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October 17, 2012

Morning News: What Did You Watch Last Night?

Filed under: Featured,General — Jeremiah Johnson @ 3:41 am

I had an unusually busy night Tuesday, so you’re getting a mildly abbreviated edition of the morning news. From what I can tell, it was a night loaded with interesting viewing options–options that I’ll quickly run down, counting on you to fill in the blanks in the comments below.

First off, I’m assuming at least some of you–perhaps many–watched the Tigers firmly place their collective boot on the throat of the Yankees, winning Game 3 of the ALCS by a 2-1 score. New York is down 3-0, and the postseason hopes of Yankees fans are shattering like so many Derek Jeter ankles. Factor in the missing bats of Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, and there looks to be little hope for New York (I know–what a bummer). I didn’t get to see any of the game, not even the highlights. It sounds like Justin Verlander wasn’t at his absolute best, he was still good enough to shut down the Yankees. Tune in tomorrow to see the likely end of the ALCS and the Yankees’ season.

Oh, and go Giants!

Others of you may have tuned into the Presidential Debate. Aside from the few minutes of replay I’ve seen while I write this, I don’t really have a sense of how it went. I did see the moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, step in to help Obama at one point–which seems like a pretty severe violation of her job description, but since when do fairness, integrity, and honesty have a place in a political debate? The town hall format for the debate seems a little goofy to me, making the whole affair a vaguely polite argument with semi-engaged bystanders. Did you watch it? What did you think? And for my fellow non-viewers out there, here’s the AP recap.

I suppose it’s possible some of you skipped both of those options and rewatched Felix Baumgartner’s historic, record-breaking free fall/sky dive from the edges of the stratosphere. I know some of you could spend hours watching Youtube footage of the BASE jump to end all BASE jumps. I already have.

Or maybe you were transfixed by the sight of Christopher Walken cooking a meal of chicken with pears?

Finally, there was the viewing option I chose–the premiere of another season of one of my favorite shows, Chasing Classic Cars. If you’re at all into classic cars, car restoration, or simply car culture, this is the show for you. Chasing Classic Cars follows the life and work of one of America’s foremost car experts and restorers, Wayne Carini. Wayne specializes in Ferraris, but his encyclopedic expertise covers most makes and models you can think of. Whether you’re an expert in your own right, or an enthusiastic semi-novice like me, Wayne’s vast knowledge and his affable attitude make each episode a delight, regardless of what kinds of cars are featured. But don’t take my word for it–check out the video archive on the show’s webpage. And then click over to have a look at his company, F40 Motorsports. The dude knows his stuff.

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  • http://davemoresi.webs.com/ CubbieDude

    For the first time in a long time, I watched a presidential “debate” (“live infomercial” is more like it).  After a few minutes I couldn’t take the sniping and bickering, so I turned off the sound and followed along on a few live blogs.  That was fun.

  • Doug S.

    I watched an episode of Lost starring the NY Yankees. Season finale goes tonight.

  • BLPCTB

    I watched part of the comedy show Barry and Moron. It’s too bad that the series finale is election day, because this is a great comedy. Better than that stuff on tv with the canned laughter.

  • BLPCTB

    Wouldn’t that be the series finale?

  • Eddie Von White

    I own a 1936 Chevrolet Standard Sedan all original. It was my wife’s grandfather’s car. We bought it off his estate. We drive it in parades and take it to car shows and joy rides. I enjoy the show you mention. That Wayne guy is very short.

  • Seymour Butts

    I watched the last 3 inings of” the yankees lose”, then netflix.
    NCIS did not record as it was preempted by Dumb and Dumber.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Would you say…I have a plethora of pinatas?
    Si El Guapo!!

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Go Giants.  Go Cubs.   

  • Josephine

    “the postseason hopes of Yankees fans are shattering like so many Derek Jeter ankles.”

    ^Ouch.  True, but ouch.

    I watched the ALCS game last night.  It was awesome.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    VERY short. Almost Hobbit-like.

  • Buddy

    “A little song. A little dance. Batman’s head on a lance.”

  • Seymour Butts

    So I see Mark Grace is Available……

  • Buddy

     Just don’t get in his car.

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