It was reported today that Brodie Huber was signed to a futures contract, meaning that when he is of age, say around 2030, if he's still got interest in the business, he'll make his pro debut with AEW.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
It was reported today that Brodie Huber was signed to a futures contract, meaning that when he is of age, say around 2030, if he's still got interest in the business, he'll make his pro debut with AEW.
The success of syndicated reruns of Gilligan's Island had convinced series creator-executive producer Sherwood Schwartz that a live-action reunion could actually work.
Four years earlier, Schwartz had contracted with Filmation to adapt the series as a Saturday morning cartoon, The New Adventures of Gilligan, with all except Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) & Tina Louise (Ginger) returning. One season's worth of episodes were produced, and then syndicated as part of a larger package that Filmation sold to stations in 1978.
Not long after that came the first of what would be three Gilligan TV-movies, but, as with the cartoon, it wasn't for CBS. The cartoon aired on ABC, while NBC landed the movie series. Wells returned, but Louise, adamant about not returning at all to avoid typecasting, was replaced by Judith Baldwin for "Rescue From Gilligan's Island", which aired as a 2-part miniseries on NBC in October 1978 before being rerun as a full-length movie. Schwartz, of course, would also place the first revival of his other franchise, The Brady Bunch, at NBC a couple of years later.
The castaways finally come home, 11 years after the original series had ended, and the plot suggests that the series was set a year prior to airing (set in 1963, while the show ran from 1964-7). Returning to civilization presents a new set of problems for the gang.....
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The American Cancer Society's Wisconsin chapter contracted with Paramount to make use of some of the cast of Mission: Impossible, specifically, Peter Graves, Greg Morris, and Peter Lupus.
Stafford Repp (ex-Batman, General Hospital) appears briefly around the 8 1/2 minute mark.
Props to fellow blogger Chuck Miller for the tip.
It was the summer of 1975. In an era where just about anybody could get a variety show, the jazz-vocal combo Manhattan Transfer were given a 4 week tryout in August, as a fill-in for Cher on CBS. This quartet looked more at home playing Carnegie Hall or Radio City Music Hall.
A little truth here. The first Transfer song I'd ever heard was 1980's "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone", not to be confused with the Dutch group Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" a couple of years later. As you can ascertain, I didn't see this show. I was just starting to go to church at the time.
That said, there's no rating. Enjoy the show, with an introduction by actor Jon Voight. 200 Years Ago Today, later rechristened Bicentennial Minute, follows, with Werner Klemperer (ex-Hogan's Heroes):
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Cam Newton might not be starting for New England vs. the Jests next Sunday, and he surely won't be back in a Patriot uniform for the 2021 season.
Newton was sent to the bench again Monday after performing ineffectively in a 38-9 blowout loss to the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills. For the Bills, it is a rare season sweep of the Patriots, something that hasn't happened since the 90's, and it's the first time either of the Patriots' AFC East rivals, be it Miami or the Jests, have swept them since 2000.
Monday, December 28, 2020
With 9 days before Congress puts the final nail in the Trump administration's coffin, one of the screwloose ambulance chasers retained by the administration has turned on Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
What L. Lin Wood wants is to have the two Senators and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, no saint at all, we must remind, arrested, and wants Georgia Republicans to boycott the runoff election on January 5, which would actually ensure that Loeffler & Perdue would be getting tickets out of Washington.
What is this goober thinking?
Wood, being a total moron, is clinging to long debunked conspiracy theories about the Presidential election last month, and that the increasing paranoia within the GOP believes that certain in the party are complicit, along with a variety of other "suspects", including the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, who passed away in 2013. Wood is ignorant of the fact that two companies, Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, are threatening legal action against him, Trump, Silly Sidney Powell, Rudy Goofiani, Tabloid Carlson, Spam Hannity, etc., for perpetuating the lies.
