Tiffani-Amber Thiessen has come a long way since Saved by the Bell.
Welcome to your Monday edition of the High 5. This is the final guest blog by Mary Poletti, who will be turning things back over to the Man of Dirt on Tuesday. It’s been a privilege.
Today’s edition is dedicated to the Philadelphia Eagles, whose 2011 season The Onion described, in the most memorable (albeit satirical) piece of football writing I read all year, as a “gorgeously incoherent chronicle of desperation and futility.” You’ll get ‘em next year, guys.
TODAY: Seinfeld debuted in 1991. I don’t know many people who feel neutral toward this show — you love it or you hate it — but it undeniably broke new ground for sitcoms.
OVERRATED: Super Bowl XLVI, which will be a battle between two teams I hate, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. I will be rooting for the one I hate slightly less, the Giants, only because I REALLY hate the Patriots. However, I haven’t been this unimpressed by pro football since the Rams’ first couple years in St. Louis.
UNDERRATED: Major League Baseball. Only a few more weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!
FOUND ON FACEBOOK: “ALPACA: The Album. Probably not coming soon to a store near you, but I have the cover photo ready just in case.”
BIRTHDAY BANTER: Remember the part in Tommy Boy where Chris Farley’s character thinks Herbie Hancock was a framer of the Constitution?
• Actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen is 38. (That means she actually was a teenager when she played one on Saved by the Bell.)
• Royal Princess Caroline of Monaco is 55. (The eldest child of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. Her younger brother Prince Albert II’s visit to Hannibal still ranks among the strangest things I’ve ever covered.)
• Actor Rutger Hauer is 68. (Best known for playing a villainous New Wave android in Blade Runner.)
• Early American statesman John Hancock would be 275. (The first signer of the Declaration of Independence.)