Dec 2008 18

With the Patriots, Dolphins, and Jets sharing the top spot in the AFC East, there’s no question some contention exists between the teams, but the bitterness has been brewing for many years.  It all started decades ago. >Belichick was Bill Parcell’s protégé in numerous coaching positions (Special Teams, Linebackers, and Defensive Coordinator) when they were both employed by the New York Giants from 1979-1990, save for a one year stint with the Pats in 1980 for Parcells.  In 1991, Belichick became head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Parcells stepped down from coaching due to medical reasons, becoming a football commentator for NBC.

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Dec 2008 15

surprisedsarah_r1

My nametag doesn’t occupy a particular barstool at my local bar, but I am a frequent visitor as Imbiber of the IPA, Paramour of the Porter, Savorer of the Schwarzbier, and all the styles in between. My bar tab is under a certain piece of male anatomy had it been tossed into the air, earned after a night of earnest sampling.  For my 23rd (again…) birthday, I was greeted by a small gaggle of friends gathered at “My Special Place” for a surprise party.

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Dec 2008 07

Trade Orgy

Posted In Sports

The Padres, looking to unload some payroll dollars, are in talks with the Chicago Cubs to trade pitching ace Jake Peavy.  With four teams possible involved in current talks, speculation has it the Phillies want utilityman Mark DeRosa from the Cubs for a few prospects that would be sent to the Padres for Peavy, but the Orioles have also flown into this cuckoo’s nest as other rumors are flying the Padres may trade Peavy to the Cubs, who would trade outfielder Felix Pie to Baltimore, with San Diego receiving Orioles lefthander Garrett Olson. San Diego has a contract with Peavy through 2012 for a guaranteed $63M, but he is willing to waive his no trade clause to find a home at Wrigley.  I’d hate to see Peavy go but he deserves an offense that can give him at least one more run than the few he allows each game. The Padres have just a few more months to get their some hitters in the lineup and hopefully they won’t lose their excellent pitching in the meantime.

Dec 2008 07

I’ve almost recovered from the beer-topia that was the 12th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival.  It took just two nights, a turbulent cross-country plane ride, and a hangover, ironically named for the position you resemble over the toilet if don’t want one in the morning.  The VIP ticket cost just $40 but was worth infinitely more than that and I imbibed in some of the finest brews of 8% and above potency, worshipping and drowning in it like Madonna in a swimming pool filled with Kabbala water.  I’m surprised we weren’t required to sign our soul over to the Hop Duvel in order to accept the tasting glass at the door, although the lineup did warn you to request short pours if you were determined to sample a case worth, so they wouldn’t have to wheelbarrow you out. More like scoop you off the ground and pour you into the Bette Davis Center…

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Nov 2008 29

A great beer should always be associated with a great name.  I still get a kick out of Dogfish Head’s no longer named Golden Shower and can imagine two brewers concocting the moniker after a long night of drinking ended with one peeing on the leg of another. Lost Abbey beers have seemingly pious names for strong, spell-binding brews that make me recite Benjamin Franklin’s affirmation that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” They’re equal opportunity for Sinners and Saints alike. And what’s not to say we don’t have a little of each of those in us?

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