December 07, 2004

Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking

Or, if you've got nothing else to say, nitpick.

Brian Weatherson and I have had our disputes about what counts as West Coast, but the prize for Most Liberal Definition goes to the Brian Murphy correspondent who writes

I have personally attended games on the West Coast where Steeler fans were cheering louder than the fans at the following stadiums: Candlestick, San Diego, Arizona and, the latest crusher, Dallas. We went into Dallas and took over the stadium.

This is in the service of a good point--Steeler Nation exists if any Football Team Nation does--so I guess we'll count it as a useful falsehood.

Also, on this morning's bus ride, Transit Television Network offered the following cooking tip (approximately):

To avoid tears when cutting onions, pass it under running cold water several times while cutting.

Is this an example of booger anaphora, or do I get to count it as a mistake about agreement?

Posted by Matt Weiner at December 7, 2004 07:52 AM

That ESPN column also featured a complaint about people misusing "begging the question". Ah some good philosophy mixed in with complaining about football.

Posted by: Brian Weatherson at December 7, 2004 08:05 AM

Looks like an agreement error to me, though I do like picturing the chef with his or her head under a cold tap.

Transit Television Network? That's almost as bad as the piped-in medical information shows in my great aunt's doctor's waiting room.

Posted by: Rosanne at December 7, 2004 08:12 AM

True (to both comments). I should've quoted the "begging the question" bit, probably, but that would have meant accentuating the positive and gone against the spirit of this post.

In related news, I'm thinking of organizing a conference on philosophy and whining. Anyone have a talk to contribute? I guess I'll hold it in the Candidates' room at the APA Eastern, or just wherever I happen to be, passim.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at December 7, 2004 09:49 AM