Friday, February 27, 2009

Rise Against and Rancid, Canadian Tour!!!

Rise Against and Rancid on tour... together?!?!?! I'm just going to come right out and state that this is the greatest match-up since peanut butter and jam, possibly even chicken wings and beer. The show is scheduled for July 31ST at the Molson Amphitheatre of all places. Not sure if I'll ever truly understand this move as it's not exactly my favourite venue for a show of this nature but it's the last stop on the tour and being as Toronto is pretty much the birthplace of Rise Against, it will definitely be a phenomenal show.

Rancid are a punk rock 4-some from Albany, California who formed in 1991, obviously veterans of the punk rock game. They are sure to tear the house down with their old school garage pop, punk, thrash, ska, in your face style. Vocalists and front man duo Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksenis are true musical geniuses. They have this sort of spit in your face grungy punk persona that just appeals to punk lovers everywhere. These punkers have been entertaining spiky haired, chain-wallet rocker kids with their cool grooves and punk rhythms for years and are definitely one of my favourites. It will be my first time seeing this legendary punk group live, I'm pretty jacked up!

As for Rise Against... what can I say? This band is surely here to save punk rock! This Chicago Quartet has a "rocktacular" style, a poignant prowess that is compiled of fast paced rhythms and driven by political sensibility. Front man Tim McIlrath has a style that can be matched by very few, his lyrics grip your mind by opening a door to social, political, and world issues. There really aren't too many bands in the "bizz" that can carry as strong of message as Rise against while at the same time packing the same punch of head banging, foot stomping, adrenaline rock. I had a chance to catch them along with fellow rockers Thrice, Alkaline Trio, and Gaslight Anthem a couple months back at the Sound Academy. This show left my beaten and bruised... oh what a show it was!!!

I've been waiting for the opportunity to catch Rise Against in concert again especially since the release of their fifth studio album Appeal to Reason, an amazing disc! Aside from that, Rancid is currently working on a new album, their first one since the release of Indestructible in 2003, it's slated to be released in the spring of 2009. Their set is going to be excellent stimulation for my ear clitoris. There it is, two awesome bands together live... AMAZING! I think I just pooed, Later Peeps.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Penny For Froid's Thoughts

It's February 23 of 2009 and I'm officially finished with winter... I QUIT! The snow is fun in spurts of 1-5cm at a time but the whole -25C thing is not so much fun, especially with Chuck Taylor's on!

Gone are the days where i actually had the time or desire to go skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling...etc. These winter sports past times are all just a shadow in my mind. The funny thing about it is that i see this juncture of my life as being too busy to get around to doing such things now days. The true fact of the matter is that this is probably the best time to live it up and get my wild Floyd groove on because next year i am actually going to have to bear down and focus on my studies. It feels kinda funny to say "my studies"... yeah, definitely makes the bum tingle a little bit.

My biggest fear at this point is what the hell it is I'm going to do for money come next year! I am truly my own worst enemy when it comes to money, what i mean by this is that Ive been working full time for the past 6-7 years and i really have nothing to show for it. I squander most of my money away on clothes, booze, and the occasional hooker...... okay maybe just clothes and booze. On top of my personal expenses i also have bills to pay... rent, phone bill, gym fee, RRSP payments. This usually leaves me with enough cash to look forward to my next pay check. Living a life of disposable income is incredibly unhealthy. What i really need do do is learn how to manage my funds better.

I get absolutely terrified when i think about next year. I fear that my social life will slip away as i drown in a sea of student debt. How will i manage my expenses and be able to pay my bills while at the same time having a little fun with my friends on my free time? It all makes me feel like i should have gotten on my high horse years ago when i had the chance. I for one am an advocate for not forcing the issue of college/university on kids. Too many kids get pushed or pressured to take subjects that they have no interest in or that have nothing to do with their career paths. These students end up dropping out, wasting an absurd amount of money or end up passing and doing something completely different. Now don't get me wrong here, there's nothing wrong with furthering your education and having something to fall back on. What I'm really saying is to make informed decisions because believe it or not, these are the decisions that are going to shape our lives. You don't want to spend 8 years getting a Bachelor's degree in this or a Masters in that then one day wake up to the realization that you want to become a Police Officer.

I personally wanted to take some time off to think about my future after high school, in turn i may have ended up screwing myself over in the long run. I fell into a rut, an enormous rut where the money was easy and the good times where great! All the while oblivious to time and the fact that the years where slipping away from me.

