May 28, 2004

Attorney turned wrestler

Friend of the Phisch™ Thomas Toland recounts for D Magazine his experience on the reality show Faking It. Tom used to work with my wife, and we anxiously await his show, airing on June 6 on TLC. I especially liked his insights on how the directors and producers work on “reality” television.

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May 25, 2004

Tiger softball headed to CWS

The Lady Tigers of the LSU softball team have gone undefeated in regional play, and are headed to the Women’s College World Series! Way to geaux, ladies!

The first CWS game is this Thursday, at 11 A.M. CST, against Michigan. The game will be broadcast on EPSN. Geaux Tigers!

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LSU #3 in SEC tournament

The LSU baseball team lost its first game to Ole Miss by a single run, then proceeded to clobber the Rebels in the next two games to secure a third-place seed in the SEC tournament, which starts tomorrow. Geaux Tigers!

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Arkansas Family Marks Birth of 15th Child

God bless’em, they really do love children!

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May 19, 2004

Calgary clinches

The Calgary Flames become the first team to win at home in the 2004 Western Conference Finals, and in doing so, head to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 15 years. They become the first Canadian team to play for the Cup since the Vancouver Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in 1994.

I, for one, am happy the Flames won. There is no love for the San Jose Sharks in Dallas, and I cannot forsee a day when I would root for them. That, and as Calgary is the Cowtown of Canada, we here in the DFW area see a certain kinship with those particular Albertans.

I am torn on whom to root for in the East. Tampa Bay arguably deserves to play for the Cup, being the best team in the East this year. The Lightning are the turn-around story of the decade thus far; this is a team that has consistently been at the bottom of the standings for most of its short history. Philadelphia has former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock behind the bench, and seeing as how he coached the Stars to their only Cup win, Dallas fans will always have a place in their hearts for Hitch.

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Brutally Honest Personals

I really wish I were making this up. Okay, no, I really don’t, because the truth is stranger than fiction.

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May 17, 2004

Friends vs Frasier

Like David, I enjoyed the Friends series finale, and thought they did a great job with it. However, after viewing the Frasier series finale, I believe that as far as series-enders go, the honors fall firmly in Frasier’s court.

With so much going on in our lives since last August, I had forgotten how clever and witty Frasier was. There is a reason this show has collected more Emmys than any other comedy. Well, lots of reasons, actually, but I feel that the writing for Frasier has always been better than that of Friends.

About three years ago, my wife and I almost gave up on Friends. The writing wasn’t as good as it had been in the past, Monica and Ross had both become about a million times more annoying than in, say, the first three years of the show, and we found ourselves oftentimes rolling our eyes over situations and circumstances the characters found themselves in. I know, I know, it’s just a television show, but it is one that we had watched together since its pilot. We had formed an emotional attachment with the show, and wanted to see it do well. It was our feeling that it wasn’t doing well. The final two years turned the show around, and it finished on a high note.

In the end, my hat is off to the casts and crews of both shows for great runs. I look forward to future visits to Central Perk and a little coffee shop in Seattle, courtesy of syndication.

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Tiger ball rolling along

The LSU baseball team is 38-14 after yesterday’s loss to Vanderbilt. The Tigers have four games left before the SEC tournament, the last three against Western Division leader Ole Miss. The games are in Oxford.

The Lady Tigers softball team are the regular-season SEC champions, and they have won the SEC tournament as well. They are the number three seed in the 2004 NCAA Softball Championships. Geaux Tigers!

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Best third place team in the league

I’ve been playing in a co-ed church softball league since the fall. The spring season just concluded, and our team finished with the best record of the six teams in the league, at 9-1. Unfortunately, we lost to the 4th seed in the first round of the playoffs, and ended up in third place.

I had a pretty good season at third base. Made some good plays, but let more than I would like get by me. On offense, I finished with a .571 average, 16 of 28, with eight RBIs and three walks. I would definitely like to see my game improve in all areas, and will get the chance to do so, since I have signed up for the summer league.

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May 05, 2004

Tigers looking for another CWS bid

After their doubleheader sweep of Alabama this past Sunday, the LSU baseball team is 34-12, and looking at an SEC championship and another shot at the College World Series. There is still a tough month and half ahead of them, however, with only one non-SEC game in the remaining schedule.

Only three of the Tigers’ twelve losses have come at the hands of a non-SEC opponent, and LSU needs a strong finish against its conference opponents to win the regular season championship, and get the #1 seed for the SEC tournament. All in all, it appears that for now, Coach Smoke Laval has things well in hand.

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Forgotten finale

Friends will be ending tomorrow night, and the nation will be watching. The series is two years shy of being around as long as my wife and I have been married, and we have been fans since the pilot.

There is another show that is wrapping up this year, and it is doing so with zero fanfare. No, I’m not talking about NBC’s other hit, Frasier. I’m referring to the defunct Drew Carey Show.

My wife never cared for the show, but I enjoyed it for several years. That was, until I couldn’t find it any more. My viewership of the show was lost, like many, I’m sure, due to ABC bouncing it around to every time slot available during the work week. You may also notice that ABC currently isn’t running the show; the final season will be broadcast in a two-episodes-a-week format this summer.

(via the Iconfactory)

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