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Saturday, October 24, 2009

It’s Always Sunny:  Mac’s Love Letter to Chase Utley

With the Phillies in the World Series again, this seems topical and creepy.

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 24, 2009 at 04:45 PM | 51 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. robneyer Posted: October 24, 2009 at 04:57 PM (#3364533)
Don't know about all y'all, but I can't get that or any other link to work, for this clip.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: October 24, 2009 at 05:10 PM (#3364536)
Hmm, works for me.
   3. McCoy Posted: October 24, 2009 at 05:11 PM (#3364537)
It looks like you have to set up a proxy to get that to work.
   4. robneyer Posted: October 24, 2009 at 08:36 PM (#3364646)
Yay!

I would post that somewhere on ESPN.com ... except for that pesky bit of profanity.

Great show. Thanks.
   5. Guapo Posted: October 24, 2009 at 08:47 PM (#3364657)
Profanity's not allowed on this site either. When Mac said \"####\" all I heard was four #s.
   6. Shilzzz Posted: October 24, 2009 at 09:04 PM (#3364668)
more ZiPS projections, please Dan. I feel like i can call you Dan because we have so much in common.
   7. mike f Posted: October 24, 2009 at 09:09 PM (#3364669)
Goddammit!
   8. salvomania Posted: October 24, 2009 at 09:49 PM (#3364688)
Is this a clip from some TV show? Who are these people????
   9. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: October 24, 2009 at 10:07 PM (#3364696)
It's from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as is my user name. It's either the funniest or 2nd funniest show on TV right now (30 Rock).
   10. Let the bears pay the bear tax, I pay the Homer ta Posted: October 24, 2009 at 10:17 PM (#3364701)
First rule of fan letters: You gotta jazz it up, you know?
   11. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: October 24, 2009 at 10:24 PM (#3364703)
I have a very similar letter I've been trying to get to Brian McCann... Less about running fast, more about general awsomeness.
   12. Shilzzz Posted: October 24, 2009 at 11:17 PM (#3364732)
30 Rock? No Curb Your Enthusiasm love?
   13. Jeff K. Posted: October 24, 2009 at 11:40 PM (#3364740)
Szymborski, I would suggest that you use Hulu for It's Always Sunny links, as it's on there legitimately. I would, but you'll just give Werr the credit.
   14. Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: October 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM (#3364746)
I think I must be the only person on Earth who hates this show.
   15. Shock Posted: October 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM (#3364748)
The latest episode of Curb was hysterical.
   16. valuearbitrageur Posted: October 25, 2009 at 12:20 AM (#3364759)
I think I must be the only person on Earth who hates this show.


Well based on this clip, I'm getting there too...
   17. Esoteric Posted: October 25, 2009 at 01:29 AM (#3364809)
I'm not even a fan of episodic television and I agree with those who say It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is the funniest thing going right now. Charlie Kelly in particular (who is not shown in this clip) is one of the funniest actual characters in television of any era. Sunny picks up where Seinfeld left off, escalating the antisociality of a sitcom into genuinely trangressive areas (is there anyplace this show won't go?), while also stripping away its network conventionality. Just great, great stuff.

(N.B. This clip is merely 'ha-ha' level Sunny. Learn about the song "Nightman" and the later musical "The Nightman Cometh" if you want top-grade crazy from this show.)
   18. Iwakuma Chameleon (jonathan) Posted: October 25, 2009 at 01:54 AM (#3364824)
Maybe it's a generational gap of some sort, but literally every kid I know thinks this is the funniest show on television. It's easily the most popular television program among the college set. It's the only show I regularly watch. (although Curb, is, of course, also very funny. Never been a fan of 30 Rock)
   19. Esoteric Posted: October 25, 2009 at 02:52 AM (#3364872)
Fun fact: Kevin Youkilis made a cameo in this week's episode (the one this clip comes from). Can you spot where?
   20. rr Posted: October 25, 2009 at 03:00 AM (#3364878)
Eso, did you move out of Chicago yet?
   21. Esoteric Posted: October 25, 2009 at 04:11 AM (#3364913)
Yup, living in Madison, WI now.
   22. rr Posted: October 25, 2009 at 04:13 AM (#3364915)
School or job or both?
   23. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 25, 2009 at 04:46 AM (#3364928)
I could never get into Curb Your Enthusiasm.
   24. McCoy Posted: October 25, 2009 at 05:14 AM (#3364942)
It's always Sunny is a very funny show but they are getting a bit bizarre nowadays where they are doing really really crazy things and then pretending like it never happened by the time the next show comes along.
   25. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 25, 2009 at 05:42 AM (#3364953)
I could never get into Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Oh my!

