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Where's my effin' ziti? …

Hart Brachen (strip's author):
Hart here to say I've got nothing new this morning. Here's the deal: I missed Sopranos last night and now I'm caught in some nether world where it feels like I'm completely out of synch with everyone else.

 

Hart Brachen:
And, somehow, this out-of-synchness, has caused the creative part of my brain to lock up.

 

Hart Brachen:
But you may ask, "What does a fictional cable-only TV drama about La Cosa Nostra have to do with baseball? Why wouldn't you still be able to spin something up about Papelbon or have the characters respond to the newest word to enter the Soxicon, 'Cocomo'?"

 

Hart Brachen:
Hell if I know. Just the way things are wired I guess. I've got Episode 66 on the DVR, though, so I'll watch it tonight and be back to normal tomorrow.

 

Hart Brachen:
As always thanks for your readership and patience in dealing with these false starts. Now pass the gabagool …

 

Comments

I would opt for gumare rather than gabagool.

Wow, HB, nothing about the controversial call against Japan yesterday or A-Rod's big game-winning bleeder? You really aren't feeling the WBC love, are you?

It should be renamed the WTFCBC (who the fuck cares baseball congress). I think we need a bit more lap dancing by Meadow, and a little less converstaion.

lc

No worries hb, 24 is on tonight and is a more entertaining show:

-I didn't say better acted
-I didn't say higher production values,
...just more viscerally entertaining.
A 2 year break between seasons? Give me a break.

Re the WBC, I hope Ortiz comes out of his slump before May 1, I want both teams to be on all cylinders for that series.

Hey all. I've spent a lot of less time on the internet recently, so my Soxaholix reading has been much more sporadic. What's funny about reading a month or two of strips in aggregate is how much the Sox-Yanks rivalry strips play out the same all the time. The characters say something about the GB Yanks, Damon, A-Rod, or Giambi (something usually witty, deserved, or outright funny), then a Yanks fan starts whining, then everyone complains about the Yanks' fan's whining. Then Jason O. says something that shows that not all Yanks fans are imbeciles. Thanks Jason.

You've got a lot of patience hb.

Another recurring theme: hb - you owe me a new can of primer and a gallon of pearl egg white paint for making me spew four cups of coffee all over my home office this morning. "Pass the gabagool." Genius! You've been on fire lately, a veritable annus mirabilis, 1905 Year of Wonder style showing. Heh.

But seriously, it's always fun to read, frequently or infrequently. And how 'bout that A-Rod?! "I look at this now as an opportunity to start a new year, a new chapter." ;]

Speaking of HBO shows, did anyone catch the premiere of Big Love last night? I meant to check it out (especially since Chloe Sevigny of Brown Bunny infamy is in it) but wound up taking the dogs for a walk instead...

I am worried about Big Papi in the much the same way I am worried about Jack Bauer. While it may make sense to be scared when they hit rough patches, I can't work up the fear- both have come through too many times in the past.

"Now pass the gabagool."

Leave it to a 'mayonnaise face' like you to mangle the word 'capicola'! Maybe you should check with your boy Larry the Lip, and if you're lucky today, he may even have a nice sharp provolone cheese from the old country to go with it...

;)

Spoiler alert, Brachen.

Bada-barf!
That closeup shot of David Wells nursing the baby was ovah the top.
That was Boomer's hairy teet, with the Rolling Stones tatt, no?

I'm enjoying the WBC much more than I thought I would...I think folks who aren't watching it are much more critical of it.

As far as the Sopranos goes, I can happily and proudly say I've never watched one episode.

Ok, hb doesn't have anything to throw out there for discussion today, so here's the comment topic: Adam Vinatieri is on the way out?

Say it ain't so! Who will I buy my Ford trucks from? Who will convince me that Papa Gino's Pizza is GOOD [raises arms for a made field goal]! Who will put in more clutch 3-pt'ers than any other kicker in the history of the NFL?! (not a claim of statistical truth)

Adam really put forward an aura of 'hometown hero'...but that comes in part to his commercial pandering as I look back and realize it...which means he was after an almighty dollar all along...which could lead to some veracity to the statement that he's letting his agent shop around for a better deal (even if only to jam the rest of the team up against the cap harder).

We lose McGinest this year...that's obvious, I mean the man is amazing and we're unfortunately too stocked full of amazing (to the point that our QB actually cut his salary last year in exchange for more incentives...now that's a real hometown hero). But Vinatieri is amazing too AND a kicker, which means he should know he's not going to command McGinest dollars and so we can keep that kind of affordable amazing around.

Please, Adam, don't jam this team up, you're rich and the area loves you. We'll get you a deal with the Union Oyster House, the Big Dig, and the VT Society for Better Fish Tacos to compensate you for anything you give up to stay with the team (Bernie and Phyl's, and Adam's....that's nice!).

