FTDO: “Ich Bin Anscheinend Deutsch” (I am German apparently)

Another day at work, another random quiz. This one was called “The Inner Nationality Quiz, What Are You Really?” quiz.

Your Result: You are German.

You are precise yet romantic, efficient yet dreamy, friendly yet somewhat suspicious of others. You rarely smile, but when you do it’s very meaningful. You like it best when there is a group consensus, and yet you are easily annoyed by the slowness and/or stupidity of others. Sometimes you think that if only you could live on an island or move to some wonderful place far away where things are different, everything would be better, and if you can’t realize this dream you often lose yourself in books/vacations/recipes/sports — anything for an escape! All in all, however, you make your peace with life, and have many old friends.

Pretty on the mark, to say the least.

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The Shirt 2009

The annual University of Notre Dame Blue/Gold game is today, marking the “beginning” of the countdown until kick off against Nevada next season. Alumni and fans alike all gather at ND this weekend to celebrate. This also means that “The Shirt” is released on the Friday before the game.

Now you would think that the release of simple shirt wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s just a charity fund raising object and the shirt which the entire student body (hopefully) wears on game day, right?

Oh no. Not at Notre Dame.

Like ANYTHING that goes on on campus, it is subject to harsh dramatic criticism. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people had a serious “Viewpoint” tying this year’s edition to the school’s invitation and bestowing of an honorary Law degree to President Barack Obama.

Though I must admit that The Shirt 2005 (pictured below) rightfully gives the student body, alumni, and fans a reason to be a bit on edge when it is officially unveiled. What an awful design and color. Yeesh.

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Brutal. No wonder everyone wanted to make their own version.

Well, here is The Shirt 2009, which is the 20th anniversary of the tradition. What do you think?

Product: TS09

I like it. I think it looks very sharp, and it is a creative color. It will definitely stick out on those blimp shots on NBC! I like the emblem on the side, incorporating 20th anniversary with 2009. Very nice touch. But mostly, I’m glad there aren’t lame quotes on it. “Rise and Strike” perpetuates a message of the “old school, mean, and nasty” football that the team has been lacking. And of course, “Defend Our Honor,” after the program has become a punchline across the nation, is quite appropriate for this season, perhaps one of the most important ones in recent memory.

But I’m sure someone will take it as a subliminal message against Obama speaking… I mean the shirt IS kind of fleshy looking, right?

Just Kidding of course. Enjoy the game, all who could make the trip! I’ll be buying one of these off of the internet!

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Would the Good People like a Reply?

This commercial makes me laugh every time I see it. Especially by the end of it!

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We Want the Cup! 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here, which means it’s time for unfettered intensity. The hits are harder, the goaltending is stoic, and the defense is unforgiving. It also is a time for heroes to emerge, whether it be the usual stars of the game, a forgotten 40 year old, or a 4th liner, to score that game winning goal, to make that game saving shot block, or a goalie making an incredible save. And don’t forget the possibilities of a multiple overtimes.

It’s that time of the year. Drama reigns supreme. Jubilation and anguish hang in the balance. Who will it be this year?

The first games in all the series have been played. Here is what we know:

Roberto Luongo is still good… And that is a gross understatement. He may have made only 25 stops, but the quality of St. Louis’ shots were quite high. They made Luongo move and make important saves. His positioning and rebound control are eerily solid. Blues’ shooters could be having nightmares by the end of the series.

But so is Chris Mason. He was key to St. Louis’ playoff run in the second half of the season, and he kept them in the game on Wednesday. He must play flawlessly and the St. Louis offense must score- someway and somehow.

Torts on Broadway. Before former Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella was hired, the Rangers were fading. After? Well, they played well enough to get the 6 seed. Tortorella brings grit and discipline. And let’s not forget the ever-menacing Sean Avery, as well as the potentially explosive forwards Scott Gomez, Markus Naslund, and Chris Drury, who is out with an injury. Despite all of this, NYR’s success depends on Hendrik Lundqvist.

Ovie likes to shoot. 13 shots on goal? 0 goals? Really? Well at least he had 2 assists. I guess I’d want Ovechkin shooting that much too.

Brodeur is the best goalie in the history of the game. A Stanley Cup run will only solidify this. Much credit goes to the NJ defense, and that damn trap. Yuck.

The playoffs are MOST appreciated in Chicago. It’s been a long wait for ‘Hawks fans. There’s been a World Series, the success of the Baby Bulls, an NFC championship- heck, even the Fire have done well and made playoff appearences. A gutsy OT win over Calgary could ignite the team and the city, but beware of Kiprusoff.

Welcome to the “Dance.” Columbus has finally made the playoffs, becoming the last current NHL franchise to make postseason play. Just ask the organization, “What can Ken Hitchcock do for you?” That, and some planning for the future, which has quickly become the present. Solid goaltending from Steve Mason doesn’t hurt either.

Detroit is still the team to beat. As much as I hate to admit this, we all know it’s the case. Sure, the Sharks won the President’s trophy, but the mystique of playoff hockey in Hockeytown will live on. If Detroit were to choke this season, I don’t think it will be against the Jackets.

The Heap’s teams to root for: Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh

The Heap’s wish for Stanley Cup Champion: Chicago Blackhawks

The Heap’s Realistic SC Champ: Detroit Red Wings

There is one constant in all of this unpredictable mess. OT games are decided in either the first 5 or last 5 minutes of the specific OT period.

It’s a scientific fact. I promise.

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My Twin?

An email sent by our beloved resident New Yorker John Gleason:

Subject: Josh’s Twin

I was on youtube and saw this video of Luciano Pavarotti performing in a movie.  Is it just me or does he kinda look like Josh when he’s singing?  I might just be crazy but when he started doing those facial expressions, I thought he looked just like you Josh, that and the hairstyle.

I knew my infamous Rock Band singing would leave indeliable, blissful memories! And in Italian! Obviously my twin! I am quite excited about this discovery.

My facial expressions are far more exaggerated, but of course, what DON’T I usually exaggerate?

Response video, anyone? Though, I wouldn’t be singing Un’opera in Italiano. Instead, we ALL know it would be Coheed and Cambria’s Welcome Home or Dirty Little Secret by All American Rejects.

Sigh. That last one, and its significance. 🙂

Enjoy the video and have a good laugh. Your heapmaster is similar in appearence to Pavoratti, sans the Renaissance Era blacksmith outfit.

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A Special Thank You…

To my mom. I heard you come by last night and peak in to make sure I was ok. I wasn’t asleep. Just pretending. Thank you for that little action. Thank you for being there. Thank you for giving me so much when I have so little to give to you.

Thank you for not saying “I told you so.” (Though I’m sure I’ll hear it later on!)

I don’t know what I would do without you.

And to my sister, who’s probably the best listener out there. Thank you for your support. Beat those exams.

Day 1.

Fun with Graphs

Number of Pirates Killed By Each President

Just keep this in mind whenever anyone asks what Obama has done in the first 100 days of his presidency.

I laughed pretty hard when I saw this graph. Thanks to PV for posting it on Facebook.

Have a good Tuesday.

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