Hey Mara – then completely disregard Curt’s comment. The show is an absolute ray of sunshine.
Here’s my pop culture recommendation for the day: The Other Guys (the cop comedy with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg). Damn funny. And not oppressively stupid like a lot of Will Ferrell vehicles. I’m not saying you should run out tonight and catch it in the theatre, but it is absolutely worth a rental.
I’ll check out “The Other Guys.” I was already a little interested.
Pop Culture Rec’s? I wanna play! Five at random:
2. Good Night and Good Luck
3. Seasame Street “40 Years of Sunny Days” (2 DVD compilation)
4. Yo Yo Ma’s “Appalachian Waltz”
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r-YuWWz5SM (Raising Arizona meets John Prine)
(The creator of #5 tells me his mood was trapped between making a spoof and being serious and thus the tone suffers, but he assures me the Coen Brothers have the same problem,)
I’m with Curt, and I’m not basing it on one game or series, cuz I haven’t been watching any. But the pitchers are giving up a lot of runs, the offense is still plenty bad, the Phillies are good at both more nights than not.
The upcoming road trip is going to knock the Braves out of the Wild Card lead.
Yeah, Steve, do get GNAGL. There’s this slightly unnecessary featuring of a jazz singer between the scenes, but aside from that it’s an absolute masterpiece. Wonderfully cast small roles from R Downey Junior, Frank Langella (who plays Nixon in F/N), Jeff Daniels, and some other faces you’ve seen here and there in smart movies. Clooney’s great as usual, and David Straithern(sp?), who I loved in Eight Men Out and always wanted to see him get a leading role, really nailed the Murrow part. It’s more than an impersonation, but it definitely includes impersonation, and a good one.
One of the cleverest things they did was to use only real footage of McCarthy himself, and it’s seamlessly executed. The acting is subtle times ten. Let me know what you think. Unless you hated it. If you hate it, just tell me lies.
I really enjoyed this podcast, even during our 9 game losing streak but at this point it is really a complete downer. We have played poorly but I have faith in this team to make that push and finish this season off on a good note. Now that things have gotten worse we seem to have lost a few things that made this podcast entertaining: witty humor, consistent segments and talking with any shred of optimism about our Atlanta braves. This has been replaced with sheer nonsense about college football, what we had for dinner last night and pessimism, pessimism and more pessimism. The thirty or so minutes seem forced and so little of it is about the Atlanta Braves. Stick to your guns or shut it down and let some true Braves fans host this podcast.
I actually enjoyed the show. It was very cathartic for me, especially considered the way our team played last week. You beat Carpenter, but you can’t beat Lohse, Burress, or that other no name in Pittsburgh. Listening to it is like atoning for the sins of bad baseball. It makes you shred the thought of “Oh, we’re only 1 game out” and think about the fact that we blew a 7 game lead and are now treading water in the East while hotter teams nip at our heels in a Wild Card race.
I thought there were good segments on whether or not Bobby deserves credit for McLouth, which he doesn’t, and the worry over our starting pitching is necessary at this point. Huddy has had 3 stinkers in a row, JJ has really struggled, and Minor looks like a rookie with a lot of talent but an equal amount of inexperience. The show had some very funny moments. The line about Ankiel striking out on deck was brilliant. Steve remained the voice of optimism, and Curt and Ham sounded like 2 people who have been forced by their fandom to experience the Braves for the past 2 months. What more do you want? We dropped out of first and finished a 2-7 stretch on the road. Tell me if I missed something for the guys to be optimistic about. We’re being sandwiched by 2 races where the teams around us are playing much better, and we have 9 road games left.
I really like this lineup, by the way. I am STILL a proponent of letting Diaz be our everyday left fielder. With the whole unlikely Nate resurgence (which I still find unfathomable, by the way), let’s just use Melky sparingly and Ankiel only as a pinch runner and go with this. Who’s with me?!?!?!?