Saturday, March 18, 2006
Simon says it'll be Daughtry, GreyGuy and Pickler. I'm predicting Daughtry, Paris Bennett and Katharine McPhee, because I just don't think America appreciates Mandisa as much as this household does.
Bradley Braves vs. Pittsburgh Panthers: How can a mere jungle cat face courage and guts itself? Easy: with big sharp teeth. Pittsburgh
UConn Huskies vs. Kentucky Wildcats: The chunky lads may need something roomy to wear to their bar mitzvahs, but their opponents are, after all, just pussies. UConn
UNC Tarheels vs. George Mason Patriots: These "Pats" will quickly find themselves in a stickier mess than Washington's army at the Battle of Long Island. UNC
Texas Longhorns vs. NC State Wolfpack: The wolves will lick/their wound tonight/(clap clap)/They got gored by Texas. Texas
Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Georgetown Hoyas: Hoya sounds like something my Uncle Irv would say after eating too much at the seder. But, then again, a buck doesn't get you far these days. Georgetown
Villanova Wildcats vs. Arizona Wildcats: In a feline vs. feline fight, I, um, flip a coin. Arizona
WV Mountaineers vs. NW State Demons: The only place darker, smokier and more damned than a Appalachian coal mine is hell! NW State
Memphis Tigers vs. Bucknell Bison: They're on the way to/ex-tinc-ti-on/we only know the Tigers wi-i-i-in. Memphis
But still, 28-4? Wow. Here's his call on Saturday's octet:
Duke Blue Devils vs. George Washington Colonials: See you and your tricorn hats in hell! Duke
Florida Gators vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers: Watch out for dinosaurs, because the age of the reptiles is returning. Florida
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Wichita State Shockers: These volunteers will be taking more voltage than Ethel Rosenberg, but with less treason. Wichita State
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Washington Huskies: Sorry, puppies, this is no rolled up newspaper on your nose. It's a tomahawk. Illinois
LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies: While they may be talented in the ways of animal husbandry, these grangers are not prepared for the law of the jungle. LSU
UCLA Bruins vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: So long as the bears stay away from the tainted shellfish and stick to eating rebels, they'll be fine. UCLA
BC Eagles vs. Montana Grizzlies: Two of America's most majestic wild animals meet, tear each other to pieces, and prove once again the supremacy of fur over feathers. Montana
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Indiana Hoosiers: Oh no, his muzzle came off. Whose yer plastic surgeon? Gonzaga
Friday, March 17, 2006
- The Surreal Life 2--For a 10-minute sequence in which cast member Ron Jeremy throws a "pool party" filed with (pixellated) naked people.
- The Blues: Godfathers and Sons--For use of the "F-word" and the "S-word." The "F-Word" and "S-Word" are both deemed "presumptively profane."
- NYPD Blue--Though certain words were inappropriate, "dick" and "dickhead" are not presumptively offensive.
- Alias for what appears to be one of the sex scenes between Syd and Vaughn.
- Will and Grace for Karen adjusting Grace's bosom.
- Two and a Half Men for a comic scene in which Charlie Sheen gets a hernia exam.
- Oprah for the "tossed salad" discussion.
- A political ad opposing a judge's election on the basis that he released a rapist, containing references to rape and sodomy.
- The Amazing Race 6 for a briefly visible F*** COPS written on the side of a bus in a foreign country.
- "Hell," "damn," "bitch," "pissed off," "up yours," and various uses of the word "ass."
- 8 Simple Rules for a reference to a pet as being "hamsterbating."
- Randy Moss pretending to moon someone.
1. Didn't The Constant Gardener handle a similar question ("What does one do when one can't trust their own nation any more?") with far more aplomb and come to a far more sensible answer?
2. As much as the final explosion of the movie is the "money shot," I understand why it's there, but isn't it a far more powerful message for the character NOT to pull the lever? (trying to keep the spoilage down)
A potential subject for discussion--the movie's gotten a lot of press for having a "terrorist" as a hero. Ultimately, who is the hero of this film?
And all this is, of course, just a prelude to the uh oh the pipe got fixed does your tattoo have a solution for that contingency, Michael? episode on Monday night, to be followed directly by the arrival at CTU of Homeland Security and subsequent hijinks following the Redemption of Lynn McGill episode of 24. I think I'll call it Raise Your Pulse Mondays on Fox.
Henry Winkler in "Happy Days"Anyone care to add to the list?
Henry Winkler, who played the iconic greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonazarelli was 29 when "Happy Days" first aired in 1974. Fonzie was said to be a high school drop out, so his age was never clear, but a decent guess is somewhere between 18 and 19 in those early seasons.
