The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series starting Wednesday. For the first time I can remember, both of the teams that I was rooting for in their respective league playoffs were victorious. The playoff games were indeed fascinating, and the pitching was awe-inspiring. In the World Series, I’m for the Cardinals. I predict they will win it in six games. What do you think?
As far as baseball in concerned, to true fans of the game, this is the best time of year. The playoffs tend to give us some of the best baseball and the most interesting games of the year. This time we have some perennial powerhouses (St. Louis, Atlanta), a recently-developed powerhouse (Los Angeles), sentimental favorites (the two traumatized cities of terrorized Boston and bankrupt Detroit), a constant contender (Tampa Bay), and appealing underdogs (Pittsburgh, Oakland).
I am pulling for the Cardinals. They are consistently outstanding year after year after year. They seldom make mistakes, come through in the clutch, and keep coming back. At least they have always been that way when I would watch them torment the teams I have followed lately (the Milwaukee Brewers, the Washington Nationals). [Read more…]
Major league baseball suspended 13 players, including superstar Alex Rodriguez and three All Stars, for using performance-enhancing drugs. Sportswriter Julian Linden worries that this may be the tip of the iceberg, not only in baseball but also in other sports.
This is because none of the suspended players failed a drug test. The cutting edge of doping has to do with masking agents and undetectible drugs. The players were only caught because of records discovered from a lab called Biogenesis, and who knows how many similar labs are out there? [Read more…]
I told you about the Tulsa mini-renaissance of my college days in the 1970s, mentioning specifically the Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting, the late night bad-movie and skit-comedy festival featuring Mazeppa Pompazoidi (Gailard Sartain) and Teddy Jack Eddy (Gary Busey). Well, hat tip to my brother Jimmy for pointing out that you can find some of that stuff on YouTube. He cited this example, which has the further value of being a pitch-perfect satire of the high school football culture of those days (and probably still). We all had coaches like “Coach Chuck.” And you can understand why high schoolers of a particular mindset would stay up late for this. See the video after the jump. [Read more…]
Remember Darryl Strawberry, the baseball superstar whose life came apart because of alcohol and drugs? Well, he turned to Christianity, which really did put his life back together, and now he is a pastor, with a special outreach to alcohol and drug addicts.
And for all of you pastors who daydream about a more glamorous career, such as being a professional athlete, Rev. Strawberry says, “I’ve never been happier in my life. It’s so much fun being a pastor.” His story after the jump. [Read more…]