I need to do some work this evening, so I’m going to do throw everything into one post:
- Reader Brendan is looking for a home for a cat he found! The cat is very cute and sounds well-socialized. If you live in the City of Brotherly Love, consider it if you can.
- A fashion question: how firm is the no seersucker after Labor Day rule? I am going to New York the Friday after Labor Day and would like to wear my seersucker jacket.
- Is Jon Gruden the worst announcer in NFL history?
Gruden’s bad, but Mike Rucker (former Carolina Panther) has to be worse…though whomever his partner is comes close to being worse. I can’t wait for national guys. Except Jim Nance. Can’t stand him.
Can Jon Gruden really be worse than Cris Collinsworth?
Raven (formerly stuckinred)
You puppies never heard Al DeRogatis. Gruden is fine, he knows the game and tell it like it is.
The no seersucker after Labor Day, (like the no straw hats and no wearing white) is pure social construction ignore it at will. Think of it this way. Labor Day dates to 1894. Straw hats, seersucker, and white predate that by a whole lot. If it is warm enough to wear seersucker, wear seersucker.
Big Baby DougJ
Much worse. Much.
Rush Limbaugh is the worst announcer in NFL history, bar none.
Joe Theismann maybe, after last season it’s hard to seperate their terribleness.
If I wore seersucker any time, my wife would send me to New York and tell me never to come back.
Just got a seersucker this summer for my birthday. Have a wedding Labor Day weekend and gonna wear it with impunity.
I’d say wear it, since anyone who knows that rule and enforces it is a douchebag.
And if you hit over something like that, do it open-handed. Trust me.
ETA: Rush Limbaugh.
Uhm, the only people I know who wear seersucker anything are lawyers of a certain age here in the South who love Matlock. Or you a lawyer and or you or have you ever been in love with Matlock?
Either way, if you feel good in it (and hopefully look good in it) then wear it whenever ya want!
Just please take a pic of yourself with Col Sanders glasses, and drinking a mint julep to finish the ensemble.
Big Baby DougJ
It’s come back in here in the northeast. I was at a wedding three weeks ago and lots of people were wearing it.
Amanda in the South Bay
Well, today’s my 32nd birthday. Not doing anything, alas, other than drinking diet coke and eating wheat thins. Its actually really depressing.
Seersucker? That sounds like a mythological creature rather than an article of clothing.
Everyone’s still trying to forget Dennis Miller’s stint on Monday Night Football.
The no seersucker after Labor Day, (like the no straw hats and no wearing white) is pure social construction ignore it at will.
Well, sure, but everything is social construction. That’s how we have a civilization in the first place. You can’t ignore social constructions because they’re social constructions — that way leads to anarchy.
I say no seersucker after Labor Day in the Northeast. I’m sorry, but we’re not savages. And I say this as someone who will himself forswear his seersucker suits, straw hats, white duck trousers and linen shirts in a week and a half with a heavy, heavy heart. But standards must be upheld.
(South of the Mason-Dixon line it’s another story, of course. Who know what goes on down there).
Matlock did not wear seersucker. He wore pincord.
Really, kids today. It’s like no one knows anything anymore….
@Cacti: @Cacti: Why???? Why did you have to bring back those long-suppressed memories?
I remember when ABC fired Dierdorf. Dumb, dumb, dumb. He’s now on CBS and does a creditable job.
I’ve not read this blog for awhile, but I figure at least some of you will understand.
About five weeks ago I learned my cat of 17 1/2 years, Nash, is dying. His heart and kidneys are going. Initial treatments bought some time, but he’s really fading now. He’s just old.
I knew he wasn’t going to be around forever, and in recent years I’d regularly tell myself this exact thing. But now that it’s here, I’m having an extraordinarily hard time dealing with this. I suppose part of it is about me. I found Nash at a shelter that was literally next door to my workplace. This was spring 1994. I was about to turn 30. I’d just moved into a cool old cat-friendly apartment in St. Paul, Minn., and despite the challenges it seemed like I had my whole life ahead of me.
Now I’m nearly closer to 50 than I am to 45. I’m alone. What little work I do, I do from home. Over the past few years I’ve lost friends and sabotaged my career due to my frustrations and anxieties. I can get by, but I definitely have financial issues. I guess from all this I’ve now realized that Nash is about the last thing I have to lose.
It’s just been such a comfort to get up every day and find him at his familiar perch at my computer. Relatively recently in his old age he decided my cable modem was teh awesomest heat source. Plus it gives him a clear view of the birds outside the window and/or sun coming through. Because he can’t/won’t eat, he’s been too feeble to sit on that table for the past few days. Today it finally occurred to me to put some old carpet strips on that table. I set Nash back up there with the new softer landing and it’s the most content he’s looked in a while now.
And, I’m crying. I can’t stop crying. I’ve cried several times a day for a week. I can’t handle this. I made an appointment to have him euthanized in the morning. I don’t know if I can go through with it. Maybe I’ll give him another day, another week. I don’t know.
And I don’t know what I’ll do without that cat…
If it’s warm enough to only need a light jacket — go for it and wear the searsucker.
@Amanda in the South Bay: Happy birthday, Amanda.
Miller was the worst NFL announcer ever, bar none.
Wierd thing about Gruden is that he does QB analysis leading up to the draft and he seems to know his shit (duh, former Coach); as for calling a game, well, he sucks. Only The Dennis saves him.
@Amanda in the South Bay: Diet coke and wheat thins? As the kids like to say, u r doing it wrong. :-)
Happy Birthday. 32 is a great age. I say make this one your best year ever!
announcers and clothing are personal preferences. I actually rate Gruden highly in his analysis of the pro game.
As to seersucker, In the south, probably not, in the north ????
@lamh34: good advice, and I encourage the whole ensemble idea.
uhm, okay, I posted a comment, and attempted to edit it, and i was told that my comment was considered spam…what gives?
I’d skip the seersucker, especially in New York, unless you’re trying for some kind of ironic hipster vibe.
@lamh34: and now the comment that I replied to has also disappeared. Am I in troubles with WP
I don’t listen to foosball, but can any of those named be as bad as baseball’s least favorite Memphian, Tim McCarver?
Saw the male half of a wedding party when I was in N’awlins the end of June. They all had matching searsucker suits. They looked incredibly cool and comfortable.
It was same weekend that same sex marriage passed in NY, told my gay friends that next summer we’re all going to Niagra Falls so they can get married and we’re all gonna wear searsucker suits!
I say go for it, Dougy!
@Big Baby DougJ:
Seersuckers aren’t big in my ‘hood. I don’t think I’ve seen a Black guy in person wearing seersucker outside of fashion mags like ever.
Having said that, I’m getting this image of seeing Idris Elba in a blue and white seersucker suit, and I can now see the appeal of a man wearing one.
Yes. I’d rather listen to 3+ hours of “Oooh, you suck my battlesh*%” (a Harold and Kumar reference) then be subjected to Miller again; McCarver is occasionally painful, but Miller was well into his descent of a) not being funny and not knowing and b) not knowing Football. Really bad combination.
I’d rather spend a day telephone booth with Cosell, Gruden, Kornheiser and Dierdorf all yammering at the same time, than spend one hour listening to Joe Theismann talking from the other end of a long room.
My ex-husband’s grandmother was, apparently, a big trendsetter in Chicago in the 1930’s [and, actually, she has the scrapbooks of newspaper clippings that back that up]. When she got older, she moved to Seattle to be close to where most of her family had decided to live.
I came to visit her one day in mid-September, wearing white slacks & white sandals. And apologized, since it was, after all, well after Labor Day.
Seattle weather being what it is, lightweight summer wear only gets worn – if at all – during August & September; the stuff I was wearing was literally years old and I’d only gotten to wear it maybe 2-3 times.
Madame Grandma Fashion Police’s response to my apology? “If it’s after Labor Day, don’t wear white if you’re boating and don’t wear it to church. Otherwise, dress for the weather.”
I’m assuming here that this advise also applies to seersucker.
Not very strict, but you’ll look pretty exuberant doing so. Try a nicely cut unconstructed cotton jacket instead?
Something like this?
