Dan Patrick leaving ESPN

When I first heard this news, my initial reaction was “NO!!! Say it isn’t so!” The 2:00 pm hour of “The Dan Patrick Show” which is nicknamed “The Big Show” is easily the best hour of radio each day hands down. When Dan reconnects with his former “Sports Center” partner Keith Olbermann, the airwaves practically sizzle. I try to listen to DP whenever I can, but I never miss the podcast of “The Big Show”. I’ll only be able to do that until August 17th when Dan signs off.

There’s no official word what Dan Patrick will be doing when he cuts ties with ESPN. I’m not even going to mention the ridiculous ones, but I do want to talk about the one I hope is true. As someone wise pointed out, Don Imus really hasn’t been replaced. That would be amazing! Especially if his radio show was also simulcast on MSNBC like Imus. I mean, make the 9 am hour “The Big Show” replacement and then KO starts his work day there and wraps it with “Countdown“. Sweet! What a great way to bookend the day!

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Crossing my fingers…

RC

Deja vu all over again

Live Earth

So it’s 07/07/07 and, besides churches being booked up with brides wanting their grooms to have an easy wedding date to remember, it’s time for Live Earth: A Concert for a Climate in Crisis. As their web site states, “Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.”

But having already experienced Live Aid and The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, you begin to wonder what exactly these live events accomplish any more. “Let’s have a worldwide concert to help stop global warming by using thousands of lights, cameras, instruments that suck electricity!” I mean it’s a fun way to spend to a lazy Saturday, but I wonder if it all makes a difference. I sincerely hope it does and I believe global warming is a reality that everyone needs to acknowledge, but… We all know wearing a seatbelt can save your life and you should never, ever drink and drive, but that doesn’t seem to stop some people who should know better. Much like the war in Iraq, until global warming begins to personally impact individuals, it’s much too easy to forget after today.

RC

What a great celebration of the 4th!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In the place where Dreams Come True, more than 1,000 immigrants from dozens of countries will realize their dream of becoming United States citizens during a Naturalization ceremony on the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort.

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For the first time in its 35-year history, Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park will be the backdrop as Disney Parks and Resorts and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) jointly host a “Dreams Come True” swearing-in ceremony on the forecourt of Cinderella Castle. The event will be open to park guests on Independence Day morning.

Presided over by Director of USCIS Emilio Gonzalez, dreamers from more than 75 countries will raise their right hand and take the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens. The ceremony will feature the presentation of the colors, a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., the national anthem performed by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance. USCIS will also recognize Estefan and her husband Emilio as outstanding “Americans by Choice” for being exemplary naturalized citizens.

Besides the keynote address by Sen. Martinez, festivities will also include a stirring performance of “God Bless the U.S.A.” by singer Lee Greenwood.

To cap a star-spangled morning, a squadron of U.S. Air Force F-15s will streak across the sky as America’s newest citizens and their families join in their own July 4th parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

“What better day than Independence Day to celebrate the naturalization of 1,000 new American citizens,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “And what better place than Disney World, where dreams come true every day of the year. We are honored to participate as America bestows its greatest gift ??? the gift of citizenship.”

NOTE: In addition, the Voices of Liberty also sang and the new citizens all received the traditional Walt Disney World summer souvenir – The WDW rain poncho. You can watch the ceremony here.

RC

Rod Beck – Dead at 38

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Just today at lunch, Tom and I were discussing Sammy Sosa‘s comeback this year and that fabled 1998 baseball season when Sammy and Mark McGwire saved the sport of baseball. Now comes that word that one of the reason that the 1998 season was a great one for the Cubs is dead. Rod Beck, the All-Star right handed reliever, was found dead Saturday in his home. He was only 38. I had lost track of Beck when he went to the Padres so I was surprised to learn that he had left San Diego abruptly in 2004 for a two-month drug rehab stint.

Rob Beck was an “everyman” pitcher. His Fu Manchu mustache and mullet just told you that about him. I loved the way he bent over, swung his arm and glared at home plate as he was getting ready for his next pitch.

On the heels of the death of Josh Hancock and not so long after Ken Caminiti‘s passing, news like this takes you aback and makes you contemplate the true meaning of “playing hard” in baseball.

RC

What fresh hell is this?

I’ve been a Cubs fan for a very long time… Since the first game I went to when Billy Williams was playing first base… But this year’s team is already getting on my nerves. In a crappy division like the NL Central, they look even crappier (thank goodness the Reds are worse than that and keeping the Cubbies out of the basement… for now). And now they’re fighting each other in the dugout??? I thought Lou was going to smack some sense into these guys.

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RC