Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Torre a Dodger?

Man, I am having trouble with this rumor: Joe Torre might be the Dodgers next manager.

I've been a Dodger fan my whole life. It's where I learned to hate the Yankees, a belief I am dutifully passing on to my daughters. (And a belief that has led me to be a Red Sox fan.) Now, the rumor is that Torre might be coming to LA to manage the Dodgers. The cognitive dissonance is killing me.

Sure, the Yankees in the end kind of treated Joe like crap, though you could argue that Joe turned down a pretty fair offer. But let's say we can demonize Steinbrenner for Torre leaving the Yankees, and let's further say that Torre could exact some revenge (though not as direct as staying in the American League) by becoming a Dodger. But, man, I am still really struggling here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox

Before my 9-year-old went to bed last night, I asked her if she wanted me to wake her up if the Red Sox won. She said "No", but wanted me to tell her first thing in the morning if they won. So I said, "How about if I put your Red Sox hat on the doorknob inside your door so you'll know if they won as soon as you wake up?" She liked that idea. And this morning she said, "Daddy, I actually woke up at 2 o'clock and saw the hat on my door." She was very excited.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Mama Bear Bellotti

Man, stories like these make me glad I am not the PR person for high profile university football programs like the University of Oregon. According to Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano, during today's Oregon v. USC football game in Eugene, head coach Mike Bellotti's wife confronted him in the press box, dropped expletives on him, and then the Bellotti's NANNY even got in on the f-bomb attack!

Quick backstory: A week ago, Canzano wrote this column about Coach Bellott's son, and back-up kicker, Luke Bellotti. Luke was arrested earlier this year for his second DUI and was suspended for the first few games of the season. However, it was a double secret suspension (Animal House reference, a movie which was filmed at the U of O ;-)) and the public wasn't even told he was suspended. It wasn't until Bellotti's sentencing a couple weeks ago that the issue went public. So, Canzano took Coach, son, and university to task for coddling the coaches son.

And mama bear was none to pleased.

Here's the kicker (pun intended): According to Canzano's blog entry linked above, Mama Bear Bellotti had a little booze on her breath when she was berating him in the press box.

University security called in a guard and stationed him near Canzano for the rest of the game.

How stupid is it to publicly go after a sport columnist and drop expletives on him IN FRONT OF OTHER PRESS! And, to do it over the issue of alcohol abuse after you've been drinking!

Can't imagine coach is going to be very excited about this. Nor the university PR staff.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


This will surprise my wife:

Poll Watch: Oprah's Endorsement of Obama Repels More Than It Helps

I wouldn't believe the headline if I hadn't seen it for myself: Gallup asked, "As you may know, Oprah Winfrey has endorsed Barack Obama for president. Would you say that Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement makes you more likely to vote for Obama, does it make no difference, or does it make you more likely to vote against Obama?"

The results were pretty much the same between adults and registered voters: 8 percent said it made them more likely to vote for Obama, 81 percent of adults and 82 percent of registered voters said it made no difference, and 10 percent of each sample said it made them more likely to vote against.

(Source: Campaign Watch blog at NationalReview.com)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Great Line

...from John McCain in tonight's R presidential debate:

"Hillary tried to get a million dollars for the Woodstock museum. I understand it was a major cultural and pharmaceutical event. I couldn't attend. I was tied up at the time."

After the price he paid being a POW, glad he can cash in with great lines like that!

Friday, October 19, 2007

USC v. Notre Dame

USC had a harrowing flight into S. Bend for their game this weekend...insert your own God/Catholic jokes in the Comments section.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Customer Service

Now THIS is customer service...

Zappos.com, online shoe store went above and beyond. And, guess what? It's likely paying off by people like me forwarding the story along and sharing it. Plus, it was just a nice thing to do.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Traffic Congestion

Drew Carey takes on LA's traffic congestion problem:

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bueller? Bueller?

Investment (and other life advice) from Ben Stein...

Frye? Frye?

Something, something d-o-o economics...

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Nice piece on failure and how growth comes from failure if you handle it correctly, by screenwriter John August.

