“News” Update

In recent news:

First: ESPN has canned the LeGarrette Blount video from my previous post.  My apologies…you can watch this instead.  Totally unrelated, but much more lighthearted.

Second: I’ve realized that I can see the future: it’s quite possible that my life will turn out to be a mashup of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock.”  If this is true, I’ll work for a TV show or station and live in Minneapolis or New York (or maybe in the middle: Cleveland?) and still be single at 35 or so.  I’ll probably have Liz Lemon’s passion for food and Mary Richards’ work ethic.  Only time will tell, but I won’t complain if I somehow end up like Liz and Mary.

Third: This New York Times article should have been on the front page of every newspaper in the country, if you want my opinion.  It described a reporter’s findings of what New Yorkers read while they ride on the subway.   Of course, most people wouldn’t have cared, and it’s not really that important, but if you like big cities and/or books and/or people watching, give it a go.  I was fascinated.  If you read it, let me know your thoughts; what would you read?

Fourth: Speaking of New York, the US Open tennis tournament is happening right now.  I know college football opened its season this weekend, but you should take the rest of the week to watch some tennis: 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin is kicking some major butt.

Melanie Oudin

She has beaten 4-seed Elena Dementieva, 29-seed Maria Sharapova, and 9-seed Nadia Petrova en route to the quarterfinals.  Oudin is from Georgia, and she seems to be extremely motivated, well-spoken and gracious.  She plays again on Wednesday, and I’ll be watching; the future of American tennis is looking bright.  Do you think a sparkling new player like Oudin might make the sport more relevant in America today?  Aside from Venus, Serena, and Andy Roddick, we haven’t got much.   I’m hoping Oudin’s amazing US Open performance signals a changing of the guard in American tennis.

If any more pressing news items appear today, I’ll be sure to let you know about them.  Until then, I’m off to deal with this weird feeling that comes knowing the rest of my family is at at work or school while I still enjoy summer.

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