Thursday, February 26, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

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Expect to see the two main stars of Slumdog Millionaire in mainstream Hollywood movies in the coming years. Having proven their strengths as actors in the multiple Academy Award winning film, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto are already signed on to new projects helmed by big directors.
Dev Patel, who played the life-changing role of Jamal Malik in Slumdog, will next be seen in the film The Last Airbender, which is based on a Nickelodeon kid's series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The film is directed by notorious director M. Night Shyamalan and is set to be released next year. Patel will reportedly play Prince Zuko and will be joined other up-and-coming young stars.
His co-star Freida Pinto, who played Latika in Slumdog, is reported to be included in the next Woody Allen movie which will be shot in London. Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins are just some of the actors attached to this project.
18-year-old Patel and 24-year-old Pinto have the critically-acclaimed film to thank for jump-starting their acting careers. It was here that they both made their film debuts.
Patel was born in England to Indian parents. His first foray into acting was in a British TV teen drama series called Skins, which aired in 2007. Director Danny Boyle's daughter was a fan of Skins and was said to recommend Patel to her father, while he was casting for Slumdog. To prepare for his role, Patel immersed himself in everyday living in Mumbai, where he took temporary jobs in a call center and a hotel. The Dharavi slums, the main setting of the movie, is believed to be the largest slum in Asia with about a million residents.
After the movie's release, Patel received several awards from prestigious groups, recognizing his breakthrough outstanding performance.
His co-star and friend in real life, Freida Pinto, is an Indian actress and a professional model. Born in Mumbai, she was an anchor of an international travel show and a television and print ad model. She appeared in runway shows and magazine covers as well. She was also trained in acting, though she didn't have a solid acting experience. This all changed after being chosen by director Danny Boyle for his next movie, after several rounds of auditions. Like her co-star, Pinto also gained recognitions for her portayal of Latika, Jamal's love interest.
From being unknowns to starring in mainstream movies, these young stars sure have come a long way. They probably didn't expect their very first movie to be the sensational award-winning hit that it is now, which bestowed them favorable status in Hollywood. Pinto shares that for her, it is a start of a new life. Indeed it is.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

wild card choice

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The wild card choice is without a doubt a matter of personal taste. The first name that comes to mind is Anoop Desai. Looking back over his audition and Hollywood week, I am still wondering why he is not sitting in one of those chosen seats.
And let us not forget the infamous hysterics of Tatiana Del Toro. I wonder if we could stand another dose of her split personality. It would be funny if she was not so annoying. Funny could work for her, a la Nick/Norman Gentle.
With a different outfit and some choreography Jackie Tohn could be a contender for the coveted return spot. And I personally love her sound. Forgive for saying so but she reminds me of Janis Joplin, a great gritty girl with a lot of moxie. Bring her back with a little direction and I believe it would be a great show.
How many country fans are out there? Because Brent Keith could have used your votes, but ya'all didn't come through for him. Well maybe wild card will be his second chance. That really is a big maybe. I do enjoy the occasional country tune and/or singer but it is not the first choice for me. But this guy does have a great sound and with a better song choice I think he would have possibly been someone to beat.
Of all of those who didn't make it through to one of the first three seats, these four show promise for the wild card spot. Out of those mentioned I my favorite chick pick is Jackie Tohn and my favorite guy is definitely Anoop "Angel" Desai.
Whom do you pick for the wild card slots? Are you ready for group number 2? I know I am.

