Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Jersey City Desk tradition on a night all about them; Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!

While the evil fuckers at YouTube have yanked the live video we still have the audio, the best version of the best song ever. Johnny says that ever year and thus far nobody has ever come out with a song to change his mind. You're up 2018.

See you on the other side after everyone enjoys the big moment.

NYE with M.I.A.

'Paper Planes' or real planes, Johnny's not flying on either. Great Clash sample here, makes the song.

Do ya want Johnny's love, woman?

'Do Ya'?

See Mr. Jeff Lynne, Johnny told you she'd report him to HR for asking that. Maybe Johnny can be a roadie for your new ELO tour in 2018.

Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo taking us even further toward 2018

Oh what now? You've seen Valley Girl, right? Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo. No? Turn the sound up, hit play.  Listen to 'Girls Like Me.' There you go.

You didn't think we'd have a New Years Eve party without some Motown did you?

Silly Goose.

The Supremes and 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'

For Johnny, the idea of a New Year coming gets real about the time Europe turns

As the time changes fall across Europe and certainly by the time the new year hits London, Johnny really starts to feel the coming excitement.

We're there...M with a classic to get you there too.

New York, London, Paris, Munich
Everybody talk about 'Pop Muzik'

There's gonna be a lot of this going on tonight

"Let's Pretend We're Married" after all those drinks will be the rule of the evening around 2am. Fantastic song by someone we lost in 2016.

A nice melodic singalong as everyone gets ready to head out that's going out

The Pretenders and 'Back on the Chain Gang'. Chrissie Hynde, the only rock star who ever hit on Johnny...

Music from the 70's it's better than today

Johnny know he sounds like somebody's dad but he's not wrong.

He'll happily die on that hill as well. Genesis with 'Turn It On Again'

Warming New Jersey hearts on a frigid New Year's Eve

'She's the One' sounding good on a Sunday afternoon.

No New Year's Eve party is complete without Earth Wind & Fire

So get your boogie on friends.

Giants football Gameday

Washington is in the Meadowlands in a meaningless game that if you go to in this weather you deserve the frostbite you'll surely get. Do you want to watch Kirk Cousins beat the G-Men? Of course not, stay home and worry about...

DraftWatch®
The Browns have clinched the #1 overall pick. With a loss the Giants have the #2 pick locked up. Then they wait for the Browns to make the mistake of picking Rosen or Darnold or Lamar Jackson first, then they take Saquon Barkley. At this point with questions about each QB the Browns would be wise to take Barkley #1 and if the Giants want to pick one of those three the Browns would have two more to choose from. Wait, what about the Colts? Good question. One of the more intriguing games today is in Indy where Houston, directly behind the Colts in the draft order goes to finish the season. If the Colts win today the Browns will draft #1 and #3. If not it'll be 1 and 4. The Colts are not going to take a QB with Andrew Luck so again, the Browns would have two of the three to choose from.

1) Cleveland Browns -- In Pittsburgh for their yearly hiding
2) New Jersey Giants -- Hosting Washington with subzero wind chills
3) Indianapolis Colts -- At home to Houston. GO COLTS!
4) Houston Texans -- Just lose in Indy, find a way
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Where are your Buccaneers? Under my Buc'n hat

Fearless Forecast
Washington Cousins 21
New York Giants 11

Know what's fun? Rockpile

'Teacher Teacher' keeping us warm on a miserably cold day. Johnny's been out twice with the dire wolf since 7am and dammit itsa cold out there. Johnny spent winters in Marquette Michigan on Lake Superior. Yes, that piercing cold air is on point and the wind is strong enough to make it feel like one of the coldest places on earth. Like Johnny said on Twitter, he's saying this with all the love he can muster, if you're going to simply stand in one spot all afternoon and all night, not moving nor getting out of your pen yo use a proper restroom and your only warmth is your Stadium Pal, you're a moron.

The Ramones

'Rockaway Beach' 1-2-3-4

Let's have coffee and cronuts with The Emotions

Well, you're gonna.......Because Johnny doesn't drink tea.

'Best of My Love' making your morning the best it can be......in this price range.

Kicking off another Rocking and Rolling New Year's Eve with Chuck Berry

The one, the only, the storytelling master. Of all days how about one about dancing and keeping an eye on the clock. Let's get this show going. 'Reelin' & Rockin' from Chuck Berry who we sadly lost this year. No, he died, they know where he is.

Late night open thread

Get to bed or the New Year's Opossum won't deliver New Year's Eve liquor to all the good grown ups.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, December 30, 2017

You do not want to miss New Year's Eve at the Jersey City Desk

An all day music blowout full of fun and frolic. We'll set the mood and keep your toes tapping.

Noon tomorrow, 12 hours from 2018, Saint Peter's at the Yanitelli

That's right Jersey City, if you're looking for something coo and fun, why not head on over to Saint Peter's and the Yanitelli Center as the Peacocks, the CIT Champions for 2017, will host Monmouth so it'll have a nice New Jersey flavor. The Peacocks are off to a 6-6 start and 0-1 in early conference play. Monmouth is 4-9 overall and also 0-1 in MAAC play.

The parties don't start til much later so make Saint Peter's basketball part of your New Year's Eve.

Late night open thread

The Big Ten, who didn't place a team in the playoff is undefeated thus far in bowl season. Interesting.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with DURAN DURAN!

The band named for the villain in the Jane Fonda classic Barbarella. It's a fact! Getting started tonight with 'Girls on Film' and Johnny had to work to find a video version of this that was not R rated.

You're welcome.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with SNIFF 'N' THE TEARS!

There just isn't much wrong with this song on any point. Johnny's a tough critic and each time he hears it he appreciates it more and more. It never made it really big or even maybe big enough to consider the band a one-hit wonder but for Johnny's money this song will always remain a top-shelfer, 'Driver's Seat'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with BLUR!

WOO HOO!

Blur and 'Song 2' and this is normally where we'd say something like 'sending you on your way out the door' but at this temperature how about 'Ending the Music Series this week with Blur and you are free to move over to the couch'


Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, December 28, 2017

That is some chilly air out there

Johnny cannot believe he got through that headline with inserting a cuss word for emphasis. Do bring the pets inside, check on elderly friends, neighbors and relatives. Maybe today is the day you give the person asking for money outside the donut shop or fast food place a few bucks so they can be a customer and go in and warm up and get something warm to eat or drink.

We'll do our small part to help you at least pretend you're warm.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Late night open thread

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Robin.
Robin who?
Robin you! Gimme all your money!

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Note to Johnny's family, friends, and hangers-on

New Year's Eve is supposed to be in the low teens with a wind chill at current projections.

Fuck that.

In that weather you are free to come visit and enjoy the holidays but Johnny nor Mrs. Johnny will be joining you in Times Square. Or outside. Or near a window.

That is all, continue your Netflixing.

Finally

In an interview with the Hudson County View, Mayor Steve Fulop made waves by saying in 2018, these disgraceful stand around jobs cops get (and remember, on Fulop's watch JCPD would take cops on active duty and place them around construction sites) might just be going away.

Hallelujah and pass the ammunition.

Johnny has been railing against these nonsense ripoff jobs from the beginning. It's a poor poor use of police assets and with the FBI investigating this program and the bad actors who gamed it, sounds like Johnny is finally going to get his way.

During the same press conference in his office discussing a multitude of policing matters, Fulop revealed that the off-duty security details could soon become a thing of the past in Jersey City.

