Monday, March 30, 2009

The "Uber" Soapbox

As I joyfully read through my super cool cbox just the other day (oh my, I'm becoming delusional! Did I just use the phrase "super cool?" I'll hear about that one, I'm sure!). Anyway, reading through the cbox I see a message from Awesome Arnie that yours truly has been given the Uber Amazing Blog Award! Really? Well, I'd like to thank The Academy first of all. Without them, none of this could have ever happened! Thanks so much, and good night everybody!

Oops! Almost forgot to do my part in this! Alright, here's the important info about this award.

Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
  • inspires you

  • makes you smile and laugh

  • or maybe gives amazing information

  • a great read

  • has an amazing design

  • and any other reasons you can think of that makes them

  • uber amazing

The rules of this award are:

  • Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.
  • Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
  • Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.

  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.
I would like to pass this award on to all my friends! Upon further review, it would appear all my friends have already been nominated (no surprise there. After all, they do have Uber Amazing Blogs), so I'm going to do things a tiny bit different. Instead of nominating people who already know they rock, I'm going to put this up for anyone to grab. My request is, if you grab it, please let me know so I can make a list here for everyone to see.

Thank you Arnie for giving me such a great honor! From one Uber Blogger to another, you are awesome! I still have one more tag to work on, from The Boss. Plus, I will be posting a review of the new WWE Legends of WrestleMania game for PlayStation 3, and I hope to get something posted about WrestleMania since it is that time of year once again. Plus, baseball season is just about to start! A full plate to work from. I wonder how much I can get done? Stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Award Season Starts Early

Hello my blogging brethren (and sisters too! I think Twinks would go into Blogula mode if I forgot the ladies!) So The Amazing Funk has been putting together a lot of tags he has recieved, and in that long list, who's name should appear but PH (that's my new nickname from Twinks). I will tackle this one, then Arnie I will happily tackle the Uber Blog Award later this week (Thanks!) Enough chit chat, let's see what I'm working on today.

Cool graphic! I will give this Award to someone who's very nice and friendly to me...

Here are the rules for this meaningful award:

The aims of this award:

-As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
-To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!
-Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it
-Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
-Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
-Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
-Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

These are the people who I want to have this award:

Since all the people I want to have this award have already been given the award, I'm going to do what I call Circle Tagging. I'm going to give them the award anyway (because they truly deserve it), and because that's what friends do. So here are the people I want to be extra sure have this award:

-David Funk- Ha! Just because you nominated me, doesn't mean I can't nominate you! That's just what a "Creatively Insane Apprentice" would do, don't you think? Known to his many friends as Big Sooners fan, BSF, DF, 'D, or simply Dave, I can say without question if he were not blogging, I would not be either. Thanks for being such a great friend & remember who runs the A-show in BWE Promotions!

-Arnie- One of my new friends, and a very creative blogger. Creative blogs are one of the cornerstones of my blogging (or so I would hope!) and with Arnie I have read some tremendously creative stuff. I think she has the Midas touch, because everything she's touched has turned to gold (and coincidentally made her very rich.)

-Maxi- Another reason I owe Mr. Funk a debt of gratitude is his promotion of me and my writing, which brought Maxi around to say hi. And with that I instantly fell in love with another great blog to add to my reading list.

-3rdStone- I can't remember the last time I posted something and did not see a comment from 3rdStone. I appreciate that greatly and will begin to return the favor as soon as possible, and I apologize for not doing so sooner.

-Twinks- Thanks to Mr. D Funk, a sweet, innocent, lady has become a blood sucking vampire in the world of BWE. Trust me, that's meant completely as a compliment. And it's not the craziest thing I've seen happen in BWE! Anyone who can take that ball, run with it, and score, has gained me as a fan!

These great friends I have made are the main reason why I love blogging!

These tags are fun to work on! Anyone who would like it is welcome to take this.

Thanks for reading everyone! Looks like I'll be busy with tags for a while. See you soon!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tagged, You're It!

So ladies and gentlemen of cyberland, I'm happy to be back to posting and it was great to see some new faces join me in the Soapbox (winks at Maxi & ArnieV). While doing some blogwalking (is that the correct term?) I noticed my name pop up at the IHOF (that's International House of Funk), and it seems The Funkster has tagged me for this Meme. As I type that I have to wonder if I just ended a sentence with a preposition. If I did, I apologize to every English teacher I've ever met. My bad, dawgs! On we go!

The Rules:
List these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
Tell 7 unspectacular quirks on yours.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blogs.
Link the person who tagged you.
Leave a comment for each blogger.

7- Facts about me: Paul H aka The Rated R Blogger
I enjoy any type of music. I only look for a good beat and ryhthm. Any suggestions for songs I should hear?

One silly idea I have is to visit every ballpark in MLB and see a game there. So far I've been to Jacobs Field so I'm at 1 of 32. Next stop, Canada!

I am a huge wrestling fan, as evidenced by my writing on the Basic Bloganomics site. In fact, I recently had the pleasure of going to a live WWE Raw & ECW taping in Cleveland, OH with my younger brother. We had a great time!

Don't ever ask me to take your picture! Chances are I'll cut your head off. The picture I mean.

