Go Giants, Go! : Tell Me More I had to listen to my husband, all season, talk nonsense. He was calling my team the New Jersey Giants
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Sorry I'm from New York. Can't help it.


I had to listen to my husband, all season, talk nonsense. He was calling my team the New Jersey Giants, and so on. He's from Pittsburgh, so I thought I had to put up with it. NO MORE, though.

I can't tell a lie, I like the JETS, but still ... Can I help it if we native New Yorkers are blessed with not one, but two, professional football and baseball teams? Do not hate, emulate...

Take that! See ya, and raise ya!

Now that we have THAT out of the way, on to more serious matters...

Our weekly visit with the writers from the Washington Post Magazine couldn't be more serious. Writer Michael Leahy describes the pain of a group of former NFL players whose injuries have far exceeded the scope of their pensions and disability payments. These are players from the 70's and 80's, when salaries were far below what they are now. These players are now saying that they gave their all for the game, and now need the league and their union to do something for them. The NFL and the players union say they are already doing more than is required, and that this whole issue is a matter of balancing the interests of past and present players. They say they are doing the best they can.

Anyway, I think it's a very fair, compelling, balanced piece. I would be interested to know how you respond to it. We certainly could have spent more time on the issue. If you haven't already seen the piece, read it and let me know what you think.

I want you to know we are following events in Chad that happened over the weekend, where rebels have advanced on the capital. We will bring you more when we know more, or have found the right guests to add to what you have heard on our newscasts and flagship programs.

We also think it's important to stay on top of a) the sub prime mortgage crisis and b) important cultural events.

Our lead segment was a check-in on the fact that law enforcement is now investigating the sub prime crisis. Illinois's top law enforcement official helped us understand why, along with civil rights leader Wade Henderson.

I also had a conversation with the makers of a fascinating new film about an all but episode in history. ...

It just seems that scholarship about the slave era has EXPLODED in recent years. The "new" stories that are emerging give us a very different picture than the one we have been seeing. How could it be otherwise? Millions of Africans were taken from the continent. Although only a fraction survived the journey, that still means millions of stories untold. What an amazing time we are in that we get to hear them. This film, Prince Among Slaves premieres tonight.

And, Manic — a remarkable story told in a remarkable way. It's the first of two conversations we'll have this week about mental illness. I hope we will have more, the subject is too important to ignore.