Top of the morning, Jan. 17, 2014
Nothing like cold and snow to make you question your life priorities. For example: Is my television viewing experience optimized?
Before Sunday,the answer was a loud "No." The 25-year-old television in the bedroom weighed as much as a small car. The picture quality could best be described as "low, low def." But thanks to generous Christmas gifts from his family and a timely prize from The News-Gazette, staff writer Bob Asmussen was able to rectify this tragic situation.
Here's your weekend viewing guide, courtesy of Asmussen. He will be watching on the 32-inch LG, which weighs about 2 pounds. And the picture is as sharp as a News-Gazette photo.
7 p.m., WCIA
Normally, T.O.T.M would skip right over this reality offering. But the name of the undercover boss is too good to pass up. Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum is the CEO of the Mohegan Sun casino. In tonight's episode, Bozsum will work as a valet, beverage server and slot attendant. Critics are brutal to the show, calling it fake and stupid. But you don't expect high drama. You expect fun.
"Saturday Night Live,"
10:30 p.m., WAND
Former Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will certainly tune in to see host Drake, his celebrity lookalike. The Canadian rapper will also perform. Cool. While "SNL" has been tedious at times, the current cast provides about five good laughs during the 90 minutes. There isn't much else on television that can say that. OK, our standards are lower.
NFL: Patriots at Broncos,
2 p.m., WCIA
Better to call it Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, The top two quarterbacks of the modern era face off with a spot in the Super Bowl for the winner. Looking for guidance, I turned to former News-Gazette basketball writer Paul Klee, who will be covering the game for the Colorado Springs Gazette. Klee picks the Broncos 34-31. Illini fans might be pulling for New England, which is loaded with local ties. But can you really root for a former Michigan quarterback? Didn't think so. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are the perfect broadcasters for this game. They will call it like they see it and won't try to become the show. That's a lesson other announcers should learn (Bob Costas).