Friday, December 22, 2006
Personally, I can't make an informed decision about the merits of more Christmas music on the radio. I listen to CDs. And I usually don't have the luxury of choosing them. But I'm not complaining, because John and James have really good taste in music. Too soon to tell with Patrick, but Mommy is training him well.
John heard We Three Kings the other day and he said "Hey! Is that George Strait?" Gotta love that!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
These guys perform witty, catchy original music. Tell your friends, commit the lyrics to heart and whistle these tunes in the shower. You will thank me later when your life improves immeasurably.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Anyway, the Brownies take on the Stillers Thursday night. Go Browns!!
Monday, November 27, 2006
I think their desserts are fairly priced but being cheesecake there is no ground shipping to be had and the shipping can be quite high. Before they mentioned that they had a website I was asking my husband - how far is Traverse City from Ohio???
Thursday, November 23, 2006
you won't find such a bird.
There are no wild turducken,
the thought is just absurd.
There is no call to make,
no cluck, no gobble nor quack.
You can't drop one from your blind
and put him in your sack.
But if you find turducken
on your festive plate.
Give thanks to God almighty,
your hunger He will sate.
© 2006 Matthew Keough
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
One of enjoyable things about new media is discovering new bands/songs you'd have to be real lucky to catch on your local college radio broadcast. I heard a song by The Sprites called "I Started A Blog Nobody Read". Hit a little too close to home, but a fun ditty.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq...if indeed we had a draft, and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said Sunday.You see, it is really about class and race and "social justice". Just ask Nancy Pelosi. At least she had the good sense to distance herself from the draft talk, but for all the wrong reasons.
She noted that a return to the draft is something Rangel has long championed to promote shared sacrifice.
"It's not about a draft; it's about shared sacrifice in our country," Pelosi told reporters in her Capitol Hill office.
"Mr. Rangel will be very busy with his work on the Ways and Means Committee, which jurisdiction is quite different, but he is a strong voice for social justice in our country," she said.
"And [pushing for a draft is] a way to make a point that this war has not involved or made any shared sacrifice."
The problem is this; the military does not want a draft. At least the last time I asked, that is. They know the way to succeed in a pretty damn important mission is not to swell the ranks with people who are forced to do the job. The nation elected a Dem majority in the House and the Senate. And par for the course is the social experiments foisted on the military in the name of progress and justice. (Don't ask, don't tell) This predilection demonstrates a lack of understanding of how the world works.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Don't get me wrong. I am pulling for Ohio State. But the speculation that this will be the greatest college football game - ever - reflect a profound self absorption. I am sure in the history of collegiate football there has been a game just as highly anticipated. But it was probably before ESPN. So it does not really count.
My renewed goal; a post a day. At least.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Anyone else get a chuckle out of Commissioner Selig attempting to pronounce David Eckstien's name when presenting him with the MVP hardware? Ole' Bud tried it a couple of ways within a minute. I'll bet if he had to make a longer speech, he would eventually just throw up is arms in confused resignation.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
So...let's make a list of reasons to hope the Detroit Tigers claim the World Series crown.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Here is my problem; I had high hopes based on their performance in the last months of 2005 (minus the Chicago series in the last week). I can safely say that 2006 has not met those expectations. Should I just enjoy every victory, and say "Prove yourselves!" next spring?
Monday, August 21, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Manager Eric Wedges stated recently:
"We know we took a step back in 2006, so we want to make sure we do everything we can these last two months to take a giant step forward.''
So I quess we are still in the itty bitty baby step back phase of the plan?
technorati tag: Indians decline
Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
My other observation; at least a season such as the current Indians campaign will not be cruelly prolonged by a trip to the post-season.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
It was gut-check time after a tough loss in St. Louis. And we discovered what the hometown team was made of. And it ain't pretty. Do you think Wickman will ever make it back on the Byrd Christmas card list?
When do the Browns begin camp?
Monday, June 19, 2006
What to do if you are suffering as I suffer? Take two aspirin and call me next April.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Take this poll and let me know what you think!
He has a new book coming out, Dealing: The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame. It is about the business side of professional baseball and a recent history of how the Indians try to compete, contend and rebuild all at the same time. Here is an excerpt.
