I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked the question: “Tom, what’s your 11th favorite football team? Your 6th favorite superhero? In your opinion, the 92nd best movie of all time??”
Folks ask these questions because they know, I’m a list person. I keep a running tally of all things. Sitcoms? Yes, M*A*S*H was the best, but The Fresh Prince ranks a solid 7th. Greatest American Presidents? I’ll give you Abe Lincoln – who can argue with that one – but anyone who doesn’t think that Lyndon Johnson deserves his top ten ranking is in for a fight and I’m gonna win.
Yes, I rank all things. And it isn’t easy. Rankings can change, as new information comes to light or as personal moods or levels of growth change. I can tell you, for example, that I wasn’t a huge fan of Bill Clinton as the President of the United States at the time of his run, but he looks better in the rear view than he looked at the time. I can tell you that I’ve hated the New England Patriots many times – notably this past February – but generally they make my top five list. I can even tell you that there are probably great sitcoms that deserve to be on my list that aren’t, because I’ve never seen them (30 Rock, Scrubs, The Office, Arrested Development)*. I could probably rank in order many things I’ve never seen.
In fact, according to Flickchart, the greatest movie I’ve never seen is Alien. I’ve seen and enjoyed all the sequels but I’ve never seen the original. Ashamedly, that list also includes Casablanca, Dr Strangelove, Taxi Driver, Chinatown, and Apocalypse Now. Wasn’t Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now? For my money he was the greatest fictional president of all time.
Regardless, I’m not here to opine for hours (although you know I could), I’m here to answer your questions. So, in that light, here are a few of my favorite things:
In order: Rams, Patriots, Chargers, Broncos, Steelers, Saints, Chiefs, Panthers, Bears, Packers, Ravens, Giants, Colts, Eagles, Vikings, Bengals, Lions, Browns, Redskins, Falcons, Dolphins, Cardinals, Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Bucs, Bills, Jets, Raiders, Seahawks, Niners, Cowboys.
So, if you’re wondering who I’m rooting for in any particular game, consult the chart. If the Eagles play the Bears, I’m rooting for the Bears. Vikings and Raiders? Vikings. If the Seahawks and Niners play each other I’m rooting for an asteroid.
Incidentally, my 11th favorite football team is the Baltimore Ravens.
As far as superheroes go, my two all-time favorites are Captain Mar-Vell and Adam Warlock. Who and who? I know you know of one Captain Marvel from one slightly disappointing recent Marvel Comics film, but that’s not the one I’m talking about. I’m not talking about the other Captain Marvel, either, the one that yells “Shazam!” and doesn’t own the rights to his own name. I’m talking about “the most cosmic superhero of all time!” who died of cancer in 1982. Thanos’ real arch-foe. And Adam Warlock? Well, he started as HIM and became the savior of Counter-Earth and a soul-sucking vampire and, also, Thanos’ real arch-foe, too. Both, by the way, were characters revamped by Jim Starlin, who also created Thanos. See a pattern?
So, in order, my 10 favorite superheroes are Captain Mar-Vell, Adam Warlock, Yellowjacket, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, Nova, Thor, Vision, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and The Thing. Thusly, my 6th favorite superhero is Richard Rider, the man called Nova.
Very briefly, the 92th best movie of all time, according to my Flickchart, is The Shawshank Redemption. Great flick.
But Seriously Folks
I honestly started today’s entry with one thing in mind: rank the candidates for President of the United States, in order, as of this moment in time. Look, it only took me 625 words to get to the point, so get off my case. So, in my opinion (in order), the ten best next possible presidents of the United States are as follows:
- Mayor Pete
- Kamala Harris
- Elizabeth Warren
- Andrew Yang
- Julian Castro
- Bernie Sanders
- Cory Booker
- Anyone else currently running not named Donald Trump or Joe Biden.
- Joe Biden
As always, I reserve the right to change the order on any of the aforementioned lists except the Rams one. Now go have a great Sunday, folks. Shazam!