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Yesterday, completely forgetting that there is still one Formula 1 Grand Prix (in Abu Dhabi) left in 2017, I lamented the fact that these days are boring as far as being a sports fan is concerned, especially in my market. I attributed this, and still attribute this, to being spoiled by Major League Baseball which has a game on virtually every night during its season. The National Football League, by contrast, is largely restricted to Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. So, what to do the other four nights? There is the National Basketball Association, but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Sky Suspended
Being a fan of Major League Baseball spoils you. Major League Baseball, when it is in season, potentially has games every day of the week. The National Football League, by contrast, only plays a few days of the week. The National Basketball Association plays more often, but, in the sports market I live in, it is the Toronto Raptors all the damned time! Thankfully, there is no NFL team in my sports market, so at least I get a good variety of NFL games. Not so with the NBA. I like the Raptors, but I really would LOVE to see... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Sky Suspended
I am back in a relatively good mood today. First of all, yesterday, the Montréal Canadiens team of the National Hockey League, aka "the Habs," carried out what is termed in science as a statistical oddity, and what is called "a miracle" by laymen. The Habs managed to win a game! They defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in overtime. As I noted in my previous entry, I support the Habs because a) the majority of their players are English-speakers, with one being of Mexican descent and another being of Cuban descent, which would put them on the first cattle car... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Sky Suspended
Again, no sports news or references today. Today is Veteran's Day in America and Remembrance Day in the British Empire, which still includes Canada. It is a time to remember those who served and those who never returned. For far too many people, today is just a day to remember those who never returned. As laudable as it is to remember those lost to us in war, restricting one's self to only that renders today a one day-per year event. If we choose to only remember those who never return, we absolve ourselves of remembering, and, consequently, seeing to the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Sky Suspended
This is going to be a serious entry, so no sports mentions. The central topic of this entry will be Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler was an extremely pathological, unquestionably murderous, and thus unquestionably evil, person. The big problem in trying to discuss Hitler and the Nazi regime in a serious manner in 2017 is, as Fairfield University History Professor Gavriel Rosenfeld, PhD, reports in his book Hi Hitler! How The Nazi Past Is Being Normalised In Contemporary Culture, Hitler and the Nazis are exploited as portmanteaus for whatever the ignorant want them to be to suit their agenda. This becomes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Sky Suspended
I had a grand time listening to Conor McKenna, Shaun Starr and Rick Moffat on The Morning Show today on TSN 690! These three gents really are as versatile as Howard Cosell back in the day. TSN 690 is a sports channel, TSN being short for The Sports Network, Canadian private sector company Bell's English language sportscaster (Bell's French sportscaster is RDS.) Today, Messers McKenna, Starr and Moffatt were discussing the philosophical and ethical dilemma of whether one should fully inhale a fart from a bottle or whether one should kiss another man. I needed such an engaging philosophical debate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
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Simply amazing job last night by the Los Angeles Dodgers, forcing the Houston Astros into a Game Seven of Major League Baseball's 2017 World Series. This has been exciting drama, better than anything scripted on the now defunct House of Cards, especially the penultimate game which saw each team score a three-run home run, and which went down to the tenth. Although I am rooting for the Dodgers, as I would for any of the current (Bronx Bombers, New York Mets) or former (San Francisco Giants on top of the Dodgers) New York teams, I have to take my hat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Today is an important and joyous day. It is the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, of the day Martin Luther nailed his theses to the wall. Irrespective of whether you are a Protestant or an atheist, today is an important day in the history of civilisation, as Martin Luther was the first to assert in the post-classical era that an individual could look at the Bible, that an individual could think for his or her self, without the intermediary of satraps imposed without one's say by a foreign prince. Martin Luther's bold assertions led to the Williamite Settlement Act of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
