Archive for May, 2010

Are you kidding me?

In my opinion, Major League Baseball has a number of credibility/integrity issues. Can you say performance enhanching drugs? How about the absence of a salary cap that allows big market teams to outspend their smaller counterparts by double or more? But, to me, the biggest credibility issue right now is horrible umpiring. We saw another glaring example of it last night during the Rays game when a pitch that was clearly a foot or more off the plate was called a strike against Carl Crawford. CC went off on the umpire and was promptly tossed out of the game as was Joe Maddon who went out to defend his player. It seems the strike zone has been expanded to include any area on the field of play. If MLB intends to hold its players accountable, it needs to do the same for umpires. When players don’t perform, they’re either sent down to the minors or given their walking papers. It seems to me that the same should apply to the umps!

Personal Evolution

I was in a play called “Later Life” recently and, in the final scene, my character said these words: “People don’t change Sally!  We are who we are only more so.”  Well, I take issue with that and here’s why.  My mother kept every report card I ever had from first grade through my senior year in high school.  I happened to be going through some files a couple of days ago and ran across all those hideously embarrassing report cards.  If you had judged me by my academic performance during those  formative years, you would have projected well, let’s just say, a less than stellar career in just about any profession.  Truthfully, I’m still amazed I made it into college.  Once I got there,  however, I was able to pursue my passion which was broadcasting.  It launched me into a career that’s lasted four decades.  In fact, it gave me the confidence to give acting a try.  “Later Life” is really the first theatre work I’ve ever done proving that we can change, even in later life. By the way, all those old report cards are now in the trash!

America’s Best Loved Personal Brand, Betty White

Betty White may the biggest and best loved brand in America right now.  The 88-year old’s  hosting of “Saturday Night Live” was nothing less than brilliant. 

What I have always loved about Betty White is that she can be both naughty and nice at the same time.  Going back to her days on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” when she played Sue Ann Nivens, she’s always been to display an incredibly sweet demeanor combined with liberal doses of sexual innuendo.  When Betty first appeared on television in the early 50’s,  married couples couldn’t even be depicted as sharing the same bed and the censors would have  had a fit with any humor  considered risqué.  SNL really changed the television landscape back in 1975 and it hasn’t really looked back ever since.  The beautiful  thing about Betty White is that she’s not looking back either.  She’s going full steam ahead!