Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A little of this and a little of that

 The Cincinnati Bengals were hoping their recent fortunes would change with the drafting of Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow out of LSU. That hasn't happened. Cincinnati is nowhere close to clinching a playoff spot, and now they've lost Burrow for the season with torn ACL & MCL ligaments in his knee on Sunday. The Bengals have had some issues with their offensive line being unable to properly protect Burrow, and if that sounds remotely familiar, well, that has applied to their week 12 opponent, the suddenly resurgent Giants.

Rookie coach Joe Judge has found an added dimension to his 2nd year QB, Daniel Jones, as evidenced by his leading the team in rushing in a loss to Philadelphia earlier this season, a loss the Giants avenged prior to the bye. Unheralded Ryan Finley will start for the Bengals on Sunday in what originally could've been a winnable game for Cincinnati. Not anymore.
Most of us knew going into the NFL season that Tampa Bay was not an automatic lock to win the NFC South. New Orleans saw to that by sweeping the season series between the Saints & Buccaneers. 

On Monday, Bucs QB Tom Brady fizzled down the stretch again, throwing a game clinching interception late in the 4th quarter of a loss to the Rams, as Sean McVay gained a measure of revenge on Brady, who led the New England Patriots past the Rams in the Super Bowl a couple of years back. Los Angeles needed the win to stay within shouting distance of division leader Seattle, while Tampa Bay is stuck in 2nd place behind the Saints, who are still the class of the division despite QB Drew Brees being out with cracked ribs and a collapsed lung.

And, oh, yeah, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are coming in on Sunday. Suddenly, a wild card berth isn't so certain.
YouTube suspended the account of the far-right-wing One America News Network, a channel dedicated to supporting outgoing President Donald Trump, who has switched to OANN as his favorite network of late. The crime? Promoting false cures for coronavirus. That joke is getting old. OANN is not available locally on cable, unlike another conservative network, Newsmax, which is a premium channel here, at last check. And, yeah, OANN is whining about Spectrum Cable leaving them off the roster. Well, too bad for you. You might not even survive the decade. OANN will get their account back on YouTube, but two more violations, and they're gone-ski.
Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings will be at the podium when the series returns to tapings next month on an interim basis. Jennings' 1st episode as host will be on January 11, as Sony will use various guest hosts until a full time successor to Alex Trebek can be found. As previously noted, Jennings is also attached to ABC & Sony's revival of The Chase.
The CW network has already announced that the forthcoming 4th season of Black Lightning, set to start in January, will be the last, as it conceivably could be replaced by a spin-off series focusing on villain-turned- anti-hero Painkiller (Jordan Calloway), which has already been green-lit.

In addition, singer-actress China Anne McLain (Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning) revealed the other day she was planning on leaving the show after the coming season, and thus will be a recurring regular this season, likely so she can either focus on her music career or other acting opportunities.
With the success of its summer game show, Beat Shazam, Fox has acquired the rights to a 21st century revival of the show that inspired Shazam, Name That Tune.

Actress Jane Krakowski (ex-30 Rock, Ally McBeal) has been tapped to host, with Randy Jackson (ex-American Idol) as the musical director/bandleader. No start date has been announced as yet.
General Services Administration head Emily Murphy finally signed off on the transition of power from President Trump to Joe Biden on Monday, despite the fact that America's Oldest Baby still refuses to acknowledge he lost the election.

Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of The View weigh in. Whoopi starts off with a few bars from the closing theme from The Lawrence Welk Show.......

On the opposite extreme, Trump retweeted some nonsense from disgraced actor Randy Quaid, which isn't worth repeating here. That walk of shame is coming, President Pampers.


Mike Doran said...

That closing song is from The Sound Of Music, by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
It's the one that the Trapp children sing as they exit the stage, one at a time.
Somehow, I don't see the Trumpkins leaving anywhere near as sweetly ...

... or as well-rehearsed, comes to that ...

hobbyfan said...

I see straitjackets and assorted other restraints in their futures.