Jared Jeffries


Betty’s lone motherly moment with Sally (above).

Mad Men’s brilliant writer/creator/EP Matthew Weiner is not fucking about at all in what has been a banner 5th season for Mad Men, as Sunday’s season finale approaches.  Weiner was able to basically wrap up the Lane Price check fraud plot line in a scant few episodes, which we must applaud, as Weiner apparently has no taste for meandering plot riddles never solved, one of the only black marks on his former show, the epic Sopranos.  And we applaud this bit of denouement, juxtaposed with perhaps the plot line we most enjoy, that of Sally (isn’t young Kiernan Shipka excellent in this role?) and Betty, and of course Glen, played by Weiner’s son Marten, who has been a show stealer throughout the years on what has to be the best show on television right now.

After Bert Cooper brings the cancelled check to Don’s attention, which he knows is forged, we felt Don had no choice but to fire Lane.  That was completely justifiable.  Yet Don has not been privy to Lane’s financial woes, which have been a recurring theme.  When Lane returns to his office and surveys the falling snow, we were immediately stirred by the thought of Lane’s impending suicide in that very way foreshadowed each week by the opening credits.  By taking the plunge.

When Lane’s new Jaguar failed to cooperate with his carbon monoxide poisoning method, we were convinced that Lane was to be the mad man from the credits.  How cruelly ironic for Lane that the car he was so proud of, but that the others had been grossly slamming and slandering, was indeed a lemon, as Bert Cooper had suggested at the first mention of the car.

But Lane in the end preferred to swing from the gallows.  When Don got back from his meeting with Dow and they informed him, he looked like he had seen a ghost.  When told he was still hanging, Don insisted they cut him down.  He’s a doer, that Don Draper.  It had to register with him, as it does with faithful viewers, that this is the 2nd suicide to happen on Don’s watch.  Recall that Don had spurned his brother and tried to buy himself out of a future relationship with him by using a bag full of cash.  Mission kind of accomplished.

Don had told his long lost brother that he only lived his life in one direction: forward.  Yet, the drawer full of mementos he kept in his desk in Ossining, when discovered by Betty, finally prompted a long coming divorce. Speaking of Ossining, how about old neighbor Glen’s biggest role on the show since Betty unwisely granted him a lock of her hair?

Sally and Betty, again at each other’s throats early on, and a jealous Betty, obvious in her disdain for Megan, tells Sally that she only likes her because Megan let’s her “do whatever she wants.” To which Sally replies, “she lets me eat whatever I want.”  Then Betty calls Don and insists she pushes Sally off on him and his “child bride.”

Bad form indeed, but isn’t that the ugly Betty we’ve come to hate/love/hate?  Sally’s convo with Megan (Jessica Pare) and her acting buddy leave her “longing” for Glen, whom she calls and invites to visit her at Don’s.  At the front door and then in the museum they have their amusing kid conversations, as Glen tells her he’s seen better penthouses, that Teddy Roosevelt killed all the caribou, and then about how the seniors on the lacrosse team are bullying him.

Sally:  “Henry got bullied when he was younger and now he runs the city.”

Fantastic, really.  And almost as good was when she tells Glen she isn’t big on his mustache.  But this would be a watershed episode for Sally for a more serious reason, as she gets her period for the 1st time, we feel foreshadowed by the waitress bringing her coffee when out with Megan.  Sally runs out of the museum after the event and takes a cab back home to Betty, who, ever the ice queen, hardly knows how to comfort the girl at first, apprehensively patting her head with her cold, waxy hand.

Then Betty, after calling Megan to explain Sally’s disappearance, says that she “became a woman today” and “I think she just needed her mother.” A triumphant Betty returns to comfort Sally, actually a nice moment, and perhaps the nicest between the two that’s aired in the show’s full run (top).

Glen returns to Don’s for his bag and ends up being taken in by Megan.  After the phone rings, Glen asks “was that Betty?”

Priceless considering the history there.  Then Megan asks Glen if he would like something to eat.

Glen:  “If you don’t mind.”

Who wasn’t having flashbacks to the Betty/Glen dynamic of the early Mad Men days?  And the complexity of all the Betty/Glen and now Megan/Glen possible Oedipal issues to be considered.

When Don returns home from learning of Lane’s suicide, he and Glen have a poignant conversation on the elevator.

Glen:  “Why does everything always turn to crap?”

Asked by Don to elaborate, he says that all hopes and dreams never seem to pan out.  Don asks him what he wants to do.

Don:  “If you could do anything at all, what would you do?”

Cut to the final scene in which Don is allowing Glen to drive the car back up to his boarding school.  Apparently Don is now into preventive suicide measures, giving Glen something to smile about.

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The other best show on TV and another AMC production, Breaking Bad, returns on Sunday, July 15th at 10 PM.  We have learned that the final 16 episodes of the epic have been broken into two 8 episode mini-seasons.  So far, the final 8 episodes, or the last 8 episodes of season 5 are slated to air in July, 2013.  Between now and then, AMC will run Sunday late night BrBa marathons, starting with the pilot and episode 2 back to back, beginning at 3:12 AM Monday morning.  A good time for gib heads, it would seem.

