American Gladiators ONLINE!

In speaking with my sister, Shelly last night in our first of many future spontaneous and completely unpurposeful phone conversations, I was pleased to learn something new through her. NBC, that master of television networks, has decided to air a select few of their new American Gladiators shows online! Wonder of wonders!

I decided to check them out for you, to give you some idea of what is available, and to see if they have the episode I’d written about earlier here. Well, they do – it’s episode 1, part 2 on the NBC website. True, there are the typical ads you have to sit through before getting to the real grist of the show, but there are always other things to do while you wait to get past them. Me, I’m writing this blog as I wait for another episode to load. And this way you can avoid the ads unlike watching the show while it plays on TV.
Anyway, they have nights 1 – 4 online, if you need to get your dose of Gladiators some evening or weekend. Or if you have a very relaxed work environment. I think it’s really a good plan on the part of NBC – not only are they enticing viewers to watch further episodes each week, since not all are available online, but they’ve really reworked the gladiator show well, to make it more of a cumulative contest where people move on to future stages by winning. And Hulk Hogan really is an awesome MC to have. Not only does he have the machismo from his wrestling career, but he has those acting skills garnered from the hit TV show, Hogan Knows Best. And let’s not forget those early action movies that combined both machismo AND acting skills – Suburban Commando, and the not-to-be-slighted Mr. Nanny in the same vein.

Since I’ve gone through the second season of Pretender with Mike completely, it’s feels really good to know I have the Gladiators just there, waiting for me, should I need them.

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A Plug for TEAL

Recently a friend of mine noted the way sports writers were corrupting the use of articles. Well, I happen to know a few writers of sports articles personally myself, and I can safely say this is not necessarily a trend. However, I was curious – could I really be sure? What if I only have personal acquaintance with the more literate brand of sports writers? Since I’m not writing in French so much, how can I ever even know Est-ce a ou de? True, there are organizations out there pledged to heal this country’s grammar and usage maladies. Organizations like TEAL (Typo Eradication and Advancement League). But are they really enough to stem the tide? And just how much of a tide is it?

I decided I would take my alleged ‘work time’ to find out. I looked at the Yohoo! Sports page (since sports was the area in which the first article use thingy happened), since I felt yahoo would be a more potentially under-grammared site than CNN. This is what I found (in the top headlines):

“The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that addressed each of those issues Tuesday plans to hold a Feb. 13 hearing that promises to be far more riveting, featuring Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who has said he injected the star pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone. ” – Improper use of ‘that’ related to article use.

I did read a second article that had no egregious errors (though a few stylistic tweaks could’ve certainly helped), and realized I actually had to do some work this morning. So I was unable to complete my task. Anyone up for taking another look for me?