Saturday, November 15, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 411

Saturday, November 15, 2008---622 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 15 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Cynicism is my beat.
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Rave: Howard Duff.
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On the Hi Fi: “Toni Tennille Swings the Big Bands.”
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Reading: “The King of Cards” by Robert Ward.
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Under rated: The Bobbettes.
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Must see TV: Women’s Basketball State Farm Tip Off Classic starts Sunday (11/16) at 2:30 on espn2. Four Top 25 teams---LSU vs Notre Dame and Pitt vs Texas A&M.
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Rave: The complete 117 episodes of all three seasons of “M Squad” starring Lee Marvin as Lt. Frank Ballinger is out on DVD. It was a groundbreaking early television police drama, on the screen as well as the soundtrack. RCA released “The Music from M Squad” in 1959.
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Quote: “In America, the young are always ready to give those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.” —Oscar Wilde.
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Didjaknow: While at Syracuse, Jim Brown was an All-American in both football and lacrosse. In 1956, he set an NCAA for points scored by an individual in a game. He scored 43 points---six touchdowns and kicked seven extra points. Yet he never won the Heisman Trophy, losing to Alan Ameche, Paul Hornung and Howard Cassady.
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Oh well: With repeats everywhere on cable, I sure wish I liked “House.”
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Rant: It drives me crazy when basketball announcers use the phrase “near miss.” It’s a miss, plain and simple. A more definitive description would be “near basket.” It’s sorta like the “foul pole/fair pole” argument in baseball.
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Hmmm: Sean Connery will always be James Bond to me.
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Rant: I still think the baggy shorts look in basketball is hideous.
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Quote: From Will Rogers, “I remember back when a liberal was someone who was generous with his own money.”
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Truism: You know the economy is in tough shape when the Red Sox hold the line on ticket prices.
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Wondering: If lawyers are so unpopular, why, from Perry Mason and Judge Judy to “Law and Order” and “This is Wonderland”, are they pop culture heroes? Perhaps the answer is that the courtroom provides a classic setting for drama.
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Didjaknow: Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge was never considered an intellectual. Yet he read the classics in the White House…read both Greek and Latin, and read Dante in the original Italian. Since he spoke several languages, it was said that the taciturn Coolidge could be silent in five different languages.
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Tournament Stats: There are fifty regular season tournament this year in college basketball…and at least 28 have “classic” in their title. Sorta devalues the adjective classic.
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Hmmm: What do you suppose is the Las Vegas over/under on the first professional sports team to go out of business.
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Count ‘em: What makes the Dallas Cowboy’ bleak season so mystifying is the fact that they returned 13 Pro Bowl players from last year.
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Quote: From that sage, Manny Ramirez, “The price of gas is going up and so am I.”
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Didjaknow: There are an even dozen former U-Conn players currently in the NBA.
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Truism: “We’ve gone from protecting the unfortunate to supporting the irresponsible. In fact, many liberal politicians seem to want to keep citizens dependent on government. They hate poverty so much they reward it!” —Terry Paulson.
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Rant: Stephon Marbury has become like the Ferris wheel in the Coney Island of his youth---loud, noisy, overrated and in the end not worth it.
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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.
We return you to your regular programming

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