Go do something good ...

Give blood.

I did, today. Doesn't hurt.

Besides, you get cookies. And sometimes, a free t-shirt.

Plus, you can live a pint down.

Your body makes more blood.

And you can do it again every 56 days.


2008's MUST HAVE Record

Barry Manilow Covers the 80's.

Two words: FUCK YEAH!


01. Islands In The Stream (Duet With Reba McEntire)
02. Open Arms
03. Never Gonna Give You Up
04. Have I Told You Lately
05. I Just Called To Say I Love You
06. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
07. Careless Whisper
08. Right Here Waiting
09. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
10. Hard To Say I'm Sorry
11. Time After Time
12. (I've Had) The Time Of My Life

Street Date: November 25, 2008.

You better be at Best Buy or Target to snatch up this historic first printing.

(Probably not available at Wal-Mart. Ya know, they're all conservative 'n' shit there. I'm guessing they don't get a lot of Barry's demographic, but I've not studied the marketing reports yet.)


Tailgaiting OSU-Michigan and Violence

So I took my roommate down to The Ohio State University campus to tailgate prior to the season-ending college football game between our hometown Buckeyes and that team from up north.

While the alcohol was plenty ... really, drinking 32 ounce beers before 11 is pretty sweet ... the trash talk aimed at Michigan fans who attended the various stops we partied at was enjoyable, too.

However, once the game started, we happened to be standing beside two or three Michigan fans ... and when the interception was thrown, one of those fans decided to start dancing and whooping it up. What follows (with apologies to Prince) was the result

Put to the tune of Purple Rain:

I never meant to cause you any problems
I never meant to cause you any pain
I never wanted to see you dancing
Or feel you push against my knee
And causing me lots of pain

Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain

I intended to put my elbow directly in your kidney to maim

I know football is your weekend lover
And I never want to be your friend
I never intended to throw that elbow
I just wanted your dancing fit to end

Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain

I intended to put my elbow directly in your kidney to maim

I know your team is struggling
I know all your friends are blue
And that means you too
You try to blame your leader
But you can't seem to make up your mind
I think you better shut up
Before the rest of us
Put you in more pain

Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain
Kidney Pain, Kidney Pain

I intended to put my elbow directly in your kidney to maim


For the record, he apologized. We moved. The six or seven guys behind me found it amusing, and there was no further violence there.

However, I did punch someone else in the face. And was thanked for it.

Oh, and it was an OSU student, no less.

In full Ohio State gear.

On the bus.

On the way home.

And she was about 5'4", maybe 100 pounds.

That punch, however, was accidental:

She was sitting and arose to leave the bus, trying to get off quickly, but headed towards the front exit. She left her coin purse with ID and cash and who knows what else on the seat. I quickly grabbed it, leaned forward toward her with it in my clenched fist to hand it to her. My roommate had *just* caught her attention to tell her about it when she suddenly decided to go to the back door of the bus to exit.

That's when it went wrong. See, as she turned, she met my fist. With her eye.

She wasn't hurt ... more surprised. It wasn't really a punch ... just a fist-meeting-face.

I apologized. Profusely. She said it was no big deal.

Then she thanked me. And left.

But it was a fun day.

New Watershed Photos -11-21-2008

New Watershed pictures posted from last night's 200H8 Michigan rally on my Flickr page.


Watershed - 2008-11-21

Watershed - 2008-11-21

Watershed - 2008-11-21

Watershed - 2008-11-21

Watershed - 2008-11-21


100 Greatest Singers of All Time

I'm not usually a fan of Rolling Stone (despite having an issue magnetically hanging on one of the walls of my cube), but every so often they do something groundbreaking and legendary.

This is one of those things: The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time ... including reasons why they're great ... some written by other singers: Aretha Franklin by Mary J. Blige; Ray Charles by Billy Joel; Elvis Presley by Robert Plant; Sam Cooke by Van Morrison; John Lennon by Jackson Browne.

After the lengthy article, there's a list of the people surveyed and how votes were tabulated.


Spanning the Globe ...

