Monday, June 17, 2019

Putting the PRO in Pro Football

All-Pro. The Pro Bowl. The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Terms synonymous with the NFL. But should they be? Over the years there have been numerous other pro football leagues. The Canadian Football League has been in operation for decades. The AAFC. AFL. XFL. AAF. USFL.

You also see a lot of Pro Football this and Pro Football that on social media and the internet. Why is this? Because big brother NFL has licensed its own name. No one else can use it. Same with the Super Bowl. Fans of the NFL and PFHOF deputizing themselves as Barney Fife "experts" and "historians" "since 2015" defending the practices of the league and PFHOF. Why is this? Everyone's got a gig. Align yourself with the big bad NFL and you're somebody. Just don't include NFL in your title.

Unlike the NBA and MLB, the PFHOF has a smaller, more rigid selection committee comprised of only 44 electors. Candidates are screened and are narrowed down from a long list to the eventual enshrinees. Since only so many are elected, a backlog of worthy candidates are passed over year after year. A senior committee can elect certain candidates, and for their 150th anniversary the NFL is working to add extra players to the 2020 class.

The exact criteria used for selection is not detailed. Many factors are reviewed, including statistics, championships won, awards won (MVP, All-Pro, Pro Bowl, etc.). Makes sense to look for honors that show how a player stood out from his peers. There should be exceptions, because (1) great players from bad teams don't win championships and (2) rarely get voted for honors over players from winning teams. The All-Pro teams are voted by the national media, who mostly pick be most productive at a position. Versatile players that play a number of positions (or pass catching running backs whose rushing totals are lower due to the passes he catches) often are overlooked in the process.

Peter King, the well-respected pro football writer and hall of fame voter, selects not just on number but by what he sees, while still respecting numbers and longevity. Hard to compare numbers across eras. King thinks out of the box.
This makes Herschel Walker the ideal candidate. Herschel passes the eye test with flying colors. Walker's world class speed as well as power produced more long touchdown runs than most that came along before and after him. He's the only NFL player with a 90+ yard rush, return, and reception. In one game he had an 84 yard run and 84 yard catch. No one else has done that. Rushing, receiving, returns, special teams, longevity, records. Another eye test plus: The Walker Trade was the most monumental in NFL history, springboarding the Cowboys into The Team of the 90's.

Herschel had a tremendous impact on The League. Not just strong and powerful but with world-class speed. No one trick Pony Express just running the ball but catching and returning. No flash in the pan like Sayers, Davis, or Campbell but long-tenured as well. Not a bad boy like Riggins, Lewis, or Owens - perhaps too much of a goody two shoes, a fine citizen and entrepreneur, fit and strong well into his 50's. You'd think the NFL would embrace such a positive influence.

His NFL numbers alone were the best of his era - he retired second all-time in total yards. Totaled more than all previous eras save Walter Payton, and in the 20 years since Herschel retired only six players have passed him. As for longevity, no other running back played more games. Only seven backs played more NFL games. In his 15 seasons the least he gained was 951 yards. Every other year bettered a thousand.

Walker's candidacy lacks in one area: awards. He played in two Pro Bowls, was league MVP in 1985, and was named to two all-USFL teams. In this area Herschel's versatility has hurt him.

Players from other leagues have been enshrined in the PFHOF. Why wouldn't they be? Warren Moon put up huge numbers in the CFL, then signed with the NFL and added more. In fact he's passed for more yards than any other QB in "pro football" history - just not NFL history. Moon's CFL accomplishments are noted in his PFHOF profile. Former USFL standouts Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Reggie White, and Gary Zimmerman are in the PFHOF as well. Their PFHOF bios all reference the years and stats from their time in the USFL.

The PFHOF website is all about the NFL, though it's careful not to do so explicitly. One must look hard for mentions of other leagues. More than once the website references the USFL in negative terms. Perhaps due to the legal fees the NFL had to fork out to defend itself against the USFL's successful lawsuit. Perhaps due to the USFL opening its doors to college underclassmen. And since Walker was the USFL's first big name, is he being shut out by the PFHOF selection committee?

Walker has appeared on several early PFHOF selection lists, but at one point or another gets passed over. He's not eligible for the veterans committee yet, but with the large backlog of candidates, that route isn't any easier. Those "pro football" shrills all toe the company line, citing the lack of "All Pro" and "Pro Bowl" selections as reasons why Walker is omitted. They lack the vision and foresight of a Peter King. Or me.   

