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At Sports on Earth, Will Leitch explains why baseball games are too long … and need to remain that way:

Look: This is supposed to be thought through. It’s part of the experience. Baseball is not something we want turned into speed chess. The little dramas add up and sometimes make the games longer than a casual observer might prefer, but to say that nothing is happening, to say that it’s all meaningless is either to fail to understand those nuances or to purposely ignore them for the sake of cheap rhetoric.

I agree. Every time I try to think of ways to make baseball games shorter, I get a headache. The last thing I’d want to see is a manager and ump arguing over whether a player was taking too much time to adjust his batting gloves after each pitch. That’d be more annoying than the actual act of adjusting one’s batting gloves.

I watched the game in question, and actually enjoyed it. Of course, I’m on Central time and a night owl, but simply seeing a lot of new players occupy a tired rivalry made it refreshing.

Will Leitch wrote about the return of Arrested Development for New York Magazine:

As an Arrested Development obsessive, I remember watching those last four episodes in an attic in suburban Ohio, while everyone else in the house watched the pageantry in Turin like normal people. There was no Hulu, no Twitter, no compendium of episode recaps to scour in the morning. I just saw Ron Howard, who had been the show’s invisible narrator, actually appear and, playing himself, say the show’s last line—that tantalizing and self-mocking “Maybe a movie.” Then it was over, like it had never happened. It was an ignominious and, of course, entirely apt finish. Arrested Develop­ment, the story of possibly the most dysfunctional family ever produced by American wealth, was replaced on the Fox schedule by Skating With Celebrities, a fate so bizarre and perfect it sounds like something the show would have come up with on its own.

This paragraph, and piece as a whole, reminded me of many moments when I had to seek out very specific arrangements in order to watch the show.  In that way, it was certainly the last of its kind, at least for me: the type of show that needed to be watched live, not simply because of its quality, but because there were no guarantees of easily finding it afterwards.

Wake Up And Smile →

Will Leitch reflects on how CBS handled the 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl last night:

Obviously, CBS couldn’t have anticipated power suddenly going out in the press box, and the mics of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz being shut off — it’s not exactly the type of thing you put together a plan for in prep — but never has the vapidity of NFL commentators been more painfully in evidence. It is amazing, in the year 2013, that these are the people who are paid to talk live on television. That’s their job. Professionally. The blackout, essentially, turned the most watched program in the United States into “Saturday Night Live’s” famous “Wake Up and Smile” sketch.

If CBS had ever seen a Phillies rain delay, they’d know all they had to do was throw to a short Phillie Phanatic movie.

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