Monthly Archives: June 2011

NASCAR Dinosaurs

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I have to admit I’m surprised NASCAR has hung on like it hashas, but it’s definitely going the way of the gas-guzzling dinosaur. There just isn’t the interest anymore. I’m not sure the reasoning — cost of tickets, cost of travel, lack of interesting characters? But as someone who grew up with a dad obsessed with NASCAR, even I have to admit it’s not what it used to be, as he rarely turns on a race until the last few laps these days.

CHRIS PUMMER: NASCAR will probably continue to occupy the biggest motorsports niche in this country. Just don’t look for it to find actual parity with football, baseball or basketball for the affections of a much greater audience. Continue reading

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The Future of Radio

NAVA BRAHE: As an old college radio station alumna (Kingsborough Community College’s WKRB), I went through a period where I was deluded enough to think I could have a career in radio. That was during the mid-8os, just after MTV signed on, and “Video Killed the Radio Star”. I met a lot of great people, many of whom I’ve reconnected with thanks to social media, and I had a damn good time. Did I ever work a day in the business? No.

CHRIS PUMMER: Radio is dying because it sucks. Because the great local disc jockeys aren’t as local, which means they aren’t as great. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Refusing a Drink at a Party

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I know there are those of us on this list who do not drink– and I’m totally cool with that! Really! My question, though, is: is there a way of politely saying, ‘no thanks’ at a party when someone offers you a drink without actually saying, ‘no thanks, I don’t drink?’ Not to be picky, but they are not asking you if you drink. They are asking if you would like a drink. Is there a way to be lighthearted or blase about your refusal without making your host/hostess suddenly feel like a big ‘ol lush? Because while I love my non-drinking bretheren, I find that many of them have way of letting their non-drinking status be known that totally RECORD SCRATCH falls with a thud and kind of kills the conversation and makes for an awkward moment. Especially when the person offering them a drink is just being polite and trying to be a good host (generally speaking). and is not trying to pump you full of booze (generally speaking) until you black out and forget your own name. If they offer you a snack and you’ve don’t want any, you can say, ‘no thanks, I’ve already eaten.’ But to an offer of a beverage, I guess you can’t really say, ‘no thanks, I’ve been drinking in the car on my way here.’ Anyway. Deep Thursday Thoughts here. Anyone have a solution?

CHRIS PUMMER: No thanks. Also, your processed snack might be made with genetically modified corn, and I don’t eat that or gluten or meat or dairy or eggs or fish. You’re being a great host, though. Continue reading

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NHL Moves

CHRIS PUMMER: NHL salary cap clearing season has begun, and two teams that found themselves in the Stanley Cup Final just a year ago have had to part with key pieces of those postseason runs.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers both jettisoned high-paid parts to gain flexibility, but the Hawks look to be making stronger decisions in this regard. Continue reading

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This Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Today’s editorial in the Des Moines Register highlights a real problem for Michele Bachmann, who officially kicked off her presidential campaign this week. She’s not, as Ed Rollins would want you to believe, Sarah Palin, but…

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Gay Marriage, Cuomo Style

JESSICA BADER: For my parents’ generation, major historical moments always seemed to have the question “where were you when…?” attached. Even for me and my peers, things that took place before online social networking was the all-encompassing force that it is today, “where were you when…?” still mattered. But for recent paradigm-shifting events, that question seems archaic. Following the torrent of tweets and status updates Friday night as New York passed marriage equality reinforced my belief that this was both a huge tipping point and really not a big deal. Continue reading

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Gold Cup Final Thoughts

HOWARD MEGDAL: My strong suspicion is that the results of the 2011 Gold Cup will fade through history, while the tournament will come to be known as the Freddy Adu Emergence.

Really, how many people were talking about the group…

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week 4

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Week Four of So You Think You Can Dance revealed the season’s most pressing questions:

What on Earth was Cat wearing?
Does Debbie Reynolds’ entire wardrobe consist of sequined blazers?

And, of course, the question de…

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In Briefs: A Baby Story

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: There are nine hundred giant flat-screen televisions at my gym, and most of them seem to be on TLC. Can anyone explain to me the appeal of shows that follow a couple through their pregnancy to the birth of their baby and then the first few weeks after that? It’s like a boring home movie of someone I don’t know. What the helly hell?

CHRIS PUMMER: Been there. Done that shit. Twice now. I’m finished with it now, thanks.
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College World Series

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The College World Series debuted in its new home this past weekend, leaving behind storied Rosenblatt Stadium to begin a new history at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. After almost a full week of action, the field…

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