Saturday, April 10, 2010
FWIW, I disagree with including Lost episodes in such a survey, since that was the structure of the show as opposed to a Very Special Gimmick. If you think that a Bones episode should honestly poll higher than the Friends one with the prom video or some of the others, then I can respect that. But if you think they're wrong and you won't speak up because you can't be bothered, then God, Jed, I don't even want to know you.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
In other mascot news of the former Confederacy, no decision yet on The University of Mississippi's search for a new Rebel leader.
P.S. It's now over thirty years since the New Orleans Jazz basketball franchise moved to Salt Lake City. Still no nickname change to reflect the surroundings?
Related: A lengthy NYMag piece explores the world of bottle servers, VIP hostesses and the folks who drop six figures for a night on the town.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
- Not That Exciting, But Generally As Good As Always: Crystal, Siobhan, Big Mike and Lee did nothing to put themselves at risk this week.
- Not That Exciting, But Certainly At Least Competent: Aaron and Tim were both just about the best I've seen them, though like Katie each was a bit boring.
- It's Time To Go: Sorry, Andrew Garcia, but that Vegas-y arrangement of "Can't Buy Me Love" just killed you. And with three women leaving in a row already, the axe is due for you.
Great game and great tourney last night. As much as I wanted to see Butler pull off the upset, I was rooting for Jon Scheyer, who graduated from the same high school as I did, albeit, 20 years later. Scheyer will probably be a second-round pick in the draft and should he make a team in the fall he could increase the MOTT in the NBA to three.
Notable artists to sing "One Shining Moment"
Barrett was the original artist, but CBS has also broadcast remakes by Teddy Pendergrass (1994-1999) and Luther Vandross (2003-2009). It is believed to be the last song Vandross recorded before his stroke and subsequent death. A version by Jennifer Hudson was unfortunately used for the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It ruined an otherwise great tournament. Whoever produced the video in 2010 felt the need to show Hudson as if it were a music video, and it should cost CBS the rights to future tournaments if there's any justice in the world.
And one last note, I thought the key to the game was Coach K's decision to have big Brian Zoubek guard Bulter's inbound pass with something like 10 seconds to play. Gordon Hayward was unable to get a pass off and forced to call timeout, burning the Bulldogs' last timeout, which would have allowed Butler to reset for their final possession following Zoubek's free throw miss. Love him or more likely hate him, Coach K knows a thing or two about the sport.
- Fans are in no position to evaluate the merits of the trade because of what Rumsfeld called the "known unknowns" and what Gladwell would call a puzzle, not a mystery -- we simply don't have sufficient information about Kevin Kolb to determine whether his next 6+ years hold more promise than McNabb's next 3-4. For the coaching staff, on the other hand, it's a more of a mystery under the Gladwell dichotomy: they have lots of information, but can't be sure about what to do with it.
- For almost a decade, I've been wearing my green McNabb #5 jersey to pretty much every home game. Now what? Among the current players, I'm considering a Jackson #10, Samuel #22, Cole #58, McCoy #25 or Maclin #18, though none feel terribly satisfying at the moment. Do I just go old school and get the Reggie White or Jerome Brown throwback?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Not really related, but where else am I going to post this: As many here are aware, before portraying Jacob on Lost Mark Pellegrino played Blonde Treehorn Thug in The Big Lebowski. Here's what happens when the two roles are combined.
In a fantasy league beloved by a few readers here, I proposed that rather than assigning draft positions in reverse order of a team's finish, we let teams pick their draft slot. The guy with last year's worst record would get to pick any draft position he wanted, then the second-to-last-place finisher would choose from the remaining eleven slots, etc. A person could choose the remaining pick that maximizes the expected value as he calculates it, and if people had differing views, this might make more than one person happy. It's not as efficient as an auction, but it's a step in that direction and a heck of a lot simpler.
The value of a lower pick in a fantasy draft comes from the higher pick in even-numbered draft rounds, but the existence of real-world salary issues (either hard-cap or just soft-budget) in the NFL creates similar value in trading down in the NFL draft. Instead of assigning the #1 pick to the worst team, thus forcing the team to commit significant money to a risky prospect, why not let the worst team pick where it wanted to draft? For example, if the Rams thought that Bradford vs. Suh were a coin flip, they could trade down to #2 and save some money and cap room.
Your prognostications are welcome, though not mandatory.
The NYT profiles Snopes founders David and Barbara Mikkelson today.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
There will be time to evaluate the merits of the trade, and only the Eagles coaches truly know whether Kevin Kolb is ready for the responsibility which is in front of him. Right now, I'm just grateful for what McNabb did for this team and this city: five trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl, seven playoff trips in a decade, and just thrilling games and highlights. The broken ankle game against Arizona. The playoff win in Chicago. 4th and 26.
Back in August, when I received that text from ESPN alerting me about the Vick signing ten minutes before my C-SPAN debut, well, you know what I said by now: Donovan McNabb is my quarterback -- which, admittedly, wasn't of interest to more than a few dozen folks at a political gathering in Pittsburgh. But McNabb earned that level of loyalty for me -- like Iverson, Barkley, Schmidt, Kruk and Erving before him, his combination of excellence and passion created a special connection with the fans, one reinforced every time McNabb pointed two fingers to the heavens coming out of the tunnel, two fingers expressing a hope that a win would come that day.
Every season with Donovan McNabb began with that hope; no game seemed unwinnable. That talent, that professionalism, that swagger, that heart ... we had one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL for eleven years, and I don't know that he ever received the love from this town that he deserved. I'm sorry he's gone, and will cheer him upon his return.
added: Michael Wilbon welcomes his friend to DC.