What's really different is the way they feel about it. Mothers tended to feel stressed and conflicted when they multitask because they are concerned how people view their performance. Fathers tend to enjoy the process of multitasking. Please post comments on this blog but understand, I'll likely be doing something else while I'm reading it. :)
This week, Newt Gingrich is looking good with 25% support in a new Iowa poll. Remember last Spring when his support was in the single digits and most of his staff quit on him? Herman Cain was climbing the polls but his recent scandals were just too much and he suspended his campaign over the weekend. He plans to endorse another candidate in the Republican race soon. Will that help? Could you see Cain as a Vice President or is he done? Mitt Romney is still in this race and Ron Paul isn't going away either. We'll talk all about it with our political analyst Jim Moore this morning at 5:20 and 7:20am.
DESPITE FAMILIAR VENUE, PAC-12 IMPLEMENTS NEUTRAL FIELD ELEMENTS
EUGENE – The location for the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game may encompass a home-field feel for one of the division winner in Friday’s game to determine the league’s representative in the 98th Rose Bowl Game. However the Pac-12 has implemented measures to transform one of the toughest venues in the country on visiting teams into what is intended, at least, to appear more hospitable to out-of-town guests.
Autzen Stadium, where the University of Oregon has accumulated an 18-1 record in three seasons under Head Coach Chip Kelly, will serve as the site of the Pac-12’s first conference championship game, with kickoff against South Division winner UCLA scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PST in front of an anticipated sellout crowd and a FOX national television audience.
While some of the elements incorporated into the conference’s football championship may go unnoticed to casual observers, other changes may not be quite so subtle.
Graphics both inside and outside of the stadium feature both the Ducks and Bruins, with a new wrap on the walls surrounding the playing field adding to the championship atmosphere.
The Pac-12 has partnered with Big Screen Networks to handle the Duck Vision video board productions, Infinite Scale Design Group for event design and integrated branding, Gameday Merchandising for merchandising services and retail operations, Shoreline Publishing Group for the game program, SparkyJax for event production, Wide Angle Productions for game entertainment, Eddie Mangan for field services and Paul Olden for public address duties. Collectively, the group has been a part of 44 Super Bowls, eight Olympic Games and more than 20 major college Bowl Games, including the BCS Championship game.
Big Screen Networks has produced the video screen presentation for four of the past five Olympic Games, as well as FIFA World Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, the past 27 NFL Super Bowl productions. Infinite Scale will handle the design, strategy and project management combined with AAA Flag & Banner for planning, printing, and graphics redesign throughout the stadium. Since 2000, Shoreline Publishing Group has produced more than 300 books and magazines for national publishers, with a specialty in sports. The group has worked with the NFL, MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, and other national leagues and brands to produce books in a wide variety of formats. Their team has supervised the printing of more than 25 Super Bowl programs. SparkyJax Productions is a creative, design and production company specializing in large-scale entertainment experiences with an extensive background in both sports and entertainment, including NBA games, grand openings and movie premieres. Wide Angle Group is an innovative production management company that creates special events and experiences in sports, corporate and non-profit arenas. With expertise in design, show direction and production, they have produced show events for many industry leaders, including Paramount Pictures, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Wasserman Media and Northern Trust.
Mangan, longtime Field Director for the Atlanta Braves, has worked as a field consultant for the Olympics, NFL Pro Bowls and the last 21 Super Bowls. Olden is the public address announcer for the New York Yankees and has served in the same role for 12 Super Bowls.
Longtime Oregon public address announcer Don Essig will complement Olden and add a familiarity to some of the pageantry the Ducks’ fans have come to enjoy.
While some of the elements may cause Oregon fans to question where they are watching the game, other routines will remain unchanged.
The Autzen Stadium east parking lot will open four hours prior to game time (1 p.m.), the Moshofsky Center will open at 2 p.m. and access into the stadium bowl will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5:05 p.m. as both teams will return to the field from their locker rooms, aided by a 90-second highlight video featuring both participants, and fireworks to be a part of the pre-game festivities. Both teams will remain on the field for the national anthem.
Following the conclusion of the game, fans will be encouraged to remain in their seats for the trophy presentation to the winning team. Field level access for fans exiting the stadium will be delayed for 5 minutes following the conclusion of the post-game presentation.
Alternative means of transportation to and from the game is encouraged. The University of Oregon, in partnership with the Lane Transit District as well as neighboring businesses and organizations, has worked collaboratively to minimize inconveniences that may arise from the unconventional Friday night football game.
Representatives have been meeting to address the unique challenges for businesses and residents surrounding the Autzen Stadium area, including traffic flow on Martin Luther King Blvd., and transporting spectators to and from the game on a weekday.
Governor Gregoire's plea comes on the heals of a federal crackdown on the 16 states that allow the use of medical marijuana like Washington and Oregon. In California, the Feds have raided marijuana dispensaries that have been operating under state law for up to 15 years. In the letter to the DEA, the governors wrote: "The divergence in state and federal law creates a situation where there is no regulated and safe system to supply legitimate patients who may need medical cannabis." In 2009, the American Medical Association came out in favor of reviewing pot's classification, arguing more research still needs to be done. What do you think? Should the Feds allow marijuana to be dispensed for medicinal purposes? We'll talk about it with our legal expert this morning on KXL.
After hearing that the tax went down, I was suddenly reminded of a budget statement that Clark county emailed to KXL Monday, about 24-hours before commissioners rejected the admissions tax.
The statement was a notice of next week's public hearing on the county budget. (December 6, 6pm) One proposal to be discussed would expand use of the county's real estate excise tax to pay for things it wasn't originally meant to pay for. That clearly shows Clark county's revenue picture isn't healthy. On top of that, Olympia is looking at more cuts that would impact counties.
If you read between the lines you'll see that Clark county is expecting the economy to stay sluggish for years. I wonder if that was the tipping point for the one commissioner who was on the fence about the admissions tax. What do you think?