Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MLB Divided More Like NFL?

After reading this article this morning, I was inspired to blog. I personally like the wild card but I admit the Sox could have tried harder this weekend.

I've never understood why the Nation League has 16 teams and the American League has only 14. Why not 15 each? Having teams hurting for money makes it hard to think about making even more teams but what do I know? Also, I've never understood why the Phillies and the Pirates are National League. One should be in the American League.

The teams the writer of the piece put into the North and South divisions are crazy. Detroit, Minnesota (Where from Mary Tyler Moore re-runs I understand it snows year round.) and Colorado in the South? Really?

To that end here are my suggestions for division break up:

AL East
Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies

AL North
Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox

AL South
Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays
Expansion Team

AL West
Los Angeles Angels
Oakland A's
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers

NL East
Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets
Washington Nationals
Expansion Team

NL North
Colorado Rockies
Chicago Cubs
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates

NL South
Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Media Report

Movies

Now that we have NetFlix, we've been watching more movies lately. First was the animated Superman: Doomsday. Overall, it was a great film but too short. I realize the whole "multiple replacement angle" may have been too convoluted for it but it still seemed more simplistic than it really should have been. Running at only seventy-something minutes, they could have expanded it more...

Last night, we watched 88 minutes with Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, William Forsythe, Amy Brenneman, Neal McDonough and Leelee Sobieski. Going into it, my roommate thought it would be a 24-type thing but, thankfully, it really wasn't. Don't get me wrong, I like the show but I prefer originality...They did it in such a way, everybody seemed too obvious to be a suspect. I really enjoyed it.

Books

Forged in Fire is, hopefully, the first Star Trek: Excelsior novel. Telling the story of blood oath pact three Klingons made with Trill Curzon Dax. Adding Captain Hikaru Sulu to the mix wasn't hard to swallow at all. My one nitpick with it was missing an opportunity for Kang to make a comment about an incident involving Sulu in the Voyager episode "Flashback.". I know the authors, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, saw the episode as they've seemed to be Tuvok groupies in the past...

I also read the novelization, by Greg Rucka, of the "No Man's Land" storyline in the Batman comics back in the '90's. It was very good despite the fact it didn't always flow well reading like a collection of comic plots strung together; which, of course, it was...

The last book I finished was Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. As a librarian and a lover of cats, I absolutely loved this book. (They get a box of new books everyday! I would love that...) There was several instances, both good and painful, that reminded me of my own cats. I would say the biggest downside to the book was when Myron would digress into the history of the town and her family. Some of it was interesting but it seemed a little too pointless at times. I'm curious how this will be made into a movie...

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Thoughts on a Holiday Weekend

This whole controversy on permission slips being handed out to parents on whether they want their child to watch President Obama's speech to them is just one more example on the whiny losers conservatives really are. I personally think children should know who their president is. You only have to watch one installment of "Jaywalkin'" to see most adults have no grasp of current events. (As an aside, back in '84 I supported John Glenn for president while my parents were for Walter Mondale. This wouldn't happen today...) I'd assume the plan is just for him to wish the kids a good school year.

Since kids aren't old enough to vote, I seriously doubt he's trying to use it as an opportunity to pass health care reform. So why demand a permission slip? But what if he does exhibit a point of view different than the parents? My feeling, as a non-parent, is that it's good to expose them to such points of view. At the very least it gives families something to discuss. Isn't "Family Values" a big GOP platform?
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