Perhaps one day I'll be able to champion a successful Walker candidacy, like a fan did several years ago for Floyd Little. Not like I haven't been closely following the NFL for over fifty years. Didn't fall off the turnip truck in 2015. I won't let a couple of unaffiliated shrills get in my way.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Talking Points

Entered a contest to go to a Braves game with AM 680's Chris Dimino. Didn't win but I wanted to be ready with talking points in case I had. Here are my very rough notes.

Cubs fantasy camp: Jimmy Piersal, Pepitone, Drabowsky (had read about him in a book), Huntley, Cardinal, Beckert, Santo. Catcher Gene Oliver was like Uncle Charlie Weaver from Hollywood Squares. Campaneris. Manager Jim Marshall. Playing baseball was fun, but sitting around listening to those guys talk was the real treat. Chicago's Mike North.

I asked Denny Neagle about the alumni game with the imposter Chris Woodward and Neagle's face lit up. Bobby remembers everyone and he couldn't place that guy. I kept score of that alumni game!

Met Dale Murphy. He called me "cousin!"

Hot Stove in Cumming: umpire Marvin Hudson, guy was at Maz HR game, scout, Ga State coach Greg Frady, who coached thr German team. Those old guys go to day games, SABR conventions, minor league road trips, etc.

Will: 680 athlete of the week…two triple plays…caught HR ball at Turner…ECB…Cooperstown…Weiss saw him hit in the cage…pitched 1-hitter at old Engle Stadium as a 9th grader for varsity…attended the 2000 ASG clinic at GT with Killebrew, Skok, and Steak.

Steelers coach Danny Smith hangs out with us at the beach. Just missed out seeing Randy Johnson's perfect game. Was there for the Cole Hamels, Pappelbon no hitter on Labor Day. Had a long MLB streak broken. Was supposed to go on 9/11/2001. Back then had the young kids and traveled for work.

Bobby Dews should be in the Braves HOF. Glavine has more sac bunts than any other pitcher. Maddux has the most for a righty pitcher. Phil, Joe Niekro, Smoltz also near the top of the list. Guys today don't square around like Maddux used to.

As a kid had a Braves bday party. It was the Saturday game of the week. Set record for most HR in an inning. Clemente Stargell Aaron etc. Every year my family would attend the Falcons training camp at Furman. Coach Norm  Van Brocklin took my brother out on field, called him his little buddy.

Attended 1st WS game vs Twins. Last WS game at AFC vs NYY - Leiritz HR. Playoff vs Astros - Clemens lost. I'm friends with the Chocolate Papa & Lemke's friend Darrell. The Chief works at my Kroger, we talk baseball.

In AFC LF bleachers...
...Rico Carty backed up rundowns & made 3rd putout of triple play.
…Sonny Jackson replaced Aaron, hit backstop in the air, tipped his cap to heckler.
…Komminsk grand slam during Goody's home run inning.
…opening day loss to Big Red Machine. Fans drinking beer out of a women's shoe, fights. Gonna be a long year.
...out on field before game for photos in 67.
...Banner night, bat day, etc.

Was at Falcons game when…
…Dave Hampton gains 1000 yards, gets ball, then thrown for loss.
…beat 12-1 Vikings in last game of season. Joe Kapp.

Attended games in Tampa, STL, Arlington, Houston, RFK, Wrigley, old Comminsky, Fenway, Shea, SF, Baltimore, Augusta, Macon, Greenville, Chattanooga, Rome, Gwinnett, Myrtle Beach, Athens.My dad played football at Grady High for Erk Russell
 
Books: Torre, Pete Van Weiren, Mariano, Glavine/Mussina, Catcher in the Wry, Brees, Tom Cochlin, Belichik The Punch, Arnie, Feinstein on the Minor Leagues, Mike Shannon, Tony Dungy, Gehrig, Jim Abbott, Zim, Summer of 75, Mantle, Wakefield, Hammer, Smoltz, Chipper, Bunts, Moneyball, Summer of 49, Clemente, Garagiola, Faithful by Stephen King.

