October 16th, 2011

TV

Chance Harbor seems to be teen pregnancy capital of the US

I'm catching up on The Secret Circle and the most confusing thing about the show is how all all six kids on the show have parents who had them as teenagers and this is apparently not noteworthy. ;) All the kids had at least one parent die in the same fire, and the news article says that "local teens" were the victims. Are there a lot of quaint seaside towns where everyone has kids as teenagers? Uhh, besides Gloucester? :P

I also got spoiled on a main character death by Googling the show. :( Not from clicking through anything, but in the actual subject title in the search results. Boo. The show is pretty interesting overall, even though I don't particularly like any of the characters. The mythology has a lot of elements that appeal to me: mystical powers that pass through hereditary lines, mysterious catastrophic historical events, demonic possession. I wonder what happens to the circle now, though.

Enjoyed the second episode of American Horror Story, although I missed the little disjoint images they'd insert quickly in scenes, like Tate saying "helter skelter". The opening credits are awesome, very Nine Inch Nails-like.
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49ers

Coach protocol?

Has anyone watched both the US and UK versions of Prime Suspect? How are they similar and how are they different?

Man, this was the first time I watched a 49ers game and actually got nervous! To the point of being shaky, even. Even with a minute left to play, I still didn't feel safe because I know that Calvin Johnson is that long bomb threat. This team has so changed so much. They certainly made mistakes (Alex Smith's interception, tons of penalties, especially false starts) but they just bounced back and kept playing when in previous years they would get demoralized. It could have all just gone downhill given that the Lions forced a fumble on the 49ers very first play.

The defense was so good. They forced a ton of three and outs and I thought the red zone defense was great. Patrick Willis continues to be the best player on the team IMO, and Crabtree is starting to make some big receptions. I was concerned after watching the Lions tear it up last week, but the defense did really well.

Alex had a quieter game and he did have that fumble and interception, but he also made that crucial play with the game on the line. 4th and goal and he makes the pass to Delanie Walker for the winning touchdown (just barely). I've never seen him make the pivotal play to win a game in a meaningful game before.

At the end of the game, Harbaugh gave the Lions coach an overly exuberant handshake and back slap. It looked a bit off to me when I saw it, but then the Lions coach chased Harbaugh down and then players thought something was happening and got involved and then other players got involved, and it looked like a fight almost broke out. Going to have to go with what Dungy (I think) said about Harbaugh possibly doing some wrong, but not warranting the reaction he got.

The 49ers are 5-1. They actually look like a good team. I don't really know what to do with myself. I wasn't in the US when they had their dynasty and I wasn't even watching sports when they were still pretty good. They've always been the sad sack 49ers to me. It's been satisfying to watch all of the high draft picks over the years develop into great players, though. :)
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