Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Raccoon Life

It was difficult and I missed my family a great deal.
However, my just-concluded year spent living with a pack of wild raccoons taught me so much -- not least how to thoroughly clean my food in a running stream.
Here are 10 other things I learned living among raccoons:
Raccoons communicate in the field using an elaborate series of hand signals, similar to those employed by a third-base coach calling for a squeeze play in baseball.
The raccoon written language uses the Cyrillic alphabet, also seen in Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia.
Raccoons associate in extended family groups called clans. I spent my year with a clan called Сладката малки бандити, which roughly translates as "Cute Lil' Banditos."
Raccoons have divided North America into a series of provinces. The province encompassing eastern Iowa, western Illinois and a portion of southwestern Wisconsin is Старлн Кастло (pronounced

"Starlin Castro").
The raccoon equivalent of a "Polish joke" is called a "Weasel joke" and is never really funny.
The raccoons you see rooting through garbage cans aren't looking for food scraps. They are seeking bottles of Tide detergent, which they steal to use as currency on the streets.
The triptych by notable raccoon artist Боядисване на животните displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago was hanging upside down for 16 years until a visiting marmot spotted the error.
The raccoon game пулове с удря is similar to human checkers, but with jumping an opponent replaced with a sharp slap to your opponent's nose.
Although they don't own televisions, raccoons exhibit an instinctive fixation on the failed relationships of Kim Kardashian.
Raccoons enjoy April Fool's Day almost as much as we do.

"Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter"

Controversial Muamba Red Issue cover

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Funny Fiver bit about relegation

There's an almighty scramble going on at the bottom of the Premier League, with five clubs battling desperately for the right to escape from the most predictable, uncompetitive and boring division in the world. But only three lucky teams can make it to the promised land of the Championship, where pipedreams can actually come true! Or vaguely interesting stuff occasionally happens at least! Which of the indistinguishable quintet of Queens Park Rovers, Blackburn Wanderers, Wolverhampton Athletic, Bolton Rangers and Wigan Wanderers, ground down by the crushing tedium of it all, will get the chance to reassert their identity next season, rediscover ambition, play a bit of carefree football perhaps, and generally have some fun? Some big games between these hopefuls this weekend may make the picture clearer.

Wolves look well prepared to realise their dream, with Roger Johnson having done all he can to help the cause by making what manager Terry Connor euphemistically referred to as "a mistake on Sunday night". That boo-boo caused the club's captain and defensive lynchpin to be literally unfit for purpose on Monday morning, when he may or may not have turned up for training with a carry-out bag in each hand and a head on. Despite this, the refreshed travesty will be in the squad for the crucial clash with Blackburn, which surely can't be good news. And is great news! "The situation with Roger is the sort of thing I've not had to deal with before but I thought I dealt with it adequately enough," yawned Connor today, displaying the sort of that'll-do spirit sure to point Wolves in the wrong, but oh so right, direction.

Blackburn meanwhile are doing their utmost to realise their Championship dream by trying to add Bolo Zenden to their team. The former Dutch international has been sitting in the house faffing around with a new baby since leaving Sunderland last summer, but is a bit bored with it now and fancies popping out for a kickabout. "If we can get him in that will be great," chirped Steve Kean today, having worked out that an injection of Zenden's glacial pace should increase the likelihood of pleasant afternoons out in Bristol, Peterborough and Watford next season tenfold.

Bolton host QPR, with the home side grateful for the return of talismanic striker Kevin Davies, whose record of three goals this season is almost perfectly unhelpful. Bolton could really do with a clean sheet up front and 0 points, because opponents QPR are already as good as down. Just look at the state of that run-in! And the manager! So well done to them. The only danger is that new signings Djinkin' Djibril Cisse and Streetfightin' Samba Diakite, returning from suspension, might do something good in the 27 minutes they feature before being sent off.

The last big showdown at the bottom was supposed to be Norwich versus Wigan, but the hosts haven't read the script written by the fixture computer at the start of the season. Great news for Wigan, then, who accidentally won at Bolton recently and really need a bad result to reverse this worrying trend. Happily, the recent international fixtures have knackered most of Roberto Martinez's squad. "We get hurt more than others because we have a large amount of players who need to get on a plane for nine hours to represent their countries in a friendly," the Wigan boss boasted. Wolves, Blackburn, Bolton and QPR are expected to lodge formal complaints with Fifa, in protest at this clear favouritism. It promises to be an exciting weekend, and the Fiver wishes everyone involved the very worst of luck.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Leichhardt Oval

S.F. Giants March broadcast schedule

Saturday, March 3 vs. Arizona 12:05 PM KNBR 680
Sunday, March 4 @Arizona 12:10 PM KNBR 680
Monday, March 5 vs. Milw. 6:35 PM CSN-BA, MLBN, MLB.TV MLB.com
Tuesday, March 6 @Dodgers 12:05 PM MLB.TV, MLBN (delay) MLB.com
Wednesday, March 7 vs. Colorado 12:05 PM MLB.com
Thursday, March 8 @San Diego 12:05 PM MLB.com
Friday, March 9 vs. Cincinnati 12:05 PM MLB.com
Saturday, March 10 vs. Milwaukee 12:05 PM KNBR 680
Saturday, March 10 @LA Angels 12:05 PM MLB.TV
Sunday, March 11 vs. Seattle 1:05 PM KNBR 680
Monday, March 12 @Kansas City 1:05 PM MLB.com
Tuesday, March 13 vs. Chi Cubs 1:05 PM MLB.com
Wednesday, March 14 vs. Cleveland 1:05 PM MLB.com
Thursday, March 15 @Seattle 7:05 PM MLB.TV, MLBN MLB.com
Friday, March 16 @Chi Cubs 1:05 PM MLB.com
Saturday, March 17 vs. Oakland 1:05 PM CSN-BA, MLB.TV KNBR 680
Saturday, March 17 @LA Dodgers 7:05 PM MLB.TV, MLBN
Sunday, March 18 vs. San Diego 1:05 PM KNBR 680
Tuesday, March 20 @Arizona 1:10 PM MLB.com
Wednesday, March 21 @Cleveland 1:05 PM MLB.TV, MLBN MLB.com
Thursday, March 22 @Colorado 7:10 PM MLB.com
Friday, March 23 vs. Texas 7:05 PM NBC BA, MLBN, MLB.TV MLB.com
Saturday, March 24 vs. Colorado 1:05 PM KNBR 680
Sunday, March 25 @W. Sox 1:05 PM MLB.TV, MLBN (delay) KNBR 680
Monday, March 26 vs. Kansas City 1:05 PM MLB.com
Tuesday, March 27 vs. LA Angels 1:05 PM ESPN2, MLB.TV MLB.com
Wednesday, March 28 vs. LA Dodgers 1:05 PM MLB.com
Thursday, March 29 @Texas 6:05 PM MLBN (delay), MLB.TV MLB.com
Friday, March 30 @San Diego 7:05 PM MLB.TV MLB.com
Saturday, March 31 vs. Cincinnati 3:05 PM NBC Bay Area, MLB.TV, MLBN (delay) KNBR 680