Monday, April 26, 2010

Coming up...

Sorry this has been taking me so long to get the next tournament up. But coming up we have magazines. Get ready. It's on the way. Promise!

Cool Rog Love

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Movies - Round 5 (The Final Four)

The Final Four is here. I haven't been able to run my mouth about the matches like I usually do this tournament. So I am going to try to get a few things in here.

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The Shawshank Redemption vs Star Wars: Two #1s battling it out. The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The story was just amazing. The acting was wonderful. You coudln't help but pull for Andy Dufresne. Then the movie rewarded you for pulling for him when you realized he had escaped. Then it got even better when you realized that everyone who screwed him over got screwed in the end. I loved it. But it ain't no Star Wars. I saw Star Wars when it was originally released in New York as part of a double feature. Grease was the other movie in the double feature. From that point on I was hooked. I was only 2 years old about to turn 3 in a month. Still remember it. That's how much of an impact it had on me. I decided at a young age that I wanted to be a scientist because my mom told me that's what I would have to be when I told her that I wanted to build the robots and spaceships in Star Wars. I went on to become a bartender but I did have a semi successful run as a computer programmer. My whole life has revolved around Star Wars. The fact that I do everything I contemplate doing comes from the fact that in The Empire Strikes back Yoda says, "There is no try. Just do or do not." And let me talk about the genius of two characters. Chewbacca and R2D2. Neither one of these muthafuckas could talk but you loved them! They made noises. Chewbacca howled and gunted. But you understood him. R2D2 even had a sense of humor and all he did was make beeps and whistles. That's good stuff right there. The feeling you get when you grow attached to the lovable asshole Han Solo then you think he's turned his back on the Rebellion only for him to come through in the end and clear the way for Luke so he can blow up the Death Star. And then there was one of the greatest villains ever created in Darth Vader. What was he? Is he a robot? Is he human? Why is he breathing like that? WHOA! He choked that guy without touching him.
So needless to say. I'm voting for Star Wars.
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The Godfather vs The Princess Bride: I like the Godfather. It is a really good movie but you know what gets me everytime I watch it? The scene where they are having the big meeting and they are talking about how they want no parts of the drugs and they say something like leave the drugs to the niggers. "They're animals anyway so let them lose their souls." That one scene is why I am voting for the much happier and friendlier Princess Bride. Not to mention Andre the Giant is in that movie. I mean, if you grew up in the 80s you loved Andrew the Giant. I wish I could have met him. Seems like the type of person who would have really been nice to kids. Plus I love the idea of the gentle giant. I hope kids see me as a gentle giant cuz I get all nervous when I'm around little kids. They remind me of how big I am. I honestly worry that I may fall on a little kid when they are playing around with me. ... Anyway... Pirates. A giant. A bad ass sword fight. Billy Crystal. How can you beat this? You can't.

And that's why the finals will be Star Wars vs The Princess Bride.

You heard it here first.

The Rog.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Movies - Round 4 (The Elite Eight)


Wow! Look at this Elite Eight. This is something you don't see too often on Coffee Cake and it must mean that I seeded these movies almost spot on to what all of our readers think. All of the #1s are representing. There are three #2s getting ready to battle it out to stay alive. And one Cinderella. A little ol' #10 in Back To The Future still alive and in the hunt. This is going to be interesting.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Movies - Round 3 (The Sweet Sixteen)


Hi there! How are you today? Thanks for coming by Coffee Cake. That was nice of you. If you've got a few minutes, please, sit down and let me tell you what I think about today's matches.

The Princess Bride vs Stand By Me: In my mind this is a battle between Andre the Giant and Cherry Flavored Pez. I really like both of these movies but I have to admit I haven't seen Stand By Me since I was a kid. I own a copy of The Princess Bride. One of my favorite lines in the movie, and I never noticed it before until Trivia Guy Will pointed it out, is when the Dread Pirate Scott knocks out Andre the Giant and then tells him to dream of large women.

