Which is not to be confused with the best-selling male adolescent sex guide, The Yanking Years.
Come on, Steelers. You've got to win. For anything to make any kind of sense, ever again, you've just got to.
If I were able to travel back in time to witness one single event in the history of Earth, it would have been Night 1 of "The State's" reunion show. Please, please, for the love of God, please, put this show out on DVD. I'll do anything. Anything. Well, no... not that.
Why couldn't math have been this awesome when I was growing up?—BK
Too much committee thinking and group input will invariably lead to the worst possible solution.
I like to think the benefit of the Pink Panther remakes is that at least we get a bunch of Steve features and an appearance on SNL around the release date.—BK
The internet-fueled rise of The Bacon Explosion. Lord help me, it looks delicious.—BK
An interesting read, and remarkable in that it will most certainly be the last piece of writing in human history to address sports legwear length without bringing up President Obama's basketball "dork pants."—JM
Personal ads in the London Review of Books. We're all just looking for a little companionship. These people do it with dry wit and a charmingly antiquated spelling of "favourite."—JS
Newsweek's annual Oscar roundtable is always terrific, and with Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke on hand, this one stays plenty interesting.—BK
A smart, reasoned take on that whole girls' high school basketball imbroglio down in Texas.—BK
There's not much football left this season (i.e., one game), which means there's not much Gregg Easterbook left this season. Read him while you still can!—JM
It seems to take on different forms depending on what people want to project onto it.—JS
If you're going to write spam, at least get these simple guidelines right.—JS
My daughter is really into Enchanted these days, which I bring up because I can no longer watch Timothy Spall in that movie without immediately thinking of Christopher Hitchens (and vice versa). Here, he (Christopher Hitchens, not Timothy Spall) offers an enjoyable, patriotic and – since it's Hitchens – cheeky take on the Obama inauguration.—JM
It's been a while since I linked to Peter King, but I figured if anybody would be able to make anything of the NFL's pre-Super Bowl off-week, it would be him.—JM
Will President Obama have a personal computer in the White House? Recent history suggests he will not.—BK
Enough to make the costs of campaigning for one worthwhile.—BK
Consult your doctor or pharmacist to learn whether these jokes may be right for you.
Normally on Fridays in this space you get an NFL picks column out of me. Such a column is significantly more difficult to put together when there is no NFL football being played, so I debut a new Friday feature. I hope you like it.
I am by no means a pet person, and I don't usually go in for the sentimental "my beloved dog" stuff. But, to paraphrase the great Bill McNeal, you'd have to be a robot not to cry at this.—JM
Good stuff, though sadly the list does not include the time Scooby Doo and the Gang met the Harlem Globetrotters.—BK
A fun and flighty set of varied reactions to yesterday's Oscar announcements. (But he needs to get that cough looked at.)—JS
It's hard to know what to make of this, but it's fanciful and fun to think about.—JS
Also, on Tuesday, he started talking right after "I, Barack Hussein Obama," stepping on the Chief Justice's "...do solemnly swear." Apparently I'm the only person who remembers this, but, I'm positive George H. W. Bush did the same thing in 1989.—JM
Which team will really be the reason the Cardinals lose the Super Bowl next Sunday; the Pittsburgh Steelers... or the Pottsville Maroons?—JM
An intriguing concept that responds to the economic forecast and even offers an opportunity for profit.—JS
I only saw 20; that's what happens when you start having kids, I'm afraid. But, out of those 20, there were surprisingly few dogs. Find out which one I liked best; I'm sure you're just dying to know.
It's less about Obama than it is about the changing ways Hollywood has portrayed black men over the last 50 years; but an interesting read nonetheless.—BK
Well, alright... if it will help prevent tooth decay...—BK
Typical MLB crisis management: identify a problem long after it has become obvious to everybody, commission a half-assed study, refuse to share the resulting data, then institute unsatisfying new rules that piss people off.—BK
A nice little piece of satire. But I'm also just fearful enough to believe some of it could eventually come true.—BK
In which we examine some films that are shoo-ins for Academy Award nominations, and why they shouldn't (necessarily) be.
We originally published this piece back in November, but it seems like a good fit for inauguration day. And, if you haven't read it, it's new to you!
You see these giant, multi-story ads on the sides of buildings in Los Angeles, and I always thought, "boy, I would think it would be annoying to work in one of those offices." Turns out it really is.—JM
An ultra-high-end scavenger hunt goes wrong in the Nevada desert. Beware all activities that require a "liability waiver."—JS
It's good to have a support system.—BK
Another brave soul argues against the prevailing wisdom that, since two things have a screen on them, their functionalities should merge. I'm with him.—JS
This list was written before the NFC title game, so the Cardinals aren't on it. And even if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl, they belong on it.—JM
Of course, answering these questions will create 343 new ones. So be careful what you wish for.—BK
It can't just be all swearing-in and speeches. It can't!
Pretty much everyone went 1-3 last week; I went 2-2. So, at least that's something. Plus, I single-handedly fix the NFL's overtime problem.
As a night-owl myself, I find this sort of thing fascinating.—BK
Much like I had to do seven days ago, The Sports Guy tries to pick up the pieces after an 0-4 weekend with the NFL picks.—JM
Whenever there's a slow link day, you can count on Michael Ian Black.—JS
These people are smart, funny, and hardworking. What do they have to do to get the recognition they deserve? Be smarter, funnier, and hardworkinger?
