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Here are some things that have been blowing through my mind lately. Some have to do with sports, and some do not....most do not.

North Korea is conducting some nuclear tests in an effort to force the USA to the diplomatic table for peace talks. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Probably laugh until tears flow.

Pope Benedict XVI has decided he doesn't want to be Pope anymore, nor does he want to die, so he has chosen to retire....something a Pope hasn't done in close to 600 years. This leaves Mother Church not only taking applications for the soon-to-be-vacant post, but finding retirement housing for the Pontiff, (since he signed away all his worldly goods to the Church when he became a priest, he has no home to return to), luckily the Church didn't have to look very far. It seems in November of last year the Vatican started looking for papal accommodations and on finding Mater Ecclesiae Monastery ordered the community of cloistered nuns to vacate so renovations could begin. I guess they figured closing the convent two years early wouldn't be that big an inconvenience. After all, they're only women.

Next on my list of things that have me baffled is the dropping of wrestling by the IOC. Wrestling is one of the original sports in the Ancient Games. Men would strip naked, oil themselves up, apply a layer of sand to their bodies and the match was on. Women weren't allowed to watch, but I'm pretty sure some of them got away with it. In the modern games the nudity was replaced with clothing of a type and the oil and sand not used and women didn't have to sneak around to watch. Officially, wrestling will be dropped form the Olympics in 2020 but, they can apply for inclusion in the 2020 Games when the IOC votes on which sport to add. The nominees are: wrestling, baseball, softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu. Only one can win and it doesn't look good for wrestling. And in case you don't know what wushu is, it's a Chinese form of martial arts.

The SI Swimsuit issue has been published, as if you couldn't tell from all the ads and videos on this website. As an SI subscriber (this is my last year) I was given the opportunity to opt out in receiving this issue. I made my phone call, told them I didn't want it, got a one-issue extention on my subscription and then the customer service rep read a list of other magazines put out by the publishers of SI that I might be interested in. Having told the rep that I only called to opt out of the swimsuit issue and no, I'm not interested in any other offerings, he just kept naming titles waiting for me to say yes. If I hadn't hung up after saying I'm not interested for the umpteenth time, I'd probably still be on the phone.

For me February to April is the doldrums of sports. Football is over, the draft hasn't started, it's too early for spring training and there's no curling on my TV. Life sucks.

 

 

 


 

 

 

February 18, 2013  10:04 AM ET

I agree right down the line. Now you know why I was sooooo irked last week or so. The IOC (like the UN) is made up of morons. To eliminate one of the ORIGINAL events of the Greece Olympic games in a attempt to MODERNIZE them....well, then select PROFESSIONAL wrestling then! You'll get wrestling and a few good laughs too.

I don't believe in worshiping (Virgin Mary) false idols, so I'm not Catholic, but I can sympathize with the Pope. He knows he's too old for this gig, so step aside already. As far as living qtrs, there's plenty of available apartments in Vatican City, so he's set I would guess.

I can't believe God didn't drop that meteor and/or asteroid right on Capital Hill. Then again, if it had, it would have killed everyone in Wash, DC....or a city the size of Chicago. But you get my point.

As I stated earlier (I dumped my subscription 2 years ago) here, SI=TMZ may as well just publish a soft **** sports magazine seeing that they are already there basically. Let's be totally honest here Half naked women in bathing suits is NOT sports. They just put this garbage out to make a quick buck. Hell, SI isn't even a magazine anymore...IT'S A PAMPHLET! HA!

February 18, 2013  07:09 PM ET

One of our local sportswriters wrote a column about the elimination of wrestling from the Olympics and he opined that the games have become nothing more than a ratings-grabbing reality show. The Olympics was originally a contest of amateur athletes then for some reason unknown to me, basketball Team USA was made up of professional NBA players. Back in 1980 the world stood in awe as a team of unknown hockey players defeated what everyone felt was a much better team. The game became known as the miracle on ice. Now, the US hockey team, just as the US basketball team, is made up of professional players. Win your sport's championship? Well don't stop there. Go to the Olympics and win a gold medal. It makes me sick.

I was baptized a Catholic, and although I don't attend church I do pray at different times of the day....mainly when I'm trying to relax or fall asleep. My disgust with the accommodations for the Pope stem from the size of those accommodations. I mean, how many people does it take to serve a retired Pope? What's wrong with a decent 10-room house with a courtyard and garden or grotto? Why does he need a massive convent? Och, it's all politics anyway.

