Flashback: “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran

Had to play this one this week in memory of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, one of the few actors to have played James Bond in the movies…

Duran Duran took this to the top of the Billboard charts in the summer of 1985, making this the first song from a Bond film to go to #1. It was also probably the peak point of their popularity in the 1980’s, and was the last film where Moore played the role of Bond, James Bond.

Ten Minutes To Win It

In order to find that perfect balance between player safety and what draws the optimum TV audience (I guess), the NFL adapted a rule change that will shorten overtime periods in preseason and regular season games from 15 minutes down to 10. 

I don’t know why overtime is needed in preseason games, so I’d be okay with getting rid of that altogether. But reducing regular season OT down to 10 minutes strikes me as lunacy, as it will likely create more tie games. 

I know most of the world has soccer, where tie games are commonplace. That is unless you need a winner, and they have penalty kick shootouts for that. But we here in America like to have winners and losers to everything.

It kind of reminds me of how boxing reacted to the death of Duk Koo Kim in 1982. Within five years, the sport’s governing bodies thought they had the answer: reduce title fights from 15 rounds to 12. It didn’t prevent fighters from dying, as a punch thrown at any time could still, hypothetically do that. But it looked good and made the “TV gods” happy. 

I don’t know how well this is going to go over, so we’ll see. I could be wrong. 

Manchester

Well, it happened again, though the way the world is these days, it was inevitable something like this was going to happen again.

I was getting ready to watch the Rays game at 7:00pm when I first heard about it. My eyes have been glued to TV cable news since.

A bomb went off near the Manchester Arena, where an Ariana Grande concert was taking place. Many were killed, many more injured.

Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in. Looking forward to the day we don’t have to worry about such incidents.

Roger, Over And Out

It’s funny how you sometimes remember the smallest details in your life, like where you were when you first discovered something.

I remember where I was when I saw Fox News for the first time. It was on July 25, 1999 in Westchester County, New York, where I was for a relative’s wedding. (Actually, the wedding itself was in a church in The Bronx, but everything else took place in Westchester.) Then, when I came back to the Tampa Bay area from living in Charlotte, North Carolina for a year, FNC was on the cable system I had.

As many know now, Roger Ailes passed on Thursday at age 77. Not only did he have a hand in the creation of Fox News, but also was involved in the formation of MSNBC and the discovery of Rush Limbaugh for his national syndication run. 

Certainly I get why a lot of people hated Roger professionally and personally. However, I think the true test of the value of somebody’s life is to see if their field of expertise could be recreated if they hadn’t existed, or perhaps better put, if their accomplishments had changed anything.

I guess the argument could be made that TV and the political realm would have existed without Ailes, but it most definitely the face of each field changed under him. Again, some would say not for the better, bit it did change none the less.

Flashback: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Modern music and I don’t get along all that well.

I’ve always felt pop/rock music peaked in the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. But that’s just me. In the 90’s I started listening to the Heavy Metal side more. Pearl Jam. Alice In Chains. Nirvana and the genius Kurt Cobain, and the tragic waste of his life and talents due to his suicide. Metallica and “Enter Sandman” which the New York Yankees would use for Mariano Rivera when he came into scores of baseball games. Seemed at the time that’s where culture was going.

But I did know who Chris Cornell was, a member in a band called Soundgarden being among his contributions. Always liked this song in particular, along with another hit of theirs called “Spoonman” that I always thought had a good beat to it.

Cornell passed away a few days back at age 52, reportedly by suicide. RIP, and thanks for the memories.