Friday, November 30, 2007

What Will It Take?


For this clown on the back page of the NY Daily News to be fired???
Seriously??!!!!
Even Mitch Lawrence says he has to go after losing by 45 points. The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy says that the "smoke signals loud and clear."
Isiah Thomas and James Dolan will go down in history as the dumbest duo to run a franchise into the ground. What I don't get is why are Knick fans paying 10 cents to watch this crap??? Why not burn your tickets like the Giants fans did years ago??
It honestly is the most insane thing in sports these days and that takes a lot of work to earn that title.

Holiday Entertaining With Seafood

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Can I tell you how much fun it is to work with the gang at Red Lobster. Check out our latest video on holiday entertaining.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Big Blue Mess Gets Worse


OK - let's start with the obvious, Eli Manning couldn't have hit water if he fell out of a boat yesterday. Unless of course they were wearing Viking uniforms after a 41-17 loss at home.

He was awful. He was unmoved and as calm as he always is. Yesterday, I wanted to see him pissed off, but that ain't the way Eli is. He isn't and never will be Peyton and I am fine with it. What I am not fine with is that this team is now 1-2 in the last three games and are heading down the same path as the last few years.

If they do that, you can blame Eli all you want, but it's got to hang on Tom Coughlin at some point, doesn't it? At what point will the coaching staff actually help this team win and stop yelling and being disappointed?

Maybe the Giants are quitting on their coach to get him fired. I usually do not stand for that - but by all means boys, PLEASE... get it right!

I understand all the yelling about Eli - but I wonder what he can do with a REAL coaching staff???

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Takes One To Know One

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Was going to take the day off, but then I was reading the game story from last night's Thrashers-Caps game.

The Thrashers dominated the game and check out these three paragraphs from the
AJC:

"Fire Hanlon," they chanted in unison, frustrated with the losses piling up
under coach Glen Hanlon.

From the perspective of Thrashers captain Bobby Holik, the Capitals
played like they agreed with the crowd.

"They played like they wanted to get their coach fired, but that's
another story," Holik said.

Oh my god, did Holik say that??? The same guy who is the captain of the team that quit on his coach and got him fired this season as well? Is this not just classic????

By the way, the Capitals did fire Hanlon this morning, but is Holik kidding me?

The Thrashers are now 11-4 since they fired Bob Hartley. So the question is this - were they that bad before? And if they did play to get their coach fired, can season ticket holders get their money back for the first games of the year when players who are paid VERY WELL to do their jobs, played like crap so they can get what they want??

When you want to know why the world is turned upside down remember, the most important people in the world, our children’s teachers, get paid horribly. While these whiny, spoiled athletes get rich off of us and then act like children when they don’t like their coaches.

And by the way, if Don Waddell wants to continue winning, I would trade Kari Lehtonen as soon as he gets healthy for a top line center or a power-play quarterback of a defensemen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vegas Turns Spotlight on Pole-Dancing Competition

From the AP
LAS VEGAS — Clear evidence that pole dancing has made its way out of smoke-filled strip clubs and into the heart of America's playland: "Pole-A-Palooza" 2007.

The packed JET night club in the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday hosted 25 bikini-clad contestants who showed that it takes not only beauty but incredible strength to be a winner.

Each contestant got the chance to use legs, arms and torsos to climb up, down and around a metal pole in carefully choreographed routines.

The winner, who goes by the name Anika, won the top prize of $10,000

Great Coverage of Carr's Retirement

Proving why they are one of the best, if not the best, sports sections in the country, the Detroit Free Press was awesome in its coverage in Lloyd Carr's retirement. The Ann Arbor News is solid as well, but check out the the stories from the Free Press and the writers.

To me - the only other papers to consider in the best sports departments are the Boston Globe, Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News.

Top to bottom - those folks get it done day in and day out like no one else in the business. And I know the business ain't what it used to be, but I am a newspaper junkie and will always be one.

As much as I love and embrace Digital Media, there's still nothing like newsprint to me. I can't travel anywhere without picking up the local rags and reading them cover to cover. Makes me a dinosaur to my pal and boss, Paul Walker, but hey what can I say. I am what I am.... or as Dennis Green once said, "We are who we thought they are!"

