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May 12, 2008

Sunday on the Couch

Filed under: Uncategorized — robfischer @ 10:14 am

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to smell the pork in the air.  Happy BBQ Fest!  It’s the week that we’re all pork people.  When I moved to Memphis, I wasn’t a big fan of BBQ Fest.  But now that I am part of a tent, it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year.  Sitting in the sunshine, enjoying a beverage of your choice, eating the best BBQ of the year, people watching, seeing the sun go down over the Mississippi, more people watching, more beverages, more food, and plenty of good times.  What’s amazing is the preparation that goes into the week.  For the first time, I went down to the river Sunday.  BBQ Festers became construction workers.  Can you imagine Eli Savoie cleaning out refrigerator’s and bar stools?  I SAW IT!  Speaking of sawing, can you imagine me sawing some wood?  No?  Me either.  That’s why I took photos.  My group was amazing.  I helped hold ties and got people drinks.  Other than that, I watched everyone else work.  Well, I watched all of the men watch our one woman work! 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO HER!  Good thing she got the saw, drill, and a generator for mother’s day.

Our location is pretty amazing, maybe even the best on the river.  The sights are spectacular!

Enjoy the BBQ Fest this week.  I know I will.  That’s why I’m off Wednesday through Friday, and you won’t hear Eli Savoie all week.  He’ll be building stuff!  Have fun Eli.  I’ll try to get a picture or 2!

The NBA Playoffs continue this week, and I’m still waiting for someone to win on the road.  I’m also waiting on games that we were supposed to see.  You know, the best playoffs ever.  There have been so many blowouts, it’s been hard to watch many of these games after halftime.  One thing we have learned is that Chris Paul is one of the top 5 superstars in this league and will be for a long time to come.  We also have learned that Joey Crawford is back in the mix.  It’s amazing to me that a referee who was kicked out of the league a year ago is reffing as many playoff games as Joey.  The angry gerble is running up and down the floor every time I turn on a game!  Here are the latest picks by the Sports Bar, Coach Dave Joerger, and the world renowned Mark the Chef.  Round one record in parenthesis:

                                   Jeff(6-2)     Will(7-1)    Fish(5-3)     Chef(7-1)     Coach(7-1)

Spurs-Hornets           SA6             SA7            SA7              NO7             SA7

Lakers-Jazz                LA6             LA6            LA5              LA6              LA6

Celtics-Cavs              BOS6           BOS6          BOS7             BOS5           BOS7

Pistons-Magic            DET6          DET5          DET5             DET6           DET6

After hearing Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on our show last week, I feel pretty comfortable saying that it was fun watching Juan Carlos Navarro this year, and I wish him the best wherever he plays next year.  I’m a fan of JCN, but the move would make sense.  You’d have a much better team if JCN was coming off the bench.  Someone is going to offer him starters money, and the Grizz can’t afford to pay starters money to a guy on the bench.  They already have too many of them.

Been watching some of that exhibition softball on ESPN2.  Team USA has a beast on the roster.  Crystl Bustos can knock the ball out of any yard!  When she hits them, you know it’s gone.  You have to hope to contain her, because she’s strong like bull.  You can’t fool her with that little riser. 


The 17th Green at Sawgrass is the most famous hole in the world.  There’s no questioning it.  The golf purist would list ten before the Island Green, but people who aren’t even golf fans know about the Island Green.  And to the players whining about it being too tough, GET OVER IT!  Are you serious?  It’s a par-3!  Sure it’s tough, but it’s part of what makes the finish at Sawgrass one of the hardest, if not the hardest, to close out a tournament.  Golf fans love it, and players need to embrace it.  It could kill your round, but it can win the tournament for you too.  It’s ONE hole all year, so stop crying.

