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The Year In Review

Posted in Entertainment, Le Boo Coaching Awards, News/Current Events, NFL Football, Personal, Rants, Sports, Television, The Wayback Machine, The Wrapups on December 30, 2009 by thelasthonestman

It’s been a long year here — and in case you missed it the first time around, here’s some of the highlights (and lowlights) we focused on in 2009:

Why are so many of our nation’s banking institutions having problems keeping their heads above water?  A look at this story of my personal experience with one of those banks — with prime examples of  idiotic decision-making and completely appalling customer service — might shed some light on the reason.

If you were looking for ugliness in 2009, there was no better place to find it than the car wrecks found on reality television shows.  My personal target — the disgraceful Jon & Kate Plus 8 — and my thoughts on it has been one of the most popular posts on the blog this year.

Sportsmanship on sports has been on the wane for  long time now — and we’re not just talking about at the professional level.  One of the most atrocious displays in 2009 of that lack of class was found in, of all places, girls high school basketball.  After reading this, you might wonder where former coach Grimes is now — if I had to guess, he’s probably been with the Grinch all month trying to figure out how to steal everyone’s Christmas away.

A chapter of my life went away in 2009, as a company I’d worked for went quietly into bankruptcy and oblivion.  It was a sad moment, and one I hope never to have to experience again.

One of the better sports documentaries I’ve seen came on HBO earlier this year, a look back at the war between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  My take on it — and on the Ali-Frazier blood feud — was one of the pieces I most enjoyed doing in 2009.

The coal in my Christmas stocking actually came early in the year — I just didn’t know it then.  It was the trade of Jay Cutler to my beloved Chicago Bears this year that made me feel like I was being punished for not being on Santa’s good list.  I already railed on Cutler’s crybaby act before he was traded to Chicago — and it’s only gotten uglier as the season’s gone on.  On the bright side for Bears fans like myself, it can’t get any worse — can it?  Maybe that question doesn’t need to be answered.  If you want to compare Jay Cutler to Jeff George — like I heard ESPN’s Tom Jackson do this week — you won’t get an argument from me.

And finally, there’s the disgrace to both the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts that took place on Sunday.  That article is probably still fresh in your mind, but if you didn’t read it, it’s worth it to check it out.

I’ll see you in 2010 — and enjoy your New Year’s celebration.

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Headed Into The Weekend

Posted in News/Current Events, Sports, Television, The Wrapups with tags , , , , on December 18, 2009 by thelasthonestman

As we head into the weekend, we’re only a week away from Christmas!  If you’re like me, you’ll be wrapping up your shopping over the next two days — if not, then I’ll feel for you when you’re fighting the crowds filled with desperate, last-minute shoppers in the last days before the holiday.

— Like a cockroach that scurries through a crack under the cabinets when you turn the light on in the kitchen, also impossible to rid ourselves of (but not nearly as disgusting) are the Gosselins, continuing to make news.  While I took a great measure of joy in seeing the end of their reality show, Jon Plus Kate, I’ve been continually reminded over the summer and fall that neither Gosselin is prepared to go quietly into that good night.  Whether it was Kate attempting to go it alone on the show, or Jon’s “Am I actually going to have to get a job somewhere — or can I make it as just a celebrity?” approach to his future, we’ve all unfortunately been witness to both Gosselins’ attempts to stay in the media spotlight — their children’s well-being be damned.

Please. Just. Go. Away.

Apparently, the divorce of the couple is apparently final.  So what’s next?  The word a week ago was that, after her initial attempt at a pilot for a talk show wasn’t picked up by any network, Kate Gosselin was trying again.  I’m sure there’s a part of America — a really bored part of America — dying to know the answer to the question: What kind of show is it going to be?  Instead what we should be asking — both about this show and anything that Jon Gosselin tries to do in the future to live off the celebrity he’s been given — is:  Who cares?

Neither Gosselin has any discernible talent or skill that warrants them getting a second more of television time.  The only thing both have shown they’re good at is selling their lives out to television, exploiting their children for fame, and being incapable of keeping their marriage together.  It’s a sad indictment on our society today that doing any of those three things warranted celebrity status and admiration from anyone, or media attention now.  If anyone else asks me what I’m hoping for this Christmas, I think my answer will be to never have to hear from either of these two again.  I’ll do my part — I plan to never mention them here again.