I love it but I know people who in your camp. My close friend can't actually #### through an episode because it makes him squirm. He has a very difficult time with uncomfortable situational comedy, can't deal with the awkwardness.
   26. Gaelan Posted: October 25, 2009 at 05:59 AM (#3364963)
I want to write a love letter to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I can't say enough good things about that show. It's not only the funniest thing I've seen in years but, as Dan said, it is topical not simply in terms of issues but in terms of mood. The nihilism of the characters shines a light upon the nihilism of society in a way that I find redeeming.

Yup, living in Madison, WI now.


Madison is a beautiful city to live in. It is also a parody of leftwing prejudices. Have you been to the coop with the reserved parking spots for the "differently abled." I'm no fan of George Bush but when I lived there, there were impeach Bush stickers in windows, signs on lawns, etc. Kind of ridiculous really. And people ride their bikes in the winter. That's a mental disease if I've ever seen one. It's also where I learned that passive aggressiveness is a thing that is bred in the bone. Anyway, love that town.
   27. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: October 25, 2009 at 06:22 AM (#3364970)
My close friend can't actually #### through an episode because it makes him squirm.

This is a kinda fun MadLibs. It is, for some reason, not obvious to me what's been redacted here.
   28. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 25, 2009 at 06:34 AM (#3364976)
Whoa, that's weird.I could have sworn I wrote "sit". So I guess I threw in a "h". Too late to edit it now. I think he can poop through an episode.
   29. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: October 25, 2009 at 07:01 AM (#3364988)
Fun fact: Kevin Youkilis made a cameo in this week's episode (the one this clip comes from). Can you spot where?


I'm not sure if you're serious or not, but when I watched it I thought one of the corpses in the dungeon looked like him.
   30. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: October 25, 2009 at 09:19 AM (#3365006)
I think he can poop through an episode.

That was the second biggest challenge I could think of.
   31. Esoteric Posted: October 25, 2009 at 03:04 PM (#3365082)
I'm not sure if you're serious or not, but when I watched it I thought one of the corpses in the dungeon looked like him.
I'm absolutely serious, and you are correct: the last corpse pictured is that of Kevin Youkilis. Apparently he's a big fan of the show.

Pretty neat.
   32. Downtown Bookie Posted: October 25, 2009 at 03:47 PM (#3365101)
I could never get into Curb Your Enthusiasm.


I watched a couple of episodes during its first season, and I thought to myself, "So this is what they decided to do with all those leftover Seinfeld scripts."

Many people have told me that the show has since improved. I've chosen to simply take their word for it.

DB
   33. Shock Posted: October 25, 2009 at 07:41 PM (#3365251)

Many people have told me that the show has since improved. I've chosen to simply take their word for it.


It really has. I barely got through the first season, but it's improved a lot over time. It's not the greatest show by any means, but it can be pretty damned funny.
   34. Charlie O Posted: October 25, 2009 at 10:56 PM (#3365390)
I didn't find Curb Your Enthusiasm funny at all -- only annoying, just like Seinfeld. I must be defective because I know a lot of people who think these shows are hilarious. Cheers was another one. It did nothing for me but the folks I work with loved it.
   35. Lassus Posted: October 25, 2009 at 11:22 PM (#3365404)
And people ride their bikes in the winter. That's a mental disease if I've ever seen one.

