Monday, April 02, 2007

Opening Day

Well, both the Astros and the Cubbies lost the season opener. I watched a good chunk of the Astros game, but was then sidetracked by my decision to grill some burgers. So today also marked the start of the cook-out season, although we kept it simple at League HQ. I suppose we'll need to have some folks over for some grilled meat.

The 'Stros were doing okay until the 8th inning when one of the Pirates hit a homer, and I think that was the beginning of the end. I'll never know. For some odd reason we were taping two shows, which meant we couldn't watch a live show on our DVR. So I didn't see that, but I did see the conclusion of Season 1 of "I Love New York". Yes, yes... I'm still following the "Flavor of Love" programs, and will leap right into "Charm School" later this month. God bless you, VH1.

I'll also be watching the behind-the-scenes show about how the Jerry Springer show is put together. Longtime Leaguers will know that I firmly believe that the endless line of nimrods they find to put up on the stage represents the real America in many, many ways. So much poor decision making.... so very much... And not afraid to air their laundry before a national audience.

I do watch a few minutes of Springer now and then. Just as I catch myself watching a few minutes of Maury, and my new favorite... The Greg Behrendt Show. Sadly, Greg's clueless style of trying to help people by utilizing the sage wisdom of an aging LA hipster did not pan out and we will only get one season of the program. But I will always remember it as a show that had absolutely no point, and even the host looked like he didn't want to be there.

I do get to watch a considerable amount of television as an unemployed person, and I'm this close to picking up the phone and calling The Everest Institute. They've now convinced me I could be making more money.

We went and saw Blades of Glory on Sunday at The Alamo South. The movie is exactly what one would expect from the trailers, and, yes... John Heder isn't actually very funny. He mostly plays the straight man to Will Ferrell's... Will Ferrell.

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett play a competing skating duo, and some of their stuff is okay. JD asked me if this was a theatrical must-see of one to save for Netflix. And I gotta say... Netflix. At times the directors and writers weren't trying hard enough, and at other times, maybe a little too hard. Still, it's comfortable middle ground for Will Ferrell. And this is going to reveal a bit more than I'd like, but I expected more out of the skating than what I got. Yes, I wanted silly CGI skating, but for anyone whose spent as much time as The League keeping his wife company during the winter olympics, I'm not sure why they didn't employ more actual skating stuff.

That said, the movie features Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Sasha Cohen and other skating greats. But, curiously, no Michelle Kwan.

Oh, and The Office's Jenna Fischer is in the movie, but you sort of get the feeling she's barely able to keep it together in most of her scenes. That's okay.

What else...?

Oh, yes...

Somehow this little video of Bully locating the famed Forbidden Planet comic shop was both funny and sweet.

Which makes me want to go ahead and link to...

Ah, Audrey...


Anonymous said...

Hepburn, Peppard, Capote, R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

I didn't get to watch the Astros game, but I read all about it this morning. My family and I all think Brad Lidge has got to go.

Last season I got scared every time he was called in for relief. I guess the same will apply this year, too.

Anonymous said...

Not one mention of a certain basketball game played last night?

Goooooo Gaaaators!

The Admiral

Anonymous said...

The gators were terrific last night. Many 3 pointers to beat Ohio. First time in history that the same college teams played for the football championship as well as the basketball championship in the same year. Yes, and the Gators won both times. Karebear

The League said...

Unfortunately the NCAA tournament became but a bitter memory when UT was pushed out early on.

But, yes... Go Gators!

Bully said...

Thanks for the link, but even more, thanks for linking to the original! That's actually the same YouTube version I'd downloaded to my iPod to peer at while shooting my photos. I missed a few beats as far as Aubrey's movements and poses, but you can never do as good as Audrey, can you?

Incidently, either Fifth Avenue has changed traffic direction since Breakfast at Tiffany's was filmed, or that taxi is going the wrong way up a one-way street at the beginning of that movie.

The League said...

See, not only is Bully nice enough to stop by, he's good enough to drop some trivia! Thanks, Bully!

Bully's site is really fun, and I need to add it to my comic links.