Top of the Morning, June 13, 2014
Sunday is the 50th anniversary of a special day for Cubs and Cardinals fans. One that brings a smile to the faces of Redbird rooters. And one that produces a scowl for Cubs followers.
Put T.O.T.M. correspondent Russ Lake in both categories.
Fifty years ago, Lake was a loyal St. Louis fan. Growing up in southern Illinois, he didn't have much choice.
On June 15, 1964, the Cardinals sent Lake's favorite pitcher, Ernie Broglio, to the Cubs for an unknown named Lou Brock.
Today, it looks like one of the most lopsided deals in baseball history. Broglio suffered injury troubles in Chicago and never won more than four games for the Cubs. A 21-game winner in 1960, he went 7-19 in three seasons with the Cubs.
And Brock turned out to be a Hall of Famer and the career steals leader at the time of his retirement. He led the Cardinals to a pair of World Series titles, including the '64 season.
It ranks among the worst deals in baseball history.
Enough with the baseball history lesson. We need to get to stuff you really need to know. Like what you should watch this weekend during your precious moments of down time.
No baseball this time. But plenty of enigmatic bad criminals and a heavy emphasis on guys chasing a little white ball:
Movie: "The Expendables," 9 p.m., SPIKE.
Have to hand it to the producers of this one. Pairing Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke was brilliant casting. It went so well the first time that multiple sequels were ordered. Is Stallone getting a bit old for action flicks? Maybe. But if "Rocky" is in it, we will watch. Always.
Series: "The Blacklist," 9 p.m., WAND (NBC).
Time to take another look at the James Spader vehicle. T.O.T.M. enjoyed the show at first but then stopped watching as the gore seemed to go too far. If we want torture scenes, we can watch reruns of "24." Critics have been very kind to the show, mostly because of the always watchable Spader. Hard to find a role where he doesn't excel. In tonight's episode, Red (Spader) helps find a character known as "The Alchemist." Intriguing.
Golf, U.S. Open final round, 11 a.m., WAND (NBC).
This is your last chance to hear Johnny Miller complain about how bad the guys are playing. NBC has lost the rights to the tournament starting in 2015 with Fox taking over. Maybe the folks at Fox will do the smart thing and hire Miller as analyst. That makes too much sense, so probably not. Golf's best players are taking on one of its greatest challenges, Pinehurst No. 2. By the time the round is over, several of the players will be tempted to return with chain saws.