Posted on: April 4, 2009 12:13 am

TV Series Finales

 Many of our favorite TV shows have elaborate final episodes.  It remains a subject for debate whether these finales are justifiable or even necessary. Last night ER faded to black for the last time.

Here's What I think:  Last night's series finale was perfectly constructed.  There are even some threads that can be knitted into a new series should NBC not find anything worthy to try to grab our ever shorter attention spans with.  There were no gimmicks, just another emergency for the doctors to deal with.

I have very fond memories of series finales.  Cheers, M*A*S*H, and most memorably Newhart still have a large piece of nostalgic honor in my heart for their wonderful finales.  As long as the shows' writers don't try too hard and end up insulting their audience, finales can be whatever they are.

I would like to have some feedback on your favorite series finales of all time.  Perhaps more importantly, the ones that you found too insulting, the ones that ultimately lowered your opinion of the show.

Category: General
Posted on: March 23, 2009 2:36 am

Automatic Bids Keep or Throw

 There has been some heated conversation going into this year's NCAA tourney about whether the field should include Automatic bids for conference champions, or just the 65 best teams.  There are intriguing arguments on both sides of this issue.  Teams like Davidson and George Mason might not get a sniff of the tourney without auto bids.  It is rather unlikely that any school at that level will ever win the tourney, however.

Here's What I Think:  It would have been conceivable that Indiana could have won four games and won the Big(11)Ten's automatic tourney bid.  Under no circumstances can something like that be allowed.  I believe there should be automatic bids but that the conference regular season champion only has to play in the final.  Eliminate the temptation to coast or assume.  Just because you won the Southland Conference regular season championship does not mean you can get into the tourney if you lose in the conference tourney.

I do believe the National Championship needs to be based on more that getting hot for three weeks.  I am not convinced ANY team should be allowed in if they didn't win more than 50% of their regular season games.  Finally, I don't think adding more teams is the answer either.  This time of year is great just as it stands.  There may be a few small tweaks available but no major restructuring is needed.



Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 8, 2009 5:01 am

Steroids, Records, and Asterisks, OH MY!

There are lots of talking heads out there calling for records to be stripped, or at least asterisks placed next to names of known PED users that own records.  These folks make it sound so clean and simple, just pretend it never happened.

Here's what I think:  There has ALWAYS been cheating in baseball.  From corking of bats to doctoring baseballs to throwing games, the sport is utterly littered with cheaters.  Good bad or indifferent it isn't likely to change anytime in our lifetimes.  Stop being self righteous and start accepting what is.  Barry Bonds has hit more HomeRuns than any player ever has.  Someday Alex Rodriguez will likely catch BB and he will be raked over the coals as well. 

I don't condone the use of PEDs, but the first guy to do off-season weight training, or wind resistance training, or jamming his pitching arm in a barrel of rice training were all using methods that were't widely accepted.  I realize that none of those are cheating, but it is a similar concept.  Doing things not everyone is exposed to in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.

I wqant to know what you think.  Feel free to post replies.

Category: General
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