Sunday, July 05, 2020

Will's Birthday

W&MC and Anna evidently enjoyed some birthday cocktails
before Matthew, Ceil, and I arrived with dinner.
Ceil and Matthew did all the meal prep before we left home.
When we arrived at Stafford Street everyone helped with the final prep. 
Matthew brought his cleaver to cut the meat.
After the meal we were packing things up to take home
and I cut my finger on the cleaver.
Steak, chicken, corn tortillas made by Matthew, flour tortillas, two cheeses, queso, raw onions, grilled onions, mild salsa, hot salsa, rice, fresh corn, and homemade refried beans, blue chips, corn chips.
My joke about the butter coming from Montana
fell as flat as a Butte.
Today was my mother's 90th birthday. We hope to see her soon.
Today was also the birthday of Andrea Irwin Nickel, Rich Morris, Scott Morris, and slingshot expert Lilly Niebur. 
The Hawks fielded a team that included Pete Maravich, Walt Bellamy (#8), Lou Hudson, and Julius Erving (#54).
For three preseason games. That must've been why Lang wore #54.
Andruw Jones won ten Gold Gloves and hit 434 home runs,
but received scant Hall of Fame consideration.
Should've retired a couple of seasons earlier.
 Okie took care of Anna while W&MC traveled to Ann Arbor.
 Seen on a t-shirt.
Never really a fan of the Redskins uniforms. Especially the yellow facemasks. I liked the 60's unis better, and the 70's unis were okay. Their name could be changed in the next few weeks, but new uniforms will probably take a year or two to finalize. An early favorite is the RedHawks. Friday i saw a decent looking Kirk Cousins #8 Redskins jersey at a thrift store and considered buying it as a collectors item, but passed.  
Kicks # 44: my blue / grey / black Salomon XACOMP7s. Waterproof hiking shoes. Both Will and Anna have some, from their stints working at Camp Highland. Always thought I might get me a pair if the right deal came along, and I found this pair in my favorite colors. They look better in real life than in this photo. Sturdy. Great for north Georgia. Keepers.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Top Ten Ugliest Uniforms?

That kid at keeps pumping out the uniform lists. I've ignored several, but he gets it wrong on his list of ten worst uniforms in NFL history. He includes throwbacks, many of which are historic and unique – while ignoring actual ugly uniforms. The author would probably want to tear down Auchwitz because the building was old and ugly.

10. 2018 Titans all navy blue. Several things wrong with these uglies. Hardly any good. Should be higher on the list. But note how the grey facemasks don't stand out. This is a good thing.
9. 1934 Eagles blue/yellow worn in 2007. Bad call. These beauties are creative and different. Plus the grey facemasks don't distract or take away from the helmet. These uni shouldn't be on this list.
8. 2019 Jets black alternates. Yes these are bad. After over 50 years wearing green and white, did the Jets really need to add black as a color? Why?
7. 1960 Broncos mustard yellow worn in 2009. Shouldn't be on the list. These are classics that need to be remembered.
6. 1933 Steelers bumblebee worn 2012-2016. I love them. Some kiddie team needs to wear these. Of course they'd mess them up, adding some neon color or something, or pink socks for cancer awareness. Hey, where's all that pink on this list?
5. 1940 Giants red jerseys worn 2004-2007. Another classic. Remember Y.A. Tittle? He wore these. See how you can barely see the grey facemask? We'll be talking about that in a few days.
4. 1925 Bears striped jerseys worn in 1994. Gotta love 'em.
3. 2014 Tampa alarm clock numbers. Yes these are bad. At least the facemask blended in with the helmet (more able that in a few days).
2. 2002 Bills all blue unis. Yes keep them on this ugly list. At least the socks weren't all blue.
1. 2009 Seahawks neon green jerseys with navy pants. Hey these were better than the neon jersey pants socks shoes combo worn more recently.

