Parker Picks the Oscars

 

 

 

I really do love film and movies. I’ve been drawn to this area of expression for many years, and even dabbled in college in a screenplay writing class.  I’ve still got a couple screenplay ideas and skeleton drafts out there, but for now, I’m just an admirer of the silver screen and those involved in putting really impressive products together for our enjoyment and reflection.

I’ll pick this year’s Oscars here.  Below is my ballot with my girlfriend’s picks included (mine are red, hers are purple), and any picks we agreed on are in green.

 

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My Hometown Highlighted in National Magazine – Ocean Springs, MS

Pier on Front Beach, Ocean Springs (photo reposted from Country Roads Magazine, courtesy of Tracey Minkin)

Well, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this feature of Ocean Springs in this month’s Country Roads Magazine, as Tracey Minkin highlights an accidental visit she made to my hometown in the March edition of Getaways of All Kinds.

Truly, I’m rarely as at peace, relaxed and full of life as I am once I re-enter the city limits of Ocean Springs when I have the fortune of going home. East Beach, right off of the Anderson/Shearwater complex – this is my favorite spot in the entire world. The food, the shops, the history, the art, the very thickness of the salt in the air is an emotional experience.

If you haven’t visited, and have the capability of doing so, I really urge you to do so. It’s like coming home.

Feb. 20 Schedule Summary – 2014 Winter Olympics

2014-sochi-logoAnother big day for Team USA in Sochi today, as we’re involved in the following events:

  • The Women’s Hockey Gold Medal Match is a rematch between Canada and Team USA, with Canada defending its gold from Vancouver and Team USA seeking justice on the ice. That game starts at 12 p.m. ET and can be viewed online at www.nbcolympics.com.
  • Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds are all in the top 7 women’s figure skaters going for gold at 10 a.m., in the last figure skating competition event at the Sochi Games. You can stream this live online or view it on NBC Sports Network.
  • The women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe competition is in the qualification now and can be viewed online, and Team USA’s Brita Sigourney has the top score thus far. The final is at 12:30 p.m. and can be streamed online.
  • Women’s Curling Gold Medal Game between Sweden and Canada is on now and can be streamed here.

Enjoy, and go Team USA!

Feb. 19 Schedule Summary – 2014 Winter Olympics

Huge day in Sochi today:

  • 12 p.m.:  US Men’s Hockey must beat the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals to advance in the tournament (we’ve lost 5 straight to CZE), that’s at noon.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Women’s bobsled medal runs begin and USA is sitting 1-3 right now.
  • 10 a.m.: The ladies figure skating short program, where we have Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner who could contend with the Russian phenom Yulia Lipnitskaya for medals.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Speedskating
  • 9:30 a.m.: Biathlon
  • Curling is ongoing, though Team USA won’t medal after poor showings.

2014 Winter Olympics – Day 6 Podcast and Day 7 Schedule

2014-sochi-logoDay 6 was a crazy day for Team USA – no spoilers in the text here but listen to the podcast just below for the whole rundown of today’s events!  Primetime coverage is still going on, so I won’t spoil your fun.

Tomorrow is a big day with medal events in skiing, women’s snowboarding halfpipe, figure skating pairs, speed skating and luge. Men’s hockey also begins, while women’s hockey and curling continues.

2014 Olympic Winter Games – Feb. 12 Schedule 

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

* – Medal Event
^ – Televised Live

  • 12:00 a.m.: Curling, Men’s Qualification Round-Robin
    Denmark vs. USA (airing at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports Network)
    Norway vs. Germany
    China vs. Switzerland
  • *2:00 a.m.: Alpine Skiing, Women’s Downhill
  • ^3:00 a.m.: Ice Hockey, Women’s Group A Play – Switzerland vs. Finland (MSNBC)
  • ^4:30 a.m.: Nordic Combined, Individual Normal Hill – Ski Jump (NBC Sports Network)
  • 5:00 a.m.: Snowboarding, Women’s Halfpipe, Qualification
  • 5:00 a.m.: Curling, Women’s Qualification Round-Robin
    ^USA vs. China (USA Network)
    Japan vs. Russia
    South Korea vs. Sweden
    Canada vs. Great Britain
  • *7:30 a.m.: Nordic Combined, Individual Normal Hill – Cross-Country
  • ^7:30 a.m.: Women’s Ice Hockey, Group A Play – Canada vs. USA (NBC Sports Network)
  • *9:00 a.m.: Speed Skating, Men’s 1000m
  • *9:15 a.m.: Luge Doubles
  • 10:00 a.m.: Snowboarding, Women’s Halfpipe, Semifinals
  • 10:00 a.m.:  Curling, Men’s Qualification Round-Robin
    Germany vs. China
    Switzerland vs. Great Britain
    Russia vs. Canada
    Denmark vs. Sweden
  • *^10:45 a.m.: Figure Skating, Team Pairs Free Skate (NBC Sports Network)
  • ^12:00 p.m.: Ice Hockey, Men’s Group C Play
    Czech Republic vs. Sweden (USA Network)
    Latvia vs. Switzerland (MSNBC)
  • *12:30 p.m.: Snowboarding, Women’s Halfpipe, Final

