Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Timberwolves Game

Had dinner on Tuesday at the downtown Buca di Beppo. I was reminded by my wife today that I had eaten at one before (in Columbus) but I didn't remember that's what it was called.

If you ever get a chance, check this place out. It's a chain, but not so widespread that the food/service suffers. It's family syle Italian, so even a small order of a meal is a lot of food. But it's really good and a fun atmosphere.

Then we headed over to the Target Center to watch the Clippers and T-Wolves. A pretty good game, although only KG really showed up for Minnesota. he had 30, everyone else shot about 30% combined. Corey Maggette was awesome. If he were more consistent, he'd be an all-star. It would have been great if Shaun Livingston was playing, but he's been hurt and I didn't see him on the bench...

Could be because we were in the upper deck, although second row upper at the Target Center is actually a really good seat. Tried to scalp tickets, but none of the guys out front had seats together. But one was trying to convince us that we could by his separate seats and "we wouldn't have any problem sitting together." His mistake was telling us the game wasn't a sellout... so we bought them inside.

I do like NBA basketball. Not nearly as much as college, but growing up in Milwaukee, I do have an appreciation for the pro version. Problem is people just aren't as into it through most of the game. It got loud in the fourth quarter, but that was about it. I was actually most entertained by the contest at halftime. They had a big hoop and a range of basketballs from giant to mini. Five people got a chance to make designated layups, free throws, three pointers and half courters with prizes from a hat for just the layup, to use of a suite for the half courter with the mini ball. One guy won it and the crowd went nuts. Probably the loudest ovation of the evening.

Met my friend Catherine for drinks afterwards. Like me, she started out in news, but now does PR at the university. I think that helps when you know the other side.

I'm not a big fan of traveling for work. Tough on Shannon. Thankfully, this was only the second trip I've had to take in eighteen months.

Mall of America

Spent some time at the Mall of America on Monday night. It felt like my friend Brain and I made it pretty much around the whole mall in a couple of hours.

Odd things that struck me...

The first thing is the sign that says no guns allowed on the premises. You'd think this would be an obvious one, but I guess not.

Not sure how well the second sign works, but they have a rule that says no one under 16 on Fridays and Saturdays after 4, without a parent or guardian who is at least 21.

Lots of sporting goods/sporting apparel stores and multiple offerings of many of the same stores it seems... Gap, Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works to name a few... which would make you get specific if you tell someone to meet you at a certain store.

There is a place where you can pay to take a nap... with relaxing lighting and music etc. There is also an oxygen bar. Yes, an oxygen bar. I was making fun of it as I walked by, but realize I've become one of those bottled water people. But at least I'll admit it.

Stopped by the Bose store. They have little living rooms set aside for people to check out the TVs/stereo systems. I watched a few minutes of the latest Star Wars. I was thinking of getting popcorn and taking off my shoes, but I thought that might be bad form...

The mall is a good tourist attraction with the amusement park and all the stuff for kids, but I've been told by locals that they'll try to steer clear, unless it's to take out of town friends.

Caught MNF at a place called Boston's near the hotel north of the city. Good pizza.

Back From Minne-sooo-tah

Spent the past few days in the Minneapolis area for work. as I don't blog about work, I thought I could at least write about what I did with my free time.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Getting The Band Back Together

Hey current and former newsies... take a break from shopping or whatever else you're doing on Friday night.

Kelleher's, 9:00 PM

Come catch up with Steve Scheuer and Eric and Beth Peterson who will be down from Chicago and join us for a drink.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thanks For The Coverage

Just a quick thank you to WEEK, WHOI and WMBD radio for covering the Can Do 4:13 scholarship announcement today (if there were others, I didn't catch... thanks to you too... I wasn't out there today, this is just what I was told/saw on the news).

It's a great cause and we can use all the help/exposure we can get.

Tough Win For Airwaves

Great win tonight. Down 2-0, the Tuesday version of the Airwaves came back to win 5-3. Two goals from Mike, and one each from me, Jim and Kelli.

Tonight's game was really what the adult leagues around here should be all about. No one trying to hurt anybody... no trash talking... just two teams who like to play. And our opponents were really good. They moved really well without the ball, and had several good ball handlers. Spanky pointed out which of them played for area high schools. When they went up two after five or six minutes, I thought they were going to kill us.

