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Hulk Hogan & NBC Grant My Wish

It was only a few days ago that I wished that someone bring back the retro sports show American Gladiators. Well, apparently someone at NBC (and in reality it was at Reveille) thought the same thing. Thanks to Ben Silverman, NBC is working on a mid-season show hosted by Mr. Hulkamania that will pit your average Joe against the beefed up gladiators.

No word on whether Gemini, Nitro, Sabre, Siren, or Zap will reprise their rolls from the original series. Rumors are swirling that Brian Bosworth, Ickey Woods, Bo Jackson, Kerri Walsh and Serena Williams will appear on the show further extending their sports careers.

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Knight Rider & NBC Team Up For Retro-Awesomeness

Knight Rider and NBC Retro-Awesomeness

Word broke this week that NBC is in the works to produce a remake of the 80’s classic Knight Rider show. Not much information is available except to say that The Hoff won’t leading this version and that KITT will have Transformers capabilities (i.e., will be able to change its shape).

While I LOVE the Knight Rider remake idea (uh, hello A Team remake?), I’m not sure how I feel about the conceptual merge with Transformers. I think someone thought a bit too far outside the box on that one; I’m sure the same exec wanted to do a Strawberry Shortcake remake/remix with Jem & The Misfits.

Oh, and while I’m on the topic of retro-awesome shows that need a modern comeback touch (a la Knight Rider) I must mention American Gladiators. I can just see Mark Burnett remixing that show with Survivor, awesometown!

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W-O-R-K Virus & Its Eliminators (W-I-N-E & B-E-E-R)

I received the following via email from my mother, rather funny given my horrible workload recently as well as the upcoming long, holiday weekend.

Health Alert!

There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand.

The virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely.

If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend… cheers!

Hello NBC & News Corp, Hulu… Seriously?

NBC Universal (my employer) and News Corp (aka Fox) formed a partnership early this year (aka NewsSite) and have finally given the site a name… Hulu. You heard me correct, Hulu. Well, I won’t poke too much fun a the nonsensical name, but for now all the site shows is a form to signup to be in the beta test. No videos, no movies, just a billboard. I’ll just have to sit here with my hands on over my mouth (to keep from laughing at the name) and wait until there’s actual content on the site.

As a side note, for those of you wondering if “hulu” is an actual word or not… it is. Its the Chinese name for one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not for food but as a container. What is the English name of this plant? Well, since you asked I’ll tell you. Calabash. And get this, NBC & Fox will have their videos, movies, etc. hosted on a website named after a plant that natives in West Papua, New Guinea dry into a gourd and use as a traditional penis covering that they call a koteka.

Wonderful work Marketing & PR folks. I can’t wait to watch videos on my penis gourd.

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Keith Olbermann’s Back In Sports!

The top notch publication that is The Baltimore Sun has reported that Keith Olbermann will be getting back into the sports TV journalism business. when he reports as part of the NBC Sunday Night Football pregame program, Football Night in America. Mr. Olbermann currently hosts Countdown on MSNBC and appears on the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, but this will be his triumphant return to TV sports journalism since he left Fox Sports in 2001.

I think this is a great way for NBC to leverage Keith’s previous sports journalism experience and improve their SNF programming with his creativity, wit, and general ability to speak his mind (when many are too afraid to say what they’re thinking).

Great work NBC and good luck Keith!

Olbermann on “Fightin Whities”
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Free Coffee, Great Rates!

I feel like I’m commenting on a horrible rendition of the famous Tastes Great, Less Filling commercials from Miller Lite…

Well, its free coffee if you happen to live in NYC, LA, Philly or (oddly enough) the burgeoning metropolis of Wilmington, Delaware. And even if you live in one of those cities/hamlets, you still need to trek to the one ING Direct cafe in that area.

Either way, their Peets Coffee is quite amazing and at worst a change of pace when compare to Starbucks.

BTW, according to Wikipedia the population of NYC is 8.1 million, LA is 3.7 million, Philly is 1.4 million, and Wilmington is 0.7 million. And according to the 2000 Census data of cities ranked by population NYC is #1, LA is #2, Philly is #5 and Wilmington didn’t even make the list (which is odd, but kinda funny).

So, how does ING Direct chose Wilmington to house one of its only four cafes in the US? Well, it’s where their US headquarters are and I’m guessing that’s due to the tax breaks in Delaware. You want my guess though? It’s gotta be because of the Delaware Smash, their famous World TeamTennis team. Right, World TeamTennis, that’s what brings me to Delaware.

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Mindless Timehole

You heard me right, “mindless timehole”. That’s about all I can say for the Blue Ball Machine. Its seemingly endless mousetrap-like shoots & ladders passageways for the blue balls is quite complex, but somewhat enjoyable.

Go ahead, follow a blue ball and see where it goes. And when you’re done, realize that you just wasted 12 minutes of your life following a blue ball around a webpage. You got it, “mindless timehole”.

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Get Paid To Drink Beer

Are you able to choke down enjoy a pint of Guinness? If you do, then look no farther… you can get paid to drink Guinness!

Check it out here.

Get $3 off Guinness? Brilliant!

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High Levels of Prolactin is Good!

Worried about dementia? Do you have a family history of degenerative conditions? If you don’t like crosswords or running, then you’ve only got one option left…

according to a professor in Australia, certain “physical activities” help create and nurture new nerve cells in the brain. This is a good thing. “One could think of a number of more entertaining activities than running in order to regulate the production of nerve cells” says the Aussie.

So, to recap, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s bad, sex good. Class dismissed.

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Sheffield Exonerated, BoSox Fans Not

Many of you out there remember the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers brawl in the NBA last fall. It was certainly unforgivable for all involved – players and fans. There have been several sports-related brawls in recent memory and all of them very unnecessary. I must admit that many of those brawls were started by either a player or a fan and then promptly escalated quickly when all involved acted irresponsibly.

Now fast forward to today when the brawl (or scuffle) of note is the one involving two Boston Red Sox fans and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees. In my humble opinion the Red Sox fans acted irresponsibly and Gary Sheffield showed a large amount of restraint in not fiercely fighting back.

The MLB and local Boston police seem to agree with me as Gary will not be fined or suspended and the two Red Sox fans lost their 2005 season tickets and are being charged with misdemeanor crimes. So, congrats to Gary for showing some restraint and a warning to all those fans out there who think they’re above the law — you can and will be prosecuted.