Holy Grail?

May 31, 2014

My feeling is there is NO goblet or anything like it.
Irish monks of the 4th century were subject to British attempts at intimidation. Those abuses are still in evidence today. Those Irish monks copied ancient manuscripts to be used by literati of the day.
To get around foolish abuses, the monks writings were allegorical.
Holy Coel pronounced “kell,” for music of forbidden psalms.
More to come

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Dreams Blog

May 30, 2014

No Hitter
It was no surprise when all of the Mets players said that the finger of blame was unfairly pointed at Dave Hudgens, the recently fired batting coach, because of the team’s poor offensive performance.
But he didn’t get the job done. Look at the Yankees guy, Kevin Long, and how he works with struggling players to get them back on track. I’m pretty sure that Curtis Granderson misses Long’s advice that kept him hitting near .300 with power (especially to the short right field Stadium porch.)
Hudgens went on to say that the Mets didn’t spend enough for him to do a good job. He said, according to the WSJ, “”If they want a winner in that town, then I would let the purse strings loose and let Sandy do what he wants to do,” Hudgens told “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York.”
Alderson then added, “”With the money that we’ve had to spend, would we expect to have better results than we’ve had over the first two months of the season? I think the answer is yes,” he said. “Look, our payroll is not the highest in baseball. It’s not in the top half of baseball. I get that. I understand that. But, at the same time, I think what we expect out of ourselves is more than we’ve gotten. So from my standpoint the payroll is not an excuse.”
You can spend a lot but that’s not a guarantee for success. You still have to spend wisely. Civil Challenge Scott Ostler talked about baseball’s new system of challenges, “In the bottom of the third inning Sunday, the Giants went into their Challenge Dance. Tyler Colvin was called out on a bang-bang play at first base. Bruce Bochy lumbered out of the Giants’ dugout and over to first base. Brandon Hicks, the batter due up, decided his bat needed a pine-tar tune-up, so he loitered near the on-deck circle. Bochy engaged first-base ump Lance Barksdale, the skipper maneuvering to face his dugout. In the past, this discussion would be heated. Now, Bochy wasn’t angry, he was buying time while the clubhouse TV watcher relayed yes or no to the dugout, then to Bochy Bochy got the go sign and formally challenged. The New York review crew upheld the call. The dance was over. Curtsies and bows were exchanged. The new system is civilized, taking much of the heat out of manager-ump interaction. Bochy was freed from ancient tradition that compelled the manager to curse the umpire and impugn his judgment. He and Barksdale could have a civil discussion while they waited for the bus.
Speaking Of Bochy
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) wrote, “ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian weighed in with a great story about Bruce Bochy’s formidable head: “He told me when he got traded as a player, he’d have to take his helmet with him, and his new team would have to spray its colors on, because it wasn’t going to have a helmet that fit his head.” Bochy wasn’t much of a hitter, but one night he shocked everyone with a walk-off homer off Nolan Ryan. “After the game, the Padres ran a red carpet from the front of the clubhouse all the way to Bochy’s locker, where a six-pack of beer – with ice – was waiting inside his helmet,” said Kurkjian. “Terry Kennedy told me you can get a six-pack of beer in a lot of guys’ helmets. But only in Bochy’s can you get it with ice.”
Ole, Ole, Ole Bob Molinaro talked about the coming World Cup, “In preparation for the violent demonstrations that are expected at the World Cup in Brazil, some members of the local constabulary in Rio de Janeiro have been outfitted in paramilitary RoboCop-style flame resistant, head-to-toe protective riot gear. It’s an ominous, if slightly Hollywood look. Don’t blame it on Rio, though. The fault lies with FIFA, the international governing body, for accepting the Cup bid from such a volatile country.” Swiss Efficiency Bob Molinaro in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot: “Baby news: Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Federer, parents of a second set of twins. Two pregnancies, four children: Another display of famous Swiss efficiency.”
Spoken Word
Bob wrote about Peyton Manning’s commencement address at UVA (his wife, Ashley’s, alma mater). He called for the grads to help bring ethics and values back into fashion. “When you are chided for your naïveté and you will be, remind your critics that an amateur built the ark. Experts built the Titanic.”
No Contest
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us that, ““No contest” was the plea entered by:
a) 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor DUI counts of driving under the influence.
b) The Oklahoma City Thunder, in losing Game 2 to the Spurs, 112-77.”
No Appeal
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) said that, “Manager Mike Redmond was ejected from a Marlins home game after an expletive filled tirade that ended with him kicking dirt on home plate. If there is a heaven, Earl Weaver was smiling.”
Can’t Bust This Bronc
Dwight Perry told us that, “Broncos pass-catcher Wes Welker says he won’t give back his ill-gotten $14,000 from a Derby Day tote malfunction at Churchill Downs.
Or to put it football terms: Hey, I’m a receiver, not a return guy.”
Quote Marks From Dwight
“Washington State football coach Mike Leach to Reddit.com on filling out coaching staff with historical figures: Head coach: George Washington; offensive coordinator: Geronimo; offensive assistant: Tarzan; defensive coordinator: Winston Churchill; defensive assistant: Daniel Boone.”
Steve Simmons (Toronto Star) on why A’s would be a great hockey team: “They’re 19-3 when they score first.”
Curmudgeon Close
The Sports Curmudgeon said, “Finally, let me close with an item from Brad Rock of the Deseret News regarding the possibility that John Stockton might become the new coach for the Utah Jazz: ‘John Stockton’s name arose last week in connection with the Jazz’s coaching vacancy. “Sources say the only way he’d take the job is if he were allowed to conduct post-game interviews via certified mail.’ ”

