Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Let the games begin! Please join us this Saturday, February 2nd, for the 3rd Annual Superbowl Saturday Pub Crawl. The first 2 years were a smashing success and the 3rd time should be even better. This is not your typical bar crawl ladies...all participants will be randomly assigned to 2 teams (the Giants & Patriots obviously) and will engage in several drinking contests along the way. Last year I believe Da Bears outlasted the Colts in a blowout victory (in the bars that is) and we only lost a couple drunks along the way. The shirts this year will be in red with black writing (we don't really like either team so we settled on red as a neutral color) and will be available at the low cost of $13 a piece...what a steal!!! A crowd pleaser for sure! OK, enough with the talk, let's get down to the details. Here is the functional/flexible itinerary for this Saturday:

3:00 - The Official kickoff of the 2008 FSD Superbowl Saturday Pub Crawl - Meet at JD's Smokehouse in Canton (thankfully the non-smoking law should be in effect on Saturday, YUH!) to get your shirts on and grab a quick bite to eat (pretty good bar food here, hopefully they are quick to serve and be sure to get your order in pronto if you plan to eat!) before the games begin. We will also pick the teams for the drink off as everyone meets up and nurses their first couple of tasty beverages.

4:00 (times are a bit loose on this thing but we'll try to stick to them as best as possible) - Jump in cab's and head over to Max's on Broadway in Fells Point. This will be the spot of the first event...The Jet Fuel Chug Off. Each team will get a round of Jet Fuel beers (poured out of a money F-15 tap that actually makes jet engine sounds as it pours the beers...fun times for all) and line up facing each other. The team who finishes all their beers first obviously wins the event.

The next stop will be The Greene Turtle where event #2 will be held...The Statue of Liberty. This one is a bit tricky as you not only have to like shots but you have to be a little ballzy to pull it off as well. The way this contest will be judged is that each team will get a point for each member who successfully completes the event. You get a shot of Rumplemintz, dip a couple of digits in to get them nice & primed...light the bad boys on fire with a lighter, take the shot with your blazing fingers extended above your head like the Statue of Liberty and then extinguish them in your mouth after the shot. Now this is obviously not for everyone, especially the ladies, so each team will get 1 point for each guy that finishes and 2 for each girl.

The 3rd bar in Fells is TBD and will be a GTD on the fly....we can discuss over a cold beverage as those who played in event 2 ice down. This will also be the spot for event 3...The Light Beer Luge. While properly played with some sort of luge type device, we can get by just drinking from the bottles and calling it a luge for sake of practicality. Each team will choose whichever light beer they like best and once again line up facing each other and the first team to finish gets a point. Very similar to event one but at least the beer will be something you choose this go round.

7:00 - Jump in cabs and head to Don't Know in Federal Hill. The 4th event will be determined by team captains (nominated by their teams before first event) and will be the next to last event so it'll most likely be very crucial to deciding which team takes home the FSD Cup in 2008.

From Don't Know, we'll stumble on down to the old Sean Bolan's (assuming the place still exists as I haven't been over there in quite some time) - I believe the place is now called Clayton's or something like that. If the place is closed or unsutiable for our crowd for whatever reason, we will just skip and go to the next bar...either way this next stop will host the 5th and final event to determine this year's winner. DAS BOOT!! Yes, I doubt anyone will be carrying around large glass boots that we can drink out of so a pitcher or 2 very large beers will have to do. Each team will once again line up with full beers and have to waterfall chug down the line until they get to the end of the line where DAS BOOT will have to be finished off by the anchormen/women. Normally this would be one large beer guzzling beast but for purposes of co-ed play, we will use 2 anchor persons to end the contest. The final 2 will either split a pitcher of beer (DAS BOOT) or 2 large beers (1 each) to end up after the other team members chug down the line.

Once DAS BOOT is completed we'll crown the new FSD champions of the world and head over to Nevin's so that the losing team can Karaoke a song (chosen by the winners). Yes, the entire team will have to participate in the singing and hopefully it will be something very embarrassing so that the winners can get a good laugh out of it. The losers will also be required to buy their counterpart their next beer of choice to drink while watching the big show.

From Nevin's. we'll hit all the bars on cross street in order, Crazy Lil's, Grumpy's, Ryleigh's, Magerk's, Mother's, etc. and continue the drinking and good times. Hopefully most of the crew we start with will be able to make it until at least 10 pm but either way it will be fun for all.

