Archive for September, 2009

NFL TV Coverage Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Markets for Week 4

September 30, 2009

All local markets will get a 1pm CBS game. Pittsburgh will carry Baltimore @ New England with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms while Youngstown and Wheeling will carry Cincinnati @ Cleveland with Ian Eagle and Rich Gannon. As for Fox in the 1pm window Pittsburgh and Youngstown are slated to show Seattle @ Indianapolis with Dick Stockton and Charles Davis while Wheeling has Tampa Bay @ Washington with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan. I wouldn’t be shocked if this map changes with the primary early game of Giants/Chiefs being on the map for most of Pennsylvania east of Pittsburgh. There is unanimity in the 4:15 window on Fox as the vast majority of the country will get Dallas @ Denver with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. The entire country is getting this game save the St. Louis and San Francisco primary and secondary markets, and blackouts until 7pm in New Orleans and Miami opposite those teams playing at 4:05pm at home on CBS. Of course, those who have the channel on their satellite or cable package can avail themselves of the NFL Red Zone channel all day for a continuous live whip around the country to the most compelling action of the moment. The Sunday Night game on NBC is San Diego @ Pittsburgh with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game is Green Bay @ Minnesota with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden. As always this info is courtesy of and subject to revision. Enjoy the games!


Busy Sports News Day In Cleveland

September 30, 2009

As the Indians announced the firing of manager Eric Wedge and the Browns announce that Derek Anderson will be the starting quarterback this coming Sunday against the Bengals.

I am in favor of the removal of Wedge, though I find it interesting that they would announce it now while allowing him to continue to manage the final handful of games remaining through Sunday. I guess they want to be able to begin a public search for a replacement without it appearing unseemly. At any rate, its time for a change. Actually, I think it was a season ago but it certainly is now. The Indians are in full rebuilding mode after July’s activity. Also, to be quite frank, I was not massively impressed with Wedge’s managerial skill. There were any number of times just in the odd game that I would catch in person or on TV that he made tactical blunders, didn’t handle a controversial umpiring decision, etc very well. It will be interesting to see who the Indians tab to replace Wedge. I fully assume it’ll be a lower cost hire, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. All high profile managers got their start somewhere, after all.

As for the Browns and Mangini’s decision to go with Anderson I frankly disagree. Brady Quinn was a 1st round draft choice a couple years ago and he is the future of the franchise. This team is going to lose more than they win irregardless of quarterback; why not play your future and let him gain experience? I would not have pulled him from the Baltimore game last Sunday for the same reason. Of course what this tells you is that Mangini is not sold on Quinn and might look to go with DA or a totally different option long term. Going with Anderson could be defensible though the Browns would not be able to get a 1st round pick in trade for Quinn they could get something to rebuild with. But going a 3rd route would mean completely starting from scratch. And while this team hasn’t looked very good so far they could get better as the season progresses. For what it is worth the 3 teams they have played so far are all undefeated, which is to say, they are a combined 6-0 against teams other than the Browns. I say stick with Quinn and let him go through growing pains with the rest of the team.

Week 5 College Football TV Schedule

September 29, 2009

Shamelessly cribbed as always from Awful Announcing:

Wednesday, September 30th

Hawaii @ Louisiana Tech (ESPN2, 8pm)- Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, Rob Stone

Thursday, October 1st

Colorado @ West Virginia (ESPN, 7:30pm)- Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews
Southern Mississippi @ Alabama-Birmingham (CBS College Sports, 8pm)- Dave Ryan, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Friday, October 2nd

Pittsburgh @ Louisville (ESPN2, 8pm)- Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
Utah State @ 21 Brigham Young (MTN, 9pm)- Bill Doleman, Blaine Fowler, Toby Christensen

