“24: Live Another Day” Finale: Jack Bauer Saves the World Again

24_live_another_day_poster_cropAfter a four-year layoff, Jack Bauer returned to once again save the world for the ninth time.  The finale of the return season—“24: Live Another Day”— aired last night, and as expected, shit hit the fan.

As a big fan of the series, I had to give a few thoughts of the season as a whole (Spoiler Alert! Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched the finale).

Jack Saves the Day…Sorta

In the grand scheme of things, Jack Bauer did save the day once again. He stopped most of the drones from being used, recovered the override device, killed Cheng and avoided war with China.  But we also saw U.S. and British soldiers killed by a hacked drone, a hospital blown up, Wembley Stadium has a giant hole in the middle of it, and oh yeah… the President’s daughter was killed.  All in all this will go down as a pretty awful day in history in the world of 24.

R.B.I. Baseball ’14 Review for iPhone

RBI Baseball 14 ReviewVideo games have gotten amazingly advanced these days.  The life-like graphics and simulation of certain games is truly remarkable.  But that doesn’t mean the games are any more fun than they were 25 years ago when video games were all very basic.

As great as some of these games today are, I am sometimes yearn for the simplicity of the games of my youth.  Sometimes the simplest game can still be addicting here in 2014.  I know I am not the only one who feels this way because some of the most popular games (i.e. Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Candy Crush) are the most basic.

Just because a game is more advanced doesn’t necessarily make it better, particularly in sports games. I miss the days where I didn’t need to know the intricacies of a 4-3 defense to play Madden, when I could dominate NHL ‘94 with just a pass and shoot button or when I didn’t’ need a long tutorial to play a baseball video game.

And speaking of baseball video games, one of the most popular baseball video games ever made—RBI Baseball— received a reboot this year when Major League Baseball Advanced Media released R.B.I. baseball ‘14 for Xbox 360, PS3 and the Apple Store.

6 Super Powers I Developed From Having a Child

It’s almost been a year since I became a father.  Although it’s been an extremely challenging experience, I would not change anything.  Being a father has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

It also has allowed me to develop super powers that otherwise would not be possible.

I’m not kidding.  I have developed super powers thanks to my son.  If you have a child, then you probably have them too!  Listed below are all the super-human skills I’ve developed over the past year

My Wife Handicaps Super Bowl XLVIII


Actual wife still not pictured

The legend of Mrs. Sacks continues. Three years ago, I was struggling to pick a winner against the spread for the Super Bowl. So I decided to do something wacky and consult my wife for her pick, even though she knows next to nothing about football. Three years later, she is a perfect 3-for-3 in her picks.

In Super Bowl 45, she predicted the Packers would top the Steelers and cover the number—and she nearly got the score exactly right. In Super Bowl 46, she said the Giants would upset the Patriots, and last season, she prognosticated that the underdog Ravens would cover the spread and win outright over the 49ers.

So here I am again, consulting my wife in hopes she can pick me a winner for the fourth year in a row. Here’s what she had to say…

(As a reminder, this conversation is completely real)

Rap Lyrics Translated for White People Volume 7

nerdy-white-guyAt long last, Rap Lyrics Translated for White People has returned to Living with Balls! It’s been over a year since the last Rap Lyrics translation. But just when you thought this feature was dead, I have returned like Jay-Z coming out of retirement. In the words of Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, “I won’t stop now, because I can’t stop now.”

Enjoy translated lyrics from 2 Chainz, Jay-Z, The Game and Lil’ Kim.  As usual, there are added notes at the bottom of the post for further understanding.  

Which NFL Teams Have the Best Odds Against the Spread?

nfl logoWe are now through 11 weeks of the 2013 NFL season and the good teams are beginning to separate themselves from the bad teams. But perhaps more importantly, we are getting an idea on which teams perform the best against the point spread.

I took some time to review all 32 NFL team’s records against the spread and I have some interesting findings.

Watch “Grand Theft Auto” Play Out For Real

Grand Theft Auto V was recently released for all major video game consoles.  And while stealing cars, running over pedestrians and creating all-out havoc is common in the video game, you don’t expect to see it play out for real.

Well that’s exactly what happened in the streets of Chicago recently. The driver of the black SUV in this video stole the vehicle, got into a standoff with an angry cab driver, and then smashed up a bunch of cars before leaving the scene.

I’d say that would get him at least two stars in Grand Theft Auto.

He was arrested shortly after.  He should have went to the paint shop to clear his wanted level.

Children’s Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes are Fucked Up

Jack-and-Jill-nursery-rhymeEver since the birth of my son, things have been quiet here at Living with Balls. If I’m not working or taking care of my son, then I’ve probably been passed out from exhaustion somewhere in my house. That leaves little time to write anything. However, I’m determined to get this site going again.

In these first few months of raising my child, one of the more challenging aspects of caring for him, is getting him to go to sleep. Like many parents, I have resorted to singing lullabies or reciting nursery rhymes to calm him down.

I never gave much thought to the words of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes when they were recited to me as a child. but now that I am singing them, it has occurred to me that many of them are FUCKED UP.

Let’s take a look at a few popular ones to show you what I mean.

Observations from My First Days as a Dad

father sonYou may have noticed things have been pretty quiet on this site of late. That’s because my wife gave birth to our first child recently. It’s been just over a month since my son was born and it’s been quite an adventure to this point. I’ve had many new experiences during this time and I’ve learned a lot already. Here are a few things I’ve taken from my first days as a father.