It’s been a really slow week (two days of golf and, yes, I did a curling story yesterday in my Fish Out Of Water kind of late summer) and a slow night last night so let’s step away for a second, all right?
Okay, poll time to get us ready for the weekend and after spending a few minutes this morning doing research here, I think the weekend’s entertainment might have been decided, for all of us I hope.
So we’ve agreed, pretty much, that Bull Durham and Caddyshack are at the top of the sports comedy list, right?
Well, how about dramas?
So many to choose from, some based in reality, some based in fiction, some just great, great, great stories well told.
And, frankly, all of my favourites are older, which tells me either I have to get to the theatre more often for something other than The Three Stooges with Super Son or they just don’t make sports movies any more. I’m thinking the latter.
The top three?
I’m torn, really.
It’s got to be either Hoosiers or Raging Bull, right?
Couple of different ones, to be sure, but, man are they good.
For the longest time it was Hoosiers, who doesn’t remember Jimmy Chitwood making the shot.
DeNiro, Pesci, Scorcese?
Can’t beat it and just looking for clips makes me move it to the top.
(And, yes, I had to find the trailer because the language in about every scene isn’t quite fit for a family blog)
Gotta be Field of Dreams, doesn’t it?
And it’d be creeping up on the top two.
Only thing is that I liked Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe a wee bit more than the movie it spawned.
Still, if this doesn’t get you, I don’t know what will.
Now if you were to round out a Top 5 with, say, The Hustler and The Natural, you’d be doing pretty well in my books.
So, to the things I don’t quite get can we add American college football?
I see the season’s begun down there and all that means is that I can turn away from the TV most Saturday afternoons because it holds absolutely no interest for me.
Sure, I may watch a bowl game in some holiday stupor because it’s white noise but other than that? Nada.
Not sure why, actually, but it’s never been something that’s been big to me. Didn’t go to a school so I don’t have that lifetime allegiance, I’m not sure the games are played at a high enough level to be considered top notch and, of course, the practical beatification of coaches and “programs” is something I have a very hard time dealing with.
I’m sure for some alums it’s a great thing; for the majority of my circle of friends it’s nothing to get worked up about at all.
If you don’t mind, I’d take some more.
Got a lot of it done already so there might be a chance to sleep in tomorrow a wee bit but there’s always room for more.
You’ll be glad you did.
Okay, I’ve steered quite clear of all things political for a while but when I was flipping around the dial last night please tell me I did not see an aging Clint Eastwood (a true giant of the film industry, one of the greats of all time) talking to an empty chair at the Republican bun toss.
Please, I beseech you to tell me that didn’t happen.
Seems it did and if that doesn’t go down as one of the more ridiculous things you’ve seen or read this week, your life is far more entertaining than mine.
We now return you to our normal shenanigans.
Say, if you’re driving somewhere after work today, say between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and wanted to flip the radio dial over to FAN590 here in Toronto, I bet you’ll be wildly entertained.
Since they seem to be far down the list of possible round table participants, I’ll be there. Hopefully we’ll do a lot of pucks.
Cousin Sekou puts together the news that the Lakers, who decided earlier this week that they’d put up a statue honouring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (a well deserved honour for one of the somehow under-rated greats of the game), are now going to retire Shaq’s number.
Now, there is no disputing that Shaquille O’Neal had a brilliant tenure in Los Angeles, his numbers were astonishing and the three straight championships were a testament to just how good he and Kobe were with that group.
But, you know what?
I don’t think they should retire the number.
To me, that’s the ultimate honour for a player and I think you need to be associated with a franchise for far longer than Shaq was with the Lakers to get that kind of treatment.
Things like retiring numbers, like so many other things in sports these days, seems to happen to often; I think in some ways it diminishes it because it happens so frequently.