Great game in goal from Glenn. He stopped lots of shots and really made it tough for them to finish. He was the difference as I can honestly say they had more skilled players than we do.

Last thing... Kelli's dad came to the game tonight. Even though most of us are mid-20's-mid 30's, I think that's pretty cool.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Fantasy Football - Trading Is Over

Okay... so I'm really into making trades and thankfully trade deadlines have passed in two of my leagues.

In the Market 117 (formerly WEEK) I made two big trades over the past two days. Needing a QB, I traded Chris Brown, Coles and Simms for Bledsoe, TJ Housh and Fred Taylor. Yes, it stung a little when Brown went for 2 TDs today.

But minutes later, I decided to go the rest of the way with Kurt Warner. So I traded Bledsoe, Mewelde and Steve Smith to the owner who lost McNabb (and was down to Orton) for Steven Jackson, Fitzgerald and McCown (in case Warner gets pulled or hurt). Of course Jackson stunk it up today, but I think long term he'll produce more than Brown. We'll see.

I also picked up Jackson in my auction league and gave up Galloway. Neither of them did anything to day so it was a wash. Long term though, I like RBs as they produce more consistently.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bradley Makes NCAA Soccer Tourney

Congratulations to Jim DeRose and the Bradley soccer team on making the NCAA tournament. Coach DeRose is building one of the top programs in the nation and coming from a soccer family I think that's terrific. I hope to reap the benefits to as many of the kids I have coming in this year have been attending his camps for the past several years.

Tough one for me to choose a team to root for come Friday though. I grew up on the east side of Milwaukee, a stones throw from Bradley's opponent, UWM, and would go to home games at Engelman.

Guys I played with and against played for them. My brother and sister spent time in Europe playing for their coach, Louis Bennett. Three kids from my high school are on their roster as they recruit heavily in what is a soccer hotbed.

Should be a great game.

Frankly They Just Couldn't Agree

Former WHOI and current KARE (Minneapolis, MN) main anchor Frank Vascellaro will be an anchor without a desk come December. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Frank Vascellaro will sign off on December 9th, after failing to reach agreement on a new contract.

He apparently is looking at radio, PR or going back to work as as a stockbroker. His wife, Amelia Santaniello, co-anchors the evening news across the street at Viacom O&O WCCO-4-CBS and has crept within a rating point of KARE at 10 p.m. KARE had a 13.3 - 23 share, WCCO a 12.2 - 22 share. Thanks to Newsblues for the numbers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Anchorman

Anchorman is on right now. "You stay classy San Diego. This is Ron Burgandy?"

Not a good movie, but it has more than it's share of stupid funny moments.

Someone Can't Sleep

My oldest is still awake. He's on the couch watching home improvemen shows with his mom. He's almost five. I can't believe how fast it has gone. What happened to that little guy who fit on my forearm when we brought him home?

He's really a sweet, sensitive kid. And pretty sharp too. The other day he wondered out loud what his baby brother's voice would sound like when he started talking. I feel like I'm going to blink and he'll be a teenager.

Shannon just commented that his nose is starting to look less like mine. Thank goodness.

Trading Deadline

Two of my fantasy football leagues have trading deadlines this weekend. In the Market 117 league, my team is in first place in the WMBD division (three divisions named after our three stations). But it is a hollow lead with three weeks left as I've lost Culpepper, Holmes and Owens.

My lineup the rest of the way looks like this:
Warner, Larry Johnson, Chris Brown, Steve Smith, Coles, Witten, Tynes, Steelers D/ST

Could probably play Mewelde for Brown if the match up is right.

Thinking about trading for a QB, but it's hard cause most of my depth is gone. A very deep team three weeks ago is now just a Steve Smith injury or Kurt Warner benching away from fantasy oblivion.

The team Bill and I share in Adam Nielsen's auction league is pretty mediocre. Lost Holmes, don't have Johnson. Hanging in sixth led by Joey Galloway. I'm throwing out a bunch of trades... we'll see if we can shake up our roster for one last run. We probably need a new draft strategy for next year, but I really think with this stuff, your first year is learning how the league works.

We're going to finish out like this:

Hasselbeck (or Bledsoe), Westbrook, Jamal Lewis, Galloway, Chambers, Gonzalez, Josh Brown, Ravens Def.

