December 17th, 2006


Music Meme

EDIT: Answers posted and comments below are now unscreened.

Okay, FINE. I'll do the music meme.

Here are lyrics from 25 songs that I got quasi-pseudo-randomly from my music collection. The quoted lyrics are always the first ones of the song that don't give away the title. Guess the artist and the song. Comments screened; Google is cheating. Any artist that did the song counts as full credit.

No duplicate artists here. Punctuation may or may not have been changed. And, if it helps somehow, much of my music collection is full albums.

1. My lips are shaking my nails are bit off. Been a month since I've heard myself talk.
2. I walked down the hall into your room where I could smell you, and I shouldn't be here without permission
3. Woke up quick at about noon, just thought that I had to be in Compton soon
4. As I got hit by a car there was a message for me
5. Mama, take this badge from me. I can't use it anymore.
6. I don't feel as if I know you. You take up all my time. The days are long and the night will throw you away 'cause the sun don't shine.
7. It was a cold night and the snow lay low. I pulled my coat tight against the falling down.
8. It's quiet now, and what it brings is everything. Comes calling back a brilliant night; I'm still awake.
9. Summer stretching on the grass, summer dresses pass. In the shade of a willow tree creeps a crawling over me.
10. I heard there was a secret chord.
11. Twenty-five years and my life is still trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination.
12. Mama, they try and break me. The window burns to light the way back home.
13. Into the distance, a ribbon of black stretched to the point of no turning back.
14. Perhaps I am a miscreation, No one knows the truth, There is no future here.
15. One dream, one soul, one prize, One goal.
16. Speak to me in a language I can hear. Humour me before I have to go.
17. Message to all my friends: I've fallen down again. Please send help; please send your horses and your men.
18. Want to keep your dream alive? Can I keep it with mine?
19. The skys were pure and the fields were green, and the sun was brighter than it's ever been. When I grew up with my best friend Kenny, we were close as any brothers that you ever knew.
20. Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade, says something like, "You and me babe, how about it?"
21. "Bah, humbug!" No, that's too strong, 'cause it is my favorite holiday.
22. Sometimes I feel like I am drunk behind the wheel, the wheel of possibility, however it may roll.
23. I know that I should think about giving, and think about helping out, and think about, think about living. But I can't seem to rescue myself.
24. There's travel in your future when your toungue freezes to the back of a speeding bus.
25. Just before our love got lost, you said I am as constant as a northern star.

Football geekery

Eagles' complete playoff scenarios, as best as I can figure them:

If the Eagles beat the Falcons in Week 17, they clinch a playoff berth.

If they do this after beating Dallas in Week 16, that playoff berth is the division title. We probably can't get a bye (it would require the Saints losing to NYG and CAR, and Seattle losing to SD or ARZ), so if we win the division title, we'll probably be hosting a wild card game, probably against Dallas, but perhaps also against the Giants or one of several other teams that have a chance to sneak in.

If they beat the Falcons after losing to the Cowboys, it's a wild-card berth, not the division. The wild card game would almost definitely be in Dallas or Seattle. (In other words, if the Eagles win in week 17, there's a decent chance that they'll be playing a rematch of the Dallas game in the first week of the playoffs, with the winner of the Week 16 game being the home team.)

If the Eagles beat Dallas but lose to the Falcons, I'm almost certain we still clinch a playoff spot. We'd have to root hard for Dallas to get beat by the Lions in week 17, in which case we still win the division. But I'm pretty sure that the worst case scenario at that point is still the 6th seed and going to Dallas for a playoff game, with the Falcons taking the 5th seed and the Giants missing the playoffs. On second look, I think this is wrong. If the Eagles beat Dallas but lose to the Falcons, we can still miss the playoffs. We need NYG to lose to NO, or NYG to lose to WAS, or ATL to lose to CAR to get a wild card, or DAL to lose to DET to still win the division. Otherwise, we can beat Dallas but still miss the playoffs.

Can the Eagles lose both remaining games and still make the playoffs? I think so! If the Giants lose their last two games and finish 7-9, and the Eagles finish 8-8, then there's a huge logjam for the NFC wild card, but I think the Falcons and Eagles get in. (I don't feel like doing the math on a 4- or 5- or 6-team tiebreaker now, though, so this is just a guess.) It's possible that the math would show the Eagles getting in even over the Giants, but that would be a stroke of bad luck for the Giants, since they win any head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles if the teams end up tied 8-8.

EDIT: And as long as I'm here, let's do Pro Bowl predictions. I think the Birds will get 3 in: Brian Westbrook, William Thomas, and Lito Sheppard. Just missing the cut (or perhaps making the alternate list) are Jon Runyan, Shawn Andrews, and Brian Dawkins.

EDIT EDIT: Aw, crap, I screwed up again. I missed this tiebreaker rule for a multi-team wild-card tiebreaking scenario: 1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division. This means that I was right the first time with the stricken text above, and the Eagles make the playoffs if they win either remaining game. Couldn't be simpler. Go Birds!