* What a Saturday this is shaping up to be. I need a few more televisions, a few more DVRs or a few more of both.
Here’s how my day shapes up:
Wake up. I find that my day is infinitely better when I wake up. Believe me, there have been days when I didn’t wake up and they have almost always been bad days.
11 a.m. – Man comes to winterize sprinkler system. Also, Michigan State and Northwestern play on ESPN. That game intrigues me. Michigan State is in the national championship picture, folks. It’s true.
Never miss a local story.
2:30 p.m. – Here we go. Hold on now, because this is going to be a wild ride.
I definitely want to see the Giants-Phillies NLCS game on Fox. No-brainer. But I also want to see the Nebraska-Oklahoma State college football game on KAKE, the LSU-Auburn game on KWCH and the Wisconsin-Iowa game on ESPN. I’ll need a radio nearby to listen to Kansas State-Baylor, which for some ridiculous reason isn’t being televised. Wish me luck from 2:30 until about 6.
6 – Come up for air. Talk to Debbie about HGTV or mums or wedding plans, perhaps, but not for long. Because the day has only just begun. Kansas and Texas A&M get going on Fox Sports Kansas City, so Debbie will have to be brief.
7 – Take a deep breath. Tune back to KAKE for the Oklahoma-Missouri game. I’m picking a Tigers upset. But if the Yankees and Rangers are playing a Game 7 in Arlington, with Cliff Lee pitching for Texas, I have to watch. Also, Air Force and TCU are playing, with deserves a look. And junior college powers Butler (No. 1) and Hutchinson (No. 2) are playing in El Dorado. It”ll be on radio.
9 – With everything else that is going on, I’m going to try and watch my first UFC match as Brock Lesnar takes on unbeaten Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title. To do so will mean going out to “Sidepockets,” because I don’t want to lay down the $44.95 to watch at home. We’ll see. I might actually do this.
* I received my “Sports Illustrated” NBA preview issue in the mail Thursday and read it cover to cover. That’s unusual for me, to read a magazine so quickly. I usually enjoy savoring it for a few days. I’m not sure why I read this particular issue so quickly. Could it mean that I’m looking forward to this NBA season like I haven’t looked forward to one in a while. I suppose so.
* I’ve had almost a week to think about it, and I’m just not thrilled with the season finale of “Mad Men” last week on AMC. Don Draper is a cad, yes. But is he really this much of a cad? Is he stupid? I’ll be interested to see what happens in early episodes next season to see if this marriage has even a remote chance of sticking.
* “Paranormal Activity” was a very good, scary movie. It sounds as if “Paranormal Activity 2″ will be even more intense. Debbie and I will be at the theater sometime next week, checking it out for ourselves. At least I think I can talk her into going.
* You know you love it, you know you’ve been waiting for it. So here is my personal list of Top 10 sitcoms from the 2000s. One thing I’ve noticed when putting together these lists is that I’ve gotten progressively less impressed with sitcoms over the years. It was hard to find 10 from the 2000s without dipping into a couple of choices I made yesterday in my 1990s list.
10) My Name Is Earl (2005-09) Just OK. Jason Lee was funny, but just OK.
9) The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-10) Truth be told, I didn’t watch this show that much. But when I did, I liked it.
Scrubs (2001-10) Probably my son’s all-time favorite. I wasn’t a consistent watcher.
7) Two and a Half Men (2003-10) Again, not bad. But I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
6) Parks and Recreation (2008-present) By the way, what happened to this show. “Outsourced” is better? This is a very, very funny show. Where is it?
5) Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) This was on my ’90s list, too.
4) 30 Rock (2006-present) Alec Baldwin. enough said.Bowen3) Modern Family (2009-present) It’s on the fast track of not just my all-time favorite sitcoms, but all time favorite TV shows. Eric Stonestreet is fast becoming one of my favorite funny guys. And Julie Bowen – well, she’s Julie Bowen.
2) King of Queens (1998-2007) This was my favorite sitcom from the ’90s, even though it was on only two years during that decade. Makes sense it would rank high on my 2000s list, too.
1) The Office (2005-present) I watch episodes over and over again. I can’t get enough. Even a bad episode makes me laugh. Just the sight of Steve Carrel cracks me up. As much as I love the other characters on this show, there’s no way it can go on without Carrel.
Some college football picks:
Baylor 30, Kansas State 21
Texas A&M 31, Kansas 17
Missouri 24, Oklahoma 23
Auburn 41, LSU 31
Wisconsin 24, Iowa 20
Oklahoma State 27, Nebraska 21
Michigan State 30, Northwestern 14
P.J. Couisnard I Men’s Basketball I 2003-08
Normally in this Friday space, I’ll be visiting with a current Wichita State student-athlete (a term the NCAA mandates that I use, otherwise something bad might happen). But today, I went with a former Shocker and one of my favorite Shockers, P.J. Couisnard,Couisnardwho is playing basketball overseas but is currently back in the U.S. He gets to Wichita every now and again.
I e-mailed P.J. some questions and here is our give and take:Who was your favorite teammate during your years at Wichita State?P.J.: All my teammates were great, from Randy Burns to Derek Brown. Wendell Preadom was great. J.T. (Durley), Ramon Clemente, Lance Harris – Adam Liberty was in my wedding.What are some of the best places you’ve been to while playing professional basketball?P.J.: I’ve visited Budapest, Vienna, Moscow, the Czech Republic and Poland. But I’ve only played in Hungary.Where do you see yourself in 10 years?P.J.: In 10 years I see myself coaching my son or on one of my former teammates’ staff. To this day, I try and keep up with the current players and staff. I loved playing for Coach (Gregg) Marshall.”