Friday, December 11, 2009

Sweeter Than Honey

  • Reading List:
    • Friday's a great time to catch up on a couple of articles.
    • Jason Whitlock has not just written the best columns about the Tiger Woods situation, nobody is a close second. Rather than dealing with the gory details, he's been focusing on the media's (hypocritical) reaction. In today's column, he attacked Rick Reilly and Herm Edwards and he brought up some interesting points about how race plays into the coverage. Whitlock is also really, really funny on Twitter (@WhitlockJason).
    • You probably don't know that perhaps the foremost historian of 19th-century baseball is a guy named Pete Nash. If not, you may be surprised to find out that Pete Nash used to be known as Prime Minister Pete Nice from the rap group 3rd Bass. Here is the crazy tale of his life and why the FBI is investigating him.
  • Random Pop Culture:
    • Community creator Dan Harmon said on Twitter that tonight's episode was his favorite yet. Agreed. Too much good stuff to point out any one thing, but the highlight was the way it made fun of different religions. Both Community and 30 Rock tonight had great Jew-mocking jokes.
    • I'm thrown for a loop with this season of Survivor at this point. It's all edge-of-your-seat and anything can happen at any tribal council. Hard to imagine that Russell, who is now clearly the most entertaining player in show history, can keep surviving now that the target is squarely on him, but I keep saying that. His move at the second tribal tonight was jaw-droppingly ballsy.
    • I stopped doing football picks on here because, well, who really cares? But I seriously thought (and had I remembered to make my picks against the spread) that Cleveland had a chance to beat Pittsburgh tonight. Didn't have the guts to pick the Browns in my office pool. Not only are the Steelers out of the playoffs, but they're not guaranteed a .500 record. In fact, with their remaining games being Green Bay, Baltimore, and at Miami, they could actually lose ten games.
    • Going to see Up In The Air tomorrow, I'll let you all know.
  • Random Music Video:
    • Thirty-two years ago today, Otis Redding died when his tour plane crashed. His most famous recording is probably "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", but I'd argue that the best song he ever wrote is this one, made famous by Aretha Franklin, but performed live here by Redding.


angie said...

I actually read that column yesterday and thought it was awful. Not just extremely poorly written from a technical standpoint, but also full of ridiculous assertions and disjointed reasoning. His points about Reilly and Edwards may be correct; I don't know since I haven't really heard/read what they've said. But the rest of it? Crap.

Josh said...

I don't know if it's the race part that you didn't like, but I don't think it can be totally discounted. Not in the trouble, Tiger brought that on himself, but in people's reactions.