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  • There’s nothing more exhilarating

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    After lifting 19 kids, you’d think Jim Bob Duggar would have a little more upper body strength…core strength…heck, any strength.  If you’ve watched “19 Kids and Counting” from the beginning (when it was a mere “17 Kids and Counting”), you’ve undoubtedly noticed that both JB and his oldest, Josh, have put on a few LBs.  In response to their bodily neglect, the two have embarked on a new weight loss journey, complete with a personal trainer.

    I applaud their quest, but holy cow, these dudes are not just a little overweight…they are frighteningly out of shape: 

    This clip didn’t show Josh’s attempt at 3 push-ups, of which he completed about 2 ¼ .  And what exactly is he wearing?  I suppose I should be more encouraging - starting is the most important thing, not the starting point - but you know what they say: there’s nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others.

    Might be easier to just grab one of these, fellas:

    Actually...I might get one of these.

  • What would Ryan Lochte do?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    None of us was wowed by Ryan Lochte’s brain nor his personality during the 2012 London Olympics.  But the dude is a heck of a swimmer (not the next Michael Phelps as he all but guaranteed, but…) and I guess he’s some pretty tasty eye candy, from what the ladies say.   It’s a good thing, because he’s not winning any interview contests.  Although, really, when do ever hold interview contests?

    Anyway, I’ve always thought Lochte was a punk and a guy for whom the sport of swimming came easily and thus his involvement therein.  I think he’s a path of least resistance type – whatever is easiest, he’ll go that route.  That’s not to say that competing at an Olympic level is easy.  It takes unimaginable work, incredible self-discipline, and a willingness to forego a “normal life” for the sake of competition, but I feel like Lochte’s dedication has always been out of a sense of “what else am I gonna do?” 

    So in advance of the debut of his new reality TV show on E!, he’s hitting the interview circuit.  “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” is the name of the show and evidently the answer to that question is: not much…

  • Worry about yourself!

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Armed with an independent spirit and wisdom beyond her few years, this little girl offers up a sound piece of advise… 

  • Under pressure

    Posted by Nick Vitrano is the latest subject of a copyright controversy.  Arty and Mat Zo (yeah, I don’t know them either) have accused Will of ripping off their tune “Rebound” for his track “Let’s Go.”  To be honest, I don’t really get how that whole thing works.  I mean, isn’t just about everything in the pop/dance vein a sample of something else?  I don’t how it will play out, but it reminded me of one of my favorite MTV interviews of all-time – when Vanilla Ice tried his darndest to convince the world that he did not steal the “Under Pressure” baseline for “Ice Ice Baby:”

  • Mt. Rushmore

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    He is most recognized as the guy who worked alongside John Madden for 20+ years in the NFL broadcast booth, but Pat Summerall was arguably the most versatile and talented broadcaster of our time or any time.  A broadcaster in the truest sense of the word, it didn’t matter the sport – golf, tennis, basketball, football – Summerall narrated with a perfect balance of eye and ear, his voice as recognizable as any the craft has ever known.  He is most certainly one of sports broadcasting’s Mt.Rushmore identities.  Though his relevance has not been felt for some time, the influence of his work should always be celebrated. 

    It’s been bitter sweet to re-live the audio and video clips of his work over the years, and though I have always regarded him as one of the greats, I forgot how good he was, and especially how good he and Madden were as a team:


  • The home of the brave

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    For most, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the one thing with which you just don’t mess.  My grandfather used to say, “There’s no reason to do all that crap to that song.  Just sing it.”  I think most feel that way, just sing it the way it's composed, and I think it stems from a basic principle – “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a tribute to our country, for what we stand, and to all who have taken and continue to take the oath to defend it.  It’s not about the performer.  Hubris knows few equals than he who uses that pre-game platform to showcase his own talents. 

    But I have to admit that I do not mind the individual who chooses to take our anthem to another level, who is inspired, through the very freedoms that our flag promises, to go somewhere few would dare venture.  Now I’m not talking about breaking this off prior to a Brewers-Reds game in July, but comedian Daniel Tosh once remarked, “No one has the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ on their iPod.”  Well, here's an iPod worthy version for ya:

  • The moment you realize you have a problem

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Now that spring has arrived…sort of…my family is in the full-on summer vacation planning stage.  With a little one now in tow, things are a bit more complicated than they used to be.  Beaches, bars, and bucket list destinations have been replaced by aspirations of Door County and water parks.  It’s not bad – I cannot wait to see the smile on my daughter’s face - it’s just different.

    My wife and I traveled quite a bit after we were first married, by design.  We did Hawai’i (twice), Mexico, Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Sarasota…incredible times and irreplaceable memories.  We did quite a bit of theme parking as well, hitting up Sea World a couple of times, but never saw anything like this. 

    At what point do you think the Sea World trainer realized she was in trouble?

  • Does it work?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    I am a well documented infomercial freak.  If you missed the show a couple months back, I have purchased over 25 things from TV.  Yep, I’m that guy.  But I must say, I have rarely been disappointed. 

    So the facial hair talk this morning rekindled my interest the the “No No.”  It’s a thumb-drive lookin’ thing that uses thermal heat to remove hair.  I don’t really have a need for it, but I would kill to be able to cut down on my morning shave routine. 

    Does anyone have this, and does it work?

  • Oh, there's the eel

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Forget "don't try this at home."  Just don't try this, period...not at home, not at work, not in Vegas. Do not try this at all, anywhere.  Here's the X-ray of the fella we discussed this morning who decided to, ahem, well...there's an eel involved:

    Photo: Europics via The Sun-UK (

    If you're interested in the details of the incident, HERE is link to the original story.

  • One of SNL’s best ever

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    For the most part, I think SNL is pretty weak right now.  It used to be that you could at least count on the cast to get you through Weekend Update, but lately, even their opens lack consistency.   But this past weekend’s skit with Melissa McCarthy as controversial basketball coach Sheila Kelly might be one of the best of all time.

    WARNING: There is edited language displayed in text form.


  • Mike McCarthy's Photo Studio

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    When he's not coaching the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy is busy capturing life's unforgettable moments...right when they happen.  That's not a bad slogan, actually.  The Mike McCarthy Photo Studio - "Capturing life's unforgettable moments...right when they happen."  It's not a real studio, but perhaps it should be.  At the very least, Coach McCarthy should consider, for he's one-for-one in the snapshot department.

    A Milwaukee couple was vacationing recently when they can into the H.C. of the Pack, but what transpired was likely more surprising to him than them.  HERE is the link to the story and the slideshow of images.  Nice work, Coach!

  • Max-D house crush

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    This morning we spoke with Tom Meents, the most decorated driver of the World Finals era in monster truck competition.  An 11-time World Champion, Meents made reference to the time he crushed his own house with his now famous ride, Maximum Destruction (Max-D).  Not that I questioned the man’s integrity, but he wasn’t lyin’.

    Ladies and gentlemen…on your feet.  Stomp to the beat of the 11-time World Champion.  I can’t hear you.  That’s better.  It’s Tom Meents and Maximum Destruction in “House Crush:”