Saturday, January 31, 2009




As many of you well know, I am a HUGE Indianapolis Colts fan. I love them, and I love Peyton Manning. If I were to ever find a man that mirrored him in any way, I would marry him on the spot. And so, as you can imagine, I was devistated when they lost to the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the playoffs. I have since reconciled with myself and have thoroughly enjoyed being an impartial spectator of the playoffs. However, now that we are on the eve of the Super Bowl, I feel it is time for me to pick a team to back. It has been a struggle. Do I cheer for the underdogs who have made such an impressive showing here in the postseason? With their seemingly growing momentum and, in my opinion, the better quaterback and offense, do I root for the Cardinals? Or do I go with experience and a defense that has dominated throughout the season and back the Steelers? Well, one side of the ball influenced my decision more than the other. In a scene from a favorite movie of mine, the USC women's basketball coach urges her team to "get lower" while doing defensive drills telling them that "Offense sells tickets, defense wins games." And, I fully believe that if Peyton Manning had had the Steelers defensive line, the Colts could have dominated the league once again. And so, in all their defensive glory, I have decided to back the Steelers in the upcoming superbowl. I do so hope for an exciting and worthwhile game however and fully intend on enjoying every minute of this wonderful 2008-2009 NFL season finale!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009



Tonight in Winston-Salem, North Carolina two of college basketball's powerhouses will meet in what is sure to produce intense feelings of euphoria. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. the Duke Blue Devils! Now I have been a Duke basketball fan since approximately my high school days. Whether it's Coach K and his amazing ability to take a team and mold them into an outstanding squad that they would otherwise not have been or the fact that they remain year after year a college basketball force to be reckoned with I cannot say, all I know is I love to watch them play. For the past two years I have become a fan of Wake Forest, due in large part to the, shall we say, enthusiastic friendship my sister has with #23 James Johnson, who played high school ball in Wyoming, and you cannot help but root for the hometown hero. They have been quite impressive this year, rising from a preseason ranking of #24 to the coveted spot of #1, a further climb than any other team has yet to accomplish. And so, as these two teams collide, I find myself torn. Who do I cheer for? Well I have decided to remain impartial. I shall leave this one up to the Gods and pray that an amazing game ensues. May the best underworld being win, may it be a Demon Deacon or a Blue Devil!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

500 Days Until.....


That is right ladies and gentlemen, World Cup South Africa is only 500 days away. Can you believe it? I'm pretty much over the moon about it. I've been waiting for this since EURO 2008 ended! Starting Friday June 11, 2010 we will behold the greatest althetic competition known to man! Thanks to a little coaxing by a good friend of mine back when I was a freshman in high school I got into Soccer(Football) and have never looked back. It stands as my favorite sport and I fully plan on attending a World Cup sometime during my lifetime. The excitement of it is unreal and the adrenaline rush unparralleled. So here for your enjoyment as well as mine, are a few of my favorite teams and the awesome players to go along with them.

Germany and Lukas Podolski

Portugal and Cristiano Renaldo

Spain and Fernando Torres

USA and Landon Donovan

I hope you're as excited as I am!

Monday, January 26, 2009

As my first(well sort of) post ever, I've decided to do something on one of my favorite things, music. One of the new features of iTunes is the "Genius" feature. And yes, I will admit it, it is freakin' awesome! I'm one of those people, which I think many are, that is usually listening to music that epitomizes the mood I am in at that moment in time. And if you're like me, you have an amazing library of millions of songs, and yes, it's a little annoying to skip through those millions of songs to find the next one that suits you perfectly in that moment. Well guess what?!?! Genius does it for you. Oh yes, I'm serious. So this morning, after a very trying week, I woke up not ready for a new one to begin. This last week I have been a little sad, depressed, and even a little hopeless. I pulled up my iTunes and going against my newly initiated "Strait Mondays" searched for a song to listen to. I began with "4 Minutes(feat. Justing Timberlake & Timbaland)" by Madonna. The main reason I chose this song was because it was energetic and had a good beat to get me going. Well I let my scroller ease on over to the Genius button and it created this playlist. Ironically enough, it wasn't necessarily what I was going for, but it was perfect. What I pulled from this playlist is a message of hope and pushing forward. Even the slow, "sad" songs have a message of picking yourself up and continuing with force. Very "un-Tristyn-like" I know, but hey, I was happy! So without further adu, here is this weeks' playlist, hope you all enjoy!
  1. "4 Minutes(feat. Justing Timberlake & Timbaland)" by Madonna
  2. "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles
  3. "Blackbird" by The Beatles
  4. "I Don't Wanna Be In Love(Dance Floor Anthem" by Good Charlotte
  5. "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
  6. "Dreaming With A Broken Heart" by John Mayer
  7. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
  8. "Hands Open" by Snow Patrol
  9. "Yesterday" by The Beatles
  10. "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
  11. "Stop and Stare" by OneRepublic
  12. "Realize" by Colbie Caillat
  13. "Into the Night(feat. Chad Kroeger)" by Santana
  14. "Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy
  15. "On Call" by Kings of Leon
  16. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beach Boys
  17. "Megalomaniac" by Incubus
  18. "Screaming Infidelities" by Dashboard Confessional
  19. "December" by Collective Soul
  20. "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay
  21. "Warkick Avenue" by Duffy
  22. "Let It Be" by The Beatles
  23. "Open Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol
  24. "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse
  25. "Beat It(feat. John Mayer) by Fall Out Boy


Sorry to all you amazing bloggers out there, but I still stand by my notion that blogging is just a little bit nuts! That extremely hypocritical thing said, I hope you enjoy the crazy and unconvential thoughts that will surredly escape the complex system that is my brain and subconscious. I decided to start this as a way to free my mind in a healthy way!