First off, much applause for today’s guest blogger, Mike. His pinch-hit post was everything a pinch-hit post is supposed to be: focused, informative, concise and opinionated. Good job.
The pinch-hitter series will run through the end of the month and a few days in February. I’m working on a few special guests as well. Will Carroll has said he wants to join in.
Finally saw Gran Torino yesterday. The fact that Clint Eastwood became a great director has to be one of the pop-culture upsets of all time. Clint was an entertaining tough-guy actor and now has this immense second career as a director. He and Opie Taylor, who would have ever guessed?
As for the film, it’s a simple story told well. Clint is an old-school retiree who befriends the Hmong family next door against the local gang. It’s a classic Western theme set in modern-day Detroit. I try not to read too much about films before I see them so as not to have any preconceived notions. Went back today and found that the Asian kids were all first-time actors. Pretty amazing.
Next on the list: Frost/Nixon.
BCS title game: Talk about a letdown. Instead of a shootout, we got interceptions, bad coaching (take the points, Bob Stoop) and great defense. Tim Tebow is a great college player but I still can’t tell whether he has the arm to play in the NFL. It remains befuddling to me that Division I football remains the only sport in the NCAA without a playoff. A final four of Florida, Texas, USC and Utah would be a lot of fun.
NFL playoffs: Why the Giants favored by only four points? They’ve had a week off to get healthy, the Plaxico mess is behind them and their defense will smother the Eagles. … The Cardinals are not a good team. Panthers big. … The Chargers are a hard team to figure but Darren Sproles won’t be Gale Sayers again. I’ll take the Steelers at home in January. … I really want to like the Ravens. But a rookie QB from Delaware in a playoff game on the road? Have to take the Titans.
Yankees: Aside from the on-going Andy Pettitte drama, it’ll be interesting to see if Brian Cashman deals Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher before spring training. I get the sense that they really like Swisher and want to keep him around. Nady will be a free agent after this season and with Boras as his agent, you know he’ll walk.
Has anybody used one of those services that ships luggage ahead for you? I need to take two bags to spring training and it would be much easier to send the larger suitcase ahead. Any ideas?
The guest posts will continue over the weekend. I’ll chip in here or there, but hope to get some time away. Stay warm.