What papers do you love? Who's got the best sports sections?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lowell Stays In Beantown!

From 38 Pitches - Curt Schilling's blog...


SWEET!
Nov 19th, 2007 by Curt Schilling

Per ESPN Mikey Lowell is back. How cool is that? Leaving years and dollars on the table to come back here for three more years, good stuff. Pretty nice to think you are fans in a town that is now a desired destination for athletes across the major sports. Come a long way for sure.

Congrats to Mike and I’ve already spoken with a few guys on the team and suffice to say we’re all ectstatic. Now to get back to the FF beatings he’s been taking all year!

Shocking News From Vick Case

Vick will begin prison term early

By Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Suspended Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick has made arrangements to begin serving his prison sentence immediately so he can get out of prison as soon as possible.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, who will sentence Vick on Dec. 10, signed an order Monday to allow the U.S. Marshal's service to take Vick into custody as soon as he turns himself in.

Vick is to be put in custody "based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of his bond," Hudson wrote.

Two media reports said Vick would begin serving his sentence today. The Richmond Times-Dispatch and ESPN both cited unnamed sources in their stories.

In August, Vick pleaded guilty to be a part of a dogfighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels at his former property in Surry County, Va. Vick acknowledged financing the operation beginning in 2001 through this past spring. In a plea agreement, Vick admitted the operation involved the "victimization and killing of pit bull dogs."

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Vick faces between 12 and 18 months in prison, although Hudson could impose a sentence below or above that range if he sees fit.

Sad Day For All Charmin Users

Actor Who Played Mr. Whipple Dies

By JEFF WILSON Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Dick Wilson, the actor and pitchman who played the uptight grocer begging customers "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died Monday. He was 91.

The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."

Over 21 years, Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling the soft toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.

Wilson also played a drunk on several episodes of "Bewitched," as appeared as various characters on "Hogan's Heroes," "The Bob Newhart Show," and Walt Disney productions.
The first of his Charmin commercials aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985, the tag line and Wilson were pop culture touchstones.

"Everybody says, 'Where did they find you?' I say I was never lost. I've been an actor for 55 years," Wilson told the San Francisco Examiner in 1985.

Though Wilson said he initially resisted commercial work, he learned to appreciate its nuance.
"It's the hardest thing to do in the entire acting realm. You've got 24 seconds to introduce yourself, introduce the product, say something nice about it and get off gracefully."

Dennis Legault, Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand manager, said in a statement that Wilson deserves much of the credit for the product's success in the marketplace. He called the Mr. Whipple character "one of the most recognizable faces in the history of American advertising."

After Wilson retired, he continued to do occasional guest appearances for the brand and act on television. He declared himself not impressed with modern cinema.

"The kind of pictures they're making today, I'll stick with toilet paper," he told The Associated Press in 1985.

Procter & Gamble eventually replaced the Whipple ads with cartoon bears, but brought Wilson (as Whipple) back for an encore in 1999. The ad showed Wilson "coming out of retirement" against the advice of his golfing and poker buddies for one more chance to sell Charmin.

"He is part of the culture," his daughter said. "He was still funny to the very end. That's his legacy."

He was born in England in 1916, the son of a vaudeville entertainer and a singer. He moved to Canada as a child, serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II, and became a U.S. citizen in 1954, he told the AP.

In addition to Melanie, Wilson is survived by his wife, Meg; a son, Stuart; and another daughter, Wendy

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday Thoughts - Police Rock Atlanta

Went to see The Police at Philips Arena Saturday night and man were they incredible. For a bunch of guys in their 50s, they had the building hopping.

What was incredible was how great Stewart Copeland was on the drums. Most remember The Police for Sting and how he was the front man. I was reminded of why this band was awesome - Copeland's playing absolutely filled the arena and was the driving force. He has to be one of the best I have seen and heard.

Only thing I was upset with is that they didn't play Murder By Numbers ... but they nailed everything else and closed with Next To You. Just awesome.

