April 28, 2005

Dave Johnson is a disgruntled Flyer fan: - who also writes for McSweeney's. Another guffaw-ridden look at sports from the greatest website in the known universe.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey to hockey at 04:40 PM - 11 comments

For the record, McSweeney's was the "greatest website in the known universe" for 15 minutes back before you people ever heard of it.

posted by yerfatma at 07:48 PM on April 28, 2005

For the record - just because its been linked to twice in the last few days doesn't mean one hasn't heard of it.... For years.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:41 AM on April 29, 2005

Oh, I know. I'm just saying it stopped being the best somewhere around the time Dave Eggers fell deeply in love with his own reflection. Also, I was joking.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on April 29, 2005

Hey Weedy, bet you're heart-broken to see Vince and the Nets going down the drain. Apologies for subject changing.

posted by mayerkyl at 10:01 AM on April 29, 2005

Actually, mayerkyl its funny watching the coverage here in Toronto - they blast Vince all the time, saying he had a bad game yesterday (bad playoffs in general), and then proceeding to show all his missed jump shots (except the one that went in to force double OT). Then you check the box score and he was 1 board away from a triple double. It's embarrassing. And yerfatma. Oh, my mistake - and I agree; Eggers is in danger of becoming that which he mocks on a regular basis.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:09 PM on April 29, 2005

Was Eggers ever funny/entertaining?? I read that first book of his, and wanted my life back. Everything I've read of his on McSweeny's is less than inspiring. He has a blunt and churlish sense of humor which is usually lucky to get a titter out of me. But then wit in NYC is more of a contest to see who can get in three pop-culture references and one obscure reference to a playwright into a discussion of Hairstyles. As far as this goes, not being a big Flyers(?) fan, I'm not even all that sure who he's talking about. I guess it's like Buckner/Boston humor... Only funny if it involved you.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 03:42 PM on April 29, 2005

Ah yes, I remember laughing about Bill Buckner for years. No wait, that was crying.

posted by yerfatma at 05:14 PM on April 29, 2005

Oh, come on, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was entertaining, and you genuinely liked it before it got all hyped up. I know you did.

posted by Samsonov14 at 01:14 PM on May 01, 2005

Sorry Sam, I read it before all the hype, and was non-plussed. Felt like he was wallowing in his childhood in this narcissicistic Philip Roth kind of way without good pacing or tremendous wit. For the record, I also read "She's come undone" before it was an Oprah selection, and hated it too. I can recommend Sophie's World by Gaardener, A Brief history of nearly everything by Bryson, and anything by Dashiel Hammett.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 10:30 AM on May 02, 2005

No, yes and yes. Sophie's World fell apart once the twist happened. Previous to that it was a fairly elementary primer on philosophy, but YMMV.

posted by yerfatma at 01:58 PM on May 02, 2005

Oh stop arguing. And Eggers is not without humor and talent. This post is turning into a talkback on another website. Plus, everyone's taste is deeply inferior to mine.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:57 PM on May 02, 2005

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