Can’t argue with the relative awesomeness of the picture below. That’s the cooler at TapWerks, where I stopped by today to film some video for some journalism/blog work I’m doing on the second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. Check the blog/newspaper/NewsOK early next week for more details. And reminder, OCBF tickets are available at www.oklahomacraftbeerfestival.com. The big day is May 19 at TapWerks.
I’m sitting on the couch last night at the Northwest Oklahoma County Memorial Sports Coliseum, my attention split between a gripping game of Words With Friends and the postgame coverage on TNT, when I think I hear something on the TV. Did Dallas coach Rick Carlisle just say “bull—-”?
I immediately grab the remote and roll back the DVR.
“The dirty bull—- has got to stop,” Carlisle says.
So much for the seven-second delay. The picture flips back to the TNT studio, where the host apologizes for Carlisle’s language. Kenny and Charles dismiss it with “people have heard worse” type comments. I don’t really care that he did it, per se — heck, I’ve been known to unload worse language when I miss a shot during my daily lunch-time pick-up basketball game.
But there’s something about the situation that gets under my skin. That something is Carlisle himself. The dry, sarcastic delivery of his comments. The whining. The complaining. All the sudden I realize that I’m sick and tired of hearing him talk.
Let me guess, Dirk never took a shot where he wasn’t fouled? No one in the history of basketball has ever tried to rough up the other team’s superstar a little? Give it a rest, man.
I’m just sick and tired of coaches trying to posture for calls in the next game. Does that ever really work? After game one, Carlisle went on and on about the rough treatment Dirk was getting. What happened in game two? Dirk was pushed, prodded and slapped in the face — and they weren’t all called fouls! How could that happen after Carlisle complained after game one?! What is the world coming to?!
Guess what, all the posturing and post-game complaining is useless. So why not give everyone a break. Why not just skip the “dirty bull—-” approach, as if the effort to paint the Thunder as scoundrels after game one didn’t work, so let’s take it to the next level with a choice expletive?
How about Carlisle just shuts up and coaches his team and checks the B.S. at the media room door.
Marshall Brewing sent out its latest company newsletter today and announced a pair of parties for the 2012 launch of the summer seasonal Arrowhead Pale Ale:
-5 p.m. June 6 at Dilly Deli, 402 E Second St., Tulsa
-6 p.m. June 14 at TapWerks, 121 E Sheridan Ave.
Marshall has this to say about Arrowhead:
We have been inundated lately with calls and questions about Arrowhead Pale Ale. As you will recall we released Arrowhead Pale Ale as our summer seasonal just ahead of the Fourth of July 2011 to an overwhelming reception. So completely overwhelming was the reception that Arrowhead Pale Ale was available for only a limited time. We have taken steps through expansion to make Arrowhead Pale Ale available from early June to late August 2012.
Sounds pretty good. Marshall has also scheduled a series of pint nights and other events in May, and confirmed they will take part in the second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival on May 19 in Bricktown. You can read the full newsletter at this link.