Saturday, March 04, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry-----316

Friday, February 24, 2006---609 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 07 seconds (time well spent)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
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Rave:
Thom Schuyler
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Political rules to live by: Never deplane in front of Gerald Ford, bet money on Dan Quayle in the spelling bee, go boating with Jimmy Carter, let Ted Kennedy drive home from the party or go hunting with Dick Cheney
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Must see TV: Villanova @ UConn on Sunday at 2 PM on CBS.
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More Must See TV: Carolina @ DUKE on Saturday (3/4) at 9 PM on ESPN, espn2, ESPN-U and ESPN Classic. First time ESPN has shown a sporting event on four outlets.
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Rave: In the 2005-2006 season, DUKE will make more regular-season national TV appearances (27) than any college or NBA team. The Lakers are second with 24.
90% of DUKE’s schedule is on national TV---a higher percentage than any NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL franchise.
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Rave: The other side of the pillow.
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Rant: Nomar grew up in the United States, the country that has made him rich and famous, but he was going to play for Mexico. Is that about it?
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Tap-in: When basketball-player-of-the-year candidate Adam Morrison was coming out of high school in Spokane, Wash., the only college to offer him a scholarship was hometown school Gonzaga.
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Hmmmm: North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who scored 40 the other night against Georgia Tech, is a 20-year-old freshman. Duke’s JJ Redick, a senior, is still only 21.
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Best Cheney line: There's no truth to the rumor that had Dick Cheney been in Dealey Plaza In 1963, President Kennedy would have been alive and 40 people on the grassy knoll would have been dead.
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Rave: With prose as spare as the production on those great Ricky Nelson hits of the late 1950’s/early 60’s, Ross Thomas creates some of fiction’s most colorful and unforgettable characters.
“The Seersucker Whipsaw” (1967) and 1972’s “The Porkchoppers” both center on political election fixing.
An election in an African country in the "The Seersucker Whipsaw" while "The Porkchoppers" features a heavyweight union election.
Both are peopled with political fixers, a cadre of PR pros, devious players on all sides, behind-the-scenes corrupters, double dealers and political factotums of every hue.
The characters and dialogue are top notch…and you easily believe these shenanigans happen multiple time daily.
Except for the difference in technology (mimeographing instead of instant messaging) these books do not have a dated feel. The concepts and the conniving Machiavellian exploits are 21st Century.
A writer of extraordinary talent!
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Hmmmm: Should I blame Clinton or Bush for the U.S. ski team’s poor performance at the Olympics?
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Boring Olympics: A tie with Latvia? Latvia? It all seems a long way from the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980.
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Rant: Every time I surf thru and catch a few seconds of these scintillating Olympics, the events all look like a winter chase scene in a James Bond movie.
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Dumbest Olympic TV comment: “Ooooh, that is just the essence of snowboardcross.”---Come on! It has not been a sport long enough to have a following, let alone an essence.
Bob Costas has to be embarrassed being connected to the NBC coverage.
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Pop quiz: Quickly---name one medalist from the USA…any sport!
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On the radar: The big new scandal in college sports will be the renegade prep schools, which have a lot more to do with jump shots than books.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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