Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Movies I’ve Seen Most

Slate asks a bunch of celebrities what movies they’ve seen the most times. Three stand out for me: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pulp Fiction.” Only slightly behind are “Clerks,” “Star Wars,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

One More Question On The Brett Myers Story

Why is everyone in Philly so much more angry at Dave Montgomery than they are at Brett Myers? Montgomery and the other owners may have blown the situation, sure, but Dave’s not the one who beat his wife.
Yes, I know people are livid at Montgomery for all the mismanagement over the years. But if I had to choose either him or Carl Pohlad to own my team, I’m picking Monty, about a hundred times out of a hundred.

“Superman Returns”

I saw it tonight, and yes, it’s very good. A little too long and slowly paced, and Lex Luthor’s evil plan made little sense, but aside from that Bryan Singer did a great job. Great action, some dynamite moments, and the look of the film was splendid too. Not quite as good as “Spider-man 2”- the superhero gold standard of the last 25 years- but definitely in the next tier.
I kept hearing for months that Singer had put all sorts of gay imagery and thematics into the film, but I saw none of that. Apparently, the studio made him replace all of it with Christ imagery.
Just a couple of questions: Why did Superman “go back to Krypton” at the beginning to search for survivors? Wasn’t he worried about, uh, Kryptonite? And after all these years, why is Jimmy Olsen still just a cub reporter?

Exit Myers

Phillies pitcher Brett Myers, who was arrested last Thursday and charged with assaulting his wife on the streets of Boston, has announced a leave of absence from the team that will last through the All-Star Break. Probably a good idea, though it should have been announced last Friday, as opposed to today.
The Phils unquestionably flubbed the ball in not disciplining Myers immediately or coming out forcefully enough against domestic violence. But the past few days of fan hysteria have made two things very clear: That Myers almost certainly cannot continue to pitch in Philadelphia for much longer, and that by this point, a lot of the fans are just using the Myers thing as a club with which to beat up on an organization that they despised even before this happened.
But finally, I’m with Jayson Stark on this: “The Phillies don’t always deserve the treatment they get in Philadelphia. But not this time. Whatever the price they wind up paying for Brett-gate, they’ve earned it all.”

Get Well, Old Hickory

The legendary baseball analyst Peter Gammons suffered a brain aneurysm this morning and underwent several hours of surgery tonight. Details are scarce, but we do know that Gammons is in intensive care and will be for several days.
I’m watching “SportsCenter” right now, and not only did the Gammons story not lead the telecast, but it wasn’t mentioned until 10 minutes into it. But the producers did find the time to show the Bill Buckner clip, and also have a five-minute discussion of Roger Clemens’ mechanics. Disgraceful. It’s not like he’s their colleague, or a legend, or anything like that.

This Upsets Me Much More Than the NYT Bank Records Flap

This New York Times op-ed is one of the more dishonest things I’ve seen written from the left side in quite some time. In it, Clark Kent Ervin (is he Superman?) argues that the recent arrest of eight terror suspects in Miami should caution us to not stereotype “Arabs as terrorists.” Because none of the eight men were Arabs.
But all eight of them were radical Islamists. And that’s why Ervin’s argument is dishonest. Almost no one has ever argued that there is something about being Arab that makes people become terrorists. Many, many, people have argued, however, that there is something about being a radical Islamist that makes people terrorists. The lesson of this case, therefore, is that we must be watchful and confrontational towards radical Islam. Not, as Ervin writes, that “it’s not always Arabs.”

Quote of the Day

From Gawker:

Jesus lives and saves us all: Star Jones is reportedly announcing her departure from The View, preferring instead to continue her rapid shrinking in the privacy of her own home. If were lucky, her on-air farewell will be the exact opposite of Katie Courics: hilarious and laced with blood.

Star is a medical marvel: no matter how much weight she loses, her head stays the same size.

The AL Central is a Cruel, Cruel Beast

After tonight’s win over the Dodgers, the Twins have won five straight and 15 of their last 17- and in that time, have picked up only a half a game on first-place Detroit, and a game and a half on wild-card leader Chicago. Those Twins- they can’t win even when they win. Then again, I guess it’s payoff for all those years that the rest of the division sucked.
And now, just in the last three days two different national columnists (Stark, Rosenthal) and one local one (Souhan) have weighed in with just about the same column on what they’ll do with Torii Hunter. I say, trade him at the deadline. It’ll be painful, yes, but you don’t give a long-term deal to a 30-year-old with declining offensive numbers, just so he can play in the new ballpark. Try to get a good young pitcher and third baseman in return.