First off, a little education coming from old-school rapper KRS-1. BET hooked it up and had KRS-1 in a little jam session with Soulja Boy. Quite a bit of respect shown, which is a good thing. Maybe we'll hear something real come from Soulja Boy, not just rhymes about bling, cars, and other nonsense. Then again, maybe Soulja Boy is a modern day Kid'n'Play.
Next, one of my favorite bloggers and a long-time friend of The Serious Tip, Extra P, is back in ESPN Magazine. Extra P is a minor league baseball afficionado and in his latest he discusses minor league merchandising. This is a real good article about the major league thought that goes into selling minor league stuff. My one question however, is do the Toledo Mud Hens sell Lou Brown jerseys? Afterall, he was the manager there for over 30 years.
Another friend of The Serious Tip, the always loquacious MC Bias, has posted a really good interview with cyclist, uber-athlete, and 2012 Olympic hopeful Kathryn Bertine. In 2008, Kathryn attempted to cycle for the U.S. and St. Kitts and Nevis. Unfortunately, she came up a bit short. But that has only increased her motivation for 2012. Let the countdown begin.
Staying on the global tip for a moment, apparently it is illegal to own or play Grand Theft Auto IV in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia. Blogger Redbelt wrote about a couple of Bahraini officials who visited a local video game store to confiscate all the available copies. Don't they realize that the best way to increase desirability is to take something away? And I am not even going to touch the subject of whether or not video games corrupt the youth.
For those who care about such things, Andrew Carter of the Orlando Sentinel posted the Florida State Seminole Men's Basketball schedule. Carter also gives his analysis of the schedule, which, might I add, is not a flattering endorsement. My opinion: I would have been more upset with this jobber schedule a few years ago, when FSU had a solid chance of making the NCAA tournament. This year, I don't know what they have, but it doesn't look too promising.
A bit of cross-promotion: my NFL picks are up over at Thunder Matt's Saloon. Apparently they don't like it when I pick the Chicago team to do much of anything.
Going on the political tip for a moment: One of my favorite websites of late has been Politics1.com and their comprehensive list of all the candidates running for President of the United States. So before you throw your vote to either McCain, Obama, or Paris Hilton, check out some of these guys:
The Light Party (less calories than those other parties!)
The Marijuana Party (it ain't a party unless someone's lighting up!)
and The Humanist Party (you can't go wrong with a guy named Washington!)
If you are getting bored of the politics, as I slowly am, here are a few things to look forward to:
The NightMoves Adult Entertainment Awards - October 9-13, in Tampa, Florida.
The World Elephant Polo Association Championship - November 30th to December 6th, somewhere.
Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, or if you prefer, Heaven and Hell, will be performing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on a new Christmas album entitled "We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year". Hopefully that's truth in advertising.
And finally, a trailer from one of my favorite low-budget emotionally moving films, brought to you by the Troma folks.