This brought a smile to my face as a guy who's barely even into baseball. I imagine the guys who are actually into baseball will get a big kick out of it.—JS
Soon, Zack will not be the only Lego Maniac in the family. Interesting lessons about toy marketing and the study of how children play.—JS
Ask and ye shall receive a Starbucks gift card instead.
Shit My Dad Says was a truly abysmal sitcom, but How to Be a Gentleman was bursting with potential in the form of Rhys Darby. Too bad the lame and cliché gentleman/jock concept dragged it down.—JS
Living in L.A. as I do, I considered moving heaven and earth to try to find a way to get into this sold-out event. It turns out I definitely should have, as it would have been the greatest thing I'd ever seen.—JM
Kinda makes you wonder who the Vikings are praying to.
Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. He didn't make it to 2012, but his writing will (this piece is included in the January issue of Vanity Fair).—JM
Palone thinks à la carte cable pricing isn't too far off. God, I hope he's right.—BK
From celebrity products to George W. Bush's memoir to the trapped Chilean miners (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
For a piece of writing explaining how well something has sold, this is breathtaking. (And we do have that strict post-every-word-Louis-C.K.-ever-utters policy.)—TG
Widely regarded as the worst film ever made – even the MST3K episode around it isn't that great. Now in pristine HD!—JS
A high schooler and aspiring novelist sent surveys to dozens of popular authors in the 1960s, and a surprising number responded. I'd love to see a similar survey of filmmakers – and shove it up the ass of some of my film school profs!—JS
Still, you're nobody until you've been thrown out of a Shoney's.
The fantasy playoffs have begun... or, if you went up against Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in last night's game like I did, they might be over before they even started.
If you're not watching Community by now, shame on you. And you may have missed your chance. But here are some great reasons to catch up on DVD.—JS
One woman's obsessive quest to understand and control her obsessive mothering. The frequency of these essays implies that parents are serious about acknowledging the issue, but not making much progress correcting it (or we'd start to see fewer articles).—JS
A fairly reasonable critique of the TSA's waste and misdirected focus. Which makes it all the more frustrating that it will fall on deaf ears.—JS
If M*A*S*H was my first TV family, then Harry Morgan's Col. Potter was my TV father. The show was like my bible for friendship, love, and life. And for that, I am grateful to him.—BK
An interesting study. If it starts to sound preachy in the middle, hang on. The Sagan quote at the end pays it all off nicely.—JS
Derek Boogaaard was born – and bred – to be a hockey enforcer. A fighter. A "goon."—JM
He died earlier this year, at age 28, after the kind of short life you'll be astounded to learn some are encouraged to live.—JM
If you're interested in sports at all, any sports, you should probably take the time to read this.—JM
So says a new study, making the point that it's less about saving money and more about saving time. And as a parent, I concur: there are nights when it is simply the faster, easier option. But as with all things not-so-good-for-you, the key is moderation.—BK
As a corollary, if the small man is so wise, then why is he so small?—JS
A penny saved is a penny you can jab into someone's eye to keep them from grabbing that toaster.
Let's get this over with.
I'm not ready to give up on it yet, but it definitely needs fixing. These ideas would be a good start. (As you might expect, this contains spoilers.)—BK
Lots of staggering information in this article, but what really stunned me is that a guy who gets paid to polish a glass ball for six hours a day would have the gall to retire.—JS