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Fischer’s Friday Five

It was a very interesting week in the news, as it seemed ABC was controlling what we were following this week, in what seemed like an obvious ploy to plug some upcoming DVD releases of cancelled shows. First, thousands of birds mysteriously drop to their death (Flash Forward), then the Mega Millions jackpot has all-too-familiar numbers (Lost) and then that homeless guy with the big voice shockingly gets a job (According to Jim).  Don’t be surprised if in the upcoming weeks we find out that there’s Life on Mars or there’s a YouTube video of another homeless man pushing around a shopping cart with nothing but daisies in it.

All of this got me thinking about this week’s top 5, but first let’s interrupt this blog to give you my quick picks for this weekend’s Wild Card games.

SEAHAWKS (+10.5) over Saints

There’s something about this game that just seems odd.  Everyone is hating on the 7-9 Seahawks, who admittedly are terrible, but the Saints limped home last week in a somewhat meaningful game and are so short at running back that they signed Craig “Ironhead” Heyward for this week.  Plus, I still remember the 8-8 Chargers winning their division ugly a couple of years ago and then upsetting the Colts at home.  Seattle is a tough team to beat at home.  Of course this doesn’t account for my playoff-less 10-6 Giants (I’m not bitter) whooping them 41-7 earlier this season there, although that was when they were being led by Charlie Whitehurst, who I surprisingly didn’t realize was white until about 3 weeks ago.  This game will be ugly, and thankfully it’s the first game so we can get it out of the way before the rest of the good stuff; like when King of the Hill kicked off FOX’s Sunday night programming back in the day.
PREDICTION:  New Orleans 23-13

COLTS (-2.5) over Jets

Several rules I abide by and one is never bet against Peyton Manning in a nationally televised night game (although that rule is losing momentum).  Sure the Colts are without their All-Pro TE, #2 WR, not to mention their #1 WR isn’t the threat he used to be, and they brought back Dominic Rhodes for old-time sake to run the ball (apparently Ironhead wasn’t available), but wait, why am I picking the Colts here?  It’s because I don’t believe in the Jets playoff run from a year ago when they beat an overmatched, overhyped Bengals team and an overly cocky Chargers team.  The Colts are vulnerable, but that’s when Manning is dangerous, when we underestimate him.  And you can’t convince me that Mark Sanchez will be more clutch than Peyton Manning, let alone Cody Manning.
PREDICTION:  Indianapolis 24-10

Ravens (-3) at CHIEFS

The Chiefs didn’t beat a single team with a winning record.  The Ravens beat three playoffs (Saints, Jets, Steelers), plus another 10-win team (Bucs) and lost by less than a touchdown at New England and at Atlanta.  All that plus Ray Lewis made some funny Old Spice commercials (“men want to be me, women want to be with me and animals want to talk to me”).  Didn’t he stab Nicole Brown Simpson in Atlanta or am I mixing him up with someone else?
PREDICTION:  Ravens 34-7

Packers (+2.5) at EAGLES

With all the hype this game is getting, you’d think was for the Super Bowl.  Actually this does remind me of the Pats/Eagles SB from 2004, similar offenses that can put up points at will and defenses that some weeks don’t bend, and other weeks they can break.  Part of me is excited to see the Eagles win and Michael Vick play more games because of the great hatred reaction it gets out of Maggie. Her side commentary is worth a blog of its own. Let’s just say if she needed a heart transplant and Vick was a perfect match, she may opt for the afterlife.
PREDICTION: Green Bay 27-24

Ok, back to the topic at hand…I’m Jarrett, It’s Friday, and here’s my five…

TOP FIVE FAVORITE MOVIES BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS

Honorable Mention: Casino, Ray, Cinderella Man, The Money Pit

Dishonorable Mention: Pearl Harbor, Alexander, Pearl Harbor, The Soloist and Pearl Harbor

Alive

Kind of an odd choice to start off the top 5, but I think it’s because this movie has been on Cinemax frequently lately and I always get suckered in to it.  It’s not even that good of a movie, but I always find myself watching and hoping that the avalanche finally gets the best of them.  I remember seeing this in the theater and having to pee the entire movie but didn’t want to get up because it was intense.  My apologies to that seat in the theater that I may have (allegedly) ruined.  Now though watching the movie, I find it funny that they have Ethan Hawke, Danny Nucci and the annoying roommate from With Honors portraying the stranded Uruguayan soccer team when they are all clearly American actors.  On top of that, the awkwardly narrating of John Malkovich seems ridiculously out of place.  All of that adds up to a recipe of a successful movie in my warped world.

Hotel Rwanda

This was a tough choice, debated putting Cool Runnings here, but I think a movie about a Jamaican bobsled team is too great to be put on a Top 5 list.  A must-see if you haven’t about a man portrayed by Don Cheadle (thankfully not doing his horrendous Ocean’s Eleven accent) trying to save hundreds of refugees by putting them up in his hotel, giving them shelter and food and trying everything he can to keep them safe from the genocide that was going on in his country at the time.  Throw in Nick Nolte, my favorite actor for personal reasons, and you’ve basically got an instant classic, minus a bobsled.

Goodfellas

Ray Liotta’s laugh, Joe Pesci’s shinebox, Michael Imperioli’s short time on screen as Spider, and a classic Scorcese montage of people dying set to instrumental music.  Also, this movie holds a special place in my history as it was the first DVD that I ever purchased.  I’m sure most everyone reading this will remember the annoyance of that DVD, how you had to flip it over to Side B halfway thru the movie.  The only true downside to this movie is how badly Lorraine Bracco aged, I mean it’s really bad.  I’ve left a piece of raw chicken covered in mayonnaise outside in the sun for a week that aged better.

Schindler’s List

Surprisingly this movie is not about Ambrose Schindler, former USC quarterback and MVP of the 1940 Rose Bowl.  Was it really necessary for me to say he was a former quarterback, it’s not like he’s in his 70th year of eligibility at USC.

Titanic

For those who remember my rant a couple of years about best picture winners of the past 16 years, you’ll know I ranked Titanic #1 overall much to the dismay of just about every single living human being.  I still don’t care, I love this movie and may have seen it 50 times already and will watch it another 50 times more.  Any movie that takes 3 hours to get to the true story of a chunky British girl who wouldn’t share a floating headboard with a 115-pound soaking wet starving artist is what I call a great way to spend 3 hours.  Sadly, I just flipped on the TV guide in hopes that TNT was going to be airing it again tonight.  Sadly no, but I can watch The Terminal with Tom Hanks…tempting…but instead, I’m going to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles and call it night. (“Those aren’t pillows!!!”)

One Response

  1. Go Maggie! You SHOULD write a side-column. You would have many followers.

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