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18 August 2011

A Hodgepodge of Recent Items

It's time for a hodgepodge Canessa Commentary. Hope you enjoy this one.

■ Mike Jacobs, playing in the Colorado Rockies' organization, was suspended for 50 games having tested positive for human-growth hormones. My how the mighty have fallen. It's hard to envision this, but just a season ago, he was the Mets' Opening Day starting first-baseman.

■ Happy Birthday, Michele Bachmann! Or is it her birthday? You'd think I'd be able to find this information out — just like she should have with Elvis!

■ Google sucks. Some idiot over-clicked the ads on my website, and they instantly canceled my ad program. The idiots in Cali need to do a better job properly monitoring the clicks. I did no wrong here. I'll be doing my Web searches with Yahoo! from now on.

■ Christine O'Donnell — grow the hell up. When a journalist asks you questions, answer them, don't refer to your silly little book that no decent American would read, let along buy. Not sure what I'm referencing here? Check out her little pissy-fit as she walks off the set of the Piers Morgan show the other night. In fact, here's the clip, embedded below.

■ Found an egregious error on the NY Daily News's website. I wrote to them to let them know. What did they do in response? Absolutely nothing. I thought better of the News.

■ I am officially an "ER" expert. Try me. Ask me any sort of trivia question. If I get it wrong, it probably didn't happen on the show. 

■ There's talk the tolls for the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the George Washington Bridge could rise to as much as $15. If that happens, it'll be a cold day in hell before I drive into Manhattan ever again. And speaking of which, Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo better do their part to ensure the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York don't allow this increase to be implemented.

■ Last night's episode of "Royal Pains" was, in my mind, the best of the series. Period. Hands down. If you're a fan of the show and haven't seen it yet, you really should. It reminds me of just how brilliant an actor Campbell Scott [Boris] truly is. This man deserves more starring roles — and more than just voiceovers. And this isn't to take away from his voiceover work either. He's brilliant at that, as well.

■ Welcome home, Gelbie. Hope you had a great summer. Looking forward to a great new season of your show.

■ Speaking of shows, my dear friend Joel McGuirk, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., started a new, two-hour show on He talks sports with the most intensity one could dream of from a sportscaster. What's best about his show is that he takes callers — and actually lets them speak. Quite the antithesis of what happens with Mike Francesa on WFAN. It's actually become comical how these absurd fans of his wait 45 minutes for 30 seconds of airtime. Truly, the callers deserve better from Francesa, and he continues to demonstrate contempt for his fans. 

Talk about over-staying your welcome and failing to retire when the time is right.

■ It's hard to believe it but it's been 13 years since I ran for the Kearny [N.J.] Town Council. Perhaps even more difficult to believe is that when I ran, I did so as a Republican. Ha!

■ Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils tore the Achilles' Heel on one of his feet. Way to wait until a couple of weeks before training camp to do this, Trav!

■ Speaking of which, would you believe it's been two months since the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup? And you know what that means! Training camp opens in like three weeks! Let's go Devils!

Enjoy the weekend, one and all! Thanks, as always, for reading.

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