The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Michelle Tafoya on Deadspin: "It Disgusts Me"

Just now on the Mike Tirico Show Michelle Tafoya said (paraphrasing from memory)

I just went to Deadspin, and I can see why it appeals to...a certain type of person. And it disgusts me.

When she said this the top story on Deadspin was the Ronaldo tranny story. Now, that's a salacious story, but it's not one that ESPN is ignoring.

Deadspin just isn't that bad. Some of it is very clever, and rarely do I hit on anything that I would consider NSFW. For most of the show Tirico has treated Deadspin as this dirty, almost pornographic website. That's just not an accurate description.

Her reaction was right up there with Joe Buck on the Moss Moon.

Buzz Bissinger: Unhinged Weirdo

In writing about Bob Costas' show last night, it is required that you first state Buzz Bissinger is an excellent writer. He is. Done.

What can you say about the show last night? It was irony upon irony. Without question, Will Leitch was the only member of the panel who had any idea what he was talking about. If only he had been permitted to speak.

Neither Costas nor Bissinger was internet savvy enough to distinguish between blog posts/articles and comments. Commenters, as we all know, are the scum of the blogosphere (Except for you guys. We love you!) and failing to make that distinction is simply inept journalism. Mispronouncing (intentionally, in my opinion) the pen name of Deadspin contributor "Big Daddy Drew" to the more inappropriate "Big Daddy Balls" is similarly inept. Questioning Will Leitch about his knowledge of dead-tree sports writing (and then basically ignoring the fact that he had in fact read W. C. Heinz work) was more akin to a witch trial than a constructive discussion. The fact that they attacked Will using other Deadspin writers while not citing a single example of his own writing was idiotic.

While uttering many a profanity and frothing at the mouth, Buzz Bissinger attacked the civility of blogs, all the while behaving as the worst example of troll or fanboy. Bob Costas was too unfamiliar with the medium to know the correct side to take.

Will Leitch, proprietor of the uncivil, profane, glib, and infantile Deadspin, sat there like a perfect gentleman, never raised his voice in anger, and attempted to make salient points when given the chance.

On TV, actions speak louder than words. The writer showed his true colors. So did the blogger.

Also, Braylon Edwards was there.

Here's MDS

Here's Mr. Tremendous, who contributed to the set-up piece on the show.

Here's Will, once again taking the high road.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fun Friday: Poorly Designed Logo Edition

Oh those wacky Brits. This is the new logo for the UK's Office of Government Commerce.

Tee hee. This obviously will not stand, and so the logo is going to be transferred to the Ministry of Cyclops Wrestling.

(H/T, Reason)

Haven't you heard the Jeter is awesome?

Uhm, if you are a professional sports writer for, let's say, Newsday, and you are going to call out a player (let's say Jose Reyes) for a slow start, and you're going to rip Reyes by comparing him to the fantastical, magical, supercallafragical Derek Jeter, you may want to take a quick look at Jeter's numbers first.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's What Plants Crave

MLB has banned water. Yes, that's right. Water. Why?

Because Gatorade gave the order:

Gatorade is Major League Baseball's "official sports drink." So instructions were sent that no player could be seen drinking anything but Gatorade in the dugout. Not even Aquafina, which is the "official water" of MLB. Not even bottles of water with the labels removed.

White Sox clubhouse personnel said if players take bottled water onto the bench, all the bottled water will be removed from the clubhouse as punishment.

Sometimes Mike Judge is scary smart.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

It's better than Dinkey-Kong, but not as good as Patfill...

In today's Chicago Tribune there is a section about retro technology. You know, Vinyl LPs, Polaroid cameras, and the like. There is one section on the good ol' Atari 2600, which contains the following passage:

But when she moved out on her own, she took her Atari system and two dozen games, like Frogger, Hubert and Pac Man, with her. "I like the repetitiveness of the games.

Emphasis mine. Hubert!? If you're going to do a story on retro-technology, make sure you have someone familiar with said technology contributing to the story.

He is, of course, talking about the legendary Q-Bert. Here is a flash version. The snakes name is Curly, by the way. Enjoy!

Quote of the Day

"Need" now means wanting someone else's money. "Greed" means wanting to keep your own. "Compassion" is when a politician arranges the transfer.

- Joseph Sobran

(H/T, Greg Mankiw)

Charlton Heston's Gun Finally Pried Away

I'm sorry, I've had that headline knocking around in my head for like five years and I'm happy it have it out. However, I mean no disrespect. Michael Moore's treatment of Heston in "Bowling for Columbine (and my general dislike of Michael Moore) was one of the driving forces behind this blog in its early years. And of course, back in the day Heston was an fine actor. See:

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