Saturday, October 3rd

Wisconsin @ Minnesota (ESPN, Noon)- Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman
Arkansas State @ 17 Iowa (ESPN2, Noon)- Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
Clemson @ Maryland (ESPNU, Noon)- Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante
East Carolina @ Marshall (CBS College Sports, Noon)- Tom Hart, Aaron Taylor
Michigan @ Michigan State (BTN, Noon)- Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson
Northwestern @ Purdue (BTN, Noon)- Ari Wolfe, Anthony Herron, Tony McGee
Alabama @ Kentucky (SEC Network, Noon)- Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano (Will Air on FS Detroit; CSN Bay Area, Washington; Comcast Network; MSG)
South Florida @ Syracuse (Big East Network, Noon)- Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Quint Kessenich (Will Air on CST, MASN)
Virginia @ North Carolina (Raycom, Noon)- Steve Martin, Rick Walker, Mike Hogewood
Toledo @ Ball State (ESPN Plus, Noon)- Michael Reghi, Doug Chapman
Virginia Tech @ Duke (ESPN360, Noon)- Dave Weekley, Danny Kanell
Cincinnati @ Miami-OH (ESPN360, 1pm)- Jim Barbar, Bob Chmiel
Kansas State v. Iowa State (FCS Central, 3pm)- Dan McLaughlin, Yogi Roth, Samantha Steele
Louisiana State @ Georgia (CBS, 3:30pm)- Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
Washington @ Notre Dame (NBC, 3:30pm)- Tom Hammond, Pat Haden, Alex Flanagan
Penn State @ Illinois (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm)- Mike Patrick, Craig James, Heather Cox
Florida State @ Boston College (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm)- Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Holly Rowe
UCLA @ Stanford (ABC, 3:30pm)- Dave Lamont, David Norrie
New Mexico @ Texas Tech (FSN, 3:30pm)- Bill Land, Gary Reasons, Emily Jones (Will Air on FS Arizona, Detroit+, Florida, Houston (JIP), Midwest, North, South, Southwest, West; FSN Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain; CSN Bay Area; FCS Pacific)
North Carolina State @ Wake Forest (ESPNU, 3:30pm)- Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
Air Force @ Navy (CBS College Sports, 3:30pm)- Craig Bolerjack, Randy Cross
Florida International @ Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt TV, 3:30pm)- Todd Kalas, Derek Rackley (Will Air on CSS, CST)
Western Michigan @ Northern Illinois (CSN Chicago, 3:30pm)- Dave Kaplan, Bob Chmiel, Jim Blaney
Memphis @ Central Florida (Bright House, 3:30pm)- Drew Fellios, Mark Royals, Dave Baumann
Central Michigan @ Buffalo (Time Warner-NY, 3:30pm)- Howard Simon, Brian Koziol
Ohio @ Bowling Green (BCSN, 4pm)- Greg Franke, Tom Cole
Oregon State @ Arizona State (Versus, 7pm)- Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson
Mississippi @ Vanderbilt (ESPNU, 7pm)- Eric Collins, Brock Huard
South Carolina State @ South Carolina (ESPN Classic, 7pm)- Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese
Ohio State @ Indiana (BTN, 7pm)- Craig Coshun, Glen Mason, Rebecca Haarlow
Texas A&M v. Arkansas (ESPN2, 7:30pm)- Mark Jones, Bob Davie
Tulsa @ Rice (CBS College Sports, 7:30pm)- Jason Knapp, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
Georgia Tech @ Mississippi State (SEC Network, 7:30pm)- Doug Bell, Chris Doering (Will Air on CSS, CST)
Auburn @ Tennessee (ESPN, 7:45pm)- Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Erin Andrews
USC @ California (ABC, 8pm)- Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
Oklahoma @ Miami (ABC, 8pm)- Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters
Southern Methodist @ Texas Christian (MTN, 8pm)- James Bates, Todd Christensen, Cash Sirois
UC-Davis @ Boise State (KTVB/CSN California, 8pm)- Mark Johnson, Tom Scott, David Augusto
Washington State @ Oregon (OSN/CSN Northwest, 9:15pm)- Joe Giansante, Anthony Newman
Colorado State @ Idaho (ESPNU, 10:30pm)- Carter Blackburn, Jon Berger

