Saturday, December 13, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 415

Saturday, December 13, 2008---643 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 29 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: Ann Blythe.
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On the Hi Fi: The Complete Lionel Hampton, Volumes ½(1937-1938).
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Reading: “Hit and Run” by Lawrence Block.
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Under rated: Leon Ames.
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Must see TV: Tuesday, December 16th---ESPN---#4 Stanford Lady Cardinals at #12 DUKE. I figure Stanford is 12-20 points better. They have four starters over six feet tall. There will be a lot of high SAT scores on the floor at Cameron Indoor this Tuesday.
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Quote: “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” --- Thomas Jefferson.
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Rave: As usual, the “TCM Remembers” tribute to those in the film community who passed away this year (from Charlton Heston to Paul Newman), is just excellent. So many truly irreplaceable.
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Practical math: At a salary of $23 million next season, should C.C. Sabathia not miss a start, the Yankees will be paying him just about $6,250 per pitch.
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More math: There is no way in this big, bad world that Sabathia will be worth the dough in the final years of his seven year, $161 million contract.
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Rave: When you watch Davidson basketball on the tube, it is amazing how cool Stephen Curry’s dad Dell is sitting in the stands…no matter if his son is zero out of 13 or on a tear while taking over the game. It is easy to see where Steph gets his composure.
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Silver lining: If the current financial crisis leads to a reduction in the number of college football bowl games, at least something positive will have come out of it. The fact that 6-6 teams are eligible for bowls tells you there are more bowls than we need.
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Rant: Coaches love the idea of postseason games lowering the bar on mediocrity…even when it results in Michigan vs. Florida Atlantic, Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech and South Florida vs. Memphis. And, who wants to miss the EagleBank Bowl in D.C. that pits Navy against Wake Forest (the 9th out of 11 teams in the ACC).
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Truism: Life is unfair…college football is even worse.
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Depression era football: Back in 1929, New York Giants (football) owner Wellington Mara coveted Detroit Wolverines quarterback Benny Friedman, the first of the great passers. When told by the Wolverines that they wouldn't trade Friedman, Mara simply bought the entire Detroit franchise, disbanded it, and kept Friedman for his New York team. In 1929, Friedman led the NFL in touchdown passes with 18.
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Rave: The new Panera Bread slogan---“Unsliced bread. Best thing since sliced bread.”
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Hmmm: It seems most of the movies nominated for the upcoming Golden Globes have yet to be released outside of NY and LA.
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Rave: Kudos to the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League, who are going to wear black-and-white-striped jerseys with prison numbers on the back in honor of Illinois Gov. “Hot” Rod Blagojevic.
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My two cents: The Heisman Trophy should go to the best college player, not the guy who figures to be the best pro prospect.
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Quote: “If reactionary liberals, unsatisfied with dominating the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood, were competitive on talk radio, they would be uninterested in reviving the fairness doctrine.” —George Will.
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Hmmm: You know all you have to know about the Raiders when owner Al Davis is still the biggest name.
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Quote: "Two and two equals four -- unless we're in outcome-based education, in which case it equals whatever you want it to be.” —Rush.
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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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