The Official CFP Rankings

No real changes, except that a few of the teams in the middle got closer to the top. The top ten did not budge at all.

There are a few minor differences between the official rankings and the computer rankings.

* The computer places Penn State and Washington in the top ten in lieu of LSU and Washington State.

* The computer calculations do not really favor Notre Dame. Despite the 10-0 record posted by the Irish, the computer slots them in the #9 position, behind Penn State, which has three losses.

* The calculations have even less respect for UCF, which is rated 23rd, beneath seven teams with four losses, and barely above Texas Tech, which is 5-5.

By the way, in today’s politically correct culture, it’s good to know there is still one ethnic group we can ridicule publicly.

Teri Garr in One From the Heart (1982)

She never did a nude scene when she was young. She was already 36 or 37 when the above scene was lensed (she was always older than she looked), and it was the one and only time her breasts appeared on camera.

In theory, she did do a full rear nude scene in The Moonshine War (1970, when she was 25), but the camera was so far away that it could have been anyone. In fact, they could have used a man as her body double and you would not have been able to tell at that distance.

Teri turns 74 this year, and is currently battling MS.

The beloved Stan Lee has passed on at 95

He was the last man standing among the team that created Marvel’s iconic heroes. Steve Ditko died a few months ago. Jack Kirby, who was the oldest of the trio, passed away in 1994.

Other people will write about Stan’s accomplishments, so I want to discuss the astounding community and environment that shaped him. He was in the class of 1939 at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, which was then a public all-boys institution. In his year alone, he shared classes with Paddy Chayefsky, the famous playwright and screenwriter, and Lawrence Tisch, who would become president of CBS. One year ahead of them at Clinton were Marty Balsam, Robert Q Lewis, Sugar Ray Robinson, A.M. Rosenthal of the NY Times, and David Begelman, who would become the head of Columbia Pictures. When Stan was a senior, some of the underclassmen included Richard Avedon, James Baldwin and two popular comic actors, Don Adams (Get Smart) and Larry Storch (F Troop). I could list many others from those classes who would be approximately as accomplished in their own fields, but you wouldn’t know their names because they made their marks outside of the entertainment fields. The list of famous and accomplished graduates from that one public high school is mind-boggling.

And of all of them, Stan may have made the greatest impact on pop culture. He was kind of a late bloomer compared to some of the men mentioned above, who were household names in the 50s and 60s, but when Stan hit, he hit big. He started to become known to comic book fans when he was 40ish, and his fame just kept escalating as his characters emerged in movie after movie. It was still ascending when he was in his 80s and 90s! As Stan himself would say, “Excelsior.”

The characters he created or co-created are now known throughout the world: Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil … the list goes on and on.


UPDATE from the comment section: “Pretty amazing that the school also had alums that included Bill Finger and Bob Kane (class of ’33) the team that created Batman. That one place is responsible for the majority of great superheroes.”