Saturday, January 5, 2013

My Favorite Albums of 2012

While it's already 2013, the new year is less than a week old, so I think it's still reasonable to talk about my favorite albums from the year that just ended. In terms of new music, I listened to rap almost exclusively in 2012, so that's what dominates this list. Here are my favorite albums from the past year in no particular order.

A$AP Mob, Lord$ Never Worry: It seems that you either love or hate A$AP Rocky. Personally, I enjoy most of the songs he's released thus far, regardless of the fact that he basically swagger-jacked Houston rap. But Rocky isn't the reason I loved this tape - A$AP Ferg is, which I've made no secret about. This tape didn't make any of the year-end lists I've seen and Fergie doesn't seem to be too critically acclaimed, but I'll be damned if his crazy raps aren't fresh to me.

Chief Keef, Finally Rich: This one totally surprised me. I loved "I Don't Like" and Keef's song with Fat Trel, but I wasn't sure how a full album of Chief Keef would be. Turns out it's pretty fucking great. And it's probably even better if you're on drugs, but I wouldn't know for sure. You definitely won't improve your IQ by listening to this though.

Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth: Some people I know who are more rabid Van Halen fans than me and more knowledgable about rock didn't like this album at all. Sure, Diamond Dave has lost some range and some of the music is decades old and Michael Anthony and his falsetto are nowhere to be found, but anytime the brothers Van Halen and David Lee Roth make new music and it's not terrible, I'll eat it up. Maybe my ear isn't too discerning, but I listened to this album again this past week and it's still enjoyable to me, so it's presence on this list isn't merely for nostalgia sake.

Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE: Nothing I can say about this album that hasn't been said better elsewhere. This was basically the soundtrack to my summer. The music was much more exciting than anything I did.

Waka Flocka Flame, Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4: This is what Triple F Life should've been: a bunch of hard ass beats and yelling. I'm glad Waka still has this type of music in him. This shit knocks in the car too, and makes you drive with greater abandon, which isn't really a good thing. Be careful.

Cousin Fik, Sickest N***a Healthy: I just found out about this album within the last month and this and Chief Keef are pretty much all I've been listening to since then. I've always liked Fik and I really enjoyed his Hacksaw Ben Thuggin album from 2011. I'm not quite sure how Sickest and his Tonight Show tape came out this year and I missed them until recently, but I'm glad I finally found out about them.

I probably could've thrown on Roach Gigz for Bugged Out and iamsu! for either KILT or the more recent $uzy 6 $peed, but as much as liked those albums I didn't bump them that much last year.

So that's about it. I'm hoping I can add the new Tegan and Sara album to the 2013 version of this list.

NFL Playoffs, Round 1

NYT

CIN +4 @ HOU
I know I'm posting a bit late on this one, but it's not like there's 1 second left in the 4th quarter with Cincy up by a point.  I like the Bengals, mostly because I don't like Houston today.

MIN +9.5 @ GB
I don't know if they can beat the Packers two weeks in a row, but that is a lot of points.

IND +7 @ BAL
I'm going to beat all the headlines and call it the Colts' "Luck-y Day".

SEA @ WAS +3
All underdogs this week.  Subway sandwiches on RGIII after this one.

billy rubin:

good thing i missed the early game because i totally would've chosen the bengals.

MIN +11 @ GB (3 nuts): i also benefit from the announcement that ponder is out. joe webb isn't much of a traditional qb, but i think he might do just enough to flumox the packers and make this less than an 11-point win for green bay. that's all i'm looking for here.

IND +7 @ BAL (2 nuts): indy's been doing it with smoke and mirrors all season and that can't go on forever, but the ravens aren't the ravens of yore. all it takes is some joe flacco-ness and a big play from ty hilton to keep this close enough for indy to cover.

SEA -3 @ MIN (3 nuts): battle of the quarterblacks. i'm partial to al b brees myself, but that's no knock on greasy 3000. the best unit in this game is the seattle defense, but seattle has been a far inferior team on the road, although they've had some good road games late in the season. nonetheless, betting on them to win by more than 3 in washington is probably foolish, but my season is lost already so i'm just going to roll with what my projections say.

known associate:
ind at bal OVER 47 (2 nuts)
arians's absence is a bit concerning (given his familiarity with the ravens d) so i knocked off a nut. both Ds are bullcaca though. the greatest murderer linebacker of all-time will help mentally, not so much physically. i think his buddy ed reed can have a bigger impact against andrew luck and his league high (by my count) 22 adjusted interceptions.
sea at WAS +3 (3 nuts)
everyone's sucking seacock but russell wilson will come up... short. skins control with their run game.
sea at was UNDER 23 first half (2 nuts)
run that clock.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

