January 31, 2007
Record thus far: 19-21-2
Daddyï¿½s really been takinï¿½ it on the chin lately, going 1-2 on both of my last two nights of picks. Thatï¿½s how a slightly winning record becomes an embarrassingly losing record, and to quote a great MTV advertisement from a few months back, I deserved to be punched ï¿½right in my assey-face.ï¿½ Iï¿½m trying my hardest to end January ï¿½ which has been a cold, cold month, literally and figuratively ï¿½ on a strong note, so here go tonightï¿½s picks.
1) Denver Nuggets ï¿½2 at Portland Trailblazers
This game should be called the Super Bowl of NBA potheads, as the boys from the mile-high city take on the Trailblazers. OK, maybe that was a stretch, but at least Iï¿½ll be high as I watch my Nuggets ï¿½ who desperately need a win after a three-game losing streak ï¿½ defeat Portlandï¿½s best entity after Nike.
2) San Antonio Spurs ï¿½5 at Utah Jazz
This should be a sleeper as the most boring team in the NBA travels to the most boring city on planet Earth to do basketball battle. Although San Antonio has struggled all year against teams above .500, Utah is still playing without their star, Carlos Boozer. No Booze-Cruise, no win for Utah, itï¿½s as simple as that.
3) Chicago Bulls +3.5 at Los Angeles Clippers
Chicago ainï¿½t gonna be celebrating a Super Bowl victory this weekend, so letï¿½s give them a little bit of sports happiness while we can.
Please bet responsibly, although I probably wonï¿½t
This is my mantra each and every morning.
If I see ONE more freaking steel plate on West 10th Street on my way to work, Iï¿½m gonna flip.
I believe there are about 50 bajillion right now and you can bet thatï¿½s a cold, hard fact.
As the weather has gotten worse, so have the roads here in our dear city. Rather than repair them, however, metro Atlanta seems to prefer a half-ass approach of starting a repair project and then calling it a day by haphazardly throwing a hulking metal plate-thing over the gaping hole theyï¿½ve left in the road.
Youï¿½d think if Georgia was so intent on keeping massive amounts of cars on the road by not offering decent transportation alternatives like a rail line, the city could at least pretend to try to keep the roads in respectable shape, rather than shoddily patching them with large hunks of metal.
Love that little ditty my car makes when I go over them, though.
By now the news has broken that Duluth's fledgling theater company Red Clay Theatre has plans to make a musical of the town's most famous fiancee, Jennifer Wilbanks. The Runaway Bride: The Unauthorized Rock Opera is scheduled to open in October of 2007 with music and lyrics by Jamie Heck and music by Jeff Senf.
I feel compelled to point out this is not the first time someone has suggested musicalizing the Wilbanks saga. In this publication's Year in Culture issue in 2005, we suggested musicals productions of several ignominious local stories, including (and I quote):
"Runaway! The Musical. ï¿½The Runaway Brideï¿½ harks back to how a Duluth wedding became a national soap opera. In Act One, bereft groom John Mason croons Del Shannon's ï¿½Runawayï¿½ (rights pending). Jennifer Wilbanks' false claim that a Hispanic male kidnapped her becomes a saucy salsa number, and the curtain falls on ï¿½Community Service,ï¿½ Wilbanks' spirited dance with a lawnmower."
But hey, no need to thank us.
Sports Journalism Program Under Way at Morehouse
By Chad Sanders and Ashley R. Harris
Black College Wire
Morehouse College has become the home of a new Journalism and Sports Program, courtesy of filmmaker Spike Lee.
Lee, a 1979 Morehouse graduate and member of its board of trustees, donated $721,000 in seed money to jump-start the sports journalism program within the English Department at his alma mater. The first classes are now under way, with 20 students already enrolled. It is believed to be the first sports journalism program of its scope and size at any historically black institution of higher learning.
Read more here.
Got this news from former CL intern Yvonne Prabhu. At my alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill, I think sportswriting was part of the News/Editorial track ï¿½ and certainly not underwritten by a celebrity like Spike Lee. Pretty cool.
Oh really? Your feet are literally killing you? And you're literally freezing your ass off? If you think I'm literally splitting hairs, you should visit Literally, A Web Log, an Atlanta-based blog tracking abuse of the word "literally." It's updated irregularly, since much of the fumbling of this once-useful word occurs in unrecorded conversations among idiots, but it's important work these bloggers are doing. Creative use of language is great and necessary, since language has to evolve for society to evolve -- old words develop more nuance and new words solidify from slang. But if you ignore an established word's unique meaning and just use it for generic emphasis like you would "very" or "really," you're diluting our collective definition of it and weakening the precision of our language. And you just sound like a jackass, as in the case of this woman.
ATL-based corporation Cingular recently announced its name change to AT&T. To clear any troublesome confusion about the switch, our favorite TV anchor Steven Colbert gives it to us straight with a handy diagram.
Britainï¿½s GW Pharmaceuticals is working on creating drug from a strain of ganja that will suppress your appetite instead of giving you the munchies. And theyï¿½re looking for volunteers to test it on, so roll a fattie, Fattie, and sign yourself up.
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Monday that a bill has been introduced that will completely eliminate state income tax on retirement income of Georgians 65 and older by the year 2013.
State representatives Rich Golick and Larry O'Neal will sponsor the bill in the Legislature. Once completely phased in, the Senior Income Tax Credit will result in $142 million a year in tax relief and adds to the more than $2 billion in tax relief that the governor has delivered since taking office in 2003, according to a press release issued Monday by the governor's office.
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Monday that he will testify before the U.S.
Senate Finance Committee about the State Children's Health Insurance
Program on Thursday, Feb. 1, in Washington, D.C. Perdue will represent
the 17 states that comprise the Southern Governor's Association, which
he chaired in 2005.
"The State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as PeachCare in
Georgia, is an important partnership between the federal government and
state government that insures over 270,000 children in Georgia alone,"
Perdue said in a press release issued Monday by the governor's office.
"We stand ready to meet our commitment, and I will use this opportunity
to ask Congress to continue to fund this important program."
The State Children's Health Insurance Program is a federal program
created by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Georgia is one of 17 states
projected to experience a federal-funding shortfall while more than $1
billion remains unspent in the federal SCHIP program. This is enough
funding to cover the federal-funding shortfalls in all 17 states.
-- Max Pizarro
Delta Announces $2.5 Billion Commitment To Help Get It Out Of Bankruptcy
ATLANTA (AP) -- Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, said Tuesday it has obtained a commitment for $2.5 billion in exit financing as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy by the middle of this year as a stand-alone company.
The Atlanta-based company said the financing will be led by six financial groups ï¿½ JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, UBS and Barclays Capital.
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I hope the $2.5 billion also buys 3 more inches of legroom and clocks for the cockpit so they wonï¿½t delay so many goddamn flights.
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