Saturday, July 21, 2018

Late night open thread

“I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals”
 -- Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, July 20, 2018


Sit down. Strap in. This isn't going to be some ordinary musical experience. This is Neko Case and this is 'Blacklisted'


Now here's one of those songs that you never expect to hear again but when it comes on you're mighty happy. 'It's My Life' up next tonight.

How funny would it be if at one point Talk Talk ever opened for Duran Duran?


In the pantheon of epic debut albums, The Cars make the discussion. This album, The Cars, had such an impact on Johnny. Some real WOW songs that stand the test of time to this day. If this song came out today it'd still chart.

It would. Time for some angry break-up sex and 'You're All I've Got Tonight' getting you on your way to a brilliant Friday night in the Tri-State.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Late night open thread

Why yes, that was Johnny who picked France to win the World Cup last month before it all began. When you want that soccer analysis, you come to the Jersey City Desk.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

World Cup today -- The Final

When Johnny was young, he never pictured himself in the back yard or with friends imagining scoring the goal that won the World Cup. Oh, Johnny watched every World Cup (even back when he was little and it was only the Final that was on US teevee) because he knew deep down it really really was a huge deal. While he pretended to score the winning overtime goal for the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup or hit a home run in the ninth inning of game 7 to help the Tigers win it all, he never pretended to score that soccer goal. Today, older and perhaps wiser with a full-on love of soccer he probably would have. At least that way the USA would have a star over their crest.

Someone today in Moscow will actually make their childhood dream come true. Someone today between France or Croatia will score the winning goal or make the big penalty kick.

So, who will lift the trophy? Johnny picked France to win it all before the tournament began. While he's happy to see his pick in the final match, he'll be cheering for Croatia. Call it underdog fever or wanting to see a huge upset in the globe's biggest game Johnny hopes the second-smallest nation to make a final will win. The Croat fans have simply overrun Hudson Hall since the beginning of the tournament, today will be no exception and they are a loud and easy group to cheer for. Johnny asked a Croatian fan whom they wanted to play and he said France. They beat Croatia in the 1998 Wold Cup semi-final that (France went on to win it all) and Croatia wants payback. He then asked Johnny who his team was and he told the fan, "USA" to which the Croatian fan pondered and gave Johnny a fist bump for not bailing on his team that aren't in Russia.

So, the match. How does this play out. France will find out today what others have, Modric and Rakitic and Perisic (if he's healthy) can boss a midfield. The French attack will be slowed, Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba won't be getting favored service all day long like usual. France will have the ball less than usual so they'll have to adapt but that is exactly what France has done this tournament, they've adapted. Hit them with whatever defensive alignment you want, they're thinking the game, not just kicking the ball and running like deer after it. Croatia have played a lot of soccer in Russia. A lot of it. Three extra time games with two matches decided by PK's. France has the depth and should be fresh. This right here is Johnny's big bugaboo for Croatia, the amount they have played. No matter who you are, how much bench strength you have, legs do wear down. While Johnny would love to cheer for AND pick Croatia but he's got to be honest with himself and you dear reader, France will win today.

Fearless forecast
France 2
Croatia 1 (Extra Time)

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, July 14, 2018

World Cup Today -- 3rd place match - England vs Belgium!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Late night open thread

Down the stretch they come! T-Rex in the lead with T-Rex moving up on the outside. It's T-Rex on the rail closing fast. At the wire it's T-Rex the winner with T-Rex second and T-Rex running third.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark


It sure was foggy in the 80's huh? Also, what the fuck, guys? Why do you have to have a Cadillac broken down in the video? Plenty of Yugo's about. Why, you're lucky Johnny just loves this song as much as he does. And he loves it a lot. 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)' getting us started this week.