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Honest Tea and Honest Ade — Healthy Drinks that Taste Great

May 29, 2009

I love Honest Tea and Honest Ade drinks.  They taste great, are healthy and organic, and they only have a little bit of sugar – 12 grams per serving for the juices, and less for the teas.  Most iced teas or fruit juices either have way, way too much sugar (usually more than twice the amount of these drinks), or have artificial sweeteners like Aspartame or Sucralose that can be unhealthy.

My favorite Honest Tea/Ade drink is the Cranberry Lemonade.  I don’t mean to sound weird, but I love this drink so much, I can’t get enough of it.  I have about 3 a day and the only reason I don’t have about 10 a day is that I need to drink water the rest of the time.  The Cranberry Lemonade only has water, sugar, lemons, and cranberries in it, plus carrot extract and citric acid.  It is definitely one of my favorite drinks of all time.

They have a lot of cool flavors.  The Superfruit Punch has yumberry, goji berry, pear juice, grape juice, strawberry juice, berry flavor, carrot juice, and cranberry juice.  How can you go wrong with that?  There’s also Orange Mango, which sometimes has Mangosteen in it (don’t ask me why other times it’s just plain Orange Mango).

Pomegranate Blue and Pomegranate White Tea with Acai are full of antioxidants.  There are a bunch of flavors of teas – green, white, black – that are all great too.

Honestly, the kids flavors are really very good, even for adults.  The Goodness Grape, Tropical Tango Punch, and Berry Berry Good Lemonade are all healthy and taste great.  They come in packs of juice boxes for kids.

Again, sounds weird, but I was so excited when I saw Honest Tea in California last summer that I bought several cases.  I’ve been drinking Honest Tea almost every day since I found out about it several years ago.

One sour note is that recently I bought three Superfruit Punches that tasted and smelled very bad.  There was absolutely something wrong with them.  I’ve noticed this a few times in the past with this flavor, and I think a couple of times with the Cranberry Lemonade.  We’re only talking about this happening about 10 times total, and I’ve probably drank about 3,000 bottles of Honest Tea and Honest Ade.

I emailed and called the company at their location in Bethesda and got no response.  That was disappointing since I’m one of their best customers, but not unexpected.  No matter what the organization, it seems that people think the best way to solve a problem is to ignore it, not reply, and hope it goes away.  I’ve also asked them if there are ways to buy it in bulk for a cheaper rate and they sometimes don’t respond, and other times they say no.

Anyway, I write this blog entry neither to promote Honest Tea nor to bash them, but just to say that I think they have some really great, healthy drinks.  The only thing that could be improved would be if they offered large bottles at a lower price per ounce.  Imagine how much healthier Americans would be if they drank these drinks instead of sodas and coffees.

Just being honest.

Update – 6/17/09

Well, they contacted me back after the second email.  It turns out that because they don’t use preservatives, there’s a slight chance that a small percentage of the drinks may be less than perfect.  However, according to my calculations, less than one percent of the drinks are affected (I drink more than 1000 a year).  That’s a small price to pay for something that is natural and organic.

In fact, one of the great things about Honest Tea and Honest Ade is not just what’s in it – great flavors and antioxidants – (can you imagine anything with more antioxidants than the Pomegranate Blue or Mango Acai White Tea flavors?) – but what is not in it – any type of preservatives.  They are also made without “antibiotics, pesticides, irradiation or bioengineering.”  The lack of pesticides is important because pesticides and herbicides have been implicated in all sorts of health problems, including autism and breast cancer.

So, anyway, I went to the Honest Tea Offices, and they took me to their vault, where there are cases and cases of every flavor of Honest Tea and Ade.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Well, okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.  Maybe it was more like Christmas. I got to choose a few replacement drinks.  I even got a glimpse of the 64-ounce teas.

My only regret is that now there are so many great flavors, it’s impossible to try them all.

Update, 7/10/09 – Some more of the Cranberry Lemonades and Superfruit Punches are a little off.  Maybe it’s the summer heat. I’m reluctantly switching to the Orange Mango with Mangosteen, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Peach White Tea for now…

Art Books for Sale on Amazon

May 25, 2009

In my quest to find the holy grail of books – one that is cheap to buy that I can resell at a great price – I found some really great art books with some really great…art in them.  Here are a few of them.  My prices are the best on amazon.  Please see http://www.amazon.com/shops/mikefrandsen.   

