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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a new athletic director, Shawn Eichorst, who lasted about 18 months at the University of Miami. He's coming to the right conference. That's still 17 1/2 longer than Wisconsin's offensive line coach.
* He's leaving Miami for Nebraska. It's just strange seeing a University of Miami official walk out of the offices for the last time not accompanied by NCAA compliance officers.
* The 2012 presidential campaign has been so ugly that Big Bird just issued a statement distancing himself from it.
* During the debate Wednesday night, Mitt Romney said if he's elected he'll cut funding to PBS and Big Bird. Sarah Palin immediately called Romney to see if he wants her to shoot Big Bird from a helicopter.
* I wouldn't say that Jim Lehrer lost control of that debate, but he was basically the replacement ref of moderators.
* After the debate, Chris Matthews praised Mitt Romney on MSNBC. I'm thinking the Mayans were too conservative and the world is going to end before late December.
* For Chris Matthews to praise him, this means that Romney turned in the debating equivalent of Bob Beamon's 29-foot, 2 ˝-inch long jump.
* On Current TV, Al Gore blamed Obama's debate performance on the altitude in Denver. The other hosts immediately chimed in to agree, which could be telling, but is more likely due to the fact that Gore owns Current TV.
* I am shocked, mostly that Gore didn't blame the debate performance on global warming.
* Obama will not be discussing his debate performance until he figures out a way to blame George W. Bush.
* The last time a debate was that one-sided, Dan Quayle was told he's no Jack Kennedy.
* Sixty-seven percent of CNN viewers felt Romney won the debate. The only way this gets more embarrassing for the president is if it's learned that 70 percent of Obama family members felt Romney won.
* President Obama leads Mitt Romney in a poll of NASCAR fans. I'm not sure this means much. These are the same people who year after year vote Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the best driver.
* In Folsom, Calif., the fire department has begun charging residents who require medical assistance $225. That's when you worry about the financial conditions of our cities – before a fireman begins CPR, he says: “Will that be MasterCard or VISA?”
* Police in Michigan dug up a driveway looking for Jimmy Hoffa. They didn't find him, but still, nobody has any regrets. Except, of course, for the family that returned from vacation to find police digging up their driveway looking for Jimmy Hoffa.
* The retired space shuttle Endeavour was flown from Florida to California. Due to government financial problems, it was flown atop a Southwest Airlines plane with stops in Macon, Peoria and Duluth.
* The NBA has adopted an anti-flopping rule. The down side is that if they stop the action every time somebody flops, now the average NBA game will last six days.