A writer from Gawker went “undercover,” at the Wing Bowl this year and not surprisingly the resulting article was far from glowing. I don’t know how you can give favorable coverage to a wing-eating contest, but the real trouble is the crowd. The homogenous meatheads who chant to see topless women, hurl trash, beer and slurs all over the place–that’s the real problem. It’s a crowd that fits right in with Philly’s negative stereotypes. And, as a member of the Philly area I’ve got to say it’s not the easiest behavior to defend. Some people, though, think Philly’s reputation is forever gone, so might as well embrace things like the Wing Bowl. We’re slovenly, drunken, and willing to pack an arena to watch people eat wings–deal with it. Should Philly try to rein in the Wing Bowl a little bit, or is this our fate?
Slow play on the golf course might be the ultimate 1st world problem as the tweeters would say. Really, can it be that bad? You’re golfing. But, it’s one of those things that is hard to explain. I think a lot of golfers would be more offended by someone pulling up and telling them they’re holding up the whole golf course than if they were told they suck at golf. That’s just the way it is. I am a fast player (an actual fast player, everyone THINKS they’re fast), but there are times if I’m in a foursome on a weekend or something and there is a twosome pushing us from behind that I really get pissed off about it. Again, I don’t even know why. People lose their minds over slow play all the time, and it results in way more fights than you’d think. I’ve seen a few. Recently a guy ended up getting stabbed in the leg with a broken golf shaft after a slow play altercation. Is someone eventually going to be killed over slow play? I’m honestly not sure.
So, everyone is obsessed with Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. Just as long as we can agree it’s mostly because he’s of Taiwanese descent and partially because he went to Harvard? The guy has played significant minutes in two NBA games and put up 25 and 28 points. This is impressive and the Knicks I’m sure are hoping they have a player, but the only reason I know about him–someone who doesn’t pay much attention to the NBA–is because he isn’t black. None of this “Linsanity” stuff is happening after two games if he looks like the majority of the players in the NBA. He’s not on Grantland yet, he’s not on the front page of SI–nothing. It’s the Woodhead factor. I guess I’m OK with this? I don’t know.
Robert Downey Jr. named his son, “Exton.” Big shout out to Exton Beverage, Exton Mall, Exton Pizza Hut lunch buffet, RIP Exton Denny’s. Does that about cover it? The kid could be named after Exton, PA as far as I know–it’d make as much sense as anything else. Celebrities continue to give their kids odd names. I think it’s mostly because they can’t imagine themselves having a normal child. So, they feel it needs a “special” name because they are special. My top five baby names if I was famous…