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A Guy Is Busted Stealing Newspapers Out of Stores . . . Because It Reported on Him Stealing Political Yard Signs – DickinsonCountyNews

A drunk, dancing guy in Ohio called the cops to say someone had stolen his cigarettes.  He wound up kicking the cops when they came.  And they found his cigarettes in his pocket.  (Full Story)

A Guy Filming a UFO Sighting Accidentally Crashed Into a Pole – UFOSightingsDaily

Some scammers were going door-to-door in California claiming they were collecting money for the local high school football team.  But they were caught when they went to one of the coaches’ houses.  (Full Story)

Polk suspect’s attempt at fleeing comes to a halt after pickup truck partially lands on cruiser – Fox13News

A Library Employee Is Busted for Stealing $1.3 Million of Printer Toner Over 12 Years – KXAN

Police Busting a Drug Ring Find a Thorough “How-To” Manual for the Entire Operation – CBC

A Woman Is Busted Trying to Sell a Stolen Ring Back to the Jewelry Store It Was Stolen From – TheLedger

St. Louis radio personality on leave to fight kidney cancer – Fox2Now

Missouri’s hyperloop dreams derailed as Virgin picks West Virginia for test site – STLToday

The open beta for “Call of Duty:  Black Ops Cold War” multiplayer is this weekend for PlayStation. 

SYLVESTER STALLONE is playing Rambo in the next “Mortal Kombat 11” update.  His character will be available for download on November 17th, when the Ultimate Edition of the game comes out.  Here’s the cinematic reveal trailer.

FIFA 21 on the PS4, Xbox One, PC

There was yet another hearing in the endless debate over BRITNEY SPEARS’ conservatorship, and her OWN LAWYER is saying that she isn’t too sharp. The lawyer was in court without Britney, and was speaking on her behalf, so the judge asked if he could have her sign a document to confirm her feelings.  But the lawyer said she didn’t even have the brain power to handle that. He compared her to a comatose patient . . . in terms of her incapability of signing a legal document.  He said that comatose patients can have their lawyers speak for them, and that should be the case for Britney, even though she ISN’T in a coma.

TORY LANEZ has finally been charged for shooting MEGAN THEE STALLION in the feet back in July. He’s facing felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He faces up to 22 YEARS and eight months in prison.

36 year old Katherine McPhee from Smash and American Idol. In June of 2019 she got married to David Foster who is 70. They first met when he mentored her and a few others on American Idol in 2006. Guess whether they are still together. Yes because she is late for not being pregnant.  Foster is already has 5 daughters. Only one is younger than McPhee. Sara, 39, Erin, 38, and Jordan, 34, whom he shared with second wife Rebecca Dyer, and daughters Allison, 50, and Amy, 46, from previous relationships.  The only problem his daughters have with such a young step mom and I quote “is how hot she is”

“Saturday Night Live” writers have cramps from jotting down notes after the Vice Presidential and there’s a good chance that they make fun of the FLY that sat on MIKE PENCE’s head. And if it happens, people on social media are demanding that JEFF GOLDBLUM make an appearance.  Jeff starred as the scientist who accidentally turns himself into a fly in the 1986 remake of “The Fly”. There’s no official word . . . but if it continues to gain momentum online, you’d have to think the show would try to swing it. Speaking of the fly from the debate, some website is already selling a “debate fly wig” Halloween costume.  It’s $49.99.

By now, you’ve seen the video:  A previously-unknown NATHAN APODACA, skateboarding to work, drinking from a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice, and singing “Dreams” by FLEETWOOD MAC. A lot has happened for Nathan since he went viral.  Ocean Spray bought him a truck, people have donated THOUSANDS of dollars to him, MICK FLEETWOOD posted a response, and he even has a clothing line that’s blowing up. And now, Fleetwood Mac is getting a little something out of it, too.  Yesterday, “Dreams” . . . which was first released in 1977 . . . hit #1 on iTunes.  And their “Greatest Hits” album was #5. VAN HALEN dominated both charts, though.  “Jump”, “Panama”, “You Really Got Me”, “Eruption”, and “Runnin’ with the Devil” were all Top 10 songs. And they took SEVEN of the Top 10 album spots, including #1 for their self-titled debut.   Nathan was skateboarding to work because his truck broke down. And he was living in a trailer without running water, parking in front of his brother’s house.   

