Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Sports Talk Show I Can Live With

Sports "Talk" is really a misnomer. It's actually Sports "Shout." That's where these 3 or 4 guys, dressed in ties and jackets, sit at a long desk, kind of like a counter at a diner, and shout each other down on all the various aspects of sports. I can watch about 3 minutes of it before I realize I AM ANGRY! At what? I'm not sure. Because I don't care who wins the Stanley Cup or the NBA Championship, or who's playing in the Final Four or the fact the A-Rod makes too much or some NFL coach tripped a guy on the sidelines. I really don't care about all this.

But I do like being entertained. Which is why I'm so enthused about a new sports "talk" show that begins tonight on Comedy Central at 9:30 CST. It's produced by The Onion, in my opinion one of the funniest publications and websites on earth. I check them out frequently or, when I'm in Chicago, pick up The Onion newspaper, which is available just about everywhere. My all-time favorite Onion headline: "Lou Gehrig Dies of Lou Gehrig Disease."

So if you enjoy sharp satire, if you appreciate The Daily Show or The Colbert Report or The Office, for instance.... if you like Monty Python TV and SCTV and the musicals "Spamalot" and "Urinetown" ... if you'd like to get away from SportsShout, check this out. Mind you, I haven't seen the show yet - it premieres tonight - but I know it just has to be good. I've attached a couple of links. http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/channels/sportsdome/

Sunday, January 2, 2011

That Can't Be Right

Hey! Wait a minute. This is WHAT year?? 2011?
No, that's impossible. Wasn't it just a year ago, maybe two, that we were all waiting for the New Millenium? Sure, just a couple of years ago. The ATM's were gonna go down. Airplanes were gonna crash. Our computers were to be rendered useless. So what's this 2011 stuff? What has happened to the past 8 or 9 years?

Somebody, I'm convinced, is screwing around with Time. Like putting it on Fast Forward, throwing more coal in the boiler, shifting into high and putting the pedal to the metal. It's probably terrorists, or people on Wall Street, or Republicans, or maybe aging hippies who have finally entered that 4th or 5th dimension now that all the drugs have kicked in. Whoever it is, I don't appreciate it.

I want Time to slow down to a crawl. Even during winter. I want to be able to enjoy lots more hikes with my wife and dogs, good pasta and salads at Italian restaurants, pieces of Godiva dark chocolate, episodes of Dexter and Walking Dead, performances by the St. Louis Symphony, new movies that have an honest-to-God plot and characters that I care deeply about. And Time to write a few more posts on my blog, and maybe even another book.

So I guess I've arrived at my thought for this year. Slow down. What's the hurry? We're all going to get there. Let's not be out of breath when we do.