Daily Archives: June 18, 2011

The athlete arrested for not pulling his pants up. The “Moneyball” trailer: Oy. And Mr. Belding, drunk, singing the anthem

A story that made me shake my head leads off today.

A University of New Mexico football player named Deshan Marmon was arrested while on a US Airways flight Wednesday.
His offense? Wearing his pants around his ankles, and then allegedly refusing to pull them up.
Seriously dude? You’re going to wear your pants around your ankles on AN AIRPLANE????
I don’t see any possible defense here. I really don’t.
Of course, this story gives me reason to show my favorite “American Idol” moment ever. Deshan, listen to the words to this song, and do as they say, for the good of America!

**So I thought it was a terrible idea when I heard that the brilliant book “Moneyball,” written by my namesake Michael Lewis, was going to be made into a movie.

It’s just not a movie kind of book. It’s a terrific story of how the Oakland A’s, led by Billy Beane, their general manager, began to revolutionize baseball by using advanced statistical analysis, and instead of going after superstars it couldn’t afford, developing prospects from within.
The book was roundly mocked by the “old guard” at the time, because baseball people are slower to change than molasses. But it was a NY Times bestseller and was a fantastic read.
Not surprisingly, the movie has had problems getting made. They’re now on their third director and third script, but I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look like it’s a real movie now.
Starring Brad Pitt.
Here’s the just-released trailer; gotta say, it looks like a bit of a mess and quite far from what the book was. They’re making it look like a cross between “Hoosiers” and “Field of Dreams” and well, I don’t know what else.
But hey, maybe it’s better than this…

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**Finally, my love for “Saved by The Bell” is equal to that of most of my generation. We laughed with Zack and Screech, we swooned over the beautiful Kelly Kapowski, and we enjoyed the witty repartee between Jesse Spano and A.C. Slater.
But Mr. Belding, well … he took the cake. Always there for the kids of Bayside, with a stern talking-to or a shoulder to lean on, he was a rock.

OK, that’s all crap. “Saved by the Bell” was bad TV but we loved it. And Belding was not exactly Laurence Olivier, you know what I mean?
Anyway, Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) may have hit a new low this week. He threw out the first pitch at a minor-league baseball game, and then slurred his way through “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Oh Richard Belding, if only your brother Rod had been there to save you…