Monthly Archives: October 2010

In Briefs: Willow Smith’s “I Whip My Hair”

AKIE BERMISS: I woke up this morning to find the first thing in my Facebook feed — the premiere of the video for Willow Smith’s (yes, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett) new video: I Whip My Hair

http://www.willowsmith.com/

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: So, now thanks to a culture of celebrity worship, we’re all forced to bear witness to the kinds of childhood forays that only extended family and family friends should have to deal with. It’s like we’re all being asked to watch Smith family vacation pictures and home movies. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Week 6 in Review

KIP MOONEY: After last week’s season peak, the show is finally on a roll again after a very shaky opening. The writing is simply stellar in its jokes and earned emotional payoffs.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Agree with nearly every point you make, Kip, though Cam has been tremendous throughout. The writers let him down this week. Continue reading

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Ted Lilly’s Contract

Mike Silva : In a vacuum Ted Lilly‘s 3 year/$33 million dollar deal is a good contract. Over the last four years Lilly has won 54 games, pitched to a 3.68 ERA, and an ERA+ of 121. Additionally, he’s pitched 175 plus innings during that span despite entering his late prime.

CHRIS PUMMER: None of this is to say the Dodgers can’t do all of these things with Ted Lilly on the payroll, with this reasonable contract. Should the team get its house in order, then a payroll north of $100 million should be on the horizon.

You’d have to think the Dodgers are willing to go there. Because if not, then you have to question the decision to make an aging Lilly a tenth of your payroll or more. Continue reading

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Bigger Speaker Worries: Pelosi or Boehner?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sure, the Tea Partiers could turn on John Boehner. But Nancy Pelosi has faced the far more sustained attacks this election season, and faces significant problems with holding on to the Speaker’s gavel next January. Continue reading

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Firing of Juan Williams

HOWARD MEGDAL: The debate about NPR’s firing of Juan Williams is as nonsensical as the comment Williams made that led to his termination by NPR.

ALLISON REILLY: Should Williams have been fired? No. Could NPR have done a better job handling the whole thing? Yes. Did Williams cross some sort of line or do something wrong? Perhaps. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Derivative Bands

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: When you hear a band that distinctly reminds you of another, older, possibly better band, does it make you happy for them that they have such great influences, or does it annoy you that they’re kind of copping another band’s sound?

Full disclosure: I just saw Vampire Weekend play this weekend, and it mostly made me want to go home and listen to Paul Simon’s Graceland. I don’t know how I feel about that.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: And what about when a more recent band is not just explicit about its attempts to replicate an older (legendary) band’s sound.. but then even claims to be the heir to that band’s throne? Oasis, I’m looking at you. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Dead Body in the Car

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m not going to judge, because I really need to clean out my car too. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never left a dead homeless person in it for 10 months either.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: I had a friend in high school whose car *smelled* like it may be carrying a dead body (sans baking soda), but I’m pretty sure she hadn’t lost one in there, either. (I’m also pretty sure that was the only thing she hadn’t lost in there….) Continue reading

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NBA Preview

JASON CLINKSCALES: As it has been for the entire existence of the NBA, only a handful of teams matter when it comes to winning the championship. Yet, we keep watching because maybe, just maybe, we’ll be surprised by a fearless team that makes a ridiculous run later. We watch because games still have to be played. We keep watching because for all of the continued over-examination of the league, we will see something, for the lack of a better word, amazing.

ALEX PREWITT: As I flipped on the television to catch the end of the Celtics-Heat game before turning it over to my computer for Blazers-Suns and then Lakers-Rockets, I thought to myself about how I’ve never been this excited for an NBA season. For me in the past, it was all-NCAA, all-time. Whether it’s because of how desperately I want to see LeBron James fail in Miami (last night’s 88-80 loss at the Garden was a nice start) or because of how desperately I want my Memphis Grizzlies to succeed (success being a very relative term in Memphis), this season promises more, at least for me, than ever before. Continue reading

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World Series Preview

HOWARD MEGDAL: The Rangers have answered every question I have about them. And still, despite being the clearly inferior team, I think the Giants are going to win their first world championship since moving to San Francisco.

CHRIS PUMMER: I think they Giants will prove they are just as good as the Rangers when they win in seven games. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Graco Baby Stroller Recalls

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Thanks for keeping the baby population down, Graco!

I mean, how difficult is it to make a stroller that doesn’t strangle an infant or amputate its fingers?

“Graco has recalled a wave of children’s products so far this year, including 1.5 million strollers in January, for risk of fingertip amputation; 1.2 million high chairs in March, for risk of tipping over; and 217,000 cribs in April, for risk of strangulation.”

AKIE BERMISS: Yeah, you’d think that if your JOB was making parambulators and cribs — you’d be able to make them with enough efficacy not to cause regular harm. like, if there is a recall, they should be like, “yeah, one of our scientists is actually a baby-hating maniac and he designed these carriages with the intent to kill as many babies as possible. but we’ve caught him now and are breaking his fingers with wrenches.” Continue reading

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