 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I Love a Parade



Found several old photos of the Braves parade through downtown Atlanta before their first regular season home game. Good stuff. 
The Hammer.
Recently a minor league team held an "obscure jersey night." Guy on Twitter asked who had obscure jerseys. My collection is strong: 1976 Braves Andy Messersmith Channel 17, 1954 Milwaukee #8 Bob Uecker, 1969 Braves home pinstriped #16 Sonny Jackson, green Braves spring training St. Patrick's Day #82 Ronald Acuna, late 70's Braves red #3 Dale Murphy batting practice jersey, and Brett Favre's rookie jersey: Falcons #4.
I think I've figured out my next obscure jersey purchase:
Ted Turner's 1978 Braves #27 road jersey.
I'll have to have it custom made.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Snowplow Parenting

Interesting article in Sports Illustrated about "snowplow" parents. It used to be helicopter parents hovering around making decisions for their kids. Now in sports parents will spend their lives coaching and grooming their young kids up through high school and college, through the draft and even attending pro practices and hiring special coaches for the professional athlete kids - during the season! Examples include Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins and LaVar Ball and to a lesser extent Tua Tagovailoa. College coaches are seeing parents move to town along with the players. Parents used to drop off their kids at summer sports camps. Now the parents are sticking around to "supervise."

College coaches are having to "re-recruit" their current players every year to keep them from transferring. All this involvement from parents is driving coaches and agents crazy. At some colleges they consider parents a problem they have to manage, and assistants are assigned to specific problem parents.

Positives include a lesser chance for a player to be hoodwinked by someone wanting to take advantage of him. Negatives include kids not being emotionally mature enough to withstand the rigors of a professional sport. Some don't know how to set an alarm clock. Parents are handling their child's problems instead of letting them work it out themselves. What the article didn't mention was the 99.9% of athletes who don't make it to the pros, or all the college players who leave school early then don't get drafted. Many never earn a college degree, and have to play overseas, then most have a career than only last three or four years at best.

Glad we didn't go off the deep end with baseball like that. Will played against elite competition and excelled, but didn't make it all consuming.

Ceil made turkey meatballs and spaghetti. Tossed salad. Not much else. Kept up with the game but went to bed long before it was over.

Can the Raptors repeat? Looks like the Warriors "dynasty" is over, unless no one rises up to challenge them. The Lakers are in shambles. Can the Rockets mount a run?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

First Place

Today the Braves stand alone in first place.

Still a long way to go, but all those so called experts who spent the off season predicting gloom and doom because the Braves didn't sign several all stars to big time contracts right then - all those experts were wrong again. The lineup is stacked top to bottom, the defense is good, the bench has been productive and deep with Culbertson, Camargo, McCann or Flowers, and the surprising Joyce. The starters have become one of the best in baseball with Fried, Soroka, Keuchel, Teheran, and former all-star Folty in the fifth spot. The bullpen is stronger as well - a completely new cast than who started the year. After I wrote this Bill Shanks said the same thing.
Wednesday: watched some of the Braves but went to bed before the big comeback. Riley broke out of his slump with a triple and home run. Also scored from first on Albies' walk-off double into the gap in right center, to win the game. Soroka also knocked in some runs.
Will went to the game today. Next week I may go to the Tuesday game. Buddies Acuna (vs. Miami) and Albies (vs. Pittsburgh) have rebounded, putting up big numbers in the last two series.

Had a dream last night that Ceil and I were at a church event, being held in a gymnasium. There was a real tall lady that was nice. I realized there was a chance Don Head was at the event so I bent my head to look around the person in front of me to look for Don. Then I realized that it was Don standing right in front of me.

Wednesday: Focus group was just me in the room reading stuff on a computer, then taking a test on what I'd read, then discussed it with the moderator, who was from Detroit. Stopped by a thrift store on the way home, and got an ice cream and drink from RaceTrac.

M and C made fish tacos with spicy slaw. They would've made chicken for me. There was one fish taco covered in slaw already made so I ate that. Second time I ate fish this week, tempting fate. Haven't died yet.

Work is busy. It's go go go all day. Lots going on at home trying to trim expenses. Get home after 7 pm, and if I forget to stop somewhere on the way home to run one of numerous errands, something won't get done.

Friday the Macon Bacon are wearing Macon Peaches uniforms. I could've done a better design job.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Braves Pirates

Tuesday: left work at around 2:45. Traffic was light and I made it to my usual parking spot well before 3:30. Made the walk uphill (118 feet change in elevation) and arrived at the Chop House Gate well before 4 pm. Along the way I snapped a photo of Johnny Sain’s memorial brick. A long time to wait. Queued up next to an older fan from northwest Georgia that I had hung out with before. Messed around with Darrell as well. Saw my friend from Augusta but didn’t get to speak. Checked social media and worked some emails and posted a bobble for sale.
 
Gates opened at 5:30. Met former coworker Chris and introduced him to Miss Marion, the usher. We got our designated driver Cokes and later hung out in centerfield at the base of the state of Georgia flag, in front of the big State Farm sign. Couldn’t see the jumbotron but otherwise was pretty good. Nice breeze blowing.
 
During the national anthem there was no color guard so we turned our backs on home plate to face the American flag. The anthem was performed by a guy playing the saxophone. Very good. Behind the flagpoles stands the Omni Hotel, and it was nice to see the people at the pool and on balconies standing at attention for the anthem.
 
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, we had a good view of the four home runs the Braves hit in the bottom of the second: Donaldson, Markakis, McCann, and Albies. Later McCann added a second home run. He is one RBI of joining Markakis with 1000 career RBIs.
 
Got to speak with several friends: Michael, Kevin, Coach, Chris’ cousin, and Sandy. A decent amount of unique jerseys: Stargell, Clemente, Chris Johnson, Squints from Sandlot, Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Rocker, McGriff, Taillon (Pirates), Utley (Phillies), Coco Crisp, Babe Ruth, Michael Bourn. Austin Riley may be in a slump, but several of his jerseys and t-shirts are starting to pop up. One even looked like a knockoff.

I broke out my green Braves Ronald Acuna #82 St. Patrick’s Day jersey, camo cap, and adidas shelltoes with the green stripes. Later I tracked down Kevin and Coach. Coach quipped that I was blowing up social media. My post to the bobblehead group was supposed to be funny but was blasted by a few strangers jumping to conclusions. I was judged guilty with no chance of proving myself innocent. Got bullied pretty bad. Eventually had to delete the post, though more than half the comments had been favorable. One more reason to stay off social media.
 
Walked back to the car and stopped by RaceTrac for a Vitamin Water Lemonade. Dropped some books by the library. Made it home by ten, and started watching the game until the rain delay.
 
The four home runs had been hit in the RaceTrac inning, so all ticketholders could stop by today for $5.00 in merchandise. For lunch I grabbed two pieces of pizza and a diet Mtn Dew. A profitable evening. Sold $134.00 in bobbleheads plus received another $32.00 in extras. Not a bad return for my $11.00 ticket.
Finally found a pair of super cushioned Hokas that might work for me. Hoka Stinson Trail Black Red Cyan. Not the best colors but I won't be wearing them out for fun.
 
When I was in the singles department at SPdL I went into Bill Murray’s office and I talked to him about going into the ministry. He gently advised that if there was any way to not go into the ministry, to not do it. Better to serve in a lay capacity. He was right.
 
Had a college classmate that went into the ministry and serves in a church far away. When I found out I couldn’t believe it. These days he’s always posting political stuff on social media, so much that I finally blocked him.
 
Some people in the ministry always seem to be going on exotic trips and vacations, and to conventions and training seminars. Now I don’t know what their personal situations are, but it makes me wonder when they’re actually doing the work. Guess maybe some of the travel and hobnobbing is part of their jobs. To me the travel would be appealing and seeing old friends is always fun but is that really getting the Lord’s work done?
 
Same at work. Some people’s jobs are spent mostly in meetings as opposed to getting orders from customers and getting the metal cut and shipped. When I go to a meeting I still gotta go back and do my real job.
 
Saw where a nephew of mine preached his first sermon this past Sunday in his hometown in Indiana. More of a testimony. He’s 30 now and had struggled for the longest time to find his way, through drugs, alcohol, other religions. Admitted the error of his ways and his talk was very Biblical and Christ-centered. The fall he is enrolling at Duke Theological Seminary. Not sure how he chose Duke. Very liberal. Way different than a Bible-based church in a small midwestern town.  
 
Did Durant’s injury help the Warriors come together and go for the win? Some were saying the Raptors fans were cheering after Durant’s injury.
 
Monday: left work around 6:50. Stopped by Chickfila to cash in a nugget coupon. They’re still in the fridge. Made it home before C and Dawn, who had been out fabric shopping all day. They fixed Chinese for supper, including egg rolls. Later I had the last of the berry cobbler with a little ice cream.
 
Focus group tonight on genetics testing.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Swansberson & Sain


Got a different view of the relievers on the way to the bullpen,
passing Folty & McCann on their way in
from the bullpen to the dugout.
We were standing on the "bridge" overlooking the outfield, at the base of the flagpoles. For the national anthem with no color guard we turned our backs to home plate to salute the flag. Across from us the swimmers at the hotel pool and other guests also stood at attention for the anthem. 
Every time I see my friend Darrell
he's got on a different Braves outfit.
 Darrell got his shirt for free at the ballpark last year.
 Swansberson & Sain, but we avoided the rain.
Winkler was rocking the striped socks.
I hung out at the game with my former coworker.
Wearing a cap out in the sun gave me bad hathead.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Eater.com Strikes Out


An Eater.com article is making the rounds, proposing that SunTrust Park should be renamed The Waffle House. Cute idea, but a typical media biased fluff piece. Written by Sonia Chopra, managing editor of Eater.com. Besides the fact that Waffle House hasn’t the deep pockets to pay for the naming rights, there are a few other problems with the article:  

First the title: “The Waffle House is the Name Atlanta’s Baseball Stadium Deserves.” Deserves? Is this a slam? Sorry to break it to you, but millions of law-abiding American citizens love Waffle House, and love the Braves. Take your tongue and put it in someone else’s cheek.  

Secondly, the article says Atlantans are “widely recognized as the worst sports fans around” – citing three articles 6-11 years old, two of which don’t have anything to do with the fans being bad. A 2008 Bleacher Report article badmouthing bad Atlanta TEAMS – not fans. A 2013 Atlanta Magazine article also pooh poohing Atlanta teams’ poor performances – not poor fans. And a 2012 ESPN article purporting Atlanta fans don’t measure up to New York Giants fans – written by a New Yorker. Comparing New York to Atlanta is like comparing big apples to little peaches.  Too bad more recent information wasn’t available, like the past two seasons of 2 million attendance at SunTrust Park or Atlanta United’s record-setting attendance figures. The research here is sorely lacking.

And thirdly the article fails to address the elephant in the room: anyone with a tiny bit of knowledge of Atlanta’s restaurant industry knows that if any Atlanta restaurant buys the naming rights it will be Chickfila. Guess she didn’t want to go there, or bring them up. I’m no expert, but I hear Chickfila was been a little successful as of late. And they’re big time into  big-time sports naming rights. Ever hear of the Chickfila Peach Bowl? You can’t watch a football game without seeing an ad for Chickfila. And like Waffle House, Chickfila has maintained a presence at both Turner Field and SunTrust Park (and Mercedes Benz Stadium) than Waffle House – offering a much broader menu. In Houston Chickfila has ads on the tall yellow “Fowl” poles. Get it? But perhaps the world’s best-selling chicken sandwich didn’t fit well into Miss Chopra’s narrative.

But wouldn’t that be something? They could call it the Chickfila Pasture.

Sorry Sonia - three strikes and you’re out. Stick to food. The article doesn’t allow for comments. Eater.com can eat it.    


Friday evening Ceil ate pizza in Sandy Springs with Dawn and Dawn’s two friends. I took my time coming home, stopping by three stores. Bought a pair of running shoes with extra thick soles. Could by my Peachtree shoes. Will you be in town?

Saturday morning small group. Went back home after that. C and Dawn went out shopping for fabric for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. I turned on MASH and did dishes and laundry and folded clothes. Took a nap. Turned on the Braves. C and Dawn cooked. The gang all showed up for dinner: W&MC and A and Christian, plus Mathew. Baked chicken, baked vegetables, rice, berry cobbler, ice cream.

Ceil made English muffin egg sandwiches both Saturday and Sunday morning. Sunday School and worship. In the service the youth choir gave their return concert. Lunch was lentils and rice, and tossed salad. Slow afternoon talking to Dawn. Had the Braves on but left while they were in extra innings. Saw where L’s team piled on the points.

Supper at Lee and Nancy’s house. Grilled salmon, fruit salad, kale salad, oriental salad, key lime pie, chocolate cake, and white and brown rice (we’re not the only people to eat rice). Rice probably much healthier than potatoes. Face-timed with Dawn’s husband, who years ago was Lee’s roommate when Ceil roomed with Dawn.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Social Etiquette Mistakes

As always, I type these up as a reminder to myself. Some I’m okay at, others not so much. Some people could care less about social etiquette. They’re only interested in what they want to do. Others grew up in other cultures and haven’t bothered to assimilate to our country’s ways of doing things.  
 
