Say Hello To My Little Friend

Harry, shot on September 28, 2012.

Harry, shot on September 28, 2012.

This little guy is the pet of my landlords, who stays with me half of the year while they vacation.

His name is Harry and he’s somewhere around four years old. Nice little tabby, isn’t he?

Thus Endeth The Strike

The NFL officials strike is now history. After the events of Monday night, no way this was going to end any differently.

It should be remembered and not forgotten that even with regular officials in place, they will get calls wrong too. Just not as frequently as these poor scabs got it wrong.

Shame on the owners of the 32 NFL teams for letting it get this far, and that too should not be forgotten.

Another New Blog…Shhh!

Yes, I’m starting a fourth blog.

Trying to keep this one quiet, it may cost me a future job some day.

It’s called The Boiler Room Chronicles.  I’m getting back into the telemarketing game, times demand a bit more income for me right now, but I’m taking you all along for the ride.  It will be good for you, and it’ll be therapy for me!

One company already wanted my services, and I had to decline them.  The reasons why I lay out in the first entry…well, one of the reasons.  Never hurts to do research on some of these nationwide organizations.  I should have another entry up by the end of the week.

The Replacements

So this whole replacement officiating situation currently going on in the NFL just got real. The outcome of a Monday Night Football game last night between Green Bay and Seattle was directly decided by a missed call of an interception that was ruled a game winning touchdown.

The fans of the NFL would be well advised that if they are displeased with what’s going on to do two things.

One: stop watching! Even if your favorite team hasn’t been “screwed” yet, if nothing is done to resolve the strike quickly, the mechanisms are still in place.

Two: appeal to the owners, not commissioner Roger Goodell. The commish serves at the pleasure of the owners who hire him. The players have no say, at least until the next labor agreement expires. Then they may bargain and negotiate as they see fit.

The average fan is just a pawn here. Until that changes and the fans empower themselves, that won’t change.

A Debate About An Open Debate

So I see that the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, is taking legal action seeking inclusion into the first Presidential debate next week in Denver.

I say, why the hell not?

I’ve never liked the premise that only the two major candidates get to debate while the others sit on the sidelines. Are they so afraid of other upstart parties and other ideas?

And doesn’t it make you wonder, even in the slightest, why the Republicans and Democrats only seem to agree on one thing these days. That the debates should be between themselves. Isn’t that collusion, really?

The media should cover this story with a bit more intensity, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

Can The Rays Do It Again?

The Tampa Bay Rays have work to do.

They are (as I type this) 6 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second Wild Card spot in the American League, with 13 games left to play.  That means they have about a 4 percent chance of making the playoffs, which puts their odds at 24-1.

Many predicted big things for Tampa Bay this season, but they lost their star hitter, Evan Longoria, to injuries for most of the year. While their pitching was top notch as it always is, their defense betrayed them this season, as they made more errors than expected.

The 2012-2013 off season will be an interesting one, provided they don’t make the playoffs. Do they shell out the big bucks to bring in a “big stick” to town?

(Final Note: The Rays beat Boston tonight 7-4 with a six-run ninth inning. This puts them 5.5 games out of the playoffs with 12 games left to play. Hopefully, there’s life in my favorite team yet.)