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Comment 01 Oct 2015

Carson was, is, and will always be the benchmark.   I was 10 when he took over the Tonight Show and 40 when he retired.  Don't trust the youtube clips only.  Most of those shows are from the Hollywood era, when Johnny was pretty much on cruise control.  He had the show down to four nights a week for an hour each night.  The first ten years of Carson - the NYC years - are lost.  NBC destroyed all the master kinescopes of those shows.  Occasionally, footage will turn up from that era and it is as if a Dead Sea Scroll is discovered. In NYC, Johnny was on five nights a week, for 90 minutes.  It was less a talk show and more of a cocktail party.  In those days, the guests would stay for the entire show, moving down the couch, as the next guest was added.  It was impossible to script because you did not know how that night's particular chemistry would work.  And even better, there would be the occasional big name celebrity out on the town who, after a few drinks, would decide to drop by and see Johnny unannounced.  Those shows were gold.  Imagine hosting a party and "that guy" shows up?   Anyway, I loved  Dave, thought he was the logical heir to Johnny, and always resented Leno for big-footing him.   I was sorry to see him go, but it was time.  I think he was as bored at the end as Johnny was.  Conan, Fallon, and Kimmel each have their strengths, but I think Colbert comes closest to Johnny's skill set.  He can do the silly Hunger Games parody of the Republican primary, and pivot to a serious conversation with the Chairman of the UN or Malala, the 18-year old Nobel Prize winner.  And that reminds me of the nights Johnny could do Carnak the Magnificent, talk to a dumb starlet, and end with William F. Buckley or Carl Sagan.  

Comment 21 Aug 2015

I'm fine either way.  I trust Urban to make the call.  That said, I think it would a little easier to start Cardale knowing next year, the QB controversy is over.  J.T. knows he still has two full years. 

Comment 05 Aug 2015

Don't knock Kamchatka, people.  It was Marge Schott's drink of choice. 

Comment 04 Aug 2015

The Leftovers is one of the few television/film adaptations that is actually better than the original novel, which was quite good.  They tweaked a few things from the novel that improved the TV series (the author of the novel, Tom Perrota, is one of the producers, so he to be onboard).  The first season pretty much covered the novel, which ended similarly with the TV show season finale.  Now, we are entering new territory. 

Comment 03 Aug 2015

I know how you feel.  It took me 16 years to get back, the last 12 in Atlanta.  Whenever I have a bad day, I try to remember that at least I am where I want to be.

Comment 31 Jul 2015

Huge Reds fan.  I can understand the sentiments, but Chapman is a luxury a non-contending team does not need.  Granted, they have misused him - I think he could have been better than Randy Johnson - but that is water over the dam.  They are currently paying him close to $10 mil a year and he is pitching 50 innings.  If you can unload him for decent prospects, you have to do it.    I am worried more about them dealing Jay Bruce.  He seems to have put things together since early June.  They still control him, cheaply, for two more seasons. 

Comment 22 Jul 2015

I agree.  He is a super competitor and he has a chance to be the greatest college coach of all-time, in terms of national championships.  On top of that, he seems relaxed and happy.  Watching him on Letterman and at the White House, and reading about his appearances at camps and conventions, it just seems he is really in life's sweet spot. 

Comment 20 Jul 2015

M just closed.  The owner of Via Vite on Fountain Square is taking over that space.  Next door, though, is the Café Mediterranean which is good.  Plus, you have Hap's for a nightcap. 

Comment 25 Jun 2015

Culturally, I think conferences have pretty much shaken out in a logical manner.  I think you could make a case for Missouri in the B1G.  It seems more Midwest than Southern.  They already had a nice rivalry with Illinois.  Notre Dame is logical, but they don't seem to want to compete against the big boys.  Other than those two, the only other schools which might meet the geographic, flagship, and academic requirements are UConn and Syracuse.  People will protest UConn, but they have better athletics than Rutgers or Maryland ... so far.  Syracuse, I think, is happy in the ACC.  Any expansion other than that would be a reach, I think. 

Comment 21 Jun 2015

DJ - Thanks for the link to the James Salter profile.  I read "All That Is" last year and pushed it on all my friends.  Since then, I've been making my way through his back catalogue.  A great, under-recognized American writer, who led a Big Life.  There are no more Hemingways, but Salter gave it a shot.

