Thrilling finish

The Vanderbilt Commodores, the traditional laughingstock of the Southeastern Conference, have been having a remarkable season — they were 4-0 and had the chance tonight to go 5-0 for the first time since 1942. Middle Tennessee State University, which only went to I-A a few years back, was 0-3 and struggling.

They played tonight. MTSU led the whole game, but Vanderbilt — which had come from behind on several of its wins this season — was within striking distance, down 17-15. Then, with about two minutes left, Vanderbilt got the ball on its own one-foot line. Vandy quarterback Jay Cutler led a masterful campaign down the field and into field goal range, with just five seconds left.

The field goal was blocked! MTSU fell on the ball as the final second ticked off the clock.

One of the most exciting finishes to a football game I’ve seen in quite a while.

The Man of Tarnish

While waiting to interview a newly-appointed bank official for the newspaper yesterday, I flipped through a recent issue of Newsweek and found this story about “Superman Returns,” which is being filmed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “The Usual Suspects”) for release next summer.
Singer is a great director, but I was sorely disappointed at the premise for this movie:

… [T]he Man of Steel has vanished for five years, then returns to Earth to find that the world is a different place and that his love Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has a 4-year-old son and a fiance (James Marsden). It’s unclear which man is the boy’s father, and Lois doesn’t exactly give Superman a hero’s welcome. She writes a story in the Daily Planet that includes the line “The world doesn’t need a savior. And neither do I.”

Bleah. There are a lot of great comic book characters who have feet of clay and are suitable for exploring darker themes. But I really have no interest in seeing Superman in a paternity triangle. He’s Superman, for Krypton’s sake!

Even so, I may have to see the movie just because Kevin Spacey is a perfect choice for Lex Luthor.

A case for Guy Noir

I’m a fan of Garrison Keillor, but he’s in the wrong in trying to squelch a slightly-risque parody T-shirt. As the blogger who tried to sell the shirt points out, no one could possibly confuse it with any of the legitimate APHC souvenirs. There’s a difference between parody and trademark infringement, and this is clearly the former. Keillor, a humorist himself, is only going to come out of this looking like a wet blanket, much as Bill O’Reilly did when he (allegedly) prodded Fox into suing Al Franken.

Departure photos

Whatever your feelings are about the war, this should touch you.

I was holding down the fort in the newsroom while most of this was happening; my co-workers did a magnificent job.

A guitar beats a woman every time

A Face in the CrowdI don’t read James Lileks‘ blog as often as I should, but my California brother pointed me to it today — as well he should, since Lileks is waxing poetic about one of my all-time favorite movies, “A Face In The Crowd.”

In fact, I was startled to see an Amazon link to the DVD on Lileks’ page; I’d been waiting impatiently for the movie to come out on DVD, and I thought I was on one of those Amazon watch lists which was supposed to notify me of its release.

And, just as my brother predicted, Lileks had some facts about the movie I didn’t realize — including an appearance in it by a man who later became a game show celebrity of sorts.

See It Now (or whenever it comes out)

I watched a trailer online today for Good Night, and Good Luck, and now I can’t wait to see the movie. David Strathairn, a fine actor, looks and sounds eerily like Edward R. Murrow in this movie about Murrow’s battles with Joseph McCarthy. George Clooney, who directed, plays Fred Friendly, and the cast includes a number of other fine actors, including Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Frank Langella.