Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A reasonable amount of movement in my Spotify playlist this week, although most of it takes place at the bottom as the top nine songs remain unchanged.  Now only 2 songs of my personal top forty currently unavailable on Spotify, the lowest number since I began these playlists.

Missing songs:
You Waste Your Time – Mark Tremonti,  Demons – Candlelight Red

New to the Spotify list this week:
When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica, Psycho – 12 Stones, Drink Drank Drunk – Hellyeah, Sugar Daddy – Richie Sambora, Unstoppable – Charm City Devils

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
I Gotsta Get Paid – ZZ Top, Bringing Down the Giant – Saving Abel, Like I Roll – Black Stone Cherry, Are You With Me Now – Sixx A.M. , Unspoken – Redline Chemistry

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version things were busy once again this week.  New music from Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Dokken, Soundgarden, ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa and more.  You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week four)

Slowly but surely college football continues to sort itself out.

Or at least the contenders are steadily separating themselves from the pretenders, and there seem to be a lot more of the latter than the former.

Florida State did a fair amount to elevate themselves over the weekend, with a convincing second half against Clemson.   Florida, Georgia and South Carolina all kept themselves alive for now but in the end there can be only one.  Auburn almost removed LSU from the bigger picture, and still may have managed to make their situation clearer for anyone who had doubts.  Unless you believe in Northwestern, we discovered that this year’s Big 10 may not have any.   Oregon removed Arizona from the national conversation, Oregon State did the same to UCLA.

Sadly for me this, it’s more enjoyable to talk about the bigger national picture than the snapshots where I have more rooting interest.  In Knoxville, either Terry Bowden arrived channeling the entire family tree worth of coaching ability or else he played a team that’s much longer on reputation and history than it is on talent or coaching.  Considering earlier season results, I’m going to go with the latter having a lot more to do with the closeness of that game for three quarters than the former.  But is it even remotely possible that the game might have been impromptu audition for the vacancy on Rocky Top that seems to grow more certain by the week?

Georgia, for a change, did to Vanderbilt what good teams are supposed to do to Vanderbilt.  You’ll have to forgive me if I’m not sure that the dominant performance is a sign that CMR finally has a team that’s as good as it’s supposed to be but, for what it was, I’ll admit the thoroughness of the win was fairly impressive.

That brings me to the Georgia Tech – Miami game, an affair that certainly seems to embody the very essence of being a Tech fan.  Honestly, did anyone really believe that a 21 point lead was safe?  With these players, and this coaching staff?  C’mon, really?  Judging from the post-game celebration the Hurricanes were a lot more surprised by it than I was.   Another shining moment from Reggie Ball, Jr, another defensive collapse, another game where the Jackets arrived looking as though they’d either been on a week-long bender or a week-long study session involving anything other than football.  Just another week on the The Flats really, after a while you kind of get used to it.  I miss Pepper Rodgers, at least he was sorta likable.

Enough, you know what’s next.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) Oregon
3. (6) Florida State
4. (5) South Carolina
5. (4) LSU
6. (7) West Virginia
7. (8) Georgia
8. (9) Texas
9. (10) Stanford
10. (11) Notre Dame
11. (16) Kansas State
12. (13) Ohio State
13. (3) Oklahoma
14. (14) USC
15. (15) TCU
16. (18) Florida
17. (10) Clemson
18. (20) Louisville
19. (19) Michigan State
20. (23) Oklahoma State
21. (Un) Oregon State
22. (24) Nebraska
23. (Un) Mississippi State
24. (25) Wisconsin
25. (Un) Rutgers

Dropped Out This Week: Michigan (17), UCLA (21), Arizona (22)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Things had to slow down sooner or later I suppose, this seems to have been that week.  16 new  songs over the past three weeks, now this week virtually no change.  One song added, and that’s a re-entry of a song that was inadvertently omitted last week.  Currently just 3 songs of my personal top forty currently unavailable on Spotify.

Missing songs:
You Waste Your Time – Mark Tremonti, When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica, Demons – Candlelight Red

New to the Spotify list this week:
Now – Staind

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Criticize – Adelita’s Way

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version things were considerably busier.  A new solo track from Richie Sambora, a great cover of Simon & Garfunkel by Bobaflex, new singles from Dragonforce and Adelita’s Way, and several artists that are nice new discoveries.  You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week three)

After another week of college football, I feel a little bit … smarter.

Before Saturday I knew it brains could sometimes beat brawn.  I knew that speed & athletic ability could simply outrun brains.  I knew that brawn could strangle speed, if it could catch it.  What we all now know is that brains and brawn can thoroughly whip speed, especially if that speed if coached by a disgusting weasel of a man.  I enjoyed watching Stanford beat up Southern Cal and little Kiffy, oh yes I did.

The weekend would have been even more enjoyable if Bobby Petrino had been on hand for Alabama’s molecular destruction of Arkansas but he was probably off riding motorcycles somewhere.

We all learned that Georgia Tech can indeed still look okay against a conference opponent as they rolled over Virginia, but the excitement was tempered by remembering how bad they looked against a Virginia Tech team that got wiped out by previously winless Pitt.

Everybody else learned what I pretty much already knew:  that any talk of Tennessee football being “back” is somewhere between silly and crazy.  In the final quarter and a half the Vols managed a paltry 35 yards of total offense and zero points.  They allowed Florida 311 yards and 24 points in that same span.  The only “back” about Tennessee football is “back to the drawing board”.