  • The Glass of Lalique by Christopher Vane Percy
  • 18th Century Venetian Drawings from the Correr Museum
  • The Essential Van Gogh – Kroller Muller Museum
  • Paris in New York:  French Jewish Artists in Private Collections edited by Susan Chevlowe
  • The Parthenon Frieze by Ian Jenkins
  • Raphael by James H. Beck
  • Brumidi:  Michelangelo of the U.S. Capitol by Myrtle Murdock
  • Gemaldegalerie Berlin, Prestel Museum Guide
  • Michelangelo Painter by Giovanni Poggi
  • The Essentials of Lettering by French and Meiklejohn
  • Impressions of an Irish Countess:  The Photography of Mary Countess of Rosse by David Davison (signed by Alison, Countess of Rosse)
  • Color Perception in Art by Faber Birren
  • The Blood of Kings:  Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art by Schele and Miller
  • Modern Masters by David Smith
  • Architectural Beauty in Europe:  Germany, by Stephen Daye Press
  • Angelica Kaufmann by Dorothy Moulton Mayer
  • Indian Miniature Painting by Anjan Chakraverty
  • American Folk Decoration by Jean Lipman
  • La Peinture Prehistorique Lascaux ou la Naissance De L’Art
  • African Majesty by Alan Wilkinson
  • Art of the Western World:  Spanish Painting by Ugo Bicchi
  • 50 Norman Rockwell Favorites by Christopher Finch
  • Piranesi as Designer, Edited by Sarah Lawrence
  • Vasari on Technique by Giorgio Vasari
  • Paintings of Maine, Edited by Arnold Skolnick
  • My Life in Art by Constantin Stanislavski
  • Florentine Renaissance Sculpture by Charles Avery
  • The New Art, Rachmaninoff’s Zoo Art Fair
  • The Pyramids, MR. Luberto
  • This is Photography by Miller and Brummitt

Old Sports Media Guides and Sports Illustrateds

May 24, 2009

I sell used books, magazines, and media guides on Amazon.com.  In this blog entry I’m listing many of the sports media guides and old Sports Illustrated magazines I have for sale.  The average price is $7.  The old media guides – football, basketball, baseball, and hockey – are gold mines for information you can’t get anywhere else.  I have a lot of them from the early 1990s before the advent of the internet.  It’s very nostalgic to look through these media guides, as well as the Sports Illustrateds to remember how the teams and players were viewed back then, and to find information that is hard to find today. For example, pick a player from before the age of the internet.  You may be able to find out his stats, but unless he was a Hall of Fame type player, you won’t get the detailed information you would get in these guides.   

Some of the highlights are a 1992 Boston Red Sox media guide featuring Roger Clemens on the cover, a 1991 Houston Oilers media guide with Warren Moon on the cover, a 1991 Chicago Bulls media guide with information about a young Michael Jordan inside, a 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates media guide with information about a young Barry Bonds inside, a 1992 Seattle Mariners media guide with information about a young Ken Griffey, Jr. inside, and Sports Illustrateds of Magic Johnson, Cal Ripken, and Sugar Ray Leonard. 

Please check out my amazon storefront at  http://www.amazon.com/shops/mikefrandsen.

I also have a lot of classic books and art books for sale.

ESPN’s SportsCentury Documentaries: My 100 Favorites

May 22, 2009

Here is my list of my 100 favorite ESPN SportsCentury documentaries.  ESPN started the series in 1999 on ESPN Classic to commemorate some of the greatest athletes or sporting events of the 20th century.  The series continued for several more years. ESPN did such a great job with the interviews, the footage, the descriptions of the players’ lives from the beginning to the end, the music, and putting everything together.  I believe that SportsCentury is the best documentary series I’ve ever seen.  It is truly inspiring.  VH1’s Behind the Music comes in second.

ESPN did documentaries on the top 100 athletes of the 20th century.  They also featured top coaches, all-time great games, and other sports figures who were notable for other reasons besides their athletic success.  Altogether, there were 265 total episodes.

I started this list with the intention of listing my favorite 25 episodes but the project just kept growing and growing.  In order to get a high ranking on this list, there has to be an interesting story.  This is not a list of great players with the best at the top.  Many of the stories center around athletes who were involved in some kind of controversy or problem, recovered from or died from various illnesses, or beat some type of odds.

Note that there are great players whose episodes I rank much lower than they would have been had this list been solely based on their sports careers rather than their stories, such as Wayne Gretzky (49), Willie Mays (64), Lawrence Taylor (74), Barry Sanders (77), Mario Lemieux (81), Jerry Rice (99), and Pete Sampras (100).

