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A-Rod

If I have a major pet peeve. and my readers know I have many, it’s the false reports that routinely leak. First of all, let’s take the case of A-Rod and his wife, who, apparently, have split up. Now, I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors in the Rodriguez household, but what i do know, is that the ‘reports’ (which I don’t know if you can call it that) did not help the health of the marriage. A-Rod might have been a cheater. But if he was a just a regular baseball player, and not a superstar, would we be even having this conversation? No, of course not. What I think has to happen is these ‘celebrity watching’ media outlets have to understand their role: to provide news about the entertainment industry. Their role is not to break up marriages. No, it is to provide news and information on the TV and Movies. Because in essence, that is what entertainment is. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: These celebrity magazines, news outlets, etc, are leading to the dumbing down of society. Because if all we can talk about is break-ups, make-ups, and whatever these people find interesting, then our society will fall. Every powerful society has its kryptonite. Ours? It might just be the media.

July 6, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves | Leave a comment

A quick rant

Just a quick rant. Does so called ‘internet’ speak annoy you? Like, u instead of you. Or r instead of are. That just annoys me so much.I also hate it when people add letters unnecessarily to words. Like when hey becomes heyyy. It annoys me so much. And I’m not sure why. But it does. And while I know I have no hope of stopping it, i can only hope for the best.

July 5, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves | Leave a comment

Here we go again

This doesn’t surprise me. Or maybe it should. Brett Farve is contemplating ‘un’-retiring.  This is, of course, according to a source, whom we have no clue about their reputation, good or bad. My take on this whole thing is simple: Who cares? Who really cares if Brett Farve returns or not. Sure, Packers fans will. But, I think, this is a whole media plot to increase ratings. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway. All these stories, (and if you notice, my tone is directed at ESPN) have no bearing on what sports is all about: the games. Shouldn’t the games be the focus, not the athletes? Ridiculous. It’s a reason why sports can be so bad. Because they don’t deserve this attention. No other profession gets covered like this. Politics, maybe. But anything else is not covered in the same fashion that sports are. And that annoys me. Because we should be focusing on the great stories, the triumphs, the tragedy’s. Not the ‘will-he-or-won’t-he-return’ or ‘player x- is-considering-holding-out-for-even-more-money’. It’s a shame sport has to come down to this. But there’s nothing we can do. We’re stuck getting fed the news, and we have no way of dictating it. It’s sad, but it’s true. There should be a viewer-driven news station. I want to hear the facts, and I don’t want them to beat around the bush. It’s preposterous, and naive, to think that the news services, whether they be sports, or otherwise, want to give us the news. They want to give us the news, so THEY can make money. And they have a ton of it. Everything nowadays, and I mentioned it in my podcast, is about money. Money makes the world go ’round. It’s terrible. I wish it could be fixed, but it won’t. No matter how hard we try, people need the news, they need the information. The news business, the sports news business, will never go away. And we’re stuck dealing with all of its issues. 

July 2, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves, Sports, TV | Leave a comment

iTunes Shuffle

I’ve started to shuffle my iTunes, so I can listen to any song. I thought this was a good idea. But, alas, my plan has not worked as expected. The same songs come up. I’ll even get the same song two, three times in a row! Crazy! It seems like iTunes is picking artists and songs for me to listen that I don’t even like. I mean, I have them, so they’re not terrible, but I want to listen to other things. This is annoying. 

July 1, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves | 2 Comments

Music

There is no good music out there. Sure, there are some great artists. But the majority of the songs being played on the radio is rap, rap, rap. Some rap can be could. But half the time I can’t even understand the lyrics. Music has lost its luster. Now, I know I wrote about the new Coldplay album; that’s different, since that music has stood the test of time. Where are the innovators? Where is the passion in music? I feel like it’s all about who is the most marketable, not the best singer. Would Billy Joel make it today? Would Elton John? Would The Beatles? I’m not sure. I wish I knew. Because these are the artists that make music great. Music isn’t supposed to be filled with insensitivity’s  and derogatory comments. Music is art. Music isn’t money.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Music, rants and raves | Leave a comment

Ranting and Raving

I haven’t ranted or raved in awhile, and one of my most loyal readers suggested I should. A lot of things have been bothering me lately, but if I had to pick one, it would be the lack of journalistic integrity I’ve been finding lately. Without naming names, I find it odd that people publish stories without even attempting to cite sources. Things like “I’ve learned” Or ” It’s been suggested.” I hate that. As a reader, I want the hard truth. I don’t want weak, unsubstantiated rumors, based on nothing more than hearsay. If you’re writing to get readers, then it’s wrong. Even this blog, I’m not writing to get readers. I blog for numerous reasons, chiefly among them, to gain writing experience, and for an outlet for my thoughts. And while I appreciate and value my readership, I don’t want to lead them on, just for the sake of getting more readers. I’ve heard the expression lately, “Don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.” That makes perfect sense, because nothing is ever true, unless it’s actually proven. That’s what this country was built on. Innocent until proven guilty. In this case, untrue until proven true. As more evidence, take the tabloid celebrity magazines. Although I am guilty of perusing them on occasion, I read it more for the laughs, due to the amazing amount of unsubstantiated rumors. Who are their sources? Who are the insiders, the people close to the situation. Now, some writers, who I have great admiration for, have trusted sources, sources whom I trust, even if I don’t know who they are. But some of the rumors just make absolutely no sense. I think they have to look themselves in the eye, and seriously consider if their job is worthwhile to society. I do not think it is. If they can look me in the eyes, and tell me that they are contributing to society, I don’t think I could believe them. Journalistic integrity  is of the utmost importance, because these are the folks who we get the news from. Sure, they could lie to us. They could. But, when all is said and done, are they actually being productive, and are they happy with their profession? I know I wouldn’t.

