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Quick Hits

May 20, 2008 - John Whittaker

Quick Hits

Sometimes, there's little better than watching a little TV on your weekend. Some of my highlights from a pretty lazy weekend off.

Kudos to How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement for providing a fun night of TV on Monday. The News Gal and I have been fans of How I Met Your Mother since it started a couple of years ago, and the third season, I think, is one of its best. Rules of Engagement, featuring Patrick Warburton, formerly known as David Putty on Seinfeld, has gotten consistently better since it started last year.

For anyone who hasn't watched it, I won't write about the episodes other than to say that was a solid hour of laughter, except for the end of How I Met Your Mother, where it might have been a little dusty in my living room at the end. Damned dust bunnies!

A kick in the, um, knees to ESPN for a lackluster Sunday Night baseball performance. While the Yankees could have obliged with a better showing, especially with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound, a little balance from Joe Morgan and Jon Miller was warranted. I understand instant replay would have given the Mets three more runs by correctly calling Carlos Delgado's home run, but wouldn't instant replay also have cost the Mets an out in that inning when it was apparent that Derek Jeter kept his foot on the second base bag on a throw from Jason Giambi? Come on, guys. You're better than that.

I'm not a huge NBA fan, but Sunday's Cavs-Celtics game on ABC was great, and not just because Paul Pierce and LeBron James put on a clinic about how to play in a big game. But, it was a very well-called game and just what I want from announcers. Personally, Jeff Van Gundy is one of the best announcers I've heard. His insights into the game and what should happen next are great. And, in the midst of an unbelievable show by James, Van Gundy wasn't afraid to say the youngster made a mistake when Pierce outhustled James on a jump-ball late in the fourth quarter that gave the Celtics a chance to pad their lead.

Another kick in the, um, knee to the Big Bang Theory, a new show on CBS, for unoriginality. I hardly watch the show, don’t' really like the premise behind it and don't buy a lot of the stories. I mean, come on, four guys that smart living in a slum building in New York City? If they're so smart, why aren't they working jobs that get them a better place? But, that's not my big gripe with the show. My gripe is, when I was waiting for How I Met Your Mother, the end of the show has Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, and Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, the female lead, hooking up at the end of the season finale. Like nobody saw that coming. Unoriginal TV is a rant for another day.

Back with more in a couple of days!


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