The Daily Word in the new “X Files,” goodbye Blackbird Buvette and the saddest day of the year.
Today is Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year.
It’s also MLK Day.
It’s also the last day of business for Blackbird Buvette.
The Seahawks will face the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
Liberace’s hologram is going on tour.
Tiger Woods’ front tooth is missing.
The Jesus Bandit remains at large in Hawaii.
There was live sex on stage at a Dead Kennedys concert.
There’s no such species as a black panther.
”The X Files” is coming back to TV with Mulder and Scully.
Here’s what guitar strings do.
You’ll be surprised by some of these amazingly cheap movie props.
Deep-fried batteries are the future.
More knockouts at Knockouts.
A strange diamond-shaped object appeared in the sky above Albuquerque.
The Walmart shooter remains at large.
Happy birthday, Dolly Parton.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Tiger passes Jack, NBA's free agent frenzy begins
The PGA Tour had enjoyed a period of time when nearly everyone thought Tiger Woods was finished competing for any major titles. Besides all of Woods' personal struggles, injuries plagued any attempt of a comeback. But 2012 may be the year Tiger finally got his bite back. Before the AT&T National, he’d won two tournaments (no majors) in 2012 but was ranked fourth in the world golf rankings. In yesterday’s final round at the Congressional, Woods shot a 2-under 69 to outlast Bo Van Pelt and capture the title. Woods' third victory of the year moves him into second place for the most all-time PGA tour victories. Even though he didn't dominate the tournament, the fire and intensity that made Woods a champion seems to be back. The post-tournament press conference was the first example of the old Tiger, as he seemed defiant and borderline arrogant. If Woods' swagger has returned, other PGA golfers should be very concerned.
NBA Free Agency
The moment the Miami Heat won the NBA Finals, every team in the league began to form plans to land the biggest free agents during the off-season.
Dwight Howard is one of the most talented big men in the league, but he's also the most mysterious. Howard's indecisive choices have made him one of the most disliked athletes in the NBA. Despite the Stan Van Gundy firing, Howard still wants out of Orlando, but he'll have to play by the Magic's rules. Because he opted into another year of his contract, Howard can only beg and plead through the media to be traded. Since Howard is only interested in one team, Brooklyn, Orlando should take its time in making a decision—and probably won’t mind making one of the league’s to superstars suffer.
If Dwight Howard truly wants to leave Orlando, he'll need to open his mind to playing in other cities. Especially if free-agent supersatr Deron Williams leaves Brooklyn—making it a much-less desirable team to play for.
Aging veterans Ray Allen and Steve Nash are on the wish list of any team looking to win a title. Nash has to most lucrative offers with his home country’s Toronto Raptors offering a three-year $36 million deal. But money may mean less for Nash, who's still looking to win his first-ever NBA title. While Dallas and Miami may have a shot, look for the Knicks to be factor in the negotiations. Nash lives in New York and would be reunited with former Suns teammate Amar'e Stoudemire.
As for Ray Allen, along with his current team, the Boston Celtics, teams such as Miami and the Grizzlies are looking to land his services. Allen has already won a title and was unhappy coming off the bench last season, which may make Boston less appealing. If the Grizzlies can offer Allen a similar deal as other teams in the league, Memphis could be the favorite. But if Allen wants to capture another championship, he'll have an easier team shooting threes in Miami. Which ever team he chooses, Allen still remains one of the most deadly shooters in the game.
The Daily Word in Xbox TV, replicator technology, baby-weilding shoplifters
Happy Snow Day!
Here's the damage so far of this wintry weather.
Iranians say they have shot down a US spy drone.
An outing for sports car enthusiasts in Japan leads to one extremely expensive pile-up.
Do you really need to power off all electronic devices during take-off and landing?
Microsoft rolls out new Xbox TV platform that responds to voice and motion commands.
2012 may not be the end of the world after all.
Replicator technology 3-D Printers may soon fix broken bones.
Sheriff from New Mexico's Lea County found dead after apparent suicide.
Bollywood star Dev Anand dies at 88.
Dude yells "mashed potatoes" at Tiger Woods at 18th hole tee shot.
New website allows you to find your husband, boyfriend or kids' internet porn for a mere $19.95.
Thanks, Tom Nayder and C-Moss, for the helpful links.
The Daily Word in Weezer death, horse tails and decapitation.
Beware the deadly three-ton satellite telescope falling to earth.
Beware the deadly horse tail thieves.
This 100-year-old bacteria probably won't kill us all.
Netflix cancels plans for Qwikster.
Look mom, no head!
Former Miss Iceland was tipster in Whitney Bolger fugitive case.
New Chinese opera about the 1911 revolution must not use the word revolution.
Paul McCartney still has enough money to get married.
Send this to your dirtbag friends.
Beware the deadly hot dog thrower.
I wish I had an alligator bike.
How does Japanese art of the 1700s stack up against Europe’s?
What shall I read next?
Mathematicians reveal the newest imaginary number.
I-25 was shut down for a jumper.
A toddler was shot in the head with a pellet gun.
Beware the mailbox bomber.
Happy birthday, David Lee Roth.
Thanks to Nayder and Moss for the link assists.
The Daily Word 02.14.11
Maksim Gelman: stabber.
William Pitel: stabber.
Who could have taken the King Tut Statue? Who? Who?
Arcade Fire won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Don’t eat the yogurt at the Playboy Mansion.
They are selling eight Beyblades to replace a destroyed bathtub.
Uh, oh. There’s a Siberian wolf problem.
Tiger Woods is in trouble for spitting.
Energy drinks can be tasty kid killers.
A New Mexican artist hits the big boing time.
The seven nerdiest sex toys.
Perhaps a catchy rap song could teach you to solve a Rubik’s Cube.
Bigfoot loves Zagunut Bars. Really? It sounds like an elaborate lie, but who am I to say.
Metro Court is ready for over 100 Valentine’s Day weddings (no same-sex, though).
Al Sharpton says essentially nothing about Susana Martinez.
There’s a bill to create a $100 fine for feeding pigeons.
Cedric Lara: evil mailman.
Happy birthday to my Valentine, Florence Henderson, hopped up on goofballs, dripping with gross.
The Daily Word 10.19.10: UFO sighting in El Paso, don’t wear raw meat, Tiger Woods fake sex tape
Butchers recommend not wearing a Lady Gaga-inspired raw meat dress for Halloween.
There was a UFO sighting over El Paso the other night.
Everybody, calm down; the Tiger Woods sex tape is a fake.
105 tons of marijuana seized in Mexico including some with Homer Simpson labels.
There’s going to be a new reality show in Florida taking place at a nudist resort.
Tylenol issues a recall after complaints of a moldy smell.
Have a look at this record-breaking 1,535 pound pumpkin.
Former NFL football player Junior Seau won’t be charged after driving his SUV off a cliff.
Bank robbery reaches a new level of convenience with drive-thrus.
A woman in Georgia receives an electric bill for more than $1 billion.
The Daily Word 10.4.10: Tiger Woods, chicken nuggets and cows in Rio Rancho
Three die in a fiery Pakistan tanker attack.
A mad scientist won the Nobel Prize for grusome experiments involving test-tube babies.
Tiger Woods is playing real golf again.
Watch this bluegrass band play “Walk Like an Egyptian.”
Walk like a two-legged pig.
Now listen to this John Lennon/David Lee Roth collaboration.
More severed feet wash up, but in Europe.
Toshiba introduces glasses-free 3D TV.
Yoda with blueberries on his ears.
A fish with human teeth bit a fisherman. With picture.
Buy a jetpack.
The Italian Coast Guard is calling off its search for Abruzzo and Davis.
That was an awe-inspiring hail storm in the East Mountains Saturday.
Craigslist scams abound right here in Albuquerque.
Cows are wandering into Rio Rancho.
