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Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night: more porn for liberals


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It's basically The West Wing set in a daily sports news show instead of in the white house. I'm not really into sports, especially american sports, but I still like it. So will YOU. So long as you're a liberal.

I've seen the first three episodes so far, and I'm liking it. Every episode has a great monologue that gets my juices flowing, episode three had the best one so far about a characters experience in hunting.

Ignore the canned laughter, apparently the network insisted on it and it gets phased out throughout the first season. I don't even remember hearing any in episode three, actually.

[Fun fact: I have Joshua Malina (Jeremy in Sports Night, Will Bailey in West Wing) as a facebook friend. He's pretty cool (and yes it IS him). Although I think his slapstick comedy persona in the first two episodes of Sports Night were a bit weird.]

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Looks good, will give it a try.

In the meantime, there's always season 8 of the West Wing currently showing on C-SPAN, CNN, BBC and all over the internet. Previously on The West Wing: Obama retakes the oath of office because the chief justice fluffed a line at the inauguration. Did the chief justice do it on purpose because Obama opposed his appointment? Is Obama actually president at all?

Damn, that Sorkin really knows how to come up with entertaining plotlines.

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"We shot a deer. In the woods near Lake Mattatuck on the second day. There was a special vest they had me wear so that they could distinguish me from things they wanted to shoot, and I was pretty grateful for that.

Almost the whole day had gone by, and we hadn't gotten anything. Eddie was getting frustrated and Bob Shoemaker was getting embarrassed. My camera guy needed to re-load so I told everybody to take a ten minute break. There was a stream nearby and I walked over with this care-package Natalie made me. I sat down and when I looked up I saw three of them; small, bigger, biggest. Recognizable to any species on the face of the planet as a child, a mother and a father.

Now, the trick in shooting deer is you gotta get 'em out in the open. And it's tough with deer, 'cause these are clever, cagey animals with an intuitive sense of danger. You know what you have to do to get a deer out in the open? You hold out a twinkie. That animal clopped up to me like we were at a party. She seemed to be pretty interested in the twinkie, so I gave it to her. Looking back, she'd have been better off if I'd given her the damn vest. And Bob kind of screamed at me in whisper, "Move away!" The camera had been re-loaded and it looked like the day wasn't gonna be a washout after all.

So I backed away, a couple of steps at a time, and I closed my eyes when I heard the shot. Look, I know these are animals, and they don't play bridge and go to the prom, but you can't tell me that the little one didn't know who his mother was. That's gotta mean something.

And later, at the hospital, Bob Shoemaker was telling me about the nobility and tradition of hunting and how it related to the native American Indians. And I nodded and I said that was interesting while I was thinking about what a load of crap it was. Hunting was part of Indian culture. It was food and it was clothes and it was shelter. They sang and danced and offered prayers to the gods for a successful hunt so that they could survive just one more unimaginably brutal winter. The things they had to kill held the highest place of respect for them, and to kill for fun was a sin. And they knew the gods wouldn't be so generous next time. What we did wasn't food and it wasn't shelter and it sure wasn't sports. It was just mean."

Oh and:

[reflecting upon the wording used on a formal invitation]

Casey McCall: "October the Eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Eight, A.D." A.D... They're worried I might accidentally show up 2, 000 years before the birth of Christ.

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