Monthly Archives: February 2009

Demetri Martin: Discussion

HOWARD MEGDAL: I believe that Important Things has a chance to become appointment viewing (or would be, if DVR hadn’t rendered my TV appointment book moot.)

As a longtime fan of Demetri Martin’s standup, I enjoy the opening standup gig-…

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Big East NCAA Tournament Projections


Record: 24-2, 12-2
Outlook: Obviously an NCAA tournament lock, and almost certainly a #1 seed, but the Huskies’ chances of holding the top spot in the East region

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HBO: Just another mediocre network/Still Not TV-HBO!

HBO’s best shows are long behind it.  Now the network needs to reclaim its big ambitions.

JEFF ELDRIDGE: It’s the static, predictable grousing of Nikki on Big Love.  It’s Tell Me That You Love Me‘s conflation of oral…

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Annotated SNL in Review: Alec Baldwin / The Jonas Brothers

STEVE MURPHY: I really enjoyed last week’s episode, let’s see if Alec Baldwin can keep the funny ball in the air!  (spoiler alert:  No, no he can’t.)

HOWARD MEGDAL: While I feel Alec Baldwin is a bit overrated, I certainly…

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Guitar Hero/Rock Band: The Day the Music Died/Democratizing Music

AKIE BERMISS: Friends. Gamers. Musicians. Lend me you ears. I come to bury Guitar Hero, not to praise it.

STEPHON JOHNSON: It didn’t take long for those of little humor and complete arrogance to use the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games as a soap box for lamenting the state of music in the 21st Century. Continue reading

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Georgia’s Next Coach: Bob Knight is the Right Choice/Time for Fresh Blood

For Georgia, vote Bob Knight.

STEVE KORNACKI: When he was 30 years old, General Bob Knight was the hottest coaching commodity in the country – young, proven (a 102-50 mark in six years at West Point, whose rules forbade him…

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Prosecute Bush War Crimes/Time to Move On

Dave Tomar: The idea of trying Bush for War Crimes is nothing more than a heartwarming fantasy. We’d love to picture him on the stands like the disheveled and disgraced Saddam Hussein, madly clinging to the idea of his own executive immortality as the gallows swing in breezy anticipation of his deserving neck. But we would all be on trial.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The best analogy, to borrow from FDR’s Lend-Lease, is to a house on fire. Obviously, we need to put the fire out. Any good municipality does that. But when it’s out, you go get the arsonists. Investigations take time. Let them begin. Continue reading

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Christian Bale: Hot or Not?


Christian Bale’s beauty cannot be put into words, but I will try.

That which does not kill Christian Bale only makes him hotter.

Before I expound, let me state for the record that I am…

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Citi Field: A Contract is a Contract/Time to Bail, Mets


Citigroup’s naming-rights deal with the Mets doesn’t look all that good now that Citigroup is the poster child for the bailout, but that doesn’t mean that the deal should be broken.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Here’s the problem. When a Texas Republican and Dennis Kucinich find common ground on something, that means we’ve got a perfect storm of political outrage. So soon enough, Citigroup is going to have to give up the naming rights-every TARP company will.
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Doogie Howser Legacy Smackdown: Neil Patrick Harris vs. Max Casella

HOWARD MEGDAL: Who knew that the teenager climbing through Doogie Howser, M.D.’s window would awkwardly jump down into America’s hearts? No actor has been in more important places in American acting over the past  15 years than Max Casella, who,…

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