December 8, 2001
More Vinidcation Re: The Ravens
Given the number of entries along these lines, you might think I'm a little bitter about Art Modell. You would be right.
Anyway, without further ado, here's some Modell-bashing from The Annotated Dennis Miller:
11:13 Third Quarter
The set-up: The camera shows the tallest building in Jacksonville, the former Independent Life tower, now the Modis building.
The quip: "It used to be the Operandi building."
The read: In criminology the Latin term modus operandi ("operating method"), or MO, refers to the behavioral patterns of a particular criminal. For example, one might always use the same tools and methods to break into a house or the same process for committing fraud.
Or, if one always does the same old thing, that's moldy operandi. If one greedily spits in the face of one's loyal fans and takes one's team to another city out of spite, that's modell operandi. If one sets out to debunk psychics and healers, that's modus amazingrandi. If one shaves one's head and records old folk and blues music to a techno beat, that's moby operandi. If one milks a silly one-note SNL skit to absurd extremes, that's modus operamandi. And finally, if one's plans seem to twist and loop back on themselves, that's moebius operandi.
As always, the vindication feels good.