Monthly Archives: March 2007

The Brady Bunch

When I watched the clips of Peyton Manning on SNL this weekend, I realized there was a really, really obvious monologue joke that he had an opening to make, but didn’t. But, it turns out, he did, says the Boston Herald’s Inside Track column:

“What do Tom Brady and the circus have in common? Peyton said Joe asked him. They both have two more rings than you. Well, according to former ESPN.com writer Dan Shanoff, that was not how the joke originally went. In the dress rehearsal, Burlington homegal Amy Poehler was dressed in a Pats jersey and she is the one who delivered the two more rings than you line.
To which, Peyton replied Thats not the ONLY thing hell have two more of . . .

In My Minor-League Basketball League There is Problem

Michael Ray Richardson, the former NBA star who was suspended from the league multiple times for drugs, is back in the news, and it’s because he has been suspended again. But not from the NBA, and not for drugs.
Richardson, now coaching the Albany Patroons of the CBA, was banished for the rest of the season yesterday after making several controversial comments about Jews. When asked by reporters about his contract situation, Richardson replied that he needn’t worry, because he had retained “big-time Jew lawyers.” then he said…

“Are you kidding me? They are. They’ve got the best security system in the world. Have you ever been to an airport in Tel Aviv? They’re real crafty. Listen, they are hated all over the world, so they’ve got to be crafty.”
And he continued, “They got a lot of power in this world, you know what I mean?” he said. “Which I think is great. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with it. If you look in most professional sports, they’re run by Jewish people. If you look at a lot of most successful corporations and stuff, more businesses, they’re run by Jewish. It’s not a knock, but they are some crafty people.”

Yes, it was a dumb, dumb thing to say, and yes, he should be more media-savvy than to mouth off about that sort of thing to reporters. And no, he probably shouldn’t have used the word “crafty.”
But come on- this is nowhere near Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, or Tim “I hate gay people” Hardaway. After all, Richardson was praising Jewish people, both for their resourcefulness and military acumen. Clumsily and sort of offensively, yes, but praise is praise.
The biggest surprise of this whole story- the CBA still exists! I thought Isiah Thomas ran it into the ground. Though in that case, unlike with the Knicks, he wasn’t given a promotion, an extension, and a raise for destroying the formerly valuable basketball property with which he was entrusted.

Are They Trying to Have a Slow Start?

News Item: Twins Keep Silva, Send Garza Down
Yes, last year was awesome, when they looked dead in April but crawled back until winning the division the last day of the season. But come on- baseball doesn’t give points for degree of difficulty. Still, you just know Garza, Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey will all be in the rotation by my birthday (July 28) if not by Memorial Day.

Snow Job

The Onion’s website yesterday had an audio parody that purported to feature White House press secretary Tony Snow “evading questions” about his own mental health. The bit, called “Tony Snow Deftly Sidesteps Question of Own Sanity,” was a mock press conference in which Snow sidesteps questions from reporters, only instead of about Bush, they’re about him.
You’d think it sort of odd that they’d go with this sort of item, only a couple of days after Snow announced that his cancer had returned. But even odder, is that while this sort of thing- left-leaning humor web site mocks Republican with cancer!- seems tailor-made for the Fox News/blog Outrage Machine, but I haven’t even seen it mentioned by anyone. Maybe conservatives don’t read The Onion, but the paper has gotten lots of attention the last few days, what with its launch of a new 24-hour news project.