Sometimes a team wears a uniform so long that you forget it is ugly. Perhaps the Broncos current uni is an example of this. Especially the all navy version.
Other ugly uniforms. 
Texans all navy too plain
Lions 2019 unis.
Saints all black
Jaguars most of their unis should be on this list.
Dolphins 2019
Patriots 2020 all navy
Rams 2020 all navy
Chargers 2020 all navy
Falcons 2019
Falcons 2020

Friday, July 03, 2020

The New Face of Baseball

The Braves started practicing today at Truist Park. Gotta get used to Ronald Acuna's new look. At least he is all about fun, as opposed to politics.

It's been a busy week. Got several blog projects in the works but not sure I can finish any of them today. Upcoming: 

1. An essay on grey facemasks, after joining a Twitter discussion on the topic.

2. My take on a kid's ugly uniform list.

3. Hopefully not sharing some of the things I've been hearing out in the big old ugly world, like maybe 

4. Looks like the Washington Redskins are being bullied into finally changing their name by FedEx and Nike, something perhaps they should have done some time ago. Will the Atlanta Braves and their tomahawk chop be next? Thought it interesting some players were wearing caps today with a tomahawk on the side. There's also a move afoot to change the Cleveland Indians name.

Tuesday: bought a new pair of sneakers on the way home from work. Then Anna and I went to look at a car, but it had already been sold. Ceil went back to her Table on Delk women's ministry. M drove my car to the Starlight Drive-In down on Moreland to see a horror movie. Anna drove Ceil's car to meet friends at their Brookhaven apartment. She worked at Madewell Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday Ceil traveled to extreme north Georgia, north of Blairsville for a girl's weekend at Nottely Lake.  I ate leftover burgers. Very good. Worked past 6 pm. Washed Anna's Subaru and cleaned out the inside. Took out the trash. Watched the Tom Hanks / Julia Roberts movie Larry Crowne for at least the third time. Still good.
Thursday: tracked Will on his way to Ann Arbor. At 9:50 am he passed Loudon KY. Cartersville Chattanooga Knoxville Loudon Lexington Cincinnati Dayton Toledo Ann Arbor. W&MC are traveling to Ann Arbor to help MC's brother move. Thomas will be working for Google. He'll be one of the bad guys I guess.

Posted Anna's Subaru for sale Thursday night, after taking pictures. Stuff like this just wears on me. Took most of the evening. Got immediate responses, despite needing a new transmission and catalytic converter and axle. Also burning oil and serious engine issues.
Woke up Friday morning and started negotiating. Made some final preparations and met a guy just after ten. He made an offer and I checked with another interested party. Sold it to a guy who's going to fix it and ship it halfway around the world to The Republic of Georgia.

Talked to A and M, then drove to Duluth to test drive a little Honda CR-Z two-seater hybrid. I enjoyed driving it. Not too low to the ground, as I had feared. But I wasn't in traffic. Hard to see out the back, which will probably be the reason I don't get one. It wasn't perfect of course, and never as nice or cheap as you'd like it to be. Note I didn't say I was going to buy one.
Stopped by two thrift stores and the bank, got gas, and picked up a pie to go from 1000 Degrees Pizza. All in the 95 degree heat. Was 3 pm before I got home. I was worn out.

RON CEY  [BR Bio] When Eric Karros set the Los Angeles Dodgers career home run record, it was Cey's record he broke. Karros had 270 as an L.A. Dodger, his 229th passed Cey's 228. This still the most by an L.A. Dodger. Cey was the Chicago Cub's team RBI leader on the only Cubs team that went to the postseason between 1946 and 1988. Had 97 RBI for CHC in 1984. He joined the same college fraternity that Lou Gehrig had joined. Gehrig and Cey were members of Phi Delta Theta, Gehrig at Columbia, Cey at Washington State.
Kicks # 43: my orange Nike KD7 35000 Degrees basketball shoes. Love these guys. No, I don't wear them that much, but I sure enjoy owning them. The only pair of shoes I keep in their original box, which is part of the reason why it's taken me so long to show them off here. I might've previously shared the story of how I was given these shoes. Right now I'll just say for daily readers like Don Head, it was from a guy I know with some serious sneaker connections, like KD himself (that's NBA star Kevin Durant). Just happened to see these same KD7s at a thrift store today, in different colors (which included grey and pink). I passed, since I already had a pair in a color I like. Wore these orange ones to a Clemson football game, and usually to at least one Braves game every year since I got them. Until this year, I guess. Note the matching KD socks, which came with shoes. The socks get worn more than the shoes.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Branches and Magnolias

Outstanding Uni Watch posting today, with a fantastic job by Ron Ruelle to create the Brooklyn Branches baseball team. Sure will be interesting to see the jersey, and hopefully Branches t-shirts and caps as well. Perhaps Uni Watch reader Keith Dussell can convince his young nephew that the Branches are a real team as well.

