Fortunately, a reader came to the rescue with a Friday morning e-mail that begins as follows: "Okay, this sounds crazy. I have DirecTV and can rewind and pause TV. At 8:12 this evening, during Scrubs (yes, kind of lame), a 9News logo flashed on the screen during the show. I saw a blip really quickly and wondered if NBC was doing weird subliminal messages or something. But I rewound it and saw the local news logo."
In all likelihood, this was a technical glitch rather than an attempt to make all of Denver mindlessly tune in 9News at 10 p.m. (I've left a message for Channel 9 news director Patti Dennis, and will share her explanation after I hear from her.) Whatever the case, the e-mailer's conclusion rings true: "Very creepy. And I'm not talking about Adele Arakawa's hair..." -- Michael Roberts