That was a very interesting game last night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros in the World Series of Major League Baseball. Some of my fellow Dodgers fans, and some Astros fans, are rushing to point out that the Dodgers did not hit a single run last night, as if that is a bad thing and an omen of things to come. As to it being a bad thing, while this is certainly nowhere near "best practices," I would argue that the Dodgers skillfully used the rules of baseball to come in just a couple of points... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
One of my pleasures these days is TSN 690's The Morning Show with Conor McKenna, Shaun Starr and Rick Moffat. TSN is The Sports Network, Canadian private sector media company Bell's English-language sportscaster (Bell operates RDS in French.) Messers McKenna, Starr and Moffat are like latter-day Howard Cosells in that, although they specialise in sports reporting, they are so well-rounded that they can offer informed commentary on matters outside of sports. This morning, for example, they held this highly interesting symposium on whether or not it is appropriate to do Number Two at work, from which one of the more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Awesome World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball! This is the kind of thing that shows that ESPN is not only the original "reality TV," it is THE reality TV! And, tonight, on Thursday Night Football in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins play the Baltimore Ravens! Nice! So, let me turn to something without exclamation marks for a change. This would start with the Québec nonsense of the week. (Yes, I know this would make for an awesome series title. It makes for a particularly awesome title if you don not live... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
It has been one hell of a week in the League Finals in Major League Baseball! First, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs and are finally headed to the World Series! There, they will face the winner of tonight's American League victors, the Bronx Bombers or the Houston Astros. The Astros have put up a hell of an effort, and I have to give credit to Justin Verlander for his exceptional pitching, something I have to do out of fairness, given that Verlander is also a violent perp on the job. In the National Football League, most interesting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Superb Major League Baseball NLCS Game 2 last night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs! This was an edge-of-your-seat game right until the bottom of the ninth, when Justin Turner pulled off an excellent statistical oddity (the technical mathematical term for a "home run"), to lead the Dodgers from parity to 4-1! Also nice to see Joe Maddon not act like a perp, or, at least, not try to do a bad imitation of Billy Martin like he did the night before. Major League Baseball--more precisely, Major League Baseball team managers--are germane to the main topic of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Awesome Major League Baseball NLCS Game 1 last night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending champs, the Chicago Cubs! I respect and admire Molly Knight, author of the superb The Best Team Money Can Buy about the Dodgers, but her pre-game Twitter timeline was depressing and forlorn, being given to gambler's logic about streaks. Last night's performance by the former New York Dodgers shows why "streaks" are a conspiracy theory that should be abandoned when analysing sports. Every game, pitch, swing and hit is a discrete entity. If last night's Dodgers performance does not show that, the fact... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
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Tightly contested Major League Baseball ALCS Game 1 last night between the Bronx Bombers and the Houston Astros, and definitely gripping, edge of your seat stuff! Houston were on top of their game. Their pitcher Dallas Keuchel is an ace, like the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Boston Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel. The Yankees' pitcher Masahiro Tanaka impressed me when he took the full brunt of a ball damn near close to his crotch, picked it up wincing in pain, and threw it to first for an out. He is a champ for staying out the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Here is a major Bravo Zulu to the Bronx Bombers for winning Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series! And here is to their valiant opponents, the Cleveland Indians, for keeping this series interesting! Yes, I am a fan of the Yankees. And of the New York Mets. And of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, the latter two once being New York teams before some bandits absconded Westwards with them in the middle of the night. I am an ex-New Yorker. I know that there are many in the baseball world who absolutely hate.loathe.despise the New... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Awesome Los Angeles Dodgers versus Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball post-season series last night, with Dodgers coming around from behind to take the game and lead the series! Equally awesome Suzuka Formula 1 Grand Prix today! Heartbreaking that Seb Vettel and Lance Stroll's gremlins led to DNFs. Gremlins haunted Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to the very end, and it was only when he passed the checkered flag that his place was secured. Superb racing by Esteban Ocon and congrats to him and his fellow Force India driver (and Lewis' fellow McLaren alumni) Sergio "Checo" Perez for getting in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
