Friday, April 15, 2011

You Want Funny?

TigerBlog doesn't understand why people think Will Ferrell is funny.

TB never saw "Anchorman," which seems to be the movie most of his fans like the most. He has seen enough of Ferrell to think that all he does is overact and whine, and where's the humor in that?

You want funny? John Cleese on "Cheers," though you may want to skip ahead to the 4:00 mark.

More funny? John Belushi in "Animal House."

Even more? Rodney in Caddyshack.

And another: Bugs in "Racketeer Rabbit."

Will Ferrell? Nope. TB doesn't get it.

TigerBlog thought "The Office" was hilarious for its first four or five seasons. Since then, it hasn't even been funny.

Still, TB has watched it out of habit, or because of a hope that it would go back to what made it funny in the first place.

And with each passing episode, it became less and less likely that that would be the case. Now, with Will Ferrell on the show, it's probable that TB will finally be giving up on it.

Certainly last night's episode lacked anything in the way of quality humor, so let's just say that the new boss didn't make a good first impression.

You want to know who'd be great on "The Office" as the new boss? Peter Farrell, Princeton's women's track and field coach. Or maybe water polo coach Luis Nicolao.

Those two have great natural comedic ability, and both would dominate that show, or really any other show they'd be on.

Instead, they went into coaching, and both will be competing this weekend, along with a bunch of their contemporaries.

In fact, from today through Sunday, Princeton teams will be competing in 29 separate contests. Almost all of these events are on the road - with some roads much longer than others.

Women's track and field will compete in three different states, with the team split among meets in Florida, California and Pennsylvania. The men's team will be competing in the Florida event.

Nicolao and his water polo team will be at Maryland to take on the Terrapins and Brown in the regular-season finales.

Men's lacrosse is on the road, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to take on Dartmouth in the second game of a doubleheader that begins with Syracuse and Providence.

There will be Princeton crews rowing in Ithaca, New Haven and Washington, D.C. There will be baseball and softball in Philadelphia. There will be volleyball in Virginia.

There are some events at home.

The women's lacrosse team, off a loss to No. 1 Maryland, hosts Harvard tomorrow at 1; a win gets Princeton into the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament.

There is rowing at home, with the men's heavyweights against Harvard and MIT for the Compton Cup.

The men's volleyball team hosts Sacred Heart tomorrow after its match tonight at George Mason.

And of course, there's tennis. The women are home Sunday against Cornell, after playing today at Columbia.

For the men, it's the opposite, a match at home this afternoon (2) against Columbia, followed by the showdown Sunday in Ithaca against Cornell, where the winner is assured of at least a share of the Ivy League championship - and will clinch the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Next weekend is a little tamer, with only 22 events, though 12 of them are at home.

This weekend is big too, and even if the home schedule is a little light, it's still better than watching "The Office" from last night on your DVR.

1 comment:

Brett said...

Peter Farrell definitely brings the funny. He went into the Penn lions' den (Quaker den) on April 1st at an endowment party for Betty Costanza, the former coach at Penn.

His eight to 10 minutes of monologue was hilarious and it was great to see an opposing coach show that kind of respect to a rival institution.