If I had a perfect day, I would have it start this way
Open up the fridge and have a tall boy
This time of year is an exceptionally stressful one in my line of work. Suffice to say that the month of July and August usually have me working about 80 hours a week, sometimes 100, and I don’t even get overtime. I eat a lot of crap food to sustain myself, and drink a bunch of beer to calm the nerves. On the other hand, the family generally leaves me alone. I can usually do a bunch of the stuff at night, and if I really bust hump, I can have good chunks of the weekend to hang out with the fam. But those 15-18 hour days start adding up.
Then I'd meet up with my friends
Head out to the game again
We don't even really care who wins
This Saturday I basically spent the day at the beach for a sand sculpting competition and a family cookout. I wrecked myself in a “friendly” competition of volleyball “wives vs. husbands” in a game where everyone knew who was going to win, even if they didn’t win the game: the object was not to humiliate anyone. I had sand in my hair, ears and...nether regions and got to really lay out a couple of times to make the play...that we all knew wasn’t going to count for points, because.
When we're hangin' with the bro's, When we're chillin' and we pound a case of Stroh's
Now the game is cool to see
You can "High 5" on TV
Count the riot on the one two three
Of course Mo, Jr. wanted to dig in the sand. Except this kid doesn’t just set his sites on digging a little channel of water or anything. Nope. He staked out a full out archeological dig site, stakes and all, and dug. And of course, he asked me to help. We dug about 3’ down and about 3’ square. Needless to say, between the sunburn, scrapes on my elbows and my sore back it’s hard to know what was the worst thing for me. It was pretty much what the doctor ordered though, because I’m just STRESSED OUT about work. Ever get that way?
I joined this Facebook group for owners of the breed of dog we have, and it’s pretty cool - just pictures of these fantastic pooches and it brightens my outlook, if only for a little bit. Of course, there’s always someone whose dog has just come down with heartworm or just “gone to the rainbow bridge,” and that totally harshes my mellow, but it does help to take the edge off.
The worst part, though, is that summer is my favorite, and work just sucks the life out of me, speeds the summer by so fast, and before you know it we’re looking at the NFL schedule and budgeting for winter oil bills, almost like summer never happened. I tell myself that it’s all worth the flexibility and relatively low-stress rest of the year, but…
Water hoses and batons
That's the real game that's on
I don't really give a shit who wins
At least the Red Sox are doing their part in making me feel like I’m not missing much. The reigning world champs are in last place - pretty much where I expected they would be last season. It’s almost like 2013 didn’t happen.
But since it did, I can take some solace in knowing it did. Just like the moon landing 45 years ago Sunday. Happily, while Bart Sibrel can deny the moon landing all he wants, I know for a fact the Red Sox won it all, just like Buzz Aldrin knows he landed on the moon.
I believe it's my god-given right
To destroy everything in my sight
Cause it never gets dull, it never gets old
The only thing it gets is more bold
Interestingly enough, we may soon know what Bill Belichick knew about Aaron Hernandez’ activities and when he knew it, a question not unlike the one posed of Aldrin contemporaries by Howard Baker, who passed away last month. It seems prosecutors have turned over 33-pages of text messages between BB and Hernandez spanning a 5 month period. Makes you wonder what all he could’ve had to say that would take 33 pages, of course I’m sure it sounds way more sinister than the reality. While the Coach B haters will posit that it’s probably Bill telling Aaron how to hide evidence, and to delete his security DVR, or (perhaps even more heinous for a football fan), coaching instructions in the off season, I’m guessing it’s screen caps of scouting reports for guys he knew, or other innocuous chatter. My bet is that if his texts to any player were subpoenaed, they’d all look the same. So sue me, I’m a homer.
Hey hey hey neighbors, friends, Gabbers and others. Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. This week is an off week. No Cup race. Nationwide drivers were at Chicagoland. Bill Elliot's son Chase won again & has taken over the points lead.
I just got back from Maryland. Took my son & #1 grandson to see the Monster Truck Jam. Red neck heaven. Was an awesome show. Grave Digger Legend did a jump into a wheelie and held the wheelie going down the front stretch over the bumps. He was so vertical there was mud on his rear bumper. He got the prize for the free style part of the competition hands down. The free style is my favorite because these guys get some wicked air going over the bumps. There were only like 7 trucks there. Really expected to see at least 10. Both Grave Diggers were there, Hot Wheels, Monster Energy, Strait Jacket and 2 others that I can't remember the names of. Great show. Worth the drive. Grandson was happy and thanked me for taking him.
