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If you listen to the radio at all you have probably heard those OnStar commercials where they play live calls from people using OnStar in an emergency.  But, maybe you haven’t noticed the disturbing escalation of the emergency calls they are choosing.  That’s why they pay me the big bucks.  I notice these things.

The original commercials usually had a recording of some “funny” problem where someone locked their keys or cellphone (or dog) in the car.  It was all laughs and harmless anecdotes.  It made you feel good inside.  Then all of the sudden the people down at OnStar apparently got restless.  Out went the lighthearted commercials and in came the steadily increasing tragedy.

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Hes hot, hes in the zone . . . and the keyboard player from the California Dreams wasnt avaliable.

He's hot, he's in the zone . . . and the keyboard player from the California Dreams wasn't available.

Coach Bill Fuller of the Deering Tornado’s Former NBA player and coach of the New Mexico State Aggies and Sacramento Kings Reggie Theus is set to interview with USC. Theus was 41-33 with the Aggies and 44-62 with the Kings, and nothing says dedication to running a clean  and winningprogram like hiring a guy with a losing record as a coach overall.  Apparently, the Trojans have decided that perhaps they need to replace men’s basketball coach and big money baller cum USC recruiting violations fall guy Tim Floyd with a guy whose most successful coaching experience came on an NBC Saturday morning sitcom. 

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Shhhh, Nike would people to forget you existed!

Shhhh, Nike would like people to forget you existed!

With Cleveland’s early departure from the NBA Playoffs, Nike is stuck with a worthless ad campaign staring the Lebron puppet. Sources confirm that Nike has done the only thing it can do in this situation: It has exiled the puppet to the Island of Disgraced Corporate Mascots, current home to the likes of Lil’ Penny, the pets.com sock puppet, the Taco Bell Chihuahua and the “you’re getting a Dell” dude. (more…)

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A Poor Man's Jared Lorenzen

A Poor Man's Jared Lorenzen

I promised myself I wouldn’t use this blog to blatantly attack people when they don’t agree with my obvious biases – wait! It’s the exact opposite! So guess what? Tim Hasselback – you’re a sucky loser.

If you missed it – and you probably did – Mr. Elizabeth Hasselback is apparently now an analyst for NFL Live on ESPN. This followed his stellar NFL career which spanned 4 different seasons (between 2002-2007) and 15 whole games. He actually even got to start a few for the Redskins in 2003. In addition he had a very brief stint as a Cardinals QB in 2007 – signing after Matt Leinart, Kurt Warner, Neil Lomax, Timm Rosenbach, and Tom Tupa (list may not be accurate) all went down.

Ordinarily I would just let his general existence as an NFL analyst roll off my back. He’s no Jesse Palmer in the looks department, in fact he’s so bland that you barely care he’s alive – but he’s drawn my ire with some recent comments. While discussing the recently released ESPN NFL Power Rankings on NFL Live, Hasselback cited the Cardinals as the team most likely to decline in 2009. His reasons? (more…)

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It’s that time of year folks. When networks quietly cancel the same shows they excessively advertised only a few months earlier. Here’s the rundown of some of the notable and not-so-notable cancellations with a short comment on each. If you are interested in the “ratings game” and the constant battle between shows and networks you have to check out tvbythenumbers.com. It’s a great website and it provided me with some great information for this post.

ABC (Eight shows get the axe. 2008-2009 is only a modest failure for the American Broadcasting Corporation.)

According to Jims agent, he is looking for work.

According to Jim's agent, he is looking for work.

According To Jim – Ending after eight seasons, final episode on 5/19/2009. Talk about a groundbreaking show. Fat, balding, dumb guy with hot wife (and former lolita love interest for Mr. Shoop) and 2.5 kids. He does dumb stuff. His kids do dumb stuff. Lessons are never learned. Laughs are added later with computers. I don’t know about you, but I think the time is ripe for a run at Mr. Destiny 2. Hollywood loves sequels.

Boston Legal – Ending after five seasons, final episode on 12/8/2008. Never watched it. Pros: Generally well-received by fans and critics. Employed the Shat and James Spader. Cons: Past affiliation with a project featuring Dylan McDermott and Lara Flynn Boyle’s skeleton. I have absolutely no feelings about this show being canceled.

Dirty Sexy Money – Ending after two seasons, final episode on 8/8/2009. Heavily advertised but apparently unwatched. It always felt like they were trying for a Boston Legal copy except they forgot that they already had Boston Legal. Networks LOVE doing this. If people like [insert hit show] then we should make another show exactly like [insert hit show] with worse actors and worse writing. People will never be able to tell the difference. (Random note: Remember the two talented male leads of HBO’s hit show Six Feet Under? Michael C. Hall got Dexter. Peter Krause got this piece of crap. 1-0 Hall.)

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The Drama Is Intense.

The Drama Is Intense.

How could I have possibly been asked to ignore the NBA Draft Lottery solection show? Bad teams + ping pong balls + Suns = running diary time.

The festivities began with NBA Shootaround at 5PM :

:00 minutes – Apparently NBA Shootaround will be a mix of a Nuggets/Lakers preview and a lottery preview. Stu Scott, Jon Barry, Mike Wilbon, and Magic Johnson are the ship captains. I think Stu’s lazy eye just asked me to commit a crime.

:04 – I swore I’d only handle the NBA Draft Lottery portions of the programming, but Magic Johnson talking about the Lakers is too much to take. He’s like a proud parent talking about their kid – except they pay him to be objective. Does nobody see the flaw in this? In the spirit of equal time, I demand NBA Shootaround adds Dan Issel to their cast.

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Editors Note: “Random Running Diary” is a recurring post which aims to give you a running commentary on events which would otherwise not qualify for a running diary.

Tonight’s affair: 4th and Long with Michael Irvin.

Premise: Michael Irvin is given a mission by Jerry Jones to find him a “ball player” to make the Cowboys 80 man roster . . . oh and make a spectacularly bad reality show. The odds Jones keeps the winner around camp for a while to get press are high, but the odds of him making the roster? About the same as Dr. Greenbaumberg’s odds. The expectations for Epic Failure are nearly off the charts.

I am looking for a ball player . . . and an 8-ball if you got one.

Opening Sequence: Dramatic montage of Michael Irvin’s search to find Jerry Jones a “ball player” from “world class” athletes whose career ended on terms other than their own. Irvin will be assisted by former Cowboys Bill Bates and Joe Avezzano. The music is straight over the top cheese, it is like they bought 99 cent Store equivalent of dramatic intro music. A promising start, I am already sensing failure.

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