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May 23, 2014

Kerr-fuffle
I’m glad that Steve Kerr didn’t take the Knicks’ job because he was asking a lot for having no experience as any sort of BB coach.
I have the same number of wins and would have asked for a lot less.
I’m in favor of the St.John’s guy, Mark Jackson.
Call Jackson
Stephen A. Smith wrote: “Pick up the phone, call Mark Jackson and offer the former Warriors coach the job as the next coach of the New York Knicks. It’ll be the first thing Jackson has done right since accepting $12 million a year for the next five years as the Knicks’ president of basketball operations two months ago. And it needs to be done in a hurry because, quite honestly, the clock is ticking.
For those wondering why a man who never even coached prep players was hired, let’s just say if there’s such a course regarding schmoozing with all the right people, the now-$25 million man who is Steve Kerr would pass with flying colors. Hello, Mark Jackson! How ya doing? This is the play the Knicks need to make right now. Not just because Mark Jackson has proved he can coach. Not just because he guided the Warriors to back-to-back appearances in the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. But because, as a product of Queens, a St. John’s alum and a former NBA Rookie of the Year for this Knicks franchise, he also qualifies as one of the rare few individuals this city would welcome with open arms. Plus, Jackson actually wants the job, wants to work the sideline and isn’t asking for $12 million per year to do it. Insane, but true! Jackson is gone now, but his loss could be the Knicks’ gain. He’s intelligent enough to be taught President Jackson’s triangle offense. He’s savvy and knowledgeable enough to handle the local New York media. He can win any locker room, and chances are Melo would love to play for him.If nothing else, it’s worth it for President Jackson to make a phone call. Especially if he understands New York. And given that he’s telling players he’ll be around and he plans on running training camp in October, what’s the harm? To know Gotham City is to accept one thing: We appreciate you until you provide us with a reason not to … by not giving us something to appreciate, cherish and cheer for.

