Saturday, August 26, 2006

Weekend Quick Hits

It's been an on and off week of posting here. Mostly due to tiredness, and the fact that it hurts to type. That wrist injury that I mentioned earlier, suffered in the soccer game hasn't gotten any better. And really, I think that something in there may be broken. Of course, there is a game Sunday, so I need to play. And after that I am not free till Wednesday, when I have a day off from work. So, that's when we will get it checked out. Ugh. But, some films and wild card fever have taken up my mind in the meantime.

3:10 to Yuma - Suddenly I am on a bit of a westerns kick. 3:10 to Yuma is one of the better one's I have seen though. It clocks in at just about 90 minutes so it is a quick watch. The last hour is incredibly tense and just fly's by. You think you are seeing maybe one of the better films you have ever seen, until the ending. A friend tells me to ignore the ending as it was just symptomatic of Hollywood at the time (1957), and that makes a bit of sense. It's based on an Elmore Leonard story, so the dialogue is quick and a bit more grey than some black and white moral dilema westerns. Given the way teh story progresses the camera also focuses much more on the faces of our characters than the expansive lanscapes of some other westerns. Apparently this is being remade,
and apparently Russell Crowe is due to star. I guess Elmore Leonard's name is still gold, with good reason. Now let's see if they can do something bout that ending.

Les Carabiniers Apparently critics hated this when it came out. It's certainly not the prettiest Godard to watch. Full of stock footage and title cards it's interesting as hell. It's a dark sometimes comedic ant-war film. The payoff comes during a postcard scene at the end. Much like the apartment scene in Contempt or bedroom apartment scene in Breathless during the scene at one point or another I felt as if it will never end. But then that eventually passes and I felt like I was seeing something special, or at least something different than I have seen before. And, it's those moments that keep me coming back to Godard, and make him my favorite director.

And finally, your eventual 2006 World Series Champion Philadelphia Philles. I've held off writing about them because I don't wanna jinx them. And it seem absurd, as I had written off this season as a disaster 3 or 4 times already. But somehow this team keeps fighting back. And now they are only 1 1/2 games out of the Wild Card. They are doing this with players like Chris Coste, Shane Victorino, Abe Nunez, and Joe Thurston getting regular at bats. Are you kidding me. If you told me those guys would be starting in August, I woulda guessed we have been mathamatically eliminated. What's even better? On a clear night I can get 1210 AM the Big Talker on my car stereo, and driving around to the final inning or so on my way somewhere hearing "Put this one in the win column for the Phitin' Phils!" is about the best phrase of summer. 2 months ago I never woulda guessed following this team would be so fun down the stretch, but they have made a believer of me. I fully expect this team to win the Wild Card now. How did this happen? I'll try not to analyze it and just enjoy it. Cause really, few things are more exciting than a competitive baseball team in September. It's as good as it gets.


Sirk said...


I don't want to rain on your parade, or put chunks of grilled chicken on your salad, or whatever idiom is appropriate, but let's face facts:

Baseball hates us. All of us.

This time last year, I was foaming at the mouth with thoughts of the Indians not only overtaking the ghetto-ass White Sux, but rampaging all through the month of October and winning their first World Series since I was minus-26 years old. And all of the ESPN experts agreed with me. Why once the Tribe made the post-season, their rotation, bullpen, and lineup would be unstoppable.

And then entering the final week, they held a 2-game lead on Boston and New York. And all they had to do was finish off a game in KC, come home for three against the lowly Devil Rays, and then take a game or two from the disinterested White Sux. Piece of cake.

But then Grady Sizemore dropped a flyball in the sun in KC, the potent Tribe offense was shut down by mighty Devil Rays starter Seth McClung, and the Sux yawned their way to a sweep at the Jake.

I hate to break it you, but this is how it goes if ou don't live in New York or Boston.

The Phillies are going to crush your soul. They will tease you, they will force you to dream big....and then they will put your heart in a blender.

The same thing is going to happen with Flick and the Reds.

That's just how it works. Adam Dunn will break his arm or something, which will reaffirm that Tony LaRussa is a SooperGenius. Then the tortured fans in Philly will watch helplessly as a tradition-laden team such as the Arizona Diamondbacks puts a run together in the final two weeks to take the wild card, ending the Phoenix fans' miserable five-year playoff drought since their 2001 World Series title.

And then I will bow my head in silence, out of respect for you and Flick and Rob.

And then I will root for the A's or the Padres or something, because I hate the Tigers, Yankees, White Sux, Twins, Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks.


PS- I saw on ESPN that the Indians are re-writing Sabermetric history. They may become the first team to outscore their opposition by 50+ runs yet have a losing record.

According to the usually reliable Pythagorean W-L formula, the Tribe should be on pace to finish 89-73. Instead, they are on pace to finish 75-87.

I love baseball!!!!!!

Sirk said...

I posted a comment earlier, but it still says 0 comments. Weird.

scot said...

that was at the same time the greatest and most soul crushing comment ever written on this blog.

mike said...

"I hate the Tigers, Yankees, White Sux, Twins, Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks."

that's a pretty long list... how can you hate the tigers? that's like hating the golden state warriors.

The amazing thing about the reds is that as horrible as the cardinals are this year, the reds are worse. now that Whiteboydreads Arroyo has come back to earth the wheels are coming off. The whole NL is a joke anyway.

Just give the Yankees the trophy and get it over with.

Sirk said...

"how can you hate the tigers? that's like hating the golden state warriors."

I'm from Cleveland. The Tigers are from Detroit. Easy enough.

Plus, as a kid in the 80s, I used to hate how Cleveland Stadium became Tiger Stadium South. Then in the 90s, Tiger Stadium became Jacobs Field North. And this year, the poles have reversed again. It's weird watching a game at the Jake and hearing the crowd chant "Let's go Tigers." Thankfully, the Tribe took two of three to shut those Motor City mutants up.

And don't get me wrong, I'm all for the Tigers and Twins making the playoffs, thus keeping the White Sux and BlowSux home.

Just once they get there, I can't cheer for them. Or the Yankees. Or the Cardinals. Or the Mets. Or the Dodgers. Or newbie teams like the D-backs.