Reading Peter King is as much a Monday morning tradition as dreading going back into work, or cursing yourself for not working harder in your 20s. Enjoy!—JM
A few of the ways that studio marketing departments finesse and distort movie review quotes to make you want to see their movie.—BK
Several personal favorites, several books I've been meaning to get to, and in general, a big ol' reminder that I wish I had more time to read.—BK
Santa's not the only one that knows who's been naughty.
I need a good week. I'm only one game above .500.
A quick picks column for the three Thanksgiving Day games.
A holiday classic from a year ago that inspired a fantasy draft of our own.—BK
Yes, that June Melby. The one whom I once asked out on a Valentine's date. (She wisely declined.) She was also a voice in Space Jam. I think this is fate, here.—JS
This guy is desperate to show you how smart he is, and his "look how many words I know" writing style makes this a bit of a chore to get through. Still, any time somebody wants to analyze reality TV from a sociological standpoint, I am so there.—JM
An oldie but a goodie.—JM
I'm not quite convinced, although the following passage is very interesting indeed: "Who the Republican candidate is, and his or her qualifications and abilities, will matter only if Obama's approval rating is between 47 and 51 percent going into the fall of 2012."—JM
A.V. Club also has personal faves Ricky Jay and Richard Dawkins this week, but we've agreed not to overlink the same site too much and Levitt's the one debunking the TSA, rethinking the response to global warming, and talking about penis size. Advantage: Levitt!—JS
Great. Now I have to sign up for a whole new two-year contract.—JS
Studying teens, texting, and Facebook. Oddly, from a perspective of "how will these obsessions affect them in the workplace?" Like these kids will ever have jobs.—JS
Leitch's take on The Sports Guy's ascendance from outsider to bestselling author and cultural phenomenon.—BK
Things can get ugly! Though only, it appears, when the opposites are too extreme, or the parties involved are too humorless.—BK
How the statistical revolution in baseball is finally starting to change end-of-season award voting for the better.—BK
Looks like someone's "going rogue" on herself.
The bye weeks are done. Everybody's playing. Life is as it should be.
Spectacular. Just beautiful. One reason I look forward to being a dad: I'll have the foulest-mouthed kids on the block.—JS
There's danger all around us. Danger that explodes with awesome destructive force.—JS
I've been featuring an awful lot of Joe Posnanski on the site recently, but as long as he keeps writing stuff you ought to read, I'll keep linking to it.—JM
That whole "admit that you're powerless over alcohol" part always did sound weird to me...—JM
From the presidential election to the explosion of the iPhone to the futility of the Detroit Lions (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
The best part is comparing the grosses of the sequel to the grosses of the original, which in most cases, shows that not only were these movies unexpected, they were unwanted by the public.—BK
And one of them is nachos. Nachos! Who knew?—BK
A thoughtful piece about Glenn Beck (not that Jon Stewart's sillier work on the subject hasn't been excellent). Includes a nice parallel to the great Andy Griffith movie A Face in the Crowd (which inspired the Gabbo Simpsons episode).—JS
They actually give out awards for pharmaceutical ads, rather than holding the accountable parties at gunpoint until they promise to shut up and leave us all alone. What a world!—JS
Not that there aren't still plenty of mistakes. Rob Thomas comes to mind.—JS
Joe Posnanski agrees with me, and with math.—JM
I had to look around a while before I found anyone willing to defend Bill Belichick's going for it on fourth down last night, but I had a hunch that the pot odds were in his favor. And, according to math, apparently, they were.—JM
You may not know who David Lloyd is, but if you enjoyed The Mary Tyler Moore Show (credited writer on 31 episodes), Taxi (12 episodes), Cheers (25 episodes), or Frasier (15 episodes), you've likely enjoyed his work. When James L. Brooks says you're the best, then yeah, you're probably the best.—BK
I sense the potential for some copycat lists here at PoopReading.com.—BK
Remember kids: say your prayers, eat your vitamins, and for the love of all that is holy, will you please turn down that music?!?