2014 Winter Olympics – Daily Schedule for February 11 (with TV Times)

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Good evening yall!  I apologize for the lack of updates on Sunday and earlier Monday, and for no podcast; we’re having technical issues preventing a podcast but here’s the rundown for tomorrow’s events, which start in just an hour with women’s curling!

Big things to watch out for here are the beginning of individual and pairs figure skating competition with the pairs short program airing live on NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. (An FYI – NBC is airing ALL figure skating events live.) The popular slopestyle event ends on the women’s side with the ski freestyle final at 4 a.m.

Tuesday afternoon also features two widely anticipated events: the Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping on the normal hill and the men’s snowboarding halfpipe final, where Shaun White hopes to earn a third-straight Olympic gold medal in the event. He’s dominated the event to date. You can see him and the other snowboarders compete to reach the final first at 5 a.m. in the qualifying rounds and at 10 a.m. in the semifinals. The women’s ski jump will air at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, and NBC is likely to withhold broadcasting the halfpipe until the prime time coverage, though you should be able to watch it online.

Enjoy this slate of events! And if you missed anything from Monday, you can click here to watch the video action.

2014 Olympic Winter Games – Feb. 11 Schedule
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

* – Medal Event
^ – Televised Live

  • 12:00 a.m.: Curling, Women’s Qualification (Switzerland vs. Denmark, Sweden vs. Canada, Russia vs. USA, South Korea vs. Japan)
    Team USA’s match vs. Russia will re-air beginning at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports Network
  • 1:00 a.m.: Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Ski Slopestyle Qualification
  • *4:00 a.m.: Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
  • ^5:00 a.m.: Curling, Men’s Qualification (Canada vs. Sweden, USA vs. China, Great Britain vs. Germany, Norway vs. Russia)
    Team USA vs. China will be televised live on USA Network
  • 5:00 a.m.: Women’s Hockey Group B Play (Germany vs. Sweden)
  • 5:00 a.m.: Snowboard, Men’s Halfpipe Qualification
  • 5:00 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s Sprint Qualification
  • 5:25 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s Sprint Qualification
  • 7:00 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s Sprint Quarterfinal
  • 7:25 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s Sprint Quarterfinal
  • *^7:45 a.m.: Speed Skating, Women’s 500m (NBC Sports Network)
  • 7:56 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s Sprint Semifinal
  • 8:06 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s Sprint Semifinal
  • *^8:22 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s Sprint Final (NBC Sports Network)
  • *^8:30 a.m.: Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s Sprint Final (NBC Sports Network)
  • *9:30 a.m.: Luge, Women’s Singles
  • *10:00 a.m.: Women’s Biathlon Pursuit
  • 10:00 a.m.: Snowboard, Men’s Halfpipe Semifinal
  • 10:00 a.m.: Curling, Women’s Qualification (Great Britain vs. USA, South Korea vs. Switzerland, Denmark vs. Japan, China vs. Russia)
  • ^10:00 a.m.: Women’s Hockey Group B Play, Russia vs. Japan (MSNBC)
  • ^10:00 a.m.: Figure Skating, Pairs Short Program (NBC Sports Network)
  • *12:30 p.m.: Ski Jumping, Women’s Normal Hill Individual 
  • *12:30 p.m.: Snowboard, Men’s Halfpipe Final

2014 Winter Olympics Podcast – Day 3

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Hi all. Here’s today’s podcast, summarizing Day 3 and leading into Day 4, which includes a number of medal events and the close of figure skating team competition. ALERT: This podcast contains spoilers about events on February 8. (Skip ahead to about 2:15 in to avoid and just hear tomorrow’s schedule.) NBC’s primetime coverage begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Stay tuned to the blog for a text schedule posted for tomorrow’s action, with TV times as well. Note that Team USA action begins very early Sunday morning, so stay up if you want to catch them live.

We will also post a guide to viewing the Olympics live or streaming without spoilers.

Thanks for listening!