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Colbert on Letterman
Apr. 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Last night was sort of an unofficial passing of the torch for David Letterman, as Stephen Colbert joined the set of Late Night as himself. And the fact that I have to say "as himself" is something, because he's rarely been seen out of his Colbert Report character.

Take a look:

There's a Top 10 list, selfies, a story of Colbert's first application to the Late Show, plus a really good interview.

Apr. 22, 2014 3:12 pm


I knew it was too good to be true.

Meaning I knew it wasn't even remotely true.

Apparently, this isn't the Loch Ness monster. SHOCKING, I know.

Apple Maps Debunking Nessie

Nope, just wake from a boat.

The Daily Mail concluded that it was Nessie after a six-month analysis. (Really? Six months to determine that?)

One day later, shoots that theory down. Read more here:

Brewers suspensions
Apr. 22, 2014 3:01 pm

The suspensions from this weekend's Brewers-Pirates kerfuffle finally came down, and they weren't too bad, all things considered.

For the Brewers: Carlos Gomez got 3 games for his role, and Martin Maldonado got 5 games for doing this to Travis Snider's face.

Snider got a two game suspension, while Pirates catcher Russell Martin will sit one game.

Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole, who instigated the whole brouhaha, gets nothing. I get that it is tricky to suspend someone who plays once every five days, but come on. And sure, he only mouthed off, but you can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater.

Boston Marathon
Apr. 21, 2014 2:11 pm

I've learned quite a bit about the Boston Marathon in the past year, especially about how important today, Patriots Day, is to the city and the community. The events last year were tragic, and it was good to see Boston rebound this year bigger and better than ever.

That being said...

Those runners are crazy! I saw that a guy I knew from college ran the marathon today in 3:04. That's a SEVEN MINUTE MILE average for 26.2 miles. I don't think I could run a seven minute mile if my life depended on it. And he was no where near the winning times!
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It took the winning male 2 hours and 8 minutes (congratulations Meb! First American male to win since 1983) to win. That pace is better than five minutes per mile. Pure insanity.

It's the most primitive of sports - no equipment is needed - yet I'm fascinated by it.

Congrats to all who competed today. You're all crazy.

Apr. 15, 2014 4:15 pm

Want to watch something that will amuse you and make you feel really old at the same time?

These kids have no idea what a Walkman is and can't figure out how to operate it.

Blood Moon
Apr. 15, 2014 2:43 pm

So I got up to look at the lunar eclipse last night, or the so-called "Blood Moon" - and it was...ok. I mean, sure it was neat, but I think I'm more of a solar eclipse fan.

Anyway, I was mindlessly sleep-tweeting at 3:30 in the morning, and apparently having a conversation with a friend in Hawaii. I didn't really remember doing it until I woke up to this picture.

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Taken with a cell phone, it not only captures the lunar eclipse, but that dot up above is Mars. Taking pictures of Mars with a cell phone. Just think about that. I was baffled by it for a good while, and I still am. Crazy where we've come.

Box office winners
Apr. 14, 2014 1:56 pm

Not liking the weather? Check out a movie!

From EW:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier warded off newcomers this weekend and remains king of the hill with $41.4 million in its second weekend of release. The Marvel actioner dropped just 56 percent from its opening weekend and the film?s domestic total now stands at $159 million - close to 90 percent of the lifetime gross of the original, thank you very much - with global receipts already pushing $476.7 million.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $41.4 million

2. Rio 2 - $39 million

3. Oculus - $12 million

4. Draft Day - $9.5 million

5. Divergent - $7.5 million

I've heard Winter Soldier is actually really good, and not just for a comic book movie. And a friend texted me this weekend saying that I'd like Draft Day, which I didn't have very high expectations for.  But alas, seeing a movie with that mindset might make it better?

What do you call a donut with no holes?
Apr. 11, 2014 11:21 am

I'm a big believer in going with your gut, especially when it pertains to sports gambling. If I make a decision, I can't stray from it, because if my original pick would end up being correct, I'd hate myself forever.

But taking your gambling advice from a danish? I'm not sure.

27-year old Rob Price took the above picture as a sign to wager on Rory McIlroy to win this weekend's Masters. And he - quite literally - put his money where his mouth is.

Here's what Price told The Mirror:  "I was going to put some money on Rory to win The Masters this year anyway, but I'm pretty superstitious so when this happened instead of putting 120 Euro [$167 US] down, I decided to go big and put 1,200 Euro [$1670 US]."

Almost $1700 on a danish!

If it pays off, he'll pocket close to $20,000. It'd be a nice payday, but jeepers.

