1. The Buffalo Bisons have gotten off to a 1-10 start under their new affiliation with the New York Mets. That puts them 10 games out of first place after 11 games played. As the old saying goes, you can't win a pennant in April, but you can lose it.
2. I see where the mother of Michael Phelps has a book out. Why do I have a feeling that I'll be seeing that one at the Dollar Store in about eight months?
3. Here in Western New York, one local hospital has been advertising the fact that you should go there in case of a suspected stroke. Then I saw a billboard the other day saying that you should go to the nearest hospital in case of a stroke, and three were listed. Great. If a loved one of mine is having a stroke, I really want to have to think long and hard about where to take him or her.
4. Part of me wonders why the people who ring the bell at the end of the business day at the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ are always smiling and happy ... no matter how bad the market might have done on that particular day. My only explanation is that maybe they are just happy that all of the markets' losses for the day have come to an end.
5. Verizon has come up with three ads consisting of interviews with people who are watching ESPN on their cell phones rather than doing something more appropriate during their honeymoons or while at a bridal shower. I have seen better campaigns. Yeah, like I want to emulate a guy who can't tear himself away from his fantasy team while he's horseback riding with a beautiful girl, or the guy looking at highlights while escorting a friend to the hospital in an ambulance. It reminds me of what I don't like about fantasy sports, which won't sell phones.