I'm Dhiren Shah. Oops, I misremembered that I'm not. That's okay. Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team misremembered the rules on boundary maps, and forfeited the U.S. title. Sorry kids, only the New England Patriots are allowed to cheat.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended six months by the network after his "misremembered" helicopter ride scandal. The Middletown native once reported that he was in a chopper that was hit by a rocket propelled grenade during the 2003 Iraq War, but has now recanted the story. This opened the floodgates, as the authenticity of his stories of getting dysentery while reporting on Hurricane Katrina and other items are now in question. Although Williams voluntarily stepped aside a few days after the scandal, NBC has decided that his leave should be much longer. Even with the suspension, there is still a chance that Williams may lose his position permanently at the network.
If that scenario plays out, the person to replace him might very be another New Jerseyan: Lawrenceville's own Jon Stewart. The host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" announced that he will be leaving the show, but gave no date as to when it would happen. Stewart took over the news parody program in 1999, succeeding Craig Kilborn.
While some have suggested that Stewart could be a viable replacement for Williams at NBC, it seems that Stewart may look to spend more time with other projects and his family rather than another high profile gig. Meanwhile, the best person to replace Stewart at "The Daily Show" may very well be...Brian Williams! He's already got the "parody the real news" part down well.
In some sad news, the sports world recently lost some heavyweights. Legendary North Carolina men's basketball head coach Dean Smith passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 83. Among the many who gave praise to the two-time National Championship winner were former Tar Heel Michael Jordan and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who earned his 1,000 career win not long ago. Four days later, Jerry Tarkanian, one of the more rebellious but effective coaches of the game, passed away at 84. "The Shark" led the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels to the 1990 National Title, beating Krzyzewski in the title game. The next year, UNLV won its first 34 games, before losing in the Final Four semifinal game to Krzyzewski, who would go on to win his first of four National Titles with the Blue Devils.
In between those deaths, the man who created Mt. Laurel-based NFL Films, Ed Sabol, passed away at 98. Sabol and his son Steve revolutionized how the National Football League was documented, with innovative production, cutting edge sound quality, and John Facenda, aka "The Voice of God" narrating content. The Sabols spearheaded a force that resulted in 52 Emmy wins, and made the NFL the phenomenon it is today.
Tick, tick, tick. That is the sound of the time bomb awaiting ISIS/ISIL. This comes after the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, an American aid volunteer that the Islamic State took hostage. With Jordan still fuming over the murder of one of its pilots, and now the death of another American, it's just a matter of time before everyone wants to annihilate this terrorist group. Tick, tick, tick.
The Islamic State has committed many atrocities, but this one with Kayla Mueller breaks the main rule in "code of combat." As men, we expect conflict with other men, and since the dawn of history, it is understood that we will get in conflicts with each other - and very well may take each other's lives. However, the rule we are expected to abide by is: You do NOT involve women and children. Period.
Finally, people are wondering about "Fifty Shades of Grey." Some people find it fascinating, while others find it disturbing. The content of such a movie like this doesn't creep me out, as I've seen someone get shot in one incident and had a dying person taken from my backyard in another. Still, it's not exactly my cup of tea. I'm more of an action type of guy, and right now, everything at the box office is just retinal practice until "Age of Ultron" comes out. Maybe we can hire "The Avengers" or a reasonable facsimile to deal with the Islamic State. They can even bring Spider-Man, now that Sony has finally realized they don't have a clue and should share him with Marvel.
Have a nice week. I may have misremembered a birthday. (She knows.)