It has definitely been a week for people watching. Not people watching in the traditional sense, I am not sitting outside watching all of the pretty girls walk by, but rather people watching via the internet. Sure I have already thrown Sharon Stone and Susan Sarandon on the blog this week, but if only they were the only two worth watching.
First, tonight is Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and once again the city used Friday as an opportunity to have a Penguins pep rally. Mind you, they did the very same thing last Friday, before the Penguins and the Red Wings played Game 1 in Detroit. I am just curious how many pep rallies are actually needed before the faithful are properly enfrothed. Plus, from, a superstitious point of view, the Penguins had exactly zero pep rallies for the first three rounds of the playoffs and lost a sum total of 2 games (12-2), yet after the first pep rally they promptly went out and lost two consecutive games to trail in the best of seven 2 games to 1. Obviously if the pep rally results in another two game losing streak, this series is over, and if that is the case, I am not blaming the team, I am blaming the pep rallies.
Also of note, Oprah Winfrey has stated that she is going to go vegan for 21 days to see if she feels better on a vegan diet. I know who will feel better, all of the animals who have seen their threat level drop from red to green. Carrots, on the other hand, may become endangered.
Earlier this week, the NY Daily News reported that the British media were ridiculing Princess Beatrice for having, as we in the west might say, a little too much junk in the trunk. I don't know, she looks fine to me, nothing wrong with a few curves on a female, plus she is a red head and any former Dungeons & Dragons player would know, being a redhead is a +2 on the saving throw versus ugly. Of course all of us former Dungeons & Dragons players are also secure enough in our manhood that sometimes we do escape our parent's basements.
A local story that picked up some national coverage (I know I saw it twice Thursday morning on MSNBC, and some national newspapers picked up the story as well that I saw) was the firing of sports talk host Mark Madden from ESPN 1250 here in Pittsburgh. Mark had been warned in the past by ESPN management in Bristol CT that he needed to tone down his act if he was to stay employed by them. In the past he had talked about how he would have sex with callers wives, was critical (and sometimes insulting) of local sports figures here, and during one show said something along the lines of "having sex with a stripper would be like throwing a hot dog down a tunnel". It was an act for acquired tastes to be sure, yet what he said last week led first to an apology on the air and when the suits in Bristol caught wind of it, his dismissal. After word of Sen Ted Kennedy's brain tumor came out last week, Madden went on the air and said that he was sorry to hear about the brain tumor and that he thought the Senator "would live long enough to be assassinated". Mind you, two of the Senators brothers, President John F Kennedy and Robert Kennedy (who was running for President at the time) were both assassinated. The comments are indeed in poor taste, but what does it say of us, in a society where we covet freedom above all else, if the censoring isn't done by the government, but by its own citizenry. Madden has a right to be offensive, and yes, his employer has a right to dismiss him over it, but what does it say about us. Are we so thin skinned that we can't help but be offended to the point of censorship simply because we don't like what we hear. The obvious solution would have simply been not to listen, let Madden offend his audience away if that was the path he chose to take and move on, and find something more agreeable to listen to in his place. I often hear people chatter about the Patriot Act and how Americans are losing their freedoms, trust me, the person next to you will a cell phone camera waiting to take your picture the next time you screw up is a far greater threat to your security than the government is.
The problem with me making lists is that I always forget something that should have went on them. In my last blog I listed the 10 worst TV shows of my lifetime. I can't believe I forgot "America's Funniest Videos" which is about as unfunny as a show that purports to be funny could be. Mind you, it was also one of the first of the "cheap" shows that have come to dominate TV these days. How much does it cost when the public is submitting the video work for you and you are just arbitrarily picking the funniest of teh group, and then giving the winner $10,000. Hell, that is one commercial break, I imagine the profit margin on that show is outstanding, even if the programming was god awful.
Cool, my dinner has arrived. I ordered online while sitting in front of the computer doing this, so my food would get here before the hockey game. No, I am not glogging it, that is too long a project for me this evening, I would rather work on finishing off Kenopop. I got me a steak wedge, fries and onion rings. Indeed a tasty bachelor style treat. I plan on taking it easy tonight because I have a long day tomorrow, as I will probably be overnighting at the radio station. I also have a couple of applications to drop off and some shopping to get out of the way, so I am expecting to leave my apartment tomorrow morning and get back some time Monday afternoon.
Well, I am going to get all settled in, hockey in a bit, for now it is Family Guy and feasting. Nite everyone!