Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday To Sunday Reading And Yeah, That's Right, It's Great

1 Samuel 20-24.


Hat tip to Viva El Birdos.

Here's a nice piece by a jealous fan.  The only way it could have been made better was if a Cubs fan had written it.

That, and mentioning how much fun it is to lose sleep in October.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

Weekend And Monday Reading And Scheduling

1 Samuel 16, 17, 18.


I'd like to congratulate MLB on their successful release of the 2015 schedule.  Cardinals are in Cleveland next year, so Cleveland readers get your tickets now.

But what I don't get is why the late start?  According to the announcers of tonight's game, the World Series may not start until October 28th, with it ending potentially as late as November 5th?

Who, but the Cubs and MLB, would think it was okay to schedule your most important games when it is potentially snowing and freezing?  Brilliant.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Reading And Free At Last

1 Samuel 15.


I've spent 25 years joined at the hip to an albatross that made my life miserable, and in the last month I've finally rid myself of it.

Half my life.  When I think about it I shudder.  But I'm finally free.

What a great feeling!

Yep, thanks to the power of the Spok Mobile app, I am now pager-less.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Thursday Reading And My Predicition

1 Samuel 14.


NFL starts tonight.  Green Bay at Seattle.  And I have a prediction.

Not about the game itself yet.  That will come later and is really not that hard.

My prediction is in regards to the media coverage.  More specifically about the media-generated story lines you will hear about, especially on TV.

You'll hear multiple non-football related storylines, over and over and over.

About CB Richard Sherman's Super Bowl rant.

About Michael Sam.

About the Redskins name.

About the crowd noise, including decibel level at the semi-indoor stadium.

Just stuff that has nothing to do with this here game being played.

So feel free to yell "Scottius Is Right" at the screen each time you hear any of the above tonight during the game.

Which of course Seattle will win.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wednesday Reading And It's Crunch Time

1 Samuel 13.


Difficult part of the schedule starts tomorrow.  Four against the Brewers and four against the Reds.  All road games.  I think this next week will be the decider. 

Only 23 games to go, 14 on the road. 

After next week, there are 9 home games against Colorado, Milwaukee and Cincinnati, followed by 6 road games at Chicago and Arizona.

Very doable if no one gets injured.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tuesday Reading And Football Geography

1 Samuel 12.


Don't know anything about the NFL?  The solution is easy- just go to the maps!

It's all spelled out for you there.

In life, no matter what it is, if you don't understand something, just go to the maps.  You'll find your answer there.

Or you'll just forget what you were looking for altogether.  Either way, it's cool.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Reading And Only A Month To Go

1 Samuel 11.


All tied up with a month to go.  Which should be fun. 

So maybe they should just condense every baseball regular season down to a month and have an all-out throw-anyone-out-there-whenever-you-need-them melee to decide division champions?

After playing lifeless and punchless for the past 4 1/2 months, I can't believe the Cardinals stand where they do this morning.

I predict they will likely fall by the wayside, like the 1983 Cardinals did after Labor Day.  Mostly because of the Pirates and the Giants playing so well, I think the Cardinals may not even get a Wild Card slot.

But after a frustratingly mediocre season so far, an explosion of offense and a glimpse of some talent from their highly-touted prospects would seem to be due as well.

26 games, 12 at home and 14 on the road, including two series against the Reds and Brewers and one against the loathsome Cubs, are all that's left of this season.

Time to get out your snowblowers soon.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Month's Reading And Vacation

Judges 2- 1 Samuel 10


Took a month off, August being my traditional month for vacation anyway.  Good to be back.

We are now 2/3 of the way through the year, so now would be a good time to take inventory of my goal progression this year.

I am sitting at 13,800 push ups and squats for the year, meaning I am on target for push ups.  I won't reach 25,000 squats, but that's okay because I revised my goal earlier in the year, giving me only a 20,000 incentive.

I have kept up with my reading of 1 chapter a day, and, in fact, read slightly more than 1 chapter a day this past month.

My posting is behind, I know.  But football season is coming, baseball playoffs may be in the picutre, as well as colder "blogging" weather, meaning I have a lot of posting left in me and am still confident I can reach my goal. 

D.V.  See you at the finish line.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reading Update And What Took You So Long

Joshua 15-24.  Judges 1.


