Enough with the iPhone already!

Today is known as “iPhone Day”, where in a few hours all of drooling Apple fans will finally receive their treats – the ones they’ve been waiting for over 6 months.  This day can’t end any faster.

Everywhere I turn, it’s wall-to-wall iPhone coverage.  I fire up my podcasts and even the sports & political podcasts I listen to are talking about the iPhone.  The technology podcasts are the worst – basically forgetting all other technology exists, leading off with the iPhone stories, and then gargling the Apple Kool Aide.  It’s gotten so bad, people are doing reports on people doing iPhone reports.

I fire up my RSS feeds and every blog is mentioning the iPhone, either touting the phone itself or the people who are waiting in line for it.  You see all these pictures and videos spring up about people waiting in line.  I go to message boards like the Buzz Out Loud Lounge, and every freaking discussion topic is about that stupid Phone, or people waiting in line. What’s funny is back in November many called people in lines losers for waiting for the PS3 along with the Wii, but that criticism seems more restrained this time around for iPhone fans.

This has really become consumerism at it’s worst, and you know that Apple is loving every minute of it.  A company can’t buy this kind of buzz, moreover get it for free the way they’re receiving it.  It’s funny to think that all of this hype is for a device that can’t listen to music, surf the Internet or manage your information as well as devices currently out there.  The thing is on a slow network, doesn’t allow you to use any 3rd party apps (since Apple doesn’t understand what more you need than what they’re shoving down your throat), doesn’t let you replace the battery, doesn’t have a lot of storage space to make you even consider replacing your iPod, and worst of all – it costs $600!  My Treo cost me a 1/3 of that and I still was reluctant spending that much, knowing how much phones ware and tear down.

All of these reasons are enough reason to warrant a scoff at the iPhone, but the biggest reason I’m not interested – all of the stupid hype generated around the Apple fans.  I’m not going to buy into Apple worship, Steve Jobs or all of the other acolytes love to hate everyone that’s not using their products.  Their rabid fanaticism is disturbing to say the least, and I’m not going to start foaming at the mouth about a stupid phone.

And yes, I realize the irony in adding to the hype by writing on my blog about how I hate the hype.

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Happy Birthday Elway

Today is John Elway’s 47th birthday, it’s hard to believe that the Broncos are going into their 9th season without John Elway at the helm.  Because I didn’t start going to games until I was in college, I never had the chance to go see Elway play in person, but I have great memories nonetheless.

This is a pretty cool video on Elway that’s floating around, one that was done for his retirement.  The music is a little cheesy, but a good video for Broncos fans.

If you didn’t hate flying already – check out this video

I just found this video on the Consumerist blog.  This guy documents a Delta flight that was delayed by 7 hours, where he had to spend 10 hours on the plane with no food and a crying baby.  The best part is how the airline lined to both the passengers and the guy’s wife when she called to see where he was.

Elway should come back?

I came across an article through the ESPN Hashmarks blog (a great NFL blog by the way) about a column that appears in the Denver Post by Woody Paige.  What page suggests is that Elway comes back in training camp, not to throw on the #7 jersey, but rather just to serve as a mentoring presence to Quarterback Jay Cutler.

Usually when I read a Woody Paige column I scratch my head half the time, but after a little head-scratching, this doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea, especially when the most seasoned QB in the clubhouse is Patrick Ramsey (I was originally hoping we could have gotten Drew Bledsoe or Brad Johnson to back-up Cutler – someone with more experience).

It would be great to see John come back and serve Broncos Country: part-coach/part-mentor for training camp.

Check out the column

Predicting wins – too much optimism without reality

You have to love seeing the dawn of football season on the horizon.  I’m especially excited about my Broncos, who have made a lot of great off-season moves.  Training camps are about a month away, and at this point each team is filled with optimism about their chances.  Unfortunately optimism can only go so far, giving way to reality.

I can across a story that made me bust out laughing – Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna has predicted 10 wins for the Lions.  This, being a team that only won 3 games last year (and playing in a bad division at that), and hasn’t won more than 9 games since 1995 – where were you in ’95 (I was stil in middle school)?  Hey good luck to the Lions, but I’m not going to be putting a lot of stock into Jon Kitna’s optimism.  The Lions are the Lions.

The main reason I wanted to mention this is because it gives me the opportunity to reinforce the notion that Jon Kitna and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan are the same person:

Corgan Kitna

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so