Sunday, October 02, 2005

Cruise kills 20 old people because they were glib, and didn't know the history of psychiatry.


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WTF??? Haute couture reaches a new height - or haute as the case may be. A model presents a creation by Russian designer Alena Akmhadullina during the Spring/Summer 2006 shows in Paris, Oct. 2, 2005.


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You think the Patriots never lose at Foxboroh? Think again. The Pats get their asses handed to 'em at home by the Chargers.


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Astros win, get the wild card.
  • Despite a mediocre season, the Astros have a very good chance to go all the way because they have three ace starters who are all in top form. The Rocket is the Rocket. Oswalt is a 20 game winner and one of the best five in the league. Pettitte is 11-2 with a 1.69 ERA since the all-star break. Three guys can only start 2/3 of a team's regular season games, but can conceivably start 100% of the games in a post-season series, and that makes the 'Stros tougher in post season than in the season itself.


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Indians lose. Red Sox get the Wild Card


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"The common electric socket will serve as your home's connection to broadband with a new chip developed by Matsushita, doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device."


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ESPN explains the confusing baseball tie thingy: Ties are only broken on the field only if they determine whether teams make the playoffs -- but not if all affected teams already know they're in.
  • Therefore, a Yankee/Boston tie is not broken on the field because they both make the post-season. However, a Yankee/Boston/Cleveland tie would have had to be broken on the field because one of the three teams would be eliminated from post-season play.
  • As Johnny Carson would have said, "I did not know that."


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Anonymous Sparks said...

Deciding a division title with a coin flip is fucked up. And, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that."

 

Got $28 million? Buy the Pitt-Aniston mansion.


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Major new films disappoint at the box office.
  • Despite a built-in cult audience and respectable reviews, Joss Whedon's Serenity failed to ignite a box office fire, pulling in an all-too-serene $10 million on its opening weekend, thus falling far short of expectations.
  • In the wake of some scathing reviews, Into the Blue sailed poorly as well, demonstrating that people will not attend movies for eye candy alone.
  • The pleasant surprise of the week was Cronenberg's A History of Violence, which received mostly outstanding reviews and exceeded expectations. It finished #1 by far in the important "revenues per screen" category.
  • Jodie Foster's personal charisma seemed to be enough to hold last week's Flightplan on a steady course for the #1 spot again.
  • Disney's golf movie performed approximately as expected, opening in the #9 slot.
  • The Oscar hopeful Capote kicked enough serious ass ($29,000 per screen) to reach the #20 spot despite being in only a dozen theaters!!
  • Polanski's $60 million Oliver Twist bombed completely, finishing 18th and taking in less than a million dollars.
  • I have warned against comparisons to 2004, which is filled with roller-coaster results, but for the record, this year was down about 25% because last year included a blockbuster opening for Shark Tale and a very strong debut for Ladder 49. Those two films alone did almost as much as all of this year's films added together! In the more sensible comparison to a 2003 baseline, this year was down about 5-6%, reflecting the minimal appeal of this year's two major new releases.


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Christ Agrees to Delay Return Until After Final Harry Potter Book Released


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ might as well come back then, since the publication will deforest the entire planet, leading to everyone dying.

 

India to re-educate snake charmers.


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The trailer for National Lampoon's Pledge This!, starring Paris Hilton (Doug Kenney and Michael O'Donoghue must be spinning rapidly in their graves.
  • "The Gamma Gamma Gamma sorority at the University of South Beach Miami has been deemed the hottest sorority in America by Maxim magazine. The prize: a cover spread and party. The President of the Gamma's is Victoria (Hilton), unquestionably the 'it' girl on campus - beautiful, stylish and rumored to be the richest young woman in the world. The Gamma's are built in Victoria's image - only the beautiful, the stylish and the elite have a chance of getting in. The campus is abuzz about the Gammas and their upcoming spread in Maxim and Victoria intends on taking full advantage of it... for herself."


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BENNETT SAYS ABORTING TALK-SHOW HOSTS WOULD REDUCE IDIOTIC COMMENTS ... Former Education Secretary Finds Himself in Middle of Controversy Again


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The Trojans win, despite being down 21-3 at halftime. On the strength of 370 rushing yards, they finally ended up with an impressive 631 total offensive yards - including nearly 500 in the second half! - but they really won the game with five interceptions (four in the second half).


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You know it's a bad day when you come into the game rated #22 in the nation - and fall behind 28-0 at halftime, allowing the opposing quarterback 283 yards in the first half. That's what happened to Purdue.


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Yankees beat Red Sox, clinch title.
  • This is a weird situation, which I can't remember having seen before. If the Red Sox win tomorrow, they could finish the season with the same record as the Yanks, but that is not considered a tie. If the Yankees and Boston had finished in a three-way tie with Cleveland, then NY and Boston would have been considered in a dead heat and would have had to play a tie-breaker. But since there is no three-way tie (Cleveland lost), a tie between the Yanks and Red Sox is not considered a dead heat, but is decided automatically by their season series, which the Yankees won.
  • Despite the loss, the Red Sox have now clinched at least tie for the wild card. In the event that they lose Sunday AND Cleveland wins, the two teams will play a single head-to-head game to determine the wild card winner. If Boston wins Sunday and/or if Cleveland loses, the Sox win the wild card outright.


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Anonymous Sparks said...

Was the "series season" tie-breaker added with the advent of the Wild Card, to avoid the possibility of two tie-breaker rounds? I'd never even heard of that before now.

 


Blogger Uncle Scoopy said...

Yes, and no.

It was added with the wild card rule, but not to avoid the double tie-breaker rounds. In the event of a three-way tie, they DO play two rounds of tie-breakers.

I thought I knew baseball rules fairly well, but like you I had no idea that there was any such thing as a tie-breaker. I thought all ties had to be decided by head-to-heads.

Live and learn, I guess.