At the same time, there are athletes whose stories are so compelling that their episodes ranked much higher than you would have thought, including Brian Piccolo (4), Moe Berg (13), and Jim Bouton (23).

So here’s my list, and like any list, it’s totally subjective.  I saw a lot of them back in 1999 and again this year when ESPN Classic replayed them.  To be honest, there are probably several I haven’t seen but I include anyway because of a combination of their sports careers and their life stories.

  1. Ernie Davis.  All-American Syracuse running back died of cancer his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns.
  2. Jackie Robinson.  First black player in major league baseball encountered unbelievable racism and handled it gracefully.
  3. Disciples of Jackie Robinson.  Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Willie Mays and others still had to endure racism years after Jackie Robinson’s career was over.
  4. 1972 Olympic Basketball Final.  The U.S. team got ripped off in a very controversial loss to the Russians.
  5. Brian Piccolo.  Piccolo, a Chicago Bear running back, died of cancer.  His life was made into a famous movie, “Brian’s Song.”
  6. Hank Greenberg.  One of the few Jewish players in the major leagues in the 1930s and 1940s had to endure discrimination and was a role model for Jewish people.
  7. Marvelous Marvin Hagler.  One of the greatest boxers of all-time was so devastated by the controversial loss to Sugar Ray Leonard that he moved to Italy.
  8. Jim Brown.  The greatest football player ever also was a spokesman for civil rights and did a lot to prevent gang violence.
  9. George Foreman.  One of the most feared boxers ever underwent a transition from Grizzly Bear to Teddy Bear.
  10. Winter Olympics at Lake Placid:  USA beats USSR in hockey (1980).  The Miracle on Ice – a bunch of U.S. amateurs upset the vaunted Russians.
  11. Mark Fidrych.  One-year wonder baseball pitcher became ultra famous his rookie year.
  12. Georgetown – Villanova.  One of the greatest upsets in college basketball history.
  13. Michael Jordan.  Greatest basketball player ever.
  14. Moe Berg.  Baseball catcher was a spy for the U.S.  Life reads like a movie.
  15. Pete Rose.  Hall of Fame career became Hall of Shame after betting on baseball.
  16. Connie Hawkins.  Playground basketball legend was banned college basketball and the NBA for alleged point shaving despite never being charged with anything.
  17. Roy Campanella.  All-star catcher suffered a car crash that paralyzed him from the waist down.
  18. Wilt Chamberlain.  Otherworldly center put up stats that couldn’t be touched today.
  19. Pele.  Greatest soccer player ever.  Sold out Giants stadium in New York regularly at the end of his career.
  20. Jesse Owens.  Olympic Sprinter won 4 gold medals in 1936 in Berlin and disproved Hitler’s theory of racial superiority.
  21. Magic Johnson.  Best point guard ever announced in 1991 he had contracted the HIV virus.
  22. Pete Maravich.  Magician with the basketball died young of a heart attack.
  23. Ball Four (Jim Bouton).  Wrote tell-all book about drugs and sex in baseball and was ostracized from the game because of it.
  24. Alonzo Mourning.  All-star center came back from a kidney transplant to win an NBA championship.
  25. Joe DiMaggio.  Famous for 56-game hitting streak, obsession with how he was perceived, and marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
  26. Bill Walton.  College player of the year won an NBA championship but career was nearly destroyed by devastating foot injuries.
  27. Dolphins – Chargers 1981.  One of the greatest NFL games ever with classic image of Kellen Winslow being carried off the field.
  28. Jim Thorpe.  Possibly the greatest all-around athlete ever overcame discrimination as a Native American.
  29. Maurice Stokes.  One of first black players in NBA, star’s career and life were cut short by an injury.
  30. Babe Ruth.  Greatest home run hitter ever led a colorful and mythic life.
  31. Arthur Ashe.  First black man to win Wimbledon was also involved in humanitarian causes.
  32. Bo Jackson.  One of the greatest athletes ever was a two-sport star.
  33. 1997 NBA Finals, Game 5.  Michael Jordan had a great performance in a win over the Utah Jazz despite having a terrible episode of the flu.
  34. Bobby Hull.  One of the greatest scorers in hockey history wasn’t so great off the ice.
  35. Bob Knight.  Great coach with a very bad attitude.
  36. Dennis Eckersley.  Talented starting pitcher remade himself into Hall of Fame reliever after recovering from alcoholism.
  37. Mickey Mantle.  Hall of Fame slugger could have been even better if he hadn’t been an alcoholic.
  38. Lance Armstrong.  Recovered from cancer to win 6 Tour De France titles.
  39. Ali vs. Frazier “Thrilla in Manila” (1980).  Spectacular fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
  40. Denny McClain.  Baseball’s last 30-game winner was disgraced after being imprisoned for racketeering and other charges.
  41. Muhammad Ali.  One of the greatest fighters of the 1960s and 70s changed his name, gave up his career to protest the Vietnam War, and became the most famous athlete in the world.
  42. Larry Bird.  The hick from French Lick was one of the greatest NBA players ever.  His father committed suicide, and Bird didn’t talk to his daughter for many years.
  43. Borg-McEnroe Wimbledon thriller (1980).  Two of tennis’ all-time greats with contrasting styles and personalities play a match for the ages.
  44. Bill Russell.  One of NBA’s best ever centers won 11 championships and fought racism in Boston.
  45. Jerry Lucas.  One of NBA’s top 50 all-time players was also an intellectual genius.
  46. Johnny Unitas.  Helped put pro football on the map as one of games greatest quarterbacks.