When you add this to a report out today that certain GOP lawmakers such as "Screwy" Louie Gohmert are suing VP Mike Pence in a desperate bid to overturn the election results when the votes are counted next week, and that once-respected evangelist Kenneth Copeland went off the rails again on Sunday, claiming that the devil had "stolen" the election, the only civil war going on is within the Republican party. The GOP is imploding from within, and no one within the party seems willing to stop it.
When Stan Lee created Spider-Man nearly 60 years ago, his core idea was that despite the power, despite the responsibility that went with it, Peter Parker was still an ordinary joe who learned the hard way that there is no profit in crimefighting. Peter wanted to help his aunt make ends meet, and, later, pay the rent on his own apartment, since his work as a news photographer didn't always pay the bills.
Local blogger Mike Spring has taken that idea one step further.
Earlier this year, Spring started a Kickstarter account to fund his first comic book effort, Red, White, & Broke: Confessions of an American Superhero, which arrived in stores just in time for Christmas.
Red, White, & Broke introduces us to Captain Stronghold, aka Robert Rhodes, who has all the tools, except for one important thing. He's broke. Rhodes reveals his identity on television, along with his plight, knowing full well he's only adding to his personal burden.
Spring is doing two things here. One, he's calling attention to the seriousness of the homeless in our society, pointing out that there could conceivably be a hero among them if they had the courage to stand up for themselves. He's showing his readers what the real world looks like through the lenses of his protagonist. Two, by having Rhodes reveal his secret identity, he's addressing the hubbub over Brian Bendis' decision earlier this year to have Superman reveal his dual identity as reporter Clark Kent, and how, as a fan, he feels about it.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge artist Dennis Tirona, Spring's partner in this venture. He hits every note needed to carry the story.
Now, I don't know when the next issue comes out, but let's give Spring & Tirona credit where it's due for a job well done.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Now, the VP is being sued, and the plantiffs claim the votes haven't been certified. Oh, the pain of idiocy!
"Dare to be Stupid!"--"Weird" Al Yankovic, 1985.
"You can't fix stupid."--Ron White.
"(They're) dumber than a bag of hammers."--George Clooney, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", 2000.
I paraphrased that last quote to reference the goofballs representing the Thomas More Society, a conservative law group that has filed the mother of all frivolous lawsuits against Vice President Mike Pence, the Electoral College, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, all in a desperate bid to overturn the election and keep President Trump in office.
Farron Cousins explains:
Somewhere, Thomas More is turning over in his grave.
The Detroit Lions were missing about half of their coaching staff, including interim head coach Darrell Bevell, and some key players heading into Saturday's matinee vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The coaches were out due to---what else?----coronavirus issues, and it didn't help that the Lions lost QB Matthew Stafford in the first half due to injury, with Chase Daniel finishing the game.
Tom Brady and the Bucs built up such a big lead at halftime that coach Bruce Arians gave Brady the 2nd half off, while leaving Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans in the game, likely due to incentives in their contracts, I'd guess, though past history reminds that Gronk was left in the game too long in a New England blowout of Indianapolis in 2012, and ended up getting injured when he should've been out of the game.
So naturally, Yahoo! accused the Bucs, who won, 47-7, of running it up as they locked down a wild card in the NFC.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
As President Donald Trump's term is grinding to a close, a slow news day at Yahoo! reveals that, for whatever reason, during the course of the administration, First Lady Melania Trump has not appeared on a lot of magazine covers, which is not sitting well with America's Oldest Baby and the Legion of The Brainwashed.
There's a simple reason for that. It's called an editorial decision. Of course, the jealous Trump notes the dozen or so times that Michelle Obama has appeared on magazine covers such as Vogue, Time, and Parade over the course of the 8 years she spent in Washington. Magazine editors have perhaps assumed that any interview with Melania, meant to accompany a cover photo, would inevitably address Dumb Donald as a topic, and those editors would rather not give free publicity to a polarizing figure such as the President.
