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Harvard Sucks

November 19th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

A prank Yale pulled at the 2004 Harvard-Yale game

Harvard sucks.

Yes, I went to Yale, so I’m supposed to say that. But, no, really, Harvard sucks. Because, in advance of the Harvard-Yale game this weekend–aka “The Game”–Harvard comedy group, On Harvard Time, put out a video spoofing “Why I Chose Yale,” that singing-and-dancing Yale admissions video that made the rounds earlier in the year, only instead of just targeting the university, the Harvard spoof made fun of poor people in New Haven–which has the second-highest poverty level in CT and where 1 in 4 families live below the line–and mocked poverty’s attendant issues, like crime and homelessness.

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Now, it doesn’t take a Harvard education to know that poverty really fucking sucks. But apparently it takes a Harvard education to think it’s hilarious!

(Sidenote: The majority of New Haven’s poor also happen to be people of color. Make of that what you will.)

Also hilarious: murder! The On Harvard Time video originally included a joke about the murder of Yale grad student, Annie Le–”What happened to that girl that got murdered and stuffed in a wall?” went the line around the :55 mark–which was subsequently changed after Yale students publicly expressed outrage.

Don’t get me wrong. Yale sucks too. Its admission video that On Harvard Time was Continue reading Harvard Sucks

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mao Asada Gets Her Day

March 29th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Ice Queens: First Loser Kim Yu-Na and Winner Mao Asada at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championship in Turin, Italy

Name: Mao Asada

Age: 19

Hails from: Japan

Occupation: Figure skater

Known for: Playing second-fiddle to Queen Yu-Na at this year’s Winter Olympics; looking woefully sad on the medal podium while collecting her silver; inspiring some crazy nationalism between Japan and Korea; being the first woman to land two triple-axels in the same program back in 2006; finally getting redemption a month after the Olympics at the World Championships by beating Yu-Na, who fell on a triple salchow during her free skate.

So the rivalry between Yu-Na and Mao? Yeah, it’s ON. Like Ali-Frazier, but with sequins and spangles and a shit-ton of makeup.

Meanwhile, you gotta love the headlines from some of the Korean news outlets, which aren’t reporting Mao’s triumph so much as Yu-Na’s failure. From the Korea Times: “Yu-Na Fails to Defend Title.” And from Chosun Ilbo: “Kim Yu-Na Loses World Title in Turin.”

Ouch!

[SF Chronicle: Japan's Asada tops rival Kim to capture world skating title]

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Oh Gods, Oh Gods, Are You There?

December 5th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Those of you that have been with us for awhile know DISGRASIAN’s football history of solidarity. One of us a Cowboy, the other a Steeler, but somehow we’ve always made it work.

Truth be told, it’s been a lot easier for us to do this over the last handful of years because our teams haven’t even played each other since October of 2004. What’s a rivalry without a faceoff, we ask you? Old history.

But on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet at the line of scrimmage. Shit, muthafuckaz! What more can we do than leave this one to the gods?

Let us pray:

From: Jen
Date: December 5, 2008

Dear Football Gods,

Um, hai. Let me put this to you as respectfully as I can: WHATTHEFUCK?! How could you pit my Cowboys against Diana’s Steelers this Sunday? Did you not get my last letter about the delicate art of preserving friendship and how it is painful, bordering on immoral, for me to root against smiley Hines Ward and sexy Troy Polamalu and people with disabilities, like brain-damaged Ben Roethlisberger?…

From: Diana
Date: December 5, 2008

Helloooo Football Gods!

Sorry I haven’t been in touch lately and thanks so much for the Pats and Bengals victories! I’m really sorry I lagged on person-to-Gods contact earlier this season when we faced the Colts, and understand what you were telling me when Ben Roethlisberger threw all of those stupid interceptions. Thank you, Gods, for teaching me the value of humility through the occasional failures of my QB and offensive line.

