Monthly Archives: October 2011

THE NEUROTIC TIGER: IT’S GONNA TAKE A LONG TIME…

Eleven days ago, as I watched the Detroit Tigers throw away game six of the ALCS, and with it the American League pennant which once they flew, I couldn’t help but reflect on the strange irony of the Tigers’ success. … Continue reading

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ONLY THE TRUTH IS FUNNY*

Hail the Conquering Hero, 1944. Directed and written by Preston Sturges. Starring Eddie Bracken, William Demarest, Ella Raines, Franklin Pangborn, Georgia Caine, Raymond Walburn, and the “Tacoma Assassin”, boxer Freddie Steele, playing the mother-obsessed Marine… Was there ever a comedy … Continue reading

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THE NEUROTIC TIGER: REALITY BITES

That’s it, the season’s over. The art of fiction is alive again.┬áInvention has wrestled itself free from reality. And now the totally banal, the most obviously mundane, is all that is plausible. Imagination will be our only escape from crushing … Continue reading

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THE NEUROTIC TIGER: LIKE PEE WEE, TEXAS BOUND

Honestly, I don’t have a God damn thing to add to yesterday’s incredible, kind-of come-from-behind victory (they were down 1-0 early on) the Detroit Tigers managed to pull off in their last game in Michigan in the ALCS. Except this: … Continue reading

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THE NEUROTIC TIGER: A FISTER FULL OF DOLLARS*

In the immortal words of old-tyme Tigers manager Hughie Jennings: EEYAH! Despite the fact that my heart has been given perhaps too much of a workout, this was one hell, one freaking hell, of a great baseball game. 3-2 Tigers … Continue reading

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THE NEUROTIC TIGER: BETRAYED!

In the aftermath of the Tigers’ 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the mighty New York Yankees, I invoke the sour image of one Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin, former manager of the Tigers, Twins, A’s, Rangers, and the God damn … Continue reading

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