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Drabblecast 103 - Out of His League

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:04 pm
by Kevin Anderson
Drabblecast 103

Out of His League
by Bruce Golden

An influx of uniformed combatants filed into the room, some mumbling,
others grumbling-- the sure sign of another loss. In moments the place
smelled of dirty socks and planetary jocks...


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Drabble- Sammy Has a Good Day
by Josh Hugo

Music by Victor Stellar and Ed Meeker

Who Wants to Watch Fox? | Artwork by Free Mode

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:19 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
I was very skeptical about this story at first. Planets playing baseball... Sounds... stupid.

But it defied my expectations and ended up being a lot of fun. I loved all the geeky astronomy jokes. Neptune lingering in the shower. Jupiter lamenting his lost chance to be a star. Saturn donning his flashy bling. Mars picking fights with everyone. Venus being concerned with maintaining good relationships... None of these were LOLers, but I felt a pleasant sense of geeky affirmation as I got them all. Quality chuckles.

Bruce has got some talent to take something as esoteric and obscure as the demotion of Pluto and pull ten minutes of solid comedy out of it. Good show!

I did laugh out loud over the Elmo bit. "Who wants to give us donations?" Priceless.

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:23 am
by Beth Peters
Yes, the Elmo bit had me cracking up too. For the record, I heard "Who wants to watch Fox?" off the bat (no pun intended), but maybe that's just because I'm easily brainwashed by subliminal marketing.

Drabble: Didn't get it at first, then listened again. Nice! Two 50 word stories split up and combined under one event, not easy! Who hasn't thought about jumping off their house with a towel-cape? Who hasn't thought about scientifically altering gravity? Synergy baby.

Story: Short. Awesome. Agree with everything Tweedy said. Total geek hilarity, was skeptical for just a few seconds but then he pulled it off. Nice voices, fit perfectly. Get Uranus out of the head... now there's a line t remember.

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:32 pm
by strawman
My favorite line: "I coulda been a star."
Another DC jewel.

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:57 pm
by Dr. Sax
This one was once again, very much worth listening to. I just might listen to it again. Quality chuckles throughout. I too was taken by the geekiness.

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:02 pm
by zZzacha
Great episode, again!

The main story was full of funnies, I had mucho fun with that! I loved the astronomy jokes, don't know if I'm geeky enough to have caught them all but I'm pretty sure I missed all the sports jokes!

Mr. Tweedy, I haven't heard your expert opinion on the Drabble. Did ya think it was a good one? Well, I thought it was fun! Any story with towels and loss of gravity is cool by definition.

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:13 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
zZzacha wrote:Mr. Tweedy, I haven't heard your expert opinion on the Drabble. Did ya think it was a good one?
Um, yeah... I thought it was okay. :oops:

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:06 pm
by tbaker2500
Another wiener. Great fun. I'm going to go around to the astronomy blogs and given them a link to this story, I think there's a good audience for it. I thought about sending it to Neil Degrass Tyson, but he's kinda tired of verbal assaults from 3rd graders.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:17 am
by LajesticVantrashellofLob
This story didn't have as strong an effect on me as the last five DCs, so I was tempted to give it a resounding "meh". But then I realized that while the concept wasn't all that great, the execution was actually really good. I was just prematurely judging the story since I disliked the premise. Good stuff though.

Just one question (and maybe this was actually in the piece and I missed it): Who, exactly, does the Sol System team play against? I'd love to meet those teams...

Also, the Elmo bits were hilarious. Keep it up, Norm!

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:33 am
by Goldenrat
I also initially thought the main feature would be lame but found it funny and clever. Not one of my favs but enjoyable. I thought Tweedy's drabble was top notch.

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:00 pm
by isfullofcrap
Didn't like the story - just didn't work for me.

But the Elmo bit was funny.

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:48 am
by Richmazzer
Fun stuff. I didn't have a problem with planets playing baseball. This is the Drabblecast, what else would planets be doing.

Surprised to not see a poll here on the Elmo thing. I definitely heard "Who wants to have sex" but then slowed down there was a clear "four" pronounced.

muppet hottie

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:36 am
by Norma Sherman
elmo is hot. thats all there is to it.

planets playing baseball... meh.

norm is my hero.

<3 norma

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:47 am
by Poppydragon
liked the whole idea of this, it put a nice twist on the science of it all. Reminded me a little (perhaps in irreverence) of "Intelligent Design" run a few weeks back on Podcastle. A grand bit of fun.

Re: muppet hottie

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:22 am
by tbaker2500
Norma Sherman wrote:elmo is hot. thats all there is to it.

planets playing baseball... meh.

norm is my hero.

<3 norma
Good job Norm, you got yourself a stalker!

Re: muppet hottie

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:53 pm
by zZzacha
tbaker2500 wrote:
Norma Sherman wrote:elmo is hot. thats all there is to it.

planets playing baseball... meh.

norm is my hero.

<3 norma
Good job Norm, you got yourself a stalker!
My first thought was: "It's Norm's mom!!!!"

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:15 pm
by cammoblammo
Yeah, good episode. The story itself turned a whole lot of so-so ideas into a pretty solid contribution. It's a great example of how something can be greater than the sum of it's parts.

Now, the Elmo thing. I distinctly heard 'Let's have sex!'. When it was slowed down I heard 'Let's have sex!' very slowly. I certainly couldn't hear the 'four' and I couldn't get 'Who wants to have sex?'

I guess I like a more direct approach.

Oh, nice drabble too. I presume it's already been nominated for next year's People's Choice Award?

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:09 am
by strawman
Point of Order: You can steal first base if the catcher drops the third strike.

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:15 am
by jonathancg
I loved this episode. The author really knocked this one out of the park. And poor Pluto...

ho and then hum maybe

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:14 pm
by StalinSays
A pleasant story, if a bit forgettable. Perhaps a greater appreciation of baseball would add allure to the piece. It's an extraneous detail that probably would've needlessly complicated the plot, but I kinda' wished to know about the other interstellar franchises our solar system was Competing against. Hades, Zeus and the Red Giants, idunno something nutty.

The burning question that remains after the episode: what is it about me that Elmo finds so irresistible? Is it that my new haircut fills him with baldfaced lust, or is he a joyless sex addict?

Kidding aside, I did actually hear the dicey interpretation, unlike here:
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/01/29/ ... ontroversy