October 27, 2010

Bronco Stadium Panorama

I had the pleasure of watching Boise State beat Louisiana Tech at Bronco Stadium last night. We sat in the South End Zone where the crowd was raucous.
I stitched a few pictures together for a decent panorama.


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October 15, 2010

Kid hates the Raiders



Honestly, I don't blame the poor kid. If Al Davis and the Raiders beat my favorite team I would throw a tantrum too. I can relate to the kid in two ways:

1. I cried when the 49ers lost to the Cowboys in the NFC Title game in 1993. It wasn't hysterical crying but the waterworks were flowing. I won't sugarcoat it, it was one of my more pathetic moments. My mom had to comfort her 13 year old son because the Cowboys had defeated Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.....hang on, I need a moment....

/wipes eyes

2. I get just as emotional as the young boy in the video every single time I look at Mark May's face. I scream at the TV just like the young boy does every time May opens his mouth about Boise State. Mark May is pure evil.

October 12, 2010

Player Profile-Doug Martin-Boise State

It's late at night. I can't sleep. I'm bored. I haven't blogged in a while. Let's go...


Doug Martin is the best college football player you've never heard of. If you're hearing his name for the first time - remember it. He's the starting tailback for the Boise State Broncos. He's about 5'10", 215 pounds, junior running back and he leads the league in awesomeness.

Why haven't you heard of him?

Doug Martin showed up at Boise State in 2007 ready to redshirt. There was a logjam as it is at the running back spot with D.J Harper and Jeremy Avery getting ready to play as true freshman. But most notably, Ian Johnson was suiting up for his junior year with the Broncos. Even as a redshirt, there were comments made by some anonymous players that Doug Martin (not Ian Johnson) was the best running back on the team.

In 2008, playing as a redshirt freshman, Doug Martin saw little time in the backfield due to the depth of the running back position. Ian Johnson was now a senior and DJ Harper and Jeremy Avery had proved themselves as worthy backups. Still Doug Martin impressed.

By the time 2009 rolled around Avery and Harper had established themselves in the offense. Ian Johnson was now gone but the coaches knew a player as talented as Doug Martin shouldn't be kept off the field. In the spring of 2009, Martin agreed to make a move to defense at a position called "nickelbacker", a hybrid position of a defensive back and linebacker. Winston Venable won the starting job but in the first couple games Doug Martin received valuable playing time in his new defensive role. In the third game of the season, DJ Harper tore his ACL against Fresno State. With depth now a concern at running back, the coaches had no choice but to have Martin return to offense to play his original position. The position he had played all his life until the 2009 season.


Doug Martin was already becoming a fan favorite before he was thrust back onto offense but his popularity among Bronco fans skyrocketed when we got our first real glimpse at would Dougie could do. For the rest of the season, Doug Martin split carries with starting running back, Jeremy Avery. In 2009, "Doug Mad, Doug Smash" ran for 765 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. On top of that, he averaged six yards per carry. After coming back to offense, the Doug Martin Hype Machine didn't disappoint. He punished defenders for the next 10 games. If you were in his way, you were ran over. If you gave him space, he ran around you.

In 2010, Doug Martin was named the starting running back despite Jeremy Avery being the starter in 2009 and running for over 1,100 yards. Doug Martin, now known as the "Muscle Hamster" (probably because of his 400 pound bench press) according to his teammates, has been stellar in 2010. Martin may not get feature back like carries because Boise State blows out so many opponents but there's no reason to fret.

Doug Martin will be around for a while. Once he's done playing on Saturdays, start looking for him on Sundays.


Some facts about Doug Martin:

He's from Stockton, California
He's a good dancer
He owns a Fiesta Bowl ring
He once gave a round house kick to Chuck Norris. Chuck nodded in approval
He's the proud owner of two snakes
The snakes are afraid of him


Here's Martin's highlight video from 2009. Check out the Muscle Hamster...

August 28, 2010

Eric's first football game....with highlights!

I'm not sure how often this site gets checked anymore since I cut down on the blogging. But if you happen to stop by, here are a couple videos from Eric's first football game.
In Eric's first play, he was supposed to throw a pass to his teammate, Brock. The play broke down right away and Eric scrambled 65 yards for a touchdown!

In the second video, Eric completed that pass to Brock. Brock made a great catch. Unfortunately, the down marker was right in front of my camera, but you get the idea.

It was a great day. Becka and I were pumped were full of pride. This is obvious in the first video when I labeled Eric a "superstar." We're looking forward to many more games!



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July 12, 2010

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T TYPE IN ALL CAPS


June 29, 2010

I feel so distracted lately....

