Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Seth finds a must-read...

"Great journalism by Josh Peter -- finding a story that's barely been told, but is intrinsic to the reality we face.

Wanna know why college football is the way it is?

This guy, Jim Delany

Maybe we should build a Lions-style protest -- keep showing up to games but wear "F--- Delany" signs. However, if it's to get a playoff system, then I'll have no part in it. I still say the old bowl system was better, best. Maybe a national championship deal can be arranged for the years when it would be fair to pick just two, but otherwise, I think college football is at its best when it's a regional sport. They still think they can force "National Title Implication" games down our throats (that way the national network makes the money, not the regional carriers), but I, for one, am sick and tired of guys from Oshkosh being forced to watch USC/Arkansas because Wisconsin/N. Illinois isn't sexy enough for a national audience.

And FUCK that new ESPNU bullshit! I'm not calling my cable company to give Disney one more fuckin decimeter of bandwidth just so I can have the luxury of watching Michigan play Ball State from ANN ARBOR!!!!!!!!! If the nationals don't want to carry it, let the regional guys use their cameras, sell the ads, and make a little dough. That's the real Delaney legacy: USC/Oregon State bumping Indiana/Purdue because the big-whigs think we want to see Reggie Bush prancing around more than our alma maters and their biggest rivals."


The entire cast of Tonnaroo I has signed on for II except for Jason. Will high stakes poker keep him away? Will high stakes poker land him in debtors prison? Posted by Picasa

Seth reiterates why I refuse to watch any more NHL games after last year's playoff debacle. You know it's going to just be more of the same...

"The NHL figures nobody in the Eastern Time Zone will stay up past midnight, so they only need to play hockey for one period, and then they can suck down a quart of LSD and pah-tay!

In this case, it meant seeing how many penalties they could call on the Red Wings. I think the refs might have found Nick Lidstrom's yelling at them in broken English funny or something, but after making up about four fouls in a 3-minute period, even Nick gave up trying to reason. My favorite: when Matthieu Schneider got high-sticked in the eye, grabbed his face, and got called for a two-minute minor for tripping. That, or when Nils Ekman was grabbing Pavel Datsyuk's stick so obviously, he was flung by the momemtum after the play was whistled. Anyway, it was 3-1 Detroit when they were playing hockey and 7-1 San Jose during the penalty fest of the next two periods."

It is official! We have received word from James and Seth and we are on schedule for another winter classic over the weekend of February 10th here in the Dar. All are welcome so please don't wait to book that plane ticket. Finding enough room will be no problem. As for stocking the PBR, Richards, Cisco, bacon cheese, cheese bacon, and Thunderbird, that could be where the train flies off the tracks.

In celebration, here is a very special Friday Night Lyrics...

Europe - Final Countdown

By Joey Tempest

Were leaving together,
But still its farewell
And maybe we'll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
Were leaving ground
Will things ever be the same again?

Its the final countdown...

Were heading for Venus and still we stand tall
Cause maybe they've seen us and welcome us all
With so many light years to go and things to be found
Im sure that well all miss her so.

Its the final countdown...

Friday, January 05, 2007


Pigpen sent me this Jim Tressel fluff piece from the NYTimes. Sure it's typical NYTimes as they interview a German politics professor from Michigan about football, while attributing a Woody Hayes quote to quarterback Rex Kern.

However, they do provide an excellent roundup of all the scandal he has brought to the program. Money quote as they define him as the anti-Carr...

"Bill Livingston of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, one of Ohio’s most influential sports columnists, said of Tressel in an interview, "I’m a great admirer of him as a game-day coach, but the public image of the man doesn’t measure up in all aspects."

Of course we should not be surprised. As we all know the true nature of a Buckeye's celebration is berating Michigan instead of praising Ohio State.

So Kenny Rogers got busted for having 114 dead cats in his freezer, and what does he do? He sues Rutherford County, Tennessee for $1.5 million. Something tells me poor Kenny suffers from more than just emotional distress.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


I know how he/she feels. No time for proper blogging now that I'm outta retirement. :( Posted by Picasa

Even Frankie trying to get a piece of that action. Posted by Picasa

Travelling with Heather was the coolest! Posted by Picasa

It wouldn't be New Years in Pasadena without stopping by McMurphy's! Posted by Picasa

For those of you that have been to Knott's Berry Farm, here is an interesting look at its injury report. Note how the Ghostrider popped everybody while the Calico Railroad seems EXTREMELY dangerous. My question is, where are the discussions on the Concussionator?

A great way to end a terrible year. Suck it 2006. Suck it hard. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

George W. Bush sure knows how to throw a safe orderly parade! Posted by Picasa

Cadillac is making drinking and driving that much easier. Posted by Picasa

How cool was it to travel with Heather? Posted by Picasa

Joining the Clippers Nation Posted by Picasa

Japanese TV, why not? Posted by Picasa