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Kid's stuff meal

With the economy gone bad, going out for restaurant meals has become a luxury many Americans have relinquished. With job losses and housing foreclosures at record high, obtaining enough food to eat is a challenge for many that doesn't leave room for restaurant excursions. With a bit of searching, you can find free food in this bad economy.
Free IHOP Short Stack of Pancakes
Where can you find free food in the bad economy? Start with the International House of Pancakes. Tomorrow only the International House of Pancakes is offering free short stacks of pancakes to visitors to its restaurants from 7 am to 10 pm. The IHOP free pancake promotion aims to draw attention - and contributions- to the Children's Miracle Network. But the free pancakes are available to anyone, no questions asked.
Free Quiznos Sub Sandwich
Quiznos is offering one free small Quiznos sub sandwich coupon to its website visitors who register for its Quiznos Q-Club. There is no purchase obligation with Q-Club membership and members can opt out at any time. So far, Quiznos has given away more than 95,000 free sub coupons.
Free Small Spaghetti Dinner at Fazoli's
The Fazoli's Italian restaurant chain has started a revolution in response to the bad economy and is offering different free food coupons each week. By signing up this week, "revolutionaries" can receive a free spaghetti dinner. Fazoli's operates 260 restaurants in 28 states.
Free Noodle Meal at Noodles and Co. and Other Free Birthday Meal Offers
Unlike IHOP, Quiznos and Fazoli's, Noodles and Co. makes you wait for your birthday to cash in on its free food offer. Sign up for Noodles and Co.'s newsletter and in time for your birthday, you'll receive a coupon for a free Noodles and Co. noodle dish.
Find listings for other restaurants such as Red Robin and Tucanos which offer free birthday meals at mrcheapstuff.
Kids Eat Free Deals
Not quite as attractive as the no strings attached free meals offered by IHOP, Quiznos and Fazoli's but still appealing to some... If your family can still afford the occasional meal out in this bad economy but you're looking for savings wherever you can find them,  check out websites like kidsmealdeals and mykidseatfree for restaurants that offer kids eat free deals with purchase of adult meals.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Going Insane

A fellow passenger videotaped a woman "going insane" after missing her San Francisco bound Cathay Pacific flight last week and posted it on Youtube (click here to see video.) More than 400,000 people have since viewed the woman's public temper tantrum. Surprisingly, Cathay Pacific allowed the woman who went insane over missing her flight to fly on the next scheduled flight with her companion.

The video of the "woman going insane after missing flight" (almost sounds like a
painting title, doesn't it?) is the latest example of public humiliation extending far beyond the locale in which it occurred.

Before the woman going insane after missing flight, there was the skier who lost his pants in a chairlift mishap in Vail, Colorado. An enterprising photographer nearby snapped a photo of the man's exposed buttocks as he hung suspended from the chairlift. From its publication in the local media, the naked skier photo quickly went viral on the internet, humiliating the skier not merely at the resort but throughout the world.

Of course, no story comparing the woman who goes insane after missing her flight to other public temper tantrums and mishaps going global would be complete without mention of Britney Spears. Spears has been the subject of number viral videos from her public mental breakdowns to her various publicly photographed panty omissions.

Is there a lesson to be learned from the woman who goes insane after missing her flight? Public behavior is no longer the fleeting blip on the radar screen it once was. When someone like the woman who went insane after missing her flight loses control in public, readily available technology- from cell
phone cameras, to video cams, to security tapes- may capture a lasting and permanent record of the embarrassing, out of control behavior. And with the internet as the new town square, the "gossip" spreads virally throughout the entire world with video and audio evidence that will never go away.
For now, the woman in the video has not been identified by name. Should the name of the woman who goes insane after losing her flight become public, the consequences could prove more than merely emba rrassing. Imagine what a prospective employer would do if upon entering her name in a search engine he uncovered the video. Imagine her children's friends finding the video online. Of course if the story of the woman who went insane after losing her flight and being seen having a temper tantrum across the world becomes a cautionary tale that reduces the incidence of errant public behavior, we can all be thankful that it happened- and not just because of the few moments of entertainment value the YouTube video provided.

G. Bush Legacy

Who were the best presidents? Who would top your list as worst presidents? The best and worst presidents' rankings may surprise you. Moreover, the similarities between James Buchanan and George W. Bush may leave you wondering.

Overall Ranking under the Microscope of 64 Historians

C-SPAN undertook a second ranking of the first 42 United States presidents. Its first attempt at ranking the best and worst presidents took place in 2000. The name at the top is Abraham Lincoln, making him one of the best presidents ever. His top dog position is unchanged. The spot of worst president once again goes to James Buchanan, another ranking that remains unchanged.

A somewhat surprising change is Bill Clinton, who in 2009 ranks 15th on the 1-42 list, while in 2000 he ranked 21st. As Mr. Clinton's star is rising, Rutherford Hayes is on the decline. In 2000 he was ranked 26th; in 2009 he only commandeers the 33rd spot. What has he done differently in the last nine years? Not a thing. He is a victim of time and perspective.

