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Why? Because Gifford appeared on Palin’s ‘hitlist’ (targets for Palin and her followers) complete with a crosshair (like from a gun) targeting her and other democratic candidates.
Prayers go out to the Giffords family and for her recovery.
But one must ask – Does this hurt Palin’s election plans? I would say yes, brings them to a stunning halt. She supposedly sent her condolences via twitter or something but why? Palin is not in congress or even an elected official…? She did it to try and get ahead of what she knows is coming her way – a torrent of legitimate bad press about everything Sarah Palin.
Check out my list of the Best online soccer manager games on the web. It’s at Rateitall.com, a fun consumer based ratings website for anything in the world. The list contains my opinions and links to the 10 best soccer manager games on the web.
I want to weigh in on the NBC-Tonight Show debacle that’s been going on for, well months now. At the bottom of this post you will find Conan O’Brien’s letter to the ‘people of earth’ about the situation.
The only one that has handled this mess with class the entire time over the past months and years has been Conan. Recently, Jay has made ‘politically correct’ jokes about the matter, but he has been undermining Conan’s Tonight show for years before Conan even took over. It’s no secret that Jay has been disrespecting Conan, well since Conan came to NBC. When Jay was moved into his new prime-time time-slot, he continued to pounce on Conan in interviews; belittling his version of the Tonight show with under-handed remarks. Instead of being a gentleman and handing the show over with class and dignity like he should have, Jay proved that he had none. If he does get the Tonight show back, it will be a huge disaster leaving Jay with no class or self-respect (not that he has much left anyways).
Meanwhile, Conan has been nothing but respectful to Jay, even during this recent turn of events his jokes are aimed at NBC, not Jay. Personally? I think that if NBC doesn’t give the Tonight show to Conan at 11:30, they should let him out of his contract and if they don’t Conan should lock them up in court for years, essentially forcing their hand.
I think Fox would pay an incredible amount of money to lure Conan over to them,.. giving them a foothold in the one TV market they don’t have one in yet, late night. Not that Conan’s Tonight show isn’t his design, but at Fox I believe he would have even more control to really do things his way, it would be a great oppurtunity for him to start something completely fresh and new at a place that hungers for their own late-night show.
Here is to you Conan O’Brien, the only one at NBC who has remained with his class and dignity in tact, good for you! Here is Conan’s letter to the world below….
People of Earth:
In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.
A new game I have been playing online recently is called Trophy Hockey. If you like management games, especially sports management, then this game will hold some interest for you even if you don’t know anything about, or don’t particularly care for hockey.
You start off has the general manager of an open franchise of your choosing, with the option to change the name/city later on. You draft the players, set the lineup and advance in your career has a general manager. Pick up free agents, train your young prospects, pick a long term strategy, game-time strategies etc.
The game is by Trophy Games, who also make the great online football franchise simulation Trophymanager. So, like it’s soccer predecessor, Trophy Hockey is a sleek, well designed online game with no download, the emphasis on sports management obviously.
It’s easy to play and easy to get started, – sign-up for Trophy Hockey. The goal like in Trophymanager is to eventually advance your club season after season up through the divisions and eventually into the major league. Trophy Hockey is different though because in your career has a general manager, you yourself gain stats and reputation and can switch clubs if you want. It’s a fun easy to play game that any sports strategy nut will have fun playing.
As a child growing up in the Kansas city metro area in the 80′s and 90′s there was one sports hero who always stood above all others for me, – Tony Gonzalez. This week he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons.
So goodbye Tony G., goodbye to the greatest player that ever happened to this organization, and I know we won a Super Bowl with Len Dawson. On Sundays in KC for the past 10 years one thing was certain, Tony catches the ball, and he does it surrounded by three guys every time, right in the middle of the field. Week after week after week plugging away, the greatest warrior you could want is Tony Gonzalez. You’re my one true sports hero growing up Tony, so I just want you to know,…. good luck man, thanks for your hard work and Kansas City will miss you…
Recently, I have been playing the massively multiplayer online game Trophy Manager. If you like football (soccer), strategy games, sports simulation, and/or fantasy sports games, than you should at least give the game a try.
If you’ve played other football simulations like Hattrick for example, Trophy Manager is like Hattrick 2.0; there are more league games a week, more options for friendly matches and the whole thing moves quicker. It’s a fast-paced, well designed fun football game.
Own your own football club, buy and sell players on the transfer market, pick a training strategy, develop your own youth academy and lots more. Climb the ranks through the divisions season by season as your team progresses. Compete in your own country and with tens of thousands of other players worldwide. The forums are really friendly with plenty of people to give you advice and strategy tips.
It’s free to sign up, free to play and easy to get started—> Trophy Manager Signup. There is an option to pay a small fee that enables some extra features, but it’s not necessary. If you like strategy and sports games and haven’t played Trophy Manager, then you absolutely should.