Changing Channels

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 to see things in the owner’s point of view in many respects.

That is to say, I appreciate how hard it is to start a business and all the things it takes to  build it into something successful.

I even think it’s OK to be wealthy. I want to be rich someday too and don’t think it’s something to be punished for!

From the beginning of this most recent NHL dispute, however, I have sided with the players for several key reasons.

Chief among them, is the owners’ arrogance in believing players should make up for the owners errors in establishing teams in markets where they don’t belong.

NHL commish Gary Bettman

Take both Florida clubs … please. And Arizona too while you’re at it. The owners took the risk in these dumb moves, they should take the fall/loss for them too.

Player salaries ballooning to 57 percent of league revenues? The owners fault, collectively.

They got out of control with their spending and are now punishing the players for it.

The players still gave in on several things, including cutting their pay back to 50 percent of league revenues, but the owners ‘all or nothing’ approach isn’t really negotiating. It’s nonsense, really, and they are acting like a bunch of babies who are willing to destroy a once great league.

Shame on them, because it seems the vast majority of the public will do fine without hockey.

Let me first say that I have always admired and enjoyed Bob Costas’ work as a sportscaster and sports talk show host.

The way he can shift gears from football to baseball and even the Olympics is impressive to watch and listen to.

One area he should stay out of however, is politics, including issues like gun control.

Costas entered the fray with his Sunday night halftime opinion, using columnist Jason Whitlock in part to state that if K.C. Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher didn’t have a gun he wouldn’t have killed his girlfriend or himself in Saturday’s horrific incident.

Whether Costas is correct or not, and he’s on shaky ground at least with the argument at all, the football arena isn’t the place for the discussion.

Costas comes off as just another liberal shooting from the lip, similar to Jim Lampley, who should also just  be satisfied making millions from his boxing work rather than spew his occasional nonsense.

Some would argue that guns aren’t the problem so much as who is holding them.

The same could be said for microphones, unfortunately.

What was the  worst thing Two And A Half Men actor Angus T. Jones said in his so-called religious rant this past week?

Probably the truth, because as they say … it hurts.

Angus Jones

“The enemy” (the devil) is coming to get your through your television set and no one should watch Two And A Half Men because the show is “filth.”

“If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men,” he said, according to Forerunner Chronicles. “I’m on Two and a Half Men. I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”

Jones is correct, much of TV, including CBS’ hit show IS filth and he deserves credit for having the courage to take it on.

What little I have seen of the show over the years portrays men as sex-obsessed and women as some kind of trophy or prize.

Jones shouldn’t be mocked if he has had some kind of religious conversion and seen the light.

Things can be seen much more clearly, in fact, when the glare of the television cameras are off.

The same can be said for the TV set, as well.

Larry Hagman

From a creative comedy like “I Dream of Jeannie” to the cutthroat drama “Dallas” one quality defined Larry Hagman’s career as much as any other: Fun.

The man seemed to genuinely enjoy his work up until the day he died, which was Friday. Hagman reportedly passed due to complications from cancer at age 81.

Hagman was remarkably different in the two shows, using a nervous laugh as he kept trying to put the ‘Jeannie’ back in the bottle, as it were, to having the confident swagger of J.R. Ewing, the character America often loved to hate.

For different reasons I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed either show as much as I did at the time.

But credit Hagman for a remarkable career in pulling off two amazing roles and being so loved in doing them by actors like his ‘brother’ Bobby on Dallas, Patrick Duffy, who issued this statement.

“Friday I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult, as Larry’s peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here. He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor.”