Monday, December 31, 2007

Letterman books Robin Williams for Wednesday

As his first guest, on his first show back, after his company Worldwide Pants got a waiver from the Writers Guild, allowing The Late Show to return with the full writing staff.

Meanwhile, the AP reports that NBC's Tonight Show will have an appearance by Repubican presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Deadline Hollywood Daily: Dave Dumps Trump; Jay says "Huck you!" by booking Mike.

Hosts prepare to walk a fine line, working without writers.

Eleven Trends In 2007's Top Ten TV lists

From the NY Times TV Decoder Blog. Info compiled and article writen by Brian Stelter.

Z100 New York's Top 100 songs of 2007



Listen Live:


12 Questions for the 12 NFL Playoff Teams

It all starts with "Can anyone beat the Patriots?"

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mid-Season TV Highlights

With the writers' strike ongoing, they are minimal.

R.I.P. Court TV

Terrible idea, blowing up a brand with such name recognition. truTV looks odd to the eye, and sounds more like a channel that would be running "Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire 7" than court proceedings weekdays from 9am-3pm. I mean, if you asked people today where they'd watch the upcoming O.J. trial, most would say "Court TV." Try explaining to them what "truTV" is.

New York Post's Best 207 Downloads of 2007

One critic's list:

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sweet 16 for Patriots

The Patriots cap an unbeaten regular season by beating the Giants, 38-35. Giants had a chance with a minute to go, but couldn't recover an onside kick after a Plexico Burress TD reception. The Pats are the first unbeaten team since the Super Bowl winning Dolphins who went undefeated in 1972.

Jim Donaldson, Providence Journal -

A British view... Tom Brady is Mr. Perfection:

$50 Instant Lottery Tickets

Nah, those couldn't be addictive.

NY Daily News' John Harper on Jim Leyritz

Harper makes an ill-advised link from Leyritz (a 44 year old former Yankee backup) to playoff woes, and the inability to land Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins via trade. In the Leyritz case, a 30 year old mother of two is dead; a court will determine Leyritz's guilt or innocence. Joe Torre leaving? Clemens and Pettite used steroids and/or HGH as stated in The Mitchell Report? Somehow, we'll survive.

Top Sports Stories of 2007

NY Daily News Top 10. They call it "A year to forget."

USA Today calls 2007 "a year that will live in infamy."

NY Post: 2007- Year of the cheater.

QB Chris Leak to play in new All-American Football League

Scott Fowler column:

AAFL official website:

Great book about the failed XFL:

Testaverde, 44, calling it quits... again.

Somehow, this has turned into the NFL equivalent of the annual Roger Clemens retirement. I have a feeling that when some team loses 2 QBs in one game next October, Vinny's phone will ring, and he'll answer the call.

Outdoor NHL game forces rule changes

Game celebrates Buffalo's culture- (uh... Buffalo has culture?)

All things Buffalo wings-

Giant chance for an upset

NY Post-

Giants feel capable of beating Pats - NY Daily News

Friday, December 28, 2007

Poker's a BIG deal

Economist magazine via Freakonomics Blog.

Law & Order's Nip/Tuck for the new season

At least 12 eps are available for this season, starting Wednesday @ 9pm.,1,2982824,full.story?coll=la-entnews-tv

1/2 - Robert Bianco, USA Today:

Letterman inks deal with striking writers

He'll be back Wednesday, January 2 with his writing team intact.

The deal covers Worldwide Pants, Letterman's production company that also owns "The Late, Late Show," so Craig Ferguson will be back to work, with writers, as well.

An Ordinary Spy by Joseph Weisberg

NY Times review:

NY Times profile of Joseph Weisberg:

The Book:

Former Yankee Leyritz arrested for DUI homicide

UPDATED: Leyritz knew the victim. - -

Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) -,0,1508770.story?coll=sofla_tab01_layout

Jim Leyritz Career Stats:

MLB's Twins playing a (financial) game they can't win

Short term prospects are "dismal."

Latest Johan Santana rumors:

Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008:

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Author Rick Mofina

Rick and I have e-mailed a few times and I enjoy and recommend his books.

Discover why James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, Kay Hooper, Tess Gerritsen and David Morrell, have all praised the thrillers of author Rick Mofina.

