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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 8/31/12: Backstreet Boys- I Want It That Way (1998)

As they rocked it for Good Morning America (which embarrassed the Today Show once again), in honor of their reunion, here is the first of several Backstreet Boys songs for The Flashback Fridays today on the final day of August 2012.

TWD Friday 1st Thread For 8/31/12 (1st Version): The Party For Empty Chairs

Damn, last day in August already? Anyway, I guess this is their new voting block.
More when the Friday 1st Thread continues in a bit.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Music Energy Boost #2 for 8/30/12: MGK feat Ester Dean - Invincible (2012)

If Machine Gun Kelly can produce stuff like this on a regular, then he will be major. And Ester Dean is brilliant here too:

The 2012 US Open Thread #1/The S-Thread #1 For 8/30/12: Day 4/9 Session (1st Version)

Sloane Stephens smiles after winning her first round match 
Ana Ivanovic is on upset alert here today. Sofia Ardvisson is rising and can win this match.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams takes on one of the few players she truly does hate, in the cheater and newly married Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

More on Day 4/9 of the US Open, Day Session Thread, in a short while. 

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 8/30/12: Owl City feat Carly Rae Jepsen- Good Times (2012)

Carly Rae Jespen, with the song for the first half of 2012 and a key reason for the song that is the clear pop hit of late summer and early fall. The US Open and ESPN have certainly facilitated in that department.

The 1st Thread and Your Music Wakeup Call for August 30, 2012.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Music Wakeup Call/Music Energy Boost For 8/29/12: Fatboy Slim- Rockafeller Slim (1998)

The only "house music" I can tolerate.........somewhat, from the legend Fatboy Slim.

The 1st Thread for 8/29/12 (1st Version): The Greatest Clown Show Ever Is Back

"Tonight, I want to talk to you about love," or "Tonight, we're going to do what my mother taught me, we're going to chose respect over love."

Which one is it Nutty Party? 

Fascinating discussion on the worst Brazil national soccer/football/futebol side ever. I thought as a team, 2010 was bad, though 2006 wasn't all that impressive as the final results showed.

Nice stuff from Andrea Hlavackova

Oh look, what a surprise, some Republicans are really racist! Ann CNN is really corporate heartless too! 

And in the best campaign ad of the season, the heartless Koch brothers are ripped to pieces for their avarice. 

The 1st Thread for August 29, 2012. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The 2012 US Open Thread #1/The S-Thread #1 For 8/28/12: Main Draw Singles Day 2 (Day 8 overall) Preview

We have reached the first week of the tournament officially, and here's the key matches to focus on today, as rain is pending again (though the rain is gone.)

WOMEN- The "Key Match" for the whole tourney, and the others to "Focus ON":

Stephens-Schiavone: The former Italian #1 is on her last limbs, as her energy level continues to fade as the grind of the tour wears down her 32-year-old diminutive self. It will be another long day for Francesca, as Sloane is primed for the victory despite her tendencies to regress back to her old, petulant mental instability.

Errani-Muguruza: While one short Italian forces fades, another continues to rise, as Errani will take on another promising, hard-hitting teenager in Spanish rising star Muguruza. Errani's experience and David Ferrer-ness will see her through this talented force, despite her lack of serving power.

King-Shvedova: Doubles buddies and friends for life face off here, and it's more difficult for the Californian. King has seen Yaro surpass her in singles and be able to play in the Olympics, something Vania painfully missed out on despite being so desperate to perform there. Expect Shvedova to keep her dangerous floater status going, and take out her amicable opponent on the other side in clear fashion.

Hlavackova-Zakopalova: Czech women and contrasting offensive styles will square off here. Though Andrea has the bigger serve, it will be Klara that is more well rounded. But Andrea has been on better form this summer and should get the tight victory in a 50/50 match.

Other key women's matches to watch for, where Ana Ivanovic has to be careful against young Svitolina, who fights until she hears Game, Set, Match, as well as Peng/Vesnina, Cibulkova/Larsson, Pervak/Larsson, Barthel/Jovanovski, Voskoboeva/Rus, Pironkova/Giorgi, Lucic/Jose Martinez, U.Radwanska/ and more.


