Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Past Week's Reading And Today's News

Deuteronomy 17-22.

Can't wait for "The Decision- Part 2"!  I'd love to see that, maybe even pay to see that.

But he can't be that ignorant.  Right?

Get ready for the media obsession.  It's already started.

Hard to believe he would end up leaving Miami.  But, if he does, I'm guessing he goes to NY.  Or LA.  Possibly Chicago.

But Cleveland?  How could that even be possible?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Monday-Wednesday Reading And World Cup Action

Deuteronomy 14-16.

I actually have interest in and am actually enjoying the World Cup.  I'm rooting for the US, of course, but also find myself rooting for England and Holland.

Which is funny because for a brief moment today, when I actually saw the Netherlands playing Australia, I was kind of pulling for Australia.

I am also against some teams.  Like Iran.  That one is easy.  But I also don't like Spain, Brazil and Mexico.

I kind of like Portugal and Uruguay and South Korea.

I'm learning a few things about soccer as well.  Maybe because I didn't really understand it, but I always thought soccer was pretty boring.  Learning a little more about the rules has helped it seem kind of interesting.

Hate the flopping, though.  Fakers should never get rewarded.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekend Reading And The Greatest Trade

Deuteronomy 11-13.

Wow. 50 years ago today, what more than one person consider to be the most lopsided trade ever occurred.

50 years is a long time.  But the results are still enjoyable. 

Most trades have a slight effect on the teams involved.  Rarely they have a major effect.

This trade couldn't have turned out better for both teams involved. 

The Cardinals got a Hall of Famer, and as a result 3 pennants, 2 championships, 3,000 hits and over 900 stolen bases as a result.

And the Cubs continued to suck.

Yep.  Couldn't have turned out better for the 2 teams involved.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Reading And Playing The GM

Deuteronomy 8-10.

This was a fun exercise at Viva El Birdos.  I remember 8-10 years ago, the whole internet was full of fun things like this to do.  It seems not so much now.

Of course, it was also full of all kinds of bloggers back then.  For most it was just a fad.  Only us die-hards remain.  I always kind of wanted to keep a journal, and this is the closest thing I've ever done to doing that.

At any rate, the idea was to create one Cardinals line-up for all-time.  The rub was you had a salary cap.  Each player was assigned a dollar amount it would cost to have him, and you could not exceed that limit.

Here's what you had to work with, with a $27 limit:

My starting 9:
P Gibson $5
C McCarver $3
1st Hernandez $1
2nd Schoendienst $3
SS Renteria $2
3rd Pendleton $1
LF Coleman $1
CF Edmonds $5
RF Musial $6

Had to have Musial.  Hernandez was such a bargain, I couldn't pass that one up.  So I left Albert off for that reason.

Edmonds was over-priced, so I almost took Willie McGee.  I decided on Edmonds over Brock only for defense and power.  Since I needed some speed I took Coleman instead, and he wasn't pricey.

Had to have Gibson to pitch.  That left only $9 for four other positions.  Pendleton was too big of bargain to pass up also.  That left me with McCarver, Schoendienst and Renteria with the other $8.

I could have spent another few hours coming up with other iterations.  I still might if I get bored.

So my lineup would be:

Of course, I could take Yadi if I downgraded to Herr and McGee.  Hmmm...

Monday, June 09, 2014

Monday Reading And Secretariat

Deuteronomy 7.

It's been 5 years since I posted about it, but Saturday's Triple Crown failure makes this moment all the more miraculous.

It was 41 years ago today, by the way.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This Week's Reading And The Finals

Numbers 36-Deuteronomy 6.

Looking forward to the Finals the next 2 weeks.  Both of them.

I would like to see a Spurs win in the NBA.  I think San Antonio is as nuts about the Spurs as St. Louis is about the Cardinals.

And unbelievably it's been 20 years since the Rangers killed "the curse"


Because if the curse were really dead, it wouldn't have taken 20 more years for them to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The first curse lasted 54 years.  If they don't win this year, they'll have only 34 more years to go.  They are rapidly reaching the 1/2 way point.

But that's okay.  Because at least they won one.

Like one of the signs in the Garden that night 20 years ago, no matter what happens, "Now I can die in peace".

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Weekend Reading And My Calendar

Numbers 33-35.

Most people have January through December on their calendar.

My calendar is simpler.  It has just a few entries. 

These would include the start of the seasons, the holidays, including Opening Day.

And today- the start of Food Network Star.  8 PM CDT.