Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday morning coffee

- Let's give a birthday shout-out this morning to actor Harry Morgan, who's 95. Morgan is best-known for his role as Colonel Sherman Potter on MASH. Morgan won an Emmy for his performance of the tough, yet fatherly, Potter.

- George Strait and running mates Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack rocked the Sprint Center in Kansas City last night. Over 19,000 fans packed the place for this mega-country show. Quick, name another performer like Strait, who basically just comes out and sings, who can fill an arena on a consistent basis? I can't think of one...which affirms the power of Strait's personal appeal, his songs and his singing craftsmanship.

- It's a big television Sunday tomorrow, so get your DVRs ready. The final season of The Tudors starts on Showtime at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Over on HBO, Treme, the new series from David Simon (The Wire) starts at 9:00 p.m. which is right after episode five of The Pacific. And, all of this will be happening after the conclusion of The Masters, on CBS, which right now has a ratings blockbuster leader board (Woods, Mickelson, Couples, Watson, Poulter, Westwood...among others.)

- Speaking of The Masters, yes, those are funky golf shoes being worn by Fred Couples. The Champions Tour player, who led after round one, is wearing shoes made by Ecco. They're spikeless and are more like a cross-training sneaker, which is one reason Couples was able to walk up and down Augusta's rolling fairways without any socks.

- Quote of the day: Phil Knight, head of Nike, on the controversial ad from his company which showed Tiger Woods staring straight at the camera appearing to listen to the voice of his late father, Earl Woods. Knight said, of the ad which has already been pulled off the air, "We like the ad. It certainly got people talking." Indeed...and isn't that the legacy approach of Nike's advertising? Personally, I found it creepy and a poor move by Team Tiger this week--the week of The Masters which is step one in remaking Woods' image in the eyes of the public.

- Tiger redux: I'm not sure that most understand the enormity of what Woods accomplished on Thursday at Augusta. To come out, after a hiatus from competitive golf since October, and shoot a personal first round best at a very difficult course, is amazing. Woods' shot, on the ninth hole, from off the fairway where he bent his ball around a grove of trees to get within ten feet of the hole, was something mortals just don't do. (And, to then make the putt for his birdie...) It was an incredible performance.

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