The Wizard of Oz vs The Royal Tenenbaums: I have to admit that I was never quite comfortable enough with The Wizard of Oz to be super into it like some people are. I mean yeah I think it would be cool to have a talking lion as a friend but I don't want to live in a world where trees throw apples at me and monkeys fly. If I had awaken in a world like that I don't think I would have handled it as well as Dorothy did. So I am going to vote for The Royal Tenenbaums. One of my favorite scenes from that movie is when Danny Glover falls in the hole at the excavation site while he is talking to Anjelica Houston. That happened to me once. It's another Jack induced story starring me and Amanda. We were walking up the driveway to a friend's house who was having a party and we had already hit the sauce pretty hard. So we're just walking and talking and I look back over at Amanda and she wasn't there anymore. I'm confused and I'm thinking, "What happened?" I look down and Amanda is laying in a pile of rocks off to the side of the driveway. It was so weird looking cuz she looked like a fish who was gasping it's last few breaths out of water. Just kinda laying there helpless. Trying to move but going nowhere. Needless to say she was bruised up for a week after that.

Ghostbusters vs Back To The Future: The battle of the 80s comedies. I'm going Back To The Future. Marty McFly drove a Delorean. Let me tell you, I still kinda have a thing for Hot Wheels. The other day I was in Kroger with my friend Jinger and we were standing at a box full of Hot Wheels for $1 each. I almost had a panic attack cuz she pulled out a Delorean. I thought she was going to buy it so I snatched it from her. Turns out she didn't want it anyway. She wanted the Lamborghini that was under it. I said all that to say this. If this tournament was about cars (which is coming up) though I'd like a Cadillac hearse, I'd be voting Delorean.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Movies - Round 2

Ok folks. Aren't there enough Bill Murray movies in this tournament? Did you really have to vote for Groundhog Day over Amelie? I'm gonna go ahead and just say this right now and get this out the way. I DON'T LIKE BILL MURRAY.

Yeah I said it.

I think every character he plays is creepy. That has to say something about him. And if his movies weren't enough to make me dislike him, he pulled this shit where the Chicago Cubs asked him to throw out the first pitch and the muthafucka didn't show up to do it? What the fuck kinda shit is that? You know how excited I'd be if my favorite baseball team asked me to throw out the first pitch of the season? Hell, if one of our little minor league teams asked me to throw out the first pitch I'd be there 2 hours early. That might be the biggest day of my life up to that point. But one thing I can say is since Bill Murray didn't show up to throw out the first pitch, a couple of kids from a die hard Cubs family got to do it instead and that was far cooler than some creepy actor doing it.

I know I'm gonna catch flack from Chris Horne and Jonathan Bennett. So.

Yeah...so after I was bragging on my Tigers we turned around and lost today to Kansas City. That's ok. We're 6 and 3. Still looking good at the beginning of the season. So let's look at today's matches.

Shawshank Redemption vs Fargo: This should be an easy win Shawshank has Morgan Freeman in it. He's a nice looking and well spoken man. Can't help but like him. You kinda wish he was your uncle or something. Fargo has Steve Buscemi, who is not so nice looking, and a woman with a funky accent. So Shawshank should win on the strength of Morgan Freeman alone. I'm pretty sure I heard Peter Griffin comment on Steve Buscemi once by saying his teeth look like they are all in competition against each other.

Breakfast At Tiffany's vs The Eternal Sunshine of the Spoless Mind: I've never seen either one of these movies But I'm voting for Breakfast At Tiffany's because that title is easier to type. Keep it short and simple! Geez. It's all long and drawn out and hard to understand. Breakfast at Tifanny's answers all the important questions. "Honey what are we eating?" Breakfast. "Where?" At Tiffany's. That title could only get better if it was Breakfast At Tiffany's At 8am.

Cool Hand Luke vs Clerks: I've never seen Cool Hand Luke so I am going with Clerks. My favorite part of Clerks is the conversation they have about contractors building the Death Star in Star Wars.