Bernalillo County deputies endorse the sheriff’s opponent.
It’s Charlton Heston’s birthday. Goddamn you all to hell.
The Daily Word 9.7.10: New Zealand quake ripped the Earth a new one, learn all about zombies in college, Kim Jong Il likes The Big Lebowski
McDonald’s raises its dollar menu prices, and the homeless ain’t happy.
Snooki a member of the Third Reich? Swastikas are found scribbled on a Jersey Shore boardwalk.
The devastating New Zealand earthquake tore open a new fault line on the Earth’s surface.
North Korea creates two video games based off of The Big Lebowski and Men in Black; Kim Jong Il reportedly changes legal name to simply “The Dude.”
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush to be stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy with USC.
The University of Baltimore is offering a Zombies 101 class for those who can’t get enough of our dead-walking flesh-eating breathren.
Tiger Woods gets selected for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, even though he sucks now.
Dublin, Georgia passes an ordinance which will outlaw the wearing of saggy pants.
John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman is up for parole again.
More than 25,000 people attended this past weekend’s record-breaking New Mexico Wine Festival.
Hangover Sports Roundup: Randy Couture, instant replay and Tiger Woods
Usually when watching the UFC, my stoke level is through the roof but with Randy Couture vs. James Toney, my excitement turned into anxiousness. If pro-boxer Toney somehow knocked out Couture, old-school boxing fans would quickly devalue MMA as a competitive sport.
Luckily Couture did his job and destroyed Toney with ground and pound before choking him out with a arm triangle in round one. Now Couture can move on and face top contenders in the light heavyweight division.
When the main event ended between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn there was no doubt, Edgar had confirmed his spot as the No. 1 lightweight in the world. Unlike their first bout earlier this year, Edgar dominated Penn in every aspect of MMA. From takedowns to powerful striking, Edgar took the heart and will from Penn to win a lopsided decision and retained the lightweight title. Penn seemed confused and had little help from his cornermen to counter Edgar's gameplan. Now Edgar will collide with No. 1 contender Grey Maynard and try to avenge his only loss. Meanwhile Penn needs to reflect on his career and evaluate if he will continue as a lightweight, or challenge much bigger fighters in the welterweight division.
Boston heroes like Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and the new member of the Boston Celtics Shaquille O'Neal witnessed an average undercard. The fight of the night went to Nate Diaz and Marcus Davis, which featured a Diaz submission in the third round. Despite an ugly and un-fan-friendly style, Grey Maynard finally got his title shot by winning a decision over Kenny Florian. Also Demian Maia showcased textbook Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and overwhelmed Mario Miranda.
The Little League World Series ranks as one of the most underrated sporting events in the country. It's refreshing to see these competitors playing for the love of baseball instead of money and fame. Japan broke the United States streak of five straight victories by defeating Hawaii 4-1. Major League Baseball should be paying special attention this year because instant replay made its debut in the tournament. From all accounts, replay was a success and will hopefully be used to review every close call in Major League Baseball.
Everybody said Tiger Woods would never win a major again and his career was over. But, as usual, Woods proved his critics wrong and had his best performance of the year at the Barclays Tournament. Woods didn't win but proved he's still a threat by shooting a 65 and 67 during the first and final round.
Even though the final round didn't feature Woods, Matt Kuchar made sure to add excitement by defeating Martin Laird in a playoff. Critics needs to cut Woods some slack this season and evaluate his career when his mind is fully committed to golf.
Prognostication is easy: Tiger Woods is done
I'm sure that I'm not the first one to write the obituary for Tiger Woods' career, and I'm certain that I won't be the last. But it's time to lay it all out on the line: Tiger Woods is essentially done, at this point.
When he fell from grace, everyone expected some kind of slip-up. There's no doubt. But not like this. His 18-over par was his worst finish as a pro, and he looked worse, at times, during the Bridgestone Invitational.