I got my current issue of SI either Saturday or Monday. It's so thin I thought it was one of those junk mail booklets that tries to sell you a book of secrets the government doesn't want you to know except it had Michael Jordan on the cover. LOL

February 19, 2013  11:34 AM ET

@LCB, If my memory serves me right...(LOL)...the reason we dumped amateurism is because the Russians and Chinese (..etc.) sent their best athletes to the games, and we kept sending our second best (college) people. We were getting embarrassed in Basketball for starters and then everything changed. I like having the best athletes compete on the world stage, but we ALREADY have that every 2 years. It's called "The World Championships."

Other countries won't play FAIR (IE send their college players/athletes), so I guess we have no choice but to keep sending our professionals to the events.

I was raised a protestant (Methodist) here, and it is fairly popular as we have many Polish, German, Dutch, English, and Scandinavian ethnic people here. I have only recently began to enjoy my religious activities again. I can't seem to find a church around here to attend, but I'm still looking. My family church (1st United Methodist Church) is no longer acceptable to me. They have become too liberal, and have fallen away from it's original intent. Many churches have these days for that matter.

I even tried getting a subscription to ESPN (I'm not sure what I was thinking) the magazine, but the print was pretty small, and it was geared toward H.S. and College kids it seemed like. The writing was not very good at all. I remember The Sporting News as a kid, and I thought that it was very good. Maybe I'll check that out again.

February 19, 2013  02:40 PM ET

My Dad used to read the Sporting News. He was a big hockey fan (hated the Bruins) but would watch them to see the teams they were playing. He died back in '96.

I don't know how it was when you were a kid but when I was in elementary school we started the day with The Lord's Prayer. I don't know what it was supposed to accomplish other than to let all of us know who was Catholic and who was Protestant.

I really hate this time of year. It seems like winter is going to last forever. I think it's time to sink into a deep depression like a groundhog.

February 19, 2013  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

My Dad used to read the Sporting News. He was a big hockey fan (hated the Bruins) but would watch them to see the teams they were playing. He died back in '96.I don't know how it was when you were a kid but when I was in elementary school we started the day with The Lord's Prayer. I don't know what it was supposed to accomplish other than to let all of us know who was Catholic and who was Protestant. I really hate this time of year. It seems like winter is going to last forever. I think it's time to sink into a deep depression like a groundhog.

LOL, again...as before, I must announce I am suffering from CABIN FEVER! I had some blood work done at the VA, and it always comes back extremely low for vita D deficiency. That can be linked to levels of winter depression and other things. I have to take 5,000 IU's just to keep me going during the winter. Hopefully next month will be here, and the snow and cold will begin to loosen up a bit so I can go for my walks. I want to go camping so bad right now....

School prayer? Nope, just the pledge-O-legion to the flag. Looking back on it now, one could even see a slight similarity to the German's reverence to the Nazi flag I guess. Kinda creepy if you think about it.

I just try to stay as busy as I can. It keeps my mind off the winter, and time seems to fly when I'm completely oblivious to what time it is....HA!

February 19, 2013  10:25 PM ET

Did you ever watch "Dead Like Me"? It was a fictional show, as opposed to a reality one, about ordinary people who became Grim Reapers after death. I think maybe your avatar came from the show's intro. Anyway, I was looking for something on Netflix that I could stream and came across the Dead Like Me movie. It was pretty good. "Dead Like Me: Life After Death". The series itself only lasted 2 seasons on Showtime and Netflix used to stream it but, alas, you have to order the discs.

Anyway, movies help me keep my mind occupied and off the crappy snow. lol

February 19, 2013  11:01 PM ET

Okay, I used to have Netflix (up until the start of this month, but I became a Amazon "Prime" member as ot this month. It lasts a year and costs $75 a year to be a member. The thing I like most about it is when you make purchases that are "Prime" linked, you get free 2 day shipping on your purchases. I do a few books, DVD, and a lot of CD purchases that way. Safe a lot of money on deliveries, and you get them in 2 days or so vs. 2-5 weeks depending on where they are coming from.

Prime also is in the streaming business for movies and TV shows so I'll check that one out if I remember to look tomorrow. I liked Netflix, but it just got old with the choices, so I thought I'd give Amazon a try for a year and see the difference. You're right though, anything to keep the mind busy during the doldrums of winter can be a very good thing! YIKES!