Roddick-Williams: The Tennessee boy Williams is actually a big boy, and he played well in qualifying with his big serve to be in his first US Open draw. If Roddick is even a little flat today, this could get very awkward for the 2003 US Open champion.

Goffin-Berdych: Outside of a decent result in Toronto, it's been a forgettable year for Tomas, who seems to be on the road outside of the Top 10. Young Goffin will continue the good start for Belgian tennis here at this tournament with a dismissal of the diminishing Czech.

Almagro-Stepanek: The best first round match, as Stepanek has been playing real well again, while Almagro is still here and there with trying to be a solid Top 8 player. Hard to call this one, but I think Stepanek will take this great contest as this 50/50 match could go either way.

Stakhovsky-Wawrinka: Should be a tight one here, but with Wwarinka improving, he should taje this match in maybe four quality sets. 

The 1st Thread for 8/28/12 (1st Version): Coolest Polish Girls Ever

Okay, Caroline is Danish, but she has Polish blood of course. Either way, thanks to her and New Haven Tennis for this, since Aga barely uses Twitter anymore. More to come in today's 1st Thread here at TWD.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/27/12: Just Tevin

May your day/evening have a sound start (unless you are in Europe, where this may have you already looking forward to tomorrow).

Friday, August 24, 2012

TWD Friday's 1st Thread For 8/24/12: The Flashback Fridays #1 (3LW- "No More" from 2000)

Before the two thug girls started throwing chicken bones at Naturi, here is the first single that sent them all blazing to the top, before an epic crash.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The 1st Thread/The 2012 US Open Thread For 8/23/12: Day 3 (Qualifying Day 3)

Crucial Day 3 of qualifying, the penultimate round of the tournament to get into the tournament.

For today, all courts including show court 17 are in live action starting at 11AM.

On the women's side, Citi Bank winner Maggie Rybarikova has another tough test against Serbian teenager Aleksandra Krunic, with Anastasia Rodionova takes on Caroline Garcia in another marquee match. Plenty of close 50/50 contests on the women's side, so here's the rest of them.

De Brito/Svitolina, Glushko/Davis, Ormachea/Keys, Cepelova/Tanasugarn, Chan/Fischman, Castano/Pegula, and the Pliskova twins, both their matches.

On the men's side, so many intriguing matches, from Dustin Brown vs Tim Smyczek to Aljaz Bedene/Daniel Kosakowski. Here are a few of the others:

Klahn/Trungelliti, Rosol/Gonzalez, Seifert/Bubka, Mello/Ganessi.

Full schedule is here.

And as you see in the highlighted photo, the main draw comes out in approximately over an hour's time at the timing of this post. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Deft Volley #1/ The S-Thread #1 For 8/22/12: 2012 US Open, Day 2 (Qualies Day 2)

Do to time permitting, the author of this site will get right into the highlight matches of Day 2 of the US Open, as first round qualifying continues.

Shock US Open junior champion Grace Min will look to see if she can qualify for the Open directly in a tough first round against another young teenager with promise in Slovakia's Jana Cepelova.

Also in more promising young Americans on this day, Madison Keys will face off against Madison Brengle in the interesting all-Madison encounter. The opposite of those two is Jill Craybas, who at 37 looks to see if she can be in another US Open main draw against the talented but always erratic Russian Alla Kudryavtseva.

On the men's side, 18-year-old American Mitchell Krueger looks to show everybody what he is made of against Argentine journeyman Martin Alund. UCLA star Dan Kosakowski also hopes to impress against Jesse Huta Galung of Holland.

From Michelle De Brito to Frank Dancevic with Federer boogey man and friend Marco Chiudinelli, Jamaican sensation Dustin Brown, and an intriguing match between Ricardas Berankis and Maxine Teixieira in between, it saw be another great day in the grueling mental battle that is USOpen Qualifying.

