Monthly Archives: March 2006

Media Critic Quote of the Week

Debra LaFave, the Florida high school teacher who recently pled guilty to charges that she had sex with a 14-year-old student, reportedly wants to go into journalism. Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Tribune likes the idea:

There might be some suggestion that a woman with a checkered past, a host of legal problems, struggles with mental illness and a sexual history of Mata Hari-esque ill repute is disqualified from daring to enter the hallowed inner sanctum of a news organization.
To which it might be suggested – come on in, Deb, the water’s fine. You’ll feel right at home.
Indeed, the Fourth Estate historically has been populated by so many drunks, nut cases, egotists, eccentrics, manic-depressives and preening poltroons, that if Lafave is looking for an environment that will allow her to fade into the woodwork, she’ll find no better respite from infamy than journalism.
To those who might get all huffy that Lafave is too morally challenged to flash a press pass, two words: Marv Albert.

I think what Daniel is really saying is “they’re aren’t enough hotties in my newsroom.”

Stop That Man Before He Dances Again!

Think twice before you dance in South Beach:

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Dancing in the street got Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones arrested.
Jones was charged with the misdemeanor of failure to obey a lawful command after he allegedly refused to stop dancing outside a South Beach club early Sunday, according to Miami Beach police.
“He refused several orders to get out of the street, and he was arrested,” said police spokesman Bobby Hernandez on Monday.

If only he moved his feet better on the field.

Press Release of the Year

Got this in the work inbox today:

THINKFilm Acquires Worldwide Rights to FUCK
New York, March 23 – THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to FUCK, an amusing and provocative documentary by Steve Anderson about everyone’s favorite four-letter word. The film, which was recently screened to great acclaim at SXSW, features interviews with (in alphabetical order): Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T, Ron Jeremy, Bill Maher, Michael Medved, Alanis Morrisette, Kevin Smith and the late Hunter S. Thompson, among others.

Sounds like “The Aristocrats,” only not quite as funny. How long before they make a movie version of this book?

Who Are the Ad Wizards…?

My favorite commercial currently on the air: the Arby’s spot with the old, skinny guy dressed as Hulk Hogan. Great stuff- I laugh out loud every time.
And my least favorite? No question, the one for Old Spice with the guy in the shower, and his wife/girlfriend asking him which of her friends he thinks is the hottest. Therefore, every single guy watching the commercial gets asked the same question by his wife/girlfriend. They expect guys to buy their product, after going through that ordeal?

He’s Back!

From Peter Gammons’ Sunday column, we get word of an old friend we’d almost forgotten about:

If Armando Benitez does break down, don’t be surprised if the Giants turn to Merkin Valdez — who’s had a great spring — and Brian Wilson, who shot through the organization last season with his power stuff.

Go Merkin! He could emerge as the post-Bonds face of the Giants organization, but be careful: no team has ever won a World Series with a player named for a pubic wig on the active roster.
Then again, I wasn’t so happy to read in that column about Roger Clemens and his new pregame ritual involving Icy Hot. Yuk. Between that and Peter King’s colonoscopy report, way too much information from our favorite middle-aged sports columnists this week.
Deadspin noticed the same thing, after I typed this.

The Tournament

Is there anyone in the entire country who had that Final Four in their pre-tournament bracket? I highly doubt that anyone picked George Mason who didn’t go there, so I suppose there must be some very happy Mason alum who correctly guessed them, Florida, UCLA, and LSU.
My bracket is in tatters, of course, but I’m especially laughing at the guys on “Best Damn Sports Show,” three of whom picked all four #1 seeds in the Final Four.