I was pretty harsh on Ringo last night, and I’m here to apologize.
This is pathetic. Ringo isn’t even the lead drummer, he’s backup to a guy that still has chops. #Grammys— Greg Allbright (@GregAllbright) January 27, 2014
Having had the night to think on the performance I’m much more understanding of Ringo, and upset with CBS and Paul McCartney.
When I heard Ringo and Paul were performing together again I had high expectations and was looking forward to it. I thought that we would see something special. So I had my hopes up that both of them would do something together unique and contribute equally. Maybe Ringo would sing with Paul, or just play drums, I was cool with both.
What we got, for me, was a big disappoint that I felt did a disservice to Ringo. Ringo didn’t make a significant contribution to the music and he also didn’t have any kind of interplay with Paul.
I wasn’t expecting them to trade fours or sing a love duet, but I did expect both to make a significant contribution to the music. It felt like Ringo was kind of an add-on as the second drummer. Yes he was highlighted with the spotlight but it was clear the Paul McCartney’s main drummer was the lead drummer and was providing all of what was going on.
When the producers would show Ringo, he didn’t seem to know where they were and wasn’t playing a real contributing role in the music. The producers should have focused on him as a close up and not tried to focus on his playing.
The most disappointing part of the performance was Ringo not being given an opportunity to have any kind of significant role in the music they played together.
The performance felt lazily put together without much care or foresight to what the audience would want. The reason why they were forced to be together in the first place was the CBS producers wanted to promote the fact they had the Beatles salute show coming up in a few weeks. I also think Paul McCartney should’ve done better by his boy. He could have spent some time thinking through what they could have done together that was meaningful to the performance. We we got was a disappointment.
Walking Dead has gotten off to a slow start this season…one episode featured Rick packing a car for a whole segment. Very exciting stuff. Below are my suggestions for bumping up the pace and excitement.
1. More sex. It’s the end of the world. Most of these characters won’t make it out of the episode much less season. We’ve had two to three sex scenes in four years and one of those involved the uber-creepy “Governor” and highly annoying Andrea. Put down the protective devices and bust out the lube and toys. And don’t be afraid to get carnal with a zombie…at least you know they will go all night.
2. Head back to the farm. Season 2 was stationed at Herschel’s farm, and we thought THAT was a snooze-fest. Season 4 makes the farm look like a Paul Greengrass movie after snorting an eight ball.
3. Have a “Red-wedding” episode. Invite all of the characters that have been on the show the longest, like Rick, Daryl, and Carl over to a feast or wedding put on by the new and unsuspectingly nice group that have started a collective in the next town over. While at dinner kill off our beloved characters so we are forced to start the series over with new people. Bask in the outcry of fans who can’t believe you killed off so many people…and who also call themselves out for having not been true fans in the first place or else they would have read the books and known what’s coming.
4. Have the characters build a new website for our healthcare system. Without access to modern telecommunications, power, or anyone in the group familiar with network applications, the group still manages to build something better than the piece of shit we have now.
5. Time to start running out of bullets. Stop using the “unlimited bullets cheat” like it’s a game variant in Halo. By now all the bullets ever made have been exhausted, especially with the terrible shots we have on cast. Try fighting your way through a horde of 50 zombies with a pick ax and sword and see how long those little kids and one-legged Herschel make it.
How would you spice up the Walking Dead this season?
It’s easy to see when a QB fails, we see him throw a bad ball or INT or fail to avoid a sack. It’s harder to see how poorly an interior lineman holds his gaps, or pivots off his initial assignment to pick up a weakside rusher. That’s WAY beyond 95% of fans.
The Cowboys had one of the best Olines in history under Aikman and he took advantage, along with having arguably the best running back ever. Teams had to compensate for a power run game, deep WR threats that ran disciplined routes and a QB with great accuracy. The current team has none of that, the running game is a shell of our former greatness, we pick up spare Olineman the week before our season starts b/c the guy we had was worse than expected. Our receiver core is painfully inconsistent in route running and in just staying healthy.
Add all that up with a QB in Romo that admittedly tries to do too much but it’s bc he has shit to work with and takes it on himself to try and win games.
The real culprit in all of this is the GM/Owner, a man that thinks he knows talent and how to build a team, but who through terrible terrible drafting has decimated this team with massive holes throughout the squad. He also neuters the effectiveness of his scouts and coaches by consistently overriding their professional opinions to satisfy his own “Wildcatters” instinct. If you are a big enough idiot and asshole to think 500 coaches could have won those two 90’s Super Bowl’s, you are bound to tank a storied franchise in the shit for as long as you think you have any idea what you are talking about.
Please folks, cut Romo some slack, he’s trying to win games with a farce of talent around him. Save your venom and frustrations for the only person responsible for almost 15 years of futility.