Daily Dirt for Thursday, April 14, 2022
I can practically guarantee you’ll say “what?!” at least five times when considering the first of today’s three thoughts… Welcome to Vol. 258 of the Daily Dirt.
1. The other day I came across a list of the most overrated shows in modern television history.
This stuff always intrigues me, and for the most part all of this effort has at least some merit, but for the life of me, I can’t understand what the folks at newarena.com had in mind when they put together their list. list constitutes their top 10 “most overrated shows”. The attached comments are from yours truly:
- 1. “The Big Bang Theory”: Seriously? Admittedly, by the end of the series, the jokes had become a little boring and predictable, but for a decade it was truly hilarious programming.
- 2. “Friends”: The complaint: “It was about six twenty-something white haircuts relying on tired old cadences for a laugh.” The Reality: The show featured six main characters who connected with audiences for most of its 10 years. How could anyone not like Phoebe?
- 3. “The Walking Dead”: I’ll agree with one element expressed in dissing one of my all-time favorite shows – sometimes the storylines tended to take forever to come full circle. That aside, what other sight can you sit back and wait and KNOW that at some point in the next 60 minutes there will be a devastation of human flesh, courtesy of gross zombies?
- 4. “The X-Files”: To be honest, I never watched that show much, but I liked to say “Mulder and Scully”.
- 5. “Grey’s Anatomy”: I’ve tried to watch – and love – this program over the years, but it was so boring…so, yeah, here’s the first pick I’m okay with.
- 6. “How I Met Your Mom”: Do two. This show has always been terrible.
- 7. “Mad Men”: I always thought it was an extremely well done program. This is another show newarena.com feels the storylines took too long to develop. Hey, newarena.com, if we like characters, we don’t care how long it takes them to make a point.
- 8. “Girls”: I have never seen an episode, nor do I foresee such an adventure. I didn’t even know this show existed. Someone named Lena Durham was a main character. Yawn …
- 9. “Boardwalk Empire”: Another series that I always felt was a hidden gem, which, yes, ran about 1 1/2 seasons too long on HBO. But the first seasons, set in the 1920s and 1930s, were excellent in theme, action, and character development. Steve Busciemi was worthy of an Emmy.
- 10. “Everybody Loves Raymond”: How could anyone say this comedy was overrated in any way? Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle were dynamic contributors.
2. The inaugural NBA play-in tournament taking place this week should be considered a major success. It has the feel of a high school post-season event. I think the format should be expanded for next season, going from four to eight teams.
3. Here we go, the first expanded ranking of large plates of the year – our top 20 license plates found in west-central Illinois and northeastern Missouri:
- 1. (1.) YADI LUV: Yadier Molina’s net worth is $45 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.
- 2. (2.) GOL D LOX: I just found out this week that there’s a pro wrestler named Goldy Locks.
- 3. (3.) TAXED: Illinois now levies the highest state and local tax rates in the nation on residents, costing each household $9,488 — or more than 15% of its annual income — in 2022, according to illinoispolicy.org. This tax burden is almost 39% more per year than the national average.
- 4. (4.) GO SING: The largest choir ever made up of 121,440 people and was staged in Perungalathur, Chennai, India on January 30, 2011.
- 5. (-) SIR LAW: My favorite TV lawyer of all time was probably Harvey Specter on “Suits.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Denny Crane would like a word, sir. JRG)
- 6. (5.) PAT PAT 1: My favorite athlete is called Pat? Probably former basketball player Pat Riley, who, of course, also became a rather successful NBA coach.
- 7. (6.) BASIS: The most basic haircuts include the buzz cut, the crew cut and the taper cut. Each cut is short and simple to style, but “looks masculine and attractive on most face shapes,” according to thetrendspotter.net.
- 8. (-) A-BAUM: Retired professional wrestler Bryan Clark once used the nickname Adam Bomb.
- 9. (-) ALOHA 37: The last post-season Aloha Bowl football game was in 2000.
- 10. (8.) EVIL: The nicknames of twenty NCAA Division I football teams are something of a cat. And a villain, I’m sure.
- 11. (9.) QUINCY: Jack Klugman starred in “Quincy,” an NBC-TV series from 1976 to 1983.
- 12. (10.) TACO: I actually got to know the owner of these plates and surprisingly he’s not a big fan of Mexican food.
- 13. (12.) CAL GAL: The last Californian to be named Miss America was Debra Maffett in 1983.
- 14. (13.) PAL GAL: Would a boyfriend be a significant other, or just a good friend?
- 15. (-) CAN CAN 2: The power of positive thinking. After all, it’s not CAN’T CAN’T 2.
- 16. (11.) PINK: Do you remember Pinky Tuscadero?
- 17. (14.) OH DEER 4: Surprisingly, California has the fewest registered deer hunters of any US state.
- 18. (15.) OHH TAY 1: Buckwheat was the Little Rascal character credited with coming up with this phrase.
- 19. (16.) U OF GA: The Georgia football team ranked No. 2 in the first ESPN college football rankings, behind Ohio State and ahead of Alabama and Michigan.
- 20-tie. (-)ABC: A return to the rankings. (I’ve seen these plates twice in the last week and I’m impressed again!)
- 20-tie. (-) COBB: Ty or Corn?
- 20-tie.(18) (-) NERD 3: The first documented appearance of the word “nerd” came from the name of a creature in Dr. Seuss’ book “If I Ran the Zoo (1950)”.
Ranking #1: YADI LUV (8 weeks), GOL D LOX (2 weeks).
Steve thought about the day — Steve is convinced of the potential of a new sitcom called “Everybody Loves Steve”.
Steve Eightinger writes daily for Muddy River News. If they ever create a sit-com about license plates, he’ll be in heaven.