Side Stories

Hacks on Tap Podcast. David Axelrod & Mike Murphy. A funny duo who got this couple through the election season. Last night they were talking about Jared Kushner. Murphy recalls a Rickles act.

– Don sees a young couple in the first row. Asks the guy his name. Larry Feinman. Ah, a nice Jewish boy, what do you do? I’m a businessman. Oh. What are you going to do when your father-in-law dies? –

Abbreviated World Series. Asterisk? Dodgers take it in 6. 6 in LA. 1 in Brooklyn. Any team with a player named Mookie had to win.

Lorraine Bracco from Goodfellas & The Sopranos bought a Sicilian dwelling for 1 Euro. New HGTV series- My Big Italian Adventure.

Off-Piste

Literally off the trail. What Biden & Harris usually are. And. Why does Kamala laugh at every question? It’s silly.

Ruth Ware’s new thriller One by One is set in a chalet in the French Alps. A small UK startup getaway turns into murder and mayhem. Lots of harrowing off-piste ski drama and salopettes.

David E. Kelley’s HBO The Undoing premiere entices. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. Set in NYC before Covid. However, in every exterior shot there’s scaffolding. No matter where in the City.

Speaking of Hugh Grant, his lover in A Very English Scandal, Ben Whishaw is the star of Fargo as the Irish Rabbi.

Totally off the trek. Tom Brady still throws a football better than most.

Off-Topics

Good book.
The Searcher by Tana French

Football.
Old Guys Tom & Gronk trounce Rogers & Co
Giants post their first W
Extra points are no longer a given
Games all times and days

Normalcy?
mAd Ben returns to the office after 7 months

Hypocrisy.
Holier-than-thou Jeff Toobin master debater

Artsy.
Fargo’s continued gorgeous stagecraft

Fall Viewing

No. Not leaf-peeping. Fall television viewing.

Happy –  Maine Cabin Masters
Smart – Shark Tank
Theatrical –  Fargo
Formulaic – Love It or List It
Snarky – Real Time With Bill Maher
Uneven – SNL
Topical – The Circus
Anticipated – The Undoing
Geezer Bowl – Green Bay v. Tampa Bay

Best news. Masters Golf coming in November. Augusta National does not allow greens books so maybe there will be no Slow DeChambeau.

Just Play!

Professional Sports. Culture v. Business. Let’s face it. For the fans it’s all about kindred community. For the owners it’s about making money.

Either way. Preachy, pedantic, political announcers and demonstrations do little to enhance either. At least half of the audience will disagree with whatever the trendy topic of the day may be. Which also means losing lots of dough as ratings plummet.

So. Talk about the team & the game. And. Just play!

Managing Change

Memorial Day Weekend. Some things the same. Cool and gray. Backyard fire pits socially distanced. Most not. No summer tourists around. Locals abound. Beach towns on lockdown.

Golf tried to manage the new normal with a charity event. Tiger & Peyton v. Phippy & TB. It started as a soggy slow slog. Technical problems didn’t help. Until Brady made a miraculous shot into the hole. As he told Barkley, “Suck on that, Chuck.” The match became fun to watch. But. Tiger should never wear shorts. Again.

Mrs. America with Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly sounds deadly. But it was good. Historical context and perspective turned the anti-ERA villain into a complicated woman. Feminist leaders flawed as well. Balanced look back. ERA still not ratified to this day.

A distraction from Biden’s campaign which magnifies his lack of management skills. He couldn’t even assemble a competent team to make him look less inept in his bunker. Sad.

Not Sun Day

Blustery Sunday. So. What’s new? Looking forward to Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. Charity Golf Match on TNT.

Rolling Stones new original song, Living in a Ghost Town. No Filter tour canceled. No Filter Instagram exposé by Sarah Frier on the way.

HBO’s Bad Education with Allison Janney & Hugh Jackman was good. On SNL. Brad Pitt as Dr. Fauci great. Miley Cyrus, too. Someone needs to do a wellness check on Bill Maher. Very depressed. Speaking of which. Last episode of Homeland series tonight.

St. Joe

Just in time for St. Joseph’s Day tomorrow. Joe Biden has cemented the Dem nom. Desperation to defeat Trump and the need for an avuncular hug during these scary times have elevated him to saintly status.

Will there be a convention? Will Bernie bro’s go for unity or keep up the fight? It all pales compared to more isolation and bad news.

However, the only thing Joey3Sticks and family are mourning is the loss of Tom Terrific from the Pats to the Tampa Bay Bucs. Oh the pain!

Joey3’s cat Brady is so upset he has taken to hitting the bottle and announced he’s moving to Tampa.  Buh  bye!

Deus Ex Machina

A white ball appears from the sky in the midst of Torrey Pines on the Southern California coastline. Tiger! Rory! Ricky! Even Phippy! Huh? Yes. Golf saves us from impeachment droning for four days. Praise the Lord.

Speaking of God. The New Pope is a bizarre arty trip which should be watched under the influence of something. And. Messiah continued to stretch spiritual and geopolitical boundaries. Season 2 assured.

Media Multi-Tasking

Started Messiah series. So far intriguing. Also The Outsider. Jason Bateman. Different. Then. Sunday Marathon.

Mahomes never quits. Spunky finish to send Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl. Over in Santa Clara. Jimmy G didn’t have to work hard. Mostert and blockers dominated to easily take Niners to the NFC win.

Next. Ray Donovan finale. Characters stay true to themselves. Well-written and acted. Sláinte on a gritty season. Then. Capped off the evening fast-forwarding through the SAG Awards. Highlights. Schitts’ Eugene & Dan Levy. Peter Dinklage. Jennifer Anniston. Wow.

Oh. And. NYTimes endorsed Amy & Lizzie. Sorry Joe & Bernie.

Meanwhile. Scanning great photos from St. Vigilio Dolomiti Italia.

mAd Ski Ben.