Posted on: March 22, 2008 11:34 pm
 

March Madness brings April gladness....

Much in the same vain that April showers bring May flowers, March Madness brings April gladness...I want to be perfectly clear about one thing...I don't like college basketball, and I'll tell you why....The one and done rule...Now I understand that this is America and everyone is entitled chart their own course in life, but the one and done rule has killed college basketball....there will be no more Ucla's, lasting dynasties that thrust such names into the basketball lexicon like Alcindor, Walton, and Goodrich among others....There will be no more teams growing up together, teams that grow into what could be possibly an undefeated national championship team, much like the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers of Quinn Buckner, Scott May, and Kent Benson, who was led by Bobby Knight and finished an amazing 32-0...No more teams for the ages such as the 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels led by James Worthy and featuring such players as Sam Perkins and a freshman by the name of Michael Jordan. No, now we're going to read where O.J. Mayo plans to make a pit stop before heading to the NBA. He made USC watchable this year, but honestly, outside of boosting ticket sales and selling a few jerseys has he made a lasting impression for future recruits and fans of USC basketball? Is that 13-14 yr old kid who works for hours on end to improve his outside jumper, thinking as he's launching a 20 footer "I have to nail this, its just one shot closer to getting to USC", I seriously doubt that he is. College basketball's one saving grace is its still a team game, unlike the worthless professional game of the NBA, where outside of Phoenix and possibly Detroit and Boston, its become a boring, unwatchable waste of time due to all the isolation teams run to feature one specific player. At least college basketball will be over soon, to be replaced by the great game of baseball. I know the season officially starts March 25th when the Red Sox take on the A's in Japan, but April is still the month where optimism reigns supreme in every Major League baseball city in America (with the exception of St.Louis, where, they'll be lucky to get 74 wins this season....gotta love that).

And finally........I saw a commercial on television the other day that made me chuckle....and I chuckled for reasoning that might seem odd to
some people.....It was a commercial for, I believe , Fidelity Investments. In it Dennis Hopper is talking on and on about dreams and his generation etc.etc. and I thought to myself, ya know, Tom Brokaw named the men and Women who served our country during world war 2, "the greatest generation"...and I believe that....we've had generation X....we have a name for every generation that's come down the pike since Julius Caesar....and I thought to myself, the generation that Dennis Hopper belongs to could be called the generation of sell outs...at least people like Dennis Hopper are sell outs....in a time of free love and free drugs and other happenings that are and will forever be exclusive just to the 1960's...Dennis Hopper railed against the war in Vietnam, decried corporate America, and promoted resistance against the government.....Ideals any true blue American liberal such as myself could be proud to stand behind....The war in Iraq is a corporate Jihad enabled and promoted by a corrupt yet inept administration in Washington....and everything in our daily lives have a corporate stamp on it.....right down to the food we eat .....raised on corporate farms....funny how Dennis Hopper forgot his values when he made that commercial for fidelity investments.....must've been running late......had to get to the bank.....
Posted on: March 16, 2008 7:02 pm
 

the perfect potato pancake......

I'm sitting here thinking "what is going to be the topic of my first blog entry....ever?"....then it hit me, potato pancakes kick ass....I don't know how to make potato pancakes...but I love em ....now I've decided to write my first blog....I could write about Brett Favre's retirement, but everybody's done that....besides, being a Chicago Bears fan, content in the knowledge that number 4 can no longer run around either Lambeau or Soldier field, making the Bears defense look like a unit that couldn't stop a pop warner football team, I felt nothing.....nothing for the retirement of the biggest sports icon my adoptive state has ever seen.......then it crept in.......a sense of anger??.....no , I had long since left the anger behind.....regret?....for what? not changing alligences?....I couldn't do that....that would be akin to being a Hatfield and siding with the McCoys.....happiness that he was gone?.....not really....I mean, I always thought he was a very good quarterback...top 3 alltime?....no, mainly because, there's quarterbacks that don't have the numbers Favre put up, but they've won more championships.....that's not to say Jim Plunkett (2 rings)was better than Favre....that is saying Roger Staubach was.......It was a feeling of resignation.....resigned to the fact that the Bears are 6-2 against the Packers under Lovie Smith....hell Brett ,please come back!!!!...
.The Cubs look ok so far in camp....here's a reason the Cubs are gonna end up getting Brian Roberts from the Orioles before the end of spring training...
.Jim Hendry wants him....Hendry's reputation took a hit after 2003....between the 6th game of the 2003 national league championship series and the end of the 2006 season, Hendry's career was on the rocks.....After the Bartman incident, the Cubs choked away the 7th game of that series, collapsed in the final week to blow the wild card in '04, put the final nail in the coffin of public opinion on one of their truly iconic players(more on that in a bit), Relied too heavily on 2 staff "Aces" who couldn't stay healthy, to anchor their rotation in '05, and watch the Dusty Baker funeral procession in '06, thats a pretty safe assumption, Hendry might be as good as gone.....but since the end of '06 everything that Hendry has wanted, Hendry has gotten, much to the betterment of the Cubs organization....Pinella, Soriano, Lilly, Marquis... (don't laugh, he's got trade value) Fukadome.....all in the betterment of the team...

As a long time Blackhawks fan, isn't it good to hear the 'Hawks make some noise? ahh .... who would've thought all you really need is inspired play, home games being televised, and linking the past and present to revive your franchise.....I wish I could be there on the 19th when they honor Tony O.....Esposito and Magnuson were my all time favorite 'Hawks...Speaking of televised hockey....I remember WGN televising 'Hawks games way back when....there was a color commentator (do they still use that term?)named Jim West, did the color for Cubs games for WGN alongside Jack Brickhouse for a few seasons too....I wonder whatever happened to him?

and finally....While its safe to assume that Roger "he misremembers" Clemens will never pitch again, That Barry Bonds has hit his last Home Run.....That The New York Yankees suck (they're actually not a bad team , I just can't stand them)....there's another assumption that would rank 3rd, behind The New York Yankees BLOW! (I thought it bared repeating, only this time using a different word to describe my distaste for them, baby stein is a moron), and Mr.Misremembers , and ahead of Bonds (still not totally sold on him not swinging a bat for some A.L. team this summer)....the third most popular assumption is.......Sammy Sosa is also finished....I'm sold on this one....It was nice of the Rangers to bring him back, hit his 600th, put some change in the owners pockets, and to see he could be a good teammate again, even if everybody understood he only came back because 600 is prettier than 500 in the eyes of history....he'll get into the hall, granted not first ballot, he's got to pay a price for only being able to speak 'espanol on the day of the congressional hearings in 2005....but he'll get in....and before anyone gets all up in arms about the steroids issue let me say, I don't like Sosa as a player......he was selfish on the field....he didn't advance runners, he forgot how to steal bases, he didn't work to improve his defense.....and yes, I believe he probably did 'roids, HGH, or both....and let's not forget the corked bat.....him leaving the final game of the '04 season early?......he knew it was over anyway.....not his season, his career with the Cubs....But here's why he gets in.....he never wagged his finger at congress, he never mounted what can be described as both an all out media blitz to proclaim one's innocence and a televised version of the proverbial "giving one just enough rope to hang himself with".....he never got indicted.....he never refused to talk about the past....his only sin is that his memory is so bad that he forgot a language.....and in today's reality, its just not enough to keep him out...
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