17 Sweetest Tweet
Accidentally hit a squirrel yesterday in my car. Feel so guilty I can hardly sleep. Casey Anthony is a monster.
Blake Griffin, 15 Aug
18 Buh-litz over Broadway
Like one of its title character's power sweeps, the Broadway play
was a thing of crisp execution. Faithfully employing David Maraniss's 2000 biography, When Pride Still Mattered, playwright Eric Simonson turned a series of vignettes about the Packers' coach into a 90-minute drama that was bolstered by two stage veterans familiar to TV viewers: Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) chunkily embodied the title character, capturing his mood swings, bombast and malevolent chuckle; and Judith Light (Who's the Boss?) garnered a well-deserved Tony nomination for her shaded portrayal of Vince's long-suffering wife, Marie. Light helped attract women to the show, and the Packers' real-life Super Bowl success brought relevance, leading to an eight-month run and confirming the hunch of producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser that a Broadway audience exists for sports drama. Next up from the team: Magic/Bird, which premieres on Broadway on March 21, in the middle of the NCAA tournament.
19 Bracket Booster
The brilliant statistician Nate Silver made his name at Baseball Prospectus, and even though he famously and successfully moved on to polling analysis via his FiveThirtyEight blog, he still returns to the crunching of sports numbers when it matters most. Silver was at his best this past March, providing the most compelling, publicly available statistical analysis of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, including a predictive system that incorporated factors such as the distance teams travel to play and the injuries they've sustained—info that was as enlightening as it was potentially profitable for the fillers out of brackets. Alas, like so many others, Silver went 0-fer on his Final Four picks in an upset-heavy tournament. But even in defeat he entertained—Virginia Commonwealth's advancing to the Final Four, against odds he had set at 820 to 1, "may be the most unlikely occurrence in the history of the tournament," he said. "The basketball equivalent of Susan Boyle."
20 Lights Out Too Soon