As you may have heard, all of NBA media, and indeed pretty much all of the western world, came together yesterday to deride Washington Wizards all-star guard John Wall for, uh, proudly refusing to conform to our culture’s rigid expectations of what a successful professional male athlete must look like. Which is to say that he showed up at a Team USA camp looking like he had just been remanded there from the custody of Chuck E. Cheese. Good for him, I say! Where does it say a professional basketball guard must be “lean” and “healthy-looking”? It doesn’t say that anywhere. Where is it written that he can’t, if he so chooses, spend the night—and indeed a whole month, I suspect!—prior to a Team USA camp photoshoot “really getting into baking”? That is not in the rules. I for one think it is very unfair that in modern society our famous athletes are given “time off” between seasons, but then laughed at and … [Read more...] about Actually John Wall Looks Great
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I had a scenario in my head for what Michael Vick’s return to football, following a two-season absence would look like. I figured the former Atlanta Falcons QB—after spending 18 months behind bars for dog fighting—would serve a portion of his current six-game suspension while remaining unsigned by an NFL team. Then about a month into the season, after some quarterback gets injured and his backup proves ineffective—and this situation will face at least one team this year, it always does—the team in need of a signal caller would turn to Vick. I imagined that this would work best for all parties: Vick would maximize his value; the other team would be turning to Vick when all other options failed. Ah well, so much for logical forecasting. Vick signed late Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles and prompted big, jagged question marks into the thought bubbles of nearly everyone associated with pro-football. Of the 32 NFL teams, the Eagles seemed like the … [Read more...] about Vick’s an Eagle! Say What?
The cast of the new movie Skyscraper is making the talk show rounds this week, leading to some interesting revelations about star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his relationship with food. First, Esquire reports, Neve Campbell, who plays Johnson’s wife in the movie, told Stephen Colbert that the actor was extremely inquisitive about what she would have for lunch: “Every time you go have a meal, you go and see him and he says, ‘What did you have?’ You say, ‘I had a salad.’ ‘What did you have in your salad?’ ‘Feta cheese.’ ‘What else?’ ‘Tomatoes.’ ‘What else?’ ‘Salmon.’ ‘How’d you have the salmon?’ It’s like the weirdest thing. He’s obsessed with other people’s food. It’s like porn for him.” It’s not like the Rock wasn’t also enjoying food himself, as Campbell reports that he has to eat about every two hours to … [Read more...] about The Rock probably wants to know what you had for lunch
The Academy Awards have arrived, signaling the most frenzied awards night of the last 12 months, in which everyone on your television will positively explode with contact-excitement and the prospect of celebrity frisson. Of course, a major aspect of this literal fever is THE CLOTHES! DO YOU LIKE THE CLOTHES?! Let's take a long drink of a gander at everyone's ensembles to quench our collective thirst (oh, the thirst), shall we? We'll be updating by the moment as it happens, so don't stress out, okay! Carpet game already strong with the earlybirds, particularly America Ferrera in a watery Jenny Packham, fluid as an island stream, and model Dorith Mous, who for my money dressed like a super-modern update of the statue itself (she's basically wearing the Oscar on her foot). Patricia Arquette also updates classic, '40s glamour with the stance of a boss, while Anna Kendrick's Thakoon is Ferrera's sunny inverse. Actress Blanca Blanco is suddenly my new obsession because she took to the … [Read more...] about Here’s Every Look From the 87th Annual Oscars Red Carpet
Ninety percent of the human population, give or take, already regards the automobile as an appliance. At best. The Petersen Automotive Museum, newly emerged from the most radical of transformations, is the 10 percent showing the 90 percent why it isn’t. Since it closed in October 2014 they said they’d finish this place by early December. And by God, the bastards pulled it off: precious few believed that in 14 months the fine folks of the Petersen Automotive Museum could gut the bones of the Seibu Department Store and kick out the cutesy dioramas and old-timey gas pumps, Pontiac logos, Fifties chrome dreamboats parked in front of a speed shop to the dulcet tones of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, a place where The Music Never Died, all yours to behold for $20 a pop. But they did to the tune of $125 million. And they put up 80,000 square feet of red aluminum siding, 866 computer-controlled exterior LED fixtures, 308 segments of aluminum ribbons weighing 100 tons total, … [Read more...] about The Rebirth Of America’s Greatest Car Museum, And What It’s Like To Work There