Bear with me... My name is Tod and I'm a news-a-holic. In fact I've been an information junkie for as long as I can remember. How many guys do you know who have over 8 million points on that NTN Trivia game you see in the sports bars? My family room has four TV's. One big screen and three 29" jobbies. I have a 7 foot satellite dish and 110 channel cable. I have the NFL Sunday ticket and watch three games plus a rotator every Sunday (the rotator being the one I change all the time). I rarely leave my house except to go to work (I need money for beer, greens fees and bird food) or sports events. I have become, for lack of a better word....a GEEK! For the past five days I've had all the TV's on plus the one in my van plus the 3 inch color portable I carry in my shoulder bag. I have one on CNN, one on MSNBC, one on the Fox News Channel and the big screen is the rotator between the other networks plus C-Span. I've seen everything...100 times+. Through all this tragedy and drama, this endless and sometimes mindless and trivial, rumor laden, over covered, talking head blur there are two things that I'm going to come away with... One is a sense of wonderment that Peter Jennings can wear a shirt for 15 straight hours and it still looks like he just put it on. The other is an absolute certainty that Colin Powell will be our next president. The dude is STONE COLD COOL!!!! (Sorry).... Having been in the media all my working life I look and listen differently than the average person. It's almost like I can't help doing a running critique of everything I watch or listen to. There's something that a media consultant I worked with once called a "WOW" factor. It's like you watch someone on TV or hear someone speak and you sort of mutter to yourself, "Wow!". Michael Jordan was the "WOW" factor in basketball. Colin Powell has it for a politician. When he stands at a podium and speaks he absolutely exudes authority. He is totally in command of those in the room and in the audience. He's articulate, confident, absolutely oozes charisma and has 110% credibility. The more I see him the more I'm impressed with him. I truly think he's the most charismatic public figure since JFK. There are a lot of public figures who are smooth and articuate and have an air of self assuredness (Dick Clark is one of the best I ever met) but Powell has something beyond that. To me (the great cynic)he comes across as absolutely genuine and as bright as he appears to be. He gives the impression of being in complete control. If he guides this country through this crisis and achieves the desired result he earns a blank check for any office he chooses in this country. I never would have thought we would have a black president in my lifetime but I would not bet against this guy. Well....You KNEW the first black president wasn't gonna look like Al Sharpton. BTW...A friend of mine who's a sports scribe for the Pawtucket Register in R.I. says that since there's no football betting this weekend that the Mob will have bin Laden in cement shoes by early next week and it ain't gonna cost no 40 billion either! You don't be messin with the Godfather's paycheck.