— Charlie Frye will be the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders this weekend, and the JaMarcus Russell era in the Bay is apparently over.  Thank God, is probably the common refrain going through the heads of Raiders fans right about now.  Russell’s tenure as the starter in Oakland has been a failure of Ryan Leaf-style proportions.  It was telling that Frye — who had been doing little more than holding a clipboard all season — is the one who coach Tom Cable believes gives the team the best chance to win, and if he gets hurt this week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bills castoff J. P. Losman — just signed this past week by the Raiders — get a start ahead of the former first overall pick.

By all accounts, Russell’s struggles are as much of his own making as anything else; reportedly, the quarterback’s work ethic and general attitude was questionable.  There’s no doubt he has a load of talent, and if the Raiders do release him following this season — and all indications seem to suggest that’s what’s going to happen — someone will sign him as a reclamation project.  But unless the light bulb goes on and Russell suddenly “gets it”, his NFL career could be over shortly.

Jonathan, Andrew .... and Al?

My biggest surprise is that All Davis apparently signed off on the move when meeting with Cable earlier in the week.  Though, maybe we should ask ourselves — are we sure that was Al that Cable talked to?  My friend Steve and I have made the “Al Davis would never have stood for the Raiders’ ineptitude if he were still alive” jokes for years now — can be absolutely certain that the Raiders’ owner isn’t simply being propped up in his box, Weekend at Bernie’s style?  Maybe that was Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman giving the nod to Frye this week, no?

— On a more somber note, everyone has already heard the news regarding Chris Henry’s accident and death this week.  There’s not much for me to say other than this:  Henry, like all of us, was far from perfect.  He made many mistakes along the way, and he certainly paid for them.  Anytime a life is cut short — no matter who it is and for what reason — it’s a tragedy.

— We’ll see you back here on Monday for some NFL notes.  In the meantime, get that shopping done while you still can!

NFL Wrapup For Week 13

Posted in NFL Football, Sports, The Wrapups with tags , , , on December 7, 2009 by thelasthonestman

We’re almost ready to get underway with the Monday night game — but before we do, a few thoughts from the weekend:

The dirtiest player in football today

— Flozell Adams of the Cowboys continues to be one of the most classless players in the NFL, a cheap-shot king whose act is well past getting old.   After another late hit on a Giants player at the end of the first half, a near-fight broke out between Adams and — well — everyone wearing a New York uniform.  Reportedly, the NFL is looking at not only another fine for Adams, but a possible suspension too.  If so, it’ll be well-deserved.

But at least on the bright side for the Cowboys, it’s not like Adams’ nonsense helped inspire the Giants or anything.  Oops — it probably did.  But at least Dallas won … oh, wait — they didn’t do that either.  Adams’ continuous undisciplined behavior is synonymous with poor coaching and a lack of authority that comes directly from Wade Phillips — and it’s another reason why, when the Super Bowl takes place in Miami, Dallas players will be watching it on the giant screen TV’s in their living rooms.

— Just how bad was JaMarcus Russell?  Real, real bad.  Bruce Gradkowski isn’t Kenny Stabler — or even Rich Gannon, for that matter — but he’s light-years better than Russell, which is why the Raiders have beaten both the Bengals and the Steelers in the past month.  Granted,  Pittsburgh’s defense isn’t the same without Mr. Head And Shoulders, Troy Polamalu, on the field, but what Gradkowski managed was impressive nonetheless.

The hidden play that helped Oakland pull off the upset – the idiotic cheap shop/late hit by Ryan Mundy, a back-up safety, on an incompletion the play before the game-winning touchdown pass to Louis Murphy, giving the Raiders a first down at the 11.  Way to go, pal — maybe that’s why you’re only a back-up, no?  If Al Davis were still alive, he would have loved this comeback win — I’m sure somewhere up there, he’s smiling.

"This is as close as I'm ever getting to one of these trophies. Next question."

— The NFC picture changed dramatically yesterday with a stunner in Washington and a beatdown in the desert.  Am I the only one who thinks that Jim Zorn looked like an accident victim on the sidelines of the Skins’ stunning OT loss to the Saints?  The look of being in shock is one he’s worn most of the season, and yesterday’s collapse was more of the same for the lame-duck head coach.  The loss was improbable, but not really unexpected — Washington has been losing games like this all season.  Indeed, my friend Steven commented after Shaun Suisham’s botched chip-shop left the Saints with a pulse, “Look at the Redskins’ sideline — they all look like they expect to lose, and the Saints players look like they’re expecting to win.”  And so it was — the Saints manage to win, even when they shouldn’t, and Washington loses when the game should be in the bag.