His current release is A Perfect Grave. The novel concerns rookie reporter, Jason Wade, a troubled loner from the wrong side of the tracks who pursues the story of a murdered Seattle nun. The case leads him to a hermit nun who founded a mysterious religious order; and ultimately to the dark secret that has tormented his ex-cop father for decades. It culminates in a life and death struggle against the clock. With time running out, Jason and his father battle the odds to confront a terrible truth .

A Perfect Grave has just been named one of the best paperbacks of 2007, by Deadly Pleasures, the online magazine known as America's premier fan-oriented mystery magazine.

Congratulations to Rick, as the book has also been picked up (in a Hardcover version) by The Mystery Guild and its affiliated book clubs.

The buzz about Mofina continues here in the U.S. and Canada.

On December 16th, Ottawa Citizen Mystery reviewer, Mike Gillespie mentioned the following tidbit in his column.
"Mofina is now working on the new standalone thriller Six Seconds, one that while a year from publication (January 2009) is already creating buzz in mystery circles after a major star in the genre previewed an early manuscript and gave it a five-star rating."

Okay, consider my interest officially piqued.

Here in the U.S., Oline H. Cogdill, mystery columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, had some very kind words for the author in a recent blog posting.

All of Rick's books on

Dancing With Da Coach

This would've been classic.

"I turned down 'Dancing with the Stars.' I just turned it down. Believe it or not I just turned it down."—Mike Ditka, telling Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman of WMVP-AM 1000 about his decision to reject an offer from the popular television show.

-From Fred Mitchell's Around Town column, Chicago Tribune 12/27/07

"Miley Radio!" on SIRIUS Hits 1

Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana will sub for Spyder Harrison on the Sirius Hits 1 Weekend Countdown.

Spyder's site:

Next Great American Band

Safe to say this won't become an annual event... an estimated two million viewers caught the finale. It was a bad sign when:
a) Don't Forget the Lyrics RERUNS outrated the show.
b) They swapped time periods with the reruns.
c) The reruns continued ratings supremecy.

If this show had gained any traction with viewers, you can be sure they would've milked (at least) the finale to two hours.

Flo Rida tops Singles chart

Sadly, that's not a typo.

Josh Groban stays at #1 on the CD chart. Sadly, that's not a typo, either.

Return of late night TV...

or train-wreck TV?

Maxim Cover Girl Mischa Barton Arrested

Story with mugshot:

Non-mugshot pics:

Maxim Mag on

The Worst in TV 2007

from Alan Sepinwall:

I'd like to add:

CSI: NY - Desperately trying to distinguish the show as "Noo-Yawk-ish," they have a show with no chemistry among leads, and as bad as David Caruso can be on CSI: Miami, this show is at the bottom of the TiVo playlist.

ESPN - Monday Night Football and the pre- and post-game coverage, in particular. I think adding Ron Jaworski to the booth was great, he REALLY knows the game. Mike Tirico doesn't thrill me, and while I like Tony Kornheiser, somebody PLEASE tell him that MNF is NOT "The Tony Kornheiser Show." Shut up, there's a game going on.

MSNBC - Budget cuts at parent NBC have turned the network into a home for endless reruns of taped programming late nights, weekends, and holidays. Say all you want about FOX News and whether they are "Fair and Balanced" or not; I give them kudos for actually having live bodies on air while MSNBC airs the 38th replay of "Dateline: To Catch A Predator." In fact, from Monday December 24 at 3pm to Wednesday December 26 at 5am, MSNBC aired 30 minutes of live news. CNN and FOX News had live coverage, and my local affiliates didn't miss a newscast-
ESPN had SportsCenter... MSNBC was closed for business.

Jon Bon Jovi: New Jersey's Elder Statesman

Democrat or Republican, having Bon Jovi as an ally can only help in the Garden State.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Interesting new site The URL says it all.