February 20, 2013  02:44 PM ET

You'll never guess what came in the mail today......the current issue of SI. I checked to see how many pages....64. 64 pages!

I also got a yarn catalog from Herrschners (which cost me nothing) and it had 62 pages.

As Charlie Brown would say...I can't stand it.

February 20, 2013  04:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You'll never guess what came in the mail today......the current issue of SI. I checked to see how many pages....64. 64 pages!I also got a yarn catalog from Herrschners (which cost me nothing) and it had 62 pages. As Charlie Brown would say...I can't stand it.

Haaaa, ha ha ha! I got a book from Greg Laurie (Harvest Ministries) about how to be a good christian in the MODERN world (lol)...A REI $20 gift card that requires me to spend $100 between now and March 3rd to get it, and that's about it. Got something from Eddie Bauer the other day, but they've gotten too expensive for me. REI (Been a co-op member since 1978) gives me 10% off as a member, and a nice dividend check I can use for new purchases at the end of the year.

Good luck with that knitting for the remainder of the winter. I'll take a few thick wool (been cold here of late) mittens if you please! HA!

February 22, 2013  03:03 PM ET

I was listening to the talk show "The Talk" while loading the dishwasher today. Guest Wolfgang Puck was cooking up Oscar Party food and that's when kit struck me. He sounds just like Professor Ludwig Von Drake! Has anyone else noticed this?

February 22, 2013  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Good luck with that knitting for the remainder of the winter. I'll take a few thick wool (been cold here of late) mittens if you please! HA!

Believe it or not, I've made knitted items for two people here at FN and once they let me know they received the items, I never heard from them again. LOL

I'd rather keep our friendship than lose another friend.

February 22, 2013  08:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Believe it or not, I've made knitted items for two people here at FN and once they let me know they received the items, I never heard from them again. LOLI'd rather keep our friendship than lose another friend.

Never heard of 'em, but that's sad you got taken by the mitten snatcher. lol

February 25, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Did you ever watch "Dead Like Me"? It was a fictional show, as opposed to a reality one, about ordinary people who became Grim Reapers after death. I think maybe your avatar came from the show's intro. Anyway, I was looking for something on Netflix that I could stream and came across the Dead Like Me movie. It was pretty good. "Dead Like Me: Life After Death". The series itself only lasted 2 seasons on Showtime and Netflix used to stream it but, alas, you have to order the discs.Anyway, movies help me keep my mind occupied and off the crappy snow. lol

I really liked the "Dead Like Me" show.....was the movie the same cast?

February 25, 2013  10:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I really liked the "Dead Like Me" show.....was the movie the same cast?

Except for Rube played by Mandy Patankin.

February 26, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Except for Rube played by Mandy Patankin.

He was pretty good in that role. I don't watch a ton of TV series, but it seems that when I find a TV series I like, it only lasts a year or two.

March 2, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Why is it called "Ride'n the bench?" Whose doing the driving then?

March 2, 2013  05:43 PM ET

I thought it was 'riding the pine'.

Lexical Item or Phrase: riding the pine

Meaning: A person never gets into a game, he just sits on the bench.

Date Collected: 02/21/2002

Student Name: piper

Social Group: 2002 Oakridge High School Athletes

Part of Speech: phrase

Source: Comes from the fact that some benches are made out of pine.

Context: Used for any sport when talking about someone who usually dosen't play.

Connotations: Riding the pine is negative, because it means that you are not very good at a particular sport.

Examples: Christensen is riding the pine again today.

Sociological Implications: General sports slang.

March 4, 2013  05:01 PM ET

Is your bench warm enough yet? YIKES!

March 4, 2013  11:03 PM ET

Hey WDT. You getting that foot of snow from that storm hitting Minnesota to Chicago? Reports are saying it should remain south of us while another Nor'ester forms in the Atlantic near the coast. Looks like this is the winter that never ends!

 
March 7, 2013  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Hey WDT. You getting that foot of snow from that storm hitting Minnesota to Chicago? Reports are saying it should remain south of us while another Nor'ester forms in the Atlantic near the coast. Looks like this is the winter that never ends!

Oops, I forgot to check back with you on that. Nope...we never did get much of anything on that one. We've had around 60" inches of snow this year (I could remember as a kid having far more) which is more than twice what we got last year I think. Should help the farmers recover a bit from last years drought of sorts.

Yankees taking a beating early this year...WOW! YIKES!

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