La Maudite Beer – “The Brew Club” Review

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Hello Everyone… So every now and then, I’ll be doing beer reviews for The Brew Club and I’ll post a shortened version to share it with y’all.

I know what you’re thinking… What does beer reviews have to with sports?? Well let me ask you – What do most people have at sporting events? BEER!

So maybe these reviews will help you choose some come cool and different beers to have while your are watching your next sporting event, or to simply enjoy as your read our sports post!

Thus without further ado (drum roll please)… I present the Maudite Beer.

La Maudite Beer – Is a Belgium style ale with an 8% (pretty strong stuff) and brewed with ALE on LEES.

What made me choose this beer was the attention-grabbing label which has a picture of a canoe full of people floating in the air with strange looking demon at the bottom of it.  La Maudite - The Brew Club Review

As I take my first mouthful, my reaction is smooth but with a kick.  The flavor of the beer is malty, but not overwhelming.  It also tastes like there’s quite a few different spices in there that give an interesting flavor, but hard to differentiate.  The aftertaste of the beer is slightly tart, but it works because of the unusual spices.  Something else that I notice is that with most beers that I have tried in the past that are 7% or above you begin to get a liqourish-winish taste to it, but with this brew I detect none of that.

I certainly like this “damned” beer.  It’s unique, smooth and a pretty powerful Belgium style ale.

I give it 4 TBC’s (out of a possible five-being the best).

Four TBC's

Definitely recommend for everyone to give this beer a try, and will also buy it again at the store and at bars.

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Michael Phelps – Up in Smoke

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“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.” – Michael Phelps

The News of the World – A British tabloid magazine recently released a photo of Michael Phelps taking a bong hit at a party in Columbia, S.C.  This picture has caused such outrage in Columbia that the town’s sheriff Leon Lott is building up a “case” against Phelps.  He has arrested seven people, and is looking to build evidence to prosecute Phelps, which brings up the question..

Is there really nothing better for Sheriff Lott to do than to prosecute Phelps for taking some hits off of a marijuana bong?

phelps-01Phelps is 23-years old, fresh off a record setting 8 gold medal Olympic performance and is just looking to enjoy the fruits of his labor.  Can the man celebrate a little bit??

I understand that smoking marijuana is illegal in the U.S., but there has to be more pressing matters in Columbia, S.C. than to spend our taxpaying dollars in building up a case against a young man who took a few bong hits.

Phelps has apologized and has received punishment for his “hits.”  He has lost a few endorsements and has been suspended 3 months by the U.S. Swimming Committee. I say to Sheriff Lott from S.C. let’smove on, let’s try to focus on catching real criminals instead of trying to catch your 15 mins of fame.

Is there a Madden Curse? Perhaps…

In 1999 the acclaimed EA Sports Football game Madden started to feature NFL Football players on the cover along the with John Madden.

In 2001 they completely decided to not have the cover boy  anymore and just feature the NFL players.

1999 is when the Madden Curse was born.

What is the Madden Curse some of you may ask?

The “Madden Curse” is believed to be a jinx of any NFL football player that appears on the cover of the Madden game.  Once they are on the cover, it’s believed that he will suffer from injury at some point during the season or would have a significant decrease in production from the previous years.

Let’s look at the evidence…

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1999 – Garrison Hearst –

In 1999 the San Francisco 49er had a great year, he rushed 310 times for 1570 Yards & 7 TD’s.  During a playoff game in 1999 against the Atlanta Falcons Hearst suffered a broken ankle.  The severity of his injury was so serious that Hearst missed the next 2 regular seasons.  He did make a comeback in 01 and became the NFL’s comeback player of the year during that season, but too late the “curse” has been born.

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2000 – Barry Sanders

Barry retires after the 99 season from the Lions finishing with an 8-8 record, which doesn’t really apply the Madden curse to him, but I think it passed on to the Detroit Lions b/c they have failed to make the playoffs without Sanders and have been the laughing stock of the NFL including an 0-16 record this past season.

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2001 – Eddie George

Prior to gracing the cover of Madden, George had just finished a career year for the Titans, rushing for 1,509 yards & 14 TD’s.  The year that he appeared on the cover of Madden, George only 939 yards, 5 TD’s and averaged less than 3 yards a carry due to a nagging toe injury that limited his play.  George never regained the form that he was in prior to Madden, for the remainder of his career he average less than 3 yards a carry.

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2002 – Daunte Culpepper

Daunte’s stats for 2000 – He threw for 4,000 yards, 33 TD’s, rushed for 470 Yards and 7 TD’s.  In 2001 – the year of the Madden cover, he threw 13 INT’s and 14 TD’s and his season was cut short in the 11th game by a back injury.   Just like George, Culpepper was never the same player again.