Meanwhile, the Vikings fell two full games behind the Saints with their loss in Arizona, a game that was far more one-sided than the final score indicated.  There have been those who have pointed out that the Vikings schedule had been kind to them to this point, and that this current stretch — which started last night and will feature games against Cincinnati and the Giants — will tell us a lot more about how dangerous this Vikings team really is.  After last night’s game, where the running game couldn’t get untracked, Kurt Warner picked apart the defense like a 12 year-0ld playing Madden on the easy level, and Brett Favre looked a lot like the shaky Favre a lot of people have been waiting for to show up all year, I’m starting to wonder if Minnesota isn’t as good as people have been thinking they were.  At this point, they’re not even as good as Arizona, right?

— Tomorrow, it’s our Le Boo coaching move of the week!  See you then!

When You Don’t Have Something Good To Say — Then Say It In A Wrap-Up Instead

Posted in News/Current Events, Rants, Ro-Sham-Bo Award, Sports, Television, The Wrapups on May 28, 2009 by thelasthonestman

We’re getting ready to go into the weekend, but with my Friday pretty much spoken for already due to other commitments, I decided to get something up for your enjoyment today.  As is always the case with my wrap-up entries, here’s a handful of things not worthy of their own lengthy musings, but still worth mentioning:

The NBA is NOT going to let me lose in 5 games -- just you wait and see.

The NBA is NOT going to let me lose in 5 games -- just you wait and see.

— If I were a betting man, I would be putting everything I could on a Cleveland victory tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  It’s been clear to me that, sadly for Cavaliers fans, Orlando is the better team right now, or at least they match up with Cleveland in a way that even LeBron James’ brilliance hasn’t been able to overcome.  Indeed, if not for that tremendous buzzer-beater by King James at the end of Game 2, this series would already have ended in a sweep.

So why my love for Cleveland tonight?  Let’s face it — the NBA wants a Cleveland-Los Angeles NBA Finals, and with it, a Kobe-LeBron match-up.  And in the past, what the NBA wants — it tends to get, usually with the help of some questionable officiating to nudge things along in the preferred direction.  Do I sound like a conspiracy theorist?  Maybe — but I’ve also seen too many NBA games over the years — particularly crucial playoffs games — influenced by incompetent (or shady) officials in a way that has been an embarrassment to the league.

No matter what David Stern or any other NBA executive might say publicly, the league is counting on the Kobe-LeBron pairing; a Orlando-Denver Finals might cause Stern’s head to actually explode if it somehow came to pass.  But it won’t.  Not unless both the Magic and the Nuggets manage to completely outclass their opposition in the remaining games ahead.

The Lakers are safe — they’ll probably lose Game 6 but will win Game 7 in Los Angeles.  Cleveland, however, is looking at a daunting task — coming back down 3-1 in a series will require a Herculean effort, particularly since, as I’ve said already, the Magic look to be the better team to boot.

Not to say they won’t get some help from the officials — at least enough that the series won’t end tonight.  Back home for Game 5, the Cavaliers would be a favorite anyway, but I’ll repeat myself by saying that I’d put anything I could on Cleveland winning tonight, no matter what type of odds I had to lay.  The true test of the NBA’s — errrr — interest — in who wins this series will more than likely come down to Game 6 back in Orlando.  I’m willing to predict now that I’d be absolutely stunned if that game (assuming it happens) doesn’t have some of the Usual Officiating Suspects working the game, and I’m already calling the game out ahead of time as a candidate for one of the worst officiated contests you’ll see in the playoffs (which when you’re talking about the NBA, the league with the worst officiating of all the major sports, is saying something).  To win, Orlando’s going to not just have to be better than Cleveland — they’re going to have to be a whole lot better.  Can they be?  We’ll see in the next few days.

Meanwhile, with an always interesting take on the NBA and its officiating problems, check out this column by Bill Simmons on ESPN.  As always, it’s an entertaining read.