“On the off-duty stuff, we’re very proactive. The one thing I’ll tell you, just based on conversations we’ve had with the FBI … I would not be surprised if the off-duty jobs go away entirely in 2018,” Fulop said.

About time. Johnny actually used to complain about this program to Fulop's office back when he was a city councilman and got no replies (Fulop was just awful at getting back with Ward E constituents). On it's face this program is a loser and now that the cops have decided they can schedule these types of "jobs" without paying taxes on all that filthy lucre and brought the administration shame it truly looks like it's going away. It was an unnecessary cost to developers who then pass those costs to the renter because that's the money food chain.

As a side note, Johnny has actually, with his own ears, heard a cop explaining the benefits of hiring them to stand around (When you have a dog you can linger and nobody notices). One was nothing gets stolen. Sooooooo your jobsite, in broad daylight, with 10-20-30 workers, a cop will keep some scrap metal scavenger from stealing company property. Right. That happens at night. That's why security companies, flush with amber lamps, employ people.

So, Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea are taking these tasty jobs away right at the same time they took away a lot of cops extras (some really out there FYI) via an arbitration ruling and thus we'd deduce the JCPD somewhere hidden away has a dart board with the mayor's face on it. In this case, however late to the game, Fulop is right, these jobs are more a sham.

Late night open thread

Meanwhile, in Delaware...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Like Johnny said yesterday, he's got time on his hands this week

We'll have something important and Jersey City related on the 'morrow but for today any Johnny was all about building up his venerable animated gif collection.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Late night open thread

Johnny and the interns here sure hope your Christmas was a special day or at the very least gave you some time away from the often-times rotten world out there. Here's to sanity now days.

Some hot cocoa with marshmallows before bed then four days of few obligations. Spectacular.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Merry Christmas!

To all our readers here's hoping your shitters aren't too full today.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Late night open thread

OK, everyone to bed. Work on those pretending to be asleep skills. Morning will come in about 29 hours.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Throwing a little Motown into the Christmas mix

Spiking the musical egg nog if you will. Florence Ballard bringing the power on this one, The Supremes and 'Silent Night'

Here's a Christmas Eve favorite if ever there was one

Gene Autry with 'Here Comes Santa Claus' who at last check was in South America so there's maybe time for one more cup of hot cocoa before bed.

A little 'Carol of the Bells' with dinner tonight?

Indeed.

Let's pick up the pace as Santa gets closer

Johnny was just watching the Santa Tracker on NORAD because he's a big kid. Let's now go to Johnny's fave-o-rite holiday song, 'Run Rudolph Run' and we'll use the Dave Edmunds version because, well, it's the best.

Sending this one out to our good friends in Hoboken

Mr. Frank Sinatra with 'Let it Snow' with a hopeful note to morning.

Giants football Gameday!

Johnny is calling his first timeout today on playing Christmas music to cover those wacky Giants and their chase for a high draft pick. The story heated up overnight with UCLA QB Josh Rosen saying if the Browns would take him at #1 overall he might just stay in school.

The Giants are in Arizona today for a 4:25pm game...

OK, enough about the game, it's time for the wildly popular 'Draft Watch" portion of our show.

Draft Watch®
Cleveland 0-14
NY Giants 2-12
Indianapolis 3-12
Houston 4-10
San Francisco 4-10

The Browns can clinch the #1 overall pick with a loss in Chicago today or a Giants win in the desert. The Bears FYI are percentage points behind SF for the 5th spot in the draft. Know what, it won't ultimately matter but the Browns are winning today. They are.

The Giants, and this is where the real news today comes in, just need one more loss to clinch #2. That news? UCLA QB (sounding like an entitled little piece of shit like John Elway, Eric Lindros and Eli Manning before him) Josh Rosen says he wants to play for the Giants but not the Browns. His royal highness is considering another year of Pac-12 excitement rather than go to Cleveland. Fuck him.

Indianapolis will play a huge role next week vs Houston but already lost on Thursday.

Houston by losing today vs Pittsburgh and next week vs Indy would give the Browns at least the #1 and #3 overall picks. Lose Houston lose!

San Francisco is on a 3 game winning streak but still not off this list.

Fearless Forecast(s)

Cleveland 20
Da Bears 19.9

Arizona Angry Birds 23
New Jersey Giants 14

KIcking off Christmas Eve 2017 with a great version of 'Blue Christmas'

Sheryl Crow getting us going this Christmas Eve. No peeking under the tree yet Jersey City.

Late night open thread

If there's nothing else, Johnny's gonna go play Warcraft til dawn.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

A little Christmas Eve Eve lighting to get you in the mood

Tomorrow is such a fun day. Johnny loves Christmas Eve.










Saturday, December 23, 2017

A white Christmas after all?

We're not sure what the official call is on how much snow constitutes a white Christmas technically but some of the weather enthusiasts are now calling for a dusting to 1" of snow late Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Oh, it'll change to rain by afternoon but there might just be a some snow for present opening ambience.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE SWEET!

No, no Christmas songs until Christmas Eve. You kids have to be patient. We'll have them all day Sunday but tonight you'll be getting your usual Music Series.

Also, for those scoring at home we've covered this before, yes, their official name was The Sweet, not just Sweet.

Now that the t's are crossed and the i's dotted let's kick things off with a really fun jam, 'Fox on the Run.' Just a reminder for the fellas, nobody ever got run up the company flagpole for calling a gal a "fox" back in the 70's. It was later when guys decided to unzip their pants and share those flagpoles with the group in the 80's and beyond things got dicey.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

A history lesson AND a cool song? Johnny, this Music Series really is a value.

Why thank you imaginary straw-person saying this. Indeed tonight it IS a great song by They Might Be Giants in 'Istanbul' and indeed you do get a lesson with this one. Keep your ears open and your toes tapping and music can do a lot of things. Listen fast though, its only two minutes thirty-three of teaching.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with JOE STRUMMER!

Fifteen years gone today. Johnny never knows whether to be sad or celebrate Joe Strummer every year on this date. Other than maybe Pete Townshend nobody in music ever meant more to him than Mr. Strummer. Here's a classic performance, one of his last, a mere month and  half beofre his passing but god damn it still sounds hot and fresh plus its one of the best songs ever written.

With the help of the audience here's Joe Strummer, Punk Rock Warlord with Warlord Being One Word, and '(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.'

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Late night open thread

Before bed, the holiday classic (Or at least the main part, the very beginning and very end seem to be missing) reading of the difference between European Christmas and American Christmas by the brilliant David Sedaris in his '6 to 8 Black Men' story.
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Jersey City allowing residents to prepay 2017 taxes due to Trump tax bill

Jersey City and the Fulop Administration are telling and allowing residents to prepay their 2018 estimated tax bill to take advantage of the current tax law. If you were to pay your 2018 taxes on say January 5th you'd only be able to deduct $10,000.00 on your 2018 taxes, the ones you'll file by April 2019. Paying your 2018 by December 31st will allow the full deduction on your upcoming April taxes. Confused? Follow this handy link on how it's done and what to expect.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

So, the Jersey City council President seat is down to Rolando Lavarro and Joyce Watterman

Johnny can think of nobody less prepared to truly move Jersey City forward from that position than these two. Lavarro has spent the last four years with his nose buried up Fulop's rear end so far they were both at the same nightclub the night it was raided. Watterman has already tried to put the knife in Lavarro's back on this job once let's see how this race turns out. They're both bad choices. Johnny would advise all new council members to vote for neither.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Could it be? It is, a Jersey City Desk News Roundup!