Colbert to succeed Letterman
Apr. 10, 2014 1:54 pm

CBS announced this morning that it would be Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman (called it! Scroll down to my post from April 4).

I'm stoked.

My schedule allows me (forces me?) to stay up late and thanks to the wonderful invention that is DVR, I find myself watching a lot of late night television. I think Colbert and Jimmy Fallon will be great as friendly rivals, and will force each other to continually up their game, for which everyone will benefit.

The "old guard" is behind us, and that's ok. Many people still revere Jay Leno and David Letterman, but their time has come and gone. Colbert, Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien all on every night? Lots of options to pick from, which is never bad.

Soaked in Bleach
Apr. 9, 2014 3:10 pm

I don't know what to believe from this trailer, but it looks extremely interesting.

Apr. 9, 2014 2:04 pm

I've been very conflicted about Ryan Braun. I love the Brewers, but knowing that their star player has been tied to and suspended for various performance enhancing drugs? Well, it sucks. I don't know how to feel.

I think his punishment has fit the crime, so to speak, but Braun could have done more to help repair his image. Yesterday was an example of how good he can be, hitting three very different pitches out of Citizens Bank Park for a three-homer day against Philiadelphia. It's as tough a crowd as they come, and he responds with a career day. And I don't think that's purely coincidence.

Do I hate the guy? No. Do I hate what he did? Yes. Do I still love watching him play? Absolutely.

I don't know how to defend him. I really don't. Hopefully his "clean" play will take care of that for me.
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Search costs
Apr. 8, 2014 3:21 pm

I know the huge public interest for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has tapered off a bit, but the fact of the matter is, the plane is still missing.

By no means am I saying to stop the search, but it is getting expensive.

Here are the figures, according to the NY Daily News:

At a conservative count, at least $30 million has been invested in the search so far, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.

But with several nations involved in combing a remote and inaccessible stretch of the Indian Ocean for plane debris and the elusive black box, exact costs are hard to come by.

The Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Defense have together contributed just shy of $7 million as of last week.

Australia may be bearing some of the largest costs, according to the AP.

It takes $550,000 a day to keep its ship HMAS Success in the search. Australia?s second vessel, HMAS Toowoomba, costs $380,000 a day.

But those figures are just for fuel, servicing and crew salaries.

Additional costs that are hard to calculate are linked to the ships? upkeep and administration, AP said.

The Boss
Apr. 7, 2014 3:44 pm

Bruce Springsteen covered Van Halen's "Jump" at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas last night.

I have to say I like the original better, but Bruce's performance is still enjoyable.

Betting odds on replacing David Letterman
Apr. 4, 2014 1:58 pm

There are lots of things that fascinate me, but two things near the top of the list are gambling and late night television.

Yesterday's news that David Letterman will be retiring in 2015 has sparked debate as to who CBS will tap to replace him on the "Late Show" with odds that accompany said replacement.

Here's a look at some of those odds, per the Las Vegas Bovada;

Stephen Colbert 3:1

-My pick to replace Letterman, and I think he'd take it. Bigger audience, out of Jon Stewart's shadow, and with a few tweaks, his "Colbert Report" schtick could translate.

Craig Ferguson 7:2

-The "logical" pick, perhaps, as it would simply be a promotion from his "Late Late Show" within the same network. I just don't think he has enough pull to bring in consistent viewers.

Chelsea Handler 5:1

-Maybe too raunchy for non-cable? Although it'd be entertaining as hell.

Conan O'Brien 6:1

-Certainly has the experience, and he worships at the altar of Letterman. Would be interesting, considering all that transpired with NBC.

Jon Stewart 7:1

-He'd be good, but I think he loves skewering people too much to give up his massively successful cable show.

Jerry Seinfeld 9:1

-One of the best comedians ever, and I think he'd be a natural. I'm not sure he wants that daily grind though.

Chris Rock 15:1

-He's gotta be looking to get back into the spotlight, no?

Howard Stern 40:1

-A phenomenal viewer, but how would he have to censor himself for national TV?

Jay Leno 50:1

-Not going to happen.

Other names that I've heard that are interesting: Ellen Degeneres, Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, John Oliver, Tina Fey, Louis CK and Neil Patrick Harris. NPH is especially intriguing given his likability, youth and history with CBS (HIMYM), but I'd really like to see Tina Fey or Amy Poehler considered too. Lots of options (potentially) here for CBS.

Cubs Fail
Apr. 3, 2014 2:23 pm

As a Brewers fan, this makes me happy.

On the right is Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, wearing the correct team uniform for the day.

On the left is outfielder Junior Lake who is not.

They literally bring this upon themselves.

Cats are the worst
Mar. 28, 2014 2:19 pm

Cats are the worst. I shouldn't have to explain much more than that, but I will.