Fathers Day is around the corner. If Dad is a fan of the Indians, Browns or good books in general, Terry Pluto has probably written a book he would enjoy receiving.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
All I'm saying is, it just seems odd that a guy would miss BOTH throws when he wasn't missing all night. And I think the NBA is rigged. That's all.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Any other observations? Perhaps any law enforcement types who know first hand about the enforcement part of the equation?
Monday, May 01, 2006
Limber Joe - please look into your crystal ball and let me know what will happen? My guess is not much - isn't he DH'ing these days?
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
check it out and let me know what you think. One thing I do know it should not replace "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning.
p.s. This post was a collaboration with Matthew K.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
In a way, it will resemble a holiday. My boy turns three years old on the same day as the opener. He LOVES baseball. (All sports, really.) So we will party like a bunch of pre-schoolers whether the Indians win or lose. Cake, toys, and Wiggles accessories. What a wonderful combination. And in case you think I am being ironic, I really do like the Wiggles. I feel fortunate I didn't have small children in the heyday of Rafffi and Barney.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Then I stumble upon a picture of protesters raising the Mexican flag above an inverted American flag. That is too much for me. Just who in the HELL do these people think they are? I will admit that I am unusual in that from time to time I read the Flag Code and try to follow what it prescribes. But you needn't be a former Boy Scout to see there is something really wrong with what these people are trying to accomplish. Moreover, there is something doubly sinister in elected officials pandering to them in the hopes of returning to the majority party (or to appear "moderate").
Saturday, March 11, 2006
#2 I understand the INDIANS want to make a little more cash this year - but their lack of planning is making me go gray. Will they hurry up their negotiations with my local cable company (who has already raised my rates by the way) and get the deal done so I can watch my team ASAP!!!!
#3 I am so done with germs and colds this season!!! I have had enough runny noses, coughs, and being puked on for one cold season.
Good luck in your brackets. Bartender can I have another???
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
1) The Bachelor and his girl are no longer together. I never watched this show closely because there was just something there that didn't seem believable. I know the show is edited for TV but I guess I have a hard time believing that a guy or girl is going to find the perfect mate in 8 weeks. I wonder if they like the free pass to date 15 people at once and not getting an slack for it.
2) Madonna's daughter asked if she was gay because she saw the footage of her kissing Brittany Spears. Madonna's response? I was passing on my super star powers. Oh - yea did I mention they play a game guess who is gay?? I hope my sons and I never play that game.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Before I could stop myself, I replied; "That's great, I've been looking for a new woman."
What would have been a more appropriate response?
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
So all these years later, Brian Sipe has long ago hung up his spikes. And moved back to San Diego. Where he bumps into Hugh Hewitt. And says all the right things. Check out the transcript of Brian Sipe talking with Hugh about politics, religion, and VERY serious matters like Cleveland Browns football.
Friday, February 10, 2006
The tube is broadcasting the opening ceremony as I type. Now I have a second gripe. Brian Williams just attempted to edify us that there is some sort ofcontroversyy brewing in Denmark about cartoons. Mr. Williams shares that this controversy hasn't been covered much in the United States. Perhaps he has this perception because he gets his news from broadcast network television. I think the cartoon controversy has captured the attention of American blogging. Jeesh.
Monday, February 06, 2006
I think I am one of the rare Clevelanders who is happy for the Steelers, specifically Jerome Bettis. I think he is a classy guy who has had a pretty good career so I like when good things happen to good people. Maybe part of me wants to know what it feels like after your team wins the big sausage.
I just read that Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw were not apart of the pre-game - honor thy MVP's from past Super Bowls because of $$. The league was going to give them $1000 for incidentals but was taking care of flight, hotel, and game tickets. Call me crazy but I would sign up for that deal in a heartbeat!!
Saturday, February 04, 2006
how many of you are glued to your TVs, watching Fox Sports Espanol, as the World Beosbal Classic is being played out?
