Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This is SportsCenter

I remember when these commercials came out...They were instant classics. If you are a sports fan, then you know what I'm talking about. I've posted the link to ESPN's SportsCenter Commercials. They are organized by time period... I think one of my early favorites was the one with Charlie Steiner where everyone wants to "play box "with him since he covered boxing matches, and he ends up punching the Syracuse Orangeman mascot out in the parking lot because he's had enough. Or the recent commercial with LT putting mail in the wrong slots because of his visor.

I've been looking for these...enjoy, they are tremendous.

Link to "This is SportsCenter commercial archive

American Idol -- Why It's Brilliant

So I have to admit that over the past 2 years, Erin has managed to successfully get me hooked on American Idol. I will confess that I am more interested in the early shows, and by the time it's the finals, I pretty much have lost interest. So I found myself asking the question, why do I find myself drawn to this show? For those who know me, you'd be shocked to think I actually watch this show.

The easy answer is that I find myself drawn to the show for the trainwrecks that show up and sing. It's astounding to watch people sing horribly, and then act shocked that professionals find them so untalented. My favorite personality last year in the early rounds was Alexis Cohen, the girl from Allentown, PA. She kept telling Simon to "take it" in her follow-up interview.

Maybe the answer is I watch because the producers always show someone that reminds you that there are some really good people out there. Like the girl on tonight's show who started a group that goes and sings at senior centers so the seniors don't have to be alone. That's pretty awesome, you have to admit. Her parents must be so proud, I know I'd be.

But ultimately, I realized the the draw for me at least, is that there is something truly inspirational watching people go after their dreams. I've posted about this before, but it's true. We all talk about having a vision for our life, but how many of us truly go after our dream? It's easy to identify and watch the auditioner on the show that will get through. But I always find it more fascinating to try and to identify the person that will continue to go after their dream even when the experts tell them not to. Quitting is easy; as the saying goes, tough times don't last, tough people do.

I guess that's it, that's the hook for me. This show reminds you to never stop a person from trying to realize their dreams. My hope is that Alexis is realizing her dream somewhere....

Fox Network's "Lie to Me" TV Show

Just saw the promos for Fox's new drama, "Lie to Me". Link to show info is here, interesting that a network picked up a show that is about two experts that understand the signals people give when they lie...

You may remember my post on this topic last February2008, here.

I think it's interesting that this show might have a potential market ("following").

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good Luck BO

Toles is awesome. What a mess. Don't believe the hype, it's all ambition. But it can't be much worse than the legacy of the last 8 years.

And as far as the tillion dollar stimulus is concerned, remember my post earlier on the four levers to drive economic growth (post is here). Consumption, Investment and Trade Exports are all turning negative, so government spending, unfortunately, is the only, quick lever available.

What a Game...The Eagles are in the NFC Championship Game

So the #6 seed goes on the road and beats Minnesota...and then this past weekend, bingo. The Giants are left for dead. What a defense, Jim Johnson is awesome, put the ball in Eli's hands, sans Plax, and the Birds earn a trip to Arizona. One more game, do you believe...?

I am sure it's been written, but I believe that benching D-Mac was Andy Reid's moment of clarity. It's very obvious that Andy has always tried to prove that he made the right pick taking Donovan as the #1 pick back in 1999 by creating gameplans that force Donovan to throw the ball all over the lot. The Birds finally look balanced, and the defense is playing out of its mind. Defenses win championships, it's been proven over and over again.

Go Birds...Please don't let this ride end. Let's shock the world Philly.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Charlie Morton's First Hit Against Arizona D-Backs -- Aug 7, 2007

As promised, I had been searching for a video of Charlie's first hit against the D-backs last August. I have been following young Charlie's major league debut, and posted on his first big league hit last August here. "Lauren T" from Atlanta publishes a blog and put up a post that has Charlie's first hit. The site, called "Braves Love" is here. Lauren commented on one of my posts about CM, and let me know she had a video of his first hit.

Looking forward to good things from the kid next year.

Titleist Pro V1 Ball vs Callaway Patents in the News -- 2009

I had blogged about this issue before here, but recently Golf.com reported that Titleist is working out an arrangement with its retail vendors related to taking their current Pro V1 stock off the market. Titleist will then replace these with their updated ball that does not infringe Callaway's patent claims.

What a mess for Titleist. I've posted links to the various press releases related to these developments.

Golf.com Article

Titleist Statement

Callaway's Statement