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    Letterman's retirement

    I came across this great piece on David Letterman's retirement by Bill Simmons: Letterman It really hits the nail on the head as far as what I always thought made Dave so much better than anyone else who has tried to do that job. And the segment during which he announced he would be retiring...
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    Comcast/Time Warner Merger Hearings

    The congressional hearings regarding the proposed merger of Comacast and Time Warner are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, and I was wondering what people thought of the chances of the merger getting approved? I was dubious at first, but now I'm wondering if it might go through after all. There...
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    Final Four "Teamcasts"

    TBS did something brilliant, I think, with the broadcasting of the final four games in the men's basketball tournament. They provided a national broadcast on TBS, but used hometown announcers for each team on simultaneous alternate broadcasts on TNT and TruTV. So if you wanted neutral...
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    NFL: Who will be the #1 draft pick?

    We're a little more than a month away from the NFL draft, and I was wondering if anybody had any ideas as to who will be the #1 pick. The Houston Texans have the pick, and many of the mock drafts I've seen have them taking Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive lineman from South Carolina. That may well...
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    MLB: Replay system for umpires in baseball

    Major league baseball is utilizing video technology to assist umpiring decisions for many different types of calls this season, and I've been fascinated to see how it is changing the dynamic of manager/umpire conversations. From what I've seen so far, the system will reduce the...
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    MLB: Predictions?

    It's opening night, part two, in the United States this time. And yet it's the Dodgers again. They will have played three games before 27 teams have played one game. I guess that means they'll get a few more days off along the way. Anyhow, I'm fishing for predictions as to division winners...
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    Premium sports packages on cable/satellite

    In the past I've ordered the MLB Extra Innings package and was wondering if anybody has an opinion on it or the comparable packages for other sports. I'll probably not get it this year simply because the streaming MLB.TV package now serves a similar purpose equally well. Anyway I only have...
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    Looking forward to more Mad Men?

    AMC has been rerunning season 6 of Mad Men in anticipation of the new season starting up in April. They've also made all of season 6 available on demand and streaming on their website. That's a pretty shrewd move in my mind, and in combination with seasons 1-5 being available on Netflix it...
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    American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

    It's a couple of years old now, but just last night I saw the American Masters documentary on David Geffen for the first time. I really had no idea the extent to which he has embodied the image of a show business mogul over the course of his career. If you're not familiar with him, he founded...
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    MLB: Dodgers/Diamondbacks in Australia

    Did anybody stay up late enough/get up early enough to catch the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks from Australia on the MLB Network last night/this morning? I was sound asleep at the time but got a good laugh today watching replays of Mark Trumbo misjudging a flyball to left field by about 15 feet...
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    Anyone remember the Magnavox Odyssey?

    I don't think I've ever found anyone else who remembers the Magnavox Odyssey, alleged to be the first-ever commercial home video game console. I remember as a child our family got this, which my brother and I thought was the greatest thing ever. It was pretty primitive by today's standards, but...
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    Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

    Sad to say I have not been paying nearly enough attention to men's college basketball this year to provide any intelligent commentary on the upcoming tournament. So I'm coming here to ask you what you think the main story lines will be. Does Wichita State have any chance of running the table for...
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    "Louie" back on FX in May

    FX announced today that season four of "Louie" will air beginning May 5, with two episodes showing every Monday night for seven weeks. I love that the show is coming back, and would gladly watch as many episodes as they put in front of me on any given night, but I'm worried that airing them two...
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    NBA: Age minimum

    Can anyone make a morally and legally defensible coherent argument for the NBA rule prohibiting the signing of players until one year has passed after their high school class graduation? All the chatter I hear seems to be about how the age limit should be RAISED, but the only justification seems...
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    Optimum (Cablevision) Guide Data Outage

    For most of last weekend, the guide feature on all of the cable boxes in our house was non-functional. This was slightly annoying, as it made both navigating live TV and setting up recordings difficult. This sort of thing has been happening semi-frequently lately, usually at night. I didn't...
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    NBA: If you ran the Knicks, would you keep Anthony?

    In watching the train wreck that has been the New York Knicks season, I have trouble picturing Carmelo Anthony as a key element of a championship team. He's exciting to watch and he scores a lot of points, but I just don't see him as unselfish enough to be part of a winner. So, if he opts out...
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