Random Thursday

*Good luck to Charley Johnson as he opens a new chapter as the head of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

*Cinderella Man is an underrated movie.  Boxing movies are almost always good.

*Does anyone fly kites anymore?

*Reggie Tales shout out to Casey in Sioux Falls.

*There are guys playing for the Minnesota Twins that I have never heard of.  It makes me wonder who they have left in Rochester.

The Best New TV Shows

During my well deserved time off I discovered my two, new favorite television shows:  Flipped Off on A & E and Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel.

Flipped Off is not your ordinary “house flipping” show.  You know the shows, where someone buys a rundown house and remodels it and then quickly sells it for a profit.  It stars two brothers, Russell and Shawn Hantz.  Apparently, Russell was a contestant on Survivor a few years ago.  That makes him the “brains” of Flipped Off.  His well meaning but easily distracted brother Shawn is the comedic relief.  Together, the two are a laugh a minute.  And the show has the feeling of being unscripted, unlike most “reality” shows.

Anthony Melchiorri is the host of Hotel Impossible.  He travels the country investigating the reasons hotels are under performing.  He is equal parts brutally honest and brutally funny.  He’s highly entertaining and has a quick wit and a great business mind.  He reminds me of a funnier version of that Tabitha woman who goes into salons and yells at people.  I must warn you that you may never stay in a hotel again after watching this show.  I’ve seen some pretty gross things on this show.

Anyway, those are my two early picks for must see TV.


The Dictator: Reviewed

Christmas is seven months away, but I already know what I’m getting all the fans of Reggie Tales this year.  And I’m going to give it to you early.  Think of it as a $7.00-$10.00 gift card to any store of your choosing, depending on where you attend movies.

Do not go to “The Dictator.”

There you go.  I just saved you time and money, and got my Christmas shopping done early this year!  Win, win, WIN.  The “star” of “The Dictator” is Sacha Baron Cohen.  He’s a master at promoting and marketing his movies.  And of course, I was sucked in.  But you don’t have to be.  You have been warned.  This is movie is bad on so many levels I lost count at seven.  For those of you hoping for something along the lines of “Borat,” like I was, forget it.  Not.  Even.  Close.

I should have known when I walked into the Saturday matinee and there were only six people in a 210 (yes, I counted.  I was trying to kill some time) seat theater.  Apparently I didn’t get the memo that even though it was the opening weekend for the film, it had already bombed.  To make matters worse, Anna Faris is in this movie and she is dreadful.  If you look closely, you can see her trying to act.

This movie isn’t even funny on the “it’s so stupid it’s funny” scale, like “Don’t Mess With the Zohan” or “Roadhouse.”  Patrick Swayze was so funny.  Now that I think about it, why weren’t there any police in that town?  Crazy.

The Dictator

2 out of 5 stars.

Diet Coke, popcorn, and I smuggled in a bag of Peanut M&Ms.  Easily the highlight of the movie for me.

So Long, Charley

Charley Johnson

We here at WDAZ-TV are sad to announce that veteran newsman Charley Johnson is leaving our airwaves.  This morning at a news conference in Fargo, Charley was introduced as the new head of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Charley has been with us for about a year and a half, and in those 18 months he’s been an absolute team player.  He’s been a mentor to all, and his philosophies and work ethic will leave a lasting impression on everyone in our newsroom.  But the way he lit up the room when he entered each day at 2:00 is what will be missed the most.  Newsrooms are a funny mix of humor and deadlines.  And storytelling.  And Charley was one of the best.  At all three.

Charley’s one of the good guys.  When people ask me about him, I reply with, “He’s the real deal.”  And his love of the Minnesota Twins and beer and digging for stories made him a great fit.  His last day at WDAZ will be May 31st.

Our loss is F-M’s gain.

Good luck, Chuck.

Random Thursday

*Big win by the Twins last night.

*What is “One Direction?”

*I might be in the minority, but I believe “The Dictator” will be a good movie.

*Speaking of good movies, “The Departed.”

*Reggie Tales shout out to Troy in California.

Twins Thoughts

*Why is Derek Jeter a better baseball player than Joe Mauer?  Why can’t Mauer hit a three run home run when the Twins are down by two in the 8th?

*I’d also like this explained to me:  If Derek Lowe is such a great pitcher, why didn’t the Twins try sign him?

*Brandon Inge was available for next to nothing.  But the Twins passed on him too.

*On a positive note, I haven’t watched an entire Twins game this year.  I have suddenly discovered more hours in the day.  Sometimes during commercial breaks of NHL Playoff games, I will flip over to see if Minnesota is trailing 5-0 or 7-1.



Eades to Become Coach/GM in Sioux Falls

Cary Eades

I just received confirmation that longtime UND assistant coach and player Cary Eades has accepted the positions of Head Coach and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.  An official announcement will be made at a 3:45 press conference today in Sioux Falls.  Eades reached agreement with the new ownership group this morning in Sioux Falls.

Congrats to Cary!


Random Thursday

*The news of the Bronze Boot closing its doors was shocking.  And bizarre.  The question now is, will it ever reopen?  The Boot opened in 1954, the same year my parents were married.

*I really hope Minnesota can get this Vikings stadium taken care of.  It’s been a long time coming.

*It’s amazing to think that last year Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter.

*True story:  It’s Spring Clean Up Week in Grand Forks.  I threw away a completely rusted out Minnesota Twins garbage can (insert your own joke here.)  When I returned to my garbage pile 10 minutes later, it was gone.

*The Minnesota Lynx have assembled and are beginning their defense of their WNBA Championship.  I might be getting season tickets with C Kuz and Jimmy From Accounting.  We are looking for a fourth.

*Reggie Tales shout out to James in Marshfield Mass.

Best Video of the Week


You know I wouldn’t waste your precious time on something stupid, so I give you this video.  It’s funny on at least three levels.  So, instead of squandering one minute on Facebook checking if anyone has posted inspirational slogans or pictures of cats yawning, please squander it on watching this fan with lots of skills.

As always, you’re welcome.

UND Television Contracts

For the last 10 years, this has been my view of Fighting Sioux Hockey.  And before that, six years at the Old Ralph.  It’s been a very good vantage point for a guy who loves hockey.  For 16 years I’ve had the privilege of being part of an excellent, hard working and fun loving crew producing and televising UND hockey, basketball, football and volleyball.

But as we speak, bids for the new television contract with the University of North Dakota are being reviewed.  And sometime in the next couple of weeks we will find out if we’re going to be a part of the production or not.  If we’re not, we’ve had an epic run.  If we are, let the good times roll.  Exciting times in the television business to say the least.