January 6, 2007

Saturday continued

Just finished watching the Cowboy/Seahawk game. Sorry for CIL, though I was tepidly cheering for Seattle. I would like to like them more, but just don't. But the game was very entertaining at the end--not quite as entertaining as the Boise State/Oklahoma game, but very exciting. Dallas actually played much better than I expected and, in many ways, better than Seattle. But for a mishandled snap...

Speaking of surprises, Indianapolis really showed up in the other game. Well, their defense did. The worst run defense in the NFL held Larry Johnson to 44 yards, and Kansas City didn't make a first down until the third quarter. Unbelievable.

Update. Just saw the press conferences after the Dallas game. I am not a fan of the Cowboys or Bill Parcels, but those post-game press conferences are ridiculous. I really thought Parcells handled himself just fine and should have told some of those reporters to shut the hell up. They ask some of the worst questions I have ever heard. And then Tony Romo came out. SOF paraphrased the questions: "Do you really suck?"


BTW, correction. Indy kept the entire Kansas City offense to 44 rushing yards.


Meant to add this to the earlier post, but we watched Thank you for Smoking last night. We both liked it very much. Really a brilliant satire, though a little too close to the truth for my taste. As Roger Ebert noted, the film is not really about smoking or freedom as much as it was a statement on lobbying. After, we watched some of the extra-features including the interview with Charlie Rose. That, however, was the low-light of the experience as the young director (Jason Reitman) and novel author (Christopher Buckley) were about as smug and arrogant as you will find--even in these settings.

Buckley and Reitman kept hammering on PC, as if they were making some great statement. Yet, the issues of spin are much deeper than anything about "political correctness." I finally turned the interview off. It didn't ruin the film, but it didn't help either.


I read a variety of blogs and found this interesting post on Katrina. Appears that people were able to take more effort to save some embryos than they took to save the poor. Speaking of a "political correctness," I hope our mantra of "pro-life" hasn't turned us into preferring potential life over actual living, breathing people. Of course, the Terry Schiavo case suggests that we are losing some sense of balance here.

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