Cancer on Five Dollars a Day by Robert Schimmel

From NY Post: link-

Book Description:
Stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel's edgy, hilarious, and poignant musings on his battle with cancer.
In the spring of 2000, Robert Schimmel was riding high. He'd won the Stand-Up of the Year Award, his HBO special was a huge hit, and his sitcom had been picked up. And then it all came crashing down.
Diagnosed with Stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was told he would have to undergo chemotherapy immediately. The sitcom was dumped and the fire of his white-hot career started to go out.
But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his knife-like edge, and most of all, his passion to entertain. Indeed, it was his basic need to laugh--even if the only people around him were suffering from cancer and the room he was playing was the Mayo Clinic infusion center--that carried him through his ordeal. From his colorful banter with nurses and other patients during chemo, to his hilarious conversation with a wig salesman, going for the laugh was Robert Schimmel's survival mechanism.
Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and profound, Cancer on Five Dollars a Day is an honest account of how one man's face-off with a deadly disease helped him better understand himself. About the Author:
Robert Schimmel, named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics, has had Showtime and HBO specials, bestselling CDs, a Fox TV pilot, consistently sold-out club dates, and is a regular on both Howard Stern and Conan O'Brien. He lives in Los Angeles.

Letterman to announce return?

NY Post says he'll return Jan. 2 along with Jay, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel, with or without writers.

Jeremy Sisto joins Law & Order for its 18th season;_ylt=Avxzp6rG1JULJ.5_5LpU4wO2GL8C

Jamie-Lynn Spears BabyDaddy

from Defamer- Is the father of Jamie-Lynn's baby actually an older executive on her Nickelodeon show Zoey 101?

Patriots-Giants to air on THREE networks

The NFL Network coverage will be simulcast by BOTH CBS and NBC as the Patriots shoot for 16-0.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Whole Foods- giving away groceries

Well, if the register's down, at least. Quick thinking by store management made for the ultimate in customer service.,0,4569213.column?coll=hc_business_util

Fox Sports' Jeanne Zelasko battling cancer

Rough year for Jeanne; her father passed away and now she's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She does a good job on the baseball pre-game shows; get well soon, Jeanne.

Breaking News In Chicago

A van crashes into the studio of WLS-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, breaking the bulletproof glass and startling the anchor.

Story from ABC7:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"Baseball Writers Blew The Drug Scandal"

"Years ago," says Editor & Publisher.

Clemens to Return in '08?

Act of defiance? Or another $20 million in the bank? After being named in the Mitchell Report, you'd have to imagine the questions would follow him all season long.,0,3405607.story

Thursday, December 13, 2007

90's One Hit Wonders

from ABC:

"Daughtry" top selling CD of 2007

VH1's Top 40 of 2007


Freakonomics: a great day for McGwire

Interesting that some of the players mentioned in The Mitchell Report on Steroids signed free agent deals in the last 48 hours, while Miguel Tejada was traded the day prior to the release.

More names coming:

Excerpts, from

Chinese Food on Christmas

Newest membere of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Madonna and John Mellencamp top the list.


What were they thinking?

Golden Globe Nominees

Globes favor Cable TV, new series:

TV Prognosis for 2008

from Gary Levin of USA Today:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Maggie Rodriguez to join CBS' "The Early Show"

She moved from CBS O&O WFOR/Miami to The Saturday Early Show earlier this year.

Marlins trade Cabrera AND Willis

I guess former Marlins GM (and current Tigers President and GM) Dave Dombrowski likes one-stop shopping, trading SIX prospects for Miguel and Dontrelle.

Jayson Stark of says that the Marlins and Tigers are heading in different directions.

End of an era:

Dan LeBatard: Give Marlins the benefit of doubt-

For Marlins, show must go on:

Garth Brooks to play 5 benefit shows - in 30 hours

Wasn't this guy retired? The concerts are for a great cause, but I hope they have EMS standing by for him.

Dexter to CBS?

Les Moonves may go to the bullpen and grab some Showtime series for CBS due to the Writers' Strike.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Farnsworth Invention

Classy joint this blog-a Broadway review.
From Variety:

NY Times:

Had to do it; went to summer camp with the star, Hank Azaria.

The NY Times Learns Top 40 Radio's "Secret"

Hmm... playing the hits over and over... now more than ever, what with all of the competition for attention is this ADD society we live in. When people tune in, they want the hits, with no waiting.

Keith Olbermann: Double duty at NBC

Newsday's Neil Best writes:,0,1999539.column

Neil's Blog, "Watchdog," covering sports media:

Scott Boras: Not just A-Rod level clients

Tyler Kepner of the NY Times:
Those former MLB'ers who work for him seem like my Strat-O-Matic teams from years past.