I learned MATH by watching baseball, I might as well learn Spanish the same way! My God....I haven't seen a live game in 5 months......this is great.....even if Venezuela is beating the Dominican Republic 8-7
Monday, January 30, 2006
This year brings a whole lot 'o talent shows to prime time television. There is "Skating With Celebrities", "Dancing With The Stars" and "American Idol". I sheepishly admit I have seen at least part of every episode of all three.
- My first excuse is, "Yes, but have you seen the dresses those lovely ladies don't wear?" I know that does not explain "Idol", but cut me some slack.
- My second excuse is, "Yes, but my lovely wife enjoys these programs, it affords us an opportunity to spend recreational time together."
- My final defense is, "Darn it! I'm allowed to wallow in this pop culture dreck and enjoy it! That's right! I ENJOY it!"
Thursday, January 26, 2006
I know that I may be putting a target on my back, and I may need to hire someone to test my food in public places, but I'm gonna say it anyway....."what's the big fuss about a potential trade of CoCo Crisp?".
My God, if you listen to the fans around Cleveland, you would think that Frank Lane is trying to trade Rocky Colavito again, and throwing in Sam McDowell and Gaylord Perry, too! Granted, Coco has one of the best baseball names around, but he is not the straw that stirs the offensive drink in our lineup. Coco has turned out to be a pleasant surprise, and he may have some more upside, but he is an average fielder at best. He is not a base-stealing threat, and should be expendable if Mark Shapiro and the scouts feel that the team can be improved. Many of the same fans that are whining now were dead against the trade that sent Bart Colon packing.....all we have to show for that deal is Cliff Lee (18 wins), Brandon Phillips(a bust so far....but alot of teams still ask for him), and, oh yeah, a kid named Grady Sizemore! No one had heard of Grady or Cliff back in 2002, either! The 2005 season has given Shapiro and his staff the credibility that they know what they are doing. It is much easier to plug a hole in one of the corner outfield spots, than it is to find a 3rd baseman that has been voted the best in every league that he has played in to date.
I am a diehard Tribe fan, but I cannot even begin to claim that I know the entire minor league talent pool....it's hard enough to keep track of the players that run thru Lake County! What I do know, from press reports, is that this Marte was ranked by experts as the top talent in the Atlanta organization, and in the top 10 in the entire country.
Let me share 2 past trades that I was upset about, at the time, because I didn't have the "inside scoop". The first was 1996, when John Hart sent Carlos Baerga packing in mid-season. Carlos had put up numbers that hadn't been seen at 2nd base since Rogers Hornsby! How could the Indians give him away? Well, the scouts and front office knew the true story, that CB was beginning a downward spiral, for many reasons not readily apparent to us fans, and decided that his value was never going to be higher. Guess what....good call!
The other trade that pissed me off was when the Tribe sent Felix Fermin (and Reggie Jefferson) to Seattle in the 93-94 offseason. I loved El Gato! Who was this chump that is going to play SS for us now...some nobody from Caracas? And then, I go to the Jake, in early 94, and watch this turkey boot 3 routine plays in the same game.....see, I told you so.
Well, if it had been left to the fans, we never would have had the pleasure of seeing a HOF shortstop work his magic for the decade that he was here, all because we were "taking a step backwards".
There, I feel much better now!
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
We all know how it ends. Do you know what I just noticed? The players in 1986 (at least in this game) didn't have end zone routines. They didn't do the funky hippo at every first down. No Sharpies pulled from socks. And there was a HUGE Marlboro Country sign above the scoreboard.
I miss the football I grew up with. But I won't mind it if it is another twenty years before I see "The Drive".
Hi guys. Sorry there is nothing here to share at the water cooler.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Oh yea, they prefer you to be 18-45 years old and if you don't have 19 other people to committ to this craziness you are basically stuck out of luck!!
Monday, January 02, 2006
The Cleveland Browns season mercifully ended yesterday. I really hate to admit it, but I keep getting drawn back to watching them and get excited when they win. It is like some nicotine addiction. You know it will probably end badly, but you think need your fix. Do I really care if Phil Savage remains? Not much. Do I read all the coverage in the papers about the Brownies? Nope. But when the game is on TV and I'm not changing my oil or involved in some other enjoyable pastime, I get emotionally invested in the game. I need help.