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This…Is American Idol…Blog (Top 10 Perform)

Time for some R&B tonight on Idol, which should make for some awkward performances for everyone not named Michael Lynche or Crystal Bowersox (because she can sing anything).

Fun moment to start as Ryan tells everyone in the audience to yell out who they want to win this season.  Absent from the shouting was the name Tim, so hopefully that’s foreshadowing for this week.   Names I’m fairly certain I did hear someone yell – Sheamus, Biff, Gregor and Justin Guarini (but that last was one Justin himself yelling it).

Here’s how I have them ranked thru last week…

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Siobhan Magnus
3. Michael Lynche
4. Lee Dewyze
5. Katie Stevens
6. Didi Benami
7. Casey James
8. Andrew Garcia
9. Aaron Kelly
10. Tim Urban

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Unfortunately I have a previous scheduled conflict (March Madness), so I’ve invited a guest blogger this week. You know him better as….uh….well, you probably don’t know him. His name is Adam Kramer, he’s a co-worker of mine, and an avid fan of the blog and all things Don Johnson related. Take it away Kramer….

The late 80s and early part of the 90s were a wonderful time in my life. The Mets won the World Series thanks to Bill Buckner. Voltron and Transformers were on TV just about every morning. The world hadn’t ostracized the fast food industry yet for being god-awful for you, therefore my parents had no qualms about shutting me up by stuffing McDonalds down my throat. But most importantly, it was the golden age of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

I remember it vividly in December of 1987. My uncle was down from Jersey for my brother’s Bar Mitzvah in South Florida. He had told me that he had brought a Hanukkah gift for my brother and I, but we had to wait until that night to get it. Now, my brother and I had annoyed our parents with the type of agonizing pain I imagine an Agnostic person would get sitting in the same room with Tim Tebow for an hour to buy us the Sega Entertainment System. NOT Sega Genesis, but the SES. For whatever reason we thought it had better graphics and games than the Nintendo. Thankfully my uncle had the balls of steel to basically tell my parents, “Don’t get them that piece of {expletive deleted}.”

While Nintendo flourished like the Cherry Blossoms of DC, the SES became a worse one-hit wonder than whatever band that sang “Come on Ilene”. (EDITOR’S NOTE: How can you forget Dexy’s Midnight Runner? Come on Kramer!) In any event, all of this leads to my Kramerica’s Five Favorites aka The Fischer Friday Five that Jarrett was too lazy to do. (EDITOR’S NOTE AGAIN: He’s right, I chose basketball over blogging, plus I was really tired from that K. State/Xavier game).

I’m Not Fischer, but it’s Friday, and here’s my five…

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This…Is American Idol…Blog (Top 11 Perform)

Previously on Idol, we had to say goodbye to what’s her face…oh yeah, Lacey Brown. Good for her, back in 2009 she lost out to Megan Joy Corkrey for the final female spot in the Top 24, and this year, she finishes 12th and still doesn’t get to go on tour. More importantly, she gets to join the merry band of fellow 12th place finishers – Jasmine Murray, David Hernandez, Brandon Rogers, Melissa McGhee, Lindsay Cardinale, Vanessa Olivares and Leah LaBelle. Let us all collectively say, “who?”

So we’re left with 11 hopefuls (well, more like 6 hopefuls and 5 time fillers), but more importantly, tonight we get a true mentor to the Idols, someone with whatever the exact opposite of oodles of talent is but has somehow sold millions of albums…yes, it’s Miley Cyrus! Seriously?  What is she going to mentor these contestant about? How to talk while chewing your own face?

Tonight they tackle the theme of Billboard #1s, so that means songs like “La Bamba”, “Love Shack” and “Ice Ice Baby” could be sung! I’m not holding my breath or anything, but chances are slim we’ll hear any of those, but if it’s like every other Billboard night in the history of Idol, there will be a Phil Collins song without a doubt.

Here’s how I have the remaining 11 ranked thru last week

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Siobhan Magnus
3. Lee Dewyze
4. Michael Lynche
5. Katie Stevens
6. Didi Benami
7. Casey James
8. Andrew Garcia
9. Aaron Kelly
10. Paige Miles
12. Tim Urban

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Yes, I know it’s Saturday, and I’m sorry I didn’t have a Friday Five yesterday, but unfortunately we had to rush Lucie to the emergency room late afternoon yesterday with heart and liver complications.  Thankfully she’s home now and doing much better, but she needs to go on a radical diet immediately and is on three different types of heart medication to hopefully strengthen her heart and reduce the size of her liver.  Basically she’s fat.  Only 25 lbs, but they say she shouldn’t be any greater than 17 pounds!

So needless to say, she’ll be taking a sabbatical from the blog, which I really don’t mind, because her only contributions have been articles about her love for Mark Harmon and her excessive gas – both of which I can do without.

Back to the Friday Five, thankfully my middle name is Seth, so for one time only (or until I skip the next Friday post again), I give to you a modified column…

I’m Jarrett Seth, It’s Saturday, and here’s my six…

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This…Is American Idol…Blog (Top 12 Perform)

After week’s of auditions, both good and bad, and dragging out the Hollywood Round for as long as humanly possible, and then after three more weeks of voting, we’re finally set with our 2010 Top 12 American Idol contestants.

Get ready to see on the big stage tonight, Lilly Scott, Toderick Hall, Alex Lambert and Katelyn Epperly! Oh wait, nevermind, they somehow didn’t make it. Instead, get ready to see Paige Miles, Lacey Brown, Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly. Hooray! For the fantasy sports fans out there, this would be the equivalent of trading Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson, Chad OchoCinco and Pierre Thomas for Paige Miles, Lacey Brown, Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly. It would kill fantasy team. (Somehow I bet my buddy Eric Tarr is actually trying to propose that deal to someone right now as we speak).