Trees Atlanta is an organization that helps keep the city green. I recently learned something interesting the organization does.
For decades Atlanta’s minor league teams (and Negro League teams) played in Ponce de Leon ParkThe unique feature of the park was the magnolia tree located in the field of play, in deep centerfield. Legend has it that only Babe Ruth and Eddie Mathews hit balls into the tree.

Railroad tracks ran beyond the rightfield fence, behind the magnolia. When Atlanta Stadium was built in the mid-1960’s, old Poncey was torn down - but the magnolia still stands to this day

Atlanta has converted the rail line into a popular bike / run / walking trail called the Atlanta Beltline, that will eventually circle downtown Atlanta. The Beltline passes right behind my son’s house, and passersby are constantly saying hello, and commenting on my son’s various house projects.

Trees Atlanta has taken cuttings from the magnolia and is growing saplings to sell, and plant along the Beltline.

Ponce de Leon Park, the magnolia, and Jackie Robinson’s historic first visit were the subjects of the 2020 SABR symposium I attended in January. My notes.

Four to Beam Down, 3 to Beam Up

Had to explain to Matthew about what always happened to the red shirt crew member who beamed down to the planet with Kirk, Spock, and Bones.
Sneaker # 42: Nike Blazers. Been looking for a pair of all black sneakers to wear to work. GQ recommended adidas with thick soles. Liked the Puma Sampsons better. Saw these for half price and decided to give them a try. I'll swap out the green strings for black. We'll see. Still might get the Pumas for my birthday.
JOE MEDWICK  [SABR Bio] a Hall of Famer, his nicknames seem to be polar opposites. "Muscles" and "Ducky". While playing for the A-level Houston Buffaloes, Medwick acquired the nickname Ducky.  Some say it was because he waddled like a duck when he walked.  His teammates picked up on it and started calling him Ducky or even worse Ducky Wucky.  Joe detested the name, but it caught on and for years sportswriters routinely referred to him as Ducky.  Medwick much preferred to be called Muscles and induced some of his teammates to use that appellation. He is still the last National League batter to win the Triple Crown. In 1937, Medwick had 31 HR, 154 RBI & hit .374. He was once taken out of a World Series game by the Commissioner. In the 6th inning of game seven of the 1934 WS, Medwick tripled off the centerfield fence, sliding into third spikes high. Whether he deliberately spiked DET third baseman Marv Owen is up for debate. Medwick claimed Owen stomped on his leg. Still on the ground, Medwick began kicking at Owen and fisticuffs erupted. Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem broke up the tussle with neither player ejected, but Owen ignored Medwick’s handshake offer. In the bottom of the 6th, Medwick jogged out to his position in LF and was met by a salvo of fruit and soda bottles from the Detroit fans who were already in a foul mood because the Tigers were getting beat 8-0. This is when Commissioner Landis stepped in and had Medwick removed for (A) his own safety and (B) so the final three innings of a blow-out game could resume. The Cardinals won in a walk, 11-0. It was otherwise a great Fall Classic with multiple Hall of Fame players on each side.

WALTER JOHNSON [SABR Bio] as a young pitcher, he was barraged with farm animal sounds by the opposing Detroit Tigers as he warmed up for his first major league game. He had been pitching in the low minors in Idaho, so the Tigers’ bench jockeys imitated a cow mooing and shouted, "Get your pitchfork ready, Coach, he’s headed back…" All taunting stopped after the first pitch.