No trading deadline in the WMBD league... but we're in 6th out of 6 teams for points... tied for first in record.

Catching Up On Movies

Watched Oceans Twelve last night. It wasn't bad. Not usually a big fan of sequels. I really liked the new version of Oceans Eleven... just a lot of fun. One of those movies that I'd always get sucked into whenever it would come on. This one wasn't as clever. The whole Julia Roberts character "Tess' posing as Julia Roberts seemed to be a bit much. The Bruce Willis scene seemed forced. Matt Damon's character seemed to take a really odd turn from the first. Still worth seeing if you liked the first one.

Spanglish is next. Shannon and I have it TiVoed.

Airwaves Continue To Roll

The Tuesday version of the Airwaves continues to kick butt. The final score was 8-2. Kelli, Mike, Spanky, Bart, Jeff and I all scored.

Last month I posted about an outdoor game against a team with a couple of real clowns. We played them again tonight. One of their defenders made a good play on me right when I got in and we both laughed about it. I really do try to keep it friendly as we start. Then two of their guys starting talking smack to me. One of them was that same idiot who was hacking me all over the place and whining to the refs during the outdoor game.

I love when people talk trash and then can't do anything. You really can't make yourself look any dumber. I especially loved when Kelli stuck him tonight, took the ball and left him in the dust. What I loved even more is dropping three goals on them and staring him down as I went back to the line.

Play clean, don't be a jerk and we'll all have fun. Start acting like an ass and I'll make you look like one. This guy is never going to learn.

Converted Cheesehead?

As mentioned here a couple of weeks ago, WHOI's Monica Landeros is moving on to one of my favorite markets, Green Bay and a job at Packers' flagship station WLUK.

She says it'll be tough being a Bears fan, but I'm hoping to see her convert into cheesehead.

Green Bay is great... even if you're not a Packer fan, it does have that NFL thing going on. You can do some good networking that way, although it was probably better when the team was really good in the mid-90's. And it can be a good springboard if you want to keep moving. My friend Hazel went from there to New York a few years back. She and Nuzzo actually both started at the same station a few weeks apart.

Monica's going away party will be at Kelleher's on November 19th... around 9 or 10. Best of luck, Monica!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Moving On

Congrats to Blake Chenault who joins CBS affiliate WOIO in Cleveland as a general assignment reporter. Blake most recently worked at ABC affiliate WXYZ in Detroit and prior to that worked for NBC affiliate KXAS in Dallas and at one time was weekend anchor at WHOI.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Night Out... Just the Boys

Took my oldest to the symphony on saturday night. Not sure what I expected... I mean... he's four. But whatever... it was going to be good, solid quality time just the two of us.

It probably didn't help that he didn't have a nap. His eyes looked like big saucers as they began the first piece. He seemed fascinated by the sound and the motion of the bows (we sat closest to the violins). This didn't last long. At four, I'm guessing most kids need interaction. But really I just wanted him to see that music didn't have to involve four guys in colored spandex or a big dinosaur. When I was little, I went to the symphony fairly regularly for school trips. But by the second piece he was squirming and asking when we'd leave.

He clapped politely at all the right times, taking his cue from the crowd and as we left he said, "Daddy, I had fun."

So on the way home, I decided to take him to something he'd been wanting to do: we saw Chicken Little. It was actually pretty good and he loved every minute.

He on occassion asks me if we can do "something special together." I figure I need to now, before I blink and he's a teenager and wants to have nothing to do with me.

The Doc Is Back In

Congrats to Doc Watson on his new gig at WXCL.

From Steve Tarter's column:

Country changes
Speaking of WXCL-FM 104.9, the new morning man at the country station is B.J. Stone, moving over from his afternoon shift, to replace the departed Tom Kelly. Sue Parker stays on during middays, with Doc Watson taking over for Stone in the afternoon.
Watson, the former member of the 3D morning team on WMBD-AM 1470, is suddenly all over the dial. He filled in for Roger Monroe mornings on WOAM-AM 1350 last week while assisting WOAM's Dave Murphy on high school football coverage Saturday.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

What I'm Watching

Just FYI:

First season of "24" on WGN
My Name Is Earl
The Office
Survivor
The Apprentice

Of course our local news... and way too much football.

