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Do you LIKE watching sports on TV or in Person?

Second weekend of April means one thing for avid golf lovers – A Tradition Unlike Any Other – The MASTERS. My family has been watching golf on Sundays longer than I can remember. Every Sunday we gather at my Grandparents’ house and every Sunday I walk through the door and golf is on the TV. It’s like clock-work. Pretty much year round from January to November. I enjoy watching golf on TV, but I LIKE playing it a whole lot more. I know a ton of golfers’ names, definitely more so than NASCAR. It’s fun to watch the Major tournaments, but if it were up to me I’d much rather watch baseball or hockey this time of year. I can watch baseball, any game, on any given day. I just love the game (how the heck could Barry Bonds not throw out Sid Bream who had one good knee?) Watching baseball live is even better than TV. I enjoy the stadiums and watching who is getting loose in the pen and how the position players move according to who is up. Aside from baseball, hockey is by far a great sport to watch live in person. Just being part of a sold out crowd all cheering for the same team and hearing the siren go off when there is a goal is awesome. I’ll watch the Pens on tv, but being there is so much better. I’m not a huge NASCAR fan, but I find it hard to watch cars go around a track on TV. But, I have been to a few races and being ther in person is a hundred times better. I think it’s because of the atmosphere and loud noise. Basketball is another sport that I’d rather be there in person to watch. I couldn’t care less about the NBA regular season anyway, but I do watch the playoffs on TV. I can’t comment on soccer because I have never been to a soccer match – not even a high school one. I suppose it would be awesome to be at Azteca in Mexico City though. Finally, of course, there is football – college and NFL. Both, which are fantastic in person and on TV – especially on high definition. I like going to Beaver Stadium with over 100,000 fans. I also like going to Heinz field and seeing all of the Terrible Towels being waived. If I had to choose though, I’d prefer to watch it on a big screen – especially when it’s 0 degrees out. What do you LIKE to watch in person over the TV?

Do you LIKE the Olympics?

2014 Winter Olympics LogoLess than a year from now, the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. I am definitely a fan of the Olympics – summer and winter. I’m not a fan of the time difference and watching everything taped as opposed to live. I think the winter games are a lot more entertaining than the summer. Maybe its the bobsledding, or the luge, or skiing. Don’t get me wrong, I did LIKE watching Phelps go insane and win gold after gold in 2008 and again in 2012, but it seems like the winter Olympics are a lot more action packed (e.g. The Miracle on Ice). Maybe it was the movie “Cool Runnings” with John Candy that got me into watching the winter games. Whatever the reason, I’m looking forward to them a year from now. What I’m not looking forward to are the summer games in 2020 in Argentina if there isn’t wrestling. That was the one event during the summer games I looked forward to watching. It’s not the WWE, which I also like, it is simply the best Olympic individual event ever in the history of the games. After hearing the news a couple weeks ago that wrestling will need to be petitioned to the IOC in the fall, I thought “Who is making that bonehead decision?” Wrestling dates back hundreds and hundreds of years. I will always remember the 2000 summer games when Rulon Gardner defeated the Russian, who many said can never be defeated, Aleksandr Karelin in the Greco-Roman super heavyweight gold medal match. The Russian won three consecutive gold medals and seven world championships without giving up a single point! And yet, a guy from Wyoming who never won a collegiate title beat him. That’s wrestling! That’s an underdog story! Who doesn’t LIKE that?

