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Bud Shootout this Weekend! February 10, 2006

That got your attention and Nascar is banking that this weekend’s Bud Shootout will do the same and attract a more diverse crowd’s attention to this preseason event.

While none of us Rangers have ever attended a Nascar ‘Bud Shootout,’ we find the name of this event pretty damn cool. As Nascar branches out from a historically southern sport, they have been looking for new ways to appeal to audiences of all walks of life. Nascar hopes to cash in on this new marketing campaign with non traditional fans.

So kick back this Saturday evening (hopefully it will still be snowing in the northeast), gab some beer (as always, friends are optional ) and catch the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway (8 p.m. ET Saturday on TNT).

Update The race is postoned till Sunday at 4pm due to rain.

Let the Gameth Begineth February 9, 2006

So, NBC is going to hook us up with actual snowboarders to do the commentary for the Olympics. It could have been a total disaster, like Chris Collingsworth or something. Instead, we’ll be getting play by play by Pat Parnell, analysis by Todd Richards, and reporting by Tina Dixon. You might remember Todd and Tina from such films as Winter X 10, Winter X 9, and Man vs. Nature: The Road to Victory. Todd is the dude who constantly talks about how old he is at 36 years, and Tina was the one asking obvious questions at the bottom of each run.

Steady there, broPat Parnell is the dude to the right here. We are hoping he gets at least as wasted during the men’s PGS. We will be, anyway.

Here’s some more Olympic scoop for that ass:

  • Between bottles of Chianti, Tina, Todd, and Pat have actually been working in Torino — and there’s some good details from NBC’s site from the 3 of them. Some key highlights: Kelly Clark is working on a 1080, Hannah Teter and Andy Finch are both still pretty banged up, and Gretchen Bleiler has been taking it easy as well.
  • The snowboard team’s uniforms totally blow. Brooke Geery at Yo Beat has the scoop. Apologies to our homeboys and homegirls at Burton — we still love you, especially your pro-form program.
  • But what about the weather in Torino, you ask? It’s kind of sucking right now, unless you are a down with 60 degrees and cloudy, in which case, it’s fuckin’ awesome, dude.
  • Oh… and please, children, no riots about our visual depiction of the Prophet Jake, OK?

    Got comments, or inside info? Post ‘em or mail them in, bitches.

    Coming straight from God’s press release to our monitors

    In an effort to be fair to other cultures and religions, we have decided that we will one up our European friends. Instead of circulating a cartoon of our inspirational and spiritual leader, we will even post a picture of him on the intraweb. this photo was swiped from Burton We know that this may lead to rioters in the streets of Burlington tonight throwing empty bottles of Longtrail at all vehicles with Jersey tags, but it must be done.

    Speaking of the Profit Jake, one of his disciples sent us the following to compliment our earlier post:

    The 2006 Olympic Winter Games are right around the corner, and Burton is proud to support 18 snowboarders from nine different countries as they follow their dreams of a medal in Italy. Below are U.S. broadcast details so you can check out Olympic coverage on TV.

    Tune into NBC on Friday (2/10) for Jake and Shaun White’s live appearances on The Today Show with Matt Lauer. Shaun will appear on the 8:00 a.m. hour EST and Jake on the 9:00 a.m. hour EST.

    NBC Nightly News - Shaun White with Brian Williams, Friday (2/10) at 6:30 p.m. EST.
    NBC News - Jeff Boliba on Sunday (2/12) at 6:30 p.m. EST featuring a Burton LTR piece.
    CNBC’s “On the Money” - Jake will appear on Monday (2/13) from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST.

    Opening ceremonies begin tomorrow night with the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron going down at 8:00 p.m. EST. See below for a complete listing of all snowboard competitions.

    Sunday February 12th:
    Men’s Halfpipe Finals 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. EST
    Men’s Halfpipe Award Ceremony 11:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m. EST

    Monday February 13th:
    Women’s Halfpipe Finals 8:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. EST
    Women’s Halfpipe Award Ceremony 12:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m. EST

    Thursday February 16th:
    Men’s Boardercross Finals 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. EST
    Men’s Boardercross Award Ceremony 12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. EST

    Friday February 17th:
    Women’s Boardercross Finals 8:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m. EST
    Women’s Boardercross Award Ceremony 12:00 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. EST

    Wednesday February 22nd:
    Men’s PGS 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. EST
    Men’s PGS Award Ceremony 12:00 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. EST

    Thursday February 23rd:
    Women’s PGS 8:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m.
    Women’s PGS Award Ceremony 12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. EST

    Be sure to check your local TV listings to confirm air times in other time zones.

    Olympics Drop on Sunday February 8, 2006

    Alright… enough about cartoon violence. Olympic snowboarding drops this weekend and we are really stoked. More accurately, partly stoked, and partly nervous.

