Tagged with "Tim"
A Long Strange Trip: Special Birthday and Reflections
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: anniversary birthday time stupidity

 

Holy cow.  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  2014 must’ve gone by faster than any year in recorded history.  I’m pretty sure someone lopped a month off the year somewhere.  It’s been kind of a weird year too.  The Kansas City Royals in the World Series?  The Cleveland Browns spent a week in first place?  ¾ of the major sports championships belong to the west coast?    It’s also November 17, a very special day in the history of the Gab - today marks birthday #6 and the start of year 7.  A long strange trip it’s been.

 

The people you know when you’re young play a special role as you get older - a connection to the younger you, the kid that was looking forward.  When your elders have begun to pass, perhaps even some of your contemporaries, the kids you knew when you were young are the last link you have to that time.  I have the great fortune to still be connected to some of those folks.  A few weeks ago we realized it’d been 3 years since the group of us had gotten together, so we changed that this weekend.

 

It’s funny, in your 20’s and 30’s you’re celebrating the marriages, and the kids, and the houses.  In your 40’s, you’re toasting the divorces and “moving on,” expressing condolences for the passing of a parent, and bragging on those now teenage (or older) kids you celebrated in your 20’s and 30’s.  And so it goes that as I sit here and look at how fast 2014 has flown by that I realize how quickly time goes by.  Every year seems to go by faster than any year in recorded history.  I mean, how many people know that there have been 14 “Gay Bowls” already?  Time flies man.

 

There’s all kinds of weird things that happen in any given year.  When I was going to school, there was the “dome run.”  Who would’ve thought that 20-odd years later, the same guy would have his finger just fall off while he was playing cards?  You’re just not likely to find a more messed up cat than this guy.

 

As we have more avenues for people to show off, the more weird stuff we come up with.  Some of it’s banal, still more of it is just painful.  Way to ruin what should be a good thing, and draw attention to the fact you’re a DB (and I don’t mean defensive back).

 

People do dumb things all the time, we’re just far more exposed to it now than we were “back in the day.”  Just saying “back in the day” makes me feel 1000 years old, but technology has changed just how fast things are different year to year.  I bought an iPhone 4s as soon as it came out.  3 years later we’re on 5 more models of iPhone: the 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6+.  We’re moving at a faster pace.  We have televisions the size of a wall, but we’re never home to watch them - as evidenced by the fact we don’t even have landline phones at home anymore: depending on who you ask between a quarter and half of all homes either don’t have or just don’t use a home phone.  Christ, our cars are now Wifi hotspots: so you can stay connected while you’re on your way to where you’re going.  

 

There’s all kinds of ways to be dumb too.  PJ Williams totals his car and runs off.  One wonders why someone would just take off - I mean the car is registered, it’s not hard to know who it belongs to.  Hmmm.  Perhaps alcohol?  At any rate he gets a traffic citation.  Legally, the accident never happened.  Wow.  There’s simpler ways to be dumb - like freaking out when someone friendly to you touches your butt.  Well, that one wouldn’t usually be dumb, but if you’re in the middle of a hard contact sport, you wouldn’t think a slight grope would be that distracting.

 

Of course there’s dumb, and there’s pure evil.  It should go without saying that it’s a privilege to bitch and moan about blown calls or missed plays.  We live in a place where we can while away time and then wonder where all the time went.  There’s so many different ways the people who you knew when you were young can leave the scene so you should definitely make the time to enjoy them while they - and you - are around to enjoy.  I enjoy you, my faithful Gabbers - and happy 6th birthday to the Gab.  I’m happy to be able to say I’ve known the Gab since it was young.

 

Take a look at the stats on that side bar: 2095 Featured blogs, 1668 Featured 2.0, 535 NFL blogs, 732 user showcase posts.  Not bad for a small community of writers participating because we enjoy it.  We've all joined the Gab at various points - and I'm glad I've had the chance to participate in building and sustaining this place.  There's no other place I'd rather wax poetic about getting older, no other place to complain about people doing dumb things.  Well done Gab!  

