Gang, excellent week and a lot of heaviness to chew on for sure.
Thanks as always for the give and take and for showing the interwebs we can disagree with decency.
See, I was speaking to the Hixson Kiwanis Club earlier this week, and touched on something along those lines. I do not believe our biggest issue in terms of our nation's division is our inability to agree on things. We've always faced that.
The division is this deep because we can no longer disagree with civility. Well-played, gang, well-played indeed.
Well, let's handle our BID-ness.
Rushmore of ABC shows, this one is hard too: Comedies: Happy Days, Modern Family, Roseanne and Wonder Years. Non-comedies: Nightline, Monday Night Football, Lost and The Bachelor.
Rushmore of pot, which turned way harder than I expected: Pot pie, Pot belly, Pot calling the kettle Black and Potty
Bonus: Vader offered his Rushmore of pot movies, and Dazed and Confused is a great start. I'll add Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Breakfast Club and Friday. (Side note: Yes, Ty Webb and Carl getting stoned to the Be-Jesus belt in the shed in Caddyshack is an awesome scene, but the others feel more connected to weed. Side note on the side note: Chevy and Bill Murray hated each other at the time Caddyshack was made and that is the only scene they did together. In fact, it was done after filming had been wrapped and the movie completed. But when the bigwigs at the studio saw the first edited version and the movie's two biggest stars in Chase and Murray were never on screen together, they demanded that they add a scene with them together. So there's that) And of course visor tip to Cheech and Chong in Up In Smoke.
Rushmore of Elizabeth: Elizabeth I and II, Taylor and Banks. (Side note I: Sorry, no Elizabeth Warren for me. I get it if you want to flip the last one, and you likely are right, but I'd rather, on a fun-filled Friday stay away from the political and side with The Lego Movie's Wild Style. Is she a DJ?) (Side note II: And as much as I appreciated Tom's double reference to two of Miss Shue's classic roles, she just missed. Side question about the side note: Adventures in Babysitting is wicked underrated, no?)
Rushmore of female news anchors: Barbara Walters, Dianne Sawyer, Katie Curic, Jane Pauley
Former President Trump's backing Herschel Walker to run for the Georgia Senate seat, which effectively freezes the GOP field. Some Republicans worry the political neophyte might fizzle against Sen. Raphael Warnock in a high-stakes general election.
I agree. What do you think, Jay?
Fair question, and I know that it has happened through generations that political machines have found famous faces that are beloved in specific regions and put them on tickets.
And it frequently happens with athletes and the U.S. Congress. Heck, Tommy Tuberville is a U.S. Senator for crying out loud.
And before we get too far in the weeds here, Herschel and Trump go way back — long before Trump became president and whatever he's morphed into these days — to the USFL. When Herschel came to speak many moons ago at Signal Mountain High School, he was excellent. And I've always liked Herschel.
But — man you just knew a but was coming, right? — there are a few red flags here.
One, we have serious, serious issues in the state of Georgia and the nation. Is Herschel ready for those issues? I do not know.
Two, the Republicans lost those two run-off senate seats for a slew of reasons. The biggest, in my view, was the two GOP candidates were awful. Loeffler and Perdue were as relatable to most Georgians as a Martian talking to a fungo. While Herschel certainly is m ore relatable — especially to the vast number of Dawg fans who recall him with so much fondness — I don't know if he checks the enough boxes to be a good candidate.
(Side note: Sorry in advance Jules and Alejandro, but without the Herschel era in the early 1980s, sweet buckets of Buck Belue is the Georgia history far different in scope of all-time programs.)
Three, and this is personal, but it certainly does not apply in terms of getting elected, but I want less Trump — a lot less — in my Republican party. That said, the state of Georgia views that differently. Heck Gov. Kemp has come under fire from some on the far right for not being closer to Trump.
I understand the motive of running Herschel — so did Vince Dooley back in the day — considering his name and his popularity — and let's be frank, his skin color. And, that said, I do think Raphael Warnock will be very beatable in six years with the right candiate.
Herschel could very well be the right name to get elected. But I don't know if he's the right guy for the job.
So much to chew on this morning.
First you left out Chet Hutley.
Second PT & A is DEFINITELY wicked underrated. Steve Martin's Car Rental Counter rant – while rated R+ – is classic. It's not quite Clark Griswold-esq from Christmas Vacation, but conjugating the F-word is hysterical.
Third From one Big Guy to another, I'd rank them Candy and Belushi 1A and 1B then Farley.
Fourth I would give your therapist kudos for their concern. It's amazing how ESPN took something pedestrian like the NFL Draft and turned it into such an made-for-TV epic event. I still think back to the street scenes in Nashville. Buckets what a mob! So to answer the question, "No, you are not in too deep."
