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Ben the Star (Episode 2)

Yay!  Ben anchored WVU News again this week!  He’s especially awesome (and even better than the last time!)  in this episode, so definitely check it out.


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Ben is a star!

As previously mentioned, Ben is an anchor for WVU News this semester as part of his capstone class.  He even ice skates in the story that he did! (Around the 11:54 mark)

Here’s the video (I’m so proud of him! 🙂 )

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Ben’s New Hair

Today Ben & I spent the afternoon getting Ben prepped for his return to school (& TV.)  This not only meant a new razor & hair products, but a new haircut!  We had Courtney, my friend who does my hair, do the cut & needess to say, it turned out awesome.  She’s so great at doing hair.  (If you need a cut in Morgantown, def go to Courtney at Regis!)

And now, introducing Ben’s new haircut:

He's so handsome. :)

He's so handsome. 🙂

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It’s been a while…

Don’t worry kids, I’m here. I guess as of late, I haven’t had a whole lot to say, and I still don’t, but I can find a way to give you guys a little something something. My portion of the blog is to write about what I like, and usually that’s sports. So, in today’s entry, that’s what you’re gonna get…and maybe a little more!  It’s a surprise!

My Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their series tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Many of you probably agree with this next statement, “I hate Alex Ovechkin.” It’s true, I won’t lie…I absolutely despise Ovechkin. He’s an awfully dirty player, and there’s no room for that in hockey. The hits he throws at people are threatening to careers, just like the one he put on Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar in game 5. He hit him knee-to-knee, and it wasn’t an accident. Just by looking at how he went about hitting Gonchar proves that he’s a dirty player. He saw Gonchar coming, and made no attempt to miss him, or at the very least hit him up high like every other hockey player on the planet does. I’ll quit complaining though, and make my game prediction:

-The Penguins win in 2 overtimes, 5-4.

-Crosby (2), Malkin, Guerin and Kunitz all score for the Pens.

-Ovechkin will score because if he doesn’t the Capitals don’t exist as a team. He is the whole team.

On another topic, I can’t take it about the steroids war going on right now. The whole situation is blown out of proportion. Yesterday, a book was released about Roger Clemens using steroids blah, blah, blah. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, but come on, this is ridiculous. Understand this, Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Mark McGwire, and anyone else who uses steroids or HGH or whatever, won’t get into the Hall of Fame, so why do we dwell on it?  Why must there be ANOTHER damn book pointing fingers are professional athletes like high school girls?  I think not getting into the Hall is much bigger than missing a few games because you were dumb enough to use steroids knowing that Major League Baseball tests for these things. The sheer stupidity of athletes who think they won’t get caught amazes me more than Criss Angel getting hit by an 18-wheeler and living without a scratch. Even me, who hasn’t played an organized sport in 4 years knows that athletes can’t possibly be that dumb, but every week on ESPN they prove me more and more wrong. Well, at least the media is virtually done talking about Brett Favre and his on-again-off-again career. No one cares. Stay retired Brett. You’re like 45 years old, it’s time to hang it up. Don’t act like you NEED the money…you don’t.

Let me break away from sports for a minute to just quickly talk about our trip to Las Vegas around a month ago.  I’m pretty sure Belinda and I both fell in love with Las Vegas to a certain degree.  I could definitely live out there, but not for too long because a few things may happen:

1.  I’ll be broke, obviously.

2.  I’ll owe people money because I’m broke.

3.  I’ll develop a gambling/sports betting problem.

4.  I can’t stand heat over like 89 degrees.

As for the rest of the trip, it was one to remember.  Not only was it made very special by going with Belinda, it’s Vegas, people!  Prior to the trip, I had never been further west than St. Louis or Chicago, whichever is a few inches further west than the other.  I was just taken by storm when we got off the plane in Vegas because within 10 feet of the gate, there were slot machines.  I had never seen anything like it.

On the trip I did a little gambling, nothing much.  The first day I won a mere $20 playing blackjack at the Luxor.  Who says you can’t beat the house?  Not this guy, because damnit, I did it.  I didn’t beat the house the rest of the week though, losing a few more dollars, but I think I finished somewhere around $15 down.