Deep Thoughts 9-17-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Whoopings and Adrian Peterson...Baltimore Orioles and Showalter Chris Davis Jonathan Papelbon Jose Altuve

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. The Bible says spare the rod and spoil the child. While I think that most people would agree with this statement, my belief is that each of us would take something different from these words. I grew up in a household that strongly believed in using the rod or more accurately…a belt. Lord knows, I was a hard headed kid, but I was never spoiled. While I screwed up regularly, I knew that there would be consequences. I also knew that my parents loved me. As a kid, I had a basic understanding that my parents disciplined me because they loved me. My Dad used to say something that I thought was bs…something about the spanking hurting him as much as it did me. Well, at 9 or whatever…I knew that there was no way that his butt was hurting as bad as mine. It was not until I was a parent that I understood what he meant. Kids don’t come with a handbook. Really, the only thing reference guide parents have is what they learned growing up.

 

 

Adrian Peterson was indicted by the grand jury in Montgomery County last week for injury to a child...his 4 year old child. Many people see the pictures of his son and immediately assume that Peterson is a sadistic ass. I look at the pictures of his son and realize immediately what Peterson’s childhood was like. If you have never been to East Texas, you cannot possibly imagine how different the region is. Honestly, it is beautiful…the red dirt and pine trees are some of my favorite memories of summer visits to my grandparent’s home. East Texas is a very rural region that is generally poor. Agriculture, timber and oil are the primary business in the area. It is also deep in the heart of the Bible belt. Adrian Peterson grew up in Palestine Texas, a town of 18,000. In this small town, how many churches would you guess there are? Would you be surprised to know that the number is 71? Of this number, 25 are Baptist Churches. I don’t know Adrian Peterson, but I know where he comes from. These are good people…honest folks with traditional values. Life has changed over the years, but core beliefs have not. When kids get out of line, they are punished. This is what Adrian Peterson and I both learned growing up.

 

 

I have a difficult time condemning someone for how they discipline their children. Especially when I see the results of kids that grow up with no discipline at all. In reading an article about Adrian Peterson, I ran across this comment from a mother named Linda. Here is what Linda had to say:

I grew up in a home with "corporal" punishment, so when I had a child, this is the form of discipline I used. It wasn't until my child was 12 and got a spanking for trying to do a book report the night before it was due (they had 2 weeks to do it), that it became an issue. When my child told a friend they got a spanking, the friend told the teacher, who called child services. My child was taken from our home for 1 night and return the next day. The social worker assigned to us was awesome, and said to me,"As a mother, I don't disagree with what you did. However, as a social worker, I have to tell you that is it wrong." From that day forward, I never physically abused my child again. However, I lived with the threat of "touch me and I'll call the cops" for the next 4 years. My child began to skip school and do pretty much what they wanted to. I was given a citation for truancy for my child. By 16, my child had moved out of my home and was living with the family of a registered sex offender. By 17, she had quit school and was pregnant. At 18 she was on welfare, had no diploma and no job. My child has always refused to use any form of punishment on her child. At 11, my grandchild was expelled from school, after failing in a district "behavioral program". At 30, my child is afraid of her own child, who steals from her and has threatened her life. Her only regret? "Maybe spanking him every now and then wouldn't have been such a bad thing." Society has taken control away from the parents and given it to the children. We grew up with rules, consequences and punishment, yet somehow we became honest, respectable, productive adults. We work had and respect others, especially our elders. We don't think society owes us just because we exist. Can it sometimes go to far? Absolutely. You can have punishment with limits. But most of the excess comes from individuals who tend to have excessive personalities. Children need structure and boundaries. And sometimes, punishment. Just not excessive punishment that causes bodily injury. If given the choice, I would be raised exactly the same way, all over again.