Recall those rumors in 2019 when bassist Michael Anthony was returning to Van Halen for a world tour?  Well, the band’s manager, Irving Azoff, says  those weren’t just rumors. Azoff told Pollstar: “We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer tour in 2019, and as the cancer moved around, Eddie Van Halen was physically unable to do it.” Also, former vocalist David Lee Roth wasn’t “crazy” when he said last year that Foo Fighters or Metallica were in talks to open for Van Halen.  Azoff confirmed that there were talks with both bands about opening for a reunited Van Halen in select cities.

Stone Temple Pilots have announced another livestream concert.   They’ll be performing 1994’s Purple in its entirety. The stream starts on October 16th at 7 p.m.   The upcoming stream costs $10, with additional merch available to ticket purchasers.  Jeff Gutt has been the vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots since 2017.

Its been Ten years since The White Stripes broke up. They are releasing their very first greatest hits collection. Jack White’s own record company, Third Man Records, will release the 26-song compilation digitally and on CD December 4th. A White Stripes’ ‘Greatest Hits’ deluxe edition will also be available, filled with B-sides on three LPs.

Yesterday I mentioned season 3 of Lettermans Netflix interview show is coming October 21st. It will feature conversation with Kim Kardashian, Dave Chappelle, Lizzo and Robert Downey JR. those 4 episodes instead of 6 but they are a bit longer. You can find the trailer on yesterdays blog but here is a some audio from the new season. (AUDIO x3) 

BRAD PITT is being sued for allegedly scamming a woman out of $40,000 . . . in part by dangling the possibility of MARRIAGE in front of her. Kelli Christina is a healthcare CEO from Plano, Texas.  She says Brad contacted her two years ago to help him raise money for his Make It Right Foundation.  That’s the charity he set up to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She sent him $40,000 over those two years, with the agreement that he show up to fundraising events.  Obviously, he never did.  Over that period, she says they also developed a personal relationship that included, quote, “discussions of marriage.” Pretty soon, she stopped sending “Brad” his money, and he ghosted her.  She’s suing him for $100,000. It’s pretty obvious that Kelli got scammed by an IMPOSTER.  To everyone but Kelli, that is.  The REAL Brad’s lawyers told her that he’s never heard of her.  But she’s still going ahead with her lawsuit against him

Benedict Cumberbatch will bring Dr. Strange to the next Spider-Man movie. The third Spider-Man film will reunite Strange and Spidey from their time in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” There’s speculation that Dr. Strange will take on the role of mentor to Peter Parker after the death of Iron-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was already announced that Jamie Foxx would return to the Spider-Man world as Electro.”

Disney just announced that the new Pixar movie, “Soul”, will skip a theatrical release and go straight to Disney+ on Christmas Day.  Free to subscribers, by the way.  They’re not charging extra like they did with “Mulan”. But several movies are STILL scheduled to hit theaters this year.  Here are some of the highlights . . . as of now, anyway:

This Weekend:  “The War with Grandpa”:  A family comedy starring Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman.

Next Weekend:  “Honest Thief”:  An action-thriller starring Liam Neeson.

November 13th:  “Freaky”:  A horror-comedy starring Vince Vaughn as a killer who swaps bodies with a high school girl.

November 25th:  “Happiest Season”:  A holiday comedy starring Alison Brie, Mackenzie Davis, and Kristen Stewart.

December 11th:  “Free Guy”:  An action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds.

December 18th:  “Coming 2 America”.

