April 15, 2009

The Cruelty Of Hope

Hope can be a terrible thing. Liverpool went into their away tie with Chelsea yesterday needing to win and score at least 3 goals in the process. I knew there was almost no chance of them waltzing into the bridge and pulling off a 3-0 victory. But then they went up 2-0 about 30 minutes in and I had hope. 60 minutes later they walked off the pitch of their 4-4 draw with any dreams of European glory gone. And I was left wishing I hadn't hoped. But then I took stock and realized that I would not trade that brief time of hope for anything. Hope is a big part of what makes sports great. And that is what keeps many of us coming back for more.

Speaking of hope, we are just a few hours away from the Penguins getting the NHL playoffs back underway against the Flyers. There are still a few "ifs" hanging over this Pittsburgh team like black clouds. But it is a new season and anything can happen. And I have hope...

Also, it has been 20 years...

April 8, 2009

My Top 10 Movies List

Myself and a couple of my co-workers got into a big discussion about rating/ranking movies this week and where certain movies rank on our personal best/favorite movies lists. In the spirit of this, I give you my top 10 movies list:
  1. Lord of the Rings (It's all one movie in my world, just like the books are really one big book. Deal with it!)
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. Jaws
  5. Wall-E
  6. The Prestige
  7. Miracle
  8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Yes, the Gene Wilder one.)
  9. The Empire Strikes Back
  10. The Dark Knight
The bottom half of this list could definitely be shuffled around based on my mood at the time, and I am a little afraid that I overlooked an obvious choice, but all in all I would say this is a pretty solid look at my 10 favorite movies.