Back to the big show, it’s Rolling Stones night on Idol, and thru all the auditions and all the rounds, here’s how I have the Top 12 ranked as well as my wish list of what I’d like them to sing tonight….

AMERICAN IDOL TOP 12 (thru last week’s performances)
1. Crystal Bowersox (“Gimme Shelter”)
2. Siobhan Magnus (“Paint It Black”)
3. Lee Dewyze (“Beast of Burden”)
4. Michael Lynche (“Brown Sugar”)
5. Katie Stevens (“Honky Tonk Woman”)
6. Didi Benami (“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”)
7. Andrew Garcia (“Wild Horses”)
8. Casey James (“Tumbling Dice”)
9-12. Lacey Brown, Paige Miles, Tim Urban, Aaron Kelly (“I’d rather they not sing anything please”)

I’m giddy, here we go…..

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Lazy Man’s Decathlon, Part 2

For a recap of the origin of this supreme event and the early results, click here

So now trailing 1-0 after bowling, it was off to play darts. One minor snag, we had no idea where to find a dartboard. We tried the local bar around the corner from my house, but it was closed. Apparently I underestimated the amount of local drunks in my area. Eventually I remember there was a billiards hall down the street as well. I had never been there before, but it was a surprisingly nice place that I wouldn’t mind hanging out and watching football in the fall.

EVENT #2 – Darts
Rules: Best out of nine. Alternate between three different games.  1) Cricket with points, 2) 301 and 3) Cricket no points

For those who aren’t familiar with the rules of cricket and 301, basically the rule is, well, it might take me a while to explain, so just go to Wikipedia, I’m sure that’s a lot better than me babbling on about it, plus you’ll get to learn the history of the game and how it originated during medieval times.

I got off to a great start in game #1 of cricket with points.  Not having thrown a dart in 3 years didn’t prevent me from hitting triple 20 twice while taking an early and insurmountable 120-0 lead.  Granted, it took me just about 60-70 throws to hit the final bulls-eye to clinch it while letting Steiny slowly creep back in it, but at least I got good practice.  Game #2 which was 301 wasn’t even close as Steiny hit the big numbers early and I kept finding the 1 and the 3 on the board.  However, I took the lead back in game #3 of cricket without points by rallying huge.  Steiny closed out 20, 17, 16, and 19 real quickly, so I decided to just aim for the bulls-eye and hopefully any misses would hit in the 15-20 range.  Strategy paid off as I closed out the bulls-eye before Steiny could and thus it was a 2-1 lead for me.

After a short intermission, game 4 went back to cricket with points, but it was dominated by Steiny from the start, for a 2-2 tie.  But game #5 which was 301, was pure dominance on my part winning in just under 7 turns for the 3-2 lead.  Steiny turned the tables again, by winning games 6 and 7 (cricket no points, cricket with points) for a 4-3 lead and all he needed was to win one of the final two events to claim the event.  However, it wasn’t meant to be, as I won 301 in relatively easy fashion and in the last match of cricket no points, I rallied from a big early deficit to hit the final bulls-eye with Steiny having three throws left to match.  And just like Scott Norwood in the Super Bowl, Steiny was wide right.
RESULT: Jarrett wins Darts 5-4 and the Decathlon is tied 1-1 overall

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Lazy Man’s Decathlon, Part 1

So this past weekend my best friend Matt Steinberg (aka Steiny), came to town to visit for a few days.  Since this was a big weekend filled with lost of college basketball conference tournaments and a fridge full of beer, it was almost as if I made a trade, as ironically, Maggie left early Saturday morning for Las Vegas for a few days of a work trip.

Now granted, I wouldn’t mind being in LV this time of year, but having Steiny here was a good consolation. Not just because we can sit around and watch sports all weekend, but because finally after three years of discussion, we were finally going to embark on our Lazy Man’s Decathlon idea that we’ve been wanting to execute.

The concept around it is fairly simple.  We agree on 10 “sporting” events that pit us in a head-to-head competition, and whoever wins the most events is declared the inaugural champion.  Biggest issue and main reason why it took 3 years to get this started was finding the right timing to do it.  Steiny lives in Gainesville, Florida and I’m here in Virginia, so we needed to find enough time (sans women) to get it going.  Also, agreeing on the ten events wasn’t easy, as we originally had a list of over 30+ events including ridiculous stuff like Tetherball, Chess and Power Walking.  But finally on Friday night, after sadly watching our beloved Terps lose in the ACC Tournament, we came to an agreement, and these were the 10 events of the 1st Annual Lazy Man’s Decathlon…

1. Bowling
2. Tennis
3. Basketball (1-on-1)
4. Ping Pong
5. Billiards (9-Ball)
6. Beer Pong
7. Darts
8. Soccer Penalty Kicks
9. Mini-Golf
10. Poker (No-Limit Heads Up Hold ‘Em)

Also, in the case of a 5-5 tie after the ten events, the tiebreaker to determine the winner hasn’t been agree upon yet, but we’re leaning towards either Spelling Bee or Russian Roulette.

The goal was to at least get as many events as we could get done possible this weekend. Unfortunately, mother nature was a cruel lady, so tennis, soccer and mini-golf were all going to have to wait. A blessing in disguise though, as I did’t felt like I was in good enough shape, after putting on my winter weight, to run around on a tennis court. However, we still had two days to settle the score on 7 events, and here’s what transpired. Continue reading