Ben Whittaker. Now, I am fully aware that there are many issues that affect us personally, professionally, socially…and good heaven, politically. But just for a moment, digest the name ‘Ben Whittaker”. Because for millions of moviegoers, Ben is their image of the great. Not as the young Vito, or Max Cady (Cape Fear), or Ace Rothstein (Casino) or Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver). They see ‘The Intern’….and they see DeNiro. Is there another word other than travesty?
There’s been a movement afoot for years to get college athletes paid since the cat is out of the bag with regard for how much money colleges make on sports, combined with the reality that the concept of amateurism has long been dead.
It’s amazing how certain things catch on in culture. Here are some examples. Let’s say I have an idea for a novel. It’s about a teenage wizard. He goes to a wizard high school. He plays a strange sport where you fly on brooms. And his goal is to eventually vanquish the “Dark Lord”. Sounds pretty convoluted right? Well, the Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies, while raking in billions of dollars at the box office in Hollywood.
Major League Baseball’s Mid-Summer Classic is a bloated, boring and pointless anachronism. What was a cool idea and a unique baseball game at one point in time – a very long time ago – is now just another televised game in an era of over-saturation.
Where is Bill Murray when I need him? The time I wake up every morning. Regardless. And considering my work schedule is more random than the NFL Flex schedule for Sunday night games, I have decisions to make. Morning Joe…Cup o’ Joe…Joe from Staten Island? Except this week. Because this week, there are two words that eliminate the early morning blindness. Roland Garros. The French Open. Every morning at 5:00 am on Tennis Channel. Say hello to my little friend (the remote)! Merci beaucoup!Continue reading →
The NFL Draft has been transformed from an obscure, closed-door event to a 3-day televised Prime Time event. What used to be almost a secret event is now subjected to months of intense, bordering on unhealthily obsessive, scrutiny.