Would an interview with Melania have actually been worth it, given what little we know about her personal life before she met Dumb Donald? Yes. She had one commercial endorsement deal (Aflac Insurance, 2005), but otherwise has largely been away from the public eye aside from being seen with her bloviating husband. That, though, might actually have been her choice, but try telling that to the Legion of The Brainwashed.
Predictably, Dumb Donald has dismissed the el snubbino as "fake news". The man just doesn't get it. I'm pretty sure there are folks who'd like to learn a little more about Melania, who, if my memory serves me correctly, is the first foreign-born first lady.
This would not have been an issue at all if Trump wasn't a self-serving jackass. Period.
Ah, the 1980's. The era of excess.
It's the setting for "Wonder Woman 1984", the 2nd solo adventure of the Amazing Amazon (Gal Gadot), as she faces not one but two enemies.
One is Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian, ex-Game of Thrones), presented here as a con artist and business partner to Simon Stagg, whom comics fans know as the primary antagonist of another DC hero, Metamorpho. Here, Lord is of Spanish background, but changed his name to get away from an abusive childhood. He's also a divorcee, with shared custody of his son, who figures prominently in the finale.
The other is the Cheetah, in this case, archeologist Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig, ex-Saturday Night Live), presented as a mousy neurotic, which hews to recent interpretations of the character in the comics.
What brings them together is an ancient artifact that Barbara found and brought back to the Smithsonian in Washington, where she and Diana both work, albeit in different departments.
If Barbara's story seems familiar to moviegoers, it's because it's been done before by both Marvel (Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and DC (Catwoman in "Batman Returns"). It's a trope that never gets old.
WB's strategy was to release the film, which had been delayed at least three times since filming concluded last year due to COVID-19, both to theatres (limited availability in multiplexes in the 518) and on HBO Max, the better to call attention to the new streaming service, which has been active for nearly a year.
I should note that there's a mid-credits scene that will please long time fans of Wonder Woman, and leave it at that.
Here's the trailer, from WB's YouTube channel:
Thursday, December 24, 2020
We've seen Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol adapted for movies, television, and the stage. Ye scribe actually acted in a Christian-themed school production in 1978. Never gave acting any serious thought afterward.
Digression over. Carol had also been adapted, unsurprisingly, for radio, dating back to the mid-30's. For example, CBS' Campbell Playhouse, which lasted just three years total after the soup giant landed a deal with Orson Welles, shortly after Welles' celebrated adaptation of War of The Worlds, presented Carol in each of the two seasons of its hour-long format. Welles starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 production, but a year later, moved over to serve as narrator, opening room for Lionel Barrymore, who first essayed the role of Scrooge on radio in 1934.
Here, then, is the Welles-Barrymore production from 1939. Also heard are Everett Sloane and Bea Benaderet, among others.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
From season 5 of Happy Days:
Ex-con-turned-musician Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) hits Milwaukee with her backup group, the Suedes. She recruits Richie & Potsie (Ron Howard & Anson Williams) to play behind her on a cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode". (Of course, the guys are just miming, as studio musicians actually played the guitar parts)
You've heard of the blind leading the blind? The stupid can lead the stupid, too, in so many ways...........
President Trump is hardly desperate for attention. He seeks it out on a daily basis, because you can't go a day without a headline bearing his name for whatever.
I was prepared to finally cut him a break because he opposed the new stimulus package that has gone through Congress, simply because Joe & Jane Average ain't getting enough. The package calls for $600 per person for anyone making less than $75,000 a year, or half of what we got in the spring. Trump said no, make it $2,000, and, shockingly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the bus for that. Trump can thank the GOP for trying to screw Joe & Jane Average again, but what he's really trying to do is make himself look good to the people in case he does decide to run again in 2024.
Farron Cousins explains:
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
I know The Muppets have a new show on Disney+, I believe. That's all the reason there really was for Disney to arrange a modest little crossover with ESPN, turning Monday Night Football into Muppet Night Football.