The weekend also provided a reminder of wacky finishes out West.  If you haven’t seen it already, Google up some video of the end of Saturday night’s Holy War between BYU and Utah.  You can read about it but watching it will probably give you a better sense of how completely nuts the finish was.  And while watching it live, it was hard not to figure out roughly what was going to happen on the third “final” play of the night.   It was the sort of ending that just made sense after the nonsensical stuff that preceded it.

The other thing I learned this weekend is that my Top 25 teams may not be too far off at the moment.  A full day of action and yet only one team slipped from the ranks of the elite … or at least whatever passes for “elite” beyond the very tippy top of the list.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) Oregon
3. (3) Oklahoma
4. (5) LSU
5. (6) South Carolina
6. (8) Florida State
7. (9) West Virginia
8. (10) Georgia
9. (12) Texas
10. (11) Clemson
11. (18) Stanford
12. (19) Notre Dame
13. (13) Ohio State
14. (4) USC
15. (15) TCU
16. (16) Kansas State
17. (17) Michigan
18. (21) Florida
19. (7) Michigan State
20. (20) Louisville
21. (23) UCLA
22. (24) Arizona
23. (Un) Oklahoma State
24. (25) Nebraska
25. (22) Wisconsin

Dropped Out This Week: Virginia Tech (14)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

After the debut of 12 new songs in two weeks on my Spotify list, things slowed to a more reasonable pace this week, with 4 new entries &  of course 4 songs dropping out . Currently just 3 songs of my personal top forty currently unavailable on Spotify

Missing songs:
You Waste Your Time – Mark Tremonti, When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica, Demons – Candlelight Red

New to the Spotify list this week:
Stand Up – All That Remains,   Just A Beautiful Day – Danko Jones,  Same Old Trip – Chevelle, Welcome To The Church of Rock & Rock – Foxy Shazam

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Days Gone By – The Offspring, The Other Side – Evanescence,  Come Alive – Prospect Hill, Pressure – Rains

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s more new music added this week including the aforementioned Chevelle track mentioned above,as well as the latest single from The Offspring, new Firewind (featuring Ozzy axeman Gus G),  groovy stuff from Rival Sons and the first new music in a while from 80’s icons Loverboy.  You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week two)

Another week in the books, and sure enough, there are indeed teams that aren’t as good or as bad as we thought after week one.  Savannah State not withstanding.

Texas A&M and Missouri might be wondering what they’ve gotten themselves into.  I think Missouri might actually have reason to feel better about their eventual thrashing, at least they know they got beat by a team that appeared to be several notches up the talent rung.  A&M has to figure out how they lost to a rather pedestrian Gator squad that isn’t anywhere near the caliber of the better half of the SEC West.  And we all discovered that Arkansas probably isn’t part of the half.

Will everyone who lost on Saturday but still has a job take a step forward?  Not so fast Wisconsin offensive line coach.  Who knows, maybe that’ll save the Badgers season, after all, both Boise State and Arkansas had better records after he left.

We learned that Tennessee is a lot better than the bottom of Division I, we know that Georgia Tech is way better than Presbyterian even with several turnovers.

As I suspected, we know that Dennard Robinson isn’t as bad as Alabama made his team look.  The jury is still out on the rest of the Wolverines, who are still probably feeling better about themselves than Iowa and Nebraska.

Okay, that’s about it.  Time to shuffle the deck once again, although the top six managed to remain surprisingly stable.

1. (1) Alabama
2. (2) Oregon
3. (3) Oklahoma
4. (4) USC
5. (5) LSU
6. (6) South Carolina
7. (7) Michigan State
8. (10) Florida State
9. (11) West Virginia
10. (12) Georgia
11. (14) Clemson
12. (16) Texas
13. (19) Ohio State
14. (18) Virginia Tech
15. (20) TCU
16. (21) Kansas State
17. (17) Michigan
18. (22) Stanford
19. (24) Notre Dame
20. (25) Louisville
21. (Un) Florida
22. (9) Wisconsin
23. (Un) UCLA
24. (Un) Arizona
25. (15) Nebraska

Dropped Out This Week: Arkansas (8), Oklahoma State (13), Washington (23)

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Ready to Rock (weekly playlists)

Second straight week with 6 new songs into the Spotify list, meaning of course that 6 drop out . Also another week with 5 songs of my personal top forty currently unavailable on Spotify (despite the addition of the missing Kiss and Aerosmith tracks from last week)

Missing songs:
You Waste Your Time – Mark Tremonti, When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica, Demons – Candlelight Red, Just A Beautiful Day – Danko Jones, Stand Up – All That Remains

New to the Spotify list this week:
Hell or Hallelujah – Kiss, Lover A Lot – Aerosmith, Enemies – Shinedown, Come Alive – Prospect Hill, Pressure – Rains (re-entry), One Day At A Time – Joe Walsh

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack,  Band of Brothers – Hellyeah, Stay Frosty – Van Halen, Stone Faith – Colin James, Thunderbird – Call Me No One, Caught In the Rain – Hurt

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s more new music added this week including the All That Remains and Joe Walsh track mentioned above, a tasty track from Hinder’s forthcoming album, and Canadian imports Gloryhound and Monster Truck.
You can find it at this link

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