Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Evening Update

One More for the Cats Villanova inched closer to the Field of 65 tonight, taking down UConn 78-74 in Storrs. The Wildcats improved to 20-9 on the season, though one of those wins is over NAIA Northwood, coached by Rollie Massimino. Villanova needed 40 points from Scottie Reynolds to take home the win. I still say the boys in blue need at least one more win, either at Syracuse (yeah right) or in the Big East Tournament to go to the show. Phils Open With Win Not much to say here. the Phils beat up on Florida State tonight 12-4. They didn't even let the college boys use the aluminum. Utley homered. Kyle Drabek gave up a leadoff homerun. Jamie Moyer takes the mound at 1:05 Thursday against the Tigers. Sixers Shock Suns I guess these guys have not head the constant Sportstalk 950 promos for the Greg Oden Sweepstakes. They knocked off the Suns 99-94 tonight in front of "15,914 excited fans at the Wachovia Center." Yeah right Juliano - they were excited because Uncle Tommy had free tickets that the company wasn't using so they got in free.

Evening Update

One More for the Cats

Villanova inched closer to the Field of 65 tonight, taking down UConn 78-74 in Storrs. The Wildcats improved to 20-9 on the season, though one of those wins is over NAIA Northwood, coached by Rollie Massimino.


Villanova needed 40 points from Scottie Reynolds to take home the win.


I still say the boys in blue need at least one more win, either at Syracuse (yeah right) or in the Big East Tournament to go to the show.


Phils Open With Win


Not much to say here. the Phils beat up on Florida State tonight 12-4. They didn't even let the college boys use the aluminum. Utley homered. Kyle Drabek gave up a leadoff homerun.


Jamie Moyer takes the mound at 1:05 Thursday against the Tigers.


Sixers Shock Suns


I guess these guys have not head the constant Sportstalk 950 promos for the Greg Oden Sweepstakes. They knocked off the Suns 99-94 tonight in front of "15,914 excited fans at the Wachovia Center."


Yeah right Juliano - they were excited because Uncle Tommy had free tickets that the company wasn't using so they got in free.

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This Seems Sad ... Or Just Wrong

You've Experienced 80% of Life
You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get. And unless you're already in your 40s, you're probably wise beyond your years.

Please tell me that at 36, there is more than just 20% of life left to experience. Yeah. I've done most of the biggies, college, marriage, divorce, kids, a house, etc. And wise beyond my years? Well I sure hope so! But isn't there more? And why am I filling out a 20 question personality test at 4:30 in the morning? In Other News The Eagles signed Quinten Mikell. Whew! God, I thought we were going to let him get away! Now are we going to sign the waterboy? The Phils aren't sure about an opening day pitcher, but Todd Zolecki says it will likely be Freddy Garcia. I'm surprised. Even with all his troubles, isn't Brett Myers the ace of this staff? I saw this headline and thought, "Rosie had her mouth amputated?" But its a story about a dog named Rosie, not the crazy fat woman. Paul Holmgren has apparently figured out how to use the phone in his office. I was stunned at this trade. After all of the picks and building toward the future moves, why pick up a goaltender who is a free agent after the season? It's not lke he can save this team.

*** UPDATE ***

While he didn't bother to comment, My brother, Matt P, checked in personally to note that he has a much better blog post about the Flyers deal here at the700level.com. I'll give him his due - his is beter than mine.

***END UPDATE***

And in Delaware County, when you can't fill a tough spot, go with the established crony. I don't know Nunn, but god, why would he want to get involved in the Chester-Upland mess? I don't agree with Thaddeus Kirkland much, but he has a point that there should be SOMEBODY who lives in Chester who is on the School District Board of Control.

This Seems Sad ... Or Just Wrong

You've Experienced 80% of Life
You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get. And unless you're already in your 40s, you're probably wise beyond your years.


Please tell me that at 36, there is more than just 20% of life left to experience. Yeah. I've done most of the biggies, college, marriage, divorce, kids, a house, etc. And wise beyond my years? Well I sure hope so!


But isn't there more?


And why am I filling out a 20 question personality test at 4:30 in the morning?


In Other News


The Eagles signed Quinten Mikell. Whew! God, I thought we were going to let him get away! Now are we going to sign the waterboy?


The Phils aren't sure about an opening day pitcher, but Todd Zolecki says it will likely be Freddy Garcia. I'm surprised. Even with all his troubles, isn't Brett Myers the ace of this staff?


I saw this headline and thought, "Rosie had her mouth amputated?" But its a story about a dog named Rosie, not the crazy fat woman.


Paul Holmgren has apparently figured out how to use the phone in his office. I was stunned at this trade. After all of the picks and building toward the future moves, why pick up a goaltender who is a free agent after the season? It's not lke he can save this team.

