Thursday, May 24, 2007

Back Home Again in Indiana

I'm probably the only one here, but I am super pumped for this weekend.

It's 500 time baby. I can just walk outside and feel it. I don't know what it is, but it's a feeling that just hits me...It's time to race.

I remember all those times I went out in my backyard to see the flyover. And my favorite part, cranking up the radio as Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" as thousands of ballons are released (which you can see from my house). After that we would sit down next to the radio, with newspaper in hand, and mark down positions every 20 laps (local tv won't show the race live).

And then there was '97. Rained out Sunday, and then rained out Monday. So they ran the race on Tuesday, and just let anybody in, completely free. We could sit wherever the hell we wanted. Sat right on the entrance to turn 1 about 10 rows up. Amazing seats. Robby Gordon jumped out of his car right in front of us (he was literally on fire). I can still remember seeing him rolling around in the grass. And right at the end of the race, Tony Stewart's car broke down right in front of us.

2004 there was rain again. I refused to leave my seat. I wouldn't give in to the possiblity of there being no race. So I stayed out in the rain while they played "Raindrops keep falling on my head" and rejoiced when they started playing "I've got Sunshine". Not as awesome seats, we sat in the North chute (between 3 & 4) and not nearly as close, but it was still pretty nice. No memorable crashes, but I remember cheering on Buddy Rice to catch Tony Kaanan.

Needless to say, I was pumped to find some good seats for this weekend. Coming out of the 4th turn, 5 rows up.

Plus, on Saturday I'm working for the company that produces the 500 festival parade. Which is a really odd personal full circle because I was once actually in the parade (as a member of a local choir).

This weekend shall rock.

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JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

Back home again in Indiana
and it seems that I can see
the gleaming candlelight
still shining bright
through the sycamores for me

The new mown hay
sends all it's fragrance
from the fields I used to know

When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash...

How I long for my Indiana home.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

Interesting story...Whenever I have a return flight to Indy, right when we touchdown, I will begin singing that song.

And you cannot stop me until I'm finished.

Beth said...

When mills/weasel said yesterday "i am tired of carrying this place on my back", did I just miss the (s) he hopefully typed somewhere? God I hope so, as I'd hate to think that he was serious.

H said...

what's up kids? been a while. seems like we've had some interesting goings-on here at LOV. What's new?

H said...

freak, why doesn't local TV show the race live? that seems odd to me

H said...

Yanks pound my sox again. Now I have to hear all the yankee "fans" talk about how the yanks are on a roll. Don't get me wrong, I never counted them out, but let's not go too crazy yet either.

H said...

and I make nmy LOV return with a Z

H said...

and Beth, I know you said they aren't yours, but man are those tittays fantastic

H said...

apparently I'm all by myself here in the LOV....

hello! hello, hello, hello.

yup, there's an echo...

Beth said...

Welcome back H! Relax, stay awhile...

El Padrino said...

enough, stop the madness

El Padrino said...

OP deals beth, big rubber game, two (in my book) hof'ers

El Padrino said...

if i were you i'd be there
i'm sure there are plenty of good seats available :-)

ToddPacker said...

OP is the real deal

ToddPacker said...

d wright with another bomb... nice

ToddPacker said...

really nice crowds in atlanta for the games


(s)

ToddPacker said...

what up, h

Beth said...

Silly New Yorker, tonight's a Braves win. I didn't realize it but I just heard this morning only OP has beaten the Braves this year and he ain't pitching back to back games. :-)

Plus, you know the Braves are the only team the Mets have a losing record against? They're in the Mets head... :-)

Beth said...

"really nice crowds in atlanta for the games"

You know how it is TP after 14 straight years of winning, it's harder to get the crowds in, especially during the week. Oh wait, I'm sorry, you DON'T know what it's like...

ToddPacker said...

indy 500.... what's that?

ToddPacker said...

i hope you're not trying to stick up for the atlanta sports scene... they always had trouble selling out even during that 14 year playoff run, you remember that run were they only won 1 ws

ToddPacker said...

were/where.... it's early

THE CHAMP. said...

i killed a bird with my windshield this morning.

ToddPacker said...

mlb package went down for a half hour last night.... i had to listen to the tbs broadcast for awhile... not good

THE CHAMP. said...

Game 2 in San Antonio wasn't a sell out.

that's sad.

THE CHAMP. said...

not that the braves are selling out playoff games here either.

