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Monday · January 22 2007

Drinking the Bears Kool-Aid isn't so bad

“You talked about a lot of people around the country picking the Saints in this game —”

“And you were one of them, Gene,” interrupted Smith.

Enjoy your nice bowl of crow, Mr. Wojciechowski. And be sure to share some with the rest of the ESPN. I'm sure there's a way you can all spin this into a Terrell Owens or a Yankees-Red Sox story.

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January 22 2007

okay, what is this constant reference to drinking kool-aid I keep seeing? Especially in context with the Bears. Perhaps some lit class assigned reading I managed to miss?

January 22 2007

What was the point spread on that game? I was surprised so many talking-head types were picking the Saints. The Seahawks game seemed to adequately demonstrate that Grossman had removed his head from his ass and could get it done.

January 22 2007

I read that story too. ESPN has become almost impossible to watch/read. They so heavily favor the East Coast teams, I bet there's still one or two people over there picking the Giants to win the Super Bowl this year. I once heard somebody call ESPN the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network and thought it was pretty accurate.

January 22 2007

That's certainly true with baseball - less so with football, although they often repeat the conventional idiocy that everyone ought to care about the New York teams because its the biggest market.

January 22 2007

According to wikipedia:

"The idiomatic expression "drinking the Kool-Aid" was originally a reference to the Merry Pranksters, a group of people associated with novelist Ken Kesey who in the early 1960s travelled around the United States and held events called "Acid Tests", where LSD-laced Kool-Aid was passed out to the public (LSD was legal at that time). Those who "drank the Kool-Aid" passed the "Acid Test." "Drinking the Kool-Aid" in that context meant accepting the LSD drug culture, and the Pranksters' "turned on" point of view. These events were described in Tom Wolfe's 1968 classic, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. [4]

It is also now closely associated with the 1978 cult mass-suicide/murder in Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, convinced his followers to move to Jonestown. Late in the year, he then ordered his flock to commit suicide by drinking grape-flavored Flavor Aid laced with potassium cyanide. In what is now commonly called the "Jonestown Massacre," a large majority of the 913 people later found dead drank the brew. (The discrepancy between the idiom and the actual occurrence is likely due to Flavor Aid's relative obscurity versus the easily recognizable Kool-Aid.) The precise expression can be attested in usage at least as early as 1987.[4]

One lasting legacy of the Jonestown tragedy is the saying, "Don't drink the Kool-Aid." This has come to mean, "Donít trust any group you find to be a little on the kooky side," or "Whatever they tell you, don't believe it too strongly."[1] The phrase can also be used in the opposite sense to indicate that one has blindly embraced a particular philosophy or perspective (a "Kool-Aid Drinker", or, as a cynical response to a fanatical claim, "sounds like someone's been drinking the Kool-Aid!").

In technology circles "drinking the Kool-Aid" is often used to describe the misguided or over-abundant enthusiasm someone has for their product and it's capabilities."

January 23 2007

thanks! I totally assumed it had something to do with pee.

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