Saturday, 6 April 2002: I was driving out to my friend Brian's house today to pick him
up so we could go play disc golf when I noticed one of those things that,
without fail, annoys the piss out of me. Have you ever driven around in a new
housing development or subdivision that is touted as a "living community" and
seen one of those fake guardhouses by the gate to the so-called "community?"
This guardhouse, of course, had no guard residing in it and never has and never
will. What is the point of building such structures? Does said guardhouse
provide a security blanket for the subdivision? Do people, when they go
searching for a homesite, see the guardhouse and say, "hey, look, we're
protected! We'll be safe in this area thanks to our phantom guards!" Do
potential burglars drive up and say, "holy hell. Better case another
subdivision. This one's got a phantom guard!" Please tell me... I am desperately
trying to understand the logic behind this giant waste of bricks.
Friday, 5 April 2002: Thankfully, the
baseball season has started. I've been in withdrawal because I love baseball and
I haven't had a dose since last November. At least I had football to tide me
over until that ended in February. I've had two months with no sports to watch
and it's been killing me. So, now that the season has started, I'm gonna make my
picks for teams to watch. Don't ask me just yet why I've picked these teams. I'm
not necessarily placing bets on their chances to go all the way, but I think
they've got a good chance of turning some heads.
In the National League, I'm looking at both
the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cards are perrenial
faves of mine even without Mark McGwire. I think that they can do some major
buttwhipping this year because they've got a strong team and they've been on the
cusp of breaking through to some serious postseason play for the last few
seasons. The D'Backs haven't really lost much of their championship team from
last year and I think a lot of the vets have really liked the taste of success
that they got last year... especially Mark Grace. Once you've had a taste of the
good life, it's hard to go back to anything less. I believe Randy Johnson and
Curt Schilling are still capable of burning up opposing bats. I think you could
see the D'Backs make a repeat trip even if they are not the Atlanta Braves or
the New York Yankees, both of whom almost always are counted among preseason
faves to still be playing in October (even though it's usually a case of the
Braves boffing it up somehow while the Yanks win it all).
In the American League, I think that the
Minnesota Twins might do some good. They'll be looking to stick it to
Commissioner Bud Selig who has the Twins on his short list of teams to axe
should his plans for league contraction become a reality. Fans will start
pouring into the Metrodome to support their nearly-dead team and the players
will react accordingly. Like they say, sports are a Catch-22... you can't have
fans at the games without giving them some good play to watch, but it's hard to
play well if you don't have the support of your fans. Somehow the Cubs have
defied this logic for decades. I still don't understand how. They typically
don't play that well (with some exceptions), but they almost always fill the
stands. You gotta give Cubs fans points for dedication.
So now you have my early season picks. They
are in writing so you can stick it to me later in the season when my whole plan
Thursday, 4 April 2002: While I will admit that E.R. has gotten a bit hard to swallow as
of late (don't ask me why... it just has a weird vibe going... some of it is
becoming a bit too soap opera-esque), I did like the way they handled Dr. Mark
Greene's (Anthony Edwards) final episode as a doctor tonight. Yes, he is still
in the show until the end of the season, he's just not gonna be working in the
E.R. anymore. For those who have been out of the show for a while or perhaps
have never watched it, Greene was diagnosed sometime last season with an
inoperable brain tumor. As would be expected, it has affected his ability to
work as a doctor. Tonight, he realized that he really doesn't have much time
left and that he's gonna spend it his way... no work, no chemo, just him and his
There were really three scenes that I liked
in particular in the episode. The first is the little girl who became Greene's
"final patient." She starts going off on a bit of a mythology lesson, teaching
Greene things he never realized. That kinda started the ball rolling. He
realized that there is so much more to life. Cliche... yes. But, still handled
well enough without trying to shove the realization down our throats. The second
was the homeless man who Greene had been helping all night. He tells Greene that
the rain that has been persisting all night has stopped. When Greene leaves at
the end of his shift, the rain outside has, in fact, stopped. Kinda the
not-so-subtle "you've made the right decision" nudge from up on high, or a
throwback to the Jimmy Cliff song "I Can See Clearly Now (the Rain is Gone)."
Okay, maybe not as well handled as the little girl's mythology lesson, but still
and all the same. The final scene involved a farewell between Greene and Dr.
John Carter (Noah Wyle) outside the E.R. Greene picks up the basketball that is
always sitting out there and instead of shooting it like he normally does, he
passes it off to Carter saying that it needs more air. Sort of the symbolic
passing of the torch but on a more casual level while also telling him that he
needs to "breathe more life" into the E.R. The toss off being to Carter because
he is the only other original cast member to have been with the show the whole
time. Sherry Stringfield is also an original cast member, but she left for a
couple of seasons and then came back.
Will the show survive without Greene and
Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle) who left earlier this season? Dunno. The staff
are going to need to find some good actors to fill in their shoes. They started
the process by bringing in another newbie (Sharif Atkins as Dr. Michael Gallant)
fresh out of medical school which will allow the writers to develop his
character from the ground up much as they did with Carter. Tonight, they
introduced another new character in Dr. Gregory Pratt (Mekhi Phifer). He's not a
regular cast member yet, but don't be surprised if you see his name and face in
the opening cast shots before the end of the season. Otherwise, we'll just have
to wait and see how the show does overall next season.
