A little of this and a little of that on a Tuesday morning:

  • So here’s my comments on the Academy Awards which made history on two fronts Sunday night. One was for the awarding of the best picture award to a foreign-language film for the first time and the other was for setting a record with the smallest TV audience ever.

    Thoughts on both; I did not see the South Korean film “Parasite” and neither did many of you as its only grossed $35 million in the U.S.  However Hollywood loves to think of itself as “cute” at times and this was one of those times.  As for the TV ratings, the Oscars are a pretty boring (and long) show especially without a host and with speeches like the one delivered by Joaquin Phoenix who is a great actor and on another planet.

  • I also have also not commented on the debut of the XFL which I think provided better-than-expected football and seemed to be a hit with many fans who attended games they could actually afford. This latest attempt at a winter/spring pro league just might have a chance.
  • A new Quinnipiac national poll has Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic field with a slumping Joe Biden falling to second, just ahead of a surging Mike Bloomberg. Of course the New Hampshire primary is today with Sanders expected to come out the winner.  This race is going down to the wire this summer.
  • If you are looking for a TV series to watch then I strongly suggest “The Outsider” which is based on a Stephen King novel and airs Sunday nights on HBO. We have watched the first three episodes and I’m baffled and hooked.
  • Speaking of TV I’m a big fan of the three Chicago dramas that air on Wednesday’s on NBC. “Chicago Fire” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” provide good storylines week in and week out and I love when they tie-them together as part of a crossover event. I usually record all three and watch late at night over the weekend.
  • Of all the pro sports the one that TV simply can’t do justice to is hockey. Go to a game in person and you might just fall in love with it.