Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nineteen seems a little high to me

UF debuts at number nineteen in the opening basketball coaches poll. The great thing about this is that polls are irrelevant in the sport, but it is still interesting to note how much credit UF is being given considering the loss of another first round pick in the frontcourt. I'm really looking forward to seeing the new kids get out on the court.

There's a huge basketball announcement tonight, as Kenny Boynton will make his call between Duke and UF at 6:30 on ESPNU. It's not that UF can't win without him, because they certainly can, but it would be an important statement to show that winning two national titles is enough to give Florida the ability to hold whatever talent they want in their own state.

No reason to beat the World Series story into the ground any more. I'm sorry to see the Rays lose, but hopefully this will be the spark that finally got MLB interest in Florida burning. There's no reason to suspect this team will be stripped and sold for parts like the Marlins two World Series teams have been, so the fan should come out and support them next year. If they don't, despite having time to budget for tickets and plan schedules around the idea that Rays games are now legitimately of interest, that will speak volumes.

The John Daly story continues to be pathetic. The two time major winner was so drunk in Winston-Salem that he had to be put in police custody to sober up. What makes me angry about this situation is that people continually enable the guy and think it's cute. You can find videos on the web of people bragging and laughing about how they're getting drunk with John Daly. The man is a train wreck who once had talent but has now completely squandered it because he can't control his personal demons. Look at that picture of Daly - does it look like he's living a fun, jovial life? The story's sad, not funny, and I can't figure out why so many people seem to think it is.

Pepsi has spent over one million dollars to redesign their logo and will spend tons more promoting it. Marketing people amaze me sometimes. How can a guy actually say stuff like...

"We felt like, as we move out of this traditional mass marketing and mass distribution era into today's culture, there's an opportunity to bring humanity back, both in terms of the design but also in the way we engage consumers," he said. "By making the logo more dynamic and more alive ... [it is] absolutely a huge step in the right direction."

with a straight face? Pepsi's a cola, buddy. Most people get whichever one the restaurant has or whichever one's twelve packs and 2-liters are on sale that day. Some people like the taste of one more than the other, and a logo with "more humanity" will change none of these things. How can I get someone to give me huge sums of money for a transparently silly project?

One blog related note: I've had a request to change the color scheme of the blog to make it easier on the eyes. It's not the color it is now as any kind of artistic statement, it just was set this way as the default as far as I know. So, with that in mind, what color scheme would you prefer for the background and type combo?

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