  47. Walter Payton.  NFL’s all-time leading rusher died of a liver ailment.
  48. John McEnroe.  7-time Grand Slam winner was the bad boy of tennis.
  49. Rick Pitino.  Successful college basketball coach struggled after best friend/brother in-law died in 9-11 attacks.
  50. Wayne Gretzky.  The Great One.
  51. Jack Johnson.  Became the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1908.  Needless to say, encountered a great deal of racism.
  52. Hank Aaron.  All-time home run king overcame terrible racism during history-making run.
  53. Roger Maris.  Broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record but was not loved by fans or media and later died of cancer, possibly due to the stress of the home run race.
  54. Stan Musial.  One of the greatest baseball players ever, Stan the Man didn’t get the credit he deserved, probably because he played in St. Louis instead of New York.
  55. Ty Cobb.  All-time hit king was a nasty racist.
  56. Reggie White.  Possibly more important to Green Bay’s 1996 Super Bowl championship than Brett Favre, White died of a heart attack due to sleep apnea at 43.
  57. Steve Carlton.  Stellar pitcher became a recluse who would not talk to the media.
  58. Vince Lombardi.  Legendary NFL coach led Packer dynasty of 1960s.
  59. Albert Belle.  Cantankerous slugger made Barry Bonds look like Will Rogers.
  60. Bobby Orr.  One of hockey’s all-time greats.
  61. Cal Ripken, Jr.  Baseball’s record holder for most consecutive games played.  Controversy surrounded whether Cal should have sat down toward the end of the streak to rest.
  62. Julius Erving.  Before Michael Jordan, there was Dr. J.
  63. Billie Jean King.  Made women’s tennis big and participated in famous match vs. Bobby Riggs to help the cause of women’s sports.
  64. Sandy Koufax.  No one was more of a dominant pitcher for a short period of time.
  65. Willie Mays.  Some call him the greatest baseball player ever.
  66. NFL Championship:  Baltimore Colts vs. New York Giants (1958).
  67. Charlie Finley.  Colorful owner of Oakland A’s in 1970s created unique promotions for the championship team which had a rebel style.
  68. Pat Tillman.  Arizona Cardinals safety gave up millions of dollars and an NFL career to join the military but was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
  69. Eric Lindros.  Star-crossed uber talented hockey player was controversial for his father’s involvement as his agent.  Multiple concussions compromised his career.
  70. Terrell Owens.  Supremely talented wide receiver who is followed by controversy everywhere he goes.
  71. Darrell Strawberry.  Great baseball career could have been much better had he not been addicted to drugs and alcohol.
  72. Dick Butkus.  One of the fiercest NFL players ever.
  73. Don King.  Successful boxing promoter was accused of shady deals.
  74. John Daly.  Golfer had troubles with alcohol, gambling, and women.
  75. Lawrence Taylor.  Best defensive player in NFL history struggled with drug addiction.
  76. Billy Martin.  Colorful and alcoholic manager for the New York Yankees was fired three times by George Steinbrenner.
  77. Doug Flutie.  Famous for a Hail Mary Pass that defeated Miami, the Boston College quarterback went on to win 6 MVPs in the Canadian League and would have been a great NFL quarterback had he been given the chance.
  78. Barry Sanders.  One of the greatest running backs ever, like Jim Brown, retired in his prime.
  79. Bob Gibson.  Mean, legendary fastball pitcher.
  80. Willie Jeffries.  First black coach of a Division I-A college football team.
  81. Larry Brown.  Restless coach improved almost every team he coached but usually moved on before he unpacked his bags.
  82. Mario Lemieux.  One of the greatest hockey players ever recovered from cancer.
  83. Ted Williams.  One of the best hitters in major league history homered in his final at bat.
  84. Satchel Paige.  Negro League legend finally made it to the majors at 42.
  85. Jennifer Capriati.  Tennis Wunderkind overcame personal problems to make a successful comeback.
  86. O.J. Simpson.  Great NFL running back is now mostly known for being acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.
  87. Joe Namath.  Quarterback helped popularize pro football when his AFL  Jets beat the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, leading to the merger of the two leagues.
  88. Woody Hayes.  Great coach’s career ended badly soon after he punched an opposing player during the Gator Bowl.
  89. Greg Norman.  Supremely talented golfer was most known for collapses in big events including the Masters.
  90. Sonny Liston.  Former heavyweight boxing champion was a feared fighter whose career was controversial at the end, as was his death.
  91. Jayson Williams.  Former NBA All-Star was charged with manslaughter after he allegedly covered up an accidental shooting.
  92. Andre Agassi.  Image was everything for this tennis player early on but he grew into a champion.
  93. Chris Evert.  Icon for her competitiveness and beauty, the ice queen was one of the greatest tennis players ever.
  94. Steffi Graf.  Possibly the greatest female tennis player ever, Graf’s father was imprisoned for tax evasion for his role in handling her money.
  95. Maurice Richard.  The Rocket was one of hockey’s all-time greats.
  96. Charles Barkley.  Outspoken and entertaining basketball player was one of the all-time greats.
  97. Eric Heiden.  Won five gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics in speed skating and later became a doctor.
  98. Sam Huff.  Former N.Y. Giants linebacker changed the way the game was perceived by fans with a Time Magazine cover story and TV special.
  99. Jerry Rice.  Best wide receiver ever.
  100. Pete Sampras.  Possibly the greatest men’s tennis player in history.

