By the way as the figures and estimates about the amount of oil flowing and collected fly back in forth, the question comes up, what exactly is a barrel of oil? The answer is, a U.S. Barrel of oil equals 42 U.S. gallons. We've been doing our best to refer to the spill and recovery amounts in gallons when possible, but on those occasions when you hear the term "barrel" its a handy fact to keep in mind.
Finally, productivity around here, at least in my office went to zero for about 90 minutes this morning during the US vs. Slovenia World Cup soccer match. The outcome, a 2-2 tie, has generated a lot of outrage around the sports world (not to mention my office) over an inexplicable call that cost the U.S. team the win. Even the British TV play by play announcer seemed taken aback by this one. NBC's Ian Williams was at the match for us, and he'll tell us all about the call and reaction on and off the field.
Brian will be back on Monday. In the meantime I hope you will join me tonight for NBC Nightly News.