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Short items: This fun blog documenting wacko entertainment pitches has been getting some attention of late. Also, be sure to check out Wonkette, if you haven't lately. She's been on fire. Last, a good contrarian piece on L'affaire d'Artest, which asks the simple question: Was anybody -- even the NBA -- really "damaged" by the Auburn Hills brawl? Besides the suspended Indiana players, that is. Judging from all the high-minded scolding, you might think this were Abu Ghraib redux or something.
[Grammatical question: should I use "were" or "was" in that last sentence -- "you might think this ________..." If it's "were" (as I suspect it is), what's the rule behind it? Any grammarians here to help? Callan? Morton? D'Angelo? Szeto? Or should I just e-mail Papa Safire?]