November 2006

Bo Schembechler, 1929-2006.

A friend of a friend joked yesterday afternoon that Bo Schembechler, considering what’s at stake today, probably ducked out of that TV studio in suburban Detroit and checked into a hotel in Southfield or someplace, giving his Wolverines the ultimate motivational device. And given the pleasure he got out of beating Ohio State and cheating death, how great a weekend would that make? Only if it could be true.
Micheal Wilbon, Washington Post

“He called me personally when we won the national championship. He was so proud. I was sitting on the patio at a restaurant on Main Street about a month later and I look up and there’s Bo just standing on the sidewalk waiting for me to catch his eye. He was so proud of softball because it’s Michigan.”
Carol Hutchins, Michigan Softball Head Coach

I first met Bo Schembechler when I was a student equipment manager at Miami of Ohio in 1967 and 1968. In February 1974, Bo called and asked if I would like to be head equipment manager at Michigan. I was 23 years old and lived with my mother and grandmother. That night after meeting with Bo, my mother came in at 4 a.m. after I told her I was not going to take the job, and she told me I had to go because Bo Schembechler was going to take care of me. How right she was. I am truly lucky to have worked for such a great man.
Jon Falk, U-M Equipment Manager

He was a super coach and I’m not sure he has gotten his due as far as being one of the truly great football coaches of all-time. I’m going to miss him.
Joe Paterno, Penn State Football Coach

Today’s game, in the wake of the passing of a legend, is truly the game of the century. Let’s play it one more time for Bo. (mp3 link)


Baby steps

Originally uploaded by tencents.

Some day this little tangle will become a glove. I don’t quite understand how, but that’s the best part!

Heading to sleep, but couldn’t pass up passing this along. From Defamer:

BURBANK – November 9, 2006 – NBC has renewed its critically acclaimed, first-year drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for the remainder of the 2006-07 season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

“I am pleased to show our support for this outstanding and ambitious effort from executive producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme,” said Reilly. “From the start, they have delivered the superb show that we wanted. The critical support has been rock-solid and there is a passionate core audience. We can’t wait for what’s going to come in the remainder of the season.”

I’m mildly in shock, but I hope this will give the series time to find its footing and give us more episodes like “The Wrap Party”…and maybe fewer like this current, draggy two-parter?

Heading down to Virginia tomorrow, and then into rehearsal, so I’ll be a bit blog-light for a while. A few little items to tide you over:

This is pretty fascinating. A young woman in Nebraska was jailed for a week when she was mistaken for someone who was an uncanny physical match.

I forgot how funny this one was. Comedy Central has released a DVD collection of the short-lived political sitcom That’s My Bush. From the Guard Bear to Princess’s misreading of “mammary enhancer” to the episode with Jack Kevorkian, an aging cat and the Punanee Indians (you have to see it to believe it), this show was a spot-on sitcom parody. It was unfortunately too expensive to survive, but damn, it was funny!

Finally – this report on David Lynch’s somewhat unorthodox promotional event for his new film was found on Defamer.

David Lynch RIGHT NOW is sitting on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea with a cow on a leash and a picture of Laura Dern that says For Your Consideration. He also has a sign that says “without cows there would be no cheese in the Inland Empire”. This is one of those things that a person needs to see. I wish I wasn’t chained to a desk.

Says it all, doesn’t it? Until I return, be well, be brilliant, and be wary of Kevin Federline. I hear he’s on the prowl again.

On the other hand, this may be the reason Photoshop was invented.

(Don’t look if you’re in public. Or Republican.)

Folks, we have given you the Internet. We have given you computers that can do things undreamt of by the people who invented the computer. We have given you the same creative tools used to create great albums, great software, great art.

This is what you do with them.

(Actually kind of cute. But the bouncing pictures hurt my head.)

Maybe the best political cartoon in recent memory. From the Washington Post:


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