Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dallas Mavericks

The 2011 NBA Champions played their last home game of the 2012 season on Friday night and we had front row sets - albeit in the upper deck. Since they had already clinched a spot in the playoffs the Mavs could afford to allow Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd some well deserved rest and they played only 27 and 22 minutes respectively. A blast from the past was Vince Carter, who contributed 19 points. Back in the day with the Raptors, Vince often averaged over 27 per game. Back then he was a highlight reel unto himself. Age has caught up with "Vinsanity" and now he is a bit player on a Dallas team whose average age must be the oldest in the NBA.

A welcome sight on the Golden State bench was rookie head coach Mark Jackson, a fellow St. John's alumnus. He cut a lonley figure leading a poor Warriors team.

The boys will only have memories of our dinner at Dick's Last Resort before the game, where some saucy hats were constructed by our waiter.

Garden Update

Warm sunny days, cool nights and a good soaking rain once per week leaves the garden looking mighty fine. Check out these blooms:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

At Least the Parking was Free

Our first MLS game on Saturday involved a quick 40 minute jaunt up 121 to Frisco where we endured FC Dallas taking on the Montreal Impact. Yawn. Dallas prevailed 2-1 in a game that was high in fitness but low in skill and bordered on mediocrity. Brek Shea was miles better than anyone else on display and might actually hack it in an Aston Villa or Everton. The goals are below:

The obligatory pre-game pic. We managed to cover as many soccer teams as possible. At the stadium, I relented and bought Kieran an FC Dallas shirt which he has worn for three days straight. He was lucky we hit the store before the game...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Movie Review: The Three Stooges

The inner nine year old boy in most men will love this movie, and I count myself in that demographic. The ten and thirteen year-old boys in our house gave it four thumbs up. It is not in any way original but for about 90 minutes provides great diversion, with no shortage of Nyuk-yukking and eye-gouging fun.

The three actors cast in the roles of Larry, Moe and Curley have their mannerisms and looks down to a T. They remain in the 1940's while around them there is the "woy-eld" of Snooki, iPhones and gold-diggers. The plot is a re-hash of the Blues Brothers without the music. Larry David is hilarious as Sister Mary Mengele and the scene with Monsignor "Ratlips" is side-splitting. Sure it drags a little here and there and won't win much at Cannes, but if anyone says this is not entertaining, I quote Moe "Whassamattawidchu?"
The Three Stooges is directed by the Farrelly Brothers, whose previous body of work includes the comedy classics "Dumb & Dumber", the much under appreciated "Kingpin" (Bill Murray is hilarious) and the huge hit "There's Something About Mary".