*** UPDATE ***

While he didn't bother to comment, My brother, Matt P, checked in personally to note that he has a much better blog post about the Flyers deal here at the700level.com. I'll give him his due - his is beter than mine.

***END UPDATE***


And in Delaware County, when you can't fill a tough spot, go with the established crony. I don't know Nunn, but god, why would he want to get involved in the Chester-Upland mess? I don't agree with Thaddeus Kirkland much, but he has a point that there should be SOMEBODY who lives in Chester who is on the School District Board of Control.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Weekend Photos

Snow!!!!!!! As I sit here watching the race, drinking the last Clipper City Brewing Winter Storm Category 5 Ale (thanks Matt) and watching the snow fall, I have to say this has been a pretty good weekend. Photos and a few thoughts ... Friday Drinks at Copa Too to celebrate a good audit were lots of fun! Saturday Yesterday, I drove out to Tabernacle to support John as he participated in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart at the middle school across from John's elementary school. It was a bit chaotic, but the kids enjoyed all of the jumping, the Tabernacle Tiger and the pumping music by Mr. Cancelleri. More photos are up on my Flickr.com site in this folder. John had a great time, but has about as much coordination as his father. I ran into John's baseball coach from last year, Bill Fisher, who told me that John was the best player on the team last year. There were some other great young people on that team too, but it was still good to hear. Sunday After a night of TV, my girlfriend and I headed into Center City today for breakfast at Reading Terminal Market. I had been to the market the other day with a co-worker, and it was packed. On a Sunday however, there were few people and fewer open stores. I took a bunch of photos, and posted them here, but I need to go back where there are more people around. Tonight we're going to watch the Oscars and I plan to cook out in the snow. Maybe we will get lucky and tomorrow will be a snow day. Monday Weather permitting, I will be a guest on Hoopsville, talking about the Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament. With all of the upheaval yesterday in the D3Hoops world, it should be an interesting show! Join us here. Here's to the Snow!!!!! C

Weekend Photos

Snow!!!!!!!

As I sit here watching the race, drinking the last Clipper City Brewing Winter Storm Category 5 Ale (thanks Matt) and watching the snow fall, I have to say this has been a pretty good weekend.


Photos and a few thoughts ...


Friday


Drinks at Copa Too to celebrate a good audit were lots of fun!


Saturday


Yesterday, I drove out to Tabernacle to support John as he participated in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart at the middle school across from John's elementary school. It was a bit chaotic, but the kids enjoyed all of the jumping, the Tabernacle Tiger and the pumping music by Mr. Cancelleri. More photos are up on my Flickr.com site in this folder.


John had a great time, but has about as much coordination as his father. I ran into John's baseball coach from last year, Bill Fisher, who told me that John was the best player on the team last year. There were some other great young people on that team too, but it was still good to hear.
Sunday


After a night of TV, my girlfriend and I headed into Center City today for breakfast at Reading Terminal Market. I had been to the market the other day with a co-worker, and it was packed. On a Sunday however, there were few people and fewer open stores. I took a bunch of photos, and posted them here, but I need to go back where there are more people around.


Tonight we're going to watch the Oscars and I plan to cook out in the snow. Maybe we will get lucky and tomorrow will be a snow day.


Monday


Weather permitting, I will be a guest on Hoopsville, talking about the Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament.


With all of the upheaval yesterday in the D3Hoops world, it should be an interesting show! Join us here.


Here's to the Snow!!!!!


C

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Some Changes Coming ... And Idol

I wanted to let you know that a few things may look goofy around here for a bit. I recently bought a few domain names and will be exploring some options to make the blog look a bit better and give it some more reach. I'd also like to make posting a bit easier for me. I will probably move off the Blogger platform, though I am not sold on that yet. I bought 2 domains from godaddy.com that I plan to move to, anotherdelcoguy.com and cavalier92.com. I've used cavalier92 for about 10 years as a AIM screen name and it's pretty much my online identity at this point. Anotherdelcoguy is a good handle that seems to resonate with some folks, so I think I'll move that one forward as well. I'm looking for advice on different blog platforms, hosting arrangements and design software. I know nothing about any of that stuff, so anything you can contribute will be much appreciated. I'm also toying with an upgrade to Vista if the pocketbook holds out this month. If you have any upgrade experiences to relate, post them up! American Idol Ok - I have to admit that I don't watch, but I was pulling for UArts student Nicole Tranquillo (pictured right). Nicole got voted off in week one of fan voting this week. (Guess I should have voted.) So I was planning to throw my support to Jersey Girl Antonella Barba. Turns out she may be in some trouble too, as some almost-naked pictures of her have surfaced. The Fox folks don't usually like that kind of thing, so she is probably done as well. Until Playboy calls. Have a great weekend! C

Some Changes Coming ... And Idol

I wanted to let you know that a few things may look goofy around here for a bit. I recently bought a few domain names and will be exploring some options to make the blog look a bit better and give it some more reach. I'd also like to make posting a bit easier for me.