032003 – Marshall Faulk

Marshall was part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” – In 01 he ran for over 2,000 yards and 21 TD’s.  After appearing on the cover during the 02 season Marshal suffered an ankle injury that limited his numbers to 10 TD’s and 1,600 rushing yards.  Never again did Marshal run for 1,000 yards for the remainder of his career.

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2004 – Michael Vick

Perhaps the most notorious NFL player to ever appear on the Madden cover.  Just five days after the game was released Vick was injured during a preseason game and was only able to play in the last five games of the season, throwing for 4 TD’s.  Yet Vick’s Madden misfortune didn’t end there as years later “the curse” continues to haunt him as he serves 1 year sentence for killing dogs and is out of the NFL.

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2005 – Ray Lewis

It’s said that for the most part, Lewis avoided “the curse” – he was only injured one game, but throughout the whole season didn’t record a single INT for the first time in his career – but then again, I think “the curse” followed him off the field as he faced murder charges that year.
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2006 – Donovan McNabb

The year that McNabb graced the cover, the Eagles didn’t make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, he threw more INT’s than TD’s and he was lost during the 11th game of the season due to a sports hernia.

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2007 – Shaun Alexander

In 64 previous games Alexander had never missed a game, but after appearing on the cover, he fractured a bone on his foot and missed six games that season.  He had the lowest total of yards since his rookie season, rushing for 896 yards.

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2008 – Vince Young

During the 07 season (the year that he graced the Madden cover) Young threw for 9 TD’s and 17 INT’s.  The following season “the curse” continued to follow him as he was benched in favor of Kerry Collins due to reported “mental health issues.”

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2009 – Brett Favre

The unintentional funniest Madden cover to date b/c it has Favre with a Packers uniform, a few days later he was traded the NY Jets where he led the team to a quick start, but then fizzled towards the end of the season leading the team to an 9-7 record, missing the playoffs, and throwing for 22 TD’s & 22 INT’s.

So BOOM!

There you have it, is there a Madden curse????

I’ll let you look at the evidence and decide for yourself…

Great Expectations – Bret “the Jet”

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On August 7th, 2008 the NY Jets traded for Bret Lorenzo Farve, the 39 year old leader of the cheese heads aka the Green Bay Packers.

As NY Jet Fan I was ecstatic to think that Brett Favre – 3 time MVP, 10 time Pro Bowler, 7 Time All Pro Selection, Super Bowl Champion and part of the 1990’s All NFL Team – was going to be joining the New York J-E-T-S… Jets, Jets Jets!

C’mon if anyone with those credentials you’d be excited too, but like all things that is hyped up or that we look forward to they very, very, very rarely live up to their hype or our expectations.

Everyone who wasn’t a Jet’s fan, kept on telling us “He’s over the hill, he’s 39 how good can he really be, etc…etc” but Jets fan stood by the decision of Mike Tenanbaum, we we’re like “No, Brett’s got some stuff left in the tank, he’s definitely got something to prove.”   I even considered buying a number 4 Jets Jersey, and I wasn’t the only one, cause it was the number 1 selling jersey in the NFL for the 08 season.

So with “Great Expectations” Jets fans looked forward to the 08 season, and great-expectations-01for the first 11 games Bret-The Jet made us a believer, the Jets record was 8-3.. Sure he threw many, many reckless throws, but we forgave him b/c of all the late comebacks… and THEN… he stuck a dagger in our hearts!

The NY Jets proceeded to lose four of that last five games and in those five games Brett-The Jet threw for just 2 touchdowns and 8 interceptions – including a heartbreaking loss to the Miami Dolphins and Chad Pennington – who the Jets let go the day after they acquired Favre.  That loss to the Dolphins ended the playoff hopes for the Jets, Favre finished with 22 TD’s and 22 INT’s for the season.  But the stats don’t tell the whole story.  If you watched those final  5 games of the season, you could definitely tell that Brett didn’t seem too comfortable with the team and neither them with him.  Perhaps they were just faking it the first 11 games in the season, and in the end when the real teams make it, and the ones who do don’t.

So once again the Jets season ended without a playoff berth.  As Favre ponders his future, I think he said it as he told Mike Tenenbaum as he left the locker room after that Miami loss… “It may be time to look in a different direction.”  You’re right Favre, for the Jets we’ll be looking for a QB for our 09 season, for you look, into the direction of retirement, you have nothing else to prove.

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Yet, whoever we have at the helm, I’ll always be shouting J-E-T-S.. Jets! Jets!! Jets!!

The Basketball Movie “All Stars”

Basketball is like poetry in motion, cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he’s fallin’ back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, “What?”
–    Jesus Shuttleworth.