Forrest Gump vs Groundhog Day: Fuck Bill Murray. ... "That's all I have to say about that." (c) Forrest Gump

The Godfather vs The Exorcist: The Godfather. I still try to tell them not to go to the toll booth every time I see that movie. NO! NO DON'T DO IT! OOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhh nooooooooo..

The Blues Brothers vs American Psycho: The Blues Brothers has one of my favorite lines in it. Donald "Duck" Dunn (who is the bass player for Booker T. and The MGs in real life) says, "He ain't lying. We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline." Love it.

Ghost Busters vs Beetlejuice: This is probably one of the best match ups Coffee Cake has seen. I'm going with Ghost Busters. But really I see this being such a hard pick for so many people. These are two childhood favorites. I wonder how many people played with their Beetlejuice and Ghost Buster toys together. Did they ever bust Beetlejuice or was he too clever?


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

And The Winner Is...


Tetris pulls out the win and moves on to The Extravaganza. Tetris won its match by the lowest percentage that we've seen yet. With only 53% Tetris just assured that it will most likely be a #8 seed in The Extravaganza. And we are just about halfway to The Extravaganza. So there are roughly 16 more tournaments til we vote on the big one.

Movies is on deck and coming up next (Like my use of baseball terms? Go Tigers!) . I may be a little late with the next tournament. I'm still working on it.

So hold tight!
Roger

Friday, April 9, 2010

Video Games - Round 6 (The Finals)


So here we are at the finals. Zelda vs Tetris. I'm shocked that Tetris made it to the finals. I like Jonathan Bennett figured it would have gone down to Mario Bros and even Ms Pac-Man before that. But maybe those two matches are proof that Tetris has what it takes to win it all.
So we will take tomorrow off, then we will regroup back here on Monday for the start of the movies tournament. Another big 64 tournament. The following week will be Magazines and though I've had fun doing the big tournaments, I am looking forward to a small 32 tournament.

So enjoy your weekend.
And now I leave you with this...



Funky.
Rog

And the winner of the t-shirt contest is...

Sorry it took me so long to finally announce this. The winner is Catherine!! WOO WOOO WOOO WOO!!
Go 'head girl. You get to strut your stuff all over town in a wonderful "Home Cooked Dishes" T-Shirt.

For those of you who are ready for another contest, be patient. We will have another one soon. I am going to have one soon where the prize is going to be an assortment of Super Bounce Bouncy Balls. You know, the little balls you used to throw around the room and harass your pets with. Who doesn't love those things.

Pixels



This short film was shared with Coffee Cakers on the Facebook page and it goes perfectly with this week's tournament so I thought I would share it here.

Thanks to Chris Horne for posting this.

Video Games - Round 5 (The Final Four)


So we have come down to a battle of the Nintendo games in the final four huh?

Zelda vs Super Smash Bros.: Super Smash Bros is totally outclassed in this match. Outclassed meaning it probably should have lost two rounds ago. But since it is here it is giving the cake walk to Zelda.

Mario Bros vs Tetris: Tough call. I, like Will, spent more time playing Tetris on my Gameboy than I probably should have. But even though I don't really play a lot of video games, I have a soft spot for Mario Bros.

However this pans out, I see a really good final coming tomorrow.

Next week's tournament is movies. If you have any sugguestions for movies you would like to see in the tournament, add them over on our Facebook page. And while you are there make fun of Amy Beth and Vance for suggesting The Labyrinth.

That's all for right now.
Later
Rog Mahal

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I hope you find this as funny and interesting as I do.

Caption this picture.

Video Games - Round 4 (The Elite Eight)


Last round was just amazing to me. So many close races. Even the weird thing where I swear Ms Pac-Man was tied with Donkey Kong only to later find that Ms Pac-Man had won by one vote was exciting. It made me look stupid but it was still exciting. This is where things get good folks after today there will only be 4 games left standing.

