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    The Sunday evening wrap-up

    October 28th, 2007

    Well the Eagles decisively beat the Vikings 23 to 16 and the Steelers crushed the Bengals 24 to 13.
    I didn’t report on Game three of the Series and as I type this Boston has the lead 3 games to none over the Rockies.
    Game four is being played at Coors field in Denver right now. Boy, how I want to see the NL pull it out! I’m afraid it’s going to be an AL sweep. It’s the middle of the first and the Sox already have one in the books.
    So there you have it. Baseball is wrapping up for the year. Football is in full swing and Hockey is getting started. It’s just that time of year.


    The Best Damn Sports Post Period

    October 27th, 2007

    It’s the bottom of the ninth with two out.
    It’s first and goal to go.
    It’s down to the buzzer and Dr’ J is at the top of the key.
    It’s a sacrifice fly to shallow left.
    Crosby crosses the blue line. No one can stop him except Nittymaki.

    As both runners broke, King hit a liner toward second. Morandini caught the ball, stepped on the bag, and tagged Bonds.

    You can expect low and away but watch out for in your ear.
    At fourth and 8, they sent in Akers.
    It’s a full count with bases loaded. They’re going to try and jam him up, inside.
    It’s fourth and one, in the third.
    Everyone lined up to the left. They’re going long.
    McNabb hit Westbrook in the zone for six.
    Inside the red zone they using the nickel defense
    Mahe took a knee in the end zone for the twenty
    The count is 2 and 2 with 1 down
    The bottom of the order is coming up in the top of the sixth
    He’s batting clean-up
    Is it extra innings or sudden death overtime?
    Three up. Three down.
    A stand up double.
    It’s a ground rule double.
    Ball four! Take your base.
    Big Ben handed it off to Fast Willie to pick up the first.
    Take your hacks and let’s get it in the books.
    Fast ball, breaking ball, splitter, sinker, curve, screw ball, spit ball.
    Get under it. Get in front of it. Swing late. Swing early. Place your shot.
    It’s going, going…….Gone!
    He knocked it outta’ the park.
    The Vet, Fenway, Connie Mack stadium, Shibe Park, Citizens Bank Ballpark, PNC park, RFK stadium, Forbes field, Three Rivers stadium, Memorial field, The Meadowlands, Chaves Ravine, Soldier field, Shea stadium, Yankee stadium, The house that Ruth built, The Polo Grounds, Wrigley field, Superdome, Kingdome, The Spectrum, Camden Yards, Busch stadium, Crosley field, Comiskey Park,

    The Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, The Broad Street Bullies, The Wild Bunch, The Hershey Bears, The Altoona Curve, The Harrisburg Senators, The Reading Little Phils and I remember The Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, The Washington Wild Things, The Erie Seawolves, The York Revolution, The Lancaster Barnstormers. These are a few of my favorite things.


    Game Two

    October 26th, 2007

    It was a great game except that Boston won 2 to 1.

    Boston leads the Series 2 games to one.


    Game One

    October 25th, 2007

    Colorado got their collective asses kicked by the BoSox 13 to 1.
    This Series better not end up being a sweep.
    Colorado better get their game back on.
    Tonight they play at Fenway.


    Kickoff is at 4:15pm EDT

    October 21st, 2007

    The Eagles are hosting Da’Bears at the Linc today.

    Go Eagles !!!

    UPDATE:  The Eagles were f**ked by Da’Bears 19 to 16


    Teaching

    October 20th, 2007

    This past week was a long week. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great class. They were highly intelligent and motivated. The course material is interesting and from the feedback I got from my class, I made it fun. I met some really great people and I was motivated to re-learn ASL. You see, I had two deaf students and my inability to communicate directly with them was a bit frustrating for me. Now we had interpreters there for them so it wasn’t like they didn’t learn anything. It was just that I was frustrated in not being able to speak directly to them.
    The class ran from 0900 until 1630 every day, so it wasn’t overly long but for some reason this week took a lot out of me. Maybe it was the four and a half hour drive home in the pouring rain. Did I say pouring rain, no; I mean driving, pouring, buckets, monsoon-style, lots-O-rain. I drove the four plus hours of this monsoon on the PA Turnpike all the while listening to Big Leg Emma. They’re my current favorite band.
    I got home around 2100 and decided to decompress. In other words I poured myself a small glass of Titos Hand Made Vodka, ordered a Marino’s Extra Special Stromboli and turned on the TV. Videits of the world unite! Ha! Of all things I decided to watch, “The Commitments”. The flick and the inactivity didn’t sit well with me so I jumped into my car and went down the Legion. Probably because I haven’t been there in so long, it was too too fun. Shannon, the Tarbender, gave me a hug and a kiss and as I sat down I had three drink chips in front of me. I got the chance to catch up with a bunch of folks I haven’t seen in awhile and I laughed and joked with a bunch of people. I was home by 2330.
    So today, I awake at 0630 and Boy, you talk about a low energy day. This kid barely got all my errands and shopping done before coming home and having a late lunch (1630) and promptly falling asleep on the couch. Ha! Sorry Jim! Sorry Linda!
    I really wanted to stop up and say, hey! Maybe next weekend.
    Anyways, I got all my running around and errands completed today, albeit in second gear and I took a nap so in my book it was a good day. :)