OMG WTF LMAO Pictures, Images and Photos

I don't know why, though.

June 26, 2010

Eric readies for Football

June 24, 2010

Busey Family Picture

The Gary Busey family picture. Go ahead and drink it in. It's hard to look away, I know.

June 13, 2010

Summer is finally here....

And Timo is ready to beat the heat by playing in water fountains....



As you can see Eric's methods to staying cool are slightly....different, albeit just as effective.

May 23, 2010

Having Second Thoughts

I used to have big aspirations of being a bullfighter. However, those aspirations have dwindled rather quickly as of late. I may have to pick up a different hobby all together. Hopefully it will be a hobby that doesn't involve pointy horns.

May 15, 2010

Eric is sneaking up on you....

May 1, 2010

Fun with .gif

My brother Brent has inspired me. Here's my first .gif animation. Timo makes the perfect subject.

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April 29, 2010

Anthrax (Not the band)


You gotta love Garfield. I know I do.

April 27, 2010

Needed Haircut

I acquired an interesting picture over the weekend. It was taken five years ago when we moved back from Las Vegas. I would vote this picture into the "my most favorite picture that I look the most terrible in" category. I look like a lazy member of the Taliban.

Eric looks so cute in the picture too, especially with baby Timo peeking around him.

Anyway, I wanted to share this slightly embarrassing picture, so here you go.

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April 21, 2010

Eric and Timo at the Boise Depot

The building behind Eric and Timo is the old Boise Depot. It was built in 1925 so I figured black and white would look good. A little panorama helps, too. By the way, how awesome are panoramic pictures? Very...awesome.

What do you think?


Click to Enlarge (it looks better that way).

April 18, 2010

Warning: Proud Father Alert

April 17th was a day Eric, Timo, and myself had marked in our mental calendars for a couple months. This is the day of the annual Blue-Orange Spring game at Boise State. Prior to the scrimmage starting there were a lot of activities for the kids to do. The boys were able to participate in a football style obstacle course, get their pictures taken with the 2010 Fiesta Bowl trophy, play around in one of those inflatable playhouse thingies, and some other activities.

Quick Side Note: I badly and I mean BADLY want to go play inside one of those inflatable playhouses. I would just jump in there but there has to be some sort of weight limit. I don't need a bunch of pointing and laughing in my direction, especially from 9 year olds.

After a short time, the famed blue turf field was opened up to any kids 12 and under and they were able to participate in drills that the actual players do during practices. Parents weren't allowed on the actual field (so we wouldn't get in the way)but we were able to stand on the sidelines to watch. The best part was most of the players were involved with the drills. Eric and Timo went from drill to drill introducing themselves to certain players. Some of the players were Austin Pettis, Titus Young, Kyle Efaw, Kellen Moore, Brandyn Thompson, Jeron Johnson, Winston Venable, Kyle Brotzman, and several others. Eric doesn't have a shy bone in his body so he has no problem walking up to players and striking up conversations. Timo gladly followed Eric around with just as much enthusiasm.

Eric had a moment he'll never forget when he was mingling with Fiesta Bowl MVP Brandyn Thompson. I'm going to preface this short story by telling you I didn't actually see this happen so this is all according to Eric.
Anyway, when at Brandyn Thompson's station, Eric thew him a pass. Thompson caught the pass and stood there for a moment staring at Eric. Thompson then got the attention of some coaches who were nearby and said "you have to watch this kid throw." Eric gladly obliged and threw the ball a few more times for them. As far as I know, afterward the coaches told him good job and the boys moved on to their next drill. The humble part of me needs to remind you this is Eric's story so it's quite possible he wasn't throwing for actual "coaches." But as you know, it doesn't really matter because Eric impressed one of his favorite football players with some of his own football skills.
Eric was beaming after this happened. It was awesome. It's sort of funny because he's been working on technique throwing the ball lately. When holding the ball he knows, keep the ball high, keep your elbows low, step into the throw, thrust with your shoulders and hips, and follow through. After learning these fundamentals, his first big payoff was impressing one of his idols. Not bad.

Quick Side Note #2: Earlier that morning we were able to sign Eric up to play football this fall. As an 8 year old he's required to play flag football this year. Next year he'll move on to tackle. This will be Eric's first year and he is super excited. I know, because he reminds me every 10 minutes.


All right, onto the visual part of the blog. As always I was camera ready for this event.


This is the smoke-filled helmet the players run through before every home game. When we walked through the helmet Eric MADE Timo and I simulate the players' entrance into Bronco Stadium.


Eric being very focused running through the obstacle course.


