Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Snark break ... feting the king of Kings



Does anyone else see the resemblance between Keith Olbermann and our own Tyler King? Me neither. One is obsessed with baseball, will argue with his own shadow, but ultimately has the truth on his side and has the talent to always get the point across, damn the torpedoes.

The other one is on MSNBC.

It is Tyler's birthday today, a rather significant one not so much for the age he's turning but for that fact that it marks a full 365 days of kicking ass and really wishing that CFRC 101.9 FM (cfrc.ca), home of Kingston's most-listened-to hour-long show, Offsides (Fridays at 4, people!) would hire him an assistant to take down the names, although Rob Carnell does yeoman's work. Tyler, at this point, would normally point that should be 366 days since 2008 is a leap year. There had to be at least one day when he took a break. There had to be. Thus it's right. End of story.

Tyler has been an invaluable to Out of Left Field's stable of athletic supporters, as a writer, commenter, promoter. He has humoured favoured yours truly by having me on Offsides . It is flattering to get the "blogger extraordinaire" billing each week and great fun to lob the occasional word grenade his way. He handles it like a champ.

Tyler would rather have it not be known what birthday he's celebrating. It's the number made famous by Roberto Clemente, the one that enables him to legally enter the Mohawk Gaming Casino in Awkesasne, New York (Dances With Focus Groups for suggesting a way to slide a plug in there seamlessly). He shouldn't be shy.

Just wait until you're looking at turning Magic Johnson's number. On with the dumb jokes...

It's been Deadspinned, but the poor sportsmanship award of the year goes to the coach who ordered one of his players to drill the opposing kicker -- who also happened to be a stud quarterback.

River Phoenix is quitting acting. In a related story, Vince Vaughn plans to start acting.

"Gordie Howe hat trick" is high on the Cliché Watch. Quebec icon Maurice Richard got a NHL award named for him, but Saskatchewan icon Gordie Howe's name is put on a non-feat accomplished by third-liners such as Ian Laperriere. C'est la vie!

It's no joke, except on Gary Bettman: The Florida Panthers just laid off 10 front office employees. (Things are tough all over.)

Early '90s Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson -- still alive! -- wrote on her blog -- actually exists! -- that Barack Obama "bears traits that resemble the anti-Christ and I'm scared to death that un-educated people will ignorantly vote him into office." This is the funniest thing she's ever done.

This post is worth nothing, but this is worth noting:

  • Kingston's own Rob Bagg literally had a hand in Luca Congi's great season kicking the football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
  • Please read Jeff Blair's takedown of Bud Selig over Game 5 of the World Series becoming a farcical aquatic ceremony. The column was absolutely nails.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think Olbermann or King look that much alike to tell you the truth, but from these flattering photographs provided both of these guys look like they desperately need a colon purge.
Yikes...cheer up, gentlemen!

Robert C. said...

The Frontenacs tend to knock the smiles off of people's faces around here. :)

kinger said...

What he said. I'm usually rather chipper.

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Only when you're not hating on Roosevelt and Churchill;). Hope you had a good birthday.

eyebleaf said...

I think Jeff Blair should run for office.