If ever there was a game that underscores the importance of turnovers, it was the Bucs' win over the Saints. The Saints offense outgained the Bucs 332-254. Saints QB Drew Brees looked imposing most of the game, going 25-47 for 296 yards and two touchdowns. But Brees three three interceptions, all of them at crucial points in the second half (including one that set up the winning Bucs field goal, and another that ended the Saints' comeback chance).
By contrast, Bucs QB Jeff Garcia was a fairly pedestrian 9 for 23 for 119 yards and one touchdown. He did not, however, throw an interception. (Garcia helped his cause immensely by rushing seven times for 42 yards, including a couple of key runs.) The Bucs only turnover was an early fumble by WR Michael Clayton, who was stripped in the first quarter. The Saints couldn't turn it into points, though, giving the ball back after a 4th down play.
Ronde Barber continued his redemption effort with another good game, including a tipped ball that led to a key interception by Cato June. Barber was called for holding on Jeremy Shockey, which nullified a Bucs interception. The play looked to me, and I'm assuming pretty much everyone who calls themselves a Bucs fan, that Barber merely held his ground and Shockey ran into him.
A top candidate for Bucs game MVP was Saints RB Reggie Bush. He dropped several passes and, on punt returns, did his Dexter Jackson act by running backwards and sideways (and losing a ton of yardage).
Bucs returner Clifton Smith had another really good day running straight ahead, and -- yeah! -- he didn't fumble.
A subscription to a local theater is a great gift for the stagestruck, not to mention a superb way to ensure the stability of Tampa Bays often cash-strapped companies. But why give a subscription when the seasons half over? Good question, but many local troupes have an answer: the flexible pass, which allows subscribers to apply ticket money to specific shows rather than requiring a full-season purchase. That means if you like whats on tap in coming months, a subscription will still get you your moneys worth. American Stage, Gorilla Theatre and Stageworks are among the companies that offer such an arrangement, and Jobsite Theater is currently selling remainder-of-season subscriptions at a substantial discount.
Gift this: At American Stage, the six-ticket Flex Pass could be applied any number of ways. You could go seasonal and buy six tickets to A Tuna Christmas. Or you could wait till spring and buy two tickets apiece to August Wilsons King Hedley II, Aristophanes Lysistrata and the musical Altar Boyz performed outdoors at Demens Landing. Or buy three tickets to Tuna, two tickets to II and one ticket for either Lysistrata or the Boyz. The permutations are endless and entirely up to you (or the lucky person you give the pass to). One caveat: You can't apply the Flex Pass to AmStage After Hours shows like the current Santaland Diaries (above left); those are "pay as you can" shows, so the pass wouldn't give you much of a bargain. But consider this: Since Santaland is just about the funniest thing ever written by man (or at least by David Sedaris, and that's saying something), you should consider throwing in some advance tickets to the show along with the pass. Flex Pass, $129 for six tickets; NextWave Pass, six tickets for those 30 years old or younger, $92. americanstage.org/seasonpass.php, 727-823-PLAY.
Photo of Brian Shea in The Santaland Diaries courtesy American Stage.
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Let's dispense with the gripping opening paragraph and cut to the chase, shall we? This is the text message that greeted me this otherwise lovely Saturday morning:
"I had a dream about you."
That's a good start. I like me them kind of text messages.
"You were mean to me in it."
"You shouldn't be mean to me in my dreams. I don't like it."
In 1984,Yves Delorme French linens, but the store today is much more than high-end fabrics, with all kinds of collectibles and one-of-a-kinds, like Gasparilla Christmas ornaments hand-painted onto goose eggs ($22, see photo at right), womens aprons made from discontinued fabric swatches, and baptism gowns. You can spend $20 or $200 with equal ease and not feel self-conscious either way.
3001 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-6189.
Photos by Wayne Garcia
I had a feeling today would be a slow movie news day the moment I got on the Howard Frankland and started blowing by everyone else in my '85 Merc. Usually, 80 mph isn't nearly enough to keep up with the other caffeinated leadfoots eager to send themselves (and the rest of us) to an early grave. But this morning, you'd have thought I was sporting a Universal Studios FastPass as I blew by all the poor souls who O.D.'d on tryptophan and were dreading being the only assholes at work while the rest of the world did its Christmas shopping for 25 percent off.
Fuckin' A, why can't EVERY DAY be like Black Friday California has truck-only lanes; the Frankland needs to have a lane specifically for copy editors to get to work as quickly as possible so we can have that first coffee and cigarette of the day before stewing at our desks over all the fucking work we have to do. Like copy edit. And write headlines. And blog shit like this. Find a blackboard, Shelton Quarles, and make this shit happen
Sure enough, the choice tidbits are few and far between, but duty, as they say, calls. And my post-Thanksgiving gift to you: No Star Trek or Watchmen updates.
Black Friday, indeed: Steve Guttenberg says sequels to Police Academy and Three Men and a Baby are in the works. Ha, ha, good one, Steve. Seriously, stop kidding around. No, really. Shut the fuck up.
