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The Golden Globes were more blah than usual, but saved by the amazing Meryl Streep. And a dull NFL wild-card weekend hopefully leads to better games next week

 

This image released by NBC shows Viola Davis presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

This image released by NBC shows Viola Davis presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

The Golden Globes are usually the best awards show of the season, because they’re unpredictable and fun and have winners who never win the other big awards.

But Sunday night, I don’t know if it was just that the host was bad (sorry Jimmy Fallon, but this isn’t your best role, can’t Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host this show every year? They’re beyond awesome), or that the crop of movies was blah, or I just wasn’t in the mood, but for the first two hours the Golden Globes were boring as all get out.

Then, it was time for Meryl Streep’s lifetime achievement award, and man, did business pick up. Nobody in Hollywood is more admired than the amazing Ms. Streep, for her grace, for her unparalleled talent, and for her kindness toward others.

Viola Davis gave Meryl a wonderful tribute, some clips from her many phenomenal performances were shown, and then the greatest actress of our lifetime spoke.

And she spoke about the man who in less than two weeks will actually be our President.

Surgically, beautifully, she called him out for what he is: A mean, thoughtless, ignorant jerk who conned millions through his use of insults and fear-mongering.

This short speech was phenomenal, and needs to be watched. “When the powerful use their position to bully, we all lose,” she said. Here is a woman speaking from the heart, about what so many have felt. By far the best thing at Sunday night’s ceremony. (If the speech isn’t embedded below, click here to watch it)

Some other highlights and lowlights from the show (as always, most of the fashion comments come from my beautiful and talented wife):

— The best thing on the show besides Streep, I thought, was Kristin Wiig and Steve Carell’s hilarious bit about the first animated movie they’d seen. Such great deadpan and timing!

— Viola Davis was stunningly beautiful in her dress; Emma Stone looked “airbrushed,” and Mandy Moore looked amazing. Nicole Kidman, I believe, will still look gorgeous at age 113.

— “The Americans” stars were robbed once again, but I was thrilled to see Sarah Paulson win for her Marcia Clark portrayal in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” and Tracee Ellis Ross gave a heartfelt and winning speech after her win for “Blackish.”

— Really lame, stupid and borderline offensive of the writers to make lame Sofia Vergara accent jokes (come on, her saying “anal” instead of “annual?” That’s Howard Stern-level humor), and portray Goldie Hawn as a ditzy old lady not able to read a TelePrompter. Just bad.

— Do awards shows really need a DJ? Apparently. Qwestlove didn’t get to do much but he’s always fun.

–Didn’t see “La La Land” and don’t plan to, but “Moonlight” sure as heck looks amazing. And I can’t wait to see “Fences” as soon as I can.

— Seriously, bring back Amy and Tina next year. And every year from now on.

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**Finally today, that was one shitty NFL wild-card weekend, eh? Four games, and not really a great game among ’em. Hell, there wasn’t even a good game among them, although Giants-Packers was at least compelling for 2.5 quarters.

This happens fairly frequently on wild-card weekend; sometimes the matchups just aren’t good. Still, we should have at least two good games next weekend. Couple thoughts on the slop that took place Saturday and Sunday…

— The Dallas Cowboys are the happiest team in the world this morning, since the Giants, the only team that’s beaten Jerry Jones’ boys all year when they were playing all their regulars, are not coming to Texas next weekend to try to beat Dallas a third time. The boys from New Jersey played a miserable game Sunday, although part of that was because Aaron Rodgers played superhuman quarterback for the final three quarters.

I still don’t think the Cowboys are making the Super Bowl with a rookie QB and a rookie running back, but their road got a lot easier with the Giants losing.

— I feel really badly for the Raiders, of all teams. They were having a sensational, dream-like season for 14 games, going 11-3 and looking like a real title threat.

Then their star quarterback, Derek Carr gets hurt, and they don’t win again and they’re forced to play a kid making his first-ever NFL start (Connor Cook) in a road playoff game. No way that goes well.

— I think the chances of Donald Trump coming out of the closet as a gay man on Jan. 20 are greater than the chances of the Houston Texans going into New England next week and beating the Patriots. I’m just sayin.’

— The two “good” games I see next week are the NFC contests: I guess the Steelers could upset Kansas City, but I just don’t think Pittsburgh’s D is all that great this year. But I think the road teams are very frisky next week in the NFC. Seattle looked very solid and have all kinds of playoff experience, and the Matt Ryan-led Falcons certainly have a choking history in the playoffs.

And the Packers, winners of seven in a row, with a QB playing out of his mind, absolutely could steal that game in Dallas. Rodgers is on a different plane right now, just totally locked in.

And really, who doesn’t want to see Jerry Jones unhappy?