Better this than a steady diet of reality television

Better this than a steady diet of reality television

— It’s taken every bit of resolve I could muster not to publish a Ro-Sham-Bo Award entry mid-week, instead of waiting until Monday to unveil  it.  The piece is already partly written and I could have easily finished it for publication either yesterday or today — but I managed to resist the temptation and held off.  I almost wish I hadn’t said on Sunday that I wouldn’t be handing out the hardware this week due to the holiday — I could have just given out a belated set of honors and gotten this piece up.

But this will give you something to wait for, and trust me when I say, I’m not going to have any less venom for this upcoming week’s losers winners.  The beauty about the Ro-Sham-Bo pieces is that they tend to inflame my own passions so much, taht not striking while the initial idea hits me usually does nothing to lessen the intensity of my commentary — or the fun I have in putting the piece together.

In the meantime, until Monday, here’s your only hint about the subject matter:  it has to due with Reality Television, which as a rule, I absolutely abhor.  And by the time Monday is over, you should have a good idea why.  If you’ve been watching some of the past week’s current events, you probably have a good idea as to who I’ll be discussing, but that shouldn’t keep you from tuning in next week anyway.

It's like Robin Hood robbing from the rich to give to the poor -- except in reverse

It's like Robin Hood robbing from the rich to give to the poor -- except in reverse

— So Congress recently enacted some even tougher limitations on issuers of credit cards.  What does that mean to you, the good customer who’s paid their bills on times and has never missed payments or threatened to go into default?  Well, more than likely,  it means that it’s you who’s going to get screwed — again — by lenders trying to make up for a string of their own bad decisions.

As this MSN article details, there’s going to be a lot of changes ahead for people who use credit cards, and unfortunately, any of the good that might have come from the bill President Obama signed will get wiped away by the credit card issuers attempt to squeeze more money out of the people who really don’t deserve that type of treatment: the customers who have done the right things when it comes to using credit responsibly.  Get ready for high annual fees, jacked-up interest rates, a loss of rewards programs, and other new charges — even if you’ve never missed a payment or have done nothing but pay your bills on time.

We can lament the unfairness of all of this — after all, it’s not your fault or mine that so many of these lenders made the decision to issue credit to risks who clearly shouldn’t have gotten it in the first place — but the lending institutions have already essentially made it clear that they intend to make up for these losses on the backs of their good customers.  So — what to do?

As the article I linked to advises, clear away as much of your debt as possible as a start.  Then, stop using the cards of companies who plan to take advantage of you, the responsible consumer.  If they can’t or won’t treat you better, then they don’t deserve your business.

From my end, I’ve already detailed my own battles with Bank of America and Chase National when it came to their raising my APR without cause and basically attempting to bend me over to make up for their losses elsewhere.  Currently, those accounts remain open, but with no balances attached — meaning there’s no interest for them to collect from me on any given month.  There are no annual fees (so far) on either account, and my wife and I are not even using them for our day-to-day transactions like we used to (that spending now is done on a different account or with our debit card).  Essentially, their greed cost them the substantial business they were getting from me.  However, since I’m worried about their closing our accounts due to inactivity (another tactic currently being used by credit card companies), I do plan to begin using each of them again shortly — to pay 0.01 a month on my television satellite bill on-line (an option I believe is available).  That way, my account will actually begin to cost them money to maintain — proper justice, in my eyes, for my crappy treatment from them.

If you’ve been unfairly treated by your card issuers, then find a way to stop giving them your business.  If enough of their “valued” customers begin to desert them, then hopefully the message that treating their best customers like crap isn’t the way run their business will start to sink in.

— I’ll try to be back over the weekend with another edition of my fantasy baseball column and then again on Monday with my Ro-Sham-Bo entry.  We’ll see you back then.

Wait — It Isn’t Friday Yet?

Posted in Cartoons, Movies, Sports, The Wrapups on May 14, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Normally, I do my wrap-ups heading into or coming out of a weekend.  But I’m switching it up this weekend since I have yet another rant coming up about the idiocy found in today’s financial world (which will actually be revealed before I explain my earlier mystery rant, which will be this upcoming week’s Ro-Sham-Bo entry — maybe) that won’t be ready until tomorrow or Saturday at the earliest.  So here’s a brief look at some of the things going on around us before Friday actually gets here.

star-trek-trailer-image-28— Lots of good stuff at the movies — and of course, I never seem to get out to see anything.  I still never saw Watchmen, and as much as I’d like to check them out, the prospect of me catching either X-Men Origins: Wolverine or Star Trek in the theater isn’t looking too good.

