There's too much private made public and papers in the movies
Way late to the dance on this one but it caused a bit of a thing last week when some lonely heart with too much time on his or her hands decided it was important that the world know that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees only tipped $3 on a $74 takeout food order.
Now, I don’t in any way consider that news but it should serve – again – as a cautionary tale that nothing ever done by a celebrity or an athlete is done in a vacuum and every single move they make can become part of the public record.
Kinda sucks, doesn’t it?
I continue to be amazed that people would feel compelled to put that kind of stuff out there, it’s petty and inconsequential and I wonder if they just like to feel self-important?
Who cares, really?
But here’s the other part of it:
Everyone with a modicum of fame has to know that such transgressions have the possibility of becoming slightly embarrassing situations and, sadly, I think they have to act accordingly.
Personally, I tend to tip generously whenever it’s called for, servers at all kinds of establishments are doing their best, they are generally horribly paid and, trust this from a guy who’s been on a few stools and at a few tables in his day, people can be idiots and very difficult to deal with and we should consider tips as rewards for danger pay with some of the crap those women and men have to put up with.
That digression aside, I feel bad for the guys like Brees (now, I would have tipped something along the lines of 15 per cent or so even on a takeout order) who can’t as much as grab dinner for the family without having his business splashed over the interweb.
I totally understand dissecting everything every athlete does on the field of play and there are certain situations where private stuff impacts that and needs to be discussed.
But to have to worry about how much you tip the guy or girl at the restaurant? Ridiculous.
And a sorry commentary on where aspects of our world are right now.
I was reading something in the middle of the night – think it was in Sports Illustrated while loafing in bed with the iPad mini and this group was mentioned.
So why not?
I kind of want to sit and watch the hour-long TV show on the release of the NBA schedule tonight just so I can see precisely how they manage to milk an hour of TV time on the release of the NBA schedule.
Alas, the Mighty Navy Tigers (5-6 and scuffling) should be in action and if it’s raining I’ll either be sticking in a pin in my eye or sitting on a stool.
You guess which?
And, no, I don’t need anyone staying up to break down the schedule game by game and arrive here later tonight with the season record all figured out.
What I need to know?
Where they open and where they finish the season, whether there’s a season-killing western road trip in early November, how many multiple-game trips I can split with Not Grace to minimize consecutive nights on the road, what’s up at Christmas and when we go to Philly because I have a hankering for Yeungling and want to see the Liberty Bell.
(Well, not so much on the Liberty Bell, to tell you the absolute truth.)
But it does amaze me that they can turn this into an hour of TV; I remember somehow slipping and watching a bit last year and the breathless analysis of Christmas Day games, Opening Week games and Martin Luther King Day games was, frankly, over the top.
I can understand the need for programming at this time of year but I really have to wonder how many people – who are basically most interested in the schedule of the team they follow closely – would give up time to sit and view for an hour.
So they’re selling the Washington Post to the Amazon guy for a few kabillion dollars and of course, the mind races to …
Best newspaper movies.
So how’s this for a Top 5, from bottom top since the venerable Post was so central to one.
Not sure this is a very disputable list but I’m always willing to listeners.
His Girl Friday
Haven’t seen it in eons and had to google the correct name but I recall it being rather well written and kind of funny. Is my recollection correct?
It’s one of those ones that if you’re clicking through the channels and it’s on, you have to stop and watch for a while. Plus, big Marisa Tomei crush.
It Happened One Night.
I recall once reading that the Clark Gable character was called a ‘roguish reporter’ and, trust ‘roguish’ is something I’ve aspired to for a while. Not sure what it is, but it sounds good.
All The President’s Men
Yes, I’m sure it being No. 2 has to do with one of us being a Grunt Of A Certain Vintage but the story was so compelling and interesting it can’t be ignored.
Okay, so maybe it’s not technically about newspapers because it’s Charles Foster Kane and not William Randolph Hearst but if this isn’t on your list of Top 5 or 10 movies of all time, you need to revisit that list.
What’d I miss?
Well, I guess there was the rebranding thing that so many of you helped out with but it got held from the paper for space yesterday so you’re going to have to wait on the totality of it (and you’re going to want to watch the video, please) for a few hours.
But as for Raptors news, that’s as big as it gets right now.
Speaking of sports teams, been a while since we caught up with the Richmond Tigers and their inexorable march to an Aussie Rules Football championship.
Well, the Tigers kicked some Hawthorn butt on the weekend (Hawthorn’s top of the ladder, so take that) and we remain right in the thick things.
The score was 16-11—107 to 9-12—66 and that’s a whupping, I believe.
Okay, last shot at this thing:
There are absolutely no sympathetic characters in the baseball PED thing, none. Zip. Everyone looks bad at some level.
But I will be astonished if an independent arbitrator upholds an Alex Rodriguez suspension that is four times longer than anyone else’s when this sordid story comes to a mercifully end.
Guess we’ll see and I could be wrong but I doubt it.