In one inning of baseball, I watched two talk shows

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By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

One inning of postseason baseball takes up so much time, I can switch channels to  one or two talk shows and not miss anything that happened in the game.

That was the case Tuesday night with Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

The game was in the top of the eighth and the Dodgers led 6-1. I expected no Cubs comeback, so I went from TBS to PBS, where Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson were interviewed on “The Charlie Rose Show.”

Reiner and Harrelson were talking about their new “LBJ” film and I found the conversation to be interesting, but during a lull, I moved to ABC to watch Jimmy Kimmel.

And my timing was perfect. Kimmel’s guest was David Letterman, and Letterman is one of my all-time favorites.

I enjoyed the repartee between Letterman and Kimmel, and after the interview, I went back to TBS expecting to watch the NLCS postgame show.

Surprise, surprise.

The Dodgers were batting in the top of the ninth.

Just how long was the eighth inning?

I guess long enough to watch two talk shows.

It wasn’t long enough to help the Cubs.

Despite my lifetime allegiance to the White Sox,  the Cubs have my rooting interests this time of year because my aunt from Chicago and her children and grandchildren are Cubs fans.

I hope the Wilder family has the optimism reflected in this tweet.

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Stupid Subway TV ad curbs my enthusiasm

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By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

One of the most annoying TV ads right now is the Subway commercial playing the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme.

What mad ad man thought this was good?

I want to associate the music with “Curb” creator and star Larry David and no one else because his HBO comedy show is better than anything at Subway.

A story on Thump earlier this year said Larry David discovered the tune when he heard it in a bank commercial.

“It just sort of introduces the idea that you’re in for something pretty idiotic,” he said in a 2009 interview.

The title of the tune is “Frolic,” a work by Italian composer Luciano Michelini.

Subway and Larry David go together well in this video and nowhere else: A hilarious combination you can see on YouTube.

After you watch the clip, it will be time to get back to reality.

The use of the “Curb” music in the ad curbs whatever enthusiasm I might have for Subway.

Every time you go to Subway, you will hear that music in your head when your sandwich maker goes through the process of getting your order from the toaster to the takeout bag, and this will be so overwhelming, you will hallucinate and believe your sandwich maker is Richard Lewis or Super Dave Osborne.

And those guys are too cool to be making sandwiches.

This reminds me of the gentleman who worked in the Polo men’s section of the pre-Katrina Dillard’s in Biloxi. He was a spiffy dresser and looked like a short and older version of Larry David.

Months after Katrina, I saw him wearing a nice Polo ball cap at the Super Wal-Mart in Gulfport. He was a Wal-Mart associate. He was slicing meat for a deli customer.

How can you go from selling nice clothes to cutting deli meat? I was in shock.

It was my “Curb” moment. Cue the music.

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