Draft Notes The Sports Curmudgeon sent along some of his draft notes: “New York Jets: (I have no notes on the Jets’ first pick in the Draft.) Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: “Big man with quick moves and decent speed.” “Good hands.” “Blocking is OK but nothing more.” Dakota Dozier, G, Furman: [This info comes from a reader who saw Dozier play; I did not. The informant is a Furman grad.]“Furman has a big offensive tackle this year and you’d love this guy. He is off with the snap and is still on his block when the whistle blows. He’s big enough too at 305 lbs and he can block on the outside.”My comment: If he makes the Jets’ roster, how long until one of the NYC tabloids nicknames him, “Bull” Dozier? Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson: “Lots of hype but FSU defense dominated him.” Good throwing short ball but does not hit receives in stride on long ball.” “Late round pick only.” Trevor Riley, LB, Utah: “Tall and fast.” “Not ready to play the run in the NFL.” “Covers well.” New York Giants: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU: “Not big, but he can run.” “Pretends to block on running plays.” Finally, just in case you ever wonder how the GM of your favorite team could possibly have made the bone-headed decision to take Joe Flabeetz in the second round of a draft when there were actual competent football players still to be had, consider this item from Greg Cote: “Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, in an NFL Draft news conference Friday, said he’d nominate Leslie Nielsen to portray him in a movie — problematic only because Nielsen died in 2010.” Grand Decision
Ian O’Connor wrote about Curtis Granderson, “The Yankees did make a qualifying offer of $14.1 million to Granderson, this after injuries reduced his 2013 to a 61-game mess. The pending free agent could’ve gambled that he’d remain healthy and return to his long-balling form in a long-balling park, setting himself up for a lucrative offer from the Yanks after the 2014 season. Or he could’ve taken the sure, multiyear money from a desperado like the Mets, who play in a cavernous stadium known to leave the most powerful of sluggers cowering in their cleats. Granderson reached for the security of the longer guarantee, and odds are he will regret that choice for years to come.
Sixty million bucks over four years persuaded him to pack up his belongings for Citi Field, the same office that made 66 million bucks over four years the worst deal Jason Bay ever made. (another NLer who switched leagues). Truth is Granderson would’ve had the Yankees job in right, and Beltran’s bone spurs would’ve likely been some other team’s problem. Granderson would’ve found the kind of lineup protection the Yankees forever provide with their superpower resources, and he would’ve actually earned a higher salary this year than the $13 million the Mets are paying him. So no, Granderson didn’t have to take the outsize risk taken by Max Scherzer, who rejected a $144 million bid from Detroit in favor of a $15.525 million wage and a shot at free agency in the fall. The outfielder could’ve waited here rather than steer his career toward a dangerous corner of Jason Bayville at Citi Field. As it is, nobody’s surprised that Granderson has hit four of his five homers on the road and twice as many in two games in the Bronx than in 19 games at Citi.”
One-Shot Deal
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us that , “A shopper standing in line at a Phoenix Walmart accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Coincidence? Rumor has it he was about to buy a Plaxico Burress jersey.

