What hype?


I’ve taken a sick day today, so I’m watching the NFL Network coverage of Super Bowl week. Several news conferences are broadcast live, which unfortunately gives people a glimpse into the kind of biting questions asked by some people who make their living as journalists. This afternoon, Alicia Keys and Jordan Sparks were announced as the pre-game entertainment, an event usually covered by the B-squad anyway, but still…

Lynne Miller (Ironstar) – “First of all, I love you. I think you’re fantastic….” It didn’t get better. She wanted to know what was in their iPods.

Amanda Jahn (Channel 3 News) – “First, you guys are so beautiful…” Why even bother with what her question was?

Yetta Gibson (Fox Phoenix) – “How ya doin? Where are your seats? And are you forced to root for the Knicks?” The what? The Knicks? I looked her up on the Internet. She’s described as “an Emmy Award-winning journalist.” That should tell you how hard it is to win a local Emmy.

Tom Petty, the halftime show, is up next. NFL Network analyst Terrel Davis says he’s never heard of Tom Petty. Ugh.


3:56 p.m. – “Let’s give it up for Tom Petty,” the moderator of the news conference says. And they do. The reporters… journalists… in the audience….. they do.

3:58 – “Would you please give a shout out to 103.7 FM, ‘The Mount’ in Seattle?”, asks a reporter from 103.7 FM. Petty does. I begin to understand better why The Current has so many online listeners from Seattle.

4:00 – “How awesome is it for you to be performing at a Super Bowl?” asks a reporter. I literally pray that Petty answers, “It’s awesome!” Instead, he says “it’s mind-blowing,” a subject about which Petty appears to know a fair amount.

4:01 p.m. – A reporter asks if a friend of his can sing a few bars of “American Girl,” and would Petty critique him. “Umm, no,” Petty replies.


4:03 p.m. – Amanda Jahn from Channel 3 (see above) is back for more. She begins her question with, “You guys are still smokin’ hot.” Good golly, she was once nominated for an Emmy. Here’s some of her work. Note the part where she refers to Chris Bergman.

4:05 pm. – Actually an interesting question here. “You’ve always been Mr. anti-corporation and here you are at the Super Bowl, a corporate orgy, in a halftime show sponsored by a corporation…” Petty says, “that’s just the way it is in TV. You just smile and be good boys.”

And take the cash.

  • Minnwhaler

    One truly mis-quoted theme from the Bible and probalby other sources… (I can only read so much)

    is “Money is the root of all evil.”

    Actually it is “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

    thank you for giving the perfect example

  • Candace L

    Here ya go again, Whaler.

    Where in the Big Book is this verse?

  • Paul

    Where in the Big Book is this verse?

    1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV): “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ”

  • Minn whaler

    Thanks Paul, I have been off line a couple days and

    have the following: 1 Timothy 6:10

    Came to the page to post and you had beat me to it.


    Candace.. is there a problem with the concept?

  • Minn whaler

    OOPs! forgot to add that the money thing is a common thread in most “mainstream” religions. From the Koran:

    The payment of zakat is a compulsory contribution by the well-to-do Muslims to the needy, wherever they might live. It is paid once a year on cash savings, gold, silver and jewellery. It is also paid on cattle and agricultural products. Zakat is an act of devotional duty (ibada) of worship and obedience, and is paid to gain Allah’s favour. In Islam, wealth belongs to Allah. He is the real owner and Muslims are the trustees of His wealth. In addition to the payment of zakat, the Quran encourages Muslims to make voluntary contributions to help the poor and needy. This payment is sadagah (charity).

    Thus it falls upon the individual who is endowed with wealth to take care of those less fortunate..

    hmmm sound familiar?

  • Verdad

    Yeah Minn whaler, sounds like an excerpt from a book of lies ripped off from a truthful one, why do you ask?