Friday, January 16, 2009

Scattershot thoughts: Hayden Fry, Andy Fales is a god, and Meeting Alex Gordon.


  • Nice to see what a forward-thinking pioneer Hayden Fry was. HBO's excellent documentary, "Breaking the Huddle", shows interviews with Fry on his highly controversial decision to recruit an African-American football player at SMU. Jerry LeVias proved Fry's faith right in every way, but LeVias remains bitter and angry about the racism he faced on the football field.
  • Fascinating to learn in that documentary that Bear Bryant wanted to integrate Alabama's football team long before most would accept it. Bryant eventually scheduled USC, with several black stars, to play in Tuscaloosa. The Bear knew what he was doing. USC routed the Crimson Tide in their own backyard, and black players soon arrived at Alabama.
  • Any baseball writers who didn't vote Rickey Henderson into the Hall of Fame should lose their privilege. There are always a few voters who think they're bigger than the game. Imagine the knuckleheads who didn't vote for Hank Aaron or Stan Musial---to name two.
  • Good to see the "Andy Fales is a god" Facebook group has tripled its membership since a mention on SoundOff. Andy is embarrassed by the attention, and I suppose being called a god would make anyone this side of Rickey Henderson a little apprehensive. Meantime, the Facebook group, "Keith Murphy brushes his teeth daily" remains at only one member. (Thank you, Mom.)
  • Anyone else suspect that at least a few companies are laying people off because they know they can get rid of people they want to right now without taking a PR hit?
  • Carl Weathers just turned 61! How can Apollo Creed be in his 60's? "That was cool".
  • Jenny and I went shopping for Cade's 8th birthday at the Jordan Creek Mall (sorry, "Town Center") during a blizzard Monday. Except for the life-endangering drive, I highly recommend it. It was empty. We walked into Scheel's and 27 different employees offered us help.
  • Now that I have a reliable DVR, and HD, I'm attempting to watch "24" on a weekly basis. Not sure I can do it. I've watched all the previous seasons the way they were intended: late at night when the kids are in bed during one sleepless week. It's better that way.
  • "Friday Night Lights" returns! Can't wait. Ratings show at least 1,000 other Americans feel the same way.
  • I'm back watching "American Idol". My wife isn't interested until they get through the painful audition phase. It does get repetitive, but it's fascinating to see so many people who think they can sing, who absolutely cannot. We all know people like that. Some of our friends even take the mike on Karaoke night and go Celine Dion or George Michael on us. They just don't hear what we hear.
  • Isn't it amazing the way music can jolt you to a time and place faster than anything. I was getting out of the shower this morning listening to 95KGGO and the Cars "Just What I Needed" came on. Suddenly I was back in 8th grade wondering if any girl would ever kiss me while I had braces. If you're out there Kristi Brandt, thank you!
  • I'm on a roll for seeing good movies. I took Andy to see "Frost/Nixon" for Andy's 38th birthday. It's a great movie. Michael Sheen is perfect as David Frost, and Frank Langella transforms into Richard Nixon. Props to Ron Howard for making a riveting movie about a television interview. A
  • We took the kids to see "Marley & Me", though I learned it's really not a movie for young children. It's rated PG but most of the story is about the adults' relationship. It's the kind of movie where the actors never age and their hairstyles stay the same over a 15 year period. I liked it more than I expected, but Jenny (Murphy, not Aniston) is still upset. She loves dogs and cried her face off. To quote Jenny upon exiting, "I thought we were seeing Air Bud, not Old Yeller". The kids instantly forgot the movie. They weren't engaged. B
  • One more: "Gran Torino". If you love Clint Eastwood, as I do, it's a must see. I found it highly entertaining, though Eastwood's decision to use non-actors in some key roles threatens to make the movie feel like a high school play at times. It's Eastwood's show, and he's at his cranky, intimidating best. Erin Kiernan also saw Gran Torino and Erin said, "I feel like I already saw the movie when I watched the preview." Excellent observation. You know what you're getting going in (except the ending). My dad will love this, though unfortunately he'll struggle to hear Clint's grunting dialogue. B+
  • When you're a little boy (or girl) who loves sports, sometimes you pick out a favorite baseball player for reasons you can't explain. For me, it was Johnny Bench. I was in awe of the Reds' catcher. I only answered to "Johnny Bench" for an entire summer, and my parents still kept me around. My son Cade met his favorite player at the Jordan Creek Hy-Vee Thursday. The Royals Caravan came through town, and Cade's mom took him to meet Alex Gordon. Now when I met Bench at spring training, I couldn't speak, smile, or blink. It appears Cade has more composure than his old man.
  • This is a Podolak free post. If you're interested, my thoughts on Ed can be found below.

