Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 354

Wednesday, July 11, 2007---481 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 29 seconds (time frittered away)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Eve Arden.
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On the Victrola: “A Classy Pair”---Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.
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Reading: “Cases” by Joe Gores.
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American History and Practical Math: Bush is only 596 pardons behind Clinton.
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Rant: The garbage that passes for sports on TV these days…such as hot dog eating contests, a rock-paper-scissors tournament, and worst of all, the Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game.
These are better suited for a carnival freak show!
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Rimshot: Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis
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First take: “The Bronx Is Burning” is running for eight weekly episodes on ESPN. The initial show was an interesting table setter.
However, there ought to be a special place in Hell for the make up department. Where did they find those ears for John Turturro as Billy Martin and that ridiculous afro wig for Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson? They looked like cartoonish caricatures---maybe that was the point.
In addition, Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner was a bit over done and over blown. Again, perhaps that was on purpose.
So far, Leonard Robinson as Mickey Rivers has stolen the show…sort of as he did in real life.
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Rant: NBC firing Bud Collins after 35 years of covering Wimbledon.
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Hmmmm: The Federal Reserve is concerned about the core inflation rate, which excludes food and energy. I am more concerned about the cost of food and energy.
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Good tip: Anytime you are going to microwave leftovers, simply spread water over the product before you microwave. It will taste like it was just made
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Factoid: Two big reasons for the Red Sox success thus far are Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett. Ironically, the trade that brought them to Boston was completed when the boy genius Theo Epstein was in self-imposed exile.
Shows there are a few perceptive baseball people in Red Sox Nation.
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Quote: “It's my belief that the more technology available in sports television, the less we learn about the people playing the games.”—Frank Deford
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Rant: Ringtones! What a boring annoyance!
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Rave: I love watching the tennis at Wimbledon. Requiring the players to wear white is a big draw for me.
The comeback by Serena Williams against Daniela Hantuchova after suffering calf spasms was incredible theater. Very exciting tennis!
The Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal 5 set men’s finals match featured two championship performances. It was captivating to watch.
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Hmmmm: It is amazing that severe weather never occurs during the commercials, is it not?
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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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