It’s been a week, but I still feel a bit guilty.
Robin Williams death really hit a nerve with people. He was remembered as a comic genius, a great actor and a fantastic person.
Robin Williams was an amazing actor, in both dramatic and comic roles. And, its been really touching to read all the personal remembrances that detail the little acts of kindness he performed for young comedians, sick children and random strangers who he encountered in is every day life.
So, why do I feel guilty?
Because I never found Robin Williams the least bit funny.
His standup was loud and manic and his mind worked a million miles a minute. He told ten jokes in the time it took a normal comedian to tell one. But none of those jokes were actually funny or clever. They were obvious jokes told quickly in stereotypical ethnic voices completely lacking wit. Conan O’Brien called him the greatest talk show guest in history. But I’ve never changed a channel faster than I did when I heard a host introduce Robin Williams. The hosts may have enjoyed him because they didn’t have to work. They just had to get out of the way and let the force of nature fill the next ten minutes by doing voices and jumping and climbing and speaking fast. Then they tossed to commercial to give Robin Williams 5 minutes to recharge before they let him loose for a second segment. The hosts laughed. I never did.
Clearly, I’m in the minority. Maybe I’m too much of a comedy snob who insists that jokes should have premises and punchlines and humor. But, he just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Also he was very sweaty and I did not enjoy seeing that.
Alexander Woolf’s Scorecard column appears to be about a couple of key legal rulings, made last week, which will impact the way the NCAA does business moving forward. I saw it appears to be about that because after reading this opening sentence:
The 2038 Edition of the Slive-Delany March Madness Cup Presented by Uber is upon us
Do you want to write about the way sports are changing, write about the way sports are changing. Don’t use a lazy gimmick to make your dry topic more appealing. If its a dry subject, find a new subject.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up by Lance Williams and Brian Tuohy
This is INSANE! Williams and Touhy tell the story of a sports handicapper with a vendetta agains his childhood friend, Jeff Locke of the Pirates and the apparent 0-60 crazy overreaction to that vendetta from various law enforcement agencies around the country.
The Ice Bucket Challenge by every fucking person on the internet
This is going to surprise almost all of you. I have no problem whatsoever with the idea of the ice bucket challenge. Yes, it’s obnoxious. Yes, its all over the place. Yes, its exposed a bunch of d level celebrities, local weathermen and supposed cool kids as people who truly believe anyone else gives a shit that they poured some water on their heads. But, it’s raised 15 million dollars for ALS research in the past month, up from 1.6 million during the same period last year. And you can’t argue with that.
**ok, one complaint. This morning DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz accepted the dare and then challenged three new people. One of those people was former congresswoman and massive head wound victim Gabby Giffords. Maybe a bucket of ice water on her head isn’t the best thing.