A Female Sports Reporter, A Chicago Blackhawk, A Sexist Don Cherry and Women in Male Locker Rooms (Audio/YouTube Video)

April 28th, 2013 No comments

Well this is a mess.

Was Chicago Blackhawk defensman on the really on the defense and of more importance was his being sexist to a female reporter in a post game interview in the NHL team’s locker room?

That is the question.

And then you have Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry, who looks as if he keeps his wife locked in a chastity belt, commenting on women in male sports locker rooms to add to the mess.

And what a mess.

Don Cherry and Ron McClean from the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada

Don Cherry and Ron McClean from the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

The Blackhawks were playing the Vancouver Canucks and Team 104o radio sports reporter Karen Thomson was in the Blackhawks locker room for post game player interviews when she got in to this question and answer with the Chicago defenseman.

Duncan Keith’s Post Game Conversation with Karen Thomson of Team 1040

So there you have the conversation.  Was Duncan Keith being sexist or not?  Well you be the judge.

Then along comes old man Don Cherry on the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.  He really did not have to add to this mess.  But he felt the need to weigh in on Duncan Keith’s chat with Karen Thomson on the air by saying that women do not belong in males sporting events locker rooms.

Do you  agree or disagree?

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Well today is not yesterday.  There was a female sports reporter that got kicked out of the locker room during my real early years covering sports teams in Philadelphia.  She was termed a “jock sniffer” by the players on this unnamed team and banned from doing any post game interviews for her penchant of taking interest in the player’s bodily formations after the game.  And some players back then had no problem walking around the locker room completely unclothed as there were only male sports reporter, well way back then.

Rick Thomas/rick@realtvcritics.com

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Fast forward to today.  These women could pretty much care less.  They are there to cover the game, get the post game interviews and post their stories.  Women in sports and in the real world don’t respect such “jock sniffers” as they feel they have an ulterior motive for being in those male locker rooms.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are women all over the players of professional sports teams in America and Canada.  Attend any game and you will surely be amazed (or maybe you won’t) at the number of women who attend the games just to meet some of these players.But not the female sports announcers.  Most and I do mean most are in a different class.  And class is the word.

Next time Don Cherry opens his mouth he should re-shut it.  Quickly.  Watch the video.  The bullcrap start at 2:16 in.

Rick Thomas

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Obama, Conan Rock at White House Correspondents Dinner 2013 in Washington (YouTube Videos)

April 28th, 2013 No comments
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Every year the media in America gets together for the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013 in Washington.  From all walks of life even beyond the press corp that covers the President on a daily basis.  From the entertainment world to the sports world to the political world at the White House Correspondents Dinner featuring the President of the United States Barack Obama and television host and personality Conan O’Brien.

Both were simply fantastic.

The President was simply strong, even more stronger than his past performances at the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013.   Conan  was solid as well.  But you be the judge.  Watch both videos here.

It’s always a good show at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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What is ‘WatchWigs.com, ‘Blue’ and Julia Stiles That I’m Seeing All Over ‘On Demand’ (YouTube Video)

April 10th, 2013 No comments

OK I have to admit.  I’m a huge Julia Stiles fan.  Her work in Dexter was simply fantastic.  Dexter is a monster show on Showtime and the two Bourne films as Nicky Parsons.   The Bourne Supremacy in 2004 and The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007 were the two films where Julia Stiles made her bones in my book.

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Now there’s Blue.  An online video content delivery web-site that seems to be launching in the right way.  The right way that may lead to the demise of regular TV.  The promos for Blue are all over On Demand and all I can say now is watch this episode I grabbed off of YouTube and let us know what you think.  This YouTube series will get me at least to watch so I’m going to give it a shot.

This could be the next coming of great content online and well beyond the malaise of network television.  We shall see.

Damn Julia Stiles is hot!

Rick Thomas

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It’s About Friggin’ Time, NBC Dumps Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon on Fledgling ‘Tonight Show’

April 3rd, 2013 No comments

“Didn’t we just go through this?,” ask David Letterman on his show after the Tonight Show announcement.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

This has to be the stupidest thing the fourth ranked network known as NBC has experienced.  It just got completely out of control as Jay Leno, current host of the Tonight Show just constantly brutalized NBC network executives with his monologue trashing everything that is NBC.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

Now the end is coming in the Spring of 2014.  Jimmy Fallon has officially been named the new host of the Tonight Show at some point during that time of year.  No date yet but the mess that is NBC has finally come to fruition as change is a coming for late night and there’s more adjustments in the air.