Thoughtful Black Co-Citizen
@help: I’m really sorry to hear that. We’re around the same age and recently lost a cat to age + kidney failure. We kept hoping she’d go on her own in part because we couldn’t stand the thought of taking her to the vet. But then it looked like she’d drag on for weeks getting sicker and sicker. Fortunately we found a vet that made house calls. I really think it was a lot better for all of us and I’m not sure why more vets don’t offer this service. (I still can’t say we would have taken her in.)
It’s really weird being in a cat-free house after nearly 20 years and we know we’re going to get another cat(s), but right now we’re waiting.
Help @ 19 — I’m so sorry. I have an 18 year old cat who is on the downward glide path. He’s a wonderful cat and I will miss him very much. But he is still eating and drinking and content with his life, so it will be a while before I have to keep the promise we make our pets when we get them. We promise them that when the time comes, we will make sure the end is peaceful and painless. If your Nash has stopped eating, then he has told you it is time to keep that promise. Please don’t make him die of kidney failure or starvation. You will feel horrible when you take him to the vet tomorrow. You will feel worse if you don’t. And again, I’m so sorry.
I never heard of a “no seersucker after Labor Day” rule. Of course, I, personally, would not wear white shoes with it, no matter how good I thought I looked.
I don’t know what to tell you except that I’m so, so sorry. I’ve been through this more than once and every time it has just ripped my heart out. But keeping that appointment is the last loving thing you can do for Nash. Go ahead and cry as much as you want. Things will get better; time does heal.
@NineJean: Not quick enough to ETA — but keep in mind that I’ve spent my entire life on the west coast. Rules might be different here; I’d wear seersucker in February if the weather was right. Would apologize to nobody but Grandma; and know durn well that nobody else would even notice.
The seersucker will be fine as long as you wear a straw boater hat.
So sorry to hear that. Big big hugs.
I disagree. The Dorkster has gotten better in recent years, not spectacular but serviceable. I thought his time in the booth with Gifford and Michaels was atrocious. Michaels called a great game, Giffords hardly ever spoke and when he did sounded confused, and the Dorkster always reliably found a way to work the obvious into a situation: “It’s 4th down and they’re behind, if they don’t get 1st down right here you can bet they will not score.” (Yes he actually said something like that once).
The only time it is appropriate to wear seersucker is at occasions/temperatures when you feel it is appropriate to imbibe a mint julep.
Big Baby DougJ
I am so sorry to hear that.
No mentions of Pam Ward?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Gruden’s not terrible, he’s just so frigging annoying. Chirpy. You wanna punch him.
If you wear Docksiders and a bow tie and do the rumpled thing with your seersucker, you can pretend you’re a rich but clueless New Englander in town to visit your financial advisor.
Even Chick Hearn wasn’t Chick Hearn at the end.
@Svensker: That’ll do if you come from anywhere in the PNW, as well. OK, skip the Docksiders, wear jeans instead. Just say you came from Seattle, Portland, SF… The bow-tie is what makes it truly “dress-up”.
In DC, I observe the astronomical end of summer as the end of seersucker season.
No. No matter how hard he tries he will never crack the top two.
#2 Joe Theismann. No matter how demonstrably wrong an opinion, or how how conventional a bit of wisdom, Theismann could always find higher decibel levels to scream it.
#1 (and not remotely close for second place) Matt Millen. Millen came of age in the broadcast booth at that remarkable time of convergence when Madden was still a loudmouth and ESPN and FOX were scrambling for the 18-29 drunken male demographic. As a result he developed a persona that combined all the worst of these tendencies. The nadir came in (IIRC) a 1998-99 playoff game in which there was a controversial call and Millen literally threatened physical violence against the refs. Praise the Almighty Deity I don’t believe in that the pathetic Lions spirited him away and gave us an all too brief interlude of broadcast sanity.
@lamh34: The spam then delete thing happened to me too a few days ago — best I could tell a very aggressive FYWP response to “r1ngtone” spelled correctly. I suspect new functionality but that’s only because my delusions of grandeur aren’t developed enough to support paranoid tendencies.
True, and occasionally painful, but still pretty good.
