Wednesday, October 20, 2004
YANKEES/RED SOX SERIES (Series Tied at 3. Game 7 Tonight!)
CARDINALS/ASTROS SERIES (Astros Lead 3-2)
THURSDAYS AT 7
REALITY TV SHOWS
A Little Bit of This,
A Little Bit of That.
Good morning! I'm going to keep this short because I'm going to put myself on the injured list. My back hurts so bad that I can't sit at the computer for very long. So, I am just going to again post some random thoughts on a number of topics. Again, we've got baseball, basketball, TV, and more on Moore! I hope you enjoy it.
But first, I need to congratulate the Star-Tribune's Jim Souhan who was promoted to a columnist position alongside the likes of Patrick Reusse and Sid Hartman. Souhan did an excellent job as the paper's Baseball At-Large writer. You may remember back in April, I was able to hold a Q&A with Mr. Souhan and he did a very nice job of answering my questions very well.
If I can answer any questions, or if you would like to further comment on any of this, please e-mail me.
YANKEES/RED SOX SERIES
There will be another Red Sox-Yankees Game 7! It is pretty good baseball, but I'd love to hear from you outside the Northeast. Are you watching these games? Are you into each pitch? Because I have to admit, as good as it has been, I really am not.
Curt Schilling pulled a Willis Reed moment last night. Like the former Knicks star forward, Schilling came to play despite a serious injury. Now, Reed actually didn't play a lot in that particular game, but Schilling as spectacular last night. Pitching in basically a boot, Schilling allowed just one run in 7 innings against the vaunted Yankees lineup. He struck out just four, but walked none. In the early innings, I thought he was struggling some with his control, but he worked out of that. Schilling got some good testimonial in following the game in an interview with Kenny Albert (who is a really bad interviewer, by the way... not Craig Sager bad, but still not good!). Schilling acknowledged that he became a Christian seven years ago. He said that in Game 1, he went it alone. He said in this game, it was fully a credit to God.
Bronson Arroyo pitched a controversial 8th inning, allowing just one run. That was the innings where he got Alex Rodriguez to ground weakly toward first. Arroyo picked up the ball and went to tag A-Rod and the ball came loose, actually allowing Derek Jeter to score from first as the ball went down the right field line. However, the right call was made. Rodriguez clearly slapped intentionally, and viciously, at Arroyo's glove arm. That is totally illegal. However the first base ump was blocked from the site, so he had to be overruled. The raucous Yankee Stadium crowd didn't agree, but the right call was made. It was interesting to me that Jeter had to return all the way to 1B, and wasn't given second.
Keith Foulke pitched the ninth inning and uncharacteristically walked two hitters. He fell behind Tony Clark 2-0, and threw a perfect hitter's fastball right down the middle. I never understand why hitters take that pitch. Once they get that call, the pitcher suddenly has his full repertoire.
Mark Bellhorn, who had been previously struggling in the series, gave the Red Sox a 4-0 lead with a three run homer in the fourth inning.
Bernie Williams knocked his 22nd career post-season home run. That is really impressive, even if this current Yankees team has played in far more playoff series (ALDS or even ALCS) than their earlier versions in the '60s or '20s. But it is still an impressive number nonetheless.
Kevin Brown will have to earn his big money tomorrow night as he gets the Game 7 call for the Yankees. Terry Francona wouldn't commit, but did say that it is likely that Derek Lowe will go for the Red Sox in what will certainly be an intense, exciting game!
Now this is a good series. But you wouldn't know it as all anyone wants to talk about is the Yankees/Red Sox series. It's not right!
The Astros made the decision to stick to their plan of starting Peter Munro in Game 6 this afternoon. There was some talk about bringing back Roger Clemens in Game 6 and Roy Oswalt for Game 7. I really believe that this is the right decision. Some may think that the Astros are throwing away Game 6 and take their chances in Game 7. However, with the way that the Astros are hitting, they probably feel that they can beat anyone, no matter who is pitching for them. Also, by doing this, they will have Roger Clemens ready on full rest for Game 7. Remember the history of pitchers going on short rest. Also remember that both Clemens and Oswalt pitched short in their previous outings and, at least Oswalt, was not his dominant self.
You have to be happy for Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. They have been lifetime Astros. They have both taken way too much heat for the team's previous one-and-down playoff moments. Both have been great players and it is good to see them having some team success... Having the likes of Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent and MVP-Candidate (most years) Lance Berkman, really helps too though.
And don't count the Cardinals out. If they get any pitching and can hold the Astros down, their offense is incredible and can win a slug fest too.
Wolves 92, Pacers 93
I don't even know why I put the score there because we all know, it just doesn't matter. It's really only about getting players in game shape and getting them ready for the regular season.
Kevin Garnett scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 4 assists with a couple of blocks. Sam Cassell was back in the lineup and scored 16 points and had 5 assists. Fred Hoiberg scored 20 points with five rebounds and five assists. He was 7-11 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the 3-point line.
You have to start being a little worried about Troy Hudson. He still isn't playing and isn't expected to play until the regular season. He's just now starting full workouts with the team. That just seems like a really long rehab session for an injured ankle! Latrell Sprewell, Ervin Johnson and Anthony Carter also did not play.
Eddie Griffin played 21 minutes and had 7 points and 6 rebounds. John Thomas played 15 minutes and had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Rick Rickert did not play.
Stephen Jackson led the Pacers with 29 points.