Howdy news fans, belly on up to the bar and let your fingers do the walking as you catch-up on news the Jersey City Desk way!

* The Jersey Journal asks if folks are still as enthused for the incoming Phil Murphy administration. Johnny's more excited by the outgoing of the Chris Christie administration.

* Sounds like NJDOT is prepping you for bad news about longer delays on something that was supposed to be done last year. The Pulaski Skyway project, job security for years.

* The Statue of Liberty is dimming her lights this week, raising the chances of a Krampus visit to Jersey City.

* The Islamic Center of Jersey City rightly suspended an imam who said Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque "remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews" and praying for the annihilation of "the plundering oppressors." Johnny's got no time for this nonsense and neither does any thinking person. Maybe suspensions can turn into terminations?

* Here's a nice story. A former Jersey City resident is now mayor of a small town in North Carolina and is trying ti apply lessons he learned here to his new town.

* Here's one for sportsball fans, today is college football recruit signing day. Find out where that guy who ran for 187 yards and 3 TD's and ruined your town's homecoming is going to college.

* Finally, more than you've ever wanted to know about a scrotum attack by a woman who just had charges downgraded in that case.

Late night open thread

Johnny's main computer here at the office just fricking died. We'll be spotty until he gets done shrieking and wailing and used to the new machine,

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Monday, December 18, 2017

For what it's worth...

Johnny is on board 100% with those officials in Hoboken who want to put the final kibosh on Santa Con. First off, what is Santa Con? A loutish, stupid, white privilege on display event that taxes people unfortunate enough to come in contact with it, Google the articles, people get harassed just living in their homes in the Mile Square City/ It means normal people can't spend a day before Christmas shopping without being overrun by idiocy. No happy lunch out while shopping, drunken bros inside. Why Hoboken? The condensed nature of the entertainment (read bars) and e-z access to public transportation. Hopefully this condensation can be used to stop it by asking bars (And I know they have but maybe next time lean on the bars a bit harder) to turn people in Santa outfits away like they do at Barcade. Fact, drunk people hate walking long distances to their next drink. Make that next drink harder to get.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Late night open thread

Wonder what the excuse in Atlanta at the airport is gonna be.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Giants football Gameday!

Nick Foles, LOL. We're not laughing at the fact Carson Wentz got hurt EVEN THOUGH Johnny is a Browns fan and Wentz made the recently shitcanned former Browns GM Sashi Brown look like an idiot each and every time he led the Eagles to victory. No, Johnny is laughing because so many in Philly think somehow, someway this will still be their magical season. Oh sure, the Eagles will probably still have more than enough to tip the Giants at the New-but-rapidly-aging-Meadowlands today. However, if they think Foles will lead them past The Rams, The Vikings or maybe a slugfest with The Seahawks or one of the NewCaroLanta triplets from the NFC South for two weeks and then win a Super Bowl? Check your lane Iggles fans.

Now, onto the important things...like draft picks.

Draft Watch®
Cleveland 0-13
NY Giants 2-11
Indianapolis 3-11
San Francisco 3-10
Da Bears 4-10
Houston - 4-9

Cleveland - Boy the Brownies made it closer than it needed to be last week vs Green Bay. Browns fans both cursing and thanking DeShone Kizer for that OT INT. Browns are at home today for the last time this year vs. Baltimore who are clinging to wildcard hope. Cleveland would love nothing more than to ruin the Grackles season. Division game, cold weather, Art Modell is in hell, yadda yadda yadda. Bet Baltimore but keep an eye on this one.

Giants - Lose today, and lose one of your next two and you'll do no worse than the #2 pick because believe it or not, the G-Men have a truly sad strength of schedule, worse than Cleveland or...

Indianapolis - Losing Thursday, very smart. Andrew Luck wants a left tackle. So does his family and AFLAC

San Francisco - The 49ers would appear to have their QB of the future in Jimmeh Garoppolo. He has this mess on a two-game winning streak

Da Bears - Good loss to the Lions yesterday moves the Chicago Eleven back into the top 5.

Houston - Know why Johnny put the Texans on the list at #6? That's Cleveland's draft pick Starvin' Marvin. That's a BAD Starvin' Marvin, it's OUR pick, get away from it.

Fearless Forecast:
Philadelphia Eagles 23
New Jersey Giants 17

Self-Pwnership?

Could one find a better visual analogy of Toll Brothers, 'The Morgan' than this one this AM? If you dumped your trash on their doorstep shame on you. If you're with the cleaning crew and left it like this, thank you.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Late night open thread

Shopping done, work done, house all tidy, Johnny's ready for Christmas.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, December 15, 2017

Late night open thread

Bed's too big without you
Cold wind blows right through that open door
I can't sleep with your memory
Dreaming dreams of what used to be
 -- The Police

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE CURE!

Ya know, this one could almost work as an instrumental too. One night Johnny should have a Music Series on songs he things would have worked that way. The lyrics and voice work make it great but it could have just been a really cool tune without them. The Cure and 'Just Like Heaven' getting us started tonight.
"Touchdown Emos!"

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with SAM AND DAVE!

Well, don't just sit there reading this mess, push the play button.

There you go. Sam and Dave with 'Soul Man'
Look all you want to, there's no lyrics.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE SMITHEREENS!

So sad to hear of the passing of The Smithereens front man Pat DiNizio earlier this week. Such a full catalog of great rock and roll music. All in all that's all you can ask of a band, right? Rock well, make great tunes and be original. Check, check and check.

The Smithereens with 'A Girl Like You' sending you rocking into this good Friday night.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Late night open thread

Is it because Johnny has a cabbage for a head?
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

We were just going to talk the usual city politics...

...now Johnny is halfway through this incredible longform piece of journalism on NJ.com on just how bad and poorly staffed the after-death market in New Jersey is:

An 18-month NJ Advance Media investigation for NJ.com found serious failures at nearly every level of New Jersey’s patchwork system of medical examiner offices, the obscure agencies charged with one of the most fundamental tasks: figuring out how somebody died and why.

This far it's an absolute eye-opener and Johnny's gonna go back and dig into the rest. See, this right here is how you win all the awards (or should). Well done S.P. Sullivan and Stephen Stirling!

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City,  After Dark

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A real melancholy day in New Jersey music

While Twitter was all abuzz about Jon Bon Jovi and his band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we're also dealing with the very sad news that Smithereens front man Pat DiNizio has passed away at age 62.

We'll have a Smithereens song this Friday on the Music Series to help remember what a great band the Smithereens have always been. Bon Jovi fans, be happy he's still out there performing and making himself available to you.

Late night open thread

Q) How come elephants lie on their backs in fields?
A) So they can trip birds

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Hear Johnny now and believe him later

Any Republican house member who didn't win by +20 points last time should be shitting rocks tonight. Thank you for your common sense Alabama.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Late night open thread

What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she's making love? "Honey, I'm home!"

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Big personnel changes coming to Steve Fulop's Mayor's office this term

Embattled Anthony Cruz is among those who are being pushed out/not brought back/spending more time with their families/given the bums rush/moving on to other opportunities as Mayor Fulop announced some changes to his administration for the upcoming new term. Terrence T. McDonald, Ace Reporter, has all the details available at press time.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Late night open thread

If you enjoy either architecture or The Simpsons then this link is for you.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Giants football Gameday!

