Sep 222009

ESPN has put up a selection of potential scenes from the season soon to start. One of them raises an immediate chuckle:

5. Saku Koivu wakes up at home in Anaheim in mid-January. His Ducks team is leading the Western Conference standings, he’s had to do six media interviews all season long and not one of them involved asking him why he didn’t speak French. He drives to the rink in his convertible in 85-degree weather, looks to the guy sitting in the passenger seat and says, “Teemu, I should have done this years ago.”

Sep 222009

One victory, one loss. A couple of truly great accomplishments. No bad player selections for a change.

’99ers won. On the shoulders of Trent Edwards and Marques Colston, both of whom scored twice. Cadillac Williams scored for the second game in a row – quite an accomplishment for a 15th round pick who was written off for two consecutive injury-ridden years. Williams remains my highest-scoring RB, quite an embarrassment for Matt Forte, who, to give respect where it’s due, has faced two tight defenses. Next week ought to be easier, when the Bears face the Seahawks’ porous line. Defensively, Baltimore continues to crawl – a mere six points is not enough for the highest ranked defense in the nation. I almost lost the game, only the opponent’s insistence on running injured Donovan McNabb as QB rescued the game. Then again, Frank Gore had a day for the books for the opponent – 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns netted him a neat 36 points.

Hakkapeliitat lost, with a seven point margin. Before Monday Night Football the margin was close to forty points, but Dallas Clark almost singlehandedly closed the gap. The Colts’ receiver clearly has benefited from the hole left by Marvin Harrison’s departure, and I indeed will count on the Indianapolis tight end. Trent Edwards was the greatest individual contributor to the team score in Hakkapeliitat as well, though Jay Cutler put up rather respectable numbers in his second game as the playmaker for the Chicago Bears. Apart from Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe the receiving corps was almost shut down – both Devin Hester and Roy Williams had very low yardage in their outings. Defensively Hakkapeliitat did not fare well at all – Tennessee Titans high-numbered loss to Houston netted a negative score for the D.

In survival football, the pick of Minnesota over Detroit means I’m alive at least one more week.

In picks the score of 11 is respectable – at least I guessed some of the teams who didn’t beat their spreads.

In the real NFL things are going well for the teams I like – Niners, Colts and Saints are all 2-0 now. And with the Patriots handed a loss in the second game, things are looking well.

Bring on week three.

Sep 222009

The just-closed surrealism-exhibit in Tennispalatsi was an interesting experience.

I expected to see a lot more Dali and Magritte, but the net of the hundred-odd works was a lot wider. Plenty of Man Ray and Duchamp, a lot of one-offs from more obscure artists.

No pictures. The museum personnel were very watchful of everybody brandishing any kind of electronics.

Sep 222009

Yesterday brought in a record number of visitors to the blog.

Or actually hits on a single image.

Whereas the blog regularly gets around four thousand hits a day, yesterday’s crop was 250000. Yes, sports fans, that’s a quarter of a million.

The reason: the leeched Metallica logo in a facebook application that is apparently very popular in spanish-speaking countries.

An e-mail exchange with the author of the rectified the situation quickly, and the attention has dwindled ever since the link was removed.

Sep 222009

Movie Monday #6: Laugh out loudAmongst the greatest movie experiences are the serendipitous ones. Films that manage to amaze, impress or make you laugh, without knowing anything about them beforehand.

Amongst the greatest comedies ever is Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three, a movie that came completely out of left field, and left me on the edge of the sofa, and forever impressed by the hysterical farce.

One, Two, Tree is a brilliant comedy that brings together a divided Berlin, rapacious advertising and nazis hiding in plain sight. All glued together by a motormouth performance by James Cagney in the starring role.

The just under two hours duration is packed with rapid-fire dialogue, well-defined characters, awkward situations inbetween them. It’s very much tied to its era, but works well, close to forty years since it was created.

The obligatory clip is not the trailer. Back in the sixties they were long, boring and spoilery. Here’s the opening scene of the movie instead.

Movie Monday #6: Laugh out loud.