Apparently, Cats are now giving people tuberculosis.

Evidence of the first documented cases of tuberculosis spreading to humans from cats has been found in the U.K. after officials say two people developed the disease following contact with felines.

The two human cases were reported in the English counties of Berkshire and Hampshire, reports BBC News. Both people are seeking treatment, but Public Health England maintain that the risk of humans contracting TB from cats remains ?very low.?


The outbreak was flagged at a veterinary practice, which then offered to screen people for the disease. 24 people out of 39 accepted the screening.

The Mycobacterium bovis infection, or M. bovis, also causes TB in cattle and other livestock animals. Breathing in or ingesting bacteria from through contamination of cuts while handling infected animals or carcasses is how humans contract the disease. The U.K. outbreak involved nine cats belonging to nine separate homes.

So there you go. Cats were trailing way behind dogs to begin with, but now knowing they can pass along TB. Just great.

Mar. 27, 2014 2:16 pm

Two of my brothers are getting married this summer, so I face the unavoidable question of "When are you going to finally tie the knot?"

First, buzz off.

Second, this.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) ? A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Jordan Graham, 22, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder just before closing arguments during her December trial.

Prosecutors argued Graham was having second thoughts about her recent marriage to 25-year-old Cody Johnson when she lured him to a steep cliff in Glacier Park on July 7 and pushed him over.

Graham had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison at Thursday's hearing in Missoula. Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities.

Before he accepted her plea in December, the judge asked Graham to tell him what happened.

Graham said she decided to confront her husband about her marriage doubts, but she did not know how he would take it. She said the couple climbed down a treacherous slope below a popular spot in the park called The Loop and spoke on a narrow ledge, hundreds of feet above a ravine.

She told Johnson she was unhappy. They argued, and at one point, she said, he grabbed her by the arm, and she thought he was going to pull her.

She told the judge she got angry at Johnson, brushed his hand away, then pushed him, with one hand on his arm and one on his back.

"I wasn't thinking about where we were. ... I just pushed," Graham said.

Just pushed, huh? If you're angry and arguing with your significant other, do you really want to go hiking in a place where something like this could happen? It sounds like it's the scene out of a soap opera, or at worst, a crappy Lifetime movie.

Korean Haircut
Mar. 26, 2014 1:45 pm

As I've...matured...I've gotten a bit more particular about my haircuts. Growing up, I didn't even try to tame and contain my hair, but now that I have a real job, I've decided to actually pay for halfway decent haircuts. (Thanks Sara!)

There are plenty of people with different (and terrible) haircuts, but that's part of what makes us unique. So it's not too surprising that Kim Jong Un is trying to squelch that creativity out of the North Korean people.

He not only wants all North Korean men to have the same haircut, but he wants them to have his haircut. They used to be able to pick from a list of state-approved hairstyles, but no more. They have one choice.


According to

Pyongyang introduced the new law two weeks ago but is now rolling it out across the country. Unfortunately, some North Koreans may not be thrilled about the new look. According to a former Pyongyang resident now living in China, the Kim Jong Un cut is unpopular because it apparently resembles the style of Chinese smugglers. ?Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ?Chinese smuggler haircut,? the source told the Korea Times.

No Fun League
Mar. 25, 2014 3:59 pm

The NFL is getting to be a little ridiculous. No dunking on goalposts now? That's BS.


The NFL passed a pair of rule proposals at the 2014 NFL owners' meetings but they also managed to outlaw dunking on goal posts, apparently.

NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday that dunking on the goal post -- or using the goal post or crossbar as a prop -- will be illegal in 2014.

"That was grandfathered in. We put in a rule about five or six years ago about using the ball as a prop," Blandino said. "We grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap and some things like that. But dunking will come out. Using the ball as a prop -- or using any object as a prop, like the goal post or cross bar -- that will come out and that will be a foul next season."

I hope that players continue to do it, mocking the NFL each and every time. If they take away the Lambeau Leap, so help me god...

Odd Legislation
Mar. 24, 2014 2:36 pm

I know there are people that wonder what some politicians do all day, and I think I found the answer. They come up with bills like this, via

A Massachusetts state senator has filed a bill that could prohibit a divorcing parent from having sex in their own home.

Senator Richard J. Ross, a Wrentham Republican, filed by request Bill 787 which would pertain to the divorcing parent still living in the family home. It states:

In divorce, separation, or 209A proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.

A few questions.

1) What incident came up that Senator Ross felt like he needed to file this bill?

2) How would they possibly enforce this?

3) Are they against couples trying to reconcile?

4) Aren't there bigger issues they could be dealing with?

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