Eric isn't the only kid in the family with throwing skills. Check out Timo's form as he readies to heave this ball. I'm going to pretend that the guy behind him is some sort of scout.


Eric and Timo proudly posing with the Fiesta Bowl trophy.


I just thought this picture was funny because of the way Eric is looking at Austin Pettis. I can't say I blame him. According to cbs.com, Pettis is ranked as the #2 receiver in the country going into this fall season.


Eric and Timo waiting to get an autograph from Kicker/Punter Kyle Brotzman. If you watched the Fiesta Bowl you probably remember the "riddler" play when Brotzman faked the punt and threw the ball to Kyle Efaw for a 27 yard gain. That play gave the Broncos momentum that led to a game winning touchdown.



And of course, the boys just had to get their picture taken with Buster Bronco.

Quick Side Note #3: As you can see, I'm standing on the blue turf to take this picture. I just wanted to point out this my first time on the famous blue turf....legally. And I've been on it at least half a dozen other times. There's been a couple incidences where I went to the stadium, found an open gate and wandered on in only to have someone close the gate after I took the field. So yeah, I've had to hop the gate a couple times to get back out. One time my friends Justin and Nate were with me. Good times.


Now here's a couple short videos. In the first video we see Timo running the obstacle course with an over sized Bronco football helmet on his head. Be sure to listen for Timo's grunt as he tackles the dummy. After watching the video a couple times I've come up with the theory that Timo pretended to have trouble handling the ball just so that girl would come up and help him.



Here's Eric and Timo on the field doing a tackling dummy drill. Those lucky little boys.


Afterwards, we finally watched the game. An estimated 12,000 people showed up to see the Broncos. It was an awesome day.

April 12, 2010

I'm with CoCo

"In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable," O'Brien said in a statement. "My plan is working perfectly."



For us Conan O'Brien fans, good news came today when it was announced O'Brien would have a new talk show on TBS. It sounds like most people were expecting Conan to make the move to FOX. If you think about it, cable TV makes sense for Conan and his self described "arbitrary humor."

I'm not a Conan maniac or anything. Heck, when he was on NBC, I went through phases of watching him nightly for a few weeks straight, to not watching his show for a few months straight. However, I do feel comforted knowing Conan will be there on my TV when I need him....Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. eastern standard time....starting in November.

April 9, 2010

Updates

Alrighty then, I just took a month long blogging sabbatical. What the heck have I been doing besides blogging? Well, for one thing I fell in love with the TV series Arrested Development. I should have listened to Justin a few years ago when he was telling me to watch the show. Better late than never!
Anyway, more than anything, I found this website where you post one new picture every day for an entire year. It's kind of hard to stick with, especially for me because I'm about as inconsistent as they come. So far I've done pretty well, though. You're supposed to post a brand new picture everyday, so as you can imagine, I've taken an enormous amount of pictures since I started. Here's some of the pictures I've taken recently:











If you want to visit the site, here's the link to visit my profile and see more pictures. 365 Project. I'll put a link on the side bar of my blog too.

March 7, 2010

F-18 Hornet

I was taking some airplane pictures today when surprisingly I found out some F-18 Hornets were going to be taking off. Watching fighter jets fly around never get old to me. I was at the end of the runway and took a video of the jet taking off. I apologize in advance for the shoddy camera work but in my defense were talking about an aircraft that has the capability of hitting speeds close to mach 2.

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March 1, 2010

Picture of the Week

Hot off the digital camera today is big blue eyed Timo. I was going to post a different picture but after seeing Timo in this one, I couldn't resist.

February 27, 2010

SURVIVOR . . . Idaho Style

I found an interesting site with an interesting idea.

SURVIVOR . . . Idaho Style
Due to the popularity of the Survivor shows, Idaho
is planning to do its own titled 'Survivor -Idaho Style.'

The contestants will start in Boise , travel over to Twin Falls and Idaho Falls.
Then, they will head northwest to Salmon then over to Lewiston
From there they will proceed North to Moscow. The final leg will be back to Boise!

Each will be driving a pink Volvo with California license plates and a
HUGE bumper sticker that reads: I'm gay. I'm a vegetarian. Beer is
harmful to your health. Republicans suck. Obama is God.
Deer hunting is murder,..... and I'm here to confiscate your guns.'

The first one that makes it back to Boise alive wins.


I'm in. Who's with me?

Cell Phone Pictures

Here's a peek of some pictures that's been residing in my phone over the last few days. I know. Nothing like fuzzy second-rate pictures taken by a phone right? Well, it's the best I have for now. You can click to enlarge. Enjoy!