Ty Cobb described his first at-bat against Johnson: I watched him take that easy wind-up—and then something went past me that made me flinch. The ball came in so fast that I wondered if he had concealed a gun on his person. I hardly saw the pitch, but I heard it. The thing just hissed with danger." Despite the jeering, Johnson fared well in his debut—but as frequently happened pitching for the usually hapless Senatorshe dropped a close one. Cobb hit .366 in his career off Johnson (120-for-328)—quite amazing considering Cobb's average against all pitchers was a career .366.  Unlike most batters, Cobb could hit Johnson’s fastball. Johnson had more career wins against the Detroit Tigers than against any other team. Johnson had 66 win vs. DET.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Clemson to Wear Throwbacks

You heard it here second: two strong hints that Clemson will wear throwback helmets and uniforms for their 125th season of football. Can't wait to see that helmet and grey facemask. If there is football. 
Anna joined us for dinner last night. She's working from our house for a few days. Ceil cooked spinach, green peas, mashed potatoes, and chicken for supper. Afterwards I cut the grass. Ceil had a small group meeting on her computer. I didn't even turn on the TV but later M came in and turned on a Japanese carton on Netflix. Avatar?
Patriots sign Cam Newton to a one year contract, with a low base salary loaded with incentives. A win win for both QB and team. Guess since Brady signed with Tampa I'll be watching them more now. If they play football.
JOE McGINNITY  [SABR Bio] the Hall of Famer pitched complete games and won both ends of three (3!) doubleheaders in the span of one calendar month - 3 DHers in August 1903: 01-Aug vs. BSN; 08-Aug vs. BRO; and 31-Aug vs. PHI. He pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in the National League and then for the Baltimore Orioles in the American League. In 1899 he was on BLN for their last year of existence then when the American League included Baltimore (BLA), as one of the original franchises McGinnity pitched for them in 1901-02, the only years of their existence. His nickname is derived from his previous occupation, not, as believed, his performance as a player. Worked in an Oklahoman iron foundry during his off-seasons. Serendipitously self-coined his enduring nickname during a newspaper interview in which he detailed his winter time employment as, "I am an iron man."
 Above: stumbled across this super cool UGA tie today.
Cheap even. But it had too many stains, so I passed.
Rare birds-eye view of the footprint of old Atlanta Stadium. A second apartment building (and second parking deck) has been built in the right field corner. Will Georgia State ever build their baseball stadium on the site? Sounds like they're looking for private donations. Plans for a GSU basketball arena to be built beyond the left field fence, in the lower left-hand corner of the photo above.   
Did I know that Dan Pastorini punted? Not just occasionally - 316 career punts. Fun fact: Pastorini was the first to wear a flack jacket.Great segment on Peyton's Places.
Sneaker # 41: I loved these old blue & grey Jordan RCVRs. Bought a pair, then sold them on eBay. Bought a black pair and sold them. Bought another blue pair. But in 2020 they are just too dated. Tomorrow's sneaker # 42 will be an even better story. Promise. Also # 43. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Just the Facts

Despite the quarantine, I went to Macon SEVEN TIMES in 3 months. That's the most in the last 40 years. Spent two nights in Macon, the most in over 30 years. So far this year I've used 4 vacation days on trips to Macon.

MAR 2 take mom to lawyer's office.
MAR 4 mom's surgery
MAR 6-7 mom in ICU, spent night with dad
MAR 28-29 move mom, spent nite with dad
APR 2 take mom to doctor
MAY 15 move mom's stuff to 5027
MAY 24 move mom from 5027

I went to Jefferson last week for the first time all year. I'd been cooped up working from home since March and was ready for a change of scenery. My goal was to sneak away to the beach, but that didn't work out. Can you blame a guy for wanting to spend time with his wife?

This past Friday I visited a farm.
This past Saturday is when I had my fall.

My plan was to go to Macon sometime over the July 4 weekend but
(1) I sprained my wrist. Not sure I can do yardwork. Even driving is a chore.
(2) Anna's car died so we
(a) have 2 cars for 3 workers
(b) need to get rid of Anna's old car and
(c) buy another car.
(d) my Corolla needs to go to the shop
(3) not sure when we're getting together for Will's birthday.
(4) grass needs cutting.
(5) natural gas contract expiring.
(6) need to meet with the banker
(7) need to go to the doctor
(8) trying to take off and work on the house before C has to go back to school in a few weeks.
(9) but I will squeeze in a trip to Macon as well.