ToddPacker said...

"i killed a bird with my windshield this morning"



hopefully you had plenty of windshied wiper fluid

El Padrino said...

crowds suck in atlanta
always have

falcon games are good though

H said...

thanks, Beth. I think I will. How'd the job intereview go?

H said...

what up with you, TP?

ToddPacker said...

not a lot

H said...

cool, cool. sometimes no news is good news right?

Beth said...

H, I'm still waiting to hear back on the interview, hopefully by the end of this week though.


And yeah, Atlanta crowds do generally suck, but I had to at least throw out token support for the ATL.

THE CHAMP. said...

hawks games are pretty good.

(S)

Beth said...

The Hawks get the crowds they deserve.

THE CHAMP. said...

"the hawks get the crowds they deserve"

Thank you Billy Knight for all of your help with this. I can't wait for this:

"with the 3rd pick in the 2007 NBA draft the Atlanta Hawks select......Josh McRoberts"

El Padrino said...

hahahahha
another white stiff

dickie v says he's got heart though
so at least he's got that going for him

Beth said...

If Meiz was in a wheelchair... :-)

THE CHAMP. said...

He took shelden williams with the 5th pick. why not mcroberts with the 3rd?

I mean it's not like there's a PG out there that took his team to the NCAA Championship game.

tem said...

I am amazingly hung over today.

fmtem will be at the 500 with her fam, not sure where they are sitting, but they always park in the "Marathon" lot. Go say hi to her.

The cops on the motorcycles at the 500 don't impress me.

My head hurts.

ToddPacker said...

beth, more like if tony la rusa was in a wheelchair

Mills said...

Does he get a slow-play penalty? Or are we going to overlook it?

Mills said...

"And before we go any further, let me make this clear: I am not defending Michael Vick. If the dog fighting allegations are true, Vick absolutely is a scumbag. I abhor dog fighting. It's a sick, sick thing. I'd never defend anyone involved in it, let alone Michael Vick. The following is a brief list of things I will do before I defend Michael Vick: give John Daly a spongebath, buy WNBA season tickets, give Chuck Liddell a purple nurple, accept golf swing tips from Charles Barkley, order the "Ed Orgeron Teaches Diction" tapes, hit on Charles Oakley's girlfriend, and stand between Don Nelson and a case of Bud Light. So I hope we're clear on that. This is not a defense of Michael Vick."
The Mighty MJD

El Padrino said...

clarkson didnt look that bad last night and underwood looked pret-ty good

Mills said...

Would you take roids too for stuff like this?

Mills said...

Jordin and Gina lost some weight. Heck, even looked thinned out (relatively). AI really gets the girls skinny.

Mills said...

anyone catch lost last night?

WTF?

Mills said...

I have no idea where the show is going right now...

Mills said...

tv, couch-potato natural z.

ToddPacker said...

"that was for taking the kid off the raft"... cracked me up

tem said...

I don't even know what channel Lost is on.

I don't know who won AI.

I didn't know Clarkson was on it, but I want to some pics. My link from yesterday was her at the ACM awards a week or so ago. I'm interested to see how much she could drop in one week.

tem said...

what's the slow play link?

all i saw is that it goes to a site called "with leather" and decided against going there from my work comp.

tem said...

Underwood always looks good, even her ugliest picture is still probably awesome.

The day she looks bad I kick some people in the balls.

tem said...

The Mighty MJD ?

Who is that?

tem said...

I'm going to go on an H like run here if nobody stops me.

speaking of, it was good to see him back in action.

THE CHAMP. said...

love lost.

El Padrino said...

tps is overwhelming
this means no one is coming to work tw, espeacially on a friday with monday off

El Padrino said...

i dont watch lost

tem said...

Also I don't get the delay in the new "phones" position. The law firm is dragging their feet too much.

tem said...

One of the hobbits is on lost.

I think.

THE CHAMP. said...

the leather link is about a old man driving his golf cart off a clip.

THE CHAMP. said...

*cliff

ToddPacker said...

the hobbit died last night

ToddPacker said...

future jack likes the oxy

Josh Hancocks Seatbelt said...

How bout them mets?

blue said...

while with leather sounds like a gay man's fantasy website, especially when posted by weazy, it's actually one of the sports blogs that written by a deadspin commenter

blue said...

H is alive

blue said...

I'm all about the Indy 500, i watch it every year...partially because it's usually too cold on memorial day to do anything here.

blue said...

