Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. As we grind trough another week, it is a good time to stop and enjoy the bonus day on the calendar. Every four years, we add a day to our February calendar and today is that day..
Beeze always says have a week and truthfully, I feel like I have already put in a complete week. We are merging with another company and the process has been very faulty. I can't tell you how much I miss the mortgage world of years past. This compliance driven "era" is a pain. I have felt like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day the past week...each day just sucked with no improvements. Hopefully today will be better. As I am late posting this, I better get in to the sports part of my blog.
As this is the "offseason" for football, I thought I would drop in a discussion of lifting. Each year, I have watched my son and his friends work their ass off during the spring in the weight room. My 180 something pound son is now squatting 335, benching 260 and power cleaning 270. As fans, we do not see the work that athletes put into their sport. It is a different world now. Athletes have a formulated plan to maximize their bodies potential. Do you know who LaRon Landry is? I saw a picture of him last week and I was astounded. Landry is a safety for the Redskins and apparently he lives in the weight room.
Does this look like a safety to you? Holy crap! This is an NFL safety? How would you like to go across the middle with this beast waiting for you? Landry is a free agent...
Spring is also baseball season. Football players that also play baseball do not go to baseball class, but continue to workout with the football team. After school, the players bolt for the locker room to change and head to the baseball field to join the practice already in progress. This year has been tough as the baseball coach has been requesting that my son be able to change his schedule to join the baseball class. Since the football coach is also the athletic director, you already know how this worked out. Being a two sport athlete is a tough gig, but I truly believe that my son is a better baseball player because he also plays football.
My son's high school baseball season kicked off last Thursday with a 6 game tournament. The team played well in spots, but the coach used a different lineup for each game. Baseball is an interesting game. It is a team game, but is also an individual test between pitcher and hitter. Blake began the season right with 2 HR's 3 triples and 2 doubles for the six games. He also had a sac fly and walked three times. His average for the season was .476 until last night. He went 2 for 3 last night with a double and a HR and now has 16 RBIs for the young season. There was a Twins scout at the Thursday game and he asked my wife and I a bunch of questions about Blake. There is a showcase tournament at Minute Maid in August that he would like Blake to attend. We contacted the clearing house folks for the NCAA and they have scheduled an interview with us on Saturday with one of their national scouts. I could not be more proud of my son as I know how hard he has worked. Last year was frustrating as I could see how close he was to being the hitter I knew he could be. Now, if the team can start winning, it will truly be a fantastic season. We lost our first district game last night 9 to 7. It was 9 to 3 going in to the bottom of the 7 inning, so we gave a gutsy effort to come back. We had the winning run to the plate before we ran out of gas. Our pitchers let us down a bit in hitting 5 and walking 6. It always comes down to the pitching...
Here are a few videos:
Blake and his guys are doing a bow and arrow thing this year. I sort of like it...
Here is Ben Johnson just crushing a ball over the center field wall. It is impossible to show how far this ball went. Ben has signed to play baseball at Texas next season. He is a really talented kid.
I am not even sure if baseball is Ben's best sport. I have watched this kid and cannot believe that Texas did not sign him to play QB.
This may be the one that I was most proud of, with two outs...Blake comes through with a big double to left.
I knew this was gone when it left his bat...he was mad that he hit an HR as he felt a base hit would have served the team better. There is something about clearing the bases during a rally that makes it hard to get started again. His teammates managed to keep it going, only just coming up short.
Did you know that Wade Boggs drinks beer and eats chicken?
Did you know that Andre could do all that and more...
Had to add this. You have probably seen Augie lose his shit before, but the South Park clip was too good to pass up.
That is all I have today. But I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey...
"Here's a good tip for when you go to the beach: A sand dollar may look like a nice cracker that someone left, but trust me, they don't taste like it."
"As we were driving, we saw a sign that said 'Watch For Rocks.' Marta said it should read 'Watch For PRETTY Rocks.' I told her she should write in her suggestion to the highway department, but she started saying it was a joke---just to get out of writing a simple letter! And I thought I was lazy!"
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...