Archive for September, 2008

Gebrselassie breaks marathon world record

Gebrselassie marathoner

Ethiopian becomes first to run distance in under two hours, four minutes

2:03:59

Read more about it here

Yankees fail to make the playoffs

For the first time since 1995 the Yankees failed to make the playoffs. It was a good run and there is always next year. I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was in grade school. As a long time Yankee fan I’ve had some long dry spells. I think from 64 thru 76 we had really bad teams but with some great personalities. Even though they didn’t win I loved those years and some of the players. Then we had another 18 years of weak teams from 78 thru 96 season, so I’m aware of how it feels not to make the playoffs. Maybe I’ve become spoiled in recent years by making the playoffs so many years in a row, but they were one of the best teams during those years, what can I say.

Lets look at this year. The Yankees had a good record and played well but just couldn’t over come the unbelievable lucky Rays and their special season. I also believe if they were close to Boston they may have over taken them or may have at least taken the wild card and knocked them off in the playoffs. And I’m going go out on a limb here and say the Yankees will retool for 2009 and make the playoff easily.

You heard it here first.

Yankee Stadium

So long Yankee Stadium

I’ll miss Yankee Stadium. I went to the Bronx to watch the Yankees play as a kid growing up in New Jersey many times. Between 1966 and 1977 I must have gone at least a hundred times. We went to the stadium as school events, little league outings and even skipped school to go watch a ball game. In the original version of Yankee stadium prior to the remodel, I seemed to always get stuck behind a post and impeded my view of the game and I still loved going. We tried to make very bat day, old timers game and I loved going to batting practice. Even now as a middle aged man, every time I returned back east during the summer I made at least one pilgrimage to Yankee stadium to watch my beloved Yankees. I’ve taken my wife and baby daughter on the subway to watch a game. And returned on the subway and train back to Jersey in the middle of the night. I am a true Yankee fan!

I attempted to go one more time this summer to watch a game or two. Maybe even go see one of the last games at Shea. But I as a regular working stiff I can no longer afford to go to a game. As I attempt to purchase tickets for one of the final games, ticket prices were as high as $2500 bucks for the cheap left field seats. Add the cost of flying and hotel made it imposable for me to arrange a trip.

But let’s face reality. Yankee Stadium had seen better days. The amenities were no longer there. The food wasn’t up to the standards at a modern day stadium, the bathrooms were from another era and the tight confined walkways always made me nervous with the crowds. Yes the place has history and the place reeked with nostalgia, but let’s get real; no longer could Yankee stadium be modernized to keep up with the future of baseball and the more demanding baseball fan. Plus for $2500 I’d expect something better than what was available at the stadium.

I don’t expect I’ll be able to afford box seats in the new stadium either. Corporate America will purchase every seat and leave us true Yankee fans in the cold, but I’ll attempt to go at least once next time I’m in NYC/NJ area. I’ll give the place the once over and I’m sure it will exceed my highest expectations.

I’m also sure starting in 2009 the new Yankee Stadium will start a new rich history as one of the finest places in the world to watch a ballgame. Count me in as someone excited to have a new Stadium to watch the Yankees.

Long live the Old Yankee Stadium in the history of baseball.

HBO’s True Blood

If you have HBO give this show a chance. I viewed the first two episodes and liked it for the pure entertainment of it. If you like quirky shows like “Six Feet Under” and “Deadwood” you might like “True Blood”. Give it a shot and give me your opinion.

True Blood

According to the Huffington Post;

HBO has renewed Alan Ball’s vampire drama “True Blood” after only two episodes.

“Blood” debuted Sept. 7 on the premium network to a modest 1.4 million viewers. But the debut has attracted a total of 4 million viewers with repeat airings. Also, HBO noted the second episode grew 24%.

“We’re in a business where we have to believe in the show — and the show is fantastic,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO’s programming group and West Coast operations. “It gets better in every episode. The show deserves a second year whatever the ratings.

Why you don’t park in front of a fire hydrant

fire hydrant

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