I'm nearly 25 now, i could be finished college, could possibly be working at a radio station... paying off my student loans. Its easy to say that i have no regrets but i believe this is a huge one. If i had the "Doc", a Delorean and a flux capacitor i might just go back in time and change a few things but "hey" that's life. What really matters is that I'm trying to make good with myself now. I'm trying to show myself that i really care and that I'm willing to make up for my mistakes. Life is really all about making mistakes when you think about it... the more mistakes you make, the more you learn and improve! Thanks for reading this blabber... PEACE OUT PEEPS!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

YORK U... HIJACKED!!!

Congratulations York U students, you're FINALLY back to class... how does your bum feel?

Am i the only one who thinks this strike was absolutely insane? This kind of shit should honestly be illegal! For starters, how could McGuinty and the provincial government let this nonsense go on for so long? In what has become possibly the most ridiculously drawn out strike in the history of Toronto University's our provincial government did absolutely nothing to intervene! Back to work legislation was said to have been discussed but then later vetoed due to the fact that it may be taken up in court. SO FUCKING WHAT!?!?! At the very least you could have put some pressure on the two sides of this dispute in an attempt to get students back to class sooner! So while our pussy hole government sat back and watched York faculty, teachers assistants and the almighty CUPE let this contract dispute draw out for 3 damn months, the students were left completely hijacked. My question is how the hell did we let it get this far? This is the most disgusting and utterly selfish thing I've ever seen in my life. As a Union steward myself, i can say from a Union standpoint that there are lines you just don't cross... CUPE along with York contract faculty and teachers assistants took a gigantic leap over this line leaving students with their pockets turned out while they watched their semester disappear.

Shame on you York faculty, CUPE, and Dalton McGuinty... at a certain point somebody needs to intervene, somebody has to step in and look out for the little guy. The students didn't stand to gain anything from this, they had absolutely no part in this senseless strike but yet were the ones who ended up suffering in the end! Back to work legislation was passed in 1984 and 1989 college disputes so why did this ass clown McGuinty sit back on this one? This strike could have been stopped a long time ago, shame on all of you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Mats Attack!

The life and times of Mats Sundin. When are people going to lay off this guy? In a very short period of time this future Hall Of Famer went from being the whipping boy in Toronto to underachieving whipping boy in Van City.

Is wanting to sit back and ponder your future really illegal? In all fairness Mats really had no obligation to any team, so why are we on his case. Its not exactly as if the leafs were willing to do anything to keep the loyal captain in leaf nation. So tell me... how is it that Mats wanting to retire is disrespectful or dishonest to the leafs organization. Anyone who says that Sundin was not loyal to his team is out of their right minds. Clearly Mats Sundin is the first player to state that he may retire and return to the game, right? I just don't see where mats went wrong in this whole thing, at the end of the day it's really his career and his life.
Mats played over 13 seasons in a leafs uniform, 10 of those bearing the C and not once did he ever hint at wanting a trade out of Toronto, even through the tough times. So what does the Maple Leafs organization go and do... they ask our team captain and a guy who is a consistent player in every aspect of the game and our team leader year in and year out to get out of town when realistically it's the only place he wants to play. This apparently in turn makes our hero for 13 seasons out to be a complete asshole even though he has never signs a contract without a no trade clause.
To say that Mats was lying about not wanting to retire in Toronto is absolutely ridiculous and the most foolish non sense I've ever heard! HE WANTS TO PLAY HOCKEY!!! Mats Sundin... dubbed public enemy numero uno, a trader, a sellout. As a die hard leaf fanatic i can knowingly say that Leaf fans are an impossible bunch of idiots! Rewind back to the McCabe scenario last season, we throw tons of money at McCabe, he just so happens to have a rough season... oh god forbid. B-Mac scores a goal on his own net so we boo him every night, how exactly does this help our team win games? IDIOTS!!!

Moving on from East to West, Mats seems to be taking some serious scrutiny out in Vancouver. It was said recently that Mats has been playing like a 40 year old men's league player. I for one found this to be absolutely hilarious... first off, he is nearly 40 and second he has only been back for a little over a month. He started training to get ready for an NHL season at the mid way point of the damn season, cut the guy a little slack! It's not easy to get an aging, ailing body into game shape let alone do it in such a short period of time. He had to work extremely hard not only to make a quick return but also to be competitive in a league that has turned over to the young guns. With everyone else in the NHL now in mid season form, Mats has just begun his preseason. Correct me if I'm wrong here but didn't Vancouver pick up Sundin for the playoffs, was bringing Mats to the Nucks not to bring home a cup? What I'm really trying to say is "RELAX", Sundin is getting his wings back. Mats now has 7 points in his last 5 games and coming off a 2 goal bout the other night at GM Place it's going to be quite interesting to see if this "40 year old men's league player" can keep up the pace. If Mats does keep this up it will definitely set a fire under the pants of Mats hating Leaf fans and is sure to ignite the Canucks bench. The Mats Attack is back baby and i love it!
Peace Out Friends...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh Bosh Golly He Wants Out?!