 

 

 

I have gone back and forth in my mind regarding Adrian Peterson. I truly believe that he was trying to do the right thing. He was doing what he had learned growing up. But, I also believe he was excessive in spanking his son. My wife and I were forced to adjust how we punished our children when our middle daughter was about 4 years old. She was stubborn and independent beyond her years. I spanked her one time and she told me, “That did not hurt”. As Julie and I talked later, we realized that spanking this child would not work.  We had to change the manner that we punished our kids. Honestly, it is much harder to discipline kids when a spanking is not the punishment. As a parent, it takes effort and creativity to understand the proper motivation to teach children right from wrong. Our pediatrician told my wife one time that sometimes spanking a child is necessary. He used the incident of a kid walking out in the street. It is necessary in that case in order to get the child’s attention immediately. But leaving a four year old with bloody whelps is wrong. The one thing that I have come to believe is that although spanking children is effective in teaching them right from wrong…it also teaches them to hit. I cannot finish this topic without remembering an incident at the home of a close family friend. I was probably 5 and my brother was a couple of years younger. We were doing the wild Indian thing and my Mom finally had enough. She told me to go outside and bring back a switch. I did as instructed and remember dreading the walk back into that house. I handed my Mom that switch and prepared to take my punishment. A funny thing happened…my parent’s friends had this really cool German Shepard named Tina. I loved that dog, so smart…just the best dog. As my Mon drew back the switch, I heard a low growl. My Mom stopped and looked around…the growl was Tina saying, not in my house. My Mom decided to listen to Tina. The funny thing is that my Mom had never before used a switch to spank us…and Tina made sure that she would not that day either.

 

 


 

 

 

 

With all of the discussion over the NFL, we have overlooked some great baseball happening. September, is usually associated with football, which is really too bad. September baseball is tough to beat. It is the time of year when things get real interesting. The Orioles and Nationals clinched their divisions on Tuesday. The big news here for me was Baltimore winning the AL East. Yes, the Nats are a nice story, but they are a team built to win. The O’s sort of came out of nowhere to literally run away with the division. I suppose I should not be surprised that Showalter has his birds in the playoffs. The guy just knows how to win. I admire his baseball knowledge, but I admire his toughness most of all. Showalter took a look back to remind his team that the Orioles had a successful history. I continue to be amazed at how successful the pitching staff has performed. Seriously, there are no big names like Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar or Dave McNally. I dismissed this team early in the season as just not having a staff built for playoff baseball…I was wrong. This Baltimore team simply does not allow anything to distract them from their goal. They lost Machado and did not miss a beat. Chris Davis is lost for 25 days…and they just keep playing. This is a team that plays exactly in the image of their skipper…they are tough. I am not sure how they will fare against a team like Detroit or Los Angeles…but I would not count them out. I truly believe that baseball is better when Baltimore is playing good baseball.

 

 

 

 

Many fans may view Chris Davis as the villian in this Oriole story book season. In truth, there is more to this than another player failing a drug test. While it is true that Davis tested positive for Adderall, it is also true that Davis and 118 other players received permission to use Adderall in 2013. Did Davis not know that he did not have permission in 2014? Either way, he has to take responsibility for his actions. I have always been a fan of Davis, and was sorry to see the Rangers trade him. He is a Texas kid that grew up in Longview and played JUCO ball at Navarro in Corsicana Texas. It is nice to see kids make it that come from humble roots. There was another story this week, that I think says more about who Chris Davis is. A motorist reportedly arrived on an accident that had a man pinned under a truck. He pulled over and joined in to attempt to return the truck to an upright position. After achieving this, he turned to the man next to him and gave him a high five...he was surprised to see that it was Chris Davis. Given the past few months of negative stories regarding athletes, it is nice to read something that is positive. Nice job Chris Davis!

 

 

 

In other news...

 

MLB announced that Jonathan Papelbon received a 7 game suspension for his touching gesture to the Philly fans. Umpire Cowboy Joe West did the right thing in giving Papelbon the heave ho, then screwed up by grabbing Papelbon's jersey. MLB agreed and issued West a one game suspension.

 

 

 

 

                                                 Sorry Joe, you can't initiate contact...even if the douche bag deserves it...