Another crazy college football Saturday starting with Michigan's offense being held to 91 yards. Maybe Mike Hart and Chad Henne shouldn't have played as much as they did when neither one of them was up to snuff? Lloyd Carr has a press conference for Monday to announce he is retiring. He's legacy will be tarnished by the fact that he went 1-6 in his last seven versus Ohio State. I had the fortune to meet the man and talk to him and some of his players - he deserves to be recognized for more than that.

OK, I am getting closer to buying into the Flying Mangino's and Kansas. They have to beat Missouri and win the Big 12 title game, but they have set themselves up. Who would have thought when the season started that Kansas-Missouri would be this big? Heck College Gameday is going to be there. Usually basketball with those two - not football.

Oklahoma and Oregon took themselves out of contention this week with losses. I know this may be nuts, but Georgia is now up to seventh in the BCS rankings. If Tennessee loses to Kentucky, they play for the SEC title and have to play LSU. Anything can happen - we have learned that this year, haven't we?

And by the way, think it will be easy for Les Miles to have to answer all these questions about going back to coach his alma mater in Ann Arbor? There's no question he is gone - but man, this is going to be a wild month of questions for him.

Speaking of which - Michigan State won its seventh game in Mark Dantonio's first season. They could have beaten Michigan and Wisconsin as well. Great coaching job by Dantonio - can't wait to see what he can do when he gets his own guys in place.

Marty Brodeur won his 500th NHL game. Only Patrick Roy is ahead of him with 551 win. Two incredible goalies that have played a long time and Brodeur has done it with so many different guys in front of him that play incredible defense. But as good as his defense has been, he has been that much better.

Friday, November 16, 2007

No Modesty in Modesto....

You HAVE to see this ... wild, crazy kids get in big trouble ... some folks need to lighten up.

http://videos.modbee.com/vmix_hosted_apps/video/1565333

Fear the Huskies!!!

They have lost two games to Illinois by eight and Maryland in OT on the road by two. They should have won last night but were screwed by the ACC hometown refs. Total garbage. Way to go Huntington Hounds!!!

Maryland just gets by NU in OT - Associated Press / November 16, 2007

James Gist scored a career-high 27 points, including two free throws that put Maryland ahead for good in overtime, and the Terrapins survived a scare from Northeastern in a 74-72 victory last night in College Park, Md.

Gist's foul shots put Maryland up, 70-69, with 50 seconds left. After a Northeastern turnover, Eric Hayes made two free throws for the Terrapins, whose final 6 points came at the line.
Bambale Osby had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks for Maryland (3-0). He was 14 for 20 at the line and 1 of 9 from the field.

Matt Janning led the Huskies (0-2) with a career-high 26 points, Manny Adako scored 15, and Nkem Ojougboh added 13 rebounds.

After Northeastern closed to 60-58 with 28.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Landon Milbourne made one of two free throws for Maryland. Adako then nailed a 3-pointer from the corner with nine seconds left.

Story of the Day!!!

Plane Headed to Las Vegas Diverted After Couple Tries to Join 'Mile High Club'

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Las Vegas bound plane was diverted to Portland International Airport Thursday afternoon when at least one passenger said a couple was trying to join the "mile high club," FOX 12 Oregon is reporting.

"The people across the aisle from us were fooling around in their seats and they decided to go to the bathroom and fool around and they threatened the flight attendant,” said passenger Jessica Smith, according to FOX 12 Oregon.

The couple was escorted off the plane, according FOX 12 Oregon.

ATV Safety

I know the title is nuts for me - but I got this note from my pal, Jess Myers and wanted to share....

Friends,
When I was a kid of about 13, my friend Greg Knox and I would ride my father's ATV the mile or so to and from hockey practice nearly every night. In rural areas and small towns like the one where I was raised, ATVs are a pretty common mode of transportation for kids.


Greg and his wife Stephanie lost their seven-year-old son to an ATV accident while visiting our hometown this past May. While their recovery is a painful on-going process, and their faith and strength are amazing, Greg and Stephanie have recently had the courage to post their story on a web site called Concerned Families for ATV Safety.

