Wednesday, September 27, 2006

 

Tuesdays With Morrie 3: Tokyo Drift


Yesterday marked the release of Mitch Albom's third book, entitled "For One More Day." In the book somebody dies or almost dies or gets a second chance at dying and ends up learning/appreciating something that he otherwise wouldn't have. Regardless of the plot, the moral of the story is that Albom (aka Condescending Baggins) knows more about how to live life properly than you do. He's got everything figured out, and for 20 bucks you can try to figure it out too!

Not surprisingly, Albom has begun a media blitz to promote his latest soon-to-be-a-shitty Hallmark movie and even turned his weekly column into a full-on advertisment for his special engagement book release event. Never one to fret over ethics, he assures his readers that though his column turned into "a pitch," it is a "worthwhile" one. Phew, crisis averted!

Normally, I would've ignored this Albom press altogether. Living in Michigan, people become accustomed to certain things as just a way of life; miserable weather in the winter, a shitty professional football team, and a crappy economy. Midget Albom's holier-than-thou attitude is just another one of those things that we put up with. But when someone who runs in the same social and professional circles as Albom decides to stop putting up with him and states his opinions publicly, I decided to take note of it.

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star did just that. After getting fired from ESPN because of comments he made about ESPN staff, including Mitch, Whitlock was interviewed by a Philly radio station. Not shying away from his comments, Whitlock added even more fuel to the fire with his blazing criticism of Albom's hypocrisy and egomania. The full interview can be heard here. Some of the juicier quotes:

"When you start talking about the lack of ethics of using steroids, we're talking about a guy who fabricated a column and got away with it...That hypocrisy bothers me."

"Mitch got away with using steroids: the Free Press gave him a slap on the wrist when he was fabricating stuff and breaking our number one ethical tenet, and that bothers me."

"Albom is just a guy who likes to have his face on tv, and being on that show creates the appearance that he actually cares about sports. Because if you read his column, you know that he doesn't....He doesn't know much about the sports world, and doesn't pretend to."

Whitlock also blasts Scoop Jackson and Mike Lupica in greater detail than he had previously, and also commented on the "shucking and jiving schtick" of black ESPN on-air talent. The stance Whitlock is taking against ESPN is commendable, entertaining and long overdue. ESPN should just be thankful that he hasn't badmouthed their ill-advised foray into the cell phone industry. Yet.

Monday, September 11, 2006

 

The NFL Ticket to Paradise

Some thoughts after watching a day's worth of football via the NFL Ticket.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

Springfield A&M

Some dude attributed a Simpsons' character to nearly every major college football program, with high-larious results. Truly, it is amazing how fitting a lot of these are. Here are the two local colleges and their respective Simpsons character:


Michigan: Kent Brockman Huge television draws both, and because of that, you just can't quite get away from either the Wolverines or Brockman; they demand your attention. Yet neither is quite as relevant as they think. At least three losses in six straight seasons? Now, at the risk of being unpopular, this reporter places the blame for all of this squarely on YOU, the viewers.



Michigan State: Gil the Salesman
All together now: "Damn, that felt like a Big 10 championship season!" It always begins the same with these guys, so hopeful, so full of promise, but they always manage to blow it sometime before the deal is closed. Since Gil is supposedly based on Jack Lemmon's sad-sack character from the film adaptation of "Glengarry Glen Ross," we have some advice for the Spartans: Coffee is for closers.

Click here to check out the rest of the list. It's pretty effin' sweet.

Courtesy of The Onion A/V Club, here are a bunch of Simpsons quotes for every day use: clicky

That's all I got...I'm sick and I'm bored and just want the NFL season to start so I can nerd out over my fantasy football teams.

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