News: Britney Spears cracked up big time.
View: I curse Kevin Federline for ever meeting her. Don't get me wrong, she was never a favorite artist of mine, but she was just fine before she met that roody poo jabroni.
News: New U-M football coach Rich Rodriguez is in hot water over allegedly shredding some West Virginia football documents.
View: Shoulda hired Mitch Browning (now offensive coordinator at Syracuse, but until last year, he coached one of the Big Ten's better offenses as Minnesota's offensive coordinator). Browning's The Best Football Mind You've Never Heard Of and he's got a lot more Big Ten coaching experience. Not to mention that he didn't have six years left on his contract like Rodriguez did.
News: It's Giants vs. Packers in the NFC Championship, and Chargers vs. Patriots in the AFC, after the Cowboys and Colts suffer surprising losses this past Saturday.
View: I'll be surprised if it isn't Packers-Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI.
News: American Idol, season 7, is now underway.
View: I've seen only one really funny audition so far, James in Philly singing the spiritual, "Go Down Moses." All the other "bad" auditions I've seen have that "I've seen that already" feeling (the loud-mouthed boorish bitch from Hell who gives activists a bad name, stupidly-dressed people who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a TV camera, and people that are too nervous to perform in front of three people, so you know they won't perform well in front of 10,000).
News: The Detroit Tigers are boasting their best lineup in years.
View: The Edgar Renteria trade impressed me. The Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and four other prospects for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis deal, well, that hinges on Willis, who has been inconsistent--both in terms of performance and in terms of health. And what will Detroit do with Brandon Inge--make him a "superutilityman" like they did with him a few years back, or Tony Phillips during the '90s? I'm surprised the Tigers didn't keep a prospect or two and send Inge to Florida, which has a void at third base after dealing Cabrera.
News: The Hollywood writers' strike continues. Recently, four major studios cancelled the contracts they had with their writers, and the Golden Globes Awards were reduced to a non-televised news conference rather than the usual televised, glitzy ceremony.
View: Expect the networks to rely even more on "unscripted" entertainment (game shows and so-called "reality TV") in the future, plus shorter seasons of scripted shows. No, I don't like it one bit.
News: Right now, the six most likely candidates for the U.S. presidency are Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain.
View: I don't have any strong preference or vehement dislike of any candidate currently running, unlike eight years ago, when I wanted Sen. Bill Bradley vs. Sen. McCain, and got stuck with Gore vs. Dubya Bush, or 1988, when I wanted Sen. Gary Hart vs. Sen. Bob Dole, and got stuck with Dukakis vs. Bush-41. I just want a President that pays more attention to domestic policy (like fighting to give American jobs back to the American people instead of outsourcing them other countries just so the CEOs can pad their already fat wallets; giving New Orleans higher priority than Iraq; continuing to fight not only for tougher food and product safety laws, but actually allocating the money so people can actually enforce those laws).
News: In River Rouge, Michigan, an 18-year-old man and a few friends decided to give a 3-year-old a marijuana cigarette and videotape him smoking it.
View: This makes me sick. The teenagers obviously did this because they thought it would be funny. But they devalued someone else's life in the process, so are they really any better than murderers or thieves? What's more, the man only got 6 months' probation (supposedly because the prosecutors could not prove it was marijuana, even though last month, investigators had specifically said it was).