Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Dip

When I posted on Facebook that I was making this for the SuperBowl party at D's I had a few people ask me for the recipe.

So here you go. It's the easiest thing to make ever :)

4 chicken breasts or equivilant (cooked and shredded)
2 12oz packages of Philly Cream Cheese
1 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1 24oz. Bottle Ranch (Hidden Valley works well)
Cheese (to sprinkle on top, Mexican Blend, Cheddar or whatever you like best)

Mix Ranch, Cream Cheese and Franks together (use a blender or hand mixer till its really smooth)
Add chicken.
Place mixture into lightly greased baking dish (I like my pyrex 9x13)
sprinkle cheese on top.

Place in 350ooven for 20-30 min or until cheese is hot and bubbly on top and dip is at your desired temperature.

You can also put it in the crockpot, which is what we did for the party.

I will use the canned chicken from Sam's Club if I dont have the time to actually bake and shred chicken breasts, I'll use 2 cans for one batch. These are not the regular tuna fish sized cans tho, they are a little bigger.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Who Dat!?!

from Blake's site:

We Believe
They’ve been called a lot of things in 43 years. Everything from the ‘Aints to the Bless You Boys. Today, they’re being called something for the first time.


Two weeks ago, I blogged about the New Orleans Saints bringing home the first NFC Championship in franchise history, and while we all had hopes for the Super Bowl, I was the sort to not really voice them for fear of jinxing the whole thing. But a lot of other people were a lot more vocal than I was, and yesterday, Drew Brees and the boys took it all home for a city that has totally fallen in love with them.

Perhaps best of all is the fact that it was truly a clean win. No controversial calls, no questionable flags, nothing that the armchair pundits can point at and try to claim that the refs screwed up or cheated or did anything to “take” the trophy away from Manning and the Colts. It wasn’t taken from them. It was earned by the Saints, through a series of good play calling, fundamental excellence, and — let’s be honest here — some of the gutsiest moves I have ever seen in a football game. Just seconds into the second half, when a surprise onside kick left the Colts (and the rest of the world) stunned, someone at our Super Bowl party screamed, “You can DO THAT on a kickoff?”

I’m not ashamed to admit, that was me.

Tomorrow the city of New Orleans is throwing a victory parade for our boys, with floats donated by the five biggest Mardi Gras Krewes who are going to use them again next weekend. My sister Heather (who was at the game, damn her) is in Disney World right now watching a parade in Brees’ honor, while over 20,000 Saints fans are swarming Louis Armstrong International Airport to watch the rest of the team get off the plane back home.

That’s not a typo. Over TWENTY. THOUSAND.

When I finally went to bed at 1 a.m., the TV news was still showing the party on Bourbon Street. And when I woke up at 5 a.m. to go to work, there were still people out there. Many of the revelers, no doubt, walked down the road to camp out for a spot at the parade. Half the city didn’t come in to work today, including a lot of teachers at my school. But that was okay. Out of my 80 students, I had 28 absent.

We’re partying.

Tomorrow the work begins. Not necessarily for the Saints — they deserve a long break — but for the rest of us. For the past week, the eyes of the world have been on New Orleans. Governor Bobby Jindal said during an interview last night that the assembled media of the world have been given packets outlining the positive things that have been happening in Louisiana. This is our chance to convince people to come here — not just with their tourist dollars, but with their businesses. With their jobs. This is a chance to make a quantum leap in the progress we’ve been making ever since that bitch of a storm a few years ago.

But that’s on us. Our boys got us there. So thank you, Sean Peyton, Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Garrett Hartley, and all the rest. Thank you for putting yourselves — and us — in the spotlight. And don’t even think about next year yet. Enjoy this moment until the time comes to really think about it. Don’t worry about tomorrow yet. Don’t worry about the free agency and the draft, spring training or the pre-season. Don’t worry about 16 more games that count and don’t even think about 45. For now, 44 is all ours, and nobody will ever take that away from us. For the next few months, just just celebrate the fact that you’ve done something no other Saints team in history has done.

For the next few months, just celebrate.

And leave the hard work to all of us.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ohhhh, Sell the Goddamn Team!

It Would be so nice if Mr. Nutting actually listened to Pirate fans instead of being concerned only with lining his pockets.

Winning offer: An open letter to Pirates owner Bob Nutting

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Dear Mr. Nutting,

Major league sports is a brutal business. What with aggressive player agents, deep-pocketed competitors and more venues vying for the public's entertainment dollar, it is not a pursuit for the faint of heart.

Still, your family has had an ownership stake in the Pirates for 14 years and you've been the controlling owner since January 2007. Not once during the Nuttings' involvement has the team had a winning season. The Pirates' streak of 17 losing campaigns exceeds any run of futility in the history of professional sports. It is, no doubt, as frustrating for you as it is for the fans.

The difference between you and the other Pirates faithful, though, is you can do something about it.

When you took over the Pirates, you talked about your commitment to win. It hasn't happened and, even with the latest clutch of young prospects, it's unlikely that 2010 will be a winning season. When you installed a new management team, they said they were out to change Pirates culture. That cultural shift produced more Pirates losses in each of the last two seasons than the year before. When the fans showed their growing impatience, you said there would be accountability. Let's draw a hard line in the infield dirt on when the Nutting regime will be accountable and return this storied franchise to a modicum of respectability -- or else depart the scene.

That change could come sooner if you were open to the reported offer by Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle to buy the baseball team. Your insistence that the Pirates are not for sale would seem to put an end to the whole idea. Let's hope not.

As a sports owner powerhouse, Lemieux-Burkle has been able to put the necessary money into the hockey team to keep top talent on the ice. To no one's surprise, the Pirates and Penguins are poles apart in terms of image, success and symbols of Pittsburgh.

