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Baseball, Penguins, Shirley Jones and a Rant or Two

You know what's worse than listening to the horrible Fox commentators during a baseball game? When my Sox lose it, that's what. The most idiotic comment they made, besides once again dissing Bellhorn (Yes, we know he pretty much always walks or strikes out. Move on!), was when they suggested that Mueller and Mirabelli should use a hit and run play. Any broadcaster who does any kind of homework would know, no matter how little they watch the team, that Mirabelli can't run! What I hate most about Fox is their incessant need to analyze and kiss up to the Yankees. At least this week they were actually playing the game; which does not usually matter.

Surprisingly, the ESPN morons didn't piss me off this week. Sure they went on and on about the Yankees as well but with Leiter giving a surprisingly good show, I found that acceptable. ESPN also hardly ever discusses the Yankees unless they are actually playing that particular game.

Unfortunately, not even having the great Jerry Remy commenting has made the Sox games any easier watch. I still say someone should have just gone up and slugged A-Rod. That seemed to work last year...

Random Rant Break: I think it should be as socially acceptable to shoot off fireworks after the 4th as it is to wear white after Labor Day but more so.

On Sunday afternoon, my family and I went to see March of the Penguins. While it regrettably really wasn't that different from a nature program you could see on PBS, it was a very good nature program. Unlike my father who checked his watch at least twice, I didn't care about the time. Not to give too much away but there was a scene where one of the mothers slipped on the ice and squawked something that we're all pretty sure was a four-letter word. I laughed. I cried. Go see it.

On Friday we saw a live show in Waltham, MA: Carousel. It had the world famous Shirley Jones as Aunt Nettie. We went up to see it because a cousin landed a part in the chorus. The show was pretty good but you know how I find the spontaneous singing unrealistic? Well, this show had even less realistic spontaneous dancing. Do teenage girls dance around on a beach by themselves? None that I know... I also must fault them on their Murder She Wrote quality Maine accents. This production was done by many a Massachusetts resident. One would think they would know what a Maine accent sounds like. ::Shrugs::


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