Thursday, May 06, 2004


For those of you who aren't paying for Prospectus, you can still go check out Derek Zumsteg's free piece about the 16 inning marathon between the M's and Twins.

Derek's a canny baseball mind, and a fantastically funny writer. (His blog with David Cameron and Jason Barker, U.S.S. Mariner, is the best of the best.) Best of all is his gift for irreverence. When the M's start showing clips of Adrian and Rocky to fire-up the crowd, only Zumsteg would think to write:

I don't think Stallone wrote "Rocky" by the way. There's just no way. I think he ran into some unknown Philly screenwriter who'd been writing scripts alone for years, and Stallone read the script, killed the screenwriter, got rid of the body, and took home some Oscars. Seriously, is there another way to explain Stallone's career as a screenwriter, or even his choices as an actor? How could someone write "Rocky" and star in "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!" E-mail me if you have a good answer, and "Everyone has one great screenplay in them" is not a good answer.

And in true Prospectus style, he also makes good use of graphs to illustrate his points.

I'm still smiling.

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