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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
2006 Oscar Pool


You haven't entered the Fourth Annual Iracane.com Oscar Pool yet?

What's wrong with you?



Monday, February 27, 2006
Deal or No Deal

Tonight we have the long awaited return of NBC’s newest fad, prime time game show Deal or No Deal. A basic overview of the show involves contestants using a basic thought process based on simple ratios on whether to continue playing the game(no deal) or to accept a monetary deal from the Bank. The sad truth is that most of these contestants have no concept of math and make their decisions from the wild ravings and pure greed their families who are in the studio audience demonstrate. Howie Mandel is our delightful host, but the whole bald head/soul patch combination doesn’t sit right with me…


Power Eight - Week Seven

Rob

Derik

  1. Duke
  2. UConn
  3. Villanova
  4. Memphis
  5. Texas
  6. Ohio State
  7. LSU
  8. North Carolina
  1. Duke
  2. UConn
  3. Memphis
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Ohio State
  7. G. Washington
  8. Pittsburgh
Dropped: TennesseeDropped: Tennessee


Saturday, February 25, 2006
(Original) Deathpool Update - Don Knotts dead at 81

Don Knotts has died. This would be iracane.com newsworthy if it happened six years ago.


Thursday, February 23, 2006
Beer + Ice Cream = The New Deliciousness©

Leave it to the good folks at Unilever's Ben-and-Jerry-hippie-branded-pseudo-corporate-vermont-dairy-combo division to come up with Black & Tan ice cream, one of the company's new flavors for 2006. The paradigm is simple: two ice cream flavors swirled together. The ingredients, however, are sublime: cream stout ice cream and chocolate ice cream. Nurse! Give me 200 cc's of Lactaid, stat!(via Slashfood)


Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Fourth Annual Iracane.com Oscar Pool

Please take 3 minutes out of your busy day and enter the Fourth Annual Iracane.com Oscar Pool, graciously hosted again by our good friends at defectiveyeti.com. This year, we're going with 20 categories.

Of note: this is the first year that I've seen all five Best Picture nominated movies and while all five are more than worthy, Good Night, and Good Luck stands out as a nearly flawless film.



Monday, February 20, 2006
Deathpool Update - Gowdy succumbs

Longtime baseball announcer Curt Gowdy, 86, has died of leukemia. Perhaps you recall the gag from the baseball scene in The Naked Gun where Gowdy was one of 7 announcers in the booth. Or perhaps you remember him from calling actual baseball games, I don't know. Either way, I gots me another point.


First ever viral video at iracane.com!!!

Please enjoy the first ever viral video embedded in our 5+ year old website, thanks to Google Video. Watch as a father scares his child out of ever using a computer for the rest of his life. Make sure you've got your speakers on for full schadenfreude-l action.


Sunday, February 19, 2006
Power Eight - Week Six

Rob

Derik

  1. Duke
  2. Villanova
  3. UConn
  4. Memphis
  5. Texas
  6. Tennessee
  7. Ohio State
  8. LSU
  1. Duke
  2. Villanova
  3. Memphis
  4. UConn
  5. Tennessee
  6. Texas
  7. G. Washington
  8. Ohio State
Dropped: PittDropped: none


Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Car Crashing Blog

I've always wanted to have more car-crashing-into-building items here but I never wanted to inundate the website with such inanity. So I did the next best thing...I made a new blog: Introducing the Car Crashing Blog. Enjoy, folks!


Jasmine Roberts just ruined my lunch

New Tampa, Florida seventh-grader Jasmine Roberts is a nosy little jerk. Her research for a science project proved that ice from fast-food restaurants contains more bacteria than their toilet water.
"Using the sterile beaker I scooped up some water and closed the lid."
This is what kids have to do nowadays to get an A? Vomitar. (via obscurestore.com)


Happy Birthday!



Happy Birthday Chrissie!


Monday, February 13, 2006
Welcome to our new contributor, DCD!

All you weekend viewers may have noticed our newest member of the iracane.com family contributed his first post. Please welcome football-prognosticator/basketball-ranker/Massachusetts-resident/all-around-good-guy Derik who will be making occasional observations and posts. That picture is Derik at his favoritest place in the whole wide world, Fenway Park. Boo!!


Power Eight - Week Five

Rob

Derik

  1. Duke
  2. UConn
  3. Memphis
  4. Texas
  5. Villanova
  6. Tennessee
  7. Pittsburgh
  8. Ohio State
  1. UConn
  2. Duke
  3. Memphis
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Tennessee
  7. G. Washington
  8. Ohio State


Saturday, February 11, 2006
Because I Have No Life...

Hence my involvement in the Iracane.com Elite Eight, Netflix is the only thing that gives me satisfaction these days...but for the last month, I have been involved in a battle with customer service over this very issue...


