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The Good Place

Thanks to Alan Sepinwall for screen-capturing this awesome chart from Michael Schur’s new show “The Good Place.” The chart refers to the afterlife points you accumulate (and lose) for doing good and bad things during your your life.

You will notice in the middle the joke dedicated to me, and I love it, but my favorite joke by far is in smaller type. If you have listened to any PosCasts or know anything at all about Michael, you’ll find it right away.*

*Hint, it’s not the Yankees joke, though that too is wonderful.

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30 Responses to The Good Place

  1. Richard Aronson says:

    Putting on reading glasses and increasing screen magnification, there were still 3-4 I could not read. I assume one of those was yours (maybe the one which might have BBQ in it), you Cleveland Browns fan you.

  2. ps says:

    I root for the New York Yankees. Better start working on the other components.

    p.s. Joe is my favorite sportswriter in the whole world right now, and I love those Poscasts with Michael Schur. But boy, they really don’t like the Yankees!

  3. mark says:

    I understand the reason behind the “tell a woman to smile” score.

    But I have also seen — in my 54 years — several moments where someone told another person to smile — and it was an absolute blessing. It was exactly what the recipient needed, and made their day better. Sometimes the recipient was even a woman.

    And if you have to let a stupid sjw political point make all of those beautiful moments count as a negative you’re a clueless idiot.

    • Nick S. says:

      I understand your position, but there are many ways of cheering someone up that are far more effective than telling them to “smile”. The problem is that it can come across as patronizing and controlling as often as it comes across as a positive affirmation.
      Also, it’s a shame that in those 54 years you never picked up on the notion that one can disagree without being disagreeable.

    • invitro says:

      Hear, hear. And apparently telling a man to smile is a big plus.

    • Spencer says:

      Stop doing it. It’s invariably a crappy thing to do.

      Pretty much anyone who cites SJW is crappy though and is upset they’re getting called out for their crappiness and want to continue being crappy to others.

      • Barry says:

        Considering social justice a pejorative says enough about anyone using ‘SJW.

      • Marc Schneider says:

        May I be bold enough to ask what “SJW” is?

        • Marc Schneider says:

          Oh, “social justice warrior.” It’s hard for me to keep up with the various labels used these days.

          It doesn’t seem like the label is so much anti-social justice as it is anti-people who are sanctimonious and full of themselves.

        • S Kilby says:

          Thank God YOU asked, Marc….

      • Jack Bartram says:

        This. I never have and never will consider fighting (warrior) for social justice an insult. I tend to think of people who use the term as ‘AIW’, anti-social injustice warriors.

        • invitro says:

          The “warrior” part is sarcastic. All social justice warriors are just bullies; they hate people (almost always white males) and desperately need to push someone around in order to feel good about themselves. They’re pitiful, really.

  4. GWO says:

    Given the state of FIFA, UEFA and CONCACAF, I don’t think that (American) is necessary.

    • invitro says:

      If anything, being the commish of one of those leagues is far worse. But we always have to say that Americans are the worst people ever so we feel good about our special snowflake selves.

      • Marc Schneider says:

        Yes, there are a lot of people who seem to get some kind of frisson from denigrating their fellow citizens.

        • SDG says:

          Or maybe Schur was just making a joke about Roger Goodell. That’s a possibility. But some people get some kind of frisson from assuming that everyone is insulting them and they are helpless put-upon victims. Yes, clearly the writers of this show hate America. That was the point of the joke.

      • mrh says:

        I took the “American” modifier to mean that it was “American” football not “soccer”. I did not immediately assume that it was a special insult directed at Americans. But I guess I’m just not sensitive enough to slurs directed at my nationality. But then I think this is still a great country and does not need to be made great again.

        • invitro says:

          My reply might have been hasty. The original line is an insult directed at American football, not Americans in general, probably. That’s fine. What’s knuckleheaded is thinking that the NFL’s commissioners are worse than the FIFA, et al. commissioners. I extrapolated from that to think that Michael Schur just believes, like a sizable minority of people, that Americans are bad and non-Americans are good. That was a bridge too far.

          • JohnG says:

            Schur is a Patriot fan. It’s all really simple, it was a mock of Goodell and had nothing to do with soccer or Americans. It was about Goodell.

  5. Pat says:

    I, too, cannot read anything smaller than “Use ‘Facebook’ as a verb.” I’m guessing it has something to do with hot fruit in a pie?

    • invitro says:

      I was thinking the “remain loyal to Cleveland Browns” was the one for Joe. He’s been vocal about doing just that over the last few seasons.

  6. Richard says:

    I’m reminded of a routine by Father Guido Sarducci, where he said he dreamed that all the good you did added “money” to an account, and all the bad you did took money away. To get into heaven, you just needed to have enough money in your account to pay the admission fee.

    He always came up twenty-five cents short……

  7. Ross says:

    Yeah, too small for me to read the small ones in the middle, which I assume is where his favorite is.

  8. MikeN says:

    I think it’s the Commish. He wrote an article bashing Goodell for Brady suspension.

  9. Chris M says:

    Am I the only one who is a little bothered that ending slavery is worth almost twice as many good points as committing genocide is worth bad points? Slavery is terrible, but genocide is a whole heck of a lot worse. I mean, technically under this system if the Nazis had won WWII and towards the end of his life Hitler outlawed slavery in the Third Reich, he’d have gone to the Good Place.

  10. S Kilby says:

    Thank God YOU asked! 😉

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