There are a lot of transcendent players who weren’t featured in ESPN’s SportsCentury.  Maybe it’s because players wouldn’t agree to have documentaries done on them, but a couple that come to mind are Joe Montana and Monica Seles.  A feature on Seles would have been great.  Meanwhile, a couple of inclusions that make you go “hmmm” were Andy Roddick and Latrell Sprewell.  They were good players but did they deserve their own SportsCentury episodes?  I don’t think so.

More Awesome: Hillary Clinton or President Allison Taylor of “24?”

May 22, 2009

Who is more awesome:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or the fictional character Allison Taylor, the U.S. President on the TV show “24” played by Cherry Jones?  This is an impossible question to answer.

 

How could anyone be more awesome than Hillary Clinton?  Or 24′s President Allison Taylor?  

 

They are both equally awesome.  It is a tie.  

Coachmike.net and Autism

May 22, 2009

This table shows what types of therapies I do for children with autism compared with some other providers.  I currently have spots available for toddlers and kindergarteners for playdates and other activities during the day.  See www.coachmike.net for more information.

  Area of Instruction or Therapeutic Intervention
  Cognitive Skills and Academics using ABA, VBA, or other techniques Playdate Facilitation Understanding and Handling Emotions Sports, Exercise, Motor Skills, Coordination Trips in the Community
Coach Mike Yes – Great Results Yes Yes Yes Yes
Most Autism Therapy Programs Yes – Good results No No No No

ABA = Applied Behavior Analysis.  VBA = Verbal Behavior Analysis

Mike Frandsen

Verbal Behavior/Oral Motor Exercises for Children with Autism

May 22, 2009

An important part of any verbal behavior program for children with autism is a commitment to practicing oral-motor exercises. There are many neurological processes that restrict the ability to speak for some children with autism, however, exercising and strengthening muscles around the tongue, lips, and mouth can improve verbal skills to some extent. Here are some exercises that can be helpful. You can use a mirror and do the exercises with your child or student. This can also improve imitation skills, another important area that many children with autism need work on.

