This is about as dark and freaky as our sanitized modern American mainstream culture ever openly admits to being. These are bloodless corporate enterprises using advanced scientific and economic metrics to measure the material worth of human flesh down to the half-pound, the 16th of an inch. Which would be horrifying and morally repulsive under normal circumstances, but when added to a strong rooting interest in your home team, can become for certain people one of those guilty pleasures you just can’t give up because you enjoy it so much....All I know is that I don't feel nearly as good about having stowed away Justin Forsett on my dynasty league team as I did twelve hours ago.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
So what should he do? Claims one producer with whom Thompson spoke, "All Carrey has to do is step back into a role where he does that funny thing and he's back. He doesn't have to do leading men. Audiences would welcome him." Or are you finished with him?
Friday, April 23, 2010
Frustratingly, the ASME website neither links to the winners nor explains why the other finalists were nominated.
Longtime fans of this site know what pleased me about that episode, of course.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- Starting next year, rather than CBS's "flip from game to game" coverage, it seems all games will be shown in their entirety on four different networks--CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV (f/k/a/ CourtTV). Unclear on how exactly the games will be divided among the networks. Beginning in 2016, the Final Four will air in alternate years on CBS and TBS.
- Next year's tourney will expand from 65 to 68 teams, I assume by adding a play-in game to the 3 other regions that no one will really care about.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
In other baseball news, Halladay! 9 IP 5 H 0 R 1 BB 7 K in 113 pitches. Phils win 2-0, and Roy's ERA is a mere 0.82 with a 28:3 K:BB ratio after four winning starts. Wow.
We'll talk about the results below the fold once they happen, and feel free to live-comment. But as Fienberg suggests, make a reasonable-sized contribution and you're morally clear to snark on the rest of the show as much as you want.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Crystal: I don't know to what to attribute her emotional display at the end of "People Get Ready," but she had won the night before that. Pantheon, no, but damn good. As Dan notes, MamaSox is "the best pure singer and the gap is wider than it has ever been between the best and second best in any season since Fantasia's win."
Lee: Big gap between #1 and #2, in part because of the rather significant edits to the text, and it was good but not that good. Sincerity is important, but it does not by itself make you a winner.
Tim: Yeah, I said it. I know he doesn't have much of a range, but he stayed within it well and gave a solid performance, even it wasn't great singing. I'd like to think my touting him is separate from Theory #2 on improving performers rising above the always-solid as the competition progresses, but there's some conflict here.
Big Mike: Best rendition of a Spider-Man song in show history. He's got a higher ceiling than any other guy in the competition, I think.
Siobhan: Big gap again between #4 and this one. It had its moments, but she needs to be singing rock and roll, not this weak cartoon crap.
The Outlaw Casey James: One of my basic rules of Idol song selection is to be wary of songs written to be sung in harmony. There's just no great way to sing "Don't Stop" as a solo male, and he didn't.
Aaron: Automatic point deduction for selecting a song written by an artist who has a mural in his house showing him playing basketball against the Tasmanian Devil and who may have used that house in videotaping himself urinating on minors for his own sexual gratification. Beyond that, it's a shitty song that the house muppet warbled badly.
Crystal Bowersox: "The Boxer," Simon and Garfunkel. Has never been performed on the show, and she's got the earnestness and phrasing to sell it.
Lee DeWyze: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)," Jackie Wilson. If the Horns of Idol leave him alone, it's a strong song for him to sell.
The Outlaw Casey James: "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. Yeah, he could have fun with this.
Aaron Kelly: "Angels," Robbie Williams. A rite of passage for a certain slice of the Idol performing demographic. Either that or Enigma's "Return to Innocence," because why else would it be on the list?
Michael Lynche: "You've Got A Friend," Carole King. Just a guess. Fits his acoustic side.
Siobhan Magnus: "I'll Be There," The Jackson 5. About time for her to hit another home run, so why not scale Mt. Mariah?
Tim Urban: "Don't Dream It's Over," Crowded House. Fits within his limited range and demeanor.
Occasions like this makes me want to see everyone more. We were not a hit, we were not anything. We were virtually invisible. As a result, it just came down to us enjoying each other, and we really did. It was like kids fooling around in the backyard.I was ridiculously fond of this show when it aired. Credits!
Monday, April 19, 2010
In one of my rare acts of journalism committed on this blog, I interviewed DeRogatis in 2003 to discuss his new book on the alternarock boom of the 1990s.
There are hundreds of reasons to hate living in Massachusetts. The weather stinks. City living is ridiculously expensive. The accents and fashion senses are just plain humiliating. Every time you walk into Store 24 or 7-11 to purchase a newspaper, you end up waiting in line for 20 minutes while losers load up on scratch cards in front of you. You can't find good Red Sox tickets, you can't afford Celtics tickets and you don't want Bruins tickets. Our football team was forced to build its stadium 30 miles outside of downtown (and we almost lost them to Hartford).Forecast is for 60 degrees and sunny. Wikipedia (who else?) has compiled a list of state- and city-specific holidays. Von Steuben Day!
Wait, there's more: The Never-Ending Big Dig makes it impossible to go from one side of Boston to the other in less than 30 minutes (will that thing ever be finished?). You need to drive almost an hour out of the city to see a good concert. You can't find a good slice of pizza unless you're in the North End. The bar scene crawls with big-haired chicks and beefy guys looking to sucker-punch someone. The list goes on. Believe me.And yet Bostonians have this one thing that nobody else in the country has -- a random day off in the middle of April, when it's finally getting warm and we can spend a guilt-free afternoon outside. Maybe the only day of the year when everyone in Boston is having fun at once. Well, except for the people running the damned [marathon].
added: Nate Silver (why not?) on the Double Down: "I've created an index based on the amount of fat, sodium and cholesterol that the Double Down and a variety of comparable sandwiches contain as a portion of the USDA daily allowance. (In the fat category, saturated fats are counted double and trans-fats are counted triple.) The index is scaled such that the Original Recipe version of the sandwich receives a score of 1.00, a measure of gluttony that will hereafter be known as The Double Down (DD)...."
Sunday, April 18, 2010
[Odd thing about that Love article. It mentions her being banned from the Chateau Marmont but not her being banned from contacting her daughter, with just a few words indicating she had lost custody. I'm not quite sure how you can write about someone whose upcoming album is titled Nobody's Daughter without addressing it some.]
added: Posnanski - a "20-inning managerial performance against the Mets on Saturday [that] should replace La Russa's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was an overmanaging thing of beauty," including a quintuple-switch.
And, yes, Jayson Stark has many tidbits, including:
- This was the first game since the dawn of the modern save rule in which a closer got the win, a starter got the save and a position player got the loss.
- "And you know the best part of that Raul Valdes hit? He got it off Felipe Lopez -- who, as you might have heard, normally plays the infield for a living. And only one day before that development, Lopez had hit a grand slam off Valdes. We haven't been able to find any other case of a guy hitting a grand slam off a pitcher one day, then giving up a hit to him the next day."