Maybe it's just the Yankee-hater in me but from where I'm sitting, I don't see much of a difference between what Delmon Young did (video on the right sidebar) and what Bernie did last night? I expect Bernie to recieve a 50 game suspension and ESPN to villify him the way they have Young. ESPN buries the incident at the bottom of this report and doesn't mention the helmet toss. This is not to let Young off the hook, he should've been sat down for the whole season but Bernie won't even get a 3-game suspension. Watch.
Overall, as far as production quality, HotAir is closer to how I pictured PJM turning out than how it did. HotAir also gets points for dragging Allah back to a regular posting schedule. The guy's still got it.
I’m linking this thing for three reasons. First, it’s the greatest identity-politics story ever, at least until the day special-ed students start protesting their principals for not being retarded enough.
So last night I drove into the city to meet Chrissy after she was done teaching her class and we went and saw Ben Lee at Irving Plaza. It's funny/sad, we used to go to so many shows a few years ago, but now it's such a big event that we both actually took today off. I can't seem to find the article online now, but Chrissy's favorite local columnist wrote a piece a while back about the difference between going to a show in your 20s and going to a show in your 30s that would have provided me with a quote or two to move this post along. Anyway, while we weren't the oldest people last night, the crowed definitely skewed towards the mid-20s range.
But Ben Lee, yes, good solid Aussie kid. We first heard of him when he teamed up with Ben Folds and Ben Kweller to form The Bens (duh) a few years ago. At the time Chrissy thought she was going to get into Kweller's solo stuff but it didn't really happen and it wasn't until recently that Chrissy really got into Ben Lee and became moderately obsessed, checking in on his website regularly, including his blog and he just started doing podcasts too. So when tickets went on sale for the Irving Plaza show for $10 (+ the always nebulous finance charges) it was a done deal.
Ben put on a great show splitting the set between the full band and just him and his guitar. He covered "Brick" by "the other Ben." Thankfully, no one threw a bottle at him. His rapport with the audience was spontaneous and came with an ease and--aww hell who am I kidding as great as Ben Lee was the real story of the night is that for the first five songs or so we were standing next to this guy! The f'in' MILF Guy from American Pie!!!
(Via Fark.) Some maniac with a lot of time on his hands has reproduced the bottom of the 10th of Game 6 on the old RBI Baseball game. He uses the actual call from the game and I have to admit I got a little nervous then completely jacked up during Mookie's at-bat.
And in lieu of any actual real thoughts on the first week of this season for the Mets let me just say that my buddy put it perfectly the other day when he said, "I just hope David Wright is 'taking full advantage' of being young and playing in New York."
I know you’re still monitoring my Web site. At least you kept monitoring me long after the two of us stopped talking – if that’s the right word. One of my colleagues said you told him I’m blacklisted because of what I wrote about you in the LA Weekly. You won’t give me quotes anymore. You won’t give him quotes anymore either because he’s tainted by his association with me.