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HBT Weekend Wrap

Jun 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

Hendricks Firefly

I had a capital weekend. I passed the ten-pounds-lost mark since I got that treadmill, I got some new shirts, we grilled tasty meats twice and I saw the episode of “Firefly” with Christina Hendricks for the first time which, had I been, like, 14 when I saw it, probably would have made a profound impact in my life but at 37 still managed to inspire. How was your weekend?

Power Rankings later this morning. To break the boredom we’re doing them a bit differently this week. I hope you approve.

  1. bleedgreen - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    How come there hasn’t been one mention of Jimmy Rollins leaving the game on Saturday and not playing for a few days after fouling a ball off his knee? Word has it he was limping pretty bad at the park yesterday.

  2. mercyflush - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    for now it’s a non-story. he’s got a bruise on his knee, he’s day-to-day. they didn’t even xray it. i heard that they expect him back in the lineup on Tuesday, but I guess it depends on how he progresses.

    if it turns out to be something bigger, i’m sure we’ll hear about it on HBT.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      I understand that, but he left the game and missed yesterday and won’t play tonight. I figured it’d at least get a mention in the ATH…, but nothing.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM


        I’m listening to WIP and they are reporting that Plaxico Burress was seen leaving jail this morning sporting a retro 1980 Phillies hat. Do you think this is a subtle message for the Eagles to sign him?

      • bleedgreen - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        Probably. I’m not sure how much we need him, but he can’t hurt to bring to camp… if theres a camp to bring him to. See what he has left. The only problem is that he was always hurt. Granted he showed up every Sunday.

        If he wants to stick it to the Giants (for what, I have no idea. They paid him to not practice), then why not let him do it here. Seems that recently we’ve had no problem sticking it to the Giants without him though.

        In short, if he can help in the first season, yes. If he looks like he needs a year, no. He’s too old to waste a roster spot on to wait around and see if he can get his legs back under him.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        Why not I say…. I’ve been hearing the rumblings, now we see him sporting Phills gear. I guess the Eagles are going to be the Criminal reclamation facility for NFL? ” You stain ’em, we retrain ’em.” Hey Plaxico is tall, fast, and he has good potential at a low $$$$. And since Vic was a good signing………… Go for it.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    There’s two episodes with Ms. Hendricks on Firefly. The second is even better.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Don’t spoil it for me. Still working my way through it (I watch one episode every time I’m on the treadmill; great motivator!). I just watched the one where Jayne had the statue built of him in that mud town.

      I’m torn between anger that the series only lasted 14 episodes + one movie and happiness that it likely means that it never got dull or bad or jumped the shark.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        No spoilers, fret not. And I vote happiness, since I always shows I like to be cancelled and the movie was happy bonus. (Another reason to like baseball: no matter how low the ratings, it’s not likely for a team to be cancelled.)

      • paperlions - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        I eventually settled on bitterness. Just a fantastic show. Even if it eventually grew boring/dull, I would trade that for a few more good seasons.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        Got the box set for a Christmas present…..aside from my wok, sure fire best Christmas gift I ever got…..

        ( I know, sad simple existence )

      • The Common Man/ - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        Everyone has that feeling, Craig. Best show ever, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet.

      • easports82 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Fantastic show, though I didn’t catch on til a couple years ago when HDNet reran the series. Wound up watching the replay on Science channel cause it’s just that entertaining.

        Though I will now draw the ire of many and state that I’d take Morena Baccarain over Hendricks.

      • rebarratige - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        “(Another reason to like baseball: no matter how low the ratings, it’s not likely for a team to be cancelled.)”

        Tell that to Montreal.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Joss Whedon is just H. P. Lovecraft light and the Whedonverse at best is like one of those set-up, knockdown inflatable-hulled funhouse mirror halls at the dollar admission local carnivals out in the old cornfield. Recycled gothic, recycled psychedelia. Alejandro Jodorowski used this stuff to treat his insomnia.

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Ah yes, Gator, maybe so, but you don’t get new Lovecraft these days. And, in fact I’ve never been to a carnival in a cornfield (corn don’t grow in the snow, and where corn do grow you don’t go putting up no big top on it; that’s for the corn, man). The Whedonverse will do for the likes O me and lots of others who enjoy that sort of thing and don’t get it anymore if ever. Heck, even Jodorowski owed some of his genius to Fellini I think. Though I do agree; he’d have had some eye rolls for the likes of Whedon.
      And, hey, don’t go knocking those fun house mirrors, man. Windows to the soul, if you ask me.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    How did old Sheriff Bell’s comment on the teenager he sent to the gas chamber go, in the novel No Country for Old Men ? They say the eyes is the window to the soul. I don’t know what them eyes was the windows to…? Something like that. Whedon is all surface and spitpolish. Any depth to his work is an accidental borrowing from everyone from Lord Dunsany to Stephen King – old used and deflated symbols along for the ride – always at a severely diminished remove. Comparing him to any of the great horror or sci-fi-writers would be like comparing Lars von Trier to Ingmar Bergman. Well no, I take that back – like comparing Ed Wood Jr. to James Whale. I don’t want Bergman spinning in his grave and damaging the permafrost.

