A nice tribute, although merely remembering him as an "insult comic" overlooks his remarkably smart and funny standup material. The world got significantly less funny this week. Too damn bad.—JM
I propose that all PoopReading.com contributors immediately begin growing mustaches, even Tenessa. Especially Tenessa.—JM
A cautionary tale for dumb thieves in the age of the internet, and a reminder that the kindness of strangers does still exist.—BK
We have only one known copy of magical Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and it's only because Bing Crosby was a superstitious Pirates fan and amateur film preservationist. Further proof that Major League Baseball has long been run by morons.—BK
An interesting look at media messages about teachers' unions.—TG
We may never have broken through racial segregation with a twit-in.—TG
Burns's long-awaited (at least by me) addendum to his Baseball documentary, The Tenth Inning, airs on PBS this week. They're not saying "boo!", they're saying "Boo-urns!"—BK
Interesting look at how a down economy and changing culture are challenging long-held ideas about masculinity. (If nothing else, it's at least time for our country to embrace the idea of paternity leave.)—BK
"Helicopter parents" and the climate of constant fear. In today's lesson, they clog roads, burn gas, stifle childhoods, and abandon all reason.—JS
In defense of... network television executives? Actually, our dear Linda Holmes makes a very good point: if we'd actually watch the good stuff, they'd put more good stuff on.—JM
Thanks to a perfect storm of political and societal factors, many countries are apparently only a generation or two removed from Children of Men territory.—JM
From Kanye West to swine flu to the Chevy Volt (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
In honor of the Twins winning the A.L. Central last night (the majority of us here are fans), here's a great profile of Jim Thome, who has been a genuine pleasure to watch this year. (And be sure to click on the awesome cover photo!)—BK
Apparently some Democrats are worried that the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally in D.C. will hinder "Get Out the Vote" efforts for Election Day the following Tuesday. Sigh. Sometimes supporting the Democrats feels like betting on the Washington Generals.—BK
He seems to be the driving force behind the Colorado Rockies' recent penchant for late-season hot streaks.—BK
If you don't watch these shows, you're bad and wrong.
In anticipation of Easy A, here's a look at the many reasons we love absurd adolescent movies.—TG
As long as I can keep my three seasons of Punky Brewster on DVD, this sounds like a fine idea.—TG
You're going to have to chase me down and drive a stake through my heart to stop me linking to Tobo's writing about the biz. (Hat tip, Andy C.)—JS
Unfortunately, Outsourced wasn't one of them.
If you can stand it, another pasty white nerd will celebrate 30 Rock, Louie, and Modern Family. (Also, I proudly present the only list in which cable shows outweigh the networks!)
I'm reasonably confident we have not exhausted our readers' appetite for discussion of Louis C.K. and his television show. Right?—JS
Silly cultural satire from the former head writer of The Colbert Report.—JS
Finally, a list that salutes the triumph of Becker reruns and live-to-tape coverage of professional bowling!
As long as @SteveMartinToGo doesn't discover the downside, we should all be fine.—JM
There's nothing in here about sneezers or drive-bys, so I still think they're holding back on us.—JM
Filled with apologies, self-aggrandizement, confessions, putting myself down, and a surprise ending. It's like a TV show all by itself!
If you've never read anything by James before, this piece about Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and why breaking the rules is a very American trait, is pretty much the perfect introduction to his style and tone. (And worth reading even if you're not much of a baseball fan.)—BK
Posnanski, god bless him, takes all the MLB managers and ranks them by how good they were as players. I'm incredibly jealous of this idea.—BK
If you've been waiting for somebody to compare Modern Family to The Sopranos, you're in luck!
If you don't already know and love Dan Harmon, you soon will.—TG
For the duration of the awful BP oil spill, the fake official BP Twitter feed was a pretty hilarious diversion. Its anonymous author steps forward.—JS
Now that the 2010-2011 TV season is about to start, we figured we'd better get started on last season's Top Ten lists! Tune in throughout the week for more lists from the whole PoopReading.com crew; I know you will!
As the 25th anniversary of Rose's mark passes, Neyer illustrates that it's a much tougher record to break than most people think.—BK
Next, we can work on ways to get Americans to quit trying to get other Americans to quit stuff.
So let me get this straight: we've known for almost 25 years that there's this awesome, hilarious guy Reg Mellor, who can keep ravenous ferrets down his pants for the better part of six hours, and we've done nothing about it – but some slacker doofus tweets his dad's bigoted rants and a year later it's a sitcom?—JS
You don't really need The New Yorker to tell you this, but customer service is broken.—JS
"Internal NFLPA studies have shown that only 33 to 40 percent of hardcore NFL fans have the impending labor drama on their radar screens." I would submit that if the impending labor drama is not on your radar screen, then you are clearly not a hardcore NFL fan.—JM
"I sympathize afresh with the mighty Voltaire, who, when badgered on his deathbed and urged to renounce the devil, murmured that this was no time to be making enemies."—JM
You may not care about baseball. You may not care about the demise of the Portland Beavers minor league team. But you must care about something, right? And if you've ever admired someone for being able to do something you wish you could but can't, I think you'll like this piece.—BK
Before I read this story, I had no idea ChristWire.org was a thing. And now that I know that it's a thing, I feel like more people should know that it's a thing.—BK
An old but enjoyable profile of Merl Reagle, superstar crossword constructor, high point of the documentary Wordplay, and guest voice as himself on The Simpsons (although, at this point, we've all done that last one.)—JS
Before applying, just make sure you have a safety school, like O'Reilly Tech, Hannity College, or Dartmouth.
I'd say he's overlooking some very enterprising truck stop meth labs and online diploma mills, but yeah, let's say Netflix is in the top five most underestimated.—JS
She's no Bill Bryson, but her books are nearly as hard to put down. They keep you entertained as they delve into unknown aspects of topics in general science.—JS
A succinct and well-reasoned plea for more effective allocation of time, energy, and money when it comes to air travel.—JS
Steve Rushin reflects on the last season of outdoor Twins baseball (1981)... and the first (2010).—JM
This is undoubtedly mankind's greatest achievement. Curing polio and going to the moon can lick my balls.—JM
Finally, somebody else brings up the utter pointlessness of the Inglourious Basterds. (the characters, that is; not the movie. The movie is a fun watch; but the existence of the actual Inglourious Basterds, in the world of the movie, turns out to be pointless and inconsequential). Spoilers abound, for Basterds and other films.—JM
The story of how this little ditty became one of the most recognizable songs in the world.—JM
Good argument suggesting that the best way to cut down on pitcher injuries in MLB is a stronger dose of prevention before they even get there. Likely tough to pull off, but worth fighting for.—BK