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Friday, December 02, 2021


David Letterman may have played out his years-running joke about his quest to land Oprah, but it certainly paid off handsomely: The much-hyped appearance garnered “Late Show” its fourth-highest ratings ever.

Not only that, but the strong numbers for rival “Tonight Show” suggest that Oprah drew in tons of viewers who don’t usually stay up late. Which can be taken in one of two ways: This was an isolated spike for Letterman, and there’ll be little permanent benefit from it; or it could be the catalyst for Letterman’s overtaking Jay Leno in the late-night ratings chase, much like the Hugh Grant incident provided the boost that put Leno ahead of Letterman some ten years ago.

Here’s hoping Letterman pulls ahead. It’s time that late night stopped sucking.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/02/2021 08:24:01 PM
Category: Celebrity, TV
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where's that wall
Say it ain’t so! Lightning fans who had tonight’s home game against Chicago circled on their calendars are probably right pissed that ex-Bolt Nikolai Khabibulin opted not to start in goal tonight, citing a likely lack of focus during his homecoming.

What a gyp. I’m glad I didn’t buy a ticket; I am watching the game on Sun Sports, though.

It’s a shame, because it results in a waste of a simple but clever headline for a story anticipating The Bulin Wall’s return:

Back to The Wall

A delightful double-meaning, referencing Khabby’s early-season struggles as the Blackhawks’ white knight, as well as his return appearance in the St. Pete Times Forum.

There’s been a bit of a do made over John Grahame’s superior stats to Khabibulin’s so far this year. I’m not sold on Grahame at all; we’ll see who’s looking more golden by season’s end (although given that Chicago’s an overall weaker team, it might not be a wholly fair comparison).

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/02/2021 07:56:39 PM
Category: Hockey
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Just when you think you know your one and only sibling, it turns out that he was moonlighting as a sportsbar chef in Toronto at age 16.

It’d have been a neat trick for my brother Basil (who actually went by the familiar “Bill” in 1989) to have commuted from New York to Ontario. An even neater trick would have been him cooking anything; to this day, I doubt he can cook much beyond standard bachelor fare.

Still, it makes me wonder what happened to this other Bill Tsiokos. Only a year of professional cooking, but that’s enough to get listed in as audacious a project as The Chef and Restaurant Database.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/02/2021 07:35:06 PM
Category: Comedy, Food, Internet
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