Side question: how would you do in a 40-yard dash vs. Rich Eisen?
Oh, you so hit me where I live. I love the draft. You know this.
As for your multiple observations, thanks and I can see your ranking of the big comedians. I tend to agree with that order.
As for Planes, Trains and Automobiles, it is underrated, but it's not Candy's best work. That will forever be Uncle Buck. And you can put it in the books.
And yes, I would smoke Eisen in a 40. Now smoke is a relative term, because I'm not sure how many of the folks reading this could break a 5.0.
Seriously, those of you think you'd easily top it, do not be so sure. Not unlike that high school player who challenged Brian Scalbrine to a pick-up game and got dusted 11-bagel, the vast majority of us have little idea how athletically gifted those dudes are.
In fact, if anyone you ever know said they ran a 4.5 40, there's almost a 100% chance they are lying.
Jay, it's been too long.
You started an email conversation among us earlier this month when you expressed your shock that Otter from Animal House did not become more a star.
So we started debating the actors and their roles from 1980s movies and which ones never were able to break through.
We had several but wanted to see how many of our nominations would make your list. Thanks and keep up the great work.
Wow, what a great question, and let's call this the Otter List, because I thought Tim Matheson was going to have a much better career than Otter, the villain on Fletch, Ward Cleaver in a terrible leave It To Beaver remake and a slew of TV guest appearances.
OK, some caveats here.
First, like Otter, there will need to be some other break-out stars in the mentioned movie, and to continue the Otter comp, if they are in lesser roles and still become stars, even better.
Second, there are varying degrees of careers and success in Hollywood, so that factors in. Case in point, Peter Billingsley, the kid from A Christmas Story, is a prominent director and producer. So while his acting career never went anywhere, dude found big-time success.
OK, the first place to start is the tipping line. Like, I think Billy Zabka had a fine career. I bet he certainly wishes he did not get type-cast as the every-villain, but who knew that Karate Kid would be that big a deal.
Here are my top five:
> The dude who played Jake Ryan, Samantha's obsession in "Sixteen Candles." In a movie with several future 80s A-listers — including uber-dork turned monster star John Cusack — I would have expected Jake to be a much bigger star.
> The guy who played Wyatt along side Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science.
> The guy from Highlander. What became of that dude?
> Phoebe Cates. Granted it was her decision — and one I respect — to leave acting to marry Kevin Kline and raise her family, but she was on a superstar trajectory.
> Bill (or Ted) from Bill and Ted. Don't you know that dude is calling Keanu Reeves weekly to see about another remake.
OK, been a while since I offered hate mail, and while there certainly is some of that, there's also some less-venomous responses to some recent A2 columns that included conversations on LeBron and student loans, among other things.
"It would be nice if those who made capital during the Trump administration would pay off student debt for those who cannot pay and will help the country's economy .
Let them help their country in difficult times and show their patriotism!"
And speaking of patriotism —
"So, I'm sorry you feel the way you do but the system is rigged. You can tell me we can bail out Wall Street and give them a loan with an interest rate of .000001% but argue and fight to save ordinary peoples lives? I have been paying my student loan debt since March of 2000 and up until last March when the pandemic hit (not including the 2 years of forbearance). I'm working now and could pay my student loan but (bleep) them, those are my sentiments exactly. When my loan comes back on line in October I will not continue to pay, I'll take my lumps in court and then retire. They can fight to get their 15% of my social security that they can legally take. FYI, I just obtained a 2.8% 30 year fixed rate on my mortgage but yet my student loan is 7.1%. Where is the justification and rational behind that? My government and the banking industry are using us to make money plain and simple. I happen to think your article is one-sided and doesn't talk about the facts and what is really going on behind the scene of actual people with actual student loans. (Bleep) Off!"
And then there's —
"You do know that people who have liberal arts degrees are qualified to do things outside of the nature of their subject area, right? I know history majors who work on Wall Street, doctors with liberal arts undergrad degrees, artists who work in marketing. I could go on, the point being that those who often have the loudest opinion about higher education have clearly not spent a lot of time there and therefore have ignorant opinions about it. Taking potshots at people who simply wanted to study what they're actually interested in for a measly four years, in addition to receiving a general education that should prepare them for a variety of careers, is lazy criticism and doesn't address the nature of higher education in this country at all; its in fact downright divisive."
And finally —
"You are such a race-baiting (bleep)hole. LeBron has every right to express his opinion or do you not think the First Amendment applies to him because he's better at his job than you are and richer and more popular. Your jealous you piece of (bleep)!"
Enjoy the weekend friends.