“For much of my life, I lived under the myth that record labels were inherently evil. I was ceaselessly reminded that corporate forces stopped artists from doing what they truly desired; they pushed musicians toward predictable four-minute radio singles and frowned upon innovation, and they avariciously tried to turn art into a soulless commodity that MTV could sell to the lowest common denominator. And that did happen, sometimes. But some artists need that, or they end up making albums like this.”—Chuck Klosterman on the release of the new Metallica and Lou Reed album - Grantland
“And one of the sad truths is that sports color commentary tends to have an expiration date (and, I’ll admit, sportswriting often does, too). There comes a time when everyone has heard the stories, when the insights have become clichés, when the game just changes on you. And if we’re being realistic — and I’m not saying this is true for McCarver because I don’t know — there usually comes a time when longtime color commentators stop doing the prep work, stop working the clubhouses, stop keeping up with the latest news. They rely on their experience, their history. That’s just human nature.”—Joe Posnanski on Tim McCarver, and the inevitability of being past your prime.
“Why do I always end with ‘till we meet again’? Because goodbye is so final. Goodbye Dan Wheldon”—ABC Announcer Marty Reid signing off from the IndyCar Event today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where driver Dan Wheldon lost his life in a racing accident. (via racingonline)
Interesting advice: “When it comes to conversation, don’t listen to those who say you can’t talk about religion and politics. Instead, adopt the two w’s - work and weather - as topics to be avoided at all costs.”
“In life Davis was rightly seen by the media as devious, vindictive, mercenary, and “the crown prince of paranoia,” all just fancier words for asshole.
Having gone to the other side on the Day of Atonement, Davis has apparently been exculpated of his sins entirely. His negative traits have either been softened or simply disappeared. The words that keep getting batted around now to describe Davis are “controversial,”; “rebel,” “maverick,” “passionate,” and “complex.”
There were some excellent accounts of the true nature of his complexity (see Bill Plaschke’s obituary in the LA Times) in the print media. But the television networks, which I guess were bound to produce superficial coverage, for the most part ignored one of the most important aspects of Davis’s legacy: his assholery.”—There is not enough talk about how Al Davis was an asshole, through and through, via Deadspin
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”—An unnamed source familiar with a virus that’s infected America’s Predator and Reaper drones tells Wired it’s ”logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.” Sweet Jesus. (via newsweek)
You tell yourself it means nothing. You look at the stats, and the history of the divsional era postseason and you know that being the best team in the regular season means nothing. Of the sixteen World Series since 1995, the best team has won only three times. The worst team in the playoffs has won twice…
“I’m not suggesting I don’t believe Jeff Pearlman’s reporting for “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton;” Pearlman’s a pro with two best-sellers to his credit. And he had on-the-record conversations with longtime Payton representative Bud Holmes and former personal assistant Ginny Quirk. The point isn’t to question Pearlman’s accuracy, but to question his purpose in writing the book. What’s the literary mission here?”—Michael Wilbon, asking, legitimately, to be told the point of a tell-all book on long-dead Walter Payton
“‘Arrested Development’ creator Mitchell Hurwitz announced at a film festival in New York yesterday that the show would return for one more season … then film a movie. It will be a whole new opportunity for dim witted dipshits to say they dont get it and then watch ‘Big Bang Theory’.”—WWTDD.com, on the news that “Arrested Development” is coming back
Bank of America: “A new $5 fee to replace debit cards took effect in September; a rush overnight order costs $20. Previously, both services were free.”
Chase: “In February, Chase introduced a new basic checking account with a $12 monthly fee, up from the previous $6. The fee is waived for customers who make direct deposits that total $500 a month or maintain a minimum balance of $1,500.”
Citibank: “Starting in December, Citi said it will raise the fee on its basic checking account to $10 a month, up from $8. Customers will have to maintain a balance of at least $1,500 or sign up for direct deposit and online bill pay to avoid the fee.”
Wells Fargo: “The bank also plans to test a $3 monthly debit card fee starting Oct. 14. The fee will be applied to checking accounts opened in Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. The fee would be in addition to the fees ranging from $5 to $30 that Wells Fargo already charges.”
“Watching ‘Whitney’ is like watching television in another language. A desperately less-funny language built on on the backs of broad takes, dated references, and retrograde cultural politics. The problem here isn’t the laugh-track per se, it’s the disconnect it highlights. … You could tell me this show was being broadcast in Bulgarian and it would elicit the same stone-faced reaction.”—Grantland, on the sexist, stupid, backwards debacle that is “Whitney” — in my mind, the worst television show to debut since the earliest days of the WB and UPN. And those weren’t even really major networks.