In honor of legendary New York sportswriter Jimmy Cannon's "Nobody asked me, but" columns, here's a few Friday quick hits, as the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear.
*Hey, kids, I still enjoy Chris Berman's three-minute NFL highlights roundup during Monday Night Football's halftime. Berman's he-could-go-all-the-way ranks with Henny Youngman's "Now take my wife, please," and Rodney Dangerfield's "I get no respect" as a vintage catch phrase.
*I rarely find the actual Monday game worth watching. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, paid millions by ESPN to jump from Fox, haven't restored the game's luster. No one will ever replace Frank Gifford, Don Meredith and Howard Cosell. After Thursday night football, Sunday night football and a full NFL Sunday, the Monday night game is like three-day-old turkey.
*PTI's Michael Wilbon keeps knocking the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo. But Fox's Terry Bradshaw likes him, and I consider Jimmy G. the most glamorous NFL quarterback since Joe Namath. I enjoyed seeing the Golden State Warriors' cheerleaders swarm around Jimmy G. when he sat on the front row at an NBA game.
*Help. I can't stop watching "White Lotus." The Italian girls are nice, and the Sicilian scenery gorgeous. But the rest of Mike White's HBO show makes me nauseous.
*The arrival of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" on Netflix recalls the thrill of reading the scandalous book years ago, although I preferred "Sons and Lovers." The D.H. Lawrence phase didn't last too long, but I liked the old rogue.
*Kudos to The Washington Post for beefing up climate change coverage. But shame on the Post for shuttering its Sunday magazine and laying off Pulitzer Prize winning dance critic Sarah L. Kaufman. Hello, environmental disasters; goodbye ballet.
*Ted Turner's CNN raised Atlanta's international profile. Rising layoffs at Turner's news channel mark a sad reversal for the city, although CNN has shifted more resources to New York and Washington over the years.
*Early voting for Georgia's Senate runoff set records for people going to the polls, but absentee voting was way down, according to The New York Times.
*I'm hopeful for a resounding Raphael Warnock win, but couldn't the Democratic Party have changed the script for robocalls? Each Democratic worthy repeated the same message verbatim.
*Bah, humbug: the holiday commercials are ho-hum this year. The Scrooge and Santa takeoffs have jumped the reindeer.
*No, Mr. Macron, France can't have Louisiana back. The French president is visiting the state this weekend after a gala state dinner at the White House and a visit with President Joe Biden. Macron's traveling to France's former colony to strengthen economic ties and encourage the teaching of French in Louisiana. That won't save the state's imperiled Cajun dialect.
*Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Rep. Steve Scalise attended the White House dinner for Macron, along with former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
*For some reason, Louisiana's Republican senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy weren't on the guest list. Cassidy is a proponent of increasing Louisiana's liquid natural gas production, which would help France withstand Russian fuel cutbacks because of the Ukrainian war. Perhaps the White House considered Kennedy's Col. Cornpone act too embarrassing to show the suave French leader.
*First lady Jill Biden's glittering dress was the talk of the city. No word on what the second husband, Douglas Emhoff, wore.
*Presumed Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was invited. But Marjorie Taylor Green was left off the list. Too reminiscent of Marine Le Pen?
*You can throw the record books out the window when the U.S. plays the Netherlands. I predict another 1-0 win for the Yanks if they don't go for the 2-point conversion.