Deep Thoughts For the Weekend

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

A shocker from the news world... and hey, rubberneckers-- "Leave us alone!"

After the storms Friday, my neighbors and I should have started selling tickets.  The number of people driving through looking for storm damage was ridiculous.  They're still coming.  Even when the road was closed and we were trying to get gas and supplies we had to fight twice the normal traffic.  C'mon people!  It's bad enough there have been reports of people stealing scrap metal and siding from our lawns, but let us try and get some cleanup done.  It reminds me of being stuck in traffic the last few times.  I was convinced there was an accident on the highway, when in fact it was just a traffic stop.  The law is slow down and get over-- if you can.  It's not form one lane and go 5 miles an hour to get a good look at the guy who just got busted.  Move it along, folks, nothing to see here!


What a comeback in last night's NBA Finals game!  The Celtics came back from 24 down to beat the Lakers and kids across the country were... sleeping.  The NBA, Major League Baseball and the NHL are completely alienating the next generation of fans by starting their biggest games after 8 o'clock.  Even the average fan can't stay up that late to see the whole game.  I can remember when I was a kid-- not that long ago-- when there were daytime World Series games and the like.  You may be getting top advertising dollars by putting the game in prime time, but at the price of cultivating future fans of your sport.  Sunday night games starting at 8:30 is just the stupidest thing I've ever seen.


I hate to admit it, but I like Kid Rock's latest song "All Summer Long."  It's a very poor man's version of Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and it samples both "Werewolves of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama."  And I've heard almost the same lyrics in other Kid songs.  It's a lazy hit, but like I say, I like it.  On the other hand, it's hard to believe Madonna and Justin Timberlake can get together and make such a bad song.  "4 Minutes" is just the worst.  What a waste of a good melody!


It takes a big man to cry.  It takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.


After 4 days without Internet, I logged on to my favorites to find endless bits about Fox News Channel's calling the Obama's fist knock "a terrorist jab."  Beth Shayne and I used to do the fist bump before every 10 o'clock newscast and I'm pretty sure it never had terrorist overtones.  From the network that puts up any graphic it wants and thinks it's OK, by simply putting a question mark after it, it shouldn't surprise me.  See "Democrats making the world more dangerous?"  Nor should it surprise me that they label Michelle Obama "Obama's Baby Mama" on the screen.  As a journalist, I just want to ask some of the people that work there, "How can you actually say this stuff?" 

And am I the only one who doesn't care about the Keith Olbermann/Bill O'Reilly feud?  Enough with that and the "Worst Person in the World" segment Olbermann does.  It takes some guts to call Katie Couric the worst person in the world.  Can't we all just get along?


R. Kelly was acquitted on all 14 counts of his child pornography trial.  O.J. Simpson says, "Congratulations."


Another famous person has died.  Tim Russert, one of my favorite political minds and personalities dropped dead of a heart attack at his office.  For a guy who cherished his family and his dad, Father's Day will be a tough one in that house.  Tom Brokaw's interruption of the U.S. Open to break the news was one of the most eloquent and moving breaking news moments I've seen.  With his voice quivering, he talked about the life of Russert and proved why he and Walter Cronkite are the all-time greats of the TV news business.


Another example of America being an over-litigious society: A Texas man is suing to stop the throwing of Octopi on the ice at Detroit Red Wings games.  Patrick Greene filed the lawsuit on behalf of every "octopus... in the oceans of the world."  Oh. My. God.  Greene, who's never had any interest in hockey and knows nothing of its traditions, says it violates the Michigan Bodies of Dead Animals Act of 1982. 

Somewhere the guy who sued his dry cleaner for millions over his ruined pair of pants is smiling.


Have a great Father's Day folks.  Hug and kiss the kids.

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  • by Gary D Location: Lansing on Jun 20, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    Why is it, that when it comesto the blacks & hispanics. You keep up with it through the duration. But when it comes to our native american festivals. They only get less than a 1 minute clip? Our Native Americans don't get the recognition they deserve. Only the blacks, hispanics, & asians?
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