TPS will be strong today, but I can resist it.

blue said...

I too am starting the day with a an H-style Z.

blue said...

Carrie Underwood is hot, but methinks she might wear too much makeup, her face is beginning to look plastic.

blue said...

at least we got to see that Haley chicks legs again last night on American Idol...and for some reason it seemed like the camera kept trying to get an upskirt shot of Carrie Underwood in her later performance...poor poor tem.

tem said...

No worries, I was getting drunk instead.

El Padrino said...

saw the upskirt attempt
loved it

tem said...

Plus if they got one, it will be on the interweb thing soon.

El Padrino said...

corbs alive

tem said...

I'll be watching the 500, but I don't go to it anymore.

Two or three times was enough.

THE CHAMP. said...

missed AI.

Future jack is effed up!

"everytime the plane hits some turbulence I hope it crashes"

Hopefully the last 3 seasons won't be about them coming home. Stay with the island stuff.

Josh Hancocks Seatbelt said...

"corbs alive"

Sure am...and made it to 4 games while in NY, the yanks series and the rain delayed cubs game on Thursday.

Seeing D-Wright wake up and mets take 3 of 4 was "very nice."

Anyone else surprised/impressed Willie got the balls to shake up the lineup last night? Facing a lefty threw Delgado down to 6 hole...

THE CHAMP. said...

I need to go to a NASCAR race. I live 10 miles from AMS, but have never been

tem said...

races are fun.

I've only been to ones at Indy though.

I guess a pre-req is that you should at least remotely enjoy the racing part.

Of course most of it is drinking and eating before and during the race. So actually enjoying the racing part isn't as much of a necessity as you'd think.

It gets really hot down near the track though.

tem + lots of beer + 100 degree temps = bad news.

Mills said...

i just spent like 20 mins reading lost message boards and stuff trying to figure out what is going on with the future stuff and how died.

apparently the news story started with a name that started with j and ended with something we have never heard before.

El Padrino said...

willie continues to manage well
not only was that the right move i was a bit surprised it didnt happen sooner

beltran is getting 0 pitches to hit while delgado has struggled

Mills said...

"Hopefully the last 3 seasons won't be about them coming home. Stay with the island stuff."

That would be a complete Cast Away rip-off.

Somebody mentioned paradise lost, the book, and how the monk that spent his life at the monestary and eventually left, spent the rest of his life trying to get back to monestary but couldn't find it. i think this is where they are going with it.

Mills said...

"very nice."


why did "very nice" need quotes?

tem said...

I figure they'll cancel that show before they actually end it.


I think he put very nice in quotes so you would say it like Borat.

Although your point is valid that they aren't needed.

THE CHAMP. said...

LOST is guaranteed for the next 3 seasons. Then it is over. they already signed the deal.

tem said...

What's the last we heard of Rev?

Did he give an update on new job?

tem said...

LOST is guaranteed to get paid for 3 seasons.

It doesn't mean ABC has to air the shows.

tem said...

Of course that would be retarded to not air them.

But TV folks are "dumb."

Mills said...

Blake did a Borat impersonation last night on AI. It was funny and out of the blue.

tem said...

I think putting quotes around random words for emphasis is going to be "fun."

Josh Hancocks Seatbelt said...

In addition to Beltran seeing 0 pitches...Wright is getting nothing to hit hitting in the 5 hole. After he hit the two 2 run jacks to start the game v the yanks on Saturday they intentionally walked him 3 times. His first AB on Sunday they pitch to him, he hits another jack. Willie should have had him hitting 4 and Delgado hitting 5 in the sunday game of the series

El Padrino said...

that's why i was saying it took him too long

El Padrino said...

beth

Ahndru (this is how Jon Miller pronounces it) Jones is on pace for 467 strikeouts

tem said...

Why can't "Cleveland" beat Kansas City?

tem said...

Is 467 a record? I bet it "is" damn close if it isn't.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

I mad at myself that I scheduled an oil change this early in the day.

blue said...

My understanding on the Lost series is that the series creators only want to do one more year.

El Padrino said...

indy 500 is IRL right?

blue said...

I don't "watch" Lost at all. I "really" don't "care" about the characters or if "ABC" keeps the show around.

tem said...

fmtem just went to Dallas and they had this thing by the airport (in columbus) where you dropped your car off, they drove you "to" the terminal and then while you were gone they did maintanance on your car, oil changes, whatever.