Friday Night Lights

If you aren't watching THE BEST SHOW ON TV, why not? Seriously, great show with the best, most honest representation of a marriage/family on TV (Coach Taylor's family). Despite the title, the show is really about small town life, relationships etc. In fact, over the first two episodes they've yet to play an actual game. (Probably an effort by the producers/writers to appeal to a broader audience).

Here is a good review of the upcoming season and in particular how they are handling one of the character's recent religious conversion. Should be interesting to see if they (the show's makers) can address the issue with respect or use it for cheap shots. This review suggest they might just pull it off.

The show is on life support and barely made it to its second season. But it is good and deserves to survive. If you aren't watching, start now! You can catch up on episodes online at NBC.com. And go buy last season on DVD to catch up.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Don't Believe the Hype

First off a disclaimer: I don't live in Portland. I live in a city (Tigard) right next to Portland. I have never, and would never, actually live in the city for a variety of reasons. Now back to our regularly scheduled post:

Next time you hear or read something about how "green" or "enviro friendly" Portland, Oregon is, remember the rankings from this list.

And this doesn't even mention the City of Portland's "combined sewer overflow" system that every winter and spring dumps millions of gallons of CRAP (literally) into the Willamette River.

Next time you need an example of irony, here it is. Perception: Portland is enviro friendly, reality, um, not so much.

This reminds me of another example of this from Portland, an example that is also an excellent example of irony. A month or so ago, Oregon Trout along with some other greenie groups sponsored the first Portland triathlon that included the swim portion being in the Willamette River. The idea was to demonstrate that the Willamette was cleaner and thus swimable. Two days before the event, a City of Portland worker flipped the wrong switch at one of the in-city reservoirs and the result was millions of gallons of CRAP being flushed into the Willamette! The organizers took reading levels ("crap reading levels"? er, bacteria) the morning of the event and determined that it has dissipated enough to hold the swim portion.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Living Biblically

Interesting story about an author who spent a year "living Biblically", following all the rules set in the Bible. His book about the experience is coming out (would have also made a great documentary).

I frequently send links like this to my church pastor for a couple reasons:

1. He'd be interested in something like this;

2. Secretly, I am angling to hear him use something I've fed him used in a sermon. I haven't yet, but am feeling pretty good about this one!

When Clients Don't Pay

I like to call this one "How I feel when clients don't pay" (in reality, a f/x test):

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Twitter Updates

I haven't really been using my Twitter account, but now that I've figured out how to have the updates cross posted to my blog (see the right side) I may update more. Those of you tracking on Bloglines or something like that, I don't know if the Twitter updates on the sidebar will also be sent to Bloglines. We'll see.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Canadian Soldier Mayflies

In Cleveland tonight there is this MASSIVE hatch of something called
"canadian soliders", a mayfly that hatches off Lake Erie once a year
for a couple days, and it is reeking havoc with the Indians v. Yankees
game, in particular Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. They were CAKED
on his neck!

Here's more on them:


And, yes, one of the announcers made a fly fishing reference.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Floyd Landis Got Screwed

Now that I've finished his book I believe even more strongly that Landis got completely screwed. Yes, the book is written by him so of course it is from his perspective. But the list of mistakes, errors and downright lies that the French lab, WADA and USADA made is so freakin' long that there is no doubt he is innocent.

As I read it I thought I'd share some of the more persuasive arguments, but frankly the list was so long I'd never do them justice. Instead, read about the four most egregious and easy to understand mistakes/errors by downloading the PDF file linked below and written by Dr. Arnie Baker. A written version of this appears as an appendix in Landis's book. The PDF version in many ways is even more persuasive because it shows the actual documents.

Read it here

And go read the book. It's an good read and a cool behind the scenes look at the Tour, racing tactics, the cycling world etc.

Monday, October 01, 2007


“One of the great things about my psychosis is that I'm able to attribute excellent performances to my own abilities, while poor performances are always the result of unfair circumstances or situations beyond my control.” Kevin Wing

Kevin C. Wing