Chris Bosh... that's right, I said it. Now I know what you're thinking, you're thinking I'm going to spout off on a Chris Bosh hating tirade... well you're absolutely right!

Here we are at the midway point of the season, second last in the East. Second last in the East... if anyone had told me at the beginning of this season that the Toronto Raptors would be in the basement of the Eastern Conference at the midway point this season i would have disowned you. This is a team that finished out in a strong 6Th last year in the East and 2ND in the Atlantic Division behind the superpower Celtics. In the 2006-2007 season we finished 3rd in the conference with an Atlantic Division title in our belts. So what happened to our contender, what happened to the product we put on the court 2 years ago or even last year for that matter. We started off 3-0 this season, it may be a little absurd to say but at that point we almost looked to have had the playoffs and a title in our sites. I'll tell you exactly what happened, the product we put out on that court night after night got stale and I'm sorry to say but this all stems from our supposed team captain Chris Bosh.

What I find most ridiculous is how the Raps should be a top 3 team in the East or a playoff contender at the very least but were making excuses every night. Its just a lack of grit, heart, and most importantly leadership! We need someone to drive the paint, draw fouls, we require consistency, we need a leader in our dressing room. Now i know you cant rest all the blame on one man and you can't give one player the responsibility to score 40 points a night but there's no drive in Bosh. Bosh hits the court with a level of intensity that can be matched by a group of Buddhist Monks. What the Raptors need is a Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitski, or a Dwight Howard, we need a consistent point scorer and a leader. Someone who gets it done on the court instead of preparing speeches for why the hell it is that we've lost 5 in a row. We just seem to be lacking chemistry, Jermain O'Neil looks great some nights but he wont play second fiddle to Bosh.

At the end of the day it just doesn't seem like Bosh is the man for the Raptors anymore, he doesn't look like the player he used to be. I believe that this has a ton to do with his interest in playing south of the border. I really don't understand how everyone can be so surprised and taken in by the swirling rumors of Bosh wanting out of Toronto, I mean... really? Ive been saying this for a long time. Bosh made a deal at the summer Olympics that he would play with Dwayne Wade and LeBron James south of the border when their respective contracts expired in 2010. Not only that but Bosh has reportedly already expressed interest in Detroit who's been looking to land the big T.O. front-man in 2010 when his contract expires... this is not news to me! I'm just saying that I'm not surprised by the rumors which of course were hastily turned down by Bosh.

So here we are, mid season and Bosh is out with no return date set as of yet... a little Cater Esq if you ask me but hey I'm biased right. Here comes the sudden knee injury that sidelines every ones favourite superstar for the rest of his career... in Toronto that is. And what perfect timing, he's playing like shit... starting to get booed on his home court. Its just a little convenient that our 15 million dollar man seems to rule out this juncture of the season as urgent while he sits out collecting his money. We may be second last in the East but only 5 games out of the playoffs and 8 points out of 6Th where we finished up last season. He just doesn't seem to show much interest in the team that birthed his stardom and now he seems to be counting the days till his contract is up. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if this knee injury is a reoccurring thing for bosh in Toronto. So he'll sit on the sidelines and wait for Wade and LeBron(his two knights in shining armor) to save him from having to carry our little team in Toronto.

Chris Bosh is going to leave the Toronto Raptors organization the same way Vince Carter did, not to say that he's gonna go on a botched trade Ala Rob Babcock but he will become public enemy #1 and i see a horribly disgraceful display of sportsmanship coming from Bosh in the very near future, just a prediction! So there it is, my two maybe even tree cents... what do you think? Peace Out Peeps!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Behind Brown Eyes... The Year That Changed My Life

My long awaited return to the wonderful world of blogging has arrived, the Floydtastic Blog is back in action! After a long and drawn out hiatus from my blog I am officially back from my mental vacation and am going to blog my bloggin' ass off! Now that I'm packed with some new fresh ideas and the wheels are back on the wagon I figured I would take a break from my usual sports star/politician bashing to talk about myself for once.

