Saturday, June 25, 2011
Wow, has it been that long since I have posted to this blog? What's happened? I know what's happened -- facebook -- the blog-killer. So, obviously I must have something very important to say, something that could not be constrained within the boundaries of Facebook. What is it that I have to tell the world about, get off my mind, etc.?
The plight of my fantasy baseball team.
I've been in a couple fantasy leagues the past few years, but this year I am down to just one. It can take up a lot of time, especially when you are looking to find the best players at any one time but you're only really familiar with the teams in your hometown or which your hometown teams play.
I've done pretty well the past couple years in this league. Last year mine was one of the top four teams at the end of the season. And this year I drafted an all-star lineup: Pitchers Jake Peavy, Matt Garza; catcher Buster Posey; Home Run Hitter Adam Dunn; Base-stealer Juan Pierre; Boston Red Sox Relief pitchers Jonathan Papplebon and Bobby Jenks. Man, I had every corner covered.
Until they actually started playing. Dunn not only hasn't hit any home runs, he hasn't hit anything. The Red Sox started the season horribly and Jenks fell off the map and the Sox' roster. Peavy has gone off and on the disabled list. Pierre can't buy a hit, which means he can't steal any bases, either. Posey got hurt and is out for the season. And Garza pitches for the Cubs.
Despite it all, I actually was in first place in my five-team division for the first couple weeks this season. But I've fallen off since then and have gotten beat badly a few weeks. This week I am up against a team with as bad a record as mine and whose owner doesn't seem to be paying much attention to it since three of his starting batters are on the disabled list. And he's beating me 10-4 so far.
But it's fun, still It's fun to play with numbers, it gives me a reason to care about most baseball games, and it's something to play around with when I'm bored and in front of a computer. Otherwise, I'm counting the weeks until hockey season -- I'm the defending champ in that fantasy league.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Today on the way home from work I caught the Chicago Transit Authority's Christmas Train, which is decked out with holiday decorations and lights inside and out, has seasonal music playing, and has CTA employees who are dressed like elves passing out info about the train and posing for pictures, and generally getting people in a much better mood than they usually are on the way home from work. The train only makes one run a day, and for only a handful of days through Christmas, so it's pretty cool to see on the tracks, and much cooler to actually ride on, which I got to do for the first time ever, today.
Sometimes this city doesn't totally suck.
Monday, November 22, 2010
47 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Was he a perfect president or a perfect man? No, but no one is. He did bring hope and optimism and the world looked at the U.S. as it never had before. The following comments were made while he was president, some 50 years ago, but strangely, sadly, but not surprisingly, the remarks apply as much today as they did then. They also apply to those Republicans and Tebaggers and Democrats turned Republicans who who dare suggest that JFK was anything but a liberal. Here he is, in his words:
"What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal."
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today's Douchebag of the Day is St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. The drinky, and now nutty, skipper (he who allowed a steroid user and abuser to play on his team) has voiced his support of Arizona's anti-immigrant law.
LaRussa (that doesn't sound like an AMERICAN name, does it?) said that "I'm actually a supporter of what Arizona's doing," the skipper said. "You know, people don't fix your problem, and the government, national government doesn't fix your problem, and you've got a problem, they've got to take care of it themselves."
Sunday, June 13, 2010
(in which I begin a new feature of my blog, sure to become world-renown and a favourite feature of all of my readers. Essentially, it asks the rhetorical question, "Hey, douchebag, what's with that?" Where debate or intelligent engagement just wouldn't matter, all you can do is tell someone, "Hey, douchebag!")
The first "Hey, Douchebag!" honor goes to:
The d-bag who felt the need to stick a "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For the American" bumper sticker, (which included a mock Obama campaign logo), on the inside of the elevator door at my doctor's office. So, to that dimwit I'd say, "Hey, Douchebag!" then make him or her stand in that elevator and take the offending bumper sticker off the door with their fingernails, then make them clean the door of the sticky residue, until it was clean.