“Late Show with David Letterman”

The Tonight Show is moving back to New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is losing it as the show leave Burbank, California and heads back east to suffice Jimmy Fallon.

“Univision, he’s going there,” continues David Letterman.

NBC.  What a mess.

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The Clear Violation, Abuse of Children As Mike Rice, Rutgers University Now the Focus of Child Abuse (YouTube Video)

April 3rd, 2013 No comments

This is another example of the complete and clear mediocrity of America.  And over the last couple of years we’ve seen the stupidity of those in the higher echelon of this country who are charged with teaching kids not abusing them.

Penn State was simply a tragedy.  The worst of the worst is what follows the name Penn State.

Puke.  That is, or “we are Penn State.”


They coddle pedophiles and are nothing more than a bunch of nasty, crabby, old white dudes that show the perverse, rot-gut sexual nature of our society.

Penn State is vomit.

Mike Rice, Former Head Basketball Coach - Rutgers

Mike Rice, Former Head Basketball Coach – Rutgers

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Throw in Rutgers University in the great state of New Jersey.  The state that has a very popular Governor in Chris Christie. the poster boy for obesity is now back in the news because of Rutgers University.  Rutgers University is alleged to have done a ‘Penn State’ in hiding the constant abuse of the players on its basketball team as coach Mike Rice is making the rounds on media world wide for his antics.

And Rutgers University top level officials are accused of hiding the criminal actions of Mike Rice.  Mike Rice is a criminal and should be throw in prison along with the athletic director and the president of the university.

Now he’s crying and acting like the little bitch that Mike Rice is…

Criminals…each and every one.

This is why I don’t have kids.  Watch the video.  If this puke coach Mike Rice had thrown a ball at my kid or shoved or kicked my offspring Mike Rice wouldn’t have made it from basketball practice to his car to go home to his wife and kids.

You get to the point sometimes where you want to avoid a trial and rely on street justice.  In other words I would have kicked this piece of junk Mike Rice’s ass so hard he would have been crapping out of his nostrils.

There would be no trial.

These people at Rutgers University, with complete knowledge of Mike Rice’s actions, are child abusers.  Perverts and child abusers.  And child abusers belong in the same cell as Jerry Sandusky.

Getting reamed by their cell mate Bubba.

The lawyers are lining up.  Lawyers for the kids, lawyers for the whistle-blower who took the video to ESPN, and of course lawyers for the state of New Jersey for its support of Rutgers University.  Yes Rutgers is a state school my friends.

Rick Thomas/rick@realtvcritics.com

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Is this as bad as Penn State?


Because Rutgers University should have learned from the ignorance, the hubris, the ego and the stupidity of Penn State.  This tragedy at Rutgers University is not going away.  And it shouldn’t.  Prison should be the next step for Mike Rice.

Say hello to my little friend Bubba!!

Rick Thomas

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Another Drunk, Dead Reality Personality in Shain Gandee and Let’s Feel Bad for Him? Bull You Know What!!!!!

April 2nd, 2013 No comments

Here we go again.  Everyone is beating the crap out of me in the blog world again.  They are tearing me apart because of my limited cause of emotion for a drunk driving, kill yourself reality person that is blowing up the search world for getting plastered, getting behind the wheel of a car and killing himself along with others in another example of stupid reality TV tricks.

Shain Gandee from MTV's 'Buckwild'

Shain Gandee from MTV’s ‘Buckwild’

Shain Gandee, the focus of another one of MTV’s crappy reality shows called Buckwild, is dead like a lot of other reality TV people because the 21 year old left a bar at 3AM and went mudding.

What the hell is mudding?

The spell check on my computer doesn’t even recognize what Shain Gandee made famous.  The practice or mudding.

They’ve been kicking my ass on The Hollywood Reporter because of my lack of sensitivity on the death of Shain Gandee who got behind the wheel of a car and decided to drive.

Drinking and driving.  A bad combination.  For me.  And maybe a few.  But every time I beat the crap out of some jackass like Shain Gandee for for drinking and driving they come out of the blog world wood work to make me feel bad for demeaning those who get behind the wheel and drive a vehicle.

They can all go to hell.

Here’s what they’re saying about me as I trash anyone that drinks and drives.


I wish I knew all of the people talking trash about a deceased child, as I would love to stand toe-to-toe with each and everyone of the disrespectful and get my punches in!!! COME ON DOWN SOUTH KID, WE CAN “TALK” ABOUT THIS FACE TO FACE!!!

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‘Treme’ and ‘The Wire’ Star Wendell Pierce Finally Gets His Props from NBC Nightly News (Video)

April 2nd, 2013 No comments

When you look at African American performers on TV or in films Wendell Pierce is an unknown.  Say the name Wendell Pierce.  Does his name ring any bells?


Only to a few.

Fans of HBO’s Treme or The Wire know the face of Wendell Pierce.  He doesn’t blow you away in any of his roles.  He solid though.


What do I mean?

Wendell Pierce is a great actor.  Under-rated as most African American actors are on television.  But Wendell Pierce is a true professional.

Wendell Pierce from HBO's 'Treme'

Wendell Pierce from HBO’s ‘Treme’

There has not been one role I’ve seen Wendell Pierce do his do on that I have not enjoyed.

Tonight’s NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams just gave Wendell Pierce a lot of foundation.  The actor that I’ve watched perform on Treme and The Wire along with a lot of other roles where he was fantastic has taken on a different character in the city where he hails from and it’s the best acting job he’s ever had.

He’s feeding the people of New Orleans by opening up a chain of grocery stores known as Sterling Foods.


People in New Orleans have been shit on without a doubt.  Hurricane Katrina simply destroyed every fabric of normalcy in New Orleans.  Every fabric of anything that makes sense to most of us.  Most people in New Orleans have to travel over  a mile to get to a decent grocery store.

Mine trip to Ralph’s on Western Avenue in Koreatown is about a tenth of a mile from my apartment.  A tenth of a mile.  I could down several bottles of expensive scotch and get to Ralph’s in less than a minute.

But people in New Orleans are simply screwed.

Wendell Pierce is making a difference.  Oh yeah Making a Difference is the title of the segment that is the only source of emotional normalcy while watching the evening news.  North Korean threats, gun control an putting armed guards in schools, district attorneys getting gunned down in Texas and 10 year olds being kidnapped in Los Angeles.

Yes Wendell Pierce is Making a Difference .

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I beat up NBC all the time.  But this story about someone that I would think no one at NBC would even think of creating a segment on Nightly News made a difference to me this evening.

This is a really good story.

Rick Thomas

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The Morning Show, Prime Time & Late Night Mess at NBC, Struggling to Find, Well Just About Anything of Value in Programming

March 24th, 2013 No comments

NBC is a mess.

Philly’s Comcast cable company that took over the company, jettisoned Jeff Zucker to daytime and now to CNN, has just about seen its investment in the Peacock network go bye-bye.  The life that was NBC in the heydays of The Cosby Show and Friends is seeking any level of life and future existence.


Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on NBC’s ‘Today Show’

NBC as a network is pretty much on life support.  And just about every area of the network is in dire need or repair.

Let’s take the Today Show, the former morning leader when Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were paired together and ABC along with CBS were just specks on the rating board.  Over the years the Today Show has just floundered.  Losing Katie Couric left a huge gap in the quality of Today as Meredith Vieira was steady but couldn’t do the tough interviews becoming fully intimidated by guests.  Ann Curry simply was tough to watch and cared too much in a phony way with her interview techniques.  And Savannah Guthrie is still finding her groove in the anchor chair with no comfort level in sight.

That’s the morning show.  Now getting kicked around by Good Morning America which is now the leader in morning programming.

Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News along with Brad Pitt

Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News along with Brad Pitt

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams is still the leader in the evening news program.  The only light that shines on this network.  But even Brian Williams can’t do it all.  He’s extremely solid but Rock Center, the news-magazine program still seeks to find its footing in prime time.  Leading of course to the mess in prime time.

What a mess.

'LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT' with Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino

‘LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT’ with Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino

It’s easy to see just by looking at this week’s future recordings on my DVR how much of a mess.  The only shows constantly being recorded from NBC are Whitney and Law & Order:Special Victims Unit.  Chicago Code gets repeats on Saturday when they air that night and Grimm showed significant foundation when it first aired but Grimm surely is no The Walking Dead.  Though the show has a cult following, it’s dead on a Friday night.

