Monday, February 20, 2006


Hope everybody enjoyed their presidents day weekends. I think we could put a little more excitement into this national holiday by having it honor different presidents on a rotational basis. I know I'm bored of this Washington/Lincoln thing each year. So kind of like how the Chinese New Year ushers in the year of the duck, rat, dog, etc, we could have the president's weekend of Chestur A. Arthur one year, Franklin Pierce the next, and so on. I'm getting pumped just thinking about it. has a good article on the biggest fantasy bust in each year since 1980. There aren't any lessons to be learned from it, unless you weren't aware that a player can look like a good pick in March and end up having a terrible year. But if you needed that lesson, not only should you not be dabbling in rotisserie baseball, you probably shouldn't be trusted to clean and dress yourself each day. Anyway, if you're the kind of person who enjoys having friends ask, "which 1996 Cardinals had played for the A's before that point," then you'll enjoy the article.

By the way, the answers to that question are Dennis Eckersley, Todd Stottlemyre, Rick Honeycutt, Mike Gallego, and Mike Morgan. That's another Avraham Adler original right there.

Curt Gowdy passed away today. Gowdy is a legend, although if you're reading this you're probably my age and have never heard him call a game. So I don't have any Curt Gowdy memories to share. But did anybody see Dick Vitale's tribute article to him on ESPN? It includes this from Vitale: "Leukemia caused Gowdy's tragic death. I have said time and again that we must wipe out the dreaded disease of cancer." Interesting - Dick Vitale is against cancer. What's even more interesting is he's said it many times in the past. Why did the media just brush that under the rug? If only we could have heeded Dick Vitale's anti-cancer message earlier, Curt Gowdy's death could have been avoided. Well I would take up Dick Vitale's call now folks. Speak to your congressman, let him know that you too are against cancer and are in favor of its being wiped out entirely. And don't let those pro-cancer agitators get to you, you be strong and ignore them. By the way, I'm sure Mr. Gowdy's battle with cancer was a struggle, and I'm sorry that his family has had to lose a loved one, which is never easy. But anybody want to let Dick Vitale know that it isn't generally considered a "tragic death" when an 86 year old man passes away?

You aren't supposed to end a haftorah or a megillah a sad note, and I'm pretty sure that some hold that applies to blogs as well. Therefore, I don't want to conclude with Curt Gowdy's death. So, um...bring us back to You, G-d, and we shall return, renew our days as of old. How was that? Hey, it works on Tisha B'Av.


Blogger adam20ss said...

I stopped being a Curt Gowdy fan when it became obvious that he extended his announcing career by using performance enhancing drugs.

1:15 AM  
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1:15 PM  
Blogger adam20ss said...

Just as a by-the-way, for-the-record:

Why is the day pitchers and catchers report an important day on the calendar? Because since 2/15 there have been no fewer than 10 Mets stories per day in various papers.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

This Presidents Day thing is a really good idea. Too bad it's still officially called Washington's Birthday.

8:54 AM  

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