Column: Ernest Hooper

There are a lot of blueprints for professional sports success in this town, and none includes firing your coach after 16 games. If I were Lightning owner Oren Koules, I would pick up the telephone and call the Bucs' Brian Glazer or the Rays' Stu Sternberg. A little advice never hurt anyone. ...

State officials continue to grouse about card games at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, but it's worth noting the state still receives a percentage of money because of the gambling compact. The additional games have brought new jobs to town in the form of dealers. Is this the time to jeopardize a positive? ...

I appreciate St. Petersburg police setting up an anonymous text messaging line, but I'm still bothered that doing the right thing has been classified as "snitching." ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.

Kudos to the Rays Foundation, which gave grants totaling $150,000 to Community Tampa Bay and both of the area's Big Brothers/Big Sisters organizations last week. ...

The question is, does the phantom like pork and beans? While you ponder that, consider: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, you can take a canned good to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and get a voucher entitling you to buy a $10 ticket to tonight's 7:30 performance of Phantom Of The Opera. Seats are limited. Donations will go to Metropolitan Ministries.

NBA superstar LeBron James made news by revealing his iPod contains several tunes from Barry Manilow, including Mandy. Why are people shocked? Cool guys like Manilow. Hey LeBron, let me know if you need a copy of I Write The Songs.

That's all I'm saying.

Column: Ernest Hooper 11/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:34pm]

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