WHITNEY -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Whitney Cummings as Whitney Cummings -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

WHITNEY — Season: 1 — Pictured: Whitney Cummings as Whitney Cummings — Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Then take the late night Jay Leno cluster you know what.  Jay Leno has pretty much written his own exit interview by taking the full network’s ratings rank by tearing up NBC during his monologue on the Tonight Show.  The network has made it clear that Jay Leno’s days are numbered and probably will dump him in the fall to bring in new talent to that program.  The only person cheering is Conan O’Brien who has nothing to really jump for joy about as he’s stuck on cable with no audience yet he can’t be any more happier with Jay Leno’s demise.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

But that’s no joy for NBC.  The Tonight Show has been in limbo and deteriorating since Johnny Carson retired and cannot gain footing during a time when the current host had been moved to 10PM, failed in that time period, moved back to late night and taking verbal pot shots at the disaster known as NBC.

What’s happening at NBC is not totally unexpected.  The network has been on a steady decline for years now with terrible content in prime time that just seems to come and go.  It’s become a network of followers rather than a network of creators.  The Jay Leno experiment at 10PM showed that the network’s creativity has diminished to really crappy reality content and really bad comedies.

NBC has become the stale television network with no fresh content in sight.

Bret Michaels on NBC's 'America's Got Talent'

Bret Michaels on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

What’s the problem?  Well the Today Show is a clear example of stale.  Same old talking heads that are nothing more than the same old talking heads.  It’s clear that the production team  behind the Today Show play it safe.  Using the same talking heads today that they been using for five years.  The network is attempting to show more diversity in the people that they use as experts on the Today Show but it may be a bit too late.  But as a network that used to be the leader to do the same thing today as they did yesterday is a normal reaction to how programming is chosen at NBC.

Do the same old same old.  And let’s see if that can fix this mess that is NBC.

Can this be fixed?  Only time will tell.  And change will be in the offing if NBC is to gain back any significant balance and be the network it was when The Cosby Show and Friends made NBC the top ranked television network in broadcasting.  It will be a long time coming though.  In the new world order of digital, cable and mobile it is no longer easy to change new world order habits.  Which may keep NBC lagging in the ratings for a very long time.

Rick Thomas

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It’s a Blast from the Past, Old School Disco Guy Surfs the Web, Noel’s ’87 Hit ‘Silent Morning’ (YouTube Video)

March 5th, 2013 No comments

I remember Silent Morning.  A guy by the name of Noel did that song I used to play as a DJ back in the day.  “Some listen to remember, some listen to forget,” as Harvey Holiday and Jerry Blavat used to say when I listened to radio back in my days in Philadelphia.

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These were the good old days.  The days of disco radio.  Yes it failed miserably because sales people who worked for those radio stations could sell their mothers a Mother’s Day gift if they tried.  They were afraid of the word “disco” but many of us lived the life of going to clubs like Second Story, The Library and Club Elan on a regular basis night after night just to party, meet and pick up girls but of most importance listen to singers like Noel perform songs like Silent Morning which was a disco classic.

Noel Pagan in 1987

Noel Pagan in 1987

Again just surfing the web, I found this great video on YouTube.  Noel had not seen his two grown daughters in over seven years for whatever reason.  We’ll let Maury Povich handle that part of this story but this is one of those videos that first brings back great music of the old school days but also brings back the Jersey shore because this took place in Atlantic City where my parents were born and I’ve lost a lot of money at the Wheel of Fortune slot machines.

If you’re a disco fan, you will love this video.  Great find for me and great viewing.  Just watch.  It’s once again….classic.

Rick Thomas

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Mitt Romney Says “Hello It’s Me” to the People at FOX News Channel

February 25th, 2013 No comments

Well whoopee!  Mitt Romney is ready to chat with the 47% of the people who voted for him and he is doing it on FOX News Channel.

And you know what?

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

I just put this on record on my DVR because I really want to see what this loser has to say as I’m completely and 100% surprised that he is actually offering himself up for an interview and with his wife.

Go figure!

Yes Chris Wallace snagged the first interview with the Republican challenger that got his ass kicked by Barack Obama in the last general election.  Republicans are still asking themselves the question “how did we lose twice to this black man” and let’s hope this Sunday’s interview on FOX News Channel answers that question.

Or really, I guess, who the hell really cares.

Rick Thomas

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