One Month to London!

 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

US Swimmer Natalie Coughlin (Source: nbcsports.com)

We’re one month away from the London Olympic Summer Games!  If the Queen’s Jubilee is any indication of whether the British are ready, I think we are in for a grand display.  This will be the city’s third time hosting the Summer Olympics – a record.

Like in Beijing four years ago, US swimmer Michael Phelps is once again the Olympic centerpiece in London.  Phelps will look to add to his collection of 16 medals (8 Golds from Bejing and 6 Golds from Athens). Phelps’ swimming teammate, Natalie Coughlin set an American female record for winning six medals in Beijing.  With eleven medals in her Olympic history, she will go for her third consecutive Olympic Gold for the Backstroke in London.  

Mike Krzyzewski will coach the USA mens basketball team for the last time in London.  Fresh off his first NBA Championship, LeBron James will lead Team USA, also featuring Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Blake Griffin. 

While the US mens soccer team did not qualify for London, the women will go for their third straight Gold behind goalkeeper Hope Solo.  

The Opening Ceremonies for the London Games are on Friday night, July 27.

Big Ern’s Top 20 Music Hits of Today

Step aside Spyder Harrison – Big Ern’s got his own Top 20 Hits.

Without further suspense:

1. Tonight is the Night by Outasight (Source of picture: wbr.com)

2. I Like it Like That by Hot Chellie Rae

3. The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga

The most talented artist in Ern’s Top 20, Lady Gaga checks in at #3. (Source: fanpop.com)

4. Dynamite by Taio Cruz

5. Good Life by One Republic

6. Starships by Nicki Minaj

7. Drive By by Train

8. Party Rock by LMFAO

9. International Love by Pitbull and Chris Brown

Katy Perry has 2 of Big Ern’s Top Hits (The Source of Katy’s picture is: www.billboard.com)

10. Last Friday Night by Katy Perry

11. Part of Me by Katy Perry

12. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

13. Gym Class Heroes by Stereo Hearts

14. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

15. Without You by David Guetta and Usher

16. Scream by Usher

17. Wild Ones by Flo Rida

18. Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

19. Moves Like Jaggar by Maroon 5

20. I Wanna Go by Britney Spears

Ern Didn’t Start the Fire!

Today ErnBlog is proud to announce the “Ern Didn’t Start the Fire!” series. 

During this Summer 2012, ErnBlog will take a moment to reflect on each of the twentieth century icons highlighted in Billy Joel’s 1989 hit tune.

US President Harry S. Truman (source: www.wikipedia.org)

Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd US President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Less than 4 months later, on August 6, Truman would make the most controversial decision in US Presidential history by authorizing detonations of atomic bombs on Japanese islands Hiroshima and Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II.  In November 1948, Truman was re-elected President in one of the most controversial elections in US Presidential history.  On the morning after the election, The Chicago Tribune ran the front page headline “Dewey Defeats Truman“, prematurely calling the election in favor of Republican nominee Thomas Dewey.  But when the Electoral College was sorted out, President Truman was in fact the victor and he served a second term.

Truman dropped out of college twice (once as an undergraduate and again from law school after losing his job that financed the classes).  He is the last US President that did not obtain a degree of higher education. 

 

Doris Day (source: dorisday.net)

Doris Day was an American actress and singer in the forties, fifties, and sixties.  She had the lead female role in Romance on the High Seas in 1948.  Day recorded 650 songs during her twenty-year contract with Columbia Records.  Her first hit song was Sentimental Journey in 1945.  She is 88 years old and a lover of animals.  In 2004 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush for her animal care work with the Doris Day Animal League.