Monday, November 17, 2014

How Important Is Keeping Your Word?

At halftime of Notre Dame's eventual pitiful loss to to Northwestern, with the Irish looking sloppy but still leading 27-23, I said something that I'm now regretting. "If Notre Dame loses," I blurted out, "I'm not watching another game the rest of the season." There might have been two f-words included in the original statement, but you get the picture.

Sure enough, the inept Irish allowed Northwestern to hang around, and the Wildcats scored a touchdown with 4:10 left in the game to cut ND's lead to 40-37.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How Can Dumb and Dumber Explain This NBA Season?

I plan on seeing Dumb and Dumber To next week, and I have a review coming. In order to get excited for that, I figured I'd review the NBA season with the help of some quotes from the original Dumb and Dumber. Let's take a swing around the Association with Harry and Lloyd as our guides.

(All NBA stats are current through Wednesday. All Dumb and Dumber quotes will be funny forever.)

"Pretty bird."
The sickest scene in the movie -- as the blind kid pets the headless parakeet -- goes to the sickest athlete in the NBA. Anthony Davis has put up absurd stats thus far (24.9 points and a league-leading 12.9 boards and 4.4 blocks per game). Davis, unibrow and all, is a much prettier bird than Petey or New Orleans' mascot Pierre.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How Grateful Should We Be?

It turns out that both my grandfathers fought in World War II so that I could spend most of today completing report card grades for my students. Take that, Imperial Japan!

On a more serious note, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Veteran's Day and the sacrifices of American soldiers past and present.

Here's what I wrote about the video of the Normandy Kid:
http://howblank.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-come-i-just-cried-on-my-couch.html

And here's a link to something I posted about the Battle of Gettysburg:
http://howblank.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-do-we-remember-battle-of-gettysburg.html

As for today, let's make this short and sweet. This is one of my favorite movie scenes, from Saving Private Ryan:


All of us should always remember that our freedom has been earned for us. Even the freedom to complete report card grades in safety is something that shouldn't be taken for granted.



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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How Off-Base Do These Covers Look?

I was flipping through ESPN The Magazine the other day, and I saw a photographic reference to an old issue of the magazine:


You see the problem with that cover, right? Derek Jeter's defense has been a constant battleground for argumentative fans, and it now seems doubtful that he ever actually possessed one of "BASEBALL'S BEST GLOVES." Even shortly after that cover was printed, it was seen as a mistake by some savvier writers.

The Jeter "KILLER D" cover got me thinking about some other classic swings-and-misses by the magazine industry. We all know about the concept of the cover jinx, but I want to highlight 10 covers that were simply poor attempts to take the pulse of their subject matter -- sports or otherwise -- at the time. I'll probably miss a few because this is off the top of my head, but here are 10 of the most regrettable magazine covers I've ever seen: