FLUTTERBALL WINS OUT OVER 95 MPH FASTBALL
Congratulations to R.A. Dickey. Dickey, who was a high school and college pitching phenom was granted an $800,000 signing bonus by the Texas Rangers. During the mandatory physical exam it was discovered he was born without an ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. This is a problem if you are a fireballing righthander. The Rangers signed him, but for $75,000. Dickey learned to throw the unreliable knuckleball. He went from a potential superstar, to an also ran, to a journeyman, to the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award. Knuckleballers have been known to pitch into their 50s. Apparently, experts have said, due to the unique structure of his arm, he could last much longer. Will the Mets re-sign him this year or trade him? By the way R.A. climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last winter, he put out a book called “Wherever I Wind-Up” and was featured in a documentary on the knuckleball. Not a bad year. Great job R.A..
MORE BUTT KISSING BY THE FCC
The FCC is considering relaxing the rules concerning media ownership. If approved, it will be much easier to own a TV station and a newspaper in the Top 20 media markets. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed for more common ownership of radio stations within markets. This act was the first cruel nail in the decimation of the record industry. It also Put greedy broadcasting companies behind the 8-ball, because they paid too much for these properties. Most of all it limited the choices of the public. Should the FCC relax the rules about TV and newspaper ownership, it will once again limit the dissemination of differing views. As we witnessed in the last presidential election, in general the public believes what they see on TV and read about in the newspapers. The media outlets already have too much power. Why give them more? Oh that is right, we have to payback all the business leaders who helped everyone get elected last week.
PANDORA TAKES TO CAPITOL HILL
If you are not yet streaming music, you soon will be. The leaders in streaming music are Pandora and Spotify. Apple is about to enter the fray, which will devalue its iTunes franchise. How are we going to transfer all those mp3 files we have, once they become obsolete. The future is at hand.
Pandora is going to Capitol Hill with a plea to reduce the rates it pays to musicians for the use of their music. If approved this action will take approximately $230 million out of the pockets of musicians. That is just the tip of the ice berg. Radio broadcast outlets are already lining up to get their hands into the artists’ pocket. Haven’t our musical artists suffered enough at the hands of the corporate world?
I often wonder why so many superstars play concerts for politicians who are trying to get elected. The politicians do nothing for them. Mr. President, instead of taking Springsteen on a plane ride to help toot your horn, why not stand up for him in Congress. A note to any artists reading this…”Get your head out of your ass and realize these guys are not your friends”.
MADONNA’S HOO HA
At a recent New York concert, Madge did a split in a thong that gave the audience in the first couple of rows quite a view! She apparently also mooned the audience at one point in the show. When an audience member threw a $20 bill on the stage she said “Is that all my ass is worth?“. The guy would have asked for change, but he wasn’t sure which slot it would come out!