Batman Playing Baseball in the Olympics with Zidane

… Carlos Quentin has been amazing for me in fantasy baseball. Not only that, but also for the White Sox as well. He has practically carried the offense on his shoulders. Leading the AL in home runs and up there in runs and RBIs.

… I’m now convinced that Zidane is probably the best technical player and teammate ever in soccer history. He might have not won as many World Cups as Maradona or Pele, but he did win one in 1998, lead them to the finals in 2006. But just his skill, his touch, his presence on the field, and vision was simply amazing. The other thing is that when he was on the field, he made his teammates better. The fluidity and beauty of his game is stunning. Unmatched. Never will be. Still sad that he’s retired…

… If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet, it’s either because you don’t have the time, you’re not ready for it, or you’re just insane. I wouldn’t say it was the best movie I’ve ever seen (Schindler’s List is still first for now), but it’s definitely captured my imagination and pretty much set the standard for me in terms of how I view action movies now. Batman Begins started it and The Dark Knight just proceeded with astounding success. It’s no longer this goofy “I’m invincible” look but rather humanistic side of the protagonist. It’s going to be hard to match that.

Also, Heath Ledger has the Joker was probably one of the best casting I’ve seen for an antagonist. I’ve never seen someone so enveloped into a role. It was impressive. Award-winning? I would argue that it definitely was. He sold it well. Maybe a bit too well…

… I also have a fear for pencils now… Especially ones that are sticking out of a table… With a clown standing next to it.

… The summer’s so far created a lot of great memories. The trip to Northern California was a unique and good experience for the most part. Camping with the SYTE group was fun and a blast. Hanging out with people, serving, traveling. It’s definitely changed my outlook on certain things. That’s for sure.

It also means I need to travel more, which I might. Depends if my family in Southern California is around when I’m planning the trip. (David, Lindsey and Ryan, you’ve been warned).

… The 2008 Beijing officially starts in two weeks. The Olympics have to be one of my most favorite sporting events. Partly because of all the coverage on TV (except for the gymnastics, diving and synchronized swimming… bleh). It’s almost 24/7 for just over two weeks. I’ll probably write something up about it over the course of the two weeks.

But when you think about it, it’s a pretty amazing concept. Bringing all the world’s best athletes together in one place to compete. Setting aside political differences (except for the Iraq controversy), social differences, and other similar things and uniting everyone together under sport. It’s a great sight to see.

If only we could do that outside of the Olympics…

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