Unless you think we all go to smelt feeds every Friday I believe you meant "bated breath".

What's the basis of bated, which we never hear in the present tense? It is a clip of abate, from the Old French abattre,'to beat down,' and now it means 'to moderate, subside, reduce, ebb.' In connection with breathing, it means 'shorten' or 'hold.' When you abate your breath, you hold it in anticipation of some breathtaking event.

Other than that, I agree totally with the article!! I am looking forward to a much more consistent performance from The Big Bagel next year.