STEWART BACK IN THE WINGED SPRINT CAR SADDLE
This week Stewart did just what he said he would. He snuck into the Crystal Motor Speedway in Michigan and got into a winged sprint car. Not only did he race but he won it too.
On Wednesday, July 23rd Stewart will host the 2nd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at his track Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Last years winner Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson plan to return. You can watch it on FOX Sports 1 @ 9pm.
RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE
NASCAR says they will communicate with the newly formed RTA through lawyers. Now that's starting things out on the right foot. NASCAR still says they hold no animosity towards this group. They're just covering their butts.
SPECIAL CHASE PAINT FEATURES INTRODUCED
When the Chase starts besides the winner decals above the drivers door for every win they'll be some more Chase type markings. The front splitter, roof number, windshield viser where the driver name is and a Chase decal on the drivers door all will be in yellow. As the drivers get eliminated from the Chase they will lose the yellow markings. I wonder if they get a horn too. Get out of my way. I'm a Chase contender.
TOP 10 COMPANIES WITH THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE
In light of the recent Comcast scandal where a customer tried to cancel their Comcast cable and the customer service rep drag the poor guy through the wringer, I found an article on customer service.
1. Bank Of America
3. Sprint Corporation
4. Dish Network
5. Direct TV
6. Time Warner Cable
9. Wells Fargo
So Comcast is 2nd. They're planning to merge with Time Warner Cable. Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network went to the FCC to tell them his thoughts on that merger which pretty much added up to things are gonna suck if you let those 2 monopolies merge. The FCC says that they're taking all comments on this merger till August 25th. So if you're not happy and want to comment on it then you best get your comments into the FCC before the decision is made.
I find it interesting that all these entities are banks, phone companies & tv service providers. They all can make up their rules as they go along and not much we can do about it.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP
So last week was Ky Bu on the pole to start the race. Off we go and 7 laps in Johnson is in the pits with a flat left rear. Then lap 13 Caution is out because Johnson is in the wall. Done
Lots of Twitter back & forth between the #48 team and Goodyear about who's fault it is. Team #48 saying it's bad tires and Goodyear saying it's too low air pressure.
Ky Bu leads till lap 63 when Hamlin takes over. Gordon has fallen to 26th. Says car is undrivable.
Lap 90 sees Keselowski to the lead. Top 5 : Keselowski - Hamlin - Ky Bu - Kenseth - Harvick
Lap 127 Kenseth takes the lead but has trash on his grill. On lap 139 Keselowski takes it back and Kenseth uses him to get the trash off the grill.
Pretty much Keselowski is dominating this race. On lap 212 Morgan Shepherd loses control of his car and drifts up into Logano as he's passing by. Logano's day is done.
With 4 to go Allgaier is in the wall. We're going into a green/white checker. Gordon is on the apron. He needs fuel. Hamlin pits for fuel. And Harvick tries to restart but his car runs out.
Top 15 Finish - Keselowski - Ky Bu - Larson - Kenseth - Newman - Bowyer - Stewart - Hamlin - Stenhouse - Dale Jr - Kahne - Edwards - Dillon - Biffle
Next week is The Brickyard at Indianapolis. I'll post a review next Sunday.
So I leave you with this gem. Have an awesome and safe weekend.
While ticked off that the car brakes went out on me on Wednesday but tickled pink because the rest of the week was a series of awesomness that I haven't experienced in quite a while. Yes, overall I had a GREAT week...
YOUTH SPORTS FOLLOW UP
My friend Brian attended the wake for our mutual former player Ryan last week. He told me that another player caught up to him after he left the building and told him how much Ryan thought of Brian as a coach and from playing for him. Kind of a nice thing to be told despite the sad circumstances that led to the information being given.
MLB ALL-STAR GAME
While my mother watched the All-Star Game this week, I ended up skipping it. But I caught the highlights. I have to say that if Adam Wainwright grooved the pitches to Derek Jeter, he didn't honor Jeter, he dishonored both the player and the game.