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Congratulations to Jose Altuve for setting a new single season Astro hit mark at 211 and counting. He eclipsed the pervious mark for season hits of 210 established by Craig Biggio. This has truly been a break -out season for Altuve. It seems like each night he has at least two hits to pace his team. Pound for pound, is there a better player in baseball? I just love the way that Jose plays the game. He gives hope to vertically challenged players everywhere. I am telling you…the Astros will make huge strides next year…and Altuve will be the guy setting the pace.

 

                                                               Craig Biggo was on hand to congratulate Jose Altuve.


Remember…don’t get so into watching football that you forget about September baseball!

 


 

 

 

 

Did you hear about the furor regarding the Columbian women’s cycling team? Apparently some really do not like their uniforms...

 

 

 

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away.

 

I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."

 



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

Sunday Musings #164
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL NBA FantasyFootball NewYorkMets NewEnglandPatriots BostonCollegeWomensBasketball WNBA BostonRedSox HighSchoolSports BaltimoreRavens

While still stuck without my own personal computer... (So yes, my "up to date-ness" ends on Saturday morning before this week's college football games kick off.)


Don't forget that you can follow me on Twitter - @TheOneTrueJay


NFL

New England Patriots - I watched most of the Patriots game last Sunday. But with the team up 17-7, I fell asleep. And that's when the Dolphins decided to wake up. Despite missing 3 of their starting linebackers, the defense just killed the New England offense after going down by that 10 point margin.

I woke up when it was 20-20 and wished I was still asleep as the Dolphins went on to win 33-20 and hand the Patriots their first opening day loss in 11 years.

My buddy Brian (a big Dolphins fan) had to be ecstatic watching the defense manhandle the Patriots offensive line. The Pats managed just 89 rushing yards and sacked Tom Brady four times.

Brady threw for 249 years and a TD, but after going up 17-7, it seems he was on the run for the rest of the game.

After all the preseason talk of how different the defense looked and played, it was more of the same because the defensive line couldn't stuff any holes and the Dolphins run game took advantage with 191 rushing yards. Knowshon Moreno was practically unstoppable with 134 of those yards.

This can't be what Bill Belichick planned for, but this game showed that the Patriots aren't quite ready for primetime yet. It also demonstrated AGAIN, that the preseason doesn't mean a darn thing.

Baltimore Ravens - Video footage from inside the elevator that now former Ravens running back Ray Rice beat the crap out of his fiancee (now wife) surfaced this past week and as soon as it got out (TMZ gets another "scoop"), the Ravens terminated Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

I have strong feelings about domestic violence, let that be clear. But for me, despite the reported ugliness of the new footage (I refuse to watch and help TMZ make more of a name for themselves), I have to wonder why the NFL didn't kick Rice to the curb the first time around. He certainly deserved it. 

Suspending and firing him at this point seems like they are punishing him twice for the same infraction. And on that point alone I'm a little annoyed at the NFL.

Ray Rice is certainly a scumbag, the video definitely confirms that I'm told. But the league punished him once. However ridiculously bad they handled it the first time around, I can't imagine the player's union isn't going to raise a stink on general principle for a player being punished twice.

Minnesota Vikings - It isn't a good time to be Adrian Peterson. Last week reports surfaced that he reportedly told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wanted to play for Dallas. That could not have endeared him to the Vikings ownership, coaches and other players. And the fan base was likely enraged.

And then on Friday, news broke that he had been charged with child abuse in Texas for using a switch to spank one of his sons. SAY WHAT? 

DUDE! How goddamn stupid are you? You used a switch on your son? Have you conveniently forgotten that just last year a son you didn't even know you had was beaten to death by your baby mama's boyfriend? I'm all for discipline but let's get serious here, using a switch may have been a time honored idiotic tradition back in the day but in the here and now, that crap just ain't gonna fly with law enforcement. Oh by the way, the guy who killed that son of yours goes on trial for second degree murder next month. MORON!

For those fantasy football people that have Adrian Peterson on their teams, better make adjustments to your roster, the Vikings have benched him for today's game against the Patriots.

