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Rare Quick Hits On A Monday

June 2, 2008 - John Whittaker

I'm here on a Monday this week, which means the Quick Hits pop up a day early. I'll just wait for the applause to die down.

That also means there will probably be an additional posting this week.

On to the weekend in review:

I love Joe Girardi. He's been a breath of fresh air this year for the Yankees. But, it's funny to listen to him say he needs LaTroy Hawkins to pitch meaningful innings for the Yankees this year on Sunday during the Joe Girardi show after seeing Saturday's 12-inning gam where he pitched everybody but the batboys, Hawkins and Chris Britton. Luckily, the Yanks won on Bobby Abreu's single in the 12th, because, if the choice came down to using Hawkins or Porky Pig - sorry, Chris Britton, but you're chunky and bear a striking resemblance to Porky Pig. Get used to your new nickname - I'd rather just forfeit the game and have our boys get an extra hour of sleep. Those two couldn't get their mothers out, and it'd be a shame to waste everybody's time.

The News Gal and I spent Sunday afternoon in Fredonia combing through the Paper Factory for wedding-related items. We think we have what we want for invitations, programs and those type of items, but we're waiting to see if the store can order them. Keep your fingers crossed. On the plus side, Christmas shopping is started. That means you, Mom!

My fantasy baseball team has slipped back in the pack to 11th. For a quick rundown of how you put together a losing fantasy baseball team, check back later in the week. But, it's safe to say that the Golden Thongs - I have Giambi on my team, so it's alright - have been disappointing. If this was real life, the writers would be screaming for my manager's head and the general manager would have reassigned within the organization, probably to organist or guy who cleans chewing gum from underneath the seats.

A New Feature

With little on TV this weekend, the News Gal and I combed through my DVD collection - which is growing as rapidly as my bald spot - for weekend entertainment. Without further ado, get ready for what will surely be a recurring feature - movies we've seen more than twice! Quick thoughts on a couple of older movies that can be bought for less than $10 used or probably rented for less than $5:

The Groomsmen

On the surface, it would appear The Groomsmen is an airheaded comedy. In reality, the movie, directed by Edward Burns, who also stars in the movie, is deeper than you'd think. A groom and his four groomsmen deal with issues related to friendship and maturity a week before Burns' character is to be married.

Matthew Lillard is great as a father of two and bar owner, John Leguizamo was great as T.C. and you can never complain about a Jay Mohr sighting. Also, I didn't know Daniel Logue actually acted. I just thought he got paid for those VH1 shows about the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He wasn't half bad and might be able to make a living as an actor. Scenes with the groomsmen reuniting their garage band are great, though Brittany Murphy's character was kind of annoying. I'd say The Groomsmen is a solid double to the gap, and could even jump to a legged-out triple the next time I watch it.

Must Love Dogs

The News Gal and I have watched this movie a couple of times, but hadn't seen it in at least eight or nine months. Without giving away too much of the plot, Diane Lane and John Cusack play divorcees who are trying to get back on the dating horse, and romantic comedy ensues. Lane and Cusack - terribly underrated actor, by the way - are both good in the movie. The script is good, and I never once was tempted to flip over to the Mets-Dodgers game while the DVD was in. The scene stealer, though, is Stockard Channing, who plays one of Diane Lane's father's three girlfriends - you'll just have to watch to find out more. A ground-rule double.


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