Yes, I watched the Breaking Bad finale. Yes, I enjoyed it. And yes, the final scene was exactly as I envisioned it. BUT, you might be surprised by my review, which I’ll be posting tomorrow. I need a day.
In the meantime, here’s what I’m thinking about today…
1.We’re not in Cleveland anymore. We’re in Believeland.
2.Some ‘Breaking Bad’ to tide you over.
3.My new favorite beer.
4.Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter – yep, we have a nerd alert
1. Believeland. What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on? Cleveland is what’s going on folks! All the Indians did was win in grand fashion – check out these amazing stats (God I love baseball):
*They became the first team to win their final 10 games of the regular season since the 1971 Baltimore Orioles (the Tribe actually won their last 11).
*They are the first team to sweep seven four-game series since the 1943 St. Louis Cardinals.
*They increased their win total by 24 over last year.
*They went 21-6 in September.
*And, consider that the Tigers clinched almost a whole week earlier this year, with 93 wins – one game ahead of the Tribe, v. last year when they had 88 wins. In other words, this team may have clinched the Wild Card but they played at the level of a division winner.
This team has so many good things going for it…I would never do it justice. Just know the fun has just begun. And when they win on Wednesday, Tito’s old squad awaits.
And oh, about that whole ‘when we win’ v. ‘if we win’. In the past people in Cleveland would be freaking out, saying ‘hey, you’re jinxing it!!!’ This year? The whole attitude has shifted. Cleveland actually…believes in its sports teams! They have single-handedly turned the tide and attitude of how people in Cleveland view sports. I love watching Twitter and seeing all of the positive tweets. Just look at the Browns. The city could’ve melted down (ok, it did, for a day) when the Browns traded Richardson. But they started believing in the underdogs that no one gave a chance. And that’s been rewarded. The best part? It’s only going to get better. Cleveland sports has smart execs and professionals all throughout their organizations. Maybe more than any other time in its collective history. All I can say is bring on the Cavs!
2. Before they were stars, ‘Breaking Bad’ style. Check out these pre-Breaking Bad commercials for Bryan Cranston (Preparation H) and Aaron Paul (Juicy Fruit). Apparently they both put in some commercial work, especially Cranston. For me, my favorite pre-Heisenberg Cranston work is…Dr. Tim Whatley of course.
3. My new favorite beer is… When I was at the AKHIA bowling outing on Friday we had a fortunate accident. We went into the bar to order a Sam Adams Octoberfest. But the bartender told us they had double pumpkin on tap instead. Being the beer fans we are we were up for trying something new. But what we didn’t know was that it’s Sam Adams. Yes, they do have a double pumpkin – it’s from the small batch collection and called Fat Jack’s.
It was so freaking good. I would say you just need to taste it, but since I can’t find it anywhere around here, all I can do is share the website’s description:
**This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that’s deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts. The result is a delectable brew full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice.**
If you find it…email me ASAP.
4. Nerds unite. Stumbled across this bit of awesomeness over the weekend in the AdWeek Talent Gallery. These three posters were developed for LG Home Theater, each showing a collective group of characters performing together as a symphony, one for Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Now, the only question is do I have to buy one TV or three to get these??