Comment 26 May 2015

It takes a big man to know when he's wrong and admit it.  Kudos, DJ.  The downside is now there is less Skyline for the rest of us.

Comment 16 Apr 2015

No personal experience, but friends tell me a bag of ice is a big help. 

Comment 07 Apr 2015

Living in Cincinnati, this is the argument that never ends and is very close to me.  First, I am a lifelong Reds fan and Pete Rose was my childhood hero.  I was lucky enough to have lived through The Big Red Machine era.  Most Reds fans knew Pete was not an angel.  There were always stories about Pete's various character issues, but everyone chose to ignore them.  What he did on the field trumped what he was doing off of it.  Truly, there was no greater competitor.  I still remember Pete breaking up a double-play in the 6th inning of the 7th game of the '75 World Series that enabled the inning to continue, and Perez to hit a two-run homer to bring the Reds to within one run.  Everyone remembers Perez rocking Bill Lee on that shot, but it would have never happened if Rose had not taken out the second basement on a room service grounder by Bench.  Pete led the rally in the 9th that won the game. 

All that said, I don't think he should be let back into baseball.  I sincerely respect all the arguments from the other side, but I suspected when the betting accusations first surfaced that they were probably true.  Pete was sort of a guy who didn't think the rules applied to him.  But, I did not have a strong feeling one way or the other until he finally came clean - 15 years later.  It is always the cover-up, never the crime.  Politicians and celebrities just don't get it.  Pete lied for 15 years, which basically was the same as calling John Dowd, Bart Giamatti, various members of the press and MLB all liars.  He knew he was lying and he did it anyway.  Now, you can buy his apology ("Sorry I bet on baseball - Pete Rose") on a baseball for $200.  I think if he had come clean at the time, admitted his guilt, and followed Giamatti's advice to "reconfigure his life", he would be back in the game.  He would have been forgiven.  Sports fans are kind.  But he didn't.  He chose to stonewall it, and basically continue to live as he pleased. 

It's like this: everybody has One Rule.  Everybody.  You have a line you will not cross.  You love your mate and your kids and your family and your friends, but there is something they could do that is unforgiveable.  Whatever that one thing is, it defines you.  An infidelity, a second DUI conviction, a lie or deliberate deception that hurt too much.  On and on.  It is different for everyone.  But at some point, you come face to face with your One Rule.  You know if you break it, in your heart, you aren't the person you thought you were.  Well, MLB had One Rule.  If you broke it, there was a lifetime ban: "Don't bet on baseball."  Period.  You could just about do anything else.  Without looking it up, I think Steve Howe was suspended 8 times for drug use.  A couple of Yankees swapped wives.  No telling how many bar fights, domestic disturbances, illegitimate kids, and DUIs have happened to MLB players.  Those matter, but they are not the One Rule.  Pete knew this.  He knew there was just One Rule.  He could have continued to bet on horses or the NCAA brackets or college and pro football and basketball, he could play the casinos.  But no, that wasn't enough.  He had to break MLB's One Rule.  If baseball lets him back in, where is the line?  Is it no longer a lifetime ban, but a 25-year ban?  The thing is, I have a feeling it might happen ... it looks like they are setting the table for an All-Star Game event that would be the equivalent to the Rapture in Cincinnati.  I think it will make untold numbers of people happy.  It would be something to see.  But I think it would be wrong.

Finally, I caught an in-game interview with him yesterday on Opening Day.  No one is more entertaining, knowledgeable, funny, and insightful about baseball than Pete Rose.  I still love him.  It is a goddam tragedy that this happened.  But it did.

Comment 28 Mar 2015

Does DJ not remember Sullinger, Diebler, Lighty, Buford, and Craft being upset by Kentucky a few years ago?  Does he not remember how gracious their fans were?  Go North Korea!!!

Comment 28 Mar 2015

Lew Alcindor's UCLA team went 88-2, with three NCAA titles and a 47-game winning streak.  Plus, he graduated.  Bill Walton went 86-4, with two NCAA titles, a loss in the semis to eventual champion NC State, and, at one time, had a 74 game winning streak (part of an overall 88 game winning streak).  Plus, he graduated.  Kentucky might go 40-0, but they will never be great.  At least, to me.