Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It's Halloween!

...and I couldn't care less.

Monday, October 29, 2007


World Series Champions again.

I shall now sleep the sleep of the smug.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Is it really possible that a few hours from now I might be back here on my blog celebrating the second Red Sox World Series victory in four years?


I hope to talk to you in about five hours.

Go Sox!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Unnecessarily confirming that I am a nerd.

I rented the movie "Pathfinder" just to see how many historical inaccuracies I could find in it.

I did this because, in the previews for it "they" went out of their way to point out that this all happened "before Columbus," and then proceeded to show all kinds of people riding around on horses!

It's not supposed to be a very good movie, but at least I'll have a reason to pay attention to it.

Awaiting Game Three

It can't really be this easy, can it?

Then again, while it would be nice for the Red Sox to clinch the World Series in Fenway, I'm not sure that it's worth the two losses they'd have to suffer in order to make it happen.

Oh well, here's looking at Saturday night in Denver!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

UPDATE: Hope Solo, Greg Ryan, and losing to Brazil

Nobody- especially me- should have been shocked to learn today that USWNT Head Coach Greg Ryan was basically fired today by the USSF.

The USSF wanted to "go in another direction," and I am sure that Coach Ryan is looking forward to "pursuing other opportunities."

Whatever the case, it just goes to show that the next time you bench a goalkeeper who is coming off over three hundred minutes without giving up a goal in the middle of the World Cup, you probably shouldn't expect to have a job for much longer.

Mia Hamm-Garciaparra will be involved in choosing the new coach. I don't know if that's a good or bad idea, but there it is.

My Dad Had Brain Surgery Yesterday...

...and they didn't find anything! Thank you, I'll be here all week, remember to tip your server.

But seriously, folks, he did, and he's doing well. He has another follow up surgery next week, some fine-tuning over the next few months, and hopefully he'll see some pretty dramatic results by early spring.

If you'd like to learn about the procedure he had done, I invite you to Google "subthalamic nucleus implants." Pretty amazing stuff.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Quote of the day

In response to Bart saying, "We could get in trouble."

"That's okay, trouble is a form of attention."

Milhouse van Houten

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

By the power vested in me... self-appointed Pope of Baseball, I hereby confer upon Tim Wakefield, preemptive absolution for any and all negative outcomes which may result from him pitching this evening against the Cleveland Indians.

He is injured, hasn't pitched in over two weeks, and as a knuckleballer, and he does not pitch in a style conducive to starting in a playoff game. In short, he is being put in a very difficult position and we should not have are hopes to high.

That being said, I hope he pitches a gem.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Well Done The Lads!

They did it again! Scotland defeated Ukraine 3-1 today at Hampden Park, Glasgow to remain atop Group B in their European Championship qualifying match. Goals from Lee McCulloch, Kenny Miller, and the increasingly talismanic Jamie McFadden were enough to win the day.

I haven't done all the math but I believe a win against Georgia on Wednesday will leave Scotland needing only a draw against Italy in their final match (at home). And this assumes no help from any other teams.

'Mon the Scots!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lyric of the Day

She had black hair like ravens crawling over her shoulders...

"All Wrong" by Morphine

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NOW, it's time go gloat.

Dear New York Yankees,

Bite me.™*


*David Letterman, the 1980's

Monday, October 08, 2007

The Kid Stays in the Picture

(with apologies to Robert Evans)

I relate the following story from my day today mainly because- while I was certainly flattered- it made me laugh out loud.

A friend of mine came up to me today and said that a friend of hers (who doesn't know my name) wondered to her where I'd been recently. My friend asked who she meant, and she replied, "You know, the cute guy with the backpack!"

Okay, so let's review my conflicting reactions to this first.

1. The young lady in question is quite attractive and found me to be cute- SCORE!
2. I'm concerned that becoming known as "guy with the backpack" is one step away from being known as that guy who stands in front of his house and waves to every car that passes buy or the guy who covers all his windows with aluminum foil to keep the government from spying on him.

I'm going to stick with the first one as it makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I've still got it...or at least a part of it.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

It's almost time to gloat!

The Red Sox swept the Angels today to move into the ALCS.

The Yankees are currently losing- more importantly, several former members of the Olde Towne Team have made major contributions. Clemens (traitor, mercenary) is already out of the game and the Indians took the lead on a home run from Trot Nixon (hustler, stand-up guy).

Should the Yankees lose later this evening, I'll be back with a very short, but very smug, and borderline inappropriate post.

Update: Has it come to this?

My disillusionment continues as the Clash's version of "Pressure Drop" has recently shown up as the background music in a Nissan commercial.

(insert cursing)

It all started a decade or more ago when the Beatles "Revolution" was used in a Nike television commercial...

Then Ramones' songs started showing up in the background of commercials.

Then Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" became the backing track for a series of cruise ship commercials.

Then songs by the Clash were in for the same treatment.

Then a Johnny Cash song showed up in ads for a motel chain.

Then only a month or so ago I noticed a song by the Jam in a Cadillac commercial.

And then there was today...

The Pogues "Sunny Side of the Street" in a Cadillac commercial.

Leading me to the following conclusions:

1. I'm old.
2. Of all of these artists, many are dead (Johnny Cash, half the Ramones, one quarter of the Clash) and their estates are cashing in.
3. I'm old.
4. The other half are broken up (the Jam) or reunited (Pogues, Stooges)- sort of.
5. I'm old.
6. My generation (more specifically, the punk subculture part of my generation) has enough money to buy- ick.- Cadillacs.
7. I'm old.

Whatever the dynamics behind any of this, I am, in a word, disheartened.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


I thought watching the Red Sox win convincingly last night was fun, but watching the Indians emasculate the Yankees tonight is almost as enjoyable...

...maybe more enjoyable!

Go Tribe!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hot off the presses!!

First, a stellar effort from the Red Sox to take the first game from the Angels. Great pitching from Josh Beckett and timely hitting from the offense. Hooray!

Then, after finishing as runners-up on too many occasions to recount, the New England Revolution have won their first trophy! Tonight they defeated FC Dallas 3-2 to win the 2007 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup! How nice it would be to add the MLS Cup to that in a few weeks!