As an example of just how far behind I am on my movie-watching, I just finally got to see two movies I’d be waiting on:  The Incredible Hulk and The Strangers (which I had to wait until — shudder — they came on premium television to see).  They’re two completely different types of films, but I liked both of them immensely.  Maybe I’ll actually review either or both of them at some point, but if it never comes to that, I can recommend either as a pleasant diversion on a given night if either the superhero or horror genres are your cup of tea.

hattonko_ap_1395912c— It’s been nearly two weeks after the fact, but since I was on hiatus at the time, I never got a chance to mention the incredible beatdown that light welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao delivered to Ricky Hatton in their fight in Las Vegas.  Pacquiao cemented his status as one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound battlers with the decisive victory, and he set the stage for a mega-showdown with the comebacking Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (if Mayweather can defeat Juan Manuel Marquez in their bout July 18, a result that is in no way guaranteed).

Pacquiao is an immensely entertaining fighter to watch, and while I never drop the big bucks involved in a pay-per-view contest (I just catch the replays on HBO a week later), this fight might be enough for me to crack open the wallet.

garf— Looking for something to laugh at — and something that might make you feel better about your life in the process?  Then check out the web comic Garfield minus Garfield. It’s amazing how much different a cartoon strip can be when you just remove the main character from it — in this case, turning a strip about a cat and his owner into a look at a slightly psychotic Jon Arbuckle.  The brainchild of Dan Walsh, this comic has grown popular enough to warrant publication in its own book, and it’s even gotten the seal of approval from Garfield creator Jim Davis.

Hey, that’s all I’ve got for now — but I did say this would be brief, didn’t I?  For you to look forward to, there’s my financial industry rant that may or may not be upcoming in the next day or two — but I’ll definitely be back on Sunday with my oft-delayed What I Learned This Week, Fantasy Edition.  Until then, enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Madden Retires — While Isiah Is Hired — And Other Weekend Notes

Posted in College Basketball, News/Current Events, Sports, The Wrapups with tags , on April 17, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Just jumping in quick today;  another passing in the immediate family (this time, my wife’s grandmother) has meant that this has been a pretty busy — and sad — day.  It’s not too busy or sad, however, to comment briefly on the following:

John Madden has retired after 30 years in the broadcasting booth.  For almost my entire life, Madden has been one of the primary voices of the NFL for me, and I’m sorry to see him leave.  While he definitely had lost something over time — it’s got to be hard to remain fresh and cutting-edge after so many years doing the same thing — his impact on the world of announcing professional football was undeniable, and I’m going to miss him.  It’s hard for people today to remember how great of a coach he was as well, but I can’t imagine that Madden won’t still remain a larger-than-life figure in the football world for many years to come.

Besides, what would football be without the Madden curse to talk about?

Yep.  That explains it.

Yep. That explains it.

How Isiah Thomas managed to get hired again is downright amazing.   I mean, the man has left behind a trail of carnage reminiscent of one of Godzilla’s strolls through Tokyo.   He destroyed the CBA.  He ruined the Knicks.  What did Florida International do to deserve this?  Oh, yeah — they hired Thomas anyway.

I have no idea if Thomas can possibly be successful at the collegiate level, but his experience dealing with all of the things that makes the college game different from the pros is just about nil, so I won’t be holding my breath waiting for him to succeed.  He brings plenty of attention to the FIU program — but I’m thinking that it won’t really be the type of attention that the university is really going to want to have.  It’s been a circus that has seemed to follow Isiah for quite a while now, and the ringmaster is back in the spotlight he’s always craved.  I put the over/under on the number of seasons it takes for the program to find itself in some form of trouble at 2 1/2.

— Again, apologies for the brevity — but I’ll be back in full force for my second week of What I Learned, Fantasy Edition on Sunday.  Hope you’ll be back for then.

Random Musings Don’t Always Have To Come Around On A Weekend

Posted in Movies, News/Current Events, Sports, The Wrapups on April 14, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Usually I’ll do these little wrap-ups (which are my way of essentially saying, “I want to mention these things, but I don’t want to devote some long column to them”) either going into or coming out of a weekend.  But there’s just been too many things happening in the last day or so that I thought needed mentioning here.  And even though it’s technically Tuesday, I haven’t gone to sleep yet — so that’s still just like it’s Monday, right?

