THURSDAY, January 24, 2013

FLIPPED -- With an expected 100 million viewers, this year's Super Bowl match up between the 49ers and the Ravens is poised to rake in $275 million with commercials costing a whopping $7.5 million per minute.  For bargain hunters, the token used for the coin toss goes for $300,000 per side. 

BLOCK BUSTED -- Movie distributor Blockbuster Video is closing 300 stores and sacking 3000 employees.  But the former retail giant hopes to ease the blow by helping them find new jobs and reeducating the geeks who loiter in the SyFi Section to switch to Laundromats or library reading rooms.

HE'S NOT BACK -- Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's over-hyped return to the silver screen fizzled as his poorly reviewed, $45 million "The Last Stand" raked in a measly $7.2 mill at the box office, his worst opening ever.  Another factor may have been the boycott declared by the National Association of Household Help. 

BONZAI -- One of Japan's most revered athletes, Grand Champion Sumo wrestler Taiho, whose 32 Emperor's Cups during a 15-year career made the 400 pounder the Babe Ruth of the Orient, passed away at age 72.  Following a brief graveside memorial service, he was buried in Tokyo, Nagasaki and Osaka.

SOAP-ON-A-ROPE -- Several thousand Penn State pigskin fans gathered on campus for a vigil commemorating the one year anniversary of legendary coach Joe Paterno's death.  A touching sight as vendors wandered among the crowd hawking autographed Jerry Sandusky shower caps and bathmats.

(Contents Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved) 

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