    A few years ago, at the Southwest Popular Culture Association annual conference in Albuquerque, I walked by a hotel ballroom full of Whedon freaks singing along with the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I made the mistake of sticking my head in there. I’ll never forget the looks on those people’s faces nor do I have words to describe them. The closest I could get to it would be to suggest you imagine the looks on the faces of Tea Party activists when they open a meeting by singing the Star Spangled Banner. Horrible, horrible. I’m a Buddhist and I pray to the Dharmapalas every night to cast me down the Bardo if I even slightly conjure up that image in my dreams.

    You’ve got plenty of reading time up there – especially when the snow falls. Go back to Dunsany, Stoker, Shelley, Lovecraft. The real stuff. And by the way, we do get new Lovecraft – or, anyway, recent Lovecraft (and I’m something of an incidental authority on this subject because one of my sons composes ambient sound for horror movies and is a hardcore Lovecraft freak, plus, my daughter did a summer course at Brown and stayed in a dorm house that used to be Lovecraft’s Providence home). The closest thing to a modern Lovecraft is a guy named John Shirley but you really need a strong stomach for him; he’s modern in the sense that he accreted all the social and mythopoeic diseases of our age of genuine horrors, like heroin addiction, stuff even Lovecraft could hardly imagine. Try his novel Wetbones – it goes places Whedon wouldn’t go without his mommy holding his hand, and it creates a mythos every bit as inorganically functional as the Chthulhu mythos – just sicker. It’s absinthe to Whedon’s Ripple.

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      My friend, if you want to come and write this here thesis for me, then hell, SURE I’ll look at new authors and new Lovecraft. But, pending you being an expert on feeding disorders in preterm infants, I think I’m best to stick to stuff that don’t hurt my brain anymore that it has to.

      Firefly is fluff of the sort where they use first class ingredients, Nigella Lawson did the cooking, and served on really nice plates. I don’t have to think too much, I don’t get all insulted by total crap but I can still hammer out a paragraph or 2 while waiting for Ms. Hendricks to put in an appearance.

      I was once saw a fun house mirror that made me look like Frankenstein’s monster; a really sad, pathos ridden depressed fabricated creature that serves the ego of another but cannot know joy for itself. Scared the holy hell outa me. I decided on the spot to laugh a lot more, and not complain about my relatively good life. That’s window to the soul stuff man.

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        I should also add that I am sick to the point of barfing at any more vampires – especially nice ones. Then again, I really liked that moment in the Oldman Dracula where the thoughtful count brings home a baby to feed his mistresses. There’s nothing broken here.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Yeah, SCREW the nicey nice vampires, just screw them. Buncha pantywaister milque toast, lettuce eaters. Oldman was the best Dracula in simply ages. He nailed it man. My daughter is 15. Loves these here newfangled Twilight things (I refuse to acknowledge their existence as books; they are dreck). Refuses to accept the reality that is Oldman/The Count. Young people; no respect for their elders and tradition. Next she’ll be saying that An American Werewolf in London was “like, not very good, dad. You old guys like such weird stuff, eeew.” Where did I go wrong?

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        You think maybe I could convince Skynet to send me back about sixty years to whack Anne Rice in her playpen?

        Eh. But then we’d have nice Godzillas.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    That picture makes Hendricks look like Clint Eastwood’s old flame, Sondra Locke, but more…substantial.

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      She has wonderful substances doesn’t she?

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        The Locke-Eastwood breakup registered higher on the Richter scale than Sendai. Whew, that was an ugly one, wasn’t it? After a career spent dodging bullets, poor Clint had to learn how to dodge pots and pans in a hurry, didn’t he?

        Then again, if there ever was a worse movie than Ratboy – which might even have won that year’s Golden Turkey, but at the very least was nominated for it – it had to be either an Ed Wood Jr. movie or Benigni’s Pinocchio. I certainly wouldn’t want the auteur of that misbegotten film climbing into bed with me at night and warming her cold cold feet on my…uh…well, anyplace, really.

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