FANTASY FOOTBALL

I actually managed to split my two leagues during Week 1. I really have no confidence in my lineups so getting even 1 win was pretty sweet. Of course, I'm favored to lose in both leagues this week so I might be writing with a "woe is me" vibe next week.

MIRACLE ON ICE USA HOCKEY TEAM NEWS

Just a bit of sad news...Bob Suter, one of the players on the 1980 Lake Placid hockey team that stunned the world by beating the Russians, passed away this week. He was 57 years old. He was a scout for the Minnesota Wild (and father to one of their players, Ryan Suter) as well as a youth hockey figure. 

He's the first of the players from that team to pass away. You can read more about his life here.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama - The Crimson Tide once again dominated their opponent last week. But it didn't help them keep their #2 ranking.

Despite beating Florida Atlantic University 41-0, the Tide dropped to #3 in the rankings after voters/computers factored in the strength of schedule angle in the Oregon-Michigan State game. Oregon won that game going away and they vaulted up to #2.

As for the FAU game, the Bama defense gave up just 145 yards in total offense (57 rush, 88 pass) and had 3 sacks. 

Given that the game was a blowout, both Blake Sims and Jake Coker saw time at QB. Sims threw for 214 yards and 2 TDS, while rushing for another. Coker had 202 passing yards and a TD. He got sacked once.

The team as a whole rushed for 204 yards, with Kenyan Drake leading the way with just 45 yards (with a TD run). Amari Cooper was the biggest offensive star as he racked up 189 yards receiving and caught a TD pass.

(I'll write about this week's Alabama home game vs. Southern Mississippi and the Boston College home game vs. USC next week.)

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox - As if the season wasn't going badly enough for the Red Sox, second baseman Dustin Pedroia's season came to an early end when it was announced that he would be undergoing season ending surgery on his hand.

The Boston Herald had an interesting article that broke down all the injuries Pedroia has suffered in recent years and questions whether he'll ever be the same player he was before all the injuries.

Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers were stunned a bit last week when manager Ron Washington resigned. The Rangers have been playing really badly this season, but Washington wasn't in danger of being fired after 1 down year.

While no specifics have been given, the resignation was termed by Washington as being done to deal with an "off the field personal matter."

The cynical SOB I am, the first thing I thought of was that he'd been caught using cocaine again. I really hope that isn't the case because it would be yet another sports related disappointment and at the rate they are coming these days, the sports pages might just as well be the front pages of a newspaper.

New York Mets - As if the simple fact of being the New York Mets and stinking to high heaven wasn't enough, now we have the story of team COO Jeff Wilpon being sued for discrimination by a female former team executive who became pregnant while unwed. Reading the story, apparently Wilpon acted like a total dick and is seemingly about to pay the price for it. 

It makes me wonder just what is going through the minds of the "men" who run sports teams and or play the games. It is a different world these days, you bumbling Neanderthals!

You can read more about that story here.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The women's basketball schedule was released this past week and while they will play ten teams that made the NCAA tournament last year, I have to say I'm slightly disappointed with the slate of home games they'll have this year.

Since I can only attend Sunday games, I can't even think about seeing them play Duke this year. And then there are the teams I'd love to see them play but they are road games: Stanford, Hartford and Louisville.

I'm really psyched to see them play Notre Dame which is the biggest Sunday game on the home schedule, so I'll be getting tickets for that one. After that I don't know which games might strike my fancy. The remaining Sunday games (after the first of the year that is) feature Syracuse, North Carolina State, Florida State and Virginia Tech (which is the final regular season game of the season AND Senior Day.)

You can check out the full schedule here.

WNBA

New York Liberty - Assistant coach Katie Smith has apparently decided to start writing a weekly blog on her website. The first installment breaks down some of her adjustments from being a player to becoming a coach. You can read it here.

Phoenix Mercury - Congratulations go out to the Mercury after they swept the Chicago Sky and clinched their third WNBA title since 2007.