Dreams Blog

May 16, 2014

Molinaro Marinara
Bon Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) thought, “When the Yankees announced they were retiring the number 6 Joe Torre wore as manager, I thought, “Seems like a good waste of a number that a player could use.” Then wondered – not for the first time- why baseball managers wear numbers. Which led me to ponder why baseball is the only major sport in which coaches dress like players?”
Draft thought from Bob
“Roger Goodell mentioned the NFL Network…that the league is thinking of expanding next year’s draft to four days. A move perfectly in keeping with the leagues ‘too much is never enough’ philosophy.”
Nice Picks But Only 5-11’s
The NFL.com commented on the first picks of the Giants and Jets in this year’s draft. For the Giants, “Eli Manning needed another weapon at wide receiver in the worst way and might have gotten one of the best with Odell Beckham Jr. Linebacker C.J. Mosley would have helped more on the defensive side, but Beckham makes plenty of sense.”
The crowd at Radio City Music Hall might not have loved the pick of DB Calvin Prior, but the team can get a wide out later in the draft. Prior is a big hitter Rex Ryan will love, and he addresses a need in a division with some loaded offenses.”
As for me, I always remember that you can’t “coach size,” so on fades to the corner or on slants over the middle, I think 6-3 is much better.
Big O And The NBA
No, this isn’t about Oscar Robinson It has to do with Oprah Winfrey’s possible purchase of the LA Clippers. The Sports Curmudgeon passed along Brad Rock’s comment: “Brad Rock of the Deseret News had an interesting slant on the possibility of Oprah Winfrey buying an NBA team: “Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrities interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers. “Sources say she plans to interview players about expressing their feelings in non-confrontational ways and slimming down for their high school reunions.”
Giants Draft
Bob Graziano (ESPNNY.com) gave this analysis, “Jerry Reese is a scout, and not afraid to admit it. The New York Giants GM has a scouting background, and even in the era of advanced analytics he remains an unabashed fan of the profession’s role in NFL roster-building. Last week, Reese called the draft “game day for the scouts” and said it’s “fun to see them rewarded with players they feel like are good players.” So Odell Beckham may well become a transcendent, No. 1-type wide receiver, worthy of the No. 12 pick. But the way the board went, they could have gotten him or a comparable player later. The draft is deep with wide receivers, and only one more was taken in the 15 picks that followed theirs.
The Giants would tell you they didn’t think there were comparable players, that this was their guy, and they’re sold on him. And it’s perfectly understandable that a scout who loves scouts and scouting would choose to run his draft that way. It’s just not the best way to maximize the value of your draft picks. When you fall in love with a player, you take on too much risk. You need to be right, or you’re left with nothing.”
Jets Draft
Rich Cimini (ESPNY.com) wrote, “On Thursday night, the Jets used their first-round pick a safety Calvin Pryor, in part, because he reminds them of Chancellor, the Seattle Seahawks’ sledgehammer. The NFL is a copy-cat league, as we all know, and general manager John Idzik — a former Seahawks executive — wants to incorporate Seattle’s best into his own team. Commenting on Pryor, Rex Ryan mentioned the Seahawks’ stud safety tandem, Chancellor and Earl Thomas, specifically noting Chancellor’s tone-setting tackle from the Super Bowl. Ryan is an old-school defensive coach, and he still gets amped by rock ’em, sock ’em football — an element that was missing last season in his secondary. So, in a surprise, the Jets went for the safety, an indication Ryan is catching up to the rest of the NFL. Previously, he never placed a high value on safeties, preferring the front office spend the big bucks on the corners. Under Ryan, they’ve filled the safety spots with modestly priced free agents and low draft picks. The biggest splurge came in 2012, when they gave LaRon Landry a one-year contract for $3.5 million.
Scott’s Jots
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) wrote: “It’s time we bring back that great Bay Area institution, the beatnik coffeehouse. Back in the day, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg and Cassady and the boys were in the business of contemplating change, from the navel outward. So it will be in my coaching change. Insouciantly rocking Monica Lewinsky berets and flat-brim ball caps, glowing in the flickering light of flat screens tuned to Comcast SportsNet, we will blow literal and figurative smoke, mix espresso with Bud Light, bang our bongos soulfully and reach for a higher consciousness regarding the fate and fault and freakiness of Jackson and Harbaugh and Van Gundy.
We will Howl. We will be “a lost battalion of platonic conversationalists … yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks …” (“Howl”)
It’s open mike, open minds. Step right up, and no slick paid pseudo-profundo radio howlers allowed. Except for Tolbert, who’s bringing the piñata. Fear us. Respect us. Arrest us. Bail us. We are the bleat generation.”
What a draft party they must have had. I must have missed Ken Kesey and his “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Cheese Bus.” These ‘Frisco guys always march to the beat of a different drummer. I love ‘em.
Scott talked about all the strolling around that batters do. “Baseball has allowed each at-bat to become the batter’s personal drama, a one-man show.
Charlie Silvera, back-up catcher for the Yankees in the 50’s told me Ted Williams never stepped out of the box. Ted hit .344 lifetime.
Proposed- The Ted Williams rule: You are permitted to step out of box and lollygag all you want as long as you are hitting .344 or higher.” Take that Pablo Sandoval, Justin Morneau, and Yasiel Puig.

