February 15, 2007

Caution: The Water is Hot

In case you haven’t noticed over the years, we here at The Off-Color Commentator try to avoid weighing in on issues unless they either a) warrant some sort of debate or discourse or b) have some inherently hilarious qualities that need to be elucidated at all costs.

So when word comes along that Tim Hardaway has said he hates gay people, frankly we find his viewpoint to be so blatantly ignorant and ridiculous that we’re left to wonder what thought process might have led him to consider saying…

…and see, we’re already boring ourselves talking about this.

Others can give Tim Hardaway the proper reprimand. In this case, piling on (not in that way) feels unnecessary, and more importantly, doesn’t seem like it would be very entertaining.

Thusly liberated, we’d much rather shift the focus from Hardaway’s gay bashing to discuss the fact that Kerry Wood will be sidelined for a few days of spring training after he slipped and fell while getting out of his hot tub.

According to reports, the brunt of the impact was on Wood’s “stomach and chest.” Somewhere we can hear Tim Hardaway cringing.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

In all seriousness, there’s a lesson to be learned from all of this.

In general, we’re firm believers in the “you only live once” theory, which is to say that sure you want to exercise some self preservation on a daily basis, but at some point you’ve gotta throw caution to the wind and take a risk.

However, there are at least two exceptions to this rule:

1) If you think you’re about to say something that might be seen as extremely ignorant and/or hateful,


2) if you’re climbing out of a hot tub,

you really should be careful.


Blogger James said...


You have a knack for finding odd pictures.

12:38 PM, February 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if the OCC has been following this, but there is a show out there called "Friday Night Lights" (I didn't know about it until I got the free download off itunes last week). It's a straight "Varsity Blues" ripoff: the best high school football team in Texas, with the beset high school QB in the country. Of course, he gets injured, and in goes the second string sophomore. Long setup, I know, but here's the point: the second stringer looks like he has never played a pick-up game in the street, much less real ball. First play, he fumbles the snap, second play, throws it off the back of the center's helmet. Meanwhile, the coach says "Do you know how to read coverage?" and the QB shakes his head. I know a TV show needs some drama, but really, this is too much. Certainly to be second string on the best team in Texas means you at least need to be marginally good, right? Wondering if the OCC was familiar with the show and had any thoughts on the matter (I know you usually don't take questions from the audience, but what's up with this show?).

3:07 PM, February 18, 2007  
Blogger James said...

It's based on the book "Friday Night Lights," which is a documentary of the 1988 (i think) Permian High football team, which is one of the most storied football schools in Texas. "Varsity Blues" was a generic attempt at recreating "Friday Night Lights" on the big screen. The TV show takes some liberties, but for the most part, a lot of the cliched stuff, like the best player getting injured in practice, etc... did happen. I have yet to actually see it, (bad time slot for me,) but it's gotten pretty good reviews.

11:05 AM, February 19, 2007  
Anonymous Aimee Berg said...

It's a good show. Certainly better than just about anything else I've seen on network TV. It does border on the cliche and on being a bit soap opera-y, but it's well written, well-acted and it's shot like an HBO series.

And James, you're right...first there was "Friday Night Lights" the book...then there was "Varsity Blues" the movie (not affiliated with the "FNL" franchise)...then there was "Friday Night Lights" the Hollywood film...and now "Friday Night Lights" the series.

I can't recommend the book highly enough. A great sociological study of America in the Reagan era and just an entertaining read as well. It's one of those rare "sports" books that's more than just about games, players and coaches. Kind of like "True Blue: The Carm Cozza Story." Wait, what?

8:28 PM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger The OCC said...

I think that James and "Aimee" have pretty well handled this inquiry.

(and for the record, The OCC is always happy to field questions, though he is rarely able to answer them coherently.)

12:29 PM, February 20, 2007  

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