'Bama, Oprah Raise the Roof This Weekend
January 8, 2018

The first sentence by Seth Myers at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was not only the funniest, but set the tone for the entire evening. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen.” While women were celebrated at the first awards show of the year, at least the guys got to see a pretty good college national championship football game tonight, with Alabama beating Georgia 26-23 in overtime, in Atlanta.

Georgia led 13-0 at halftime, and Alabama coach Nick Saban made a surprising move and changed quarterbacks, but the true freshman, a kid from Hawai'i named Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith to end the game. It's Alabama's fifth national championship since 2009, and Saban's sixth overall, tying him with Alabama's Bear Bryant for most all time.

The Globes, though, even for white middle aged males like me, at least were a nice break from the NFL weekend, where all four games were close, but none were all that well played. Of course the Rams lost, and even though it was by two touchdowns (26-13), marked the biggest blowout of the weekend. That is, until Oprah took the stage.

All women love Oprah. Have you ever noticed that? I mean they love Oprah. Guys don't have anything against her. Women love her. It's just that simple. Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and used her acceptance speech to not only bring home the theme of the evening, but even became the lead story this morning on whether or not she'll run for President in 2020. Her eight-minute acceptance speech was more like a sermon. She had the crowd hanging on every word, with thunderous applause and a standing ovation at the end.

The theme, if you haven't been paying attention lately, is the abuse and harassment that women have been dealing with for years, and brought to light this past year, mostly in the entertainment and political arenas. Everyone (with just a few exceptions) wore black, and even the red carpet was dyed black for the event. Winfrey's greatest line in her sermon: “I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years and abuse and assault because, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.” Not that having another media celebrity become President of the United States is necessarily a good idea, but if she did run for the White House in 2020, she would be the exact opposite of who lives at that address now.

Funniest speech moment: Nicole Kidman won the first award of the night, and went on and on during her thank yous with no orchestra playing over her, but the second award of the night was the best. Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. He thanked his director for “not being a dick”, and called leading actress Frances McDormand a “bad ass”. The crowd definitely wasn't expecting the first comment. McDormand would later win Best Actress, and the bad ass had a pretty nice speech of her own.

Sweet but sad: Catherine Zeta-Jones presented with her 101 year-old father-in-law Kirk Douglas, and while the Sparticus star looked every bit his age and thensome, it was still a nice moment... Myers got some ooos and groans when he said that Harvey Weinstein would be the first person to be booed during an 'In Memoriam' segment... Come to think of it, they didn't do a memoriam segment this year, did they? The industry lost a lot of great people, too.

It's north vs. south on north's home field: The four matchups in next weekend's NFL playoffs all have southern teams playing in cold weather northern cities. In order of kickoff times, you have Atlanta at Philadelphia, Tennessee at New England, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, and New Orleans at Minnesota. Minnesota's new stadium has a roof, but maybe we'll have snow for the other games.

A much better start: After what was a lousy 2017, a break and an honor for me personally and professionally. Friday, I was named News Director at KNCO Grass Valley. I'll be managing a three-person staff in a community that may be small, but very aware and active on the local level, and will hold me to a high standard. This might be a 'be careful what you wish for' situation for me, but I promise I'll do my best.

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