Oh, my. Tucker Carlson is so not doing himself a favour.

I understand what he’s saying. He’s got a point to put across.  So why did I feel the way Tucker Carlson did it was so blatantly evocative of a simple ‘revenge’ act out towards another who humiliated him?

Summary: Years ago during the 2004 campaign trail, Jon Stewart appeared in CNN’s Crossfire where Carlson was a co-host, and basically told off Carlson that Crossfire was not doing enough to ‘hold politician’s feet to the fire’ and ‘hurting America’.  The clip of Stewart’s attack became an Internet sensation.  Two weeks ago, Stewart had Jim Cramer, a CNBC financial pundit, on the Daily Show and proceeded to rip Cramer up for what Stewart considered to be Cramer’s ‘responsibility’ to the American people to expose the warning signs within the financial industry that is the precursor to today’s financial meltdown. Carlson appeared in CNN after the Cramer-Stewart interview and, uhm, ranted.

Here’s a link to The Huffington Post where Carlson rips into Jon Stewart on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

And here are the clips of Jim Cramer’s interview in the Daily Show which prompted the tirade by Carlson.

Now this is what I call reality TV. 

See for yourselves.

What, he doesn’t use pepper spray for his steaks???

Sure, this is old news already, but hey, it’s still appearing in Reuters’s list of most popular articles.

Chuck Norris has sued Penguin, the publisher of the book "The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the World’s Greatest Human", which lists previously unknown gems such as:

  • A cobra once bit Chuck Norris’s leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
  • Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard.
  • When an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.
  • Chuck Norris was the first person to tame a dinosaur.
  • Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands.
  • Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris’s house is a Total Gym.

Obviously, these are all fake truths made in the name of fun.  I think Norris was widely denounced as a complete dunderhead when he sued, saying he was as funny as wet burlap, and that may be true.  However, it is stated that he believed Penguin and the author of the book of “misappropriated and exploited Mr. Norris’s name and likeness without authorization for their own commercial profit.”

This case reminds me of JK Rowling suing to prevent the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon.

I’m not saying he should be suing, I’m just saying he may be all fun and smiles while the Chuck Facts is free to float around in the Internet without commercial implications, but he kicks ass when someone compiles all these things and sells it as a book, possibly even without compensation to the original writers of these gems (I don’t know) or to Chuck himself.

Hmm, maybe I should be a badminton commentator

There’s nothing more interesting to the audience of a sport to hear a smart-alec commentator who acts as though he knows everything be proven wrong.  Well, at least it’s interesting to me.  I mean, take a look at the football pundits.  They didn’t take Joe Fanboy off the streets, oh no, they actually have qualified experts who’ve actually kicked a ball in front of live spectators who paid to watch them play the game.  That’s great.  Instant credibility right there.  But that doesn’t stop them from being wrong, and sometimes, horrendously wrong.

I always grin at the guy who goes, “There’s no doubt about it, there’s too much quality in the [insert footie club] side”, or “I can’t see them losing this”, and when the match is lost, they go, “No one could have expected this, [insert the above footie club] played well below par, etc, etc”.

Nothing wrong with experts making mistakes, of course.  I’m just saying it’s entertaining to have them get their faces rubbed in.

So here comes my point (yeah, I belaboured it, so bite me) – if you like this, and if I were a sports commentator, you’d be having some fun at my expense.  I have written off Lee Chong Wei after his not-again loss to Lin Dan at the All-England.  As usual, supporting Chong Wei was an exhausting affair – you kept holding your breath hoping he’d whack Lin Dan, waving your arms and all that only to find that you’ve been doing it the whole match and you get tired. 

So I watched the Swiss Open final warily.  If there’s such a thing as watching a badminton match nonchalantly, I was doing it. And if I was the sports commentator, I would be reiterating the fact that Lin Dan has won the last [insert number] encounters between the two.

But Chong Wei won.  He played the game I was screaming at him to play from my living room during the All-England final last week. 

If I was a sports commentator, I’d be saying, “Lin Dan played well below par, etc, etc.”

Maybe I should be a sports commentator.  Hey, ESPN, want someone to relieve Gillian Clark?

Must FIFA be informed if I receive my training schedules in email, too?

This is absolutely ridiculous.  Ben Foster, the Manchester United goalkeeper used an iPod in training to learn up penalty-taking habits of Tottenham Hotspurs players leading up the the League Cup final last Sunday.  This apparently “had the potential to exploit a loophole in the laws which should be referred to FIFA", according to former Premier League referee Graham Poll.

It was such a game changer in fact that the English FA has had to come up to dispel any notions of wrong-doing in a statement, according to fourfourtwo.com.

It’s amazing to me that this should even be brought up at all.  Should anything and everything related to technology used in conjunction with football training be scrutinized as well?