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Houston Gossip, Higgins’ Haircut and Linmania


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Brian Higgins: Promoted


I’m sure that many people watching the plea of essayist Bill Flanagan on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” for the media to leave Whitney Houston alone after the eulogies stopped Sunday were moved by the idea.

Flanagan probably would have received a standing ovation in many homes after he told viewers “let’s ignore the gossip press and scandal media that will try to exploit her memory now that she can’t defend herself.”

After it was over, my immediate thoughts were “well done” and “fat chance.”

There is money to be made from the exploitation of Houston and the gossip press and scandal media aren’t the only ones that realize that. The network morning shows and prime time shows realize it as well. So stay tuned for nightly specials in time slots where the networks have trouble getting viewers.

One of my South Buffalo spies alerted me to the unscheduled appearance of Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday’s edition of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” During his monologue, Leno noted that taxpayers pay for Senate haircuts and then aired footage of a series of politicians with bad haircuts. The first politician with a bad hair day was – you guessed it – Higgins, whose uncontrollable locks were on display. Oh, well, at Leno gave Higgins a promotion. The bit suggested he was a senator instead of a congressman. The footage of Higgins, Barney Frank and others is available on the internet. 

I’ll give fans of this season’s favorite guilty pleasure, ABC’s “Revenge” time to catch up with Wednesday’s episode. Let’s just say it ended with a terrific twist that I should have seen coming well before I did in the final 15-20 minutes. More on it in a future blog – perhaps even Friday – after I give readers a day to see it.

You had to love the way ESPN tried to spin removing Lackawanna native Ron Jaworski from the Monday Night Football booth. It sent out a release announcing he signed a five-year deal that downplayed that he was leaving MNF. Of course, his departure from the three-man booth was the bigger story. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden now will go it alone. As I said Wednesday, Gruden and Jaws both are quarterback experts so it was understandable that one of them would leave the booth. However, you might have expected a defensive-minded analyst to join Gruden. Since Gruden’s name comes up every time there is a NFL coaching opening, one would assume ESPN has some kind of assurance that he isn’t going back to coaching anytime soon.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley committed an unforced turnover when he confused baseball and basketball after Wednesday’s newscast ran a piece on New York Knicks sensation and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin. Pelley said only four Harvard grads have played pro baseball (he meant basketball), with twice as many Harvard grads making it to the  presidency than the NBA.

Speaking of Linmania, the Knicks game with the Dallas Mavericks at 1 p.m. Sunday is on Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate. It goes one-on-one with a 12:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres game with Pittsburgh Sunday on Channel 2, the NBC affiliate. I imagine a lot of dial switching will be going on locally. Of course, the Knicks and Sabres are both off of local cable because of the TWC-MSG dispute. It is just our luck that their network telecasts are on at the same time.  

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1 response to "Houston Gossip, Higgins’ Haircut and Linmania"

  1. Gman says:

    Had to laugh when seeing Higgins as the first one to appear on the bad haircuts segment on the Tonight Show. Another bad hair day in Buffalo.

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