If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

2230 - 2081

I'm not one to tell people how to act at youth sporting events... I'm especially not one to tell parents how to act at sporting events, but it might help a lot of people if I was one to do such things.  My advice, were I the type to give advice, would be to cheer for your team.  Cheer for your child.  Stay away from "negative" cheering (yelling negative things at the other team).  I'm not real big on yelling at refs/umpires (I think Coach Hatley beat this out of me when I played for him)... I get it on a huge blown call, but if you're going to complain about every call then it gets old.  A wise man from my college days (we called him Dumpy) once told me, "If you bitch about something, it shows you care. If you bitch about everything, you're just a bitch".  Also, at some level you have to let the coach... well... coach.  I know it's hard when dealing with young kids (but you should still do it), but at the latest by the time they're in high school you need to stick to the role of cheering/support.  I was at a soccer game the other night to watch my very all-around talented niece Ansley and her high school team play against Wando.  Wando won in overtime and I have to say I thought they should have done better.  I give credit to Ansley and her teammates for making it an exciting game.  Why do I think Wando should have done better?  Because from what I could tell sitting in the stands, there were about 10 Wando volunteer coaches sitting around me. By the end of the game, I felt like I should be given a medal for making it out of there without punching anyone. I didn't even cuss anyone out (I have to give Mom credit for that... having her sit next to me probably kept me from doing anything). I don't want to make this sound like I'm picking on one school over another, because every school has issues like this.  And it's not new, because I could hear it while I was playing. From experience, I can tell you it takes the fun out of the game for the fans and the players.  Of course, not all yelling is bad.  I've been known to poke a little fun at Mom for yelling "Hit the ball!" every time I walked up to bat.  At first, I wanted to yell back "I'M TRYING!!!!", but over the years it became something I would listen for and it would make me smile.  But yelling "Hit the ball!" three or four times a game during a lull in the action isn't the same as yelling instructions during the action (and then being pissed when the 16-18 year old girl on the field wasn't able to follow the instructions).  Like I said, I don't want to pick on Wando over this (well, I do, a little... but I have been around worse).  Just, everyone, try to be better.  And if you can't be better, don't sit near me.

The I’m just sayin… Top 2,982 Movies of All-Time Countdown

2230 Northwest Passage
King Vidor, Jack Conway, W.S. Van Dyke
Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan

2229 Mean Girls
Mark Waters
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey

2228 Rosewood
John Singleton
Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal

2227 Me, Myself & Irene
Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Robert Forster, Chris Cooper
Irene P. Waters: "I never wanted to sleep with you, Hank! Okay, you tricked me!"
Hank Evans: "Yes, I tricked you. It was deceitful, it was disgusting and despicable. But just for once, see it from my side".
Hank Evans: "I was horny".

2226 Sgt. Bilko
Jonathan Lynn
Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Glenne Headly
Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko: "All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work".

2225 Medicine Man
John McTiernan
Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco

2224 Youngblood
Peter Markle
Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb, Keanu Reeves

2223 Kramer vs. Kramer
Robert Benton
Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, JoBeth Williams, Howard Duff

2222 Double Dynamite
Irving Cummings
Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell

2221 The Spirit of St. Louis
Billy Wilder
James Stewart

2220 Navy SEALs
Lewis Teague
Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn

2219 All the Young Men
Hall Bartlett
Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren

2218 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
John Glen
Georges Corraface, Rachel Ward, Tom Selleck, Marlon Brando

2217 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Werner Herzog
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Xzibit

2216 Shrek 2
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas

2215 Giant
George Stevens
Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Mercedes McCambridge, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Elsa Cardenas

2214 Saratoga Trunk
Sam Wood
Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson

2213 A Show of Force
Bruno Barreto
Amy Irving, Andy García, Robert Duvall, Kevin Spacey

2212 Hooper
Hal Needham
Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jan-Michael Vincent, James Best

2211 Iron Eagle II
Sidney J. Furie
Louis Gossett Jr., Mark Humphrey

2210 Just You and Me, Kid
Leonard B. Stern
George Burns, Brooke Shields

2209 Hit!
Sidney J. Furie
Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor

2208 Road to Rio
Norman Z. McLeod
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour

2207 Some Call It Loving
James B. Harris
Zalman King, Richard Pryor

2206 Sure Thing, The
Rob Reiner
John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Nicollette Sheridan, Anthony Edwards, Viveca Lindfors, Tim Robbins

2205 Holocaust
Marvin J. Chomsky
Meryl Streep, Michael Moriarty, Rosemary Harris

2204 The Dogs of War
John Irvin
Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely

2203 Final Analysis
Phil Joanou
Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts, Keith David

2202 Waterloo Bridge
Mervyn LeRoy
Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson

2201 Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Mitchell Leisen
Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix

