For all you Harvard fans out there like me,

GoCrimson.com reports:

TIAA-CREF Ivy League Game of the Week Kicks Off With Harvard On Versus Television

Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
Release: 08/14/2008

-Content courtesy of Ivy League Sports 

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League Office announced today an agreement with VERSUS for unprecedented national television coverage for its 2008 football season. VERSUS will televise five Ivy League football games under the title “The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF,” beginning on October 11, at noon as Cornell Big Red visits the defending champion Harvard Crimson.

Harvard will also complete the season package when it hosts Yale in the 125th playing of The Game and Harvard Stadium on November 22 at noon.

This agreement marks the first time since the early 1990s that Ivy League football games have been packaged together nationally. “The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF,” will reach more homes than any other games in Ivy League football history, as VERSUS is currently in more than 73 million U.S. homes.

“The entire Ivy League community is thrilled to have the heart of our football season broadcast nationally this year by VERSUS, and we appreciate TIAA-CREF’s strong support to make it possible. Our students and home communities, and our alumni around the country, as well as college football fans everywhere, will be able to watch top-notch football and celebrate great rivalries,” said Jeff Orleans, Executive Director, Council of Ivy Group Presidents.

The Ivy League includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. With the nation’s longest history of football competition, the Ivy League also sponsors championship competition in more sports, for more athletes, than any other conference in the country. Ivy League student-athletes have outstanding competitive and academic records and Ivy League football alumni of every era are among the most distinguished in the country.

“Ivy League football has an incredible legacy supported by a passionate fan base and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to present these historic rivalries to a national audience,” said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS. “The addition of five Ivy League games to the network’s 2008 schedule will undoubtedly help solidify VERSUS’ position as a top television destination for college football.”

VERSUS’ Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF 2008 schedule follows:
Schedule subject to change

October 11, Noon, Cornell at Harvard
October 25, 4 p.m., Dartmouth at Columbia
November 1, Noon, Brown at Penn
November 15, Noon, Princeton at Yale
November 22, Noon, Yale at Harvard

About Versus
VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 73 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cage fighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can’t find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

About TIAA-Cref
TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org) is a national financial services organization and the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields with more than $420 billion in combined assets under management. (6/30/08).

Long Island Recollections: What Shakespeare Teaches us of Superheroes.

This weekend I had a great conversation with my good friend Ellis who is a tremendous fan of the show Smallville, which is about Superman as a teenager. We got to talking about the publication histories of major characters, the intents of the characters’ creators, and the effect that time had had on the development of the depth and significance of great characters such as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. I mentioned that I believe there are probably a finite number of basic archetypal characters from which all superheroes are derived. Ellis pointed out that these three in particular represented three basic archetypes: Superman, the hero who is born with super powers; Batman, the hero who has no super powers; and Spider-Man, the hero who suddenly gets super powers at some point in his life. Later that weekend, I remembered a line from Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night.

“…some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

Back in the day, William Shakespeare keenly observed that among heroes, some such as Superman are born great, some such as Batman and Iron Man achieve their own greatness, and some such as Spider-Man and the Hulk have greatness literally thrust upon them.

More on this later…

Long Island Recollections: The Pearl Cream Commercial

My friend Bob and I travelled to Long Island this weekend for our friends Shawn and Christina’s wedding. While stuck in traffic on the L.I.E., after doing a quite funny impression of a sassy Chinese lady, Bob recalled this gem from the 1908s. This one’s for you, Bob.

Music Video: Dick in a Box – Uncensored (Andy Samberg & Justin Timberlake)

Man, I had forgotten how incredibly funny this was.

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Ed Norton vs. Guillermo the Hulk

Many of you may have seen this already, but this is too funny to pass up.

Czech cartoons

I don’t speak Czech, but I’ve discovered some awesome cartoons from the ’60s and ’70s that were apparently popular in the former Chzechoslovakia.

The first is Kretek, the Mole, in this episode discovering a lollipop.  It’s amazing how much a tiny yet sentient animal can do with a lollipop when he’s determined to figure it out.

The second is a wonderful episode of Bob a Bobek, a small bunny and his larger pal who like to mess around while engaging in janitorial duties, only to save the day in the end.

MahnaMahna!! (or more accurately Mah Nà Mah Nà)

I LOVED it when the muppets did this, and it’s now on Cake‘s CD B-Sides and Rarities.  Apparently, the song was originally part of the soundtrack of a late 1960s Italian pseudo-documentary about Swedish porn.  I think that’s really really funny.  Anyway, enjoy this video, and thanks again to Happilykim’s Weblog for this.