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The Whitless Wonder Is A Rambling Man

September 25, 2008 - John Whittaker

In the wake of Yankee Stadium's closing and pressing sports matters, there wasn't space in Tuesday's post for a lot of other interesting things.

So, today, I'm the Allman Brothers favorite blogger. Let a lot of rambling thoughts commence!

  • Loved the season's first episode of How I Met Your Mother. Turning Barney into Ted was hillarious, though I'd only like it for one episode, and it'll be interesting to see how far the whole Ted-Stella thing goes. Half the fun of the show is figuring out if watching Ted with his girl of the week, or girl of the season in some cases, is the story of how he met his kids mother. This season should be fun.
  • Worst Week, however, looks painful to watch. I like comedy, not let's see how many uncomfortable positions we can put one guy in for a half hour every week and see how everything can possibly blow up in his face. How many times has this been done? Some originality, please, Hollywood. I thought the writer's strike was settled. If this is the best you can come up with, go back on strike, please.
  • Sometimes, political campaigns kills me -- and Wednesday was one of those days. John McCain said he wants to postpone a scheduled debate with Barack Obama because the two senators need to go back to Washington, D.C., and help pass the much-debated bailout bill. Now, for you Dennis Miller fans, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but you mean to tell me Mr. McCain can't focus his attention on two fronts. You don't think the President of the United States has to compartmentalize his mind to focus on two things at once. I think we're really talking about focusing on about 500 things a day. Here's an idea. Let's have a debate where the candidates don't know what questions are being asked, and let's do it in some really inhospitable place - maybe the middle of a half-sunken rowboat or sitting in inner-city Los Angeles. The campaign's just going to follow you to Washington anyway, so schedule the debate at Georgetown or some other mutually approved location, and get on with it.
  • Survivor starts tonight. Color the News Gal excited - she's a big fan! I'll give you my thoughts on Survivor later once I see if they've changed the formula at all. I don't understand how you can have a reality TV show and follow the same formula every year. Unless I'm mistaken, life throws you DIFFERENT THINGS EVERY YEAR. But, the same things happen at roughly the same time in the Survivor game every year. Throw the castaways something unexpected and we'll talk.
  • I'm a little behind in movies, but thumbs up to Live Free or Die Hard, which I finally caught on HBO last week. Three things going in that movie's favor -- good script writing, Bruce Willis being the best dude ever and some of the craziest stunts ever pulled off. I'm kicking myself that I didn't see that movie sooner.
  • How'd that move to CNN work out for you, Dan Patrick? Ever wish you and Keith Olbermann had just stayed at ESPN? I'm all for new challenges, but Patrick not being on mainstream TV is a waste of talent. And, listening to him on sports talk radio just isn't the same.
  • A message to Greg Robinson, Romeo Crennel and the heads of any mortgage company in the country -- How's the hot seat? Your pants aren't supposed to be that hot, just so you know. It's a sign you've done a lousy job at your chosen profession and probably should be renting instead of buying.
  • Speaking of the mortgage crisis, I will give some props to President Bush. I don't know if it's a good thing that I'm surprised when I hear a cogent explanation of a situation coming from our president, but he did the job Wednesday night. When did debt become a good thing, by the way?
  • When the new season of South Park begins (and it lasts about four episodes, so don't blink) can we please make Cartman funny again? I'm a little tired of the psychotic, anti-Semitic and racist Cartman. Just a little bit. He is in fifth grade, for crying out loud. And, remember when Kenny was funny because you could almost make out what he said, to the point it was funny because you knew he wasn't supposed to say that on television? We can go back to that, too.
  • So, Roger, are you sure you never took performance enhancing drugs? Want to rethink the last 10 months of your life?
  • Omar, my man, are you really sure Willie Randolph is the reason the Mets tanked for the last two months last season? There's a Red Cross seminar in October that can teach you the Heimlich Maneuver, if you're interested. Just a thought….
  • Part of me kind of hopes Mike Mussina retires after this season. I'm not sure if he can top this season when he's another year older, with another couple thousand of knuckle-curves and sliders wearing on his elbow. This season might be about the best send-off Mussina can get.
  • Say what you want about the Yankees lack of pitching, but the next two-out hit to score a run I see might be the first they've had all season. Thirty seconds after I wrote this sentence, Xavier Nady came through with a two-run, two-out single against Toronto. The lesson, as always, is that I know nothing.
  • How is Alex Rodriguez in any conversation about Most Valuable Player? He's not even the most valuable player on his own team. That honor goes to the aforementioned Mussina. But I've seen A-Rod's name mentioned a few times as a candidate in various publications. Did you people not watch a game all year? That might be the least important .300, 35 homer, 100-plus RBI season in the last 10 years.In terms of important plays, Rodriguez got outplayed by Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis. Why is the room spinning?
  • Man, I can ramble a long time, can't I? Pity the News Gal - PITY HER, I SAY. She's got to put up with me every day.


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