I can’t believe this is the end of another year. I’m still here, you are still here, and I’m so sorry for the ones who are not.
But I count my blessings. I can’t even begin to count the number of TV sports stations there are. In the old days we had three total stations that perhaps played 30 hours of weekly sports between them. Now that the NFL is taking hold by adding their own network, I suppose all the major sports will do the same adding even more than the hundreds of hours each week I have to watch now.
Some of you may not feel sorry for me. But it is harder than it seems. Remember, I have to watch “Dancing with the Stars” with my better half, not to mention “All My Children.” And of course, I want to pay some attention to all my children and grandchildren. And I have some pretty great nephews and nieces who want to see “Unca Donald,” I hope.
Then there are the relatives and in-laws like my almost 90-year old son-in-law’s father Walt, in Turlock, California, who never misses a column.
And how about my 91-year old mother- in- law, Rose, who knows less than nothing about football who’s in our family football pool. Now, understand, this is a sports family! She has won four of the first 15 weeks in our pool, and is just a game out of first for the over-all winner!
No one can figure that out. But my son Dave is no different. He has his dog make his picks and he’s won twice and is in first place! Go figure.
Maybe I’ll go back and watch regular TV! Maybe the less I know the better. Let’s see what was just cancelled.
24: Big-screen movie coming soon though. Maybe they’ll give him more time to solve the crimes.
As the World Turns and Guiding Light: Hey, 57 and 54 years are long enough. Besides, we can use those hours for more sports shows.
At the Movies: After thirty years and 100 different hosts, it’s time to go.
The Forgotten: I never saw this show. I called a friend and he said he may have once but forgot about it.
Ghost Whisperer: I liked this show. It was on Friday night so I had to tape it to watch at three in the morning when there were no live sports shows on. This was canceled after five seasons.
The Hasselhoffs: Oh my! I heard this was so bad that I would watch a Clipper’s game instead. Lasted two episodes. Clippers lasted two games before being out of contention.
Larry King Live: After 26 years CNN decided to replace Larry with Piers Morgan. I saw Morgan on “The Apprentice.” He is the most obnoxious person I’ve seen on TV. Guess I still won’t watch this non-sports show!
Lost: I got, well, lost, after several episodes so I didn’t miss any late innings of the Angels.
Romantically Challenged: This show with Alyssa Milano must have had many challenges as it lasted only four episodes. About as long as the Chargers took to realize they were out of it this year.
Ugly Betty: I didn’t like this show but my wife made me watch it sometimes. I saw the Lakers get snuffed by the Heat last week and that was ugly enough for me. I did watch the last episode, though. I think they had Betty looking a little better. I hope the same for the Lakers.
Some shows are coming back. They occasionally remind me of the World of Sports.
All My Children: The poor guys on this show wind up with children they never knew about. They almost marry their sisters and have as many girlfriends as Tiger Woods.
Dancing with the Stars: There have been several sports stars on this show but they get booted off in a hurry. It seems us fans just don’t want to watch this show so we can’t vote for them. Watching the female dancers can make it bearable, however.
The heck with it. I’m sticking with the sports programs. That’s real reality!
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