That’s what makes Vin Scully such a treasure; as I recall it, Scully has appeared on the Dodger scoreboard live only twice, the last to announce the passing of John Wooden. Off the cuff and still amazingly brilliant (I forget what the other one time on the scoreboard was).
Bob In Pacifica
Gruden doesn’t bother me. You can’t get much worse than having a racist like Limbaugh doing the games, D. Miller was awful, Theismann was pretty awful. There was a stretch a few years ago where Sam Rosen seemed so enamored of Brett Favre that it was embarrassing.
Not a Dodger fan (can’t stand the bums in fact), but Vinny is a treasure. And you’re right, his Wooden announcement was poignant, dignified, lyrical–classic Scully.
Stefan at 15 is right that all is social construct. I was sloppy.
Let me be clearer. Rules of fashion have been constructed and imposed by the ancestors of our current Galtian overlords to help separate in easily visible ways who is rich enough and idle enough to keep up with changing trends, that must change so that the idle rich can show everyone that they have nothing better to do with their time than to keep up with changing styles and rich enough to buy new clothes every year, and who is so poor and busy working that they not only cannot keep up with trends they also could not afford a change of clothes even if they knew. In terms of mandating different clothes for different times of year, or different times of day, these were also used to sort out who could afford enough different types of clothes that they could observe artificial rules of when to wear which set of togs.
This is one of the first and classic examples of conspicuous consumption when Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase in his Theory of the Leisure Class.
So, Doug, wear your seersucker after Labor Day as a proud badge of sartorial economic boundary transgressing.
(Just be careful of Kathleen Turner. She may want to pull out your liver with a stick.)
Patricia Hearst says you can wear white after labor day.
@Amanda in the South Bay:
Happy Birthday! Woohoo! You go crazy with your Wheat Thins and Diet Coke!
@handy: Speaking of Vin Scully, there’s this new bit of idiocy from the Dodgers.
Damn you, adolphus!
someone hit me up about Small-y.
bfskwire at gmail dot com.
the old cat stories are killing me. there’s nothing quite as hard as saying goodbye to a beloved pet.
but not to be opportunistic, Small-y has years of life in him. I promise.
bfskwire AT gmail DOT com
Not a huge Dodgers fan, but I try to listen when Scully is doing the game; his stories are well worth the price of admission (listening to the Dodgers get the shit kicked out of them again).
Cool thing about Scully and Wooden; when 1 or the other moved to town (must have been Scully; Wooden would have been here first), they were neighbors. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during their talks…
@MikeJ: Here, here. Tim McCarver makes me want to do an Elvis on the TV his commentary is SO STUPID. I can’t believe he ever really played the game. And then I comfort myself that he was Bob Gibson’s bitch.
@help: Big hugs to you and your kitteh. Keep us updated. I just squeezed my boss cat after I read your post. He promptly bit me.
I’m so sorry about Nash. Sending many hugs your way. I don’t know if this helps at all, and may sound silly, but I’ve seen this happen to several people I know… Sometimes after you put a pet to sleep, they come and visit in your dreams. My Mom’s first dog still comes to her, and she’s pretty sure it’s her actual dog and not her subconscious because there’s a very unique feel to the dream. Everything is crisper and clearer. And the dog looks fabulous and happy, like he did when he was young.
Guess what I’m saying is that even when he’s gone, Nash will still be there with you. I know it still hurts like hell to let him go though, and I’m sorry.
Damn, I’m so old that I can remember Dizzy Dean and Peewee Reese covering games. Dizzy had a way with words.
Jethro: Consider me damned. But what did I do to you?
EDIT:Oh, I see. Never mind.
I’m just so sorry, and I doubt I have anything to say that will ease your grief and loneliness. But you’ve done right by Nash all these years, and you will again when he tells you (and he will) that This Is The Day. It’s one of the hardest things we do, and a whole lot of us B-J commentariat have been there and will be there, and we are all with you and hurting with you. How wonderful that you and Nash have had such a great 17+ years together. Do you have a photo of him that you could send to Anne Laurie so we can all admire him?
In my view, that rule should be cast in stone. No seersucker after Labor Day. Or before Labor Day, for that matter.
