By Alan Pergament
This is what I'm thinking:
Boy did the four judges on "America's Got Talent" go wild Tuesday night over the singing performance of Western New York native Justin Rhodes.
I was watching San Antonio's incredible shooting performance in their game three win over Miami in the NBA Final when Rhodes wowed Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.
But I was able to catch Rhodes' performance of "Wake Me Up" by Avicili on You Tube Wednesday. The video -- which had the title "Singer's Avicili Cover Moves His Dad to Tears" -- had about 61,000 hits this morning and you can add to it now.
Before Rhodes sang and Heidi Klum called him "very special" and Mel B declared him "sexy," the 2008 Williamsville East graduate explained he got into some bad things when he moved to New York City to start his singing career and now wants to prove his worth to the father he disappointed. Rhodes, who now lives in Tampa, Fla., didn't disappoint dad in the audience on Tuesday. Rhodes moved to the next round.
Speaking of the NBA Finals, the Spurs' game three win over Miami had a higher rating in Buffalo than the Los Angeles Kings' game three win over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals Monday night. But there should be an asterisk.
The NBA game was on Channel 7, a broadcast channel affiliated with ABC. Game 3 had a 5.9 rating here.
The NHL game was on the NBC Sports Network, a cable network. It had a 4.7 rating here and Buffalo remained the top-rated market in the country outside of the markets of the participating teams.
Attention fans of Channel 2's Mary Friona. And I know there are plenty of you judging by comments on social networks and my emails.
Friona's final day on the station''s morning program "Daybreak" is Friday and she has told her Facebook friends that News Director Jeff Woodard has asked her to put together a goodbye piece.
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The advertisement from a Native American group against the name and mascot of the Washington team in the National Football League was so effective that it just might be a game-changer. The ad, which ran during Tuesday's NBA game, also is on You Tube. It was low-key, moving and effective in demonstrating that many Native Americans view the name and mascot as racist even if Washington Owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell don't seem to understand it. Notably, the name wasn't mentioned in the ad (or in this blog). It ended with a shot of a football alongside a Washington helmet, which featured the name and mascot.
Finally, my Time Warner email has been out of order for a few days and I thought I was alone. But a regular reader informed me that it is a problem throughout the area and advised me to call TWC and ask for a rebate. Sure enough, I did that Wednesday night and had about $4 cut from my bill. If you are experiencing roadrunner problems, I suggest you complain as well.