"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over." -Ernest Hemingway

Party like it’s 1993

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I’m in the mood for baseball tonight. Do you know how long it’s been since a Canadian team won the World Series? Yep. 1993. Not only did the Toronto Blue Jays win in 1993, it was back to back championships because they also won in 1992.

Why am I talking about Toronto? They are .700 this season so far. Not to shabby, eh? I won’t go through my normal run down of who is where and my predictions. It’s far too soon for all that. But since I pointed out the best in MLB at the moment, let’s talk about the worst.

Washington Nationals. I hate expansion teams. I’ve said this a dozen or so times on this blog. I really do. I don’t hate the about Toronto Blue Jays era expansion teams, but just basically any team formed after I was born (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, etc…). The Nationals are .235 on the season. That means they are 4-13. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long season for them.

My SF Giants have improved in the last week and are almost above .500. They have plenty of time to get stronger.

But perhaps the best thing about this season is this: Pittsburg is .611 so far. They are 2nd in their division, back only 1.5 games on St. Louis. That means if the season ended today, they would at least be the NL Wildcard. They are tied for the 6th best team in baseball right now.

I told you this was their year. If they make the playoffs, you can bet your buttercups I’ll be sitting in PNC park watching them play.

.611 is respectable and makes me happy.

By the way, the last time the Pirates were in the playoffs was 1992.

This is their year.

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John Chaney Blows Up on Calipari

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YouTube – John Chaney Blows Up.

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Spring Training Updates…

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are coming shortly. I started this morning, but I want to throw some pictures in the posts and I need to get them off my camera first. Brackets are done so I got all of tonight to get it done hopefully.

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Facebook made me happy today

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WKU Fight Song

WKU Fight Song

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Bracketology Makes Me Sad

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Bracketology – ESPN.

Dana O’Neil: An inside look at a blueblood on the bubble – ESPN.

This makes me sad for many reasons.

  1. You’ll notice that the only time Kentucky appears in this bracket is in reference to Western Kentucky. While WKU makes me happy, UK should be there as well.
  2. SEC only has 3 teams in the mix predicted. Why does that matter? Well, despite my detest for dispicable teams like Florida, I will always cheer for an SEC team over a non-SEC team. It makes the conference look good.
  3. Pac-10 and Mountain West both have 5 teams. They get 5. SEC gets 3. Seriously, what has happened to basketball?

Am I a basketball snob? Yes. Yes.  I. Am.

I’m going to go cry until 1pm tomorrow when I leave for Spring Training and then get to be happy again until the reality sinks in on Sunday night that Kentucky, without a miracle, will not be going to the NCAA tournament this year.

However, seeing as how God is a Kentucky basketball fan, there is part of me that remains hopefully–even if no one took my prayer request for them to make it seriously this week.

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Told You SEC is Better Than ACC

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Apparently we can even clinch our share of the ACC regular season title.

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LSU Clinches Share of ACC Title

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George W. Bush can be blamed on one man: Bud Selig

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A few months back I read this article, or one similar to it. It basically gives me my basis for claiming that everything is Bud Selig’s fault. The War. The economy. Job losses. Mortgage crisis. Eight years of George W. Bush.

Here is the rundown.

Back in 1994, Bud Selig, then owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, was the acting commissioner of Major League Baseball after the owners had ousted Fay Vincent in 1992. It was thought that the owners were going to find a permanent commissioner and George W. Bush, then an owner of the Texas Rangers, was a potential candidate. As reported in Sheehy’s column (2000 Vanity Fair Article), Bush wanted to be the commissioner of baseball more than anything else in his life, and when he was approached by Texas Republicans about running for governor, he initially put them off, thinking that he was in line to become the commissioner.

But alas, Bud Selig had other plans. He kept the job for himself after a six year search.

Just think how things could’ve been if not for this man. We know Bush would’ve cracked down on the steroids much sooner than Selig. He could’ve hunted them down! Al Gore might have been President, or at least anyone else that could have been better. See, I think W. would have made an excellent Baseball Commissioner. How much more likeable would he have been to the world? But no, the selfishness of one man led to the where we’re at today. And no one can say that is a good thing. Perhaps, if Selig had made Bush Baseball Commissioner, we might actually be able to afford to take our families to the Great American Pastime game.

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27 & 23

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27 days until Selection Sunday. Best day of the year (or worst depending on where your team falls).

23 days until I leave for Spring Training.

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I <3 Jodie Meeks (still)

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Meeks leads Kentucky over Arkansas 79-63

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Only One October

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Tonight the World Series teams have been determined. I haven’t done many baseball blogs lately, but gotta get this one in.

Tampa Bay Rays. Philadelphia Phillies. Seriously?! I mean, can anyone honestly say pre-season they picked these two teams for the World Series? Can anyone (other than fans of those teams) honestly say that they would have picked either of these teams? I think not.

Tampa Bay was the worst team in baseball last year and have never been to a World Series. They’ve never been to the playoffs for that matter in their ten years. Maybe dropping “Devils” from their name helped out.

The Phillies haven’t been to the World Series since 1993. That’s five years before Tampa even had a baseball team! Their only World Series win was in 1980. Coincidentally, did you know that they used to be the Philadelphia Quakers? Really only in 1883 (105 years before Tampa had a team), was that the official name before they started using the Phillies, but it officially ended in 1889. I’m thinking of Phillies fans now and picturing those hard-core fans cheering for the Quakers. If you bring your horse and buggy into Philly from New York, expect to have your horse tagged up.

Okay, so now is the time for me to make a prediction. I’m torn really. I want both teams to win in some way, but at the same time, have no connection to either. I have reasons to want them both to lose as well. So here is what I’m going with…Tampa Bay will win their first World Series. I however, will be cheering for Philly.

I’ve already told you why. I cheer for NL teams unless they are on my bad list. But I’ll be equally as happy for whoever wins. Besides, if Philly can win a World Series after a long drought, that gives me hope for my Pittsburgh Pirates!

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