Sunday, April 13, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry

Sunday, April 13, 2008---724 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 28 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.
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Rave: Gloria Graham
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On the Hi Fi: Nat King Cole’s “10th Anniversary”
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Reading: “Death Song” by Michael McGarrity.
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Decision 2008: Monica, Rachel or Phoebe.
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Full disclosure: This edition would be better, but I was pinned down by sniper fire yesterday and had to run to safety.
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Pop quiz: Do you or anyone you know own an HD radio receiver? If so, how much time do you spend listening to it? Airplay on HD Radio is the personification of the “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there…etc.” Truly phantom airplay. HD Radio is a real crock.
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Rant: Next thing you know, Clinton is going to claim she was at the Hanoi Hilton with American hero John McCain.
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Just asking: What Hemingway novel do you think Jose Canseco liked best?
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Hmmm: Somebody explain to me why it is up to big oil to come up with alternatives to their own product.
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Quote: “115,300 people filed into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday night (3/29) to watch an exhibition baseball game between the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, setting a world’s record and requiring 115,300 designated drivers. Fans started tailgating at 8 a.m. By noon, they were hammered. Guys in blue face-paint and beer are not a good combination. But for the most part the crowd had a ball and behaved themselves. There were isolated fights but if you jam 115,000 people into a Barbra Streisand concert you’re going to have violence.”—Ken Levine, KABC.
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Just asking: Are you actually surprised that people are protesting having the Olympics in Beijing?
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The $64,000 Question: Which is the bigger lie, Clinton’s version of her trip to Bosnia or her husband’s version of her version the other day in Indiana?
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Rant: Can we please keep the National Anthem prior to sporting events up-tempo and not turn it into an American Idol audition with a long, overwrought version that has everyone rolling their eyes and looking at their watches? Just sing it straight.
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Didjaknow: “Barnaby Jones” (1973-80) was the final TV show produced by Quinn Martin.
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/M/htmlM/martinquinn/martinquinn.htm
To this day, no one has surpassed his streak of 21 years with a show in prime time.
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Already here: Summer has arrived as I find myself looking for parking spaces with shade…and it is only April.
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Quote: “"If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates".—Anon.
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The hand of fate: Rest in Peace Richard Widmark. From psychopaths to western heroes to detectives, he brought a certain panache to every role he played. How many actors get the opportunity to play a scene-stealer like Tommy Udo in “Kiss of Death” in their debut film? After he shoved the wheelchair-bound woman down the stairs---no one ever forgot him.
May favorites include “Alvarez Kelly” with Bill Holden, “Two Rode Together” with Jimmy Stewart, “Warlock” with Henry Fonda and “Backlash” with Donna Reed.
I could go on and on about Charlton Heston. There certainly is no one in Hollywood today to take his place.
He has a high quality body of work. What I find most refreshing was on display during his interview with TCM’s Robert Osbourne (sometime in the mid-1990’s I think). Every time Mr. Osbourne praised a certain Heston movie, scene or performance---Mr. Heston deflected the praise to another actor, a director, a stunt man, writer, etc. without a bit of guile or disingenuousness.
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Who knew: Tim Wakefield is second all-time in strikeouts for Red Sox pitchers.
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Rant: The final month of the NBA season takes garbage time to a new level.
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Hmmm: Is there any truth to the rumor that if baseball games get any longer they are going to come in installments?
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Rant: The quest for the Democratic nomination seems kind of like a forced march.
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Didjaknow: A-Rod makes more money this year than the entire Florida Marlins roster.
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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

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Welcome to Bracketville 12.0

Welcome to Bracketville, population 14

We have a winner: Much like that famed brown stallion Carry Back (winner 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Tony came from off the pace and will cut down the nets this year.
His 6-0 in the past six games gives him an insurmountable lead over all the other who picked Memphis. The only one with Kansas (that would be me) is behind more than the six points a Kansas victory would provide.
Tony picked the games in the money rounds.
His autographed copy of “Destination Basketball” is in the mail. Congratulations to Tony. As for the rest of us, there is always next year.

Hmmm: Am I the only who feels the Final Four is one long promo for the Masters?

Mea culpa: After making it look like child’s play yesterday over UCLA, I must admit my season long “Memphis is over rated” mantra is off the mark. Still cannot figure out how they got this excellent in a conference with no competition.

Rant: After seeing and listening to the pregame and post game news conferences and team puff pieces, it is no secret that English is not a required course for the “student athletes” at Memphis. Did any of them use even one sentence where the noun and verb agreed?

Hmmm: Does NCAA really means “Nobody Cares About Academics?”

Rave: If you missed any of the wonderful columns John Feinstein has filed from courtside for the Washington Post, here’s a link. Great writing:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/NewsSearch?sb=-1&st=feinstein&