Saturday, November 16, 2019

Celebrity Rock: Devil Woman (2005)

You probably know the story by now. Before hitting it big with Moonlighting in the mid-80's, Bruce Willis was a musician first. Moonlighting gave him an avenue to bring his music to the forefront.

In 2005, at the premiere for the movie, "Sin City", Willis put his band, Bruno & The Heaters, back together for a concert performance. Here, he serves up a blues number, "Devil Woman", not to be confused with songs of the same name by Marty Robbins or Cliff Richard.

Friday, November 15, 2019

A rivalry out of control

By now, you've probably seen this.....

8 seconds remaining in the game. Cleveland's already won. And Myles Garrett, who'd later claim he'd lost his cool in the heat of the moment, decides to all but go postal on Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph?

That hissing sound you hear is the momentum balloon losing air after the Browns won their second straight, a hard fought (no pun intended) victory that will be remembered for Garrett's bout with immaturity more so than the performance of his defensive teammates.

We'll see later on if Browns superfan, and Cleveland area native, The Miz has something to say on Smackdown. Unfortunately for Miz, his pulpit will be in Philadelphia, but that's neither here nor there at this point.

Anyway, it was announced this morning that Garrett has been suspended indefinitely without pay. The Browns couldn't afford to have that happen, especially after DB Morgan Burnett went out with an ankle injury late in the second quarter, having already made an impact on the game by picking off Rudolph.

There were a couple of yo yo's on YouTube who said that if this was in a game against the New England Patriots and uberdiva Tom Brady was the victim instead of Rudolph, Garrett would likely have either been lucky to leave the building or be hauled off to jail. They do send hockey players to jail for similar incidents.

Earlier in the day, the Browns cut ties with receiver Terrence Gallaway. As noted, Burnett was injured during the game, and Garrett was one of three Browns ejected in the second half.

I've heard of winning ugly, but this takes the grand prize.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Musical Interlude: Danny's Song (1973)

This is also at Saturday Morning Archives.

"Danny's Song" was a hit twice over, first for Loggins & Messina (authored by Kenny Loggins), and then, as shown here on The Midnight Special, for Anne Murray in 1973.

Sports this 'n' that

While it's still more than a year away, there was some news related to the 2021 World Baseball Classic Wednesday with the announcement that Hall of Famer Mike Piazza was named manager of the Italian team. Could this be a case of Piazza, who played for the Mets, Dodgers, Marlins, A's, & Padres in his 16 year career, testing the waters toward a major league managing job? One only wonders.
After a 2 year run in Philadelphia, Gabe Kapler has quickly found a new home, hired by San Francisco on Wednesday to succeed the retired Bruce Bochy. Somehow, I've a feeling the Giants will regret this move.
Proving once again that ownership of a major league sports franchise is treated more as a hobby than a serious business venture, Jests CEO Christopher Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, announced Wednesday that Adam Gase will return next season.

So the Jests have won two games this season, and could've won a couple of others.. They do have a winnable game this week against the Washington Trumpets, but it'd be in character for the Jests if they blow that one.
Former beef jerky salesman and Niners DB Richard Sherman is sounding the warning that the NFL Players Association could go on strike after the 2020 season if the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement don't meet with the union's seal of approval. The owners want to expand the season for the first time in more than 40 years, cutting the preseason down to 2-3 games, but the wear & tear, physically and mentally, the current schedule creates for players is enough of a problem. Expanding the season should not be an option. If it ain't broken, don't fix it, but it seems some owners are looking to fatten their wallets when it isn't necessary. Stay tuned.
Later today, the Most Valuable Players in baseball will be announced. It's been a big week for a couple of teams. If you're keeping score at home, here's what you've missed.

Rookies of The Year:

AL: Yordan Alvarez, Houston.
NL: Pete Alonso, Mets.

Manager of The Year:

AL: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota.
NL: MIke Shildt, St. Louis.

Cy Young Awards:

AL: Justin Verlander, Houston.
NL: Jacob deGrom, Mets.

In the case of each of the Mets' winners, the voting was not unanimous. Atlanta's Mike Sirotka prevented Alonso from matching Alvarez's unanimous vote, for example. The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu likewise had the one Cy Young vote that prevented deGrom from being a unanimous pick. Sirotka also had a top 5 finish in the NL Cy Young balloting.
While it may be some time before he tries the octagon again, former WWE champion CM Punk (Phil Brooks) is back in the fold, but under contract to the Fox networks.

Punk will be a recurring contributor to WWE Backstage, airing Tuesdays on FS1, and made a cameo appearance on the 11/12 episode. One gets the feeling that if all the broken fences can be mended, Punk, who was previously with WWE from 2006-14, could turn up at the Royal Rumble in January, which, coincidentally, was the last time he was in a WWE ring. Wife April Mendez-Brooks is making her debut as a comics writer with the release of GLOW vs. The Babyface for IDW next week, and you wonder if that, along with Punk's own comics resume, will be brought up at some point. Again, stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tabloid rock: I Heard a Rumour (1987)

I forgot that Bananarama had one more hit here in the US after their cover of Shocking Blue's "Venus".

"I Heard a Rumour", off the group's 1987 CD, "Wow!" and the "Disorderlies" soundtrack, peaked at #4 on the Hot 100. After that, Siobhan Fahey (Mrs. Dave Stewart) left the group to form Shakespeare's Sister.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Is NBC washing out the last soap suds?

NBC's lone remaining daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is marking its 55th season this year, but, due likely to declining ratings, among other things, the network is suspending production of the series at the end of the month.

The classic intro, spoken by MacDonald Carey for so many years, certainly rings true here:

Episodes are taped as much as 8 months in advance. In other words, what you're seeing now was recorded back in March, for example. The cast and crew have been released from their contracts, per Yahoo!, but there is always the idea of everyone being brought back, provided they'd accept pay cuts in their new contracts.

It's not like Sony or NBC-Universal-Comcast are hurting for money, but these are the times we live in. A likely solution is to reboot, move the show off NBC proper if everyone returns in 2020, and over to the incoming Peacock streaming service, which I'm told is meant to be free for all, but we'll see.

Soaps are a dying breed, with only four on the air now in daytime, and who's to say Sony won't also listen to a request from CBS to do the same with the other soaps they own, The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful? All we can say is, stay tuned.

What Might've Been: Collector's Item (1958)

Here's an obscure, unsold pilot that was produced for CBS by 20th Century Fox in 1958.

Collector's Item was the first TV series vehicle for movie legend and art collector Vincent Price, had it actually gone to series. Price plays Henry Prentiss, who appraises rare works of art.

However, the plot of the pilot plays out like a compacted B-movie. Prentiss and his associate, Muncey (Peter Lorre) have to thwart a weasel (Thomas Gomez) who covets "The Left Fist of David". Whitney Blake, later of Hazel, co-stars.

It would be 20-odd years before Price would finally land a series of his own, co-starring with wife Coral Browne in Time Express, also for CBS. Lorre, as we know, would settle into television, landing a co-starring role opposite Gertrude Berg in Mrs. G. Goes to College, and otherwise would make a few guest appearances (i.e. Checkmate) toward the end of his career.

Rating: B.