Archive for April, 2011

The Obama “Birthers”

April 25, 2011

Let’s be clear: this is what they’re really saying…

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Seems Fair To Me…

April 18, 2011

I know, it’s “class warfare” to mention that perhaps there’s something wrong with our country.  Don’t want to hurt the feelings of our rich folk who so graciously provide all those jobs.  And, while we’re at it, let’s give them another tax cut and end Medicare so old people can just get sick and die. 

Fuckin’ jeebus.

The Final Four

April 2, 2011

As the saying goes, “Nobody knows nothing.”  Including me.  I picked 5 of 8 in the round of 16, but only 1 of four last weekend.  The good news was all four teams I was rooting for won, so there’s that.  Here’s a few things I do know:

  • This has been one of the most exciting, fun tournaments in years.  I expect, and hope, that will continue tonight and Monday.
  • On one hand, who do you root for when VCU plays Butler? On the other, one of these non-traditional powers will be in Monday’s final.
  • John Calipari gets way too much blame for all that’s wrong with college basketball; it’s not like Calhoun, and many others, are innocent bystanders.
  • John Calipari gets way too little credit for being an excellent coach; what other coach could get his team to this point after losing five (!) first-round picks to the NBA last year.  And, he gets one-and-done, NBA-ready freshmen to play hard and as a team.
  • If you can’t shoot the three, and defend it, you can’t win this tournament.  Are you listening Kansas?  North Carolina?
  • Finally, I think we can expect the recent major trend of this and other recent tournaments to continue, i.e, a two-tiered system whereby mid-majors with experienced upperclassmen (and three-point shooters) will be able to match up with, and on occasion beat, major powers with young, inexperienced NBA talent.

Tonight?  Like I said, I don’t know who to root for in the opener, but my gut says Butler survives the VCU press and three-pointers to get to Monday.  I’ll be rooting for Cal and Kentucky in the second game and I think the big guy Harrelson might be the difference if Knight/Jones can play Walker/Lamb to a draw.  We’ll see.

Some Reflections…

April 2, 2011

…on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, with baseball getting into full swing and The Final Four set for tonight.  Unfortunately, however, it’s also three years ago today that my brother Pete passed away.  The memories, of course, are awful: the phone call, the rush to his bedside, wake, Mass, funeral, a family in distress as we lose a treasured loved one.  Everyone goes through it; doesn’t make it any easier.

I’m not one for maudlin sentiments or “anniversaries,” but I’m also not one to forget.  It’s funny what triggers the memories.  For me, it’s when I see or read about the latest horror or sci-fi movie or TV show or comic book superhero adaptation.  It’s something we had in common since we were kids; Superman, Batman, all the Marvel characters, Star Trek, Creature Features Saturday nights on Channel 11.  I thought of him just this week when viewing promos and trailers for the new Wonder Woman TV show and the Thor and Captain America movies coming out soon.

We all miss him: my mom, my aunt, my brother, my sister and, of course, his own immediate family.  I think how proud and pleased he’d be that his loving wife does all she can to just carry on day after day and how strong she is in keeping his family together and moving forward.  And how proud he’d be of his son, just recently accepted into a Master’s program at Seton Hall, and his daughter, who just marked her 16th birthday.  They are his legacy.

Miss you, man…