Some of you may have heard of this reporter over across the pond who writes for The Independent, a British paper. He dared to write a negative piece about NBC and how they tape delay programs for air on prime time.
You may have also heard that Twitter took the unusual and, in this bloggers opinion, unnecessary action of suspending the account of the reporter in question, Guy Adams.
Reminds me of the friend I lost a few months ago. I unfriended her on Facebook, so her sister in law turns around and unfriends me, no explanation asked to why I did what I did, boom, over, finito, buh-bye. And that’s why I’ll never go back to this friend ever again. Keep the battle between respective parties. Don’t have third parties interfere on your behalf.
Just makes NBC and Twitter look like they are in kahoots, and makes both media outlets look bad.
I’ve found myself watching a lot of the Olympic boxing so far.
You don’t see a lot of prizefighting on TV these days, or cable TV for that matter outside of HBO or Showtime. But the networks of NBC have done a good job capturing the boxing tournament over London way.
I enjoy watching it, although the computerized system they use rewards true boxers, not guys who can get in close quarters and slug their way through a fight. Because if you fight on the inside, you better have the power to knock your opponent out, and in a three round fight, a fighter doesn’t have the time for all the power shots to pay dividends.
It’s like watching college or amateur baseball. A hitter who makes contact with the ball with the barrel of the bat is going to see the hit ball go farther faster than you see in Major League Baseball. It’s baseball, not just baseball we’re used to. Ditto the formula for Olympic boxing.
It was that time of the month. The time when one month ends, and another one begins. For me, that means a trip to Wal-Mart to put some money into a debit card to pay the upcoming Virgin Mobile bill for the Blackberry I got a year ago as a birthday present.
So it was off to the Walmart Supercenter off of Highway 19 in Pinellas Park, just north of Gandy-slash-Park Boulevard. A few years ago, this Walmart was one of the busiest in the country, and believe me, it is a reputation well earned. Even at 10:30 on a Sunday, people are all over the place, praying to the God of everyday low prices.
A lot can be said for what Walmart is doing to the economy, both good and bad. I don’t consider myself qualified to comment. You see, back in 1999 and 2000, I worked for Walmart in the southeast part of Charlotte, North Carolina on a maintenance crew. Essentially, a janitor. I did want to work, but I never considered being a janitor to be a strong suit.
The date was January 1, 1987. A talk show host here in the Tampa Bay area named Bob “The Mad Dog” Lassiter took the mic at 7pm that night and offered $50,000 to every caller who called radio station WPLP. Hilarity ensues.
Of course it was all a gag, but it made for an entertaining night of talk radio.
So today marks the start of the 2012 Olympics over in London. The 11th summer games in my lifetime. I was a little too young to remember the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the Olympics no one really wants to remember.
I was very lucky to be living in the Atlanta area when the 1996 Olympics. But they too had a rather dark moment for their games.
So to the people of London I say this. Enjoy these moments, as they come very rarely. Don’t let the fear and hysteria some like to create distract you from these next two weeks. These are your games. These are the moments you will remember all your life. Enjoy, and don’t be afraid.