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April 22, 2008

Sunday on the Couch (Most of the Day)

Filed under: Uncategorized — robfischer @ 9:43 pm

Summer is officially underway!!  How could you stay on the couch on such a gorgeous Sunday?  Plus, it was Crafwfish Festival.  It’s my favorite festival in town, because the weather is always perfect and it’s the start of the Fest season!  People came out in droves to eat the mud bugs and get their first sun burn of the year, except for the fake bakers!!  Many reasons why I love The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival- it’s for a great cause, the families and children served by Porter-Leath, the people are so friendly, the sun shines bright, the beer is cold, and the crawfish are dead. 

Might bring the twins up to the Regal Begal to meet Larry later!

Might bring the twins up to the Regal Beagle to meet Larry!

This is my friend Joe.  He was my friend until I ripped his tail off and sucked on his head!

This is what it looks like when you get started.  Afterwards, your hands are that color while the meat and rub are stuck in your fingernails for about a week and a half!

I like to compare eating crawfish to my golf game.  There’s a lot of effort for a little result.  However, it’s a beautiful day with friends, cold drinks, and I’d rather be there than the office.  Hope you enjoyed it if you were there.  If not, plan on it next year!

When are we going to get new horns on the trolley’s in town?  Is there a more screeching miserable sound?

Great fight Saturday night in Las Vegas.  Joe Calzaghe (45-0) beat up old man Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1).  I give credit to Hopkins for hanging in there and not going down, but the fight wasn’t close.  For it to be scored a split-decision was embarrassing!  Calzaghe was terrific and pounding Bernard while Bernard was kind of classless with his hidden low blows and his 5 minute timeout after getting hit just below the belt- JUST below the belt.  Regardless, it was a great bout and I recommend you watching when it reruns on HBO.

Colorado Avalanche centre Joe Sakic led the Av’s to the 2nd round of the NHL Playoffs and he is certainly regarded as a great hockey player.  I think he’s been an underrated player.  Sakic should be mentioned with the all-time greats.  In his 18-year tenure (all with the Lanche), Sakic won Lord Stanley’s Cup twice, has been voted into 13 All Star Games, has twice scored 50 goals, and earned at least 100 points in six different seasons.  After last season, he was the 9th all-time points leader in the NHL, as well as 14th in all-time goals, and 11th in all-time assists.  At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sakic helped lead Team Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years, and was voted as the tournament’s most valuable player.  In 2001, Sakic was named the MVP of the NHL.  I think he’s the 2nd best captain in NHL history behind Steve Yzerman.

Watched the CMA Awards on CMT last week.  Billy Ray Cyrus should have never been popular.  He should definitely not be popular now!  Thanks to his little pride and joy, Billy Ray is letting us in on his musical abilities, or lack there of.  His performance with Miley was such a trainwreck, you had to see it to believe it.  And what’s the fascination with her?  You know who loves Miley Cyrus?  MILEY CYRUS!  And Billy Ray, because she’s already more popular than he ever was in his Achy Breaky Heart days.  You know who loves Billy Ray?  NO ONE!  Why are people so enamored with her?  I feel like they driving their camper from city to city, counting their money, and robbing America!

Speaking of robbing America, the Riches is a very good TV show on FX every Tuesday at 9pm.  Minnie Driver is spectacular!

Back to the CMA’s- Leann Rimes is amazing!

Carrie Underwood is flawless!  Flawless I say.  Tony Romo might not think so, but he’s an idiot.  I’d marry her tomorrow if she is interested.


Why does anyone ever listen to anything Bucky Covington sings?  He’s terrible and tough to look at.  How he ever made the final 12 on American Idol is amazing.  How he has a music career is even more amazing.

Tried to give the show Monk a chance now that it’s on NBC.  Not a fan.  Don’t see too much humor in it at all.  The most redeeming quality is Traylor Howard. 

Whiner’s of the week- certainly the New York Yankees.  Are you really that upset that there was a Red Sox jersey buried under the stadium?  Get over it!  They actually tore the place apart because they didn’t want a curse.  A CURSE?  Really?  A Curse?  Really?  You could have said the guy was lying and he’s been reprimanded.  They’re actually contemplating pressing charges.  Thank goodness the story has gone away.

Very disappointed in the Pistons performance in Game 1.  How bout trying?  There was never a sense of urgency.  Good for Mo Cheeks and the Sixers.  They should have been swept in this series.  To win game 1 was a feat.  The Pistons should be ashamed.  They’re much better than that.  It goes to show you that you can’t just show up and win. 

Here are first round NBA picks from Sports56 staffers (myself, Will Askew, Jeff Weinberger, Eli Savoie, and Ron Tillery), Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger, and the world renowned Executive Chef of FedExForum Mark Mabry.  The number following the team is number of games predicted.  Coach Joerger did not supply games.