Another edition of News and Notes:

• UFC 91 was amazing ... I was 8-1 ... the only one I guess wrong was the the only fight that went to a decision. And that was a close one. UFC 92 (December 27th) will be a barn-burner: Forest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans (the dude that knocked Chuck Liddell out for 10 minutes) for the light-heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the right to fight Brock Lesnar to unifiy the heavyweight title (Nogueira has the interim belt, Lesnar knocked Randy Couture out Saturday); Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson III (Silva won their two PRIDE fights with stunning, highlight-reel knockouts); Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister ... and six more bouts, too. Oh, and before that, we have the UFC Fights For The Troops on December 10 (Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida) and the Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale on December 13.

• The fire that's raging in Southern California is threatening the home of lots of regular people, as well as celebs, including Snoop Dog. I'm gonna say is there's no way the fire will be contained if his house goes up in smoke ... the firefighters will be too stoned ... and hungry ... to work the hoses.

• Those crazy political Aussies are at it again: I present you the Australian Sex Party.

• Watch out for Chickenfoot ... you won't believe who's in this band!

• Is it possible to name yourself the voice of your generation? No, Kayne West, it's not.

• Finally saw Zach and Miri Make A Porno on Sunday (Thanks Carolyn!)... my sides hurt from laughing. Seriously. This is some funny shit ... and again, Jason Mewes gets fully naked for the enjoyment of all the women. And he's just as funny sober as he ever was stoned. Some great quotable lines:
  • "I hate you ebony and ivory motherfuckers!"
  • "Shut your mouth or I'm gonna fuck it. "
  • "You give a guy anything, even a fucking sample of Jergens and he can find a way to fuck it. You should've seen me, I was like a dirty MacGyver."
  • "Everybody wants to see anybody fuck. I hate Rosie O'Donnell but if someone said they had a tape of Rosie getting fucked stupid I'd be 'why the fuck aren't we watching that right now?'"
And you can go to the website and make your own porn star ID:


UFC 91 - Picks

UFC 91 is Saturday from Las Vegas and features one must see, one don't miss and one don't blink ... including the fight that millions and millions have been waiting for. As always, I'll be at BW3's in Worthington ... feel free to come down if you're local. Music trivia starts at 9 for anyone brave enough to challenge me (hear that, Lia?) ... fights start at ten.

UFC 88 I was 6-3; UFC 90 I was 6-4 ... so let's see how I do with these predictions:

Randy Couture (16-8) vs. Brock Lesnar (2-1) for the UFC heavyweight title.

Brock Lesner is a beast. 6'3" 265 pounds (which is the max for the division ... he has to cut weight to make it to that) ... and an all-world wrestler: Lesnar finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion with a record of 106-5 overall in four years of college. He wrestled professionally with the WWE and New Japan, tried out and nearly made the final roster for the Minnesota Vikings, then started training MMA. His last match was against Heath Herring in August ... watch for the monster punch nine seconds in.

Randy Couture, however, is the beast master. Yes, he's giving up 40-50 pounds in size, and 14 years in age, but he's a master at finding holes in his opponent and finding ways to win. As far as the wrestling ... he's also won multiple amateur wrestling awards. Couture won a state championship during his senior year of high school, then served in the U.S. Army from 1982–1988. He was a three-time Olympic team alternate (1988, 1992 and 1996); a semifinalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials; a three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-I All-American and a two-time NCAA Division-I runner-up at Oklahoma State University. In 1992 he was the Division-1 runner up at 190 pounds coming in second after Smashing Machine Mark Kerr.

Brock has size, strength, explosive speed, and hands so big they had to make gloves especially for him ... nothing fit. Randy has skill, multiple ways to win, the best dirty boxing in the world, decent submission skills and years of experience. Randy's also not fought in 14 months ... Brock's last fight was August, where he wailed on Herring for 15 minutes.

Yeah ... the beast versus the beast master. I've bet against Couture before. I've been wrong, both times (Gabriel Gonzaga and Tim Sylvia). Lesnar is huge, fast, strong, and as of yet, untested. All that being said ... I'm going with Lesnar. I just don't see how Randy can do it, again.
PICK: Lesnar, knockout, second round.

