Blogging The 10 p.m. News: Jan. 26, 2007

Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

(This topic seemed like more of a Ben-type blog, so I’m borrowing your space brother).

I’m usually not home on Saturday night, but after about what seems like two straight weeks of frigid weather, I’ve completely lost the desire to even comtemplate running the streets of Chicago. I’m in full hibernation mode. Tonight I’ll watch the 10 p.m. news and blog it. With the aid of TIVO of course. I ain’t that efficient.

9:58 p.m.: Mmmmm… Heinekin.

10 p.m.: The new HD is looking real good.
Anna Davlantes
is stunning under normal circumstances, but HD is real good to her. Especially with that red jacket. Moving on.

Obama spanked Hillary in the South Carolina primary today. I’ve been more than a little disturbed at the nasty tone this campaign has taken. On “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday, Maher said that it’s good that the Democrats are learning to fight dirty, because it’ll be nothing compared to what the Republicans will start slinging at them after the primaries. Kind of like what Mitt Romney alluded to when he said that he “can’t imagine Bill Clinton left with nothing to do in the White House.” Ouch.

10:01 p.m.: Looks like it’s cold in South Carolina as well. Carol Marin has a scarf on.

They’re breaking down the election results under racial and gender lines to see why Obama won. No women — black or white — cared for Hillary in South Carolina. Heck, they didn’t even vote for one of their own, John Edwards. When’s he gonna drop out?

10:03 p.m.: According to Carol, the Chicago Tribune and Caroline Kennedy are endorsing Obama. Bill Daley, Obama’s campaign co-chair, says Obama needs to keep that underdog attitude.

How would you like to be Carol Marin? As if it isn’t enough to be a living legend, in her spare time she saves people. All in a day’s work I guess.

10:04 p.m.: Republicans. Florida. Bye Rudy.

10:05 p.m.: Rob Stafford also looks good in HD. I say that in the most manly sort of way, of course. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Yes, Lauren Jiggets, HD is definitely your friend too.

The frozen body found in a canal at 34 and Kedzie was not Lisa Stebic or Stacy Peterson. I almost forgot about Lisa Stebic. Stories start to run together after awhile. Speaking of which, 5 minutes into the newscast and not one Drew Peterson story? Then again, it’s Saturday night — he must be on a date.

10:06 p.m.: Former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer was buried today. As a relatively new Chicagoan, it wasn’t until this week that I became aware of who he was, and the big part he played in the transition after the death of Harold Washington. Seemed like a real sharp cat.

10:07: I can’t even imagine what the folks over at Channel 2 are going through after Randy Salerno‘s death. His childhood friend faces homicide charges for his role in the accident. Awful all around.

About 12 years ago I spent a week with Randy and a bunch of other journalists at Florida’s Poynter Institute. I experienced firsthand the dry, quick-witted humor that those who knew Randy best are referring to while memorializing his passing. Visitation is Tuesday in Crystal Lake. Rest in peace brother.

10:14 p.m.: What do you think of those SeeItNext.com commercials that have been running on our station? It definitely has a different look and feel. Comment here.

LeeAnn is doing a special report Monday at 10 p.m. on Crain’s top places for lunch. “Eating on The Job.”

10:15 p.m.: Christian Brando is dead of pneumonia? People under 70 still die of pneumonia?

10:17 p.m.: Ginger Zee. HD. You get the idea.

It’s going to be positively balmy in Chicago tomorrow. Thirty-five degrees and sunny.

10:19 p.m.: Mmmmmm… Heinekin.

10:20 p.m.: I was supposed to go to the Black Creativity Gala tonight at the Museum of Science and Industry but I gave up my ticket. Looks like Warner, Marion, Ryan and LeeAnn went. It looks like a great exhibit, so check it out if you get a chance.

10:21 p.m.: I did a podcast interview with Mike Adamle this week about the American Gladiators. Did you know he was the
host and a producer
of the original series? I’ve been talking to Venom, a current gladiator and Chicago resident, about doing a feature story. There’s another Chicago casting call next Saturday, and I can’t pass up an opportunity for a shameless plug by adding a link to my Nude Hippo segment on last year’s Gladiators casting call.

Kenny Williams has the toughest gig in Chicago sports right now. Then again, I wouldn’t trade places with Jim Boylan either.

10:23 p.m.: I would gladly trade places with Tiger Woods, who looks like he’ll easily win the Buick.

Patrick Kane is real good.

10:26 p.m.: Mardis Gras kicked off. I know it would be a charitable thing to vacatgion in New Orleans and pump some money into the local economy, but for some reason I can’t build up any enthusiasm for that.

Show’s over, and it was glitch-free! Good night.

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