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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My Morning in ExileFor anyone who cares, I will be watching the final episode of Season 2 of "The Wire" tonight (I just watched Frank Sobotka walk towards the Greeks waiting for him under the bridge so I'm pretty sure I know what's going to happen there, but please, no spoilers for the finale). One question, though: How is it that in every single scene in every single episode, Sobotka has a three-day beard? Never clean shaven, never one day's growth. It's always the same. Dude is totally not the guy who uses a precision trimmer to cultivate that as a look, so it must be that all action in the second season takes place every third day. The only guys I've ever seen pull that kind of thing off are starting pitchers who only shave after starts, and that's only because I only see them every fifth day by design. Anyway:
And in hindsight, yes, Ziggy would totally have been the guy to steal the Ripken statue. Good call whoever it was who said that a couple of weeks ago.
UPDATE: Holy Schnikes! I just read that the actor who played Sobotka was born in 1966, which makes him my age when he was filming "The Wire." There are days I wake up, look in the mirror, and wonder what the hell happened to me. Whether it's natural world-weary ugliness or simply a fabulous acting job by the guy, I now know that it could always be worse.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:35am
The actor playing Sobotka, Chris Bauer, wore a fat suit for the role, according to the DVD commentary. Apparently some of the actors didn’t even recognize him at the wrap party.
I saw him as Mitch in the revival of A Streetcar Named Desire a few years back. Stella was played by his Wire co-star Amy Ryan. They were by far the best part of the show.
Oh yeah, and Frenchy sucks.
Posted 09/29 at 12:07 PM
Bob Tufts said...
2001 Study - In 2001, over 630 nutritional supplements, purchased online and at local supplement stores, were tested for banned substances. Over 25% of them were contaminated – either intentionally or unintentionally.
2005 Study - In 2005 a follow up study looked at another 60 supplements, purchased in the same way as those above. Again, over 22% of them contained banned substances.
LAKE WYLIE, S.C., Dec. 6 (2007)/PRNewswire/—
According to a new study released today and commissioned by Informed-Choice LLC, a not-for-profit partnership between supplement companies and a world-class, anti-doping laboratory,
Fifty-eight supplement samples were purchased from popular retail outlets and Internet sites in the United States and sent to HFL*, the world’s most experienced anti-doping lab in the field of supplement testing, for analysis.
Twenty-five percent of the samples showed the presence of steroid contamination while 11 percent showed the existence of stimulants.
Posted 09/29 at 12:12 PM
As an aside, I can’t see Chris Bauer as Sobotka any longer- he’s Andy from True Blood from now on.
Posted 09/29 at 12:16 PM
Jack Marshall said...
That’s a great resource, Bob…thanks; I can use it almost immediately. It also puts the infamous 2003 list in perspective, and may even cause some fair-minded people to give David Ortiz, among others, the benefit of the doubt.
Posted 09/29 at 12:21 PM
Phillies and Mets fans have a lot in common. At their HQ in Voorhees NJ they come up with new ways of both being over-confident and then despondent.And take great umbrage at the baseball world from doing stange things to them that somehow even a brilliant trade for Frenchie cannot resolve.
Posted 09/29 at 12:36 PM
Alex K said...
Seasons 3 and 4 of “The Wire” are bth excellent. I wish I could go back and watch them for the first time all over again.
Posted 09/29 at 01:00 PM
Craig—after your rundown of Sunday’s games, I’m surprised you haven’t commented on another wrinkle to the Rockies’ win: Barmes might not have caught the ball, after all. (I’ve attempted to link the Denver Post article.)
Posted 09/29 at 01:23 PM
Here’s the link to the Denver Post article…and from the photo, it seems improbable that Barmes caught the ball.
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Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
FYI: The tiebreaker on the Nats-Pirates “race” is last season’s record, not head-to-head play this season.
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Posted 09/29 at 03:54 PM
RE: JC Romero
If I remember correctly, Romero also checked with the Phils training staff about that supplement. The training staff gave him the go-ahead.
So, essentially, if I’m not misremembering, JC checked the label of the OTC supplement to made sure nothing prohibited was in it, then checked with his team to make sure it was ok, then lost out on pay checks for 50 games.
While I’m no lawyer, JC certainly lived up to a reasonable person standard and still got screwed.
Posted 09/29 at 08:28 PM