DVR – The greatest thing since sliced bread

10 06 2008

You ever heard the expression, “The greatest thing since sliced bread”?  About 99% of the time when I hear that expression, I think to myself…”no, I can think of a lot of discoveries or inventions that have come along since sliced bread was introduced that are better than that.

There is one item, though, that, I have to admit, really could be considered the greatest thing since sliced bread. 

Digital Video Recorders have completely changed my life for the better.  Tivo specifically, in my case, has revolutionized my television watching habits.

Everyone knows now what a DVR can do for you, so I won’t bog with the details.  But, suffice it to say, that this device has allowed me to maintain the real priorities of my life – wife, kids, work, church, friends, etc, etc, and not miss the television programs that I really love.  It’s not that I had my priorities out of whack before (although my wife might want to argue the point in regards to my sports viewing); it’s that Tivo has made it extremely easy to clearly draw those lines of importance in my life.

I tried for years to convince my wife to allow me to get a Tivo.  Nothing I said would convince her.  Then one day, a pastor friend of ours (the man who married us) used the words, “Tivo is the greatest thing since sliced bread.”  It carried weight coming from him because within a couple of weeks, we had our first Tivo.

Tivo has been a part of our lives now for a few years.  This is one of the few things my wife will now admit that I was right about.  Tivo is a benefit to everyone in our family.  We have 3 of them in our house now, all networked together.  We have a Tivo just for the kids with all their cartoons on it.  We have another main one in the Living Room for us and then another one in the bedroom.

I never miss a Mavericks or Cowboys game.  My wife never misses any one of a multitude of home improvement / home buying / home flipping shows.  Neither of us misses an episode of Survivor or Lost or any of the shows we enjoy watching together.  My kids always have a cartoon to choose from at the touch of a button.

In short, DVRs really are the greatest thing sliced bread.

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2008 NBA finals

6 06 2008

NBA Finals

I feel like a kid again watching the NBA finals this year.  I remember watching the Lakers and the Celtics back in the 80s.  Man, I loved the Lakers.  I was a HUGE Kareem Abdul Jabbar fan.  And, I loved watching Magic Johnson work his magic.  Loved everything about the Showtime Lakers.  James Worthy, Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, AC Greene, Michael Cooper.  I loved all those guys.

 

And, I absolutely hated the Celtics.  Larry Bird drove me crazy.  Even then, I respected him as a basketball player which was why I couldn’t stand him.  I didn’t like Kevin McHale or Robert Parrish or Dennis Johnson.  The one I hated the most was Danny Ainge.  Really, there was no reason not to like those guys, but I didn’t.  I guess that’s sports.

My, how times have changed.  I do feel like a kid again watching these two teams square off.  But, it’s funny how my loyalties have completely changed.  Don’t get me wrong…I am still not a big fan of the Celtics (although I have always been a KG fan).  But, I hate the Lakers now way more than I ever hated the Celtics as a kid.  I do not like Kobe Cryant at all.  I don’t like any of the present day Lakers.

Leading up to this series, I have been reminiscing about the old 80s Lakers v. Celtics series.  But, I didn’t really think this series would feel like those did.  I didn’t really think there would be that much of a rivalry feeling between these teams.  But, I do have to say after watching Game 1, that there was a unique quality to this series that does kind of remind me of the rivalry that I knew as a kid.  It will be interesting to see if it lasts for the entire series.  I hope it does!

Watching Kevin Garnett pound that rebound through the hoop over Pau Gasol was awesome!  And, Paul Pierce was the man tonight.  Wow!

It’s fun feeling like a kid again.

My wife and I went to see the Mavericks play in Boston in ’06.  The Mavericks have great arena fan fare and atmosphere, but they can’t touch the Celtics.  The Celtics don’t have to do anything but point to the rafters.  It’s easy for them to create a video montage that can generate energy, excitement, and enthusiasm from their crowd.  Afterall, they have footage from 16 previous championship journeys to choose from.  When I saw that in person, I was blown away.  What a team legacy.  I just sat there and wished for one…just one…championship from my team.  They can’t even think about building a legacy at this point.  But, they are still my team and I will keep pulling for them.  Go Mavs!

Anyway, back to the point of this post…this series is going to be fun to watch.  Short of Dallas winning the title, the next best thing, for me, is to see Kobe cry before these playoffs are over.  Go Boston…you are my last hope!





Greatest moment in Mavs history

5 05 2008

What is the greatest moment in Dallas Mavericks history?  Well, it is pictured to the right.

When that moment happened 2 years ago, I thought the Mavs were on their way to winning a championship.  Honestly, I thought that they would be contenders for a title for several years to come.  For those of you non-sportsnuts like myself, Dirk made a 3-point play (See Ginoble’s foul there?) to push Game 7 to OverTime and an eventual win going away on the Spurs homecourt.

Boy, how times change.  They end up beating Phoenix that year in the conference championship series and then go up 2-0 in the Finals to Miami.  Then, they choke it all away.

Then they fool us all again, winning 67 games in the regular season the next season and locking up the #1 overall seed in the playoffs.  Then comes Golden State.  Another huge embarrassing collapse.

I remember reading Jerry Stackhouse’s quote at the beginning of this year.  To paraphrase, “Either going to the finals was a fluke or getting knocked out in the first round was a fluke, this year we will find out”.  Well, I think he was right.  We all found out. 

Dirk said last week, “For me, personally, I feel like it’s another wasted year”.  I feel exactly the same way as Dirk.

As a die-hard Mavs fan, I don’t have a lot to put my hope in either.  I think they do have some flexibility in their roster that might give them the ability to make a deal or two in the off-season.  But, I am not sure I see anything that can put them back to an elite contender status right away.  Maybe I am just a glass is half empty kind of guy, but I definitely need something big to happen to renew my excitement and get me out of this funk. 

And, hiring Rick Carlisle is not exactly what I am talking about.  I think he will be fine, but he doesn’t make me excited again.  I need to see something big.  And, I just don’t see what it could be.  But, I hope that Cuban and Little Nellie can come up with something to renew my excitement in a team that had me so caught up in excitement this time two years ago that I could hardly stand it.

Please, Sports Gods, please make things right for the Mavs.  They were the worst franchise in all of sports in the 90s and they got exactly zero #1 overall picks to show for it and only one in the top 3.  Meanwhile, the Spurs got two #1 overall picks exactly ten years apart (David Robinson and Tim Duncan).  They have 4 titles to show for that.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Which brings me back to the greatest moment in Mavs history.  When that moment happened, I thought for sure, it wouldn’t be their greatest moment for very long.  Now, it really looks like I am going to have to wait awhile for something better.  As a Mavs fan, I guess I should be getting good at waiting…