Friday, April 22, 2016

Quick Hits -- Limited Ticket Nexus



(1)  One hundred percent with Craig "Junior" Miller:  The Chuck thread of "Better Call Saul" is a thrashing of a high order.  Show screeches to a complete stop when Michael McKean appears on the screen, not necessarily because of Michael McKean himself, but because the thread is not interesting.  The electromagnetic-sensitivity mental illness element is tacked on, gratuitous, and slows a slow story even more.

In fact  .  .  .  while I love both "Bad" and "Saul," those shows can both be very, very slow.  

(2)  I attended an employer-sponsored seminar on how an optimistic outlook can improve health.  I noted that this popular notion got started with a famous journalist named Norman Cousins, who was diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness.  He rented a bunch of Marx Brothers movies and other things he thought would make him laugh, locked himself up somewhere, and laughed himself back to health.  I tried to remember details about this and when I looked it up, I found that the disease from which he suffered was:

Ankylosing spondylitis.

(3)  All hosts on all Ticket shows should immediately and permanently abandon all lines of diarrhea humor.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Respectfully disagree with yours (and Junior's) opinion of the Chuck McGill storyline on "Better Call Saul." Jimmy is who he is - and probably becomes Saul Goodman eventually - in large part because of his relationship with his brother.

Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture expresses a lot of what I feel about the character in this recent article:

http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/better-call-saul-chuck-breaking-bad-skyler.html

Anonymous said...

Quick Hit: Along with other analytical roles that Corby should quit is Legal Analyst. Remember when the Dallas city council decided to deny the pr0n expo the use of the convention center? Corby's Legal Analysis was VEHEMENT that the city would lose its shirt in the ensuing lawsuit.

Turns out, Corby Davidson is less successful than Lionel Hutz in his predictive skills, as the purveyors of filth got drummed out of court today:

http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2016/04/federal-judge-says-dallas-was-within-its-rights-to-ban-exxxotica-sex-expo-from-convention-center.html/

Stick with Yuk Monkey schtick, Cobra. When it comes to discussions about Country Music and how to serve breadsticks, we're amused. Leave the real issues to the adults.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, David Bowie. Prince is going to be Corby's most admired dead musician for awhile.

Anonymous said...

The Jake is Hosting Drinking Game!
-You know
-Yeah, no/No, yeah
-I'm just saying
-I mean
-Clean version of a cuss word (eff, for example) instead of choosing an actual clean word

You are responsible for your own alcohol-poisoning death playing this game.

I dig Jake when he has to answer to Bob and share airtime with an elder with analytical skins, but young padawan still needs some seasoning when holding any reins.

Anonymous said...

Totally disagree. The Chuck/Jimmy relationship is fascinating. Better Call Saul has exceeded expectations. I will never doubt Vince Gilligan again.

Hope you Jake defenders heard his idiotic comments just now regarding the plant. Not expected much sympathy here in TX given how little regard most residents have for the environment but his opinion that we should drain the planet of all natural resources is spoken like a true self centered person that can't see past their own existence.

Still can't understand how Corby receives so much hate on this site but the most selfish individual in the history of the little ticket gets a free pass.

Moment of silence for Prince!!

Anonymous said...

I think The porn expo just lost the injunction. They can still sue the county and win money right? Essentially the county paying exotica to not use the convention center. I hardly think that is being "drummed out of court"

The Plainsman said...

Technically correct, 401. However, this was the denial of a preliminary injunction, so Judge Fitzwater's decision (one of our better federal judges, I am given to understand) meant, given the standards involved in such motions, that he had determined that Exxxotica is unlikely to prevail on its claims in the lawsuit. Lawsuits like that can continue to trial and result in a verdict for plaintiff, but frequently the denial of an injunction at the outset douses plaintiffs' appetite to pursue the matter further.

But, as I say, you're right that to date, Exxxotica has not been "drummed out of court."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing that up. The article didn't quite make clear what the future of the lawsuit was.

And when you're gone I can run through the house screamin' said...

"here in TX given how little regard most residents have for the environment " Where ya from, bud or budette?

As compared to where else, Mr. or Ms. Sources. Yeah, where are you getting this? Texas, princess, is numero uno in the country in wind and hydro power. Didja know that?

I've been all around this great nation of ours, and the trashiest highways, dirtiest cities and highways ain't here, pal. Not even by a long shot. NoCal, Western Penna, Delaware, Louisiana, and New Mexico and I can go on, are way worse. Oh, and this isn't the only state that fracks, and fracks in and near cities/towns/etc, not by a long shot.

blergoyen said...

A certain confessor sub-group has done a good job of turning me against TC. I still don't dislike him as much as I abhor corky, but every time I hear TC pipe in with a worthless opinion on BaD, I can hear Gordon say, "Uh hey, TC? I think you left your mic on. You might want to go ahead and turn it off there buddy." He seems to have a bug up his arse about Evil, I mean EXXXOTICA vs the City of Dallas. When a caller dialed in today to shed some light on the sitch, echoing Plainsman's detail above, TC replied with, "Well the lawyer for the plaintiff disagrees with you." (or somesuch). Really TC? That's how you win debates??? I firmly oppose violence against middle-aged lesbians, but TC is really wearin' me thin.

BTW, that was a nice little 15min flashback of The Rant at the end of The Musers this morning. It cracks me up to think Rant callers still lurk out there and are ready and willing to clog up The Ticket's phone lines with that weird Rant vernacular and subject matter.

Shaggy said...

You can thank TC for The Rant clip

Shaggy said...

Sorry, I haven't listened yet...I was assuming they played an actual clip, but you may have meant they just recreated it.

But as they said in BaD, TC is the ticket's beat historian and has tons of old rant shows that he has made available.

Shaggy said...

Jeez, what a mess. Just kill me.



No funeral.

Anonymous said...

Prob is, blergoyen, is that you're dealing with the "oh me so pragmatic, me stats/data you long time" generation. They apply this attitude/jargon-laden-cum-pseudo-cum-not so psuedo in the sense that this is what academia has become-academia/think-group-speak and its comfy cozy faux lawyer-ese 'tude and language to all that comes into their purview.

Bottom line: Annoying twats and twits filled puffed up with participation trophies, "no, seriously, you can be ANYTHING you want to be because YOU are a GENIUS" cant, and a hose connected to the mouth from birth that spews, continuously, right down the pipe "we are the ones YOU have been waiting on."

Hence, "From an early age, I called my parents by their first names. Why wouldn't I? In what way do they have primacy over my own autonomous self?" We're all Kantians now, eh, T.C.? Ya twat and twit. Same to ya, Jake and the Sean "Half Laugh Because I Can't Articulate My Thoughts" Bass.

blergoyen said...

I don't know why the others left early, but I assumed Gordo was the only Muser left with about 15min to go yesterday and he decided to take calls. That's when it sounded like the Rant. Maybe I missed it when they said it was a replay.

Shaggy said...

No you were correct. I was just dumb.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this will clear the air a little.

What you are reading are not anti-Corby rants. The Ticket got to where it is as much on the talent of the yuck monkeys as on the talent of the show hosts. Socially conscious Corby was not part of his yuck monkey package,and since his core beliefs seem to be a moving target he runs the risk of sounding hypocritical at times.

Greggo was certainly opinionated on social and political issues, but you knew exactly where he was coming from and you knew he didn't care who approved or who didn't. Also, Greggo's small town values combined with some OCD was humorous and endearing.

I think Corby is using his bully pulpit to gain favor with his family or his circle of friends. Or maybe to redeem himself from his frat boy past. And it makes for bad radio. Yuck monkey wasted. One of Mike's few missteps, IMO.

But of course the ratings tell me I'm wrong. I can live with that.

Jake Kemp said...

I have never called my parents by their first names.

Anonymous said...

Talking about TC, not you, Jake.

Anonymous said...

To me, when Jake takes a hard line on space (which I agree with mostly) or using up all the resources, he is doing a bit. A quite funny one at that. I assume Jake is not in favor of oil spills or lead in drinking water. Some just have such an irrational hatred for IJB, anything they say is going to be nit picked to death. To IJB I say, keep doing what you do playboys and chase that money okay.

Anonymous said...

