I’m a grown man. I should be above it. But I just love when media figures take each other on like professional wrestlers.
If you haven’t paid attention, Keith Olbermann has spent the past couple of years trying to get under Bill O’Reilly’s very thin skin — and it has worked. The latest incident had a caller to the “The Factor” radio show mention Olbermann’s name, which caused O’Reilly to go off. The coffee-cup peddler finished by saying that he would contact the local authorities to tell them he was being harassed by the caller. He also mentioned that Fox security would get a hold of the guy (which they subsequently did).
So I guess the rule is that if a radio talk show host doesn’t like the caller, it’s harassment and should be dealt with by some security goon. Nice. We Report. You Decide. Well I’ve decided this is disgusting behavior by O’Reilly. Billy should stick to his TV show where he can control the content. Oh yeah — he gives the guest the last word. My bad.
In another media slugfest, Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony morning shows have been going at it. O&A have hated Stern ever since Infinity Broadcasting (both shows were with the company at the time) told them they couldn’t bring up Stern’s name on-air, because Howard didn’t want them to. (Mr. Freedom of speech?)
Now the word is that Opie and Anthony might become CBS/Infinity’s new choice to fill the Howard Stern void. While I’m not sure how their XM show will be cut down for the broadcast airwaves, it’s a lot better choice than hiring David Lee Roth. Both O&A and Howard discuss each other on their shows now, generally making for good radio.
Let me say that the best show on satellite radio is the one that follows O&A, Ron and Fez. Host Ron Bennington is the smartest, funniest host I’ve heard in this type of format, plus sidekick Fez Whatley is a great sidekick for him to play off.
I know that many here have enjoyed the World Baseball Classic, but it just hasn’t captured me. I can’t wait for the real game to begin in a couple of weeks. I actually think that the WBC has taken away from the natural build-up for Opening Day that Spring Training usually brings. I was for the idea, initially, but I would shed no tears if it ends after its initial year.
One thing that kills the WBC is that college basketball is at its peak when it’s going on. By the way, I hate my tourney bracket picks this year and there is no way I’m ever going to win. I know I will be branded as a homer, but I can honestly say I’ve never chosen Iowa to make it past the second round since 1987. You can’t pick Connecticut and Duke for the final game and expect to win the pool. Here is my Final Four:
Connecticut over Villanova
Memphis over Iowa
National Champ: Connecticut
The only team I feel strongly about is the Huskies. I’m not a fan of the other teams in Villanova’s region, as I don’t think Ohio State or BC can beat the Wildcats. I like Kansas, but they are so young. UCLA has a favorable draw, playing close to home, but they haven’t faced a team this year that is as athletic and aggressive as Memphis, so I barely lean towards the Tigers. Duke is just not as good as usual, while Texas doesn’t have a pass-first point guard, which is a must in the tourney. Iowa has been the best defensive team in college basketball this year, plus they have been shooting better ever since Jeff Horner found his stroke. Iowa could lose in the first round, but they are the kind of veteran, defensive team that I like to go with in the tourney.
The Old Adventures of New Christine is the worst name ever for a sitcom. It’s confusing, hard to say, plus the word Old is not something you want to put in your title when you’re trying reach younger viewers. Ah, network programmers. What a bunch of net-wits.
American Idol is down to three people who can win the thing: Chris, Paris, and Katherine. Paris is a little dynamo and could wind up the best in a few years, but she’s 17 and I think she’s a bit too immature to win the whole thing. It’s a lot of fun to watch Chris belt out his album rock, week after week, but I just don’t see the Idol part of his talent. If the show was called Rock God he would have already wrapped it up, but I just don’t think he’s teenie-bopper material. Katherine was great last night and has a real charm to her. She has the pipes and it doesn’t hurt that she is sexy as hell. Take her out of the hippie dress from last night and put her in something a bit slinkier and that could be the final step on her way to being the newest AI.