Sunday, March 26, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 318

Wednesday, March 22, 2006---625 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 5 seconds (time well spent)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
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Rave: Van Morrison
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Rant: Cue the violins: It doesn't get much better than NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue describing the owners' impasse with the NFL Players Association as "about as dire as dire can be." This sort of melodramatic language results from taking yourself too seriously, something pro football is prone to do.
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Factoid: Bobby Knight and Florida’s Billy Donovan are the only two men (past 50 years) to both play and coach in the Final Four.
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Line of the week: From New York Times restaurant reviewer Joe Sharkey---“Makes hunger an attractive alternative.”
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Rant: Sure am glad the NFL labor battle between billionaires and millionaires got worked out!
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Rave: The soundtrack CD from “Good Night and Good Luck.”
Diane Reeves delivers vocals that are smoky, satiny and sultry. Brings the movie right back for you and has you looking for a night club with no cover, no minimum. Enjoyment plus!
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Final Four Factoid: Only four college players have been to four Final Fours---Clay Buckley, Greg Koubek, Christian Laettner and Brian Davis. DUKE grads all!
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Truism: There is such a thing as a quiet leaf blower. It is calling it a rake.
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Truism II: The definition of confidence is working the Sudoku puzzle with a pen.
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Truism III: Dilbert is not a comic strip. It’s a documentary.
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Rave: To David Wells for speaking out against Barry Bonds.
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Rant: Best Oscar for “It’s Hard for a Pimp”---Rogers and Hammerstein are turning in their graves.
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Rave: So, the Final Four is coming up the first weekend in April---and you say your brackets are in shambles.
Well, you can find great solace and enjoyment in
John Feinstein’s paean to March Madness, “Last Dance, Behind the Scenes at the Final Four.”
Since he has been going to the Final Four since 1978 (before it went to 64 teams), he has plenty of wonderful tales to tell.
The focal point is 2005’s North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan State and Louisville tournament.
However, he strays and presents a lot of magnificent history in the form of back-stories. Therefore, it not a play-by-play type of book---rather it reads like a novel.
He presents insights into the teams, the selection committee, players past and present, coaches, the officials, the fans and the legends.
It is all told in a relaxed, lyrical anecdotal fashion that is so easy to read that you never realize how much you learning.
Totally absorbing, and perfect for this time of year---or any time of year.
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Hmmmm: I have never really understood the whole Sarah Jessica Parker phenomenon, but then again a lot of things get be me nowadays. Reality TV being another.
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Consider this: For the guilty, a dumb jury is better than a brilliant lawyer.
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Rant: You know we are all swimming in a cultural sewer, when pimps are now being portrayed as sympathetic figures.
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My-oh-my: The Associated Press reports that actor Mel Gibson is shipping an eight-lane bowling alley to his private island in the Fiji archipelago. Bowling, fine. But eight lanes for an island inhabited mostly by turtles?
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Hmmmm: You know you have heard a lot of music when you realize that Neil Young is sixty.
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Rant: How many eyewitnesses does it take before someone doesn’t “allegedly” do something, like the UNC graduate student that plowed through a crowd of people with his SUV?
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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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