I'm genuinely perplexed how anyone can defend TC at this point. Jake has obvious talent, but can rub people the wrong way. Every Ticket varsity member has that quality about them.

Anonymous said...

TC has his place, but I still don't understand how he got his job back after the Pensacola experiment.

Anonymous said...

At a bar on Cedar Springs with his partner?

slinky said...

Hate to change subject, but did anyone catch Don Lemon on CNN after Prince death? Remember the white dude that mistook Samuel Jackson for Laurence Fishburne? Well, ol Don [a brother btw] has Ron Esley on his show. So, here's Don doing an over the phone interview with Ron...[somewhat paraphrasing but you'll get the gist] "Of course we're all upset about the passing of a legend; can you tell us about your dealings with Prince. You guys all played together about the same time" Ron responds with "Well, now we predated Prince by about 20 years, but yeah, he was a great musician and influence..yada, yada,..yada" Then Don comes back with "Well, I know you guys had your hit with "You Dropped a Bomb On Me" about the same time, so..." At this time, I assume Ron realized this guy had no idea who he was and did a great, classy job of just going with the bit. But in the future, I hope the producer does a better job, especially on CNN, of informing the on air talent. If Don had been a white guy, we'd never heard the end of it.

The Plainsman said...

Slink, did you mean Ron Isley?

slinky said...

Yes I did! Yes I did....lol!

slinky said...

....and shame on me, since I own about 3 of their albums...

Anonymous said...

I doubt anyone noticed and I doubt it will end up on the E-brake this week, but I am pretty sure that T.C. called the Chicago hockey team the Black Sock-ems in his 2:50 ticker.

MeatyBob said...

I like Jake's stories about his dad. I feel better about my own parenting performance when I hear them. That CiCis story, Jesus.

Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight. Mike Rhyner spends every single Saturday night playing Tom Petty cover songs at a local bar? Like, every Saturday night? What a beat down that has to be.

Anonymous said...

@12:44, I'm sure Mike really enjoys doing that. I would imagine he is well off enough that he wouldn't do it if he didn't really like it.

Shaggy said...

Yeah it would really suck to engage in a hobby you really enjoy EVERY WEEK!

What you're in a rec sports league and you play a game every week?! What a beat down!

You play golf every Sunday?! Hate to have your life!

Boo! said...

I love the ticket with all of my radio lovin' heart, but holy crap that brake commercial on the stream is about to make me throw myself out a window. The brakes squeal in the commercial!!! Next they'll be doing nails on a chalkboard and that weird noise that is made when you scrape a fork on top of a plate!

Anywho...I've enjoyed Jake on with Dan, and we get to hear Machine!

Nonononever said...

Damn, I missed the super-casual Machine on BAD?? I missed M+M this past Saturday and didn't get my quota of shortened words. Dang me.

Anonymous said...

I kinda believe that the reason Mike disappears during Corby and Danny's political give and take is that he doesn't want to alienate potential clients for his little band.

Ed said...

@652 or his take is the opposite of theirs, and thus he simply wants to avoid on-air confrontation. Not to mention the fact that, in the current media climate, taking anything but the politically correct line can be career suicide...

Anonymous said...

When it comes to political or social commentary, I already know EVERY hosts thoughts and opinions on ALL issues and I'd rather not. I don't listen to the little one for any reason other than to be entertained and sports thoughts and opinions.

Did anyone else cringe when BaD was interviewing E. Smith and Tony asked him if he would show him a "dancing w/the stars" move!?! There is something seriously wrong for a fifty something year old guy and his UNHEALTHY obsession with DWS. I'm sorry...it's not normal.

Anonymous said...

How is Tony's obsession with DWTS "unhealthy"? How is it any different than Bob's obsession with the NFL or The Premier League for crying out loud, or Junior's obsession with cycling? Both could tell you anything you wanted to know about the sport including Bob's Super Bowl trick, and both have spent money and traveled internationally to attend games or events. Is it just because dancing is not considered machismo?

Anonymous said...

Although I never watched DWTS, I'm OK with the DWTS obsession. It's a cute parlor trick - just not sports related. Gordon is obsessed with typewriters and vacuum cleaners, among other things. And it all makes the air because it's part of what makes the Ticket the Ticket. Or would you rather that they take calls about the NFL draft?

