December 26, 2004 |
Are you a technosexual? Do you TiVo? Do you blog so much you need a blause? Are you John Kerry and did you approve this message? As the annual word-of-the-year showdown approaches, these are the questions - or at least the phrases - that consume the linguists of our land, a place that in 2004 was incessantly described as composed of red states and blue states. The year's new words reflect the dichotomy of the times, from the ridiculous to the somber. Janet Jackson experienced her dubious wardrobe malfunction.
April 16, 2004 |
A Beverly Hills judge ordered overexposed courthouse groupie Courtney Love to stand trial on felony drug charges after hearing testimony alleging that she gave police officers called to her home a baggie full of pills last Oct. 2 - the same night she was arrested in L.A. for disorderly conduct. That case is being tried separately. What did Love think of this? "I'm on tour," she protested. Her lawyer quickly stepped in and said she'd make the April 30 court date. But even before she appeared before Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, Love was having problems.
January 24, 2006 |
Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl 2004 is soooo over. Now the pop diva is turning heads with a major "wardrobe expansion" after she packed on more than 40 pounds. It's not the first time the 39-year-old songbird has blown up like a balloon only to slim down with a drastic diet and exercise regimen, a family source says. "She has battled this problem since she was a kid. She'll go months eating whatever she can get her hands on, and then she'll go months eating just salads and fruits and drinking Evian water," said a family source.
January 25, 2005
With radio shock-jock Howard Stern cheering Friday's announcement that Michael K. Powell is resigning, the Federal Communications Commission chairman's 15 minutes in the public spotlight appears to be nearing its end. But it won't be Powell's tussle with Stern over potty-mouthed, on-air performances - nor his agency's crackdown after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" - that forms his legacy. Rather, it is Powell's policymaking across a range of mind-numbingly complex communications issues that are noteworthy.
September 9, 2004 |
The NFL and ABC aren't trusting anyone, including each other, in their vigilance to make sure tonight's "NFL Opening Kickoff" entertainment show remains rated G. The live musical performances to be televised nationally tonight before the season's opening NFL game (the Indianapolis Colts at the New England Patriots) will be aired with a 10-second delay, so censors can cut or bleep any naughty behavior reminiscent of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at February's Super Bowl, which drew the wrath of viewers, including Federal Communications Commission chief Michael Powell.
June 29, 2012 |
WHAT'S IN A name? A helluva lot if you happen to be Gerry Sandusky. Gerry is the radio play-by-play guy for the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, his name is far too similar to that slimeball Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was recently convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. And that has caused "Sandusky with a G" to be the recipient of numerous, venomous tweets meant for "Sandusky with a J. " To his credit, Gerry handled himself in a classy, professional manner.
January 12, 2011
BARRING the occasional "wardrobe malfunction," the breaks during big sporting events make the perfect time to hit the water closet, refresh the snacks or top off your beverage. But if you did any of the above during Monday night's BCS National Championship Game, you missed out on some touching television. Eight children were reunited with their military fathers they thought were still stationed in Iraq. According to an Associated Press report, the wives of four soldiers were in on the surprise provided by bowl sponsor Tostitos and the USO. "Words can't really explain nor do the experience justice right now," said Army Staff Sgt. Alton Day, who has been stationed in Iraq for nearly a year.
February 24, 2010 |
Janet Jackson's well-known "wardrobe malfunction" lasted a nanosecond during the 2004 Super Bowl on CBS, but the case surrounding the worldwide peep show has dragged on for six years and counting in federal court. A panel of judges in Philadelphia heard oral arguments yesterday and, at times, pop culture was in the mix with mention of Nicole Richie and Justin Timberlake, among others. One judge innocently mispronounced "Bono," lead singer of U2, who (in)famously used the F-word on live TV. Attorneys for CBS and the Federal Communications Commission argued their respective sides in front of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which had been ordered by the Supreme Court to re-examine the case.
February 6, 2005 |
I'm a serious football fan. And that's why I detest the Super Bowl. No game of football can bear the weight that this thing does: league championship, national holiday, object of weeks of obsessional analysis, world center of the advertising and entertainment industries, patriotic orgy, quasi-religious festival. The other day, I turned on ESPN and there for the umpteenth time were Chris Berman, Michael Irvin and Tom Jackson, live from Jacksonville, Fla. Berman was bellowing in his sometimes delightful way. But I could tell.
May 28, 2004 |
A test for human growth hormone could be secretly implemented in time for the Athens Olympics to catch cheaters unaware of the new exam. Australian Sports Drug Agency chief executive John Mendoza yesterday said the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee were confident of introducing a test for hGH before the Olympics begin Aug. 13. Mendoza said tests developed last year to detect the steroid THG proved that even...