Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bored to Death: Season Premiere

HOWARD MEGDAL: There’s a marvelous shift between the pleasures of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death, though both owe a lot to Jewish angst and tremendous performances. This year’s season premiere leaves me optimistic that the second season will only build on last year’s noble effort.

AKIE BERMISS: I couldn’t agree more with Howard. Bored to Death is a real treat. As preparation for the season 2 premiere, I watched the last few episodes from season 1 and was reminded of why I liked the show. Its absurd, kind of heart-warming, and bite-sized. The second season returns with all the things that made the show great — and less of what gave he first few episodes a bad after taste. Continue reading

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Champions League: Round 2, Day 1

MIKE CUMMINGS: Welcome to the official thread for the inaugural Perpetual Post Champions League liveblog® (patent pending). Let’s pray this works.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’m looking at primarily Auxerre v. Real Madrid and Basel 1893 vs. Bayern Munich. Curious to see if poor Auxerre can fight their way into the group, and if Bayern is as strong as they looked last time out against Roma. Continue reading

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NFL Week 3 in Review

Chiefs 31, 49ers 10
CHRIS PUMMER:
A friend and 49ers fan recently shared with me his opinion that Mike Singletary’s strength as a coach is his ability to raise the emotional level of his players, but that a team could…

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SNL in Review: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry

ZOË RICE: There was potential here–alas unrealized. I guess the gag is that Christine Cornell actually masturbates and has other hidden skeletons in her closet? Like dog fighting? I enjoyed the final beat, with Kristin Wiig donning hat and broom. Otherwise…


HOWARD MEGDAL:
My biggest problem here is that Wiig doesn’t even appear to have bothered with a character. It’s the stock Wiig, and it drags because they give her nothing to work with, dialogue-wise. I expected more after a whole summer to recharge, but this was the case throughout the episode. Continue reading

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Manchester City Vs. Chelsea In Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: “Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League at the moment. They are probably going to win the Premier League title easily.” That’s what Roberto Mancini said before his Manchester City squad faced Chelsea this past weekend. Then City went right ahead and proved their manager wrong. Well, sort of.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Saturday’s game provided an answer to the question: was Chelsea dominant because of poor competition, or were the Blues that much better than everyone in the EPL? Apparently, it was the former. Continue reading

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Christine O’Donnell and Witchcraft

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Huffington Post noted last week that Wiccans are not particularly pleased with Christine O’Donnell’s “witchcraft” comments, particularly her allusion to the “questionable folks” she may or may not have hung out with in high school.

ALLISON REILLY: True, O’Donnell’s comments and past involving witchcraft aren’t worth the media hype it’s received. And true, they probably won’t mean anything to her political career in the long run. But as someone who lived with a Wiccan for two years, the definition of Wicca and its differentiation from Satanism and witchcraft must be specified. Continue reading

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Michael Vick, Philly QB

Mike Silva: The Michael Vick saga hit home for me personally. First, as a dog lover, I can’t imagine another human being treating animals in such an inhumane way. I am not minimizing some of the other transgressions in sports – sexual assault, drunk driving, or drug use- but to hurt a defenseless creature that essentially wants to provide unconditional love is one of the ultimate acts of evil.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kolb is still the likely long-term solution for this team at quarterback, so endangering his health would be a poor choice, even if another option weren’t readily available. Such an option is in Vick, who is demonstrating he can still uses his legs to cover for a patchwork o-line, but can maybe pass the ball as well as he did before his career went on hiatus.

ALEX PREWITT: It’s funny how thing suddenly spin completely around once Vick puts up a few more numbers, and proved that this successful comeback isn’t just an aberration. The impossible has become reality: Michael Vick has returned to elite quarterback status in the NFL. Forget the dog-fighting puns or the prison jokes, and if we push aside all subjective feelings of morality and look at this from a purely football standpoint, then Vick deserves to be the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, hands dow Continue reading

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Community Season Premiere

AKIE BERMISS: Community is definitely the little show that could. Not that anybody knows it yet — but this is one of the best shows on television right now. Don’t ask me to explain why its so good. Don’t ask me how. All I know is, for some reason, I decided to watch the pilot last year and I never looked back.
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The Simpsons: Season Premiere

THOMAS DELAPA: Ay caramba. The 22nd season of America’s favorite family starts off with a strikeout instead of a Homer.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I have to echo Tom’s point of view on this episode, but let’s discuss why to get a full understanding of why this was so disappointing. Continue reading

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Paul Konerko’s HOF Case

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Konerko for the Hall of Fame? Ridiculous, right?

Well, would your answer change if Konerko reached 500 home runs? My guess is, that gets him in. So with that stipulation…

CHRIS PUMMER: Konerko’s HOF case would rest on the assumption that voters are 1) still punishing steroid users and 2) prefer to see that one big round number like 500 home runs, instead of looking at a player’s total offensive contribution in context. Continue reading

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