Starting Five

Hesburgh was president of Notre Dame for 35 years, from 1952 to 1987

1. Our Father, Who Art in Heaven…

Former Notre Dame president Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., who met EVERYBODY during his 35-year tenure (as well as before and after) passes away at the age of 97. Outside of the priest who founded the school, Fr. Sorin, and perhaps Knute Rockne, no man has been more important in bringing the school of Our Lady to prominence.

From the Chicago Tribune: His work took him far from the university so often that the joke around campus used to be that the difference between God and Hesburgh was that while God is everywhere, Hesburgh was everywhere but Notre Dame.

Hesburgh was awarded 150 honorary degrees. His weekends in May were booked for decades.

During Hesburgh’s tenure, the university’s enrollment more than doubled, the endowment soared, the number of buildings (including the 14-story library that now bears his name) increased greatly, and women were added as students. Like that library on which the side Touchdown Jesus can be found, Hesburgh was a truly towering figure on campus, but his reach extended far beyond South Bend and even American shores.

2. Melodromedary

Thellama and Louise?

It was the greatest fugitive chase Arizona had seen since Gary Tison and Randy Greenawalt broke out of the state penitentiary in Florence back in the summer of 1978. I’m not sure where the llamas belonged, how they escaped, or how a helicopter arrived on the scene over Sun City (a huge retirement community northwest of Phoenix) so promptly,  but I do know that all of Twitter ceased its other VERY important activities (e.g. wondering aloud about the Dez Bryant video) to watch. 

In other words, March Madness and spring training cannot arrive soon enough.

3. Color Wars

So this was a thing yesterday, too. Thanks, Buzzfeed. America would like to collectively punch you in the grape cluster.

I really hope the model for this dress is Bruce Jenner

It’s gold and white, goddamnit!

Gold and white? Blue and black? Blue and gold? I dunno.

Meanwhile, the Cavs were at home last night but eschewed their white, wine and gold unis for Navy blue with wine and gold trim. For the first hour of the great dress debate, I just assumed that’s what folks were tweeting about.

White and gold?


4. Francohabitation

Son of Julio Franco?

That goofy young dude in the Unfinished Business trailer reminds me a lot of a young James Franco. And then I learn that it should since it’s his younger brother, Dave Franco, who at 29 is seven years younger (at 5’7″ he is also four inches shorter).

I tweeted out that info (I know, I use “tweet” as a verb a lot here, but it’s just part of the everyday life) and @DoctahDean informed me that Dave is dating Alison Brie, the actress better know as being Pete Campbell’s long-suffering wife on Mad Men.

Brie’s cheesy photo

And so I quipped to @DoctahDean that Pete Campbell is not going to be happy about this. And that’s when he blew my mind by replying that Pete (actor Vincent Kartheiser) is married to Rory Gilmore (actress Alexis Bledel). HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS??? How did nobody tell me? You were trying to spare my feelings, weren’t you? Thanks.

I hope Peggy Olson warns Alexis about Pete

Did this all happen after Alexis’ guest shot on Mad Men last season (yes)? Did they know each other before that (no)? To whom is Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) bethrothed (nobody)? And did someone create a funny series of GIFs for us to tell the story (thank you)?

Anyway, that was quite a rabbit hole we just traveled down. Oh, and watch that trailer. It’s funnier than the TV ad.

5. Jon Stewart’s Parting Shot

Enforcing the 50 year-old man rule here at MH (again)

It wasn’t Jon Stewart’s final telecast of The Daily Show. That’s still a season or two in the  offing. And yet on Tuesday night Stewart delivered a polemic that summarizes his long-standing conflict with the far right as concisely and astutely as anything he has ever said or will say.

I’ll cut right to the 5:00 minute mark: “The point is that on the right they’re pretending that (The Daily Show’s) truthfulness is what’s really important to them which, ironically, is not true…What matters to the right is discrediting anything that they believe harms their side.”

Remote Patrol

House of Cards 

All Weekend NetFlix 



I don’t have Netflix –I know!–but I hear that Season 3 of the adventures of the amoral Frank and Claire Underwood became available for streaming last night. Only a loose llama wearing a dress of indeterminate color will get some people to turn away from the TV/computer this weekend.

3 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. “Don’t tell me not to cheer, just sit & mutter
    The night was CAVALIER & the Suns holysmoley beat the Thunder!
    Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
    Don’t tell me not to scream, I simply got to
    If someone takes a spill (off the sofa), it’s me & not you

    I’ll march my band out, I’ll beat my drum
    And if I’m FANNED out, your turn at bat, sir
    At least I didn’t fake it (hat, sir)!”

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 LEBRON! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    “KING JAMES (King James)
    Now when he was a young man,
    He never thought he’d see
    People stand in line to see the boy king.

    King James! How’d you get so funky?
    Funky James, Did you do the DUNKy?
    Born in Akrona,
    Moved to Clevelandlonia (King James!)

    King James!
    Now, if I’d known
    They’d line up just to see him,
    I’d taken all my money
    And bought me an ARENA.
    King James!”

    (All due apologies to Bob Merrill, Jule Styne, & Steve Martin)

    Seriously, how did YOU not know ‘Rory” married ‘Pete’?! My belief in you as a knower of all things is shattered! Ok, not shattered, but severely dented!

    And finally today, MVP! MVP! MVP! 🙂

  2. In the ‘tradition’ of NBC & FOX News, I lied… because I’m back! Just can’t get over that YOU did not know about Alexis & Vincent. YOU, who are obsessed with both ‘Gilmore Girls’ & ‘Mad Men’! What, what, what?! Your professed ignorance of this coupling is far more shocking than ‘Frank killing Lila’ (little shout-out to all Shondaland devotees)! That the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold medalist (aka “The World’s Greatest Athlete”) is, er, ‘changing teams’ is less mind-blowing! (Little side note- if I told my dad that Jenner is ‘changing teams’, he’d think I meant Bruce was becoming a Russian.) How do you explain it?! No, not Bruce, YOU!

    First Santa, now you. Life’s just one let-down after another. Except for LEBRON! 🙂

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