Noah testing out a futon at ShopKo.


Eric and Timo patiently waiting in line at Math Night.


Timo with a big smile!


Mikey giving me his "You're taking another picture!!!" look.


Eric LOVES jumping off of things. Just taken today, here he is again.

February 22, 2010

Picture of the Week

Blah, blah, blah, I've been lazy with Picture of the Week, so here we go.

Actually, not much explanation is necessary for this picture. We were at the park the other day and Timo was having some fun on the monkey bars. I wouldn't describe Timo as graceful when it comes to the monkey bars but he gets the job done anyway. You can thank this five year olds' massive upper-body strength when it comes to monkey bar skills.

I've given this picture a name, referencing a New Kids on the Block song and that kitten poster I used to see in Wal-Mart all the time.

I call it "hangin' tough"

February 21, 2010

Yoi Tomo

Okay I'll confront the obvious elephant in the room. I haven't blogged in a while. I assure you my month long blogging break was unintentional. Which, I find funny because when I stupidly announced my semi-retirement from blogging a few months ago, that lasted a mere three weeks.
Why did I take my biggest blogging break? Well...I don't know.

Tired? Lack of ideas? Been watching too much Netflix streamed to my TV? Work? Carpal Tunnel? Probably a little of everything.

So what's the subject of this post (besides my narcissistic comments about my blogging break)?

Sushi. Delicious Sushi.

Becka and I had a belated Valentine's dinner/lunch the other day at Yoi Tomo in Boise. I could go on and on about how great it was but instead I'm going to show you some low-quality cell phone pictures of our lunch. Our delicious lunch.



MMMMMMMM...so gooood. My favorite had to be the raw scallops, seen in the top right of the bottom picture. So squishy.

January 23, 2010

The many faces of Noah Rigby



January 19, 2010

Picture of the Week

Whether you've noticed or not, POTW has been on hiatus for the last three weeks or so. This seems to be a slow time for picture taking with me and my camera so I haven't had much to blog about, POTW wise. I considered suspending the whole idea all together. But then I realized I have a billion other pictures stored on my computer, so why not substitute past pictures I've taken on the weeks I haven't taken any? At least when I haven't taken any good or interesting ones.

Alright, on with the picture already. When we lived in Tacoma a few years ago I went to Alki Beach one evening in Seattle. I noticed how pretty the sunset was as the sun reflected off of Seattle's impressive skyline. Unfortunately, I had just come from work and I wasn't armed with my camera. Sure enough, the next day I took my camera to work with me and went to Alki Beach again right afterwards. The sunset was just as impressive the next day. I miss the beautiful scenery of Seattle and the Puget Sound.
This picture is one of my personal favorites.

Go ahead. Click to Enlarge.

January 16, 2010

Evidence

I became slightly concerned when I walked into the breakroom at work and noticed the garbage can was full...of empty beer cans. With the heavy machinery, nail guns, box trucks, and fork lifts that need to be operated I would think sobriety would be a priority. Maybe it's just me. Just in case something happens I'll provide the evidence.



Even though I sat in a room that reeked of beer, I had no problem enjoying Becka's delicious spaghetti during my break. I have more evidence.

January 13, 2010

What's that? Oh, the socks come off too?

Baby?
Check.

Bathtub?
Check.

Bubblebath
Check.

Diaper off?
Check.

Socks off???
Doh!!



The water was drained and to my surprise, Mikey's dang feet were covered in drenched socks. That's my bad.

January 12, 2010

Remember, you are my number one...guy

Quite possibly my favorite scene from Batman.



Nicholson was pretty dang good at being a nutbar.

January 10, 2010

Someday at Maho Beach, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

Someday I'm going to, no I HAVE to visit St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles at Maho Beach. Maybe you've seen this before...



This may have the look of being photoshopped or being on the fringe of a disaster but it's not.



Those jumbo jets would make me nervous every time. That still wouldn't stop me from taking dozens upon dozens of pictures and videos. Don't forget your earplugs!!

Awesome.

January 4, 2010

Boise State wins 2010 Fiesta Bowl!!!!!!


Wow.

Boise State once again proves they are a team to be reckoned with among the college football landscape.

I love how all the "experts" regularly pick against the Broncos in these big games. When will they learn their lesson?

I feel like I'm floating on air as I revel in another Fiesta Bowl win. Although, the gallon of water I drank during the game is still sending me to the bathroom every 10 minutes.

If you want more good news, Boise State returns 20 of 22 starters for next season. It couldn't come fast enough.

Congratulations to the Broncos!!!!!!!!!!!

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