‘The absurdity of all that sound and fury’:
More than a few points on prior Hub Blog posts (scroll down), from Reader Matt:
“-- The LPZBH Bridge:
I hold the opposite view about the Zakim bridge. In looking at the tiny bit of river that the bridge needs to span, the soaring towers and cables and cantilevers seem like so much overkill. The absurdity of all that sound and fury is obvious when you look over at the parallel bridge that carries traffic between I-93 and Leverett Circle -- it's a simple bit of concrete. Did they really NEED to build such a grand bridge? Don't get me wrong, I like the aesthetics of the new bridge, I just don't think it was needed. What makes the Golden Gate so cool is that it spans the mouth of the huge bay!
“-- Fenway Park:
I think your view that people go to Fenway because it's Fenway might be true among the folks that take in a few games a year. But as a season ticket holder, I can tell you that I'm sick of the place. ... A third of the seats in the place (though not mine) are simply a horrible place to watch a game. It's obvious from the shenanigans during the sale of the team that the current ownership group was undercapitalized but got the team because they were Bud Selig's choice. They can't afford the nut on a new ballpark and are going to squeeze every last dime they can out of Fenway. That's all well and good when the Sox are in contention. But they've committed to slashing the payroll in the coming years. Now that the secrets of Billy Beane and ‘Moneyball’ are out in the open, I hope Theo and Larry have some tricks up their sleeve to keep the team competitive on a smaller budget. ...
“-- Finally, the UN and Iraq:
You want a dissenting voice about Bush's change of heart from a UN basher? How about this? Fuck George W. Bush!!! I can't think of one place on this god-forsaken planet where the introduction of UN troops has made a situation better. ...”