Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lost In Translation

Ozzie Guillen's bad English is getting him in trouble with headline writers. In his tiff with Bobby Jenks he's quoted as saying, "I respect his wife. I respect his kids. I'm not even mad. I wish I was mad about it because I will rip his throat (out)." This statement has led to headlines such as,

Guillen threatens to 'rip' out Jenks' throat as argument escalates

I'm fairly certain what Ozzie meant to say is, "I wish I was mad about it because if I was I would rip his throat out." Since that's not what he said here come the headlines. But I think it's irresponsible to make headlines and stories like that after reading the statement because the headline is implying that a not angry Ozzie is threatening to rip Bobby Jenks' throat out. If that was the case just imagine what he would do if he was mad.

A Couple of Links: History and Vagueness

Two quick links, neither of which are funny just ones that I find interesting. The first one is where Phil Rosenthal puts Chicago's mayoral race into historical context. I'm a sucker for these types of articles.  

Chicago election: History tends to repeat itself -- and so do the media, historically

The second one is the writer lamenting the decline of the English language. Glad to see my generation is like at the forefront of this movement and stuff.*

What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness

*I once heard someone who is near my age finish her sentence, "...and stuff, and, and, and, and stuff."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

What Was He Thinking

When David Bowie wrote "Young Americans" and included the line "Do you remember your President Nixon" about a week after Nixon resigned do you think he was thinking "these Americans I'm writing about are so drugged out they won't remember this guy who spent the last year in the headlines" or he thought "If this song gets played on classic rock radio 35 years from now this line will make perfect sense."

I'm pretty sure it was the former but if it was the latter that shows great foresight. I was going to say he's a great lyricist but then I remembered the lyrics to "Let's Dance."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Misplaced Songs - 2/25/11 - "Electric Barbarella"

This week's misplaced song features a band and a song that pay homage to Jane Fonda's most famous role.*

*According to Ross Denton.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Woo Hoo?

News out of Cardinals camp today is that Adam Wainwright may be out for the season with a significant injury to his elbow. This is a huge blow to the Cardinals playoff chances and as such slightly increases the chance the Cubs can make the postseason. This injury highlights an interesting dilemma as a sports fan.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Normally, Don't Trust My Age

I may be changing the name of this blog to "My Disguise Is Working."

Some of you may have seen references on Facebook to a meeting with the cops, my being carded and an article about people with glasses. I thought I'd give more detail here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Misplaced Songs - 2/18/11 - "Kiss With A Fist"

As someone who had heard of Arcade Fire before the Grammys I thought I'd focus on an artist that many people had not heard of before that awards show. This one happens to be British not Canadian.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Misplaced Songs - 2/11/11 - "You're All I Wanna Do"

This week's song is from a Rockford Illinois band that is known for "Surrender" yet won't give up being a rock and roll band.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sloan and Dee

Reports are out today that Jerry Sloan has resigned as coach of the Utah Jazz. There will be many career eulogies written and spoken in the next few days. This story is about perspective.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Colonel and The Bulldog

Richard Dent was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's a great honor for the Colonel and one that was a few years overdue. My main memories of the Colonel involved the Bulldog.

Viewing Habits

Here is a diagram of my parents' TV viewing habits (click to embiggen) based on my extensive research after spending a few non-holiday-related days at their house. Mom, of course, complains that Dad's always watching "Bones." Mom used to watch more movies on Lifetime but I think she's seen them all.

Friday, February 4, 2011