As a Red Sox fan, I fully wrap myself in the sports hatred of the Yankees. But I've always thought Jeter carried himself with a huge degree of class. A role model of the game. So his departure from the game will be a big loss.
And while seeing him get a hit in his final All-Star appearance was something any appreciative baseball fan would want to happen, knowing that it was basically served up to him cheapens those hits in my mind. That's not a knock on Jeter, but rather an insult to Wainwright.
I know he tried to back off his statements, but no one really believes his retraction do they?
Thanks to a Cappie Pondexter (pictured below) game winning shot with 0.4 seconds left in the game, the New York Liberty hit the All-Star break with a 77-75 victory over the Atlanta Dream. They are 8-13 on the season.
By the way, Pondexter was selected as a starter for the All-Star Game while another Liberty player Tina Charles was added to the squad as a reserve.
Oh and no WNBA subsection here at Sunday Musings would be complete without some form of mention of Katie Smith, this week brought another of the WNBA trading cards that she is featured on into my collection. This time it was the 2006 League Leaders in Free Throw Pct%.
The MMQB.com had a lengthy article this past Wednesday on former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren as he finds his way into retirement. You can check it out HERE.
BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
While the team continues their offseason preparations, which you can get updates from all over their Facebook and Twitter pages, you can get to know soon to be sophomore Emilee Daley (pictured below) via this interview.
COLLEGE BASEBALL SUMMER LEAGUE
This past Monday evening I ended up at the Wareham Gatemen game against the Brewster Whitecaps. It was a home game for Wareham in their Cape Cod Baseball League schedule. Unfortunately, despite a close game, the Gatemen ended up losing 3-2.
I was there because I was having a mini reunion of sorts with a friend of mine from high school. I haven't actually seen Rachael since her graduation party 25 years ago. We reconnected via Facebook and when she told me she'd be here for a week we made plans to meet up. It was great to see her and meet her husband and kids. I also met (or met all over again as the case may be) one of Rachael's best friends, Julie. All in all, just a good way for a week to go where I wasn't totally glued to the TV. It was almost like I had a "real" life or something.
Here's a photo of the group of us at the game:
From R-L: Julie, Rachael, Nick (Rachael's husband) and me. Julie's daughter Sydney is in front of her mother.
TV - The lights out fantastic season finale of 24: Live Another Day aired on Monday night. You can read my rather extensive recap of the episode HERE.
For those of you who might be a fan of the Showtime series Homeland, the first look trailer for Season 4 is below.
And let us not forget that the new season of Doctor Who starts August 23rd. You can check out the first trailer for the new season below.
Comics - The world's largest comic convention, the San Diego Comic Con, is being held next week. There's bound to be a ton of huge announcements in relation to comics, movies, TV and gaming.
Movies - On Thursday, I logged into my Twitter account (don't forget to follow me @TheOneTrueJay) and I had received a message from the guy who sent me that book I Am Pilgrim to review. It turns out they have now signed a deal to make the book into a movie. I'm psyched about that! And the fact that the guy took the time to keep me in the loop about it. You can read the article about the movie announcement HERE.
Also, I watched the documentary film Life Itself last week. It is about the life and career of film critic Roger Ebert. While parts of it were tough to watch, overall this was a fantastic look at the good and bad of Ebert, pretty much the only movie critic I relied on to form at least a basic foundation on whether or not I was going to see a movie.
Books - Speaking of prose storytelling, this week conspired against me in regards to completing any books. But yesterday afternoon as I made my appointed rounds, I ended up picking up the brand new Daniel Silva hardcover The Heist. It is the latest in his Gabriel Allon series. While I typically don't buy hardcovers, when it comes to this series, I tend to grab the book when it hits the shelves because invariably I'lll find myself immersed in a story do deeply I don't want to put the book down.
Music - Ever wonder what became of the woman who played the title role in the video for the Night Ranger song "Sister Christian"? Well, someone tracked her down and you can read this article to find out.
Rat Pak Records will be releasing the first solo album from Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar in August. The CD is called One For The Road. You can check out the video for the song "No Strings" below.
Oh and "Weird Al" Yankovic has a new parody video out called "Word Crimes". You can check it out below.