Christmas Day:  “Wonder Woman 1984”

CableTV.com is looking for someone to watch horror movies for 24 hours straight.  If they choose you, you’ll get $1,000, a $50 Starbucks gift card, and . . . candy. No, they’re not saying what kind or how much.  Just . . . candy. The best part is YOU get to pick the movies.  They say, quote, “Anything goes: gooey gore-fests, monster movies, folk horror, killer clowns, ghost stories, giallo films, psychological thrillers, and even awesomely bad B-flicks.” And of course, you have to live-Tweet the whole thing.Celebrities:  They really ARE just like us.  Take SARAH SILVERMAN.  She’s got a new boyfriend . . . and they hooked up through “Call of Duty”. On “Ellen” yesterday, Sarah said that when the world started locking down, she decided to start playing video games again.  So she bought a console and some games, including “Call of Duty: World War 2”. A guy she knew “peripherally” through friends hit her up and they started playing together online. She said, quote, “I’d put my headset on and I’d kill Nazis with this guy.  Yadda yadda yadda, we’re boyfriend and girlfriend! “He came out here and so he’s living out here and it’s great and we make sweet love.  I feel like I’m jinxing it by talking about it on ‘Ellen’, but I can’t help myself!”

“Thursday Night Football” had an odd ending last night.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had little time remaining in the game, trailing the Bears 20 to 19.  Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass, turned to his sideline holding four fingers up, like they were going into fourth down.  But they weren’t.  That play was it.  Here’s how it sounded, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman at the mic. AUDIO –  The Bears beat the Bucs, 20-19.  The Bears move to 4-1 on the year, and the Bucs fall to 3-2.

Turns out the Houston Astros can still win when they’re NOT cheating.  They beat the Oakland A’s yesterday, 11 to 6, to advance to the American League Championship series. Houston won the series 3 games to 1.  They’ll play the winner of the Yankees/Rays series.  Their deciding Game 5 is today at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the NLDS last night after a 12-3 win over the San Diego Padres.  .The Dodgers won the series 3 games to none.  They’ll begin the National League Championship series with Atlanta on Monday.

Because like the Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves also swept their opponent, the Miami Marlins, to advance to the National League Championship series.  They won 7 to zero. 

Via stltoday.com

One way or the other, the yearlong saga of Alex Pietrangelo and his hockey future will likely be settled on Friday.

Will the captain and star defenseman re-sign with the Blues and then, in all likelihood, close out his career with the only NHL team he’s ever played for? Or will he get a better offer from somebody else and, following the arc of another contemporary St. Louis sports hero, Albert Pujols, finish that career somewhere else?

NHL free agency begins at 11 a.m. St. Louis time today, and if history is any indication, in less than an hour, it will likely be done, though Pietrangelo’s status as the top name on the market may afford him some time to think over his next move.

It’s been expected that this negotiation would go down to the wire, and that’s where it sits. For the Blues and Pietrangelo, there are still hills to climb but talks aren’t over.

“Not much to report,” Pietrangelo said by text late on Thursday afternoon. “We are planning for (free agency) tomorrow unless we hear from the Blues prior. … We will remain in contact leading into tomorrow.” He added that he and his camp “are going into tomorrow completely open-minded.” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong declined to comment.

The time to get a deal done has gone from months to weeks to days and now to hours. Until 11 a.m., the Blues have exclusive negotiating rights with Pietrangelo — the league did away with the courtship period it has had in other years where players could talk with other teams but not sign — but as of 11 p.m. on Thursday lost their ability to offer Pietrangelo an eight-year contract and were limited to seven like everyone else, something that will likely drive up the annual average value of his deal closer to $9 million. Even if 11 a.m. passes without a deal with the Blues, it doesn’t mean Pietrangelo is necessarily gone, but the Blues will find themselves in direct competition then with other teams. via STLToday

Missouri will have at least seven players out for Saturday’s game against No. 17 Louisiana State as a result of one positive test for COVID-19, Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz said on his radio show Thursday night.

Six of the seven players who will miss the game are out because they’re considered close contacts to the positive case and must quarantine under the Southeastern Conference’s coronavirus protocols. Close contacts of positive cases must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, meaning those six players will also miss the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 17.

