Coach Taylor

Indeed: clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Kyle Chandler picked up a much-deserved Emmy last night for his portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and then Modern Family won all of the other Emmys. As Linda Holmes explains of the actual broadcast, “It was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.” That said, we thought Jane Lynch’s opening number was pretty cool…

FANTASY BUMMER: Jamaal Charles looks to be done for the season and, as Yahoo’s Andy Behrens suggests, ‘The Chiefs should probably fire whichever trainer is in charge of anterior cruciate ligaments, because that guy is terrible at his job.’ (3 best players with ACL injuries in 3 weeks.)

Medal of Honor

WORTH WATCHING: The Chiefs might consider starting Corporal Dakota Meyer next week, and you should definitely consider watching this 60 Minutes Story. The President explains why: When the forward element of his combat team began to be hit by intense fire from roughly 50 Taliban insurgents dug-in and concealed on the slopes above Ganjgal village, Corporal Meyer mounted a gun-truck, enlisted a fellow Marine to drive, and raced to attack the ambushers and aid the trapped Marines and Afghan soldiers. During a six hour fire fight, Corporal Meyer single-handedly turned the tide of the battle, saved 36 Marines and soldiers and recovered the bodies of his fallen brothers. Four separate times he fought the kilometer up into the heart of a deadly U-shaped ambush.

OPINIONS: Bill Keller writes what appears to be the 100th consecutive NY Times OpEd column about how much of a sackless nerd he thinks President Obama is. The Wall Street Journal frames an old question in a new (and compelling) way. Are Palestinians entitled to a state? The Kurds—one of the oldest ethnic groups in the world—don’t have a state. Neither do the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Uighurs and Tibetans of China, the Basques of Spain, the Chechens of Russia or the Flemish of Belgium. Maureen Dowd sees a resemblance between common archetypes in old Westerns and the 2012 presidential race, in which “we have a classic cultural collision between a skinny Eastern egghead lawyer who’s inept in Washington gunfights and a pistol-totin’, lethal-injectin’, square-shouldered cowboy who has no patience for book learnin’.

TODAY’S ONION HEADLINE THAT’S NOT AN ONION HEADLINE: Netflix Changes Its Name to ‘Qwikster.’

—C.B.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • C. Brian Smith