Thank God that men like you will see in the video below are still around.
The Government controlled and approved media did nothing to insure that this piece of video was roundly viewed.
Of course not.
Bill Stevens lives in Newtown, Connecticut, and on the day of the massacre a few months ago his daughter was one of the fortunate children to make it out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School alive.
Of course, the Newtown incident has been politicized and twisted to fit an agenda by the anti-gun mushbrains — as they have taken to illogically – and with nothing more than emotion – used that awful day to spout off about the need for tighter gun control laws — and in many instances looking for ways to abolish private ownership of guns in this going to hell in a hand basket country.
Mr. Stevens however is one man who will have none of the twisted and irrational psychobabble coming from the mouths of the mostly dim-witted and non-informed individuals who are more than willing to cede the inalienable rights granted to United States citizens by our forefathers contained within the Constitution.
This man is an American hero.
What to eat, what to drink, how to set my thermostat, what car to drive, what I’m allowed to say, to think…and now you want to control my weapons?
My message: Go to hell.
Like Mr Stevens states in the video – I’ll too phone 911 – that is AFTER my home has been protected and secured in the event of an illegal trespass that places my family and loved ones at risk.
Bill Stevens: ”It was fun getting frisked on the way in.”
I’ll bet, Bill, but you and I know that what’s good for THOSE geese…isn’t necessarily good for US gander, eh?
May God bless, Mr. Bill Stevens and others like him who refuse to back peddle and stand up for the rights of law abiding American citizens.
Anyone who listens to my SHOW on a regular and consistent basis is well aware of my lifelong love and fascination with newspapers.
I’ve been addicted to newspapers since I was roughly 8-9 years old.
Currently I’d say that I easily make my way through anywhere from 50-60 sports sections across America on a daily basis – to say nothing of all of the other online informational sports sites I frequent…to say nothing of the amount of reading I do with newspapers in my hands — and magazines that I buy off the shelves each week.
I love to read and devour news.
Probably always will.
Which leads me to this morning — as I sit here playing around on Twitter dealing with some obnoxious assholes who are successfully getting under my skin…
I made my way through the online edition of the DENVER POST today — which is something I do most every day.
I have to access the DP & have to read it online because shortly before I moved to Cheyenne — the DP stopped (budgetary considerations) delivering the newspaper 90 miles up I-25 and into my little village…thus the only time I get my hands on the tangible product of the Denver Post is on Sunday’s when they do deliver the paper to Wyoming’s capital city.
After I was done reading the DP this morning I felt I needed more in the way of Colorado Rockies news…and so I went over to the Rockies official website to see what exciting news Rockies website writer, the very professional and effective, Thomas Harding, had to report.
I finished that and then wanted more Rockies info…but sadly I had no place else to go.
That”s when I began to experience the pangs of desertion once again.
That’s when my mind began to remind myself that my favorite newspaper of all time – The Rocky Mountain News - is out of business, defunct, extinct, no longer around in print – or online.
The paper has been missing in action for a while now.
But no matter.
The fact it’s not around still sucks the big one.
I loved that newspaper.
I miss it greatly.
Unlike the Denver Post — the Rocky Mountain News was a tabloid style paper — as opposed to the DP which is printed as a broadsheet daily.
The Rocky (my Rocky) stopped breathing a few short years ago, and like a lot of newspapers in America within the last 10 or so years, when it died — it left the city it covered as a one newspaper town.
One newspaper towns are never a good thing.
I remember when the Rocky was in its last few days – I was hoping by some miracle that fellow newspaper enthusiast Rupert Murdoch would rush onto the scene at the last second, announce that he’d bought the paper, and that Colorado’s oldest running daily newspaper would still breathe life for years to come.
I still kind of demand that Rupert buy the RMN – it was a fun newspaper, a lively newspaper.
Do you know what one of the first things I still do to this very day whenever I’m in a new environment/city that I have not been to previously?
I buy the newspaper in that town.
If there are two newspapers in that town I buy them both, if there are three then I find myself digging into my pocket a little deeper.
Below this line you will find a tremendous video on the shuttering of The Rocky Mountain News.
If you’re a newspaper junkie like myself you will feel the sting of death that this newspaper went through — a newspaper is a living and breathing everyday organism — it’s an entity with a heartbeat to it…an ebb and flow that to newspaper enthusiasts is very real — yet it is almost unexplainable to the newspaper neophytes among us.
For those who lack the appreciation of what newspapers are, what they have been, how important they are to various communities…hopefully the above video — as well as some I have provided down below this paragraph — will make you just a tad bit more indebted to the crucial role that newspapers have played throughout the American landscape back to the days of the earliest settlers.
Then again, maybe not.
Truthfully it matters not to me whether you enjoy and appreciate newspapers as much as I do — or not.
I miss The Rocky Mountain News.
I make no apologies.
I miss it just like readers in Cincinnati miss —->The Cincinnati Post.
I miss it just like readers in Houston miss —–> The Houston Post.
I miss it just like readers in Iowa lament the death of —–>The Des Moines Tribune.
Long live newspapers!
Sometimes newspaper editors need a little pick me up…play the video below this line and see what I’m talking about.
Someone tell Rupert Murdoch to take a look at re-establishing The Rocky.
Come on, Rupert?
The ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS may be gone — but it’ll never be forgotten!
The following story was written by a listener who I don’t know at all.
However, I’ll take it whenever and wherever I can get it.
Dino Costa: Why I Listen to this Man
Do you listen to sports talk radio?
I never used to with any regularity until the past year and half or so.
I have been a Sirius subscriber since April 2005. I got it a few months after Howard Stern announced that he was moving to the satellite radio platform. Around that time, Sirius admittedly was a fledgling company, being outdone mightily by XM. Sirius had something like 400,000 subscribers to XM’s few million, or something like that. Since Sirius outgrew XM and then the two companies merged into one, the SiriusXM service is bigger than ever, with tens of millions of subscribers in the US and around the world. The growth started with Stern, and has continued due to several other factors as his career winds down.
I was hooked on satellite radio pretty much from the get go. Having a platform with no commercials, no FCC, unlimited music stations in every imaginable genre and more, constant weather and traffic, lots of sports, etc. was quite appealing to me. To this day I cannot listen to FM radio without getting constantly annoyed by the smarmy DJs and horrible commercials. Also, with the package I have, I can listen to every single NFL game (home and away feeds), NHL, NBA, College basketball, NASCAR races, and most importantly, all of my Phillies’ home radio broadcasts. I can do this on my phone, computer, or iPad. It’s nothing short of fantastic.
I got satellite radio for Stern, and I stay for many reasons in addition to him. MLB Radio is awesome, as it is non-stop baseball all year ’round. I’ve come to enjoy many other shows on the platform, especially several shows on Mad Dog Radio, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo’s channel. I like many of the shows on the channel, minus the morning show which is oftentimes unlistenable, and I find myself listening to it during the day at work. It’s nighttime where I typically don’t listen to radio at all–until I heard Dino Costa.
Dino who? Dino Costa is a host on Mad Dog Radio on channel 86 on SiriusXM, and his show runs most nights from 7-11, minus Wednesdays when Coach K from Duke is on from 7-8 and Dino is relegated to only three hours. This is criminal, but I digress. The way you’d imagine a Coach K radio show is exactly how it is. Drab and dull.
I had no idea who Dino Costa was prior to listening to his show, but after stumbling upon it I quickly learned what he was about. Dino is a no nonsense, loud, passionate, opinionated, steadfast, intelligent, unapologetic, no holds barred type of radio host. His show isn’t all about sports all the time–he oftentimes talks politics, current events, etc. I cannot turn off the radio during his show unless I have to. Many nights I choose the radio over tv. He is the kind of host where people sit in freezing cars in their driveways just to keep listening to what he says.
The funny thing is that I disagree with much of what he says when it comes to social issues, as well as politics and even sports sometimes. We are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. We are on opposite ends on many social issues. Dino is a steadfast conservative and there are times I listen to what he is saying and shake my head, wondering how someone can think the way he does in this day and age.
How can I like the show, then?
The answer is simple: Dino’s style is interesting and engaging. He says what others are afraid to say. How boring would the world be if we were all the same? The fact that he can and does illicit a reaction out of you draws you in. You never know what he is going to say next, which makes the show even more appealing. He isn’t afraid to give his real, honest, unflitered opinion, even when it is far from politically correct, or far from what the popular opinion is. Others call in and give their opinions, but Dino will stick to his guns and hardly budge on his views. This both intrigues me and drives me nuts at the same time. It reminds me of the sports talk version of Howard Stern–but Stern in his early and slightly rebellious years.
It’s no secret to regular listeners that there is no love lost between Dino and the channel’s namesake, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. But reality is, Dino saved the MDR channel when he arrived five years ago. Regardless of how Chris feels about Dino personally, from a business perspective he owes him big time. So why, after holding a harmless and fun “bid to spend Super Bowl Sunday with Dino Costa” segment on his show this past Wednesday night, was Dino suspended indefinitely? The suits say it is because he held a “contest,” which is against some rules they have there at SXM. But this wasn’t a contest…it was an auction. And it was compelling radio.
Why are other hosts allowed to peddle their products on the air (plug their websites, businesses, etc.) and Dino couldn’t sell his brand–himself–to the highest bidder? Perhaps the brass at SXM should wake up and realize the popularity of a man they continue to overlook, as for a solid three hours people called in placing their bids to get Dino to come watch the Super Bowl with them. Keep in mind, it wasn’t going to be sponsored by MDR, or SXM–it was just going to be Dino going somewhere and enjoying the game with his fans. The whole situation is just unfair.
I’ve been writing this post for a few days now, and since I started it, there has been a development. Dino is back on the air as of tonight. If you have SiriusXM turn to channel 86 from 7-10 EST and give him a listen. Or check out www.dinoradio.com.
You’ll laugh, shake your head in disbelief, agree, disagree, and experience a whole range of emotions. I also guarantee you’ll learn something.
As Dino says, like him or loathe him, you can’t stop listening to him. He’s right.
Did I just complete a week of show’s on SIRIUSXM after being suspended for the second time since I’ve been in the employ of SXM going back to when I first joined the company in 2009?
I head into this weekend with a lot clearer head than I had going into last weekend – that’s for sure.
You do realize that this is the second consecutive year that I’ve gotten into hot water at the same time the Super Bowl has been played?
Last year in Indianapolis (I was there) and this year in New Orleans (I was not there).
The next Super Bowl is in New Jersey even though New York is going to take all the credit…next February if I’m still with SXM, I plan to go on vacation during the week the Super Bowl is being played — this way I’ll stay out of trouble.
Out of sight — and out of mind.
Anyhow, it was sheer joy to be back behind a microphone Tuesday-Friday this week.
It’s hard to believe it’s now February.
It’s hard to believe that in little more than a month I’ll be leaving the 40′s and heading on into the 50′s.
I know it’s so cliche’, but really now, where did the time go?
It doesn’t seem possible!
I don’t feel like I’m going from 49 to 50 — I more feel like I’m 39 again and going on 40!
They tell me it’s just a number…is that true?
Listen up now, I can remember going from 39 to 40…and honestly that feels like it was only two weeks ago.
I’m running out of time.
Then again — the world itself is running out of time even if some people fail to acknowledge the writing that’s up on the wall for all to see.
And so I’m turning 50…while Nascar’s Super Bowl of races — The Daytona 500 – is set to run for the 55th time in a few weeks.
I talked about NASCAR on my SHOW’S this past week a few times.
I’ve often told the story of my Nascar experiences earlier in my career as a talk show host in the great state of West Virginia.
In the early days of ‘DINO-Radio’, Nascar was routinely served up on my show’s on a daily basis.
I actually got into Nascar pretty good back in those days – in a way I miss that period of time.
I wanna love Nascar again – I stated that on my SHOW’S this past week – but Nascar refuses to become loveable in my estimation.
It’s sad, because the more politically correct Nascar has become, the less popular it’s become as well.
The more Nascar embraces the pop-culture and mainstream world, the more Nascar loses everything that made it special in the first place.
I mean is there anything more American than the automobile?
That oil spot on your garage floor that’s been there the last 29 years?
That pinch between your cheek and gums that provides you with pure tobacco pleasure without having to light up?
Remember that Nascar?
From Walmart to Wall Street.
Nascar has been out searching for the Justin Bieber and the MTV crowd — when the sport’s DNA is the complete antithesis to that environment.
One of Nascar’s biggest problems is that the industry (I refuse to call it a ‘sport’) has an identity crisis.
Nascar is seemingly betwixt and between – not sure who – or what they should be.
This new ‘Gen-6′ car is a step in the right direction, but its my feeling that Nascar’s R&D department didn’t go far enough.
Sure this new car more resembles a car you would see on Main Street, but they could have – and should have – gone back even farther — making the cars look even more ‘stock car-ish’.
People love nostalgia, and while I’ve been lambasting Nascar in recent years for developing cars that look nothing at all like a stock car, and everything like a space aged rocket ship, the industry should have crafted their cars to look more like the body types that we saw in the 1990 movie; ‘Days Of Thunder’.
Nascar also loses me completely when the college and NFL seasons come back around.
Why not race on Saturday night’s during the fall — and if not Saturday night’s, why not Friday night’s?
If I ran Nascar I’d fix it with a few quick decisions that make nothing but all the sense in the world.
How about the schedule?
The Daytona 500 is two weeks away — and that will begin a racing season that will end in late November of this year.
That’s way-way too long.
In addition, I’ve been begging Nascar for years to do something logical about their awful points system.
They tweaked this a few years ago — but they didn’t go anywhere near far enough.
The emphasis in Nascar is still on being consistent — more than on actually winning races.
In no other ‘sport’ does a system like this exist.
In the world of Nascar you don’t have to win a race – so much as you need to be near the front of a race.
A driver could theoretically win 7 races during the course of the season and finish in 5th place – and yet another driver who perhaps won 2 races during the season could win the championship.
The equivalent that I brought up on one of my show’s this week was when I said it would almost be like a system that rewards teams for getting the ball into the red zone — more than teams actually getting touchdowns.
In the world of football designed like Nascar, Team-A scored 3 touchdowns and lost the game because Team-B scored only 1 touchdown, however they drove the ball inside their opponents 20 yard line 5 other times and were rewarded for the ‘consistency’ of their drives.
The onus should be on winning at all costs.
The winning race team should get a point differential that simply dwarfs that of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th place finishers.
Top 10′s should be applauded, but not rewarded to the extent that Nascar currently allows for.
Speaking of ‘teams’, there is nothing in the world of Nascar that drives me crazier.
2 car stables, 3 car stables, even 4 car stables, race car drivers all trying to win, not necessarily for themselves, so much as for the ‘team’.
What the hell is this?
Nascar will explain the team concept by saying that there is simply not enough deep pocketed investors who can establish 43 individual and independent race cars.
I say, so what?
Would the racing not be much better and much more competitive if there were say, 32 cars at Daytona in a few weeks, all of them independently owned and operated, with none of them giving a rats ass about ‘helping’ someone else once the race begins?
In my opinion it drastically reduces the integrity within the industry…please give me a race featuring drivers who are all out for themselves, a bunch of pit bulls on the track who want to do one thing and one thing only: WIN THE RACE.
I’ll watch Daytona like I do most every year…and yes, I’ve prepared myself to hear the name; ‘Danica Patrick’ about a gazillion times that day.
Bottom line: Nascar still needs tweaking, some of it with a minor twist here and there, and in a lot of other places Nascar needs an entirely new vision that replaces so many of the things that are curtailing its growth over the past several years.
On to other things…
If I’m a Jacksonville Jaguars fan, after the press conference and the state of the team address the franchise held this week the day after the Super Bowl was played, I’m feeling as optimistic about Jacksonville’s NFL future as I have in a long time.
I was initially skeptical of the new owner, Shad Kahn, but as I’ve kept a close watch on what they’ve done in Florida’s largest city the last several months, I get a firm sense that a commitment to rebuilding the Jaguars brand into one of the NFL’s very best is absolutely authentic.
As a city with one professional franchise, playing in a gorgeous football only stadium, I’ve always felt that Jacksonville, with the right people running the show, can be one of the NFL’s destination cities for players.
The early days of the Jaguars were a phenomenal success – and its really amazing when you consider that in the organization’s first several years they were selling out 76,867 for each and every game back then .
Amazing because at the time the stadium was at that enormous capacity — Jacksonville had the largest seat stadium — in the NFL’s smallest market.
As it is now, a 2-14 season they completed this past year was punctuated by some of the most abysmal football played before the home folks in the history of the franchise.
The Jaguars were not just bad at home this past season – they were historically putrid.
Yet they sold out each game and the market was not blacked out once.
Know what towns did have blackouts this past season?
If we are considering any of the 3 Florida based NFL teams, the Jaguars swamped both the Dolphins and the Buccaneers this past season in terms of tickets sold – it wasn’t even close.
Yet the majority of the mainstream media continues to unfairly characterize Jacksonville as a bad NFL market.
Last night after I came home from doing my show, I settled in to watch the movie; ‘Urban Cowboy’.
Because its always been one of my favorites, and because I had not seen the movie in nearly 20 years…maybe even longer.
It was either that reason, or maybe because I miss the 1980′s?
Yeah that movie was sort of cheesy in certain respects, but there is something I find alluring about the film at the same time.
You watch that movie and you recognize what a hot little piece of ass Debra Winger once was.
As much as I thought Travolta pulled off the Cowboy role in that flick, I thought the movie came together more through one of the most underrated actors of all time, Scott Glenn.
Glenn played the paroled convict who comes between Travolta and Winger…for those who might be interested in seeing this picture I won’t give away any more details – but I will tell you that the ‘two step’ that Travolta danced – was really legit.
Boy, the DENVER NUGGETS have just shriveled up and died out here in the west since dispatching Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, eh?
As of this writing the Nuggets miss Anthony so much that they currently hold down the 4 spot in the tougher of the two NBA conferences, they just completed a record setting month of January, they’ve won 8 straight games, and they just dropped 128 points on one of the best defensive teams in the league — the Bulls.
You won’t find a Nuggets fan alive, not one with any credibility at least, who would reverse the trade that sent one of the NBA’s most over-hyped and overrated players to New York last year.
The fact is that Denver is a better team, much more multi-dimensional, deeper, more consistent —> and a tougher team to match up against without Anthony than with him.
Of course in New York, a Knicks fan has hailed the arrival of Anthony as close to the second coming as is possible.
I’ll take a team that scraps and fights, a club that plays defense, moves the ball, is terrifying in transition — and a team that is absent any primadonna’s who sulk and whine when shit doesn’t go there way.
I’ll take all of the above over a team that is essentially led by a temperamental malcontent who will eventually combust given more time to do so.
Just like the Knicks became a better team last season with the insertion of Jeremy Lin and the subtraction of Carmelo Anthony, the sobering news for all Carmelo sycophants, is that once Carmelo exited the Rockies — the Nuggets became a better team.
Drugs in baseball?
I gotta tell you, I’m completely indifferent at this point.
I’ve become so desensitized to this bullshit that I’m at the point where I don’t even care any more.
How can I?
How can you?
If you have not become numb to this stuff yet I applaud you with a standing ovation.
I mean, who is really even mildly surprised by the latest revelation of what player on what team is accused of doing drugs of one kind or another in an effort to advance their career?
Who among us will be even a little surprised the next time something is reported?
The latest news with this Miami drug situation had absolutely no effect on me at all – sad I know – but true enough.
You know what my reaction was?
Thanks for news…but how many days until pitchers and catchers?
Isn’t that pathetic?
It is, but there’s no turning back, I’ve come to accept this as fact.
Our country – if not the world, cannot win the war on drugs, but Major League Baseball has a shot at it?
Truthfully I never cared in years gone by if football players used steroids (in fact I just assumed most of them did), same thing with hockey, and if you told me that Dwight Howard was taking PED’s, I’d think no less of him than I normally do these days.
The last virgin snow, right?
Baseball and numbers go together like no other sport.
How many games in a row did DiMaggio hit in?
You didn’t even have to think about it, right?
Now tell me who is the all time leader in touchdown passes and the exact number as well.
While you just went to the internet to get that answer, I’m here to tell you that it’s all over.
The proverbial barbarians have st0rmed the gates – taken over the city – and they rule with an iron fist.
Drug usage in all sports will never be stopped.
At this point I really don’t care anymore…I say let them take all the crap they want to, just let us watch the games, very much aware of the fact that we are now in a much different forest than ever before, and that the rules of engagement will continue to be twisted along the way.
Lastly on this issue, so far as baseball is concerned, does anyone really think that baseball wants to have more accurate testing with more exact and irrefutable results with those tests?
Okay, and lets say baseball gets to that point.
Is it really unfathomable for me to suggest that more exact and accurate drug testing might wipe out a third of the entire major leagues?
Then who do we watch?
Look it, if baseball was serious about this, they’d tell the players association to go fuck themselves, and that any test that came back positive for any substance not kosher would result in a year long ban.
End of story.
A second positive test means you’re expelled from the game for life.
Until baseball and any other sport comes equipped with these kinds of parameters then I’m too busy to care what they do — or don’t do.
It was a 52 degree day here in Wyoming’s capital city, a gorgeous day, a wonderfully magnificent day, a splendidly awesome day, a phenomenally blessed day….
It was all of the above – without The DINO COSTA Show on the radio across the North American continent – and around the world.
If we had us some DINO-Radio on today, I’m really not sure that I’d be able to come up with words befitting enough to sum up this past day.
I thought I’d hear something today — I was wrong.
I thought I ran a fun and spontaneous SHOW last Wednesday – again – I was wrong apparently.
I was told by my SiriusXM spies (highly paid spies I might add) — that the entire gang would be back in town tomorrow from their recent week-long jaunt to New Orleans for The Super Bowl.
So I gather, that at some point tomorrow, one of three things will occur.
1-My suspension will be lifted and they’ll tell me to get my ass back to work with not another ‘incident’ or they’ll…well, you know.
2-My suspension will continue for the rest of the week – thus depriving my listeners and the rest of the world with the very best long form talk radio program that has ever been in the history of SiriusXM.
3-They’ll not allow me to finish out the approximately 7 months of my SXM deal — and tell me to go away and that it was nice knowing me.
In all candor and without a trace of sarcasm I really have no feel for which option it will be.
What do I hope for?
Look it, since I was suspended last week I have had about 50+ conversations with the ‘partners’ who want to establish the comprehensive, multi-platform, totally interactive, audio & video, podcast, written word, mobile-friendly, DINO COSTA Media Company, an ultra aggressive online initiative, with a starting budget of $100,000.
The faith these gentleman have put in me is extraordinary, humbling, daunting…yet excitingly challenging to me.
There is no reason for me to believe that such an endeavor, promoted and financed appropriately – that it would not excel on every level — particularly given my single minded focus and personal everyday commitment to such a project.
It would cost you the consumer $10 per month — and it would come with multiple ways to access DINO COSTA – in virtually every way imaginable.
I guess these guys believe that Dino Costa = $ to be made?
In fact I know they do, because they have told me over and over again — and these are not even ‘radio people’, mind you.
They are previously successful (and still successful) entrepreneurs, individuals who have the financial resources to fund such a project, for the short term, for the long term.
What is truly startling to me since last week, beyond being contacted by a major independent documentary film company expressing interest in telling my up and down, and up and down, and up and down, story, bringing it to film, is that I was approached by several individuals inquiring as to what I would do next should I not be able to maintain my relationship with SXM.
I’ve come to understand (obviously) that my audience is inclusive of people of all walks — including those who have heard me wonder aloud on my shows from time to time; “if anyone has any money…I have some ideas.”
The individuals involved in the proposed endeavor are clearly aware that my initial commitment is to SiriusXM Radio — and the several months I still have remaining on my contract.
They know this because I have told them this.
Digital-DINO (not the name of the project by the way) will take flight only under a scenario in which SXM tells me to hit the road immediately.
While the allure of such a project is as seductive as anything I’ve ever considered, given the timing of this suspension, given the timing that sees my entire family setting up permanent stakes here in Wyoming within the next two weeks, and also because I was not anticipating being with any other company but SXM at least through this August – it would be my desire to stay where I am currently…while bringing the aforementioned idea and others to a slow boil over the next few months.
However that idea goes out the window — and the project is fast tracked with any news that sees me and SiriusXM getting a divorce.
I don’t know…do you?
I mean who knows what the future holds beyond the next 20 minutes?
If I stay with SXM and get back on the air in the near term, who says I have a future with SXM beyond the end of my contract term this August?
Keeping my options open and available, continuing to construct and build relationships in other areas where I could conceivably branch out with my brand in a more independent fashion — this is something that anyone in my position would do anyway.
Have I told you I bought an RV recently and that me and my brother will be remodeling it, turning it into a Food Truck over the next few months?
Maybe that’s my future…food?
Maybe I’ll begin cutting grass again for a living – there are never enough great ground maintenance companies in the world – you know?
Whatever it is, it’ll have more than a hint of autonomy to it – that I can guarantee myself.
And so we wait – at least another day.
I hate waiting.
P.S. Despite this unfortunate little snafu I’m going through – I want to let you know that I am STILL available for personal appearances…contact me at: TALKTODINO@GMAIL.COM
Here are my top 3 favorite commercials from Super Bowl XLVII.
On balance, I feel the commercials are getting less impressive with each passing year.
Considering that ad rates for this past Super Bowl were going for $4 million per 30 second spot – I’d say that you had better come away with something pretty memorable if you’re spending that kind of cash.
I feel like the ingenuity and the creativity with some of the spots was severely lacking — and is it me, or were there times in years past when you could remember 8-9 great Super Bowl commercials that really made an impact?
I will say that the commercial that made me feel most uncomfortable was the GoDaddy.com spot featuring Bar Rafaeli and some nerdy looking ‘kid’ who were smacking lips…I’m no prude, but I thought the spot was disturbing and tacky.
Then again I’m talking about it here and now…so maybe the spot had its desired effect?
Most of them this year were pretty pedestrian — however three (3) of them stood out most for me.
Below you can see the videos of the spots that most impressed me.
1) The Dodge Truck commercial featuring the voice of the late newscaster, Paul Harvey, was outstanding and it’ll have people talking about it for a while.
It very much resonated with me because it was exceptional in the way it captured the heart and soul, the backbone of America —->the American farmer.
It did so with images displayed as Harvey talks about how; “God made a farmer.”
2) The Deion Sanders commercial had me laughing – in addition to replaying it about 4-5 times before I got back to the game.
Whomever came up with the idea for this spot should be applauded and given a raise, it was pure genius – smartly done – and executed to perfection.
Beyond the comedic tone the commercial possessed — I thought it also showed that Sanders can act a little bit — he was laugh out loud funny in the role of; Leon Sandcastle.
The Kansas Chiefs have the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft…here’s hoping they realize that Sandcastle really doesn’t exist
3) The third spot was not lacking for creativity either — or the ability to tug on my heartstrings.
Budweiser’s showing of a Clydesdale, tracking it from a foal to a full grown adult over 3 years — and the relationship it had with it’s owner was pretty special.
The animal and horse lover in me connected with it right away – and I’ll admit that I got emotional for a second as the horse comes running back to its owner at the end of the spot.