“You think Stanleys grow on trees? Well they don’t. There is no Stanley tree. You think the world is crawling with Phyllis’? Show me that farm.”—Michael Scott, Season 3
The final episode of The Office airs tomorrow night. Let that sink in. What were you doing when the series began, in 2005? Where were you? What kind of person were you? Nine years is a long time. I was a freshman in college when it started. Now I’ve got nearly five years of real-life office experience. No TV show has made me laugh and care about the characters as much as The Office.
The late-night reruns remind us of how much we used to laugh; these days we’ll take a few honest chuckles. But like a Mets fan in the winter, Office devotees will soon find out whether no Office is better than a half-decent Office. I’ll miss it, but it’s time for it to go.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on May 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Jason Collins is the first active male athlete in one of the four major North American sports to announce he is gay. When you see it in writing or say it aloud, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Remember though, none of the thousands of baseball, basketball, football, or hockey players had ever come out before. It’s a big deal.
That is not to undermine the other gay athletes who have paved the way. Collins acknowledged as much in his thoughtful essay in Sports Illustrated this week. Collins, since he is still in the league, has taken it a step further. Others will follow his lead. A gay friend told me she applauds Collins’ courage but looks forward to the day when an athlete coming out is not a news item at all.
Those questioning Collins’ motives are, at best, overly cynical. This is not a publicity stunt, nor is it a carefully crafted plan to extend his basketball career. If no NBA team wants him next season, he won’t sue the league for discrimination. He says he doesn’t even plan to write a book. Why did Collins come out now, near the tail end of his career? How is that a fair question? Straight people never have to think about when to come out as straight. As an invisible minority, Collins could have gone his whole life without publicly revealing his sexual orientation.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on May 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Would you like to be dealt a blackjack hand by Drew Brees? Watch Reggie Bush spin the roulette wheel or have Jimmy Graham pass you the craps dice? Just visit the New Orleans Harrah’s on a Sunday during football season; casino employees are allowed to wear NFL jerseys, a policy 95 percent take advantage of. Starting on Saturday night and going through Sunday, the casino floor turns into the stands at the Superdome. All but one of the participating employees I saw last weekend chose a Saints jersey — there was a 3-Card Poker dealer wearing a Mike Wallace (Steelers) jersey. Most of them chose some variation of a Brees jersey — home, away, Pro Bowl, pink, Super Bowl patch, “Cool Brees.” The best I saw was a senior woman dealing blackjack with an Archie Manning jersey.
Posted by Andrew Kahn on October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm