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Joey Barton earned his bad boy reputation both on and off the pitch with his ready to rumble persona - knokka from alnwick Photo

 

Bad Boy & former NBA star Dennis Rodman created more controversy off the court than on

 

American Idol's James Durbin and Lauren Alaina created a big stir in the Idol contest - (Fox photo)


 

 

 

NR TOP 10 August 2011 - BAD BOYS JOEY BARTON AND DENNIS RODMAN TOP THE LIST

 

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This month there were many surprises that covered many areas. Surprisingly many of our vintage stories from 13 years ago emerged from recycled interest. The sections most visited did a flip flop with sports being the big player.

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

MIXED BAG OF FAST RISERS

A mixed bag of interest surfaced this month from our NR readers. Sports led the list with 4 of our Top 10 ratings closely followed by TV reviews with 3. Our Phnom Penh columns took two spots and our review on former collegiate, pro football player turned TV sports analyst Desmond Howard took the final spot. As he did on the field Howard covers a lot of area in his personal life so we designated him in the NFL (National Football League) section.

The top spot went to out BAD BOYS of sports story with insights to England's # 1 tormentor Joey Barton. He was joined by the original Bad Boy of sports America's and the USA's Dennis (The Menace) Rodman. Both gained their reputations in different ways. Barton is a bad boy on the field of play looking for a fight while Rodman was a peaceable man on the court but wormed his way into trouble in his personal life. Nuff said they are the bad boys of sports.

Howard a former standout collegiate football player at Michigan University went on to have a mediocre professional career but had some glorious moments. He was selected to the collegiate Football Hall of Fame.

American Idol stories continue to stir up interest as they took the next three spots (3-5) with James Durbin being the focal point of much of the material. Durbin was voted off the show in the 4th position which shocked many viewers.

The sixth spot went to an old story that won't go away that being the plight of then Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. We pointed out that Chelsea's problems didn't lye with Ancelotti but with the team's owner Roman (The Guillotine Man) Abramovich. We stick to our opinions and are on a wait and see how this season turns out and if the Ramo Man will fire and hire another victim to be the manager of his aging squad.

The 7th spot goes to the retirement of China's basketball legend Yao Ming from the NBA titled The (Yao) Ming Dynasty is Over. The title was so good that the Chinese government owned CCTV stole it and telecast it several days later after our publication. Nice work China as it is well known that you are good at copying and stealing ideas. Bitter? Not bitter. Bitter has nothing to do with facts.

FIFA's Slaughterhouse took the 8th spot. That column highlighted the butchery and deceit of the FIFA organization in finger pointing some for corruption while covering up for other who are guilty of more serious crimes than bribes which is a well know practice in Asia. FIFA is now scrutinizing the blacks in the Caribbean. FIFA was calculating by donating money to Interpol shortly before the bribery cases and the presidential challenge for Sepp Blatter's job which he's seemingly held since they built the pyramids.

The 9th and 10th spots were taken by our Phnom Penh columns one of which is this month's fastest riser up the charts. YOUTHFUL CAMBODIAN ENTERTAINERS vs. VETERAN TALENT in SABAY CONTEST notched the 10th spot only three days after being published. The focus of both columns is a Cambodian contest searching for the most popular Cambodia talent in Cambodia in three categories, singers, actors and TV presenters.

The youth verses old is the changing of the guard of younger talent replacing older talent who have dominated hosted TV show and the covers of Cambodian magazines. It reeks of favoritism or a lack of ethics and credibility. The changes are needed.

There are some major flaws in the Sabay contest one being that all of the votes go to the Sabay office and only they know the real total and who won from public voting via cell hone messaging. There is no unbiased third party what doesn't have an interest in the event involved to tabulate the votes. It's all Sabay with no others to verify.

SECTIONS MOST VISITED

In a complete reversal from last month Sports Notes and Soccer now man the top two positions up from the 10th and 9th respectively. After a two month absence Entertainment roared on to the charts in taking the 3rd spot. Phnom Penh continues to make a strong showing by holding down the 4th position up from 7th. TV/Video reviews fell from 2nd to 5th which is no surprise as the month of July is the worst month of the year for fresh television programming.

We also didn't have anything to write about as what was televised was basically garbage. The Feshie section took the 6th spot largely due to our including the Sabay contest stories on that page. We dropped coverage of the Freshie contest in 2008 due to questionable practices that we will divulge in our future Sabay contest coverage. American Idol maintains strong interest two months after the winner was decided and holds down 7th place followed by the Lakers 8th, BIZ WHO IS 9th and the NFL 10th.

ARCHIVES

There was a tremendous amount of activity in researching our old stories some of which are 13 years old. They include Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Murray, Hall of Fame football player Walter Payton, boxing promoter Don King and an ongoing subject Racism which is largely practice in the media business as out story Racist radio points out. The twist about this story is that blacks aren't the target… Japanese are. Due to the amount of interest in these stories we are including all four in our ARCHIVES and oldest listings.


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NATIONAL RADIO TOP 10 - August 2011

Sports Notes - BAD BOYS DENNIS RODMAN & JOEY BARTON - August, 2011
As former NBA star Charles Barkley would say BAD DUDES MAN - BAD F'n DUDES - When it comes to bad boys in sports the NBA's Dennis Rodman and the English Premiere Leagues Joey Barton are same, same but different - WHO IS Cain Velasquez?

Previous - Sports Notes - THE (YAO) MING DYNASTY IS OVER - July, 2011
With his warm persona and basketball skills Yao Ming brought people around the world together and helped remove racial barriers much like Michael Jackson did through his music - NBA SET MICHAEL JORDAN FREE - How Kobe Bryant acquired his name - DID YOU KNOW


 

2.

Sports Notes SUPER MAX - DESMOND HOWARD to COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL of FAME - July, 2011
ANOTHER HONOR FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE - The flash and dash man made it to College Football Hall of Fame. He was as small and quick as a mouse and played the game BIG - WHO IS the NBA's TIM FRANK?

Previous - TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA - LaTOYA JACKSON Remembers MICHAEL - RYAN and TATUM O'NEAL'S CNN Exposure - June, 2011
CNN DIGS FOR DIRT - WHO LOVES YA BABY? - Today is the 2nd anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. To take advantage of that tragedy CNN's Piers Morgan had as his guest last week LaToya Jackson Michael's older sister - But hey… that wasn't enough. Morgan also had the dysfunctional father and daughter duo of Ryan and Tatum O'Neal on TWO SEPARATE SHOWS since they don't get along - Recommended TV Listings


 

3.

TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA EXTRA Part 2 - AMERICAN IDOL'S TOP 3 LAUREN ALAINA, SCOTT McCREERY & HALEY REINHART - May, 2011
IT'S ON !!! - All are talented but McCreery is the closest to being a finished product to be a recording star. Alaina rates second in that department. Her country style voice is better than former Idol winner Carrie Underwood - THE SIMON'S (COWELL & FULLER) IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY - Recommended TV Listings

Previous - Sports Notes EXTRA - DOES YAO HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF? - July, 2011
HAS YAO MADE ALL THE RIGHT MOVES IN HIS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? - Yao's business representatives neglect to do an honest straight forward piece of business. Ming's reputation could be at stake. If he continues to surround himself with this type of irresponsible individual his business career could be in jeopardy - FIFA PROBLEMS LOOM LARGE - A BAD MOVE?


 

4.

TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA Part 2- JAMES DURBIN & LAUREN ALAINA are in AMERICAN IDOL'S FINAL FOUR - May, 2011
Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Scott McCreery and Haley Reinhart are the final 4 survivors vying for the Idol title. We take a look at who are the most talented verses who the apparent adolescent voting public will possibly select. Will talent or infatuation be the decider? How contestant's personalities have changed since the Top 13 performances began - Recommended TV Listings

Previous - Sports Notes EXTRA EXTRA - DENNIS RODMAN - THE BAD BOY GOT HIS DUE - July, 2011
THE WORM DID IT - THE HARD WAY in being SELECTED TO THE BASKETBALL HALL of FAME - During his experience with Madonna Rodman went wild with his conduct. For certain Madonna wasn't like a virgin for the very first time. They split up but Dennis the Menace's wild life went on


 

5.

TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA EXTRA Part 1 - ROCKER JAMES DURBIN VOTED OFF AMERICAN IDOL - May, 2011
DID CLASH'S WITH IOVINE MAKE A DIFFERENCE? - Until this past week's show Durbin and Scott McCreery were the only two that were never voted into the bottom 3 or 2 - Two things stand out about Durbin's fall from grace one being Idol's in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine and Durbin often clashed on song choices - Recommended TV Listings

Previous - TV - VIDEO BEAT - NO COWELL AMERICAN IDOL IS BETTER - J Lo ROCKS - January, 2011
HOORAY IT'S A NEW DAY - As a member of the American Idol panel Jennifer Lopez makes it all work. She supports her follow judges and embodies the warmth and concern that Paula Abdul had for contestants in not wanting to hurt their feelings
- Recommended TV Listings


 

6.

Sports Notes - CHELSEA'S PROBLEM - ROMAN ABRAMOVICH NOT ANCELOTTI - January, 2011
THERE'S A FUNGUS AMONG US the Premier League's Weapon of Mass Destruction - It's nothing new for Chelsea to undergo turmoil after the season starts. The clubs owner Roman Abramovich was at it again repeating his dealings with Jose Mourinho and laying it on Carlo Ancelotti. The question is what's up with that? - ARSENE AGREES re A TEAM SALARY CAP - BECKHAM'S LEGACY - CAN THE NBA's CLEVELAND CAVALIERS GOOD DEED ERASE BAD KARMA?

Previous - TV - VIDEO BEAT MAX Part 2 - SCOTT McCREERY WINS AMERICAN IDOL TITLE - May, 2011
WINNING BY A NOSE - Lauren Alaina's charge at the end of the season was like a race horse being six lengths behind on the Kentucky Derby race track at the last turn heading for the finish line. She almost beat McCreery but in the end but he won by a nose - Recommended TV Listings


 

7.

Sports Notes - THE (YAO) MING DYNASTY IS OVER - July, 2011
With his warm persona and basketball skills Yao Ming brought people around the world together and helped remove racial barriers much like Michael Jackson did through his music - NBA SET MICHAEL JORDAN FREE - How Kobe Bryant acquired his name - DID YOU KNOW

Previous - TRAVEL TIPS - CHINA- CHINA'S BULLET TRAIN HAS PROBLEMS - JULY, 2011
FAST MONEY FOR SLOW SERVICE - After 12 days of official operation yesterday July 12th China's fast Bullet train ran into problems. China's CCTV News reported that on the Beijing to Shanghai trip arrived two hours late


 

8.

Sports Notes MAX - BIN HAMMAM LATEST VICTIM IN FIFA'S SLUGHTER HOUSE - July, 2011
ELIMINATE THE COMPETITION - Red flags went up when a few days prior to the election fire storm FIFA donated to INTERPOL the largest grant it has ever received from a private institution

Previous - Sports Notes - CHELSEA'S NEW KID IN TOWN - André Villas-Boas - June, 2011
RAMO'S CHOPPING BLOCK - During Roman Abramovich's eight years of ownership of Chelsea FC he has had seven managers. Three have won titles and have been terminated thus a title may keep a manager around for a little while but other than Mourinho a two year stint is the max if the Champions League title isn't realized just ask Carlo Ancelotti


 

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Phnom Penh (Ah) EXTRA - YOUTHFUL CAMBODIAN ENTERTAINERS vs. VETERAN TALENT in SABAY CONTEST - August 2011
2 of Our TOP 3 STORIES 2-B SCREENED @ META HOUSE - Handicap International Talks Street… ACCIDENT DANGERS - KHMER MUSIC VIDEOS with POOR TASTE & BAD IDEAS- LUCKY MARKET Mistakes Goes Price Crazy

Previous - TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA - Part 2 - AMERICAN IDOLS CRUNCH TIME - March, 2011
This is the first season that ALL of the contestants are enjoyable to listen to albeit they may not be singing your preference in a style of music - The question now is who will be eliminated this week and not make the cut to go on the Idol Summer Tour….
- Recommended TV Listings


 

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Phnom Penh (Ah) - WOMEN TALK SHOW HAS 3 of 4 of their HOSTS COMPETING IN THE SABAY CONTEST - August 2011
SABAY EYES CAMBODIAN TALENT - Sabay's (Cambodia) rendition of America's Grammy Awards - Brace yourselves… STICKER SHOCK @ LUCKY MARKETS, the meat is on - TOP 3 PHNOM PENH STORIES - Our most recent Phnom Penh story published July 31st bolted to the top of our Top 3 Phnom Penh charts

Previous - TV - VIDEO BEAT EXTRA EXTRA Part 2 - AMERICAN IDOL'S TOP 3 LAUREN ALAINA, SCOTT McCREERY & HALEY REINHART - May, 2011
IT'S ON !!! - All are talented but McCreery is the closest to being a finished product to be a recording star. Alaina rates second in that department. Her country style voice is better than former Idol winner Carrie Underwood - THE SIMON'S (COWELL & FULLER) IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY - Recommended TV Listings


 

 

ARCHIVE STORIES

 

Feature - Jim Murray (1919-1998) - Pulitzer Prize columnist and cofounder of Sports Illustrated Magazine - My recollection of my first encounter with Murray was in the Rose Bowl press box, early on in my sports journalism career when he graciously shared his thoughts on writing. Here was an legend in his own time taking time to share his thoughts with someone who was new in the business and trying to figure out what was going on.

Travel Tips - Phnom Penh (Ah) ARCHIVES - Bill Herod Assists Repatriated Cambodians - September, 2003
Herod is best known as the person that brought the Internet to Cambodia. Herod has now taken on a new challenge, he formed Return Assistance Project (RAP) that helps repatriated Cambodians adjust to their country. Finding out what they can do and where they can be placed is the task at hand. ""We have to keep trying ideas one at a time until it works," Herod said. "We brainstorm basically. It's not unusual for them to say they have no skills, they've been in gangs and jails." - AP's Chris Dechard Rehabs - Love FM Changes

Feature - WALTER PAYTON REMEMBERED - Walter Payton's heart made up for the lack of size of his body. He had guts of steel. He believed and achieved and remained humble. Payton is the NFL's all-time career rushing leader with 16,726 yards. He was the league MVP twice. The NFL Hall of Fame member was also a champion, having been a member of the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl team. He passed away Monday November 1, 1999 from bile duct cancer. He was only 45 years of age

TV Review Feature - Boxing Promoter DON KING's Story"Only In America" On HBO
Whether you love, hate, or have no opinion on boxing promoter DON KING, HBO pictures "Don King: Only In America." is a MUST for viewing. King has controlled the boxing game from Muhammad Ali's early career to Mike Tyson's reign as champion. He continues to control the sport today. The picture's portrayal of King's life commences from the time that he murdered a man over money in the 50's and served time for it to Tyson's rise and Ali's demise.

 


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