Monthly Archives: October 2007

Why the Apology?

News Item: Lions’ Kitna Apologizes For “Naked Coach” Costume
The team Halloween party attire, in which Kitna dressed as a “naked man” and his wife portrayed a fast food employee, was a reference to the arrest last year in which Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen was arrested for driving drunk -and nude- through an area Wendy’s drivethrough.
Kitna and his wife were also the target of other costumers; a teammate and his wife showed up at the same party dressed as “Bible-thumpers.”

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Anti-MoDo Quote of the Day

Scott Lemieux, of Lawyers, Guns and Money, on the latest nonsense from America’s worst op-ed columnist, laying waste to…:

The latest bit of vacuous misogyny from Maureen Dowd, whose presence on a major op-ed page remains and will always be an absolute disgrace. A couple more points are worth emphasizing. First, none of this has the slightest shred of substantive significance; the idea (also now being propounded by Slate) that pop-psych anecdotes about people’s marriages tell us anything interesting about a presidential candidate’s performance is nothing but a cover for journalists who prefer lazy gossip to actually doing their jobs. The second is that Dowd, as always, doesn’t seem to understand feminism. Not only is feminism (to use Jessica Valenti’s line) not Maureen Dowd’s dating service, most intelligent feminists understand that feminism does not provide any single answer to the question “what should you do if your husband gets a blowjob from somebody else?” Some feminists are in open marriages. Some forgive adultery as anybody in a long-term relationship has to forgive some mistakes. Some will find it intolerable and leave. Feminism is a way of evaluating a relationship, not (leaving aside violence, etc.) a set of one-size-fits-all answers about how to deal with every situation. And finally, it should be obvious (and this is the biggest reason why such analysis is so useless) that Clinton would have been condemned no matter what she did. If she had left her husband, she would be a cold man-hating shrew with no respect for the institution of marriage; since she stayed with her husband, she’s somehow an ambitious schemer who is betraying feminism (which is not betrayed, apparently, by sexist smears on her candidacy in the New York Times.) She can’t win.

Robert Goulet, RIP

The legendary crooner died last night at the age of 73. Sure, I know I’m being a philistine for saying this, but I primarily remember Goulet for four things: His great ESPN college basketball commercials in the mid-’90s, his role as villain Quentin Hapsburg* in the underrated “Naked Gun 2 1/2,” his brilliant Emerald Nuts commercials from earlier this year, and (of course) Will Ferrell’s ingenious impression of him:

*No, Goulet didn’t really die like this.

Sloganeering

I think it’s safe to say I’m not so excited about the upcoming NBA season. After all, according to Sports Illustrated, the team in my hometown (the Wolves) is the worst in the Western Conference, while the one in my adopted hometown (the Sixers) is the Least in the East. But despite all that, I enjoyed Awful Announcing’s compilation of every team’s slogan, along with better ideas for each.