Strike may send TV season into summer

From TV Week:

hat tip:

Imus' return


E! Online:'s Fishbowl DC gives a play-by-play of the first hour:

Aaron Barnhart @ TV Barn:

Citadel's official site:

NBC to buy blocks of programs from outsiders

If you like "Ice Road Truckers," or shows made for about 1/6 the cost of some network dramas, this deal may produce programming for you.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ashleigh Banfield, Court TV

This is a shocker. From's interview:
Guilty pleasure: "That would have to be Howard Stern. [Laughs] I have admired Howard Stern's resilience. There's not a lot of other stuff I admire about his content, but there's something about Howard Stern and his perseverance in a very difficult industry. He does tickle me in certain ways with humor. Obviously, he's very over the top and very inappropriate most of the time, but I do find him intriguing. My husband and I have outfitted the cars with Sirius Satellite Radio because of him."
Full interview:

Spice Girls

Reunited, with tour kicking off on Sunday.

NFL vs. MLB labor markets

from the Freakonomics Blog at the NY Times.

Great column from Michael Wilbon

Of the Washington Post, on the murder of Sean Taylor.

More from the Washington Post on the probe into Taylor's death -


The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert writes about this season's "Survivor, M.D." type shenanigans on House.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Author Jeff Buick

I had a chance to chat with Jeff via e-mail about his new book, DELICATE CHAOS, coming January 29, 2008 and available on as a pre-order. Here's what Jeff told me:

"About Delicate Chaos. It features Leona Hewitt, a Washington DC banker, whose decision to okay a corporate restructuring is derailed when people start dying of unnatural causes. Like murder.

If you liked African Ice, you’ll probably like this one as well, Dave. A lot of the book is set in Kenya, where Leona provides money to the villages through a non-profit organization.

While the wheels are coming off in DC, they’re also going sideways really fast in Africa. The two storylines tie together at the end."

You can find Jeff at There are links to buy his books from your favorite online stores there. (I haven't figured out a way to make dime one off this whole blogging deal.)

Recommended site

I love mysteries and crime fiction in particular and want to add more about books in general to the blog. Sarah Weinman has a great site, and she links to interesting articles from seemingly all over. I only recently found the blog, but I find myself clicking in on a daily basis. Sarah also reviews books, so be prepared to add a couple of titles to your "must read list."
The site:

Advertising on Imus 2.0

Many advertisers taking a wait-and-see approach.

I just found this site- looks like it has some good info on satellite radio - both Sirius and XM appear to be covered.

Lattes at McDonald's

They won't be on the dollar menu.,0,2705575.story?coll=sofla_tab03_layout

Corbin Bernsen - Game Show Host


"Chuck" and "Life" live on

For the full season of 22- when/if the writers' strike ends.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sports Turkeys of the year

From David Fleming of's Page 2:

Major League Turkeys

Rounding out Thanksgiving weekend, Bill Madden of the NY Daily News lists the biggest turkeys in baseball.

Writer's Guild Strike "DVD Theatre"

Mike Hale of the NY Times suggests "Da Vinci's Inquest," a Canadian show he compares to a cross of Law & Order and CSI. Seasons one and two are available now.

After posting this article, I noticed that the third season will be available in April. From

A-Rod: Toledo Mud Hen?

Actually, to maximize power numbers, Alex Rodriguez should play in Japan.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Best Week Ever

VH1's "Guilty Pleasure.",1,7632377.story?coll=la-entnews-tv

Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year

is J.K. Rowling.

While I haven't read the books, or seen the movies, I'm all for any author who can get kids this excited over reading. The fact that both children (and parents) are waiting on line at midnight for the books to go on sale indicates that not every waking moment is spent playing video games.

R.I.P. MLB Pitcher Joe Kennedy

He was only 28.
More from the San Francisco Chronicle -

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sports books in Vegas fear Patriots

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Some feel that the point spread when New England faces the Jets could top the current NFL record 23. I think the Patriots may be up that much by halftime...

Mets catch Torrealba

Born and raised a Mets fan, always a Mets fan. Sure, I rooted for the Marlins in 1997 and 2003, but I can still remember crying when the Mets traded Tom Seaver. (It was a traumatic time for a young Dave.) For some reason, I've had some sixth sense about bad Mets trades and Free Agent signings ever since. This one sure does look bad on paper.

