Monthly Archives: January 2011

Parks and Recreation Review

AKIE BERMISS: When Parks And Recreation first premiered on NBC in 2009 I was skeptical that it was going to be just another The Office analog.  It had all the indicators — a comedy centered around a group of employees…

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Modern Family: Episode 13 in Review

KIP MOONEY: “Each of tonight’s storylines sounds trite on paper, but each is executed with serious wit and major laughs.” Continue reading

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Study: Tears Are a Turnoff

ZOË RICE: File under “Shocker”: Men don’t want to sleep with sobbing women. That woman with the sadness and the snotting and the moment of terrible emotional turmoil? Not so sexy. But apparently male empathy is not to blame – it’s just his chemistry. Continue reading

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Diego Forlan: Player of the Year?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The votes are in for 2010′s player of the year. And the winner is… not Diego Forlan. Not according to World Soccer Magazine, not according to FIFA… no one had Forlan at or close to the top. This strikes me as a strange oversight.

MIKE CUMMINGS: I agree with all of this, but what I think we have here is a case of the Heisman Trophy voters rubbing off on their world soccer counterparts. In other words, the award went to the best player on the best team. Continue reading

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Reflections on Dick Vitale

MIKE CUMMINGS: So Dick Vitale signed a new contract that will keep him at ESPN until at least 2015. I don’t think I’m alone in saying, “ARE YOU SERIOUS!?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?! AWWWWWW!!!” Continue reading

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Sarah Palin, Influence and Influencing

STEPHON JOHNSON: So, Sarah Palin wants us to hold her to a different standard than she holds others? Why am I not surprised?

CHRIS PUMMER: All of the events of the last two weeks probably don’t shift any opinion about Sarah Palin. Not an inch for anybody.

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ultimately we, the people, are responsible for those we put in power. In our representative democracy the masses are the king-makers. Yes, they may be being manipulated by the powerful few on high, but they can only be manipulated if they allow themselves to be manipulated. I say all this because I don’t think its fair to simply blame Sarah Palin for being Sarah Palin. While I think she is a deplorable person politically and probably a dangerous person to give any kind of serious power, I also think that Sarah Palin was created by some subset of “the people” and, ultimately, she therefore represents some subset of our society. Continue reading

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Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: Another solid but underwhelming performance by Manchester United. And another solid but not-quite-enough performance by Tottenham Hotspur. Combine the two and you get a couple of questions. Will Man U ever lose this season? And are Spurs really ready to challenge for the title?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Not only did the 0-0 draw with Manchester United feel like a lost opportunity for Spurs, it is safe to wonder when they will receive a better opportunity. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Secretly Nursing

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Secretly Nursing?!

I’m not sure how I feel about this, except I like the idea of going out to the club and grinding it up but you’re also SECRETLY NURSING.

ZOE RICE: The nursing may be a secret, but it’s those disastrous print shawls that no one should ever be forced to see. Is there a better shawl to cover the awful shawl covering the suckling baby?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: They should make a shawl that’s printed with images of suckling babies to cover it.
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Celebrities We Hate

AKIE BERMISS: Being born in 1983, all of my interaction with things before that is imaginary. And I suppose that is the way it is for all people. History is something you learn either from books or stories or its something you capture from older people around you as it translates down the ladder of generations. And so one can imagine oneself in the times before one’s existence by that proxy. So I have always nursed this false nostalgia for the decades gone by. I feel in my heart that maybe super stars were really stars then. That singers were really singers, that leaders were really great men and women who commanded the attention of the nation, and that celebrated persons were really worth celebrating. I know its probably unrealistic — that, more than likely, those celebrities are as vapid and untalented as many of our present day celebrities — but I still reserve a place in my heart for the simpler beauty and convictions of what songwriter and pianist Dave Frishberg describes as the “dear departed past.”

ZOË RICE: If I pride myself on being rational and forming opinions based on experience and empirical evidence, then why does this recent Defamer article about irrationally hating certain celebrities ring so true? “Hate” takes it too far. But I admit to distasteful feelings when I see or hear about Renee Zellweger, January Jones, or Megan Fox. So, why? Why do I never want to share a dinner table with these women I’ve never even met? Let’s explore.

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SNL In Review: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green

ZOË RICE: I enjoyed watching the Fox News talking heads fail to tone down their hateful rhetoric. Throw in a taunting Carville and I’m entertained.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This dragged a bit, but I did love the taunting Carville. Seeing Sudeikis play enraged but muzzled Beck also delighted. Continue reading

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