Monday, March 31, 2008
Matt and Enrico are on their way with an opener so beverage consumption should start soon. Hopefully the rain clears up for game time!
Another Delco Guy is headed to Wawa to get some ice and then down to South Philly for the Phils' Opener. They should have a better than usual chance to pick up a win today, as Myers is on the mound against a Nationals team that opened their new park last night on ESPN.
Let's hope the bats are tired. I'm meeting my brother Matt, his buddy Enrico, my buddies Carlo, Bill and Bobby and we're looking to have a great day. We'll be in the Jetro lot pregame, then going to catch some MRGG and finally the game!
Look for lots of photos later tonight or more likely tomorrow!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
And it's a big one for a small school in Delaware County.
Two of the area's wealthiest couples combined to give $45 million to Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Middletown, PA on Tuesday..The Lenfests (Suburban Cable money) and the Rowans (Inductotherm money here in Moorestown, NJ) made the gifts to the unique 120-year old school. Rowan made the original $5 million gift as a challenge gift. The school approached the Lenfests to meet the challenge and THEY turned around and challenged the Rowans to up the gift. Ya gotta love it when rich people get competitive.
Williamson provides free education to young men to learn trades. Preference for admission is given to guys from the Philly area who couldn't go to college otherwise. The 120 year old school effectively doubles its endowment with these gifts, ensuring that the school's mission will continue for generations.
It's in an enviable position in higher education. They've got the funds to do what they want, a distinctive niche of enrollment opportunity and the attention of the philanthropic community at a crucial time. With the economic crunch hitting higher education, as well as demographic pressures beginning to restrict enrollments, gifts like this can be transformational, giving institutions not only the opportunity to continue a current mission, but to develop important new programs, build classrooms, labs and shops for the future and catch up on deferred maintenance.
I've known a number of Williamson men. They tend to be incredible people. The school does an amazing job taking guys wilh what would be otherwise challenging futures and leading them to lives that matter. It couldn't have happened to a better school.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ya ever go out to a bar and get really wrecked and instead of going to the bathroom end up in a trash truck?
But this guy has.
Time to start thinking about a new set of friends if I were him.
It's 36 degrees and the sun isn't doing much to warm things up on this March Saturday morning. Yet we're out her for our frst practice as Tigers!
John is hiting the ball well today and has a funny Willy Mayes style in the outfield. We'll work on that for next week's Opening Day. Back to encouraging kids not to play in the dirt.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Another Delco Guy is still on Spring Break with the little ones, but it's time for the Friday Fantastic Four to come back from vacation.
Todays list is a bit off the beaten path, but you can take it any way you want.
What are the four best four letter words?
- Kids - simply the best!!!
- Beer - For when the kids are sleeping
- Love - It had to be here didn't it?
- The F word - It's so versatile!
Ok - what are yours???
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Another Delco Guy is in South Philly today with the family having lunch at McFadden's Ballpark. The food was just ok but the highlight was seeing all the preparation that's going on here as the Phils prepare to break camp and head North tonight.
I will be in the house with Lil Bro on Monday as the Phils begin the defense of their pennant. I'm already excited! See you at the park!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Emma and I took a trip to Home Depot (she calls it the worker store) today and came home with a new wall cabinet for over the sink. It's no masterpiece, but it will give us someplace to store the stuff that is usually all over the counter.
It's a white foil finish over particleboard and weighs in at about 40 pounds. Getting it in place was no easy task, but it's up there now. I added an under cabinet light rigged so that the switch is next to the door, which is a huge upgrade from having to fumble to the other side of the room in the dark. A pair of brushed metal knobs dresses up the rather plain white front panels.
Now out to pitch to John!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Well The Moorestown Quakers have broken camp and head north (and south and east and west) with this super roster:
(Hou - 1B,OF)
(Phi - 2B)
(Det - 1B,SS)
(Det - SP)
(Phi - SP,RP)
(Col - SP)
(Ari - RP)
(Cin - SP)
I was really happy to take my favorite player, Chase Utley in Round one and the best pitcher in the league, Jake Peavy, second. Figgins and VMart give me some flexibility, but I am not happy with the OF or pitching staff overall. I'll try to use the flexibility to help me on off days, but it's a long season and a lot can change between now and the All-Star break.
I've uploaded a batch of photos from my recent trip to Salem, Virginia to call the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship weekend.
The photos are here. And some reflections on what it's like to be a former coach returning to the site of a national Championship with out a team should be posted a bit later tonight.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Here's a photo I took last week of the new cold tap systems at Valanni that deliver clean, fresh cold beer to the tap without wasting a drop. That's ice actually froze over the tap from condensed water vapor!!! I'm not a fan of over-chilled beer, but I have to say the new system looks awesome and the beer tastes perfect.
