In full disclosure my attention is a little divided this afternoon. I'm writing today's blog while watching the world cu....come on there it is!!! kick kick kick....it's in...yes...noooo. almost!. I'm sorry, I was trying to say I'm watching the world cup match between the U.S. and Ghana. It's been that way around the newsroom. The tapping of computer keyboard interrupted by a rising chorus of cheers, usually followed by a collective groan. Those of us who have suddenly discovered the sport are quickly adapting to the high anxiety-low scoring nature of the international soccer. Perhaps someday, someone can explain to me what exactly constitutes "offside" in soccer, and why the clock counts up, not down. Don't even get me started on those mysterious ill-defined extra minutes that they tack on to the end. Chances are by the time you read this...I'm sorry, hold that thought a sec.... free kick...come on, come on...yes!!!. OK I'm back, where was I? Oh ya, -- chances are by the time you read this the match will be over (translation: no excuse for missing our broadcast), but win or lose, hats off to team USA for expanding our sports horizons beyond the gridiron, diamond and hardwood, and giving us something to cheer about.
I hope you can join us for Nightly News tonight where we'll have late word on the track of Tropical Storm Alex, and whether it poses any threat to the oil leak clean-up and recovery operation. We've also just received some new information on the condition of former Vice President Dick Cheney who is in the hospital this afternoon. Also, things are looking up at the factory of a well known American brand, and it may be telegraphing better days ahead for the U.S. economy.
Thanks for checking in with us. We'll look for you this evening.