I won’t spoil it for you by telling you who the ad is for:
A warning to parents everywhere about the dangers and influence of so-called toys and their subtle influence on your children.
Their hero, or their guru, who is a rat named Splinter. You heard it here first: a rat named Splinter is the hero of this cartoon.
Wait. What? A rat is the hero? AND you’re telling me this rat’s name is Splinter?
…and I’m going to get rid of that Michael Jackson chocolate bar before somebody picks it up for their kids.
Sure you are. You ate it buddy and we all know it.
Fear. Be very afraid. Don’t think critically about things yourself. Listen to the bearded men reveal all.
Jason Kottke links to a Wall Street Journal article that talks about why the NFL won’t allow TV broadcasts of their games to show a tv angle known as the “All 22” – a view that’s zoomed out and shows all the players on the field so you can see what’s going on and where & why players are where they are on a given play.
By distributing this footage only to NFL teams, and rationing it out carefully to its TV partners and on its web site, the NFL has created a paradox. The most-watched sport in the U.S. is also arguably the least understood. “I don’t think you can get a full understanding without watching the entirety of the game,” says former head coach Bill Parcells. The zoomed-in footage on TV broadcasts, he says, only shows a “fragment” of what happens on the field.
I assume the CFL does something like this as well – though I’m sure they’re not as militant about it as the NFL would be because I can certainly recall more full field views on a CFL game.
I think this is one of the reasons why hockey1 appeals to a certain type of person. You can see what’s going on in the whole field of play, minus the goalie at the other end of the ice. By being given the opportunity to see the whole play, you can appreciate the aspects of the game that someone like the NFL doesn’t want to release for fear that someone might figure out a secret.
- And I suppose basketball and many, many other sports that I don’t care to list here. ↩
From the description:
When I was ten years old, I started watching
stand up comedians on TV.
I fell in love with them and I’m just as fascinated
with stand up comedy today.
When I started doing TV, I saved every appearance
on every show I did.
I thought it might be fun to go through all of it
and pick out three bits each day that still
amuse me for some reason or another.
I’ve also included stuff I’m doing now, and I’ll be
adding new stuff as I go.
Somewhere out there are ten year olds
just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit.
This is for them.
I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.
Mr. Weiner has said he wants the show to continue, and AMC has pledged that it will definitely return, so the delay is largely due to a disagreement about money. As Mr. Weiner told Entertainment Weekly in January, apparently referring to AMC and Lionsgate, “They are fighting over a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made; it’s one of the biggest perils of success — everyone wants a piece of it now, and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk.”