Wednesday, August 20, 2014
"Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper This is a good song for 1984, definitely reminds me of that era 30 years ago. I think it might have been the first video I ever saw on MTV, at a friend's house. "If you're lost You can look And you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting Time after time."
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
"You Make Me Feel Brand New" - The Stylistics I actually picked a different song because I was sure I had made this an SOTW already. But when I went to confirm I couldn't find it so it must never have happened. It's long overdue that I give this song, one of my favorites ever, the SOTW treatment it so richly deserves, 40 years after it came out.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The death of Robin Williams, while sad actually wasn't all that surprising to me. Someone who is that manic, crazy, etc. is probably living on the edge at all times. And in truth I don't feel all that badly for him. He had a great life, and if he couldn't beat his personal demons and didn't want to struggle with them anymore, that's his choice. I'm sure his children still love and need him, but they're grown now. So let's put aside the sadness of his death and remember the humor of his life. You will see many clips of his movies, but few of you will see, or have ever seen his brilliant standup "Live From the Met" from 1986. Master Bates had the audio recording on cassette and we loved this part:
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Hall of Shame There is a glaring grammatical error on Greg Maddux's Hall of Fame Plaque. The line reads "only hurtler with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks." It's fewer. FEWER! How many times do I have to tell you? When something can be counted individually you use fewer. Less is for things that can't be counted, like intelligence. The guy who did this plaque has less intelligence than Les Miles's parents. The Hall of Fame absolutely needs to redo this plaque and display a grammatically correct version for generations of baseball fans to see.
"Bread and Butter" - The Newbeats I can't believe it's been 50 years since this pop classic took the music world by storm. I'm even more surprised that it has never been an SOTW before. Were these guys midgets? They look very short to me.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Some creative (vindictive?) Mets fan decided to taunt Hunter Pence when the Giants came to town. They came to the ballpark with a bunch of creative signs: Mayor of New York City than it is for an outfielder from Texas Insult rating:
Syracuse University tops Princeton Review's list of Party Schools for 2014. According to the Princeton Review website, “Schools on the ‘Party Schools’ list are those at which surveyed students’ answers indicated a combination of low personal daily study hours (outside of class), high usages of alcohol and drugs on campus, and high popularity on campus of frats/sororities.” Legend has it that SU made this list once before in the early-90s which led to a crackdown by the University to avoid this label. I'm glad to see the school is making a comeback and that the young people who choose to matriculate there are enjoying themselves. But I really thought Greek life was a negative and divisive influence on campus as I detailed in my famous letter to the DO. I was surprised to see SU ranked #3 of 379 schools in terms of sports scenes. Again, not when I was there. During my time on campus I remember hearing that fewer than 2,000 students had basketball season tickets. A recent run of success, and a National Championship in 2003 (which probably set many current students on the path to SU) certainly have meant a lot for the basketball team, but football, not so much. But it's nice to see my old alma getting some positive national attention. Thanks to TON for the suggestion