To the anonymous in last post's comments, re Jeter vs. A-Rod as Yankees SS in 2004: yes, there were people back then who thought Jeter was the better shortstop. They are the same people who still think he deserved every Gold Glove that he won, i.e., they were/are fucking idiots who should be thrown into volcanoes. I realize that defensive metrics and defensive WAR have a long way to go before they're perfectly accurate, but as of the start of 2004 season, Jeter had about -2 dWAR and Rodriguez had about 8 dWAR. That's a gap that can't be explained away with a rallying cry of SHUT UP STAT NERDZZZ, WATCH SOME GAMES. The odds that Jeter was the better shortstop are about the same as the odds that he doesn't get into the HOF on the first ballot. Also, re your claim that bengoodfella was exaggerating more than the pro-Jeter crowd: NO.
Anyways, when we last left Bill and his merry band of sycophants, some retard had asked/told Bill that the final scene of the first episode of the current season of Breaking Bad was the best scene in television history. How do you think Bill will respond?
SG: I thought it was the television equivalent of the 75 seconds or so right after Mike Tyson first chewed off part of Evander Holyfield's ear — when we realized what happened, zoomed through the Seven Stages of WTF? and assumed they would stop the fight, only they didn't, and suddenly Tyson and Holyfield were hopping in their corners, ready to fight again as everyone lost their freaking minds.
/game show buzzer
Gotta give him points for comparing it to a sports moment rather than another pop culture moment, though.
I've been in just about every conceivable sports fan situation at this point — that's my no. 1 "I am prepared for ANYTHING right now" sports fan moment. (It's impossible to overstate how exciting those few seconds right before they started fighting again were. I still remember where I watched that fight, who was there, and where everyone was sitting.)
Hopefully the reason he remembers all of that so vividly is because he was alone. I would sooner stick my dick in a paper shredder than watch a fight with Simmons.
Wait a second, we're doing this right now? This is happening??????? I AM PREPARED FOR ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING.
SHUT THE FUCK UP
Q: Is there anyone who can die between now and next month to prevent James Gandolfini from getting the hammer slot in the 'In Memoriam' Emmys montage? I see only three potential people stealing his thunder: Bill Cosby, Bill Shatner, or Jerome Seinfeld.
—Bryan Farris, Baton Rouge
Yeah, those three, and about two hundred other actors and actresses. Good way to get your question into the published mailbag, though. "Hey Bill, here's a horseshit question about nothing that has a bunch of possible answers. Here are my answers to it, which are terrible. Your thoughts?"
SG: Agree on Cosby and Seinfeld. Disagree on Shatner. Would add the following definites: David Letterman, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore,
And then he goes on for like 15 more. It's embarrassing.
The single toughest call? Gandolfini or Eddie Murphy.
THIS IS WORTH CONSTERNATION! America's most popular sportswriter, everyone.
Q: I'm not sure why, but the other day, I decided to see what the current Red Sox rotation would look like if all the pitchers were actually dinosaurs:
1. Felix Doubrontosaurus
I'll spare you the rest. Point is, the person who wrote this should be beaten severely on public television.
Q: SportsCenter has been showing a lot of tweets on air from sports figures and celebs.
On the list of the fifty worst things to start happening on Sportscenter in the last four years, this is near the top, but is definitely eclipsed by the fact that they also show a lot of tweets from everyday sports fans too. That's just what I want with my highlights--some instant feedback from @boner69 about how great LeBron's dunk was.
Most of the time, the person reading the tweet kinda butchers it due to the weird form of English used on twitter. What do you think of SportsCenter bringing in a Frank Caliendo type impersonator and use him over an anchor awkwardly reading a Shaq tweet?
—Ashton, Springfield, MA
That would be almost as funny as yelling like KG every time you order food at a restaurant! Sick idea, bro
And here it is, as mentioned in the comments to one of my Midnight Run posts:
Q: I don't want to bad-mouth Midnight Run, but to claim "No movie used more f-bombs more effectively than Midnight Run" took me aback. Have you not seen The Big Lebowski?
—Eric S., St. Peters, MO
SG: Still haven't seen that movie. My buddy Gus believes everyone should have one movie that you've never seen just because it infuriates and perplexes everyone you know that you haven't seen it. His movie is E.T. He's never seen it.
That was an awesome "movie I've never seen" to have never seen in 1991. Probably infuriated and perplexed everyone Gus met at that Color Me Badd concert. These days, I wouldn't think he's getting much mileage out of it.
This infuriates and perplexes me. For me, it's Rebowski. Er. Lebowski? Is it Rebowski or Lebowski? I wouldn't know because I've never seen it.
Q: In your "Overrated/Underrated/Properly Rated" podcast with Wesley Morris, you debated how to rate Jodie Foster's career against Meryl Streep's career.
Woo! Sports! And if not sports, pop culture that people definitely care about!
Streep is probably the most similar to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
It would be a waste of Blogger's pixels to copy and paste the rest of that.
SG: I like it because Wesley overrates Foster's Accused/Lambs peak
And yes, he answered it. With like 500 words. And an equation to be used to numerically determine who our greatest living actor or actress is. This guy can make almost anything unfun and tedious with his magical superpowers of fauxnalysis.
Sorry, Al Pacino — you missed the cutoff by one point. Hoo-ah!
Q: I had a dream last night about a cricket-playing cat called Toby. Toby was like the Babe Ruth of cat cricket, I mean he made the other cats in the cat cricket league look like they were kittens. He even had an epic five-minute YouTube montage of his greatest shots that I watched several times. And the worst feeling about waking up wasn't realizing that it was all a dream, but realizing that I couldn't send you a link and tell you about Toby, the Babe Ruth of cat cricket.
—Jonathan Gault, Syracuse
SG: I've learned to see through transparent attempts to become the last e-mail of the mailbag.
Worst part about that question: all of it, or just the fact that the dude used that particular pseudonym? And I have to unsarcastically acknowledge Bill here. It's bad enough that he does that LOL MY READERS LOL thing still, but it's worse that he probably gets 250 emails a week trying to be the person that writes that email but failing, which is like trying to punch yourself in the face and instead falling down and breaking your arm.
Q: Pick one musical act for the New York Super Bowl halftime: Jay-Z, Bruce, Bon Jovi or the debut of the Frank Sinatra hologram?
—Chris Agar, Felton, DE
I love Bruce, but his 2009 halftime performance was a letdown. And then SIXBURGH beat the poor Cardinals in the last 30 seconds after the Cardinals mounted that awesome comeback. Overall, a night full of letdowns.
SG: I guess I need more clarity … are we considering this a New York Super Bowl or a New Jersey Super Bowl? (Maybe America should vote on this?)
What a horrible idea!
If it's a New York Super Bowl, then I vote for Jay Z performing with the Sinatra hologram. If it's a Jersey Super Bowl, I vote for Bruce and Bon Jovi performing together as Chris Christie eats pasta in the background with a Gandolfini hologram.
I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY UNDERSTOOD THE POINT OF YOUR QUESTION!
But if we're considering this a New York–New Jersey Super Bowl — a joint collaboration, if you will — then nothing less than a Jay Z–Springsteen combo would suffice.
I AM THE ARBITER OF ALL THINGS NEW YORK!
We might as well go all-out because right around the second quarter — when it's 18 degrees and every Super Bowl spectator is in full-fledged WTF mode — we're going to collectively decide that no cold-weather city should ever host a Super Bowl again.
I told you he was turning into Peter King.