Monthly Archives: December 2003


THE OL’ BALL COACH BAILS: I can’t say I’m surprised Steve Spurrier failed as an NFL coach– he really did have “Rick Pitino” written all over him when he took over the Redskins. But you’ve told me that he’d only last two years- and willingly leave the remaining $20 million on the table- I’d have told you you were nuts.
My lord do Washington’s sports teams suck- when was the last time any of them were any good? And the thing is, not even Spurrier, or Jaromir Jagr, or even Michael Jordan can help. I don’t think the curse will be broken until the inevitable arrival in town of the Expos…
Even more disturbing news- the Vikings will both not fire Mike Tice, and not hire a general manager. Way to learn from your mistakes, Red.
Meanwhile, without further ado, I only plan to do this once:
First round:
Colts over Broncos, Titans over Ravens
Packers over Seahawks, Cowboys over Panthers
Second Round:
Chiefs over Colts, Titans over Patriots
Rams over Packers, Eagles over Cowboys
Title Games:
Eagles over Rams
Titans over Chiefs
Super Bowl XXXVIII:
Eagles over Titans (keeping with my pre-season prediction)
Oh yea, and…
NFL Coaching Carousel predictions:
Giants: Tom Coughlin
Redskins: Romeo Crennel
Falcons: Lovie Smith
Bears: Kirk Ferentz
Cardinals: Jim Fassel
Raiders: Dennis Green
Bills: Charlie Weis


REBEL WITHOUT A CHANCE: There’s an interesting piece by Franklin Foer (reprinted here) in the most recent TNR about how Howard Dean’s lack of religiosity could be a liability in a general election against the president. At issue is Dean’s decision in the early 1980s to switch from the Episcopal to Congregationalist church due to a dispute over a bike path (I’m more concerned with his Yankees/Red Sox conversion, but that’s just me.) Anyway, the piece quotes the brother of the candidate on the subject:

Indeed, when Dean first explained his denominational switch on ABC’s “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos was incredulous: “Over the bike path?” Most people respond that way, even Dean’s friends and family. My questions about the centrality of the bike path take them by surprise. “I have never heard that before,” says his brother James Dean.

Yes, Howard has a brother named James Dean. How did this escape notice until now?


BEST-EVER REFUTATION OF THE “LORD OF THE RINGS IS RACIST” ARGUMENT: From Jonah Goldberg, at the time of the last movie, but still relevant now:

Many of the Orcs (and the super-Orcs) are dark-skinned and have slant-eyes. They are also how shall I put this? Orcs! Ya frickin’ idjit!
One is tempted to ask who is the real racist here? On the one hand we have people like me who see horrific, flesh-eating, dull-witted creatures with jagged feral teeth, venomous mouths, pointed devilish ears, and reptilian skin, and say, “Cool, Orcs!” On the other hand we have people, like Mr. Yatt, who see the same repugnant creatures and righteously exclaim “black people!” Maybe he should spend less time vetting movies for signs of racism and more time vetting himself if, that is, he free-associates black people with these subhuman monsters.

As for me, I loved “Return of the King,” unquestionably my favorite of the three LOTR films. Among its many accomplishments, it set a new all-time record for Most False Endings (6) in an American film, breaking the previous record of 5, set by Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It doesn’t matter to me whether a candidate is a secular Protestant, such as Dean; a Catholic, such as John Kerry; or someone like Wesley Clark, whose father was Jewish and who apparently switches to a different Christian denomination every couple of years. Then again, I suppose I’m one of those secularists who Joe Lieberman’s mother warned him about.” –Dan Kennedy, the Boston Phoenix.