From the article:
"Away from batter-friendly Coors Field Torrealba hit .212 with two homers and 13 RBIs."
How is that going to play in the final year at Shea Stadium, or for that matter the new Citi Field, which is touted as a "pitcher's park."

Citi Field:

The Mets deal of 3 years/$14.4m seems like overpaying when the top two offers to beat were similar 2 year/$7m deals from the Rockies and the Marlins.

UPDATED 11/18 - The deal has fallen apart.,0,4807354.story

Thursday, November 15, 2007



NY Times:

So long, Barry. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports -

Padres' Jake Penny wins N.L. Cy Young Award

It's unanimous -

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson to tour together

from Billboard:

O.J. Holding court at 37,000 feet.

The NY Post's Page Six has the story.

I've been on those same red-eye flights two dozen or more times. That had to have been a nightmare. Sounds like a direct to DVD horror film. Trapped for five hours with a man found liable in civil court for two murders, giving movie, music and beer reviews. And not being able to sleep despite taking an Ambien.

Singers, bands mixing it up

Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch says some work, others seem unnecessary.


Alex Rodriguez back to Yankees for 10 years/$275 Million?,0,4880453.story?page=1

Jon Heyman of says deal could be $280-300 Million.

Ken Rosenthal says Scott Boras finally tastes some humility.

Great info from ESPN's Buster Olney:

Some TV shows may benefit from Writers' Strike

from NY Times:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Katie Couric

Just watch the clip. Love when she starts talking "hip."


And people mocked Brian Williams hosting Saturday Night Live.

I could watch this train wreck all day; and analyzle it frame by frame, like it was the Zapruder film.

Race on Sitcoms

from the NY Times article:

>>>This season Michael is incensed when a rival branch tries to steal away Stanley, his only African-American salesman. “You can’t take the hilarious black guy from the office,” Michael squawks, enumerating the qualities — “bluesy wisdom, sassy remarks” — that the stolid, button-down Stanley does not possess in the least. “I don’t know how George Bush did it when Colin Powell left,” Michael says.<<<

full story:

Former backup catchers win Manager of the Year awards

AL - Eric Wedge NL - Bob Melvin

Imus on RFD-TV

It will put the network on the map, especially on the coasts. Potential earnings aside, this is still a big comedown for Mr. Imus going from MSNBC to RFD-TV.

Imus Is Back! The New York Observer:

E! News reports you can also catch Imus in the evening on RFD.

Friday Night Lights to ESPN?

Radar Magazine online reports that if NBC drops the show, it could move to ESPN next season.

Governor Bon Jovi?

I seem to remember they tried floating the idea of Springsteen running for Senate more than once. I even remember Carol Miller and the gang at WPLJ trying to get "Born To Run" named state song. I wonder if these means that Tico Torres gets appointed head of the DMV?

USA Today Scoop: Athletes sometimes go to strip clubs

This just in- they often spend lots of money and, wait for it... they even have been known to get into trouble. Hard to believe that Celebrity+Naked Women+Alcohol+Money could = trouble.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Duran Duran Concert News & CD Reviews

NYC shows affected by Broadway stagehands' strike:

Allison Stewart, Washington Post -

Alex Veiga, AP -

John M. Gilbertson, Dallas Morning News -

Orioles' Huff on Bubba The Love Sponge show

from -

Coming soon to a TV near you...

A new car!!! Not really, but... Game Shows!!! Lots of 'em!!!

from Deadline Hollywood Daily-

Tucker Carlson as game show host? Not a moment too soon for him; rumors of his MSNBC show's demise run rampant in the cable news industry. Wonder if he'll bust out the bow-tie on CBS that he dropped on his cable show.

C.C. wins A.L. CY


Vote for America's Sexiest Sportscaster

at -

Posada remains a Yankee

4 years/$52.4 Million. For a 36 year old catcher.
Pays to have a career year in your "walk" season.

Ken Rosenthal:

Updated Show by Show Status

from the great site

More about the Writers Strike

Hat tip to

Scrubs may not get a series finale:

Many TV blogs are going dark today in support of the Writers Guild.

FOX sees dollar signs in Writers' Strike.