Alan Ruck in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Cameron Frye, the uptight best friend of Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller was in his senior year of high school, but Alan Ruck, the actor who played him, was 30 years old when the duo ditched a day of school.
Gabrielle Carteris in "Beverly Hills, 90210"
Andrea Zuckerman-Vasquez was the editor of the high school newspaper, anxious grade grubber and madly in love with Brandon Walsh. The actress Gabrielle Carteris was 29 when the show first aired.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
One nominee that made me smile, in the category of "best profile", was "The Crossing", Alec Wilkinson's amazing piece on transoceanic scrap rafter Poppa Neutrino. Sadly, I can't find the piece online anywhere.
And, generally, I'm thrilled for all the nominations for The Atlantic Monthly, which just does stellar work, year after year.
What's your take on the nominations? Any fantastic things you read last year which were grievously passed over?
(One side note on magazines: it's hard to imagine more dissonance between an article's text and its accompanying images as the current Vanity Fair profile on Teri Hatcher. Just saying, is all.)
- Leslie Nielsen
- Tim Meadows
- Lance Bass
- Kathy Najimy
- Paige Davis
- Adrianne Curry
So, who ya got? Najimy has the most game show experience, I think, having been a frequent "celebrity helper" on shows like Pyramid, so I guess I'll go with her.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Seriously, turkey franks? Not bad. The rest, though?
Heenan asserted that defendants Comcast Spectator and Spectrum Arena Limited Partnership should have recognized the crowd would become unruly when the rock band's Philadelphia show was canceled, as roughly a month earlier, Guns N' Roses fans in Vancouver, British Columbia, had rioted when the band called off its show in that city. Heenan had also filed suit against the band and various tour and concert promotion companies, but those defendants were either dismissed or granted nonsuits. . . .
Heenan testified that the audience became unruly and aggressive after the show was canceled, according to the opinion. She said she saw food and drinks being thrown from the upper levels and that concertgoers were beginning to run toward the exits. According to the opinion, the only security Heenan said she saw at the time consisted of two yellow-jacketed employees standing near the exits. . . .
[Comcast Spectator vice president for security Michael] Hasson also testified that arena management was aware of a possible show cancellation as early as 7:45 p.m. on the night in question. In the next hour or so, he ordered removed from the arena various objects that might be thrown by angry members of the crowd, which had been able to purchase beer during the preceding hours. Hasson testified he also had additional security personnel brought in.
Hasson, who testified he knew about the Vancouver incident in November 2002, acknowledged on the stand that he anticipated the crowd would become disruptive after the cancellation was announced, Maier wrote.
Terence Gibbs, a security expert for Heenan, testified at trial that the security staff in place that night had not been properly trained, and that teams of security personnel should have been in position to respond when the cancellation announcement was made.
Hmmm . . . if you tell drunk G n'R fans that Axl's not showing up (because he was still in NYC watching a basketball game on tv), you should expect they might get angry. Even violent. Go figure.
First off: you still have time to join our NCAA Challenge group: ALOTT5MA.
Charlie's complete guide to Thursday/Friday action follows:
Duke Blue Devils vs. Southern Jaguars: These spotted cats will be singing the blues all the way to hell! Duke
GW Colonials vs. NC Wilmington Seahawks: In a burst of musket fire, these birds will go down in a flurry of feathers. GW
Syracuse Orange vs. Texas A&M Aggies: The hardy farmhands will peel the fruit and eat it. Texas A&M
LSU Tigers vs. Iona Gaels: Forget Guinness, there is no better way to mark St. Paddy’s Day than to be devoured alive by a cat. LSU.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis: An inbred man of the hills can surely beat an, um, whatever it is. West Virginia
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern State Demons: Never bet against the forces of darkness. Northwestern State.
California Golden Bears vs. NC State Wolfpack: Wasn’t the Golden Bear the mascot of cereal? The wolves will hound this teddy to his grave! NC State.