J. Michael Neal
@help: Don’t drive yourself to the appointment. Make sure someone else does, because you won’t be able to drive home. If nothing else, I’ll do it. Just contact me at eeyore1968 (at) comcast (dot) net.
I feel for you.
They ARE different on this side of the country. The sartorial expressions of people out here still make my head hurt. As a graduate of Arizona State, my personal hill to die on is logos. Don’t have a visibile logo on. Just don’t. I’m not impressed by that shit on the temples of your sunglasses. I just think you look like a douchebag. My coworkers wear flip-flops to work. I’m so horrified.
Big Baby DougJ
@J. Michael Neal:
You’re a good man, JMN.
@help: Hugs. Losing them just sucks so damn much. I’m keeping you in my thoughts, and we’re always here to lend a (digital) ear. More hugs.
@help: Oh honey. Our beasts are getting up there too and it doesn’t take much to send me into spirals of worry. Hang in there and cherish every moment.
Hi, I am so sorry to hear about Nash and your saddness. Like so many here, I have been in your shoes. It is a devastating time for any pet owner / lover. I hope you can be strong and do what is right for Nash. I think that means keeping the appointment tomorrow. If you have your health, that is incredibly important and also something to hold on to and build upon. And when you are ready, there will be another kitty out there to win your heart.
You’re just going to have to go through what what we’ve all gone through here – a lot of us more than once. It’s awful, and there’s no way other than to go through it. Then one day you’ll find that you’re more or less cried out, and your life is still going on, and you’re going to realize your heart has more room for something or someone else and you’ll find that being that needs you to love it. Rinse, repeat, until the end. Many blessings to you.
Probably late, but if you are going to a seaside or to a resort area, then seersucker would be okay, but not when you’re visiting New York in the autumn.
@help: Sorry about your loss. Sending you lots of positive energy.
J. Michael Neal
These are the moments that explain why I have more than one cat. If Eddie had been my only pet, I would have gone straight from the vet to the Humane Society.
Fortunately, Harry is quite the snuggler.
@Amanda in the South Bay: Happy (slightly belated) birthday!
What’s always gotten me through birthdays is remembering the times, back in my teens, when I realistically didn’t expect to have a 32nd, or 41st, or 55th birthday… as the mantra goes, It Gets Better, but sometimes it helps to remember how much It HAS Gotten Better, compared to the not-so-good-old-days…
The rule for seersucker is that it’s acceptable any time it’s too warm to wear wool. The only caveat is that you can only wear one seersucker item at a time unless you’re in a seersucker suit and are below the Mason-Dixon line and over 60.
You can trust my expertise on the seersucker question because I am wearing seersucker right now – green checked seersucker rather than the traditional blue stripe. Sharp!
@FoxinSocks: Yes, great comment, that has happened to me as well – not a dream per se, but a feeling/sensation. About 3 years ago I took my Callie-cat in to have her euthanized (old age, kidney failure). Not long after that, I started having experiences where I KNEW that I felt her jumping up on my lap when I was lying on the sofa or in bed. Her presence was really strong.
@help, I’m so sorry for your sweet kitty Nash. Just remember that you helped him to live a great life. Take care.
@help: Just read your story and I am hoping it’s not too late for you to see this.
Our own WereBear has a wonderful cat blog with lots of information that might help you. I, sadly, found it a few days too late, just after I lost my sweet kitty, and I so wish I had found it earlier.
You might start with How to know when it’s time. Then, if you go to halfway down the web page, on the right you will see the word “Series”, and there are links to a set of related articles that would be really helpful.
I am so sorry you and your kitty have to go through this. It’s heartbreaking. I cried every day for nearly 4 months, and then I knew it just had to stop. I went to the humane society, just to dip my toe in the water, and was surprised to find two kitties that were siblings. I waited 3 days to bring them home, and as i was leaving with the kitties, I cried, and i asked the woman at the counter “but what if I can’t LOVE them?”.
Quiver was my first kitty, and my kitty soulmate. I will always love him, but I do love these new guys with all my heart.
It will take a while, but in time you’ll be okay. I promise.
