Archive for November 9th, 2010

WTF Driscoll Middle School? W-T-F?

You know what’s f****d up? Little kids using trick plays to beat other little kids. I’m not talking about reverses and misdirections and flea-flickers; I mean actual deception.* I mean actual, “Let’s take advantage of those other little kids not being sure of the rules of football” deception. Way to exploit their naivete and compassion, Driscoll Middle School. Way to teach your opponent to never take anything anyone does at face value. I guess they should have popped your confusion-feigning quarterback while he stood upright and more or less defenseless in the middle of their front seven, right? That would have been the “sporting” thing of them to do? Clearly, some good life lessons are being taught by a team that apparently can’t score in an honest way, which is hard to believe since it’s little-kid football, and everybody scores all the time in little-kid football.

*”You tricked me.”

“I deceived you, Mother. ‘Trick’ implies that we have a playful relationship.”

What fans are cheering this behavior? Who’s yelling “GO! GO!” excitedly? Why do news organizations want to talk to these a******s? WHO IS SANCTIONING THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR???

That s*** is f****d up, man.

The Return of Conan

If you haven’t been paying attention to this blog for the last 11 months, then you may not have realized that I was looking forward to last night’s premiere of Conan on TBS. I haven’t even minded all the commercials and the endless promotion during the baseball playoffs.

The main reason for the excitement wasn’t just that a great comedian was returning to television, but that the return represented a chance to finally move on. Conan O’Brien has been active since he lost The Tonight Show to Jay Leno in January: He got a new job, he went on a live tour, he grew a beard, he appeared on 60 Minutes, and he even got on Twitter. What has been frustrating, though, is that the most common subject in his comedy during this interregnum has been Conan himself—namely his departure from NBC and his new job on TBS.

Back in January, when The Tonight Show essentially became about its own future, it was refreshing to see an unleashed Conan mercilessly go after his own bosses at NBC. Unlike Jay Leno, who played dumb during the whole process, Conan wasn’t afraid to be honest and hilariously vicious. Unlike Jimmy Kimmel, who had nothing to lose by being vicious, and David Letterman, who played the role of elder statesman throughout, Conan’s attacks were also endearingly honest and personal, since he was going through the ordeal himself and had something to lose by attacking his employer. Continue reading