Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday June 18, 2007 9:02AM; Updated: Monday June 18, 2007 12:24PM
Quote of the Week I
"People talk about them not being very exciting. All they have done is won four world championships, played great defense. There is nothing wrong with that motto right there.''
Quote of the Week II
"I didn't know paintball was that dangerous. I hope it wasn't friendly fire.''
Quote of the Week III
"I can still pop on the film and show you I am still the best at what I do.''
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Pepsi has introduced cucumber soda in Japan.
Seems the company thinks people will find cucumber soda an alluring way to beat the heat this summer.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
As someone who loves train travel, and who takes the train up and down the East Coast quite often -- I did it again last week for an anniversary trip -- I can sit quietly no longer about the state of the Boston station in Back Bay. What a dump. Grimy, smelly, humid, with a crummy waiting room. Washington's train station is a thing of beauty, almost a destination in and of itself. Baltimore's is OK. Philly's is ancient and utilitarian. Even Newark has a little gem of a station, and it's always busy. But can't a great city like Boston do something about the first place many visitors see when they get to town?
Stat of the Week
There are approximately 113 million television households in the United States, and the average rating for the NBA Championship Series showed that 6.9 million of them watched the series between Cleveland and San Antonio.
Remember the late-night Monday night opener on ESPN last year between Oakland and San Diego? Awful game. San Diego won, 27-0. It was pretty much over at the half, when the Chargers led 13-0 and the Raiders couldn't get out of their own way on offense. That game -- after a weekend that started with Thursday night football, went into Sunday afternoon football and Sunday night football, and had a Monday nighter before the second game on the West Coast -- started at 10:25 p.m. EST and ended at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday. And it was on cable TV, which gets a lower rating anyway because not every TV household in America is wired for cable.
The Raiders-Chargers debacle was seen by 7.9 million American TV households.
We all know football is king in this country, but if the best the NBA has to offer gets trounced by the worst the NFL has to offer ... well, the NBA is in more than a little trouble.
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