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Tuesday, May 02, 2021

talk, fool!
He’s been saying it for years. Now, Mr. T gets to apply his catchphrase toward greater societal good.

Or, er, close enough in TV terms. TVLand is going to broadcast “I Pity the Fool”, where Mister Mohawk travels across the land to inspire and uplift:

“The `t’ stands for talking,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m going to talk it up. It’s what I’ve been doing all my life.”

The series starts in October. He’ll offer help to people struggling with personal or professional problems.

“My show ain’t no `Dr. Phil,’ with people sitting around crying,” he said. “You’re a fool — that’s what’s wrong with you. You’re a fool if you don’t take my advice.”

Tell it straight, T! Just don’t ask us to endure it in half-hour increments.

FURTHER THOUGHTS: In hindsight, I’m kicking myself that I didn’t entitle this post, “You’re A Fool — That’s What’s Wrong With You”. Because that’s, like, the funniest quote I’ve come across in weeks. Alas, I was squeezed for time. Rather than change the permalink, I’ll live with the regret.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/02/2021 09:54:05 PM
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top and bottom
Huh. Earlier today, I was pondering how the NHL playoffs were shaping up.

With the Oilers improbably sending Detroit home early, and Anaheim forcing a Game 7 with the Flames, the West is thisclose to having an all-upset field of teams going into the next round. It’d be a league first to have the Nos. 5 through 8 seeds advance (although that mark is deceiving, because the conference-wide field of eight format wasn’t instituted until a decade ago).

That, by itself, would be wild-wild stuff. Then I took a closer gander at what’s going down in the Eastern campaign.

As of right now, as my fingers are gliding across the keyboard, Buffalo is brutalizing the Flyers right out of the postseason to go on to Round Two. In Montreal, it’s currently tied and looking like OT, but even if the Canadiens win tonight, Carolina will get one more crack at winning the series. So, with Ottawa and New Jersey already having advanced, it’s quite likely that the East will wind up with the Nos. 1 through 4 seeds all going to the next round.

The four top slots in the East, the four bottom slots in the West. Can you say “wacky”? Let’s hope it comes to pass.

UPDATE: The East has come together. The Hurricanes put away the Habs with a 58-foot Cory Stillman slapshot, so it is, indeed, the top four seeds digging into each other next round (which I post schedules on in the next day or two).

Western Conference, your turn.

UPDATE, 5/4/2006: Yes! The Ducks came through with a 3-0 shutout in Calgary. So we now have symmetry.

So, what would represent more balance: The Cup final coming down to Ottawa (No. 1 in the East) versus Edmonton (No. 8 in the West), or Buffalo (No. 4 East) vs. San Jose (No. 5 West)?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/02/2021 09:29:55 PM
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