Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Karandish Watch- The End Of The Road

Sadly, Dave was let go by Martha Stewart after this week's show (the 6th week). I have to say that he acted with integrity throughout the show (unlike a number of his competitors); David worked himself to the limit on each task, didn't insult or blame others, and he refused to lie in the boardroom to get ahead. He represented himself (and my high school, FHC) admirably out there.

Of course, I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to take the fall this week, when the Mark Burnett Editing Engine put its sights on David. The task was to arrange and auction off events with certain celebrities, and David stuck with taking notes while his teammates talked to the celebrities. (Merv Griffin made fun of David for silently typing notes on a laptop during the discussion, and the producers cued the dramatic music.) He was let go for 'not contributing enough', which was too bad.

But I don't think that this was David's one chance at success- he has a good career already in consulting for Web design. It was great to see him out there having fun and working hard, and I congratulate him on a successful and crazy summer.

(Now the only real reason to keep watching the show is to see how long the Dead Man Walking lasts- Jim has to be the only one unaware that Martha would be nuts to hire him. I bet the aforementioned Mark Burnett has just been begging Martha to keep Jim on each week, for the sake of ratings.)

P.S. I've been cheering for the White Sox over the last 3 seasons (you know, school on the South Side, the Cubs deserve their curse, etc.), so it's great to see them roll over Boston, Anaheim and Houston. Especially Houston.

The World Series games were exquisite, the most suspenseful four-game sweep you'll ever see. It had everything: late-inning comebacks, walk-off home runs, unlikely heroes (Geoff Blum), the electric (and wild) closer Billy Jenks, a 14-inning marathon where each team stranded multiple runners in extra innings, and finally a pitcher's duel of #4 starters that ended 1-0, the run scored in the eighth inning off of Houston's closer Brad Lidge, and a Series-ending play of milliseconds at first while the tying run crossed home.

The only predictable thing was the way that the commentary jinxed the action. The best timing of the Series was the play-by-play in Game 2, tied in the bottom of the ninth, Scott Podsednik at bat against Lidge. One announcer noted that Lidge's previous appearance was Game 5 of the NLCS, in which he gave up a massive game-winning home run to Albert Pujols.

Announcer 1: You think that Lidge might still have a bad taste in his mouth from that?
Announcer 2: Nah, I'm sure he's put it behind him.
Announcer 1: And it's a game-winning home run by Scott Podsednik!
Announcer 2: Maybe he hasn't put it behind him after all.

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