As for some raves, I saw Love Guru last night. Hilarious. Best Mike Myers movie. I have a couple of movies on my list for the summer months. Get Smart. Hancock. Pineapple Express. Tropic Thunder. Although some of the movies I’ve listed are stupid, sometimes those are the best, as they provide an escape. I like the silly movies over the dramatic ones, because I like to be able to enjoy myself at a movie theatre. I would rather experience cinematic genius in the comfort of my home, because of the sheer intensity of it. I like being able to pause when I want to. But, for the movies above, those are things I cannot wait for.

June 23, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves | 1 Comment

ESPN

ESPN does it again! During a fascinating piece about A-Rod and Pete Rose’s unlikely friendship, they suddenly stop it, to cut to… soccer?!? Are you kidding me? I find it amazing that the only time ESPN covers soccer is during the World Cup and UEFA Euro Cup, but when those tournaments come around, ESPN goes all out, covering it like they know everything about it. I find it amazing that they think they are the best at covering soccer. They’re not. I don’t know who is, but it’s not them. No one in America even likes Soccer. And yet ESPN covers it like it’s the World Series. Now I’ve been a supporter of ESPN in recent days, but there is nothing here to support. A disgrace. Terrible. ESPN needs to find it’s limits, learn them, and know them. If not, they’re kidding their fans, and ultimately themselves.

June 20, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves, TV | 2 Comments

Tiger and Celtics

Two interesting items of news today. First off, the Celtics won the NBA championship, and we here at The Blog of Champions congratulate them. It was well-earned. Bill Simmons has his usual funny take on the Celtics champion win. Adrian Wojnarowski at Y! Sports, tells of KG’s long wait. Johnny Ludden thinks the Lakers quit.  Mike Kahn at Fox Sports, talks about the Celtics defense. As is the norm for celebrating, 22 Boston fans were arrested last night.  Good job Celtics.

As for Tiger, his season is over. I can’t believe how he won the US Open, with one leg, basically. He’s a freak of nature. Pat Forde, at ESPN, writes about Tiger’s courage. Tiger proves how good he is, how superhuman he is. He also knows how good he is.  It was great to watch, and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Throughout the playoffs, I’ve been a supporter of ESPN/ABC’s coverage. And I think this where they shine. The announcing team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson, provided quality insight, while still having a good time. The Video of old Finals Highlights, still gives me chills. And their interviews with the old Celtics and Lakers stars were top-notch. And those freaky ‘There can only be one’ commercials, are still great, no matter how creepy it is seeing half Kobe, half KG.  They have always done a great job with the NBA, and this just proves it. On the other hand, ESPN can confuse me. They’re already starting Fantasy Football coverage?  I think ESPN is overzealous with it’s football coverage. Is it because of Monday Night Football? I don’t know. But covering Chad Johnson’s ankle injury in June is ridiculous. This, unfortunately, was breaking news on ESPNEWS. I go to ESPN for my sports news, but sometimes they just confuse me. Cover real stories, not players who just want more money. If you are looking for good criticism of ESPN, go to their Ombudsman, Le Anne Schreiber, who provides solid insight into their decision making. By the way, I think it’s a bad sign when you hire someone to critique your network. And they’re paying her to do this. But I digress.

Good job Celtics, and good luck Tiger. By the way, I think I’m going to start a daily tab of great articles of the web, articles I’ve enjoyed. Here’s one, from Rick Reilly, to start you off. 

June 18, 2008 Posted by | Great Websites, rants and raves, Sports, TV | 1 Comment

Keyboards

Just a quick thought: Don’t you wish that there was a .com button on your keyboard? That would make life so much easier.

I’ll be back, as usual, for my halftime thoughts of Game 4, Lakers-Celtics

June 12, 2008 Posted by | rants and raves, Sports | 1 Comment

Tomatoes

I hate this whole tomato salmonella thing.(By the way, the reporter is Kathryn Brown, who, in about 2 months, will be my cousin-in-law, which I guess is the correct terminology.) I love tomatoes. I think most people do. Sometimes there’s nothing better than just fresh sliced tomatoes, maybe a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Even thinking about that gets my mouth watering. I can deal with salmonella in chicken. Because you don’t eat raw chicken. At least I don’t. But I rarely, if ever, eat cooked tomatoes. I just don’t like them cooked. Does this mean ketchup is off limits? Tomato sauce? And the fact that the tomato industry is suffering is a joke. Well, I genuinely feel bad for them. But I had no idea there was an entire industry.

June 10, 2008 Posted by | Food, rants and raves | 3 Comments