Congrats Cards

Hey -- it was the Mets's series to lose, and they did, as it was the Yankee's ALDS series to lose. Now I'm going to have to put up with Deadspin's hourly blogs about the Cardinals for another week. Oh well. Verlander! Suppan! It's the 2006 World Series on FOX! I could care less about who wins.


Blogger Elliott complained...

The Tigers could make it three in a row for charter American League teams still in their original cities.

Charter franchises that went elsewhere:
-Baltimore Orioles (they became the Yankees)
-Milwaukee Brewers (they became the St. Louis Browns, who became the present day Orioles)
-Philadelphia Athletics (Oakland)
-Washington Senators (Minnesota Twins)

Charter franchises that stayed put:
-Boston Americans (our beloved Red Sox)
-Chicago White Stockings
-Cleveland Blues (now the Indians)
-Detroit Tigers

If the Tigers win the Series (as they should), then I might consider putting down some money on the Indians for next year.

(BTW, shame on the Tigers for letting the Cardinals win game one -- that precluded the AL from sweeping the Series three years in a row, which would have had the bonus effect of leaving Tony LaRussa's alltime World Series record a putrid 5-16)

10/24/2006 3:19 PM
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Picture Perfect

With photos and stills trickling out of the new Transformers movie production, one thing is irking me -- the movie robots look nothing like the cartoon robots. I understand that the story might be open to interpretation and Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg could want a more updated look for the Autobots and Decepticons, but robots aren't meant to have visible muscles or look like simple twisted metal. Visible goatees are cool, but non-angular, sinewy forms are not very robot-like indeed. I came across this image today and it pretty much sums it up (click to enlarge):

Click here for more renditions of our favorite characters.


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Lucky for me, the work environment is pretty laid back.


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'Kidnapped' To Soon Vanish

And so it begins.

One of the fall season's more highly touted programs is about to have production halted -- which is the industry-PC term for cancellation. That's too bad because it was an actually halfway decent program. I was even planning to add it to my glorious new DVR when it gets set up next week.

I haven't seen it since I checked out the pilot through Netflix back in August, but it had potential. Jeremy Sisto was a good fit for his role as the not-by-the-book abductee finder, and Timothy Hutton brought plenty of nervous energy to make you suspect he that he's behind the kidnapping of his son. Delroy Lindo also brought some gravitas to the series.

I've been missing a lot since I stopped using TiVo at the beginning of September. Here's hoping that Studio Sixty (probably, but deservedly) and Jericho survive so I can catch up and keep watching.


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Found: The Quality of Season Two

It was under my couch.

No, no... it was actually in ABC's ridiculous airing schedule. Trying to find an original episode of Lost being broadcast last season between September and May practically required a Mayan calendar -- and it really hurt the quality and overall effectiveness of the season. Having just blazed through about 20 episodes in the last week, I find that season two of Lost stands up incredibly well to the high standard that season one set forward.

During its original broadcast schedule, the show itself seemed lost -- meandering between characters' backstories and not making a strong connection between their pasts and their episodic situations on the island. A tighter schedule would have connected events better thematically over the course of the season.

Here's a quick rundown of their season two broadcast schedule:
Starting on 9/21:
5 weeks of shows
2 weeks off
4 weeks of shows
5 weeks off (!!!!!)
3 weeks of shows
1 week off
2 weeks of shows
2 weeks off
1 show
2 weeks off
4 weeks of shows
2 weeks off
4 weeks of shows

Three shows in eight weeks totally killed the momentum.

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The arrival of Henry Gale changed the tone of the show for the better. Breaking up that arc over the course of the second part of the season totally ruined it for the viewers.

Season two had a few other things going against it -- season one might be one of the best seasons of any show broadcast on network television, and the Anna Lucia character had almost no redeeming qualities. I'm still shocked by Michael's betrayal, but after re-watching the exploits of the Tail Section, I don't miss her as much.

The second season also did much to debunk the whole "island magic" thing, pointing towards Dr. Moreau-science as the reason for most goings-ons. I think viewers dug the enchantment/mystical theme and just got a little cranky when they realized it might be smoke and mirrors.

One thing everyone needs to remember -- there is a long-term plan (according to the producers). Thinking that you have everything figured out after only a quarter of the story is presumptuous.

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Season three does promise to be more cohesive -- a six episode mini-arc to start, a break until 2007 and then 18 episodes straight until May.

Where does Lost stand amongst television's giants? I still think it's broadcast television's best show, Academy for Television Arts and Sciences be damned!

If you haven't gotten into it, I implore you -- get the first and second seasons and decide for yourself whether it's worth your time. Don't let a disenchanted viewer or a hyper fanboy like myself convince you one way or another. Beyond the island, the magic, and the science it's simply a story of human relationships. We as humans are connected by the way we simply deal with things - whether they're joyous moments like a World Series win or tragic ones like a terrorist attack, or a plane crash. Lost just changes the scenery for us.


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Not to Get Lazy or Anything...

I have no intention of this blog turning into a linkdump, but here's another doozy:


The Wednesday, Sept. 27 entry is an absolutely blistering chat line-by-chat line commentary/deconstruction/assassination of Joe Morgan's chat on ESPN.com. These chat commentaries are a standard feature of firejoemorgan.blogspot.com.


Blogger Elliott complained...

A few gems from the Twins-A's games today (paraphrased):

"It's easier to score from 3rd base with one out than it is to score from 2nd base with one out."

"It's harder to come back from two runs than it is down one run."

Jon Miller: "And it looks like the A's are going to pull Barry Zito after 92 pitches. Are you surprised Joe, especially with how effectively he's been pitching?"
Morgan (with thinly veiled disgust): "That's just how they do it these days." (i.e. these modern ball players are all pussies, especially those pansies in the American League).

The bestcase scenario would be to have Berman, Morgan, and McCarver announce Frontier League games, or battle each other in some kind of caged arena.

10/03/2006 5:38 PM
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Blogger jomilkman complained...

if victory in said battle was determined by who could eat the most ho-ho's, i'd put my money on berman

10/04/2006 11:05 AM
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Bittersweet Vindication

Has it really been 12 days since the last post? Time flies. I'm still unpacking, eating dinner with future-in-laws and getting full-time jobs.

The Simmons hate-a-thon is in its opening throes:

Read this first (optional, but helpful for context).

Read this.

Read this after.

Essentially, Bill Simmons lives in an insular world in which is "cutting edge"-ness is actually tempered by his employers. He provides a few interesting ideas every three months, but ultimately his schtick is just that: contrived, expected and used way-too-much. I'll admit I give him the hometown critical discount because I do enjoy when he talks about the Celtics' glory days, but I can definitely see how non-Boston-based bloggers can feel their bile rising.


Blogger Offy complained...

If you want well written articles about the Celtics glory days just look to Bob Ryan once the season starts. He's always good for one or two a season. Simmons moreso writes about Bird's glory days.

It's a shame because he used to be great, but he rarely writes anymore and is completely out of touch with the average Boston sports fan. I'm not sure what target audience he's aiming for these days.

10/03/2006 5:29 PM
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