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October 2011 Archives

Be ‘Bristol’ Clear Bobby V: Only One God!

posted by mattaug

I know Bobby Valentine’s voice drives some people crazy, and others didn’t like him when he was manager of the New York Mets. But I think the ESPN analyst is pretty good … and he did a fine job leading […]

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Clutch Cards Capture Championship

posted by mattaug

I’ll admit it … I was rooting for the Texas Rangers to win their first World Series title. The great stories of superstar Josh Hamilton and manager Ron Washington and a team that had still not won a title after […]

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Beavis and Butt-head … TV going backwards

posted by mattaug

I told the bosses at BN when I was approved for this gig … writing TV features, that is … that I would find inspiring things to write about. Well, today won’t be one of those days. That’s because tonight […]

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When Will Michael Lohan Learn?

posted by mattaug

You may have noticed the headline to this feature is very similar to the other day when I asked “When Will Lindsay Lohan Learn?” Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s dad, “deserves” his own stories after getting arrested again Thursday after allegedly contacting […]

Confused About NBC’s Rock Center

posted by mattaug

I am a big fan of TV news magazine shows like Dateline, 20-20 and I still watch parts of 60 Minutes after all these years. I am glad NBC is giving a go to another program of that ilk in […]

‘Lost’ Actors Are Found

posted by mattaug

It’s hard to believe it’s been a while since the drama Lost went off the air. I am noticing some of the actors popping up in new, or “newish”, shows though. The new edition of Hawaii Five O boasts a […]

Trust The Gordon Restaurant Man

posted by mattaug

My oldest brother is not going to be happy with me for this, as he doesn’t suffer fools or celebrity chefs lightly, but I enjoy watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. Augie, Sacramento’s first-ever four-star chef a few years […]

N.Y. Jets’ Off The Hook With Media

posted by mattaug

It’s funny, or not, that the team that took a season of Hard Knocks on HBO can’t even seem to take soft hits anymore. At least it would have been nice if the team had won its long-suffering fan base […]

Bryant Gumbel Goes Too Far … Again

posted by mattaug

It finally may be time for Bryant Gumbel to go. The long-time broadcaster, at one time with NBC’s Today Show and most recently of HBO’s Real Sports, has made hateful and disturbing comments before but he may have hit a […]

When Will Lindsay Lohan Learn?

posted by mattaug

She was a super-cute kid actress who turned into a beautiful woman … unfortunately not on the inside. Lindsay Lohan was taken from an L.A. courtroom in handcuffs Wednesday and had bail set at $100,000 after  her probation was revoked […]

Money Can ‘Ad’ Up Doing Commercials

posted by mattaug

First of all, I’ll just come clean on something … I am VERY jealous of Chris Berman. The ESPN “personality” broadcasts the top sports for top dollars and then makes EVEN more money appearing in ads. He can even get […]

‘Downsized’ A Good Fit For TV

posted by mattaug

Reality TV has spawned plenty of garbage, but WE’s Downsized isn’t one such program. The program shows the real-life struggles of a decent hard-working family living near Phoenix, AZ. Todd and Laura Bruce and their seven children lived well before […]

HDNet’s Rather Compelling At Times

posted by mattaug

Dan Rather comes with lots of baggage as far as myself and many others are concerned. The former CBS News anchor was so relentless in his pursuit to make George Bush and his son look bad, it actually made HIM […]

Car Dealerships ‘Auto’ Know Ads Better

posted by mattaug

Bru-tal, or as I would say in my classic rock days … Jethro Bru-tull. That’s the best way to describe “local” auto dealership ads across the country. Having lived in New York, California and North Carolina I have seen some […]

How Tweet It Is, To Hear From You Dicky V!

posted by mattaug

I thought it was pretty cool to get a tweet from ESPN’s Dick Vitale Saturday afternoon, not long after I blogged that I didn’t care too much for his and colleague Lee Corso’s self-promoting ways. To be specific, I just […]

Not Into Hype-Machines Vitale, Corso

posted by mattaug

I REALLY enjoy college football and basketball. I REALLY don’t care for some people who feel the need to hype the sports with their own shows of bravado or self-promotion, however. The two biggest offenders in the “look at me” […]

J.R. Martinez: Dancing With The Stars Hero

posted by mattaug

The judges are kind of obnoxious at times and you need to appreciate dance to fully enjoy it, but Dancing With The Stars definitely has one hero to root for this season: Iraqi war veteran J.R. Martinez, who suffered burns […]

Care To Comment? Many Do

posted by mattaug

One of the fun and/or challenging parts of writing a blog is getting comments about them. I am happy to report Changing Channels is up to 200 comments, which is more than the number of blog posts I have written. […]

Herm’s A Strong Cain-didate

posted by mattaug

OK, so Chris Christie and Sarah Palin will stay out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. There is still plenty to like about the candidates that ARE running, including former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Cain is […]

Al Roker Makes My (To)day

posted by mattaug

He may be a weatherman, but perhaps no one is better at improv comedy than NBC’s Al Roker. Just watch the way he talks to people on the plaza during the Today show. One of his best lines came the […]

Are You Ready …. To Be Censored?

posted by mattaug

Let me make one thing perfectly clear … as President Nixon used to say: I was no big fan of Hank Williams over-the-top musical intro to Monday Night Football … it was obnoxious and over the top to me. To […]

Goodbye, Andy Rooney! Farewell, 60 Minutes?

posted by mattaug

I couldn’t let the final night of Andy Rooney’s weekly commentary on 60 Minutes go without commenting. Rooney was enjoyable, even Jerry Seinfeld-like when doing segments on simple day-to-day matters. At his best, there was genius in his simplicity. When […]

“Phil Fun-phy” Is Inspiring, Funny

posted by mattaug

I can’t and won’t watch the ABC comedy Modern Family‘ in its entirety. I have my reasons, but that is for another blog post perhaps. The snippets I have seen of one of the dad’s, Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) , […]

Puck-er up? U-verse NHL Fans Can’t

posted by mattaug

I don’t like to take shots at my TV provider … again … but I am forced to ….again. That’s because U-verse lost its deal to carry NHL Network Friday, just days before the puck is set to drop on […]

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I just noticed that the late, great Sammy Davis Jr's birthday, Dec. 8, came and went over the weekend. I miss the talented man, who broke down racial barriers through high great singing, dancing and even acting skills. Yes, even the ...

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Daymond John Is One Cool 'Shark'
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On Thin Ice: Are NHL Owners Bargaining In Good Faith With Players?
I'm a strange 'cat', I'll admit it. Just ab0ut completely broke all the time, yet I am as conservative as the day is long. And I always will be. In a similar way, I have always been among the working middle class, or poor, lol, but tend ...

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