Voreblog readers who are NBA enthusiasts will know that the Brooklyn Bridge is a regular part of our annual playoff commentary. Long story short: Ben was previously unfamiliar with the expression “I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you” — a phrase usually associated with extreme gullibility or used in concert with a generally preposterous idea (e.g., “If you think Taco Bell uses more than 40% meat in its food, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you”).
Today’s reference comes from R.E.M.’s latest album Collapse Into Now, one of its better efforts in some time. On the track “Every Day Is Yours To Win,” Michael Stipe sings,
I’m nothing but confused
with nothing left to lose
and if you buy that
I’ve got a bridge for you
We remember the days when R.E.M. didn’t include lyrics in the liner notes and we and our junior high and/or high school friends would debate the cryptic meanings of Stipe’s wordplay. Here, we surmise Stipe is not saying anything about the NBA playoffs or the Utah Jazz, only that if you think he’s confused and has nothing left to lose, well, you’re gullible. (Let’s see Pitchfork match that kind of astute music criticism.)
We have a Voreplay in the works, which Jerry Grit says he is breathlessly anticipating so he can mock our “invalid review” of R.E.M.’s latest. This from the man who once said he would pay Michael Stipe five dollars to mow his lawn. This also from the man who sent me (Ben) this random Tom Scharpling tweet from this past Wednesday:
The reason the Jazz lost the 97 Finals? Karl Malone makes BAD BAD BAD decisions and Sloan is bullheaded to a fault.
Thanks, Eric/Jerry! This in no way makes me want to jump off a bridge, Brooklyn or otherwise!