Think Americaan Idol has been a cash cow in the past? Now picture it against seemingly endless reruns, shows that were left for mid-season attempting to gain traction, and... more reality shows. If the audience doesn't grow in terms of viewers, the actual share should be higher, as those that would've watched the other network shows seek out alternate entertainment choices. (Here's the irony for the Writers' Guild- they'll likely be turning to boxed sets of shows or shows streaming online. I'd also imagine it will be a busy time for Netflix and Blockbuster Online.),0,5392672.story?coll=cl-calendar

More trouble for Boy George

At this point, if you're a 28 year old man at Boy's "flat" expect to be held against your will.

from E!

Justin Timberlake's Fore Play

Add a golf tournament to his list of achievements. After the hit records, the hot Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel, that is.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Time's Person of the Year

Jon Friedman says it will be Al Gore. Actually, he goes as far as to call him a "shoo-in."

Donda West's death may be surgery related;_ylt=At8SiOoMY3BmNOjbVreS.cuVEhkF

One of Dr. West's final interviews, with Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

matchbox twenty to tour

With Alanis Morissette opening. The tour opens (Hard Rock Live @ Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Fla.) and closes (The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas) casino venues.


NL Rookie of the Year: Ryan Braun
AL Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia

FX renews Damages for two seasons

When (if?) the writers strike ends.


The number of prime time network shows (I'm counting you CW!) that have used Peter Bjorn and John's (3 guys; my crack research team double checked) song "Young Folks."

They are:
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
How I met Your Mother (CNS)
Gossip Girl (CW)
Las Vegas (NBC)
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
Big Shots (ABC)
Journeyman (NBC)


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Band as Brand

The New Deal, from the NY Times.
I actually downloaded a song, legally, by Paramore. I had no idea I was part of the revolution.

VP Lieberman?

The Weekly Standard's William Kristol suggests Republican Presidential candidates consider Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman (who ran with Al Gore in 2000) as their running mate.

Perp Nation: Cops turns 700

Bad boys, indeed. Fox has stretched a show that blossomed out of the LAST Writers Guild strike to an unbelievable 700 episodes. From the NY Times:

Saturday, November 10, 2007

"Christmas Ham" soda- and Kosher, too!

Jones Soda sure knows how to get the (free) publicity machine rolling. This is the company that made "Perspiration" flavor soda to tie into its deal to supply soda to the Seattle Seahawks home stadium.

Networks preparing for Fall 2008 schedule

Only one (more) problem; in addition to the ongoing Writers Guild strike, studio heads and producers face the possibility of a Screen Actors Guild strike next summer.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Clemens conidering pitching in 2008 Olympics

No truth to the rumor that he'll pitch for the country that offers the highest salary. Or will fly him home between starts. The second part, likely, due to the fact that the games are in Beijing.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sun not shining on Florida baseball

Hall of Fame baseball writer Murray Chass suggests eliminating the two Florida franchises. Six years ago, baseball owners voterd to contract two teams. I have a better idea- how about merging the two Florida teams and contract one other? The two Florida teams combine would produce a pretty good team:
1B: Carlos Pena
2B: Dan Uggla
SS: Hanley Ramirez
3B: Miguel Cabrera
OF: Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Delmon Young
C: Dioner Navarro, Matt Treanor
Bench/DH (if in AL) Josh Willingham (3rd C as well), Jeremy Hermidia, Akinori Iwamura, Brendan Harris

This leaves a slot open, (Elijah Dukes, Johnny Gomes, Cody Ross?) and allows for Miguel Olivo leaving via trade or after being non-tendered.

The Pitching wouldn't look bad either- Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Olsen and Sergio Mitre would be a solid rotation with veterans Al Reyes and Kevin Gregg in the 8th and 9th innings. Mix and match setup guys and you'd have a pretty good pitching staff. Plus, the Marlins have Josh Johnson, Anibel Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco coming back from injuries. If one of the top two comes back to 2006 form- even in 2009, it would certainly stregthen the rotation.

You'd have the only team in Florida, the hope for a statewide TV and radio package, and even with Pena, Cabrera and Willis, an affordable mid-range budget. Playing in the NL, without the DH, and avoiding the Yankees and Red Sox in the same division, you'd have a team that could compete for a Wild Card post-season berth immediately.

Chass' NY Times article:

Think those concert ticket pirices seem a bit high?