I’ve always loved basketball movies (mainly b/c basketball is my favorite sport), but there’s something pretty special about Hollywood being able to recreate the magic that happens on a basketball court.

Have you ever wondered what an all time “fictional” basketball movies team would look like?  Well, lucky for you I’ve taken the liberty to put together my starting line up, bench, coach and mascot.  These “players, coach & mascot” come from all my favorite basketball movies – (I only did fictional characters b/c I thought its much more fun that way).  So without further ado, let’s break it down.

THE SUPERSTARS AKA “THE STARTING LINE-UP

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Center –

NEON from BLUE CHIPS

Sure Neon is dumb as rocks, but this guy was unstoppable.  Neon would dunk over everyone and anyone – just lob it up there and he’d be sure to finish.  Just watch out for any pieces of glass off the shattered backboard.

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Power Forward –

POUND (the orange heavy set Monstar who took Charles Barkley’s ability) from SPACE JAM

Orange monster – power forward… nuff said… You need your power forward to be an intimidating presence and an orange Monstar with the ability of Sir Charles and his mouth to boot; it’s the perfect PF.

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Small Forward –

SHEP from ABOVE THE RIM

Shep is definitely a little wacky in the head (plays basketball at midnight against an imaginary opponent with an imaginary basketball) but you know the dude doesn’t miss.  He was getting knocked over left and right in the final tournament in Above the Rim and still hit every shot .You have to have a gutsy player like that on your team, someone who can finish when the game is on the line – crazy and all.

Shooting Guard –

MICHAEL JORDAN from SPACE JAM

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Two words – Michael Jordan.  Sure he’s not really fictional, but he is playing somewhat of a fictional character in Space Jam but it’s still M.J. and he has to be in any of your “all-time” squads fictional or not.

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Point Guard –

MONICA WRIGHT from LOVE & BASKETBALL

I love Monica’s heart & hustle throughout the whole movie.  She’s gutsy and she can lead a team to victory and get hers at the same time, who can forget her pulling up from the three point line during the fast break then leaving her hand high… that’s cojones right there.

THE ROLE PLAYERS AKA “THE BENCH”


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PG/SG –

SCOTT HOWARD from TEEN WOLF

He’s a werewolf!!! Got’s to have that intimidating presence off the bench… plus if your team mascot ever gets sick you’ll have a back up.

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PG –

KYLE LEE WATSON from ABOVE THE RIM

He’s cocky and hardheaded, but he’s got handle and can shoot pretty well – you just have to remind him to spread his fingers during the release.

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SG –

BILLY HOYLE from WHITE MAN CAN’T JUMP

You have to admire a guy who can hit a half court hook shot and looks as goofy as he does but can still ball with the best of them.  You’re always going to need a shooter off the bench, and Billy Hoyle will knock down the open shot a la Steve Kerr during the ’96 NBA finals.

SG –

SIDNEY DEAN from WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP

I don’t’ really think Sidney will get much playing time on this totally stacked team – BUT you know he’ll be talking non-stop and annoying the hell out of the players on the other team.

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C –

SALEH from THE AIR UP THERE

He’s a little on the thin side, but he’s like Manute Bol he can block every shot in sight, plus he’ll pull that 3 step move that Kevin Bacon taught him whenever you need a quick basket.

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SG/SF –

JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH from HE GOT GAME

He’s been groomed since a kid to play basketball and his game is good enough to take MJ’s starting spot once he retires.  Plus you know he is not going to mess up cause daddy Jake SHuttlesworth is going to come after him and make him run suicides at 2 in the am.

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COACH – BOBBY FINSTOCK

This would be the perfect coach comprised of lots of all stars cause he really doesn’t care too much, he’s just out there to have a good time and collect his paycheck.  My favorite quote from Coach Finstock:

Coach Finstock:   Look Scotty, I know what you’re going through. Couple years back, a kid came to me much the same way you’re coming to me now, saying the same thing that you’re saying. He wanted to drop off the team. His mother was a widow, all crippled up. She was scrubbing floors. She had this pin in her hip. So he wanted to drop basketball and get a job. Now these were poor people, these were hungry people with real problems. Understand what I’m saying?

Scott Howard: What happened to the kid?

Coach Finstock: I don’t know. He quit. He was a third stringer, I didn’t need him.

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TEAM MASCOT –

BUGALOO from ABOVE THE RIM

Bugaloo played by Marlon Waynes is your perfect team mascot, he looks funny and you’ll know he’ll keep your players loose by always thinking he can be part of the team.

Well there you have it people.  My Basketball Movies “All Star” Team… You think I missed somebody or have your own all start team?? Let me know.