I will probably move off the Blogger platform, though I am not sold on that yet. I bought 2 domains from godaddy.com that I plan to move to, anotherdelcoguy.com and cavalier92.com.


I've used cavalier92 for about 10 years as a AIM screen name and it's pretty much my online identity at this point. Anotherdelcoguy is a good handle that seems to resonate with some folks, so I think I'll move that one forward as well.


I'm looking for advice on different blog platforms, hosting arrangements and design software. I know nothing about any of that stuff, so anything you can contribute will be much appreciated. I'm also toying with an upgrade to Vista if the pocketbook holds out this month. If you have any upgrade experiences to relate, post them up!


American Idol

Ok - I have to admit that I don't watch, but I was pulling for UArts student Nicole Tranquillo (pictured right). Nicole got voted off in week one of fan voting this week. (Guess I should have voted.)


So I was planning to throw my support to Jersey Girl Antonella Barba. Turns out she may be in some trouble too, as some almost-naked pictures of her have surfaced. The Fox folks don't usually like that kind of thing, so she is probably done as well. Until Playboy calls.



Have a great weekend!


C

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Just a Couple of Things

Friggin Morons Many people think that the selection system for the D1 NCAA Men's basketball tournament leaves a bit to be desired. It's nothing compared to the D3 system, where 59 teams make the show. (Yeah. That's a prime number!) Kinda hard to do a bracket, no? you can get selected from Pool A (Automatic Qualifers), Pool B (Independents and teams from terrible conferences) or Pool C (Good teams that didn't with their conference). Where does 59 come from? The NCAA uses an "Access Ratio" the states that for every 6.85 teams playing men's basketball in D3, 1 team makes it to the show. Sound crazy? Not as crazy as giving 5 teams first round byes and having a wholly seperate access ratio for Indpendents and other bad teams. The D1 tournament ratio is almost 3 times as generous than D3. But wait - it gets worse. The NCAA this week issued a revision to the formula. It noted that there had been a mistake made when they origianlly wrote the campionship manual and that there were now revising the formula, less than a week before Selection Sunday. How embarrassing is that? Jill Porter Can't Write In reading my morning dose of news, it struck me that it must be hard to write a column when you have essentially nothing to say. It's even worse when you get all confused and what comes out is a mess.

Just a Couple of Things

Friggin Morons

Many people think that the selection system for the D1 NCAA Men's basketball tournament leaves a bit to be desired.


It's nothing compared to the D3 system, where 59 teams make the show. (Yeah. That's a prime number!) Kinda hard to do a bracket, no? you can get selected from Pool A (Automatic Qualifers), Pool B (Independents and teams from terrible conferences) or Pool C (Good teams that didn't with their conference).


Where does 59 come from? The NCAA uses an "Access Ratio" the states that for every 6.85 teams playing men's basketball in D3, 1 team makes it to the show. Sound crazy? Not as crazy as giving 5 teams first round byes and having a wholly seperate access ratio for Indpendents and other bad teams. The D1 tournament ratio is almost 3 times as generous than D3.


But wait - it gets worse. The NCAA this week issued a revision to the formula. It noted that there had been a mistake made when they origianlly wrote the campionship manual and that there were now revising the formula, less than a week before Selection Sunday.


How embarrassing is that?


Jill Porter Can't Write


In reading my morning dose of news, it struck me that it must be hard to write a column when you have essentially nothing to say. It's even worse when you get all confused and what comes out is a mess.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Neighbors Behaving Badly

