14 NFL Picks) -Dan Chiavetta (12/6/12)
A Slice You Should Know- Artichoke Pizza Edition -Dan Chiavetta (12/7/12)
Week 15 NFL Picks (12/12/12 Concert Edition) -Dan Chiavetta (12/14/12)
AFC East's 2012 Breakout Players -Dan Chiavetta (12/20/12)
Week 16 NFL Picks -Dan Chiavetta (12/21/12)
The Best Of The 2 Man Weave, 2012 part 1 (January-April) -2MW Staff (12/24/12)
The Best Of The 2 Man Weave, 2012 part 2 (May-August) -2MW Staff (12/26/12)
Previously on "Best Of" the 2 man weave
Here's to a healthy and safe 2013!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
#LiveTweetingGraduation -Dan Chiavetta (5/16/12)
In Case You Needed Another Reason To Feel Old... "The Marshall Mathers" LP Came Out 12 Years Ago Today -Dan Chiavetta (5/23/12)
Uncle Jesse Would So Cream Himself Over This Summer's New Music Releases -Dan Chiavetta (5/23/12)
Advice For The Recent College Grad- Gettin' Miggy Wit It, Vol. 3 -Nick Migliorino (5/30/12)
Syracuse Teens After Dine And Dash Because They Locked Their Keys In The Car (Shoutout to Soren Bowie from Cracked.com for the traffic!) -Dan Chiavetta (5/30/12)
A Canadians Take On The Severed Foot That Was Sent To The Conservative Party Headquarters -Dan Chiavetta/Dan Carret (5/31/12)
"The Wire" The Musical -Dan Chiavetta (6/5/12)
Questions Remain Unanswered As "The Killing" Nears It's Conclusion -Dan Chiavetta (6/11/12)
The First Kevin -Dan Chiavetta (6/12/12)
Toss Up! Which NBA Star Has The More Embarrassing YouTube Video? -Dan Chiavetta (6/19/12)
So My Ex Wrote Happy Birthday To Me On Facebook- Gettin' Miggy Wit It, Vol. 4 -Nick Migliorino (6/22/12)
It Took More Than The Big Three For LeBron To Get Number One -John Fontanelli (6/22/12)
2012 NBA Mock Draft, 2 Man Weave Style -Dan Chiavetta (6/25/12)
MLB Midseason Recap -Joe Palazzo (6/27/12)
This Week In Horrific Bleacher Report Reporting- James Harden For Brad Beal Edition -Dan Chiavetta (6/28/12)
A Slice You Should Know- 2 Bro's Edition -Dan Chiavetta (6/28/12)
The Jeremy Lin Conundrum -Dan Chiavetta (7/16/12)
Save Your Money, Don't See "Savages" -Dan Chiavetta (7/18/12)
The Knicks Are Prehistoric -Dan Chiavetta (7/19/12)
A Comedian You Should Know- Louis C.K. -Nick Migliorino (7/26/12)
It's Hard To Rise With Disappointment In Your Heart -Nick Migliorino (7/31/12)
Delaware Doctor In Hot Water After Water Boarding His 11 Year Old Daughter -Adam "Bacon" Herbert (8/9/12)
Bill Plaschke Highly Recommends Making Andrew Luck Your Backup Fantasy Quarterback This Season -Dan Chiavetta (8/20/12)
5 Running Back Sleepers To Keep An Eye On -Dan Chiavetta (8/20/12)
R.I.P. Tyrell Thompson -Dan Chiavetta (8/23/12)
The Emergence Of Russell Wilson -Pete Walsh (8/28/12)
7 BOLDER Predictions For The 2012 NFL Season -Dan Chiavetta (8/31/12)
Chooch's College Football Mega-Preview -Mike Cianciulli (8/31/12)
Be sure to check back later in the week for the best of September-December (Thursday)
Previously on "Best Of" the 2 man weave
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Here's Joe Rogan talking about the connection between Christmas and the amanita muscaria mushroom. Even if you think its nonsense, it's still undeniably interesting and worth a listen.
Hope you got that new (insert whatever this year's "it" toy is here) you wanted!