Just a couple of other quick thoughts:
Regarding my Fahrenheit 9/11 and my next day apology, I again got a lot of e-mails, this time in support of my stance on Michael Moore. Some just said that I needed to take a stand if it's what I believe in. Others simply said, "Hey, it's your blog. You can write your opinions and people can either like them or not." But in general, I got a lot of support in my thinking on Michael Moore and his movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Some people sent me other websites and links that I would like to pass on to you regarding this topic.
Moore Watch - watching Michael Moore's every move. This site seems to have a daily thought on Mr. Moore, questioning all of his work, specifically Fahrenheit 9/11, as is done in this entry. where we see numerous examples of Moore taking quotes or information out of context to make his point, including a "straight-out lie" using footage of Minnesota Congressman Mark Kennedy. Recently, there was an e-mail from a reader similar to some that I have received, but I just love the response to it.
MichaelMooreHatesAmerica.com - A Documentary That Tells the Truth About a Great Nation - Michael Wilson made a documentary countering many of Michael Moore's claim. The movie is just recently out in limited release. Excellent website with lots of links.
Michael Moore's own website - The site provides response to questions as well as a listing of the stops he will be speaking at in this week.
Little Green Footballs - Another blog that discusses politics and parties and lots more.
Just a couple of quick thoughts on a few TV shows and some issues in them:
AD NAUSEUM - It came out yesterday that Lowe's and Tyson have decided not to continue to buy advertising for the ABC hit Desperate Housewives (Official ABC site) because of the message that is being sent by the show. I have to admit that I have not yet viewed this show, although I think I will have to start, so I can't judge it at all. However, you have to assume that a company that would purchase such ads would at least see some kind of promotional video, or even the show's pilot. If that is the case, these companies knew what they were getting into. They knew the type of show it was. I mean, look at the title of the show, it's pretty clear that it isn't a family program. So, I question the timing of their announcements to no longer buy ads. Now that the show is a Top 5 show each week, and people from all types of groups are talking about it, it is perfect timing for them to pull away. Also, ABC executives have doubled the cost of each commercial for the coming weeks. Lowe's and Tyson can claim that it is about moral fibers and the like, but if that was really the case, they wouldn't have bought ads in the first place. Continuing to have purchased ads would have cost them a lot of money. Pulling out now and putting themselves in the news with this story is probably better marketing and advertising for their companies anyway. So, it's not about morality, it's about getting their company's names out there, and saving a lot of money!
THURSDAY AT 7 - I never really understand some decisions that network executives make. I mean, I always go back to Fox. Four years ago, they had a Sunday night hit with Jessica Alba's Dark Angel. It had a core following and good ratings. Fox decided to move it to Friday night, which is just not fair to any show. It is the sign that a show is about done! Boston Public was a great show that I loved. It was on Monday nights for a few years and got solid, but unspectacular ratings. They moved it to Friday night at the beginning of last season, and it didn't even last the full season before being cancelled. Eliza Dushku's show, Tru Calling, was given the time slot of 7:00 (central) on Thursday nights a year ago. How was that show supposed to make it when it was going against the final season of Friends and Survivor? It couldn't.
Why do I bring all of this up? Fox's big new show last year was The OC. I actually really enjoyed the show. It had a good time slot and very strong ratings. So, what does Fox decide to do with it this year? They moved it to Thursday night at 7:00 (after the World Series is complete). It will now go against Joey (NBC Joey site) and Survivor. I understand that Thursday night is the big night for advertising, but much of that money will be going to NBC or CBS.
My main problem? I've only got two VCRs, so I guess I'll have to watch one of the shows and tape the other two and watch them later!! Ah, dilemmas!
REALITY TV - I am really doing a poor job of keeping up with TV in general this year, but particularly with the reality television genre. Over the summer, I didn't keep up with Big Brother or The Amazing Race, two shows that I love. I haven't even watched The Bachelor this season!
Last night on NBC, they premiered their new reality show, The Biggest Loser. I know it is a fairly controversial show because of its subject matter. It puts a dozen overweight individuals into embarrassing situations. They were weighted and measured before starting. They were split into two teams and each team was given a trainer. Jillian is pure evil. Bob is a nice, motivational, morale guy. Each week, the people were weighed again and the team that loses the least weight has to vote someone off. The only part of the show that I could question is the elimination process. There could be a better way of doing that. But I guess I don't feel bad at all for the individuals. They signed consent forms. They knew what they're getting into. So, don't feel bad for them! I think this will be an entertaining show that I hope to continue watching.
But the reality show that I am most looking forward to will be on Fox in a few weeks. Remember the show My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance? It was my favorite reality show ever! Just hilarious. Fox is now coming out with My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss where they will have some conceited big wigs all go through a number of tasks all for a big paying job. They are made to look little and dumb and that's what makes for great TV! I know I will be watching it!!
BILL MAHER - I was watching his most recent episode late last night. He kind of touched on this topic, a topic I have been asking myself for awhile now. What will happen to shows like Bill Maher's if John Kerry were to win the election? I mean, would he bash every single decision he makes in the White House the way he does the Bush Administration? What will he talk about? Also, to anyone else that saw it, why is Alannis Morissette on there talking about how "we," the United States feel about, or should feel about, certain topics. She's not even from this country.
Do you have any thoughts on TV at this point? Are my thoughts off base at all? Are there any new shows that you think I should be watching? Send me an e-mail.
And that is it for today! Have yourself a wonderful second half of the week! If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future topics, please e-mail me.
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