Then when you get back they pick you up at the terminal in your car.

blue said...

yes Indy 500 is IRL...3 chicks in this years race. That milka chick is hot.

tem said...

I bet most people here knew about that little service, but it was news to me.

tem said...

S. Fischer ≠ hot

blue said...

car service "not" offered in Denver, their airport is always too busy building new shit.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

My cruise control is broken.

I hope it doesn't cost much.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

And I've never heard of that service either tem.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

Great band to look out for:

The Rocket Summer

blue said...

Milka Duno

blue said...

jfreak's band knowledge ≠ Paul Shirley

Mills said...

Why can't "Cleveland" beat Kansas City?

This made me laugh. But seriously. The Royals are a force du jour. Does that mean force of the day?

tem said...

I asked fmtem how the dude that picked you up got back to his workplace, but she didn't know.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

I hope if a girl wins she strips in victory lane.

tem said...

Lt. Dan's New Legs is a good band.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

jfreak's band knowledge >>>>>>> paul shirley's

Mills said...

"this" has legs. long ones. could be the new 40$.

Mills said...

colin cowherd is talking about getting a divorce ("his") on the radio.

"very nice"

Mills said...

s

ToddPacker said...

is this mills carrying the LoV on his back

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

The Brew Crew is in the tank. Chalk it up.

Although they'll still make the playoffs.

blue said...

brew crew better not take the rest of the season off and rest on their "laurels"

ToddPacker said...

so they will win the nl central

Mills said...

as always tp. i think i may have suffered a herniated disk from this last lift.

lost
" "

anybody here a chiropracter?

El Padrino said...

meiz the central is weeeeakkk
your good

Mills said...

laurel is a big girl, but i agree with you meiz. nobody should rest on her.

El Padrino said...

I always wanted to be a gynochologist but then realized that fat women need checkups too.

Mills said...

ben -- i mean "sorry"

El Padrino said...

tem

who do they think they are, Hertz?

blue said...

is mills' wife named "laurel"?

ToddPacker said...

"anybody here a chiropracter?"


i think kod used to work on guys "backs"

Mills said...

cards play like 25 straight against teams under ".500". we go 17-8ish, and we are back in this "thing"

ToddPacker said...

"cards play like 25 straight against teams under ".500". we go 17-8ish, and we are back in this "thing"




ahahhahahhaahhahhahhahhahhahhaaahha

blue said...

by the way, Green Day performance last night on American Idol was "very nice"...i was extremely impressed.

JFreak the legend of thundercunt said...

I am gone.

I expect all of you to carry the banner of LoV proudly.

I am currently on a 4 post 500+ comment streak.

I don't want to have to post a hundred comments at the end of the day to keep it going.

Mills said...

this is how bad the "central" "is"
ah, the nl central: such a silly little division. here are the standings since may 9, right before the cardinals embarked upon their 2-7 trip to socal and detroit:

W L PCT GB
hou 5 6 .455 ---
stl 4 7 .364 1
chi 4 7 .364 1
mil 4 8 .364 1.5
pitt 4 8 .364 1.5
cin 3 9 .250 2.5

ToddPacker said...

green day was on that karoake show... i hope you forgot to put the (s) on that comment

tem said...

"i think kod used to work on guys "backs" "

rip roaring office laugh

Mills said...

i also like the beatles homage on AI. pretty "salty"

tem said...

el pad, i think they want to be enterprise. and take moose to his hike school reuinion. then change his oil.

Mills said...

that's right, folks: during one of their most discouraging stretches of play in this century, st louis lost ground to only one team in the division --- and only 1 game, at that. this is not a fluke. here are the nl central standings over each team's last 162 games:

W L PCT GB
mil 80 82 .494 ---
hou 79 83 .488 1
stl 74 88 .457 6
pitt 72 90 .444 8
cin 72 90 .444 8
chi 69 93 .426 11

blue said...

no green day was on there and they were very good.

tem said...

Why do you "know" these things?

tem said...

HUNGRY!

blue said...

"this" is mills destroying LoV with his BS statistics

Mills said...

"i think they want to be enterprise. and take moose to his hike school reuinion. then change his oil."

he brought this upon himself. if he wouldn't have started talking about how he was going to eat his "parents' cheerioes" when he got back from school, they wouldn't have left him on the side of the road, and he would have had a car.

now worries though. i think he could use his "capital one" rewards card to hook him up with the car.

