What is the best book about being a sports fanatic? Frederick Exley’s “A Fan’s Notes” is at the top of the list. I thought of Exley’s cult classic today when I read about a new movie starring the gifted stand-up comedian, Patton Oswalt.
I love this quote from Brad Bird on Oswalt:
"He experiences everything on a pretty pure and high level. Even when he’s nerding out, he’s nerding out to the 10th power.”
I've discovered recently that one of the qualities I value most in friends and associates is enthusiasm. Oswalt has that and Bird captured it. Even when he criticizes things in his routines, he does so with a cheerful enthusiasm. The KFC famous bowl isn't just disgusting, it's so awesomely disgusting that it's amazing and fascinating in its own way, and that can be fun and funny. I love people whose enthusiasm for things is pure, genuine, and joyful, and I love Patton Oswalt's standup for that reason.
I'll have a failure pile in a sadness bowl...
Cliff, you nailed it! Feel the same way about the George Lucas routine I put in the post. He's very smart but not too clever for his own good. I think the dude is flat out funny.
 I still use his impression of Nick Nolte as Han Solo ("dawwwww, Chewbacca") as an expression of exasperation. Man, that routine has to be a decade old by now, doesn't it?
. . . I just realized how nerdy that makes me sound. Oh well.
I’ve discovered recently that one of the qualities I value most in friends and associates is enthusiasm
Was it always this way, or since you became a Dad? I dig enthusiasm myself, though that's not really my bag. I'm more of an amused cynic. Oswald and Drew Carey are two recent comics that I find/found hilarious. Normal everyday guys without pretense that will make you bust a gut laughing with a mere smirk.
Good question, Raf. I can't really say. I've always been something of a cynic myself. It could be that I'm finally outgrowing that somewhat. Really it was just something I noticed about the folks who make me smile most. So was I subconsciously drawn to these people (friends etc.) because of that quality, or have I belatedly come to appreciate it in people I already liked for other reasons? I can't say. Maybe it's been since I became a dog owner again . . .
My wife and I just watched Patton's new special on Comedy Central this past weekend. He definitely cracks my up. He did a bit about "The Lucky Charms Conspiracy" which was basically a comparison between religion and paganism. Quite clever. : D
Heard about this @ WasWatching, checked the MLB.com site to confirm... Billy Wagner's going to the Red Sox.
 Kill the wab-bit, kill the WAB-bit....
That's Wagner (Vogner), right?
Serious question though, will the BoSox play Enter Sandman for their new 8th inning guy?
Wagner to Sox for 2 low-minors PTBNL. Sox will decline option. Mets will help pay for remainder of this season. Wagner likely to start out in low-leverage and work his way up. Also see my latest tweet.
 MLB has it that the Red Sox will cover the rest of Wagner's salary.
 I don't think he'll be the 8th inning guy just yet. I think Okajima will be higher on the depth chart for now.
 whatever inning he works I wonder if the BoSox will have the stomach to crank that song for him given the guy who "owns" it wears enemy stripes.
They probably will play it, at the very least to appease their new player.
Lousy Mets season just got worse, Santana's having season ending surgery.
I was thinking about heading to the game tonight, but I don't feel like navigating ticketmaster's; "best available option" netted me $900 seats, and it's too time consuming to check tickets section by section. F-that.
 check stubhub. you can move your curser over the stadium map and it tells you the price range for each section.
 My bad. I misread the bit on his salary. Yes, Sox pay it all, plus the $1 million buyout and will likely get 2 picks to replace their low-A players for the expense.
..new thread above for Mr Wags...
 Awwww, Oswalt is flat fucking awesome.
I literally burned 2 copies of "Werewolves and Lollipops" for some friends today.
"Quit yer bellyaching Buck Rodgers, it's only a diver's watch!!!"
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