Joss Whedon ready to bring Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hold on to your hormones, ladies: Johnny Depp and Christian Bale are respective adversaries John Dillinger and Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann's Public Enemies, a Cream Team pairing sure to keep theater ushers everywhere on "moist-seat alert." Have your canisters of talcum powder ready, boys!
Tom Tykwer's The International is set to open next year's 59th Annual Berlin Film Festival. Normally I wouldn't post this kind of Eurocentric fare, but Tykwer's Run Lola Run is one of my favorite films, and with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts starring, I can't wait to get a look at this. (Unless, of course, the buzz is really bad, in which case I'll slam the film sight unseen.)
And finally, some strong Oscar buzz is swirling around Clint Eastwood's performance in the upcoming Gran Torino.
See, I told you there'd be no Star Trek or Watchmen. Have a great weekend.
Holy shit. It's the holidays already. Which means most of us will be drinking even more than normal. Most likely in a fortified, well-stocked bedroom where those obnoxious relatives can't find us -- or a dingy neighborhood bar. Here are some tunes to help with the process. Cheers.
Easily the most disturbing moment of yesterday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the live Rickrolling of the audience. And is that a blue penis in the opening part? I thought this was a family show!
Lots of glossy flyers in the paper, an abundance of advertisements on TV, and websites like BlackFriday.Net, BlackFriday.Info, and Black Friday Ads to guide you on the big box retailers, here's a few local indies that are offering their own post-Turkey Day deals.
Buffalo Gal Vintage, which is holding a storewide post-Turkey Day sale -- 15 percent off vintage sweaters, 20 percent off vintage coats, purses and hats, and much more. Plus, the place also carries some pretty killer looking reproduction vintage clothing by Stop Staring (like the emerald dress pictured at right), sassy rockabilly clothing by TVK and other fun lines. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Petersburg.
ARTpool Gallery and Boutique holds a Black Friday Sale, with 50 percent discounts on men and women's vintage clothing and $50 gift certificates for $25. Noon-5 p.m., St. Petersburg.
Mojo Books and Music opens early and offers 20 percent off all used merchandise and 10 percent off new merchandise (books, music, CDs, vinyl, DVDs and pop culture goodies -- posters, figurines, t-shirts and more). Surprise buy-1-get-1-free and buy-2-get-1-free deals are scattered in random sections throughout the store, and all Mojo punch cards used between 9 a.m. and noon get an early shopping bonus -- instead of the usual one stamp for every $10 you spend, you get two. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tampa.
Second Image Thrift Store is also getting in on the Black Friday sales bug with half-off sales on all clothing except boutique items, 25 percent off shoes, and 25 percent off jewelry; sales on books and other items TBA. You can also print out a $5-off coupon at the website. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tampa.
Perfume World, a family owned and operated designer fragrance retailer in Westshore Plaza, offers 20 percent off select fragrances with a special Black Friday ad that's actually good through Dec. 10. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tampa.
A new store in St. Petersburg, Higher Self Gifts and Tea, stages its grand opening celebration today and offers a storewide sale on its merchandise -- oraganic teas, blown glass, local art, jewelry, footwear, oils and incense, clothing and more. Regular Friday hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; tonight's party with a tea tasting, live art demos and music takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.
Today and tomorrow, Twice as Nice -- a quaint upscale ladies boutique located in a bungalow in downtown Dunedin -- offers 40 to 50 percent discounts on apparel and gifts throughout the store. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dunedin.
The Designer's Consigner offers various in-store specials, including 20 percent off the current price of all black items. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Petersburg.
Hula Hula hosts a Holiday Sale of tropical gifts -- retro flamingo pattern tablecloths and napkins, lotions, bath gels, Hawaiian perfumes, and plenty elses. Mention you heard about the sale on LocalShop1.com and get a 10 percent discount. (Thanks to LocalShop1 for this one.) Noon-6 p.m., Gulfport.
Who've I forgotten? I'm certain there's places I've left out. If you know about a sale at a local indie store that takes place today or even this weekend, leave your suggestions below.
Let's dispense with the news (save that for Friday) and just recap some of the things we have to be thankful for in the world of cinema this year:
What looks to be a major comeback by Mickey Rourke:
The Dark Knight wasn't just the best superhero film of the year (and possibly all time). It was a piece of magnificent filmmaking that transcended its genre.
Speaking of Beach Theatre: Its screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut.
Speaking of Tampa Theatre: Its screening of the sing-along The Little Mermaid.
That I get to come to work and blog about movies.
And one sappy, non-movie-related note of gratitude: That I got to hang out for eight months with Emily Reddy, frequent contributor to WMNF and the new associate producer for WPSU in State College, Pa. I'd say "Go Nittany Lions," but I can't.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
Happy Thanksgiving! Keeping it short today, gotta run off and make some buttered toast and popcorn