College Bowl Picks Part Two

known associate:
1.1.13
hny bitch.
NORTHWESTERN -1 vs miss st at jac, fl (3 nuts)
the 9-3 wildcats could've been in a better bowl, blowing 4h quarter leads in all 3 losses. they'll be amply motivated for their first bowl win since 1948.
more in the morn if my ass wakes up.
lean wolverines, under and under in capital one bowl (aka citrus bowl) for the other morn games.
nwu vs msu UNDER 55 (1 nut)
- wildcats 34 bulldogs 20. +4 nuts.
tease PURDUE +24.5/OVER 62 vs oklahoma st at cotton bowl (1 nut)
- boilermakers 14 cowboys 58. -1 nut. not close.
nebraska vs georgia UNDER 31 first half at citrus bowl (1 nut)
- cornhuskers 24 bulldogs 23. -1 nut.
nebraska vs georgia UNDER 33.5 second half (1 nut)
- cornhuskers 7 bulldogs 22 (31-45 final). +1 nut.
MICHIGAN +4.5 vs south carolina at tampa, fl (1 nut)
mich vs sc UNDER 24 second half (1 nut)
- wolverines 15 cocks 12 (28-33 final). -2 nuts. 
lost both bets on that td in the final seconds. fuckin cocks coulda just kicked a fg. great game though.
jadeveon clowney, ├╝berbeast, right after bullcaca officials "misread" a measurement, giving michigan the ball on downs:














tease WISCONSIN +11/UNDER 54.5 vs stanford at rose bowl (1 nut)
wisc vs stan UNDER 23.5 first half (2 nuts)
- badgers 14 cardinal 17 (14-20 final). -1 nut. 
tease hit. shouldn't have pussed out of the 2h under chase.
niu vs fsu UNDER 28.5 first half at orange bowl (1 nut)
- huskies 3 seminoles 14 (10-31 final). +1 nut.
5-5, +1 nut to start off the year.
1.2
LOUISVILLE +14.5 vs florida at superdome (1 nut)
gators have superior players but the cardinals have the best individual talent in teddy bridgewater. sprinkled a tiny bit on first half +7.5 over parlay.
lou vs fla UNDER 24.5 second half (1 nut)
- cardinals 33 gators 23 (9-13 second half).  +2 nuts.
teddy bridgewater is my latest quarterblack mancrush.
1.3
ksu vs ou UNDER 38 first half at glendale, az (2 nuts)
and Blue Whale won't like this but...
KANSAS STATE +9 vs oregon (1 nut)
- wildcats 17 ducks 35 (10-22 first half). +1 nut.
cats fucked it up with poor clock management at the end of the 1st half. actually, they probably fucked up from the get by kicking it to de'anthony thomas to start the game. smh.
1.4
texas a&m vs OKLAHOMA +3.5 at cowboys stadium (1 nut)
tease OU +10.5/over 66 (1 nut)
- aggies 41 sooners 13. -2 nuts.
johnny football is the white rg3 (and bridgewater is the black andrew luck). 
1.5
pittsburgh vs mississippi UNDER 27 second half at birmingham, al (1 nut)
- panthers 7 rebels 14 (17-38 final). +1 nut.
i'll be playing this bowl under system next season.
1.6
arkansas st vs KENT ST +3 a mobile, al (1 nut)
- red wolves 17 golden flashes 13. - 1 nut.
1.7
ALABAMA -9.5 vs notre dame at miami, fl (3 nuts)
tease ALABAMA -2.5/OVER 33.5 (1 nut)
tide pull away in the second half (at the latest).
- crimson tide 42 fighting irish 14. +4 nuts.
sabanism defeats catholicism.
young yeldon's been an impact player from game one but fellow frosh amari cooper was even more impressive in this game. let's hope next year's "title" game brings the tide a more formidable opponent. it should be the ducks but don't count out the aggies, buckeyes or even the cardinals (plural) and my nig teddy bridgewater.

2012 NCAA final bowl record:
known associate: 18-15. +6 nuts.

2012 NCAA final regular season record:
known associate: 19-17-1. -6 nuts
Blue Whale: 1-5. -12 nuts.