Monday, March 07, 2011
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In 6th grade I took a computer science class with a nice lady named Mrs. Rafacz. I had her class right after lunch so we would often run late as we waited for kids to trickle in. She had a teacher's assistant -- far from an image of a typical college TA (i.e., attractive brunnete), he was an elderly man -- who was an expert on the boxy, floppy-disk-eating, Macintoshes that filled the computer lab.
One day I came to class and the TA was telling jokes to kill time. I listened half-heartedly as I dug around my cargo shorts for a pen, but I noticed that the joke sounded very familiar. I had no filter in sixth grade (like most middle schoolers) so I immediately blurted out, "Hey! You heard that joke last night on the Tonight Show!" He looked a little stunned and cracked a smile as he took back his seat. Before I left that day he asked, "Byron, what are you doing up on a school night watching Leno?" and I told him, "I don't watch Leno. I was just staying up for Conan."
Friday, March 04, 2011
There are few places in film and television history that have highlighted collegiate/folk wrestling in all of its potential drama and glory. It seems the best of those moments died in the 80s somewhere between Loudin Swain's last minute lat-drop against Shoot and A.C. Slater's match against Valley High's Marvin Nedick.
Hitting theaters on March, 18, Win Win has the potential to dethrone Vision Quest as a cult wrestling favorite. Tom McCarthy, the writer behind Up (2009) and The Visitor (2007) gives us the story of a struggling attorney, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach. Flaherty serendipitously stumbles upon a star wrestler (played by Alex Shaffer, NJ State Wrestling Champion) and sees an opportunity to help his team and his career.
Go see it.