Kenny Florian (10-3) vs. Joe Stevenson
This is my don't miss fight. The reach, striking and Jiu-Jitsu of Florian versus the wrestling and power of Stevenson. Florian is 3" taller, punches with precision, and has cardio for days. Stevenson is a tremendous wrestler, decent on the ground and has wicked elbows from the top or bottom. Tough fight for both, but for different reasons. Florian has won his last five; Stevenson has won five of six, the only loss being to lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Both have great submission skills ... so it's a wash in a lot of ways ... which means it will be a great fight.
PICK: Florian, submisssion, third round.

Gabriel Gonzaga (9-3) vs. Josh Hendricks (15-4-1)
Gonzaga has great Jiu-Jitsu. Hendricks is a wrestler. Gonzaga can strike. Hendricks is a wrestler. Then again, as we learned from Junior dos Santos and Seth Petruzelli, anyone can land a good knockout punch. This is my don't miss fight of the night.
PICK: Gonzaga, submission, second round.

Demian Maia (8-0) vs. Nate Quarry (10-2)
Maia has amazing ground skills and is world-class in Jiu-Jitsu. Quarry has great striking. I see Maia (again) pulling guard and taking the win. Quickly. Rumor has it winner will get fed to Anderson Silva, where he'll get demolished. Quickly.
PICK: Maia, submission, first round.

Dustin Hazelett (11-4) vs. Tamdan McCrory (9-1)
Hazelett has a great ground game. McCrory doesn't. McCrory's taller, and can strike, but isn't experienced enough in defending submissions. His height will be his disadvantage, as Hazelett will find and arm, or leg, and tweak it.
PICK: Hazelett, submission, first round.

Jorge Gurgel (12-4) vs. Aaron Riley (26-10-1)
Gurgel loves to throw knees, and strike, but uses them to set up the guillotine choke. Riley likes to break arms or knock you the fuck out ... just ask Michihiro Omigawa in Pride - Bushido 7. DAMN. Dropped like a bad habit.
PICK: Riley, knockout, first round.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos (11-2)
dos Anjos has won 9 in a row using a variety of submissions ... arm bar, kimura, rear naked choke, arm lock ... so he's looking to submit. Stephens likes the KO. His striking is superb and he went the distance (in a loss) with Spencer Fisher, so he's good at avoiding the submission game. dos Anjos, however, is a much better ground fighter than Fisher. Also, dos Anjos has never been knocked out ... but I see that streak ending.
PICK: Stephens, knockout, first round.

Mark Bocek (5-2) vs. Alvin Robinson (9-3)
Robinson was choked out by Nate Diaz ... but so have a lot of others. Robinso has choked out a few, too ... he likes the Monte de Leon. Bocek has lost to both Frankie Egars and Mac Danzig, so one more loss and he's likely gone from the UFC for a bit, if not forever. I don't see how Bocek can withstand the submission game of Robinson.
PICK: Robinson, rear naked choke, second round.

Matt Brown (7-7) vs. Ryan Thomas (9-2)
Matt Brown is either on or off. He should have beaten Dong Hyan Kim, but lost a split decision. He said he's learned not to let it go to the judges and he will bring it this fight. Ryan Thomas is a great ground fighter; Brown likes to stand and bang. If Thomas can take Brown down, it's his game ... but I see Brown going for the kill standing.
PICK: Brown, because he's from Columbus, knockout, first round.

My life, Venned

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How is THIS possible?

How is THIS possible? She ...

... is the daughter of this ...

Oh, and she's a new cast member on SNL, too.

(She being Abbey Elliot, daughter of Chris Elliot, one of the funniest writers in the history of television ... and not a bad character actor, either!)


I Love John McCain

For many reasons.

For his service in Vietnam and his 5.5 years as a prisoner of war.

For his candor. Then, now. And always.

For his campaign. And for keeping to his beliefs of what is and what isn't allowed.

For his honesty. His 100% honesty.

For his service as a senator.

For his speech tonight.

For everything.

John McCain is ... and always has been ... an honorable man, worthy of leading us, worthy of being President of the United States. And he never proved it more than by his heart-felt, honest, and wonderful concession speech.

Yes, I voted Obama. No, I won't brag about it. This campaign was the best and worst of the US. I hope we go forward from here.

I'm happy today. Happy for my belief in Obama. And happy for my trust in McCain. I met him in 1987. I interviewed him in 1987 and 1988. He's an amazing man.

I'm glad Barack Obama will be our 44th President.