A friend got ahold of Dierdorf’s phone number back in college, via a roommate who worked for the college radio l station and had his number for an interview, and prank called him in the middle of the night, expressed doubt as to his sexual orientation, and in general told him how much he sucked.
Due to climate change, the seersucker rule has been amended. You may now wear it with or without impunity (your choice) until the day before Halloween. It’s one a them adaptation things.
Happy birthday, Amanda! Being 32 is excellent. For your birthday, I wish that you should have no dreams about the dreaded Sucker of Seers, and don’t let the spacebugs bite.
Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal
gruden can be a bit over the top with his bro-love for quarterbacks, but as a coach, he would keep 5 on his roster so some of that is legit.
first his network had both kornheiser and theisman so he is an improvement.
then you have truly awful guys like bryan gumbel.
and the worst are some of the college guys like brennamen and lundquist, the way they bought into, and sold the legend of the dalai honkey, tim tebow, makes gruden fairly decent.
collinsworth is a bit of a choad, but mostly i like it when the announcers fade into the background noise.
As to post Labor Day fashion and NY.
Wait to see if Irene hits and with what force.
You may need to dress in your “best” canoe paddling garb.
Re NFL announcers:
Logic suggest there MUST be a “best” who I cannot begin to identify.
I do know that ALL the rest are tied for worst.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
I am so sorry about Nash. I agree you should have someone drive you to the appointment, and also have that person manage the payment process at the vet, as you will also be in no condition to cope with that portion of the visit. Sending you good thoughts.
And happy belated birthday, Amanda.
My graduate adviser passed along advice he received from his adviser. It was advice about teaching, but it applies to life in general: “always check your fly and never wear seersucker”. Words to live by.
If he isn’t, it’s only because he hasn’t unseated Boomer Esiason.
Jon Gruden isn’t anywhere near as bad as Randy Cross or Bill Maas.
I utterly LOATHE the man who first used the word “trickeration” while commentating. I want to find him and throw pencils at him until he catches one with his eye.
i wear seersucker shirts all year long.
i give not two shits for the rules of fashion.
Big Baby DougJ
One of my rules is never take fashion advice from an academic.
@efgoldman: Not that Rush doesn’t suck, but wasn’t he just reading some special prepared (scripted) pieces as the “voice of the fan”? (Correct me if I misremember.)
Imagine how badly he could have embarrassed himself if he actually engaged in banter, did “color” to a play-by-play announcer, or anything extemporaneous.
He had to come up with that crap about McNabb ahead of time, like Bachmann going to Concord NH. It’s an exponentially worse kind of fail.
Paul in KY
@help: Get another one. He’ll understand. Mourn him when he passes, but bring a new one into your life. Please adopt from pound, if possible.
Paul in KY
@Dennis SGMM: Dizzy was one of a kind!
Jon Gruden’s not the worst current announcer. He actually talks about schemes and plays every now and then. He may be the worst interviewer, however. Last year ESPN had him doing interviews with players before Monday Night Football I believe. He spent this time asking tough questions such as where Dwight Freeney got his sack celebration routine from. Cris Collinsworth is a worse announcer, though.
No discussion about horrible NFL announcers is complete without mentioning Fred “the Hammer” Williamson’s mercifully brief stint on “MNF” in 1974. (IIRC, he only got to do a couple preseason games before ABC gave him the hook.)
MikeJ, I share your dislike of Tim McCarver, but he’s downright listenable compared with the guy ESPN subjected us to for 20 years: Joe Morgan.
@help: Are you around tonight? Just wondering how you are doing.
@help: You will need to get another cat. Not that day, or week, but after a while you will know it’s time.
We have 2 elderly cats, one pushing 20 (!) who needs steps deployed to allow him to get onto the bed. Both of these guys have thyroid problems which require a daily dose of oral liquid medication.
We also have 3 young (3) cats, who are fully aware that they are junior to the old guys. We got them so the old guys could train them in being a cat in our household.
Some nights when Rufus, the oldest red cat, sits on my chest after we go to bed, I cry too. I’ll miss him a lot, and I’m already working on it pretty hard.