If you have children, or if you someday may have children, or if you have friends with children, I hope you'll take a few minutes and read, and share, the words they have written about their son Wade.

http://www.atvsafetynet.org/stories.php?page=wade

It's an eye-opening reminder of how fragile children are, and how these powerful machines, designed for adults, are simply not safe in the hands of children under 16. It's stunning to read not only Wade's story, but dozens of other, similarly tragic stories of accidents that happen nearly every month in every part of the country.

The hope is that sharing a story like this one can help save more children from becoming the subjects of similarly tragic stories.

Thanks for listening,
Jess

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shocker From Thrash Land

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Thrashers won't go outside the organization for a coach this season.

Not shocking considering the issues the Atlanta Spirit are having financially. Heck, they even cut the intern program things were so bad. Still that little issue between the Spirit and former partner, Steve Belkin, going on. Doesn't look like it's going away any time soon.

So that means either Don Waddell or Brad McCrimmon will coach the team the rest of the season. If Don wanted to name Chicago Wolves coach John Anderson the team's coach - he would have done it by now. Something there between the two men that has never really sat well, so I don't see it happening.

Heck, if the team doesn't make the playoffs this year, the whole staff might be out anyway so it's easier to look for a new general manager and then have him find his coach.

By the way, it's weird that Les Jackson and Brett Hull are co-general mangers in Dallas, but I am happy for Les. He's a good man who has waited a long time and I hope he get s a fair chance to do what he needs to do to get that franchise back on track.

Ho-Ho-Holy Cow

Just how messed up is the world we live in? Here's a story that is just unbelievably stupid.

Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.

"Leave Santa alone."

A local spokesman for the U.S.-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Another Fine Mess For The Knicks

As most of my friends know, I have little to no use for the product they call the NBA these days.

Most of the reasons can be summed up in a situation going on right now with Stephon Marbury and Isiah Thomas. How either one has a job is beyond me. Oh, I forgot, James Dolan is in charge, silly me for forgetting that.

Ian O'Conner of the Bergen Record (the paper of record in my hometown of Ft. Lee) had a great column today on the buffoonery of the two men and what happened in mid-flight on their way to Phoenix.

Hey David Stern, you awake? Paying attention at all?

The Cheerleading Teacher

Obviously someone didn't like her routine ... she was fired!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

usa vs russia u17 brawl

Just got this from a friend of mine that works at USA Hockey and was there.... wow.

Bet on Blue

If you are a fan of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, you would know that Jim Tressel owns Lloyd Carr.

But the time might be right to gamble on the boys from Ann Arbor as there is a rumor that Carr will announce his retirement after the game. If he does that, be sure he will let his team know beforehand and they will come out with a purpose to win this for the coach.

Then the rumor mill will start, and I think will end, in Baton Rouge as the time is right for Les Miles to return to his roots. I think he goes whether he wins the title or not. This is his dream job and he's one of Bo's guys.

Google May Eye Sprint

Check out this idea from GigaOM about an incredible merger opportunity for Google. Man would that be an interesting challenge then with iPhone and ATT. Stayed tuned.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Does Anyone Care?

Gary Bettman blew it again.

I know, you are all shocked!

Heck, two of you probably looked around and said, "who is Gary Bettman?"

Well the NHL commissioner will be in Toronto tonight to induct what I think is the greatest class into the NHL Hall of Fame tonight.

Four players are inducted tonight and their last names are Francis, Messier, Stevens and MacInnis. Two of the greatest defensemen to ever lace up the skates and the second and fourth leading scorers in league history.

Wow.

Did anyone know that this was happening tonight? Did you know you could watch it on the NHL Network starting at 7:30 p.m.? Does anyone care? It's an embarrassment that this isn't more of a story that it is.

Heck, it would be even nicer if maybe no games were played tonight so that Messier's teammate for many years, Wayne Gretzky, could be there instead of behind Phoenix's bench. What about the fact that the New Jersey Devils are playing on a night that their former captain and blue line mainstay, Stevens, goes into the Hall.

Just shameful on so many levels. The NY Post's Larry Brooks rips into everyone in his column today.

Great job Larry.

Fanilow!