    Why are we nervous? Not because we are worrying about whether or not Shaun White will get defeated or if Seth Wescott will get the hole shot. We are nervous because NBC could seriously, seriously fuck up the coverage, and that would suck if it happens. We want to see Olympic snowboarding, and have little interest in waiting around through the men’s curling finals or sob stories about how some Finnish curler who has gout but competes hard anyway, just to see brief highlights of Shaun White’s medal winning run.

    Actually, we can deal with the sob stories and men’s curling, as long as they show the entire contest. We’ll see what happens. Either way, here’s an idea of when you should be watching to get the snowboard goods*:

    Sunday, 2/12 — Men’s Halfpipe. White, Kass, Finch, and Aguirre are hungry for another sweep. Watch out for Finn Antti Autti and possibly the 1260. This contest will be off the hook. Coverage begins at 7 PM EST on NBC, and will also include Men’s downhill (Drunken Bode Miller, yay!), ski jumping, and luge.

    Monday, 2/13 — Women’s Halfpipe. Another really strong American team with the possibility of a sweep. Teter vs. Bleiler is always exciting, but Aussie Torah Bright will try to creep on in there. Coverage starts at 8 PM EST, but you’ll have to sit through Figure Skating and Speed Skating. TiVo sounds like a really good plan — that way you can skip through Kelly Clark’s singing, too.

    Boarder X:  No 1080s Here.Thursday, 2/16 — Men’s Boarder X. A strong men’s field includes Seth Wescott and Nate Holland, who will be battling with Frenchie Xavier Delarue. You can catch it live on USA at 6 AM, or melodrama-ridden on NBC at 8 PM. The primetime coverage will also include healthy doses of speed and figure skating, which is fabulous for those of you that like your snowboarding fla-ming.

    Friday, 2/17 — Women’s Boarder X. Unstoppable hottie Lindsay Jacobellis will be whooping euro ass on USA, live at 4 AM, and later that night during NBC’s primetime coverage at 8 PM. TiVo is a necessity for the live coverage — even if you are still up then, you want to be able to fast forward through the women’s curling

    Wednesday, 2/22 and Thursday 2/23 — Men’s and Women’s PGS. Are PGS riders really snowboarders, given that they wear spandex and hard boots? We intend to find out.

    Notice how the organizers have arranged the snowboard events in descending order of sweetness. This should make it easier to gauge how much you’ll need to drink each night to enjoy the coverage. Stay tuned to the GR — we’ll have much more witty insight on the games this week and next.

    * Note: Dates & Times may vary. Hit up the NBC site for specific times and coverage in your area, bitches.

    Cartoons, Violence, and the Prophet Muhammad February 7, 2006

    So, we were stoked to start hyping up Olympic snowboarding today, but this whole business of cartoons and violence has gotten us too fired up not to comment.

    For those of you who have been living in a remote snow yurt, there has been much ado lately about a set of political cartoons that were originally printed in a Danish newspaper in September of 2005. The cartoons, which were reprinted recently in several other western newspapers, show several depictions of the prophet Muhammad, including one where he sports a bomb labeled with the Islamic creed in his turban. (You can check them out here.) Apparently, the Koran strictly forbids any visual depiction of Muhammad, just like the White family prohibits any visual depiction of Shaun’s face.

    Ski Dubai.  Not Pictured:  The Prophet MuhammadLook, we can respect that Muslims don’t want people running around willy nilly publishing photos of Muhammad. Last month, we were given video clips of Muhammad learning frontside lipslides at Ski Dubai, but we showed proper restraint. We can wait until the dude at least learns how to 270 on, for sure.

    But, for reals, the widespread, violent reaction that has escalated in the past few days has been ridiculous, and quite frankly, really fucking scary. Protestors in Syria and Lebanon burned down Danish and Norwegian embassies, and several people in Kabul were killed in violent clashes — all because of a dozen or so cartoons.

    What needs to happen is this: Muslim peeps in the east AND in the US need to get their own shit together and stop worrying about what is happening with the rest of us non-Muslims. We don’t come over to the middle east and cause all kinds of a ruckus and demand that they accept our cultural norms. Er, wait a minute, maybe we do, but you get our point. If some western newspapers want to print cartoons that you consider uncool, then don’t buy the newspapers, or better yet, write a few strongly worded letters. Wanton destruction and death over a few cartoons is just plain childish.

    Look, maybe we have grossly misunderstood the issue, but the principle at hand is pretty simple. Muslims believe it’s blasphemy to visually depict this guy, but the rest of us don’t. Muslims also aren’t down with beer drinking or the public display of hot, partially clothed women… does it give people the right to torch a US embassy when the next SI swimsuit edition is published? Should irrational fanatics burn down the US Capitol building because Bud Light won the Bud Bowl?

    We don’t think so. Got comments? Post ‘em below, or send us mail, bitches.

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