Archive for January, 2011

The West Wing Meets Sports Night?

January 29, 2011
I admit I’m a huge fan of both these shows and Sorkin generally, but you gotta be psyched about this news:  HBO has greenlit a pilot for a new series from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network): 
Although specifics about the project aren’t known, it’s expected that the show will be set behind-the-scenes of a cable news program. In preparation, Sorkin has been spending time with a variety of MSNBC, Fox News and CNN personalities, including Keith Olbermann, who was rumored (incorrectly) to have some involvement with the show.
The guys from Sports Night are currently starring in Parenthood and The Good Wife, but perhaps Martin Sheen and Bradley Whitford are available.  BTW, the Sports Night characters were loosely based on ESPN’s best-ever — and snarkiest — anchor-pairing from back in the day, Olbermann and Craig Kilborn. 

Championship Sunday

January 23, 2011

As they say in the Bud Light commercials:  Here We Go!

The NFC is a classic rivalry match-up between the Bears and Packers in Chicago.  Aaron Rodgers is playing at a very high level, similar to what we saw last year from Drew Brees and in previous years from the likes of Brady and Manning.  Surprisingly, the Bears have improved, most notably since the Giants embarrassed their O-line with a 10-sack game earlier this year.

Everyone, including me, likes the Pack here which worries me a bit.  The Bears are home, have a legitimate game-breaker in Hester returning kicks, three big-play guys on D — Peppers, Uhrlacher and Briggs — and a gunslinging QB capable of, well, almost anything, good or bad.

The Pack was my preseason NFC pick for the Super Bowl, along with the Ravens in the AFC, and I’ll stick with them here, 20-13.

In the AFC, I can’t be even vaguely objective.  Hate the Jets, rooting hard for the Steelers, but I got a bad feeling about this.  By bad, I mean the Jets winning this in Pittsburgh.  Why not?  The Jets have won four road playoff games the past two years, including beating Rivers, Manning and Brady.   Serial Creep Big Ben is next on their hit list.  I say Jets, 16-10.


January 9, 2011

Anybody notice a familiar name on Caribou Barbie’s “targeted” list of Congressional Democrats, identified on the map by rifle scopes?  Maybe the fourth one down on the left?  Don’t think there’s anything wrong with this?  Well, then, riddle me this Batman:  why did they scrub it off her website yesterday after the shooting?

As for our useless pundit class, what is this nonsense that inappropriate rhetoric and violent speech is coming from both sides?  Really?  Let’s stop kidding ourselves — now — with this false equivalency crap.  Could someone point out to me the gun-toting liberals looking for Second Amendment “remedies” to “take our country back”?  Didn’t think so.

I’m not saying they — Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Tea Partiers, et al — wanted this to happen or should be blamed for it.  That doesn’t mean what they do and what they say isn’t irresponsible and create an environment for wackos like this fool in Arizona.   

“Those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.”