The Valentine’s Day Plan

Like This!!It’s Valentine’s Day!  You could go out and spend $60 on a nice dinner then $30 more at the movies plus popcorn, and soda… Now if you are a new couple, this is probably the best avenue to go, show your more frugal side down the road and call it creativity (works like a charm)!  I will call that option, option A… Option B (my plan for today) is going to cost $18.  Let’s see $18 vs $90… Who doesn’t LIKE the sound of this one?  Make dinner at home!  I purchased two 4oz. lobster tails for $4.99 each at the local grocery store plus a nice slab of tender sirloin steak for at just $7.99/lb (came out to just under $9), and cut it in half for two 8oz portions.  Tonight, Mr. Romantic is going to boil the lobster tails, serve them with butter and cook on the grill the steak (yes, despite the snowy conditions outside here in Pittsburgh), I will add a potato packet (onions, potatoes and some seasoning–items we had at the house already), and some frozen green beans and the beverages of our choice, and voila… Dinner is Served! To follow, and this is my helpful tip of the day, we are going to watch the movie Flight staring Denzel Washington for free, yes FREE!  Here’s how I scored the free rental. Today only, if you use the code SWEET at any Red Box movie rental kiosk you can get a movie rental for absolutely nothing (not even tax)!  I will just add some microwave popcorn and some Valentine’s Day candy to the soiree.  This V-Day plan of action is a definite LIKE!

What Television Shows Do You LIKE?

With winter not even halfway through, I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone watches on TV. Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot to do during January and February. That’s why all the major networks put on their new shows with new seasons. I have several that I watch regularly. In no particular order, here is my list of the shows that I LIKE: WWE Raw and Smackdown, The Apprentice, Survivor, House, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle, The Office, Sports Center and Shark Tank. After that list, there are a few others that I will watch from time to time like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon or any fishing show. I know a lot of people watch Storage Wars (Dave‘s favorite), Amish Mafia, American Pickers and Hardcore Pawn. If nothing else is on I’ll watch those. Then, of course, there are the old school show re-runs. So if Fresh Prince is on, I’ll switch to it if nothing else is on. I wouldn’t say I watch a ton of TV, but during the winter I definitely watch more than usual. Some of the ones I named above I have been watching for years. Who is Ted going to marry anyway on How I met your Mother? What TV shows do you LIKE?

Do you LIKE Groundhog Day?

Do you LIKE Groundhog Day?Groundhog Day is February 2nd. That date is also co-founder Dave’s birthday. Happy birthday Dave you old geezer (actually, I’m older than he is by a few months). Thousands and thousands of people will gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to hear from a rodent whether or not there will be 6 more weeks of winter, or, if Spring is right around the corner. And yes, I HAVE BEEN THERE! Back in 1998 I visited this place. After all, it’s only 30 minutes from where I lived. It is remarkable to see and speak to people from all over the world gathered in this small town, about 1.5 hrs northeast of Pittsburgh, just to spend 10 or more hours outside in 0 degree weather to see a groundhog make his prediction based on German folklore. It’s crazy! But I LIKED it then and, well, kinda like it now. I still pay attention to it. But it was cooler back then because we didn’t have school that day. Or, if we did, we didn’t go. News trucks from around the country line-up to catch a glimpse of the “Inner Circle” and “Punxy Phil.” But, hey, what else is there to do in the middle of winter? Be sure to look for some LIKEFINGER‘s on television. They will be there! What do you think Phil’s prediction will be? Do you LIKE Spring, or do you LIKE Winter?

What Kinds of Wings do You LIKE?

LIKE Button WingsI’m on a mission to find the best wings in the country. Wings are my favorite food (well, second favorite behind Maryland Blue Crabs, but I already know where to find those). So many places in so many cities serve wings, and I want you to tell me which places you LIKE the most. College towns, for example, are notorious for having great wing restaurants. I’ve had wings in many places, and here is my list of favorites:
1. Quaker Steak & Lube – PNC Park – Louisiana Lickers
2. Fox’s Pizza Den – DuBois, PA – Mild
3. Buffalo Wild Wings – Spicy Garlic
4. The Stadium – Hagerstown Maryland – Ranch
5. SunDogs – Outerbanks, NC – Hot
Also note that my co-founder, Dave, isn’t nearly as big a fan of wings as I am, but his favorite place for wings is Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Monroeville, PA – a sweet grilled onion flavor.
If you LIKE wings, send me some places I can put on my list to try out someday. I’ll tweet you back once I give a review.

