Monday, August 31, 2009
- Good luck to my sister Jeannie as she starts up at Rutgers.
- I'm leaving in a few hours for Galway, Ireland until December 20th. I will be looking to update this regularly and hope those of you who have read the blog will come back and check it out again
---Was at the Barclays final round at Liberty National yesterday and it was phenomenal. Great day, lots of the big names in golf in contention until the final hole. Harrington, Woods, Els, Stricker - and out of nowhere Heath Slocum drains a 21 footer for par on the 72nd hole to win. It was a bit of a let down but is probably good for the sport of golf to get some variation going. It would have been fantastic to see a golf with all those names just mentioned - I'll be looking for Paddy on driving ranges in Ireland trying to fine tune his game. It will be interesting to see how Tiger comes out for the next few playoff events and also the majors next year; his swagger seems to be a little less prominent since his loss to Y.E. Yang at the PGA championship in Minnesota. Next week they will be teeing it up in Boston for the Deutsche Bank championship.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
But today nothing of that quality comes out, especially in rap. Everything is generated by computers, including the voices. T-Pain and Akon sound like they are stuffed with helium - but somehow this stuff sells. And the topics that these guys rap about today are becoming more and more ridiculous - I heard a song called "hit me up on twitter" about a week ago. Gone are the days where a simple beat can be laid down and guys can just rhyme about stuff that actually matters. I should note that Lupe Fiasco is one exception to this - his lyrics, flow and content are all phenomenal.
Rock is a little bit different in that the things that are being sung about are all more or less the same as old times but for me the quality is not there. When I think about the experiences I have had at the 9 Springsteen shows I have seen I sit and realize that there is no one who is a relatively new band that could come anywhere close to what I get with the boss. CCR, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones are all timeless acts - what bands of today's era are we going to be able to say that about 10 or 20 years from now? If anyone has something to prove me wrong here let me know because I'm always looking to expand my music library. Just make sure that whoever it is has nothing about twitter or myspace in their songs.
Ollie gives up 6 in the first followed by angel pagan inside the park homer.
Francouer with an rbi triple. I love that man
After 2 more philly runs pagan homers again to make it 8-3. Pedro got a short standing ovation in the first inning.
Pedro has gotten through 6 innings so far giving up 4 runs. Settled in for the past few innings. Fastball has hit 91
Somehow the game ended ended on an unassisted triple play by Eric Bluntlett with the winning run on first. 9-7 phils final.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
- I never thought I would say this on August 21st, but I really don't want to see David Wright, Jose Reyes, or Carlos Beltran in a Met uniform again this season. It's been a lost season for a while, ever since the latter two of the aforementioned three went down with injuries. These injuries were completely mishandled by the training staff and were probably only made worse in the long run. I'm glad these guys have one job and one job only and can't get it done. I don't see a reason to rush back these core ouf the team for a season that is already lost. Time to let some of the younger players and prospects get on the field and get a sample of what we will see in the years to come.
- I know everyone is tired of hearing about Brett Favre, but there is no denying that he makes the Vikings a better team. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are really both career backups. Brett Favre should have about the same role on the Vikings this year as he did with his outstanding cameo in "There's Something about Mary", very little. If they can keep defenses honest with a well-timed vertical passing game, we may see a 2,000 yard rushing season for Adrian Peterson and a deep playoff run for the Vikes. Time will tell.
- For such an uneventful and long summer, I always sit here in late August and wonder where it went. I feel like just yesterday it was the 4th of July. Reality has set in that in 10 days I will be out of the country for 3 1/2 straight months, and I couldn't be more excited about that. Seeing people leave for school has really spurred on that feeling more so in recent days.
- Usain Bolt is a once-in-a-smoker's lifetime (copyright Drew Colon) athlete. He has broken 5 world records in the past year, and did it in both the 100 and 200 meter races at this week's World Championships in Berlin. He just turned 23 years old today and is thought to have not reached his peak. That thought is scary - can he challenge 9.00 in the 100 and 19.00 in the 200?
- Will the Knicks please sign Ramon Sessions already? I'm done with Nate, ship him off to one of those franchises who only care about selling tickets than they do about winning (LA Clips, Sacramento). Sessions is our point guard of the future, it's time to get this done.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Don't get me wrong, leaving for college is not an easy thing to do. Leaving your comfort zone for completely new surroundings is by no means a walk in the park. I wanted to say something to try to lighten up the mood last night but I remembered that you need those last couple nights of crying and pure fear of leaving your friends to remind yourself how lucky you are to have them in the first place. If you don't go through a night like that, then I feel sorry for you. Whether it's with your friends, boy/girlfriend, or family - or all of them - the despair of leaving everyone behind is inevitable and there is just no way in the world to avoid it.
The hard thing to realize on those nights is that you are heading off to a place that you will learn to call home for the next four years. The supposed best four years of your life. After the goodbyes are said the new feeling is one of anxiety and great anticipation. The friendship you have spent years and years building up is going nowhere, other than a different place. The only thing that sucks is that everyone on facebook has to watch those brutal video messages where girls feel necessary to tell each other they're not doing their homework (as always), and they just have to talk because there is sooo much to catch up on (roommates!, boy!, parties!, class!). Yeah, you know the messages i'm talking about. God awful.
Anyway, the world is not going to end, Real Houswives will still be on at its normal time, and you just left your pocketbook in the passenger seat of the car of the boy who drove you home from the last party of the summer. That's something you'll have to worry about over Thanksgiving break - or you could just cut your losses and continue on with your life as is.