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I am lazy and I am pressed for time. Therefore, one post with a bit of everything. And before I forget, I may or may not be tweeting during tonight’s Patriots v. Dolphins game. If I am you should follow me because I’m sleep-deprived and a little cranky. Should be entertaining… for you, for once.


Another rather unpleasant Saturday for The Offending Party. Notre Dame did manage to beat Boston College to improve to 2-3. N.C. State decided to stop playing defense in the second half of their game against Virginia Tech, which they lost 41-30. The ‘Horns gave it their best shot against the got-dammed Sooners, but to no avail (I think either I picked the wrong season to become a Longhorns fan, or Texas is trying to tell me they neither need nor want my fandom). Boise State beat whatever scrub team they played 59-0 and still fell in the polls. Because there’s a conspiracy in college football to keep non-major conference teams out of the national championship, you see. Finally, Duke lost to Maryland because Duke is f*cking horrible.

Box Office

That The Social Network made $22.4 million over the weekend is not a surprise; that Let Me In only made $5.1 million (less than that Zellweger piece o’ shit Case 39!) is a surprise. I guess no one wanted to see Hit Girl feed on humans.

Out of Control Fans of Literature

I don’t know where Jonathan Franzen happened to be when this happened to him, but WTF? I bet it was Canada – they have this staid and polite reputation, but have you seen them drink?

The New Pornographers

Catchy songs, Neko Case and a band name that gets their shows canceled (seriously). Check, check and check. Enjoy:


T.O.P.’s Weekend Plans: 10/1-3

Hey Week, what’s up? It’s Weekend. I have a note here for you. It’s from everyone. “Suck it.” Yeah, that’s all it says – were you expecting more? Uh-huh – “suck it.” Definitely from everyone. OK, man. Later.


The Social Network – I’m not going to say too much about this one: David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) directed it, Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, A Few Good Men) wrote it, and the critics seem to like it. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but this seems like a safe bet for movie-watching enjoyment.

Let Me In – A remake of Let The Right One In by the guy who directed Cloverfield. Pros: critics like it, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, non-sparkly vampires. Cons: vampires (non-sparkly or otherwise), remake, the guy directed Cloverfield. Take a look at the trailer and you decide:

Case 39 – Shot in late 2006, this movie (in a reversal from almost all other Hollywood productions) has already been released in the rest of the world, and comes to the plate with two strikes: its U.S. release date has been pushed back by over two years and Renee Zellweger is in it.


In a big game in this part of the country, the Emasculated Turkeys of Virginia Tech visit the #23 N.C. State Wolfpack. State wins, 34-23. (Yup, I’m picking winners this week.)

The Red River Rivalry commences at 3:30 PM EST and Notre Dame travels to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College at 8:00 PM EST. Texas squeaks by, 31-30, and Notre Dame wins an ugly game, 17-13.

The Patriots don’t play until Monday night, therefore not technically the weekend, so file this under “I don’t care.” Pats, 31-24.


Q: Would you rather see a picture of a cute puppy or Minka Kelly?

A: Yes.

Dammit, Jeter. Is there nothing you don’t have?

Monday Afternoon Foosball: Oof.

My therapist told me recently to try to be more positive(*), so I’m really, really trying to focus on the positives from yesterday’s Patriots v. Jets game. I mean, there’s this, obviously:

And the fact that Wes Welker is back to being the Wes Welker we know and love so soon after having his knee put through the figurative meat grinder is fantastic. (Note to Patriots ownership/management: if you’re going to make one wide receiver wealthier this off-season, make it Welker.) But where the hell was he after half-time? Baby Goat looked like a scared little boy for most of the second half, and the Patriots’ defense managed the nearly impossible in the same thirty minutes: they made Mark Sanchez look like an NFL-caliber quarterback. If the second half indicates what the Pats are going to look like after their opponent has time to make adjustments at half-time, it’s going to be a long season. (It physically hurts me to type this, but if the world just got a glimpse of the real Sanchez, and not just a fluke performance, the Jets are gonna be scary. And they get Santonio Holmes back in week 5. Double Oof.)


The Texas Longhorns beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 24-14 on Saturday in a game I mistakenly thought was the Red River Rivalry (that’s actually Texas v. Oklahoma). Apparently, there is no snappy nickname or corporate sponsorship for the annual Texas-Texas Tech game, but there should be. Leave your ideas in the comments.

Double Negative

The Michigan State Spartans beat Notre Dame 34-31 in overtime on a fake-field-goal-turned-touchdown-pass (that maybe shouldn’t have counted) that was so surprising in its success it caused MSU head coach Mark Dantonio to have a heart attack. Despite the heart-breaking loss (see what I did there?), The Offending Party wishes Coach Dantonio a speedy and complete recovery.

(*) He actually said “stop being such a cry-baby loser,” but that seemed a tad harsh.