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Posted on: May 23, 2008 11:43 am
Edited on: May 23, 2008 12:13 pm

Alpha Blog: Why do it again, Dr. Jones?

I talked about this in the little-frequented Bar Room Banter this week, but I'd like to expound on it, and get the take of other Indy fans, and those who already saw it.

Like all re-born film franchises Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull begs the question, why?Look who's back.

Why after 19 years would you get the band together? But first, my BRB take on the film:

"This film was made for the (CBSSports.com editor) Pete Stellas of the world. Lots of things that go boom, stars in pointless roles (do we really need Oscar-winning Aussie Cate Blanchett playing a Russian bad gal? I was perfectly content with who-are-you-but-you're-hot Allison Doody [hehe] playing Dr. Elsa Schneider in Last Crusade.) and a storyline that insults anybody with a fourth-grade education. It's been 19 years since this franchise called it quits. Name me another film franchise that went dormant for that long and came back strong? Plus, you have Hollywood's biggest egomaniac in Steven Spielberg running the show. He just had the film's first viewing a week ago. A week ago, which means no time for anybody to say, "Yo, Stevie, loved Schindler's but do we really need Karen Allen to have this many lines?" I'm also upset that we're not fighting Nazis anymore. You really can't kill off too many of those guys. Leave the Russians to James Bond and that cartoon moose."

The reviews I've read on the movie vary from lukewarm to downright mad. The film is either too long, too boring, too outlandish, too much CGI, too few funny moments or too illegitimate to quit.

Here's the real problem with digging up and old franchise film: after many a years sitting around the Dreamworks studio wondering how to do the thing, Stevie and Georgie likely came up with lots of ideas. And when you come up with fun, interesting ideas, you try to squeeze all those ideas into another film. And the worst thing you can do in film making is put in too much. There's a reason Roger Ebert says 2001 "inspires our awe." There's a reason why satires like Airplane will always trump Meet the Spartans. These movies kept things simple -- to a degree. And the one thing Indiana Jones KOTCS seems to do real well, is go overboard.

And we all know that Going Overboard will do only one thing -- land you in the IMDB Bottom 100.

I haven't seen the film, but I plan to this weekend. If only for the same reason people slow down for car crashes. I want to see how badly they ruined a good thing. If you saw it and care to debunk the critics, and my own negative thoughts, please share.  

On to the best blogs ... around!  


The college-to-pro argument (think O.J. Mayo) gets a good spin courtesy of The Verbal Scourging.

What do Tim Raines, Bert Byleleven, Ron Santo, Andre Dawson and Gil Hodges have in common? They're The Most Ballin' Blog's top five most-deserving Non-Hall of Famers.

Stuart Schweigert is no longer a Raider. And that makes PC Free From PC Central pretty darn mad -- and after reading the blog, I'm mad at Raiders Nation too.

Throughout sporting history we've had many great duels. Larry vs. Magic, Ali vs. Frazier, Hogan vs. Andre, Dan vs. Dave, and as THE REALITY CHECK ZONE points out: Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote.

Klick of the Day  


But if Wile E. Coyote did catch the Roadrunner?

Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:38 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2008 6:36 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Last day of Jan. edition

I don't understand people who listen to Don Imus. I really can't understand people who watch his simulcasted show.

In fairness, I know very little about this guy or his show. But what could one aging shockjock DJ bring to the table that some younger version of himself couldn't? He's so lame/out of touch/whatever that the "joke" that got him canned -- "nappy headed hos" -- wasn't fresh. It wasn't clever. It was just some old white guy trying to sound fresh and clever.

Yes, he's a former CBS employee. Is that why I'm blogging about this. NO.  Disclaimer: I watch nothing the Eye produces outside of sports and probably won't until I'm 45 and three kids deep.

But Imus proves one of two things: On-air talent is deceptively thin or the powers-to-be are so bad at thinking outside the norm, they bring back this retread.

Heck, if they do it time and again with semi-successful coaches, why wouldn't they do it with shockjocks? So there you have it, the Jim Fassel of radio hosts is back. Enjoy Baltimore, Detroit, Philly and all the other cities that will soon be able to watch his simulcasted radio show. Mazel tov.

On to the best ... blogs around!

