When I thought about Andrew Luck going to the Panthers I felt kind of how I did when the Clippers won the Blake Griffin lottery. Carolina doesn’t have the embarrassing history, but with reports claiming they were looking to cut costs during their rebuilding process it didn’t seem like a great place for Luck to land. It’s not a great market either, but in the NFL you can overcome that to a certain extent. Whether Luck c0uld have overcome the stench in Carolina…well we won’t know that, at least for now. Carolina could easily go 1-15 next season whenever that takes place.
The decision also ends speculation of the Harbaugh/Luck package deal. This is again just for this year, but there was a lot of speculation about Harbaugh ending up in Denver or San Fran and then that team would mortgage everything to get the number one pick, take Luck and completely start over. It made for a nice story, I guess, and Luck could change his mind, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen. With the uncertain labor situation, there is a little bit of risk for any underclassmen leaving college, and barring injury it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Luck hinders his draft prospects. Anyway, this is good news for all those teams that accidentally won 5 games this year. You have another shot!
Here’s a totally unrelated question: Is Steve Carell still funny? Or, why can’t Steve Carell get a funny project? I had the misfortune of watching “Dinner for Schmucks” last night, and what a dreadful experience that was. The movie got terrible reviews. It was one of those movies that you catch a preview and you think it is going to be good. Hey look, Paul Rudd! Steve Carell! The Wolf Pack guy! Then the movie comes out and it’s total radio silence. No one says they saw it, no one tells you it was good, and you basically forget all about it until you see it on the Red Box machine at the grocery store.
Now, I don’t pay a ton of attention to reviews. Actually, that isn’t true. I usually know how a movie has been reviewed, but I don’t factor it much into the decision. I watch a lot of movies and there are enough occasions where I am entertained by poorly reviewed flicks for me to keep taking chances. I assume it will at least be watchable. I don’t have the absolute highest standards. But, Dinner for Schmucks was atrocious. And, it checked in at almost two hours. It made me think, what has Steve Carell done for me lately? Aside from The Office in syndication?
I think we can all agree that The Office has become, at best, hit and miss. I still watch it, but I can’t remember the last great episode. And, Michael has become almost an extraneous character on his way out, and I don’t care about his thing with Holly. So, he’s leaving the Office. Let’s take a look at his recent movies:
- Dinner for Schmucks
- Date Night
- Get Smart
- Evan Almighty
- Dan in Real Life
Hmmm…not exactly a murderer’s row. Dan in Real Life is decent. It’s ok. But, that’s the oldest one on the list. I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing Get Smart, but I think I know the idea. Carell’s an awkward idiot? I just can’t believe we’ve gotten here from the Glory Days of ’06 when The Office was kicking and Carell was in 40-year old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, etc. I’m also brining this up, because according to IMDB Carell has a ton of movies in development. So, obviously his ability to get roles hasn’t diminished, but how many more stink bombs are we going to have to sit through?