Hello, my name is Jon and I am a Fanilow!

What prey tell is a Fanilow, you may ask? It is someone who loves Barry Manilow's music.

I tell you this because they ran a great story and video on USA Today.com. Check it out.

He's on tour and the wife and I are going to see him in Atlanta.

I am proud to be a Fanilow!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Time To Change The Movie In Big Apple

Sorry been a few days without blogging, but time is hard to find with three kids these days. The only thing harder was watching the NY Giants losing to the Dallas Cowboys, again.

It's bad enough that it's losing to that team - but as most of my loyal followers know, it's tough because with Tom Coughlin as the head coach, the script was written way before they stepped on the field.

The only time I laughed the whole day was when Joe Buck said something on national television that I have said for ages. He said that Coughlin was supposed to be a disciplinarian and that the team he was watching was nowhere near to being disciplined. Was that a 93-yard touchdown return that was called back because of holding? Was that a touchdown run from Brandon Jacobs called back because of holding? Yes and yes. Good discipline Tom.

I know that I am going to read about Eli Manning and how he can't win the big one. Ya know folks, if wunderkind Tony Romo had to play with the line Eli had, let's see how good he is. I am sick and tired about hearing about how Eli isn't good. Maybe if Coughlin's son-in-law offensive lineman and his pals upfront gave the kid time, we might find out.

Now, I know many of you out there in blogland are going to say that the Giants are 6-3 and still have a good shot at the playoffs. Wow - isn't that impressive in a garbage conference? This is not a playoff team and when they play the New England Patriots in December, you will see what I mean.

I am sick of writing, watching and talking about this - but Tom Coughlin MUST GO! This horrible cycle of garbage we watch will not change until he does.

To steal from a sign that flew over Giants Stadium when I was a kid, "Mara, Tisch - how do you sleep at night?" Oh I forget, you have your money from us idiot fans... you sleep quite well.

For the rest of us, we won't sleep well until Coughlin and his band of coaches are gone.

Now that I am over that, for today, how about the Georgia Bulldogs? Makes ya wonder where they would be if they showed up and beat an average Tennessee team?

How impressive is Jimmy Johnson? His Lowes 48 car just won its fourth straight race to all but lock up the NASCAR title for the second straight year.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Chefs in iTunes!

Well - we were able to get the Red Lobster chefs on iTunes. I am excited because as I have said here before, these folks are more than clients to me.

Need a bit of help from all of you. If you can go on and subscribe to the podcasts and please pass along this link to friends and any one else you think would enjoy cooking and seafood tips.

As like all podcasts – this is a living, breathing thing – so if you have any suggestions, please let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Future Looks Bright at MSU

While disappointed about losing to those Maize and Blue clowns this past week ... this is why I am so excited about our future at MSU! Go Green!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Someone Will Buy This....

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A woman who doesn't want her breast milk to go to waste has taken out a newspaper ad in hopes of selling it.

Martha Heller, 22, took out an ad in The Gazette newspaper offering 100 ounces of her breast milk for $200 or the best offer.

Heller said her freezer is overflowing with breast milk she has pumped since August. Her 4-month-old daughter won't drink from a bottle and the supply is piling up.

Heller now donates to the University of Iowa's Mother's Milk Bank, but the 100 ounces of milk she wants to sell were pumped before she went through the screening process for the bank and cannot be donated.

Linda Klein, a lactation consultant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, said breast milk can generally be stored in a freezer for up to six months.

Heller said she researched laws regarding the sale of breast milk and couldn't find any in Iowa.

Don McCormick, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said he was not aware of any laws in Iowa restricting the sale of breast milk, but that state health officials advised against it.

Heller said she hasn't received any legitimate calls about her ad.

"There was one prank caller," she said

Stuff That Never Happened To Me, Part 789

From the good folks at FoxNews.com:


GOSHEN, Ohio — Clermont County school officials say a cheerleading coach and a football coach were fired after the cheerleading coach and a cheerleader were allegedly photographed together topless at the football coach's house.


School officials say the photos of the 19-year-old coach and the 15-year-old cheerleader -- both females -- were posted online.