My Neighbor is Running for Mayor Just not the mayor of the town we live in. As you may have heard, T. Milton Street thinks he should be the next mayor of Philadelphia. No matter that he lives here in Moorestown, over on New Albany Road. No matter that he is under federal idictment for tax evasion. No matter that he can't name the neighborhood he claims to live in in Philadelphia. No matter that he got busted on traffic warrants this week at The Sev. No matter than he owes people more money than I do. No matter that even a judge says he doesn't live in Philly. He says he won't run if he can't get 5000 people to come to a rally for him on march 1. I haven't seen 5000 people in Philly rally about anything since 1980. He called Michael Nutter a 'watermelon man.' I have no idea what that means, but I suspect a white guy calling Michael Nutter that would end up in front of the Human Relations Commission. I have some experience dealing with crazy people. This guy shows all the signs of being a total nut job. He even LOOKS crazy! Current Mayor Has Issues With 'Quakers' Moorestown Friends bought a vacant building and a commercial building in downtown Moorestown last month. The mayor, Kevin Aberant, is now worried about the "Quakers" diminishing the town's tax revenue. I think he has a problem with the "Quakers." Why wouldn't he call the school by its name? He's lucky them Quakers are pacifists. If he ran around pissing off the Catholics, they might kick his ass. Personally, I think both sides in this article are full of it. First, the building has been empty for years. If someone was going to develop it and create a better tax ratable, it would have happened. Second, MFS throws out the line that they save the taxpayers $2 million by educating 200 Moorestown children. That's crap too. If Muffy and Biff weren't at Moorestown Friends, they would be at The Hun School or Princeton Day or Friends Select. Yeah, I'd prefer to see the downtown have some more going on, but arguing about the deal after its done is just silly. Have a good day! C

Neighbors Behaving Badly

My Neighbor is Running for Mayor

Just not the mayor of the town we live in. As you may have heard, T. Milton Street thinks he should be the next mayor of Philadelphia. No matter that he lives here in Moorestown, over on New Albany Road. No matter that he is under federal idictment for tax evasion. No matter that he can't name the neighborhood he claims to live in in Philadelphia. No matter that he got busted on traffic warrants this week at The Sev. No matter than he owes people more money than I do. No matter that even a judge says he doesn't live in Philly.


He says he won't run if he can't get 5000 people to come to a rally for him on march 1. I haven't seen 5000 people in Philly rally about anything since 1980. He called Michael Nutter a 'watermelon man.' I have no idea what that means, but I suspect a white guy calling Michael Nutter that would end up in front of the Human Relations Commission.


I have some experience dealing with crazy people. This guy shows all the signs of being a total nut job. He even LOOKS crazy!


Current Mayor Has Issues With 'Quakers'


Moorestown Friends bought a vacant building and a commercial building in downtown Moorestown last month. The mayor, Kevin Aberant, is now worried about the "Quakers" diminishing the town's tax revenue. I think he has a problem with the "Quakers." Why wouldn't he call the school by its name? He's lucky them Quakers are pacifists. If he ran around pissing off the Catholics, they might kick his ass.


Personally, I think both sides in this article are full of it. First, the building has been empty for years. If someone was going to develop it and create a better tax ratable, it would have happened. Second, MFS throws out the line that they save the taxpayers $2 million by educating 200 Moorestown children. That's crap too. If Muffy and Biff weren't at Moorestown Friends, they would be at The Hun School or Princeton Day or Friends Select.


Yeah, I'd prefer to see the downtown have some more going on, but arguing about the deal after its done is just silly.


Have a good day!


C

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Old News

Cabrini Basketball Gets Better Cabrini took the first step in righting some of the wrongs in its basketball program on Friday when Leslie Danehy fired Matt Maccoccia. In just two years, Maccoccia took a playoff team to the depths of failure, losing 20 games this year. What's worse is that he chased players away, badmouthed his legendary predecessor and was clueless on the bench. Now Danehy needs to do the right thing and re-establish the program's links with its glory days. Joe Kelly is sitting in Sharon Hill waiting for the call. He was on John Dzik's bench for 25 years and has a staff ready to go. It's recruiting season and there is no time to waste. Do the right thing and hire the Chief, Leslie! Michael Irvin Cut The only thing I have to say is what the hell took so long? The guy is first and foremost a moron. Second, despite being a Hall of Famer, his own co-hosts think he's 'retarded.' Third, he's a stone cold racist. About time ESPN showed him the door. Britney Spears Ugh. What a trainwreck. I'll admit I thought she was hot in a nasty kind of way. But she has apparently lost her mind. Kissing Madonna on the mouth? Hanging out with Paris Hilton? Forgetting underwear with the paparazzi hounding her? Shaving her head bald? It's not like she can actually sing, a la Sinead O'Connor. Doesn't look like the one day in detox worked. And yeah. I'm over her. The Greatest Daytona Ever? For the casual NASCAR fan, the 49th running of the Great American Race had it all. Kelly Clarkson in a backless black dress. Clueless Nic Cage in a giant black hat showing that he is incapable of saying "Gentlemen start your engines" without over-acting. Jeff Gordon's girlfriend is HOT, but causing him gray hair. Big name drivers making bonehead mistakes and then charging back up through the field only to make more bonehead mistakes. A 505 mile race decided by 4 feet. And finally a car finishing by sliding across the finish line on its roof, ON FIRE and then flipping back over so the guy could step out of the car like nothing happened. For the more serious fan, the harder tires made for some interesting moments. The larger fuel cells did reduce the pitting sequences, which led last year's restrictor plate races to seem to be more about servicing the cars than racing them. Toyota was a bust, with Dale Jarrett the best finisher at a measly 23rd. Mark Martin failing to win another 500 when Harvick charged around him on the outside eliminated the feel-good story of the day. 500 pole sitter David Gilliland was better than expected, but still committed a devasting mental error by causing a pit road incident. Juan Pablo Montoya was lost amid the messiness of the afternoon, but performed well once he figured out that all he had to do was hold the accelator down and steer. Phils Tix Matt and I have our Opening Day seats. Do you? Have a good one, C