Grading criteria for the best and worst presidents were the abilities of public persuasion, leadership in times of crisis, management of the country's fiscal health, moral authority (which earned Bill Clinton a rather unfavorable rating), foreign policy, administrative prowess, bipartisan government, a definable vision, and an eye on equality. Allowances were made for what the historians termed "performance within context of times."

The Five Best Presidents

C-SPAN identifies the five best presidents as being Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

The Five Worst Presidents

It names the five worst presidents as being Warren Harding, William Harrison, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan.

Partisanship and the Best and Worst Presidents Rankings
It is apparent that the rating system - although well defined - fails to take into consideration the very ability of the rankers to see the American presidents not only for their results, but also for their time constrained efforts. Though termed historians, it is questionable how many are intimately familiar with the struggles of the various presidents on a personal, political, and societal basis.

It is clear that James Buchanan's failure to act during Southern secession talks and his unwillingness to stop the Civil War discredited him and caused him to be named as the single worst president of our times.

A democrat in favor of slavery, he regarded the growing discontent of his country as one that could be solved with the power of the Supreme Court, a tool still employed today by more recent presidents. Yet even just a cursory trip back into recent history shows how entering a war, just like averting it, can draw the ire of splinter groups everywhere. Financial mismanagement and the calls for impeachment rounded out his presidency.

Is George W. Bush the Modern Day James Buchanan?

Unlike so many other presidents who get whitewashed over time - or whose accomplishments are not fully recognized for their scope until one or more generations have passed - James Buchanan and George W. Bush may in the future vie for the bottom rung of the ladder.

Brought on in part by ignorance - Lancaster Online reported that not even Buchanan's fellow Lancaster residents really know anything about him - and in part by failing to appreciate the difficulties faced by one man in the seat of highest office, I cannot help but wonder if Find Law's John Dean was not correct when he suggested that ranking the best and worst presidents is truly just a "parlor game" that relieves intellectual boredom.

On the other hand, could a more thorough examination of James Buchanan by American voters have led to a defeat of George W. Bush in 2004? Should future presidential contenders take a hint from these rankings and incorporate them into their campaigns?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pro Bowl..YARN..

Starting in 2010, the National Football League will hold its Pro Bowl a week prior to the Super Bowl in the Super Bowl host city of Miami. The thought is to strengthen the Pro Bowl, attract more attention, and make it more relevant.

While that's a good first step for the NFL, I have an even better idea for 'fixing' the Pro Bowl: shoot it and bury it ten feet deep in the woods and never talk about it ever again. If anybody comes around to build condominiums in a few years (right!) on the site that its buried, send Tony Soprano and a shovel to move it to another place.

For what is widely considered the king of all sports in the United States, the NFL has always had the weakest 'All Star game'. Football has never been a sport conducive to a 'friendly' competition the way baseball and basketball can somewhat be. A great pitcher can face a great hitter and both can give maximum effort in an All Star game. A great dribbler can go one on one against a great defender in a basketball all star game and we can at least see one aspect of true competition in an otherwise meaningless game. In football, however, the game is so highly predicated on game plans and brute physical force that an All Star game simply doesn't work.

Once upon a time, the Pro Bowl had a place, albeit a minor one, on the sports landscape. When the event was conceived, the explosion of ESPN, the Internet, satellite TV and even VCR's could hardly be envisioned. Fans had rare chances to see the best in the league: they'd either catch them on the local over the air broadcast or maybe a snippet on the evening sports report. So the chance to see the best players all together on one field, even in an exhibition, was something of a novelty.

Now, it's just stupid.

There is simply not a lack of opportunity anymore to watch any team, and any player, that you would like to. It is now possible to watch, and re-watch, every play of every game online, over the TV or even on your handheld wireless device, while they participate in TRUE competition.
As annoying irrelevant as even pre-season games can be, the Pro Bowl is much worse. At least in pre-season games, the hardcore football fan can watch some semblance of his team for about five minutes, and then even watch some of the guys scrapping to try and make the team against guys on the other team trying to do the same. With the Pro Bowl, most of the big names bow out anyway, and those that do show up are basically playing a version of football closer to the Sunday afternoon flag football league down on the town green than what we've come to
 love and expect out of the NFL.

