Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why I Didn't Like Girls

This past Sunday, HBO debuted a new show, created by, produced by, written by, directed by, and starring Lena Dunham.

TV Critics didn't like it. They loved it. And loved it. And loved it. And loved it some more. (That was five overflowingly positive reviews. There are many, many, many more.)

I watched Girls yesterday.

I thought it was fine. I didn't hate it. I certainly didn't think it was anything spectacular.

I expect at some point I will watch another episode, but I also won't be waiting to find it online on Monday. Let alone watch it instead of Mad Men next Sunday at 10:30 (although at least part of that is because I don't have HBO).

I didn't dislike it because I couldn't relate. I'm a 23 year old living in Brooklyn Heights who still depends on his parents for many things.

I didn't dislike it because all four girls were white. I really have no problem with this. The lack of diversity on television is a real problem, but not in the lack of mixed groups of friends. That's pretty realistic. Especially for Hannah and her friends, an insulated all white group seems pretty logical.

I didn't dislike it because I think Hannah should "stop complaining and just get a job already" as some have said. I went to law school exactly to avoid this job market. I get it.

I disliked it because I didn't like it. The same reason I don't like a majority of the shows on television.

It wasn't for me. I didn't enjoy it. Not my show.

And as far as I'm concerned, that's a fine enough reason.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 MLB Predictions

As a reminder, last year my 2 World Series teams both failed to make the postseason, although I correctly chose the NL MVP.

1. Phillies
2. Marlins
3. Nationals
4. Braves
5. Mets

1. Reds
2. Cardinals*
3. Brewers
4. Pirates
5. Cubs
6. Astros

1. Giants
2. Diamondbacks*
3. Rockies
4. Dodgers
5. Padres


Cardinals over Diamondbacks
Reds over Phillies
Giants over Cardinals
Reds over Giants

MVP: Joey Votto, Reds
Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
Rookie of the Year: Drew Pomeranz, Rockies
Manager of the Year: Bruce Bochy, Giants

Batting Average: Joey Votto, Reds
Homeruns: Joey Votto, Reds
RBI: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Stolen Bases: Michael Bourn, Braves
Wins: Mat Latos, Reds
ERA: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
Strikeouts: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Saves: Brian Wilson, Giants
1. Rays
2. Yankees*
3. Red Sox
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

1. Tigers
2. Royals
3. Indians
4. Twins
5. White Sox

1. Rangers
2. Angels*
3. Athletics
4. Mariners


Angels over Yankees
Rangers over Angels
Rays over Tigers
Rays over Rangers

MVP: Evan Longoria, Rays
Cy Young: David Price, Rays
Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish, Rangers
Manager of the Year: Ned Yost, Royals

Batting Average: Evan Longoria, Rays
Homeruns: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
RBI: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Stolen Bases: Brett Gardner, Yankees
Wins: David Price, Rays
ERA: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
Strikeouts: Justin Verlander, Tigers
Saves: Mariano Rivera, Yankees

World Series
Rays over Reds
World Series MVP
Ben Zobrist, Rays

Managers Fired During/After Season
Fredi Gonzalez, Braves
Brad Mills, Astros
Don Mattingly, Dodgers
Eric Wedge, Mariners