Dreams Blog

May 9, 2014

PIPE DREAMS
By Bob Connolly

Mayweather-Maidana
The Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26KO)- Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31KO) lived up to all of the pre-fight hype. Dan Rafael (ESPN.com) wrote, “”This was a tough, competitive fight. This is what fans want to see,” said Mayweather, who was hit by more punches than in any of his 38 fights tracked by CompuBox. “I want to give fans an exciting fight. Normally, I box and move. Tonight, I gave fans an exciting fight.” He sure did. For action, it might have been his most exciting fight, perhaps with the exception of a 2012 junior middleweight title bout against Miguel Cotto. It was so good and competitive that talk after the fight immediately turned to the possibility of a fall rematch.
Judges Burt Clements (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112) both had it for Mayweather, while Michael Pernick had it 114-114, eliciting booing from the crowd, which was filled with Argentine fans supporting Maidana. ESPN.com also had it for Mayweather, 115-113.” I had it 116-112, Mayweather.
ESPN’s Brian Campbell noted, “We all knew Maidana’s best shot at finding success would come by cutting off the ring and smothering Mayweather with a flurry of awkward punches from various angles. What we didn’t know was that Maidana would still be fighting at relatively the same pace for the entire 12 rounds.
Maidana never buckled under the mental and physical fatigue that inevitably comes once Mayweather’s patented midfight adjustment opens the door for him to land a series of flush right hands to the face. The Argentine slugger was able to do that by maintaining a hellish pace and overwhelming Mayweather with volume, which never allowed him to properly set himself or get comfortable for a prolonged time.
Whether the reasons for Maidana’s success can be attributed to the fact that he employs a style that was always meant to give Mayweather fits only remains to be seen should the two do it again this fall.
But Maidana clearly found success where others have failed before him, even if he benefited, in part, from the stars aligning perfectly in his favor. Either way, he forced Mayweather, who landed 54 percent of his punches overall and 65 percent of his power shots, to prove once again why even in his twilight, he’s still the best in the game.
Nets Game 7
Game 7’s are, in themselves, tense affairs. However the 7th game of the Nets Raptors series was ramped up to an 11.
Paul Pierce did what he was brought in from Boston, to do. His floor leadership was instrumental in the final moment’s Brooklyn victory.
NFL Draft Notes
Norman Chad wrote, “Quite simply, every player should be a free agent from day 1. Would this create chaos? No. Would this mean the richest franchises would get the best players? No. Would this mean every player would be switching teams every year or two? Would this destroy the game? No.
The thing is, in many ways the NFL is a rigged game, like Wall Street and Washington. In this case, in the name of “competitive balance,” the NFL wants the worst teams to draft the best players; it also jimmies the schedule to allow the weakest teams to play the easiest opponents, plus there is a salary cap, revenue sharing and restricted free agency.
These are all pretty effective gimmicks if you can get away with it, and the NFL gets away with it 17 Sundays a year in broad daylight.
This doesn’t make it fair for the NFL’s worker bees, their place of work is determined for them. The rest of us deal in the free market.
Let’s look at my own personal example:
Coming out of college in 1981, I was one of the top sports writing candidates in the nation, considered a “five-tool prospect”- I could type, report, interview, write and writ for power. I was lucky enough to land with The Washington Post, and from there developed into the non-award-winning, couch-slouching columnist I am today.
But had there been a sportswriter draft and I happened to be picked by, say, USA Today, my choice would’ve been either to go write 75-word stories for a newspaper I didn’t want to join or move to Barcelona and try my hand at street mime.
Granted, it would be difficult to challenge the draft. A draft-eligible player would need to sue the NFL, it could take years to grind through the judicial system and, if it makes it way to the highest court in the land, need I remind you that Supreme Court justices often have sat in luxury boxes at Redskins games.
By the way, I just had a brilliant, out of the box thought, I imagine, one gets when smoking reefer- in the event the NFL draft remains an annual staple, a team like the Cleveland Browns might benefit from making picks while high.
Karma
So I was discussing the Bryce Harper situation with my dog- Duffy (he’s a patient listener) and I asked him if he saw that the DC Senators put Harper on the DL after having a thumb injury requiring surgery. He was injured because he flamboyantly slid into 1st trying to beat out an infield grounder.
I looked at Duffy to see if he was going to answer me but he just gave me a look that said, “You know what they say about karma.”
Never Mind
Dwight Perry asked, “Ever wonder what happens when an NBA calls time out?
‘I meet with my coaches out on the court and they tell me what they think we should do,’ Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the San Francisco Chronicle. I ignore them, go back to the bench and tell the players what I think they should do. They ignore me and go out and do whatever they want to do.” One-Hip Wonder
Dwight Perry reported, “Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari underwent hip-replacement surgery. Doctors reportedly pressed him to do a double replacement, but he wanted to be one-and-done.
She Said Janice Hough (LeftCoastSportsBabe.com) said after the San Jose Sharks blew a 3-0 playoffs lead, losing game 7 at home. “Who knew Shark Tank was redundant.”

