Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Last season Villanova proved to be aggressive, but undisciplined…allowing opponents to shoot an average of 27.5 free throws per game.

Louisville lost four starters and their top three scorers.

San Diego State returns all five starters.

Stanford will have no seniors on this season’s team…California, just one.

Last season, a freshman (Tyler Honeycutt) lead UCLA in rebounds, steals and blocked shots.

Not a single Pac-10 player declared early for the NBA draft…and only two seniors were selected.

Last season the Atlantic 10 Conference compiled the sixth best RPI.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 484

Saturday, August 21, 2010---821 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 27 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.

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Rave: Sterling Hayden.

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Reading: “Masquerade” by Gayle Lynds.

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On the Hi Fi: Ricky Nelson’s greatest Hits.

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Under rated: Buckingham/Nicks.

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I miss: Ella Fitzgerald, John Wayne, Alan Ameche…meetcha at Ameche’s.

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Rave: The opening credits for “Covert Affairs” are spectacular…very slick. The show is a keeper as well. Characters welcome!

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Quote: “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde.

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Trust Me: It is far, far easier to back into a parking place than to back out.

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Didjaknow: The concept of the class ring was born at West Point. The Class of 1835 ordered the first rings, and though the class of 1836 chose not to follow suit, 1837 revived the practice and the line has remained unbroken ever since.

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Hmmm: Is there anything more nonsensical than point-spreads for NFL exhibition games?

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Factoid: Everybody knows that NY Giant Bobby Thomson hit the “shot heard ‘round the world” off Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca in the deciding game of the 1951 three game playoff. However, didjaknow Thomson hit a homer off Branca in game one of the series? Thanks to MLB scout Carl Moesche for the info.

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Changing times: Thomson’s home run ball went into the crowd of fans in the Polo Grounds’ left field area. It has never been recovered. No one claimed to have caught it or sought out Thomson for an autograph or money for the ball.

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Rant: Fourteen songs were nominated for Oscars in 1945. Fourteen! These days, they're lucky to find one.

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Rimshot: The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired the name from too much Pi.

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Didjaknow: Political pollster, Scott Rasmussen was one of the founders of ESPN in 1979. He maxed out his credit card for $9,000 and the Worldwide Leader was born.

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World class double standard: Last Christmas Eve, obama signed off on $42 million in bonuses for the top twelve Fannie and Freddie exes…including $6 million apiece for the two CEOs. So much for the shared sacrifice.

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Hmmm: One lesson to be learned from the latest installment of the Roger Clemens soap opera…lying by congress is not a crime, but lying to congress is a crime.

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Timing is everything: The college football magazines have been out since June.

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Rant: If there ever was a “shovel-ready” project that deserve stimulus money, it’s building the wall along the USA/Mexico border.

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Hmmm: Research says Americans are getting more cynical, if you can believe that.

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Can’t make this stuff up: NY Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has eight children with six women spread over five states, and four of them are three years old…the children, not the women.

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Stats: Once upon a time the USA was the world’s leader in the percentage of young people with college degrees…now we are ranked 12th among 36 developed countries.

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Rant: I’ll bet obama cannot recite The Lord’s Prayer without a teleprompter.

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Rimshot: Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

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Quote: “Everything that works well—everything that brings innovation and prosperity—comes from the private sector. Our best hope is separation of economy and government.”—John Stossel.

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Truism: It is quite easy to identify the people who cannot count to ten. They are in front of you in the supermarket express lane.

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Factoid: 7% of the private sector is unionized…35% of government workers are. Over the past ten years, wages have risen for state and local government workers by 19% compared to 9% in the private sector.

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Mad Men: The show is at its best when we see the characters’ emotions filtered through the ads they are dealing with.

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Bumper Sticker of the Month: “Inside Every Old Person Is a Yung Person Wondering What Happened.”

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Rimshot: A pizza, a hot dog and a burger walk into a bar and order a drink. The bartender goes, "Sorry, we don't serve food here."

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Rave: An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

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Quote: Speaking about our armed forces, Ben Stein said, “They go through more in an hpur than I do in my whole life. God bless them a million times over. God bless them for all eternity. We owe them EVERYTHING.”

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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.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 483

Sunday, August 15, 2010---623 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 2 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.

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Rave: Angie Harmon.

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Reading: “Masquerade” by Gayle Lynds.

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On the Hi Fi: Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits.

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Under rated: Aldo Ray. If there ever was an actor made to play a soldier, it was Aldo Ray.

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I miss: Ted Williams, Count Basie and Robert Montgomery.

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Rave: Crunchy peanut butter.

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Didjaknow: Atlanta Brave Jason Heyward, who turned 21 and hit his 12th home run of the season as the Braves lost to Houston, 10-4. He became the fourth player to homer on his 21st birthday, joining Ted Williams (1939), Frank Robinson (1956) and Alex Rodriguez (1996) according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Quote: “After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.”-- Mickey Mantle, #7.

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Strike Out: The NFL exhibition between the Cowboys and Bengals on NBC routed ESPN's broadcast of the Yankees-Red Sox game.

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Rave: No one could play the debutant role better than Deanna Durbin.

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Rant: These obamas take more vacations than there are blonds on Fox News.

