Hello again and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It is hard to believe that October is almost over and that Halloween is almost here. I love Halloween; I always have. Since I was a little kid and realized that much of what I saw on TV was make up, I was intrigued. Austin has a great tradition of Halloween parties on 6th Street that is a bucket list event. What fantastic costumes...I don't party with the crazies anymore, but I still go to work with some type of bone sticking out of my arm or a stake poking out of my neck. My favorite holiday...
The Fall Classic. I don't know about you, but I have enjoyed the hell out of this World Series. I am a Ranger fan, but I loved seeing Albert Pujols go off. This will forever cement Pujols in baseball lore. If you watched Albert go crazy, you witnessed what is being called the Albert Pujols game. 5 for 6 with 3 HR's is simply historic. The Rangers battled back to even the series with a terrific pitching performance from Derek Holland. Game five will be known as the miscommunication game. A very untimely hit and run allowed the Rangers to walk Pujols (again). What surprised me the most is that LaRussa allows any of his players to put a play on without his blessing. LaRussa has done such a masterful job of orchestrating each game, it was a shock that even Pujols has the latitude to call a hit and run. Even if Craig had been safe, the Rangers would surely have used the open base to park Pujols. This was a mistake.
Do you find it interesting that in an age of amazing communication that baseball still works with a basic phone system to communicate to the bullpen? Twice LaRussa called the pen to get Motte up and twice he got a different pitcher. Is this the best baseball can do? Perhaps Motte would have faired no better against Napoli, but it is a shame we will never know. I will say, that the Cards had plenty of opportunity to score runs. I think they left 14 runners stranded, but still the miscommunication is what will be remembered for this Cardinal loss.
How could I have forgotten this? Of course this is perfect...Cool Hand LaRussa.
Maybe Tony should text the bullpen? Or perhaps baseball can spend a few bucks to update all of the stadium bullpen phones?
I really enjoyed Derek Holland's outstanding game 4 performance, but did anyone else find his Harry Carry impression a bit out of place? Maybe if the Rangers had been comfortably ahead, but in the middle of a tense game this interview seemed completely inappropriate to me. Holland is a young player, I wonder if Nolan may have a few words for him? They can provide a head set for an interview, but not for the manager to communicate to his bullpen coach?
One last thought...what has happened to C.J. Wilson? The ace of the Ranger's staff has not pitched well in this series. He has been unable to locate his fastball and was lucky to escape without allowing more than 2 runs. I asked my son what he thought and he said he looks tired. Could it be that the long season has simply caught up with Wilson? He logged many innings during the regular season, so perhaps this could be the case. I know one thing, Wilson has probably cost himself a few bucks with his post season performances. Wilson is a free agent after the season and he has not looked good on the biggest stage.
A few thoughts about college football. What an amazing finish to the Wisconsin / Michigan State game. Damn that was exciting. Does anyone know the way to Morgantown? It looks like the Big 12 is adding West Virginia to replace Missouri. I am amazed that Tech went on the road to beat OU. I would have bet the farm that would not have happened.
A few more regarding the NFL...what a surprising year. Baltimore looks unbeatable against the Jets and then completely laid an egg this week against Jacksonville? Dallas finally had an easy game. St. Louis is terrible without Bradford. Can anyone beat Green Bay? The way this year has gone, St. Louis could beat the Packers...well, maybe not.
It was homecoming last week for the Westwood Warriors.
Guess who the homecoming king was? As corny as this seems, Ben Johnson was the king and his girlfriend was the queen.
Westwood came out against Georgetown very flat. After leaving the field down 10 to 3 at halftime, Westwood stormed back in the second half to take over the game. Westwood scored 35 points before allowing Georgetown to score a late TD. Final score; Westwood 38 Georgetown 16. Ben Johnson was again his amazing self. He rushed for 225 yards and four TD's. I asked him after the game if he was driving the bus back to school. This week Westwood faces a tough Leander Lions team. The winner is a virtual lock for the district championship. The game against Georgetown featured the referees. They decided that they were more important than the game. I have included a few samples of the terrible calls...for and against Westwood. The block in the back is simply ridiculous. Here are a few videos...
A touch is now considered a block? Horrible...
No receiver to throw to, in the end zone between the tackles...this is a safety, ref!
Ben being Ben...
This is part of the Westwood Homecoming parade. This is a very cool tradition. There are floats of all kind and they throw candy to the neighborhood kids. Check out about 1:32...I wrote a note on the driver's window.
Finally, I had to share something that just makes Austin...Austin. On my way home, I saw a guy in the median playing his drums. I ran home to get my camera and I missed him playing, but got him breaking down his set. I thought it was cool...
That is all I have for this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
If you go flying back through time and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it's probably best to avoid eye contact.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, Yahoo!, I'd have all my money back.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...