Tongue Exercises

  • Lift tongue up to upper lip, then lower lip
  • Lift tongue up behind front teeth to say “la”
  • Open mouth and lick lips with your tongue in a wide circle
  • Click tongue on roof of mouth
  • Whole Tongue Cluck – like a horse’s gallop
  • Stick out tongue as far as you can
  • Stick out tongue and blow out air
  • Push the inside of your cheek out with tongue on the right side, then the left side
  • Mouth circles – put tongue around all teeth
  • De, le, ne, te sounds

Lip Exercises 

  • Pucker lips, make “Cork popping” sound
  • Put finger between lips – make babble sound
  • Lick lips
  • Make an exaggerated sad face 

Other Exercises 

  • Big smile
  • Nose scrunch
  • Open and close your mouth, as wide as you can
  • Show your teeth
  • Puff out cheeks and hold air in, then slowly blow the air out
  • Say “””OOOOOOOOO””” then “””EEEEEEEEEE”””
  • K-k-k-k-k-k-k

Fun activities 

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Blowing pinwheel
  • Blowing dandelions
  • Playing harmonica

Sample words to practice 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Help
  • Play
  • Ball
  • Hungry
  • Juice
  • Bathroom
  • Hi
  • Bye
  • Please
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Upset
  • Sick

The Good, The Bad, and The Crazy: The Book Big Medicine And Family Court Does NOT Want You Reading

May 22, 2009

Author Mary Ann Duke, M.D., a former prominent eye surgeon in the Washington D.C. area, has released “The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy (No One’s Ever Called Me Boring).”  The book is Dr. Duke’s autobiography, chronicling her rise as a successful Ophthalmologist, her fall from grace and her triumphant recovery.  Click here for the news release.

I had the privilege, for a brief time in 2006, of supervising Dr. Duke’s weekend visits with her four children.  I also took the cover photo for the book (but didn’t do the cover art.  You can see more of my photos at www.mikefrandsen.net.) cover-front

Highlights of this tell-all book include Dr. Duke’s ascendance to attaining her M.D. at the age of 23, the moment she found out she was going to jail and life behind bars, and the trials and tribulations of recovery from alcoholism.

The back cover says:  “It is the story of a modern day Joan of Arc who has survived being burned at the stake by the medical and judicial conspiracies, and now dares to tell the unrevealed truth.”

“A genuine page turner.  The most insightful and wise book of our generation about the medical and legal systems of America gone cancerous.  The harsh realities are deftly balanced by the devastatingly perceptive humor of the author, an accomplished eye surgeon.  This book is impossible to put down.”

– Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Samuel Robert Shumaker III, published author.  Professor of English, B.A. English Duke University, M.A. English Vanderbilt University.  Holder of the Army Legion of Merit; two Meritorious Service Medals; and the Army Commendation Medal.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy” (ISBN – 978-0-615-270166, $29.95) is now available at www.amazon.com.  For more information, go to www.thegoodthebadandthecrazy.com.

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“The Rogue” and “Liberty” — Movies Coming in 2010

May 22, 2009

There are a couple of intriguing thriller movies slated for release in 2010 that are already starting to get some buzz. 

The Rogue (http://www.theroguemovie.com) is about a CIA officer who hunts down terrorists in Afghanistan only to learn there is a conspiracy and he is in the middle of it. 

Liberty (http://www.thelibertymovie.com) is about a woman who has psychic powers.  The government wants to use her and won’t take no for an answer.  

Both movies have excellent casts and are written by Yasmin Naficy.

The Rogue.  No one quits the agency. 

Liberty is under Total Control.

TONY KORNHEISER FIRED AND REPLACED WITH JOHN GRUDEN AS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ANALYST

May 17, 2009

(I was the first to publish this news, about 12 hours before ESPN formally made the announcement).

By Mike Frandsen

Monday Night Football color commentator Tony Kornheiser was fired yesterday and will be replaced by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John Gruden for the upcoming 2009 season, an unnamed source told http://www.coachmike.net shortly after midnight this morning. Gruden joins Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski on ESPN’s team.

Kornheiser will reportedly receive a severance package of one million dollars.  Kornheiser, a former sportswriter for the Washington Post, co-hosts “Pardon the Interruption,” a popular nightly sports show on ESPN with Michael Wilbon.

John A. Walsh, Senior VP and Executive Editor of ESPN, reportedly agonized over letting his good friend go.

In my opinion, it’s a good move. While Kornheiser used humor and targeted the casual fan, the switch to Gruden should please most football fans because of his candor and knowledge of the game. Kornheiser too often stated the obvious, and talked to listeners as if they were in kindergarten.

After the 2006 season, color commentator Joe Theismann was replaced in the Monday Night booth by Ron Jaworski.  Rumors circulated that Kornheiser preferred Jaworski.  While Jaworski does an excellent job, Theismann was even better, and here’s hoping that ESPN considers bringing Theismann back to the booth.

Please see my websites: http://www.coachmike.net, http://www.myredskinsblog.com, and www.mikeneedsakidney.com.


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