Avatar, Figure Skating, Lockouts, Milbury, TigerShareThis
I finally got around to seeing Avatar last night, on a Bri-sponsored date.
We did it the right way – IMAX, 3D, a sack of popcorn bigger than the screen, all that good stuff. And I’ve gotta say…. WOW. Just wow. That movie was unbelievable. I was 90% certain I would leave going “meh”, but I gave it a fair shot, and man, I thought it was just great. It’s like Planet Earth on acid, splashed with a pretty cool story. Check it out before you have to watch it on your 18″ RCA at home.
I don’t get why male figure skating has to be so flamboyant. I really don’t. It’s the same as “why doesn’t Norway have a good hockey team?”
Why all the glitter and jazz hands to distract from one of the most unbelievably difficult events in individual sport? Triple spins on skates? And you need SEQUINS to make it impressive?
I understand not wearing something loose, as that would detract from your ability to perform. But I find all the pomp and flash detract from my attention on what they’re actually able to accomplish. There’s too much substance buried under all that style.
But, I guess every sport has a culture. The American snowboarders are rocking the jeans and plaid look (because the Cobain/grunge/Seattle look needed to be revived…. okay, I actually like the their gear), so I guess the figure skaters can rock bedazzled unitards and sparkles, if that’s what the culture is. What they do is still ultra-impressive (just look at this pages bottom image for proof).
In all of ESPN’s holy-crap-there’s-nothing-to-coverness, they’ve been chucking around the possibility of NFL and NBA strikes. Do you think all those fans would immediately forgive “us” for the hockey lockout if that happened? Would they come running back? They would right? Please pay attention to us. Please! I desperately want to make love to a schoolboy.
So Roenick and Milbury are the newest Pierre McGuire and Milbury. As in, duo who argues because they’re both so opinionated they both have to be somewhat wrong. I think the reason we’re seeing more Inflamatory Mike is that he’s starting to get comfortable on-air. He probably started as a decent GM too *gag*, but now that he thinks he’s safe in his analyst job, he’s starting to say the stupid red flag things that make people go “…pardon?” (like that time when he started saying things like “Do you think we can turn Chara, Luongo, Jokinen and the future Spezza pick into some real Yashiny/Kvasha/Parrish-ish type guys?”).
My first taste of this was when Inflamatory Mike explained in a sentence or two to Clark Gillies that, since he had been with the Islanders for 13 years, and Clark played there for a mere 12, he was as much or more of an Islander. This was spurred on by a bit of Grandpa’s cough syrup, it’s safe to say, but there were some mighty unhappy ex-Islanders in the room after that. Since, y’know, Mike said it on the microphone while hosting an event to a bunch of them.
Let’s not launch a Milbury hate parade in the comments section. We’ve covered he’s not the most popular guy, I just wanted to tell the “Mike’s a true Islander” story.
Last for today: Tiger speaks tomorrow. Holy crap. This means a return to golf. Before the Masters. Holy crap.
I sure hope he apologizes to us for cheating on his wife. Wait… why’s he holding a press conference again?
Fact: You can’t do this.