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The despicable Lane Kiffin strikes again. And a “Despicable Me” review

Once a schmuck, always a schmuck.

Lane Kiffin is proving once again what a total scumbag he is, as the new head football coach at USC has royally pissed off a very prominent alumna.

Here’s the deal: When a college program wants to hire a coach from the NFL, he always, always, always, talks to the head coach of that pro team, to let them know that he’ll be talking to a member of the pro staff.
Ninety nine times out of 100, this contact is approved. Generally, it’s because a pro assistant coach is getting a better opportunity at the college level. Kiffin knows this, having worked both as a pro and college head coach.
Yet he decided last week to piss off Tennesee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, going behind his back and hiring Titans running backs coach Kennedy Pola to be the new USC offensive coordinator.
A week before NFL Training camp starts.
So now the Titans are actually suing USC over Pola’s hiring, saying the Trojans “maliciously” swiped the coach against the rules and that Pola violated his own contract.

Good for the Titans. Kiffin is a clown.  Forget for a moment the stupidity of Kiffin for angering Fisher, a well-liked and well-connected USC alum, right off the bat in your first year. But to steal a coach a week before training camp, and then play innocent about it, is just disgusting.
My feelings about Kiffin’s past behavior is here, and Sports Illustrated offered an excellent portrait of his jerkiness here in 2009.

**So I took my 5-year-old nephew to see “Despicable Me” at the theaters last week. He liked it a lot, though it was hard to tell what he was saying sometimes with so much candy in his mouth (hey, I’m a good uncle, I know candy at the movies is crucial).

I’d heard the movie was fantastic. My opinion: It was pretty good, but by no means as good as “Toy Story 3.” Steve Carell was amusing as the voice of Dr. Gru, the evil genius who plots to steal the moon, all while adopting three little girls. The 3D in the movie seemed pretty unnecessary; there were only a a couple of scenes where it really made things better.
As usual there were a couple of jokes that only adults would’ve gotten, which is fine by me; hey, we’re the ones paying for the movie. The storyline moved along pretty well, and there were some great, touching moments toward the end.
But it just didn’t blow me away, and some of the plot just stunk. I’d say 2 1/2 stars. I think my nephew would give it 3 stars, while the AirHeads candy he consumed voraciously gets 4 stars, easy.

The delightfulness of “Glee”

gleeSo about a minute after I saw the premiere episode of the new Fox show “Glee,” a question popped into my head:
How the hell did this ever get on network TV?
I’ve argued before that there are hardly any interesting shows on the broadcast networks anymore; everything is so safe and watered down and sanitized, for the general masses.
So how in the name of John Phillip Sousa did a show about a high school glee club and their oddball teacher get on Fox?
“Glee” is awesome. It’s subversive and funny and sarcastic and possibly brilliant, though after only three episodes I’m a little hesitant to call it brilliant.
If you haven’t seen it, the first three episodes are on Hulu.com linked here, and I highly recommend it.
Basically, it’s about a very-low-on-the-coolness-totem-pole high school glee club, and their struggle to gain acceptance and deal with each other.
  There’s Rachel, the way overachieving lead female singer, who reminds me a little of Tracy Flick from “Election.”  Rachel’s  got a crush on the best guy singer, Finn, who happens to also be the football quarterback but really, he just wants to sing Journey.
  There’s also a loud African-American in the glee club, a kid in a wheelchair (who sadly gets locked in a port a potty in one episode; I told you it was a little subversive), and a teacher, Mr. Schuster, who was once a glee club star and yearns to see the McKinley High group reach its past glory.
 
Of course, there are problems, starting with the hilarious Jane Lynch (she was Steve Carell’s boss in “40-year-old Virgin.”) She’s the coach of the “Cheerios,” the cheerleading squad at the school, and of course she hates Glee. There’s also Quinn, the cute blonde cheerleader who’s the president of the Chastity Club at the school (also Finn’s girlfriend; now do you see why he’s frustrated and needs to sing?).

I won’t give away anything except to say that the pilot was supremely awesome, and the next two episodes have been great, too.
I’m reluctant to give my heart to this show because most brilliant stuff on TV gets cancelled; America can’t handle intelligent programming, sadly.
  So even though I’m sure “Glee” will be cancelled within a year, I say definitely check it out.

And oh yeah, the kid in the wheelchair makes it out of the port-o-potty OK. Just didn’t want you to worry.

**I’m getting frighteningly confident about the Jets this weekend. I know they’ll just break my heart, but it’s Patriots week, so I’m even more fired up than usual.

**Tim Stauffer update: My old friend from Saratoga Springs continues to pitch well for the Padres; he took a loss Friday night but his ERA is still 3.51, pretty damn good for a pitcher these days. Great to see Tim doing so well.