I am banging out this post in the dewey sweet ocean air of San Diego on Sunday morning. Since I make it to California like once every couple years, at best, I plan on spending Sunday watching football near the water somewhere (which I call "show prep" to you IRS auditors out there when I go to claim ... More >>
One thing I've learned in my five years or so of doing radio is that very few (stress VERY) athletes enjoy doing interviews. Most barely tolerate the process and treat it like it's a nuisance, something that's just part of the deal when you sign on the dotted line for seven figures. So when you see ... More >>
Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>
I was asked on a Miami radio station on Thursday if I thought that the Dolphins had any chance of beating the Texans on Sunday. While firmly of the belief that the Texans will throttle the Dolphins by more than two touchdowns, I had to leave the door slightly ajar for a Dolphins upset, and I did so ... More >>
Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.
In entertainment, everything has a logical arc. Whether we're talking about a television series, a radio show or a particular personality, they all have a shelf life as to how long they can remain compelling, a shelf life with a beginning, a middle and an end. The end is rarely pretty, and perhap ... More >>
A stoner goes after his date with destiny in Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Also known as the episode in which Padma goes full Pocahontas, complete with faux Indian choker I once bought during a family vacation to Tucson in 1993.Seven episodes in, and I'm sorry to report that none of the challenges thus far have involved the contestants being forced to shoot their ow ... More >>
The humidity is back, the TV season's almost over, and I need a non-gay way to ask you to go camping with me. This was the week in TV Land: • I saw Conan O'Brien in Austin on Friday. He took his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour through the state briefly, stopping in ... More >>
The Rome show may have mellowed, but the Smack-Off still deliversIf you're a sports fan in the Year 2010, you probably know who Jim Rome is. If you read my blog posts each day, you almost definitely know who Jim Rome is.For those who don't, I'll be brief with the history lesson -- Rome is a syndi ... More >>
We've missed you.My parking lot's flooded, I had my first crawfish on Friday, and I feel like funkin' it up. This was the week in TV Land: • Ah, the joys and frustrations of the endless news cycle: Not a couple hours after last week's round-up column went live -- in which I ruminated on C ... More >>
Tina Fey and Steve Carell go lowbrow and chemistry-free in Date Night.
At this point I have to really psych myself up each week for The Office. At first I thought it was because the show had changed: I reasoned that the natural growth that comes with six seasons of episodes had moved the show far enough away from its original center that I no longer connected wi ... More >>
In my effort to help everyone prepare for March Madness, I bring you the second installment of the March Madness Preview. (Click here for yesterday's first installment -- you know the part with my picks and what not.) Today, we look at some of the most historical buzzer beaters in tournament histo ... More >>
"Secret Santa" was another solid Christmas episode from The Office, and held pretty much to the pattern they've established with past installments like "Christmas Party" (and, well, the whole show): There's an office party, Michael does something embarrassing and rude, everyone feels weird, they g ... More >>
Yikes. I mean, I know The Office is dark and all, but: yikes. Last night's episode, "Scott's Tots," was grueling. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that is was penned by the writing team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who also wrote the fourth season's "Dinner Party," the bleakest ... More >>
Last night's episode of The Office, "Murder," was a cute enough episode that won't rank among the series' greats but still had some solid moments and fun plotting. After a cold open featuring Dwight beating himself in a karate seminar that was a little too "hey look how wacky he is," the ep jumped ... More >>
I'm running out of ways to say just how great The Office still is, six seasons in. This week's episode, "The Lover" -- written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Eisenberg -- was a textbook example of how to make a great half-hour comedy feel fresh even while relying on character ... More >>
It was a pretty fun week in TV Land: Most of the fall programs are beginning to settle in, the CW continued its inexplicable existence, and David Letterman hit it with some employees. Insert your Worldwide Pants jokes here, and let's get to it! • I won't go into much here about FlashForwa ... More >>
The Terminator is back. Plus lots of other movies we can't wait to see this season.
Rainn Wilson comedy is more childish pop than hardcore funny
Full of itself and not half as funny as it thinks it is, this movie is simply tragic
George Clooney's ode to screwball comedies of yore is sooooo close. But yet.
Ghost in the Machine
John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career
The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes
NBC hopes Coupling is its next hitcom, which bugs the show's biggest fans