Saturday, February 9, 2008

It's almost Valentine's Day

Time to take down the Christmas tree...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special (1985)

YouTube contributor howvideo posted segments from HBO's 9th Annual Young Comedians Special, hosted by the late, great Rodney Dangerfield:



Comedians included Bob Saget, who earned a reputation as a square from his time on Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, but as most of us know, has quite the sharp tongue...



Yakov Smirnoff, the famous Soviet expatriate who made a career out of being a fish out of water...



Maurice LaMarche, who I wouldn't have included except you may recognize him from various characters on Futurama, Pinky & The Brain, The Critic, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Real Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget, etc...



and Louie Anderson (Life With Louie and Coming to America), who is unfairly criticized for his hosting duties on Family Feud, but who I thought did a good job and is actually better than current (5th) host John O'Hurley...



The rest of the acts can be found here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Momma, if that's MoveOn.org, than I'm moving out

MoveOn.org asked their mailing list to pick Obama or Clinton for the organization to endorse. I think both candidates are remarkably similar and moderate, and I had plans to cast a throwaway vote to Kucinich or Edwards to "send a message" to the party, but based on Clinton's superior healthcare plan and support for legal services for the poor, I picked Clinton for MoveOn's endorsement and also sent a vote her way (I did send Kucinich some money for his House of Reps campaign, so I can sleep a little easier, except I can't sleep easy right now due to a terrible head illness).

When I told MoveOn who I wanted them to endorse, I gave healthcare and legal services as my reasons, too. Results:

Obama - 197,444 (70.4%)
Clinton - 83,084 (29.6%)

I think Obama benefits from the Ron Paul Effect (college students supporting him), but I'd be willing to hear a good argument. Here's what we get:
While I'm impressed with Clinton and believe she would make a very good president, I'm actually MOVED by Obama. In the end, I believe if Obama is elected he has the potential to bring the country together behind him. - Patricia S., Wisconsin

This country needs real, progressive transformation. Barack Obama is the candidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the nation to move in that direction, while also restoring America's dignity and standing as a member of the global community. —James M., Connecticut

He was right on the biggest question of the era—opposing the war from the start. —Jacob S., Washington, D.C.

I support Barack Obama for the same reasons I support MoveOn.org: the more people are inspired to get involved, the better the outcome for our country. Senator Obama has demonstrated a unique capacity to inspire participation and to make public service 'cool' again. He is also sound on all the issues that matter to me and my family. —Liz B., New York

I live in a red state, and I see my conservative neighbors and friends showing a positive interest in Barack. They like him. They are ready to be swayed. And I see my Democratic friends and family members getting excited like never before...With Barack as our candidate, I am convinced that we can win in a landslide in 2008 and usher in a new era of progressive politics.—Desirina B., Georgia
Those are't really substantive reasons. Ah, well. Obama kind of looks like a young En Sabah Nur; maybe he can battle X-Factor.

No matter the outcome of the election, there's always one thing certain in politics and life.

Patterns multiplying
redirect our view
endless variations
make it all seem new


Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy in New Jersey

This stunner came less than a week after Burress created a stir by predicting the Giants (14-6) would end the Patriots' run at perfection after 18 straight wins.

His forecast was 23-17, and it got Brady's attention and drew his ire.

"We're only going to score 17 points?" Brady chuckled at the thought the Giants could shut down an offense that scored 589 points and got a record 50 TD passes from his MVP arm.

"OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and gave us a little credit for scoring more points."

Credit goes to the Giants and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who refused to back down. They attacked Brady at every opportunity and limited him to two scoring drives.

"I think our defense did a great job of setting the tone," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They were in the attack mode all the time. They did their job. The defense certainly did an excellent job.
Final Score: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14.

Great game. Great defense. Great final drive by Eli Manning. First time the Patriots scored less than 20 points all season.

Consider this a little payback for the 2004 ALCS.

This is one of the best Super Bowls of all time. It's a great moment in New York sports history. Super Bowl XXV, the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, the 1996 World Series, those are some of the most exciting sports events of my lifetime. This ranks up there. No doubt.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Giants rock your face with plans to continue face rocking

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last year, the Giants picked Jerry Reese to be their General Manager, becoming only the third black GM in NFL history. One year later, on that same holiday, the Giants were Super Bowl bound. You know what that means? If you don't like the Giants, you're a racist.

I guess Reese is just another affirmative action hire, taking away jobs from more qualified white people. Right, socially conservative America? Anyway, Ernie Arcosi obviously gets a ton of credit for building this team, but Reese made a few moves to solidify this team, and while they started out awful, the G-Men played well when it mattered and have earned a spot in the big show. I have killed Eli Manning all season, but the guy has shown that when he plays within his limitations, he can lead his team to victory. He's not a flashy superstar like his brother Peyton, but he has the ability to do good things. Don't overextend him, and it looks like he can pay off.

I want New York to beat New England in the Super Bowl, but as I said earlier, to me the Championship games are the real meat of the NFL postseason. The Super Bowl is such a carnival that it's hard to take seriously. How long is halftime going to be this year? An hour? Does anyone focus on the game when everyone is more concerned about commercials and which shitty pop artist is going to perform? (EDIT: I will say that I recognize this Super Bowl will be legendary for the simple fact that either the Patriots become the winningest undefeated team in NFL history or the Giants perform one of the greatest upsets of all time).

Back on track, I'm not going to pick a winner for the Super Bowl, although clearly the Patriots are favored. As I said last time about the Green Bay game, don't count the Giants out. They have the ability and the talent to win. "It is a mistake, I believe, not to give New York any chance."

Here's how I did in the last round:

My Guess: Patriots 35, Chargers 24, +11
Actual: Patriots 21, Chargers 12, +9
My Guess: Packers 28, Giants 24, +4
Actual: Giants 23, Packers 20, -3

I should have gone with my gut and picked the Giants. I still did pretty good. I made seven correct guesses out of ten. Next year, I'll see if I can guess the winner and if they can beat the spread, too. If I remember, that is.

Go Giants!