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Posted on February 16 at 3:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend cabot writes:

On the olympics:

1) The luge thing was ridiculous. The track/committee officials blamed it on "human error". Duh. Any crash is human error... but it should result in a guy sliding down the course for awhile and then stopping, possibly injured but not dead. It is absolutely the fault of the track officials that a slider could actually be hurled off the track in a crash. Now, that being said..... it was also ridiculous that they moved the start farther down the course. This is a world-class competition in which the best of the best should have an advantage. The harder the course, the more skill it demands, the more likely the best will win. So shame on the Olympic Committee twice... once for making a track without basic safety features to keep crashes from being fatal, and then again for moving the start down in a tacit admission of guilt and also preventing the best from standing out like they would on a harder track.

2) Wait... ski jumping awards style points? Why isn't it just whoever jumps farthest and lands on their skis wins? Can you imagine the long jump with style judges ("wow, a world record distance from Carl Lewis but he windmilled his arms a little too much and that cost him in the judges eyes, Bob. Looks like he will have to settle for Bronze"). Ridiculous.

3) I also like Bode Miller... he always leaves it all out on the course. Some guys you can just tell are trying not to get hurt but Bode always lays it on the line. And the Downhill is the kind of event where the "style points" are built in. Yeah it's about how well you ski and how strong you are, but it's also about heart. And you don't need a judge to tell you whose is bigger... you can tell everything you need to from the clock at the bottom (as well as watching the racer).

4) Figure skating is ridiculous :)


From: Olympic Fever


Posted on February 16 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Hanna writes:

"I can't believe you haven't seen Friday Night Lights. Add it to your Netflix queue."


From: Watching 'The Blind Side'


Posted on February 16 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Adam contributes:

"Chariots of Fire
Bull Durham
Raging Bull

And for one quote, alone:

A League of Their Own

*Jimmy Dugan: Evelyn, could you come here for a second? Which team do you play for?
*Evelyn Gardner: Well, I'm a Peach.
*Jimmy Dugan: Well I was just wonderin' why you would throw home when we got a two-run lead. You let the tying run get on second base and we lost the lead because of you. Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass.
[/Evelyn starts to cry/]
*Jimmy Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!
*Doris Murphy: Why don't you give her a break, Jimmy...
*Jimmy Dugan: Oh, you zip it, Doris! Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigs---. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?
*Evelyn Gardner: No, no, no.
*Jimmy Dugan: Yeah! NO. And do you know why?
*Evelyn Gardner: No...
*Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!


From: Watching 'The Blind Side'


Posted on February 11 at 4:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A friend writes:

"Nice pick on the SB - but it doesn't count when you basically pick both teams ( "I am picking the Saints b/c I hate the Colts, but the Colts will probably win" ). Anyway, I definitely had a peak experience when Peyton threw that INT. For a couple months it looked like we would get the unholy trinity of the Yankees, Colts, and Lakers all winning championships in the same season, which would cause me to light myself on fire and never watch sports again (assuming I survived)."


From: Peak experience? Or just music


Posted on February 8 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Former Gazette reporter Shirin Parsavand writes:

"Probably Colbert doesn't know anything about Schenectady other than that the city's name has been used for comic effect ever since the vaudeville era, and maybe before then. I remember Michael Carrese, a former WMHT staffer who used to do most of the writing for the LCA show, telling me that Schenectady was always the butt of jokes because the "k sound" is funny. I just did a Google search and yeah, apparently that's a comedy truism.

Of course, Colbert is from S.C., which as Jon Stewart notes is the state that keeps on giving to comedy writers. (Its latest gaffe was when the lieutenant governor compared poor children who get school lunches to stray animals.)"


From: Hometown pride, and prejudice


Posted on February 3 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Nachie writes:

"The more people write about Salinger shunning fame, the more it seems
like the best possible idea. I mean, the timeline sounds like: wrote
some classics of american literature; decided he didn't want to deal
with the noise and craziness of being famous (and I'm assuming that
means he didn't want to be a lecturer or academic); took his money and
moved to a small community where he was by all reports a happy dude;
lived his life.

That sounds like one of the better lives I can imagine.

It's funny, my mother's birthday was Monday, and she was talking about
how she wanted to make sure everyone in her english class had read
Catcher in the Rye and/or Nine Stories, and that every bookseller she
called in the city was out of them. Not surprising, but nice to hear."


From: Remembering Salinger


Posted on February 3 at 12:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Amy from high school writes:

"I'm happy to read those stories about how everyone in Cornish and the Upper Valley just let Salinger be himself. I was telling friends over the weekend about how we'd hear that he was in the audience during our plays, and I'd wonder to myself, why would JD Salinger want to see a high school production of "Fiddler on the Roof" for "The Wizard of Oz," but that's the kind of low-key stuff that made him happy, I guess."


From: Remembering Salinger


Posted on January 25 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I know better than to bet on the Jets.


From: Football Picks


Posted on January 21 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Bill thinks I'm an idiot. He writes:

"Yeah, I hated Avatar. I think I'm the only person on the planet. I thought it was predictable, boring, and trying to come across with some lame message that white people shouldn't have killed the Indians. I read your review and that you thought it was the best movie ever made."


From: Watching “Avatar”


Posted on January 20 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree - the plot isn't anything too special. I've read reviews comparing it to Fern Gully. But I thought the strong visuals and action anchored the story and gave it new life. The characters are sort of archetypes of the action genre, but I liked them anyway.


From: Watching “Avatar”


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