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Green gunk week?

Enough about sharks. Let’s hear it for the ‘little people’ —

Phytoplankton

phytoplanktonThey also live in the oceans and bodies of water, but they’re microscopic. Yet they are responsible for the production of most of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Can sharks do that? No.

(And I doubt they would if they could.)

So, Discovery Channel, how about a week devoted to this teeny tiny miracle of nature?  Phytoplankton concentrations have been decreasing each year since 1950 —

Let’s show ’em a little love.

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Toothy

Are you enjoying Shark Week?

It started Sunday on Discovery Channel.  If you’ve missed the 80,000 televisions promos, take a look-see…

Fun, huh?

Even if you don’t plan on watching Shark Week, that promo pretty much sums up what you can expect.  Lots and lots of sharks, jumping about, hurling themselves into the air and at each other and at the unfortunate people that get in their way.

I’m not sure why the same footage takes an entire week.

Maybe Discovery Channel needs that much time to sell all the Shark Week merchandise they have assembled.  We’re talking DVDs, t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mouse pads, puzzles, even cozies.  All the types of items that, if thrown into the ocean as litter, would kill the sharks if they swallowed ’em.

I’m just saying…

If I watch any of Shark Week, it will be to see host Craig Ferguson.  He is always funny and snarky and full of surprises.

Unlike Shark Week.  I’m pretty sure I know what carnage is coming.

It’s money

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Cash Cab” on the Discovery Channel is being renewed for its sixth season.

Awesomeness.

If you haven’t watched this trivia-game-in-a-taxi, do.  It’s high energy and fun and uniquely New York City.  The host Ben Bailey drives the cab and asks the questions, and he’s super quick at both.

I’m not just speaking from a viewer perspective — I was lucky enough to play “Cash Cab” three years ago.

Yep.  I was a contestant…and it was a freaky experience.

When I got in the cab, I had no idea what was going on.  After I gave the driver the address, he said, “I’ll take you there, but first, we’re going to play…Cash Cab!!”

Multi-colored lights started flashing inside the cab.  I froze in my seat.

So…this is how I’m going to die, I thought.

The driver — Ben Bailey, as it turned out — got out of the cab and his female producer quickly jumped in.  She smiled and explained what was going on, and gave me the option to not play…but, hey, I like money.

So I played.  And I won $450.

When I arrived at my location, Ben handed me the cash and asked me to hop out and celebrate for the cameras.  (A van with the producers follows the cab through the city.)

I jumped out and did my best cash dance, while a cameraman circled around me.  (Of course, in New York City, the people just kept walking by.  No biggie.)

Then they took the money back, and I signed IRS forms right there on the street.  And I walked to the restaurant and had lunch with my friends.

Just another day in the Big Apple.

Danger, danger…

Have you ever watched “Deadliest Catch” on The Discovery Channel?  Commercial fisherman risk life and limb to catch Alaskan king crab in the middle of the Bering Sea.  As you watch these men clinging to the ship, waves crashing over them, you think, “This has to be the scariest job there is.”

Try being a basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.

It may all seem like gravy while they’re on staff, but once they leave, they really seem to scrape bottom.

Exhibit A:  Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  He offended the UK basketball gods by going to their biggest rival, UL.  And what happens to him there?  Sex scandal with a staffer’s wife. And he pays for her abortion.  Bad, bad publicity…and even worse attitude from Pitino who seems to think he’s above it all.

Exhibit B:  More recent former Coach Billy Gillispie. He just checked into alcohol rehab after getting arrested for his third DUI.  UK fired Gillispie after two years more for his tragic personality than his coaching record.  And he’s still awaiting a decision on his lawsuit with UK for the remaining pay on the contract that he never signed.  (Good luck with that.)

At least Eddie Sutton, who coached UK during my college years, waited to have his drinking problems at Oklahoma State.  (He just had recruiting violations at Kentucky that got us suspended for a few years.)

Our new coach John Calipari appears to be one of the greats.  Of course, right now, he’s still knee-deep in the gravy.