Mills said...

copy and pasted from cardinals site. just show that the central is NOT.."very good"

El Padrino said...

"Why can't "Cleveland" beat Kansas City?"

This is why I love gambling. I am takin whatever money i can scrape up and at -130 on the moneyline i am taking the Indians to win today.

El Padrino said...

freak we wont let u down

blue said...

thanks for "carrying" LoV Mills

El Padrino said...

and i refuse to use quotations

blue said...

refuse is a strong word

Mills said...

almost as dumb as "never"

Mills said...

i "refused" to change my name. that turned out really "nice"

Spaceman Spiff said...

andruw jones is on pace for braves franchise single season strikeout record, but not the overall single season record. He is on team captain stupendous of course(which is getting shelled as usual)

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

I have nothing to talk about

El Padrino said...

weazy kills all jokes

blue said...

new LoB post is up

Mills said...

ben -- link it up. i am "that" bored.

blue said...

i "refuse"

Mills said...

ok then.

Spaceman Spiff said...

weazy requesting someone to "link it up" while he tells everyone to "copy and paste". fucker

ToddPacker said...

nice work, ben.... lob post is good stuff

isiah thomas said...

apparently the chick who won AI is from the phx.

Mills said...

i linked twice today spiff. ead.

blue said...

yeah, the chick who won AI, is from Glendale, and her papi is Phillipi Sparks.

Mills said...

her dad is phillipi sparks. former giants cb.

zeke -- power rankings?

blue said...

For weazy

Mills said...

cut and paste work fine for me btw.

ToddPacker said...

i know it's at the top of the LoV page, but i don't think it's said in awhile:

weasels are awful

Iam what i is said...

we all just witnessed a murder.

tragic i tell ya.

Josh Hancocks Seatbelt said...

The LoB pic gets a lot of run at collegehumor.com

It's heralded as the best picture ever over there...many try to duplicate, to no avail

isiah thomas said...

I get acid reflux from too much am weazy.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

Here's a name we haven't heard in a while.

Alando Tucker.

2nd rounder?

As I said, not as good as advertised.

blue said...

alando doesn't have a position in the NBA. He might fit ok with PHX or somebody where he can play as a big man and run up and down the court

El Padrino said...

alando had a nice collegiate career

El Padrino said...

so did Bobby Hurley

hahaha

El Padrino said...

he might be a decent guy though

Spaceman Spiff said...

Football version of Truehoop

isiah thomas said...

let's hope alando can drive

isiah thomas said...

I think the truehoop guy is a moron.

El Padrino said...

i was all over this yesterday spiff

Iam what i is said...

im going chicken chalupas today. im thinking about getting a chub in their honor.

isiah thomas said...

on shammy's blog he has a post up about some site he's running about raising a your kid to be a good sports fan.

If people take this serious then I've lost all hope for humanity (again).

Shammy has what 1 kid? I'm sure he's a terrible parent so why the fuck would you listen to him about raising a kid.

This makes me want to break stuff.

blue said...

alando will probably end up losing his spaceship to Han Solo but then later become the Baron Administrator of "cloud city"

isiah thomas said...

enchiritos will set you free

El Padrino said...

chicken chalupas

taco bell?

please advise.

Spaceman Spiff said...

my bad EP

zeke, thats not the first time, everytime he mentions that varsitydad shit no one notices so he waits then brings it up again. now its the "official" launch when he actually launched it a while back but no one cares. still cant believe he commented on thos playoff games like he watched and he hadnt even seen a second of the games.

El Padrino said...

no beef spiff, i didnt link it or anything, i actually like it

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

Someone sling me the golf website again.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

ElP, 1 day closer to Stadium Sauce.

Spaceman Spiff said...

golf game

El Padrino said...

yep meiz, gonna hook them up sunday for fam bbq

it's going to be glorious

El Padrino said...

i love memorial day weekend

espeacially with nice weather on the horizon

beer, meat, sun, baseball = heaven

El Padrino said...

everyone's golfing

i wait til later plus spiff dejected me

blue said...

the questions that people have asked Kevin Durant are stupid.

Spaceman Spiff said...

watched south park episode last night where cartman buys some guys pubes and wants his money back but keeps getting shafted so he gets revenge. that was some good revenge

blue said...

i'm trying to play golf with the chick and see if she "scores" as high

El Padrino said...

i'm hungry

tem said...

I'm back from my sojourn

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