NBA

Atlanta Hawks - It's been quite a week down in Atlanta hasn't it? First the majority owner Bruce Levenson announces he's selling his share of the team after an email he made with huge racial overtones was made public.

Well, I suppose owning up quickly to his rather stupid views is a point in his favor. And it saves NBA commissioner Adam Silver from having to deal with a Donald Sterling sequel to oust an owner clearly out of step with society at large.

And then on Friday it was announced that Hawks GM Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence for his role and comments in the seemingly growing story. I don't know why he wasn't fired because he will never be accepted by the players and fans again.

And this brings up a question for me. Am I the only one in the world that was raised properly? 

Where does all this hatred come from? I mean, I was always taught that you don't hate someone based on the color of their skin. I worked in youth basketball for 25 years and when I first started out, there was a knock on the league that only the black coaches won championships. Which was entirely BS even then, but I'd say winning 10 titles as a head coach (11 if you include the one I was an assistant coach for) put that lie to rest.

And why would anyone these days make such sweeping generalizations about players or a race of people? Maybe I've somehow managed to maintain a sense of naivety about race relations but I've yet to meet a person of another color that I've hated based solely that their skin wasn't as white as mine is? For cripe's sake, the man I considered my basketball mentor was a black man whose death from cancer devastated me.

Generally when I've disliked or yes even hated someone it is after I get to know them as a person, and it is based on their personality or attitude...NOT THEIR SKIN COLOR!

I'm a stick in the mud about some stuff in this world but I can't imagine the mindset of people who hate or discriminate against someone for reasons of their skin.

It seems that the powers that be running NBA ballclubs really need to either get with the times or get the hell out of the game. Or maybe it would be enough for them to simply grow the hell up!

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Wareham Girls Varsity Soccer - The team dropped a 2-0 match to Fairhaven on Monday to start off their week. They lost to ORR on Wednesday 6-0. Meanwhile, the JV team which has one of my former players (Gabby) on the team lost 5-0. 

On Friday, the Vikings varsity managed to find the net but lost to Dighton-Rehoboth 6-2 for their 40th straight loss. Brianna had 8 saves in the game while Paige was cited in the paper for impressing with her play.

Wareham Boys Varsity Soccer - The Vikings fell to Dighton-Rehoboth 6-1 for their fourth straight loss to open the season. My ex-player Eoghan assisted on the team's only goal.

Wareham Girls Volleyball - The team dropped their match with Fairhaven by the score of 3 games to none. But the team got their first win on Wednesday night when they beat ORR 3 games to 2. They are now 1-3 on the season.

By the way, you can check out an article (with a couple of quotes from one of my ex-players Rae-Lyn) about the only boy playing on the WHS girls volleyball team here.

Friday's match against Dighton-Rehoboth saw the Vikings win 3 games to 1 to up their record to 2-3. Rae-Lyn had 6 digs, 18 kills and four aces in the match.

Wareham Girls Field Hockey - The team lost to Dighton-Rehoboth on Wednesday by the score of 7-0.

Upper Cape Tech JV Football - The team lost to Mashpee in their season opener but my girlfriend's son Connor said that he led the defense in tackles for the game.

Wareham Varsity Football - While the team has an off week this week, I wanted to make sure I included a photo of one of my ex-players from the opening game. Josh (#10) scored a TD in the game and is being looked upon to be one of the team's top offensive contributors.

By the way, to show you how far the Vikings might have to come this year, Bishop Stang (the team that beat them last week 42-26 last week) managed to somehow lose their second game on Friday night 46-2. And that is not a typo, they managed just TWO points against their second opponent after demolishing Wareham's defense the week before.

MISCELLANEOUS

Movies - I saw the movie Draft Day this past week. It had a few relatively preposterous scenes but overall I actually liked it. The one problem the movie demonstrates so aptly is that the best possible GM candidates for the team are in Hollywood working as scriptwriters. The actual GMs the team has had over the years keep the fanbase in the eternal but fruitless hope that they will ever actually build a contender.

