Friday, June 25, 2010

Wrapping up another week

Idle musings as another work week winds down:

- Really!? A second-grader in Rhode Island violated the school's no-weapons policy. How? He glued toy soldiers to his hat as a theme for a class project. School officials, however, objected to the tiny guns displayed by the soldiers, citing a "zero tolerance for weapons."

- Quote of the week: Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, received a phone call from the UGGA before last week's tournament at Pebble Beach, asking him to return the trophy. Glover, however, let it slip that he had a memory lapse, saying, "I was supposed to do it when I was home and I forgot."

- Speaking of the Open, noted sports reporter and author, John Feinstein, wrote this in Golf World about what likely was Tom Watson's final U.S. Open appearance at Pebble Beach, site of Watson's only Open win in 1982. "The once stoic Midwesterner made no attempt to hide his tears as the cheers washed over him. He knew the week was about more than a last missed birdie putt or where he finished. What mattered was the hug with Michael (his son, who also caddied for him last weekend) on the 18th green on almost the exact spot where Watson hugged (Bruce) Edwards after their 1982 victory. It was sweet then and it was sweet now--a moment more than worthy of the many tears that were shed."

- Did you know that today is the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson? It doesn't seem that it's been a year.

- In the wacky world of celebrity pairings, The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka and fiance, Vienna, have called it quits. She apparently called Pavelka a "fame whore." Hmm...OK. Elsewhere, Jesse James is moving to Austin where, yep, estranged wife Sandra Bullock resides. And, actress Megan Fox and actor Brian Austin Green are engaged for a second time after calling off the first, three-year engagement. What does this all mean? I have no clue, although the "fame whore" part is pretty funny...

- I can somewhat rationalize why Sherron Collins wasn't drafted last night in the NBA Draft given concerns about injury issues plus his propensity to gain weight. But, seriously, isn't Collins a safer, smarter pick than Dexter Pittman or Andy Rautins? And, what of Scottie Reynolds of Villanova--a first-team All American who did not get picked!? You can throw Denis Clemente of Kansas State into this mix and I'd say, "I wouldn't mind having a backcourt of those three guys," all of whom will seek out an NBA team on their own.

- Speaking of the NBA Draft, the vuvuzela made it's way into that televised event last night at Madison Square Garden. Although spectators didn't use them in the steady drone we've come to love at the World Cup, they did make their horn's presence known during several of the selections.

- If you're a man and looking for a quick kick in the self-esteem department, look no further than the current edition of The Atlantic. The cover story is titled "The End of Men." The story says that the new economy values "social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus"--all traits found more often in women than in men. During the recession, around 75% of the eight million jobs lost belong to men. The magazine contends that women "dominate" colleges and professional schools, with three women receiving a B.A. degree for each two men.

- Set your DVRs now--there are several classic movies coming up over the next two weeks. On Thursday, July 1, Rebel Without A Cause will air at 7 p.m. CT on TCM. The film stars James Dean with a cast including Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and the recently deceased Dennis Hopper. The Paper Chase, for which John Houseman won an Oscar, airs on Tuesday, July 6, 7 p.m. CT, FMC. And, Vertigo, perhaps Alfred Hitchcock's best, is on Saturday, July 10, 5:30 a.m., Cinemax.

- Also on the small screen, Entourage begins season seven on Sunday night on HBO. It's the next-to-last season for Vince, Ari and the boys.

1 comment:

  1. That Rhode Island school district needs to realize that they have just negatively impacted a child's life. 7-8 year olds are still incredibly impressionable, and now this kid realizes that his school will go to no ends to enforce the letter of the law, even if it is in regards to a plastic toy the size of your big toe, all the while I bet they allow bullies in all grades to run rampant and terrorize kids on the playground.

    On an unrelated note, the spell checker built into Firefox just told me that "Rhode" is misspelled. LOL...