Flashback Friday: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Well, today is Halloween, after all. Perfect time for this Michael Jackson classic…

Changes In Raysville

As the 2014 World Series plays its seventh and final game this evening to determine whether or not Kansas City’s Royals or San Francisco’s Giants become the best team in baseball this year, changes amongst Tampa Bay’s franchise are worth looking at.

Last week, it was announced that Joe Maddon would not return as the team’s manager, and it presently appears he is headed to Chicagoland to become the new skipper of the Cubs.

I cannot nor will not blame Maddon for wanting fair value for his services. When Andrew Freidman left his general manager post with the Rays to join the Dodgers, it gave Maddon the loophole to opt out of managing the Rays in 2015. Did the Rays ownership screw up? I don’t think so.

As was the case with the David Price decision, I think this was all about money, and how with a 10% drop in attendance, that money is not coming in. I went to a Rays game in September, and I saw what they were charging for photos, concessions, and what not. The Rays attempts to squeeze the almighty dollar ought of the pockets of the fans means one thing: THEIR pocketbooks are hurting.

Rumors are circulating once again that the Rays might move to Montreal. If so, they have every right to do it, but if that does happens, the fate of Tampa Bay’s franchise was sealed the minute they were awarded it by not moving all the minor league teams out of the Tampa Bay area, as I mentioned on this blog beforehand. When Major League Baseball moved into Miami in 1993, the minor league teams all fled to the north and west of their area. In 1998, all the minor leagues teams in the Florida State League stayed put in the local area.

The Rays still have players that can compete in 2015, but Joe Maddon brought a little edge with him as manager that will be hard to replace, whether that replacement is David Martinez or somebody else. I hope for the best in the coming seasons for the Rays, but I prepare for the worst.

London Or Las Vegas?

I watched the first ever NFL regular-season game played in the morning (US time), as Detroit rallied back from 21-0 down to nip Atlanta’s Falcons, 22-21.

I often wondered, when I was a bit younger, what would happen first: would Bob Barker retire from “The Price Is Right” before Jerry Lewis stopped doing the Labor Day telethons, or vice versa? In 2007, the answer became clear: Barker retired, and Drew Carey took his place.

Now a days, I have a similar hypothetical question not designed to be answered anytime soon: who gets an NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL franchise first, London or Las Vegas? The answer is bound to come soon, as the games at Wembley Stadium draw quite a following no matter who plays. Meanwhile, Las Vegas seems close to getting a team in the NBA, NHL, and MLB (and not particularly the NFL), but they have that pesky obstacle about sports betting in Nevada that is likely no longer a hurdle in New Jersey.

Pretty sure we’ll get an answer in the next 10 years or so for sure.

Standing For Canada

It was a tough day for our friends north of the border today. Terrorism may have found its way to the Great White North.

Canada has always been our friends, so naturally, the Americans should “stand on guard” with our neighbors to the north.

When 9/11 happened, several nations honored ours by playing our national anthem. Canada, this is one American who would like to return the favor.

Who Minds The Store?

I have to admit I was most disappointed when President Obama appointed Ron Klain as the “czar of Ebola” on Friday past.

I try to keep things apolitical on this blog, mainly because when push ever comes to shove in this era of America, the major parties collude against the wishes and best interests of the American people. “Obamacare” and its implementation was an example of this, as it marked a major Republican-like move by Democrats to screw the people out of their money and line the pockets of healthcare and insurance companies with it. The Republicans, when the time comes at some point in the future, will keep Obamacare in place. Mark my words on that.

Now, they put a bureaucrat in charge of a mainly medical problem.

Would I go to the Dalai Lama to help me bowl better?

Would I go to a football coach to learn to paint?

Putting a bureaucrat in charge of Ebola makes as much sense. Seems to be an asinine move, unless the disease is farther along than what’s publicly being discussed.

If Ebola goes airborne, will this government tell you?