- Yes, I know that more is being made of the Steven Slater story than perhaps is warranted. But, it does bring to mind the origin of the line "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" In case you've never seen the movie, it's Network and the sentiment is voiced by the late Peter Finch, who won an Oscar for his role as Howard Beale.
- Speaking of air travel, I was on four different flights this week and every one of them was completely packed. No wonder travelers and flight attendants are grouchy at one another.
- It's looking more and more like Shania Twain will assume a judge's chair on American Idol as, reportedly, negotiations with Jennifer Lopez have broken down. Steven Tyler is still in the mix as well although, according to TMZ, he wants Idol execs to "lay out the bread" if they want him to come onto the show.
- Dexter McCluster looks to be the most exciting addition to the Chiefs roster this season. The team, however, was less than impressive in the opening exhibition game tonight versus the Atlanta Falcons.
- Mike Kelly has a radio voice. He should stay on radio because his, ahem, physical presence isn't made for television. No offense to Kelly--some folks are just meant to be on radio (e.g., Royals announcer Bob Davis.)
- New USC Athletics Director Pat Haden revealed that dishonored Trojan alum Reggie Bush reached out and talked with Haden by phone. Haden described Bush's comments as "contrite." It truly is sad to see Bush's college legacy tarnished as the guy was an incredible presence on the football field. (And, of course, on the field was where Bush wasn't in a key third-down situation in the 2006 Rose Bowl versus Texas, which USC ultimately lost. The offensive coordinator on that USC staff was none other than current Trojan head coach, Lane Kiffin, and was the first well-publicized example of when Kiffin's ability to coach on game day came into question.)
- Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO at Hewlett Packard, is in a fierce battle for the U.S. Senate in a fall California election versus Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. However, Fiorina's former employer is contributing more to Boxer's campaign. The HP Political Action Committee has donated more to Boxer--about $7,300 compared to the $2,900 for Fiorina.
- According to a new survey by Morpace, 34% of AT&T iPhone users are waiting for the phone to be available on another carrier before upgrading.