Chris K said...

I am an attorney and feel confident that the city will lose this case. Exxxotica was requesting that the court require Dallas to allow the convention preemptively before trial and the court chose not to. The judge in this case is extremely conservative so it's not surprising he ruled that way. Ultimately his ruling only serves to drag out this litigation longer costing tax payers more in legal fees. I think we are up in the $250,000 - $500,000 range already.

blergoyen said...

I wouldn't cry if Exotica picks another permanent place due to it's geographic convenience and cheap lodging. The bill for helping them make that decision may not be much more than the Mayor Rawling's penchant for Chateau Haut-Brion.

Fake Norm speaking in "backward-tracking" to the fake Goose was pretty awesome today.

Anonymous said...

listening to the Junes tear apart Jack Emp opinion that the Mavs should max out Chandler Parsons is so wonderful. more evidence that Jack isn't nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

The Plainsman said...

Chris K: I'm willing to concede your expertise in legal matters and I haven't read the entire decision, but I think Exxxotica is finished, at least at the trial court level. Maybe they have a breach of contract action left? But, pending a reversal on appeal, they're not going to get anywhere in the trial court with their fundamental argument -- Fitzwater has said that the City's decision was permissible, and that is the end of that (again, unless Exxxotica invests in an appeal that succeeds, or the cancellation by the city breached some contract or caused a third party (Convention Authority?) to breach it).

Shaggy said...

Well there's certainly no doubt who watches every minute of every Mavs game and probably a whole lot more NBA than the other guy. I'd trust Jake's opinion on all things Mavs/NBA/cap issues way before anything Craig had to say.

Anonymous said...

10:08. I wouldn't go that far but it is weird. As a female p1 I can tell you that me and my G/F's are attracted to more manly and macho (not cocky) guys. Also, chivalry isn't dead yet.

Anonymous said...

Shaggy, Junes has been more right than wrong over the years about the Mavs. In the early 00's, he kept preaching that they'd never win until they started playing defense (in the face of the Nellie-ball supporters), and that proved to be true. He said they should have kept Chandler after '11, and that proved to be correct...Cuban never attracted the big fish and they've been a playoff disaster since. And, I'm with him now in that if our two highest paid players for the next four years are Chandler and Mathews, we will be mediocre at best.

Boo! said...

@12:56 @Shaggy

I'm in the max out boat with Jake based almost entirely in this new cap world that the NBA will live in. Players with Parsons skill set/level will be getting max out deals from now on, its the new normal. I don't think Junior's thinking takes the new cap into account.

I make this statement based on Science based research

Boo! said...

*My ending statement should have said "Research based Science"

debased said...

The girl's voice that does the "Local Ticket" ad and some other spots is nails on a chalkboard. My random complaint of the day.

East Texas P1 said...

debased - I totally disagree. She has the voice of a girl I had a crush on in high school years ago. Wish someone had insight on who she is, a pic would be nice

The Plainsman said...

What other ads does she do? Maybe I can find out who she is.

Hope to have a new article up later, possibly late tonight/tomorrow.

debased said...

I'm guessing she's one of the ticket chicks?

Gunther said...

Pman, why was my post deleted yesterday? It was a most benign post agreeing with Junior's take on Parsons.

The Plainsman said...

CONFIDENTIAL TO VALUED CONFESSOR GUNTHER: I don't know where your post went, but I did not delete it. Did it show up and then disappear? I know I didn't delete it because I haven't deleted a post for a week or so, and it's a multi-step process so I wouldn't have done it by accident.

Retrieving your comment from email notification. Here is Gunther's comment:

"Agree 12:56. I trust Junior's take far more than Jake's. For the record, I'm not a Jake-hater but I am a Craig-homer. He's seldom wrong in cases such as this and I'm certain he has researched it ad infinitum."

Sorry, Gunther. Blogger has its flaws. Plainsman

Gunther said...

Haha, ok, thanks. Just wanted to confirm it wasn't deleted for content. Yes, it actually did post to the board.

Shaggy said...

Yeah weird. I can confirm that I saw that post also. Misguided as it was.

j/k (mostly)