The NFL is all about tactics and strategies; conditioning and strength; teamwork and leadership. NONE of those qualities, except maybe arm strength, matter in the Pro Bowl. NONE. Worse yet, the Pro Bowl comes precisely a week AFTER the crown jewel of not just the NFL, and not just of sports, but of what some would say all of American pop culture: The Super Bowl. All the attention and time that is focused and spent on that game is justified. To spend anymore a week later on the lamest 'major' event in pro sports would be asinine.

So next year, the game will come the week BEFORE it. Yawn. Fine, it's a dead week anyway. But by definition, none of the Super Bowl participants will be in the Pro Bowl game. So the two best teams, or at least the two teams with a chance to win the Vince Lombardi trophy, will have nobody in what is supposed to be a showcase of the best players in the league? What in the world is the point of this? Why?

Who is watching this thing anyway? I'm sure there are some degenerate gamblers, home bound seniors, and people whose two year old baby broke the remote. But why is the NFL doing this to its brand? WHAT is the point?

I know what some of you are thinking. "Well, then, just don't watch it, what do you care?" Fair enough. Nobody forces me to watch it and I don't. I can't even tell you who the starting quarterbacks are on either team. But for an entity as image conscious, as careful with its brand and as intelligently marketed as the NFL is, this is the hokiest and most insulting thing it can do. Any notion that anybody should spend three hours watching this nonsense is just plain dumb.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Golden Age

Since the second World War, TV and America have grown together, and the changes in television m ake many of us long for the good old days. In the early years, television was more of a learning tool, with educational programming and newsreel footage. One of the things that helped popularize the medium was sports, and the first sport to be broadcast to the masses was professional wrestling. Soon, the first big stars were wrestlers like Gorgeous George and my own father, world heavyweight champion Chief Don Eagle. Eventually baseball and football became the darlings of the audiences when fields added better lighting and played more games at night, games that wound up on TV. The early news programs used upwardly well-endowed women as "Weather Girls". Men, in their dreamy-eyed stupor over the wealth of weather knowledge these ladies had, were unaware of the trick used by broadcasters. Most of these lady "meteorologists" didn't know a cold front from a rainstorm. They merely read their information off cue cards. When they drew the temperatures on the black board behind them, the numbers were pre-written in blue or red chalk, which couldn't be picked up on the black-and-white broadcast. The weather girl merely traced over the numbers in white chalk, which DID show up.
In the late 40's, someone got the bright idea that TV could become an electronic baby sitter, and animation studios flourished. The first network cartoon show was "Crusader Rabbit", a white knight on a white horse, but he was soon joined by a host of others such as "Winky Dink And You" and "Beany And Cecil", a show about a young boy and his sea serpent friend. Winky Dink started a minor uproar as the first interactive show on the air. Kids watching the show were urged to order the "magic TV screen", basically a piece of clear plastic that went over the actual screen. Young fans were then able to use a crayon to draw something on the plastic film that Winky Dink could use to help him out, with that object becoming part of the show. The problem arose when kids who didn't have the "magic film" used their crayons on the screen anyway and left a mess to clean up before the rest of the family could watch their shows. A number of live action kids' shows came shortly after that, spearheaded by "Howdy Doody", Soupy Sales, and "Captain Kangaroo". Soupy got into trouble himself when he asked kids to send him money during his show. It was supposed to be a gag, but quite a few children raided their parents' wallets and purses to send cash.

