Howdy folks, sorry I have been away not tending to my blogging duties. I have had an interesting couple of weeks since I last posted. I will try and cover a few things on that then get back into my routine.
A couple of Mondays ago my care decided to blow its valve cover gaskets, burn a hole in its manifold cover, and finally to top it off, lose the catalytic converter.. Me being the poor ingrate I am, had no idea how I would pay for it. As most of you know, I work for a major auto insurance carrier, but most don’t know that the office is 35 miles from where I live so my commute is long, and thus my car is essential to me being able to make a living until at least I make a Full Tim income from this industry, or hit the lottery whatever comes first.
So, I lost about a day and a half of work unpaid, but now it is fixed, and I am back to work again as of Tuesday Morning. to make up for the lost time, I just completed 51+ hours in 5 days, and boy am I bushed. I have to hand it to my boss, as she was very understanding in the situation, and luckily I am still employed.
I have truly learned that having a cushion for such things is important. You would think that I my 47.5 years on this planet I would have learned that by now, but I have never been great with managing my funds, I have to put more effort into it, and now have a plan. Family bailed me out this time, and not without a lot of grief from my Father, but I have to admit I was scared.
Putting that behind me, I want to thank my great friends here in the interwebs that were supportive, asked how I was doing the last two weeks and how they all came together and helped me through it. One of them especially and they know who they are. I’ve Known this person a long long time, and they were there for me, I love you, don’t think I have said that enough lately.
.Anywho… the whole situation has put a damper on my blogging plans, as another of those good friends advised me, better to have “quality” posts then screw it up when you aren’t into it, and make a lot of shitty posts.
This is bound to be another long one, so lets get to it….
A few thoughts on the last couple of weeks in the world of sports:
- I cant remember a more exciting series of games in a Stanley cup final in my lifetime. three of the five games went into OT, two of those went into DOUBLE OT and the Kings were definitely the better of the two teams, but man, what a series, and congrats to the Kings on being Stanley Cup Champions! To be honest I was pulling for the Rangers only because of Marty St Louis and Brad Richards, both players that were on the Lightning when they won their cup in 2003, but it was surely exciting to watch it al unfold.
- So we didn’t have a Triple Crown winner, and the owner of California Crown turned out to be a douchebag sore loser in the process. If you don’t like the rules, petition the governing body to get them changed, don’t go on a tirade on national TV and blast the rules, the winning horse, its owner and everyone else you can think of. You will lose your argument EVERY time.
- Baseball season is nearing the half-way mark, which means, teams will be looking at the trade deadline soon, the Tampa Bay Rays are the worst team in baseball, however they always seem to turn it up in the second half. My thoughts are they going to make a run or are they going to start a fire sale that will gut the team. There is a certain Cy-Young winner on the roster that could be finding a new home in the next month or two, will be interesting to see who makes a run for him, what the Rays will do, and if I have to just be like the usual Tampa/Cleveland fan I am and say, “wait ‘till next year”
- The US open is this week, and after three rounds Martin Kaymer has a five shot lead going into the final round today at Pinehurst #2 in NC. I have only been able to see a little bit of the coverage due to working these last five days, but am looking forward to the final round today. One memorable moment from the first round was Rickey Fowler who paid tribute to the late great Payne Stewart by wearing this outfit during round one of the open, and it was a huge hit. for those that don’t know who Payne Stewart was, well, either you don’t follow golf, or you are under the age of 25 years old. Payne was a great ambassador of golf in the 90’s and his tragic death in 1999 left a huge hole In the sport, a widow and two great kids, and memories of his US Open victory that year (at Pinehurst #2) will linger with me for the rest of my life.
- So, there is this thing called the “World Cup” going on. I am not a fan of “Footie” and as I told a good friend of mine, there are several other activities I would rather be doing than watch Soccer all day, most of which include either watching paint dry, baking a cake, or just sleeping, but the excitement of the whole thing is hard to ignore, and I understand there actually were a few good matches in the last couple of days, but to be honest, I don’t understand the aura around the sport, it bores me, and it does not compare to the #1 sport here in the states when it comes to action or excitement. Just my two cents worth, and in all honesty, I could care less about it.
- I’m going to discuss the NBA finals now, only because of the beat down that the Heat are getting by the Spurs in the series. The Spurs are a throwback 20 years ago as to how the game should be played. Not made up of a bunch of superstars all trying to show off, and create a highlight film, but instead they are a team, all focused on one goal, and not interested in the spotlight. Each player has a role to play, they have a game plan in place to win as a team, and all of this reminds me of the great teams of he 80’s and early 90’s when Jordan was in his prime. Not only were the bulls a TEAM, they worked together as such, and as in the Spurs today, they all had a role to play in the grand scheme of things. Jordan was the star, but if not for players like Scotty Pippen, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, B J Armstrong, Horace Grant, and even Will Purdue, the Bulls would not have won 6 championships in the 90’s. That theme also extends to the teams like the Lakers, Celtics, and Pistons of the 80’s. It truly was a team game in that era, and I miss that style of play. Luckily they still play that way in College for the most part, and the tournament this year was the most exciting in years, and a blueprint for how the NBA needs to get back to the prominence it had before Michael retired. I will secretly be rooting for San Antonio to put the Heat away tonight, and although I wont watch, I will quietly cheer when the clock reaches zero and the tweets come in waves on how the Spurs are the 2013-2014 NBA Champs.
- Finally on a sad note, the NFL lost a giant on Friday, as Chuck Noll, long time coach of the hated Pittsburgh Steelers passed away at the age of 82. Noll was the head coach of the Steelers from 1969-1991 and was the mastermind behind the 4 championships won by Pittsburgh in the 70s. The Architect of the Steel Curtain, if you will, and the cause of many a frustrated seasons in the the city of Cleveland in that decade. I hate the Steelers, as you know, but the respect I have for Noll is infinite. He was a quiet man, never reached for the spotlight, and in fact his phone number could be found in the phone book up till the day he died. Noll was a class act in every sense of the word, and on this sad day I tip my hat and say a quiet prayer for the man that ruined many a season for the Browns. Safe journey Chuck, thanks for the memories, no mater how bad they be, for the sports world is better for having known you.
Well that’s it for now..
Look for a “Thursday Throwback” soon..
Get in the game, or ride the bench….. the choice is yours
Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright