Archive for September, 2010

Murder Morphine and Me!

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Comic Books

This is one of those fabled comic stories that one reads a lot about but rarely ever sees, like EC Comic’s Judgement Day or the infamous Foul Play. This Jack Cole story, Murder Morphine and Me is notorious because one panel in particular (and you’ll know which one when you see it) was cited by Dr Wertham as an example of why comic books were causing the degeneration of youth in the 1950s.

Go Pies

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Football

Rigged Or Fair Dinkum

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Football, Media Watch

Some people may read this and think that I am a little bitter (which is partly true), but there is something a bit fishy with Foxtel’s win free Grand Final tickets competition that they were running the last two days at Federation Square. They had been encouraging people to fill out an entry form and stick it into a big barrel, telling entrants that they would be drawing the winner live on their shows Teams (Thursday night) and Before The Bounce (Friday night). They did announce who the winners were on air but we did not see them pulling the winning entries from out of the barrel, which makes me think that things are a little bit suspect. Worse still is that when someone congratulated the girls who won tonight’s competition they said “We knew that we had won this morning.”  Is this true or were the girls just a bit too excited at winning the competition? The Foxtel people were encouraging people to enter the competition all day right up until 6:30pm, but why would they do this if these girls already won? Of course we do all know that this is just a way of Foxtel getting people’s details so they can call them up with offers, but I would like to think that I had a slight chance of winning the competition. Surely if they want people to know that the competition was above-board they would show the winning entry being drawn from the barrel?

Sydney = Pathetic

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

Last night I was watching Today Tonight and saw the NSW tourism minister Jodi McKay blatantly say that Sydney was Australia’s only global city because they have the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and because a lot of American tourist visit there. This got me thinking…

If Sydney is so great why is the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne Cup, AFL Grand Final, Australian MotoGP, UCI Road Cycling World Championships, ISAF Sailing World Cup, Boxing Day Test Cricket Match, Titanic Artefact Exhibition, Tim Burton Exhibition, the Australian Ballet, Australian Centre For The Moving Image and Australian Centre For Contemporary Art all in Melbourne or Victoria. Even the Red Bull Air race is in Perth, not Sydney.

Sydney are so desperate for major events that they make out that Oprah is only visiting the Opera House and then go about rubbing the noses of Tasmania, WA and SA in it. They still cannot get over the fact that since the Olympics a decade ago, nothing else has happened. They even had a reconstruction of the Olympics opening ceremony last week. Pathetic. They also neglect to mention that Melbourne stage the Olympics a half a century before Sydney in 1956 or that we have hosted both the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Up There Cazaly

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Football, Youtube

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air

This Saturday is AFL Grand Final day with Collingwood taking on St Kilda for the premiership. I know that watching the Magpies smash the Saints is excitement enough for some of us, but for those who may get a little bored during Channel 7s telecast there is always the 2010 AFL Drinking Game. Here are a few of the rules to the game…

  1. Anytime that 1966 is mentioned – take a drink
  2. Anytime Bruce McAvaney says the word ‘special’ – take a drink
  3. Anytime the cameraman focuses on ‘Molly’ Meldrum or Eddie McGuire in the crowd – take a drink
  4. Anytime that the name Barry Breen is mentioned – take a drink
  5. If we get the tips of Channel 7 celebrities like Kochie, Matt White, Larry Emdur, Alf from Home & Away or any other person who knows nothing about AFL footy – take a drink
  6. Anytime that Channel 7 talks about the latest betting trends and the odds for the match – take a drink (If it is David Schwartz doing this then you have to skol a full stubby)
  7. If Channel 7s production value has not improved since 1989 – take a drink
  8. Anytime the camera focuses on Joffa Corfe and his gold jacket – take a drink
  9. If in the pre-game telecast anyone talks about Lou Richards or Darrel Baldock – take a drink (Have an additional drink if they are interviewed)
  10. Anytime that Denis Cometti makes one of those smart-arsed, off the cuff comments that you know that he’s rehearsed all week – take a drink
  11. Anytime the umpire stuffs up bouncing the ball – take a drink
  12. If Steven Baker hits a Collingwood player – take a drink
  13. Anytime a commentator talks about X-Factor – take a drink
  14. If Sandy Roberts is commentating – take a (very big) drink (of something with a high alcohol content). Believe me, it’s the only way you’ll make it through the telecast with your sanity intact
  15. Anytime that umpire ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain decides he wants to be in the spotlight and gives a contentious free-kick – take a drink
  16. Anytime that Travis Cloke misses a goal – take a drink
  17. Anytime that Justin Koschitzke accidentally injures one of his team mates through his own unco-ordination – take a drink
  18. Anytime that Stephen Milne throws a punch – take a drink
  19. Anytime that Nick Reiwoldt berates his team-mates for not kicking the ball to him – take a drink
  20. Anytime Dayne Beams misses a goal – take a drink
  21. If Cometti uses the cliche ‘the Magpies swoop’ – take a drink
  22. Anytime the commentator use the phrase ‘Saints footy’ – take a drink
  23. Anytime Dane Swan gets a possession – take a drink
  24. If the pre-game entertainment is crap – take a drink (If it involves Angry Anderson and the Batmobile  – take another drink)
  25. Anytime a commentator mentions the new 7Mate TV channel – take a drink bonus drink if they talk about Jersey Shore or Family Guy
  26. Anytime the commentators mention how unlucky Dane Swan was to not win the Brownlow Medal – take a drink
  27. If Jim Stynes is interviewed during the pre-game telecast – take a drink
  28. If Nick Riewoldt cries after the match – take a drink (same goes for Mick Malthouse)
  29. If Channel 7 cuts off the telecast at 6pm to go to the news, regardless of whether the winning team has sung their theme song – take a drink
  30. If you wish that Channel 10 were televising the game instead of Channel 7 (I empathise with you) – take a drink

This is probably all of the rules that I have come up with so far, although there are undoubtedly many more. I don’t advocate anyone actually following this by the way, because if you did you’ll be suffering alcohol poisoning just by following rule number 1 alone, as I know that 7 will mention 1966 hundreds of times before the game actually starts. You may have gathered that I am not impressed with Channel 7s football coverage and you would be correct. In my opinion the biggest problem with 7 is that their coverage is the same as it was in 2001. It learnt nothing from the innovative ways in which 9 telecast the footy from 2002-2006 or the way that Channel 10 has broadcast the football since 2001. They just picked up from where they left off and have not added anything of substance to their coverage. Hopefully Channel 9 will regain some of the rights in 2012 after the current deal finishes.

As for my prediction for the Grand Final, I hope Collingwood win but I am not willing to tip them that as it would be bad luck. (I’m very superstitious!)