It's been quite an interesting year in the life of Bryan Floyd. In the past year I've gone through some big changes... finally got some hair in those special areas for starters, dropped a solid Jason Blake(55) pounds to become the sexy svelte man that I am today, even started writing a bit. I began thinking about my future, thinking about my career and what it would hold for me... so much so that it was keeping me up at night. At this point I decided it was time for me to do something with my life but what exactly was the question. Cue Howard Thomas, I received a call one day from good ol' Howie T asking me to come and meet him at his office. I got all dolled up as if I was interviewing to save my life and headed down to Sauga to meet up with the Boss. After speaking to Howie I realized that there was an untapped potential, realized that I had a gift, that there was so much for me to achieve in my life. I was just sitting on an abundance of talent and needed to put myself to the test. I left Howie's office that day with a new level of confidence in myself, confident that I could do anything I put my mind to and all I could think about was my life long dream of being on the radio. I went home that day and filled out that College application that had been sitting idle on my computer for months. A couple months pass, Christmas and New Years were great with my friends and family of course. Then a letter comes in the mail one day, I'm invited to attend an Assessment for the radio broadcasting program at Humber. Fast forward about a month, I walk into Humber for that assessment a bit nervous but as soon as I walked through those doors I knew that I had it!

So here I am after nearly 25 years of my life on track after receiving the acceptance letter that will see me enrolled at Humber College for radio broadcasting come September! I am literally like a little kid in a candy store right now, I can hardly contain myself. Just the thought of being that guy who takes your mind away to another place for whatever period of time on the radio gets me all giddy. Being the guy who calms you on your morning drive to work, the one who you turn to after a long day, this is what drives me.

I had a chance to speak with George Strombolopoulos upon running into him conveniently enough on the eve before my big assessment day. I asked "Strombo" what to expect, explained to him my fears, and asked what inspired him. George being the laid back guy that he is simply told me "if you want something bad enough, if you're passionate and you thrive for it... nothing can stop you!" These words have stuck with me ever since and I'm sure will be with me no matter where I end up in life.

I've figured out that I am my own inspiration, I inspire myself to achieve greatness. Sometimes you just need a push in the right direction. I am incredibly lucky and grateful to have people around me who care and look out for me! So here I am finally chasing my dreams, reaching for those stars and I wont stop till I get there! I love you all... Peace Out Friends!

A-Fraud by Day, A-Roid by Night

It's finally here! That's right 2009, the year which will finally see A-Rods so called "legacy" buried. A-Rod... the lying, cheating, self absorbed ass bag who is hated not only by the vast majority of baseball fans outside of the New York area but as well as in his own clubhouse by coaches and teammates alike.

With Joe Torre's book The Yankee Years in stores now which by the way has been said to go off on a tastefully detailed A-Rod bashing tangent and of course Rodriguez officially publicly announcing his use of Performance Enhancing Drugs this week, the road ahead looks bumpy for A-Fraud.

A-Rod came out of the "roid" closet this week in an interview with ESPN and admitted his use of performance enhancing drugs and HGH between the years of 2001-2003 when he was with the Texas Rangers. Only until 2003 though... how incredibly convenient considering 2003 was just under the wire of the MLB steroid blitz in which the league introduced rules and started to penalize players for steroid usage.

This whole situation to me is similar to Christmas eve when i was a little kid. Christmas day will of course arrive when all the facts have come together and they burn this dick hole once and for good.

So with a looming asterisk beside A-Rods name, who will become the new face of the MLB? Obama said it best, "the thing I'm most concerned about is the message that it sends our kids". I agree... is this lying, cheating, steroid junkie really someone for our children to look up to and idolize? Not that he really did anything for the fans anyways besides giving them a reason to "boo" him in the post season. A-Rod signing an autograph... lets be realistic here, this man gives absolutely nothing back to the fans unless it has something to do with publicity or money.

I find it a bit humorous that the MLB was quick to come out and defend the "face of the league" where as they wasted no time tossing McGuire, Palmeiro, and Bonds to the lions den. And poor Roger, they put this man through a torturous hearing before congress in which I "misremember" what the hell it is that Clemons was even trying to convey! So now we're supposed to give Alex a pat on the back for admitting that he cheated, oh how honourable of you A-Rod.

It's really quite hard to judge at this point what is going to come of all this, 2009 may in fact be the downfall of A-Rods career. All I know is that it's definitly going to be a tough year for Alex Rodriguez and an excellent year for heckling! Later Friends!

Check out this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ABIYViVLo