Old News

Cabrini Basketball Gets Better

Cabrini took the first step in righting some of the wrongs in its basketball program on Friday when Leslie Danehy fired Matt Maccoccia. In just two years, Maccoccia took a playoff team to the depths of failure, losing 20 games this year. What's worse is that he chased players away, badmouthed his legendary predecessor and was clueless on the bench.


Now Danehy needs to do the right thing and re-establish the program's links with its glory days. Joe Kelly is sitting in Sharon Hill waiting for the call. He was on John Dzik's bench for 25 years and has a staff ready to go. It's recruiting season and there is no time to waste. Do the right thing and hire the Chief, Leslie!


Michael Irvin Cut


The only thing I have to say is what the hell took so long? The guy is first and foremost a moron. Second, despite being a Hall of Famer, his own co-hosts think he's 'retarded.' Third, he's a stone cold racist.


About time ESPN showed him the door.


Britney Spears


Ugh. What a trainwreck. I'll admit I thought she was hot in a nasty kind of way. But she has apparently lost her mind. Kissing Madonna on the mouth? Hanging out with Paris Hilton? Forgetting underwear with the paparazzi hounding her? Shaving her head bald? It's not like she can actually sing, a la Sinead O'Connor. Doesn't look like the one day in detox worked.


And yeah. I'm over her.

The Greatest Daytona Ever?


For the casual NASCAR fan, the 49th running of the Great American Race had it all. Kelly Clarkson in a backless black dress. Clueless Nic Cage in a giant black hat showing that he is incapable of saying "Gentlemen start your engines" without over-acting. Jeff Gordon's girlfriend is HOT, but causing him gray hair. Big name drivers making bonehead mistakes and then charging back up through the field only to make more bonehead mistakes. A 505 mile race decided by 4 feet. And finally a car finishing by sliding across the finish line on its roof, ON FIRE and then flipping back over so the guy could step out of the car like nothing happened.


For the more serious fan, the harder tires made for some interesting moments. The larger fuel cells did reduce the pitting sequences, which led last year's restrictor plate races to seem to be more about servicing the cars than racing them. Toyota was a bust, with Dale Jarrett the best finisher at a measly 23rd. Mark Martin failing to win another 500 when Harvick charged around him on the outside eliminated the feel-good story of the day. 500 pole sitter David Gilliland was better than expected, but still committed a devasting mental error by causing a pit road incident. Juan Pablo Montoya was lost amid the messiness of the afternoon, but performed well once he figured out that all he had to do was hold the accelator down and steer.

Phils Tix


Matt and I have our Opening Day seats. Do you?

Have a good one,


C

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

On Sports and Memories

Some of my earliest happy memories are sitting with Grandpop on his back porch listening to the Phillies on the radio. I remember feigning illness one March day and going to his house, where I had the rare treat actually watching a spring training game on TV. He explained what 'inside' and 'outside' pitches were and endured my endless questioning about all these players I had never heard of. I really loved listening to the west coast trip games under the covers after I was supposed to be long asleep. I can recall setting my alarm to wake up to listen to a Steve Carlton vs. Jerry Reuss and the Dodgers matchup when I was about 10 or so. Given that I was listening to the Phils, most of those West Coast games were losses. I'm pretty sure my folks knew what I was doing, but who knows? And how much fun was it to play around with the AM radio to see what stations you could pull in on summer nights? I know I had a list for a while of the places I had heard games from. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago were easy. Boston was usually possible. Sometimes I could get Carolina League games. I knew all those teams long before Bull Durham came out. When we would vacation in Maine, my other grandfather (pictured right with me in about 1977) and I would regularly listen to the Phils playing back home via the amazing 50,000 watts blasting their signal out all over the Eastern seaboard. Every time I listen to a game on the radio, I remember both of them and wish I had the chance to listen to just one more game with them. They'd be excited over the prospects for this summer's campaign and I would love to share it with them. I know they would also share my pride that my son is a baseball fan, though they would certainly be chagrined at his fervent love of the Yankees. NASCAR In thinking about this today, I think I vaguely remember watching the first nationally televised NASCAR race in a hot living room my brother is probably currently slumbering in. This race is legendary not because it was the first race on network TV, but because a brawl broke out on the last lap when some of the best drivers of the day wreck on the backstretch at Daytona. I'll admit that I may not ACTUALLY remember this, but I want to. Why? Well, first it's a great memory. Imagining my grandfather and I gaping as the 'hillbillies' duked it out on CBS is more than a little funny. But it also goes to my desire to figure out where my interest in the sport comes from. How did a college-educated guy from the suburban Northeast become a NASCAR fan? I have always pointed to the fact that I was very moved by hearing NASCAR great Ned Jarrett call his son home to the 1993 Daytona 500. But today, in remembering all the games I watched at 3447 Mt. Vernon as a child, I am virtually certain I was watching that February afternoon in 1979 when NASCAR hit the national scene. It doesn't really matter. My son John and will be watching today as Daytona kicks off the NASCAR season. Emma and my girlfriend are headed to a baby shower, so the boys will sit on the couch and do what millions all over the world will be doing. Holding out breath and shouting for our guys, #44 and #20. Have a good one!

