Thursday, July 19, 2007

San Jose Sharks Have a New Logo

The new San Jose Sharks logo wasn't supposed to be revelaed yet, but my inside connections got me a copy of it. What do you think? I think it looks cool. It's a little tougher looking that the other shark. Does that mean the team will be tougher next season? I hope so? It would be nice to get a shot at the Stanley Cup one of these years!

Thursday is the New Friday

I understand how it happened, but I think it’s time for a change. Why is it that Friday gets all the kudos when people in this country talk about the days of the American work week?

I realize that at one point, Friday was the big day. It was the end of the week, the start of the weekend, and working folks all over the country couldn’t help but to start waxing poetic about it. Thus, Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF) became a huge part of the American vernacular. They even named a chain of restaurants after it.

Well, I would like to make an argument for my favorite day of the work week – Thursday. It’s the new Friday, and I’ll tell you why.

I read somewhere that many Americans don’t even work on Fridays anymore. The 10-hour day, 4-day work week is more popular now than ever, especially when it comes to production jobs. People like the new working schedule, because it means that they can enjoy three-day weekends, spending more quality time with their families and cutting one entire day out of their commute. So, in a way, it’s good for the environment as well.

Plus, even people who do work on Fridays aren’t working all that hard. American workers take longer lunches (usually in a group), dress casually, eat donuts, have parties and take more breaks on Fridays, as a rule. In addition, they come up with every excuse to get out of work early and hit the road home before commute traffic clogs the roadways. Friday isn’t really a legitimate a work day anymore – for many, it’s the first day of the weekend.

Thursdays are all about anticipation. The work week is more than half way over and the weekend is on the way. But, it’s not quite there yet. Remember your childhood, when you anticipated things like Christmas and your birthday? Back then you were convinced that the big day would never come. But, it always did.

As you get older, you realize that the anticipation of something is almost as good as the thing itself. Thursday is that way.

So with this in mind, I am currently working with some top advertising and public relations executives throughout the country to start a campaign touting Thursday. We’ve even come up with a great new slogan, “So Happy It’s Thursday.” We’re also working on new calendars, t-shirts and watches, all of which we hope will change America’s feelings about Thursday.

I truly believe that the time is right for Thursday to get its due. To have its day in the sun, so to speak. Move over Friday, because here comes Thursday!

Grand Jury Throws Michael Vick to the Dogs

Well, it finally happened Tuesday. INDICTED in big bold letters. Michael Vick will now have to turn himself into authorities and face the music. I guess the grand jury didn’t buy his lame excuse that he didn’t live in the house where all of the alleged dog fighting took place.

I caught a lot of heat from Vick fans for my BrooWaha article, “Message to Michael Vick: Dog Fighting is Dog----!” I also got a lot of views. It’s a very hot topic right now, and with Vick’s indictment, it’s going to get even hotter.

On July 7th, reported that is was very unlikely that Vick would get indicted on this case. Well, guess what? Even the big boys get it wrong sometimes.

I will never convict a person until the evidence is presented and until that individual is tried in a court of law. But, a grand jury isn’t going to go to all the trouble of indicting someone -- especially someone as high profile as Michael Vick – without some sort of hard evidence. All I can say to Mike is good luck!

This appeared Tuesday on

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dog fighting.
Vick and three others were charged with violating federal laws against competitive dog fighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines.
The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began sponsoring dog fighting in early 2001, the former Virginia Tech star's rookie year with the Falcons.
It accuses Vick, Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor of "knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture," of conducting a business enterprise involving gambling, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.
Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, were not immediately returned.
A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick's mother said the family knew nothing about the charges.
On July 7, federal authorities conducted a second search of the Surry, Va., property owned by Vick that is the center of the dog fighting investigation.
According to court documents filed by federal authorities earlier this month, dogfights have been sponsored by "Bad Newz Kennels" at the property since at least 2002. For the events, participants and dogs traveled from South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, Texas and other states.
Fifty-four pit bulls were recovered from the property during searches in April, along with a "rape stand," used to hold dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified for dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting, the documents said.
During a June search of the property, investigators uncovered the graves of seven pit bulls that were killed by members of "Bad Newz Kennels" following sessions to test whether the dogs would be good fighters, the documents alleged.
Members of "Bad Newz Kennels" also sponsored and exhibited fights in other parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey and other states, according to the filings.
On Vick's website, he lists his birthplace as Newport News, "a.k.a. BadNews."
The documents said the fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours.
Before fights, participating dogs of the same sex would be weighed and bathed, according to the filings. Opposing dogs would be washed to remove any poison or narcotic placed on the dog's coat that could affect the other dog's performance.
Sometimes, dogs weren't fed to "make it more hungry for the other dog."
Fights would end when one dog died or with the surrender of the losing dog, which was sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot, electrocution or some other method, according to the documents.
Vick initially said he had no idea the property might have been used in a criminal enterprise and blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity.
Vick has since declined to talk about the investigation.