Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, February 9, 2004 10:30 pm

They’re coming for us, or, Outsource THIS

Filed under: Panthers,Y'all go read this — Lex @ 10:30 pm

One comforting thought to which many journalists, particularly local ones, cling to in these perilous economic times is that we can’t be outsourced to India.

The problem is, some of us can.

It’s hard to cover a story well, particularly a local story, without physically being where the story is taking place. That fact, unfortunately, probably won’t be enough to prevent some media CEO who measures his penis by his stock price from trying to force some of us to do it anyway.

Friday, February 6, 2004 10:07 pm

Another sniper

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 10:07 pm

Remember the D.C. sniper? Well, somebody in the Columbus, Ohio area has been shooting cars, school buses and homes since this past May. There have been 21 incidents.

So far, only one person has died. I don’t know whether that means the sniper is not trying to hurt anyone or whether we’ve just been inordinately lucky so far.

Even considering the facts that Cleveland isn’t Washington, far fewer people have died and the Ohio shootings have taken place in a much longer time frame, I’m kind of surprised this isn’t a bigger deal.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004 8:51 pm

I see

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 8:51 pm

Over Spaghetti-Os and corn tonight, my daughter informed me that, henceforth, she wishes me to address her as “Ms. Alexander.”

For those of you just joining us, she’s 5.

Searching for Janet, or, The full potential of the Internet finally is realized

Filed under: Geek-related issues — Lex @ 12:04 pm

According to Lycos, Janet Jackson’s breast-baring stunt during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show has become the most searched-for subject in Internet history. That’s mind-boggling enough, but it doesn’t stop there:

On Monday, Janet Jackson and the halftime show received 60 times as many searches as the [well-known hotel heiress whose name I don’t use because I don’t want my hit count artificially inflated by perverts] sex tape and 80 times as many searches as Britney Spears. Jackson was searched 50 times for every request for the topic that normally dominates on the day after the game, Super Bowl commercials. She also received 275 times as many searches as the streaker who ran on the field before the second half, and 350 times as many searches as Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.

Now, to put that in perspective, I once made the mistake of mentioning the hotel heiress on this blog, and my daily hit-count average tripled. Tripled. Talk about being a link whore. Honestly, I couldn’t prove it, but I would bet that naked-hotel-heiress-related searches, downloads, etc., constituted at least 30 percent of all Internet traffic for weeks after news of the video’s existence became public.

The most searched-for subject in Internet history. Well. I predict JJ’s promotional people will be capitalizing on this information before sunrise tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 6:34 pm

Ex-parrot seeks same

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:34 pm

Some folks in LA are making a movie called “Gin and Tonic,” about Graham Chapman in particular and the early days of the Monty Python troupe in general. Producers emphasize they’re seeking talented performers who embody the Python comic ethos, not just six look-alikes. If you’re interested — and you know you are — there’s more info here.

Monday, February 2, 2004 6:38 pm

Here it comes

Filed under: Woohoo! — Lex @ 6:38 pm

Dooce‘s baby is on the way. As do many women in labor, she indulges in a bit of blue language, but the the photo in this post is priceless.

Memo

Note to self: When the kids ask why you have to go back in to work after dinner, telling them, “Because news has reared its ugly head and I must beat it into submission” only raises more questions.

Well, fudge

Filed under: Panthers — Lex @ 6:26 am

It ended much the way I thought it might, except that the wrong team kicked the winning field goal.

And it was the most exciting Super Bowl since … well, since the Rams tackled Kevin Dyson at the 1-foot line to hang onto a win four years ago.

Props where they are due: to both of New England’s lines. Their O-line was able to push the Panthers around and, after a few early miscues, keep Brady pretty comfortable all night. It also kept the Panthers defense on the field way too long, a factor I think contributed to New England’s continuing ability to move the ball late in the game. Their D-line slowed one of the league’s best running games to a crawl and sacked Delhomme four times.

And the fact that it was STILL a heckuva game shows how far the Panthers have come. Jake Delhomme really is a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback, and his ability to move the team with time winding down is positively Elway-esque. Steve Smith is the real deal, and Muhsin Muhammad, whose role has been diminished this year, finally showed why he went to the Pro Bowl in ’99. Ricky Proehl did what he has done his entire career: make clutch catches, including one for the go-ahead touchdown.

Gumbel and Simms were making much of John Fox’s decision to go for 2-point conversions after the 2nd and 3rd TDs (both efforts failed). Fact is, if they’d kicked after both, they’d still have lost by 1, so I’m not sure what their point is.

Now the Panthers have some decisions to make. Smith and Muhammad’s contracts are up, for one thing. But before we get to that, let’s take one last moment to savor how improbable, and delightful, this season was. We weren’t just winners, we were exciting winners who played old-school and made it work. After all that Panther fans have suffered through since the even more improbable 1996 season, we deserved this.

But New England deserved the win.

UPDATE, from RedSugar: “No way was the bare-ish breast unplanned. Much as the males of the species hate to accept it, women don’t wear sparkly gold pasties unless we have plans to expose them.”

I didn’t see a thing. We were in the kitchen cleaning up during halftime. But I do remember thinking the “rivets” on her costume looked a lot like snaps.

Sunday, February 1, 2004 4:51 pm

Get your Panther on

Filed under: Panthers — Lex @ 4:51 pm

The odd thing is not that the Panthers could win the Super Bowl. The odd thing is that they’re here at all. And so, as my friend and colleague Ed Hardin says, as long as they’re here, they might as well win the thing.

I will not be blogging the game, so let’s get Panthered up right now.

Panther Pride, on three: 1! 2! 3! Panther Pride!!

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