Friday, February 10, 2006
Wacky Tunnel Accident Montage

Hey kids, be careful driving through those tunnels.


Thursday, February 09, 2006
Cancun, Spring Break 2000



Judge's mistake

Thanks to Big Daddy Grenks and the "COUNTIF" feature in Microsoft Excel, I've unearthed a tabulation error in the final scoring grid for the Super Bowl Pick 'Em. Looks like Bob got 7 right, not 6, which leaves Tom S. in sole possession of last place. (side note: the first place finisher's father is the last place finisher)


Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Family photos

Meet Matthew, my one-year-old third cousin. He's a good kid...he's got good Italian Iracane blood.


Power Eight talk

Seven reasons why UConn is not my number one team:
  • Pepperdine
  • Army
  • Texas Southern
  • New Hampshire
  • Morehead St
  • Stony Brook
  • Quinnipiac
Seven opponents, seven sub-200 RPI rankings. Outside of their tough Big East conference, UConn had one of the easiest schedules among top teams.

Duke, however, is my #1 team and the #1 ranked team in the RPI partly because of their stellar record and partly because they have the toughest schedule in the country. There are no cupcakes in the Duke bakery, only tough, stale, three-day-old ten-grain bread with twigs that stick between your teeth. Don't be fooled by close wins and referee 'controversies': Duke is the best regular season team out there.



Monday, February 06, 2006
Super Bowl Pick 'Em final matrix

Check it out.


Disgruntled car shopper crashes into Miami auto dealership

I've noticed that there are usually three main types of people that people crash cars into buildings: elderly/teen drivers who can't differentiate the brake from the gas, drunk drivers who can't differentiate their own garage from their neighbors porch, and the best of all: disgruntled customers who seek revenge by ramming their vehicles into auto showrooms. Hottness! (Thanks, Noel!)


Car crashes into Subway

A 16-year-old Colorado girl's trip to the Subway sandwich joint in Arvada ended in disaster when she slammed her Jetta through the front window. She used the ol' "my foot slipped off the brake" excuse and not the standard senior citizen excuse of "the car malfunctioned and drove itself through the plate glass window 26 feet into the store." Former fat guy/current irritating spokesperson Jared was not available for comment.


Sunday, February 05, 2006
Early Returns

I'm not going to make this official quite yet, but here's the top four finishers in the Fifth Annual:
  1. Matt - 16
  2. Rob - 15
  3. Shannon - 14
  4. Chrissie - 12
Congratulations and I hope everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl! I know I did. Official results and the final spreadsheet tomorrow night.


Power Eight - Week Four

Lots of movement this week as we both drop Pittsburgh from our rankings; I prefer Big East powerhouse Georgetown while Derik chooses Atlantic Ten cupcake George Washington. Also, I've pushed overrated Florida from my top eight in favor of Bruce Pearl's Tennessee team (who beat Florida earlier this year).

Rob

Derik

  1. Duke
  2. Memphis
  3. UConn
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Illinois
  7. Tennessee
  8. Georgetown
  1. UConn
  2. Memphis
  3. Duke
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Florida
  7. Illinois
  8. G. Washington


Saturday, February 04, 2006
Deathpool Update - Grandpa Al Lewis

Al Lewis, more commonly known as Grandpa from the television show "The Munsters," has passed away at the age of 95 83. Tom S. vaults from sixth to second in the standings of our little contest which is heading into the homestretch: just over seven months remaining and Bob continues to keep his ten celebrities alive. Put me on your next list!


Thursday, February 02, 2006
Fifth Annual Iracane.com Super Bowl Pick 'Em

Can you believe it? This year marks the FIFTH time we've done a Super Bowl pool at iracane.com! Past winners include Aunt Ros, some random guy named Ron, and our good friend Vince (who celebrates his birthday tomorrow). So get your ass in gear and enter the Fifth Annual Iracane.com Super Bowl Pick 'Em. (Entry deadline is Sunday @ 5PM)


House hit, condemned

Noel says that his friend Gilbert did some Jager bombs and then smashed his Audi into a house. The house had to be condemned. Hahaha. Gilbert was released from the hospital without injuries and is, in fact, not Noel's friend.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The End of FM Radio as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

FM radio broke onto the scene in the seventies as an alternative to the pop stations on AM radio. Disc jockeys played the music they wanted: album cuts, prog rock, and even a Led Zeppelin track or fifty. Thirty years later, FM radio is a vast wasteland of repetitive adult contemporary music stations and boring talk programs; any self-respecting music fan has satellite radio in their cars nowadays. But the apocalypse in its true form has come to Virginia: NICKFM, the year-round Christmas music station. Three hundred and sixty-five miserable days a year.