Dammit Dammit Dammit. Was looking forward to some discourse on last night's episode here, now I have to wait. I'm excited for the strip's reaction to the episode.

Jay--I'll take a two year wait if that's the price for quality. Too many shows have great starts, and then letdown follow-up seasons because they have to rush everything to get it out on the network schedule. With the exception of Season 4 (which was still better than most anything on TV), this show's quality has justified the wait. If David Chase says he needs two years to get the show up to a level of quality he's comfortable with, then he's earned it in my eyes. Last night's episode did not disappoint in the least.

I like 24, but no way I find it more entertaining. 24's got the quick-paced action, but it certainly never makes me think. Sopranos has the action, but few shows make me think like it does.

"Dammit Dammit Dammit. Was looking forward to some discourse on last night's episode here, now I have to wait."

Right on, Brian. I was watching the first new Sopranos episode since the Sox won the Series and caught myself thinking, "Can't wait to see what h.b. does with this."

Then I caught myself thinking, "Really? Is that my primary response to this episode?" I confirmed the "but of course"ness of my original impulse when I started checking the site at 5:50 AM this morning.

I like 24 loads -- just finished watching all the TiVo'd eps of season 2 that WGN had been running -- but two more weeks until the next new episode of Lost? Now THAT's torture.

As far as the Sopranos goes, I can happily and proudly say I've never
watched one episode.

I hate to pick on you Cyn, but that statement is like someone from the 1590's saying they were proud/happy to have never gone to the Globe Theater to see Romeo and Juliet. Or someone from the 1950s saying they were proud/happy to have never seen the Mile Davis Quintet. Know what I mean?

We are living in the midst of the golden age of television and Sopranos is at the top of the heap of truly excellent shows.

"We are living in the midst of the golden age of television..."

Uhh- I'm gonna have to disagree with you there, hb. With the glut of "reality" shows, 95% of sitcoms being "Love Monkey" or some other vomit-inducing claptrap, and the uber-sensationalism of today's talking heads and other news magazines (including SportsCenter, which joined the fray after ESPN was purchased by ABC), I'd say shows like the Sopranos, Daily Show, Lost, etc. are the exception to the rule. Maybe it's just me, but about all I can stand to watch on tv these days is sports, Family Guy, sports, discovery channel, TLC, and, of course, sports.

//We are living in the midst of the golden age of television and Sopranos is at the top of the heap of truly excellent shows.//

I've seen enough clips of the Sopranos to know it isn't my cup of tea. A soap opera about the mob just doesn't make my list of 'must see tv'.

And I have to completely disagree about this being the golden age of television. Reality television alone makes that impossible.

"Uhh- I'm gonna have to disagree with you there, hb. With the glut of "reality" shows"

And I have to completely disagree about this being the golden age of television. Reality television alone makes that impossible.

That's whacked logic. You ignore or discount the groundbreaking stuff because of the worst the medium has to offer?

Do you also figure it's not worth watching baseball or that these are the worst times to be a fan because of the "steroid thing"?

Do you also think the 2004 ALCS/WS was tainted because the team that won it came via the wild card and wasn't a division winner?

Or hell, maybe the game of baseball itself is pretty shitty right now because of the DH, the wild card, steroids, night baseball, astroturf, free agency, lack of of a salary cap...

See where I'm going?

Sorry HB - gotta agree with Cyn at least about her characterization of the "era". Flip over to TVland for the true "golden era" and catch up on a little Barney Fife, Morticia Addams, and Eddie Haskell. Half hour after half hour of admittedly glacially paced stuff that still gives off a lot o' laffs. The Sopranos is good stuff, but adrift in a sea of waste management produce.

"Flip over to TVland for the true "golden era" and catch
up on a little Barney Fife, Morticia Addams, and Eddie Haskell."

OK, not only are we not on the same page on this one, we're not even in the same universe.

Wow.


"That's whacked logic"

I'm not sure you understand my point (or read my full post). While I do find the 'steriod thing' unsettling, it does not make me want to watch baseball any less. The incredible ammount of crap on tv, though, does make me want to watch it less. I'd even say that the current good tv is made even moreso because of the sheer ammount of bad tv. I'm not discounting the groundbreaking stuff (as listed above), I'm just saying that the 'other' stuff, I find quite unbearable. For example:

Daily Show :: 17-2 romp over D-Rays
Trading Spouses :: Trot goes down with a pulled oblique
Family Guy :: Ortiz 3-4, hr, 4rbi
O'Reily Factor :: Losing 4-3 vs MFY in Fenway on Slappy hr and throwing my tv out the window
Sopranos :: Beckett K's 18

"Do you also think the 2004 ALCS/WS was tainted because the team that won it came via the wild card and wasn't a division winner?"

I can't believe you would posit that question hb, even to make a point. Worst. Analogy. Ever. For shame.

Might've gotten a little excited on those analogies. Beckett K's 18 would be more akin to watching a Scarlett Johanssen/ Heidi Klum no-holds-barred tickle fight on PPV.