OK, we're going with the premise nobody cares about the matchups, who might have a slight edge in what and who is hot. It's ALL about that draft pick at this point so let's get to:

DraftWatch 2017®
The Giants simply have to lose to Dallas today. IF the Browns can somehow manage to win two games and the Giants win no more it's the Giants in the #1 overall draft slot. They also can't afford to fall back any further if they hope for that very high pick ala 'QB of the future' after Eli. We'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the 'Gruden Rumor' that popped up this week as well. Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl winning coach with Tampa Bay, John Gruden said he'd be interested in the Giants head coaching job, only IF Eli were still the QB. That would also no doubt change the thinking of that top three pick. Gruden loves to run. The Barkley kid might fight that slot. It becomes more and more fun to speculate on the draft at this late date Giants fans, take it from Browns fan Johnny.

The Browns today have a better than average chance to actually win. Follow Johnny on this. The Packers are hot, just trying to get to Aaron Rodgers return next week for a late playoff push. They are expecting to win today in Cleveland. BUT, if you took these teams stats and took away the helmet indicator and you saw 'Defense vs Rush' or 'Rushing yards' and the like....you'd pick the Browns to win. Yes, the Browns look better on paper at 0-12 than 6-6 Green Bay. FYI the Browns are 6th against the rush in the NFL this year. Didn't have that did you? Also, the Browns fired their GM and hired someone new this week. Jobs are on the line. Veterans will show up to play today. That's why today could, stress could be that day the Browns rise up and win a game. With the Bears in two weeks they have another chance Giants fans, keep your eye on this game.

DraftWatch Standings:
Cleveland Browns 0-12
New Jersey Giants 2-10
San Francisco 49ers 2-10
Denver Donkeys 3-9
Indianapolis Colts 3-9
The Chicago Bears are also sniffing around the pile at 3-9. If you're a Browns fan, after the Bears come the Houston Texans at 4-8 and the Browns have their #1 pick for that classic Browns-like trade for Brock Assweiler.

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey Giants 21
Dallass Cowboys 20

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, December 8, 2017

Late night open thread

Snow starts around 9am tomorrow and goes until around 3pm. 1-3 inches in all. See everyone at the dog parks!

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with ROSANNE CASH!

One of Johnny's favorite driving songs. The perfect voice, the perfect sound for it. Let's face facts, Rosanne Cash is a Great Song Delivery System. To that end, 'Radio Operator' stepping us off tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with WARREN ZEVON!

So much salience from Warren Zevon from so long ago...

I went home with a waitress the way I always do
How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?

Brilliant song, this. 'Lawyers, Guns and Money' and thanks to Johnny's best friend growing up, Roger, who introduced him to more than 'Werewolves of London'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with FELONY!

Johnny knew he was going to use this so about 15 minutes after he finished last week's Music Series. He popped the headphones on, heard this one and knew it was good to go. Always gotta have those ears on good buddies, you never know when the right song will hit. This track, 'The Fanatic' was used in the movie Valley Girl but you'll miss it if you blink.

It's got a fabulous bass line, Johnny has always loved the drums with the oddly timed boom boom   boom    boom      boom pace and everyone loves some good piano; so many opportunities to play an air instrument tonight or just do your own Mojo Nixonish voicework, the choice is all yours.

Felony wrapping things up with 'The Fanatic'

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Late night open thread

George Burns: Do you like to love?
Gracie Allen: No.
George Burns: Like to kiss?
Gracie Allen: No.
George Burns: What do you like?
Gracie Allen: Lamb chops.
George Burns: Lamb chops. Could you eat two big lamb chops alone?
Gracie Allen: Alone? Oh, no, not alone. With potatoes I could.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Mayor Fulop's bill to Jersey City taxpayers for his reval cancelation lands at $3.8 million

Fulop's petulant attempt to protect downtown taxpayers from the state ordered reval has a final total, $3.8 million pulled from taxpayer pockets and guess what, his new city spokeswoman hit the ground telling fables like the old one did.

Now first off, spokeswoman Hannah Peterson who just because she's new still can't be absolved for getting basic facts wrong in her statement trying to still spin Fulop's attempt to protect his base. Let's go through her statement and show her how we do in Jersey City:

"For the last four years we have kept taxes stable (not really, we've just played games with the numbers while developers get everything they want from Fulop), while expanding the police department (Who you cut off at the knees by not negotiating their contract fairly and let's face it, the JCPD despise Steve Fulop and on his watch the police force is a disgrace anymore), building new parks (ORLY? Now we know you're a noob) and stabilizing the city's finances (No, again, your new boss has done nothing but play budgetary games with a willing council to kick the problems down the road)," city spokeswoman Hannah Peterson said. "The route it was on in 2013 was extremely dangerous for the city and its residents (Just saying it was somehow dangerous, DANGEROUS LOL, doesn't make your word salad so Ms. Peterson), and we now feel that this process is being done properly. We made the right decision. (You cost city taxpayers 3.8 million dollars for Fulop's tantrum)"

There you go Ms. Peterson, fixed all that for you and please don't insult our intelligence with such nonsense in the future.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Late night open thread

The fabled Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tennessee.
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Merry Christmas; PATH looks to add new cars, repair others and make more improvements

PATH now has $300 million in their stocking and are looking to possibly buy new train cars, rehab other ones and run more trains during rush hours. PATH says when this plan is finished, along with a new flood-proof power station in Harrison they hope to be able to run 19% more trains during the busiest times. The devil is in the details which you can find here along with your mistrust the Port Authority can get anything right which you brought with you when you showed up here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Late night open thread

If people didn't vote late or there are few people at the runoff victory parties here's why, Gary Numan at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City tonight. You can't pass that up. We sure can't.

Come on, he had one song, do you need us to tell you it was 'Cars'?
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Runoff night in Jersey City with a shock in Ward E

Four wards in Jersey City had runoff elections today with three favorites winning in Wards A, B & C.

Denise Ridley is far ahead of Joe Conte in Ward A. Far ahead. She will take over for Frank Gajewski.

The boss shivved Chris Gadsden in Ward B, turning loose (and Gadsden put out the video to prove it) dirty politickers with former council member Phil Kenny and even council President Rolando Lavarro on scene where campaign materials were being 'fiddled' with. Mira Prinz-Arey sidled up to the Fulop machine and handily beat Gadsden today. Ward B loses a fine young talent on council in our opinion.

Ward C sees the return of Rich Boggiano who ran independently of Fulop but still won the runoff vs John Hanussak. Boggiano gonna Boggiano.

Which brings us to Ward E which will, for the next four years be "Unbought and Unbossed" as James Solomon pulls the upset over media and endorsement favorite Rebecca Symes. Symes had all the momentum, all the television ads, all the local endorsements from government groups, local businesses, style bloggers and even outgoing Councilwoman Candice Osborne. In the end the question Johnny asked on the first election night, would the Hudnut and Grillo vote move to Solomon and apparently at least some of it did. Johnny also heard from more than one person the whole ChicPea incident however well intentioned, didn't help. This was not Johnny picking that scab, this was people discussing it around him. There were also claims of a nasty push campaign in Ward E. We'll have time to go over all these races but tonight is, as an old boss of Johnny's used to call it, 'The quick and dirty" analysis.

