Sunday, January 13, 2008

An Upsetting Sunday

  • What I'm Watching/Listening To/Reading:
    • Two upsets today -- kudos to the Chargers, but I was much more impressed by the Giants. With a banged-up secondary and on the road against a much more skilled opponent who had already beaten them twice during the regular season, they made the plays when they needed to. It helps that their defensive line is so good.
    • "Real Time with Bill Maher" returned on Friday with no writers. The monologue was a little weak, but still a great show. Maher had an interesting diatribe about the writers' strike towards the end.
    • Don't sleep on the fact that "Monk" returned Friday as well with a surprisingly heavy episode. Such an underrated show.
    • Jimmy, what are you doing?
  • Random Thoughts/Links:
    • I'm surprised that Norv Turner did such a great job with LT and Rivers going down. On the Cowboys side, their decision to hire Wade Phillips came home to roost today. The Boys looked very sloppy -- horrible penalties, Romo cracked under the constant pressure late, and they made no adjustments after Umenyiora and company started to set up shop in the Dallas backfield.
    • I saw this while I was watching some show or another one afternoon.
    • The manager of the tire area of the Gaithersburg Costco reminds me an awful lot of Zeke/Mr. Friendly/Tom from "Lost".
  • Daily Rant:
    • What is with the weird verbal crutches by football announcers? Notice how it's almost never "the league" or "the NFL" but "the National Football League"? How the team that beat Dallas today is always "the New York Football Giants"? There haven't been New York Baseball Giants for fifty years. It's bad enough that they all come off as talking heads with not much special to say, but this crap makes them even more indistinguishable from each other.

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