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05

Aug

Austin Jackson is the New Doctor Who

    Yesterday’s announcement of the latest actor to play the Doctor in Doctor Who bears an odd correlation to my Detroit Tigers fandom.  When BBC announced that Peter Capaldi would assume the role of the Doctor after Matt Smith departs, I felt an emptiness and disappointment even though I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Capaldi. 

     For many years, the Detroit Tigers have had a, “Who’s Your Tiger,” marketing campaign (Who pun incidental, but still fun), and my answer was always Curtis Granderson.  I adored our speedy, leadoff-hitting centerfielder, who brought back near-homeruns by leaping over the wall, scored an inside-the-park homerun, charmed the crowd with his great personality, and quite charitably gave back to the city of Detroit.  And then the Tigers organization ripped out my heart by trading Grandy to the Yankees. 

     Many had a positive reaction to the trade—they would miss Granderson, but the Tigers were acquiring Austin Jackson, an excellent, young prospect, who would take over in centerfield.  Jackson quickly impressed fans with both offense and defense, and though he’s still developing as a player, the Tigers have a promising future with Jackson.

     Although a lifelong Tigers fan, I’m relatively new to the world of Doctor Who.  I began watching on Netflix a year-and-a-half ago, and it was the series featuring the 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccelston.  Eccelston played the Doctor for only 13 episodes, and it took me about this long to warm up to the series, and get a feel for its style.  I quite enjoyed Eccelston’s performance, but having marathon-watched his few episodes over a weekend, I was not too attached to him when David Tennant assumed the role of the Doctor at the end of Eccelston’s 13th episode.  I quickly fell in love with Tennant’s interpretation and his easy chemistry with the cast.  He played this role for 3 seasons, and although I knew when Matt Smith would replace him, it was still very sad when I queued up Tennant’s final episode on Netflix…

     …and then Matt Smith came into my life. Literally, it was minutes later. Thank you, Netflix.  Smith stole my heart with the bowtie, crazy hair, and deft ability to balance childlike, giddy enthusiasm while still presenting the Doctor as an old soul.  I had burned through all available Netflix episodes, and had to wait (impatiently) for new ones to air each Saturday night on BBC America.  Fast forward to the present, and after 3 seasons, Smith is moving on with his career.  This is a perfectly understandable choice, and just the nature of this show, but I am still crushed. 

     Smith’s final episodes do not air until later this fall, so in the meantime, I am left wondering if I will ever see Peter Capaldi as anything other than Austin Jackson in centerfield.  Again, I am a big fan of Jackson, who as I type, just robbed a Cleveland Indian of a homerun with a beautiful web gem.  It’s not about Jackson—it is the emptiness that I still feel from missing my favorite player.  In summary, I take tv watching and sports far too seriously, and am a huge dork. QED.

22

Jul

I Would Have Nominated Someone Else For That Drama Emmy*

I absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey, but no, no, no, no, NO to all these Emmy nominations for its weakest season. This is my biggest objection, but I object with love.

Best Drama:  In this category, I would have given Downton Abbey’s nomination to Justified, which had another very strong season. Harlan County deserves some love, and a Dairy Queen. Cannot argue with the others—Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men were just excellent.

Best Actress Drama: Did the academy not understand that Tatiana Maslany exists? She played over ten, fascinating characters on Orphan Black. This is highway robbery. I cannot deal with this. No objections to Connie Britton, Claire Danes, Vera Farmiga, Elisabeth Moss, Kerry Washington, and Robin Wright, who were all at the top of their game. However, Maslany should have earned that seventh nomination. Michelle Dockery’s strong, quiet performance on Downton Abbey was good, but nowhere near what Maslany turned out for ten episodes.

Best Actor Drama: Surprise, my only objection is with the nomination for Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville. Justified’s Timothy Olyphant is so underrated, and deserves to be recognized for the blend of humor/pathos he gives to Raylan Givens every week. However, Bryan Cranston should actually win the Emmy. Respect Heisenberg. SAY HIS NAME.

Best Supporting Actress Drama: No serious complaints here, even with the Downton Abbey (which I LOVE, I swear) nomination—Maggie Smith is flawless. Arguably, Michelle Fairley could have edged out Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones, and they could have included Justified’s Joelle Carter. Christina Hendricks probably did not have enough material to merit this year’s nomination, but let’s be honest, she deserves the WIN for every year she was robbed. Her Jaguar episode of Mad Men…just thinking about it, and it is getting dusty in here.

Best Supporting Actor Drama: I am in love with everything Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Peter Dinklage, and Mandy Patinkin do on a weekly basis. They could win in a four-way tie. HOWEVER, this should be a six-way tie including Game of Thrones’ kingslayer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Justified’s Walton FREAKIN Goggins. These snubs are just inexcusable, especially Goggins. Much as I adore Downton Abbey’s Carson, Jim Carter does not belong here.

Ok, this ramble has been my Hot Emmy Takes (Drama). Maybe one day I’ll do the comedy noms.

*If Orange is the New Black was eligible this season, I would give it all of the nominations. For everything. Seriously, all of the awards for this show.

Dear tumblr, why did you eat my post? Hate u.

24

Mar

Roxie eats popcorn!!!!!

24

Feb

Greg Monroe for President

dennymayo:

ndeddiemac:

Funniest thing ever in a basketball game? Funniest thing ever in a basketball game. Good looking out SBNation

Greg Mon(t)roe(ll)

This. Forever!!!

15

Feb

facethedawn:

Chris Traeger dancing.

(Source: yellowraincoats)

06

Jan

dennymayo:

hammerito:

vh1:

Put a corgi on an invite…flash forward to me there WITH BELLS ON.
10 Perfect Corgi Invitations For Any Party [BestWeekEver]

Attn: Tina

JPF you must see this.

Corgi corgi corgi corgi ROCKING EVERYWHERE!!

dennymayo:

hammerito:

vh1:

Put a corgi on an invite…flash forward to me there WITH BELLS ON.

10 Perfect Corgi Invitations For Any Party [BestWeekEver]

Attn: Tina

JPF you must see this.

Corgi corgi corgi corgi ROCKING EVERYWHERE!!

03

Dec

parksandrecreationamazingmoments:

April’s unique way of defending Leslie


I will hold myself in contempt of the court!

parksandrecreationamazingmoments:

April’s unique way of defending Leslie

I will hold myself in contempt of the court!

24

Oct

Re. my previous pic, WHAT IS THAT?!?!?!

ralphabetsoup:

Gaebul
These look like uncircumcised penises 

ralphabetsoup:

Gaebul

These look like uncircumcised penises