June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
by Greg Theoharis
I’ve never held much truck with what commentators so prosaically like to call ‘bragging rights’. They’re transitory. And despite having the chance to lord it over colleagues and friends of your vanquished rivals the day after the night before, you always know that such bravado can be erased from the football supporter’s consciousness the next time your teams meet. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 13, 2011 § 1 Comment
by William Abbs
In episode 1F18 of The Simpsons, “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song,” Bart’s dog escapes at school during show-and-tell and Principal Skinner is sacked because of the ensuing chaos. Having terrorised his headmaster for such a long time, Bart expects to feel happy at this turn of events. Instead, racked with guilt at the consequences of his actions and missing the competition that his rival offered, Bart tries to get Skinner his job back. With her brother confused by his emotions, Lisa offers him an explanation:
I think you need Skinner, Bart. Everybody needs a nemesis. Sherlock Holmes had his Professor Moriarty, Mountain Dew has its Mellow Yellow, even Maggie has that baby with the one eyebrow.