Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Unless you count Terry Bradshaw, right?

ESPN has an excerpt up on its web site tonight from a book glorifying Tom Brady, which is fine. I like Tom Brady just fine. 21st century Joe Montana and all that. But let's not let the whole Joe Montana angle, enjoyable as it is, obscure our view of history. Author Charles P. Pierce includes this sentence in the excerpted passage of the book: "He's won three Super Bowls, more than any other professional quarterback except Joe Montana." Um...what? Forgetting about someone, maybe?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Cause for celebration.

From Slate magazine's recent consideration of what the new Borat movie gets right and wrong about the real Kazakhstan:
In Borat's Kazakhstan, popular sports include cow punching and "shurik, where we take dogs, shoot them in a field and then have a party." In reality, Kazakhs, like most of the world, prefer soccer. But they also like horsemanship, wrestling, and, occasionally, buzkashi (literally "grabbing the dead goat"). In this popular game (a precursor to polo), players on horseback try to control the "ball"—the headless carcass of a goat or sheep. Then they have a party.