Ms Pac-Man vs Tetris: Fuck that shit Angel is trying to put in your ear down there in the comments. I'ma tell you why Ms Pac-Man is going to win. Cuz Nike designed a shoe called The Ms Pac-Man. If anyone wants to buy me a gift, I'd like a pair of these in a men's size 12. There is no Tetris shoe...to my knowledge. There is also a line of Adidas Star Wars shoes (especially the Luke Skywalkers in orange) that I wouldn't mind having. I know I'm not supposed to be talking about shoes but this is a great opportunity to talk about shoes that I want. Oh yeah, there is also a Pac-Man version of the shoe. Remember, size 12.

Zelda vs Metroid: Ok see this is where my lack of gaming knowledge kicks in. I've never played either one of these games. I don't understand why the game is called The Legend of Zelda when the main character's name is Link. And Metroid sounds like a mental condition that makes you paranoid when you are in a metropolis. I'm going with Zelda cuz my mental state is bad enough with out help from a video game.

Super Smash Bros vs Mortal Combat: More whoop ass goodness right here. I've never played Super Smash Bros but I like the idea of it. I'm voting for Mortal Combat because Scorpion says, "GET OVER HERE! ... COME HERE!" That is still funny to me.

Mario Bros vs Castlevania: I'm pretty sure I remember Kevin playing Castlevania. I have no clue what that game is about. But I do enjoy me some Super Mario Bros. I liked 3 a lot. You could fly. I guess you were supposed to be a flying squirrel but it looked like a raccoon to me. I've never heard of a flying raccoon but hey it worked for the game.

I am going to be putting together the bracket for next week's movie tournament this evening. If you are in Macon (sorry to folks from Loyola Marymount, Manchester, Kennebunkport and other places that are not Macon) and you would like to help but the bracket together we will be meeting at 6pm this evening at The Rookery in downtown Macon.
See you there.

And now I present, a random Facebook page.
The Rog

Am I tripping?

How come the regular voting isn't tied anymore. I swear when I checked it after 10pm it was tied. Now it says Ms Pac-Man won 28 - 27. What should we do?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Overtime!!!

Resident Evil vs Halo! Let's go!!

Video Games - Round 2

This second round is serious. Great matches. Let's go!

Galaga vs Crazy Taxi: I just like this match up. Two great games. If I see a Galaga machine I'm gonna stick a quarter in it. But cutting lose in a convertible taxi and driving like I've lost all my good senses is just too appealing. My vote goes to Crazy Taxi.

Resident Evil vs Halo: I am sure there are people who exist whose heads would implode from trying to choose between these two. I'm going with Halo on this but only because Resident Evil gives me nightmares. But while I'm speaking on Resident Evil I have to say it is pretty cool that you can get Resident Evil 4 on the iPad.

Final Fantasy vs Excite Bike: If you play RPGs you can understand why Final Fantasy has a somewhat cultish type of following. Final Fantasy is not a game for people with short attention spans. You invest a lot of time into playing and you are rewarded with watching a wonderful story unfold. But can it beat pure nostalgia. Excite Bike was the game everyone talked about on the NES. You played it for hours with your friends. I'm a dedicated Final Fantasy fan so my vote is going with FF but I can see bow Excite Bike could give FF a run for its money.

Super Smash Bros vs Double Dragon: It's the battle of the ass whoopers. You can waste an endless amount of time on either one of these daydreaming that each punch you throw in the game was actually landing on the nose of the bully who took your lunch money and called you a geek. But I'm going with Double Dragon.

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Mortal Combat vs Dragon's Lair: This is a tough one for me. I was a freshman in college when the first mortal combat was at its peak. I remember spending many an hour in the student activities building playing that game, but I could never beat it. I could whoop just about anybody's ass in a head to head using Liu Kang but I could. not. beat. that damn game. Now Dargon's Lair. Dragon's Lair is the game I used to wait in line to play at Chuck E. Cheese. I was so young and so bad at video games, but still I'd stand there in line with my $.50 cents in hand. See, while it is no big deal to pay $1 to play a video game today, $.50 was a lot back then because all video games were only $.25. But it was worth it. Oh boy, was it worth it cuz this game was both a video game and a cartoon and I loved both. And if I remember correctly, I wanted to fuck Princess Daphne and I was clueless as to what that even meant but I knew that there was something about her. So, I'm standing there, gripping my $.50 and patiently waiting while the guy that's playing is beating the game. I'd seen that guy many times before and he always beat the game without losing a man. I wait there until he beats the game and finally my time arrives and I step up to the machine. I put my $.50 in the machine. I grab the joystick and... .. ...I'm off the game in less than a minute.
*sigh*
I wish I could play that game still to this day. I'd spend a lot of money playing it until I beat it.

Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids Deluxe and Donkey Kong 3Image by Aaron Landry via Flickr


Ms Pac-Man vs Duck Hunt: The battle of the old school favorites. Tough choice to be made here. Still love to see a Ms Pac-Man. Especially a table top Ms. Pac-Man. I just always thought that having a video game as a coffee table was the coolest thing in the world. But we all loved playing Duck Hunt. How many times have you gotten mad at that dog for laughing at you when you missed and tried to shoot him? Yeah we all did it. But I gotta go with Ms. Pac-Man. Such great memories surround sometimes just having a Ms. Pac-Man machine in the room. Those machines signify a certain time period. Arcade games were everywhere you went. I miss that.

Tetris vs Tomb Raider: I spent many an hour watching Kevin make Lara Croft try to jump and grab hold to some ledge. Needless to say that was boring for me. On the other hand though, I remember my parents actually bought me a Gameboy (I wonder what line I ran on them to dish out that kinda cash. I probably tricked them by saying it was something educational.) so I have played Tetris for many more hours. I feel sorry for that younger me. I needed a life. But still it was cool to see the rocket take off on Tetris.

Mario Kart vs Sonic the Hedgehog: They must call hedgehogs hedgehogs cuz the look like little pigs that are carrying little bushes on their backs cuz other wise it wouldn't make sense to name them after a fat guy sitting by a bush saying, "No. Get out of here. You can't have any of this hedge, it's mine." I'm just saying...it doesn't make sense.

Well that's all for now. I'll see you all tomorrow.

Rogie
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Video Games - Round 1




Well, here we are with another week of Coffee Cake and this week we will be exploring the wonderful world of video games. I'ma tell you right now, I know very little about video games. I'm old school as hell and most of my favorite games didn't even make the tournament. They are just so old that no one gives a shit about them any more. That being said I hope the seeding of the tournament doesn't make me an embarrassment to any hard core games who might be reading. And just in case there are some hard core gamers who are turning up their noses to my rankings, get a life geek! I'm a DJ by trade. I'm was too busy making the party live and getting all the girls to sit around moving my thumb around.
No, just kidding (not really). To be honest this tournament is dedicated to my friend Kevin. He has been a true gamer ever since I've known him and most of what I know about video games I learned from hanging out with him. We used to go to arcades where he would be in Street Fighter tournaments and playing other games so well that people would stand around and watch him play. I, on the other hand, would find the nearest bar and order a beer.

So let's talk about the matches.

The number 1s look pretty safe. The 16 seeds are pretty interesting games though. Oregon Trail was fun. I don't know if it was REALLY fun or if I was just happy to be playing a game on the computer at school. I mean really your characters would be dying of dysentery. I didn't know what dysentery was back then. That's a lot to hang on a kid who just wants to play a game. Space Invaders is one of the first games I remember being able to play well. I remember playing it for so long one time that the game just said, "Congratulations" and started completely over. Toe Jam and Earl...never liked that name. Pong...still fun and for some reason the simple name make me giggle inside.

Chrono Trigger vs Crazy Taxi: I had never even heard of Chrono Trigger until I made this bracket. While I was struggling trying to seed the games, I looked at a lot of Top 100s list. Chronos Trigger was in the top 5 on a lot of lists. How can that be and I've never even heard of it? Well, I do know Crazy Taxi was a lot of fun. I had forgotten about it until I saw a commercial where someone was playing it. I always picked the dread locked taxi driver.

Resident Evil vs Ecco the Dolphin: I remember watching Kevin play Resident Evil. The shit was nasty. More than I could handle. I've never seen Ecco the Dolphin in action before but I'm sure a dolphin couldn't possibly freak me out as bad as the Resident Evil zombies. My vote goes to Ecco.

