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  • WARNING: You will cry

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    We all like to believe that, when faced with the opportunity, we will do the right thing.  It's an easy theoretical stance to assume, but much more difficult to execute in the moment.  From the coach, to the teammates, to the opposition, to the fans...thank you for showing us all that doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.

    If you can watch this and not cry, you do not bleed human blood

     

  • The night starts now…

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Growing up, I always put a lot of pressure on myself when it came time to give gifts.  Even when I was young enough that none was expected, I still put in a lot of thought and always came up with something to give my loved ones, usually wrapping up an item that was already in use by my parents or siblings.  My brother once received a Dick Clark Gold album that we listened to all the time.  My dad got his stapler from his desk.  My mom was gifted her own slippers one Christmas.  

    More than just an item for unwrap, I liked (I still like) for the gifts I give to demonstrate some measure of thought.  That’s a lot of heat for a kid, though, so I always appreciated when my target logged a thematic obsession of sorts.  My mom, for example, was obsessed with Michael Bolton.  A lot of moms can boast that, I’m sure.  For about two years, for every occasion, I knew that I could get my mom a Michael Bolton album and she would love it.  I was fortunate that very soon after I had exhausted all of those options, including his first ever album released under his given name Michael Bolotin (yeah, that’s true), our home made the switch to CDs.  Here they come again, momma!  J

    Having grown up in that environment, I came to fancy Bolton, as well.  By the way, some of his early stuff has a much harder rock edge that you would recognize from his softer, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” days.

    Anyway, I am not ashamed to admit that I own multiple Bolton tracks, including one of his most recent (Warning: the audio is clean, but if you can read lips, you might see something you don’t like):

    Happy birthday, Michael.  How can you not love this guy?

  • Are you playing high school ball tonight?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    That dirty, dirty girl Felicia has already disrupted the intellectual development of our future generation today – her nasty arms of snow and wind forcing the cancellation of classes pretty much everywhere.  Interestingly enough, most folks are more concerned with whether or not the WIAA boys basketball regionals will be played as scheduled.  The following is a living, breathing list, that is to say, subject to change, but at the moment, here is the list of games that have been impacted:

    DIVISION 1

    Sectional 2 - Green Bay Preble at De Pere - PPD - Saturday 7 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    Sectional 2 - Kimberly at Green Bay Southwest - PPD - Saturday 7 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    DIVISION 2

    Sectional 1 - Waupaca at Hortonville - PDD - Saturday 7 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    Sectional 1 - New London at Antigo - PPD - Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Regional FInal - Monday 7 p.m.

    DIVISION 3

    Sectional 2 - Winneconne at Peshtigo - PPD - Saturday 7 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    DIVISION 4

    Sectional 3 - Wisconsin Heights at Luther - PPD - Saturday 7 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    DIVISION 5

    Sectional 4 - Green Lake/Princeton at Potosi - PPD - Saturday 5 p.m.; Regional Final - Monday 7 p.m.

    If you don’t see your team here, you’re still on, but to be safe, keep checking this LINK throughout the day.

  • Two giant nods of support

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    This past Saturday, Otis (and other celebs) helped raise funds and awareness for JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  It’s a fantastic night and a fantastic organization, and one dear to Otis’ heart.  Front Row Amy, who’s best recognized from FSN Wisconsin broadcasts of Milwaukee Brewers games (see below) was also there. 

    Not sure why she was there, exactly, but when it comes to charity does it really matter?  It’s just great to see JDRF get two giant nods of support:

  • Just beggin' for a caption contest

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Maino dropped a board on his toe this weekend.  This was the result.  Have at it, folks.  A "major award" is at stake:

  • What happened to this chair?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    This morning we had a little impromptu staff brainstorming session in the cubicle area of our building.  When these things happen, it generally begins with a story being told that triggers another story that triggers an idea that results in passers by being pulled into the conversation and before you know it, six people are hanging around, all competing for voice time.  When we realize that the situation is developing, a sort of a musical chairs chaos ensues – everybody grabs the nearest vacant vessel upon which to plop and the banter begins. 

    I guess I drew the short straw just now as I happened to select this chair.  I swear I didn’t do it…I swear…whatever “it” is.  So, I’ve gotta ask: what happened to this chair?

     

  • From the most romantic guy on Earth...

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    This can be a tough day for single types, especially those who wish not to be single.  If that's you...if you feel that you have no one and nowhere to turn...rest your weary mind, for all is not lost:

  • Worst Valentine’s Day present EVER

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Hey guys, Valentine’s Day is coming up this Thursday.  Most of us are aware of that, but some of us may be struggling with what to do to keep it fresh, make it feel new again.  You’ve been giving the same old thing every year, going to same old restaurant since you started dating, maintaining the same old traditions you always have.  This go 'round, you’d like to do something special for your special someone. 

    Or perhaps you’re not all about the “Hallmark Holidays” and you’re looking to give a gift without having to put in much effort. 

    Or it could be that you want out of your dead end relationship and you’re hoping to present your lady with something certain to prove the last straw and she’ll leave you in disgust. 

    Or maybe you’d completely forgotten and my opening line there is news to you.  Well, here’s the great news…for everybody.  The perfect gift has been right there for ya all along:

    Wow, thanks CBS.  Thanks for caring, and especially for suggesting the WORST GIFT EVER

    “Happy Valentine’s Day, honey.  I called the doc and swung in today, and my fellas are good to go.  What’d you get me?”  

  • Titus can't miss

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    This is the kid I was talking about on the show today.  I know I oversold it - I guess I have a tendency to do that...I've been told - but it’s still a solid video:

    It's a good thing Titus' siblings don't quite understand that their kid brother is the clear favorite. They'll come to it sooner or later, at which point it's gonna get real interesting.  Keep an eye out for videos of those other kids to surface really soon, likely featuring far less cool exploits.  "See, Tommy...Mommy and Daddy think you're great too."

  • Nothing says relevant like Richard Marx

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    In an effort cover their rear ends…err…clean up television for the good all of all hard working American families, CBS sent a memo to all Grammy attendees to cover up the old bits and pieces, so to speak.  We talked about this earlier in the week, but in case you missed it (and haven’t turned on the TV all week), basically the network warned against exposure of the buttock and breast regions, the genital regions, and also cautioned against see-through clothing and “thong type costumes.” 

    OK, cool.  Regardless of CBS’ true motivations, I don’t think it’s ever a bad thing to try to class it up a little bit.  Of course, acts like Chris Brown are still signed on to perform at the event, and that paints the network in a bit of a hypocritical light…and Richard Marx thinks it’s high time somebody say so publicly.

    On his Twitter account, Marx posted the following:

    "Risque’ clothing banned at Grammys but guys who beat up women? Come ooonnn downnnnn…. #goodcallgrammys"

    AWESOME!  Well played, Mr. Marx. 

    And though I support him entirely in his remarks, I feel it still rings incomplete.  I mean, what?  Was Steve Winwood not available for comment?

  • What’s the weather like up there?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    I like to stand in the studio.  I feel like I think better on my feet, both literally and figuratively.  I feel more alert and, in a weird way, more confident.  I can’t really explain that last one, but I’m certain that it has nothing to do with my actual height.  I’m not a tall fella.  My license lists me as 5’10”, but I am reminded every year at my annual physical that I ought to file that 5’10” under “yeah, you wish, Nick.”  At last measurement, I was 5’9 and somewhere between ¼ and ½.” 

    So yeah, long rambling short, no one would ever ask me how the weather is up where I’m standing.

    Normally I just stand on the floor…you know, like a person does.  But today, for some reason, I decided to stand on the base of my studio stool for a little bit.  It was incredible.  I felt so tall, so powerful, so much more aware of the horizon. 

    “I’m king of the world!  I’m stilts man!  I’m in the circus!” 

    Then I realized that the base of the stool is only about 5 inches off the ground.

    “I’m king of the world!  I’m stilts man!  I’m in the circus!  I’m...wait…6’3”?” 

    It’s so deflating to realize that plenty of people actually live in what I perceived to be extreme heights.  I am so jealous.  6’3” people: please help out all of us shorties when “Snowicane Eric” arrives later today.  You’ll know 5 inches before we do.  

  • The Super Bowl NMAted

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Next Media Animation (NMA) is a division of the Hong Kong based media conglomerate Next Media.  It is famous for its “based on actual events” style animated recreations of world headlines.  I always love when they put out videos on Western events like the Super Bowl.

    So...in case you missed the game:

    Thanks for the heads-up on the release, Z.