Just a quick reminder to everybody about Alex Rodriguez. The former "Golden Boy" of Major League Baseball hardly gets any publicity these days, but he just hit his 696th homerun of his career last night. That puts him four away from 700, for those of you who are poor at math.
SEVEN HUNDRED! I get the steroids and all that but 700 is 700. I'll be interested to see how much coverage and attention is given to A-Rod on his way to 700. I'd guess not much, and maybe Rodriguez doesn't deserve the attention after his steroid usage, but I think neglecting A-Rod's path to 700 would be a mistake by MLB. I'd push it pretty heavy if I was in charge of these types of things. In an era where Major League Baseball is struggling to garner interest outside of their local markets, promoting a national story like this could be beneficial. And maybe the media coverage of A-Rod's road to 700 isn't dictated as much by the MLB as it is by ESPN or FOX. I'll just be interested to see how this plays out over the next month.
I just want to put it on record that I am 100% on Team Swift in any argument that will ever occur between Taylor Swift and the Kanye West / Kim Kardashian combination. But especially in this particular SnapChat feud.
First off, secretly taping another person's conversation without their knowledge and posting that online is a pretty low move. It's even worse if you are going to edit snip-its of that conversation and not give the entire conversation.
Second off, she never signed off on any actual lyric or song. She told him to use what he thought was best but never got to listen to the finished product. Now part of that is on Taylor too. I'm not sure the brilliance of giving Kanye West free reign on anything that involves you. Taylor Swift and her team are probably a thousand times better at public relations and garnering publicity than I could ever claim to be. So maybe it was a great idea since people are talking about them, me included, but giving Kanye any type of green light seems like a risky proposition. But her green lighting an idea doesn't mean she'll approve of the final record.
And thirdly, it's Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. I know Taylor Swift may not be the most likeable person in the world either but the West family's hateability is in a whole other realm compared to Swift. It's like deciding whether you'd rather have the flu or a broken leg.
I'm afraid to make too many jokes about this thing because I think it has all the elements required to start a couple riots or scary events in Cleveland before the week is over. I just hope we get through this week at the RNC without some type of tragedy.
I only watched about 5 minutes of the event last night and caught the rest on Twitter. I turned to CNN just to see what was going on and they were in the middle of a roundtable discussion about the previous speaker I'd guess and their coverage of that would put a NFL halftime show to shame. I didn't get an exact count by they had like 8-10 people around this small, semi-circular desk talking over each other and yelling their points. The hell was that???
For the convention itself, it appeared to be classic Trump. Pomp and circumstance mixed with some controversy and drama. Seriously, this guy is trying to WWE his way to the presidency. And it's probably his best path to get there. I don't know many people who support Trump because they love his policies and stances on important issues. They love his personality and his bravado. Never let the story in the news stick for too long, always create something new for the media and public to talk about. That way no one digs in too deep on one issue against you but they are always talking about you. His goal is if he wins the media cycle, he could win the election. It's actually kinda brilliant for someone who's not a politician.
Take last night for example. He comes out to a grand WWE type entrance with the lights and rising podium, all with "We Are The Champions" playing him in. It's a heck of visual. And then of course you gotta have something to actually talk about in the media, so you have the stolen speech from Melania Trump. Where else in politics are you going to see that? Of course it came from the Trump camp. In the grand scale of things, its not that big of a deal. She copied a speech. It's not going to affect our relationship with Iran or Pakistan or anything. But it is going to get people talking about Trump. This will pass by the end of the week. But it does set the stage for the rest of the week. It's brilliant. The guy isn't a WWE Hall of Famer for no reason guys.