School superintendent Charlene Thomas says 19-year-old assistant football coach Andrew Emerson held a party at his house last weekend and the cheerleading coach and student posed for photographs.


Officals say neither coach taught in the Goshen school district, and declined to say where they coached.


The cheerleader, a freshman, could face disciplinary action in accordance with her school's code of conduct.


Sad Day In Sports


Fabulous Moolah of wrestling fame, dies at 84

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lillian Ellison, professional wrestling's Fabulous Moolah, has died. She was 84.

Ellison died Friday, according to Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia.

Born Mary Lillian Ellison in 1923, she was dubbed the Fabulous Moolah after saying she wrestled "for the money ... for the moolah."

She was a longtime champion and the first woman inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, "The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle," was published in 2003.

"She was famous, but I never looked at her that way," daughter Mary Austin, 66, told The State newspaper. "She was just Mom, someone that was always there for me. Someone I could turn to."

Ellison grew up in the small community of Tookiedoo, S.C., the youngest of 13 children and the only girl. Austin said her mother had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, loved her family and wrestling.

Her obituary from the funeral home lists 63-year-old Katie Glass of Columbia as Ellison's adopted daughter. Glass, known as "Diamond Lil," was a professional midget wrestler for 25 years. She said she was just 17 when she moved to Columbia to live with Ellison and learn to wrestle.

"She just taught me the basics, the holds, how to get somebody down, lock them down and everything," Glass told The State.

Glass said she will miss Ellison.

"It's going to be hard, I'll tell you," Glass said. "We're doing the best we can. She was there for me. She's a very nice lady. I'm going to miss her dearly and I love her very much."

Friday, November 02, 2007

Delta Blog Starts Strong

video

Go to Under the Wing to see more funny videos.

Father First, Coach Second

Here's a story by my pal Jess Myers that is sure to make you stop and think about what's important in life. It details the story of Michigan Tech hockey coach Jamie Russell and how he has dealt with a sudden illness to his son, Ben.

Great stuff - Jess.

Your World is Smaller than Kevin Bacon

Everyone remembers the game six degrees of Kevin Bacon, right?

You know the game where you name an actor and actress and you have six steps to connect them to Kevin Bacon through other actors/actresses in their movie roles.

In the last few weeks I have come to realize that in my life there’s only one degree and I am not in any movies. The one degree is usually Facebook or LinkedIn, but for others it’s MySpace and other social networking sites.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. As many of us get older (yes, it’s true, I am 39), we have made many friends along the way and lose touch with them as we go down this windy, rocky road we call life.

For me, I grew up in New Jersey. I left to go to college in Boston and have worked in East Lansing, Mich., Washington DC and for the last 10 years in Atlanta. It’s awfully hard to keep track with those chums from college never mind the folks I see on a regular basis in Atlanta.

From time-to-time, I yearn for one more night on the “Banks of the River Charles” and time with my college friends. Well, last week out of the clear blue, I was poked on Facebook by an old-college pal named Tom Kozaitis. He is one of those friends that I met on the first day of college and spent our first year in Stetson Hall West together. We grew up near by in New Jersey and would hang out on the holidays when home as well. Over time, we lost touch. That was until two weeks ago when I got a poke on Facebook from Tom. It had been over 15 years since I had heard or seen him and there he is with pictures of his son and him. It also has tons of causes and information about him that I feel as if I know him as well if not better than before.

In my estimation, this is why social networking is so incredible. It’s not just for the high school or college kids – it’s for those of us who would love to be back in college for at least one day to reconnect with the past.

The big question is how does this translate into advertising dollars for Facebook? Advertising Age’s Matthew Creamer is skeptical to whether this can translate into real dollars and questions whether or not the 30 and 40-somethings will really hang out Facebook.

So when you see what Microsoft spent on a small percentage of Facebook and the estimated 15 billion dollar valuation, take it in stride. It could be the start of things to come as more and more people become part of Kevin Bacon’s game in their own lives.

The question I have is are you on a social network and if you aren’t why not? You would be pleasantly surprised to see who is out there. It just might make you smile within a couple of degrees.