Monday, October 04, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 487

Monday, October 04, 2010---918 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 43 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)

Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.

Virtually free of original ideas.

Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.

Often wrong…never in doubt.

Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.

A Grumpy Old Man Production.

+++++++

Rave: Stuart Varney.

+++++++

Reading: “Cold Is The Grave” by Peter Robinson.

+++++++

On the Hi Fi: “It’s De Lovely, The Authentic Cole Porter Collection.”

+++++++

Under rated: Joan Blondell.

+++++++

I miss: Minnie Minoso, Dick Powell, Lena Horne.

+++++++

Rant: 35 College Bowl Games are on tap this season. Looks like you’ll see a number of 5-7 teams in the postseason, making their alumni very proud.

+++++++

Hmmm: Rutgers, of all schools, is making noise in the early signings in the college basketball recruiting wars.

+++++++

Truism: There are two sides in the education debate: the teachers’ unions and those who want to help children succeed.

+++++++

Didjaknow: The 1970 World Series (known as the Brooks Robinson Invitational to some of us) was the last Series to be played entirely during the daytime.

+++++++

Hmmm: Do they call it a remote because when you use it, there is nothing remotely interesting on the tube?

+++++++

Rant: Looks like LeBron James intends to give his critics as much ammunition as it takes to alienate everybody outside of South Florida. What a moron.

+++++++

Quote: “Nearly every issue the president embraces polls against him, often at a 3-1 margin, Cap and trade, amnesty, state-run health care, more bailouts, takeovers, deficits, taxes and the national debt. His vision is the same as that of the EU circa 1990---one that even Europe now rejects as a failure.”---Victor Davis Hanson.

+++++++

Rant: Lotteries are a tax on the stupid.

+++++++

Stats: The San Francisco Giants finished September with a 1.78 team ERA, the lowest for any club in any month of 20 or more games since the Indians had a 1.42 ERA in May 1968. Luis Tiant, Sonny Siebert and Sam McDowell each made at least six starts for Cleveland that month.

+++++++

Rant: There ought to be a nationwide standard for the Club Sandwich. It should always have three pieces of toast (no Kaiser roll, etc.), be cut into triangles and the proper ingredients. No options!

+++++++

Rave: All of Ron Gardenhire’s 800-plus career victories have come managing the Twins.

+++++++

Quote: Commenting on the Roger Clemens mess, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck said, “Isn’t it a great to live in a country where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years, but the penalty far a congressman lying to you is another two years in office.”

+++++++

Rant: Pennant races were better before the wildcard.

+++++++

R.I.P.: Tony Curtis may have gained as much notoriety from his six marriages as the nearly 100 movies he made.

He was such a major pop culture figure of the 1950s and 1960s, that he was referred to a number of time in various “Leave It to Beaver” episodes.

My favorite Tony Curtis movies are: “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Spartacus” and “The Vikings.”

He possessed a huge acting range…having experienced triumphs in just about every film genre.

+++++++

Hmm: The idea to schedule the Red Sox/Yankees three game series to end the season must have seemed like a great idea at one time.

+++++++

Rave: Boston’s David Ortiz has twelve walk-off home runs in his career…only Mickey Mantle has more

+++++++

Rant: Even with an 8:00 PM start this season, the World Series starts and ends far too late. Even worse, some playoff games start at 9:37 PM. The Eastern Time Zone is the toughest place to live if you are a sports fan who has to get up early.

+++++++

Hmmm: What were the odds that the team that plays on a blue field in Idaho, of all places, would become one of the powers in college football?

+++++++

RIP: I was saddened by the death of Stephen J. Cannell. Not only did he create over 40 different TV shows in the 1970s and 80s…he did it while overcoming dyslexia.

He was the first to mix humor and crime fighting…injecting wittiness at unexpected times. Jim Rockford is truly an icon of pop culture.

His heroes often were screw-ups, who won out because the bad guys were also screw-ups, but without a strong work ethic.

He wrote 16 books…the Shane Scully series being a particular favorite of mine.

His visits to the Imus in the Morning show were always a treat.

His iconic “typewriter” logo will be missed.

+++++++

Rave: The Tampa Bay Rays are the best story in baseball…a small market team with a manageable payroll…heading back to the playoffs after being in the World Series two years ago. They deserve better fan support. Only 12,000 showed up at the Trop on a night when they were trying to clinch the playoff spot.

+++++++

Quote: “The past is never over, it’s not even past.”—William Faulkner.

+++++++

Didjaknow: Only one MLB pitcher hit two grand slams in the same game. On 7/3/66, Tony Cloninger of the Braves pulled it off. In 213 bases loaded situations, Oriole great Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam.

+++++++

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.

If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.

That is all.

As you were.


1 comment:

sophia said...

Really nice information. continue to share the information
Barker and Stonehouse
Oak Furniture Leeds
Pratts Furniture