The late 50's and early 60's brought along shows for children that were actually engaging and required an attention span, unlike much of today's garbage. Kids were treated to a veritable cornucopia of programs that used live hosts playing games or telling stories. Some of the best of that era include Shari Lewis, Paul Winchell, and for those of us who lived in the Northeast, an engaging Sunday morning show named Wonderama. A number of these new programs were puppet shows geared at the young male audience and actually had plots, shows like "Fireball XL-5", "Supercar", "Stingray", "Thunderbirds" and "Captain Scarlett", and some of them, most notably Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett, featured special effects by a young man named Derek Meddings who eventually worked on such big screen movies as "Superman".The term "situation comedy", when compared to the history of television, is relatively new, but actual sitcoms have been around since the so-called "Golden Age" of commercial TV, led by "The Life Of Riley", "The Honeymooners", and "I Love Lucy". For the most part, those shows were really funny, and the laughter heard during them was actually people reacting to what they saw. Anyone who's been to a TV taping recently then saw the show later on the home screen knows that today the producers add "canned laughter" and applause because their live audiences just can't give them enough reaction to lackluster, unfunny scripts.
Quite simply, today's shows just aren't as funny as the classics because in our modern society there is little that the writers can't touch, so there are few boundaries to breach for writers and actors. In the Golden Age you would never even have heard a word like "hell" and "damn" because they were forbidden. The great "Uncle Miltie", Milton Berle, who was so popular he was known as "Mr. Television", once played up those forbidden words by stating he was almost late for the show because the "darn" busted and he had to be flown in by "heckacopter". It's very likely that Berle could have gotten away with anything he wanted to because at the time he was America's most powerful media figure. On the night his show, "Texaco Star Theater", was on, many theaters closed because their audience was practically a no-show. Uncle Miltie, however, relished in the ability to take the restrictions handed to him and push them to the limit without breaking the rules.

Other stars of the period also became experts at juggling the restrictions. One of the most brilliant crews on TV back then was the team of writers who worked on "Your Show Of Shows", starring Sid Ceasar and Imogene Coca. The writing talent included Neil Simon and Mel Brooks, who both went on to great careers in film and stage, and developed phony foreign vocabulary for some of the skits. The fake language was so well done that many people who only spoke English were convinced the words were genuine.

Small screen language and morals are evolving rapidly, and recently the FCC approved use of the "F" word as long as it isn't used merely "to shock the audience" and happens after prime time. In the days of Lucy and Donna Reed, scenes shot in the parents' bedroom always showed two beds, implying that for a married couple to share a bed was morally wrong. Today we can see mixed couples and even threesomes in bed together and no one raises an eyebrow any more. When we first heard Archie Bunker flush his toilet on "All In The Family", some viewers were outraged. Who knew so many people considered a toilet flushing to be obscene? Makes you wonder what
their homes smell like.

Pundits are blaming a lot of today's violence on television. That may be a bit of a stretch. Back in the 50's and 60's there were violent shows too, although most of our modern youth won't remember them. Let's refresh your memory by dropping a few names: "Have Gun, Will Travel", "Wanted: Dead Or Alive", "Racket Squad", and "The Untouchables". Even the cartoons were openly violent. For sheer action and violence, it's hard to beat Tom And Jerry, Heckle And Jeckle, or Mighty Mouse, characters who often beat each other senseless or dropped anvils on each other's heads. Looking back on the news of that time, you will find very few reports about kids imitating what they saw on TV and getting hurt or killed.

