February 22, 2010

February 20, 2010

Is Tiger "Entitled"? Of course he is!

I would think Tiger Woods has enough money -- almost inconceivable amounts that will allow his great-grandchildren to be ridiculously financially secure -- to go with the hubris, ego, selfish, cocky self-centered attitude and mind-set of the alpha male professional athlete* to be able to have the first truly honest public figure after-scandal press conference:

"I am a professional golfer.  I will only answers questions that pertain to the sport of golf and my ability to perform in my chosen profession.  My private life is none of your business.  My family life, my personal actions, my religious beliefs, and my political opinions are absolutely no one's business, unless I make the personal choice to share such aspects of my private life with the general public.  I will not now nor ever answer any questions regarding my personal life with members of the media.  Thank you."

I can understand kowtowing for the paychecks when you're at the bottom of the ladder and trying to struggle your way up, but Tiger personifies "at the top of his game" -- he is one of the most recognizable entities in the entire world, what more could he gain by subjecting himself (and his family) to more public humiliation? 

I wonder how many other top athletes or cultural/political/financial figures wish someone like Tiger Woods would stand up and put an end to this bizarre cycle of crime and public embarrassment, these tawdry displays of tears splashing on dozens of microphones? 

*all desirable and necessary attributes if you want to reach his level of success.  I know I want my star players to act just like this.  Is there a "great" anything or anybody that does not personify these characteristics?

February 5, 2010

90's Top Ten

Best of the 90's Top Ten:

  • Around the Way Girl, LL Cool J
  • Losing My Religion, R.E.M.
  • Free Fallin', Tom Petty
  • Candy, Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
  • Take Me With You (When You Go), The Jayhawks
  • Creep, Radiohead
  • When I Come Around, Green Day
  • Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen
  • Come As You Are, Nirvana
  • Where It's At, Beck
  • Everlong, Foo Fighters

final cuts included "Brick" by Ben Folds Five, "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum, "Hey Jealousy" Gin Blossoms, "It Ain't Over..." Lenny Kravitz, "My Hero" and "Learning To Fly" Foo Fighters, with special mention for Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" for not only a cool song but in memory of Dr. Greene.

February 4, 2010

Guilty Pleasure Confession

No, not the very nearly entire package of Oreos I ate last night, that just made my tummy hurt,
but MMMBop by Hanson...

But as for a more adult, higher quality, less embarrassing music recommendation, courtesy of Paste magazine and this cool blog: James Maddock's "Sunrise On Avenue C" -- singer/songwriter piano-fueled gravel-voice pop, definitely deserves a listen!