The NFL is printing money: "ESPN is paying $1.1 billion annually over eight years to broadcast the Monday night games. NBC has a six-year, $3.6 billion deal for the Sunday night package. CBS and Fox are paying a total of $8 billion over six years for the rights to Sunday afternoon games. DirecTV agreed to pay $3.5 billion for a five-year extension that runs through 2010." Throw in ticket sales, suite sales, licensing, and product sales and there is a ton of cash involved. With that much cash floating around, I'm not sure the players are being paid enough.
at 3:11 PM
There's a great funny bit going on in the Internet world: Whenever you see a photograph that is widely circulated, the geeks "photoshop" it - meaning they take the image and trick it up. Take, for example, I posted a pic of a USC cheerleader a week ago. It has been "photoshopped" here. Warning: could be offensive.
at 10:15 PM
Have you kept up with the latest Oprah Spotlight? She put some spare guy's book on her Book Club (and, of course, it sells a krillion copies). Then we find out that most of this "memoir" of a recovering drug addict is made up. Larry King gets the author on his TV show and Oprah calls in to defend him. Sheesh. Of course, she gets lots of hate mail and . . . (drumroll, please) . . . she changes her mind. So, she fires up the cameras and gets the author back on the show so she can call him a "liar" in front of zombie fans. I can't stand that woman. And, today, all she gets is glowing reviews.
at 8:03 AM
Million Dollar Baby is on HBO for the millionth time this week, and I'll repeat what I've said a hundred times: The Movie Sux. And I've finally decided it's not the poor script, the ridiculous dialogue, the stupid fight scenes (it's BOXING not the WWE), or the Shawshank Redemption rip-off of the Morgan Freeman voice over, but it's the absolutely horrific acting. Clint Eastwood was awful and Hilary Swank was terrible. And it won an Academy Award.
at 9:17 PM
Ok, one more odd note about the movie Cinderella Man. Without disclosing the ending (the movie is based on a true story), Russell Crowe's character, James Braddock, ends up fighting Max Baer for the heavyweight championship of the world. That name rang a bell for me. Come to find out, Max Baer fathered a son, Max Baer, Jr. who some of you may recall as playing Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies. I had no idea. He didn't like the film.
at 9:27 PM
ConocoPhillips announced today that, for the year, profits jumped to $13.53 billion, up from $8.13 billion in 2004. The increase was based upon an "increase in oil prices". Uh.......yeah.....but do any of these oil companies think about being competive and decreasing their profit margin/percentage? Or do we have an American OPEC among us?
at 9:10 PM
Start listening for this: Over the next two weeks you will hear a ton of commercials referencing the Super Bowl. The NFL is such a giant that it will legally crush anyone who uses the copyrighted name "Super Bowl" without its permission (and paying a butt load of cash for the privilege of doing so). Thus, you will hear some commercials refer to sales/specials/discounts because of "The Big Game" without ever referencing "Super Bowl". Kill me now. But I could have sworn I saw the Messenger advertise a "Super Bowl Special" related to advertising the other day. Uh Oh.
at 8:39 PM
Stolen off the net: Richard Hatch, the "fat naked guy" who won $1 million in the debut season of the reality show "Survivor," was found guilty Wednesday of failing to pay taxes on his winnings. Hatch was also convicted of evading taxes on $327,000 he earned as co-host of a Boston radio show and $28,000 in rent on property he owned. But he was acquitted of seven bank, mail and wire fraud charges. Jurors deliberated for less than a day after more than a week of testimony. Hatch, 44, of Newport, faces up to 13 years in prison and a fine of $600,000.
at 4:09 PM
If you haven't seen it, you've got to check out Bush responding to a question at Kansas State about whether he had seen Brokeback Mountain. (It's the second video clip after "update"). Ya know, it's kinda hard not to like the guy in moments like these. He seemed to be thinking "I've got soooo many gay jokes, but, sheesh, I better not utter a single one."
at 8:37 PM
It's a silly movie, but I like it. But my favorite line isn't funny at all: "It's not about what happened in the past, or what you think might happen in the future. It's about the ride . . . . There is no point in going through all this crap, if your are not going to enjoy the ride. And you know what... when you least expect something great might come along. Something better then you even planned for. "
at 9:36 PM
From today's Star Telegram: William "Bud" Post III, whose $16.2 million in lottery winnings brought him debt, despair and heartache, causing the kind of trouble often recounted in country-western songs, died of respiratory failure Jan. 15 at a Pittsburgh-area hospital. He was 66. "Everybody dreams of winning money, but nobody realizes the nightmares that come out of the woodwork or the problems," he said in 1993, five years after winning the Pennsylvania lottery. His problems included a brother who tried to hire a contract murderer to kill him and his sixth wife, a landlady who forced him to give her one-third of the jackpot and a conviction on an assault charge after Post fired a shotgun at a man trying to collect a debt at Post's deteriorating dream house in northwestern Pennsylvania. He went bankrupt, emerged with $1 million free and clear and spent most of that, too. (more . . . )
at 3:15 PM
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Ford Motor Co. says it will cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 facilities in North America.
at 11:38 AM
From the Morning News today: "The 'it takes a village' philosophy is a joke because the village is now so polluted and so desolate of commonly held, child-appropriate moral values that my job as a mother is not to rely on the village, but to protect my children from it." - (In this month's issue of The Atlantic Monthly)
at 2:59 PM
But the rumblings over Iran's potential nuclear capabilities have escalated this week. And throw in the fact that the new Iranian president said a couple of months ago that Israel should be "wiped off the map" WITH the fact that today there is news that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike, and this story gets scary. Jacking around in Iraq is one thing. A full scale war between Israel and Iran (which we would be sucked into because of our support of Israel) is something frighteningly different.
at 11:51 AM