The schedule is here

The 1st Thread/The Fun Thread For 8/22/12: The Classic Life Savers Singing Commercials

I cheerish this song so much.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Deft Volleys #1/The S-Thread #1 For 8/21/12: 2012 US Open, Day 1 (Qualies Day 1)

The United States Open for the top tennis players of the world doesn't begin next Monday on August 27. Rather, it starts today, as the mentally grueling and challenging drama that is the qualifying rounds begin.

Marquee matches to watch on Day 1 of the 19-day journey that is the toughest Grand Slam in tennis include Ryan Harrison's brother Christian Harrison taking on Grega Zemija, as well as Alison Riske taking on Lauren Davis.

Also, two women's intriguing matches at the Open today to look at involve a once mercurial French star in Aravene Rezai slowly playing better again (who faces a difficult match against Chinese 18-year-old hope Saisai Zheng) and the current mercurial but struggling adolescent talent that is Caroline Garcia (who has a tough 1st Round match too against Alberta Brianti).  

It should be a fascinating first day at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. The schedule is here

The 1st Thread For 8/21/12: Akin For More Pain

The Missouri nutcase offers an apology late last night:

And as the great Slim Slim brought to my attention, the Missouri nutcase didn't even show up on Piers Morgan's show last night, resulting in this:

And the winner of the day is the terrific Goldie Taylor.
Your 1st Thread from The Whole Delivery on August 21, 2012. 

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/20-21/12: Tevin returns

And it will always be a staple:

Monday, August 20, 2012

The 1st Thread For 8/20/12: Your Wonderful Trainwreck

And the comments from Claire McCaskill, Akin's opponent.

Unsurprisingly, Karl Rove was gutless and did not slam the nutcase. I really do love gutless Karl Rove.

I wonder if Todd Akin has any daughters, a question whose answer I will get immediately on the birdie social protocol.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Deft Volleys Thread #1 For 8/19/12: The Barclays Premier League, Week 1

The greatest league ever has its 21st season premiere ever finally here.

The greatest season ever of 2011-12 will be eclipsed by what will be the greatest, most competitive season ever in 2012-13.

All 20 teams will be great to watch, even defense Reading or when Sam Allardyce gets back to his archaic ways and begins playing his long ball monstrosity (to the benefit of Carlton Cole).

I see Reading, Norwich, and West Brom be relegated, as they will play well, but this league is so hard and unforgiving.

For the Top 7, I favor from 7 to 1:

7) Newcastle
6) Arsenal
5) Spurs
4) Liverpool
3) Chelsea
2) Man City
1) Man United 

Friday, August 17, 2012

TWD Friday's 1st Thread/The Flashback Fridays #1 For 8/17/12: Kurupt feat Snopp & Natina- It's Over (2001)

TWD Fridays will continue hopefully all day, schedule permitting.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Deft Volleys Thread #1 For 8/16/12- Western & Southern Open

The Williams sisters, the Radwanska sisters, and three of the big four on the men's side highlight middle Thursday at the biggest tournament of the summer outside the US Open, the Western & Southern Open.

Speaking of the Radwanska, after her struggle yesterday with Sofia Ardivsson, Aga kept it real in only her bubbly and vibrant personality can.

When asked about her sister Ula's fine rise up the rankings this year, Aga made sure to say that she wants #1 over her taller little sister with a funny laugh.

The 1st Thread For 8/16/12 (1st Version)- Funniest, Most Desperate Ad Ever

If you haven't seen this yet, the euphorically named conservative group Americans for Prosperity has another animated ad attacking President Obama.

On the best social protocol earlier, I hinted at how this ad gives me great gaiety for how incredibly fake and desperate it is.

It would be hilarious to do research on these people and actually see if they did in fact vote for Obama four years ago.

Because if they did not, then Americans for Prosperity should be laughed off the face of California's shores and be sent to that evil foreign land that is Hawaii and recover the mysterious birth certificate. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Deft Volleys #1 For 8/15/12- Western & Southern Open (ATP & WTA)

Photo from
Another amazing and weird day in store in Mason, the proud suburb of Cincinnati.

Radwanska the elder opens her campaign and her quest for #1 in the world today, and she should get through Sofia Arvidsson easily.

