With Tim Lincecum throwing a no hitter yesterday, and all the news that Tim Lincecum is about to be traded from the San Francisco Giants to who knows where, let’s revisit again…..
“Dazed & Confused” is one of my all-time favorite movies. In college we quoted at least a half-dozen lines from it almost every time we attended a party. Among movies with no plot, it’s the greatest of all time. (Sorry Napoleon Dynamite, D&C has you beat here). The entire film takes place in Austin, Texas on May 28th, 1976.
Soon to be ex San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is actually Mitch Kramer, the main character in “Dazed and Confused.”
Although I’m nowhere near the first to make this observation, or the 101st, I’ve been stating it since at least 2005, and I did it quite A LOT when Lincecum got busted for weed possession. After all weed is what that movie was about. The joke is still true, and slightly funny, it’s getting into it’s 14th minute.
These things all have to close out sometime. If you live in Chicago and followed sports at all the past year, you likely HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE the Blackhawks’ goal-scoring song, Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger” because its been OVERPLAYED BEYOND ALL IMAGINATION. The next time I here that song…I’m not Daniel Day-Lewis, but there will be blood!
“I’m Shipping up to Boston” references concerning the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots? That’s so 2007! And Michigan State needs to retire their “300″ bit too. Also, throw in Dan “Boom Goes the Herron,” Buckeye peeps. Except that one was never actually funny. At any point.
Yes, yes, we’ve all had fun with the Lincecum is Kramer comparisons, but read this interview of Wiley Wiggins the actor who played Kramer, in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal: When was the first time someone brought the comparison between Tim Lincecum and Mitch Kramer to your attention?
Wiley Wiggins: I think the deluge started sometime during the summer of last year. It was pretty much all tweets from random people to me along the lines of, “Hey, are you pitching for the Giants now? Ha!” If I had a job pitching for the Giants, I probably wouldn’t be manning my own Twitter account.
WSJ: Do you agree that there’s a physical resemblance?
WW: Since I’ve undergone a horrible, slow transformation from effete, willowy teen with long hair into a sort of blocky, short-haired clone of my father, there’s not much of a resemblance to me now. I can see Mitch Kramer in him, though. I hope the other players don’t beat him with wooden paddles at the beginning of every season.
Read the whole piece here.
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