The End of The AD Hall

April 13, 2009


Thanks to everyone who has kept up with this blog over the past year, in either manifestation. I’ve decided it’s time to narrow the scope of what I cover every day as I just can’t keep up anymore with everything that’s going on. Between a full-time job, a part-time job, getting ready to move across the country, writing a newsletter and all the rest, I’m shutting down The AD Hall. That’s not to say that it won’t still exist. You can still check out the archived posts whenever and I’ll have a link to this site from my new space. But after this post, you can count on The AD Hall being down for good.

I’ve stayed within WordPress for my next adventure in blogging and can now be found at mao’s Football. Since The AD Hall was turning into a mostly-soccer blog anyway, I decided to dump the rest and focus just on soccer going forward.

Thanks again. We had well over 30,000 page views since we moved here to WordPress in July 2008 and over 650 posts. I hope everyone enjoyed it and if you are still into soccer, come check me out in my new space.


AD nauseum – NCAA’s First Two Rounds

March 23, 2009


This week’s podcast (or at least the first one of this week) deals with what happened in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament over the weekend and my thoughts and projections about what could happen in the games this coming weekend. I hope you’ll check it out and as always, leave whatever feedback you might have. This one is a lot shorter too, just 22 minutes, so it should actually be digestible.

AD nauseum – NCAA Tournament Edition

March 18, 2009

podcastWith the NCAA tournament starting officially tomorrow around noon, I wanted to get my thoughts out there in the ether for everyone to criticize. Just remember, when you’re laughing at all my picks, I’m the only person you know personally who is airing out every single pick for all to see (or I guess hear). With that said, I hope you’ll listen to my thoughts on the sixty-three NCAA games coming over the next few weeks. I mentioned at the end of the podcast that I’ll be running another one of these on each of the next two Mondays after the full weekends of games, so tune in for those. Otherwise, enjoy.


30,000 and Growing

March 16, 2009


Some time last night The AD Hall crossed over the 30,000 page views barrier. I don’t know who is reading our stuff out there but thanks to all who do. It’s great fun putting this all together and I hope people enjoy it as much as I do.


NCAA Tournament Pool

March 15, 2009


As the NCAA Tournament selection committee finalizes their seedings and selections for this year’s tournament, I hope you’ll think about joining the pool I’ve got set up with Yahoo Sports. So far there are 33 people involved and I’m expecting just about 40 before the games actually start on Thursday. But if that number could hit 50, that’d be fantastic. It’s completely free and only requires signing up for a Yahoo account if you don’t already have one. If you’d like to join, email me your email info and I’ll send you an invite. Let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, I look forward to destroying you with my picks.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports – NCAA Tourney Link

AD nauseum – Flying Solo

March 8, 2009

micSo I took my own advice and did a solo version of AD nauseum this evening. It’s not quite 30 minutes and yes, it’s just me talking. I cover a few things including today’s North Carolina-Duke basketball game, the World Baseball Classic, David Beckham and Terrell Owens. I hope this doesn’t remind you of ESPN at all. If it does, please let me know and I’ll immediately quit.

AD nauseum

March 7, 2009

Ok everyone, here’s some multi-media for you. I’m going to start doing AD nauseum podcasts twice per week. I’d like to do a conversation in at least one of those but then I’d like to do another one with just myself, though much shorter. What I want to do is have questions (or comments) sent up to the blog or to my email and then address those different points ‘on the air.’ So my request here is to give me some things to talk about for my first one. I’ll do it as soon as I get a few topics from everyone, maybe even as early as tomorrow.

So take the comment space below and give me a few things to address. They can be sports or not, though I’d generally prefer sports to be the center of the discussion.


AD nauseum – A Chat with Brad

March 5, 2009

micAfter the rousing success that was our podcast with Rusty earlier this week, we though it’d be prudent to take advantage of the ground swell of support for such endeavors by bringing you all another edition of AD nauseum. This time around we’ve got our good buddy Brad.

We spend some time chatting about Brad’s beloved Cubbies and their prospects for this year as well as his impending departure for five to six months of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Several moments were devoted to the political scene in Washington DC and we finished off with a few thoughts on Rush Limbaugh. Hope you’ll enjoy our chat. It’ll be the last for Brad for quite some time, so please, cherish his voice.

As for AD nauseum, if you’d like to come on the podcast, let me know and we can set it up.

The Rustonian Podcast – AD nauseum

March 4, 2009

micWe’re back with another edition of the AD Hall podcast. I’ve got to come up with a better name for it, so if you have any suggestions, let me know. Also I need to come up with a better introduction section. Each time I remember much later in the conversation that everyone else doesn’t know these guys as well as I do and might want some background info.

