Leslie Nielsen, 1926-2010

Leslie Nielsen, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’ star, dies at 84 [Entertainment Weekly]

Shit, that’s 2 of them from Airplane dying this year – first Barbara Billingsley, now him.

Who’s third?

@SanFranLefty: Peter Graves died this year, too, so Leslie’s #3.
A sad loss.

I just want to say, Leslie, good luck. We’re all counting on you.

@chicago bureau: Sport TJ: WTF!?!?! How can the Ducks be number 2 after the shellacking they gave the JamieSommers and how Auburn barely squeaked it out?? It’s bad enough that the Reggie Bush-esque grifter Cam Newton is going to win the Heisman over Andrew Luck due to Southern and Eastern football bias, but to put Auburn over U of O? Really??

Oh, and I have Mr. SFL paranoid that the Beavers are going to be so humiliated by the thrashing they got in Shallow Alto last night that they’re going to kill themselves to be the spoilers in the Civil War. It was kind of mean for me to do that, plus I think he’ll have insomnia for the rest of the week as a result…

And you probably missed my prior post on this, but explain to me why The Tree (or any Pac-10 team) won’t be in the Rose Bowl? That’s just fucking wrong!

I thought Black Eagle was going to fix the BCS. He said so in his election campaign, dammit. Fuck world peace and universal health care, I want a NCAA football playoff that makes logical sense.

@baked: Question for you in the sandbox

On topic – Bummer

@SanFranLefty: I’m conflicted about the Tree and the Rose Bowl. That 2000 Tree-Badger game left scars. I do like Pasadena and miss their dive bars. I feel sorry for all the depetaled roses in the parade. Yeah, I’m weird.

@SanFranLefty: Let me preface this by saying I think the Ducks should be #1, but Auburn came back from 0-24 to beat Bama at home. Fucking incredible, and good enough for the .002 point that separates them from the Ducks. The one pissing me off is TCU. Their schedule is a joke, and they get to go to the Rose Bowl? Please.
How come Obama hasn’t fixed the BCS system yet?

@SanFranLefty and Mistress Cynica: I’m totally confused.

The Rose, like a lot of us, has been held hostage by the BCS in these situations. The system created to match two top teams for a championship has meant so much more. The Rose had to be talked, kicking and screaming, into the BCS in the first place. It was so married to its Pac-10-Big Ten arrangement that even its BCS bowl partners were getting annoyed. The Rose agreed to a significant change in the selection process that begins this season. Once during every four-year cycle of the TV agreement, the Rose must take the highest-ranked, qualified team from a non-automatic conference if either the Pac-10 or Big Ten champion is in the championship game.

That non-A.Q. team must be taken the first time those circumstances occur in the four-year cycle. That opening would be created for TCU if Auburn beats South Carolina and No. 1 Oregon beats Oregon State on Saturday. That’s why TCU celebrated with unofficial roses on its own — the Rose Bowl wasn’t there — after annihilating New Mexico. Premature? Not really. The Frogs are all but a lock for the Rose because of that new rule, but could move into the championship game with the loss by the Ducks and/or the Tigers.

At least we’ll be spared the confusion of Rose Bowl tiebreakers and shared Big Ten championships going forward. The conference splits into two divisions and will stage a championship game next season.

@JNOV: Go South Carolina Cocks! For once in my life I’m cheering for a team with the USC initials, because my statistician in the house informs me that increases the likelihood The Tree will play in the Rose Bowl.

When will Obama fix this, dammit?

Beverage TJ/ Oh, hey. So I’ve got these cardamom pods (hard to come by), and I’m going to take a stab at making chai coffee tomorrow. I might even add a saffron pistil. I’m not going to use fennel. I’m still hunting for a good recipe.

@SanFranLefty: Any excuse to shout “Go, Cocks!”
I’m writing my senators about this BCS thing, since Preznit Unicorn apparently isn’t going to do jack-all about the Most Pressing Issue of Our Time.

@Mistress Cynica: One would hope that even teabaggers would unite with progressives behind this football injustice! ;-)

@Mistress Cynica: @SanFranLefty: Heh. Go cocks! But don’t touch my junk! And, please, don’t tase me, bro.

Okay, I’m not so sure about the saffron in chai. I’ve had the saffron for YEARS because I like to look at it. Maybe I need to give it a whiff before I combine it with cardamom pods, cinnamon bark, fresh ginger, pepper corns and cloves. Could be a disaster.

Belay my last: found something doable. Saffron, cardamom, cinnamon and almonds (and other stuff) are in Kashmir Tea, so I’ll skip the almonds and add cloves and peppercorns. So excited!

@JNOV: Sorry, I don’t know anything about mixing non-alcoholic drinks.

@Mistress Cynica: SNORT! I’d never heard of chai coffee until recently — it’s seems so wrong, but I’m all about natural fragrance (I’m an essential oil junkie, too), so I figured, what the hey? If it tastes good as is, I’ll throw some rum in there later and see what happens.

ADD: Oh, had a damned good gimlet a couple of weeks ago. Damned good.

ADDD: Oh, there’s a Kashmiri chai as well. Who knew? I’m tired of that syrup in a box. Now all I gotta find is a decent loose leaf tea place. There’s an excellent one in EssEff. ::homesick::

@JNOV: If you’ve had the saffron for years, it probably doesn’t have the flavor that it once did. I’d get some new.

That being said, I’m sorry I checked in here before closing up shop. The world is changing so rapidly, most of it not for the better, moving away from the time when my life held only possibilities, and hearing of Leslie Nielsen’s death’s is a sad reminder of that.

@karen marie wants to know — Fucking integrity, how does it work?: Well, poop. I just gave it a whiff — still smells pretty good, but that could just be the air escaping from the air-tight container. I’ll use what I’ve got until I hit the lottery and can afford new. I enjoy simply looking at it when I dig around through my spices. I like knowing it’s there. Yeah, I’m weird.

Careful what y’all wish for: Joe Barton’s making the BCS an issue in his quest for a comittee chairmanship.

@nojo: Aren’t he and Obama in the same camp on this one? Mind you, I have no idea what any of this stuff is, except that one of them something to do with the rose parade.

@karen marie: Crumble Crumble Crumble. Yes, I need new saffron. Still gonna use this up, though.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ:
“i am serious…and don’t call me Shirley”

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