    So tonight I have the ALCS game 6 on the Videit box and am finishing up my laundry and in a bit I’m going to have yet another glass of Tito’s.
    So there you have it, no great political diatribe. No great musings on the state of the world. No great in depth insight into the human condition but just a glimpse into my world.
    Big smiles and a roomful of Daisies to anyone who may read this.
    Some day I may do a post about Daisies.


    The Damn Home Gym

    October 18th, 2007

    I don’t know about you but I am just about sick of this shopping for a home gym thing.  Every time I find one I like I find out it is either discontinued or unavailable from my local stores.  So I have once again settled on yet another Weider home gym.  This one is a current model that I am assured of getting.  I am going to order a Weider Advantage with the extra 200 lbs. and the lat bar.  I’m not really big on what I call the rubber band gyms but this one comes with a lifetime warranty on the rubber bands.  I figure if I buy some dumb bells in addition to this, I’ll be in good shape.  No pun intended.

    This week I am working north and west of Pittsburgh, in an area not very far from where I use to work, way back when I lived out here and after work this evening I stopped at a fitness and gym store and the mug I spoke to was very cool and honest once he realized that he couldn’t sell me anything because shipping would be too much.  Anyways, he kinda’ sold me on these rubber band gyms with the caveate that dead weights are better but a lot more expensive.
    So to get my ass back in shape a top of the line rubber band gym will do me just fine.  He thinks I’m going to eventually move on to a Universal weight machine.  Ha! All I need to do is get strong again and get rid of this fat belly I have.  Done it before.  Gonna’ do it again.


    1:00pm EDT today

    October 14th, 2007

    Eagles vs. Jets at the Meadowlands.

    Fly Eagles Fly !

    I’ve already got my McNabb jersey on.

    UPDATE:  Eagles crush the Jets 16 to 9
    Go Eagles!!!


    Hey! Ya’ know what?

    October 13th, 2007

    I shot for the Moon and missed.

    The best part is that I landed amongst the Stars!


    Winter in repose or is it response?

    October 12th, 2007

    This started its life as a comment and devolved into a post.

    Thanks, Baino, AbVan, Hanulf and Sam

    OK, now I’m beginning to feel like I did when Debbie Schlussel wrote me an email. Look at this! I got comments from all my favorite writers. There’s Helen, and AbVan and Hanulf and Sam too! What a lucky little mug I am. I am. I am, says I, I do.
    Helen, This kid went to Uni in Tucson, Arizona, aka the Southern ArridZone. I know all about getting a sunburn on Christmas day. Yea! You too AbVan. We use to drive up top of Mt. Lemon to have a snowball fight before driving home to go swimming. It was a Christmas day ritual.
    Winters here are as long and drawn as summers are in Southern Arizona.
    Hanulf, I got a bit bummed out this morning as I was getting dressed. You see, like you I know all about layers. Nylon, fishnet, long Johns, Long underwear, T-shirt, long sleeved shirt, flannel shirt, sweater, rain coat, winter coat and that doesn’t take into account the hands or feet or head.
    :)
    I also know exactly what you mean about the difference in winters. By February, I will go about on foot in a sweater, touk and jeans despite the fact it’s -10DEGF outside. Everything is frozen solid and has been which makes the humidity rating around zero and it’s quite nice out by then. I’ve been known to be out cutting wood for the fireplace then, in a T-shirt, though when I stop it becomes really, really cold all of a sudden.
    I still hate winter. Why, you ask? Because I can’t wear shorts and Hi-tops and because I can’t work in my garden nor can I slowly cook a piece of dead cow, pig or trout on my grill while lazing in my folding chair while overlooking my domain and complaining about the humidity…and swatting at mosquitos.
    Sam, I’m with you about 3/4′s of the way!
    The wind whipped, wet, snot runny, nasty can be a blast…for about 5ive minutes. Then I’ve had it. It’s off to the warm cocoa and fireplace for me. Where did I leave that book? Where is my buttered toast? Would someone please put another log on the fire and hand me the banjo?

    This I say and this I say is the way it is.