At least the intro was entertaining, with Kermit & Ms. Piggy opening the show, and leading into a football-themed riff on "Carol of The Bells":
Could a Steeler collapse lead to Cleveland or Baltimore taking the division? Well, Pittsburgh closes with the Browns........!
Courtesy of the Pop Culture Archivist on Tumblr:
Here's a magazine ad for United Airlines from 1965, spotlighting Santa Claus.
And you wonder why NORAD makes a big deal of tracking Santa's global flight every year.....
There's no such thing as a no-fly zone with Santa.......
Monday, December 21, 2020
You didn't have to watch ESPN's College Football Playoff Selection Show, bloated as that was, to know that the eggheads in Dallas who make up the CFP selection committee were bent on pissing people off, just because they can.
Alabama held off a late rally by Florida to not only win the SEC title, but retain its #1 ranking. Ehh, ok. 'Bama haters likely will be looking at two seasons worth of AFLAC ads with coach Nick Saban as evidence that the CFP doesn't give a rat's butt about "Alabama Fatigue".
ACC champion Clemson has positioned itself for possibly another title game vs. the Crimson Tide, moving up to #2 after dispatching Notre Dame. The Irish drop to #4, as Big 10 champion Ohio State, with all of 6 games under its collective belt, moves to #3.
Yahoo!'s Dan Wetzel got on the stump to represent for American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, which went undefeated en route to the the league title, but get the el-snubbino because the AAC is considered a weak sister, with the Bearcats checking in at #8.
And so it is that the CFP semis are set for January 1:
Rose Bowl (Arlington, Texas): Clemson vs. Ohio State.
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans): Alabama vs. Notre Dame.
We know why the AAC and other "weak sister" conferences, including mid-majors like the Mid-American Conference, will never get consideration from the CFP.
It's all about name recognition, money, prestige, and reputation, not quite in that order.
There are those who are still calling for an expanded playoff, but for that to happen, you'd have to sacrifice some of those made-for-TV bowls, some of which aren't being played this season due to coronavirus. Bowl games mean money to college presidents. The NCAA and the CFP have made up their minds. They are not going to turn the CFP into the football answer to the basketball tournament, or even the College World Series in baseball, which has regionals and super regionals to fill out the field. By keeping the CFP at 4 teams, you're denying teams like Cincinnati, Ball State, Alabama-Birmingham, and others from joining the party and earning the right to play at the big boys' table. Generations of student-athletes have been conditioned and groomed to play for the Alabamas, Clemsons, and Notre Dames of the world, lured by the prospects of future pro contracts and endorsement deals, highlight reels airing on SportsCenter, and so on.
Oh, there will be players drafted from Cincinnati and UAB and Texas Tech, of course, but regardless of where you play, don't ya think you could benefit from the brass rings that go with playing in the CFP? Of course.
Jordan was ejected in the 4th quarter for throwing what appeared to be a punch at a Chiefs lineman. He later admitted he cost his team the game, which Kansas City won, 32-29. Would that more players would take the high road, as Jordan did.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
The Righteous Brothers had a huge hit in 1965 with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling". 15 years later, Daryl Hall & John Oates covered "Feeling", but fell short of #1 on the Hot 100.
Historians will note that this is a rare track with Oates on lead.
It turns out the coaches were right.
The Rose Bowl Committee had asked for a special exemption to allow the families of players & coaches to attend the January 1 game in Pasadena.
So, for the first time since forever, the Rose Bowl will not be played in Pasadena on New Year's Day. Instead, the game is being moved to the Temple of Excess, aka AT&T Stadium, aka JerryWorld (for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones), in Arlington, Texas, which hosted the Big 12 title game Saturday afternoon. The College Football Playoff committee's offices are in Dallas. AT&T, now part of WarnerMedia, is a sponsor of college football games across the dial. It all fits.
Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon ran into the record books when he broke the school's single game rushing record with 331 yards in a come-from-behind win over Northwestern. Next stop? A longshot for the Heisman?