Shady Dealings By Senator Reid

September 29, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to shield his home state of Nevada from increased Medicaid costs under the Senate version of healthcare reform:

I’m sure there is a legitimate explanation buried in there somewhere, but by having inserted a change in the qualification that bails out his state and only 3 others, the real intention is obvious. Nevada is not unique in having an ultra-tight budget in these times. Why should they get special consideration? This sort of thing just makes it harder to win public support for the proposals.

RIP William Safire

September 28, 2009

I used to love reading his columns:

He will be missed.

Media Matters Update: Beck, Dobbs, & ACORN

September 28, 2009

Media Matters: Move over, Drudge, there’s a new sheriff in town

It used to be common knowledge that Matt Drudge ruled the media’s world. These days, Drudge must be jealous. If the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that Drudge’s position as the media’s assignment editor is now filled by Fox News’ Glenn Beck.

Beck has made no bones about his desire to shape the media’s agenda. He’s Fox News’ Czar War commander in chief, lead ACORN crusher, resident conspiracy theorist, and favored “rodeo clown,” all wrapped into one.

One would think that the mainstream media would be wary of covering stories promoted by a man who, while role-playing as President Obama, pretended to pour gasoline on the “average American” and asked Obama, “[W]hy don’t you just set us on fire?” But one would be wrong.

Beck brought to us the 9-12 Project, which served as the inspiration for the 9-12 “March on Washington,” when Americans tearfully came together as we did “the day after 9-11” … to protest taxes, health care reform, government spending, and an African-American who has taken over the White House. Did the media sit out the story of tens of thousands of Beck and Fox News fans invading D.C. to protest these things? Nope. While Fox News claimed that media outlets “missed” the story of the 9-12 protests, as noted, “those other networks were there” at the 9-12 protests. As Howard Kurtz wrote in The Washington Post, “[T]he other networks indeed covered the protest, which — like similar demonstrations across the country — were heavily promoted by Fox, especially talk show host Glenn Beck.”

The media have paid equal attention to Beck and Fox News’ war on Obama’s “czars.” Beck led the charge in attacking White House green jobs adviser Van Jones, accusing him of all manner of sins. After — a group co-founded by Jones — initiated a campaign against Beck for calling Obama a “racist,” Beck amped up his attacks on Jones. But instead of pointing out the potential motive behind Beck’s relentless assault, the media merely credited Beck for keeping the Jones story alive. Now that Beck has shifted his sights to other Obama “czars,” the media have dutifully followed, increasing their coverage of FCC chief diversity officer Mark Lloyd and Cass Sunstein, who was confirmed to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Beck has also repeatedly promoted allegations — originally made on Beck favorite Andrew Breitbart’s — that the National Endowment for the Arts and its former spokesman Yosi Sergant were “creating a propaganda machine for the president of the United States.” Once again, the media were right behind Beck. On the September 22 edition of his CNN program, Lou Dobbs advanced attacks on the White House, stating that there are “[n]ew concerns tonight that the Obama administration may be politicizing the arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, encouraging groups to produce art work promoting the president’s agenda.” George Will wrote in his September 17 Washington Post column that the controversy shows “the Obama administration’s incontinent lust to politicize everything.” The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and ABC News? Each covered the White House’s issuing of new guidelines that, as The New York Times wrote, “instructed government agencies to keep politics away from the awarding of federal grants.”

Beck’s been busy. In addition to making plans to hijack the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, September 22 brought us the release of Beck’s second book of 2009, the ironically titled Arguing with Idiots. In it, Beck is engaged in an ongoing argument with “the idiot,” who comes armed with some truly idiotic statements, such as, “They may not be perfect, but France is doing socialism right — we should be more like them,” and, “Private schools aren’t beholden to unions, but they should be closed because they’re only for the rich.” Beck fearlessly tears down these strawmen throughout the 300-page book.

Beck attacks “Nanny State-ism” by criticizing drunken-driving laws, writing, “The Nanny State approach is to use the police department to set up roadblocks and spot-checks,” and stating that since “[t]he largest percentage of vehicular deaths related to alcohol are from repeat offenders,” the “commonsense solution is that you lose your license after a second DUI. Forever. Problem solved.” Beck never says whether he felt the same way when he was reportedly arrested for “speeding in his DeLorean with one of the car’s gull-wing doors wide open,” after which a former colleague said Beck was “completely out of it.”

Beck’s book has also raised the question of whether Beck supports the slave trade. While purporting to explain to an “idiot” the Founding Fathers’ true intentions, Beck praises an obsolete provision of the U.S. Constitution that prohibited Congress from outlawing the slave trade before 1808 and capped taxes on the slave trade at $10 per slave. In explaining the provision, Beck doesn’t mention slavery, saying instead that the provision means that the Founders apparently “felt like there was a value to being able to live here” and lamenting: “Not anymore. These days we can’t ask anything of immigrants — including that they abide by our laws.” Umm …

If one were yearning for some good ol’ fashioned racial stereotyping, Beck doesn’t disappoint! His attack on the 14th Amendment, which guarantees that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States … are citizens of the United States,” comes complete with illustrations of a man and baby wearing sombreros. Yes, his book has illustrations. In fact, the entire book is designed to look as though it were printed on antiqued, dog-eared paper. You know, like the Constitution.

Beck also subtitled a section of his book “The chapter Americans just won’t write,” which is little more than 18 pages of Mexico-bashing lined with text insets that parody NBC’s “The More You Know” public service announcements. In these insets, the familiar shooting star of the NBC graphic has been replaced with a cartoon sombrero, and the slogan “The More You Know” has been changed to “The Less You Know.” The chapter features cartoonish Mexicans wearing sombreros and absurdly thick mustaches, and a cartoon of a Chinese takeout container that’s meant to represent — you guessed it — Chinese immigrants.

In his chapter titled “U.S. Presidents: A Steady Progression of Progressives,” Beck treats us to his list of the “Top Ten Bastards of All Time.” The occupants of that list, in ascending order, are Pol Pot, Robert Mugabe, Teddy Roosevelt, Bernie Madoff, Adolf Hitler, Keith Olbermann, Pontius Pilate, FDR, Tiger Woods, and Woodrow Wilson. That’s right, in Beck’s book, mass slaughter of millions of innocents makes you a less reprehensible person than the presidents who won both World Wars for the United States.

Because with Beck, regardless of their actual ideology, these people are all progressive, with the exception of Tiger Woods, who appeared to make the list because he has “a Swedish-supermodel wife, a gazillion dollars, and … plays golf for a living … bastard!” In Beck’s world, any progressive is an enemy, and any enemy is progressive.

Beck’s conspiracy-addled mind treated us this week to hysterical rantings about how Obama, the SEIU, ACORN, the Tides Foundation, and other unnamed unions will “set wage[s]” in this country by dictating “maximum wage” to redistribute wealth. Beck viewed a video of schoolchildren “singing a song for Barack Obama” as an “indoctrination” linked to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, the NEA, the Tides Foundation, and Jones. If one were to tune into Beck’s television show, one would likely find Beck furiously scribbling on a chalkboard, desperately trying to illustrate the elaborate progressive conspiracy to overthrow the republic. On September 22, Beck laughably denied being a “conspiracy theorist” to CBS News’ Katie Couric, but the next day, he admitted his conspiracy theories sometimes make him “feel like Russell Crowe from A Beautiful Mind.”