One of my favorite lines (and there are many of them) from "Seinfeld" is Newman's delivery when the cops showed up at his door.  "What took you so long" he hissed in disdain, cigarette dangling from the lip.

I've the same thing to say to the Cardinals' GM.  From the beginning of the season it has been obvious this club didn't have what it takes to go anywhere.

I'll grant there's been injuries to deal with, just like there always are.  And there's been some tinkering here and there to try to get it going.  But mostly just stagnation.

And I must confess, boredom.  A team that can't score isn't fun to watch.

So how have any of the moves this week helped that? 

Because Allen Craig is no longer the R fielder, I believe Oscar Taveras will get the playing time he has needed all along to ignite his hitting.  Like Kolten Wong did.

Also, I believe in the old adage that the best offense is a great defense.  Two solid above average starting pitchers have been added in the past 2 days.  The Cardinals just improved their starting pitching to if not the best then certainly in the discussion.

And I like the Pierzynski move as a stop gap for Yadi's absence.  Reminds me of the addition of Will Clark in 2000.

Hate losing Craig and Kelly, 2 post-season stars.  That leaves Yadi, Jay, Descalso, Holliday, Lynn, Garcia and Wainwright as the only hold-overs from 2011.

But I'm happy with the moves.  I'm glad the Cardinals decided to make a run for it again this year and roll the dice. 

At least the front office has.  We'll see about Matheny.  Ball is now in his, and the players, hands.  But I won't blame the front office now for this season, if it doesn't turn out so well.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This Week's Reading And How The West Was Won

Joshua 8-14.


I have season 1.  Looks like season 2 just got released.  I guess that means there will be a season 3 also, given the positive response.

Gotta love William Conrad's narration.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This Week's Reading And The All-Star Break

Joshua 3-7.


There's very little that has surprised me so far this baseball season.  Except for Kolten Wong's recent power surge.

The office has been at best mediocre, and at its worst non-existent.  Just as I feared.

Barring trade or another injury, I am still thinking this team will have to fight through from a wild-card position.

That said, the NL is pretty weak as a whole and I could see the Cardinals end with the best record again.  Or not make the playoffs at all.

In other words, I don't have a clue about this team.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Saturday To Tuesday Reading And Accounting

Deuteronomy 33-34, Joshua 1-2.

We are just past the half-way point for the year, so it's time to take inventory.

This is post #80 for the year.  I am behind schedule, should be at least at 100, based on my goals.  This is not unexpected.  It's difficult to keep up with posting during the warm weather.  I anticipate picking up a lot as football approaches and baseball races heat up.

I am on schedule with my reading.  I have found a leisurely one chapter a day to be easily attainable.

Finally, my exercise goals are right on track.  Well, sort of.  For the year I am at 10,600 push ups and squats.  I decided to adjust my squat goal to match my push up goal, so I am okay.  Actually, that's a little ahead of the pace I mapped out, but not by much.

Anyway, I'll end on another happy note- winter is fast approaching.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Thursday And Friday Reading And Happy 4th

Deuteronomy 31-32.


Happy Independence Day.  Although, after listening to this, Independence Day was 2 days ago.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Past Week's Reading And King Of the Monsters

Deuteronomy 23-30.


This morning Monster Zero was playing on one of the Epix movie channels.  Which reminded me I had not posted about the latest movie I saw, Godzilla.

Up until now, Monster Zero was my favorite Godzilla movie along with Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster.

But the 2014 version has supplanted that.  I am pretty sure it is because of the special effects, which make the early 1960s Japanese effects look pretty child-like.  However, those older versions do hold a certain charm for that reason.

I also prefer Godzilla pictures where Godzilla is a hero.  So I also liked the latest version for that reason.

I'm not clear whether Godzilla is male or female (I always thought Godzilla male as he is "King of the Monsters").  But apparently in the 1998 American movie Godzilla laid eggs.

Of course, there are animal species where males do that, so it all gets rather confusing.  I'll just stick with my male supposition, but who knows?

Anyway, I liked the theme in Godzilla that man is not in control of his world, and anxiously await an almost certain sequel.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Past Week's Reading And Today's News

Deuteronomy 17-22.


Can't wait for "The Decision- Part 2"!  I'd love to see that, maybe even pay to see that.