So let’s talk about this weekend, because now… we face the Cowboys. I probably have more Cowboy fan friends than any other lady that bleeds black and gold in the country–but you know who the most important one is: Jen. There’s got to be a way for this to turn out well, and only you know how…

…You and I both know that this is a pathetically transparent ratings ploy and nothing more. All the talk about this “historic rivalry” and the battle between good and evil is as archaic as a rotary-dial phone. The real drama between our two teams died in the 70′s, along with the popularity of polyester clothing, and I was too young and Diana was too unborn to even remember it. Plus, the interception-party that was Super Bowl XXX was really humiliating enough for the Steelers to make all of us Cowboy fans go, in perpetuity, “Steel Curtain Schmurtain…”
…Listen, I wasn’t even alive in the seventies, and certainly was not eating chips during Super Bowl X and Super Bowl XIII. What do I care about that old-school news? Only my three older sisters give a rat’s behind about caca like that, and lawd knows I don’t aspire to think/act/work/decorate/drive/speak/shit like my sisters. And yes, losing Super Bowl XXX sucked when I was in junior high–but if you think about it, me and my guys have already celebrated a new ring in the new millennium; Dallas is still polishing up that bauble from the nineties. Do you remember the nineties? Blazers, rollerblades, Soundgarden and Blossom were in fashion. You can’t trust a decade like that…
…To be perfectly honest, I’ve never given a rat’s ass about the Steelers. As a decades-long Cowboy fan, I’ve been nourished solely by my hate for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers (because of Montana, my childhood-dream killer), and the New York Giants, in that order…
…After all, shouldn’t we all just pull together and focus on taking down the real shitheads of this league? Colts. Pats. Giants. Jaguars. Browns. Eagles. Texans. Redskins. Say what you will about how good they are–to me, they’re all a bunch of douchnozzles. I want to punch them all in the neck meat! Fuzz ‘em all…
…Dudes, I don’t even have the time to hate on the Steelers because I gotta do other stuff to live and breathe and be a member of the human race, like blog and eat dinner and get the occasional pedicure. I am still barely able to acknowledge that the AFC is a conference, despite its supremacy over the last 10 years, because the NFL of my dreams, my subconscious, my very fiber of being, is 8 years old, garbed in Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader satin, thinking existentially about football, specifically about what exactly is the raison d’etre of teams like the Dolphins and the Chiefs and the Bills and the Bengals, other than to be our–the NFC’s–little bitch.
…You know what? When it comes down to it, I’m not sure I care who wins on Sunday. There are so many other things to worry about–most importantly, DISGRASIAN’s quest for world dominasian. Regardless of who scores the most this weekend, it means that either Jen or I can be a winner, and as long as one of us is winning (and everrrybody else is losing), we’re all good in the hood, yo…
Given what I’ve just told you, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m fine with you giving the game to Diana. We lead this “historic rivalry” 15-14, and a Steelers win on Sunday would tie things up, and that would make her very happy. More importantly, a Steelers loss would hurt her more than a Cowboys loss would me. I mean, Hurt Schmurt, I lived through Danny White–the Drew Bledsoe of his time–and watched The Catch on live television, remember? And yeah, we need the win to stay in playoff contention, but I think we’ll finish strong anyway (provided we get Marion Barber back soon–see what you can do about that, please). Really, I’d hate to burst Diana’s sweetly innocent bubble more than I’d hate losing to her team.

Do you think this qualifies as me being “the bigger person” and will it get me into Football Heaven? Just checking, cuz I really really want to go to Football Heaven.

Amen,
Jen

Y’know what? Fuck it. Give the game to Jen–first of all, this is her birthday weekend! It would be really shitty if she didn’t have this to celebrate. Anyway, my guys are looking just fine in our division–all I care about at this point is the playoffs.

But just one last thing: please, please, please just don’t let Ben throw a ton of embarrassing interceptions, okay? I still have to show up to HQ with my head held high on Monday morning.

Amen,
Diana

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN!

August 14th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Happy birthday to Olympic breaststroker Brendan Hansen, who turns 27 Friday!

Sure, this isn’t Brendan’s year, or his Olympics. But we hafta say, without a real Hansen-Kosuke Kitajima rivalry in Beijing, swimming isn’t quite the same (Michael Phelps’ achievements notwithstanding). Hansen and Kitajima–they need each other. Without those two side-by-side in the pool, gunning for the wall, all we see is a field of nameless, faceless athletes, swimming a second-class stroke that has the polite word for “boob” in it.

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