Texas Longhorns vs. Penn Quakers: Consensus has been achieved at this meeting: you will be gored to death by steers. Texas
Memphis Tigers vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles: Sorry, but these birds have been called home by their Maker. Memphis
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Bucknell Bison: The great bison ruled the plains, now it will rule the Bay Area over these hogs. Bucknell
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Kent State Golden Flashes: Too bad those golden flashes aren’t as accurately aimed as the fire from a National Guardsman’s rifle. Pittsburgh
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Bradley Braves: A brave what, a brave loser? A brave piece of carrion for the raptors from the plains? Kansas
Indiana Hoosiers vs. San Diego State Aztecs: The Aztecs will tear out their hearts and offer it to their god. Montezuma’s Revenge, indeed. San Diego State
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Xavier Musketeers: Oh shoot, this little pooch keeps biting my leg. Oh wait, he bit it off. Now I can’t play basketball. Gonzaga
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: Isn’t crimson tide the stuff that made them ban clamming in New England last year? This March, the bivalves get even. Marquette
UCLA Bruins vs. Belmont Bruins: Who wins? Da bears! UCLA
UConn Huskies vs. Albany Great Danes: This game will quickly go to the dogs, as the hounds of those who dishonor The Prophet fall to the feisty fidos of the frozen north. UConn
Kentucky Wildcats vs. UAB Blazers: My professor in college drove a Blazer. It had body rust. Wildcats
Washington Huskies vs. Utah St. Aggies: The canines will dig their teeth into the sod kickers. Washington
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Air Force Falcons: The junior bird men (as Tom Lehrer would say) will be soaring off to see the Great Spirit. Illinois
Michigan State Spartans vs. George Mason Patriots: Free men of courage will always triumph over oiled Greeks from the Peloponnesus! George Mason
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Murray State Racers: The Racers will be slowed down a bit in something sticky. North Carolina
Wichita State Shockers vs. Seton Hall Pirates: Arrgh, shiver me timbers, I’ve been electrocuted. Time to keel haul meself. Arrgh! Wichita State
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Winthrop Eagles: These feathered friends will be volunteering to set up chairs for the next round. Tennessee
Villanova Wildcats vs. Monmouth Hawks: We all know who loses when birds face cats. Villanova
Arizona Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers: These badgers will come out of their burrows and chase these felines straight back to the land of the cactus. Wisconsin
Nevada Wolfpack vs. Montana Grizzlies: The mighty ursine hunter can surely fight off some wild dogs. Montana
Boston College Eagles vs. Pacific Tigers: Tiger, tiger, burning bright, the eagle will gnaw on you tonight! Boston College
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers: These black cats will turn the future of the Sooners as dark as night. Wisconsin Milwaukee
Florida Gators vs. South Alabama Jaguars: I always favor our native reptiles over some darn cat. Florida
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Northern Iowa Panthers: What is it with all of the cats in this tournament? Will these ones lose? Ho-ya! Georgetown
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Davidson Wildcats: Enough with the cats. Is this the NCAA Division I or a bunch of lonely old ladies? Buckeyes
The cover photograph in The Times Magazine on Sunday rendered colors incorrectly for the jacket, shirt and tie worn by Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor who is a possible candidate for the presidency. The jacket was charcoal, not maroon; the shirt was light blue, not pink; the tie was dark blue with stripes, not maroon.
No word yet on whether Tim Gunn feels this "made it work."
(If you must do internet research to find the answer, I won't leave you in suspense: here you go.)
For those, like me, whose knowledge of Ultimate Fighting comes entirely from Friends, "Ultimate Fighting is a so-called mixed martial-arts event that combines karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, boxing, wrestling and old-fashioned street fighting. The result is a sport that features many more ways for combatants -- wearing thin, fingerless gloves, not the padded boxing kind -- to effect maximum carnage." It has its own "universal 'mercy' signal" -- banging a hand on the mat to indicate pleeeeease, lemme go! And, of course, Paris Hilton is apparently a fan.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
As a bonus, though Premiere also has an alphabetical list of performances Nos. 101 to 200. Alas, Rocky, Verbal Kint, Tony Manera, Charles Foster Kane, Bluto Blutarsky, Red, and shockingly Vito Corleone didn't make the cut.
Edited after the show to add: Oh, thank God. Thank God for Katharine, Taylor, Paris, and Daughtry.
Thanks Alex, a Detroit-area TV news watcher has so had it with his local news that he penned a list of the "ten things I hate about local TV news" and posted it to Craigslist.
We asked ourselves, since we spent some time during our college years in the Detroit area, if the list rings true. "Yes," I said, "you know, it's funny, because it's true."
Thanks, Alex. You'll want to stay with us at ALOTT5MA, because coming after the break, we'll have a report on how this week's milder weather could actually kill you. And you won't want to miss the results of a groundbreaking study that says reading this blog could make you sexier. All that, plus a report on how the rise in gas prices make take a little Irish out of this week's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, after the break.
Thanks to Eric Zorn for this and the above link.