Dreams Blog

May 2, 2014

Marc Cuban Warned Of A Slippery Slope
NBA Dallas Mavericks owner, Marc Cuban thinks that the league would be a better place without Donald Sterling but forcing him out of ownership of the LA Clippers because of racist remarks allegedly made by him could create a slippery slope. “Cuban was concerned about an arbitrary line being set for forcing people out of the league because of controversial beliefs that could be considered offensive. “In this country, people are allowed to be morons,” Cuban said. “They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts. “Within an organization like the NBA, we try to do what’s in the best interest of the league, and that’s why we have a commissioner and a constitution, and I think Adam will be smart and deal with Donald with the full extent available. But, again, if you’re saying a blanket, ‘Let’s kick him out’ — I don’t want to go that far because it’s not about Donald, it’s not about his position, it’s about his mess — and what are we going to make a decision on? Cuban added that it was “damn scary” to ponder the thought of attempting to remove somebody from the NBA because of his personal beliefs. “In no uncertain terms am I supporting what Donald Sterling said, or his position,” Cuban said. “He’s obviously racist, he’s obviously bigoted. And in this day and age when you’re in the public eye, you’ve got to be damn careful — if that’s your position, and that’s unfortunately where you’re at, you better be damn careful what you say, even in the privacy of your own home. “But regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we’re taking something somebody said in their home and we’re trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that’s not the United States of America. I don’t want to be part of that.”
Bryce Harper The Sports Curmudgeon commented about my Bryce Harper piece, “Keep your eye on the “Bryce Harper matter”. This guy is going to be one of the most polarizing figures in sports. He is going to become a “Love him or Hate him” guy VERY soon. (Well, after he gets back from the DL) There is no question he is an incredible talent; there is also not much of a question that he is not the best teammate in the world. The problem will be that people will try to argue that his lack of hustle or lack of putting team over self somehow diminished from his talent. In reality he is “Both of the Above”. And that is what is going to make him polarizing.” Robinson Cano and Yasiel Puig, of the Dodgers own multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts along with headshaking egos. So Harper isn’t alone here.
“Bardware” Bob McKenty reminded me of the time when Gil Hodges was managing the Mets, that he called time out, slowly walked out to left field and removed Cleon Jones from the game because of his unenthusiastic play. Jones never let that happen again.
Sticky Thoughts
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote, “So if I understand this right, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s biggest transgression wasn’t that he used pine tar to get a better grip on the ball, but that he wasn’t smart enough to abide by one of baseball’s famous unwritten rules that allows you to cheat- but discreetly. Silly, but noted.
Also, if it hasn’t been established that pine tar helps a pitcher sink or curve the ball, maybe as some are saying now, the stuff shouldn’t be outlawed for pitchers. I mean, hitters get to use it on their hands, right?”
Upon Further Review
Norman Chad had some thoughts about instant replays, “Here’s a novel concept: Play the games, make the calls and move on. This worked really, really well for a really, really long time. These days, the overriding focus at the game is the officiating; if you’re watching the games for the officiating, you’re not watching the games anymore. In addition, the repeated delays interrupt the flow of the action and suck away all the drama and, to put it mildly, it goes against the natural order of things. Replay just upsets the balance of life, like a sabermetrician at a strip club. With replay, for all I know Brown v. Board of Education gets overturned rather than Plessy v. Ferguson. With replay, there’s no Columbus Day — upon further review, officials would’ve seen throngs of Native Americans greeting the Italian explorer and his three ships upon his “discovery” of the New World. With replay, God probably doesn’t create heaven and earth, the sea and all that’s in them in under a week; on the seventh day he wouldn’t have rested, he’d be warding off legal challenges and environmental impact studies about his placement of the Brazilian rainforest. It’s too late for me, but I want my children’s children to enjoy a replay-free American future.
The New Broom
The press is playing up a possible rift between “Garden Dolan” and the “Big Triangle,” but I think that this might be just wishful thinking on the part of the press. I understand why Jackson wants to clean house- Dolan spies would be gone. Information leaks are only useful to people who want to sow seeds of misinformation. They don’t help new systems.
The Sports Curmudgeon gave us some Machiavellian reasoning (I love this cryptic stuff), “Perhaps you should ponder the words of Niccolo Machiavelli from 500 years ago with regard to your possible new venture:“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”
Giants/Jets
The NFL released the new schedules and I don’t want to delay my GUESSES for the season’s records- Giants 8-8 Jets 7-9.
LPGA
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title in Hawaii after 4 years on the tour and
countless media ink about her being the “next big thing.” So far this season she’s taken in $600K in winnings- not too bad, huh? Perhaps she’s settled into tour playing. The Sports Curmudgeon set this along, “Here is a comment from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald with regard to another young winner on the LPGA Tour:“Coral Springs’ Lexi Thompson, 19, last week became the second-youngest woman to win an LPGA major. When I was 19, I first tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube before stomping on it in frustration.”