Congrats Melanie

Congrats to former WMBD radio reporter Melanie Gregg. Melanie has been working on the Buffalo mayoral campaign of New York State Senator Byron Brown. Brown recently won a four person race and will be that city's first African American mayor.

Let's Get Ready To Rumble

This summer I wrote about former WEEK director Chad Dillefeld and his switch from TV to wrestling promoter. His Heartland Wrestling Association is on the air. Here's the news release:

Cincinnati, OH--November 3, 2005-- The HeartlandWrestling Association announced 2 partnerships for theupcoming TV season. Adrenaline Nation TV is set to air the HWA's weeklytelevision show, "HWA Adrenaline", onAdrenalineNationTV.com beginning November 12, 2005.

The HWA also has clearance on America One network tobe broadcast to there over 100 stations covering over20 million viewers across the country beginningSaturday night November 12th at midnight. A brand new episode of "HWA Adrenaline" will air everyweekend on AdrenalineNationTV.com and America One. "We are ecstatic to be partnering with AdrenalineNation TV and America One allowing wrestling fans the world over to experience the high octane, in yourface, heart pumping action that only the Heartland Wrestling Association can provide.

The size of the media player at Adrenaline Nation is one of thebiggest out there and will allow fans to watch theshow from the comfort of their home computer. AmericaOne covers the US via affiliate stations and reallygives us the TV penetration we need." stated Chad Dillefeld, HWA Executive Producer.

The debut episodes will air Saturday November 12th.The America One episode will air at midnight and willbe available through your local America One affiliate,check your local listings. The inaugural episode on Adrenaline Nation TV will be a 2-hour episode and will feature an expanded version of the America One showwith some classic matches from the HWA Video Library. The following weeks the HWA will receive 3 time slotsper week on Adrenaline Nation. Saturdays 8-10pm,Saturdays Midnight-2am and Sundays 5-7pm. HWA contentwill also be available via VOD on the site. AdrenalineNation TV is available free of charge to anyone with a broadband internet connection.

Through both of these networks we are planning future programming and marketing strategies that will further our stake in the wrestling market.

You can visit the HWA at www.hwaonline.com

Adrenaline Nation TV is broadcast at www.adrenalinenationtv.com

America One information available at www.AmericaOne.com

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Holmes Out For The Year

So I'm in three fantasy football leagues... and in all three my top player at the start of the year was Priest Holmes. Today it was announced he's going on injured reserve and is done for the year.

In the league I run, I'm covered with Larry Johnson and I'm going to pick him up in the second league. In the third one, another former 25er, Adam Nielsen has him and with few tradeable assets at my disposal, I'm pretty much screwed. This is the last time I pick the same "anchor" player in all three leagues.

Not only that, but I drafted Terrell Owens in two leagues. It's gonna be a rough stretch run.

No Place Like Home

Phil Luciano writes a column as his parents are putting his childhood house up for sale. Good topic that got lots of calls on Markely and Luciano on my way home today.

When I'm home in Milwaukee, I will on occasion drive by the house where I spent much of my childhood. My parents moved to their current home while I was in grade school, but I had really good memories of the first house. It was much smaller than the one we moved to, but it was one of those neighborhoods where everyone knew everyone and there were lots of kids.

Funny story about that house... when one of my cousins got to high school, she went to some kind of drinking party. After a while, she was thinking, I've been here before and her friends are like... whatever. But then she basically led them on a tour... she knew what kind of room was where and what etc. Turns out... it was my old house.

Airwaves Win

This indoor session the Airwaves have one team that plays Tuesdays and a second that plays on Thursdays. Season started last night.

We went down early 1-0 after some confusion in front of our goal and that was the score at halftime. I scored two in the second half and Trey added a third with a few minutes left to seal the deal. Props to Mike for setting up the second and third goals... and kudos to Bart and Jim for volunteering to play goal while Glen is away.

Thursday team opens their season tomorrow.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Reality Versus Fantasy

I'm in three fantasy football leagues. Let me just say that playing fantasy football is significantly easier... at least on the body... than playing real football.

My friend "EWD" graduated from Peoria Central and he and some buddies have been playing a Turkey Bowl for 15 or so years now. He invited me to play today.