The Pirates ownership of the Nutting era has never spent much on players. Yet team officials over the years have resisted the notion that this has any bearing on the 17 losing seasons. Even this year, the franchise will be a bottom feeder in terms of total salary in Major League Baseball, with the added twist that ownership is now trying to sell cheapness as a virtue, saying it is necessary to save money for when today's Pirates prospects blossom into the superstars the team will want to keep tomorrow. If only it were so.

That's why you shouldn't dismiss an offer by the Penguins' co-owners out of hand. With their management smarts, superior finances and record of success, they could build this team into not only a sure winner but also one with staying power. Like the Pirates we remember.

In that way, by selling the team you can finally deliver on your promise of producing a winner, and probably years ahead of schedule. You would become an overnight sensation, Pittsburgh's newest baseball hero. It's worth thinking about.

More than a few Pirates fans

Read more:

Post title was taken from this gem from the WDVE morning show

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The New Orleans Saints SuperBowl Drinking Game

brought to me by Kevin over at Strange City Heroes...
(those are 2 different links, check them both out)

The New Orleans Saints SuperBowl Drinking Game:

1. Every time they mention hurricane Katrina, drink 1

2. If they show pictures of the City of New Orleans right after Katrina, drink 1

3. Every time they say how much the Saints mean to the City of New Orleans, drink 1

4. Every time the words “tragedy”, “flood”, or “devastation” are used, drink 1

5. Every time they talk about how good Reggie Bush was in college, drink 3

6. If they show Kim Kardashian in the stands, drink 5

7. Every time they show a picture of Reggie Bush with a bat or say “bringing the wood” drink for 5 seconds.

8. Every time Reggie Bush gets negative yardage trying to run around in the backfield a bunch and outrun the defense, drink 1 and turn to the person next to you and say “I told you Vince Young should have won the Heisman”

9. Every time Reggie Bush gets up and flexes his arms in that pose he likes to do, drink 1

10. If they mention Tim Tebow for any reason, funnel a beer

11. Every time they say that “it’s destiny for the Saints to win” drink 1

12. they show footage of Katrina survivors at the Superdome, take a shot of cheap liquor

13. If they call Saints fans the most passionate fans in football, drink 1

14. If they say that the Saints, Saints fans, or the City of New Orleans “deserve” a Superbowl victory, drink 1

15. Every time they say how good of a story the Saints are, drink 1

16. If Jeremy Shockey pretends to be hurt after dropping a pass, drink 2

17. If they mention the Saints beating the Falcons in 2006 in the first game after Katrina in the Superdome, drink 5 and remember that we are still a better football team with better fans.

18. Every time they compare hurricane Katrina to the Haiti earthquake, funnel a beer and yell “bullshit!”

19. Every time they mention Drew Brees as the Mardi Gras king, drink

20. Every time they show Archie Manning, drink 1, and mention how bad he sucked. If they show old footage of him on the Saints, drink 5. If they mention how tough of a decision it was for him as for whom to cheer for, drink 10.

21. Every time they show a saints fan yelling "Who dat!" Or a sign/shirt saying the same, drink 1.

22. If they show Chris Paul at the game, drink 1 and mention to someone how much better he is than Marvin Williams.

23. If they show former Mayor Ray Nagin, drink 5 and then punch someone in the face.

Other Rules not involving the Saints:

1. Every time they show Eli Manning in the press box, drink 1
2. Every time Pierre Garcon is mentioned with Haiti, drink 1
3. If Brett Favre is mentioned for any reason, drink 1

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ear Candy: My iTunes On Shuffle


aaaaaaaand GO!

Orestes -- A Perfect Circle
On Saturday -- The Clarks
We Are All On Drugs -- Weezer
I'm Goin' Down -- Bruce Springsteen
Friends Don't Let Friends Listen To Rap Metal -- 2 Skinnee J's
The Perfect Crime #2 -- The Decemberists
Spookshow Baby -- Rob Zombie
Here's My Love -- Voodoo Babies
Campus -- Vampire Weekend
Anticipate -- Ani DiFranco
The Question Song -- Tom Wilson
Anthem #2 -- Jackalope
Skullcrusher Mountain -- Jonathon Coulton
Red Line Season -- These Arms Are Snakes
In This Twilight -- Nine Inch Nails
Red Tide -- Neko Case
La Vie Boheme -- Rent Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack
Watcha Say -- Jason Derulo
Shut Up And Let Me Go -- The Ting Tings
Come Join Us -- Bad Religion
The Undertaker (Renholder Mix) -- Puscifer
Mambo Italiano -- Dean Martin
The Times, They Are A Changing -- Bob Dylan
Burnout -- Green Day
Summertime -- DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Teeth -- Lady Gaga
Ten Days Late -- Third Eye Blind
Piazza, New York Catcher -- Belle & Sebastian
Never Give Up -- Melissa Ferrick
Goodbye Horses -- Q Lazzarus & Garvey
Time Is Running Out -- Muse
Like This -- Girl Talk
One Night In New Orleans -- The Povertyneck Hillbillies
High Plains Drifter -- Beastie Boys
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa -- Vampire Weekend
The Boy In The Bubble -- Paul Simon
Homecoming -- Kanye West feat. Chris Martin
88 Lines about 44 Women -- The Nails
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) -- The Squeeze
My Freeze Ray -- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
A Drunken Night In Dublin -- The Mahones
Two Times -- The Blakes
With Teeth -- Nine Inch Nails
Killing -- The Rocketz
Fuck The Pain Away -- Peaches
Hoist That Rag -- Tom Waites

annnnnnnd STOP! 2:20am.

So there you go.

The list is as eclectic as what I was doing online during that time...Email, AIM with Blake, Facebook, 4chan, Wikipedia, a few different message boards, Twitter, Amazon, and some random Stumbling.