Barry Bonds has donated money to pay for the education of Bryan Stow’s children. For those of you that don’t remember, Stow was the Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger stadium on opening day. I found this news at a blog, where they were in disbelief that most outlets chose to bury or completely ignore the story. Of the big sports websites I visit, only Sporting News has any mention of Bonds’s good deed. It says something about the negative aura around Bonds, because Stow is still big news. His family has filed suit against the Dodgers and that makes ESPN etc, but the story of Barry’s charity comes out at a slow trickle. I don’t need to know that Bonds did this, but it is interesting to see the coverage, because if it was Albert Pujols doing this, Rick Reilly already would have written 5,000 words worth of heavy-handed jokes. Barry Bonds? More like Savings Bonds.
Can I say now that on the day of Oprah’s last show that I never really understood why she was so popular. I understand that she’s famous, but the power she wields is pretty incredible. She has an army of followers that do whatever she says. Buy this product. Read this book. And, everyone would just fall into line. Is there anyone else out there who could tell people to read a book and then it would immediately sell millions of copies? Less people would be in Obama’s book club. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like Oprah again. She was the talk show equivalent of the barons who built massive fortunes at the dawn of the industrial age when monopolies were all the rage. Oprah had the monopoly on afternoon TV, and things are too fragmented now for it to ever happen again.
So, the Heat are going to win the title? Is that where we’re at? I want to say that it isn’t frustrating, but it is so frustrating. Mostly, because I don’t think Miami fans deserve another title. Frauds. The lot of them. I was thinking about this watching the NHL playoffs as well. I thought, if the Lightning, the gosh darn Tampa Bay Lightning (in one of the worst pro sports cities of all-time) win a second Stanley Cup in a short period of time while the Flyers fumble it away every year…that would just be the ultimate insult. Tampa’s chances have dwindled significantly, but the Heat look to be going all the way. This Dirk thing can’t last, right?
As someone who once wrote the Final Four of Pork, I feel obligated to pass on the information that the USDA has lowered the recommended temperature for pork from 160 degrees to 145 degrees. Essentially, they are telling you that you won’t get pig flu if your chops are pink in the middle. Of course, gourmands and chefs across the globe have been eating their pork this way for years. To them and all new converts, I say, please cook my pork all the way through. I happen to believe that you can cook a piece of pork through and still have it be obscenely juicy and delicious. I can’t get past the look of pink pork. And, the texture too. It’s not for me. And, how I hate the disdain of people who think I am missing out on something so great. I happen to think you can make a really good medium-well burger too. It’s a fact. I don’t like the centers of my pork or burgers to be mush. I don’t care what Bobby Flay says. Steaks? Ok. everything else? Cook that noise.