Monday, February 2, 2009


If you are a younger M*A*S*H* fan, like myself, who barely remembers when the series was still in production, you might not have known right away that the TV series was an off-shoot of a very successful movie of the same name (1972). In turn, the movie was created as a result of a book (again, of the same name) written by a Korean War veteran. Of course, he was a surgeon in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. So, there is a question of which is better: the acclaimed movie with Donald Sutherland in the role of Hawkeye Pierce, or the award winning TV juggernaut starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye? My answer, they both have their merits and it is difficult to truly compare the two.
The movie, which debuted to rave reviews in 1972, goes many places that the TV show was not allowed to go. In the movie, the dentist nicknamed "painless" wants to commit suicide due to a sudden occurrence of impotence with one of the nurses. Trapper John (again, the role of Trapper was played by another actor in the TV series - Wayne Rogers) and Hawkeye go out of their way to help their friend the dentist. They pretend that they are going to assist in his suicide, but really just give him a sedative. While "painless" is out like a light, Hawkeye and Trapper put him in a well-decorated tent (which supposedly represents heaven) and have a nurse "help" him. In other words, they get the nurse to do what the other nurse was unable to do at the time (I'm trying to say this in the most polite way I know how). The next day, "painless" is happy to be among the living and almost forgets about wanting to commit suicide. Incidentally, the very recognizable theme from both the movie and TV show is named "Suicide Is Painless." What many TV show fans might not know is that the movie theme song has words.
As for the TV show, the only person who stayed on for the TV show was Gary Burghoff, who played Corporal Radar O'Reilly in both the movie and the TV show. The character of Radar is darker, more menacing in the movie, whereas he is more childlike in the TV show. In a sense, it mirrors how the characters developed throughout the TV series. Obviously, they had to clean up the material for television. At the same time, they wanted the TV series to be more than a comedy.
Throughout the TV show, the characters are developed much more than they ever could have been in the movie. Over the eleven years of the TV show, Radar grows up, Hawkeye becomes more empathetic and less of a womanizer, and Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, the head nurse, becomes less rigid. In the later TV episodes, which have often been criticized as being too preachy, the characters are much more rounded than the slapstick first episodes. In the end, the TV show has a lot more heart than the movie could ever produce. What the movie alluded to in 1972, the TV show built on. The TV show took the wonderful characters of the hit movie and created something special as they grew and developed.
As was stated earlier, the TV show was criticized in the later years for being too anti-war. My response to this is, who is PRO-war? Personally, I support what is currently going on in Iraq, but war should never be a first option. It should always be a last resort. Even as someone who gets angry when I hear people doubting the current mission in Iraq, there is no way in which I've ever been offended by an episode of M*A*S*H* (and I do believe that I've seen every episode). Considering the era and the political views of Mike Farrell and Alan Alda, I'm actually surprised. They truly depicted the horrors of war in a way that wasn't preachy. In fact, if anything, they probably underplayed the true conditions. It is nice to know that thanks to the book, the hit movie, and the epic TV series that lasted three times longer than the actual war itself, the "forgotten war" will never be truly forgotten.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A sporting news

One thing about huge sporting events, and the Super Bowl definitely counts as one - they generate a lot of trivia and interest in trivial statistics. Not like the baseball guys who go a bit overboard in their spare time with crazy stats like: What left-handed relief pitcher born on a military base at night stuck out the most right-handed batters during a home day game at Fenway Park, only to see the game called because of rain? Nothing like that. But the Super Bowl does have reams of information available for the determined and the scholarly, the curious and the guy trying to win that bet or office pool.

The following trivia was gleaned from,,,, and CBS Sports:

This year's Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers starts off with some interesting facts, even before the game begins. According to CBS Sports, Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach is the youngest coach, 36 years old, to take his team to a Super Bowl. Being black, he will also be the youngest black coach to take his team to the Super Bowl (Tony Dungy took the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl two years ago, Super Bowl XLI, and won, so Tomlin won't be first in ether of those categories). This is the Steelers' seventh appearance, which is not a record, but, if they win, they will have won six Super Bowls - and that is a record.

The Arizona Cardinals have never been to the Super Bowl. Ever. So everything they do will be a Super Bowl team record. The Cardinals franchise never went to the Super Bowl while in St. Louis, either. And the four years previous to that, when the Super Bowl was called the World Championship (before the American Football League merged with the National Football League), they were spectators as well.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who already has a Super Bowl ri ng from Super Bowl XXXIV when his St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans, holds the Super Bowl record for most passing yards with 414. He also won the MVP award for that game. His team, the Cardinals, also have the distinction of allowing the most points per game (26.6) than any other team to make it to the Super Bowl. They face a team, the Steelers, who led the League in defense during the regular season.

NBC is the hosting network for Super Bowl XLIII and are charging a record $3 million for a 30-second commercial slot, a record - even in these harsh economic times. NBC is tied with CBS with the most number of Super Bowls broadcast: 16.

This is the fourth time Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl, the second time it has been held at Raymond James Stadium. The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans has hosted the most Super Bowls: 6. The city of Miami has hosted the most Super Bowls: 10. They will host Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 as well.

A couple of other interesting trivia facts that could come in handy to decide ties in that office pool:

San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice set a record in Super Bowl XXIII with 215 receiving yards against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Devon Hester of the Chicago Bears is the only player in history to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown, which he accomplished against the victorious Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

The Buffalo Bills have been to four (and those four were consecutive) Super Bowls without a victory, the most of any team in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys have been to the most Super Bowls: 8. They have won five Championships.

The only Super Bowl starting quarterback from West Virginia University appeared in Super Bowl XXV. Jeff Hostetler started for the winning New York Giants against the hapless Buffalo Bills.

