What a Christmas gift it would have been if the Wizards had actually beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers!
Yes, there were some bad calls in the last two minutes of the game. But only losers blame refs for losses. (I learned this from my high-school basketball coach, and it is one of the truest rules of sports.)
Anyway, I hope that everyone had a merry Christmas.
The Feast of St. Stephen (today) is a good day to renew one’s exercise routine.
It is also time to retire these old bests. Click “Bests” above for new special-edition Bests.
Best Edward Hopper painting: Nighthawks
Best William Faulkner novel: The Sound and the Fury
Best Theodore Roethke poem: I Knew a Woman
Best line from “The Queen”:
(Sylvia Syms as the Queen Mother speaking to the Queen, Helen Mirren)
“You must show your strength. Reassert your authority. You sit on the most powerful throne in Europe, head of an unbroken line that goes back more than a thousand years. Do you think any of your predecessors would have dropped everything and gone up to London because a bunch of hysterics carrying candles needed help with their grief?”
Best part of Handel’s Messiah oratorio: For unto us a Child is Born