02.19.10 – A Friday

word

alacrity [uhlak-ri-tee] n. 1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity 2. liveliness; briskness

birthday

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Lee Marvin (1924), Smokey Robinson (1940), Big John Studd (1948), Jeff Daniels (1955), Dave Wakeling (1956), Falco (1957), Seal (1963), Leroy (1965), Jon Fishman (1965), Justine Bateman (1966), Benicio del Toro (1967)

standpoint

Philadelphia is stoked. Really stoked. Yesterday, was the (un)official beginning of the Philadelphia Phillies 2010 season as pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater FL for the start of training camp.

And so it begins.

Since winning the World Series two years ago and coming so very close last year, the Phillies have assumed the mantle of bringing the city another world championship, a job they inherited from the Philadelphia Eagles. Most likely, the guys on the team relish their roles as saviors of the city. Why wouldn’t they? They’re professional athletes and that’s what every professional athlete wants, right? At least they should.

After losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series last November, team management didn’t just sit around and wait for next season. In what some are calling one of the biggest baseball trades ever, essentially the Phillies got Roy Halladay and sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. Then they went out and signed some free agents, the biggest one being Placido Polanco, who played for the team from 2002-2005, to a 3-year $16M deal. Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin and Carlos Ruiz were all re-signed. Gone are Brett Myers, Pedro Feliz, Pedro Martinez and Chan Ho Park. Brad Lidge and Cole Hamels appear ready to rebound from their respective disastrous seasons.

So presumably the team is looking pretty good. CBS Sportsline has the Phillies 5th in its preseason power rankings. Most every other baseball authority has them among MLB’s top teams.

But, as they say, there’s a reason they play the games. You never know, the Phillies could let the city down this year. Then again, they could recapture the championship and give Philadelphia the parade its almost unhealthily fixated upon.

Only time will tell. I, for one, hope the players can handle the weight of an entire city’s hopes and dreams riding on their backs. And I, for one, think they will.

quotation

Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.Alan Moore

tune

The Samples was one of the best bands around back in the 90s. Seemed like a pretty cool bunch of guys, as well. They’d let anyone tape their shows right from the soundboard. One of their best live songs was “Feel Us Shaking.”

gallimaufry

I understand that paintball can be fun and cathartic and I’m not knocking the activity at all. Really. I’m not. But is there any reason for a paintball turret gun that shoots 34 rounds per second?

→ Are you a criminal who likes to break into houses but you hate doing all that pesky legwork? Are they home? Are they not home? Well, now there’s a website that’s going to make your job just a little easier. Check out PleaseRobMe.com. You won’t be sorry. Good luck in your future endeavors.

→ How in the world did Lower Merion Township think they could get away with spying on high school kids through the cameras in the laptops they distributed to them? Better yet, it doesn’t even appear they thought there was any transgression in the first place. Holy shit the world is messed up.

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07.09.09 – Thursday

Word: acrimony [ak-ruh-moh-nee] n. sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition, etc.: The speaker attacked him with great acrimony

Birthday:  Ann Radcliffe (1764), Clarence Campbell (1905), Lee Hazlewood (1929), Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Brian Dennehy (1938), Dean R Koontz (1945), Bon Scott (1946), O.J. Simpson (1947), Chris Cooper (1951), John Tesh (1952), Jimmy Smits (1955), Marc Almond (1956), Tom Hanks (1956), Kelly McGillis (1957), Courtney Love (1964), Jack White (1975), Fred Savage (1976)

Quotation: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.Herm Albright

Tune: Yet another gem I unearthed in the catacombs of my iPod. Pinback‘s “Seville” might be the best driving-on-a-highway song I’ve ever heard.

Gallimaufry: Hey, married men out there, if you’re thinking about engaging in an extra-marital affair, you should take note of what happened to Steve McNair this past 4th of July. The former NFL quarterback was shot in his sleep by his 20-year old mistress, Sahel Kazemi. Here’s the thing: If one person wants to date another, knowing full well that person is married, there’s automatically something off-kilter. It’s a good chance the individual is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. We’re not talking about an ironclad rule here, or anything, but don’t act totally surprised if that person does something like, say, shoot you while you’re taking a nap on the couch. I like LeBron James. But the fact that he got dunked on, at his very own Nike LeBron James Skills Academy, by college basketball star Jordan Crawford is kind of funny. What’s even funnier is Nike confiscated all video footage of the event, including that of CBS Sports.com. It’s also kind of messed up. Nobody’s perfect. LeBron and Nike may have gone too far in trying to protect the current NBA MVP’s image. If you’re not yet convinced that most everyone around you is crazy, you need to know something. A USA Today/Gallup Poll turned up some pretty nauseating results. 71% of Republicans are saying they will still vote for Sarah Palin, who stepped down as governor of Alaska last week for no apparent reason. Also, 53% of all people polled said they felt coverage of Palin was “unfairly negative.” It might be time to do some serious soul searching, America.