On Sports and Memories

Some of my earliest happy memories are sitting with Grandpop on his back porch listening to the Phillies on the radio. I remember feigning illness one March day and going to his house, where I had the rare treat actually watching a spring training game on TV. He explained what 'inside' and 'outside' pitches were and endured my endless questioning about all these players I had never heard of.

I really loved listening to the west coast trip games under the covers after I was supposed to be long asleep. I can recall setting my alarm to wake up to listen to a Steve Carlton vs. Jerry Reuss and the Dodgers matchup when I was about 10 or so. Given that I was listening to the Phils, most of those West Coast games were losses. I'm pretty sure my folks knew what I was doing, but who knows?

And how much fun was it to play around with the AM radio to see what stations you could pull in on summer nights? I know I had a list for a while of the places I had heard games from. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago were easy. Boston was usually possible. Sometimes I could get Carolina League games. I knew all those teams long before Bull Durham came out. When we would vacation in Maine, my other grandfather (pictured right with me in about 1977) and I would regularly listen to the Phils playing back home via the amazing 50,000 watts blasting their signal out all over the Eastern seaboard.


Every time I listen to a game on the radio, I remember both of them and wish I had the chance to listen to just one more game with them. They'd be excited over the prospects for this summer's campaign and I would love to share it with them. I know they would also share my pride that my son is a baseball fan, though they would certainly be chagrined at his fervent love of the Yankees.


NASCAR


In thinking about this today, I think I vaguely remember watching the first nationally televised NASCAR race in a hot living room my brother is probably currently slumbering in. This race is legendary not because it was the first race on network TV, but because a brawl broke out on the last lap when some of the best drivers of the day wreck on the backstretch at Daytona.


I'll admit that I may not ACTUALLY remember this, but I want to. Why? Well, first it's a great memory. Imagining my grandfather and I gaping as the 'hillbillies' duked it out on CBS is more than a little funny. But it also goes to my desire to figure out where my interest in the sport comes from. How did a college-educated guy from the suburban Northeast become a NASCAR fan? I have always pointed to the fact that I was very moved by hearing NASCAR great Ned Jarrett call his son home to the 1993 Daytona 500. But today, in remembering all the games I watched at 3447 Mt. Vernon as a child, I am virtually certain I was watching that February afternoon in 1979 when NASCAR hit the national scene.


It doesn't really matter. My son John and will be watching today as Daytona kicks off the NASCAR season. Emma and my girlfriend are headed to a baby shower, so the boys will sit on the couch and do what millions all over the world will be doing. Holding out breath and shouting for our guys, #44 and #20.


Have a good one!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

It's Officially SPRING!!!

Ok, so you may not be able to tell from the bone chilling cold, your salt-encrusted shoes, or the 2 inches of solid ice on your car, but today unofficially marks the first day of spring in the Delaware Valley. Phillies pitchers and catchers FINALLY report for workouts in Clearwater, Florida today. This is the initial step in the long season that is finally going to bring this city a parade! In a story by Marcus Hayes, it becomes apparent that Jon Leiber is not real concerned about cash flow should the Phillies decide to trade him. This guy shows up for camp in a $211,000 Ford F-650 SuperTruck over 9 feet tall. That's a big truck for a guy who doesn't really have a job. The gas tank costs over $500 to fill and the monster get 12 miles to the gallon. Hayes actually calls the 300hp engine "thrifty." Yeah. I guess in comparison to an M1 tank maybe. Other News In the sideshow that is happening in stead of a Barry Bonds indictment, the two San Francsico Chronicle reporters who broke the BALCO story and ran stories that contained information from sealed grand jury testimony, will avoid jail time. In a plea deal, Troy Ellerman, 44, the attorney who leaked the documents will face two years in jail. The Justice Department announced it will end its mis-guided witch hunt against the two journalists, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Another Tradition by the Wayside This year when the Phils visit Chicago, there will be some changes at Wrigley Field. For the first time ever, the team has sold advertising space in the outfield. No, they aren't hacking down the ivy. Rather, they will paint up two doors in left and right field to make way for Under Armour billboards. Apparently the Soriano deal emptied the coffers. Valentine's Day Dinner out, flowers, candy, jewelry - $500. Seeing your kids sipping Shirley Temples and cuddling by the fire after dinner - Priceless! Enjoy! C