OK, maybe the JCPD isn't a D+ force...

Maybe they're just a D. As Johnny is fond of saying, Jersey City is a B+ City with a D+ police force and that grade just got dropped over this nonsense. You honestly do wonder who is out driving around in JCPD cars and representing the citizens of Jersey City. Here are the sad facts in the next case of JCPD gone wild.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Late night open thread

Until you get up around 4 am for a really long time, not just the once or twice for an early flight or trip, you'll never know how truly soul crushing it can be.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Giants football gameday -- The Geno Smith era dawns

Yeeeeaaaah. Johnny remembers when Bill Belichick took over the Browns back in the 90's and ran the very popular Bernie Kosar out of town so he does know how Giants fans are feeling shocked and betrayed over Eli Manning. Of course Kosar was traded to Dallas, took over for a half season when Troy Aikman was hurt and won his Super Bowl ring.

Then the Browns moved so the comparison ends there.

What.A.Mess. Head coach Ben McAdoo is rumored to be broomed as early as tomorrow morning but then again didn't we all hear that last week? Let's see but onto the Raiders.

The Giants need to---Oh screw all that. Nobody cares. They want McAdoo to lose (as if the Giants somehow can't) 40-0.

DraftWatch®
Cleveland 0-11 (At the Chargers today, 25% chance to win)
NY Giants 2-10 (That loss to SF pays big dividends)
San Francisco 2-10 (JUST defeated the Bears 15-14)
Denver 3-9 (Getting whipped by the Dolphins now)
Indianapolis 3-9 (Taking the ziggy vs the Jags today)

When it comes to the draft thing, keep Eli on the bench. When it comes to what's right, fire McAdoo and put Eli back in.

Fearless Forecast
Oakland Raiders 28
NJ Giants 17

Late night open thread

The last *sniff* Scoreboard Show of the season.

Oklahoma 41
TCU 17
If you ask Johnny, Oklahoma stands the best chance of unseating Clemson. Speaking of which...

Clemson 38
Miami (FL) 3
That turnover chain kinda sorta turned into the one ring around Frodo's neck by the time he got to Mordor the last couple weeks

Toledo 45
Akron 28
The Rockets take the MAC title and Bancroft Street erupts with Papa Johns and Pabst

Wofford 28
Furman 10
Johnny didn't wear either his Wofford or Furman shirts today so as not to favor one over the other

Grambling 40
Alcorn State 32
Grambling scored a cool 2 points in the 4th quarter and they didn't even need them

Georgia 28
Auburn 7
Georgia more than likely played their way into the playoffs on the back of super freshman Herschel Walker

USC 31
Stanford 28
Trojans topple Trees in Hippie Bowl 2017

Ohio State 27
Wisconsin 21
Was this win enough to cover for two blowout losses and hop a 2-loss Buckeye team over 1 loss Alabama? The committee tomorrow is going to never hear the end of it either way

South Dakota State 37
Northern Iowa 22
One of the really underrated college logos, SDSU
















The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Central Florida 62
Memphis 55 2OT
UCF completes their undefeated season and can now be completely overlooked because they're not Alabama or Ohio State. UCF wideouts Tre'Quan Smith and Dredrick Snelson were devastating today and are the ones who will be allowed to loot and pillage whatever bowl game city UCF goes to

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Late night open thread

One for the drinkers before bed. Equal time and so forth. This never gets old and it's always funny. Timing people, timing.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with PINK FLOYD!

Hey there, come on down to Crazy Phil Murphy's New Jointsy! Have a puff along the boardwalk in Atlantic City, smoke a bowl in the Pine Barrens, pack that bong tight on Owen Grundy Park in Jersey City, New Jersey is gonna say yes to the recreational weed. In one short month Chris Christie will take his Burgermeister ways with him and a new way of thinking and of making so much money you have to move it to go to the toilet will go into effect.

Those poor people across the river who have built a cottage industry of looking down their noses at Garden State residents will come across the river like little Oliver Twist asking  for some more, please. Sorry Pennsylvania, only Blue States get the smoke, you go back to your meth labs. They will come by the tens of thousands to NJ and we'll all take one big treasure bath at the end of next year.

But first, a Smoke 'Em if Ya Got 'Em theme tonight to get everyone excited about all the weed you can soon smoke legally. We'll try not to be too cliche musically on this tonight but we're darned tootin' gonna start it off with Roger Waters and David Gilmour's gift to smokers, 'Comfortably Numb'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with FLEETWOOD MAC!

You probably guessed it right about as you read Fleetwood Mac, the Bob Welch classic vocals on 'Hypnotized' was on the way. Well, it is. Right now.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with ANGELO BADALAMENTI & DAVID LYNCH!

When the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me film came out, it had an incredible David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack. There was however one song that just put the zap on Johnny's head, one called 'The Pink Room' and just now Johnny found it on YouTube in longform. He can think of nothing better to end a Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em night than with some Twin Peaks magic.

Late night open thread

Rudy can't hoop.

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Johnny had a good chuckle at a local political ad

Rebecca Symes is out with her closing argument ads on the local cable and when Johnny was watching one he got a good laugh. Her ad said Symes is running against the Trump agenda.

You and everyone else and we're gonna call you if we need that or it becomes your job. Nice straw man argument.

What would this town do without someone who noticed this horseshit?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Late night open thread

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The Park is indeed open

The lock on the dog areas comes off tomorrow and the park is now open as it should be. Later in December the mayor said the city would hold a ribbon cutting. The hell with that. That's why Johnny has told this story from the beginning, so when the truffle sniffing glory hounds show up in two weeks you'll know who did the work to get the park back up and running, Candice Osborne and Johnny. If not for the combined efforts that place would till be a shitwreck, it would.

By Johnny's reckoning the people who live at The One should be able to walk through it or bring their dogs in March of 2020, about the time the rest of the PAD was denied use of their park for over two years.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Late night open tread

Go on, click this and then go make plans to enjoy your favorite smart cocktail. Come on, click, don't cost nothin'

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Hallelujah and pass the Tylenol -- UPDATED!

Finally. Some 2 and 3/4 years in the making and Johnny got confirmation his #1 priority is finally opening, yes, he got a message from Ward E councilwoman Candice Osborne that Mayor Steve Fulop wasn't aware the park hadn't opened (Surprise!) and told Parks and Rec to open it TODAY! Friends, Johnny took the dire wolf by and they are putting down the final line larkers and pulling some fencing away.

Not to be a glory hog but Johnny worked almost tirelessly, writing, cajoling, whining, yelling and stomping his feet or sadly this could well have run on into 2018 with no end in sight. The important thing is it just became must easier and safer to traverse from the Harsimus Cove HBLR to the Grove St. PATH and the PAD finally has a park again, something they're not had for almost three years.

Thanks to Councilwoman Osborne, about PAD's only champion in this when it came to the city.


















10:25 PM UPDATE -- Johnny just checked his Twitter messages and Councilwoman Osborne says the park opens Thursday.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Late night open thread

State trivia night. One state in the United States has SEVEN words in it's official name. It's true. The reasoning for such is here if you want to find out why, if you just want to know which state click here.