1. Neglecting thank you notes just because you said thank you in person.
2. Not introducing people
3. Assuming someone else is treating.
4. Not offering to clean up when someone else cooks.
5. Arguing online.
6. Talking on the phone in a restaurant or store.
7. Not making eye contact.
8. Inviting extra guests to events without asking, especially weddings.
9. Bringing your dog with you everywhere.
10. Listening to something without your headphones on.
11. Being late.
12. Pointing at people.
13. Replying to all on emails.
14. Not saying “please” and “thank you.”
15. Texting while talking to someone.
16. Not following up on a date.
17. Not bringing something to a party, even if it is just flowers.
18. Assuming your children are always welcome.
19. Tipping too little.
20. Forgetting to RSVP.
 
 
Twenty social etiquette mistakes you should stop making by age fifty.
 
1. using text speak.
2. yawning without covering your mouth.
3. giving unsolicited advice.
4. tagging people in photos without their permission.
5. seasoning your food before tasting it.
6. talking with your mouth full.
7. telling people they look tired.
8. not using a turn signal.
9. licking your fingers.
10. opening an umbrella indoors.
11. delivering news via email that should be delivered in person
(or announcing news to a group that should first be delivered to an individual, like a transfer, promotion, or demotion).
12. not cleaning up after your pet.
13. using all caps.
14. not putting the toilet seat down.
15. cursing at inappropriate times.
16. chewing loudly.
17. standing people up.
18. talking about money.
19. friending people you don’t know on social media.
20. not putting your shopping cart back.
 
 
1. Answering the phone with something other than hello.
2. Not bringing a gift to parties.
3. Being late.
4. Dressing too casually for events.
5. Being stingy with tips.
6. Leaving on read receipts.
7. Overdoing the PDA.
8. Not responding to emails in a timely manner.
9. Smoking in confined places.
10. Going into detail when excusing yourself.
11. Leaving your headphones in while talking.
12. Shushing someone.
13. Reaching across the table.
14. Not saying ”excuse me” when trying to get past someone.
15. Being on your phone when ordering.
16. Not putting your napkin in your lap.
17. Talking in movie theaters.
18. Putting your bag or feet on seats.
19. Interrupting.
20. Passing just the salt.
21. Not thanking your host.
22. Leaving your hat on inside.
23. Not covering your sneeze.
24. Drinking too much.
25. Not walking single file on a crowded sidewalk.
26. Talking with your mouth full.
27. Not introducing others.
28. Hanging up on people.
29. Leaving the sound on.
30. Using the last of something without replacing it.
31. Forgetting to send thank you notes.
32. Grooming in public.
33. Eating with your elbows on the table.
34. Engaging in one-sided conversations.
35. Not holding the door (though it makes some liberals mad).
36. Pointing at people.
37. Not following up after interviews.
38. Responding with emojis.
39. Cutting in line.
40. Using the wrong utensils.
 
Social Media Etiquette Mistakes
 
1. Tagging friends and family members without asking.
2. Complaining about your job.
3. Posting too frequently
4. Overusing hashtags
5. Forcing a connection.
6. Oversharing your personal info.
7. Announcing you’re cleaning up your friend list.
8. Asking (or begging) for followers.
9. Bragging or showing off.
10. Talking about your business venture on Facebook.
11. Forgetting to write back.
12. Posting that you’re taking a break from social media. Don’t announce it. Just do it. You won’t be missed. The world will be a better place because of it.
 
 
Inflammation triggers are different for every person. Research is evolving and complex. Diet is just one of many triggers. Also stress, physical activity, etc. Chronic inflammation can be harmful if it occurs too often. Diseases linked to inflammation include heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.  
 
Burgers and fries are bad. Also sugar – donuts, soda, HFCS, margarine, shortening, microwave popcorn, fried foods, store bought baked goods, vegetable and seed oils, white bread, alcohol, grilled meat, processed meat (hot dogs), and foods you are allergic to. Anti-inflammatory foods include salmon and vegetables.
 

Saturday, June 08, 2019

More Mt. Yonah


 I'd saved a few photos of Mt. Yonah off the internet
I thought were worth posting.
The mostly shady trail was easy in some parts
but a little tough in others.
 Unfortunately there weren't many steps.

On the way home from Mt. Yonah we saw this plaque posted in a pizza parlor. Has nothing to do with people we know on diets.
Heck Alex at work has lost 65 pounds, and looks great.