Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Reading

Jeremiah 37-39.

Today should mark the half way point of the year, but it doesn't. It's only day 181. Because February short-changes us on days every year.

We need to move a day from the latter half of the year to February to even it out. August 31st would be the obvious choice for one of the days.

But let's do something really spectacular. I propose September 26th be moved to February 29th. That's what I call thinking outside the box.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Reading

Jeremiah 34-36.

Funny Food Network website here, if you're a fan.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Reading

Jeremiah 25-28.

You may think you've got it rough, but at least you didn't have to grow up with his name.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday Reading

Jeremiah 22-24.

Happy 67th birthday to another childhood hero.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Getting It Ready

Hat tip to Cards Clubhouse.

With the All-Star game now 3 weeks away, I thought I'd check in to see the state of affairs of downtown St. Louis. It appears that Lake DeWitt, the mosquito infested tribute to the surface of the moon, has been covered up with this:

A softball park. This is the north side of the new stadium, looking east toward the Mississippi, which sits on the site of half of the old Busch Stadium.

Well, at least it is something. Grass and a diamond are better than a water filled crater. The problem is that, due to the positioning of the diamond, when viewed from inside the new stadium, you'll still see dirt beyond the left-center field area.

Cardinals All-Star Team

Rick Hummel, Hall of Fame baseball writer, has organized his thoughts about an all-time all-star group of Cardinals. Something I've thought about from time to time.

Amazingly, my team looks exactly like this, except for possibly Willie in CF. I was glad to see Simmons as the catcher. He was my favorite player of the pre-Whiteyball era, and has HOF credentials.

Tuesday Reading

Jeremiah 16-18.

The Royals still have a better looking ballpark than we do. I love what they did to renovate their stadium, something the Cardinals should have done with the old Busch Stadium.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Reading

Jeremiah 13-15.

The Next Food Network Star has surprised me twice in a row. I didn't expect last week to see Brett go home. I thought he was hilarious. I'd definitely have watched him on a show.

Jeffrey seems to have it in the bag.

Last night, they sent the wrong dude home. No one wants to watch a disingenuous weasel like Teddy continue on. That faker's rolled over on someone two weeks in a row and yet managed to survive.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I'll Be Watching

Barb The Evil Genius has tickets to tonight's Indians-Cardinals game. So I'll be trying to spot her in the crowd while watching on TV.

Realizing it is possible I might miss her in the thousands of others at the game, I'm asking that she carry a large "Hi Scottius" banner with her to hold up during the game. This will greatly increase my chances of seeing her on TV.

I'm sure she won't mind. She can rest between 1/2 innings, when the TV network will go to commercial.

Weekend Reading

Isaiah 49-56.

I got to see the 3rd period of last night's game 7 Stanley Cup Finals. I'm glad I did, it was quite exciting. Pittsburgh hung on for the win. There have been plenty of good final series in hockey.

Has there been an interesting NBA Finals in the past 20 years? The answer is no. Almost never do we get to game 5 with the series dead even. It's usually over more or less after game 4.

Even though they get hyped every year, the NBA Finals are a bore. A real snoozer. There have been two game 7s in the past 20 years (I only remember the 1994 series between Houston and New York). Those are some exciting basketball finals to watch, huh?

The last good NBA Finals was 1988, a 7 game series between LA and Detroit. Orlando would have to win the next two games to get me interested again. Otherwise, I'm not watching.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Reading

Isaiah 45-48.

I have confirmed that Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals is on NBC at 7 p.m. CDT. Whether or not my local affiliate will carry the game is not known. Game 7's are usually good, no matter the sport. A single bounce of the ball can determine the outcome.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Can A Horse Have A Vocation?

I believe this one did.

And everything I've ever read about him makes me believe that he thought he had one, too.

He was born to run, and he excelled at it in a way anyone would love to excel in their own vocation.

I've been able to witness many great athletic performances in my life, but there is only one that I would honestly describe as "breath-taking". And that would be this one.

For that reason, I consider it to be the single greatest sports moment of my lifetime, and probably always will.

It's a world record time for a mile and a half race that still stands. The acceleration at around the 1:28 mark of this video truly takes ones breath away.

Even though today marks 36 years since that day, and the athlete has long ago passed on, it still makes the hairs on my arms stand up whenever I see it.

Anbody Else See This?

I just knew I'd seen that look somewhere.

Kobe Bryant has taken to snarling and gnashing his teeth during the playoffs. This is not a good look for him.

Don't you think he looks a lot like this guy when he does it?

"Yes he does, I must say."

Tuesday Reading

Isaiah 33-36.

I don't know if it's a setup or not, but after watching one episode of The Next Food Network Star, I can already get a sense who the finalists are going to be.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Monday Reading

Isaiah 29-32.

Ugly baseball this weekend. Not one game was interesting. Our offense is pathetic.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

As I Was Working On My Playlist

In case you haven't noticed, I've updated my sidebar playlist. Which made me run across this gem from 1981. Check out a pickling Keith Richards.

Even Though I Don't Play Rugby...

...this is pretty cool.

And I love the team nicknames. Why can't we have nicknames like this in American sports?

Weekend Reading

Isaiah 21-28.

The Next Food Network Star begins this weekend.

And I read that Hell's Kitchen is coming back again in July, although on Tuesday.

And Design Star is back again in July, this time with two new judges. A lot of people wanted Candice Olson as a judge last year. Looks like they're going to get their wish.

Great. Summer hasn't even begun and all my time is already shot.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday Reading

Isaiah 17-20.

That was some game last night in the NBA finals, huh? I would happily switch to watching the NHL finals, if I only knew where to find them.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Thursday Reading

Isaiah 13-16.

Stirrups have been making a comeback. I remember when George Hendrick was about the only guy who wore the extra long pants with almost no stirrup showing, back in the late '70s to early '80s. In fact, he may have started the current fashion of having long pants and no socks or stirrups visible.

Anyway, my wife doesn't like Brendan Ryan's stirrups, but I do. And my favorite Cardinals stirrups of all were worn by Lou Brock. They were pulled high, which is the look I preferred. I also dig the black shoes.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday Reading

Isaiah 9-12.

I have an ongoing battle with trash cans. When does one make the decision to pull the bag? One must let there be enough trash in the can to make it worthwhile to take it out, so as not to be wasteful. On the other hand, one must not let the can get too full or too heavy, making pulling it out difficult, or creating the dreaded spillage.

And there is always much more room in the bag than the receptacle lets on. Once I pull the bag, there's almost always room for more once it is out.

In garbage, as in life, timing is everything.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Monday Reading

Isaiah 1-4.

I'm trying to learn more about rugby, even though I don't play it (I've written a book on that subject, remember?). I go through spurts where I become interested in the game.