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a truly great commercial

Quaker Steak & Lube is a popular wings establishment. It used to be based in Pennsylvania (hence “Quaker”) but has spread across the country, drawing people who love wings but hate sports (and hence avoid the superior BW3’s). There’s one in Pinellas Park, and thus this ad ran at 3am on Fox Sports Florida one night after a Rays game. It’s priceless, and features Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson.

Soon after this commercial premiered, Jackson went down with a season-ending injury.

My new favorite blog

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HT: Deadspin.

Mark Titus is an Ohio State basketball player. Normally this would make me hate him. In fact, I sort of do. But regardless, dude has an amazing blog that you all should have in your newsreaders. This 19-or-something-year-old-kid has a sense of humor like I did when I was 19, which is to say, brilliant.

I was informed by my mom that one of the Butler cheerleaders was my second or third cousin thrice removed or something like that. So essentially, we aren’t related at all. Nonetheless, I was fearful that I would find one of the Butler cheerleaders attractive, only to discover that she was the one that is related to me. That would have undoubtedly led to a realization similar to this. It was a chance that simply wasn’t worth taking and I was forced to turn to an alternative form of entertainment during the game—the game itself.

Butler is a team that understands a fundamental truth about every Caucasian basketball player—we love short shorts. You could be saying to yourself, “But Mark, I’m white and I like baggier shorts” to which I respond with “You are not only a liar, but a disgrace to Kurt Rambis.”

Why is prom restricted to high school? I know there are frat/sorority formals on college campuses across the country, but where can a college kid slow dance to Lonestar’s “Amazed” with a co-ed in a sequined dress? Nowhere. Except the local high school prom. And you’d have to be crazy to roll those pedophile dice.

Seriously, I love this guy. Check him out.

Pro Bowl rosters explained

Q. Why isn’t Braylon Edwards going to appear in the Pro Bowl?

A. The NFL sent him an invitation, but he dropped it.

And Don King agrees with me!

Yesterday I wrote about how impressed I was with President Bush’s reflexes.

America’s pre-eminent fight promoter and linguist Don King has chimed in with his opinion, and DON KING AGREES WITH ME!

President Bush is a great athlete

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Say what you will about the implications or humor of the President having shoes hurled at him, but really, this is my only reaction:

“Dude has some great reflexes.”

1956 Baseball Dictionary

I love the sense of humor that existed in the United States in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s. It’s probably why I like Mad Men, too.

I haven’t written much about that show lately, but I would like to make a huge note of the fact that I got in on the ground level, watching the premiere episode during its promo period on Time Warner’s free HD On Demand service, and instantly knowing it was amazing television.

Anyway, read this and tell me it’s not hilarious.

Pitching Coach: A guy who teaches a pitcher how to get a sore arm with a slider.

Some things never change…

Soccer is, occasionally, entertaining

It’s true, you just have to know why.

“Old Lady”


Chris Landry plagiarism update

620 WDAE’s Steve Duemig, Monday:

The final question was: ‘Did you plagiarize or not?’ His answer was ‘No.’ As the weekend went on, more evidence came across my desk, and on Saturday afternoon I decided to terminate our relationship — our show, our station, our sponsor for the show, with Chris Landry.

I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. I gave him the opportunity to come clean, and every time he said he didn’t do it. I said I would defend Chris until the end, and the end has come.

When you think you’ve been lied to directly, it tends to get you between the eyes.

I congratulate and recognize Steve Duemig for doing the right thing, for once.


I’m currently holed up at my folks’ winter place trying to get my decades of life in order. I can, fortunately, pick up the ol’ hometown 620 WDAE in Tampa in order to listen to the Jim Rome Show.

I’ve written elsewhere about 620’s PM Drive host Steve Duemig. I’m not fond of the dude, to say the least. On Friday afternoons, he features a guest named Chris Landry. Landry’s a pro football expert and is very popular with Duemig’s listeners.

As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio discovered this week, he’s also an alleged plagiarist. And not even a very good one. For months, he’s been allegedly lifting content word-for-word from the National Football Post. Cleverly, he’s changed a word here and there to try and pass it off as his own — which only makes him look more guilty.

Why am I posting about it? Because I’m incensed by the reaction from Duemig’s listeners. Now, I have a lot of things to love about Tampa Bay, but the intellectual capability of its’ average resident is not one of them. Every single caller this afternoon is asking why this is such a big deal; “why should we care?” and “I don’t see the problem here” is a common thread.

Last night, I was tripped up by a 1941 copy of The Works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The book was a collaboration between a music professor and a master arranger and both provides an accurate choral and orchestral representation of the music in the duo’s operatta collaborations and an academic description of the origination and execution of each work. It was striking to realize that 120 years ago, intellectual property law in the United States was still in its infancy. The rabid popularity of early works like H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance led to copycat productions across the United States, mere weeks after the shows opened in London. Gilbert and Sullivan were unable to stop these productions, inaccurate as they may have been, because there were no laws in place to protect their work.

How did they end up winning the IP war? They simply prepared the work on both continents simultaneously (difficult given Sullivan’s tendency toward procrastination and the fact air travel, let alone intercontinental air travel, had yet to be invented) and opened on the same night.

Fortunately (with some reservations), the courts and Congress caught up with the times. Yet now we live in an age where Command-C and Command-V (that’s Control to you PC/Linux users) make plagiarism so easy anyone can do it. The ease and pervasiveness of filesharing make intellectual property rights even less meaningful.

Is the overall American trend toward defending plagiarism? Do we no longer feel a person’s work belongs to them, in some fashion? Or are we just not informed about what constitutes intellectual property theft?

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