[images via reddit]
Monday, December 24, 2012
Checking In On The 2 Man Weave's Preseason NFL Predictions -Dan Chiavetta (1/3/12)
The Leader Of The (Rap) Pack- Dan Chiavetta (1/5/12)
Am I Finn From Glee? -Dan Chiavetta (1/5/12)
@iDisrespectHoez, A Tweep You Should Follow -Dan Chiavetta (1/12/12)
They Might Be Giants -Dan Chiavetta (1/16/12)
Things I Would Rather Do Than Go See The New Tom Hanks 9/11 Scavenger Hunt Movie -Dan Chiavetta (1/20/12)
Dolan Pulled The Trigger, And It Backfired -Dan Chiavetta (1/25/12)
Zach Strawn Takes You Into "The Grey" -Zach Strawn (1/27/12)
The Chosen One -Dan Chiavetta (2/3/12)
Bo Shines On "Nerds", An Ode To The Outcast -Dan Chiavetta (2/8/12)
I've Officially Declared February 6th As "Lindependence Day" -Dan Chiavetta (2/9/12)
AMC Pulls The Old "Bait And Switch" After Last Night's Walking Dead Premiere -Dan Chiavetta (2/13/12)
Debunking The Tebow/Lin Comparisons -Dan Chiavetta (2/16/12)
This Week In Horrific Bleacher Report Reporting -Dan Chiavetta (2/21/12)
It's The Final Countdown!!! To Crown The Best Sports Movie Ever -Nick Migliorino (2/22/12)
Girl Tak With EB- Ex Files -Elyse Bogacz (2/22/12)
Pete Walsh's Hip-Hop State Of The Union Address -Dan Chiavetta/Pete Walsh (2/29/12)
The Dunk Heard Round The County Center -Dan Chiavetta (3/2/12)
2012 MLB Power Rankings (Part 3) -Joe Palazzo (3/2/12)
An Objective Look At KONY 2012 (pre-fap incident) -Dan Chiavetta (3/7/12)
Black Face Prank A Black Eye For MTV -Dan Chiavetta (3/8/12)
With The Virus Working In Mysterious Ways, "The Walking Dead" Title Takes On A New Meaning -Dan Chiavetta (3/14/12)
Tebow Deal Makes Dollars And Sense For The Jets -Dan Chiavetta (3/21/12)
Train Etiquette 101 -Dan Chiavetta (3/22/12)
You May Only Live Once, By YOLO Should Have Died Yesterday -Blake Andrews (3/27/12)
Blinded By The Light: Who's Really To Blame For Tebowmania? -John Fontanelli (4/3/12)
The 2 Man Weave April State Of The Union Address -Dan Chiavetta (4/6/12)
M.C. Longshot- The 2 Man Weave Interview -Dan Chiavetta (4/17/12)
2012 NFL Mock Draft -Nick D'Apice (4/24/12)
Help! My Friend Is Trying To Get "Wifed Up" Just To Fit In- Gettin' Miggy Wit It, Vol. 2 -Nick Migliorino (4/25/12)
To Tank Or Not To Tank? That Is The Question -Dan Chiavetta (4/25/12)
NFL Draft Lament -Mike Cianciulli (4/26/12)
NBA End Of Season Mega Column (part one and two) -Dan Chiavetta (4/27/12)
Be sure to check back later in the week for the best of May-August (Wednesday) and September-December (Thursday).
Merry Christmas and thanks for your continued support of the 2MW!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Heading out to the Barclay Center tonight to see DMB and the Lumineers, talk about a nice way to kick off the holidays. Glad we're all around to see it!
Have a safe weekend
So the Real World Challenge: Battle of the Seasons wrapped up Wednesday, and as predicted, team San Diego won easily. It was a great season but the finale was painfully boring and failed to stir up any emotions in the viewers, not to mention the anticlimactic ending. I guess the producers didn't realize that watching people run up and down sand dunes in the desert wouldn't translate to good television. Oh well.
HOWEVER- it's still one of my favorite shows on TV and my dream in life is to compete on it someday.
/prays for another "fresh meat" season.
Anyways, I got to thinking and came up with a somewhat realistic idea that NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW. I would call it "Challenge Camp" (or another way more badass name that I'll think of when I'm not pressed for time) and basically you would round up a group of adult friends and for roughly $1,500 each you would get to go on vacation to a place where you would compete in Challenge-esq activities.
So you roll up with place with five teams of four (or four teams of five, haven't ironed out these details yet), and you compete in two days worth of easier challenges, followed by a full on all day final challenge to win the grand prize. You would get filmed throughout the entirety of your stay, everything from the challenge, to confessional talks, to nighttime drinking/coital.
At the end of the final challenge you would be both physically and emotionally drained, but the goal would be to experience what it's like to compete in one of these challenges PLUS get bragging rights over your friends. The weekends series of events would then be edited and presented to you as an hour long video that you can keep forever.
WHY ISN'T THIS POSSIBLE YET?!!!!!!