No one should be surprised by Beck’s behavior. As Salon’s Alexander Zaitchik reported, “In his 2003 book, ‘Real America,’ Beck refers to himself as a borderline schizophrenic.” Zaitchik also documented Beck’s rise as a broadcaster, which was marked by cruel attacks and “racial hang-ups.” According to Zaitchik, after a rival radio host’s wife had a miscarriage, ” ‘Beck called her live on the air and says, “We hear you had a miscarriage,” remembers Brad Miller, a former Y95 DJ and Clear Channel programmer. ‘When Terry [Kelly, wife of Beck’s rival] said, “Yes,” Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce [Kelly, the rival DJ] apparently can’t do anything right — about he can’t even have a baby.’ ” Racial hang ups? Vicious personal assaults? Over-the-top childishness? Sounds familiar.

Other major stories this week

Does Lou Dobbs think he works for Fox News?

Speaking of Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs has recently pushed a number of the same right-wing narratives that have been aggressively championed by Beck and Fox News, in addition to defending Beck’s remarks calling Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” In recent weeks, Dobbs — like Beck and many others on Fox — has called for a “vigorous investigation” of ACORN and said that unless there is a “full-blown FBI investigation,” then it will amount to “a sham.” He’s pushed the conservative attack that the NEA is “politicizing the arts” and has decried as “propaganda” an educational video.

On the September 22 broadcast of his radio show, Dobbs referred to ACORN’s decision to appoint former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger to lead an internal inquiry into the organization as “such a sham” and called for “a full, and, I mean, absolutely righteous, vigorous, investigation of everyone running that organization, everything it’s tried to do,” and “its relationship to the Obama administration.” Dobbs added: “I truly believe, unless there is that full-blown FBI investigation that you’ve asked for of ACORN, that — you know, that is, to me, prima facie evidence that this Justice Department, under Attorney General Eric Holder, has been absolutely politicized to the point that it is not functioning and serving the interests of the American people or this country.” Beck expressed similar opinions during his September 15 Fox News show.

On his September 22 CNN television show, Dobbs hyped a story favored by Beck and Fox News, reporting that there were “[n]ew concerns tonight that the Obama administration may be politicizing the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts encouraging groups to produce artwork promoting the president’s agenda.” As mentioned earlier, Beck was at the forefront of promoting and advancing these allegations, interviewing the artist who secretly taped the NEA conference call on September 1 and claiming that the “people involved in a conference call, including the White House, knew that this was on the fence, if not outright illegal. They knew for sure that this would outrage you if it would ever get out.”

Hours after Beck decried as “propaganda” an educational video called The Story of Stuff, Dobbs, too, took to the television to warn of “more evidence of left-wing propaganda in our schools: An outrageous new video has surfaced — this video being shown in classrooms all across the country. It is The Story of Stuff, as it’s called, blatantly making false accusations against capitalism and the effects of human consumption on the environment.”

This week’s ACORN update

The conservative media’s feeding frenzy on all things ACORN has continued, resulting in more ethically questionable actions on behalf the videographers involved and the right-wing press fighting for scraps. In a recent “exclusive” report, editor-in-chief Erick Erickson analyzed “a list of [ACORN CEO] Bertha Lewis’s contacts” that “just showed up one day unsolicited” from “a credible source who is no fan of ACORN” and claimed, “We did not ask for it. We did not expect to get it. But now that we have it, we should see who is in there.” However, the private contact list was apparently obtained without Lewis’ knowledge or permission, raising the question of whether RedState’s “exclusive” was the result of theft. Not surprisingly, the questionable nature of how this information was obtained didn’t stop Sean Hannity or Beck from promoting it.

