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    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    First of all -- the online Monday Moaning was called "Monday Moanind" this week. Really, check it out. Slackers.

    "Can the media and people stop it with the over use and abuse of the word literally? I literally hear it dozens of times a day. The word literally comes up in conversations when there literally is no need for it. Literally this, literally that. Enough already!! I'm literally going crazy!!!!" - Medina

    There is literally a whole blog on the use of that word. Is it overused? Yes. Is it the only word we overuse for emphasis? REALLY, no. Literally has been literally abused for centuries, and by some fine authors, too. What is so troubling (or perhaps amusing) about the word is that people use it to emphasize the figurative. He's literally been hanging around the house all day. What, on a meat hook?

    "I think that the police union on the whole are deceiving themselves and the public by allowing their policemen to be so fat and out of shape. I don't think most of these guys could run 100 feet to catch someone, and I think it's a disservice to taxpayers." - Sagamore Hills

    Perhaps a certain young blond baby mama would be alive today if Mr. Cutts was literally too fat to catch her. The Jesse Davis story was literally on Countdown last night on MSNBC. Great, we have our very own Scott & Laci Peterson story, literally right here in Northeastern Ohio, literally complete with dead baby literally in utero.

    "When it was the Catholic church being chastised and investigated, it was always on the front page. Let's be fair. Abuse in the Protestant churches was on page 13. I don't call that fair." - Cleveland

    That's because the one true church gets the front page. Those other heathen churches get literally tucked away inside.

    "Cleveland baseball fans are so stupid. How can they boo the former Indians pitcher Jose Mesa after he saved more than 30 games for us in 1997? Doesn't that count for anything?" - Solon

    The Tribe won 86 games that year and finished 6.5 games ahead of the White Sox to win the Central Division. Sure, Mesa can take some of the credit. But Mesa must also take the blame for throwing away the lead in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. Who does that? Jose Mesa, that's who. Goat. And I blame Grover for putting him in. Everyone in the stands knew, everyone watching the TV knew. I knew. I knew that Mesa was going to blow it. I remember where I was. I was at SlamJams in Lakewood. They literally tore it down and built a CVS there, but I digress. We were all screaming at the TV, no! Don't put in Mesa! But Grover always played the numbers, never the gut. And so he put Mesa in. And Mesa allowed the tying run, and we went into extra innings. Literally took the wind right out of our sails. Instead of closing the game and winning the series, the Tribe went on to lose in the 11th inning, when Edgar Renteria hit the ball at Charles Nagy, and it bounced off Nagy's glove to center field. So why is Mesa the goat and not Nagy? Because Nagy was a starting pitcher, and it wasn't his job to save ballgames. It was Mesa's job. And Mesa blew it. He LITERALLY blew it. Jose Mesa is the goat. And so those saves he did in the regular season, at the moment of truth, he blew it. So, no. No credit. Goat. Literally a goat. I mean, he can't pitch anymore because ever since game seven, he has a cloven hoof where his hand would be.

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    Blogger Brian Kornell said ... (9:04 AM, June 26, 2007) : 

    I literally laughed my ass off at your use of literally in literally every single response.

     

    Blogger anne said ... (12:04 PM, June 26, 2007) : 

    I was literally gonna say the same thing, Kornell. You literally stole my thunder.

     

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