2 Man Weave Anti-Lock Of The Week (9-6) Foreskins -4.5 vs the bald Eagles
**UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT**
I know this would never happen because the QB bias in this country is off the charts (same reason Manti Te'o didn't win the Heisman and AP won't win the MVP award), but The Butler, Alfred Morris, is just as deserving as Andrew Luck/Russel Wilson/RGII to win Rookie of the Year. He's third in the league in rushing and has only failed to rush for 75 yards in a game TWICE! He has nine touchdowns and is going to finish up the year with over 1,500 yards! Not to knock any of the terrific, young, quarterbacks in anyway, but Morris at least deserves some credit for being the most consistent player on the NFC East's best team.
Regardless, Philly doesn't stand a chance.
And now, the picks!
The King's Throne
Muggsey 107-108-5 Atl -4, G.B. -13, Car -8.5, Mia -4.5, Pitt -4, N.E. -14.5, Indy -6, Dal -3, Wash -4.5, St. Lou +3, NYG -1.5, Hou -7.5, Den -13.5, Ari +5.5, Sea +1, S.D. +2.5
Watch The Throne
Gary 106-109-5 Atl -4, Tenn +13, Car -8.5, Mia -4.5, Cin +4, N.E. -14.5, Indy -6, N.O. +3, Wash -4.5, T.B. -3, Bal +1.5, Hou -7.5, Cle +13.5, Chi -5.5, Sea +1, NYJ -2.5
Flem 104-111-5 Atl -4, G.B. -13, Car -8.5, Buff +4.5, Pitt -4, N.E. -14.5, Indy -6, N.O. +3, Wash -4.5, T.B. -3, NYG -1.5, Min +7.5, Den -13.5, Chi -5.5, S.F. -1, NYJ -2.5
Chooch 103-112-5 Atl -4, G.B. -13, Car -8.5, Mia -4.5, Pitt -4, N.E. -14.5, Indy -6, Dal -3, Wash -4.5, St. Lou +3, Bal +1.5, Hou -7.5, Den -13.5, Chi -5.5, Sea +1, S.D. +2.5
Danye 95-120-5 Atl -4, G.B. -13, Car -8.5, Buff +4.5, Cin +4, N.E. -14.5, Indy -6, N.O. +3, Wash -4.5, T.B. -3, NYG -1.5, Min +7.5, Den -13.5, Chi -5.5, S.F. -1, S.D. +2.5
Obscure Gif Of The Week / SUPER DOG!
Babe of the Week / Favor Hamilton aka the ex US Olympian Turned Top Notch Vegas Escort
Random YouTube Video Of The Week That Has Nothing To Do With Football / How To Eat Corn In 10 Seconds
Gametime Snack Of The Week / Pizza Pinwheels
Chief Keef "Locked 'N Loaded" Fantasy Player To Watch For
Matt Forte, RB Bears
"Before I get to my pick I just want to take a second to talk about the big homie Deevo who we's had to bury this week. Dude was the best. We used to pick up a quarter of that white back when we’s in eighf grade, next thing you know- BOOM! done flipped it into a key. And don’t even get me started on him wit da ladies. Made Kool Moe Dee’s pussy game look like Tim Tebow. Prolly got like five-six kids we ain’t even know about. I never forget that time he hit Ms. Johnson, the social studies teacher, in the janitors closet and invited me for the trizzy. Got the mean Eifel tower sesh on an hour after we learned bout France. So yea, this weekend I’ma be pouring out a forty for my son, so Matt Forte it is."
Thursday, December 20, 2012
As a whole this hasn't been such a great season for the AFC East. Only the AFC West has a lower winning percentage league wide, and aside from the Patriots, no team in the division has had a fighters chance at making the playoffs since Thanksgiving.
Sure, the Jets weren't technically eliminated from playoff contention until they fumbled (and intercepted) away Monday night's game versus the Titans, but not one person with a pair of working eyes watched them play and thought to themselves "that right there is a playoff team". It would have been a colossal fluke due to a super-sized cupcake schedule, but they were eventually done in by their own ineptitude.
But just because the majority of the teams in this division faltered this fall, that doesn't mean that some of their players didn't have breakout seasons in their own right. Let's take a look at some players who burst onto the scene in the AFC East in 2012.
C.J. Spiller, RB Bills
For the second year in a row C.J. was able to showcase his talents due to a season ending injury to first string running back Fred Jackson. But the with the way he's filled in, don't count on happening a third year in a row next fall. The key to the Bills backfield belongs in Spiller's hands moving forward.