Incidentally, on September 23, Los Angeles Times media critic James Rainey reported that ACORN official Lavelle Stewart “told me this week” that when the videographers, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, came to Stewart’s ACORN office in Los Angeles disguised as a pimp and prostitute, Stewart “tried to get the ‘prostitute,’ who claimed she had been beaten by her pimp, to go to a women’s center.” This report is further evidence undermining O’Keefe’s and Giles’ repeated claims that they were never rebuffed at any of the ACORN offices they visited. Also, in a September 22 article, the Associated Press reported that California police said an ACORN worker contacted them about “possible human smuggling,” reportedly as a result of O’Keefe and Giles’ visit to a San Diego ACORN office. As you might recall, word broke last week that O’Keefe and Giles were indeed rebuffed at the Philadelphia ACORN office they visited; the employees there went so far as to file a police report, which you can view here. The conservative activists have yet to release video from the Philadelphia and Los Angeles encounters.

Also, O’Keefe’s claims to have been “completely independent” were undermined by a report that O’Keefe had received thousands, possibly even tens of thousands, of dollars from a wealthy conservative donor.

Nonetheless, this week also birthed a new right-wing talking point: that Attorney General Eric Holder should appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate ACORN. You know, because Holder can’t be trusted to remain impartial. Better get Ken Starr on the phone pronto!

Weekend Wrap

September 28, 2009

Well, its a good thing that Ohio St shut out Illinois to open Big Ten play, as my football teams otherwise had a bad weekend. No shame in East Liverpool losing to state ranked Maple Heights on the road though a closer margin would’ve been preferable. Ditto Bowling Green losing badly to nationally ranked Boise St in a game I personally attended with some old college chums. The Steelers dropping to 1-2 is another matter, though.

First of all, lets give the Bengals credit for keeping the 1st half damage minimal and sticking with things. And it was a perfectly constructed and paced final drive. But this makes two weeks in a row that the Steelers blew a game they should’ve won. Can I ask why the Steelers aren’t blitzing on those Bengals 4th quarter scoring drives? Pittsburgh is an attack defense, not a coverage play it safe bend don’t break defense. Attack Palmer, get a sack, get a turnover, harrass him, don’t let him do what he wants to do. And, if it backfired and they hit a big play, like the Cardinals did in Super Bowl XLIII, at least you’ve left time to respond, like Roethlisberger and Holmes did in Super Bowl XLIII. Don’t sit back and let the Bengals prick you until you bleed to death. Also, it would be nice if the Steelers stop putting Limas Sweed on the field. A wide receiver that cannot catch the ball is useless to me. Mike Wallace lets them be 3 deep at receiver and you’ve got two good pass catching tight ends with Miller and Spaeth. If he catches that easy touchdown ball it ices the game. Instead the Steelers don’t score and are left vulnerable to the Bengals comeback. And, the ironic thing is the Steelers ultimately screwed themselved by successfully defending that two point conversion that left their lead at 20-15. If its 20-17 the Bengals settle for the tying field goal when facing 4th & 10 at the 15 with 30 seconds left. Maybe the Steelers get a big kick return and win in regulation, or they have a 50-50 chance in overtime. But such is the luck of the draw sometimes. Now they are 1-2 and two games behind Baltimore in the standings. Which they are still okay if they can arrest this trend of lousy 4th quarters and win some games. They are at home with another stern test facing the Chargers on Sunday Night Football. If they can manage a win there maybe the Ravens lose at New England and they are back within one game of Baltimore and Cincinnati (assuming the Bengals beat Cleveland). At any rate, still have both games with the Ravens remaining and if they can manage to end up 11-5 or 10-6 that usually at least gets you a wildcard. But their play early in the year is not giving me strong positive vibes.

As for Bowling Green’s loss to Boise, the Broncos are clearly the better team. They only really tried in the 2nd quarter and that was all they needed to blow the doors off Doyt Perry Stadium. No shame in the loss and it was nice to see what a sellout crowd looks like in that stadium. The Falcons had a somewhat disappointing 1-3 non-conference showing, but it was against a strong schedule and they still have as good a shot as any at winning the MAC East. Need to get some wins starting this Saturday at home against Ohio. Still, I am concerned 4 games in about our red zone execution, and I am also concerned that Tyler Sheehan is if anything regressing in his quarterback play. Presumably though most of the defenses he sees the next 2 months won’t be as good as Boise so I will remain optimistic for now.