The latest positive test and the close contacts required to quarantine did not reflect the latest round of testing the team underwent on Thursday, Drinkwitz said.

He did not disclose the identity of the seven players who won’t be available for Saturday’s game.

COVID-19 testing left Missouri without seven players for its opener against Alabama two weeks ago, but no starters or key backups were missing for the Sept. 26 game. So yet another example that COVID just hasn’t gotten the memo that we are trying to move on.

The idea that sports coming back would automatically bring fans to their televisions in huge numbers has turned out to be inaccurate. In fact, it would be completely fair to say that the viewership for sports has been a bit disappointing. There are lots of theories about why that has been the case. But the one that makes the most sense turns out to be; there might be too much sports to watch. And when you combine that with the lifestyle changes so many people have made during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is both an explanation for the drop in numbers and somewhat of a long-term warning for sports. People may say something like  ‘OK, I have football, do I really need to watch the NBA Finals? My mind is trained to watch that in June.”

The average fan should not care how many people are watching a particular game or sport. If you enjoy it, you should watch it. Generally speaking, television ratings are a niche topic that only matter inside the industry, and yet the coverage they receive in the news media often leads people to seize on them to further a particular narrative.

The most prominent example of that, of course, began in 2016 when right-wing political commentators tried to correlate Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem with a drop in NFL ratings as a way to validate their criticism of him personally. 

The same pattern has been repeated during the NBA’s restart with players highlighting social justice messages and the league’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement. Indeed, ratings for the bubble have been lackluster overall and viewership of the Finals thus far has been historically poor, with Game 1 registering 7.4 million viewers (lowest on record) and sinking to 5.9 million for Game 3. 

But the theory that fans are turned off by “wokeness” doesn’t hold up when you consider the following: 

  • Ratings for the Stanley Cup Finals were down 61% from last year, averaging 2.1 million viewers.
  • The final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament had 3.2 million viewers, by far the fewest going back more than 30 years.
  • The U.S. Open tennis tournament viewership fell sharply on ESPN, down 45% from the year before. The French Open is down 57% so far on NBC. 
  • The Kentucky Derby, which normally gets around 15 million viewers, only had 9.3 million at its rescheduled slot in September.
  • Even the NFL, which has had some bright spots in the ratings thus far and seems to be holding steady, has had trouble getting viewers in certain windows like Thursday night, which has recorded consecutive lows for prime-time games. 

In other words, the pattern is clear. And it should lead us to examine what’s really going on. 

There are four factors contributing to that. 

  1. There’s a certain level of cannibalization on the calendar. As an example, Monday’s Game 1 of the Rays-Yankees AL Division Series had 2.3 million viewers on TBS, which was one-third less than a similar time slot on TBS last year. Also a year ago, the baseball game was going up against a “Monday Night Football” broadcast, but this week’s Rays-Yankees matchup was competing against two NFL games because one had been moved from Sunday due to a COVID-19 outbreak
  2. It’s not part of our natural cycle to be watching sports on weekday afternoons or NBA Finals games in October or Triple Crown races on a college football Saturday. “We get used to watching certain things or having particular sports be part of our lives at certain times of the year,” said Dennis Deninger, a former ESPN production executive, who is now a professor in sports communications at Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “If you move sports from their natural positions to places that they’re unfamiliar, they’re competing with sports that are traditionally seen in those time periods and everyone suffers a little bit.”
  3. Lack of fans in the stands is a psychological cue that these games don’t mean as much. “The crowd going crazy is part of the allure of watching sports on TV,” Karp said. “Crowd goes wild is an expression for a reason.”
  4. There’s a presidential election going on in a highly charged political climate, which echoes some of the data Karp saw from 2016 when some news and commentary shows were up 30%. “Viewership in cable news networks is up significantly, and right now, especially once the president got COVID, that’s all anyone was watching,” Karp said. “It affected college football numbers (last weekend). It affected everything.”

But there’s also an existential question that nobody really knows the answer to. Has the pandemic changed people’s behaviors and habits in a way that will be difficult for sports to recover from when life goes back to normal? Via usatoday.com