C.J. is currently 11th in the league in rushing with 1,047 yards on just 161 carries. That comes out to a ridiculous (and league best) 6.5 yards per carry. To put that figure into context, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is currently 4th in the league in rushing with 1,313 yards, 166 more yards than Spiller. Only it's taken him TWICE the amount of carries to reach that number. He's also averaging 9.5 yards per reception, and is second in the league behind only the immortal AP in rushes of 20+ yards with 11. Look for him to pad his stats in Buffalo's remaining two games versus the Dolphins and Jets and finish up the year with close to 1,700 totals yards and 10 touchdowns.
Not bad for a "backup".
Shonn Greene, RB Jets
It's hard to look back on the Jets season and not immediately get sucked back into the self inflicted Sanchez/Tebow drama, or the countless and creative ways they managed to lose games, but if you take a second and check out Shonn Greene's body of work you might even be, dare I say, impressed? Sure, the third year back out of Iowa would probably be better suited in a running back by committee situation (something they've just recently implemented with Bilal Powell), but that hasn't stopped him from being pretty effective in the opportunities he's gotten thus far. Green's on pace to set career highs in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, and should finish up somewhere in the 1,100 yard range.
Shonn bounced back nicely after a brutal start that saw him average just 2.85 YPC with just one touchdown in his first five games. Since then he's averaged a respectable 4.4 YPC with five touchdowns, including two games in which he cracked the century mark. It's painfully evident that New York must clean house this off season, but the more I see Shonn Greene run, the more I think he could be an excellent power back in a time share. Much in the way Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw complimented each other for years in the Giants backfield.
Devin McCourty, S Patriots
McCourty made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2010, but suffered from the dreaded sophomore slump a season ago. That continued into year three up until the Pats moved the third year defensive back from corner to safety after a mid-season deal for the highly talented, often troubled, Aqib Talib. Sure, management had enough faith left in him that they thought he would be good as the general of the secondary. But I don’t think anything thought he would be this good. New England is 6-1 since moving McCourty to safety, and in that time frame he has 35 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. This isn’t the first time that Bill Belichick has switched up a starter’s position midseason, but it just might be the most effective change he’s ever made.
Brian Hartline, WR Dolphins
After putting up a modest 500 to 600 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, it's finally starting to look more and more like Miami struck gold on the fourth rounder out of Ohio State. Hartline cemented his role as Ryan Tannehill's go-to guy early in the season, and has already eclipsed the highly coveted 1,000 receiving yard mark in just 14 games.
Brian's coming out party came in a week 4 loss to the Cardinals which saw him set the franchise record for most receiving yards in a game, finishing up the afternoon with 12 catches for 253 yards and a score. He became a coveted commodity in the fantasy football world, and has backed up his hot start nicely. Hartline is currently 16th in the league in targets and 14th in receiving yards, but most importantly, has played the lead role in "Forgetting Brandon Marshall" to perfection.
Stevan Ridley, RB Patriots
Despite coming down with a case of the fumbles in recent weeks, Stevan Ridley has been one of the most consistent backs in the league so far this season. The second year bruiser out of LSU has rushed for 1,105 yards (9th best) and 10 touchdowns (4th best), but most importantly has made New England’s offense two dimensional for the first time in nearly half a decade. Defenses are now forced to respect the run, which has opened up more one on one opportunities for Brady to exploit downfield. There’s no questioning the fact that Ridley is capable RB1, and look for him to cause headaches for AFC East opponents for the foreseeable future.
[via TD Daily]
Remember all those douchey phrases you used to think were cool three years ago like “smush”, “grenade” (pre-Bruno Mars), “beat the beat” and “yeaaahh budddddy”? Well at 11 o’clock eastern tonight the show responsible for introducing that garbage to your vocabulary and lowering your IQ no less than 30 points will have gone the way of Old Yeller. That’s right, tonight is the season 6(?) finale of The Jersey Shore, and this time around the execs over at MTV are promising to raise the white flag for good.
In its heyday (season 1 at the shore house and season 2’s coke binge in Miami) the show did unbelievable ratings and became such a staple of mainstream America that the cast almost immediately became more famous than many of the other artists MTV aired. They were ridiculous but lovable, and the fame hadn’t quite gone to their gelled up heads. Of course that all changed very quickly once the money started pouring in, and the eventually the characters became caricatures of themselves.
The Jersey Shore premiered on December 3rd, 2009, the same month that the Weave launched. In the early days of the site, when neither Pete or I had any idea what we were doing, I often turned to my new favorite show for blog material. So although I, like 99% of America, have grown to dislike this group of guidos, I’ll always remember the good times we shared.
