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Sunday, February 26, 2021

bustin' caps
So the rhetoric is heating up on both sides, after a month of build-up. All the reports indicate that the NFL is going to implode horribly next week, when the free-agency period starts on March 3rd without a sparkling-new collective bargaining agreement.

Except… For the little fact that football’s current CBA runs for two more seasons, right through to the 2008 entry draft.

True, both the league and the union want to supplant the final couple of years in this deal. The prospect of an uncapped year in 2007, along with various other factors, has implications that start his offseason. But it’s not a dire situation — the season’s going to start on time, this year and next. I’m getting tired of reports that miss this simple fact, and reflexively equate this situation with strikes and lockouts in other sports.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/26/2006 11:19:08 PM
Category: Football
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Well, since it’s the New York Times asking, in that verbatim headline, I’ll tell it:

Banana Republic boxer shorts. Yes, without exception. I settled upon them years ago. When you find boxers that have just the right fit in every which way, you don’t stray.

I am, of course, conveniently ignoring that the NYT was referring to Calvin Klein creative chief Francisco Costa and his three-year reign at the design house. I so seldomly my name in a newspaper hed, I’ll take any excuse to riff on it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/26/2006 10:37:05 PM
Category: Fashion
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Oh, how I’d hoped the Kraft Cheese “Crumbelievable” commercial would have come and gone by now.

But no. It’s still going strong, some two months after it debuted, still pushing those pouches of irregularly-shaped cheese fragments. And still polluting the senses.

Incidentally, I had thought that Jesus Jones was the one-hit wonder who’d done the original bounce-bounce ballad that Kraft worked over:

The thing
You crave
That big cheese taste that blows you away
They’re crumbelievable (boing!)

But it turns out it was actually EMF. Now I know which little pissants to blame for that annoying spoken-word (yes, spoken-word) “boing!” in the lyrics, which Kraft saw fit to preserve in their bastardized version.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/26/2006 05:44:44 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Pop Culture
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