There were some interesting Major League Baseball post-season games last night. Los Angeles Dodgers versus Arizona Diamondbacks, for one. I swear, watching Clayton Kershaw pitch is like watching Rembrandt paint. Then, at the bottom of the first, Justin Turner scores a homer, making it 3-0, Dodgers, soon to be 4-0, thanks to Yasiel Puig putting Corey Seager back at home plate. Chicago Cubs versus Washington Nationals, on the other hand, was rather painful, for the Nationals. In the National Football League, I am somewhat miffed that the Kansas City Chiefs' guard Doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif`s knee injury is severe enough for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Awesome Major League Baseball Wild Card Game last night between the Bronx Bombers and the Minnesota Twins! Nice to see Number 99, Aaron Judge, #AllRise, hit that homer that put the Yankees up from 5-4 to 7-4! Only things marring the game was the injury to the Twins' Byron Buxton and the possible injury to the Yankees' Gary Sànchez. Buxton's back hit the wall damned hard when he caught that ball. Sàncnez was hit by a groundball that bounced up and smacked into his thigh. This was no fault of pitcher David Robertson. Umpires and fans had winter gear on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
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First, the good news. Congratulations to Sergio "Checo" Perez and Esteban Ocon of the Force India Team, Stoffel Vandoorne of the McLaren Team and Mont Tremblant, Québec-born, English-speaking Lance Stroll of the Williams Team for scoring points in today's Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit. Then, the bad news, which is that hyperventilation and hyperbole are supplanting the appreciation and practice of numeracy in 2017, something very clearly illustrated in Canada during this weekend, the weekend of 30 September-1 October 2017. And just when the weather turned nice and Baltic from the scorching heat of the past... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Awesome performance by the Los Angeles Dodgers, scoring ten to the San Diego Padres' nil, last night in Major League Baseball! Alas, no home runs for many Canadian companies facing American competition this week. A couple of days ago, the US Department of Commerce ruled that Canadian/Québec aerospace and rail manufacturer Bombardier, which has a plant in Belfast, Ulster, is being subsidised in an unkosher manner by the Canadian and Québec governments and thus has to pay a substantial packet of protection money to the Boeing part of the Boeing-Airbus duopoly cartel if it wants to sell commercial airplanes in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
The race for the remaining Wild Card spots in Major League Baseball involved some highly interesting games last night. Multiple home-run, tightly contested, games between the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, and between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds had my eyes glued to the TV. Alas, no home runs, no touchdowns, not even a First Down, for Vee, who has shat out two ignorant videos on the ongoing NFL indaba, or for Coach Red Pull who has shat out an ignorant video on Vee. (See third and fourth paragraphs of the previous entry for my position... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
VERY interesting game last night between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball, with Angels coming from behind to tie the game, then win it seven to five. As for the National Football League...well...there was a....uhhh...a "game," I guess between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. The Redskins played well in the bits I could see flipping between Angels-Astros, the NFL and something else I will mention. It seemed that each Redskins play led to a first down. For the once legendary Raiders, not so much. I mean were Raiders even trying? And now,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
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So, today on the radio, I was listening to my beloved TSN 690. They had one of their regulars, a lawyer named Eric Marcramalla on. Me Macramalla (in Québec, one refers to lawyers as "Maître," abbreviated "Me") spoke about Roger Goodell successfully getting re-upped as the Commissioner of the National Football League. Me Macramalla also brought up something I did not know, which was that Goodell was facing fierce and bitter opposition to the renewal of his contract on the part of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Initially, this sounded like good news. If one runs that name "Goodell" through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at The Sky Suspended
Interesting game between the Bronx Bombers and the Toronto Blue Jays, and superb game between the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball last night. Particularly nice playing by the Blue Jays' Ryan Goins (an American from Texas) who slickly got Yankees big mouth Todd Frazier out by stealthily holding onto the ball at second, before scoring his own homer. On a related note, in stark contrast to Frazier's loud-mouthing during the perp match between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers earlier this summer, in one of the early innings, a batter (from I forget which team)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at The Sky Suspended