The To-Do List: Baseball Everything, Reege and Hockeybutt
What to watch for over the next week in sports and pop culture
Extra Mustard’s weekly guide on what to watch for in movies, TV, music, books, websites, games and pop culture at large over the next seven days.
Bud Selig Must (Funny or) Die
We’re not even a week into baseball season and already people are calling for the Commish’s head. In this case, the appeal for Selig’s demise comes from Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Tony Hale (Arrested Development) and Eric Artell (Superhero Movie) in a hilarious Funny or Die video short entitled ”Buddy Selig Must Die” that naturally involves time travel, former President George W. Bush and the fate of mankind.
New book smell and old baseball mitt leather
Little known fact: these are a few of Julie Andrews’s favorite things that got cut from the lyrics of the famous Sound of Music song. Combine these two classic favorites with the latest crop of baseball books. This season’s harvest includes Daily News sports columnist Filip Bondy’s Who’s on Worst: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History, ex-Wall Street trader Joe Peta’s Trading Bases, a chronicle of how he improved on Moneyball’s famed sabermetrics to place bets on Major League Baseball game with a 41 percent return in his first year, and NYU President John Sexton’s new tome, Baseball As a Road to God, inspired by the college course of the same name he has taught for the past decade-plus. Catch Sexton making author appearances at Villanova University on Thursday and at Drew University on Friday.
What’s better than baseball books? Baseball movies! Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn kicks off a month of baseball-themed Saturday brunchtime screenings tomorrow with The Bad News Bears (the original Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, 1976 version). Nitehawk, if you’re not familiar, is one of the rare movie theaters that serves booze and a full menu right to your seats so if you order a beer, a hot dog and some popcorn, it will feel just like you’re in the stands at a real ballgame (minus The Wave and the YMCA dance). Selections later this month include A League of Their Own and Sandlot (Wendy Peffercorn!). If you’re not in Brooklyn, first of all I feel sorry for you, and second of all, rent the movie, watch along at home and get your mom to make you a snack. It will almost feel the same. (For the full, authentic experience just don’t forget to tip your mom. Unless she brings you the purple stuff. Then all bets are off.)
Late Night Lineup: Reege! VICE! Vince Vaughn!
This week’s late night talk show highlights include Regis Philbin on Last Call With Carson Daly on Tuesday (NBC, 1:35 a.m. ET). The 81-year-old Notre Dame diehard will be a big part of Fox’s new cable sports network, Fox Sports 1, which launches in August, hosting ”Rush Hour,” an evening roundtable talk-show show.
On Wednesday, VICE magazine co-founder Shane Smith visits The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET). I’m sure uber-patriot Stephen Colbert will want to know all about Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea for VICE’s new documentary show on HBO.
Hockeybutt no more
Speaking of Chicago and sports, check out the latest brick-and-mortar try-before-you-buy shop opened by Bonobos, the online menswear brand co-founded by a former Ivy League athlete when he couldn’t find a pair of pants to fit his particular athletic build, known in locker rooms worldwide as “hockeybutt” (a round, muscular posterior associated with athletes like hockey players, football players, Olympic weightlifters and sprinters). The label has found fans in plenty of pro athletes, including NFL veteran Hunter Hillenmeyer, who showed up at the opening for the new Chicago “Guideshop” this past Wednesday (below, left). On Tuesday, the brand continues its global campaign to eliminate saggy, ill-fitting “Khaki Diaper Butt” with a private party to celebrate the year anniversary of its Boston location. You’re not invited, but former Patriots offensive guard Joe Andruzzi will be there and maybe if you wait patiently outside and ask him to sign your pants, he’ll oblige.