The global pandemic we are dealing with is a true tragedy, today we passed 100,000 people dead from the virus (a number which I think is MUCH LARGER than what they are saying). That’s another story for another time. I am a huge sports fan, I have always been. My favorite sport is cycling, but we know that’s not the sport it is in Europe; football, basketball, tennis, golf, baseball, even hockey I love to follow. I am not as big a baseball fan as I was when I was a kid, but then again I a big football fan, but not a crazed fan!

So what is the story with baseball? I don’t fault these guys for making as much money as they can–their shelf life is limited. There are only a handful of people in the world who can play Major League Baseball and god bless them let them make as much as they can. What is going on now is truly a travesty, baseball is as American as apple pie, I know that’s cliche but it’s true. The fact that they can’t come to an agreement to just play baseball is such a travesty. The owners are being greedy, I am totally on the players side, but they are crying poverty.

WHY? MLB is a license to print money. It is a protected monopoly end of story. Why do we pay $12 for a hot dog and $15 for a beer–total bullshit. I understand by not having fans in the ballpark there is a source of revenue that is diminished, but quite frankly the money is in the TV contract! Everyone’s eyes will b GLUED to the TV, the owners and TV networks will be able to charge more for the product than ever. I just don’t get it.

The NFL, NHL, pro golfers have all seemed to figure it out, but WTF is wrong with these baseball people. It’s frustrating to hear day after day how many people have filed for unemployemnt but the guy who was supposed to make $35 million will only make $10M this year? Should I feel bad about this or just shake my head. Baseball owner should get their heads out of their ass.



So we’re going camping, ugh…

Today we are off to Virginia Beach, to go camping. The first time I went to Virginia Beach, I went with my friends for our senior trip, a lot of people took the bus that wenrt down, we drove down in my trusty 1978 Toyota Corona, which I believe is still running strong. That car was great, I only had it for about a year, but it was so reliable, I didn’t know jack about maintenance. I don’t think I ever changed the oil, transmission fluid or anything else that would be considered ‘preventive maintenance.’ That car started up like a champ everyday, that’s why I am sure it is going strong somewhere even today.

So we drove down, met everyone else and had a great time. Afterwards we drove back home. Now I don’t like anyone driving my car, but I was so tired I let Dave drive. I remember waking up and we were right up a truck ass; Dave was explaining the aerodynamics of being that close–we’d get better gas mileage and go faster. My consternation was what if the truck stops suddenly–WE ARE FU..ED! I mean later on I would learn he was absolutely correct but I would rather have tested his theory at the time in HIS car–LOL.

I remember we got lost coming back. Imagine that. we got lost and we only had to follow one road all the the down and we managed to get lost in Washington, DC. Now that I live in the DMV, it’s easy to understand why, the roads are very confusing even though I live here, but as a 17 yrl old you can only imagine. I remember, asking a person who we thought was a woman but answered us back in one of the deepest voices I ever heard, LOL. Oh man we were so young and naiive, even though we grew up in NYC and thought we were all that.

Fast forward 40+ years latert, the last time we were down there, I’d say about 4 years ago, Kathy rented one of these bungalows right on the beach, it was a pimped out place, and the price was ridiculous. These were brand new homes–BTW they were on a Navy base hence the discount for the unit. I more prefer glamping than camping. I have no problem camping at the four seasons, but when you tell me to sleep outside, I’m a little iffy on that. Luckily we have an Airstream, so I am halfway there as far as camping/glamping.

I go because I want Kathy to go to RAGBRAI next year, well actually THIS year but since COVID 19 it’s been cancelled. If I don’t go cmping now then there’s definitely no shot of her going then. Ahhh, the things we do for love. I hate camping even at RAGBRAI, but the bike rifing is awesome so there’s a little give and take in everything. It’s Memorial Day weekend, time to relax a little. I really shouldn’t complain, but I am admittedly a prima dona!

Phyllis George and NFL today

I was very sad to hear about the passing of Phyllis George today. For those who don’t know who she is, she was one of the first women on the NFL pre-game shows when I was younger. I had just gotten into football and was loosely paying attention to what was going on. There was Brent Musberger, Irv Cross, Phyllis George and Jimmy the Greek. This was in the time before NFL Red Zone, and the Internet, hence you got your news from them on Sundays. These guys were BIG TIME back then. You think the NFL is big now, this was when there were only over the air braodcast channels, there was no cable and 500 channels.

My big brother Karamjeet got me into football. He was a Cleveland Browns fan, I don’t know if its because he went to Case Western Reserve or he actually liked the Cleveland Browns. They weren’t the mess that they are now, they had Bernie Kosar as their quarterback, Ernest Byner, and a couple other of really great players. I remember watching games at his home, at least the beginning half of the game because usually hafl way thru I’d have to hop on the train to get back to The Bronx. I remember rooting for the Steelers a lot–they were really good back then and it seemed like they were always on TV. As I mentioned, football wasn’t on demand back then. We had to wait until half time to get the scores, and you really did wait. It wasn’t like now when a team scores a touchdown, they do a cut away and you see the score or go to NFL Redzone, lol.

I remember her because quite frankly she was pretty–she was a former Miss America, hence you know she was a stunner, later on when she left she was replaced by Jayne Kennedy–another who was even prettier than her! The NFL knew what guys wanted to see even then. She did pave the way for a lot of women in football, she wasn’t asking tough questions–she mainly did ‘puff pieces,’ nothing hard hitting like now. Back then she was there to have a pretty face among, Musberger, Cross and The Greek.

I have to admit, I hadn’t thought of her in years, quite frankly I thought she was already dead. Alas, she was alive and kicking up until a few days ago. She was the first lady of Kentucky–being married to the Governor, I was reading their statement, and I’ll para phrase. They said they didn’t know her as Phyllis George from The NFL Today, she was just Mom, which was really refreshing to hear.

It’s just another piece of my childhood going away. I am getting older. I have less tomorrows than I have yesterdays. I hate knowing that I am in the twilight (seemingly) of my life. I am just trying to enjoy it the best that I can and raise a great human being. Phyllis George Rest In Peace, know that you paved the way for many women that we see on TV now and will be missed by many fans.

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