TGIF Linkage 05/01

I’ll admit something right off the top. I’ve become a Twitter fanatic.

Some say it’s just a fad, bound to fizzle away in a few months. But didn’t people say that about Facebook? Or even YouTube?

People have asked me why Twitter is apparently so popular. And I always say this, it feeds directly into our need for instant information. Not only that, it’s also a great tool for our need to know what’s going on in other people’s lives. I admit it, I’m that way sometimes.

One of the conveniences of Twitter is the ability to send messages (140 characters or less) directly from your cell phone to your site. Not only that, you can get “device updates” from your friends’ Twitter pages. So that means if someone you’re “following” (in Twitter lingo) adds an entry, you can read about it almost instantly.

You can get to my Twitter profile right here. Or P&D Sports Editor James D. Cimburek right here. He and I both post updates from various assignments we’re either shooting or covering, as well as day-to-day observations.

Anyway, on with the linkage.

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** Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, read the Top 10 on Letterman this week. Funny stuff. My favorite was line 2: “Why does Jessica Simpson keep calling me?”

** Speaking of Staffard, if he’s already making more money than Tom Brady, something is wrong, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

** A torture defender goes on The Daily Show. Take a guess what happens. The video of the interview shows why Jon Stewart is one of the best interviewers on TV.

** A new report says Alex Rodriguez tipped pitches to opposing hitters while he was with the Texas Rangers. OK, seriously, A-Rod? If I was a pitcher and I played with Rodriguez in Texas, I’d throw at his head. I don’t care. How can you do that to your team?

** Wayne State (Neb.) hired Paul Combs Thursday as its new men’s basketball coach. Combs spent the last 10 years at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville.

** Students at the University of New Orleans voted against a proposal to increase their fees to save sports in the athletic department. School officials now say it’s up to state lawmakers.

** Of all the ESPN commercials over the years, this one is probably my favorite.

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TGIF Recommended Tune

Had to dig in the archives for this song, but it was worth it. Here’s Matchbox 20 performing “Disease” on The Late Show a few years ago. Enjoy.

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