September 22, 2005


  • In honor of HBO finally coming to their senses and taking one of the worst shows in television history off the air, let's take a nice trip down memory lane with a couple things I've written about The Comeback ...

    June 24, 2005:

    HBO's new series, The Comeback, is horrible. The show has a similar feel to Curb Your Enthusiasm, except without any of the humor or wit. Whereas Larry David plays himself brilliantly, Lisa Kudrow is playing an over-the-top character who belongs in a bad Saturday Night Live sketch (which I'll admit is a bit redundant these days).

    I decided to give it a few weeks before judging the show, but each episode is like a long, drawn-out setup for a big joke with absolutely no payoff. It's a shame too, because the show's plot has a lot of potential if it weren't being done so horribly on every level.

    July 22, 2005:

    I watch The Comeback every week, despite the fact that I absolutely hate it and think it is by far the worst show HBO has put on in years. I literally complain outloud (to no one) about how horrible what I am watching is, which I'm fairly certain is sign of extreme insanity. The show is so bad that it actually angers me.

    I've been to funnier funerals, and in no way do I mean that as hyperbole.

  • The Week in Waffle Crappers:

    * Underrated Waffle Crapper Jessica Biel will reportedly get extremely naked in her upcoming movie, London. In addition to that -- which is more than enough to get me to see the movie -- lists one of my favorite comedians, Dane Cook, as one of Biel's co-stars. Wait, it gets even better. Cook's character? "Cockblocker." I haven't been this excited to see a movie since the Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee video came out.

    * When's the last time you saw someone this cute buying Lactaid at the grocery store? I mean, besides never.

    * I know I've linked to this picture twice already, but I am seriously debating whether or not the entire blog should simply be devoted to it on an everyday basis.

  • Than Tibbetts, who is one of the nicest people I met while in the University of Minnesota's school of journalism, is now a bylined writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In looking at how Than's journalism career has gone thus far compared to how mine has(n't) gone, it should be fairly easy to conclude that good things happen to good people (assuming someone at the Minnesota Daily sees fit to give them a chance).
  • Oh, and just to clarify that last note: Yes, I'm still bitter.
  • I keep bookmarking new blogs to link to and then always forget to actually do it, so here are a few worth checking out: Talking Chop ... Rowland's Office ... The Roto Authority ... Baseball Esoterica.
  • I know this isn't exactly breaking news, but remember that whole thing about Fred Smoot and Chad Johnson jawing back and forth leading up to Sunday's Bengals-Vikings game? Has any piece of trash talking ever backfired more than that? Not only did Johnson catch a 70-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage, he had a total of seven catches for 139 yards in the game and the Bengals won 37-8. Smoot should just STFU from here on out.
  • I don't really have anything witty to say here (shocking, I know), but this is just a really odd story. And here's the follow-up story, which is just as odd. You'd be drinking too if you had to call the Nebraska-Pittsburgh game.
  • Remember a few years ago, when that guy D'Angelo had a hit record and there was that video of him singing, naked from the waist up? Remember how that was a big deal and women were swooning over him? Well, now he's just another fat guy with an arrest record.
  • This is probably the only list of movies where The Devil's Rejects ranks #1. Also, I'm assuming no one has calculated where The Aristocrats ranks on the list yet.
  • Anyone who regularly reads Charlie Walters' column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press knows he puts forth an awful lot of questionable things under the guise of reporting rumors, but this statement from yesterday might take the cake:

    The only player considered untouchable when the Twins talk trades this offseason is pitcher Johan Santana.

    Because we all know no one in the organization thinks much of the team's catcher. From now on I'll be wearing this while I read Walters' columns.

  • Today at The Hardball Times:
    - Hall of Fame Intangibles (by John Brattain)
    - Stats, Science, Circumstance, and the Power of Language (by Dan Fox)

    Today's Picks (106-95, +$885):
    Minnesota (Lohse) +145 over Chicago (Contreras)

    Saturday's Picks:
    Purdue +3 (-110) over Minnesota

    Sunday's Picks:
    Tennessee +7 (-110) over St. Louis
    Cincinnati -3 (-110) over Chicago

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