2:00 - For those left standing at last call, we'll head over to Maria D's for a late night food bonanza before heading home for even more drunk eating and goofing off.

That will conclude the crawl and then we'll all go to bed to get a good night's rest so we can be sure to be awake for the big game at 6 pm eastern time. Stay tuned for Dr. X's prediction which if I was a betting man will not be close like it was last year but it is what it is.
Make it happen!


First the Superbowl and now Cytana???

You New York fans sure have it good the last few weeks. Not sure how many Giants fans are also Mets fans, but either way, you have to be happy about going to the Superbowl and then landing the "Superbowl-like" sweepstakes for Johan Santana. Granted this breaking news is dependent on Santana passing a physical and him agreeing to waive his no-trade clause to go to NY - which is utimately dependent on Johan getting a mega-million dollar contract extension from the Mets - but we all know these NY clubs have more money than anyone and that GM Omar Minaya is ready to do whatever it takes to get this guy on the mound at Shea.
Landing the best overall pitcher in the majors is a pretty significant upgrade for the Mets and most likely makes them the favorite to win the NL East now over my beloved Phils. It may even vault them in to the World Series if they get quality pitching from the rest of their staff assuming Johan continues to be the pitcher we have seen dominate hitters over the last few years. They now have an ace to match the Phils' Hamels and we know they have some big bats so the race for the East should be close again. We will take a closer look at this deal after the big game this weekend as we begin to switch our gears over to baseball. Until then, stay tuned and Go Phils!

Super Bowl Drinking Games

I can't take credit for inventing this game but I found it while killing time at work:

Chug Your Beer At-
Any mention of suspense being "so thick you could cut it with a knife".
Any mention of "wants this one so bad he can taste it".
Any mention of the name "Vince Lombardi".
First camera angle where it appears lens is practically up a cheerleader's nostril.
Airing of any commercial featuring the "Energizer Bunny".
First on-camera interview where fan in the background holds up a middle finger.
First shot of a player's wife with baby in stands.
Any mention of the phrase "110 percent".
Any reminder that "there's still plenty of time".
Referees microphone malfunctioning, making him sound like an obscene phone caller.
Shot of any player congratulating another player by butting helmet to helmet.
Shot of deliriously happy barroom in winning team's home city.
Broadcaster being squirted with champagne after the game.
Any mention that the losing team "has nothing to be ashamed of".

Monday, January 28, 2008

Another Shout Out...

Almost forgot to give props to one of my other homeboys who also got married last weekend but did so on the same day as my brother so I was unable to attend the wedding. Congrats to Benny "Liles" Flowers and his beautiful bride Lisa on their new union. I love the 4th & 26 shirt! See you guys soon.


Pickems Random Picks

First random pick for 2008:

UMBC Basketball - Don't be suprised if these guys are the only team from Maryland dancing in March. The Retrievers are in 1st place in the America East Conference and just shut down the preseason league favorites Boston University 62-40. Whoever they play in the first round better watch out because these guys play tough d. They held Boston to 25% shooting from the floor.

Dr. Pick 'Em

With all the talk of free agency and trades during the baseball off season, I thought this was as good a time as any to update the Dr. Pick 'Em files. Here is the latest and greatest snapshot of him from last Halloween...looks just like that guy from Texas except his fastball only tops out at about 42 MPH and he has no other pitches to speak of. He is a very good drinker though and the last I checked a decent graphic designer although that is still up for debate. He did design the shirts for the FSD's 3rd Annual Superbowl Saturday Pub Crawl coming up this Saturday, February 2nd, and I have to say he did a great job on the graphics on the front. Everyone should get a kick out of them, especially the Giants fans. The last time I saw Pick 'Em, he was trolling around the dance floor at a club in DC with his trademark pirate eye squint going...a clear give away that he is shit canned and is about 2-3 drinks away from ralphing in the nearest trash can. Good times. Hopefully we get to see the pirate in action this weekend as he supports his boy Eli...yes, he is a known Redskins fan but claims he is pulling for Manning to conquer the Pats in XLII. Pathetic for sure. Almost as pathetic as the Redskins themselves. They will suck as long as Dan Snyder is paying the bills...the guy is a clown plain & simple. Enough about that, plenty of time to rip the NFC East over the next 6 months before the pre-season begins. For now, the rest of the FSD staff looks forward to another successful Superbowl crawl and some free entertainment provided by Pick 'Em himself. Hope to see you out this weekend...