March 2010

Jesse James Holds Up In Sex Clinic Like In Kimmel's Joke

This morning CBS News, or should we say CBS gossip and rumor,  is speculating that Sandra Bullock's outlaw husband, by rumors, soon to be her ex, the current media made nation's bad boy,  Jesse James, wants to save his marriage. In the wake of "rumors" that he's had as many as five affairs, James has reportedly checked himself into the Sierra Tuscon Clinic, which specializes in sex and drug rehabilitation. Five affairs? Back up. Only five affairs?

Jaime Escalante, Educator, R.I.P.

The Associated Press reported tonight that Jaime  Escalante, the math teacher who transformed Garfield High, a tough East Los Angeles high school, and inspired the 1988 movie, "Stand and Deliver," starring Edward James Olmos, died today, March 30, 2010, at his son's home near Sacramento, after battling bladder cancer for several years. He was 79 years old.

Jaime  Escalante was one of the most important educators of his generation. Why? Because -- as  Edward James Olmos said, "Jaime  Escalante exposed one of the most dangerous myths of our time — that inner city students can't be expected to perform at the highest levels. Because of him, that destructive idea has been shattered forever."

Shawn Michaels Last Bow?

What's hot on the net this morning? What's in the top ranks of the buzz? Shawn Michaels taking his last bow.

Yesterday, March, Sunday March 28, 2010, a date that will live in the memory of pro-wrestling fans, Shawn Michaels  left the ring for the last time. After twenty two years, from 1988 to 2010, he was retired  as a pro-wrestler. The Monday Night Raw fan magnet, one of the biggest stars of pro-wrestling,  went out, retired by that hulking menace of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), the Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. He went out like the champion that he is, with the respect of his fellow pro-wrestlers and the admiration of his fans.

Perfect Bracket Thus Far

One of the greatest things about March Madness is filling out a bracket, for everyone can do it.  My hilarious friend from college was bragging about her upset pick of Northern Iowa over Kansas because she soley picked the games on school color. 

An incredible story, however, comes from Chicago, as 17-year-old, Alex Hermann, is most likely the only human on this earth that has a perfect bracket for this year's tournament.  With all of the upsets so far in this tournament, it is beyond a miracle that he has gotten this far.

The Tiger Talks A Little

Tiger Woods,  in preparing for his return to golf at the Masters on April  8th, gave two brief interviews, one to ESPN, and one to  Golf Channel on Sunday.  These were  Tiger Woods first interview in four months, the first time he has answered questions since his one-car accident Nov. 27, that led to revelations about his personal business,  the infidelity in his marriage.  He answered few questions in the two separate  five minute interviews. He declined to discuss details of the accident.  He told the Golf Channel, "It's all in the police report.

Letterman & Kimmel Team To Bully Leno?

I missed the David Letterman, show last night (3/16/10) to catch Betty White on Leno. Checking the web this morning, I read the buzz about  Jimmy Kimmel's appearance on Letterman's show. Jimmy Kimmel of  "Jimmy Kimmel Live!",  the late-night talk show that airs on ABC, and David Letterman of CBS late night show -- What did Kimmel and Letterman  talk about?  NBC's Jay Leno. What else? Letterman and Kimmel swapped stories about one of their favorite targets / topics, Jay Leno. I caught a clip of the Letterman and Kimmel exchange -- Yes, some of the jokes were funny, but that is not the point. It is not a good sign when the two of them feel the need to team up to trash Leno. After one week back at the 'Tonight "  show desk, Leno has placed the NBC show back on top. Letterman must be feeling the heat. Stay tune. Somehow, I feel that a Leno response is coming.

The Tiger Announces His Return

Late this morning Tiger Woods issued the statement that he will  return to golf  on April 8th, to play in the Masters tournament , and all afternoon cable news, the golf channel, and the Internet Social Media sites have been buzzing about what this will mean to golf, to the world, to civilization -- yeah.

  In the statement, the Tiger said, "The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect ... After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta."

Seinfeld, SNL and Massa

Former Congressman Eric Massa, who left Congress under a cloud, hoping to head off an investigation into charges that he sexually harassed male members of his staff, is about to bow into news oblivion. Mr. Massa's chosen method of departure, his  twisted trail of changing stories, his attempt to place the fault and the blame,  and the responsibility, for his failures on others, his feeble attempts for revenge,  only added to his public embarrassment and humiliation. Saturday Night Live (SNL), that observer of and commentator on the foibles of the powerful and of the not so powerful of our times, has weighed in on ex-Congressman Massa and on his weird departure.

