The two weeks between the Grammys and the Oscars is as interminable as the two week break before the Super Bowl, amirite guys? The Grammys just get us all hopped up on awards show energy, like a double dose of meth, and then the next weekend….nothing.
Well, not nothing. The antivirals are here!
Sports Has AIDS
Two free goodies for non-subscribers at Baseball Prospectus this week: Mike Fast performs a fascinating investigation of strike zone variance, and Jay Jaffe looks back at the career of the just-retired Gary Sheffield — who will always hold a special place in my heart for throwing a punch at a Fenway fan while fielding a ball.
Line of the week goes to Buzz Bissinger, who while arguing with people on Twitter about his piece on white racism damaging the popularity of the NBA, wrote: “Minorities don’t watch NASCAR because it is idiotic and boring.” A-fucking-men.
The Super Bowl and its aftermath left my dry. Packers-Steelers. Rodgers-Favre. Yawn. But hey, at least now we’ve got a protracted labor dispute on our hands to keep our sports columnists in Moleskine and Evan Williams for a few more months. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is emerging as the voice of the hard-line owners, and he confirms everything we’ve ever believed about rich, entitled douchebags.
A headline presented without comment: HIV-Positive Tommy Morrison Says HIV Doesn’t Exist So He Has Unprotected Sex “Every Day.”
Television Has AIDS
Friday Night Lights is dead. Long live Friday Night Lights. We recently debated who among the cast would have the most successful post-FNL career, with Taylor Kitsch, Kyle Chandler and Michael B. Jordan the popular choices. But Adrienne Palicki has stuck an early blow by landing the role of Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s NBC pilot. The show is guaranteed to be cancelled after six episodes, but it’s still more than Jesse Plemons is up to these days.
A piece in Slate about Alan Sepinwall and the nature of episode-by-episode reviews of TV series has kicked off some interesting discussion among James Poniewozik, Myles McNutt, Donna Bowman, and Sepinwall himself.
A divisive episode of Community, in which everyone seemed to agree that the episode was great on its own, but presented troubling implications for the show’s characterization of Pierce, and how the other characters relate to him. Todd VanDerWerff’s take is my favorite, even though I’m a bit more concerned about “The Pierce Issue” than he is.
The complete oral history of Party Down, from Whitney Pastorek. Thank you, Whitney, for this service unto humanity.
Politics Has AIDS
Hey, did you hear that Wisconsin’s the new Egypt? True story. Talking Points Memo peeks behind the curtains of the crazy governor’s scheme.
While we’re on the topic of unions, Eric Alterman relates the NFL lockout to us, the common folk.
Just as in 1994, Republicans are drunk with power following a mid-term Congressional takeover. How are they celebrating? With an all-out war on the center, including initiatives like eliminating all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Smart strategy, guys. How’d it work out in 1996? The far right lacks the kind of forward and strategic thinking required to lead, so it stands to reason they can’t figure out how to take advantage of their newfound power without alienating 90% of us.
Hey, I know that we’re all distracted with the Pujols contract and the LCD Soundsystem ticket imbroglio, but you know that whole global warming thing and how we’re all going to die because of it? That’s still happening.
Film Has AIDS
Interesting post on Cinematical about the killing of real animals in movie-making. Michael Vick got erect while reading the part about slaughtering the ox in Apocalypse Now.
They’re letting Richard Kelly make another movie? After Southland Tales and The Box? Are you sure? (It’s always depressing when a work you once loved is diminished by its creator’s later endeavors, as with Donnie Darko, or Pete Yorn’s first album.)
The Film Experience compares Raging Bull and The Social Network as part of its Distant Relatives series.
And why hasn’t someone done this before?
Music Has AIDS
Oh great, now the statheads are going to ruin music just like they ruined baseball. Fucking nerds.
Draw Us Lines looks back at My Morning Jacket’s first album. They seem overdue for a new album/Lollapalooza slot/backlash, don’t they?
Finally, 2011 will go down in history as the year we lost both The White Stripes and LCD Soundsystem, but we need not abandon hope. We still have Radiohead.