I write for EBW on the Basic Bloganomics site, and my boss is kind of insane! "Creatively insane."

My favorite movie is The Dark Knight. It is the only movie I've went to see twice in theathers and I own a copy on Blu-Ray. Why so serious?

I can't dance. Not a single bit. Luckily, my Prom date was very understanding about that.

7- Unspectacular Quirks:
I have 10 toes. Trust me, they're all there. Just to be sure I counted them as I wrote this sentence and... where the heck did that toe come from??? Just kidding.

I have a freckle on my right hand. It's on the other side of my palm. Hmmm... I completely blanked on what that's called.

I have not changed my hairstyle in 10 years. Why mess with perfection?

I wear two different colored socks, one white and one black, and no one has noticed yet!

I ask a lot of questions. I mean a lot. Too many at times. Know what I mean?

I watch tv way too much. I have the Fox Sunday line-up memorized. Darn, should have counted that as two!

For the wrestling fans out there, I've been known to do the Orton pose hanging out with friends. (Let's see how many get that one!)

Now here are the people I want to pass this tag to:


If you read and are so inclined, give this a try! It was a lot of fun for me, and I hope it is the same for you as well. Plus, I think all of my blogging friends have already gotten tagged for this, so it would be silly for me to re-tag them. I not some guy with a spray can trying to cause trouble.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Let's Try This Again

After realizing I have not posted on my blog in a while I thought, "what the hell? Let's try this again!" So I just want to comment on some stories in the news. First, spring training is in full swing finally. After watching the Indians play earlier and looking at their roster, three things come to mind.

1. What the hell happened to our rotation??? If our hopes of getting 6+ innings out of starter rests in the hands of Carl Pavano, we may be in trouble! Think about this, the Yankees got rid of this guy because he lost his stuff. So, unless he is a magician and can make things appear and disappear at the drop of a hat, I don't suspect he found his stuff and is going to carry the load this season.

2. Why is Kerry Wood our closer? Granted, he did make the All-Star team last year, it's still frustrating to see the team making the same mistake over-and-over. If you want a true closer, look in the farm system and grow one! Relying on closers who are in the latter stages of their career is a recipe for disaster, and it has not brought a championship to Cleveland.

3. Why is Matt LaPorta not on the 40-man roster? This is the top prospect we traded our #1 starter, CC Sabathia for at the trade deadline last season, and he's not even on the 40-man roster? I'm no expert, but if I traded away the best pitcher Cleveland's seen this decade and then the guy we traded for ended up elsewhere the following year, fans might get pissed! Even the video games would call that questionable!

Speaking of which, (cheap plug alert!) the new MLB games for 09 are out this Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum is on the cover of 2K Sports MLB 2k9; Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia is on the cover of MLB 09: The Show, which is exclusive to the Sony brands. I have a PS3, so I'll be looking for The Show. I played both last year, and I still can't stand the game 2K Sports keeps putting out. I don't see them making the changes to put that game on top of the market, and the only reason it will sell better is because it will be on every current generation console. When does that exclusivity deal end, anyway? It can't be soon enough!

I have to talk about Manny Ramirez. Why? Well, when someone is greedy about money, I feel like I should stand up and say, WHAT THE HELL??? In this economy Manny has decided that very substantial offers from the only team who's bidding on him, the Dodgers, is not enough? Read that sentence again. Does that make sense to you? Let's see if we can put this in perspective. Let's say you were window washer. And let's say your contract with A-1 Washers expired Jan 1st and you were making good money after spending several years at BRS Cleaners. But you grew tired of BRS and purposely did a lousy job in your final year with them. Now, A-1 wants you back. But you raised your asking price and now not even Steam Frank Gigante wants to sign you because you're just too expensive and after your experience at BRS, you can't be trusted. A-1's offered you three deals but each one is met with your agent saying, "More money and more years." Don't you think A-1 should just tell you to stick it and let you sit on the sidelines making nothing? Let's see what happens to all those sponsorships and investments then!

Hmmm... I seem a little angry there. Let's end on a fun note (and a another cheap plug). As you may know, I'm a wrestling fan. With it being WrestleMania season, it's great to hear that a new video game is coming out this month with legends from WWE. The game, Legends of WrestleMania features stars from the '80s and '90s. You can relive the famous Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant match from WrestleMania III, or the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock match from WrestleMania XV that launched the biggest rivalry of the "attitude era." And the list of legends in this game is impressive: Undertaker, Ted DiBiase, Ulimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Legion of Doom, Yokozuna, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Jimmy Hart. This one is quickly crawling up my wish list, and if you would more info on it, including the complete roster, head over to

One last thing, I'm trying to find some good blogs for baseball card collecting as I'm restarting my favorite old hobby. If you have one, or write one, please let me know and I'll be happy to link you once I get that part of the site fixed.

OK, final thing. If you're wondering what's up with all this "What the hell" stuff that's going on throughout my blog, I have just the person for you to ask. That would be my buddy David Funk. He's much better at explaining it than I am, plus he's good to talk sports with. Any Sooners fans will want to add him to your blog roll, trust me on this one. And don't forget to check out our Basic Bloganomics site where you can read both of us, including new BWE & EBW blogs! Thanks everyone!