Some of the food we had was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.  For anyone going to Vegas, I would recommend Dal Toro at the Palazzo which is owned by Lamborghini of Las Vegas.  It was some of the best Italian food I’ve ever put into my body.  I had the penne alfredo complete with sausage pieces and peas.  It was really good, no joking there.  And, if you’re into seeing cars you probably won’t ever own, head on over to the Lambo dealership after you eat because you get a discount with your receipt from dinner, but don’t worry, you won’t be able to afford it after dinner because it is expensive.  Looks like you’ll have to check it out online, sorry.

Famous people and celebrities weren’t exactly in abundance when we were out there, but don’t think for a second that we went to Vegas and didn’t see any celebrities.  You’d be clinically insane if you thought that.  However, I would feel bad for anyone who did go to Vegas for more than like 12 hours and didn’t see anyone famous, it’s half the fun of being there.  Just as much as Belinda likes to shop for herself, I don’t mind buying something for myself here and there.  We were in the shops at the Palazzo and after a long excursion to DVF for Belinda, we hopped across the hall to the Ralph Lauren store.  Belinda thought she saw Rod Stewart in there, but I wasn’t convinced, so I asked our personal assistant-type guy to clarify that one for us.  He said these words, “That’s Barry.”  Apparently he was on a first name basis with one Barry Manilow (I don’t believe that he is).  Anyway, he told us Manilow was a cheapskate and never spends and of his stacks and stacks of money.  I can safely say that I spent more in that store than someone who is 100 times more famous than I am.  A sidenote, our assistant guy told us that “Elton” once spent $32,000 in 11 minutes in that store.  Someday….someday.

Another star sighting was in the Palms, and I give Belinda total credit on this one.  We ran into Martin Starr, or “Joel” from the movie “Adventureland.”  You know, the guy with the long dark hair, beard and smokes a pipe the entire movie?  He and his buddies were awfully drunk, but it must be nice having new money because they were having a wonderful time throwing it around the blackjack tables in the LESS-THAN-IMPRESSIVE Palms.  That’s right, less-than-impressive…MTV overglorified this place.  It’s nothing special, don’t fool yourself.

All in all, I had an awesome time with Belinda in Las Vegas and I promised that I’ll take her back soon, but we’ll see just how soon.  I need to start saving now for our next excursion out there.

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Ben’s First Post

Hey world…it’s the other half of The B’s Knees.  While the better half of this blog is sleeping from a long day at work, I’m still up chugging away at another day filled with sports.  As you’re reading this right now know this:  I love sports.  I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What guy doesn’t?”  Here’s the thing, it’s what I’m good at.  Talking about sports and analyzing them is my passion (hopefully leading me to a great career in sports broadcasting).  Anyway, here’s some things going on in the world of sports today…

1. CC Sabathia and his poor first start as a Yankee.

-What’s the deal here?  I don’t get it.  A team that puts that much money into a player ($161 million to be exact),        wouldn’t one expect a near-flawless performance every day that he pitches?  There is one reason I care about this…he’s the ace of my fantasy team.  Other than that, I can care less what the Yankees are doing.

2.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to win the World Series this year.

-Mark it down now.  I’m calling it.  World Series champs 2009.  Granted it’s only Opening Day 2009, but I can dream, can’t I?   After 16 consecutive losing seasons I think I have the right to dream high.  What do I have to lose?  Anyway, they looked great today, and there seems to be a little spark in them that I haven’t seen in a long time.  Hopefully they can win a few more games this year.

3.  Men’s college basketball National Championship.

-Once again, while Belinda sleeps, I’m engaging in my guilty pleasure.  You guessed it, I’m watching another sporting event!  (real shocker there, huh?)  I’m going to say that I’m extremely disappointed in the play of the Michigan State Spartans.  As I type this, there is 6:33 remaining in the first half, and MSU is down by 23 points! What is going on?  They’re a better team than this.  I hope there’s some fight left in them in the second half.  This is pitiful, absolutely pitiful.

That’s all I have for now.  Check back often, I promise I’ll keep updating.  Boom goes the dynamite.

p.s….find me on Twitter…my name is bkatko

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