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Sadly we had to take down the K9dergarten link

Nothing has made Johnny sadder than to have to take down the link to K9dergarten BUT when a business, in this case a place that boards dogs, feels the need to politically endorse candidates (Rebecca Symes), hold fundraisers for, and block signs for other candidates, they risk this kind of backlash. You board dogs. There were 5 candidates for Ward E councilperson and you decided that four of the other candidates customers don't meet your grand political ideals. It's a backhand K9dergarten is what it is.

Now of course Johnny has done his homework. His dentist is upstairs from K9dergarten and he stopped in one afternoon before the first vote after seeing all the Symes Symes Symes window signs and went to those behind the counter. He asked if K9dergarten was all in or fully committed to Symes or if they just had a fundraiser there as she's a client and the signs were still up. Suppose, Johnny asked, what if (and honestly he picked a name out of the sky and) had a Jake Hudnut sign and wanted to put that in the window if that would be OK. Someone went in the back for a couple minutes and came back and said no.

Johnny left quite perplexed. Were they really being this obtuse and dismissive of the thousands of Ward E dog owners who voted for someone else?

Turns out, yes. Johnny went back in after the first vote gave Ward E a runoff between Symes and James Solomon. "Are you guys sure you want to only support just one candidate and can you even see why dog owners of someone who liked Grillo or Solomon or the aforementioned Hudnut wouldn't be a bit bothered?" The best Johnny got from the boss that day was "she's a client."

Did Krispy Kreme endorse anyone? Barcade? The Little Sandwich Shop? Skinner's Loft? No. Know why? They understand not sticking a finger in some of your customers eyes by being so needlessly political (and it's not even that political it's, 'she's a client' which means anyone who takes their dog their can expect a political endorsement) is a smart idea.

Vaya Con Dios K9dergarten, you're not bad people, you just need to understand this act of shooting yourselves in the foot was a bad idea and so unnecessary.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Late night open thread

Good to see Pedd State is so toxic still.

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Nine years in Jersey City!

Johnny posted this to Twitter yesterday but wanted to remind our exclusive blog readers that it was nine short years yesterday that Johnny moved to Jersey City and he's still here.

Of course he complains about it, he wants it to succeed. If he didn't care there'd be a New York City Desk or, LOL, a Hoboken City Desk.

Here's to nine more!

Giants football Gameday!

Yeeeeaaaaah, that was Thursday, they lost. They do remain third in the NFL Draft Watch® behind Cleveland (In Cincinnati today so a wee shot at a win) and San Fran is playing the Seahawks to an even slimmer chance to win we'd guess. If chalk holds into next weekend the Browns schedule gets much HARDER, for even them. Nobody ever accuses the Brownies of tanking, they're just that bad.

Hopefully the Giants can sit around, watch some Red Zone today and plan out their next few losses.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Late night open thread

The Saturday Night Scoreboard Show -- We love breaking bad news

Auburn 26
Alabama 14
Forget Nick Saban lost to Auburn for the 4th time, enjoy this one because it made it almost impossible for Ohio State to make the playoff

Ohio State 31
Michigan 20
The biggest problem for the Buckeyes was a phantom "cameraman" who hurt Bucks QB J.T. Barrett. Yet one more reason to leave OSU at home, hurt star QB, the Dennis Franklin rule comes back to bite Ohio State all these years later

Stony Brook 59
Lehigh 29
A Patriot conference winning season comes crashing down at 5-7 for Lehigh

Furman 28
Elon 27
Furman scored 7 points in the 4th quarter and Elon scored 6. You do the math

Michigan State 40
Rutgers 7
Sparty flips it by turning around an awful 3-9 2016 into a 9-3 2017 and most likely goes somewhere warm on New Year's Day

Florida State 38
Florida 22
And the Gators are Florida's worst team for those scoring at home

Wisconsin 31
Minnesota 0
Ok Bucky, the stage is all yours, do something with it

Oregon 69
Oregon State 10
If Johnny were a Beavers fan in Oregon he'd be hiding all his Beaver-wear for the next year

Clemson 34
South Carolina 10
Cock-slapping fun for the Tigers in Columbia tonight

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
San Jose St. 20
Wyoming 17
Sometimes the Game of the Week isn't all about winning titles, it's about winning those big close games that break 10 game losing streaks. DeJon Packer got power up and ran it in from 44 yards out with just over 2 minutes to play for San Jose St. and thus DeJon Packer may loot and pillage the greater San Jose are for the next 24 hours

Rutgers football Gameday!

Last call in Piscataway today for the Rutgers 2017 season. Michigan State (And Johnny) will make up the opposition today but before we dig into today's particulars, how did RU really do this season?

The Scarlet Knights under Chris Ash sit at 4-7. After a miserable and truly pathetic 2-10 season a year ago they have doubled their win total but is this a truly 'feel good' about the two game improvement we're really going places or just a tiny bit better? Our answer is, and you'll hate us for punting, but we won't know if it's real improvement until next year. For every good 14-12 win at Purdue there was a 16-13 loss to Eastern Michigan at home. For every good win vs Maryland and Illinois there were still outright drubbings by Ohio State and INDIANA. For a few weeks they can run then the well runs dry. For a couple games the passing game looks passable then, dumptown. With the next recruiting class in it will take until this time next year to see if RU is going to press for bowl eligibility in their last two games of if god forbid they backslide. We'll say this, they competed well in the B1G this year, certainly better than predicted.

Every two years Sparty comes to town and every two years Johnny and Mrs. Johnny take on the hell that is NJ Transit who dumped an entire train of MSU & Rutgers fans in Rahway in 2015 after assuring them all (about 20 fans) that train that left Newark was going to New Brunswick. An Uber ride with RU fans met on the train saved the day and kickoff. 15 yard penalty on NJ Transit for targeting the wrong stop.  last time a wobbly #4 Spartan team and in on a Saturday night and RU gave them all they could stand and only walked out victorious after RU QB Chris Laviano spiked the ball on 4th down denying the Scarlet Knights a chance at a hail mary. The key that night was RU stopped the Spartan running attack.

They'll badly need to do that again today. MSU had become quite the passing team as the year has gone on, leaving that 'pound green pound' persona gained over the last few seasons of success with Javon Ringer, Le'Veon Bell & the LJ Scott battering ram of two years ago, not the chronic fumbler of this year. Last week vs Maryland however the old ground attack was back with a vengeance and with Sparty being of single mind today, "Flip it" (Meaning 3-9 last year to a possible 9-3 this year) they'd love nothing more than to dull this one down and unleash Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes again and again and again on a Rutgers defense that struggles mightily against the run. However if RU can slow the Spartan ground game, Chris Lewerke has plenty of targets to throw to. Felton Davis III should be on a lot of all-Big Ten teams with is 45 receptions for 586 yard and 8 of Lewerke's 16 TD passes. He's a big target who catches well and well in traffic.

Rutgers best advantage is one they'll have to make themselves, sow doubt in MSU's mind. If Sparty loses today this whole feel-good season or redemption and turn around somewhat ends as a buffed turd. Losing to a team with Rutgers record and not completing their 'flip' and suddenly the shine comes off 2017. As Dom DeLuise said in History of the World Part I, "Nice....not thrilling....but nice." There was a great article on it written in the Lansing State Journal. This game means a LOT to Michigan Sate, if RU can drag them into the deep water of the 4th quarter, like 2015, anything can happen.

Offensively, well, ugh. Johnny thought there was a good chance for RU last weekend before last place Indiana handed the Scarlet Knights their lunch 41-0. Has the RU offense checked out? Are they capable of running the ball against an awful tough team to run against? Are they willing to simply air it out today against a defense that brings pressure but puts corners and safeties in one on one coverage? DING DING DING! RU has to throw and throw well. Look, nothing to lose but everything to gain. Option passes, reverse passes, going for it on 4th down, throw caution to the wind and that does go to the idea of RU causing MSU some doubt. Sure that kind of gameplan can backfire but standing toe-to-toe with MSU in the trenches is a losing plan.

Like we said, last call on the Rutgers season. While RU might enjoy a night vodka tonic or Manhattan before they go, we kind of have a feeling tonight it'll be Boone's Farm wine.

Fearless Forecast
Michigan State 31
Rutgers 20

Friday, November 24, 2017

Late night open thread

Can't wait for the Rutgers football thread tomorrow, Sparty's in town...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE DRAMATICS!

Ahhh, starting things off tonight with some of that great sounding and always welcome Stax/Volt record label music that signifies quality. Let's step off the show tonight with The Dramatics and their classic 'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE YARDBIRDS!

The 'Shapes of Things' you ask? Well, Jimmy Page is pretty fucking good and you Jersey City Desk music fan, well you get to hear it again for free right now.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with AL STEWART!

Hey now, how is this possible? This is the very first time we're featured Mr. Al Stewart on the Music Series. 'Year of the Cat' would be a good one to run with but we're going to choose another great track by Al (Can Johnny call you Al?). 'On the Border' features castanets, something, if done correctly, can add to a song. Problem is, besides this one and Elton John's 'Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding' there aren't a lot of chances to hear them. Johnny's ready to learn of you have other songs with them so prevalent in the comments section, love to her from you on this.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Late night open thread

Hope everyone's turkey was tender and family visits were good.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope Turkey Claus was good to everyone. Have yourselves a wonderful day and remember, the dump in Stockbridge Massachusetts is closed today.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Late night open thread

Everyone off to bed or Turkey Claus won't come and we'll all starve tomorrow!

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

A great day in the American experience, the day before the turkey. Traveling, catching up with friends who are also back in town, movies, bars or just hanging at home with family.

If you are traveling today we wish you a safe trip and please don't forget the people train don't run out of Wichita, people train runs out of Ssstubville...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Late night open thread

Would have been nice to have time to post a proper story tonight but since Comcast decided to puke and give zero information as to why all our munniez can't keep their services on, it's just too late as Johnny gets up around 4:15am. Kind of a flippant attitude once again. Comcast gonna Comcast.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Late night open thread

Every year Gordon insists on deep frying a turkey and every year the insurance buys us a new garage.

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We're gonna get her a nice fruit basket

Johnny's favorite Jersey City spokeswoman, Jennifer Morrill is leaving Jersey City to become the unnecessarily combative and overly dramatic spokeswoman at Care Point Health. She served Mayor Healy vs Steve Fulop and Mayor Fulop vs Jerramiah Healy.

You can't get much more spokesperson than that. More on her storied career in Jersey City here.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Late night open thread

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
 -- Winston Churchill

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Giants football Gameday!

Would you look at that, it's Sunday and so a Giants game is at our throats again. Unlike a bad college season which ends for 95% of college teams next weekend, the Giants shall plod on into the holidays.

The Kansas City Chiefs roll into the New Meadowlands this afternoon for a windy and cold November matchup, red vs Big Blue. On paper this looks like a wipeout, the Chiefs are 6-3 and the Giants took a huge step to challenge the Browns for the #1 overall draft pick when they laid a deep dish pizza in San Francisco last Sunday.

But that wind out there, 40 mph, 50 mph, the G-Men see this often, the Kansas Cities, not so much. How many times in history have the Giants been able to turn a really windy day into scoreboard gold? So, passing will suck equally, let's see who can run the ball. Toledo Rocket rookie Kareem Hunt started like a house afire for KC but has found the sledding much tougher over the last month. He hasn't had a 100 yard game since mid-October and hasn't scored a TD since late September. SO, can the Giants keep him bottled up, thus giving them a shot at a useless win?

No. The Giants are 30th in the NFL against the run. We'd expect the KC offensive line right now to be chomping at the bit to get out and get run blocking. Kansas City however isn't much better coming in at #29 against the run. That'd be great but the Chiefs have what you;d actually call a real running attack whereas that went out the window for the Giants in like week 2.

Is there anything in the passing numbers, something so lopsided that even the weather might not stop it? Not really, the Chiefs are 8th in the league in passing yards and for context ahead of teams like Detroit, and Atlanta. The Giants, they can't run well and can't pass consistently hitting the team passing list at #22.

Everything seems to tip in Kansas City's favor today. All the stats line up for a Chiefs win, we're seeing piss-poor effort from some of the G-Men and the Chiefs are far more likely to be the team with a 100 yard rushing day.

Still, that wind...

Fearless Forecast
Kansas Windy Chiefs 22
New Windy Giants 17

Draft Watch®
Huge loss by the G-Men last week. Well timed and to the right team, the one ahead of them in the draft order. They need to keep up that "lolligag the ball around the infield" attitude with KC. The Browns are at home today against the on-the-rise Jacksonville Jaguars. The one thing that could help the Browns win today is the Jags are the #1 overall rushing team BUT, and are you sitting down? The Brownies are #6 vs the rush in the NFL.

1) Cleveland 0-9
2) NY Giants 1-8
3) San Francisco 1-9
4) Indianapolis 3-7
5) Cincinnati 3-6

For those of you looking ahead and wondering now whom might be available and who is projected to come to the Giants here are a couple draft prediction sites. Walter Football & CBS Sports.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Late night open thread

The only Saturday Night Scoreboard Show you'll still respect in the morning.

Wisconsin 24
Michigan 10
Wisconsin claims the all important 'Weasel-Family' trophy this year

Montana State 31
Montana 23
In case you're in Montana and need to choose sides real quick

Alabama 56
Mercer 0
Ah, homecoming in the SEC the week before the last league game when almost everyone gobbles an early turkey dinner

Lehigh 38
Lafayette 31
Lehigh goes back-to-back in the Patriot League and have won an automatic bid to the playoffs 5-6 overall record be damned. This is the longest running college football rivalry with today being game #153.

Michigan State 17
Maryland 7
When people ask you what happened here, tell them winter came for House Terrapin's bowl hopes
Oklahoma 41
Kansas 3
About the only good thing you can say about Baker Mayfield's behavior today is at least he didn't steal anything in China

Florida State 77
Delaware State 6
Still not going to a bowl game, no matter how badly you beat down 1-AA teams

Toledo 66
Bowling Green 37
Why is the town called Bowling Green but their main color is orange?

Coastal Carolina 13
Idaho 7
Nothing here but the fact Coastal Carolina and Idaho are in the same league

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Dartmouth 54
Princeton 44
Dartmouth scored 34, yes, 34 points in the fourth quarter, including a game winning TD with no time left (the other points at the end came on a fumbled mandatory kickoff) by Jared Gerbino, his fourth of the day to get power up and take the Big Green to 8-2. In Johnny's polling Dartmouth moves ahead of Miami FL in the four team playoff race. Jared Gerbino may now loot and pillage Hanover N.H. for the next 24 hours

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Rutgers football Gameday!

On the road for the last road game of the season in Bloomington Indiana today with a noon kickoff as the Scarlet Knights look DOWN at the Hoosiers in the B1G East standings.

