Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The SportsNight of World Series Post

by Ken Houghton

I haven't been watching the World Series on television. (Lack of time, not lack of interest.) So it came as a bit of a surprise when I received an e-mail complaining that Game 2 featured a performance by John Mellencamp of "Our Country," followed by the National Anthem from Anita Baker. I thought I was justified in snarking, "What, Bob Seger wasn't available?"

Turns out he performed the National Anthem "America the Beautiful" for Game 1.

Considering the "controversy" over Kenny Rogers's possible use of pine tar, it seemed as if FOX wanted us to relive the George Brett Eighties.

All that will change for games Six and Seven, if those happen. Instead of partying like it's 1983, Rogers's second appearance will be heralded by Marshall Mathers to be followed, if necessary, by the man who inducted Seger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and the cover of whose new live CD is a clear tribute).

UPDATE: I am told that the declaration that Eminem and Kid Rock would be performing was,as I feared, a joke from My Loyal Reader. Looking at the results to date of this poll (final poll to be found here later), the following comments remain accurate.

(c) 2006 ESPN

Was FOX realizing they were appealing to the wrong demographic? Or did they have a pre-release of this news from Forbes?
Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley ceded his crown to Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain on Forbes.com's list as the top-earning dead celebrity.

The list, published on Tuesday, said grunge rocker Cobain earned $50 million between October 2005 and October 2006. Presley wound up in the No. 2 slot with $42 million, down from last year's $45 million.

The coolest part of the article?
Rounding out the top five were [Charles Schulz,] Beatle John Lennon at $24 million and groundbreaking physicist Albert Einstein at $20 million, whose estate profited from such licensing deals as the popular "Baby Einstein" educational videos. [emphasis mine]

The Era of Elvis may finally be ending as Gen Y spends its excess cash flows on itself and its youngest.

Even baseball broadcasting may have to adapt. Which, if it means there may soon be an end to playing "Rock and Roll Part 2" at sporting events could even get me back into the ballpark.
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