College with the most starting quarterbacks (not counting multiples, such as Joe Montana's and Terry Bradshaw's four trips and wins, which makes them the quarterbacks with the most victories and the most victories without a loss): Univerity of Alabama - 3 (Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler); Notre Dame - 3 (Darryl Lamonica, Joe Montana, Joe Theismann). However, there is a distinction to be made in that not one of the Alabama quarterbacks lost a game in four Super Bowls (Starr played in the first two, when it was known as the World Championship), while Daryle Lamonica lost in Super Bowl II against Starr and Joe Theismann lost in Super Bowl XVIII against the Raiders. Notre Dame quarterbacks have started 7 Super Bowls; Montana won 4, Theismann won 1).Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills lost more games without a win than any other quarterback: 4.

No Super Bowl has ever seen two quarterbacks from the same college start a gainst each other.

There have been only three starting left-handed quarterbacks: Ken Stabler (Oakland Raiders), Boomer Esiason (Cincinnati Bengals), and Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers).

There are five active professional NFL football teams that have yet to play in a Super Bowl: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New Orleans Saints.

There's plenty more trivia out there for the imaginative and the curious. By the end of Super Bowl XLIII, there will be plenty more.

New Shows

This spring brings TV viewers a mix of fantasy and reality, with mostly drama and not quite enough comedy. Shows may start out promising, but the viewing public can be fickle. Ratings can quickly deci  de if Spring TV newcomers can stand up to the existing players and make it through to the next season.

Spring TV shows face the challenge that a new restaurant may face on an overly-crowded street. Everything better be good for the first show, or there will be no repeat viewers. Here are five TV shows premiering this spring that should be given a chance to build an adoring fan base and audience.

New Spring 2009 TV Shows That Should Not Be Canceled

In the Motherhood

With so few comedies on the spring schedule, and so few shows about women, and even fewer about moms it would be a shame to see In the Motherhood cancelled. This show has built a web audience that could be parlayed into a TV audience. ABC has a lineup that is set to reel the viewers hungry for some much-needed comedy.

In the Motherhood treats fans to a sit com favorite, Megan Mullally, of Will & Grace fame. The show will focus on stories moms can relate to, as they struggle to juggle work, house and kids with not enough hands, just as the characters on the show will.

In the Motherhood premieres on on Thursday March 26, 2009 at 8pm on ABC.


Fans of Nathan Fillion can sit back and enjoy a little mystery with him on Castle. Nathan Fillion has appeared on Desperate Housewives, as Dr. Adam Mayfair. On Drive he was Alex Tully. Previously he had a stint on two Joss Whedon shows: Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

A little drama, a little mystery, a la Monk, but without the crazy may be just the show viewers want this spring. Nathan Fillion shows don't have a good track record, so maybe his time has come. The inclusion of the enticing actress, Stana Katic, who played a vampire on 2008's The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice can only help this show's chances of survival.

Moving into a world that seems slightly unbelievable is Cupid. If this sounds familiar, beyond the Greek mythology reference, it is. The show had a trial once before, in a death-to-any-show time slot, Saturday night.

The previous incarnation starred Jeremy Piven, who actually believed himself to be cupid. This incarnation features Bobby Cannavale as Cupid. The first incarnation had Rob Thomas as the show's writer who had a following with his previous shows Veronica Mars and Dawson's Creek.

A better time slot and more physically appealing lead may keep this show on the air.

Cupid premieres on Tuesday, March 24, 2008 at 10pm on ABC.

The Doll House

More Joss Whedon. Fans are grimacing, grinning and hoping for the best from the latest Joss Whedon show, The Dollhouse. The show stars Eliza Dushku, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The beauty played Faith.

The premise makes the show sound like a cross between Point of No Return, The Bourne Identity for hot folks, and the novel He She It by Marge Piercy. The show already has an audience in Joss Whedon fans, and if the FOX and Friday night audience can understand the show, they may keep tuning in.

The Dollhouse premieres on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 9pm on FOX.

The Unusuals

The Unusuals takes two interesting actors, Harold Perrineau (Michael from Lost) and Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) and mixes them up in a cop drama. Cop dramas are nothing new, but these two talents may be enough to keep the audience tuning it.