World of Warcraft vs Double Dribble: I've never played World of Warcraft. I'm an Everquest man myself. But I am going to pick it because I love RPGs. What I remember most about Double Dribble was that it was one of the first games I heard talk. When it came on it said Double Dribble and you know what it said but is sounded like someone was saying it with a mouth full of water.

Super Smash Bros vs The Sims: I'm voting for Super Smash Bros. Let me tell you why. When The Sims hit the market everyone seems like they were playing it. My friends finally talked me into trying it and what the fuck is this shit? I'm baby sitting a video game. I don't need a guilt trip cuz my video game died cuz I forgot to feed it! It was a person. When people get hungry they go find food. Or how bout I leave for awhile and come back to find my video game is dead because apparently it was so dumb that when it found food it burned the house down trying to cook it. And worst of all my video game pissed on itself because I didn't tell it to go to the bathroom. I deal with dumb people on a daily basis. The last thing I need is a game simulating how dumb humanity it. Super Smash Bros gets the vote.

Guitar Hero vs X-Wing: Yo. X-Wing was dope. I played the hell out of that game. Those missions were a lot of fun and challenging. I wasn't very good at the game but so what I was flying an X-Wing and a Y-Wing and that was good enough for me. I admit I like guitar hero but getting to pretend to be in rogue squadron was the greatest thing a game could offer me.

II gotta get some sleep. More commentary to come.

Rog

Don't worry, it's coming..

I'm almost done filling in the bracket. It will be up and ready to vote on soon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cartoons - Round 5 (The Final Four)


I want to clear up something because I've been hearing a lot of grumbling as I talk to people. Some of the Coffee Cake members who have been voting for awhile think that the Gargoyles fans are cheating. Let me tell you, they are not.
A Gargoyles fansite has been promoting this tournament through their website message boards and through Twitter. Nothing wrong with that. Subway, KFC and Taco Bell did the same thing when we did Fast Food and so did eBaum's World and Cinematical when we did Websites.
Now I did see what looked like a student at a University in San Antonio where it looked like they kept logging in at a different computer in the computer lab but I don't think that had anything to do with Gargoyles.
They are up against some stiff competition this round. Do they have the strength to pull off two more wins? We will see.

I'd talk more about this round but I am typing this from work.

Remember folks this is all in fun.
Rog

Cartoons - Round 4 (The Elite Eight)


This is crazy. Gargoyles and Animaniacs (not to mention some bad picks on their own) are straight messing up the brackets for the people in the T-shirt contest. The Elite Eight could make things mighty ugly for them. Let's look at the match ups.

Looney Tunes vs Animaniacs: Yes Animaniacs gave us Pinky and the Brain, The God Pigeon, and all that but there would be no Animaniacs with out Looney Tunes. Give me Bugs, Daffy and Porky.

Animaniacs had a wide cast of characters. Show...Image via Wikipedia


Scooby Doo vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: While I will admit that I liked the Turtles, Scooby Doo is just more my era. I always wanted to be a part of that crew. I wondered how come they were so young and travelling the country in such a cool van. Why weren't they in school? Why didn't they have jobs. How could I do that and avoid the ghosts and shit? Scooby gets my vote.

The Simpsons vs Gargoyles: This should be simple. The Simpsons. But Gargoyles has been kicking butt all tournament long. While I'm going to vote for The Simpsons I think Gargoyles will probably win this match and head to the final four. Is Gargoyles the Butler University of this tournament? We shall see.

Transformers vs South Park: Come on be honest. The very idea of what a transformer is is awesome. Like if your cell phone could turn into a robot and help you lift that heavy box your boss told you to move, you'd be all about that, wouldn't you? Damn right. Now the idea behind South Park is a bunch of bad ass kids and dumb adults. I LIVE THIS CARTOON EVERYDAY!! Give me Transformers. Let me dream.

Final Four coming tomorrow!

Roger
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