Monday, February 28, 2005

WrestleMania Trailers

WrestleMania 21 going to be held in L.A. on April 3rd and, whether you care about professional wrestling or not, you need to see these. The WWE -- under the theme "WrestleMania Goes Hollywood" -- has produced a series of ads in which wrestlers reinact classic scenes from recent movies.

You don't need to watch wrestling -- nor do you need to have ever watched wrestling -- to appreciate them. They're fantastic, and they illustrate the unique nature of the business; remember how bad Terrell Owens was in the "Desperate Housewives" spoof? Well, all of the wrestlers are, comparatively, excellent actors. They have to be. They wouldn't get hired otherwise.

Anyway, if you're a movie fan, check them out (as I post this, the best ad, featuring a scene from "A Few Good Men," isn't online yet, but, keep checking. I saw it on TV tonight, and it's worth seeing).

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Naming Rights, Part Deux

Oh well. I still say it was a brilliant idea.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Naming Rights

I'm not a Yankee fan. As I've often said, only two types of people become Yankee fans: New Yorkers and assholes.

That said, this guy might be the cleverest sports fan in history. Really, can there possibly be anything better you could do with $2,325? I submit that there cannot.

Be the First On Your Block...

It's been brought to my attention that Deion Sanders has unveiled his new Hot Dog Express... it's true: for only $49.95 (plus $9.95 shipping), you can make hot dogs in the privacy of your own home.

Or, for a little less money, you can get a hot dog maker here...

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

End of an Era?

Randy Moss's agent has said that the troubled wide reciever will be traded to the Oakland Raiders. If the deal goes through, it would mark the end of an era for this lifelong Vikings fan, an era that began on draft day 1998 when I sent an e-mail to my buddy Tom, the entire text of which was as follows (I've edited for decency) :

"Randy Moss? What the f---?"

I still say that, in terms of pure talent, Randy Moss is the best football player on the planet. Still, seven seasons and zero Super Bowl appearances later, it seems like my first instinct may have been right on.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Oscar Picks

My Oscar picks column is up over at the 'Porter. A word of warning: if you liked The Aviator, don't read it. My friend Jenn can barely stand to look at me now.

Unfair Harvard

Well, Alan Dershowitz has accurately pointed out that the current travails of Harvard President Lawrence Summers sound awfully familiar...

Friday, February 18, 2005

Who Throws a Shoe? Honestly?

Wow. It thought I was being a little hard on left wingers and their methods of intellectual discourse back in my Lawrence Summers post, but, clearly, I wasn't being hard enough.

Uncancel My Season...

It looks like there are some people who don't want to let the hockey season go gentle into that good night...

Lawrence Summers is My New Hero

Harvard President Lawrence Summers released the text of the remarks he made to a conference in January, remarks that created quite an uproar among particularly tolerant and intellectually curious academics, many of whom really distinguished themselves by reacting to Summers' thought-provoking comments with the verbal equivelant of getting the vapors.

It's telling that Summers essentially concluded his remarks by pleading for people not to misunderstand what he was trying to say...

I will have served my purpose if I have provoked thought on this question and provoked the marshalling of evidence to contradict what I have said. But I think we all need to be thinking very hard about how to do better on these issues and that they are too important to sentimentalize rather than to think about in as rigorous and careful ways as we can.

... and was met with people like Sopen Shah (who deserves Lileks' chastening Perry Mason head if anyone ever did), who completely misunderstood what he was trying to say.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

No-Count Siblings

I've heard a lot about Ozzie Canseco in the wake of all the steroid business, but, did you know about this guy?

Canseco Book

Interesting article here by Jeff Merron about some proven inaccuracies in the Jose Canseco book...

Commercial

This commercial was brought to my attention... might be the third best commercial ever (after, of course, Nextel's "Ooh Baby Baby" and Snickers' "Panda/Lunch Break"...

I Would Have Bet Against It, But...

It looks like Mike Greenwell, of all people, found a way to get his name in the paper in the wake of all this steroid mess...

Vikings Ownership

This can't be any surprise... the Vikings ownership think looks like it could get sort of weird and ugly...

More Steroids

So, basically, everybody knew about the steroids; it's just that nobody really could -- or wanted to -- do anything about it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Steroids

Ever wish you could go back and kick the 1998 version of yourself's ass?

I mean, we had to know that stuff like this was going on, right? And not just during all that McGwire/Sosa home run madness, but, way before that. We all knew it, right? Sure. Everybody did. We just didn't want to think about it.

BLOG!

Hello.

A little birdie told me that this "blogging" business might catch on, so, here we are. Things will likely be pretty sparse around here until a) the wife and I finally spring for the fast internet connection at home, which we've been saying we're going to do for about a year, so maybe don't hold your breath, and b) I figure out what in the hell I am doing. So, probably won't be anything to look at for a while.

But, welcome.

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