Below you can find the 2 man weave's Jersey Shore archive from yesteryear-
Quick Thought On Episode 3 Jersey Shore (12/23/09)
From Now On You're Excluded From The Surf And Turd Night, The Ravioli Night, You're Excluded From Chicken Cutlet Night (1/5/10)
Five Ways To Improve Jersey Shore (1/6/12)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mac Lethal, the pancake flipping rapper who brought you Texts From Bennett, is back with a state of the union if you will. Using the iPhone app Everyday Looper, he lays down the background beat and does what he does best- rap really, really fast. But unlike some of his other songs, this one is actually, for lack of a better term, deep. Lethal calls out everyone from the Westboro Baptist Church, to homophobes, to the news people who interviewed 5 year old's in Newtown, CT "just thirty minutes after witnessing a killing". It's a refreshing take and an eye opening freestyle that we can all learn from if we just open our ears.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
So over the weekend Miggs and I made a little wager. I was confident that the Patriots would dominate the 49ers. He felt the complete opposite. So I laid four and a half points on the line and watched in horror as San Fran got off to an unprecedented 31-3 lead. Brady and the boys finally came alive towards the end of the third, and even tied it up with 6 minutes remaining. Unfortunately, a 62 yard return by LaMichael James on the ensuing kick-off lead to a Michael Crabtree touchdown, and just like that, my hopes and dreams of a juicy (free) footlong sub were washed away.
When asked how his Tuscan Chicken twelve inch tasted, Miggs replied "This sandwich tastes like one thing. Victory."
You smell that? That's the smell of eternal glory. And if you're still alive in fantasy, that means you're a week, or if your commissioner is a sociopath, two weeks away from bottling up that smell and shoving it right in all of your stupid friends' faces. But just because you've made it this far doesn't mean you can let up now. It's never too late to add value and depth to your roster, so take a trip over to TDdaily.com with the Wizard of Waiverly Place and get familiar with my "Win Week 16" column.
Monday, December 17, 2012
There's a not so small part of me that wishes his phone was a toaster.
Have an annoying "friend" taking up space on your newsfeed? Screen shot his or her status and send it my way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
h/t to meg for the pic
As you may or may not know, we here at the 2 Man Weave have become very fond of DJ Earworm's yearly mashups. He's been putting them together since 2007, and although 2009's is the only one with any staying power (IMO), it's still something to look forward to at the end of each musical year. This year's effort, titled "Shine Brighter", debuted over the weekend on Toronto's Virgin Radio 999, and was subsequently leaked via Soundcloud to United States listeners.
Here's a list of the songs featured in 2012's mashup-
This is the Sweet 16 song to end all Sweet 16 songs.
- "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
- "Diamonds" by Rihanna
- "Die Young" by Ke$ha
- "Gangnam Style" by PSY
- "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
- "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida
- "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
- "Home" by Phillip Phillips
- "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars
- "Lights" by Ellie Goulding
- "One More Night" by Maroon 5
- "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
- "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele
- "Some Nights" by fun.
- "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra
- "Starships" by Nicki Minaj
- "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson
- "Too Close" by Alex Clare
- "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
- "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
- "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction
- "Whistle" by Flo Rida
- "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry
- "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia
In light of the tragedy that took place last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, our friends over at That's What She Said Boston have set up a fundraiser to raise money for Sandy Hook Elementary's art program. Art can be an incredible way for children to express their feelings, and the survivors of this horrific event are going to need all the help and comfort they can get. Here's a little background on the fundraiser.
These kids are going to be scared to go back to school, and a child should NEVER be afraid of the place where they are supposed to be the safest. It's up to us as a community to reach out. It could have been OUR children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces. When it comes down to it, money isn't going to help these kids. It's HEALING that will. So let's drum a little something up to help the school begin that process. Let's start a fund for an after school art program that is going to help these kids express the emotions they are feeling and really begin the recovery process. It's not going to happen overnight, but we can absolutely make a difference. My Heart goes out to the families.
What We Need & What You Get
The goal is $2,700. That's a $100 for every victim in the shooting.
Donate whatever you can, every little bit matters. These kids are worth it.
Art is one of the most valuable outlets for emotion, relief, and healing.
Unfourtunately, it's also the first program that being cut in most elementary schools. Let's reverse that for these kids, they really need it. We don't want these children feeling like they are alone... and if they can't find the words to tell us how they feel, let them show us.
A child's artwork can be incredibly telling and I foresee this doing 3 things.
1. Giving kids an outlet to show us how they feel.
2. Allowing the kids to take their mind off it for a bit.
3. Alerting the right people which kids are having a more difficult time dealing with it, so they can get the help they need.
Other Ways You Can Help
There's always a million ways to help and show you care. Let's flood the school with support. Send letters, drawings, photos... anything you can to help them feel our support as a community.