Saturday, February 12, 2011

Douchebag of the Week: Joe Lizura

Joe Lizura is not a household name, but he definitely deserves this week's award!

Lizura has been a staple in the San Diego media for many years, as a weatherman for a few local stations.  The guy has been around since I was a child, and seemingly hasn't aged over the last fifteen years.  He had it all:  A successful television career on the highest rated morning show in San Diego.  Then he decided to blow it, literally.

Lizura recently pleaded guilty to a lewd act, when he allegedly masturbated in a window of a Spanish television studio.  The incident was witnessed by a few young woman, including the one that identified him in a lineup.  The "victim" said that while she was waiting for a bus, she saw Lizura standing in a window, fully clothed, with his weatherstick firmly in hand.  The woman, who is in her 20's, said that Lizura was looking at her while going to town on himself.

When Lizura was questioned by the police, he told them that he was adjusting the blinds.  Hmm, that's a new name for it.

Lizura was initially charged with a felony of indecent exposure, but he plead guilty to a lesser charge, to avoid jail time.  He pays a $200 fine, and must attend counseling.

I really do not understand what the hell was going through this clown's head.  He has a very successful career, and seemed to be well-liked in this town.  Then you masturbate in a public window?  I mean we all do it, but couldn't you look at some porn, or just like that this alleged girl through the blinds?  It is one thing when your a random creep, but you are a public figure, and a pseudo-celebrity.

The funniest part of the story, are the idiots on the UT board actually defending this douche.  When you plead guilty, you admit wrongdoing.  If I'm accused of beating it in a window, and I didn't do it, I'm fighting the allegations all the way.  The dude is a creepy scumbag from whatever angle you look at it from.

Joe, the world may have you down on your luck, but you're the newest Douchebag of the Week!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brett Favre Vs. Aaron Rodgers

As the Green Bay Packers made their surprising run to a Super Bowl early this week, it seemed like you couldn't mention Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, without having Brett Favre brought up as well.  The media wanted to know if the two had spoken, if Favre had any advice for his adversary.  Then as Rodgers played the game of his life in the Super Bowl, everyone wanted to know if Favre called to congratulate him. 

Ever since Rodgers came into the league as the Packers number one draft pick(24th overall) in 2005.  The Packers selected Rodgers, in part because Favre had been contemplating retirement, and they felt they needed a heir to the cheesethrone.  It also helped that Rodgers was considered to be the top QB in the draft, and he fell all the way to 24th pick.

Prior to the 2008 season, the Pack decided to part ways with their future Hall-of-Famer, and let Rodgers have his chance to shine, and shine he did.  Rodgers put up over 4,000 yards in his first full season as a starter, and by his 3rd year as a starter, he led the Packers to a title.

Favre, led the Packers to his title in his 5th year, and both were 27 years old.  Rodgers has become the new golden boy in Wisconsin, taking that title away from Favre.  Some Packers fans I know, have even said Rodgers is more popular than Favre was ever was.

I decided to take a look at the numbers, and see who was better at 27, Favre or Rodgers.  Obviously, different personnel were involved, but the numbers are very similar, when we look at ages 25-27/

Rodgers:  1003-1552, 64.6 comp %, 12,394 yds, 86 TD's 31 INT's. QB ratings of 93.8, 103.2, 101.2.

Favre:  1047-1695, 61.7 comp %, 12,194 yds, 110 TD's, 40 INT's, QB ratings of 90.7, 99.5, 95.8.

Like I mentioned, the numbers are eerily similar, but I have to give Rodgers the advantage.  Rodgers has a much better completion percentage, throws fewer interceptions, and actually has 200 more yards than the "'ole gunslinger.  Favre also never put up a 100 QB rating in Green Bay, and did in only once, which was in 2009 with Minnesota.  Rodgers has two in his first three seasons.

There is no denying that both are great quarterbacks, however if I had my choice of 27 year old Packer QB's, I'm taking Rodgers.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fall Out Boy takes a Hike

Pop-punk superstars Fall Out Boy have decided to take an indefinite hiatus, which is just another way of saying that they are calling it quits.

The reports surfaced when band members twitted that the dream was over, sending emo-kids into a frenzied state of panic.  Bassist Pete Wentz is busy with his life as Ashlee Simpson's bitch, and frontman Patrick Stump is working on a solo album.

Fall Out Boy raised from relative obscurity, to jump to the top of the Billboard charts.  I remember going to a Fall Out Boy show(yes, I was a fan)and they were lucky to have 100 kids in the crowd.  Three years later, they are selling out arenas, and large concert venues.

Their first major record was 2003's "Take this to your Grave," which is still a really solid pop record in the vain of bands like New Found Glory and Blink 182.

Shortly after that record, the band blew up into the stratosphere, with the 2005 record, "From Under the Cork Tree."

However, the rest of their catalog isn't my cup of tea, but the two aforementioned records are still guilty pleasures of mine.

I have a feeling that Fall Out Boy will be back in the future, their royalty money can't last forever.

We are all Witnesses...to Futlilty

When Lebron took his talents to South Beach, we all knew that the Cleveland Cavaliers would struggle to win games.  Lebron James, despite his completely unlikeable personality, is a once in a generation athlete.  However, I don't think anyone expected even this.

Cleveland set a new all-time losing streak with their 24th consecutive loss, this time blowing a fourth quarter lead to the Portland Trailblazers.  Cleveland had won 60 games the last two years, although life without Lebron has been an absolute nightmare.

The Cavs record stands at 8-42, but what makes that abysmal record even more frightening, is that the team once stood at 7-9, and even has a win over the defending Eastern Conference Champion Celtics.  They have a 1-32 record since then.

What makes the Cavs story even more depressing, is that this is the least talented team in the NBA, and its not even close.  Terrible teams like the Timberwolves, Clippers, Kings all have some young talent, and hope for the future.  The Cavaliers look like the island of misfit toys, journeyman veterans mixed with players that simply should not be in the NBA.

The Cavs did not even own a pick in the 2010 draft, and their most recent first rounder, swingman Christian Eyenga, would probably be better off in the D-League.  J.J. Hickson has shown flashes, but will probably be nothing more than a decent roleplayer.  Antwan Jamison, their leading scorer, has surpassed his prime.

Cleveland, despite their comical record, isn't even guaranteed the top pick in the 2011 NBA draft, thanks to the lottery.  According to www.nbadraft.net, Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is the projected top pick, but he isn't viewed as a franchise-changer like the aforementioned James is.

The worst part of the streak, is it makes Lebron's little ceremony look like it was justified.  Many people, including yours truly, attacked Lebron for his pathetic little charade, yet can you really blame the guy?  He knew that he had a crap roster, in a boring Midwestern town, and decided to play with his contemporaries in Miami.

I feel for Cleveland, the team will never reach the heights it did with Lebron.  They have a terrible roster, and free agents don't wanna play there.  The streak could last much longer, however they do play 8 of the next 9 at home, including winnable games against the Pistons, Clippers, and Wizards.

Way to go Cleveland, just when you think it can't get any worse, you made Lebron James into a martyr, words that I thought would never cross my lips.  At least Cleveland fans have Indians baseball to look forward to, hopefully Roger Dorn and Charlie Vaughn can help them win the pennant this year.  That's all you have left, Cleveland.