Category Archives: Sports

The Primary-O-Rama Goes On… And On…

Tuesday, 02.19.08 Posted By: Millie

Tonight is another “results night” in the land of primaries and caucuses! Wisconsin, Hawaii and Washington State to be exact. That means we’ll be seeing more of this…

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And this…

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And this…

vacation?

And this…

I’d like to buy a “A”, Pat.

Ahh, but who am I to complain??? I really am looking forward to the Texas Primary Night, when John will be zig-zagging his fingers all over our state. Who knows, maybe I will show up on one of his google image maps when he zooms in to Harris County!! I just hope nothing embarrassing shows up if he goes to street view, LOL!

On an interesting note, Obama is currently stumping just a few blocks away from me, at the Toyota Center right here in downtown Houston.

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And Bill Clinton is also at a downtown hotel this evening campaigning on behalf of Hillary. Lots of traffic at the moment ’round these parts. I’m actually hearing helicopters buzzing overhead as I type this!

Now for some non-election news… John was involved with the All-Star Summit in New Orleans over the weekend. I’m not exactly sure when he was there or what his schedule was like over the last few days because he had been filing reports from the CNN studio throughout the weekend as well. Anywho, here are some pictures from the All-Star Summit Website. These were from last year’s event (There are no 2008 pictures on their site yet.)

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Enjoy and have a fun night tonight watching John play at the magic wall!!!

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All Things Super

Sunday, February 3, 2008 Posted By: Millie

And the letter of the day, boys and girls, is…..

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Howdy everybody!

Under the new blog schedule, posts aren’t usually written on Sundays, but since it is Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I’d nonetheless include a short post. After all, John’s hometown team is playing today!!!

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Actually, though, the real reason I posted today is to announce that I have a “surprise surprise” for tomorrow, so be sure to stop on by. Ya’ll know I do like to tease, don’t you?

Let’s check off a list of things associated with today’s theme, shall we?

Super Bowl, check!

Super Tuesday, check!

Super Cooper, check!
(this doesn’t make sense unless you’ve read the comments from Friday’s post)

Super Surprise, check!

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Enjoy your gameday and see you tomorrow!

-Millie

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Red Sox Sweep

Monday, 10.29.07

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know by now that the Boston Red Sox swept the World Series last night with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. No doubt John is among the hundreds of thousands of Red Sox fans celebrating today!

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It had been 86 years before they won a world series championship back in 2004. Three years later, they have certainly proven their staying power – and also proven that they are no “one hit wonder”. Even Yankee fans have got to give these guys some credit! (Ok, I can see the virtual tomatoes flying my direction all the way from New York, but my point is you have to give ANY team credit for making it to the world series and winning it in a sweep!)

A few years ago, The White House held a ceremony honoring the ’04 Red Sox championship team. This guy happened to be there and he blogged about the experience in March of 2005. He apparently had a good vantage point to be able to see the President and the Red Sox players.

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His “chief” complaint? Someone was blocking his view practically the whole time.

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Hey, if I couldn’t see The President at the White House at a rally because of someone blocking my view, and that person turned out to be none other than John King, I sure as heck wouldn’t complain!

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A Slam Dunk

Wednesday, 10.10.07 

Ok, so I’ve covered lots of topics about John King in the past few months, ranging from politics (obviously) to strange cuisines and heart palpitations, but here’s a subject I haven’t touched yet: basketball!

For starters, to give this post some ambiance, check out this Washington Wizards video compilation which includes some pretty electrifying, pump-you-up music. I like to listen to this with the volume turned way up!

From what I gather, John is a big basketball fan, and so are his kids Noah and Hannah. Check out this cute banter taken from a Situation Room transcript back on January 20, 2006, which aired after Jack Cafferty posed the question “Why aren’t college students better prepared?”

KING: You missed it, Jack. I had Noah and Hannah King right here in THE SITUATION ROOM a little bit earlier today. I’m supposed to take them to a basketball game. I sent them off to do some homework.

CAFFERTY: Really? You’re a tough guy.

(LAUGHTER)

KING: I am sometimes. Not enough.

CAFFERTY: The only reason you did that is because you had to work tonight, instead of going to the game yourself.

KING: We are going to go late. It’s a secret, though.

CAFFERTY: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

KING: Thank you, Jack

And, according to this Washinton Post article, John says “I splurge on vacations with my children and on Wizards season tickets — because my kids, Noah and Hannah, love basketball.”

Below is a picture of John attending an NBA All-Star Practice game in 2002:

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The following information comes from the Getty Images website which credits the picture:

“Sharing some VIP front row seats at the NBA All Star practices 09 February 2002 are CNN’s White House Correspondent John King (L) and former Clinton White House Senior Advisor and current NBA executive Doug Sosnick (R) as Philadelphia 76ers guard, Allen Iverson(C), takes a shot during a practice session for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game 10 February 2002 in Philadelphia. AFP PHOTO/ Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)”

Ok, now here’s a question for ya:

What could possibly be cooler than combining the NBA, a plethora of media gurus, and the ca-ching! of Vegas?

Why nothing, really… except perhaps for an NBA All-Star Technology Summit!

John attended this event last February at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Hey it was a tough job assignment, but somebody had to do it!!)

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Here is the press release from that event:

“This February in Las Vegas, the eighth annual NBA All-Star Technology Summit will open its doors to an invitation-only group of industry executives for a series of conversations about media, technology and our increasingly digital society. As with each of the previous seven Summits, a lively and thoughtful group of industry-leading panelists will debate the challenges and opportunities that lie at the nexus of sports and digital media.

Leading those discussions, these sessions have featured an extraordinary lineup of prominent media personalities (click here for list of Past Participants). The panels have been moderated by top names in broadcasting including Wolf Blitzer, Jeff Greenfield, Ernie Johnson, Jr., Larry King, Tim Russert, George Stephanopoulos and Anderson Cooper. This year, as the ‘lean back’ generation of viewers gives way to gaming and the ‘user generated’ movement of fans as producers and participants, industry leaders will discuss the implications of these changes for sports, media and technology companies and share their vision for what to expect from the next generation of fans. We look forward to yet another challenging and stimulating day of discussions.”

John was the moderator for the summit topic “Inside the Debate on Sports Gambling”. Here are some pictures of him while he was leading that session:

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The topic was summarized thusly:

“Mainstream Americans have accepted and actively participate in sports gambling—in fact, seven out of 10 adults placed a sports wager in the past year, with $600 billion changing hands as a result. Yet sports leagues and governing bodies have maintained a long-standing industry taboo against sports betting, with historically well-grounded reasons. Where does that leave sports fans, broadcasters and leagues? How has the internet changed gaming, and what are the prospects and implications of an online betting universe that thrives without the participation or sanction of sports governing bodies? What are the differences and similarities between sports gambling and fantasy sports and how do they influence sports broadcasts and viewing? Panelists take a good, hard look at the perception, reality, challenges and opportunities behind this hot button issue.”

Of course I know that “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas” but dang, I sure would have liked to have been a fly on the wall during that summit!

I also found out from the Summit Website that John has participated in this annual event since 2002. Here are the panels and topics he has hosted in the past:

2002 in Philadelphia: “Harnessing Content to Drive New Revenue”
2003 in Atlanta: “Digital Transactions Come of Age”
2004 in Beverly Hills: “Market Transformations: The Next Evolution in E-Commerce”
2005 in Denver: “Community Without Borders”
2006 in Houston: “The Promise of Wireless Commerce”

Have a good day everyone and thanks for stopping by.

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