Shorties, a list and a little shot or two; fine way to end a week, no?
Got comfy on the couch to take a bit of Bulls-Nets last night and while I can appreciate the grind-it-out nature of NBA playoff basketball as well as the next guy and better than a few, that bordered on unwatchable at times.
It wasn’t so much that the defences were stifling as much as it was the offences were inept and a 79-76 game will do nothing to enhance the viewing experience.
Of course, if you’re a Bulls fan you really don’t care and that might have been the game that turns the series but the Nets at one point went something ridiculous like 1-for-25 from the field; that’s just ugly. Not Good Ugly, either.
There are purists who will suggest it doesn’t matter, I will suggest it does matter, a lot. And if you asked any fan in her or his heart of hearts whether a 79-76 grindfest is even remotely as interesting as, say, Golden State’s 131-117 win in Denver the other night, if they don’t say the Warrior game, they’re probably lying.
Or related to Tom Thibodeau.
Maybe it was just a one-off event, maybe not but I will say this, the Eastern Conference series have been dogs compared to the West, if we could only get the West games to start a reasonable hour, we’d all be better off for it.
How in the world would anyone be surprised there were some minor issues with the pucks and the online pre-selling of playoff tickets.
It’s not like they had the internet the last time they were in, right?
Didn’t men wear suits and fedoras to those games?
Anyway, I hear the big kafuffle about the ticket prices; huge boosts for even the worst seats in the house and I’m thinking, yeah, it’s much ado about nothing as the guy once wrote.
They – and every sports team on earth – can charge what they can get and you know the pucks fans around here, they’ll gladly fork over whatever it takes to see a game. And a playoff game is even better.
I guess the one concern they should have – and I’m not sure they care an awful lot about this anyway – is that if they price these ones out of the realm of reality, is it going to be hard for regular folk to pay regular season prices knowing they’ve probably got no shot at affording post-season tickets in eight or nine years when they’re back in the playoffs.
Is that a big deal though? Apparently not.
For no particular reason, The Kinks.
Okay, there’s frost on the car and I’m hearing about skiing at Blue Mountain and it’s April Freaking Twenty-Sixth!!
We can stop this now, right? Isn’t it patio time? And golf season?
List time. Again.
Thanks to a fine Irregular, I learned something yesterday when we were thinking about bit characters. Warren Coolidge of White Shadow fame once showed up on St. Elsewhere, wearing his Carver t-shirt.
Anyway, of course that got me thinking about the best sports-related TV shows of all time and while there’ve been a few clunkers, there’s also been a few good ones.
Would this be a Top 5 that’s suitable for you all, from No. 1-5?
(And the only debate I had with myself is whether Cheers is a sports-based show or a bar-based show and I went with bar because, well, because this is arbitrary and I wanted to)
Friday Night Lights
I have to admit I haven’t seen all that much of it, it used to be on Fridays, right? And I used to do a lot of basketball games and never did the PVR or On Demand thing.
But I did read the book and I agree with the general consensus that it’s the best of the best.
Not sure I could name a character or three but if it wasn’t first, this wouldn’t be a legit list. Although, personal preference and the opinion of others I respect suggest the gap between No. 1 and 2 isn’t all that wide.
For its time, it was kind of cutting edge, wasn’t it? Dealt with issues of the day and probably should have lasted longer.
Salami. No cheese.
Any show that had Felicity Huffman and Joshua Molina and Peter Krause and was an Aaron Sorkin production should have had a long and illustrious run. One of the vastly under-rated programs of the era, no?
There will be those who suggest it’s No. 2 and I could probably live with that.
Check this out and tell me I’m wrong.
Sure, a bit hokey but what the heck, weren’t we all Minnesota State Screaming Eagles fans.
And, sure, Jerry Van Dyke and Shelley Fabares were good supporting bits but didn’t some of us have a crush on Hayden’s daughter?
Jumped the shark, big time, when he started coaching in the pros.
Had a pretty good run and a solid, solid cast, might have been a bit cliché but they got good guests to show up.
And Sandra Oh was all right, too.
Sound like a solid Top 5?
And can anyone match my vague, vague recollection of a show about sports talk radio or something like that with Jason Alexander and the kid who was Cosby’s son?
Seems to me it lasted about a week.
While I appreciate you not pestering me with “who can they trade Andrea for” questions and that you must want me to shut it down for a big chunk of the weekend, there’s not nearly enough mail to even get me/us through a day.
Help a fellow out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want.