There's a lovely neighborhood on Amberwood Court in Broadview Hts. — manicured lawns, neatly kept shrubs, beautiful brick homes that are the embodiment of all that is safe and suburban and decent.
Then there is this sign in front of a house on the corner of Amberwood and Akins Rd. Lovely, tasteful, understated, wouldn't you say?
I drove by this morning and snapped this picture. Luckily, a neighbor happened to be out and about in their yard. How do they feel about the sign? The kindly gentleman gave a half chuckle, called the homeowner a goofball, and wondered aloud how you could do anything more low class in such a nice neighborhood.
I heartily agree.
Bonus: The house with the sign is for sale. The owner's asking price is $449,500, though it's not clear whether the sign comes with the house or not. All that's for sure is the sign has to be good for business. What likely home buyer wouldn't immediately want to check out the house with the vulgar sign out front?
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A couple of months back, as this whole free agent mess started to tilt into first gear, I asked Chris Littmann over at First Cuts whether the new NBA Jam game that will be released later this year would reflect updated NBA rosters. My main concern: I didn't want LeBron on the Cavs in the game if LeBron wasn't on the Cavs. It seems logical that if LeBron signed with another team that EA would update as such, but I had no idea how far down the development path they were or how hard moving a player to another team would be.
Well, now we have our answer. The Miami Traitors will have LeBron and Bosh and probably the most ridiculous video game trio ever to hit a virtual NBA Jam floor. Great.
And the Cavs? Well, who knows what the roster is going to look like. Jamison, Mo, and Varejao?
1. Between the NBA draft, free agency and trades, there has been a lot of movement regarding rosters. EA ran fan voting for NBA Jam rosters, but a lot of that obviously doesn't apply any more. How will that fan voting factor into all of these new rosters going forward? Will we see free agency reflected? Will we see rookies?
Answer: Getting the fans to help us determine the NBA JAM rosters was very important to us because without all of the support of JAM fans out there, our game would’ve probably never seen the light of day. So we are dedicated to staying as true to the results of the fan votes as we possibly can. That being said, obviously there have been some major moves being made and we owe it to the fans to have our rosters as up to date as possible before the game goes out the door. The NBA JAM rosters will most definitely include the recent free agency moves that have been made. As far as commenting on the inclusion of any rookies, we’re going to leave that as a surprise for the fans that pick up our game on October 5th.
In the future, the Ohio State Buckeyes go 13-0, win the Big Ten, then take down Alabama in the National Championship Game 36-24.
Here's the rest of the conference winners from ESPN:
# ACC: Florida State (13-1)
# ACC (Atlantic): Florida State (13-1)
# ACC (Coastal): Georgia Tech (11-3)
# Big Ten: Ohio State (13-0)
# Big 12: Texas A&M (12-2)
# Big 12 (North): Missouri (10-3)
# Big 12 (South): Texas A&M (12-2)
# Big East: West Virginia (13-0)
# C-USA (East): UCF (11-3)
# C-USA (West): Houston (13-1)
# MAC: Ohio (10-4)
# MAC (East): Ohio (10-4)
# MAC (West): Western Michigan (8-5)
# Mountain West: Utah (11-2)
# Pac-10: USC (11-1)
# SEC: Alabama (13-1)
# SEC (East): Georgia (11-3)
# SEC (West): Alabama (13-1)
# Sun Belt: Mid Tenn State (9-4)
# WAC: Boise State (12-0)
# Independents: Navy (8-5)
I think this rating from GQ — which ranked the five best and five worst broadcast announcing duos in the bigs — is a little unfair. Manning and Underwood are by no means good, but I doubt they're in the bottom five. And the fact they're this low is mainly the fault of Underwood, who has been, continues to be, and will be bad in the booth for a long time. I like Manning, though. Just wish he'd get a better partner.
Here's the link to the rankings.
4) Cleveland Indians—Matt Underwood and Rick Manning
This is just an incredibly boring pair, from the timbre of their voices to the blandness of their conversation. To their credit, they don't force faux-analysis down the viewers' throats and they don't resort to cheerleading, but there is a difference between letting a game breathe (vital) and listening to paint dry (brutal). On occasion, you may wonder if they've fallen asleep at the mic or if the audio cable has been cut, because there's so much dead air. Perhaps the Indians lack of success has drained them of personality—hell, even the GM has admitted the season is over— but they could definitely use an injection of Harry Doyle.
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