One of the new (BETA!) things I will be doing here in Ponder This (BETA!) is reviewing new sports-related movies and shows. And, if we’re lucky, maybe even future release of Jock Rock cassettes.
HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” debuted on Sunday night. I watched it. I tried to write something about it. I couldn’t. So I watched it again on Tuesday night. Still nothing.
What I learned is that my capability to write TV reviews is matched by the ability of “Eastbound & Down” to make me laugh.
Executive producer Will Ferrell took the format of his sports movies, spread their thin structure over six episodes, added a John Rocker character, and then removed all of the amusing parts. Magic!
I was going to share a few of the lines from the show, but I couldn’t even bring myself to write them down.
I did, however, make an attempt at a TV critic staple: the snarky take of a show’s title.
“Eastbound & Down”? …
… more like “Leastbound & Frown”, am I right?
… more like “Yeastmound & Clown,” no?
… more like “Cancellation-Bound & Downward Ratings,” do you feel me?
… more like “Suckysuck & Suck,” … suck?
Terrible attempts. Just like the show.
If there’s anything positive to take from “Eastbound & Down”, it may be that I happened to invent the word “yeastmound.” I think this has potential to replace the long-overused “douchebag” in the American vernacular.
Alex Rodriguez is such a yeastmound.
(UPDATE: Apparently HBO is trying to corner the market on unfunny sports shows. Joe Buck + comedy. This could make “Arli$$” look good.)