Month: December 2011

The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

Blogstuff
It's been another fun and challenging year heading up my little internet concern, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. As always, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who stop by regularly and even share my content with others. This is not a money-making operation for me, so it's gratifying to know that if my site went poof tomorrow there'd at least be a few of you who would notice for a few minutes. The biggest happening around these parts is that I finally launched a more permanent site, of which this blog is now but a section. If you haven't done so yet, please stop by the home site, browse around, and tell your friends and enemies! OK, enough schmaltz and plugs. I wrote a lot of stuff this past year, some of which was actually pretty popular. Here are the ten mo...
Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

Football Friday, Sports
The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs entered the 1971 NFL playoffs evenly matched. They both finished the regular season with identical 10-3-1 records and both scored more than 300 points on offense. By virtue of the rotation system then in place in the league, the Chiefs hosted an AFC divisional playoff game on Christmas Day '71. It was to be the last game at the old Municipal Stadium, and it ended up as the longest game in NFL history. Miami spent most of the game playing catchup to Kansas City. The Chiefs took an early 10-0 lead before the Dolphins finally answered back with a Larry Csonka TD run in the 2nd quarter. Kansas City scored two more TDs but each time Miami responded with one of their own. Miami tied the score at 24-24 with just 1:25 left in regulation when Marv Fl...
Football Friday: The NFL, Its Logos, and You (1964 Style)

Football Friday: The NFL, Its Logos, and You (1964 Style)

Football Friday, Sports
First, big site news. My latest project -- a comprehensive gallery of every American Football League program ever -- is underway. So far I only have cover images from the 1960 season up, but more will follow before too long. Check it out here. In searching for more cover images for the project, I stumbled across a very cool piece of 1960s ephemera from the NFL. The Packerville blog posted scans from a 1964 NFL publication called The NFL and You. The purpose of the booklet was to convince up-and-coming football players (and perhaps league veterans) that the NFL was the way to go, and not the "inferior" AFL. The whole post is worth reading but two pages caught my eye. The cover image is a very cool snapshot of the helmets from all 14 NFL franchises in '64. Many of them have changed ver...
All-American Fear

All-American Fear

TV & Radio
The first clue that the Florida Family Association has their collective heads up their asses should be in the name. Instead of being intellectually honest and branding his organization with a name like Scared White Fundamentalist Christians, FFA founder David Caton chose a deliberately vague moniker. After all, if you don't agree with the positions of the Florida Family Association then you must be against families, right? And what kind of monster is against families? Apparently, the monsters on TLC's now-controversial reality show All-American Muslim are. Despite TLC's transparent attempts to hide the truth, the FFA wants us to remember that all Muslims are by nature evil and anti-American. So really, Caton and his group are doing the Lord's work by exposing this cancer on society.
Football Friday: A Gallery of Vintage AFL Game Programs

Football Friday: A Gallery of Vintage AFL Game Programs

Football Friday, Sports
  One of these days, when I'm independently wealthy, I'm going to amass the largest collection of American Football League game programs around. Until then, I'll just pick them up on eBay from time to time and collect scans from the internet. Here is but a sampling of cover images from AFL game programs during the ten-year existence of the league. Much like the AFL itself, these programs reflect a great deal of character and color. To see more of these great old programs, check out the AFL program gallery on the main site. (more…)
Trailer Trash — Sherlock Holmes 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, and Underworld 4

Trailer Trash — Sherlock Holmes 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, and Underworld 4

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows I quite enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes, even if it retained very little of the pure cerebral charm of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and short stories. I get that it's the 21st century, so big explosions are par for the course. What carried the first movie for me was pacing, good dialogue, and of course Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. A Game of Shadows looks like it'll retain those key ingredients, which alone means it will be entertaining. What may take this one to the next level is
Does it matter if Rush never makes it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Does it matter if Rush never makes it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Music
I've been a Rush fan for, oh, just over 20 years I suppose. It's not exactly the most exclusive club in the world, but it's not like being a fan of the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen either. In most circles, when you tell people you're a Rush fan, they give you a sideways look as if to say, "Oh, that's nice. And do you still play Dungeons and Dragons?" Then there are the pot shots taken by fellow music lovers, who stroke their beards, cluck their tongues, and talk about, "What's to be done with this band with their shrill singer, overly complex songs, clinical drummer, and lyrics about dragons and sorcery?" Ninety-nine percent of the time all that drivel rolls right off my back. But for the past dozen or so years, right about this time, I'm reminded of all the insults and all the m...
This Is the Most Accurate (and Funny) Map of New Jersey Ever

This Is the Most Accurate (and Funny) Map of New Jersey Ever

Funny Stuff
If you live or lived in New Jersey you've probably seen this map by now. It's the latest geography-based internet sensation, a map of the Garden State. But see, this map has a twist. Rather than show the usual boring county lines, this one breaks it down by the type of people who live in the state, and... you know what, let's just look at it (click on the map for an even larger version). Having lived in three of these areas -- and visited most of the others -- I can attest to this map's general accuracy. And its funniness. Even though I grew up in the "Executives Living in Mansions Driving Mercedes-Benzes" area and never had one.