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Kelly, reportedly, has threatened to boycott the game if the event committee can't get a waiver to allow families to attend the game.
We had this up before, but all existing broadcasts of The Couple Next Door have since been deleted by YouTube and Internet Archive for copyright reasons.
Anyway, I had won a copy of a holiday episode compilation of the series, "Merry Mix-Ups", from fellow blogger Ivan Shreve a couple of years back, and that's when I posted the review, which I unfortunately had to delete.
Peg Lynch & Alan Bunce starred in what was a reboot of Lynch's earlier series, Ethel & Albert, to which she had lost the rights, hence a change in series title and character names. Character actress Margaret Hamilton ("The Wizard of Oz") was heard in some, if not all, episodes.
"Merry Mix-Ups" collects Christmas themed episodes over the course of the series' 2 year run (1957-9). Because the classic era of radio comedies and dramas was drawing to a close, Couple felt a little too generic, like a fair number of its contemporaries, and "Merry Mix-Ups" is a good example of this. I wish there were some samples still available, but not now. Maybe later.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Many of today's jazz and rock drummers have cited Gene Krupa as an influence on their careers.
In fact, you can say Krupa inspired several generations of drummers, from Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson to Charlie Watts. Krupa struck out on his own after parting company with Benny Goodman, and became an even bigger star.
In 2004, Gene Krupa: Jazz Legend was released on DVD, but I have no clue when this was first produced, since narrator Steve Allen had passed on before the release of the DVD. A compilation of vintage footage and relatively forgotten television appearances, such as Lionel Hampton's One Night Stand in 1971, with Mel Torme and Rich.
Anthology shows were a thing in the early years of television. Most had the sponsor's name in the title. In the case of our next entry, it was a case of a major studio making the most of its available resources.
The 20th Century Fox Hour was one of the studio's first television entries, airing on CBS, and alternating with another anthology series, The US Steel Hour, which we'll discuss another time. However, this series lasted just two seasons, and was repackaged in syndication as the Hour of Stars. When Fox Movie Channel exhumed the series many years later, they opted to use the Hour of Stars title, perhaps because it wouldn't be so obvious.
With Christmas a week away, here is a compacted adaptation of "Miracle on 34th Street", produced 8 years after the original film. Thomas Mitchell ("Gone With The Wind", "It's a Wonderful Life") and MacDonald Carey (10 years before Days of Our Lives) headline.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
From the 1st feature film version of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
Country singer Faith Hill performs "Where Are You Christmas?", co-written by Mariah Carey. In the video, Faith interacts with the Grinch's dog, Max, and, before that, with Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), who was aged up to 6 in the movie (she was actually a 2 year old toddler in the book and the 1966 cartoon).
It had been 8 years since Earl Hamner, Jr.'s novel had been adapted into the movie, "Spencer's Mountain". CBS asked Hamner to adapt another of his books for a holiday movie that became as much of a tradition as the series it spun off nine months later.
"The Homecoming: A Christmas Story", as with the subsequent The Waltons, was narrated by Hamner in character as an older John Walton, Jr., aka John-Boy (Richard Thomas), the eldest of the Walton children. The story is set in the days of the Great Depression, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President.
Aside from Ellen Corby (Grandma), Thomas, and the rest of the children (i.e. Jon Walmsley, Kami Cotler), most parts were recast for The Waltons. Patricia Neal plays Olivia (later played by Michael Learned). Edgar Bergen was cast as Grandpa Zeb (Will Geer took over the role, which would not be recast after Geer's passing during season 6), Woodrow Parfrey was store owner Ike Godsey (Joe Conley in the series), and Andrew Duggan (ex-Lancer) played John Walton, to be succeeded by Ralph Waite in the series.
To be honest, I couldn't find fault with Bergen, who was doing a good bit of acting sans his entourage (Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd) during this period, as Zeb, but apparently there were chemistry issues between him and some of the other actors.
The film's cast also includes William Windom (ex-My World & Welcome to it) and Cleavon Little.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally woke up to reality Tuesday, and congratulated President-elect Joe Biden.
Of course, that doesn't sit well with the outgoing president:
Unsurprisingly, President Trump took to Twitter to throw a Twantrum at McConnell, who, in turn, has warned his fellow Republican Senators not to disrupt the final formalities next month, when the Electoral College votes will be read in Congress by VP Mike Pence.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Dumb, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, continued to advance the disinformation agenda of her boss. Of course, she got slammed on Twitter, with one user going so far as to suggest she could follow one of her predecessors, Sean Spicer, to Dancing With The Stars after she leaves her post on January 20. Well, she's had plenty of practice dancing away from reality since being hired.....!
With the Georgia Senate runoffs 2 1/2 weeks away, incumbents Kelly Loeffler & David Perdue are demanding voter information that they already have, as the Secretary of State in the Peach State reminded them.
Not to be outdone, newly elected North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn tried to take a page from the playbook of America's Oldest Baby, and smear Raphael Warnock, who is running for one of the two Senate seats in Georgia. Warnock, also an ordained pastor, was born & raised in Savannah, Georgia, and preaches in the same church where the civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also preached years earlier. Trump tried that same tactic with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and that backfired badly. Something tells me that Mr. Cawthorn has never read Santayana.
Methinks Cawthorn just dug his political grave before he even is seated. He, along with Loeffler, Perdue, McEnany, and, of course, the King of Dunces, Trump, all get the caps this week.
From season 2 of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir:
After Claymore (Charles Nelson Reilly) tries scamming her into overpaying for a Christmas tree, Carolyn Muir (Hope Lange) gets an unexpected surprise when Claymore, also her landlord, shows up with a missing baby.
The ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg (Edward Mulhare) then plants a dream from his time, which lifts some material from a certain Dickens novel, into the minds of the Muir family and Claymore. Here's "The Ghost of Christmas Past":
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Comedy Central got a few good years out of Win Ben Stein's Money, the same show from whence Fox plucked Jimmy Kimmel back in 1999 so that Kimmel could be their in-house handicapper, a gig Kimmel had until leaving for ABC in 2002. His cousin, Sal Iacono, is the current court jester/handicapper, having replaced Rob Riggle this season. Sal also debuted on Win Ben Stein's Money, after Nancy Pimental left the show (she was Kimmel's successor), and has been on cousin Jimmy's talk show.
Duron was not only arrested for assaulting a referee in a recent game, but he has been banned from participating in other sports, including wrestling, for the rest of the school year. A harsh punishment, true, and Duron has apologized for his heat-of-the-moment actions. The final takeaway is that this would be a life lesson learned the hard way.
By the same token, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett was suspended for a violent incident involving Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph last year. This year, Garrett has turned his life around, and is a nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of The Year Award, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance (which means Nationwide shill Peyton Manning will probably present the award).
We're praying Duron uses this as a motivating point to erase the stigma of his 15 minutes of infamy.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Somehow, the Beach Boys envisioned a younger Santa Claus when they came up with 1964's "Little Saint Nick", off their Christmas album that year. It was enough, though, to get them on Shindig.....
Today, the Electoral College meets virtually to have the next-to-last word on the 2020 presidential election. The actual last word will come from Congress two weeks before the inauguration.
However, America's Oldest Baby, President Donald Trump, took time out from his favorite pastime, golfing, to claim he's still going to contest the election, even though he and his army of ambulance chasers, led by the living disgrace that is Rudy Giuliani, have lost, save for a minor case in Pennsylvania, every lawsuit they have brought forward.
No, you didn't. You got your pampered butt spanked at the polls, and if it wasn't for your goading your base with your pointless lies and phony conspiracy theories, it'd have been way worse.
As pundits such as Brian Tyler Cohen and Glenn Kirschner have pointed out, Team Trump didn't formally bring their suits before judges. Instead, they made one grandstand play after another in front of television cameras in order to inflame his base. Even if they did present their cases before judges, it's not very likely they would've succeeded anyway, and still got smacked down.
