Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday morning coffee

- We're getting close, sports fans--college football starts this week. Stay tuned to see some of my thoughts about the upcoming season. We'll preview the Big 12 and Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State in the days to come.

- The Emmys are tonight and here's hoping that Friday Night Lights finally gets recognized.

- Do you have to be "mean" to be a good athlete? The sports page of today's Kansas City Star seems to be immersed in the whole topic of whether "good guys" can succeed in sports. And, this week's Sports Illustrated has a cover story on the Cincinnati Reds titled "Time to Get Mean." Attach a comment if you have an opinion.

- Well, this is disappointing. Famed activist Erin Brockovich reportedly owes $2,600 in back taxes, according to the State of California. Of course, given the budget situation of the Golden State, I'm sure they're bird-dogging tax debts rather vigilantly these days.

- People who I wish we never read about or viewed in the media again: the Kardashian sisters, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Bristol Palin, anyone from Jersey Shore as well as any Real Housewives reunion.

- Facebook is not only under attack via the big screen, but now perhaps by Google. Kevin Rose, the tech entrepreneur who founded Digg, tweeted that "Google to launch Facebook competitor soon." If it happens, the duel would pit the world's dominant search company against the world's dominant social networking site. (The reference to the big screen has to do with the upcoming film, The Social Network, which portrays Facebook's founding in a rather unflattering manner.)

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