                                           Fish     Will     Jeff     Eli       Ron   Coach  Chef

1Lakers- 8Nuggets             LAL5   LAL5   LAL5   LAL6   LAL6   LAL    LAL5 

2Hornets- 7Mavericks        NO7    NO7    DAL7  NO7    NO6    NO    NO6

3Spurs- 6Suns                    PHX7   PHX7   SA6    PHX7   PHX7   PHX  PHX7

4Rockets- 5Jazz                 UTA5   UTA5   UTA6  UTA6  HOU7  UTA  UTA5

1Celtics- 8Hawks               BOS4   BOS5    BOS5  BOS4   BOS5   BOS  BOS4

2Pistons- 7Sixers               DET4   DET5   DET5   DET5   DET4  DET  DET5

3Magic- 6Raptors               TOR6   ORL6   ORL6   ORL6   ORL5  ORL  ORL6

4Cavs- 5Wizards                WAS7   CLE7    WAS7  WAS6   CLE6  CLE   CLE5

Birthdays this week: Loretta Lynn (73) Pete Rose (67) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (61) Charlie Chaplin (119) Boomer Esiason (47) Daffy Duck (71) Conan O’Brien (45) Ashley Judd (40- COUGAR!) Paula Abdul (46) Carmen Electra (36- COUGAR!) Don Mattingly (47)

Have a good week.  Don’t forget the Memphis Roller Derby Championship is this Saturday at the Mid South Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 6, the bout starts at 7 and features The Women of Mass Destruction against The Angels of Death!  Adults- $10 / Kids- $5 / 5 and Under- Free.  CAN’T WAIT!  See you there.



  1. Why did you watch the CMTs? You know nothing about the show or the people. It is Miley, not Molly Cyrus. Bucky Covington is the hottest thing around especially compared to that guy in the picture at the top of this blog.
    He is a great singer that was #8 in AI. Only the Top 10 get to tour..there you go again..not knowing anything about which you speak. Stick with the Pistons or Carrie Underwood. I do agree with you about her.

    Comment by bren — April 22, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  2. Good morning. Just responding to your comment about Bucky Covington. I guess it’s the same as how people can love one sports team and others hate it. Everyone sees and hears things differently, that is the beauty of how God created us individually. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is much more to Bucky than his voice and his career affirms that because if everyone hated him, he wouldn’t have one. People do listen to what he sings. Same with Billy Ray — millions of fans see something.
    God bless and have a great day.

    Comment by Cathy Anne — April 23, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  3. Bucky was amazing on the CMA’s he sounded great. You want to know what was even better than seeing Bucky? The fact that he so thoughtfully gave a shout out to the fans through live blog. He also played the redneck guitar his fan club gave him for Christmas. Bucky is an sweet as they come. With a huge heart and amazing talent. He does have many fans who love him very much. We know he is going far is the music world. Not to mention his live shows are fantastic. He is very comfortable on stage and does a great job.

    Comment by Bell (Michelle) — April 23, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  4. It’s Miley Cyrus – not Molly Cyrus you doot doot!

    Comment by Bano — April 23, 2008 @ 9:11 am

  5. Bucky made it to the top 12 on American Idol because he is good, and the American public voted for him.he has a music career because the American Public as well as other countries like him and his music,he is an awesome singer and a sincere person,I think the American public out weighs you here they have spoken, and
    Bucky is here to stay,His fans are helping him make it to the top one song at a time, And he has some very dedicated fans I being one of them!!~Jenny~

    Comment by Jenny — April 23, 2008 @ 9:17 am

  6. I have been a supporter of Bucky Covington since his first appearance on American Idol. He has just gotten better and better since then. On top of being such a great performer, he is a very nice guy. I agree that Carrie Underwood is flawless, but don’t hold on to very much hope that she is waiting to marry you…lol.

    Comment by Kathy — April 23, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  7. Wow! You’ve certainly got alot to say. I do have to disagree with what you said about Bucky Covington. Personally, I have been a fan of his since American Idol and I enjoyed his music then and he has only gotten better since he left the show. He’s already a star in my book and I think he’s got potential to make it to mega-stardom. Glad to see that you are open minded and allowing people to post comments that disagree with your point of view. By the way, have you listened to ALL of Bucky’s music? I bet there’s a song or two that might just surprise you! 🙂

    Comment by Rachel68005 — April 23, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  8. Ha! You and Carrie Underwood? Not going to happen! Especially since Carrie and Bucky are friends and once she hears what you said about Bucky, you are in big trouble. Since Bucky has had his first two songs hit the Top 10, I am really thinking that he has someting going on, like talent, good looks, a charming personality, and an awesome singing voice. If this was not true, Bucky would not have been included in this years “New faces of Country Music” or been asked to perform a clip of his song “A Different World” on the CMT Music Awards Show after the video had been nominated by the fans. I’d take another “listen” if I were you.

    Comment by Kerri — April 23, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  9. Bucky Covington is an incredible entertainer, and a wonderful person, inside and out. That is why he made it to the top 8 on AI and why he has done so well in the music business!!! Bucky is headed straight to the top!!

    Comment by Kimberly (icyfire) — April 23, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  10. More Bucky for us then if we don’t have to push past your sofa dwelling butt to get to the front row at the shows. As for Carrie being flawless, Carrie is awesome – but I seriously doubt she would even so much as give you a nod.

    Comment by Midas — April 23, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

  11. I hope you get the opportunity to meet Bucky Covington one day….I’m absolutely positive that you will change completely in the way you feel about him. Bucky knows how to wow his audiences and he loves his fans. He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and is so very personable. I sincerely hope you will meet him one day…you’ll walk away thinking very differently about Bucky.

    Comment by Jackieblue — April 23, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  12. It is apparent that you know nothing about country music or American Idol. I have been a fan of Bucky’s since he was on AI, and even though he didn’t win he is doing great with his career. I have seen him numerous times and he is the sweetest, nicest and kindest people I have ever met. His fans love him and stand by him in fact some people I know could take lessons in being nice from Bucky. I will always be a fan of Bucky Covington.

    Comment by Lois — April 23, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

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