Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trekkies Bash Star Trek as "Fun, Watchable"

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Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Despite the geeks hating on this one, we ventured out and saw this summer blockbuster for a Mother's Day matinee treat. And let me say, it was as good as advertised. Pretty good story, lots of excitement, funny dialog, and a really strong cast. The guy playing Captain Kirk was great, and the Spock character was pretty good too. And the special effects?? WOW. Just wow. The line between special effects and reality continue to blur, and this one was about as perfect as it gets on the big screen. It was pretty much everything you want in a summer popcorn movie. And oh yeah, I HATED Star Trek as a kid....although my Mom says I used to wear a gold Starfleet uniform and pretend to be James Tiberius....but whatever. I seem to have successfully suppressed that memory?

Moving on, the new uni's are coming. June 12th is what we had been hearing, and sure enough, it's now confirmed:

While nothing is officially out there, some unconfirmed rumors say that they look pretty nice. Clean and sharp are two things we've heard. Oh, and Cougfan? They LOVE the idea of having the uni's unveiled in Pasco. Absolutely, positively LOVE it....

Meanwhile, Baba Booey's first pitch. You've all seen it by now, right?

We have a new contender for "worst first pitches ever". Just awful. What's funny about it is that Gary was talking on the Howard Stern show for the last few weeks about how hard he was working to get ready for the big moment. Throwing a lot of pitches every day, even talking to a sports psychologist. And BaBa-Booey? He Ba-Ba-BLEW IT. I mean when the umpire standing five+ feet from home plate catches the pitch, you know it's bad.

Now it also must be said that the whole thing was done for charity. He was serving as a host for autism awareness day at Citi Field, and that led to the whole first pitch thing. The link to the story has details, as well as a much higher quality video with an interview with him. So sure, we laugh, but all in good fun.

Finally, Cougfan broke the story last night on something Vince had been saying all spring, and that is Romeo Pellum made it official with his transfer. From Cougfan:

Romeo Pellum was WSU’s top cornerback as a sophomore last season, but the Cougars’ defense ranked among the worst in school history. Pellum led WSU with six pass breakups, tied for first with two interceptions, ranked second with 51 unassisted tackles and came in third in total tackles with 65.

The article speculates that Brandon Jones, the Cal transfer, will get first crack at Pellum's spot.

We'll see how it goes in the spring, but losing Pellum is disappointing. But rules are rules, and Pellum had a few issues. Good luck to him, wherever he ends up.

That's it for a light Wednesday. Stay tuned for more fish wraps, coming soon. As always, GO COUGS!


CougTat said...

Any updates on the Fund raising from the AD yet???

Sedihawk said...

Unfortunately no, not yet. We've had a hard time with communication over the last week, but we're hoping we have something to say shortly (Friday perhaps?).

Chris '04 said...

Has there been any word on what Romeo did to get in trouble? Was he the guy that got the Dewey?

Sedihawk said...

He got into some trouble, definitely. Here's a link from Grippi:

"Pellum, who is on indefinite probation for an undisclosed violation of team rules, dug an even deeper hole with the coaching staff when Pullman police pulled him over on Illinois Street at 2 a.m. Saturday and arrested him for driving with a suspended license and not having a valid operator’s license, according to the police report.

“Right now, he’s suspended indefinitely,” Wulff said, “and he’s not a part of any team activities whatsoever.”

Anonymous said...

How about a train from Pullman to Spokane would that get the spok market willing to go to games?

Chris '04 said...

Thanks, Sedi. I thought I had remembered something about him getting pulled over for having studded tires on after the April 1 deadline. Sounds like he was more trouble than he was worth. Hell, he was legally blind in one eye anyways!

Selahcoug said...

I'm glad someone is looking into the Spokane to Pullman train idea a little more. I think it would be a great thing to get people to the games.

Longball said...

Just the continuation of the cleaning house project.