In a certain respect, Lost lends itself to fan mania more than GA does -- the mystery, the mythology, the clues, the Easter eggs. But GA has the nuanced relationships, the deep character development, the "these are my friends and I care what happens to them" element that makes its fans rehash every detail. (And, as you know, they both have the easy-on-the-eyes factor. Burke v. Jin? Kate v. Izzie? McDreamy v. Sawyer?)
Of course, this all leads to a question: which show has you more wrapped around its little finger, Lost or Grey's Anatomy? (For what it's worth, my answers to the head-to-heads posed are Jin, Izzie, and McDreamy.) Who ya got?
Monday, March 13, 2006
Do I hear a second?
[N]o matter how many creative aces Chase pulls from his sleeve, he'll have trouble allaying my gut feeling that the show should have ended two or three or even four seasons ago. By the end of Season One, The Sopranos, which Chase never imagined would last more than a year, had already said most of what it presumably wanted to say about the Freudian fallout of dysfunctional family life and the moral relativism and warped "ethics" embraced by gangsters. Each subsequent season was to some extent re-inventing the wheel, finding new ways to say the same things about its characters and situations. 'The Sopranos' sustained itself through sex, violence and some very effective, at times Luis Bunuel-ish black humor. More a curdled social satire than a straightforward gangster story, The Sopranos is arguably the most cynical long-running series of all time, a show in which nearly every scene depicts characters being confronted with the choice between selfish expediency and a higher good, and invariably choosing Option A.
Twenty-four years. Other than Flyers owner Ed Snider and some of the local announcers, I don't think there was anyone active in Philadelphia professional sports for as long as he's been. And what years they've been for this hall of fame coach:
- Five trips to the Elite Eight, including trips as a #1 seed (1988, the Macon-Billy King game, with Tim Perry and Mike Vreeswyk), #6 (1999 - Pepe Sanchez and Mark Karcher), #7 (1993, McKie-Jones-Brunson), #10 (1991, Macon's senior year with Hodge/Kilgore) and #11 seed (2001 - Greer/Wadley), losing to four #1's and a #2 in the process.
- Seventeen NCAA appearances in the 18 years from 1984-2001.
- A slew of NBAers, from the aforementioned Mark Macon, Rick Brunson, Aaron McKie and Eddie Jones to Marc Jackson and Duane Causwell.
- An absolute crusader for ensuring that schools like Temple could give second chances to worthy minority student-athletes. Chaney once wrote: "What's America afraid of? Education isn't a privilege for the privileged, it's a necessity for all - athlete and nonathlete alike. It's easy to educate the bright kids, but even a deficient student should have the opportunity to get an education. I say don't discard a youngster because he doesn't have good grades or test scores. Educate him."
Practice? Let's talk about his legendary 5:30 am practices:
We also need to talk about the 2-3 matchup zone he pioneered. Seth Davis writes:
At Temple, players drag their ass out of bed every morning so Chaney can holler at them in the gym, 5:30 a.m. sharp. Temple players don't showboat, not even when they grow up to become an NBA All-Star like Eddie Jones. They don't miss study hall sessions, don't get arrested for committing felonies. Chaney's players do two things: they listen when the coach speaks and they reject losing.
"Winning is an attitude. Stupid is forever."
Chaney may not have invented the idea of combining man-to-man principles inside a 2-3 zone, but he was certainly the first one to enjoy so much success playing that alignment exclusively. That zone also defines Chaney's career because it reflected his personality so well. He stuck with it no matter what was happening on the scoreboard. Chaney would rather lose sticking by something he believes in than win by compromising those beliefs.
And the man does not keep quiet. Can you imagine Mike Krzyzewski saying "Our boys are dying because somebody lied to us, because the president of the United States lied to us, and you all know it and nobody says anything."?
(Did you know, by the way, that growing up in South Philadelphia, John Chaney was the Public League's basketball MVP in 1951, and briefly played for the Harlem Globetrotters after college?)
John Chaney earned the right to retire when he saw fit, and to go out on his own terms. I hope that's what happened here, and that this sweaty, oft-disheveled man can finally, for once, not be so belovedly intense, and not have to put on his necktie in the first place.
So, who's next? SportsProf has some lengthy speculation, and while I'd predict it'll be former Chaney assistant Dean Demopolous, I want to advance a name not among those listed. When they hired Chaney in 1982, Temple was the first Big Five school to hire a black coach (and at the age of 50 for his first D-I job). So let them be ballsy again, because they've already got a fantastic, gutsy coach on campus -- a role model and a winner who embodies so many of the positive principles that Chaney exemplified for his long tenure. Her name is Dawn Staley.