2200 The Hospital
Arthur Hiller
George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes

2199 Freaky Friday
Mark Waters
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chad Michael Murray, Mark Harmon

2198 Irene
Herbert Wilcox
Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Roland Young

2197 The Best Man
Franklin J. Schaffner
Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Lee Tracy, Edie Adams, Ann Sothern, Shelley Berman

2196 Married to the Mob
Jonathan Demme
Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Oliver Platt, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Nancy Travis

2195 Hud
Martin Ritt
Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon DeWilde

2194 The Last Starfighter
Nick Castle
Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

2193 The Kid
Jon Turteltaub
Bruce Willis, Lily Tomlin, Jean Smart, Spencer Breslin

2192 Birdy
Alan Parker
Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine

2191 SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Bob Clark
Jon Voight, Scott Baio, Vanessa Angel

2190 Pinocchio
Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Kim Rossi Stuart

2189 The Contract
Bruce Beresford
Morgan Freeman, John Cusack

2188 Strange Cargo
Frank Borzage
Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter

2187 Paper Moon
Peter Bogdanovich
Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn

2186 Space Cowboys
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, James Cromwell, Loren Dean, Courtney B. Vance, William Devane, Blair Brown
Barbara Corvin: "Would you like me to read the instructions to you again?"
Frank Corvin: "Let me tell you something, my dear. Those instructions were written by a fellow in Japan when they made this damn thing. They were probably translated by some gringo who was an expatriate American that couldn't get a job in this country. And then the Japanese guy probably translated him just to double check on him. You don't need these instructions. Not at all. Tear them up".

2185 Last Man Standing
Walter Hill
Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Bruce Dern

2184 The Cotton Club
Francis Ford Coppola
Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Fred Gwynne

2183 The Dilemma
Ron Howard
Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah

2182 Three Kings
David O. Russell
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

2181 The Great Escape
John Sturges
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Donald, Donald Pleasence

2180 Too Many Husbands
Wesley Ruggles
Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas

2179 Wyatt Earp
Lawrence Kasdan
Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid, Isabella Rossellini, Michael Madsen, Mark Harmon, Mare Winningham, Tom Sizemore

2178 Mildred Pierce
Michael Curtiz
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Ann Blyth

2177 Great Dictator, The
Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

2176 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Luke Wilson, Bob Newhart
Elle: "I didn't know I could be this happy without incurring credit card debt!"

2175 Battle Hymn
Douglas Sirk
Rock Hudson, Martha Hyer

2174 Get Low
Aaron Schneider
Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

2173 The Barkleys of Broadway
Charles Walters
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

2172 Murder by Death
Robert Moore
Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness

2171 Head of State
Chris Rock
Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Tracy Morgan

2170 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Stephen Herek
Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, Keith Coogan, Josh Charles

2169 Assassin's Creed
Justin Kurzel
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

2168 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cody Cameron/Kris Pearn
Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Kristen Schaal, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte

2167 Rise of the Guardians
Peter Ramsey
Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law

2166 The Comedian
Taylor Hackford
Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Hannibal Buress

2165 The Girl on the Train
Tate Taylor
Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez, Allison Janney, Luke Evans, Lisa Kudrow

2164 The Interview
Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Lizzy Caplan

2163 Truth
James Vanderbilt
Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss

2162 War Dogs
Todd Phillips
Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc

2161 Winter's Tale
Akiva Goldsman
Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint

2160 The Long Gray Line
John Ford
Tyrone Power, Ward Bond

2159 They Knew What They Wanted
Garson Kanin
Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton, William Gargan

2158 Arabian Nights
John Rawlins
Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Turhan Bey, Shemp Howard

2157 The Wind and the Lion
John Milius
Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, John Huston

2156 Jaws 2
Jeannot Szwarc
Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Lorraine Gary

2155 Power
Sidney Lumet
Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Kate Capshaw, Beatrice Straight, E.G. Marshall

2154 Mercury Rising
Harold Becker
Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens

2153 The Killers
Donald Siegel
Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Ronald Reagan

2152 Pride and Prejudice
Robert Z. Leonard
Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley

2151 The Big Street
Irving Reis
Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Barton MacLane

2150 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Jan de Bont
Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler

2149 Bright Lights, Big City
James Bridges
Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest, Tracy Pollan, Swoosie Kurtz, Jason Robards

2148 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston

2147 Pittsburgh
Lewis Seiler
John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott

2146 Camelot
Joshua Logan
Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings

2145 The Scarlet Claw
Howard Hawks
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall. Walter Brennan

2144 Four Weddings and a Funeral
Mike Newell
Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

2143 The Missouri Breaks
Arthur Penn
Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson

2142 New Moon
Chris Weitz
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

2141 Heaven's Gate
Michael Cimino
Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Mickey Rourke

2140 Back to Bataan
Edward Dmytryk
John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi

2139 Due Date
Todd Phillips
Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx, RZA, Alan Arkin, Matt Walsh, Danny McBride

2138 The End
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field

2137 True Grit
Joel and Ethan Coen
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, and Hailee Steinfeld

2136 Runaway Train
Andrei Konchalovsky
Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay

2135 Silver Streak
Arthur Hiller
Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh

2134 Ladder 49
Jay Russell
Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jay Hernandez, Morris Chestnut, Robert Patrick

2133 The Toy
Richard Donner
Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel

2132 The Substitute
Robert Mandel
Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson

2131 Haunted Harbor
Clarence Brown
Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor

2130 In Old California
William C. McGann
John Wayne, Binnie Barnes

2129 Trespass
Walter Hill
Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T

2128 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
John Cromwell
Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon

2127 The Informant!
Steven Soderbergh
Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey

2126 Bluebeard
Alfred Hitchcock
Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix

2125 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Henry Levin
Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden

2124 The 957th Day
René Clair
Dick Powell, Linda Darnell

2123 Treasure Island
Fraser Clarke Heston
Christian Bale, Charlton Heston

2122 Soldier of Fortune
Edward Dmytryk
Clark Gable, Susan Hayward

2121 Where Eagles Dare
Brian G. Hutton
Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

2120 Silverado
Lawrence Kasdan
Scott Glenn, Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette

2119 Earthquake
Mark Robson
Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Richard Roundtree, George Kennedy, Geneviève Bujold, Lorne Greene, Victoria Principal

2118 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
John Badham
Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor

2117 Club Paradise
Harold Ramis
Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Rick Moranis

2116 The Man with One Red Shoe
Stan Dragoti
Tom Hanks, Dabney Coleman, Lori Singer

2115 The Green Hornet
Michel Gondry
Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, Tom Wilkinson, Edward Furlong

2114 Tough Guys Don't Dance
Norman Mailer
Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rosselini, Wings Hauser, Debra Sandlund, Lawrence Tierney

2113 Nighthawks
Bruce Malmuth
Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams

2112 Operation Pacific
George Waggner
John Wayne, Patricia Neal

2111 The Game Plan
Andy Fickman
Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut

2110 Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Anthony Mackie

2109 Fast Five
Justin Lin
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Dwayne Johnson

2108 Beat the Devil
John Huston
Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

2107 The Man Who Would Be King
John Huston
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

2106 The War of the Roses
Danny DeVito
Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

2105 Striking Distance
Rowdy Herrington
Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Farina

2104 The Bad Man
Richard Thorpe
Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Ronald Reagan

2103 The Bonfire of the Vanities
Brian De Palma
Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Morgan Freeman, Kim Cattrall, Saul Rubinek, F. Murray Abraham

2102 Royal Wedding
Stanley Donen
Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford

2101 Ed
Bill Couturie
Matt LeBlanc

2100 Mad Love
Antonia Bird
Chris O'Donnell, Drew Barrymore

2099 Rich, Young and Pretty
Norman Taurog
Jane Powell, Wendell Corey, Danielle Darrieux

2098 The Undefeated
Andrew V. McLaglen
John Wayne, Rock Hudson

2097 The Defiant Ones
Stanley Kramer
Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier

2096 Sabrina
Sydney Pollack
Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear, Nancy Marchand, Lauren Holly, John Wood, Richard Crenna, Angie Dickinson

2095 The World Is Not Enough
Michael Apted
Pierce Brosnan
James Bond: "Bond, James Bond"

2094 Jesse James
Henry King
Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

2093 The Glass Menagerie
Irving Rapper
Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence

2092 The Big Sleep
Howard Hawks
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers

2091 Firestarter
Mark L. Lester
Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Louise Fletcher

2090 In the Sweet Pie and Pie
Jules White
The Three Stooges

2089 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Music by Bobby McFerrin

2088 Pete 'n' Tillie
Martin Ritt
Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page

2087 The Eiger Sanction
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy

2086 Judgment at Nuremberg
Stanley Kramer
Spencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland

2085 Westerner, The
William Wyler
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport

2084 Mr. Skeffington
William Dieterle
Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple

2083 Planet 51
Jorge Blanco
Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese

2082 Howards of Virginia, The
Frank Lloyd
Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke

2081 Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw
Pierre DeCelles

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