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

The Knicks’ latest addition, shooting guard Roger Mason Jr. (above).

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
02-03 CHI 17 0 6.7 0.355 0.333 1.000 0.1 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.29 1.18 1.8
03-04 TOR 23 3 12.3 0.356 0.364 0.864 0.0 1.2 1.2 1.0 0.4 0.3 0.78 1.35 4.0
03-04 CHI 3 0 14.3 0.091 0.167 0.000 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.67 1.67 1.0
06-07 WAS 62 0 7.9 0.330 0.324 0.875 0.1 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.31 1.06 2.7
07-08 WAS 80 9 21.4 0.443 0.398 0.873 0.2 1.4 1.6 1.7 0.5 0.2 0.86 1.75 9.1
08-09 SAS 82 71 30.4 0.425 0.421 0.890 0.2 2.9 3.1 2.1 0.5 0.2 1.22 1.95 11.8
09-10 SAS 48 2 19.3 0.429 0.380 0.727 0.2 2.0 2.2 1.8 0.4 0.2 0.85 1.23 7.2
Career 315 85 19.3 0.417 0.393 0.869 0.2 1.7 1.8 1.5 0.4 0.2 0.81 1.53 7.4

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/roger_mason/career_stats.html

While the Knicks’ pursuit of Lakers guard Shannon Brown, whom New York envisioned a big role for, and who some in Knicks’ circles were excited about the possibility that Brown would win significant playing time from incumbent Wilson Chandler, ended with Brown taking a multi-year deal to stay in Los Angeles–a no brainer for the player–the Knicks perhaps found a better fit for their roster when they signed veteran journeyman and former Spur, Roger Mason Jr.

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Mason Jr. signed a one year deal for $ 1.4 M, which was a little more than half of what the Knicks offered Brown.  At the time of Brown’s decision to resign with LA, we thought it a blessing because that $ 2.7 M to be alotted to Brown occupies the rest of the Knicks remaining cap room, and we thought that the Knicks might be better served by spending that $ 2.7 M on two players, considering the Knicks still thin roster.

Though we aren’t sure if the Knicks will use the rest of their cap space on a veteran center, or at all, we have learned of some interesting trade rumors involving troubled Knicks’ center Eddy Curry.  Curry was rumored to Denver in a phantastical trade proposal in which Curry would be the centerpiece in a trade to Denver for Carmelo Anthony, currently the talk of the town.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/carmelo_could_force_trade_to_knicks_KuuvyH2kRDMAZWxccFM8PN

The Daily News reported earlier this month that the Knicks had also discussed sending Curry to the Rockets for former Knick, Jared Jeffries.

Yahoo!Sports is reporting that the Knicks are talking to the Rockets about a possible deal for Jared Jeffries that would include Eddy Curry heading to Houston. Jeffries enjoyed two solid seasons under Mike D’Antoni and according to sources would even entertain a buy-out in order to return to New York.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/knicks/2010/08/knicks-expected-to-sign-roger.html

We’re not really sure how such a deal would work.  Because Curry is $ a 12 M salary slot going into next year’s free agent derby for Carmelo Anthony, he is a hot commodity, if not for his on the court presence or considerable baggage.  Jeffries would come back to the Knicks, and could probably replace David Lee in some of the grunt work areas where Lee was so good, but would come back, be bought out of his contract, and then would sign for the league veteran minimum.  What other assets could Houston offer for us to move a prime salary chip?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/lebron-knicks-center-eddy-curry-to-work-out-together/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

If a move of this nature came off, the Knicks would need to get back expiring contracts, as welll as perhaps a draft pick and maybe a young player.  we’d hope that guy would be former Knick first round pick Jordan Hill, who we were loathe to part with in the Tracy McGrady trade last year. 

As for Anthony, the Knicks’ best chance to acquire the Nuggets’ star is through free agency, as it would be very foolish for the Nuggets to trade him before the season starts, and if they do trade him, they likely will not trade him to New York because common sense dictates that several teams will put together better trade packages than NY.  Isiah Thomas has once again made headlines this week, by telling sources that Anthony told him he intends to be a Knick next year.

http://www.sbnation.com/2010/8/18/1629995/carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-isiah-thomas-sign-trade

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/nba-isiah-officially-out-in-ny/

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Anthony’s best chance to end up in New York will be to announce he is signing with the Knicks when free agency begins next summer for a max 5 yr deal.  At that point, Denver will have no choice, if they wish to see some kind of return on Anthony, they will have to send him here in a sign and trade, giving Anthony the 6th year at $ 30 M, following the blueprint established this offseason by Chris Bosh and Lebron James.

As for Mason Jr. fitting in with the Knicks this year, he seems like an ideal role player who should play very hard since he is on a 1 year contract, and will be auditioning for employment and job security.  The move seems like the quality edition of a role player for the Knicks.  Unfortunately, the Knicks seem unable to make a move for Rudy Fernandez, who we see as an ideal point guard behind Raymond Felton.  Fernandez seems poised, for now, to sit out, rather than return to Portland.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2010/08/disgruntled_rudy_fernandez_pre.html

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/knicks-to-land-rudy-fernandez/

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