And that ain't all.
Trump is also whining about reports circulating that the Cleveland Indians are planning on changing their team name after 106 seasons. Following the lead of the NFL team in Washington, Cleveland is looking for a new team name down the line. Trump's reaction?
Sorry, Dumb Donald, but if you bothered to pay attention to the protests by Native American activist groups that led to Washington changing the name of its football team to a more generic name, and paid attention to the point behind the changes, you'd understand. Then again, maybe not.
Back to Cleveland. It wasn't enough that they retired the stereotyped image of their mascot, Chief Wahoo, two years ago. Ownership decided they had to take the next step. The next move, then, belongs to the Atlanta Braves, who retired their Native American mascot, Chief Noc-a-Homa, several years ago. However, while there has been some complaint over the "tomahawk chop" fan taunt, also used by Florida State University football fans, there hasn't been as much public pressure on Braves management to make a change. Yet.
In case anyone wonders, the NBA's Golden State Warriors do not use Native American imagery, instead putting more emphasis on their home base in the Bay Area (Oakland-San Francisco). As for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, who use the image of a member of the Blackhawk tribe, I've heard no protests over that, either. Various high school & college teams still use "Braves", "Indians", and "Warriors", but also haven't been pressured. And there won't be any pressure on Cleveland from a bloviating baby.....
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Today's NFL slate doesn't bode well for the top two teams in the AFC East, although, as they say, fortune favors the bold.
Take, for example, division leader Buffalo, which will have the NBC Sunday Night Football game vs. Pittsburgh, which is five days removed from their first loss of the season to the Washington Deviants. A Buffalo win would eliminate 3rd place New England from division title contention, as the Patriots would be 4 games out with 3 to play, all in the division.
However, there's the small matter of television ratings, and how much Ohio State generates for the NCAA's media partners (Fox and its cable cousins, FS1 & the Big 10 Network, ABC/ESPN). Indiana-Northwestern isn't what networks suits would call a "sexy" matchup for television. Ohio State vs. Northwestern, however, is, and that's what viewers will get next Saturday. If Ohio State wins, they punch their ticket to the CBP and a date with Alabama.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, USC's Cardiac Trojans pulled out another seat squirmer to remain unbeaten, taking down UCLA, 44-37, and making a case to move up the ladder.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
It has just come across the wires that country music legend Charley Pride has passed away at 86. Cause of death as of press time has been tagged as complications from coronavirus.
Country fans know most of his hits, from 1971's "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", to his 1975 cover of Hank Williams' "Kaw-Liga". From "Just Between You & Me" to "Is Anyone Goin' to San Antoine?". From "Burgers & Fries" to a cover of "Mountain of Love".
But music wasn't his only interest. Pride also played in the Negro Leagues, and was in the minor league systems of at least a couple of major league clubs, including the Yankees, back in an era when they had Classes B-D in the minors, instead of A-AAA, like they do now. He tried out for the then-expansion Mets in 1962, but didn't make the cut. He served in the Army as a quartermaster, and after his baseball career ended, he found his calling in music.
Charley also dabbled in acting, including a guest appearance in the short-lived Jerry Reed-Claude Akins crime drama, Nashville 99.
From a 1978 appearance on Hee Haw, here's "Burgers & Fries", which peaked at #2 on the country chart here, and hit #1 in Canada.
Late Friday afternoon, the US Supreme Court struck down a frivolous lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, & Wisconsin in another pointless bid to overturn last month's presidential election results. All 50 states have certified the results, and it will be a mere formality when the Electoral College meets on Monday.
In short, the ballgame's over. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump, whose personal & political reputations, as if he had much of the latter, have been irrevocably destroyed, will press on in order to maintain the facade that had lured over 70 million gullible voters to his side last month in a losing effort.