It's Officially SPRING!!!

Ok, so you may not be able to tell from the bone chilling cold, your salt-encrusted shoes, or the 2 inches of solid ice on your car, but today unofficially marks the first day of spring in the Delaware Valley.

Phillies pitchers and catchers FINALLY report for workouts in Clearwater, Florida today. This is the initial step in the long season that is finally going to bring this city a parade!


In a story by Marcus Hayes, it becomes apparent that Jon Leiber is not real concerned about cash flow should the Phillies decide to trade him. This guy shows up for camp in a $211,000 Ford F-650 SuperTruck over 9 feet tall. That's a big truck for a guy who doesn't really have a job. The gas tank costs over $500 to fill and the monster get 12 miles to the gallon. Hayes actually calls the 300hp engine "thrifty." Yeah. I guess in comparison to an M1 tank maybe.


Other News


In the sideshow that is happening in stead of a Barry Bonds indictment, the two San Francsico Chronicle reporters who broke the BALCO story and ran stories that contained information from sealed grand jury testimony, will avoid jail time.


In a plea deal, Troy Ellerman, 44, the attorney who leaked the documents will face two years in jail. The Justice Department announced it will end its mis-guided witch hunt against the two journalists, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.


Another Tradition by the Wayside


This year when the Phils visit Chicago, there will be some changes at Wrigley Field. For the first time ever, the team has sold advertising space in the outfield. No, they aren't hacking down the ivy. Rather, they will paint up two doors in left and right field to make way for Under Armour billboards. Apparently the Soriano deal emptied the coffers.


Valentine's Day


Dinner out, flowers, candy, jewelry - $500.


Seeing your kids sipping Shirley Temples and cuddling by the fire after dinner - Priceless!


Enjoy!


C

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Great Place to Hang out

While no one is ever going to sing "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" Or shout "Norm" when you walk into the place, Valanni is a great spot right in the heart of Center City. With an interesting cast of characters, Valanni attracts both regulars and one-time visitors. Some come for the well-prepared and interesting food that Chef Evan and staff bring out of the tiny kitchen in the back. There are seasonal changes to the menu, and the lamb shank currently on the cold weather menu is among the best meals you can have in the city. Others come for the fun and the friends around the bar. whether you prefer the big, shaved headed grumblings of Lorenzio (straight), or the rail thin, wavy haired drama of Henry (definitely NOT straight), the bar is a fun place to get very well-made drinks. $4 weekday happy hour menu and cocktails brings me in along with an ever-changing cast of people from all walks of life.
While I can't say I have experienced it personally, I am sure that Jennifer (happy birthday!!) and her Kinky Quizzo Tuesday nights is a sight to see.
It's a cool place to spend and evening or two. I've never brought someone there who didn't agree that the food was outstanding and that it was a fun place to be.
Enjoy!
C

A Great Place to Hang out

While no one is ever going to sing "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" Or shout "Norm" when you walk into the place, Valanni is a great spot right in the heart of Center City. With an interesting cast of characters, Valanni attracts both regulars and one-time visitors.

Some come for the well-prepared and interesting food that Chef Evan and staff bring out of the tiny kitchen in the back. There are seasonal changes to the menu, and the lamb shank currently on the cold weather menu is among the best meals you can have in the city.


Others come for the fun and the friends around the bar. whether you prefer the big, shaved headed grumblings of Lorenzio (straight), or the rail thin, wavy haired drama of Henry (definitely NOT straight), the bar is a fun place to get very well-made drinks. $4 weekday happy hour menu and cocktails brings me in along with an ever-changing cast of people from all walks of life.



While I can't say I have experienced it personally, I am sure that Jennifer (happy birthday!!) and her Kinky Quizzo Tuesday nights is a sight to see.


It's a cool place to spend and evening or two. I've never brought someone there who didn't agree that the food was outstanding and that it was a fun place to be.


