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POSTED: Sunday, November 25, 2007, 6:13 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Billbelichick Sure they have two World Series rings and three from the Supes just in this decade. They also have too much time on their hands. Witness the entitled attitudes when A.J. Daulerio pokes a stick at Belichick and Brady, and the Athenians of America strike back. The action is in the comments.

(Yes, we're from there, but we're the sort of lovable losing Red Sox fan of the previous century.)

Anthony
Posted 11/28/2007 09:55:14 PM
I had lunch at Champions on Sunday and chatted with two fans from Rochester, whose Bills had just been smoked by the Patriots the week before.  They were rooting for us last Sunday night, and for a while they were probably happy.
When the Red Sox fans invade Citizens Bank Ballpark, their arrogance needs its own section.  They invented baseball now, and they'll be back in 2008 spewing the same garbage, and the Sox will probably kick our butts like the last time, making matters worse.

I think there's something about dominant winning that most people don't like and something about the Pats and the Sox that almost everybody outside of New England doesn't like.

Geez ... now the Celtics.
daniel rubin
Posted 11/30/2007 11:26:00 AM
POSTED: Saturday, November 24, 2007, 9:02 AM
Filed Under: Weather

Golden_maple_leaf One of the benefits of parents who live in Florida is the weather report. My dad, the amateur meteorologist, will go like this:

"It's hot today. Not a cloud in the sky. Really beautiful."

"What do you expect," I mutter. "It's Florida." Just because it's pleasant doesn't mean it's not hell.

POSTED: Thursday, November 22, 2007, 10:11 AM
Filed Under: Music

Wild_turkey_001 It's started. WXPN's got some listener's holiday playlist on, and it begins well enough with Cheryl Wheeler's "Driving Home," which is appropriately dreamy, but it moves like a car stuck in traffic. Next comes a version of "Tobacco Road." This is a Southern gothic tale, not my soundtrack.

My personal favorite goes back to 1988, a 90-minute mixed tape called Music for An Expectant Thanksgiving, and it was -- the whole extended family gathering in Connecticut, surrounding my wife who was pregnant with twins.

It was a vibe, not a overly Thanksgivingy or thematic mix -- Richard Thompson's "Waltzing for Dreamers," Bruce Springsteen's "Valentine's Day" ("what scares me is losing you"), John Hiatt's "I Stood Up." Slow, warm, glowing. I'd play it today if I still had the tape player connected.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 6:50 AM
Filed Under: City Life

Hylit This one is a gift, from Blinq pal Clark DeLeon, who spent yesterday under the yarmulke, attending the private funeral for Hy Lit.

Obits for the speed-talking Philly radio pioneer made reference to his legendary generosity.

Clark emailed a tale from the service that gives a taste of the Lit way:

POSTED: Sunday, November 18, 2007, 10:16 PM
Filed Under: Music

Hyski

CALLING ALL MY BEATS, beards, Buddhist cats, big-time spenders, money lenders, teetotalers, elbow benders, hog callers, home-run hitters, finger-poppin' daddys and cool babysitters.

Lots of fast-acting words written over the past few days to honor Hy Lit, the pioneering Philly DJ who signed off for good Saturday at age 73.

POSTED: Thursday, November 15, 2007, 8:20 AM

Ho From Sydney, Australia comes this little gift of political correctness.

Santas have been told to find another way to greet children because the time-honored "ho ho ho" might be offensive to women. Comes from a Daily Telegraph report:

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

POSTED: Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7:29 AM
Filed Under: Music

Finz I am crushed. Crushed.

I was killing time at my editor's desk, impressing her with some of my favorite opening lines from songs, and quoted Lloyd Cole and The Commotion's near-perfect:

She crossed herself as she put on her fins .....

POSTED: Monday, November 12, 2007, 7:13 AM
Filed Under: Media

Mal2bjohnson2 Sally Swift's revealing Brushes with Greatness get around to her Mal Johnson story, on the occasion of the black broadcast pioneer's passing.

Sally worked under Mal -- a founder of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists -- while a student at Annenberg, and uses her space today to relate a Brush with History Itself that Mal related.

In it, we learn a very juicy version of really happened behind the scenes to make John F. Kennedy triumph over sweaty, shadowy Richard M. Nixon during that 1960 debate that boosted TV's distorting influence.

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