The match most intriguing to me is a battle between current upstarts and future WTA stars Sloane Stephens and the energetic Italian Camila Giorgi, which is on the top non-TV court at Cincy, Court 9. 

In fact, Court 9 arguably has the best matches of the day, with Hantuchova/Errani and Blake/Nishikori to follow the Stephens/Giorgi underrated contest.

The 1st Thread for 8/15/12- Best Late Night Interview Ever

More on this later, but if you have never seen it yet, here is the classic late night interview of Madonna on Arsenio Hall's show back over a score ago. Imagine television having world record categories like athletics (track & field) and swimming. This interview would clearly be a late night world record that will stand for the rest of time.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TWD's 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 8/14/12: Lupe Fiasco- B--ch Bad (2012)

Mr. Fiasco has really brought it for Food and Liquor 2. Hopefully Atlantic doesn't screw up like last time and ruin great ideas and flow choice.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Music Thread and Summer School For 8/13/12 (1st Version): Redman- I'll Bee Dat (1998)

Enjoy the classic from Reggie Noble.

The 1st Thread 8/13/12 (1st Version)- They Really Do Force It

More on The Today Show's latest desperate act to be cool.......and actually being funny again despite the desperation.

Because this show's anchors feel they are celebrities themselves, they will continue to do the most absolutely inane things like this. No matter how hard they tried, Al Roker will never get vitiligo and look like Ringo Starr.

At least they admitted that candidly in the video.

(Full disclosure: I thought they would actually have the video of that segment on their site. For some strange reason, they apparently don't. Maybe they were too embarrassed to even put it on their page.)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/12-13/12: Because We Don't Delay The Who For You

Unlike the National Broadcasting Company

To Tevin......Later:

TWD Sunday's 1st Thread For 8/12/12: The London 2012 Closing Ceremonies

Incredible stuff, via the folks at Eurosport Live

Friday, August 10, 2012

TWD Friday's The 1st Thread For 8/10/12- Thankfully My TV and PC Still Work

This next sentence may make your eyes bleed, unless you have already seen it: US world class gymnast and mean, intense face star McKayla Maroney was teaching Jenna Bush "How To Dougie" on the Today Show. 

Le Sigh. 

My off the field lowlight of these Olympic games. And that is your 1st Thread for today.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The 1st Thread for 9/9/12: Thankfully I Didn't Screw Up Too Bad

Me on Russia Today segment about the Olympics, with special thanks to Megan Carpentier for making this happen (I'm at the 2:10 mark for a few seconds talking about how the great marathon race was introduced to the Olympics in 1896).

I wasn't a nervous wreck like the clip of me that was selected may give off on first glance. Rather, I was very excited and enthralled by my first official TV stuff, even if it was for online media.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Music Wakeup Call/Midday Energy Boost For 8/8/12: Miri Ben Ari- "Sunshine to the Rain" feat Anthony Hamilton and Scarface (2005)

The classic, inspiring track co-produced by Kanye West and Israeli's violinist sensation. It's once again here at The Whole Delivery, the brilliant "Sunshine to the Rain" from Miri Ben Ari,  Anthony Hamilton and Scarface.

It's your music kickstart or boost for your day at TWD. 

The 1st Thread For 8/8/12 (Final Version): The Weirdest Commercial of Our Times

Ragu, no matter how peculiar this one was, and it was HIGHLY peculiar, it was nevertheless, awesome. The music here is what standouts the most.
The Updated Links:

TP's Morning Briefing includes a link about how civilian casualties are down in Afghanistan for the first time in five long, painful years in that nation.

TP also has a post on the insane Todd Akin.

From Raw, Hilary's epic break dancing.

Broke Olympic families are just going to be more and more prevalent over the years. And that's before giving you this from The Daily Beast.

In contrary to a nutty right-wing email she received, the always benevolent Irin Carmon has a fair and nice take on Ann Romney.

Full disclosure: Ann Romney is a nice, very weird old school lady with extremely bizarre views.

And in Session one of today's athletics, the great story of Sarah Attar. And a picture of her after the race, thanks to the wonderful person that is Mona Eltahawy.

Your 1st Thread from The Whole Delivery. 

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