-- A-Rod gets chastised by the Yankees' general manager for exuberantly claiming he's finally ready to play some games. The Yankees like to control the message on injuries, you see, as is their right. But you suppose GM Brian Cashman would have told Derek Jeter to shut up if The Captain had done the same as A-Rod?
-- An estimated 13 million people watched Nik Wallenda do his tightrope thing over the Grand Canyon the other night. Imagine how many would have seen it had it not been on an obscure cable channel. But the key question remains, how many of those 13 million tuned in only to see if Wallenda would plunge to his death? No, it was more than that, says noted Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.
-- A show of hands: How many of you think Paula Deen used the n-word only once? Just asking.
-- Kicking myself for missing Steve Martin at UPAC the other night. I'm told not only did Banjo Steve show up, but so did Funnyman Steve. If you were there, tell me if you liked the show.
-- Survived 54 holes of golf on Saturday. Glad I did it; had done it once before; might try it again next season. But I'm only up for 18 holes this weekend.
-- Interesting watching Assemblyman Cahill play defense.
-- Radio next week: 6 p.m. Sunday (repeat 3 p.m. Monday) on WAMC Media Project. 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on WGHQ Kingston Community Radio.I'll remind you on Twitter. Follow me @IraFusfeld.