So here we are, looking at a previously-
Now, though, the story of Tiger and His Mistress(es) will forever be tied to his golf game. It could have just been a speed bump, a minor hiccup in an otherwise remarkable career. With the way he's performed since he's come back, however, even if he returns to form, this mess is a major chapter: The Dark Period.
Unless he never gets it back. Unless he fails to take aim at that Nicklaus mark and accomplish what once seemed like a foregone conclusion. If he never goes back to that place, this becomes the story. This is the story.
Tiger could apparently play while being distracted. But he cannot, as of this point, play while the world knows he's distracted. It's easy to sit back and play armchair psychologist (or prognosticator) and to judge a sport that I've never enjoyed much less played, but here it is: My money's on Tiger failing to capture the all-time mark.
If, a year from now, he's on an unprecedented tear, winning everything under the sun, I'll be happy to write a mea culpa. I'd love if Tiger roared back to form and started making golf interesting to guys like me again. Unfortunately, I just don't see it happening.
Hangover Sports Roundup: Chael Sonnen, Emmitt Smith, Tiger Woods
Chael Sonnen probably talked the most trash to hype a fight in the history of the sport. But once he stepped into the octagon, could Sonnen practiced what he preached? He’d have to beat up the man who, pound-for-pound, is considered the best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.
Sonnen did exactly what he said he would and punished Silva with takedowns, and ground and pound for four rounds. Silva lost every round but only needed a couple minutes to pull off a comeback victory with a a triangle armbar. Once known for one sided beatdowns and boring performances, Silva will be remembered for one of the greatest comebacks in MMA history.
The main event was awesome, but the UFC 117 undercard featured compelling action with future contenders. Welterweights Matt Hughes and Jon Fitch had impressive wins. Heavyweight Junior dos Santos looked like a threat for the title regardless of the winner of Lensar vs. Velasquez.
Hall of Fame Weekend features the official start of the football season, but the main event is the induction ceremony. Despite my overwhelming hatred for the Dallas Cowboys, you can't help but respect Emmitt Smith's career. Smith's speech was emotionally engaging and respectful to his teammates, who help him achieve all of his accomplishments in the league. Jerry Rice was also inducted and during his speech stated he never took time to enjoy special moments of his career. Hopefully Rice and the rest of the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 can reflect and take pride of the impact they had to the game of football.
Tiger Woods continues struggle and many critics are enjoying his slow demise on the PGA tour. Woods finished 18 over par, second to last at the Bridgestone Invitational. This year should be viewed as a lost cause for Woods and not a representation of Woods' future golf game. Lets wait until next years Masters Tournament to determine if he’s truly lost his golf game.
The Daily Word 3.16.10: Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Erin Andrews
Tiger Woods is returning to golf next month at the Masters.
A U.S. Consulate employee and her husband were gunned down by Juárez drug gangs.
The late Michael Jackson somehow inks a recording deal worth more than $200 million.
They’re coming to get you; the IRS visits a car wash owing 4 cents in delinquent taxes.
Thousands of Thai residents donate blood to be dumped on government offices in protest.
The winner of the HGTV Dream Home in Sandia Park was announced, and it wasn’t you.
The runaway Toyota Prius incident on a California highway may have been a hoax.
The video voyeur who taped ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews in the nude gets 2 1/2 years in the pen.
Don’t drink and drive; free taxis in Bernalillo County on Saint Patrick’s Day!
The Daily Word 011.28.09: Spaceport, Black Friday, Rail Runner, Tiger Woods
Spaceport to be constructed out of aluminum foil by an Albuquerque company.
And why wasn't the Rail Runner running yesterday?
New Mexico lightning site ranks among ultimate travel experiences.
Motorists urged to prepare for winter weather.
Albuquerque home sales are up.
Rowdy rival gang crowds shut down a funeral service last night.
Train-based terrorism in Russia.
Tiger Woods car smashed a fire hydrant in the middle of the night.
Toddler found in septic tank.
Roman Polanski to be released from jail.
Swedish woman murdered by elk.
Weather: Snow's a-comin.