Thursday, August 18, 2005

Primetime Thursday August 18th 2005, 3-4 PM

In the proud tradition of my former co-host, it is a "short one" today---one hour show due to the excitement of Mariners' baseball at four. I am flying solo since Suke is still recovering from his flashbacks after watching two football practices in the last 48 hours.... here is what we will be discussing today:

Randy Moss Smokes Dope- Although many are treating this as breaking news, keep in mind this guy lost scholarships at Notre Dame and Florida State (the latter being nearly impossible to do) due to his marijuana use (and battery charges). The interesting thing is that he hasn't been caught. He obviously never shared his secret to success in beating the NFL drug testing with former teammate Onterrio Smith. Really, I don't care what Randy Moss, or T.O., do in their spare time. Yes I have been critical of the Blazers dope smokers from years gone by, but the difference is the Blazers are a reflection of this community, brought a bad name here, and it was a focal point for the entire country. Moss has always been a sketchy character, so why are his revelations today any different?

Speaking of smoking dope..... welcome the Dew Action Sports Series to Portland. COOL! Grab your bongs and head on down to the Rose Quarter. Give the building and the promoters credit-they have done a good job of promoting this. There have been a lot of live shots on local television, radio and newspaper advertising, etc. But I still don't get how this is bringing big dollars into the city. Watching a bunch of baggy jeans-wearing kids ride their bikes on the dirt doesn't dew it for me--unless I want to go Randy Moss and chemically enhance myself prior to the event.

Choices-or you could go watch the LPGA: I wonder what people are more likely to attend, the dope smoking conference at the Rose Quarter, or the Natalie Gulbis watch at Columbia Edgewater. I will be at the country club, mostly because we HAVE to be there tomorrow at noon. But given the choice, I would still be more likely to take the family, especially my daughter, to the golf course to watch the ladies who are becoming more and more popular. Their television ratings are up, the name recognition is better, and the competition is outstanding. Plus, I like watching something I can't do and I can ride a bike, but I can't make multiple birdies and shoot under par. And Gulbis, Kerr, and other of AGE are nice to look at-better than baggy jeans with boxer shorts hanging out.


Good Business for the Blazers- The Blazers deal with Wells Fargo bank is a big deal, both financially and also because it shows how the local business community is buying into the franchise. First, the dollars involved MORE than replace the loss of Bank of America, the former exclusive bank partner for the team. And again, contrary to what some have said or what you want to believe, BOA leaving wasn't because of the Blazers, it was a nationwide move by the company to focus on baseball, from little league to MLB. But the Blazers get a better deal for the team where more money will go directly to the basketball club, where in the past the dollars were split with the building. This is one way the lack of the Rose Garden has actually HELPED the franchise. There were other banks interested in becoming involved with the Blazers too, which is a good sign since the corporate dollars are the most important thing for a professional sports franchise.