Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!

I'm caught in a rabbit hole of 30 for 30 AV Club recaps, and will probably be posting more. Via Winning Time, which, along with the Bo Jackson and Marcus Dupree episodes, is a personal favorite from the series:
The funny thing about those two epic playoff battles between the Knicks and the Pacers in ’94 and ’95 is that neither team went on to win the NBA Finals. And yet, as fans, what do we remember? We remember this.
You can watch the whole thing here:

Hanks for the Memories

I'm caught in a rabbit hole of 30 for 30 AV Club recaps, and will probably be posting more. Via The Guru of Go:
Loyola-Marymount beat Michigan in the second round of the 1990 tournament by a score of 149-115. Tonight I watched Butler beat Michigan St. in a Final Four game 52-50. Different times.

ZING!

I'm caught in a rabbit hole of 30 for 30 AV Club recaps, and will probably be posting more. Via the June 17, 1994 one:
If I see historical footage of the Knicks in the playoffs, I have a foolproof way of remembering whether they won a title that year or not. If Patrick Ewing is in the footage, I know they didn’t.

Good Point

I'm caught in a rabbit hole of 30 for 30 AV Club recaps, and will probably be posting more. From the NC State one:
Game footage of the 7-foot, 4-inch Sampson is the most startling thing in the film. I’d forgotten how effortlessly dominating a player he was (when healthy). Guys that big and athletic shouldn’t be that graceful, too. It’s just not fair.
But of course you fans already knew that. 

Good Question.

Via HERE:
How has there not been a Friday Night Lights-style series about a high-school basketball team somewhere in Indiana or the blue-collar northeast?

This is a cow whose trip to Europe is, and I quote, off to a rough start.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

State du Moi

I realize that I am an unapologetic Beatles freak. But sometimes I feel like the end of Hey Jude is a gift to humanity. Bigger than The Beatles, bigger than us, bigger than god. - XMASTIME

Preznit Jeter

George W. Bush met Derek Jeter tonight before his final game in Texas:
Then, the Rangers brought out former Rangers owner George W. Bush, who later spent eight years in the White House, to present Jeter with a framed autographed photo of himself and Bush from the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
Bush's appearance with Jeter was one of the many, MANY highlights of the HBO classic Nine Innings from Ground Zero (sorry for the shitty video quality.)

Monday, July 28, 2014

WHOA

A few years ago I announced Silas Marner has the best opening chapter ever; today, I pass that honor along to Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground. Man. It's as if George Costanza wrote a novel.

These Kids Today

When I was a kid we played baseball in the summer, football in the fall, basketball in the winter and then basketball outside any day it wasn't raining, year-round. Not once did it occur to any of us to "specialize" in one sport in the name of getting a college scholarship, which is how it goes now:
... when I tell parents that their kid’s chance of scholarship money is less than 2 percent, they shake their heads in sympathy for the other 98 percent. 

I treated two teenage sisters who had career-ending knee injuries in the same year. Fifteen thousand dollars of their father’s annual income had been going to three different elite traveling softball teams. His goal was a college scholarship. Now their knees and chances at athletic scholarships were ruined. But $15,000 a year would have been a great D.I.Y. college fund.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Carl Yastrzemski Apparently Drunk Full-time Now


Xmastime Confessions

I'm not 100% sure I gave Winnie Cooper enough credit for being hot during her run in the Bartlet White House.

Xmastime Classixxx

This may still be my greatest moment of the last decade:
Today was just one of those days The Short Bus decided to make my life miserable: after the tortuous walk home, he barraged me with nary a second of peace, including standing next to me and repeatedly howling like a wolf. Just before I was about to snap and drag him to the closest bodega backroom to enter him in a cockfight, I finally got my revenge:

"Rats, what's this say?" (Pointing out a dinosaur from book)
"I dunno, I can't see."
"It's (sloooooooowly sounding out each letter with his finger) S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"I'm sorry, what's that?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"I missed that, say it again?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat
"Huh?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"I'm sorry, what?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
"I'm sorry, what's that?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"I missed that, say it again?"
"S.....T....E....O....N....Y.....C......H....O.....S....A...U........R.....U....S."
(Beat)
"What?"

HA!  A rare victory for Rats!!!!

John & Paul

The Atlantic writers debunk the myth of the lone genius, using John and Paul as it's best example:
For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets done. The attempts to pick apart the Lennon-McCartney partnership reveal just how misleading that myth can be, because John and Paul were so obviously more creative as a pair than as individuals, even if at times they appeared to work in opposition to each other. The lone-genius myth prevents us from grappling with a series of paradoxes about creative pairs: that distance doesn’t impede intimacy, and is often a crucial ingredient of it; that competition and collaboration are often entwined.
Of course years ago Slate had a long series on the same thing:
Though he lived another six years, John Lennon never took the stage for a major show again. His strange words have a peculiar and lasting echo. By then, Paul and John had been the most famous exes in the world for four years. But somehow, they were still "fiances"—prospective spouses. As much as had passed, the energy between them was always in front of them—always, somehow, in the future.

This is a cow wondering what the heck this thing in front of him is.


Please Let's See This!

Like the fantastic Muscle Shoals doc and the Funk Brothers of Standing in the Shadows of Motown before it, there's a Wrecking Crew doc waiting to happen.


I'm On Her Side


Dammit.

THIS GUY beat me to it.

Bruce!

I went to three nights of the Meadowlands run in 2003, but of course the 1999 15-shows were the rebirth of the E Street Band:
Inside the arena, before the show began, it was very emotional. Like waiting for an Ali-Frazier fight, the Super Bowl or the seventh game of the World Series. We had waited a long time, we finally had our Bruce and the E Street Band back!
It was such a big event that VH1 broadcast the first two songs live. As the lights went down, Bruce and the band came out one-by-one to a deafening ovation.
"Good evening New Jersey! We're going to bring it to you," Bruce said before beginning "My Love Will Not Let You Down."
And "bring it to you" was Bruce and the E Street Band did for 15 sold-out shows in East Rutherford that summer.

Announcement du Jour

Xmastime buddy The Girl Who's Walk On the Wild Side video has over 10 million views.

Meanwhile, my Kill Rock City classic video has 143.

In other words, I hate everybody.

MLB Hall of Fame Thoughts, IV

Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre each had exactly four 100-win seasons. No more, no less.

MLB Hall of Fame Thoughts, III

Of course I love Joe Torre as much as the next guy, and maybe he was the perfect beacon of calmness for an NY team, but I feel like Snoopy could've coached that team to a few World Series. And certainly Buck Showalter could've.

MLB Hall of Fame Thoughts, II

Even having watched their careers, Greg Maddox and Frank Thomas' career numbers are absolutely shocking.

MLB Hall of Fame Thoughts

If they ever make a movie about Greg Maddox, Rob Lowe would play him.

Bill Maher with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

I always hear that the moon landing was the last great thing America did. I think the last great thing it did was giving healthcare to thirty million people. - Bill Maher
He then went on to ask which was the "greater achievement." I'd say the two are different. Healthcare was accomplished just by enough people having the will to do it. Sign some things into law, bada-bing, bada-boom. But after we decided "let's go to the Moon!", someone had to figure out how to do it and then actually do it, which is insane. Two different things.