Weekend Wonderings

Written June 22nd, 2014 by Ken


Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. We have tidbits regarding The James, a couple miscellaneous commentary topics and a musical finale. Fire up the speakers, cause it’s Sunday morning!

Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.

 The James/Wexner:

Here is some research from the folks at The James regarding the use of a deadly life form, a virus, along with a cancer targeting agent to kill cancer cells. This is a creation of a hunter-killer approach to cancer treatment and therapy.

Giving low doses of a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the effectiveness of the virus as a treatment for cancer, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

  • Viruses designed to kill cancer cells are being used in clinical trials to treat brain cancer and other malignancies.

  • This study suggests that combining a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the virus’s ability to kill cancer cells.

  • The findings support the testing of this combination therapy in a clinical trial.

In other news, Dr. Carbone of The James discusses specific biomarkers to assist in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. It’s a long, long journey, but, small steps, folks..


Talkin’ Football: Musician Jon Bon Jovi’s name has been bandied about as a potential buyer for the Buffalo Bills.

That’s fine with me — someone has to own them.

Possibly probably to this end,  he recently had lunch with the NFL’s Roger Goodell. From a local (western New York) perspective, the fly in the ointment is Bon Jovi’s financial partner, Toronto based Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Current holding of MLS&E include the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and MLS’s Toronto FC soccer club.

Not taking this potential uprooting lightly, a Buffalo fan group has launched a  campaign to refrain from playing the music of Jon Bon Jovi.


I’m not sure how big a a Bon Jovi market Buffalo is, but I doubt the loss will cause much of a ripple in JBJ’s net worth. What may cause a ripple would be to relocate the team to Toronto.

Yes, the Bills do have a following in the GTA (greater Toronto area), but I doubt they can make a go of it up North. The Bills recently ended a multiyear “experiment” where each season, the Bills would play a “home” game in Toronto.

The arrangement was canceled by the Bills because the fan support was, well, dismal. There will have to be a dramatic increase in affection towards the Bills, and ticket buying, for this to work. I guess we’ll see.

That’s the way things go in the bottom-line centric NFL. I’m glad the NCAA doesn’t work that way…

Sunday’s Song:
Being somewhat of a contrarian; here is Jon Bon Jovi with Wanted Dead or Alive.

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