But he can't be that ignorant.  Right?

Get ready for the media obsession.  It's already started.

Hard to believe he would end up leaving Miami.  But, if he does, I'm guessing he goes to NY.  Or LA.  Possibly Chicago.

But Cleveland?  How could that even be possible?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Monday-Wednesday Reading And World Cup Action

Deuteronomy 14-16.


I actually have interest in and am actually enjoying the World Cup.  I'm rooting for the US, of course, but also find myself rooting for England and Holland.

Which is funny because for a brief moment today, when I actually saw the Netherlands playing Australia, I was kind of pulling for Australia.

I am also against some teams.  Like Iran.  That one is easy.  But I also don't like Spain, Brazil and Mexico.

I kind of like Portugal and Uruguay and South Korea.

I'm learning a few things about soccer as well.  Maybe because I didn't really understand it, but I always thought soccer was pretty boring.  Learning a little more about the rules has helped it seem kind of interesting.

Hate the flopping, though.  Fakers should never get rewarded.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekend Reading And The Greatest Trade

Deuteronomy 11-13.


Wow. 50 years ago today, what more than one person consider to be the most lopsided trade ever occurred.

50 years is a long time.  But the results are still enjoyable. 

Most trades have a slight effect on the teams involved.  Rarely they have a major effect.

This trade couldn't have turned out better for both teams involved. 

The Cardinals got a Hall of Famer, and as a result 3 pennants, 2 championships, 3,000 hits and over 900 stolen bases as a result.

And the Cubs continued to suck.

Yep.  Couldn't have turned out better for the 2 teams involved.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Reading And Playing The GM

Deuteronomy 8-10.


This was a fun exercise at Viva El Birdos.  I remember 8-10 years ago, the whole internet was full of fun things like this to do.  It seems not so much now.

Of course, it was also full of all kinds of bloggers back then.  For most it was just a fad.  Only us die-hards remain.  I always kind of wanted to keep a journal, and this is the closest thing I've ever done to doing that.

At any rate, the idea was to create one Cardinals line-up for all-time.  The rub was you had a salary cap.  Each player was assigned a dollar amount it would cost to have him, and you could not exceed that limit.

Here's what you had to work with, with a $27 limit:





My starting 9:
P Gibson $5
C McCarver $3
1st Hernandez $1
2nd Schoendienst $3
SS Renteria $2
3rd Pendleton $1
LF Coleman $1
CF Edmonds $5
RF Musial $6


Had to have Musial.  Hernandez was such a bargain, I couldn't pass that one up.  So I left Albert off for that reason.

Edmonds was over-priced, so I almost took Willie McGee.  I decided on Edmonds over Brock only for defense and power.  Since I needed some speed I took Coleman instead, and he wasn't pricey.

Had to have Gibson to pitch.  That left only $9 for four other positions.  Pendleton was too big of bargain to pass up also.  That left me with McCarver, Schoendienst and Renteria with the other $8.

I could have spent another few hours coming up with other iterations.  I still might if I get bored.

So my lineup would be:
Schoendienst
Renteria
Hernandez
Musial
Edmonds
Pendleton
McCarver
Coleman
Gibson

Of course, I could take Yadi if I downgraded to Herr and McGee.  Hmmm...

Monday, June 09, 2014

Monday Reading And Secretariat

Deuteronomy 7.


It's been 5 years since I posted about it, but Saturday's Triple Crown failure makes this moment all the more miraculous.

It was 41 years ago today, by the way.



Sunday, June 08, 2014

This Week's Reading And The Finals

Numbers 36-Deuteronomy 6.


Looking forward to the Finals the next 2 weeks.  Both of them.

I would like to see a Spurs win in the NBA.  I think San Antonio is as nuts about the Spurs as St. Louis is about the Cardinals.

And unbelievably it's been 20 years since the Rangers killed "the curse"

Allegedly.

Because if the curse were really dead, it wouldn't have taken 20 more years for them to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The first curse lasted 54 years.  If they don't win this year, they'll have only 34 more years to go.  They are rapidly reaching the 1/2 way point.

But that's okay.  Because at least they won one.

Like one of the signs in the Garden that night 20 years ago, no matter what happens, "Now I can die in peace".

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Weekend Reading And My Calendar

Numbers 33-35.



