Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend leftovers

* I'm driving home Friday night. I didn't check the clock, but it was between 6 and 7, a time I'm infrequently in my car and rarely tuned to Kingston radio station WKNY. So I'm not certain who was on the air, nor do I know if it was a local program. What little I heard was a discussion between two men, both well-spoken, both apparently on the conservative side of the aisle. Apparently conservative? Nothing "apparently" about it. One of them believes Barack Obama is a communist. Not a socialist, a communist. I would say for this guy at least, the president-elect does not get a honeymoon.

* I'm flipping around the channels Sunday afternoon. I haven't paid much attention to pro footbal pre-game shows since Jimmy the Greek, Brent Musberger, Irv Cross and Phyllis George were on CBS. I sampled the James Brown crew on CBS and the Curt Menafee team on Fox. Here's my question: What's so funny? What are these guys laughing at? I mean, Terry and Jimmy and Howie and Boomer and Shannon and whoever else is on the sets are in stitches. Again, what's so funny?

* Here's something I liked about the Fox post-game program: Yes, that was Charles Davis, New Paltz High School graduate, in the expert's chair for college football talk. Charles was a multi-sport star athlete when I was covering the high schools a couple of decades ago. He went on to be a big time football player at the University of Tennessee, and his off-field career has been on the ascent ever since. The last few years he's been a quality TV guy. And when he phoned me a year or so ago for some historical data on his dad, Frank, who was one of the scholastic coaches I particularly enjoyed being around, it was the same old Charles, still too politely calling me "mister." I had zero to do with his success, but I'm proud of it nonetheless.

* I think I've had it with Brian Williams on NBC's Nightly News. Too wordy and flowery. Takes too long to get to a point. I'm finding Katie Couric's CBS' newscast better and better. I'm also more impressed each week with George Stephanopolous' Sunday morning program over on ABC. Bob Schieffer on CBS still has a fastball on CBS. But I'm afraid NBC's Tom Brokaw is slipping. It will be fascinating to see who is tabbed as the new permanent host of Meet the Press.
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