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Overrated – Being labeled a football player

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … being labeled a high school football player. Every so many months you’ll hear or read a news story announcing the death of some high school boy who smashed his car into a tree, caught

Overrated – Commercial tributes to the dead

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … commercial tributes to the dead. If you’re the type of baseball fan who actually attends live games, you know all too well the hokey tradition that transpires ten minutes before every game: The Ceremonial

Overrated – Postcards

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … postcards. Another summer is almost over and that sucks. But me being me, I always find the silver lining to any dark cloud. Don’t believe me? Just check the Ned Bitters archives, where you’ll

Overrated – Your “less government” rant

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … your “less government” rant. The Republican presidential candidates are holding another debate this week. I’ll read all about it the next day, but I won’t be watching. My Sony Bravio flat screen was damn

Overrated – The Pledge of Allegiance

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … the Pledge of Allegiance. Another school year is about to begin, which means 180 days of kids being pressured into unthinkingly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Of all the time-wasting activities that take place

Overrated – Family reunion angst

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … family reunion angst. Most people I know look forward to an impending family reunion with all the enthusiasm of a Tea Party member headed to a Logic Convention. Lots of pissing and moaning fills

Overrated – Returning home run balls

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … returning home run balls. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m bitching about something that took place two weeks ago, but I’m still irritated by and it and it will no doubt happen again. I’m talking

Overrated – Burying the dead

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … burying the dead. “Country clubs and cemeteries are the biggest wastes of prime real estate!”I’d like to ascribe that nugget of wisdom to Plato or Proust, but alas, it was only Rodney Dangerfield’s Al

Overrated – Chipotle

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … Chipotle. I hate Chipotle. That’s right, I said it. Go ahead, point your greasy burrito finger me. Hurl aspersions my way in all your green righteousness. I know it’s the cool thing to like

Overrated – Celebrating bin Laden’s death

Ned Bitters [Editor’s note – Enjoy a double dose of Overrated this week. Ned Bitters asked to run a second column this week to share his thoughts on America’s reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death.] This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … celebrating