I'm not sure you understand my point (or read my full post).

Was actually responding to 3 posts at once, only one of which was yours, so sorry for the confusion and/or blanketing regarding my response.

I should have been more clear in my comparision with baseball. I'm thinking here of all the folks who live in the weird state of nostalgia that somehow baseball was a better game in the [insert previous decade here] and that now it's all crap because of [insert the litany of reasons] when the way I see it baseball is being played at its highest level ever by the best players ever.

I feel the same way about TV, of course.

I actually spend a lot of time watching the TV of previous eras. Indeed, I'm on disc 2 of Miami Vice Season 1 currently. And as much as that was a truly groundbreaking show (nearly every scripted drama since owes something to Vice), when you watch it back now in an era of Sopranos, The Shield, Six Feet Under et al, it's stunning how today's programs are vastly better, and not just from a production/technical standpoint but in pretty much ever category.. And if you're not a Miami Vice fan, go back and watch some episodes of Hill Street Blues to see what I mean.

Meanwhile, it's only going to get better.

Creatively, these are the best of times not just for TV but for visual/aural arts in toto.

Just my opinion, of course, but there are others with a more street cred who feel similarly.

I gotta sign up with Mr. B. on this one. While last night's Soprano's was a little long on exposition, and "catching up" (nice to see Frankie Valli looks like an 80 year old junkie). But the dialog, refernces and call-backs were astonishing. I cannot abide the notion that Andy of Mayberry and I Dream of Jeannie represent the Golden Age of anything. That's liike saying I, Lou Clinton, played in the Golden Age of Yawkey despair.

spoiler alert: they DO seem to be financing the show with excessive product placements, but I think we should start a new drinking game based upon them.

Miami Vice still compares well with current TV, IMO.

The Sopranos, Rome and the lesbian series with the "Flashdance" babe (which I never watch, ever) et al owe their existence to pay cable, where you do not have to generate American Idle-esque national ratings in order to charge huge ad rates to generate cash flow for your huge network.

My verdict is that the quality of network TV has decreased in the last 30 years, but the opportunity for quality specialization, and large breasts, on cable has increased in the same period.

The big difference between Miami Vice and a shows like the Shield and the Sopranos for me is how few, if any, connections are made to previous characters and episodes as well as references back out to the culture at large.

The newer shows are constantly building, twisting, building, surprising, etc, where Vice pretty much follows a traditional 60 min story arc where any given story is it's own self-contained world.

Though, with Vice, you do see the beginnings of what will morph into the current style of storytelling.

Like I said, Miami Vice was a real watershed moment for scripted dramas.

And it does hold up quite well against many shows today. Hell, it's still better than a lot of shows today.

Hey, check this new Ajax app out that allows you to add a chat interface to any web page: Gabbly.com.

So this URL http://gabbly.com/soxaholix.com adds a chat window to this site.

I assume you could have a chat on an individual post as well.

Unfortunately, I don't have time to play around with it just yet, but passing along just the same

Someone was saying something about Ortiz's struggles.

Towering shot. Goodbye.

There's no accounting for, uh, logic...

I'm with h.b. on this too. There are some great shows on t.v. right now. I wouldn't have thought to call it a golden era, but it could well be deserving of that title. Most episodes of the Sopranos have the quality of a great film, in every aspect. And yeah, the long-term character development is great. Go back and watch the first episode of the Sopranos and you'll see foreshadowing of a lot of things that played out over the next few seasons.

I must say that the only show I watch with regularity is Seinfeld, which still makes me laugh no matter how many times I've seen an episode. I catch up on the Sopranos via Netflix. And I haven't started watching Lost yet.

So when the Soxaholix starts getting to spoilers, I skip the rest of the strip. Them's the breaks for not keeping up in this world.

I missed "Family Guy" last night too (thought I had the VCR set to record it - found out too late I didn't).

Gabagool, we accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us. Gabagool, we accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us - right? ;)

Without a handful of TV shows- and soon, thank the sweet lord- baseball- that big box occupying so much time and space has transformed into what one FCC (Regan Admin/Fowler) head called 'a toaster with pictures'.

I was liking 'House' a lot, but damn if I can find it.
'Rescue Me' saved last summer; 'Scrubs' is a kick because of the 'man crush' syndrome between J.D. and Turk.

Mom said 'Lost' but last time she got me hooked on a TV show it was 'Homocide: Life on the Streets'. Grand but the knife was always at its back.

Face it, since 'Seinfeld', Bill Clinton,
and early 'ER', television has become the equivalent of your local dog aand pony show ('American Idol'? why?)

I can see why missing 'The Sopranos' would kill that bit of spirit needed during spring training for HB's blog.

Bad TV- add it to the list of stuff George W. Prez, has dropped the ball on- the first notable was trading Sammy Sosa, of course. It's been downhill from then.


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