I could have won money on the NFL last weekend, but I voluntarily chose not to. Details inside...
Yet another "technology will make us all stupider" article. Notable anyway for some fascinating information about brain science.—JS
I love this silly fantasy redesign of the NFL's dullest helmets because a) uniform design is the only part of pro football that holds my interest for more than 90 seconds; and b) it would make Tom Brady look like Super Dave Osborne.—JS
"Hey, if the game is rigged, rig the game." Indeed. The Yankees have a decidedly unfair advantage (though who could blame them for taking advantage of it? Not this Twins fan, for one...). That they hadn't won in nine years only shows how unwisely they used their overwhelming financial advantage before getting it right this season.—JM
This piece is a little long and a little dry, but it's about Wikipedia. And I love Wikipedia. I mean, you want to know about the Maldives (just to pick something)? You go to Wikipedia, and BOOM! Now you know all you'll really ever need to know about the Maldives.—JM
Downey goes long on life, love, and why he agrees with the author's choice for the greatest actor in the world.—BK
The A.V. Club is doing a "Best of the Decade" theme this month, and this one about cancelled TV shows is a goodie. With Invasion and Wonderland, plus an honorable mention for Boomtown, I'm satisfied.—BK
You may be surprised to learn that humans are fairly suggestible, especially when it comes to delicious, delicious food.—JS
How and why we lie – not always for bad reasons – and how we detect it in others. With bits from Paul Ekman, whose work inspired Fox's Lie to Me.—JS
Arby's stores are losing money faster than other fast-food chains. (Of course, the average is brought down by that Telluride franchise that Jack Donaghy is leaving shuttered just to spite his ex.)—JS
Short but interesting, with a little talk about whether Up can net a Best Picture nomination. (Contains a few mild Up spoilers.)—BK
One expert says that but for the extinction of the dinosaurs, the planet would now be ruled by bipedal, humanoid reptiles. That'll teach us all to doubt Super Mario Brothers: The Movie!—JM
Oh, like you've never spent outrageous sums of money to buy multiple European castles.
Bad week last week. Good week this week? One week, two week, red week, blue week! (Sorry; I haven't been getting much sleep...)
Deconstructing the Nicolas Cage apocalypse movie Knowing. Now that we have an inkling why he made it, why the hell was it ever America's #1 movie?
I detested Napoleon Dynamite, but Gentlemen Broncos looks like it might edge into better territory, thanks in large part to the delightful Jemaine Clement.—JS
The definitive essay on the disease, the risks, and the concomitant hysteria.—JS
And there's ten of them? Oh you bet we're gonna link to that.—BK
In honor of the great news that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are co-hosting the Oscars, here's one of their fun moments together from Saturday Night Live.—BK
I couldn't be happier about how good Parks and Recreation has become, and Chris Pratt is certainly a big part of that. (And even if you're not a fan, you should at least skip down to the middle of the interview for a great Nick Offerman quote about the "new" American dream.)—BK
A look at how the Yankees' ventures into free agent pitching have been expensive disasters, and whether their luck may finally be turning. (Though a certain heavyset, initialized left-hander could always add to the legend with a bad Game 7. A man can dream, can't he?)—BK
Having fun with the suggestion feature on the Google search box. Short, but very entertaining.—BK
I loved Barbara Ehrenreich's appearance on The Daily Show, and I'm intrigued by this thoroughly unexpected train of thought resulting from her book.—JS
Behind the scenes at The Onion as it celebrates its 21st year.—JS
Read your Peter King, kids. It puts hair on your chest!—JM
The author believes it's because Pedro knows he's not done in this game. I'm not completely convinced of that yet, but as many have learned over the years, you bet against Pedro at your peril.—BK
I'm not crazy about linking to all kinds of garbage about the Letterman mess, but as with most things Dave, this piece proves too fascinating to refuse, and keeps things pretty above board.—BK