Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mid-week musings

- I'm goin' rogue with these idle musings for you. (Sorry, I was just trying to figure out how to use the title of Sarah Palin's new book in a sentence.)

- It's going to be interesting to observe the holiday retail season this year. I went in Sak's, Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom's and Macy's in San Francisco this week, in addition to several other stores. Only Macy's and Nordstrom's had any appreciable traffic. I literally was the only person in the store at Sak's Mens Store and in Brooks Brothers.

- It's not a question of "if" Mark Mangino will be fired at Kansas, it's only now a question of "when." He's currently twisting in public view and will not recover from the accusations being made by current and former players, and parents.

- The current, very public advertising and legal battle between AT&T and Verizon is deja vu--it's very, very similar to the battles between AT&T and MCI in the long distance wars of the early 1990's.

- I just finished Roy Williams' new book. It's a quick, interesting read although Ol' Roy still has a tendency to frequently refer to himself in the third person.

- Speaking of retail, I went to Costco on Sunday afternoon and it looked like the day before Christmas--the place was packed.

- Oprah Winfrey will announce tomorrow that she will quit her daytime talk show at the end of the 2011 season, her 25th year on the air. Maybe Oprah could join Jay Leno on his ill-fated 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT talk show?

- It's been an eventful week for sports in the Kansas City area--Zack Greinke wins the Cy Young Award in baseball, Chiefs malcontent Larry Johnson ends up signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, Mangino-gate begins in Lawrence, Dwayne Bowe gets suspended by the NFL and the Jayhawks mens basketball team will have to deal with the Sports Illustrated cover jinx as the pre-season #1 pick by that magazine.

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