Posts Tagged ‘LSU’

Welcome to this week’s links. Bunch of links.

* Lots of controversy over the New York Times’ scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant. Some people loved it, others thought it was odd for the Times to even review something that’s mostly a tourist trap, some thought it showed that the Times is arrogant and on and on. Fieri himself took to Today to defend himself and rip the writer. For what it’s worth, the New York Post also gave it zero stars. I liked Slate’s take on the whole controversy.

* A writer for Marshall University’s student paper wrote about the anniversary of the plane crash that killed the entire football team. His basic premise: Isn’t it about time everyone just get over that whole thing? The reaction in the comments section was predictably intense.

* Here’s a fun list of the 10 most unpredictable career arcs in Hollywood history. Spoiler: No. 1 is Mark Wahlberg.

* Chuck Klosterman got caught up in the whole General Petraeus scandal. It’s so very Klosterman for him to be a part of the story by being a non-story.

* Enjoyed this Bryan Curtis piece on Marv Albert finally calling an NBA game in his native Brooklyn.

* Another Grantland piece. Charlie Pierce on not cheering for Notre Dame. I’ve hated Notre Dame for 25 years. This year though I’m sort of hoping they win it all. Guess I’m sick of the SEC.

* For movie buffs, Steven Spielberg’s longtime cinematographer talks about how he created 11 of the director’s most famous shots.

* Not sure what to make of this ESPN The Magazine piece about … about … about … Sigh. Just read it. Props for even attempting this. Or was that in poor taste? Complex.

* We go back to Grantland for the pod of the week. I’ve told you before about the Hollywood Prospectus, but it’s worth revisiting for a recent episode featuring Warren Littlefield, one of the men behind NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup. He’s got some great stories about how Cheers, Seinfeld and others came to be. Spoiler alert: Both were nearly canceled early on.

Let’s make one thing clear: I’m not losing it. Or at least, if I am losing it, I’m not aware that I’m losing it. It’s just that the last couple days have been jam packed with a lot of things other than sleep. The following is a brief and confusingly disorganized highlights package sans video:

The South is awesome. It’s reaffirmed every time I get there, the most recent being this weekend. I had a game to cover in Hammond, La., the former shoe-making headquarters of the Confederate Army, and spent the night before in (cue French accent) Baton Rouge. If I ever save up enough money to start a College Football Cities in the South bus tour, both places will be included. Why? Because they’re both geared around NCAA Division I football on fall Saturdays and separated by just 45 miles yet worlds apart, a not-uncommon and fascinating dynamic in that part of the country. (more…)

Guesties: The BCS isn’t so bad

Posted: January 18, 2012 by terryvandrovec in Guesties
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By Dan Frasier
Guest blogger

One undeniable fact about one-and-done tournaments is that they do not ensure the best team all season wins. We see it repeatedly in the NCAA tourney, in the NFL playoffs and even in baseball. (I know, I know – that’s not one and done. But still.)  Upsets, matchups, hot teams and pure luck guarantee that teams like the 2007 Giants and nondescript b-ball programs will sometimes prevail. Whether they get hot and win the whole thing or just get hot one night and eliminate the best team in the tourney, we know that the complete body of work from the season will not be reflected in the later rounds of the tournament. I mean, for Tebow’s sake, does anyone believe that the Broncos are a better reflection of a season of work than the Steelers? OK, now I’m just getting worked up.

Back to the point. Until this year, the BCS was the best method in all of sports to ensure that the best team all season emerged as the national champion. The totality of a team’s body of work is what counts in getting to the title game and, until this year, that totality has most often played out in the result of the game. This year, that didn’t happen. So, now that we have sufficiently lauded ‘Bama for its wonderful performance and astounding defense in the national championship, let’s pay a little homage to what is possibly the best team to not win a title in college football history. (For our purposes, college football history will go back to 1987, which is the first year I remember watching it.) (more…)

Did Brent Musburger buy stock in Honey Badger?

Hi again America,

The bloated college football bowl season came to an end Monday night with No. 2 Alabama blanking No. 1 LSU 21-0. In this case, blanking is a euphemism. Because this thing was ugly and awkward. Let me count the ways:

1. Holy Honey Badger. How many times did play-by-play guy Brent Musburger call LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu by his nickname, the Honey Badger? Too many, at the very least. Roughly 879, to be more exact. Come to think of it, those might have been the only words Musburger uttered all night. (To bite something I read on Twitter, anybody playing a Honey Badger drinking game would have died before the final whistle.) It was embarrassing. (more…)