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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Suck/lame: Suck/lame

We continue our mission of clearly defining those people, things, ideas, thoughts, actions and other nouns and verbs of questionable suckitude with a survey that has kept you mildly entertained for months, "Suck/lame."

Sure, it’s a little self-referential putting "Suck/lame" on the “Suck/lame" chopping block. It might even be a little dangerous. I wonder whether this will cause the time-space continuum to collapse on itself. But I am willing to take that risk because, well, it’s an important question. We had fun for a while, didn’t we? We debated the merits of Bono, Kanye West and “Napoleon Dynamite” with a passionate eloquence not seen since the days of Lincoln/Douglas. But like my good friend B.B. King once sang, the thrill is gone. People aren’t voting much anymore. And I don’t feel the same enthusiasm, either. Sometimes I think it’s not worth carrying on. This could be due to the non-stop rainy weather lately, or perhaps there’s a deeper melancholy. Maybe I could think of better ideas if we tried harder. Or maybe “Suck/lame” has run its course.

So, is “Suck/lame" a worthy institution mired in a temporary slump, or a tired tradition in need of the Old Yeller treatment? In other words, does it suck?

P.S. Tom Cruise was voted soooooooooooo sucky. It was a embarrassingly not close.


Anonymous cheddar said...

I think it's jumped the shark, even worse than the phrase "jumped the shark" has jumped the shark.

I think it should be replaced with regular doses of "I Disagree With Matt Neistein." There's something EVERYONE can rally around.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

Dashboard and Robin Williams were such awesome early suck/not suck candidates, it's easy to look back and say the idea peaked. I kinda miss that sharp-tongued 13-year-old niece (?) who used to roam around here.

By the way, Chris Craprabba still sucks.

1:01 PM  
Blogger mark said...

Familiarity breeds contempt, or something.

1:20 PM  
Blogger mark said...

many items on s/l bring forth the same arguments on both sides of s/ns. the public thinks they're/it's strange, is different sucky, etc... Darryl Hannah (sp) would be another typical suck/not suck debate. Not suck she's a champion of the environment. She sucks, how can she not use gas like the rest of us, does she even shower?

It's stale, but i think mostly because no one is using it. i can't blame you for wanting to quit on it.

2:10 PM  
Blogger paul said...

sucks. time for new message board games.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:40 PM  
Blogger BlackAndy said...

Bury it already.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Westchester said...

Sadly this game lost its zest for me with the statement that "Bono does not Suck." Because, man does that guy bug me.

Its reminds me of that horrible moment when the phrase "thinking outside of the box" became a tragic cliché.


6:11 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Eh, suck. Sorry. It's lost its excitement. My only reservation is that Erin will have nothing to put on Page 16 of Weekend if the poll goes away.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve, don't take it personally. It's not you that sucks, but the vote is getting old.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

suck. it used to be funny/thought-provoking. i feel like you've been slacking on it. none of the nominees induce good discussion or arguments anymore.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's bailed the hay before the phrase bailed the hay has bailed the hay

3:37 PM  
Blogger Outlaw Torn said...

Yeah, it has fizzled. I wouldn't go so far as to label it as 'sucky' especially since you've recognized that it isn't what it used to be. If you had continued with it without addressing this, it would have grown to 'total suckage'.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

It's big-time suck!!!
Time for something fresh.

6:12 PM  
Blogger darlene said...

Guess I have to disagree with everyone else. I really enjoy reading "is it lame" every Thursday in my newspaper. It is the only thing, besides your "under 30" column, that I look forward to each week.

12:00 AM  
Blogger mark said...

darlene's vote should count as 10.. sounds as if she's an acutal PC reader.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comments from Steve in the discussion, no Thursday update on the voting, and no summmary of the voting result on Friday afternoon have really hurt the suck/lame franchise.

2:06 PM  

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