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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.


Christmas Music Before Halloween

It's October 24 and there are no radio stations in Atlanta playing Christmas music yet, but I'm sure it right around the corner.

A station in Philadelphia is playing Christmas music on one of its HD channels.   HD Radio allows broadcasters to air multiple streams of programming, but listeners need a radio capable of airing the HD Radio signal.

Last year many large markets started playing their holiday tunes on Halloween Night.  Can't we just get through Halloween first?




The Euros are Coming in Drag Racing

What do you think of when you hear the names Stig Neergaard, Lex Joon, Urs Erbacher, and Thomas Nataas?

The new pop music supergroup from Sweden?

The Norwegian Davis Cup Tennis Team?

or a law firm outside of Helsinki?

No, it's none of the above, but they are 4 European drag racers that have for the time being set up shop in The United States and will race in the final 2 NHRA races of the year on the West Coast.

It's great worldwide exposure for NHRA Drag Racing, and all four are successful drag racers across the pond.  Not sure how they will do at Vegas and Pomona, but they do have a little experience here in America, and are looking to possibly make the jump to the NHRA.

It would be great for the NHRA and the sport if they can be competitive this time around

Here's Erbacher, from Switzerland in action.



Soupy Sales Dies

You might not be older enough to recognize the name, but maybe you remember the face.  Regardless, Soupy Sales passed away today at the age of 83.

Sales had his own show for a while and was best known for getting a pie in his face.  He appeared on dozens of other shows.  After moving to Los Angeles, he eventually became a fill-in host on "The Tonight Show."  Sales was a regular from 1968-75 on the game show "What's My Line?" and later appearing on everything from "The Mike Douglas Show" to "The Love Boat." He played himself in the 1998 movie "Holy Man," which starred Eddie Murphy.  He also was a star on "Match Game" as was known as one of the better players.

Later in his life he was a radio DJ.



Amazon's Profit up Because of Kindle

Amazon reported a 69% surge in profit in the third-quarter, led by sales of the Kindle e-reader.

Amazon's revenues climbed 28% to $5.45 billion in the quarter, beating beat analysts' expectations of an 18% rise to $5.03 billion.  Amazon stock also rose nearly 15% in after-hours trading.  All this being said, I'm sure Amazon is expecing a strong holiday season this year.


Wozniacki's Deed Backfires

Caroline Wozniacki, the 19-year-old sixth ranked tennis player in the world, retired from the first-round match at the Luxembourg Open with a hamstring injury on Wednesday while leading Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 7-5, 5-0.

Wozniacki's father, Piotr, told his daughter at 3-0 in the second set to retire before winning because her injury would probably prevent her from playing in the next round. What he said, apparently spoken in his native Polish, were picked up by microphones and heard by viewers watching the match on the Internet.  After the comments were made a influx of online bets came in over the internet for Kremer to win the match.

Wozniacki has now earned an investigation from the Tennis Integrity Unit. Because there were a number of bets made after her father's comments were picked up by the microphones.  The WTA or Women's Tennis Association has to do this to cover themselves if this were to happen in the future.  Wozniacki should not be blamed or held responsible for anything.  She was trying to do the right thing, something that many tennis players wouldn't do.  This one instance just went in a direction Wozniacki didn't think it would.  I'm sure she feels really bad about it, and wouldn't do it again.