Most people have January through December on their calendar.

My calendar is simpler.  It has just a few entries. 

These would include the start of the seasons, the holidays, including Opening Day.

And today- the start of Food Network Star.  8 PM CDT.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Monday To Thursday Reading And The Danger Of Experimentation

Numbers 29-32.


From the great Gizmodo.

The following is worse than Frankenstein's monster.  Hybrids are just no good.



What a bad idea.  You can't cross a couple of bands and expect something better than the originals.

And they cut out Jimmy's guitar solo, one of the highlights of Whole Lotta Love.  A much worser idea than the overall concept of this.

Take a bath in this, you'll lots feel better.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

This Week's Reading And Rush

Numbers 22-28.


Rush is not my favorite band.  Rush is not even my favorite Canadian band.

But don't misunderstand- I do like them.

I only have two of their albums- Moving Pictures and Signals.  I think they went too synthesizery after that.

Still, Moving Pictures is one of my favorite albums.  It came out my senior year of high school.

I rarely listened to "side 2" of the album because "side 1" is so impressive.  Red Barchetta is my favorite song on the album.

I never even saw a red Barchetta until the internet appeared.  When Gran Turismo 2 came out, I had to create one to drive and it was my favorite vehicle.

Yesterday morning while channel surfing I ran across a movie chronicling the band's history.  I didn't intend to watch the whole thing when I ran across it.  But I did.  Because it was solid enough to hold my attention. 

I would give it two thumbs up if I were two movie reviewers.  I'll daresay it was excellent.  Watch it if you ever run across it.

I am still not the band's biggest fan, but I do respect their intensity and musicianship.  They definitely deserve their Hall of Fame recognition.  Especially for a 3 man band.

To me, though, something about the music always seemed a little too perfect, like in a mechanical way, to me.  Like a computer would generate or something.  Which is why I rank April Wine and Triumph above them.

It's just a personal taste thing.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weekend Reading And Our Modern World

Numbers 19, 20 and 21.


I am considerably amazed at the advances on the march in our world today.

May the work of geniuses always be appreciated.

This was an awesome experience.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday-Thursday Reading And An Anniversary

Numbers 16, 17 and 18.


I was going to post this Tuesday, which was the 10th anniversary of this situation comedy's passing.

I've loved a lot of sitcoms along the way.  Andy Griffith.  Dick Van Dyke.  Mary Tyler Moore.  All In The Family.  Bob Newhart.  Cheers.  Cosby.  Seinfeld.

But I think with the perspective of time tesing all candidates, this one is king of the mountain.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Recent Reading And The Non-Clutch Cardinals

Numbers 6-15.


I didn't write this article, but I could have.

I like linking to articles that support my opinions.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Wednesday To Friday Reading

Numbers 3-5.


Why bother watching NBA playoffs when you already know the end result?  Even though there could be some exciting games and series along the way, it will all soon be forgotten.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunday, Monday And Tuesday Reading And Winter Soldier

Leviticus 27, Numbers 1-2.


Saw Captain America: Winter Soldier recently.  I haven't been to an action movie that was so relevant to the time it was released.  The parallels are so staggering to our world today, I'm actually shocked Hollywood made it.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

This Week's Reading And No Surprises

Leviticus 20-26.


The season's unfolding has been worse than even I forecasted.

So far this year, in 25 games played, the Cardinals have scored:
0 runs 3 times
1 run 7 times (including the last 3 games)
2 runs 3 times
3 runs 2 times
4 runs 2 times
5 runs 1 time
6 runs 3 times
7 runs 2 times
8 runs 1 time
9 runs 0 times
10 runs 1 time

They've scored 10 runs this week in 7 games.

I believe this is all due to the absence of Carlos Beltran.  The presence of Beltran for 2 years made opposing teams pitch to this lineup differently.

This year there is really no one to fear.  And by that I mean no one with any power to hit home runs consistently.  So pitchers can throw strikes without fear of severe consequences.

Which isn't bad if you have pitching, speed and good defense to counter your anemic offense.  The 1980s teams had only one power hitter in the lineup and did just fine, because they had all three of these attributes.

This year's team is loaded with pitching, but so lacking in the latter two categories that I fear this is a .500, or worse, team.

It reminds of the late '70s Cardinals again.  Which is not a compliment.