Why I can’t watch the NFL anymore

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Jim Brown editorial 2002

I actually believe that over the course of his life that Jim Brown has been a legendary figure and mostly for good, but he’s always seemed to have domestic abuse problems and trouble with women, and it’s mostly been overlooked by the NFL and the world.

The above article is over ten years old and yet it seems like some people are shocked by the league’s current problems with this issue. Here’s a recent quote from ESPN:

“Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said NFL teams didn’t discipline players in “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence incidents during his 30-year career, USA Today reported Thursday.”

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The Killing Revenge of the Ipod

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I used to think what a marvel the Ipod and other new technology was. Here I could have all my music, my books, my TV shows, my movies and all my writing all in this tiny device where I could access it instantly.

But now I realize the other edge of the sword.

Whereas once you left behind books and records and cd’s and letters — parts of you behind. Now it all can be deleted and forgotten in the blink of an eye forever.

There may be a trace of you left behind in the back recesses of some social media server, but that too is made infinitely small by the morass of everything else. All the infinity that you radiate still overwhelmed by how small how infinitely small we are in the big picture.

Big Sky – The Kinks

“Someday, we’ll be free/ We won’t care just you wait and see.”

Ray Davies takes on our insignificance and God and nails it in just under three minutes. There’s a great scene in The Third Man between Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles. Welles has faked his own death to avoid being arrested after selling watered down black market morphine that has been leaving patients deformed if not dead. Welles and Cotton are on a Ferris wheel and there is the danger that the desperate Welles might toss Cotton to his death. As the wheel gets to the top, Welles points out all the suddenly ant sized people walking about below. Welles compares them to dots.

“Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax – the only way you can save money nowadays.”

I saw a quote from Ray that addressed the same issue; how we were all so small in the grand scheme of things, but how he saw the vast hugeness of humanity within each and every one of those dots. Ray should have been on the wheel with Orson, he might have felt some humanity.

By the way, here’s one of the coolest self rationalizations for evil straight from Welles after he gets off the Ferris wheel.

“Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.”

If you’re gonna be a villain you might as well have a cool rap.

This is how I learn – Jerry Lewis, Cassius Clay, and who is that guy?

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The above is my favorite photograph of all time. It’s also the only framed photograph that I still own.

I bought it over 20 years ago at a fancy art shop in San Francisco. Mine is cropped differently, is sepia toned and like this one has a fake Muhammad Ali autograph on it. The above was probably colorized too, but it’s the best version of what I have that I could find on the internet.

The photograph was taken by Donald L. Robinson. He is not credited on my photo.

Hilariously, someone penciled in on the canvas part of my print “Float like a Butterfly Sting like a Bee – Ali Liston circa 1964″

That circa 1964 thing always makes me laugh, because “Hello” this was a famous event and it’s date is incredibly easy to ascertain. The photo was taken May 25 1965. About six months before my birth.

There is also a great story about how Donald L. Robinson got this shot.

Can you see the photographer between Ali’s legs?

That guy was the preeminent boxing photographer of his day and always got his first choice of where to set up his rig during a big fight. So not only did Robinson historically scoop this guy – he also got his rival’s image right smack at the exact moment he is missing the opportunity to take one of the greatest photographs of all time too!

By the way I only know the above from some magazine article I read years ago – I couldn’t find a thing about it on the internet, which shocked me because it’s a very famous image.

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Best TV Quote of All Time

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Brandon Walsh: Dylan, at this point in time, I’m just about the only friend you’ve got. You sure you want to do this? Push me away like you’ve done to everyone else?

Dylan McKay: Yeah! May the bridges I burn light the way!

I’m not 100% sure that this line from Beverly Hills 90210 wasn’t cribbed from somewhere else, but it does seem to be an Easter egg reference to “Dylan” Thomas who wrote “When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.”

If anyone knows that it was stolen by a Beverly Hills 90210 writer or even better which 90210 writer wrote it, please let me know, because I’ve done 30 minutes of Google research and can’t find anything to dispute that these words were not first uttered by the great Luke Perry.

I am sadly antiquated

The internet and binge watching have really put a crimp into what was perhaps my biggest talent – an encyclopedialike knowledge of movies, television, music, sports and comic books.

Actually this should probably just be called I’m getting old – Me and my gnat like attention span so wish that I was sixteen right now.

I grew up with 6 television channels and insomnia. There were as many Blockbuster Video stores in my area when I was growing up as there are now – none. My insomnia was so bad that I would watch television most nights for three or four hours and then sleep in a lighted hallway reading the Encyclopedia Britannica until I finally fell asleep. Does a print version of The Encyclopedia Britannica exist anymore? (The answer is no: http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2012/03/change/)

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