As for the over 100 GOP lawmakers who cast their support behind this fool's folly, Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey is calling for them not to be seated when Congress returns to session next month:
Even though Trump now calls Florida his home state, after turning his back on his native New York, once he leaves office on January 20, regardless of how it happens, there will be some severe heat in the form of litigation from NY Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., investigating alleged criminal activity in the Trump organizational chain.
In other words, Dumb Donald I & II, Stupid-E, Trust Fund Barbie, and the rest of this family of con artists, could end up swapping custom tailored wardrobe for prison jumpers, or, in Dumb Donald I's case, a straitjacket, right alongside his BFF, Goofiani.
And as for those traitorous lawmakers? Check yourselves before you wreck yourselves, if you haven't done that already.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Every now and again, a show gets cancelled because the network and/or producers have some money issues.
That's what happened with Sons of Thunder, a spin-off from Walker, Texas Ranger, which served as a spring replacement for Walker in March-April 1999, even though Walker (Chuck Norris, who served as an executive producer) appeared on the show. Norris and his brother, Aaron, thought they had a hit on their hands, but CBS suits passed, citing budget concerns. Only six episodes were produced, and have aired recently on INSP, among other places. Fans are hoping for a DVD release, just the same.
Let's take a look at the series opener, "Moment of Truth". Alan Autry (ex-Mama's Family, In The Heat of The Night) plays a bartender pal of the titular detectives.
As reported earlier this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, & Georgia in another lameassed attempt to overturn the presidential election. America's Oldest Baby and 17 other states joined the fight, continuing to push baseless claims of voter fraud which have been debunked so often, real con artists are going on strike until Donald Trump is out of office.
However, this cadre of dumbasses have little to no shot of succeeding with this fool's folly. The US Supreme Court shut down a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Republicans earlier this week, and this looks to be no different.
The problem is, Trump thinks that the justices he appointed, including Amy Coney Barrett, are honor bound to him and him alone. That's not how it works, Dumb Donald!!
All 50 states have certified their election results, and the Electoral College will have a virtual meeting on Monday. By then, it would appear, Paxton's stupid suit will get tossed into the garbage where it belongs. Paxton, Trump, and the fools supporting this suit all get Dunce Caps, showing once again they're so willing to destroy their careers for a cause that exists only in the splinters of the windmills of the President's warped mind.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Impressionist Rich Little returned home to Canada to write and star in a virtual one-man show, Rich Little's Christmas Carol, a very loose adaptation of the Dickens classic. The supporting cast gets zero credit, while Rich uses the voices of W. C. Fields, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Peter Falk, Humphrey Bogart, George Burns, Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Stapleton, and Laurel & Hardy, just to name a few, for many of the central characters.
This special would find its way to HBO here in the States a year later.
It's gotten to the point where nostalgia obsessed network executives aren't letting the dust settle on recently ended series.
It was reported on Wednesday that HBO Max has picked up options for new series of True Blood (previously on HBO) and Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family/Freeform), both of which are owned by WarnerMedia divisions. Both are being entrusted to Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose video version of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is finishing its run on Netflix later this month.
Riverdale is set to return to CW next month, but Aguirre-Sacasa is still in no hurry to return to writing comics and his other gig at Archie Comics, and the company would be well served to pressure him into at least letting someone else finish the books he was working on.
It's my belief that neither Liars nor Blood need actually be straight remakes. Instead, they could follow Peacock's lead (Saved by The Bell and the forthcoming Punky Brewster), and continue where the previous series left off, a strategy Disney also employed with Raven's Home, the follow-up to That's So Raven, another recent series.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
In the 60's, Puss 'n' Boots cat food was part of Quaker Oats, part of a much larger catalogue of products, including Ken'L Ration dog food, to supplement Quaker's line of cereals.
In this 1966 spot, designed to introduce the variety pack box, not too dissimilar, really, from their variety packs of instant oatmeal, a talking cat walks to a clerk (Bill Hinnant), looking for the special of the day....