I'm proud to add Mind of The Big B to the Fraternity of Worst Sports Franchises in Football fans. Guess which one the blog is a "fan" of? It's not my Redskins. It's not PC Free From PC Central's Raiders. It's the starts with Li- ends with -ons. Oh, and he's kind enough to remind us how much of sporting oasis Motown is outside of the Wayne Fontes' old team. That's nice. Jacka**!

If you're too lazy to type in "Bobby Knight" at Wikipedia, check out Fiddle's Faddles' brief history of the General (also, uh, his cousin?).

BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog brings up the R Kelly-ian point: Age ain't nuttin' but a number. He's playing the skeptic to EMack's true-and-tried recipe of drafting 27-year-olds come Fantasy baseball time. Me? I buy into it because it's reason to believe that contrary to my long-standing, uh, stance, I didn't peak at 17 ... I still have one year to go.

The same people who follow Brittany Spears' every move are the same people who love the two-week gap before the Super Bowl, according to The Words of Dezy. The blog is mad, mad I tell ya!

Our new buddy Volunteer Basketball (who knew they had a team!?) is surveying the blogospheres' best pickup lines. Since the "nice shoes one ..." was used, I'll go with "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy." Lame, yes, so add yours to the list.

Euphuism's 101 asks the all important question: When is the last time you ... destroyed a public toilet. I'm doing it right now! God bless wi-fi. Oh, wait...let's stop there.

Sadly, I knew about this several months back. I asked our Fantasy Managing Editor Peter Madden if we were going to get in on this. His response? "We'll leave Fantasy Fishing to the Ocho." Don't worry 'bout it Spotsy Scratch, you won't be weighing your bass on our site. Wait, that didn't come out right.

And I had to add this one. If Fantasy fishing isn't your thang, NaterB's Junk Drawer has the perfect game for ya. It's Fantasy announcers and while Dick Vitale may be the A-Rod (or marlin if you're a fisher?) on the draft board, please don't underestimate the vocal powers of Gus Johnson.

Posted on: January 28, 2008 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2008 5:53 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Monday, Jan. 28

The Orioles could be down to one Canadian pitcher. But they'll get a Pacman in return.

(Speaking of the O's, trading a potential staff ace right at the prime of his career is always a true-and-tried recipe for success. If this goes down, and being very liberal with how good Bedard just may be, this is similar to Pedro to the Red Sox or Beckett to the Red Sox or ... wait, why isn't he going to the Red Sox?)

The market too volatile for you? The lads at Slate.com purchased stock in a pitcher (he's not Canadian).

If the Giants were smart, they'd bring good ol' Rachelle to Glendale.

If Led Zeppelin was smart, they'd do a world tour, according to Jimmy Page.

If you're smart, you'll take Carl up on his +23 Super Bowl line.

And the new Rambo is already in the IMDB Top 250. But it couldn't beat out the glorified Youtube clip, Meet the Spartans at the box office. Mel Brooks needs to offer a class called "Parody: Gay jokes are funny, but there's more to a movie than them."

On to the best ... blogs around!

As a Redskins fan (I really use that term loosely these days) I empathize with PC Free From PC Central. Only Raider Nation has it worse than the Burgandy and Gold.

Bears fans, if you're looking for a reason to franchise Bernard Berrian, here's one: Devin Hester is the next best option at wideout for you, says Big Bad Bears Blog. The user has four more reasons for you, including one with the credibility stripping statement: There would be a dropoff in productivity if say, Andre Johnson were a Bear.

Boogers, no matter the context, will always have a home in Blog Day Afternoon. Kids, Listen to your Mother found a grape of one recently. 'Nuff said.

mets4life.blogspot.com looks at what's missing from the Nationals. Trading Da Meathook is not an option, my friend. Otherwise, you're spot on.

With hockey still on hiatus, Fly Flyers Fly offers a look at the, you guessed it, the Flyers. Long story short: They're doing better than last year.

Think the Patriots have forgotten how to lose? Taking your talking points from the likes of Terry Bradshaw and sober Dana Jacobson? Battling my inner demons has this to say: The Patriots will crush you!

And don't forget to share your love and hate for Boston and New York in The Blog Whisperer's blog.

Weekend rewind blog: The score from the weekend goes to What kind of player will Greg Oden be?. The user asks what the best Sega sports games are. Everybody knows NHL '94 (despite the loss of bloodlust) is the best for that system. But off the beaten path, we're talking Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing.

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