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Thank you: As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan)…we should all pause and give thanks to all the men and women of The Greatest Generation whose courage, valor and sacrifice made that victory possible. Who can forget what is arguably the world's most famous kiss that day in Times Square?

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Rimshot: Now that Shaquille O'Neal will be wearing Celtics colors, Boston can claim to have two Green Monsters.

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Quote: “God could come down from heaven and He couldn’t throw it past me.”—Ted Williams, #9.

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Rant: The NFL plays way too many preseason games.

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Truism: The Knicks and Isiah Thomas deserve one another.

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Stats: According to Sports Illustrated, in the 37-year history of the ATP tennis rankings, this is the first time that no American man is in the Top 10.

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Boring: Raise your hand if you’re on the edge of your seat about what Brett Favre is going to do in his soap opera this year.

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Polling Data: According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News (two definitive liberal news organizations) poll, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

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Full disclosure: To this day, I do not “get” The Three Stooges.

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Quote: “ ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a play in which nothing happens, twice.”—Anonymous.

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My take: In “Mad Men,” the moment the characters leave the office, it starts to feel static, as if the series does not know where it’s going.

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Just the facts: “It was Thomas Edison who brought us electricity, not the Sierra Club. It was the Wright Brothers who got us off the ground, not the Federal Aviation Administration. It was Henry Ford who ended the isolation of millions of Americans by making the automobile affordable, not Ralph Nader.”—Thomas Sowell.

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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.

I miss my 1975 Buick convertible.




Saturday, August 07, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 482

Saturday, August 07, 2010---838 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 37 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.

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Rave: Dan Duryea

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Reading: “Miami Noir” edited by Les Standiford

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On the Hi Fi: “The Best of Benny Carter.”

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Under rated: Zachary Scott.

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I miss: Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie Fox and William Powell.

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Rave: Ceiling fans.

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Rave: USA Network has renewed “In Plain Sight” for two more seasons.

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Hmmm: Lost in the shuffle of A-Rod’s 600th homer is the fact that he was hitting .264 at the time.

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TV Timeout: After the first two episodes of “Rubicon” on AMC at 9 PM Sundays, I’m a fan. The show does not suffer fools---you must pay attention---it’s cerebral, deliberately paced without an explosion every ten minutes and damn few car chases, unlike most spy movies. If you enjoy complex set-ups and plenty of intrigue, with smart TV characters attempting to figure them out, “Rubicon” is just the ticket. It is thought-provoking stuff for a serious audience. I especially like the Cold War aspects of newspaper clippings, references to actual books, typewriters, globes, clues frenetically arrayed on a cork-board and even a Graham Greene novel. As the cryptic series points out, every code has a key---I just hope I am bright enough to decipher them. One thing I do know…the conspiracies will no doubt lead to other even more elaborate conspiracies. Must see TV.

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Truism: The end of the world won’t be covered as extensively as ESPN covered the rumor that Brett Favre was going to retire the other day. This whole Favre thing is most wearisome. Who really cares?

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Didjaknow: The Rays’ payroll is roughly $120 million less than the Yankees’.

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Hmmm: If a room smells musty, does that mean it is full of must?

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Didjaknow: Even though he was one of the main stars, James Coburn had just eleven lines in “The Magnificent Seven.” http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,108758,00.html

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TV Timeout: Season four of “Mad Men” gets my vote. Superb casting and wonderful character development as usual. Must see TV.

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English 101: It's really not all that difficult to use "between/among" correctly. Use "between" when referring to two things, "among" for three or more. Examples: I'm between a rock and a hard place. There's no honor among thieves.

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Bumper Sticker of the week: “No Matter Where I Stand, I Stand With Israel.”

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Hmmm: Ever notice that Asian people don't whine about their circumstances in America?

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Quote: “A government that can’t even pay its own bills and must borrow against the future earnings of people not yet born seems a bad choice to oversee the financial well-being of the nation.” —Linda Chavez.

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Ooops: Don't you just hate that moment when you are in the middle of a very intense argument and you suddenly discover your wrong!

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Rant: Wearing a sweater tied and draped over one's shoulders or wearing one's glasses on top of one's head (or on a chain).

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Truism: Artists of any kind (including pop stars) are almost never as interesting as their art.

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Quote: “It is east to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”—British economist Josiah Charles Stamp.

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In passing: As a Floridian, one hears things from a person who knows somebody who knows first hand of a kindness quietly performed by George Steinbrenner…things done for good with no reward or mention wanted. High school bands and cheerleader squads getting expenses paid to competitions, ballparks for Little League Divisions, uniforms for a high school, on and on. He may have come off as Phinias T. Bluster in many cases, but at his core he did far more good that most will never know. To quote newspaperman Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young) when he said to Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Long live the legend of George Steinbrenner.

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Hmmm: If you find a clue, send it to John Kerry.

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Pop Quiz: Pop question: How many churches, synagogues and temples were built in all of Saudi Arabia last year? Answer: Zero.

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Truism: T.O. and the Bengals deserve each other.

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Quotes: A trio from Burt Prelutsky. “Everyone who is in favor of abortion has already been born.” “God knows I can be as self-righteous as the next guy, assuming the next guy isn’t a liberal.” “Nobody who has ever demonstrated against capital punishment has ever been a murder victim.”

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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.