Did anyone see the ESPN lady reporting on Cory Blount's sentencing for felony possession today? It was classic. He was caught with almost 30 POUNDS!!! of weed and claimed it was for personal use (wah?). She couldn't hold it together when reporting that little detail and had one of the funnier laugh attacks i've seen a sportscenter anchor have on the air. Maybe she had dipped into Mr. Blount's stash? It should be on Youtube any minute now.

Sedihawk said...

I am looking forward to seeing that. 30 lbs? That's a serious haul.

A train would be freakin' SWEET! What they should do is set one up from Seattle. I took the train once from Pullman to Seattle for xmas break, and it was pretty cool. Long though, like 8 hours or something, but it was cool. Better than driving, that's for sure. Taking a "Crimson Express" train would be great on gamedays!

Chris '04 said...

There is a passenger train from Pullman to Seattle???

Sedihawk said...

Not anymore Chris, but there used to be. I rode it in the early 90's. It was a real scenic ride too, cutting through the Columbia river area, back up north through Stevens Pass, then down through Everett and then Seattle. Long though, like 8 or 9 hours I think, but pretty cool. I would be all over that if they brought it back! Now you have to bus from Pullman to Spokane to take the train to Seattle.

Longball said...

Wow, i have been a Pullmanite for going on 35 years and I never knew there was a train to Seattle, not since the 50's at least. There are those old timey photos of all the WSC students arriving in Pullman each Fall at the Pufferbelly Depot. But the 1990's? are you sure you didn't journey through a time warp?

BornCoug said...

Sedi, are you sure you aren't a close friend of Cory Blount? I kid I kid. ;)

I never had heard of the train from Pullman to Seattle either and I'm actually from Pullman. Trains are a nice way to travel. The thing I would wonder about is the ticket price. Many times it is nearly as much as a plane ticket and as Sedi indicates it takes so much longer to travel. I also wonder if it could survive without a lot of help from an outside source. It's an interesting thought if they could get enough trains to make it worth it on game day (3 trains leaving per hour from 7-12). I'm just wondering about the logistics. I think I would rather see the freeway expanded.

We will see more departures over the next year. It would shock me if they didn't intend on signing a 20+ recruiting class and I have heard they only have room right now for 12-13.

Nolan Washington probably plays almost for sure now. Other than Jones, they are very young and hardly have any experience at corner. Justin has a year but is a bit light. Simmons and Hayward don't exactly give them a lot of depth.

sedihawk said...

Hmm, I guess I could be "LOST", stuck in a time-skip? That would explain an awful lot. I dreamed Villanova would beat Georgetown a month before it happened back when I was a kid. I also dreamed of the 02 Apple Cup loss complete with bottle-tossing and UW celebrating. I am still not over that one. :(

Anyway, I guess I could have taken the train from Spokane via bus from Pullman. I remember sitting by at least 3 other students and one guy shared beverages from his cooler the whole way, so that was cool. But yeah, you are probably right, I probably did take it out of Spokane. I guess if it did truly run out of Pullman to Seattle back then, a lot of people would remember that!

I guess the "train don't run outta Pullman....lessen you're a hog or cattle or sumthin'."

Longball said...

...or barley.

I once took the train from Seattle to Portland for the Cougs/Ducks game. I met friends in Portland and rode to the game with them the next day, but the train went on to Eugene that night and was full of Cougs. There were two whole cars of only Crimson clad Cougs and by the time the train got to the Mima Mounds all they were completely blitzed. There were many rounds of the fight song. I had to pass through those cars to get to the bar car, but with my Coug sweatshirt on i never actually had to go to the bar car to get a drink. They were more than happy to offer up from their abundant stashes. We went on to club the Ducks mercilessly, of course, the week after they were all fat and sassy from beating Michigan and being on the cover of SI. Since then I have always dreamed of how awesome a rooter train from Seattle to Pullman would be, via Spokane perhaps.