When the weather is inclement, is there anything worse than watching the weather guys get down and dirty?  I understand that we need the information, but why do we need full team coverage?  Do we really need three guys in the weather center to read computers?  Why do the Meteorologists have to take off their sport coats and roll up their sleeves?  Are they diggin in to their work like never before?  To me, it looks like the world is coming to an end and they’re about to save lives with their hands, when actually they are pointing at screens and ripping off paper and reading the computer.  OH NO!  Are they just trying to show us that they actually do work instead of guess all of the time?  Just read the information and stop being so depressed and stressed out because of rain!  KEEP THE JACKET ON AND GIVE ME THE DARN FORECAST!


Every year, American Idol has to start a show apologizing for Paula Abdul’s behavior.  It’s obviously a problem that continues to become embarrassing for the show and for herself.  Whatever she’s taking, or not taking, someone needs to get a grip on the woman.  Maybe she should be replaced.  Seriously, has she ever said anything negative unless it was completely obvious?  And when she does, she usually follows it up with something sappy and nauseating!  In the words of one of America’s great songwriters…..

“She’s a conundrum wrapped up in an enigma which is amazingly awesome and digs deep into her awesome soul.” – Brett Michaels

OJ Mayo took cash in college and high school?  OH NO!  I’ll take him.

Weekly Dish

– Tim Tebow spent spring break in the Philippines and — according to Dave Curtis of the Orlando Sentinel — helped circumcise impoverished children.

Tebow, who has no surgical training, was visiting an orphanage his father’s ministry runs in the country and assisted with the care of locals who had walked miles to the temporary clinic the ministry helped organize.

Tebow said, “The first time, it was nerve-racking.  Hands were shaking a little bit. I mean, I’m cutting somebody. You can’t do those kinds of things in the United States. But those people really needed the surgeries. We needed to help them.”

– Donald Trump has another Miss USA scandal on his hands. Miss Kentucky USA 2008, Alysha Harris, whose Facebook says she’s only 20, was photographed partying and bumping and grinding with New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss at the Kentucky Derby. Trump gave former Miss USA Tara Conner a second chance more than a year ago after her underage partying and other inappropriate behavior.

– Police said soccer star Ronaldo committed no crime, but he was accused by one prostitute of using drugs and not wanting to pay.

The motel manager — identified only as Luisa — said Ronaldo, who was dressed and appeared to be sober, tried to get rid of the prostitutes after realizing they were men.

A motel waiter, who was not identified in the police documents, told police the prostitute went to the street and yelled “the Phenomenon didn’t want to pay.”

Police inspector Carlos Augusto Nogueira said there was no evidence drugs were involved in the incident.

48-year-old Luiz Mendes, a private chauffeur. “Ronaldo has money to fill mattresses. He can afford the best and most beautiful women in the world. Why would he want to go out with these (prostitutes).”

It has only been a year since the Police kicked off their reunion tour, but they’ve already made plans for their final show in New York City in August. The show will be a fundraiser to benefit arts programs on local New York public television stations. Additionally, the band has agreed to donate $1 million to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to plant trees.  Band leader Sting said, “We came here first in 1978. We want to leave a gift that will last for decades.”  I’m just happy that I won’t have to see that old, wrinkly, washed up has-been, wearing a sleeveless shirt anymore!

NBC is set to announce on May 12 that Saturday Night Live vet Jimmy Fallon will take over next year for Conan O’Brien, who’ll assume the Tonight Show throne currently occupied by Jay Leno.

The question is whether Leno will walk out of NBC’s door when his contract expires at the end of 2009. He’s said to be miffed about having to relinquish The Tonight Show, which has remained highly profitable during his tenure. (The program is TV’s most watched late-night talk show, and is rumored to make in excess of $100 million in profits annually.) NBC is more than eager to keep Leno in the fold, and has already offered him several options, including prime-time specials and/or hosting another show — basically, anything that doesn’t air at 11:30 p.m.

While the others can’t officially bid for his services until next year, there’s speculation that Leno could wind up at Fox or ABC.  

