I guess the Reds need an off-day after last night’s drubbing. As quickly as that magic number has been dropping lately, however, I hate to miss the opportunity to shave another number off. Hopefully, the Cardinals will get it down to two by getting swept by the Pirates this afternoon. Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss whatever you want, including the aforementioned Cardinals game.

What a season….

Anyway, it’s been some time since I posted one of these, so I’m just going to ramble for a while (and I may even channel my inner Kanye West, if you’re lucky).

* Deadspin had a great reunion of the Fire Joe Morgan crew yesterday. This was the best post, as far as I’m concerned; it’s a look at this article by Gregg Doyel over at CBS Sports that already creeped us out. Specifically, it addresses the burning question of why Joe Morgan was prancing around naked in the Reds clubhouse on the day Doyel was there. Funny stuff.

(Don’t miss the expected skewering of Bill Conlin and Murray Chass, either. Sure, it’s low-hanging fruit, fish in a barrel, but it’s entertaining.)

* Yo St. Louis Cardinals, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Richard Nixon was the greatest quitter of all time.

* I really enjoyed this piece in GQ about the making of GoodFellas. One of my favorite movies; I’m going to have to watch it again.

* Did you watch the premiere of Boardwalk Empire on HBO last weekend? Oh my goodness, this is going to be a great series. Within 48 hours of the first episode, HBO renewed the show for a second season.

I’ve mentioned it before, but until very recently, I watched almost no television. After working in a prosecutor’s office for a few years, I couldn’t stomach Law & Order anymore, and my favorite comedies — Seinfeld and News Radio — had gone off the air. For a long time, it was strictly sports and movies for me, as far as television goes. I guess The Sopranos was the only program I watched regularly during that time (well, I’m still a fanatical viewer of America’s Funniest Home Videos too).

Then fellow RN editor Bill Lack urged me to watch The Wire. My wife and I sat down and watched all five seasons on DVD (thanks for letting me borrow yours, Bill)…and it is not an understatement to say that we were both overwhelmed. I’d never seen a television program like that.

Then, another editor (Chris Garber) recommended that I go back and watch Mad Men from the beginning, before season three began. I guess The Wire is still the best program I’ve seen, but Mad Men is closing rapidly. Just an incredible show and, again, like nothing I’ve ever seen on TV.

Now, with Boardwalk Empire, we’ve got another example of what television can be at its best (although the jury is out; one great episode does not a series make). I’m a bit of a film buff, but all of a sudden, the creative and exciting entertainment seems to be on TV (Breaking Bad is next on my list). Color me surprised.

* I’m sick of my BlackBerry getting locked up and just generally making me feel like I own a phone from 2004. I’ve been trying to decide between an iPhone and a Droid, and leaning toward the iPhone (since the iPad has turned me into an Apple fanboy). This article may have helped make up my mind.

* Did you see this trick touchdown a while back? Crazy.

* I think Steve may have posted this earlier, but “The tortured life of Eric Show” is a must-read.

* Facebook users “are narcissistic, insecure and have low self-esteem“. Follow us on Facebook, by the way. 🙂

* Ninjas plus Charlize Theron? Don’t mind if I do (even if the song isn’t very good).

* I love this: ten great screenshots from the Maury Povich Show.

* If you’ve been a regular reader, you probably know I’m a sucker for old photos (like seen at Shorpy, one of my favorite sites). I enjoyed this group of pics from New York City in the summer of 1969.

* In a previous edition of NSRT, we discussed what music out there is good these days. In a similar vein, one of my younger brothers (the one that lives in China) has been after me for a while to watch a handful of music-related documentaries that he has enjoyed. Well, in the last week, I did just that (thanks to the magic of Netflix’s Instant Streaming).

The first was “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” a film about the recording of Wilco’s album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” After that, I watched “Under Great White Northern Lights” about The White Stripes’ 2007 tour of Canada. Both films were very good, but of course, both bands are very good, so it kinda works out.

The third film I watched was less entertaining: “loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies“. I’ll let you figure out the subject of that one.

* By the way, the big winner in my recent search for new music was The Hold Steady. I found a bunch of other bands I really like — Gaslight Anthem, The Black Keys, The White Stripes, The Killers, The National — but The Hold Steady is the one that I can’t get out of my head. I’m looking forward to seeing them play live.

* Finally, never let it be said that the Nation doesn’t provide a service to our readers: How to win rock-paper-scissors every time.