Enjoy!


C

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

REALLY???? You're Frigging Kidding!

You Have A Type A Personality
You are hyper, energetic, and always on the mood You tend to succeed at everything you attempt And if you don't succeed at first, you quickly climb your way to the top! You could be called a workaholic, but you also make time for fun As long as it's high energy and competitive, you're interested You have the perfect personality for business and atheltic success

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

REALLY???? You're Frigging Kidding!

You Have A Type A Personality
You are hyper, energetic, and always on the mood You tend to succeed at everything you attempt And if you don't succeed at first, you quickly climb your way to the top!

You could be called a workaholic, but you also make time for fun
As long as it's high energy and competitive, you're interested
You have the perfect personality for business and atheltic success

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Today's News

Astronaut Madness Doesn't NASA have background checks? Let me get this straight. A US Navy Captain, Lisa Marie Nowak, who is married and the mother of three, drove 900 miles in a diaper with a BB gun to accost a woman, (Colleen Shipman) who wasn't even the girlfriend of a man, (Bill Oefelein) who wasn't her husband. AND she's an astronaut. No wonder the Hubble Space Telescope doesn't work. Reid Son Indicted This is just a sad, sad thing. No, not the fighting Irish beard. The fact that these guys are so messed up that they think driving around high on heroin and waving guns at people is acceptable behavior. Should He Stay or Should He Go? If a gas station attendant's sons get arrested on drug charges, do we immediately begin discussing whether he should step down from his position to take better care of his family? NO! SO why in the world are people talking about Andy Reid needing to step aside for his family? DO we know that he's a bad dad? Do we know he's an absent father? NO. We are assuming based on the situation. Maybe he's a great dad who is there all the time for these guys and they are bad seed. I say we should leave the guy alone and stop giving him parenting advice. 76ers Will someone please put the Andres on the injured list? A Lucky Man Charles Barkely claims he won over $700,000 betting on the Superbowl in a LasVegas casino. Sir Charles is living the life, ain't he? Have a good one! C

Today's News

Astronaut Madness

Doesn't NASA have background checks? Let me get this straight. A US Navy Captain, Lisa Marie Nowak, who is married and the mother of three, drove 900 miles in a diaper with a BB gun to accost a woman, (Colleen Shipman) who wasn't even the girlfriend of a man, (Bill Oefelein) who wasn't her husband. AND she's an astronaut.


No wonder the Hubble Space Telescope doesn't work.


Reid Son Indicted


This is just a sad, sad thing. No, not the fighting Irish beard. The fact that these guys are so messed up that they think driving around high on heroin and waving guns at people is acceptable behavior.


Should He Stay or Should He Go?


If a gas station attendant's sons get arrested on drug charges, do we immediately begin discussing whether he should step down from his position to take better care of his family? NO! SO why in the world are people talking about Andy Reid needing to step aside for his family? DO we know that he's a bad dad? Do we know he's an absent father? NO. We are assuming based on the situation. Maybe he's a great dad who is there all the time for these guys and they are bad seed.


I say we should leave the guy alone and stop giving him parenting advice.

76ers


Will someone please put the Andres on the injured list?


A Lucky Man


Charles Barkely claims he won over $700,000 betting on the Superbowl in a LasVegas casino. Sir Charles is living the life, ain't he?


Have a good one!


C

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Super Thoughts

The SuperBowl XLI Stunk I was bored out of my mind. Rexman at QB? Maybe the Eagles want to trade #5 to the Bears. And if they can play in a downpour, how come they can't play the game in cold weather? The Commercials They stunk too for the most part. I kept a log, and the Budweiser ones were the best as a group, but did not do much more than make me smile. I personally liked the "Rock-Paper-Scissors" one. CBS filled TONS of time with promos for their own lame shows. The best of the night was Letterman and Oprah on the sofa snuggling. Hilarious! Also funny was the Blockbuster spot with the guinea pigs messing with the mouse trying to get on the internet. The women at work seemed to like this one the best. I didn't get the Jim Gaffigan spots for Sierra Mist. And what the HELL was salesgenie.com doing with a Superbowl ad? Guys in The Booth Best line of the night came from Phil Simms. Upon seeing David Spade and friends sitting in the rain he deadpanned "If the show was a hit already they would be in a box." Nantz was great as always. Entertainment Billy Joel was umm how to put this as a Billy fan. He was umm ... old... and not great. And who brings a baby grand to a football game? In the rain? Prince looked great, but sounded just ehhhh. The godaddy.com strippers were entertaining. Did Anyone Else Notice? Was that Scott Graham doing a voiceover in the Motorola "Making of a Champion" ad? Hope you enjoyed the game! C