They've added a Dog Fish Head 60 Minute IPA, a Sly Fox, a great licorice stout from Michigan, as well as Chimay Red. A new Blanche de Blanche is on the way too! Stop in and enjoy.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
As Sweet Caroline plays over the sound system at the Salem Civic Center, The Washington University Bears celebrate their first Men's Basketball National Championship. They downed the Amherst Lord Jeffs 90-68 in a game they dominated from the tip.
Tournament MVP Troy Ruths had 33 points in the victory while Fletcher Walters had 17 for the losers.
It's a beautiful morning in the Roanoke Valley of Southwest Virginia. I'm relaxing with a bit of room service in my beautifully renovated room at the Hotel Roanoke. Ran into some good folks from Philly last night including the McGarveys from Ursinus and former St. Joe's coach John Griffin. We watched Villanova storm back and stun Clemson (and me) last night.
Coach Griffin will be on the call for CSTV for today's Division III Men's Basketball Championship game. we exchanged noted on the Amherst-Wash U matchup and reminisced a bit about his days leading the Hawks. Thanks to Coach Paige Moir and all the great folks at Roanoke College for the great post-game spread last night.
I'll be over at th Salem Civic Center most of the day. Catch all the action at D3hoops.com!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The Lord Jeffs were led by Andrew Olson who scored a triple double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Bears were led by John Noonan with 18 points.
-----Original Message----- From: Chris Pesotski Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 2:57 PM To: Typepad Subject: Live From The Final Four
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 2:57 PM To: Typepad
Subject: Live From The Final Four
I am here on the floor of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Final Four The pre game show is bout to get under way and then it's Amherst vs. Ursinus followed by Hope against Washington U in the nightcap.
It's been a good day so far since landing where in Dixie. I stopped in Martinsville on the way up and actually got to walk on the track as they set up for next week's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Here in Salem I helped the folks at D3hoops.com finalize the All-American teams and now we're ready for some live action!
I'm hoping the third time is the charm and we are about to get on this plane. We're at our third gate, trying to get on our second plane. The crew is no where in sight, but they are fueling this bird so hopefully we're away soon!
Another Delco Guy is at PHL's F terminal as the pink of dawn brings into focus just how small the plane is that is taking me to Greensboro today. At least it's a jet!
We'll be boarding in a few minutes for the 90 minute flight to North Carolina. From there, it's another 90 minutes in a rental car up to Salem, VA and the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Final Four.
See you on the other side!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
About 100 people are braving the 43 degree temperatures and 15 mph winds to celebrate the start of spring with a free Rita's water ice. Traffic on Main Street in Moorestown slows in the area as kids and parents get their first taste of spring.
I am not sure how many times the Glenn Foley era has ended in his football career, but another Foley era ended yesterday as he's out at SR950 WPEN-AM. Michael Bradley is hosting a considerably more sober than usual morning show solo. He's just keeping the seat warm for a week though, as ESPN's Mike and Mike show is headed to the Philly airwaves starting April 1.
Bigger news though is that the man WPEN was built around, Jody Mac, is headed to mid-days (no hours yet) and Mike Missanelli is headed back from his NYC slot now that his Philly-area non-compete is up. Missanelli is a smart, if temperamental host, best known for his on-air feuding with 610 WIP's Howard Eskin and his rather rather infamous assault on a producer that got him canned from the Godfather of Philly Sports Talk.
Mid-day co-host Jamie Yannacone, best known either for winning a contest as a super fan and joining the broadcasting ranks or for running naked across Oregon Avenue, also got the axe. It remains to be seen what will be done with Harry Mayes, the other early afternoon host. My guess is he's headed back to evenings. Bradley also needs a spot, though his somewhat cerebral approach doesn't seem to fit with the new style SR 950 is laying out.
I know why they're doing it, but I still hate to see them move Jody. He's the only reason most of us even listen to the station and moving him to mid-days is a huge demotion. Most of us won't be able to enjoy the show then. Missanelli though, gives the station a chance to do what it hasn't done in the 2.5 years they've been sports talk. Build listeners. He's another known (and volatile) quantity on the air there who can directly challenge Eskin in a way that Jody hasn't been able to. And moving Jody to mid-days is a massive upgrade for that time slot and puts him in a great position to compete with the dreadful midday programming at 610.
I'm just not sure that it will all work. National sports radio isn't a good fit in the notoriously passionate Philly sports scene. SR950 has done virtually nothing outside a few billboards to promote Jody's tenure in the afternoons, and they'll need to step it up big time to pay Mike Miss's salary and compete with Eskin. They've never done it before, so why start now?
Is this just re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?
From Michael Klein at Philly.com:
Today it (950) announced that Jody McDonald, now afternoon host, would move to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ESPN's Mike Tirico will take the 1-to-3 p.m. block, followed by Missanelli from 3-7 p.m.