The LikeFinger is Going Viral on YouTube

Wow, that’s the best way to describe the recent activity we have seen on YouTube!  It seems everyone wants The Original Like Button Foam Finger, aka the LikeFinger!  At my last count their were at least a half-dozen YouTube videos featuring the LikeFinger, probably even more we don’t even know about (We will definitely highlight more of them)!  One of the coolest ones was created by the website YaJagoff.com and features the LikeFinger taking a tour of the city of Pittsburgh.  It’s very creative and well done.  To say the least, yinz will definitely LIKE this video, I personally LIKE it a lot!!

Do You LIKE Winter?

The Original Like Button Foam Hand in the snowIt’s winter for another 74 days (In the Northern Hemisphere anyway). I do LIKE winter, as well as the other seasons, but it is my least favorite for several reasons. Maybe you will agree or disagree with me. I LIKE winter for the first month, but then after that I can’t wait until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.  I’m a huge baseball fan, for one, and I get sick of snowblowing after the first half dozen times.

Snowblowing is fun, but whenever you can’t get your new snowblower to start it makes it more of a hassle. I bought a new snowblower last year and it worked great. In fact, I only used it twice all of last winter because we didn’t get much snow. Then, it snowed 8 inches in one day a couple weeks ago and the thing wouldn’t start. I tried everything for 2 hours and couldn’t get it going. I got 4 blisters from pulling the start cord about 100 times. The thing wasn’t even a year old! Anyway, it got fixed and runs “okay” now. It still stalls now and again. Snowblowers are a great piece of equipment to have. I definitely LIKE them, but only when they work. Once the Holidays are over and the snow has been around for a month, I get spring fever.

I LIKE spring for many reasons (baseball season begins, opening day for fishing starts, the weather is nice, you can take walks and geocache, no more driving on snow and ice and the days are longer)! Being in Pennsylvania I get to enjoy all of the seasons. I couldn’t live in the south where it’s nice all year round. Plus, I can’t stand it when it gets to be 90 degrees every day. What do you LIKE about winter? Is it your favorite season? Maybe I should try ice fishing, but I’d rather enjoy a nice spring day out on the water.

Do you LIKE New Year’s Resolutions?

LikeFinger 2013The New Year is just hours away. People around the world will be making a resolution. Some stick to the resolution, some don’t. The most common one, in my opinion, is going to the gym or working out. Ever notice how the local fitness centers are packed for the first few weeks of the year? Then, gradually the attendance drops and drops, similar to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past 20 years (I LIKE their chances at finishing .500 in 2013, but that’s for a later blog). I never made a resolution for the New Year before. This year I haven’t made my mind up. I may do something easy, such as LIKING more things. For instance, I LIKE to read a lot more than I have in the past. That’s an option. I LIKE going to Pirates games, so maybe I’ll go to more of those. I definitely LIKE fishing, but I already do that enough anyway. What do you LIKE as a resolution? We want to hear what you have to say. Here at LikeFinger, we like blogging and we LIKE having fun. From that standpoint, our New Year’s resolution is to blog several times a week during 2013 and beyond. Happy New Year to everyone! Remember to LIKE what you do in 2013!!

2 LikeFingers up for The Hobbit!

Tim LIKES the HobbitI have seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy and anxiously awaited the prequel to hit the big screen.  After reading most of the book, I decided to go to the movies this weekend, which seldom happens, because I’m not a big movie goer. For anyone that LIKES “Hobbits,” this is definitely a movie worthwhile to see.  I  am not going to give any spoilers away in this write-up, but there are a few differences between the movie and book.  All-in-all, it’s an easy movie to follow and things become clearer to understand the whole trilogy.  I would LIKE to hear some of your comments and feedback. For me, the movie had tons of action and was well-written.  My advice, read the book first (you only need to read about half of it because the movie ends with Smaug the Dragon being awakened by a bird – his spy).  The best part?  Only 360 days until the sequel to this movie comes out.  That’s right!  More of Bilbo the Hobbit!  What’s not to LIKE about that?!