Archive for February, 2013

Beyonce mimed with the best of them at half time but there was another child of destiny that had a bigger impact on the outcome of this event. The Peter Pan of golf even. Or maybe Captain Hook depending which driver he is using on any given day.

In January 2001 Mark Calcavecchia won the Phoenix Golf Open shooting 256 for the 72 holes. On the same day the Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl

Last Friday Plastic Phil lipped out on the 18th hole in round one of the Phoenix Open (ok Waste Management Open!). Nothing too unusual about that except the ball virtually disappeared down the hole and reappeared in a way that would have made Punxsutawney Phil proud. Oh and it was for a round of 59 – only ever been done 5 times in the history of golf

Today on our version of Groundhog Day 2013 , although a bit later than 0600, Plastic Phil shot 256 to win the Phoenix Open. Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl. San Francisco fans who know their golf would have been thinking back to that fateful putt on Friday as they now ascend the Golden Gate Bridge looking for the honorable way out only to run into bloody apes in the mist.

It was destiny folks. A great Survivor in the game of golf, maybe even a Soldier said Say My Name one more time and took home a cool million $ . Bootylicious!

But then the Writing was on the Wall all along wasnt it?

What makes a bad TV show good?

Posted: February 3, 2013 in TV

Naked sheilas usually work for me but as we have seen with Girls it can depend on which naked sheila is CONSTANTLY getting her kit off. It is part of the anatomy though

Heart. With a little bit of Pi or π.

Now Person of Interest is without doubt one of the more ludicrous shows around, now well into its second season and rating well I assume. Ratings dont mean a lot regarding quality of a show given the general non-discerning intelligence of the great unwashed but it does mean the show may be around for a while. Hell The Man in the Suit may finally even catch Dexter! I started off with Season 1 and while liked the concept of the “machine” the ease with which “The Man in the Suit” – hereafter Superman – dealt with multiple baddies was simply ridiculous even if he had actually once rounded up Saddam, Adolf and Osama all in one afternoon all by himself and during a half time break in the footy. We all like the good guys to win but there has to be at least 1% of reality involved occasionally. So would watch an episode and then leave it for a couple of weeks to see if it had changed. Superman didnt but other elements started to appear. We had HR bubbling along in the background, shady FBI guys and of course the introduction of Elliot the Fashion Photographer as an interesting and very nasty baddie. So we got through Season 1 but then Season 2 kicked off and once again sat around for a while before starting to watch and then finally got to Season 2 Episode 11 and the Life of Pi. Superman was locked up all episode so it was time for the real superhero of the show Harold the Gimp to shine along with the usual help of Bonnie and Clyde. Carter is a smart operator of course who basically has all the time in the world to devote to these specific cases given how safe and quiet NYC is. Apparently. Fusco is just a lovable and loyal lapdog but he does have heart. Harold plays the role of substitute teacher who is stuck teaching Maths to the usual bunch of cool retards. Of course there is the obligatory boy genius cleverly disguised as a drop kick and he is the heart of the story and more specifically his number has come up. In trying to communicate with said retards Harold introduces the concept of π. In a rather clever way. As he explains π is never ending and contains every single other number and never repeats. Then the zinger – every infinite possibility in life rests within this “one simple circle”. Deep shit but clever. As this season has progressed we have got to know more about Harold and even his past romance with his real life wife Carrie Preston. He has blossomed and with him so has the show. Now we still have the saccharine sweet endings often that make The Love Boat seem like The Walking Dead but we still have shady FBI guys, HR and Elias bubbling along. And keeping it all pumping along steadily, as one would expect, is the heart inherent in the show and often lost in the hail of bullets and bullshit. It will never win an Emmy of course and nor should it but it does have some intangible that draws you back.

And,luckily, Superman is still locked up.

Farewell Tina – Dont be a Stranger

Posted: February 1, 2013 in TV

Avid Followers – not of the serial killer kind – will know of my love/lust for Tina Fey so it is with sadness that we see the end of 30 Rock. Mind you it went out on top so that is the way to go. Seinfeld remains my favorite comedy series of all time and it ran for 10 seasons and was still delivering. It was a more consistent show for moi while 30 Rock had its highs and lows, even if the highs were some of the best ever. Seinfeld had some clever lines of course but it was more the circular nature of an episode and the interaction of the characters over time that was its strength – much like Curb that followed on. 30 Rock had many memorable and sharper lines but it also had some episodes that wandered. I always felt you could enjoy an episode of Seinfeld more if you understood the idiosyncrasies of George et al displayed over years. You could come in cold with 30 Rock and laugh your ass of because the characters were every easily identified. My new fave now – yes slow to the party – Parks and Rec falls somewhere nicely in between these two without quite reaching either – yet. My favorite period on 30 Rock was when Matt Damon and Elizabeth Banks were front and centre. 30 Rock used guest stars very well and it would appear from my friends at Firewall&Iceberg that it was often simply the case of them being in NYC at the time. Will Arnett was a great recurring character.

Fortunate enough to do the NBC tour when in NYC in 2011 and had to take the chance to hold Tina just once. Worked out ok