Sunday reading

I'm watching the final game at Yankee Stadium tonight. What else could I possibly watch? Tonight's Emmys or the Packers-Cowboys game couldn't possibly be this good ...

OK, maybe I'll flip over to catch a little of the Packers game.

... I've had ESPN's coverage on for most of the day, and the pre-game ceremonies are underway as I type this ...

It's pretty awesome to see the greats together on one field. We may love to hate 'em, but this is truly their night.

If there were any blemishes, think the whole idea of having actors trot onto the field as the starting lineup for the 1923 was a little ill-conceived. Every fan and player the cameras showed seemed to be thinking the same thing: "Uh, this is kind of lame, I hope the whole ceremony isn't like this."

That, and I got a kick out of the AIG billboard in center field that reads: "The strength to be there." ... Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

On a night when everybody's sharing their favorite Yankee Syadium memories, mine has to be the 2001 World Series -- the aftermath of 9/11, the late-inning home runs, playing in November, Derek Jeter ... Aaron "Bleepin' " Boone's home run to win the 2003 pennant would have to be a distant second...

Here's the collection of good reads that caught my interests during the last week ...

Baseball & sports ...
a Last rites for the Cathedral
a Melancholy in Bronx, but Not Because of Stadium
a Yankees Don’t Want Fans to Be Doing the Demolition ... The guy mentioned in the lede must be a piece of work.
a Cubs warm to idea of new park ... I'm thinking Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs were just drunk on adrenaline from Carlos's no-hitter. You can't tear down Wrigley.
a 104-year-old Cubs fan won't get to toss first pitch
a Finally, this could be Santo's year
a Could Sabathia and Ramirez win in new league? ... If they did, I would love it.
a Rodgers on right track ... This one come from my friend Raechel. Indeed, Aaron Rodgers has been impressive.
a Rodgers slips farther out of Favre's shadow

TV ...
a Series get a new post-strike lease on life
a With Tina Fey's impersonation of Gov. Sarah Palin a smash, will she make an 'SNL' encore? ... the question of the week.
a NBC's 'Heroes' delves into villains
a 'Heroes' tries to recover from truncated sophomore season
a Michael Emerson's 'Lost' world

Music ...
a A Jukebox on MySpace That Takes Aim at Apple
a A Total End To an Era In Pop Videos
a Richard Wright dies at 65; founding member of Pink Floyd

Media & the Internet ...
a Are 'Real' Journalists Jealous of Jon Stewart? ... Especially now during this presidential campaign, I look forward to watching The Daily Show more than ever ...

Politics ...
a Pointing fingers on the economy ... This is a good one outlining the truths and fibs of both campaigns in the light of last week's banking mess.
a Lipstick Bungle ... EX-cellent read.

"In a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted this week 77 percent of Republicans said that they had a favorable opinion of Palin. But when asked what specifically they liked about her, their top five reasons were that she was honest, tough, caring, outspoken and fresh-faced. Sounds like a talk-show host, not a vice president. (By the way,
her intelligence was in a three-way tie for eighth place, right behind “I just like her.”)
a McCain’s Radical Agenda ... This one's about health insurance.
a McCain Camp Calls Fey’s Palin Impersonation ‘Sexist’ ... oh, c'mon!
a Sarah Palin installed a tanning bed at the governor's mansion
a What kind of accent is that, anyway?
a Hillary fans aren't bonding with Palin
a A Letter About Sarah Palin ... my friend Matt tipped me off to this one. Very insightful.
a Gibson and the 'Good-Looking' Governor
a Hackers break into Palin's e-mail account
a The Big 'What If'
a Here's a dilemma: smitten by both Obama and Palin ... Kathleen Parker makes some good points.

Life & other stuff ...
a The Joneses and the Joads
a Tooth fairy gives less during credit crunch ... This also is a good one from my friend Matt about how the economy is affecting one profession.
a Wax Hitler returns to museum after beheading ... Another from my friend Raechel.
a 50 years later, Rockwell's 'Runaway' is still an arresting image ... Cool story. This is the second one in three weeks I've found about a Rockwell painting. Thinking about it, Norman Rockwell might very well be my favorite artist of all time.

The Onion ...
a Hey, Where Did All My Stuff Go?

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