Monthly Archives: November 2010

Modern Family: Week 8 in Review

KIP MOONEY: “I think this week’s Modern Family was one of the best episodes of the series. The “nobody’s ready for the party” storyline is almost as old as television itself, so it was great to see that the twist the writers put on here was pulled off so well.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I have to second Kip’s concern about the direction of Cam’s character. One of the pleasures of the Cam and Mitchell relationship is that the crazy was relatively evenly balanced. And throughout this second season, Cam hasn’t been the voice of reason once. Continue reading

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Olympia Snowe Party Switch: Worth It?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Rumors are circulating that Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine may be contemplating a switch to the Democratic Party, or may be being wooed to do so. Unfortunately, I suspect the Dems would simply be getting another Blue Dog who was less helpful than otherwise.

JESSICA BADER: While it’s interesting to speculate about what would happen if Olympia Snowe switched parties, it’s pretty much an academic exercise. In fact, I’d be shocked if any member of Congress were to switch parties over the next two years. Continue reading

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The End of Jon Miller/Joe Morgan

JESSICA BADER: When I learned that Jon Miller and Joe Morgan would no longer be in the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball, my initial reaction was one of happiness. It’s not that I root for people to lose their jobs, I’m just a fan of baseball broadcasts that consist of insight and/or getting the hell out of the way and letting the action speak for itself when it makes sense to do so. Once I had a couple of seconds to think about it, my reaction turned towards fear. Oh no, I thought, which annoying clown might pick up right where Morgan left off? Continue reading

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Thoughts on England-France

MIKE CUMMINGS: Heading into international week, the England-France friendly looked more like a matchup of European soccer’s Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Moreso than any other European nations, England and France embarrassed themselves at the World Cup, and in the intervening four months have looked at times varyingly adrift and obsolete. After Wednesday, when Tweedledum beat Tweedledee 2-1 at Wembley, it’s looking like England is more alone than ever in its fairy-tale notion of traditional soccer supremacy. That is to say, Tweedledum wised up while Tweedledee continued to twiddle its thumbs.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Certainly, the positives France can take from this match bode well for their rebuilding, while England received little solace beyond the precocious Carroll. But we’ve learned something else: it was far from a rash move when Blanc suspended his entire team against Norway earlier this year. Continue reading

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The W. Book Tour

AKIE BERMISS: Its too soon for George W. Bush to be back in the media.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I should probably not be surprised that George W. Bush has already written a book about his presidency, even though his presidency was by many standards extremely recent. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Superlatives

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: That’s it. I’m starting a war on superlatives. I am so sick of so many things being labeled ‘The Best Thing Ever’ or ‘The Worst Thing Ever’.

Apparently we are no longer able to adequately describe things without using those kinds of phrases. I wish everyone who does that would just stop. It is the most annoying thing EVER.

See??

HOWARD MEGDAL: BEST EMAIL EVER. Continue reading

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Jon Stewart and His Critics

JEFF MORROW: The vision of “reasonableness” I saw at the Rally to Restore Sanity wasn’t about chastising liberals and conservatives, or freeing ourselves of ideology. It was about ignoring the conflict-driven sideshows that thwart useful discourse, and it was about regaining perspective. The need to fit it into a left/right box shows how ingrained these habits are. Continue reading

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SNL: Scarlett Johansson/Arcade Fire

ZOË RICE: Another round of Obama and President Why You Do Sex to Me. We’ve seen this before, and I’m not sure the concept holds up for another go. I laughed in spite of myself the first time. This time I knew what to expect, and not even the strong team of Pedrad-Hader really moved me.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
Nor is it their fault. Attention, SNL writers: when the punch line is the same at every point, you will receive diminishing laugh returns. If you repeat such a skit, you’ll get the reaction you deserve. Then again, it isn’t like they had any huge political stories to use, right? Continue reading

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NFL Week 10 in Review

Falcons 26, Ravens 21
CHRIS PUMMER:
This battle of the birds was probably about what everyone expected from two good teams. The Falcons (7-2) add more ammunition for the argument that they are the best the NFC has to offer…

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In Briefs: Assigned Reading

HOWARD MEGDAL: I loved Ethan Frome!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/11/school-reading-jay-varner-on-the-insufferable-ethan-frome-.html

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I loved Ethan Frome too. I bet that guy hasn’t picked it up in 30 years and that’s his problem. If he didn’t like getting forced to read it back in school, that’s not Wharton’s fault. Maybe he should pick it up again. Who rags on Ethan Frome? Continue reading

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