The Locker Room, with current midday cohost Harry Mayes and Dan Schwartzman, previously at ESPN 920, will be on from 7 to 11 p.m.
I'm sad for Jody. He's a class act and he's going back to his beginnings here in Philly when he took over the 10-2 shift for Bill Campbell. I wish him the best of luck in the new slot. I also note that there's no mention of the lovely Meredith Marakovits or Michael Bradley. Meredith was featured prominently in this morning's show, but I guess they're done with at pair too at 950.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Ashley Alexandra Dupre has already posed naked!!!! I am shocked. And apparently GGW producer Joe Francis had no idea he already owned 'hours' of footage of Eliot Spitzer's $4300 career crasher. I guess if you had Francis's legal problems you might forget Dupre, but I think If I had the footage every college guy and pervy governor is looking for I might remember it.
Francis apparently forgot Dupre's 2003 18th birthday debacle in Miami Beach when the Jackson, NJ teen got thrown out of her hotel after a fight with a friend and then joined the GGW bus for a week. I generally avoid bus transportation, but I might consider this one. Anyway, somebody in the GGW empire remembered the now-infamous Dupre's body of work from the bus and saved Francis ac cool $1 million.
My guess is that she'll still get a deal from the bunny mag. The GGW website is like $30 for a month. Or so I have heard. The bunny magazine is a few bucks. And it has great articles. Hef's got the change. He'll put it up to give horny American men a cut-rate look at the Girl Who
Went Brought Down the Spitz.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I've been asked a few times lately about the recent lack of posts. Nothing really to report about it. I've just very busy at work and that hasn't left much time for posting.
I've got a few stories that I am readying for posting, a pair of restaurant reviews, a collection of thoughts about touring Chester, PA a while back, an NCAA tournament proposal and a photo story on the Flight 93 memorial among others. I'm also working the Division III men's basketball Final Four in Salem. VA this weekend, so there will be some live blog posts from down there as well.
Another Delco Guy will be back in the swing of things any time now!!! Thanks for asking.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I've got my picks done and in. I've got a few upsets, but not in the early rounds. I used to spend hours at this and get beat by women who picked based on what team's color they looked better in. This year I just picked games based on my gut.
And that's as good as anything. Shit. Who really knows who's better in the Gonzaga - Davidson game? where are these schools even located?
While I love that my childhood favorite team Villanova beat out 3-4 other more deserving squads to squawk into this year's field and also that BOTH Temple and St. Joe's made it, Sunday night will be the high point of the week for Philly hoops squads. All three will lose in the first round.
As for the chalk, I don't have a single #1 seed in the Final Four. I've got a 5 and a trio of twos.
- Notre Dame
Georgetown over Texas 75-72 in San Antonio on April 7th.
Good luck and enjoy the most magical time of the year!
2008 NCAA Tournament Picks
Saturday, March 15, 2008
We're having special guests for dinner tonight and the house looks like a herd of wild animals has been wintering here. Actually it's not that terrible, but there are dustbunnies in the corners, the kitchen floor needs attention and the accumulation of junk needs to be removed.
It' early spring cleaning!!!
So out comes the Murphy's Oil Soap, the Fantastik Anti-Bacterial, the Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner and the Windex. I hope we are ready when the company gets here!
Have a great day.
Friday, March 14, 2008
In honor of the UArts Spring Break, I am off today and so is the Friday Fantastic Four. I plan to get the CRV worked on, watch some college hoops and get my eyes checked out. Come on back next week for the Fantastic Four!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Ok. So I am not as healthy as I could be. Big minus points for:
Low unsaturated fat
Low vegetable intake
Folic acid intake
High resting heart rate
Lack of flexibility exercises
Low grain intake
Low omega-3 intake
Low fruit servings
Unsafe driving practices
Cell phone use
Lack of daily breakfast
Vitamin E intake
Have cholesterol level measured
Strength training level
I'm amazed that given my history of stress (marriage) that the numbers aren't worse.
The quiz that put a numerical figure on what I already knew is fairly lengthy but VERY COOL. You can try it out here. Let me know what your RealAge is!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
In one of the most expected political moved in decades, New York governor Eliot Spitzer called it quits today. The guv with the straight arrow image made attacking Wall Street and financial aid officers was ultimately shown to be a fraud. His image was a sham, his reality was paying $4300 a pop to hookers.A guy who held all around him to the highest of moral, legal and ethical standards was himself a criminal.
And a stupid one at that.
This guy transferred as much as $80,000 to sham corporations that were refuges for high-priced prostitution rings. He should have known better, as it was Spitzer's own 2001 investigations into mob-money laundering that set up the electronic safety net that ultimately snared him. Apparently the FBI had been checking him out since 2007.