I didn’t see the Ohio St game as I was busy hanging out in a parking lot outside Doyt Perry, but that was the 2nd straight shutout for the Buckeyes defense which is obviously a promising sign. They have several games ahead that figure to be harder than Toledo and Illinois. Hopefully they take care of business and have an undefeated October heading into the last 3 games of the season at Penn St, hosting Iowa, and at Michigan.

I didn’t see the Potter game either in person, but I gather it was close for awhile before Maple Heights opened it up. At 2-3 the Potters are still on track for finishing somewhere in the 5-5 range which would be definite progress over the past few seasons. It doesn’t get much easier this coming Friday night heading down Rt. 7 to take on OVAC perennial power Martins Ferry.

Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup. I hope no one is shocked by that development.

The big sports story this coming week will be the 4 game series between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers settling the AL Central title and the right to challenge the Yankees in the ALDS. Detroit enters the final week with a 2 game lead. Obviously, this gives them a real advantage entering this series. If the Tigers can win 3 games of the 4 they will clinch the division and can use this weekend to rest and set the rotation. Splitting the series means Detroit is 2 up with 3 to go and could clinch over the weekend as quickly as Friday night. Even Minnesota winning 3 of 4 simply means the two teams are flat tied entering the final 3 games of their seasons. Of course, if the Twins sweep the 4 then they grab the 2 game lead with 3 games to go. About the only other story right now is the NL wildcard race, where the Braves have pulled within 2.5 games (2 in the loss column) of Colorado.

***UPDATE*** A quick check of reveals that the Twins v Tigers game has been postponed because of a rainy evening in SE Michigan. According to the Tigers website they will play a day/night doubleheader tomorrow at 12:05pm and 7:05pm to get back on schedule. Presumably people that held tickets for tonight’s game would now hold tickets for the day game tomorrow.

TP Tumult

September 24, 2009

Environmentalists want Americans to cleanse their permanent vertical smiles with recycled paper:

My assumption is that a lot of Americans are more than ready for the environmental groups to stop riding their asses, to stop butting into their business. Of all the hot topics out there, this seems like a rather shitty one.

Okay, I’m done now. Yeah, maybe we should use more recycled paper for this inglorious task. But, I think we all also have an understandable desire to be as comfortable as possible when tp-ing ourselves. So I would be all for flushing this campaign.

Week 3 NFL Coverage Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Markets

September 23, 2009

Fox has just one game again this week, and viewers in Pittsburgh and Wheeling will get Atlanta @ New England at 1pm with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Viewers of Fox in Youngstown will wait until 4:05pm to get New Orleans @ Buffalo with Ron Pitts and Jon Lynch. The CBS map is more monolithic with all area markets getting Cleveland @ Baltimore at 1pm with Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker while at 4:15pm getting Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Again I should remind Pittsburgh viewers that KDKA will pull out of the early game around 4:13pm even if it has not ended to do the mid-games commercial break and then the start of the Steelers game. And any football fan that gets the NFL Red Zone channel on their TV system has that available for a constant whip around the league with live game feeds and occassional highlights during slow moments from 1pm straight thru the end of the late games commercial free. The Sunday Night game on NBC is Indianapolis @ Arizona and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Carolina @ Dallas. As always this info courtesy of and subject to change. Enjoy the games!

***UPDATE*** No changes to the local broadcast maps that I can see, but there are two local blackouts this week, one affecting the Toledo area. The Lions and Raiders will both be blacked out locally after failing to sell out.

The Agenda For the G-20

September 23, 2009

What the dignitaries that presumably won’t have to worry about what this is doing to the Pittsburgh traffic patterns will be talking about: