To The Moon…With Our Money?

October 8, 2009

Why in the world is this happening? And to take it further, can someone give me a legitimate reason why NASA exists in the first place? Are we really gonna live in space or on the moon someday? The only thing the moon would be good for is to house prisoners. Especially since we thought it would be a good idea to shut down Gitmo.

Meanwhile, in other news of wasted money, more banks can’t pay back TARP funds, car dealerships still haven’t received “Cash for Clunkers” money from the government and Barry is still determined to bring Socialism to America.

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RE: Tees & Ace: He’s Back…

February 24, 2009

Jerrod – don’t EVER compare Tiger Woods to the Dallas Cowboys ever again. I like you, and I don’t want to take in your family after I bludgeon you to death with one of Steve’s replica Dallas Cowboys Lombardi trophies. Seriously.


Dallas Stars beat Detroit Red Wings, Snackbar Starts Watching Hockey

January 14, 2009

That’s right, the game on Monday night was such a compelling matchup that even Snackbar will start watching the Dallas Stars play more often. After being beaten (read: demolished) at the hands of the Red Wings last week 6-1 in Detroit, the Dallas Stars had retribution on their minds as they took the ice at American Airlines Center on Monday evening. To a man, every player said the loss to Detroit by 5 goals was embarassing and that they felt the need to come out strong and show what they were made of. Well, after the first period of poor marking (hockey defensive term meaning to stay with your man when he’s in your defensive zone), suspect goal tending and heartless play, it looked as if the Stars were just paying lip service to the ideas of working hard and playing with grit and determination.

I would love to know what was said in that locker room during the first intermission. Perhaps the coaching staff really got into the players’ faces and read them the riot act, or maybe one of the team leaders stepped up and said a few words. We may never know what actually went on in that intermission, but we will be talking about what happened after that intermission for quite some time. The Stars came out and absolutely dominated the entire second period of play, starting with a goal just 52 seconds in. They played with enthusiasm and desire. They never missed an opportunity to finish a hit or pester a Red Wing player who had the puck. They scored another goal when Krys Barch (one of my favorite Star players and the resident tough guy) showed that he was more than just big hits and a strong chin by setting up Mark Parrish with a beatiful pass from behind the net that Parrish deftly directed past Red Wing netminder Chris Osgood.

But, the Stars didn’t stop their hard-nosed play after the second. They continued on into the third period, making the Red Wings look like a prize fighter who had just been rocked and was still trying to regain his legs and composure. And don’t forget, this comeback was being orchestrated against a team that was 9-0-2 in their last 11 games and was riding a season best six-game winning streak. The Red Wings showed their resolve in the third period by pushing one past Marty Turco in the Dallas net to make it a 4-3 game. Things never looked out of hand, however, as the Stars kept having chance after chance and kept up their assault on the the Detroit net. Steve Ott finally got one past Osgood with just three minutes remaining in the game to tie up the score and send it into overtime.

It took  just 1 minute and 51 seconds for Trevor Daley to score the game winner in overtime, and one of the best hockey games of the season was complete. This may end up being one of those games that sparks a team into a big run and, quite frankly, the Stars need that run. They are 8-4-2 in their last 14 games, which is pretty darn good hockey by anyone’s standards, but they are still three points behind Colorado for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. And if this team knows anything about the NHL, it’s that regular season success can only take you so far. Great teams are measured by their playoff success. If last year was any indicator for this team, I’m hoping they will continue on with the trend of getting hot right before the playoffs start and mowing through the competition.

Here’s hoping for another Detroit/Dallas Western Conference Finals dance. After their win on Monday night, the Stars should feel pretty good about their chances to avenge their series loss from last year. With the way this team is playing right now, we all know that Snackbar will finally be watching.


Are the Dallas Stars Back on Track?

December 19, 2008

If the game last night was any indication, they are definitely heading in the right direction. As if Loui Eriksson netting his first career hat trick (he also had 2 goals in Tuesday’s win against the Phoenix Coyotes) wasn’t enough, there were a total of 10 goals, three fights and a shootout was needed to ultimately decide the victor. The Stars played with great passion, an aggressive fore check and that’s what made the difference. Their defense was still a bit shoddy in spots, Turco didn’t have his best game and there were several silly penalties, but this team found a way to win. And that’s how a turnaround gets started.

I’m not proclaiming that they are going to rattle off 10 straight wins or anything stupid like that, but this team has found a little something. Maybe it was finally getting Sean Avery (read: cancer) out of the picture, or maybe it was Ott coming back from a broken hand (he laid some HUGE hits last night), or maybe it was Neal with his tough play and willingness to drop the gloves (a one-sided victory) or maybe it was Niskanen playing well and netting a goal. Whatever it was, I hope to see more of it.

We finally got to see some young players step up and the Stars play with heart and determination. Sure they gave up two late goals that forced overtime and the shootout, but they still won. And winning in the NHL on a night when your goalie isn’t at his best is a tall order, indeed. I’m just excited to see what the Stars have in store for us Saturday night against the Senators. Too bad the game is up against the Cowboys-Ravens matchup. No matter how well the Stars play, they will never beat out a Cowboys game in Dallas. Thank the Good Lord Above for TiVo.


Senior Citizen Choir Takes on Hip-Hop

December 18, 2008

There have been very few times in my life when I have been speechless. But, there have been a few. You know, times when you witness something so unbelievable, so mind-blowing or mind-numbing that your mouth cannot even form words. This is one of those times.


Dallas Stars Season Just Got Worse

November 21, 2008

How is that possible, you ask? Well, with the news coming down a few minutes ago (literally, a few minutes ago. I’m like a freaking real reporter now.) that Stars captain Brendan Morrow is sidelined for at least six months with a torn ACL.

Landon Wilson was called up from the AHL to fill the open roster spot. More info to come later, I’m sure. But I think that’s enough for now.


Maverick’s Owner Mark Cuban Charged With Insider Trading

November 17, 2008

So says the Drudge Report. More info to come as it’s made available…

UPDATE: From the Wall Street Journal

The SEC alleges in a civil action that Mr. Cuban sold his entire 6% ownership stake on June 28, 2004, after learning that Mamma.com was raising money through a private investment in a public entity, or PIPE. The next day, on June 29, the company announced the PIPE financing and shares of the company dropped by more than 10%. By selling his stake, the SEC alleges, Mr. Cuban avoided more than $750,000 in losses.