John Edwards, you should kick yourself.

Today, John Edwards has another bad day in the news. First check out the article about his mistress in the Washington Post on line."Rielle Hunter speaks for the first time in GQ interview about John and Elizabeth Edwards, Andrew Young, and the big-money donors." The pantless photos look so Hollywoodish, B- movie- ish. R-rated.
The mistress bad mouthing the saintly, now ex-wife isn't going to go down well. Did she have to describe their first date? How they slept together the first night they met?  Well, it was better than Ex congressman Massa telling the world of his encounter with the White House chief of staff in the shower room of  gym of the House of Representatives!.

R.I.P. Peter Graves

The actor Peter Graves died today. He was 83. He will be remembered as the  "the cool spymaster" Jim Phelps, leader of the Impossible Missions Force or IMF, of television's “Mission Impossible,” and as the dignified host of the “Biography” series." He appeared in hundreds of television shows. He died at his home from natural causes, a heart attack. (New York Times)

Female Gets Varsity Head Coaching Position

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School has selected Natalie Randolph as their next coach of their high school varsity football team.  Randolph teaches biology and environmental sciences at the school, and was chosen from about 15 candidates.  She most likely is the only female varsity football head coach in the country.

She told the Associated Press, "While I'm proud to be part of what this all means," Randolph said, "being female has nothing to do with it. I love football. I love football, I love teaching, I love these kids. My being female has nothing to do with my support and respect for my players on the field and in the classroom."

Budget Cuts: Goodbye Schools

The Kansas City School Board, in a budget saving measure with pressure from the school's superintentent, voted to close 28 schools.  A last minute, ditch effort was made to save 12 of those 28 schools, but that measured failed, as well.  The slim margain, a 5 to 4 vote, also caused a lot of emotion.  Rightfully so as children were seen crying and parents were livid after hearing about the vote.

Chris Hernandez of KSHB NBC out of Kansas City, Missouri interviewed a woman who said, I have an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old that will be going to school with 12th graders- and I find that very inappropriate. I don't feel my children will be safe," said Deneicia Williams.

Betty White To Host SNL May 8

This morning  WNBC News announced that the "Golden Girls"  star, the 88-year-old comedian, Betty White will host NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 8. -- So, it is official. And who said the suits at NBC were dumb? Lots of people. They gave Conan O'Brien the boot to the backside. Well -- in this case they did something very smart. They heard from a half million Betty White fans via Facebook and decided  that it would be a good idea to start the May sweeps off with Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live. Betty White will  be joined by several funny ladies from SNL past -- Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch. The show is being called a Mother's Day special.  Most of the SNL veteran ladies are mothers. Betty White isn't.

Marion Jones: Second Act

Marion Jones is all set for a second act. She signed today with the Women’s National Basketball Association's,  (WNBA) team the Tulsa Shock to play basketball.  Marion Jones is  the former sprinter, who ten years ago, at the 2000 Games in Sydney,. won three Olympic track gold medals, and two other medals,  which  she had to returned  because of admitting  to using performance-enhancing drugs (steroids). Before the steroids, she was fast. Speed is an ability that will be needed on a basket ball court, where she will be challenged to run like mad, up and down the court.

Eric Massa: Gone Yet?

Former representative Eric Massa appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live", and on the right-wing Glenn Beck show, were  politically duds. Massa underwent a meltdown. He admitted that the reason why he gave up his seat in  Congress was his fault, and  that he may have engaged in some questionable tickling behavior with male staffers, and that he blames others for giving him a tough time, namely the White House chief of staff, but says he wasn't intimidated by anyone, because he is man enough to take care of himself. And he stuttered and he flustered.

Justice for Letterman

The dude who tried to blackmail David Letterman was sentenced to six months in jail today. He was facing fifteen years, but he plead guilty for a lighter sentence. The dude, Robert Halderman, a disgraced CBS News producer, plead guilty to extortion,  to 2nd-degree grand larceny, and he offered an apology to his victim,  David Letterman.