Just a little background. I love football. But considering my size and the fact that there were no flag football leagues that I knew of growing up... I've maybe played half a dozen times. A few times in gym class in seventh grade and a few times when a bunch of WMBDers would get together.

This game is great. These guys give each other all sorts of crap, all in good fun of course. They have flags and real endzone markers and mini dry erase boards to draw up plays in the huddle.

I know football fairly well, but knowing it... and recognizing it while playing/being able to execute plays are two entirely different things. I gave a decent accounting of myself... had four or five good runs and scored a couple of touchdowns... but several times I found myself a little lost. Oh... and just like in soccer, I'm a huge defensive liability. For those of you who don't know me, my version of defense is outscoring the guy who is guarding me.

But whatever. It's a lot of fun. I'm kind of dinged up... sore knees, sore shoulder, sore hip. I'm guessing it'll be worse tomorrow and Monday. Just hope I'm okay to play soccer Tuesday night.

Congrats to my QB Emad Malouf... winner of the MVP trophy for the year!

Friday, November 04, 2005

New Reporter

Welcome to Jessica Wheeler... I'm assuming the newest reporter at WHOI. I say assuming because I'm just too lazy call one of the dozen people I know over there and ask. Maybe tomorrow.

It Must Be Sweeps

What the hell is wrong with some people? Just finished watching Dateline on PervertedJustice.com. Basically dateline worked with this group and posing as young boys they were able to lure alleged sexual predators to a house where reporter Chris Hansen was waiting. I can't believe the number of people who showed up.

Earlier this year, I wrote about my friend Steve who did the same story in Kansas City... so doing this story this way is nothing new. But it will get people to watch, won't it?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bye Bye Jeff

Jeff Melbourne (actualy he shared that his last name is actualy Nau) has shut down his Peoria TV Stations blog. While I didn't agree with a lot of what he wrote, I had great respect for the time and effort he put into his blog. Best of luck with what ever it is that'll be taking up your time in the future.

Big Market Move

Congratulations to former WHOI meteorologist Michael Kelting. He's moving from Green Bay to KRON in San Francisco.

Mayor Guilty On All Three Counts

Of course the lead tonight on all three of our stations was the guilty verdict for now former Pekin Mayor Lyn Howard.

Just a few thoughts:

This defense of is it or is it not a Pekin City credit card was weak at best... especially after he told investigators one thing and told the grand jury another. And then to blame it on the media... that they confused him. Take responsibility.

Seriously? Did people pay $100 for a steak dinner for this defense? How about aliens took over my body and made me gamble? Sheesh. Howard claimed all along that he wanted to do what's best for the city of Pekin. Really? Was this best for the city? I'm glad he had his day in court as everyone deserves, but this was a joke.

In an interview with WHOI, Howard said he may have had a gambling problem in the past. Wow... what a stunning revelation. Gamblers Anonymous says most compulsive gamblers will answer "yes" to at least seven of these twenty questions:

Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
Did gambling affect your reputation?
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

I can tell you just from what Howard admitted to in the media, that he could answer "yes" to a bunch of these.

In an interview with WMBD's Lisa Miller, Pekin City Commissioner Bill Maddox said, “We need a person who is committed to the city of Pekin, knows something about municipal government and is willing to work for the betterment of all the citizens of the city.”

All I can say is... you had one, but certain groups decided their interests were more important than the city's and they were able to scare/con enough people into voting our gambling mayor into office. Good times, huh? Hey folks... when you're going to find someone to be a candidate, how about doing a little homework?

Both the defense and the prosecution agreed that there needs to be well defined policy for city credit cards. This is true. But I contend that people who hold public office need to take a common sense test too.

Finally... there are Howard supporters out there who continue to take shots at my father in law (the mayor before Howard if you're not familiar)... claiming conspiracy etc. You people are idiots. This clown made his own bed... and the legacy he will leave behind is one of stupidity.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Market 117 Is A Year Old Today

It was on this day last year that I started this blog.

I'd like to say thanks to the faithful readers. Without you, this would just be a personal diary... although in looking back, it has evolved from a TV related blog to more of a personal journal (when I'm not to lazy to post).

I know there are lots of different reasons people read... some for the TV thoughts, which I know have been rare in recent months... some because you know me and are amused by my sometimes inane ramblings... an some cause you're bored.

We'll see what year two brings...