Poehler Thanks, Racist Cranks and Album Ranks

Justin November 30, 2015 2
We don’t get many comments on the site anymore. Readers may tweet responses to us or email us about what they’ve read, but very rarely do they actually leave a note on the website. As a result, the comments we do get are extra special. Each one deserves attention.
Like this one:
hamster October 21, 2015 at 4:01 pm Edit

well this site finally bit the shark

Oh, Hamster. I’m sorry you’re unsatisfied- though the phrase is jump the shark, not bite the shark. It’s inspired by an episode of Happy Days, where the Fonz waterskied off a ramp and over some sharks.

The post Hamster is referring to is this one, in which I wrote my own best man speech in order to help write my wedding vows. Well, guess what, Hamster? While it may not have satisfied you, it was effective for me. That writing exercise worked. I was able to use some of the points I made in the fake speech and rework them into my vows. I wrote about laughter and silence and snoring. And people really liked what I had to say-especially when I almost cried. Oh, Hamster, it was great.  But, while I was delivering my vows, I did have one big decision to make: Should I deliver the last line I wrote?

“I love you and I like you.”

Its a great sentiment. It really does some up all my feelings for my new wife. And I’ve thought that ever since I first heard it… when Leslie Knope said it to Ben Wyatt while they were getting married on Parks and Recreation.

I honestly didn’t know if I should steal a line from TV. I didn’t want my friends, family and other assorted well wishers to think less of me, to think that I hadn’t taken this seriously enough to write it myself. I didn’t want people to hear the line, think “that’s from TV,” and be taken out of the moment.

But, at the last second, I decided to deliver the line as written.  It went over very well. Almost too well, in fact. It turns out all those stories about how Parks And Recreation was about to get cancelled because it’s ratings were terrible were based on fact. No one watched that show. So, no one knew I stole the line.

Someone even pulled me aside and said, “I loved what you said about liking and loving, because those are two very different things. It was very insightful.”

“Uhhh.. I stole that from Amy Poehler.”

That sounds a lot less romantic.

Sports Illustrated: November 30th, 2015



Alexander Wolff writes about education secretary and basketball buy Arne Duncan. During the piece, he mentions that Duncan will end up being the second longest sitting member of the President’s original Cabinet. Who’s first? Does Joe Biden count as a member of the cabinet? Am I forgetting someone else? I suppose I can google it, but I’ll just throw it out there and see if a reader can answer. Hamster? Any thoughts?


Why So Serious? by Austin Murphy

So, we can all agree than all of this anti-Cam Newton sentiment is racism, right? Good. And good for Robert Flores from ESPN for saying so. 

Double Vision by Lee Jenkins

I know next to nothing about Andre Drummond.  Maybe its the fact that he only spent one year in college. Maybe its the fact that he plays in Detroit. More likely, its the fact that the NBA basically only highlights LeBron and Steph Curry. But, Drummond seems like a nice kid and a potential franchise centerpiece. Now, we’ll see if the Pistons can ever win.

Jalen Brunson Profile by Lee Jenkins

The title of this article may actually be V”illanova star Jalen Brunson was molded by his exacting father, a former pro whose work was nearly undone by an indiscretion that shook their family.” At least, that’s what the cover page says. Either way, here’s a summary: Rick Brunson is a terrible father but, hey, at least he had an affair with some lady at the gym.

Master of None by Aziz Ansari

I can’t stress this enough. Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series is GREAT. It’s truly fantastic-original, mature, a little funny, a little serious. “But, Justin, I don’t really like his standup.”  Well, first of all, you haven’t seen him do standup in a few years. His act has changed and matured. Secondly, the show is not a straight comedy. Its sort of a dramedy. Just watch it.

The Ties That Bind by Bruce Springsteen

This is the documentary about the making of the album, The River, not the boxed set which includes a remastered version of that album as well as the documentary, a live concert and other music.  The doc aired on HBO Friday night. And it’s just ok. It’s not as good as similar docs which were released when Bruce did Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town 35th anniversary boxed sets. And that’s because the River isn’t that great of an album. It’s middle of the road Springsteen.  What? Ok. Here are the rankings:

  1. Born To Run
  2. Darkness on The Edge of Town
  3. The Rising
  4. The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
  5. Greetings From Asbury Park
  6. Tunnel Of Love
  7. Born in the USA
  8. Wrecking Ball
  9. The River
  10. Lucky Town
  11. Nebraska
  12. Magic
  13. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
  14. Working On A Dream
  15. Devils And Dust
  16. The Seeger Sessions
  17. Human Touch
  18. High Hopes

Again, Hamster, feel free to weigh in.




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