Thursday, March 11, 2010

Finishing up the week

- Boy, I'm stunned...reports on say that Tiger Woods could very likely return to golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on March 25. Didn't certain prognosticators, including this blogger, suggest that the Bay Hill tourney, which Woods has won six times, would be a good tune-up prior to participating in the first major of the year, The Masters?

- Show of hands--who's excited that Brooke Burke is replacing Samantha Harris as co-host on this season's Dancing With the Stars? (Yep, that would be my hand up in the air...)

- Red licorice lovers--check out Darrell Lea Soft-Eating Strawberry Licorice, found at Target. The stuff is killer...

- You all realize that if the NCAA Tournament does indeed expand to 96 teams that you'll see squads like Colorado, Texas Tech, Minnesota and other middle-of-the-packers in the Big Dance. And, that will sell tickets? The reality here is that ESPN is sniffing around the tournament should CBS decide it's paying too much, and ESPN would love to have the programming of one more weekend of tournament play.

- Further, if the NCAA tournament is expanded, all of this drama taking place in Madison Square Garden, Sprint Center, Greensboro Coliseum and elsewhere will be totally irrelevant. Will the potential TV revenue of a new deal with ESPN offset the revenues, and excitement, of the post-season tournament system?

- If you were a fan of Band of Brothers, the collaborative effort by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg to bring to life Stephen Ambrose's book on the European theater in World War II, tune in Sunday night to The Pacific. This new HBO program is to the Pacific front in WWII as Brothers was to the European action.

- I'm not sure why but I'm a fan of the Old Spice body wash campaign. It's goofy but appealing to the young male target audience.

- the college hoops squad with more McDonald's All-Americans than conference victories. Yes, that would be the North Carolina Tarheels, losers in the 1st round of the ACC Tournament to Georgia Tech.

- Quote of the day: Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS, said "Football isn't a tournament sport," on Kansas City sports talk radio 810-AM, even though he later acknowledged that a tournament system is in place for football in the lower NCAA divisions. Hancock was on 810 discussing the pros and cons of a post-season college football playoff.

- It's official--Betty White will host Saturday Night Live on May 8.

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