Update – Thankfully Rusty has rescued the unnamed podcasts for this blog from their anonymity, or at least their lack of a good name, and provided one seen above – AD nauseum. Perfect.

All that said, this was a great conversation with Rusty about sports and their impact in New Orleans, some politics centered around Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, NFL football and free agency in general, the merits and intrigue that is poker and we almost start up on baseball. You’ll have to excuse two major screw ups with the audio, once at around the 17 minute mark and the other at the end, where Rusty’s connection died.

Anyway, it’s an hour and twenty-four minutes of back-and-forth chatting. Enjoy.

Philip’s Domination

February 23, 2009

dead mao

Last time you all saw Mao in triumph after my beatdown of Philip Oliver in our head-to-head Premiership predictions. Well you can guess how I did this week based on the view on this post. Let’s break it down:

Update: Tottenham did defeat Hull City today 2-1 at the KC Stadium. Thus, Philip tacks on three more points and I, miserably, get nothing.

mao – Man United, Fulham
Philip – Chelsea, Man United, Draw (Boro-Wigan), Fulham, Draw (Liverpool-Man City), Tottenham

mao – Villa, Arsenal, Wigan, West Ham, Stoke, Liverpool, Everton, Hull City
Philip – Everton, Stoke, West Ham, Arsena

The way I score myself is that I take three points for a correct pick, one point if a match ended in a draw and zero for a completely incorrect pick. In that scale the score this week was:

mao – 11
Philip – 21

In a straight up and down scoring:

mao – 6
Philip – 18

The Return of Podcasts

February 23, 2009

micAfter many moons of not hearing my voice on here, I’m happy to bring back The AD Hall’s podcasting. This is the first of what I hope will be a much more frequent occurrence as I really enjoy doing them and I think it’s cool to add something a little more multi media to the blog.

So, here’s me and Prizz chatting about Atlanta sports, the Premiership and Mister Lady jeans. We cover a pretty wide range of topics and yes, it goes on for about an hour. So bear with us as we slowly make these a little more concrete and enjoy the chatter. And if you have any interest in being on the podcast, let me know. It’s super easy and pretty fun.


The Procrastinator – February 13

February 12, 2009


Welcome back to The Procrastinator, our fortnightly newsletter aimed at giving you something useful to read while wasting your time at work. This week we’ve got eight articles from five authors on an array of subjects and with a focus on sports, for once.

As always, you can check out the link below for a .pdf version of the newsletter or you can check out our new online archive at The Procrastinator Online.

The Procrastinator – February 13

Thanks for reading. We hope it makes you think.


EPL Breakdown – mao v. Philip

February 9, 2009

The signs clearly read, mao - 23 v. Philip - 16

It turns out this was a bad week for Philip Oliver to pick against me as I equaled my best week of this season. Here’s how it came out in the end:

mao – Man City, Everton, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Liverpool, Man United
Philip – Man City, Everton, Sunderland, Liverpool, Draw (Spurs-Arsenal)

mao – Chelsea, Wigan, Tottenham
Philip – Draw (Blackburn-Villa), Chelsea, West Brom, Wigan, West Ham

The way I score myself is that I take three points for a correct pick, one point if a match ended in a draw and zero for a completely incorrect pick. In that scale the score this week was:

mao – 23
Philip – 16

In a straight up and down scoring:

mao – 21
Philip 15

$5 Says This Works Out Well

February 4, 2009

Ok, so gambling isn’t really that simple. But the point is, I’m about to introduce a new segment to this blog on Friday. Starting with this weekend’s English Premier League matches, I’ll be able to compare my predictions with that of my new guest-columnist, Philip Oliver. Philip is a football writer in England whose work with helps the gambling addicted community of the United Kingdom have a better chance at beating the odds.

For the rest of this season, and possibly for the Champions League too (if I can swing it), you’ll be able to see an American layman’s predictions (mine) in direct comparison with and English sports writer’s predictions (Philip’s). You’d think he would have the immediate advantage, and perhaps he does. But maybe, just maybe, my less-than-fully informed thoughts will rule the day.

Here is a link to some of Philip’s writing including columns about cricket (about which he is an expert) as well as soccer, boxing and snooker (if you haven’t spent any time in the UK, you have no idea how big snooker is).

I’m really looking forward to seeing what he has to say and I think it’ll be a really cool addition to the blog. Keep an eye out for the first set of predictions on Friday and let me know what you think either now, then or whenever you like.

The Procrastinator – January 30

January 30, 2009


So, it’s time for another edition of The Procrastinator newsletter, our bi-weekly attempt to write something coherent and interesting. This time around you’ll find mostly politics and some thoughts about the inauguration that happened just a few days ago.

For a web view, check out our newest feature, The Procrastinator Online.

The Procrastinator – January 30

Thanks for checking us out, as always, and enjoy the weekend and the Super Bowl.