October 30, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?: Perhaps through the use of the Sports Machine, George F. Will references English common law, epidemiology, and the plays of Alan Bennett while sadly entreating the kids to put their bats down and get off his lawn. At least they weren't wearing denim.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:51 PM - 5 comments

Great post! I thought that was actually Mike Schmidt for a moment.

One of the things I love about Men in Blazers is that they unearthed the George Michael Sports Machine sign for their show.

posted by rcade at 08:52 PM on October 30

Perhaps Will can find a strapping young lad, preferably white, who religiously recognizes and follows baseballs unwritten rules to pry that enormous stick out of his ass.

But I dug the Sports Machine clip. Great post, Mookie!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:20 PM on October 31

Late on Sunday nights, I waited for the drag racing segments on the Sports Machine. George would not show a racer on his program unless he lost control of his rig when he came off the line and it turned into a fiery runaway land rocket.

George would calmly narrate the segment while all hell was breaking loose and then end it by mentioning that the unfortunate driver had "devastated his equipment".

That became a catch phrase for a period of time.

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 PM on October 31

I just watched the Sports Machine clip embedded in the article that rcade linked to.

"Obviously, King Hussein is in the control room".

Thought I was going to go myocardial when he said that.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 PM on October 31

King Hussein is in the control room

I was wondering why I had never seen nor even heard of the George Michael Sports Machine. I watched the clip that rcade linked and used the clues contained in the block about Red Sox vs Jays to date the piece. Turns out it was in the early 1990s, and I was in Egypt. King Hussein was no longer in the control room there, having been supplanted some years earlier by a "socialist democracy". From 1986 through 1994 I don't think I spent more than a total of 1 1/2 years in the USA. It appears I have missed much.

posted by Howard_T at 11:04 PM on October 31

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