Wednesday, 3 April 2002: I realize
that the Primetime Emmy Awards happened way back when in November. However, I
feel that November is a bad time to be giving awards for a season that has only
just begun. It is now April and the Primetime TV season will be winding down in
another month and a half or so. Midseason replacement shows have kicked in full
swing. Shows that sucked early on have been given a chance to redeem themselves
(or not, in many cases... seriously, Jack and Karen winning supporting awards
for "Will & Grace" this year with how bad the writing has been?!?). In other
words, I feel that this is the perfect time to give out the real awards... the
only awards that matter... the Primetime Kapgar.com
Please remember that these votes reflect
only my opinions. I'll give Katie a chance to post her picks later on after she
reads this entry on the page. Below is the list of awards and who I feel deserve
them. You may feel free to e-mail me your votes
or categories that should be included and maybe I'll post them later.
Please note, when I say "Rookie," I mean
anyone who has just started this season either in a new series or an established
show regardless of if they've been in another show before or appeared as a guest
star in another show. "Veteran" is anyone who has been with an established
series since before this season. And these are my awards, so I can declare a
tie. Also, I don't get any sort of endorsement or payment for this, so there
ain't none of them cool little statuettes. Should any of the winners actually
read this page (Ha!), please just revel in the knowledge that you've
- Best Veteran Actor (Comedy) - Damon Wayans - Michael
Kyle, "My Wife and Kids"
- Best Veteran Actress (Comedy) -
Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Greene, "Friends"
- Best Veteran Actor (Drama) - (tie)
Chi McBride - Steven Harper, "Boston Public"; and William Peterson - Gil
- Best Veteran Actress (Drama) -
Charlotte Ross - Connie McDowell, "NYPD Blue"
- Best Rookie Actor (Comedy) - Ken
Marino - Andy, "Leap of Faith"
- Best Rookie Actress (Comedy) -
Sarah Paulson - Faith Wardwell, "Leap of Faith"
- Best Rookie Actor (Drama) - Michael
Rapaport - Danny Hanson, "Boston Public"
- Best Rookie Actress (Drama) - Jeri
Ryan - Ronnie Cooke, "Boston Public"
- Best Veteran Kiddie (Comedy or Drama)
- Erik Per Sullivan - Dewey, "Malcolm in the Middle"
- Best Rookie Kiddie (Comedy or Drama)
- Hallee Hirsh - Rachel Greene (not the same Rachel Greene from "Friends,"
- Best Game Show Host - Frank
Nicotero, "Street Smarts"
- Best Veteran Sitcom - "My Wife and
- Best Rookie Sitcom - "Leap of
- Best Veteran Drama - "CSI"
- Best Rookie Drama - "The American
- Best Damn Show on the Tube -
- Best Overall Network - with "Boston
Public," "Simpsons," "Malcolm in the Middle," and "The American Embassy" in its
If you don't agree with my picks... tough
luck. I've said it before and I'll say it again... if you want your own opinion,
get your own website. Or, to be somewhat more diplomatic, you can e-mail
me your picks if you so desire.
Tuesday, 2 April 2002: I was asking Katie about this yesterday and now I want your
opinion... Yesterday, as we all know, was April Fools Day. The night before,
forecasters were saying that the weather would be up in the 50s, yet anyone who
either lives in the Chicagoland area or watched the news probably knows that we
had a mini-snowstorm instead. It only wound up being an inch of snow, but still
and all the same, seven people in the midwest died as a result of the storm.
Katie suggested that maybe the forecasters were pulling one heckuvan April Fools
prank on the public. Now, my question is if this was a prank on the part of
forecasters and people dressed and made plans as though it was going to be the
predicted 50 degrees, can the forecasters be sued by the general public for
intentionally misleading them? I'm not saying that I would sue them. I could
give a damn. But, this is the United States -- the home of the frivolous lawsuit
-- and I wouldn't be surprised if someone does come up with this idea. I can't
imagine how they would go about proving it, but leave it to the lawyers to find
a way. So, could a prank like this be grounds for a lawsuit? Lemme know what you
Monday, 1 April 2002: Well, you won't be hearing the Chicago Bears say that they aren't
getting any respect this coming season. And I'm lovin' it. For the 2002-03, the
Bears will be featured in three Monday Night Football games. Hell yes. The first
will be on October 7 against the Green Bay Packers (always a classic rivalry) in
Chicago... or should I say Champaign-Urbana since Soldier Field is undergoing
renovations this season. The second is an away game scheduled for November 18
against the St. Louis Rams. The final MNF game is in Miami against the Dolphins
on December 9. If you'd like to see the schedule for all teams for the entire
2002 season, head on over to NFL.com. Or, if you'd like to provide
me with tickets to any of these games - hell, I'll take tickets to any Bears
game - contact me and make
me an offer I can't refuse.
Sunday, 31 March 2002: Happy Easter. 'Nuff said.