Underrated soundtracks

(Before I get started, is it obvious how I’m trying to avoid talking much about politics today? It’s good to take a one day break from the contentiousness of politics sometimes. Don’t worry – political blogging here at the ST blog will return tomorrow :))

Xanadu soundtrackA friend and I are having a friendly debate about underrated soundtracks. I told him I thought the soundtrack to the movie “Xanadu” was so underrated. Ok, I know most of ya’ll are laughing, and yes – the movie was cheesy as heck. But the soundtrack … I have always liked it! ELO is awesome, and Olivia-Newton John was a heroine of mine from my younger years. The first album (yes, a vinyl one) I ever owned was “Making a Good Thing Better“. My parents bought it for me when I was 7 or 8 years old (can’t remember the exact year).

Anyway, is there a soundtrack out there you love but generally has gotten panned by the critics and/or perhaps didn’t sell very well? If not, how about a CD that didn’t do very well but that you happen to love? We’ve all got a few of those ;)

Painful

SF 49ersThat’s what it’s like to watch the San Francisco 49ers play this year. Next to the Carolina Panthers, the 49ers are my favorite NFL team.

In case you’re fortunate enough *not* to be watching, here’s the latest: It’s 35-7 Redskins over the 49ers …. with :57 seconds to go in the first half.

Oh how I miss these days. Big sigh:

NFC Championship Game, 49ers versus Cowboys, January 10, 1982,

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Trailing 27-21 to the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers took over the ball on their own 11-yard line with under five minutes to play. Quarterback Joe Montana methodically drove the 49ers down the field to eventually reach the Dallas 6-yard line with only 58 seconds remaining. Coach Bill Walsh decided to throw for the touchdown and picked a play that was intended to go to WR Freddie Soloman, with WR Dwight Clark as a secondary choice. Montana rolled to the right to avoid a heavy pass rush by the Dallas defenders. Running out of time, and not seeing Soloman open, Montana just threw the ball up to the back of the endzone, where he knew from experience Clark should be. The throw was very high though. Clark leaped over DB Everson Walls to make “The Catch” giving the 49ers a 28-27 victory and a trip to the Super Bowl. Pictured above, quarterback Joe Montana avoiding the Dallas pass rush and Clark leaping high over Dallas’ Everson Walls.

From Joe to Dwight – those were the days.

Dwight Clark, BTW, was a graduate of Garinger HS here in Charlotte.

Update: Final score: 52-17. Ouch.

Does Miers have the votes to be confirmed?

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, says – at this point – no, she doesn’t:

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Democrat on the Senate committee that will consider Harriet Miers’ nomination said Sunday that President Bush’s Supreme Court choice lacks the votes now to be confirmed, saying there are too many questions about her qualifications.

“If you held the vote today, she would not get a majority either in the Judiciary Committee or the floor,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York. On the 18-member GOP-controlled committee, “there are one or two who said they’d support her as of now.”

I blogged last night over at Blogs For Bush that there is an inside rumor that the WH is considering a withdrawal of the nomination. With this news, one wonders if the WH will do just that or let the process work and go through the embarassment of not having her confirmed.