Books - This week's book purchase was the paperback edition of the Sara Paretsky mystery Critical Mass. It is the latest in her V.I. Warshawski series.

Music - I went out to see a cover band called Sound Tower last Saturday night with my girlfriend. The guy who owned the Rock Is Life.com site that I wrote reviews for in the past is the band's frontman but I'd never seen them live before. We stayed for two sets and I found it quite enjoyable. I really liked their cover of the Bad Company song "Can't Get Enough". You can check them out at http://www.soundtowerrocks.com

Here's a pic of me and Julie at the show:

You can check out the new Mr. Big song "The Monster In Me" here (Youtube Link).

Movies (Fan Films) - I'm a big fan of the show Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity. And this week brought a new fan film based in the same universe. The film is actually getting positive reviews online and I thought you all might like to check it out. You can see it HERE!

 

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 7-2-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: July 4th The Coz Astros hacked Tim Howard Bobby Bonilla

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Believe it or not, July 4th is here. It just seems only a few weeks ago that we were all complaining about a nasty winter and now, we prepare to pop fireworks and man the grill. As with most holidays, many of us forget the reason that we take time to celebrate. I suspect that although it is accepted that fireworks go with the celebration of the holiday, have you ever wondered why fireworks go off on July 4th. I guess the simple reason for fireworks on the 4th is because John Adams wanted it to be so. Adams imagined a celebration from shore to shore to celebrate our nation’s independence. Guns, whistles and bells were used in 1777, but fireworks imported from China quickly gained popularity.  Whether you light a bottle rocket this 4th or just sit back and enjoy the show…remember why those fireworks light up the sky.

 

 

 

                                                                                 4th of July on the Lake in Austin

 

 

 

I had lunch with an old friend this week. To some, Coz would be viewed as anti-social… I see him as a colorful character. Coz has spent most of his life living on the banks of Lake Travis, doing his best to torment the part time lake dwellers. For Coz…living at the lake is a way of life, not a vacation. Apparently, Coz has spent many hours over the past years putting pen to paper and writing thoughts and poems about his life in the hill country. I figured that as this is the week we celebrate our country’s independence that I share the thoughts of one of the most independent guys that I have ever met.  I give you…the Coz:

 

 

 

If you were to see John Cosgrove, you will immediately think Santa Claus. In truth, he has a Santa suit and fancies himself as a "hillbilly" Santa. A great guy with a gentle heart...

 

Hill Country Ways-

Hill Country ways, good old days

Sunshine, sun rays, same old Jays

Redneck ways, onward through the fog

Healer dog, trucking high on the hog

 

Spring of the year, summer’s coming on

Gittin’ it on, chosen one, in the dawn

Of another year of wildflowers bloom

Birdsong, sunshine fills my room

 

Colors grow, in the know, lovin’ life, listenin’

Seeing, hearing, writing, revelating, revealin’

Forgiven, born again to unending experience

Bird talkin’, birdville, connecting conscience

 

Regres, all things given, Hill Country livin’

 Unto the deliverance of all things taken

That are rightfully bound by temptation

Lured by the rhapsody and revelation

 

Communication, connection of all that is to be

In God’s country underneath the cedar tree

A thousand times over today, yesterday’s tacos

Tomorrow’s enchiladas, future fate, adios

 

Consumed by time, all these precious memories

Stored in the brainpan of infinite energies

Ruled by a holy teacher who makes you free

Conquering adversity passively, so lovingly

                       Unto the multitudes

On the Redneck Riviera, knowledge imparted

Given away, restarted, renewed, reguarded

Renude, then taken away exposed, revelated

Complicated simply, revealed, then translated

 


 

I read a very cool story today about a middle aged guy stopping to assist a motorist that was trapped in a burning car...very cool. Here is the link to the story:

https://gma.yahoo.com/good-samaritan-bends-suv-door-pull-man-burning-223643721--abc-news-topstories.html

 

 

 

I saw this today and got a good chuckle. As a Cowboy fan...I am going to hang onto baseball as long as I can.

