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Idols take on the Big Apple, Falcons take on naysayers and I’m taking on the Crescent City (and need help)


American Idols rock the Plaza in the Big Apple

Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee have been making the obligatory tour of television talk shows since the conclusion of this season’s American Idol competition. (N.B.: Isn’t it scary that they both already have full Wikipedia pages? Just asking…) This morning both performers were interviewed by Matt Lauer and performed in Rockefeller Plaza as part of an appearance on the Today Show. The show also marked the first time in 15+ years that the opening did not include the name Katie Couric, as she prepares to be the new face of CBS News come this fall. The show is available in its entirety on the Today Show website, although those regulars to the blog using Firefox will be upset that they will have to use a copy of Internet Explorer in order to view the performance. There are more links to images (some cool, some not so cool) using the American Idol Season 5 tag.

Cheer on the Falcons wherever you are this afternoon

The University of Montevallo Falcons set a dubious NCAA record last night when their batters were hit by pitches nine (yes, 9) times last night during their 10-3 victory over West Chester University at the Division II World Series in Montgomery, AL. They look to keep it going (and to take one more step towards bringing a championship to the region) this afternoon as they face Chico State beginning at 2:30 p.m., CDT. Click here to get to a live audio feed of the game courtesy of NCAA Click here to read an account of last night’s game.

What to do in the Crescent City?

I’m looking for suggestions and hope you’ll be able to help. Next week I will be in New Orleans, LA for the National Trust Main Streets Conference. Revitalization experts from around the world will converge on the Crescent City for a week of seminars, tours and opportunities to them to help with the clean up effort using their own hands. I had originally planned to be one of those sets of hands during the trip. Due to the knee injury, I’m relegated to bench warmer (those from my baseball days know that I’m quite familiar with that option:) ). As a result, I now have some additional free time to look around and explore the city. Any suggestions for things to do would be appreciated as comments to today’s post. I’d also like to thank those that have already offered some assistance in getting ready for this trip. As you can probably guess, posts made next week will be made late in the evening or extremely early in the morning.

One more thing…

Actually, I’ll hold my opinions on yesterday’s abduction in downtown Birmingham until this evening. Click on the link to get caught up before I say my two cents worth. (Nine hour ordeal ends with rescue, The Birmingham News, 6.1.2006)



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