Co-created by Paul Rudd and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas! Featuring Ken Marino! And Jane Lynch! And Martin Starr! With a guest appearance by Enrico Colantoni! It's a veritable stew of underappreciated favorites! But it'll be on Starz. (Wait, I get Starz!)—BK
Big surprise: in an election where 2.9 million votes were cast, and the "winner" "won" by 225, there's controversy surrounding the result!—JM
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay prepare to take Ferrell's Bush impression to Broadway (and HBO! Woo-hoo!) for a one-man show farewell.—BK
Now that "American Idol" is losing steam and getting desperate, to the point of adding a fourth judge to a panel that's been the same for seven years, I figure this is the perfect time to start writing about it on the internet.
Interesting research regarding the impact of urban stimuli on our mental health.—BK
Barack Obama, Bill Kristol, David Brooks, George F. Will and Charles Krauthammer sit down to dinner together... no, that's not the setup to a dirty joke whose punchline involves sodomy. It's what happened last night in Chevy Chase, MD.—JM
This occupies 60 minutes of ABC's airtime when we could be watching Pushing Daisies. It's enough to make a man don an explosive vest.—JS
The hilarious New Zealand duo talk about the upcoming season of their HBO series.—BK
The evidence is piled on, so skim liberally, but some powerhouse entries (like Peter Travers's baby-on-baby action) mustn't be missed. (I won't soon forget this instant-classic gem: "Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are this generation's most engaging on-screen couple.")—JS
An interesting look at the emerging field of photography-as-art-history. Sort of heady, but that's okay once in a while.—JM
The world's best, longest, and least-about-football football column is almost done for the year; don't miss it while it's still around!—JM
Kaufman calls out baseball writers on their habitual disdain for statistical innovation. The man certainly knows how to curry my favor.—BK
Steve Martin turns up in a family home movie shot at Disneyland and starts a correspondence with its auteur. (Steve Martin completists, start around 20:19.)—JS
The title goes back to "30 Rock"... and, since all that needs to be said about that show's principals has been said already, we take a bit of a look at the episodes written by the man who's written most of the best ones.
A look at movie marketing via a profile of one highly-skilled practitioner of that art. An utterly fascinating and depressing look at the state of modern studio moviemaking.—BK
I enjoy Baseball Hall of Fame debates, as long as we acknowledge that it's all just time-filling silliness. Because as long as Bert Blyleven isn't in (he was denied induction again today), no one can actually take this seriously.—JM
A solid argument against the idea that baseball desperately needs a salary cap to maintain competitive balance.—BK
Anything's better than the system they have now. Am I right, ladies?
This is the week we turn it around. I feel good about things. I mean, if I can go 0-4 last week, I can just as easily go 4-0 this week. I mean, you'd think so, right?
For all the grammar nerds who've flocked to us following yesterday's posting of the "wherefore" rant and the spell-checker analysis, this will delight you.—JS
If you've never read anything by Edward Gorey, consider this out-of-print 1965 parody of an etiquette book – written as Hyacinthe Phyppe, fake social expert – your introduction to his demented genius.—BK
As millions prepare to descend upon D.C. for the Obama inauguration, the place where they will spend a good deal of their time is in disrepair.—BK
Oswalt makes the case for improving this year's award season movies with a little dash of Jason Statham.—JS
A look at twin failed adaptations of the same Elmore Leonard novel. An entertaining read, even if you haven't seen either film (as I have not).—BK
A compare-and-contrast look at the various methodologies used by spell-check programs in word processing versus online search engines. What's that? It sounds boring? Well... you're boring!—JM
I know next to nothing about the NBA, and even I can find a lot wrong this this piece. Still, it makes for a good read, as do most things dealing with the Lebron-to-New York topic.—JM
Is there anything better than a good language rant? I submit that there is not!—JS
Kaufman watches this week's MLB Network rebroadcast of Larsen's World Series perfect game and wonders if it says more about the state of the game in 1956 than the pitcher himself.—BK
Gift bag fever spreads into the BCS bowl games.—BK
Looking back to the 1930s for clues about how baseball might weather the current economic downturn.—BK
What can the Detroit Lions learn from eight other NFL teams that have suffered through disastrous seasons? Plenty.
Some nice details from a career that spanned five decades and, according to IMDB.com, nearly 200 different characters, including the guest spot I'll always remember him for: Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker in a classic April Fool's episode of MASH.—BK
Studies indicate that when we fight our temptations we really fight with ourselves. Struggling to lose weight, quit smoking, or finish that novel? The good news is, either way you win!—JS
Pretty much what you'd expect – "in my day" this, "kids today are pussies" that – which is to say: awesome.—JM
I wrote this a few months ago, but it still holds true. Besides, if you haven't read it, it's new to you!
An interview with Bill Lawrence on the eve of the show's revival on ABC.—BK
Safire elucidates – as only he can – the pertinent distinctions among the terms we use to indicate foul language.—JS
Meets the minimum acceptable standard by listing Jack Donaghy, then exceeds it by including several Poop Reading favorites from Pushing Daisies, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother.—BK
Michael Ian Black strikes again.—BK
Is it possible to burn a time slot? Or feed it to wolves?
I would have sworn that it was "on a pile of money with many beautiful women," but, I looked it up and Brandon had it right. I shouldn't have doubted him. Anyway, here's some crap about football.
Including helpful conversational tips and a few nice ways to spend fifty bucks. (Hat tip, Michael R.)—JS
A professional athlete and a burgeoning screenwriter. I suppose he also sleeps on a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.—BK