Born for the booth (cont.)
Posted: Thursday May 24, 2007 2:09PM; Updated: Thursday May 24, 2007 3:00PM
CAVEAT TO EVERYTHING I JUST SAID
I liked Joe Theismann.
THIS WEEK I LIKE
The Celtics not being rewarded for their tank job. In Tuesday's draft lottery, Boston ended up with the fifth pick despite having the NBA's second-worst record. Consolation for them: Al Horford, Jeff Green and Corey Brewer are not a bad set of leftovers.
L. Jon Wertheim's story on Ultimate Fighting in this week's magazine.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, in concert Tuesday in New York. Good show. Although it hurt to look around Webster Hall and realize that my cohort group was this painful collection of half-hipster 30-somethings. What a bunch of human train wrecks.
Paul Theroux's article in this week's New Yorker about his travels in Turkmenistan, which is ruled by a mad dictator who, just as an example of his wackiness, has renamed the months and has written a book that he would like everyone to read three times.
Once -- a low-budget movie about an Irish singer-songwriter. In the movie, the guy actually plays about 10 songs from beginning to end. The movie's best parts are great, and as a whole I don't think I've seen anything like it.
Joel Stein's line in this week's Time that if Seth Rogen's new movie Knocked Up is a hit, "Los Angeles restaurants may have to deal with an infestation of waiters who are dumpy Canadians with Jewfros."
The pork tacos at La Esquina, on the Lower East Side in New York. I also like that food is just as good at the street-level take-out stand they operate as at their more high-priced, underground sit-down restaurant.
THIS WEEK I DON'T LIKE
Greg Oden and Kevin Durant headed to Portland and Seattle, or vice versa. Just because I'm on the East coast and they'll be on TV so late.
The NFL requiring that rookies Anthony Gonzalez and Brandon Jackson skip minicamps last weekend so they could attend the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. If the rookies decided on their own to skip minicamp to attend to some commercial venture instead, they would have been blasted. Critics would have compared them to Ron Artest, who wanted to take time off from the NBA to promote his rap album. What does it say when the NFL, in this analogy, is exhibiting the priorities of Ron Artest?
Clinton Portis' dog-fighting remarks, and also the absurd news release that followed. Portis said of Michael Vick to a local TV station, "I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it's his property, it's his dog. If that's what he wants to do, do it." That was followed by a news release which read, "In the recent interview I gave concerning dog fighting, I want to make it clear I do not take part in dog fighting or condone dog fighting in any manner." Sounded like he condoned it in some manner, didn't he?