 

 

 

Bad news out of Houston this week, as the Astros reported that someone has hacked their data base. Somehow…some of this information found its way to Deadspin. Basically, if you want to know some of the conversations regarding what the Astros wanted for Bud Norris…you can see the back and forth. My question is why would anyone care to do this? The Astros are pissed and are seeking to find and prosecute the guilty parties. One would think that this had to be someone with a beef with the Astros. Oh well, I guess it is just the reality of our world today.

 

 

I really have not paid much attention to the World Cup, but know that USA lost on Tuesday. From all that I have heard, goalie Tim Howard had a whale of a game. His 16 saves, were the most by any goalie in 50 years. I was sad to hear we lost…but just don’t have enough interest to be upset about the lost. I am humored each 4 years when the “experts” suddenly become soccer experts. They are obsessed with the thought that soccer will “soon” begin to gain a foothold in the US. My thought is that there is a good of a chance of this happening as there is of the NFL becoming the sport of choice in Europe. It is pretty simple, the Premier League is in Europe for a reason…this is their sport. Hey, it is a great game…but then again, so is football…the one with the pointed ends on the ball.

 

Do you remember Bobby Bonilla? I was reminded today of one of the most amazing contracts of all time. Each July, Bonilla receives a check for $1.19 million dollars from the New York Mets. In the day of big contracts, this may not sound like much…but consider this. The Mets owed Bonilla $5.9 million in 2000 and agreed to pay him $1.19 million for 25 years in agreement to defer the payments for 10 years. The buy out began on July 2011, Bonilla got his first check for $1.19 million. Now…that is a deal. Was Steve Phillips nuts or what?

 

That’s all I have today…I hope you have a very safe and enjoyable July 4th.


I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

 

If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now.

 

I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

Memorial Day
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Tillman Williams Wartime

Wow.  I almost forgot it was Monday.  These three day weekends mess me up.  I have the honor of speaking with you each week on Monday.  Today it’s especially an honor because it’s Memorial Day.  There is no endeavor more important, nor more worthy of our taking time to remember, than that of military service.  To the men and women who have served our country, are serving, or will soon serve, my sincerest words of respect. 

Ted Williams was supporting his mother with his baseball money and was granted a 3-A status meaning his service would be deferred.  When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1942, his status was changed to 1-A – draftable.  He appealed this determination and was again granted a deferment, but when the public turned on him, he changed course and enlisted.  I respect his decision to seek a deferment, but more importantly, I respect his decision to enlist.  He was making a good salary to be sure, and he could have supported his family with a military salary, but he was exercising his options in seeking the deferment.  As if to put an exclamation point on the idea that he was not avoiding service, he served in both the second world war and Korea, at one point escaping a crashed and burning airplane.  By the end of his career, he had missed 5 seasons.  Imagine how the baseball records would be different had he not.

Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg  and Joe DiMaggio both lost time to military service.   One can only wonder what would have been different.  But in the end, these men were all drafted – after Pearl Harbor, that was the only way into the military as volunteers were not accepted.  Today, we have an all volunteer force. 

Which leads us to Pat Tillman.  While our World War II vets were drafted, Tillman was a volunteer.  He left the NFL to enlist after the September 11 attacks, served in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was killed by friendly fire.  While men like DiMaggio and Williams served, Tillman affirmatively left and paid the ultimate price for his service.  He left knowing a football career is short, and that he may not play again professionally, but his duty was far more important.  While I respect Williams for availing himself of a deferment, I admire Tillman for taking the personal responsibility to join. 

Today, I just want to highlight that these men served their country.  They served time in the middle of their careers because there are things more important than ball.  The evidence suggests Williams really didn’t want to go, but he did.  The evidence suggests Tillman did want to serve.  At days’ end, their motivations or how they came to serve aren’t as important as the fact they did.  And to that, I say “thank you,” even some 70 years later.

Enjoy your day and remember why we celebrate.  Take another minute or two to read Radatz' post from yesterday.  You won't be disappointed.

 

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