If there's no snow, (or if there is, yet the roads are dry) I ride. 12/365, no matter the temperature. Well, I mean, I doubt I would ride when the 25-below cold snap hits, but for the most part.
   36. i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: October 25, 2009 at 11:24 PM (#3365405)
The latest episode of Curb was hysterical.
wendy wheelchair, diane handicapped. rosie o'donnell. sammy getting dragged out to sea.

definitely one of their best episodes.
   37. i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: October 25, 2009 at 11:25 PM (#3365406)
the full text:
Dear Chase, (oh $#@! there’s stickers)

I feel like I can call you Chase because you and me are so much alike. I would love to meet you someday, it would be great to have a catch. I know I can’t throw as fast as you, but I think you would be impressed with my speed. I love your hair. You run fast. Did you have a good relationship with your father? Me neither. These are all things we can talk about, and more. I know you have not been getting my letters because I know you would write back if you did. And I hope you write back this time and we get to be good friends. I am sure our relationship would be a real home run.


posting from another message board:
My brother's name is Chase. I sent him Mac's letter in a text from my Google voice account. He doesn't watch the show or know my google voice number. I let it sink in for a few days until I finally called him today and told him that it was me and what the quote was from. He was creeped out.
   38. Shock Posted: October 25, 2009 at 11:38 PM (#3365409)
I didn't find Curb Your Enthusiasm funny at all -- only annoying, just like Seinfeld. I must be defective because I know a lot of people who think these shows are hilarious. Cheers was another one. It did nothing for me but the folks I work with loved it.


Meh, that's life. I'd rather stab myself in the eye than sit through an entire episode of "2 and a half men," but that's the most popular sitcom by a mile.
   39. Andere Richtingen Posted: October 25, 2009 at 11:51 PM (#3365415)
I have given It's Always Sunny only a glancing couple of views, but I haven't seen anything there that floats my boat. This clip doesn't do anything for me either. I don't know what it is, other than the obvious thing that I don't think the jokes are that good, but it might be that the actors are mugging it up a bit too much, as if the only thing separating it from a traditional sitcom is the single camera and lack of laugh track. I have a similar complaint about The Office, although I do enjoy that show.

I love Curb Your Enthusiasm.
   40. Shock Posted: October 26, 2009 at 12:03 AM (#3365422)
I like The Office but I think its best days are long gone. Jim and Pam are just barf. Thursday's episode was awful.
   41. Charlie O Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:34 AM (#3366304)
I loved The Office but I can't bring myself to watch the U.S. version. I fear they'll have it all screwed up as they did with the U.S. knockoffs of Fawlty Towers and Coupling.
   42. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:15 AM (#3366306)
Oh, man, Coupling was, for a brief period, absolutely drop-dead, laugh-'till-your-sides-hurt funny. The best thing about the U.S. version of the show was how quickly it was cancelled.
   43. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: October 26, 2009 at 10:37 AM (#3366320)
I loved The Office but I can't bring myself to watch the U.S. version. I fear they'll have it all screwed up as they did with the U.S. knockoffs of Fawlty Towers and Coupling.


I liked the UK version of The Office but loved the US version, FWIW.
   44. Esoteric Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3366866)
The U.S. version of The Office is a vastly superior product to the UK version. Just stay away from the first season.
   45. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3366873)
Is anyone else watching Parks and Recreation? Much like The Office, the first season wasn't great but it really has improved quite a bit. The Hugo Chavez/Venezuela episode was outstanding.
   46. Dan Szymborski Posted: November 12, 2009 at 04:04 PM (#3386040)
I was watching the unreleased Christmas episode of It's Always Sunny and there's more baseball references - Mac gets upset when a toy score clerk hasn't heard of Mike Schmidt and then goes on a rant about Steve Bedrosian and Von Hayes.

Great double-episode (I'm definitely going to buy the digital download when it comes out next week). I could've done without seeing Danny DeVito naked.
   47. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: November 12, 2009 at 04:24 PM (#3386063)
It's not only the funniest thing I've seen in years but, as Dan said, it is topical not simply in terms of issues but in terms of mood. The nihilism of the characters shines a light upon the nihilism of society in a way that I find redeeming.


I agree with Gaelan. It's funny in a goofball way, but I can't help but think it's popularity is a result of vicarious living through it's sheer anti-social sociopathy. Hell, that's why I like it.
   48. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: November 12, 2009 at 04:38 PM (#3386074)
Sunny is the best comedy on TV since Arrested Development.

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