Melissa Ruggieri of te Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Miguel Cabrera Trade Rumors

from MLBTradeRumors:


Update #2 11/11: Jon Heyman from reports the Marlins "price is too steep."

Update #3 11/13: LA teams seem to be frontrunners, with the Dodgers package looking strong.

Guess he'll be won't be wearing a Marlins cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

For TV execs, time to shuffle

The final completed episode of "The Office" airs next Thursday.

FOX Network's Writers Strike Schedule (No 24!)


Matt Roush:

Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune (includes FOX Press Release):

You'll need an abacus to figure out the moves, and a percocet for the migraine after trying to digest the info.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Be creative to hold on to Frequent Flier miles

from USA Today -

Quick hint: some carriers (inc. US Airways) give 2 miles per $1 at iTunes. On programs that require activity to keep your miles, a single download can help you maintain your balance.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Eisner's new Mickey? Bazooka Joe.

How Michael Eisner hopes to make Topps a vital company in the 21st century.

Why record labels matter more than ever

from Fortune -

Imus to return to cable

on RFD-TV, a network that has tried to fill the hole created by the loss of The Nashville Metwork in 2000.

Top 50 Baseball Free Agents

Great list and analysis from -

Glenn Beck: The $50 Million dollar man

from the NY Times:

Bet the Miami Dolphins don't do this in 2008

The Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League offer a guarantee: we'll make the playoffs or your season ticket fees are refunded.

What the Writers' strike means to your favorite shows

from TV Guide -

David Bianculli leaves the NY Daily News

His columns will be missed.

His new site:

TV could be hit HARD

by Writers Guild Strike.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Networks plot midseason makeovers

from Variety-

Tim Goodman on Television

One of my favorite TV writers.

Yankees to Face Marlins @ Dolphin Stadium

For a pair of exhibition games. It would be a bad indicator for baseball's future in south Florida if these were the only two sellouts of the 2008 season.,0,84400.story

Rescue Me on FX

Back for 22 eps in a split season- when the writer's strike ends.

Brian Williams ready for his SNL hosting gig

Musical guest Feist joins him.

Show's a go despite writer's strike-

Hayden Panettiere protests Japan dolphin hunt

Meanwhile, all of south Florida protests the Miami Dolphins.

Friday, October 26, 2007

NFL, London and gambling

For a league that won't allow promos for the TV show "Las Vegas" during Sunday Night Football (and was the reason for the show's move to Friday) it is a big step to play in a city where bookmakers will be taking bets on the game.
Las Vegas Review Journal:
Las Vegas Sun:

Colbert the frontrunner by November?

from Editor & Publisher:

Bon Jovi Reviews

The Record (NJ) -
NY Daily News -

NY Times-

Las Vegas Marlins? San Antonio Marlins?

Could be. The team faces an uncertain future with a December 13th deadline looming.

Bon Jovi Lost Highway World Tour

from USA Today:

Press Release:

from - Opening night set list:

Prudential Center - Newark, NJ - 10/25/07

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Det. John Munch - Record Setter

from TV Series Finale: Belzer's character has been on eight shows spanning four networks.

A must have for any TV fan

article from TV Barn -
I've got my copy already.

Dolphins on the way to 0-16?

The only modern-era team to go undefeated, could be the first to go winless in a 16 game season. (Tampa Bay did it as an expansion team in a 14 game season.)

He thought he won $1.6 Million

He was a millionaire for about an hour. He ended up with $385 and a few free meals. I hope they were good meals. From -

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wondering what happened to VH1?

Ask "Mr. Bad Taste." He made it relevant. And a whole lot of money.

Vegas: Sox favored to win series

It pays to be a sportswriter

From Keith J. Kelly's Media Ink column in the NY Post.

WPLG/Miami reporter arrested

concealed weapon at a school-

Great Seinfeld article

from the NY Times -

Prison Break spinoff

Considering the original went from mini-series tto a show now comparitively floundering in its third season, I'd say they're really trying to milk this dry. Or get enough episodes for syndication.

Brit could have a #1 CD?

Despite all of her troubles...

Even Entertainment Weekly likes "Blackout.",,20153719,00.html?xid=rss-yahoogadget-todayslatest-20071024-Review%3A+Britney+Spears%27+new+album%2E%2E%2Eis+hot%21