Last week, the IOC sent a letter to all national Olympic organizing committees saying athletes should stay away from clothes, gestures or moves that demonstrate “political, religious or racial propaganda” at venues for the Beijing Games. This includes “all actions, reactions, attitudes” by people, including “external appearance, clothing, gestures and written or oral statements.

– HBO is bringing its “Hard Knocks” franchise back to Cowboys training camp this summer, and HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg already is predicting best-ever ratings for his five-show series.

Greenburg said “this is not the E! television network,” and insisted the obvious headliners will only get air time if they earn it.

According to a report from OK! Magazine, Romo may not be ready to settle down. 

The family won’t allow Jessica, whom the jokingly refer to as “the special person with issues,” in their Wisconsin home, and have been avoiding calls from her dad.  The report claims that Tony is still in regular contact with his former flame, country superstar Carrie Underwood.  Even worse, sources say Tony’s family wishes he would reconcile with Carrie.

Other Reports say Simpson is engaged to Romo.

Rumors of a possible engagement were triggered when Simpson’s friends were overheard toasting the singer’s “happiness” at P Diddy’s party in Hollywood on Friday.

A source said: “Jessica would love nothing more than to get married before Ashlee.

– TV sports types who backed presidential nominees include CBS’ Jim Nantz, who gave $2,300 to Fred Thompson. Rudy Giuliani’s donors included CBS’ Dan Dierdorf ($1,000) and Boomer Esiason ($2,300). Fox’s Troy Aikman is backing John McCain with $2,300.  Rich Eisen of NFL Network put $500 behind Barack Obama.

Quotes of the Week (

”Bro Code Article 89: The mom of a bro is always off limits but the stepmom of a bro is fair game if she initiates it and/or is wearing at least one article of leopard-print clothing.”

”Hillary Clinton says she’s willing to debate Barack Obama ‘anytime, anywhere’ and would even meet him in the back of a truck. Which is surprising, because the ‘anytime, anywhere, even in the back of a truck’ offer is usually made by Bill Clinton.”


Birthday’s this past week:  Ann B. Davis (82- Wonder if she still talks to Sam the Butcher), Tammy Wynette (66), Tina Yothers (35), Willie Mays (77), Bob Seger (63), George Clooney (47), Tom Bergeron (53), Johnny Unitas (75), Traci Lords (40), Cindy Parlow (30), Don Rickles (82), Tony Gwynn (48), Billy Joel (59), Candice Bergen (62- and still lookin good), Steve Yzerman (43), Pat Summerall (78).

Don’t forget, there’s always something happening in Tunica!  And this week is no different.  Click on the link to find out what’s happening in Tunica, Mississippi.  Get easy access to the casino’s, golf courses, and all other entertainment by clicking on this website for the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau.  KENNY ROGERS IS COMING!!!

For a quick sneak preview, here’s what’s coming up: 

May 16 – 18 Central States Peruvian Horse Show Tunica Arena & Exposition Center 662-363-3299
May 16 – 17 Ricky Lynn Gregg Sam’s Town 800-456-0711
May 17 Kenny Rogers Horseshoe 800-303-7463
May 23 – 24 Ricky Lynn Gregg Bally’s 800-382-2559
May 25 Rosa Fort High School Graduation Tunica Arena & Exposition Center 662-363-3299

Hope to see you in Tunica, and don’t forget the Tunica National 3 Person Scramble this Thursday at 5pm.  Just call 866-TEE-OFF1 for more information or go online at  See you there.

Enjoy BBQ Fest this week!






1 Comment »

  1. paula abdul has had a great season. she has done very well and she hasnt just said positive stuff. replace her? haha, sure, if they want the show to drop from nr 1 to nr 20.. also.. without Paula, i doubt the media would care about AI. she gets at least 80 % of the attention and she is the one everyone is always talking about.. and idol needs to be talked about, thats sort of the purpose of the show. anyway, she has done very well and it isnt her fault the media is obsessed with the ONE time this season she messed up.

    Comment by lex — May 12, 2008 @ 10:24 am

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