2). I've just started beta-ing, and though I'm not completely new to it because I took creative writing classes where you have to critique your classmates' stories, I don't know much about the etiquette of all of it. Can someone catch me up?
Do you think that Pete Rose is now telling the whole truth (in other words, do you believe he didn't bet against the Reds or make bets from the clubhouse)?
Do you think Pete Rose should be allowed in the Hall of Fame?
Do you think Pete Rose should be allowed to manage again?
Has all this changed your opinion of Pete Rose?
My opinion: Pete Rose may have finally overestimated the affection of the fans. I think the assumption that all he had to do was say he was sorry and all would be forgiven was correct -- of course, he hasn't actually said he's sorry, just sorry he got caught. In addition, he's proven himself greedy, self-serving, and disrespectful to this year's Hall of Fame class (congratulations to Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor). A backlash would not surprise me at all.
I agree with Terrence Moore on ESPN last night -- there are a lot of players in the Hall of Fame who were not men of character. It's the Baseball Hall of Fame, not the Character Hall of Fame -- and frankly, I think we'd be better off as a society if there was a Character Hall of Fame somewhere, but that doesn't make money. So let him in, because he was undeniably a great player. But for heaven's sake, DON'T let Rose manage again. And while you're at it, let Shoeless Joe in too. If Rose gets in, so should he.
(Oh, and in only tangentially related information, the good folks who make ESPN's Page Two, and especially the Daily Quickie, such a snarky highlight of my day have my heart.)
...Okay, okay. It was just for cooking. But I couldn't resist!
The wine went in a vague approximation of French Country Stew that's currently sitting in my crockpot. If it's any good I'll post the recipe. I love my crockpot. It makes my life so much easier. It not only does the cooking for me, but when I start a recipe, usually all I have to do is throw the things in the crockpot. I can even do it in the morning when I'm half-awake and listening to the SportsCenter that I already watched the night before. Plus, it's big (about five quarts, I think), so I have leftovers. My crockpot is my biggest ally in my attempt to eat out less and save money. Plus it's so nice to come home in the evening, open the door, and be greeted by the smell of freshly-cooked food. Yum!
Does anyone have any good crockpot recipes to share? I'm in what_a_crock, but I'd like to hear yours.
The bad: The crossover is the sixth-season "Baby It's You", IMNSHO one of the worst episodes of Homicide ever, in large part because of the overpresence and overacting of Det. Paul "You Dunno Janine" Falsone, as played by Jon Seda (who was frankly more sympathetic playing a dirtbag Mob killer on Oz). Last time I saw this episode, I sat down anticipating enjoying a nice glass of wine with my all-time favorite TV show and ended up swilling the entire bottle just to dull the pain.
The ugly: Falsone's greasy hair. Ugggggggghhh.
BTW, I am not alone in my distaste for Falsone. There's also the We Hate Paul Falsone webpage, an entire subgenre of Homicide fanfic dedicated to rewriting the infamous "peach" scene with various lovely painful results, and this gem.
So basically this is a GIP so I can give a shout-out to 10dimensions for making this hilarious Gandalf icon!
Allow me to back up a bit...
I was born at Vanderbilt Hospital and have been a loyal Vandy fan ever since, raised by two more Vandy fans. Growing up in Big Orange Country, this made me quite a target of derision by the drooling, smelly UT fans. But I persevered, and ended up going to Vandy and attending many many basketball games as one of the Memorial Maniacs (Vandy's answer to the Cameron Crazies) in Memorial Gym, widely recognized as one of the toughest gyms in the nation for a visiting team. I constantly screamed profanities during these games, which was unusual in that back then I didn't constantly swear all the time like I do now. My friend Brian once commented that "Kelly, you're a proper Southern lady till you get to the game, and now you're swearing like a sailor!" But I digress.
So Vandy is almost always picked to finish dead last in the SEC East in basketball, and they hardly ever do, but that doesn't stop the sportswriters...
...which means they're currently in shock, because going into conference play Vandy is undefeated at 11-0 and ranked #20 in the nation.
Of course, the sportswriters are still against us (aren't they supposed to like underdogs? Then again, they all kiss the Lakers' asses all the time). It's all over the ESPN website: Is Vandy for real? Well, we're about to find out. Vandy plays Auburn tonight and Kentucky this weekend. And I'll be crossing my fingers that this is the year we finally don't have to say "wait till next year" anymore...