What's that? There are TWO teams below Rutgers in the B1G East right now? It's true, a very strong second half of the season shows RU ahead of both the Hoosiers and Maryland. A win today would assure the Scarlet Knights of no less than 5th in the loaded East. Who among you had RU coming in right behind the Murderer's Row of Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Pedd State? Maryland and Indiana, who are they?

OK, let's not get too cocky but it's fun to even jest about these matter this late into November.

Indiana comes into the game in last place at 1-6 in B1G conference play. Wait a second, it's around here somewhere...

So, Indiana comes into today in last place in B1G conference play as the offensive juggernaut of the last few seasons never materialized. Can Rutgers keep it good and hibernated for another week?

That's why Johnny's writes these things.

First off, records aside, Johnny thinks this one will be close. Rutgers gives about about as many points as IU averages. The Hoosier defense gives up a tad more scoring than Rutgers. So our key to success? The same way they beat Illinois and Purdue, KISS, Keep.It.Simple.Stupid. Run the ball. RU averages around 166 yards a game on terra firma and will most likely need something close today. At Michigan State the mantra when the ground game is going well is, "Pound Green Pound" and if RU can get a "Pound Red Pound" today and control the clock they'll at least be in the game with better than a 50/50 chance to win. Indiana gives up a stingy 150+ on the ground so effort and lack of holding or false start penalties will be needed. Johnny's actual game key today for the Scarlet Knights is penalties. Composure on the road for a young growing team is vital.

If there ever was a time for Chris Ash to play the 'no respect' card it is today. Huddled away in a dump of a locker room in Bloomington Ash can point out despite being two games ahead of IU in the standings they are 10.5 point underdogs. The ESPN Matchup Predictor has IU at 76% likely to win today. Win today, and hope for the best vs Sparty next week in Piscataway and this season, this expected moribund season could end at 6-6. Could, might, maybe. All those words start today.

Fearless Forecast
Rutgers 30
Indiana 25

Late night open thread

Too soon?

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

Johnny has always loved this song as it was always a reach back to The Clash and The Sex Pistols and The Ramones with that fast three chord power song about not giving a fuck. As the studios and radios were bringing New Wave to the masses this Joan Jett rocker always made Johnny happy.

'Bad Reputation' kicking things off right tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with NEKO CASE!

Johnny has spent the better part of his musical adult life hearing about how Jim Morrison is considered a well thought of poet. Books have been written about said. Johnny has no reason to quibble, he loves The Doors and has almost all their music and does indeed think Jimmeh wrote at a level many simply can't.

So what does that make Neko Case? Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll Alt or otherwise? This woman writes songs on a plane almost unheard of and when you set it to her multi-layered musical vision there are few who can match this level of music making. Enjoy the show.

'Prison Girls' from the Middle Cyclone album, a staple in any proper music libarry.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE FARM!

Tonight in that 33rpm getting you on your way to the clubs and parties and couches in and around Jersey City, it's The Farm and 'Groovy Train' which is not run by NJ Transit.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Late night open thread

It was 40 years go today that Saturday Night Fever burst onto the scene bringing with it disco, three piece suits and light up dance floors. Know this, Johnny was a real punk, not of the space variety yet and had very little time for the scourge of disco music. But if nothing else this blog is a celebration of music and even if it's not his style that movie and soundtrack were giant in the culture at the time and since, plus Mrs. Johnny loves it. For the first and last tie here, it's The Bee Gees and 'Stayin' Alive' of which the original chorus in those high pitched voices was to be "New York, New Yooooork"

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Johnny working on his Yoda this morning...

When you speak of Johnny, do speak well; The failed EV parking program that encompasses the block between Marin & Provost on First St. has now turned most of those EV spots over to actual parking people actually use. With the parking crunch downtown from all the construction, residents have been forced into 'streets away from home parking.' It made no good sense to take an entire block of prime city parking, you know, the kind that pays the city back with permits and fines, and turn it over as part of Shuster's abatement "giveback" for the Art House and Jokeman. Johnny railed on this ridiculous plan from the hop. He did his research on how many EV's were sold in Hudson and Essex counties that might just need to come park on a one block section of First St. in downtown Jersey City, and not all that easy to get to. Just about the only cars seen charging were owned by Maven, the company that partnered with General Motors on the chargers. Johnny wondered that almost every time he sent his research to the city and showed how poor the plan was he'd see Maven cars charging over the next couple days. This idea comes straight from the playbook that if a McDonalds isn't selling enough cheeseburgers at a location Ronald McDonald comes in and buys 100 to get the numbers up.

Time and time again Johnny posted pictures and showed councilwoman Candice Osborne as well as Rolando Lavarro, council president, of an empty street that could certainly be used. Since this wasn't any kind of 'We'll do this for one year and see how it goes program' rather than just a bad idea for an abatement give back we're going to go ahead and say the squeaky wheel gets the grease and Jersey City gets some badly needed parking back.

The UCLA basketball team can thank Johnny now.

Late night open thread

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
 -- Mitch Hedberg

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Somebody help a Johnny out

Johnny is all about these painted black and white cats and kitteh paws everywhere but can someone help out if you know and help Johnny know what it's all about Alfie?

Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Late night open thread

Pizza's here!

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In other news, water is wet

The Jersey Journal is reporting if new Governor-elect Phil Murphy makes recreational marijuana legal, the price will come come down. See, see, now everyone who's ever bought a dime bag in their life figured this out in college. We kid because we love and there is more to the article than pointing out the obvious. Take a few minutes of time to get your learn on as to how the legalization process might well play out.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Late night open thread

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Happy 90th birthday to the Holland Tunnel

The first vehicle crossing was 90 years ago today so happy birthday to an integral part of our lives whether we drive or bus through it or not. Such a rich history as you'd expect. This link will take you to the Jersey Journal story with some cool Holland Tunnel facts and this link will take you to the official report archives of the great south tunnel fire in May 13, 1949 chemical truck fire that cost several lives courtesy of the Hoboken Historical Museum. The WIkipedia post on the fire goes into some more detail. Originally the tunnel was called either the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel or the Canal Street Tunnel depending on which side of the river you lived on.

Happy Birthday to a tunnel, it's well deserved.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Late night pen thread

Don't despair Giants fans, it sucks here, now, today but take it from a Browns fan, come Draft Day, it'll all be worth it.

One of us.
One of us.
One of us.

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Giants football Gameday!

Look, theres only one reason this game matters, draft picks. We're not going to go into any depth about the Giants needing to establish a run against today's opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, we don't care about how bad the Niners pass defense matches up with Big Blue tight ends and wideouts, so lets just skip down to the draft watch, THAT is why we're here today.

Draft Watch®
1) San Francisco 49ers (0-9)
2) Cleveland Browns (0-8)
3) New York Giants (1-7)
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
5) Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

You can clearly see why today's game is so important. Should the Giants LOSE to San Fran, they'd slide into the #2 slot behind Cleveland. The Browns are in Detroit today and will more than likely be 'turkey-holed' to death by Matthew Stafford at Ford Field. Another point in a Giants loss, the Giants would have to win another game for San Fran to slide back in front (if you will). A loss gives the Giants the tiebreaker with the Niners. Indy hosts the Stoolers today so we'd be willing to bet the Colts go to 3-7. The Jets, just off this list, are in Tampa today. That game could go either way so do keep an eye on it.