This whole thing is a mess. He regularly traveled to DC, checked into high-priced hotels, slipped his security detail and then had to pay to hook up with Kristen. I'm not saying he's a scumbag because he went to a hooker. That's his business. And his wife's. And his daughters'. I'm saying he's a scumbag because he made a career throwing prostitutes, financiers and everyone else he could think of into jail while he held himself above the law.
And yeah. I guess humiliating your family is pretty freaking low too. I wonder if Jim McGreevey's divorce lawyer is available?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
There's a stout 1/2 HP Craftsman pumping down there right now and we've moved about a foot of water to the backyard so far. And only one trip to Home Depot so far!!!
It took about 90 minutes to pump out the full 54" of water, and it created Lake Brookhaven in the back yard, but things at 3447 are drying out now. Thanks to li'l bro for the Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron wood-aged brown ale he provided as payment for my services today. It's simply amazing!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Another Delco Guy is at John's school early this Saturday morning for the American Heart Association's Jumprope for Heart 2008. About 300 youngsters are exercising to the music today to raise money to fight heart disease.
The highlight so far was the mass performance of 'Cotton-Eyed Joe,' a school favorite. More photos and a wrap after the event!
Friday, March 07, 2008
Mr. George, the janitor at John's school is retiring today after many years of work in the hallways and bathrooms of an elementary school with 500 kids. He's a cool guy, always good for a laugh and has an easy-going manner with the kids. He knows them all by name and always has a question or joke for them. i see him all the time in the office and i have to say that I'll miss it.
So to honor Mr. George and his many years of tolerant work with school children, here is today's Friday Fantastic Four:
What four people do you wish you still saw on a regular basis?
- My Grandfather - He died in 1995, but I still think of him every day.
- Coach Dzik - The Big Dog - He's down in Demorest now, but might be headed to Del Val soon!
- John and Emma - My angels - whenever they are with their mom, it's a rough day.
- Lou Monaco - My first RA in college, the best sports fan ever, hilarious to be around and a true buddy, even if he is a Mets fan.
I'm very happy for some of my life changes over the last few years that have gotten me back in regular contact with my old buddies. Seeing Carlo, Danny, Bobby, Bryen, Chicken and Burnsie all the time has been the best. Gotta figure a way to get back to Delco more to see the Hannigan and Ranson clans a bit more.
Everybody have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Just when you thought Mayor Nutter could get things moving at City Hall, comes this story.
Apparently Philadelphia City Councilors are evenly split 6-6 on the Clinton-Obama question. Oh what's that you say? There are 14 members of City Council? That's true. But two are so confused they can't even make up their mind.
And two of these stalwats of decision-making ability have actually changed their mind, abandoning Hillary for Barack.
And we think this group is going to pass meaningful government reform measures and cut the immense waste in city government. Yeah. I never did either.
Looking to press his wife's razor-thin margin of victory Tuesday, former
intern-banger President Bill
Clinton will visit Philadelphia Democratic ward leaders Friday. I assume this meeting will take place in a smoke-filled back room of some South Philly grocery store.
I'm not sure what Bill hopes to accomplish here in Philly. my guess is that the ward leaders are pretty set in their positions at this point. The city's big D's, Nutter and Rendell, are behind Hillary already, so maybe it's just a maintain friends visit.
Perhaps he's more 'street money' ready. Whatever the case, it's unlikely that just TALKING will do much to sway this group.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Get used to it gang. According to this article on Philly.com today, Chelsea Clinton will kick off her mother's campaign for Pennsylvania today at a 4:30 pm outdoor rally at The University of Pennsylvania. Apparently Chelsea's mom is busy recovering from winning three of four primaries last night, staving off an Obama coronation at least for the moment.
The next six weeks will be excruciating as the two Democratic candidates left standing appear to have decided to maul each other until the last second, thus assuring a John McCain presidency. I am currently looking at property in
Canada warm island locales.
The Clinton camp is selling last night as a big win, as they stopped Obama's streak of 12 victories. They also note that Clinton is winning the states that Democrats need to win in November. The Obama folks are quick to note that their man kept his lead in delegates pledged at over 100, and closed Clinton's once formidable leads in Ohio and Texas to single-digit margins.
So on they stagger toward Pennsylvania, where they will saturate the states 'six major media markets' (is Altoona REALLY a major media market?) with campaign ads that each hope will deliver Pennsylvania and its key 188 delegates. It's going to be a mess. Both campaigns went negative in the last week, and it's hard to come back up out of the gutter once you have fallen there.
Expect it to be ugly.
And I just don't get it. I voted for Clinton, but she would have to win Pennsylvania by 25 points to narrow the delegate margin enough to make the last few primaries in North Carolina, Indiana, and even Puerto Rico meaningful. That isn't happening. And recent polls have Obama up big in the delegate rich states left after PA.
A Hillary Clinton presidency is fantasy at this point. She is going to lose and her staying in the race and battering Obama further is only helping McCain. It's time for someone to talk some sense into her and tell her it's over.