— So the score is apparently: U.S. Navy 1, Somalian Pirates 0.   Hey — it’s just like watching the real Pirates lose!  Except with a little more bloodshed (though I wouldn’t want to underestimate the violence capabilities of long-suffering Pirates fans around the nation).

This just in — the Navy SEALs are bad-to-the-bone.  Frankly, the first thought in my mind when I read that other Somalian pirates were vowing to retaliate after the daring rescue of American captive Richard Phillips was, “Really?  Well, then bring it on people!”

The Rock doesnt care WHAT the Somali pirates think

The Rock doesn't care WHAT the Somali pirates think

Frankly, if the world’s largest and most powerful Navy can’t handle a few guys in a rowboat with automatic weapons, then we’re shouldn’t even be on the water in the first place.  The U.S. has talked about cracking down on pirating on the seas — and this was a good place for us to start by making an example out of these thugs who got exactly what they deserved.

— A sad day in baseball on Monday, as Harry Kalas, the longtime voice of the Phillies and NFL Films, passed away shortly after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the team’s game in Washington today.

Kalas had one of the most recognizable voices in the business, and he was a joy to listen to.  Not having grown up in Philadelphia, I didn’t get a chance to hear as much of Kalas’ work until just the last few years, but he was truly a treat to the ears and a treasure to the game itself.  Of all sports, baseball lends itself more than any other to its announcers becoming just as much of a team’s identity as any of the players themselves, and no better example (except perhaps, Vin Scully with the Dodgers) could be found than in the relationship between the Phillies, Kalas, and the fans who loved them both.  The only solace I can take in such a sad moment like this is that Kalas got to see the Phillies win the World Series last year, and the last game he was a part of on Sunday was a dramatic ninth-inning win against Colorado.  R.I.P to a legend of the booth.

— Also making news was the death of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych yesterday in an apparent accident at his farm in Northborough, Massachusetts.  “The Bird” was truly one-of-a-kind — a superstar that captivated those who watched him pitch, and whose career, like a meteor in a dark sky, blazed brightly but burned out far too soon.

Fidrych burst onto the national scene in 1976, winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award en route to dazzling the baseball world with not only his baseball skill — which was considerable — but his eccentric behavior, which included talking to the baseball and meticulously grooming the mound in between hitters.  “The Bird” drew fans wherever he went, bringing in sellout crowds to whatever venue he pitched — but his career was shortened by injuries, derailing him into retirement after just 29 major league wins, only 10 of which came after that glorious rookie season.

I’ll remember Fidrych as one of the first players I ever became familiar with when I first started playing baseball, and as a small boy, I loved the antics and the showmanship he exhibited more than I appreciated the skill that he showed on the mound.  I can only wonder what type of phenomenon Fidrych would have been in today’s day and age, and be saddened that he was taken from us so soon.

— And as if this hasn’t been a morbid enough look at events for you, adult film star Marilyn Chambers was found dead at her home in California at the relatively young age of 56.

21-obit_chambers_02embeddedprod_affiliate138The story most people think of when Chambers’ name comes up is of her being on the boxes of Ivory Soap when she made her adult film debut in the X-rated Behind The Green Door.  The soap company removed her from their product, but Chambers’ own career would skyrocket as the porn industry made a huge leap into mainstream America during the early 1970’s — and the bombshell blonde would be one of the genre’s biggest attractions.

chambers-ivoryI knew Marilyn first, not from any X-rated fare, but from two low-budget R-rated forays she made into films, David Cronenberg’s Rabid, made in 1977, and the soft-core Angel of H.E.A.T., which she made in 1983.  Both were a staple of late-night programming in the early 80’s on Showtime, and the latter movie represented one of my first opportunities to fully … ah …. appreciate the female form to its greatest extent.  I remember being completely shocked when I found out, at a somewhat older age, that Chambers had a whole “other” movie career I hadn’t known about at the time.

Without attempting to pass judgement on her or her chosen profession, I’ll just say that one of my adolescent fantasies is no longer with us, and that makes me feel, if nothing else, a little bit older today.

— Hopefully we’re done with bad news for the week.  Unless you count Isiah Thomas possibly getting hired to coach again.  But that we’ll tackle later in the week.