As always, thank you for your time.
Keith

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

This season of Friday Night Lights just ended this week on DirecTV and it was great. I highly recommend it.

coffee said...

in Gran Torino Eastwood used his outward crankiness to come across as tough and yet also heroic at the same time, well done i'd say

Anonymous said...

Did you know they used 472 Gran Torinos in the making of Gran Torino. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

My 5 year old likes to be called Yadier Molina!

shane - marshalltown said...

Apollo Creed is 61?? Don't take it so hard Keith, he's still younger than Evander Holyfield...Damn shame what Drago did to him though...damn shame...

While we're at it, Cade is 8 now? Don't you think it's time that you and his mom sat him down and explained something to him that might break his heart? That the Royals aren't really a major league team...

Hawkeyemkn said...

Sucks Friday Night Lights wasn't on NBC for those of us that don't have DirecTV.

Can't wait to see Gran Torino.

At least Cade's team has won a series in most of our lifetimes. I saw a Cubs jacket at Pro-Image at Valley West and on the back is the Cubs Logo and "2-Time World Champion" with the 07 & 08 World Series Patches...1907 & 1908. How many Cub fans are going to buy that after 2003 and Bartman or this past year.

Kirk Diggler said...

Congrats to Kurt Warner, absolute future Hall of Famer. First QB to lead two different teams to a Super Bowl as a starter.
Pretty good for a former Hy Vee stockboy.

Kirk Diggler said...

My bad, Craig Morton did it too. I swear I double checked it, but alas I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

So Murphy, am I goin to have to record 3 hours to get your stupid show tonight, or will it go air on time? And I still don't know how long the show is supposed to be. Seems like it changes every week.

Anonymous said...

Hey Murph - Happy Birthday to Cade! My son is also 8 today, our families were in the hospital at the same time with the babies. My husband was so funny - he came back in my room with a funny grin on his face and said, "Keith Murphy is out there! We had a kid at the same time as he did!" I won't forget that one. Thanks!! Brandy

Hawksrawk said...

Hey Andy, you have some Kansas City connections, who are the Chiefs going to hire as their coach? I was hoping they would hire Ferents ao the Hawks could go get Gruden.
What are you guys hearing?

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with sports, but I am watching coverage of the inauguration and one thing is for sure: If Obama can't deliver on his promises at least no one can say he wasn't convincing when describing what he is going to do for the country!

Anonymous said...

Change, change change!!!! Does anybody have any change???

Anonymous said...

If you dont Obama will take some from those of us who do and give it to you!

Anonymous said...

Well it's about time! Can I finally pay the rent?

Yes We Can!

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! When did Sting morph into Joe Cocker?

Anonymous said...

472 Gran Torinos......that's funny, I don't care who you are!

Anonymous said...

Git-r-done.....

travis said...

All hail the return of Friday Night Lights. No other show can pull me in emotionally like FNL. I thought the season premier was great last week and I look forward to tonight's show!

Anonymous said...

What is it with you people and Friday Night Lights? You sound like a 5 year old who goes into a complete hypnotic daze when Dora the Explorer comes on. Grow a pair guys.

Anonymous said...

I watched FNL tonight, it was pretty great. They should make a movie out of that show.

Anonymous said...

Andy Fales is a god? Oh man, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Anonymous said...

Seeing Shawn Johnson on the show last night pegged my uncomfortable meter. She's a gamer, but she looked like she wated to be anywhere else then on the set. I felt so bad for her I had to turn it off.

Anonymous said...

I think she was just overwhelmed by Keith and Andy's awesomeness.

Anonymous said...

Is there a countdown clock to when Shawn Johnson turns 18, like there was with the Olsen twins?

darkship said...

I had the chance to meet Gordon as well! Nice guy if a bit tired. I was two people behind your son in line and didn't even know it! Gordon showing up was a great surprise and I know the Royals took a publicty photo of him too! Nice job on wearing the jersey