It’s a sad day for comedy: Norm Macdonald has died

Another Canadian entertainment legend is gone. The truly funny Norm Macdonald died of cancer today and that is truly shocking and sad news. In addition to his legendary stint on Saturday Night Live and elsewhere, he was also a big poker enthusiast who actually was host of the High Stakes Poker TV show. Sad to…

Where were you 20 years ago today?

How did you find out about the 9/11 attacks on America? Me? I was in Toronto, where I was glued to the television set in shock for days on end: The top news headlines just the night before in New York City: Below, David Letterman on his first show since the attacks.

The Twitter mob goes bananas as Joe Rogan announces he got COVID-19

The Twitter social media angry mob reacted in positively spectacular fashion on Wednesday upon hearing the news that their loathsome archenemy, the supposedly anti-vax UFC commentator Joe Rogan, came down with COVID-19 while on a comedy tour this past week. “Just desserts!” was their reaction. They erupted even more when Rogan revealed on Instagram that…

Now, the Bad News Roundup to end a month full of bad news

I haven’t posted much this month, mainly because I don’t feel like posting about all the bad news in the world. Besides, there still isn’t much good news to report: The war in Afghanistan has ended… in defeat. Hurricane Ida socked Louisiana so badly that the power could be out in New Orleans for weeks….

Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana coast as Cat. 4

Well, it is been a miserable week for the United States of America mainly due to what’s going on in Afghanistan and the recent explosion there at Kabul that killed several American service personnel and lots of Afghan civilians. Plus, the Delta variant is running rampant and filling the hospitals across the unvaccinated ‘States. Now,…

West coast of Florida is under a hurricane warning right now

Hi! Tampa Bay is under a hurricane warning. Elsa is now Cat. 1. Hopefully, the streets aren’t flooded for tomorrow night’s Stanley Cup game. As an aside — isn’t it a bit early for hurricane warnings? Not to mention wildfires over on the other coast?! What is happening?! Hurricane #Elsa Advisory 27A: Elsa Regains Hurricane…

Sad times following the Surfside building collapse

I am sitting here watching the streaming Channel 7 Miami news while waiting for the sports highlights show to come on. And I am reminded watching the grim special reports that I should post something on the awful building collapse of a condo at Surfside, Florida. They are still trying to find people in the…

CONAN wrapped up on TBS this week, but it didn’t feel like an ending

It’s hard to believe that Conan O’Brien’s show CONAN on TBS is over. It just seems like yesterday that this blog was following all the drama with Conan’s contentious Tonight Show NBC exit. Where has the time gone? It’s an end to an era, for sure. The last link to the immediate post-Carson late show…

Freedom from COVID-19 still a ways off in many places in the world

Optimism is in the air. The COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end in my part of the world, Canada, thanks to a robust vaccine rollout. Here, the Canadian Football League even announced it is returning Aug. 5! That’s a sure sign life here is finally, at long last, getting back to normal. Not so…

CFL is poised to end its long shutdown, finally

The Canadian Football League votes on Monday on proceeding with August 5 as a date to start the 2021 season. I’m confident they will give the go-ahead — in fact I would be shocked if they didn’t, given the decline in COVID-19 cases we are seeing across the country. It looks like Saskatchewan and Alberta…

Netanyahu out in Israel after 12 years

I am watching the news coverage right now of the vote in the Knesset to oust Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and replace his government with a multi-party coalition with Naftali Bennett installed as prime minister. This was coming for a while, and it’s been interesting to see this whole drama play out in Israel…

Scary movies racking up all the dough at the box office

I haven’t posted about the movie box office in a while. Maybe I should, because it surely seems like the pandemic at the cinemas is, ahem, over. The weekend hauls in North America these past two weeks look more and more like what you might normally see on a regular basis at the cinemas. It’s…

The fans are finally back at NHL arenas, and it’s about time!

You know, these Stanley Cup playoffs have so far proved a stark contrast between the United States, where sporting venues have opened up thanks to mass vaccinations, versus Trudeau’s “One-Dose” Canada, or as I refer to it, “Shutdown Nation”. While venues in Tampa, Carolina, Nashville, Vegas et al. have had buildings with lots of fans…

Happy day off, folks. Sports roundup for Monday

Today is a holiday here in “Shutdown Nation” (a.k.a. Canada), so I have been spending my day at home, trying to get good at poker both by playing it online and by watching poker on TV. Heck, there’s nothing better to do here today, especially since it’s raining. This is going to serve as my…