Pet peeve: people talking about something and getting the facts all wrong. The world we live in. Some people hate it but do the same thing. Probably a lot of factual errors in some of the articles I share.

Steel video: what happens when you put too much metal in the furnace.

Friday morning Rusty drove me to Camden to pick up Joan's car from the shop. Walmart Dollar Tree Wendy's Goodwill then back home. Lots of road construction and detours. Nap. Drove C and her mother to Columbia for a follow up appointment. Hot.
Saturday afternoon before I fell, I helped C clear out some weeds in front of the house. We heard the church bells chime five o'clock. Then C had a visitor while I was visiting with Larry, and when Rusty and Kelly arrived for dinner at 6:30, Ceil's dish had yet to be cooked. A good supper anyway: turkey, tomato pie, asparagus, and salad. Rusty made homemade peach ice cream for dessert.

Man yesterday my left wrist was sore. A definite sprain. Left shoulder also sore. Also a little sore: right wrist and both ankles. Had to load the car carrying things only in my right hand. Took longer to load the car than usual.

Usually when Barney sees us carrying duffle bags and clothes, he knows we're going on a trip. He wants to get out the door and into the car as soon as possible. Sometimes almost an hour early. Yesterday I was able to keep him inside until we were all packed and ready to go.

Left at 10:30. I'd fixed me a cup of the peach ice cream for breakfast. C had to stop at her store in Augusta again, so that added another hour to the trip. While she was shopping I drove through Checkers. The last Sunday's Checker experience hadn't been too bad, aside from the half-melted ice cream cone. This time they were out of burger meat. Got fish sandwich instead. They rang up the wrong amount twice. The fish was hot because they made it for my order, so I had to wait. The fries weren't hot. Got C her McDonalds cheeseburger, fries, and Coca-Cola. Have to look into Coke no longer advertising to Facebook because they aren't limiting hate speech. Is that good, or is free speech being limited?

The trip lasted six hours. Unpacked. M got home from work. He went with C to the grocery, and to pick up tacos for supper. Watched a very good Celebrity Family Feud, with the cast of my favorite show, The Neighborhood. Hilarious.  

Later Anna arrived from Athens. She's spending a couple of days with us. Friday she and Matthew ate supper at El Felix in Alpharetta.

This virus ain't going away any time soon. So much conflicting information in the media. Wear a mask. Don't wear a mask. I'm going to wear a mask when I go out. Really only trying to go out when necessary. Last Monday through Thursday I only left the house twice, for one stop each.

Should the government force citizens to wear a mask? What if people don't? Arrest them? The spike seems to be with the younger generation – especially ages 20-29.  They're the ones going out, and rioting and protesting without masks. Not sure if sports are going to get going this fall or not.  

I'm in no hurry to go back to church either. We will continue to worship online. When discussing racial injustice two weeks ago, Louie Giglio got attacked for saying something he shouldn't have. Last week Passion City Church rebroadcast a Ravi Zacharias sermon. Yesterday PCC rebroadcast a Louie sermon from earlier this year. 

RUBE WADDELL [SABR Bio] is the only pitcher to lead the majors in strikeouts for five consecutive seasons. Led MLB in strikeouts 1903-1907. Randy Johnson matched Waddell's mark, leading the majors 1998-2002. In '98, Johnson did not lead either league, because he traded at the deadline from SEA to HOU. His 213 +169 gave him an MLB-leading 329. Johnson led again in '04. In the modern era, Waddell's record for strikeouts in a single season stood for sixty years. Had 349 Ks in 1904. Sandy Koufax had 382 in 1965. Only two additional pitchers have topped Waddell's mark for a season, even in our strikeout-dominated modern game (Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson). 

Rube threw the first Immaculate Inning in American League history. Immaculate Inning 01-Jul-1902, third inning, the first such in the not-quite-two-year-old AL. Waddell stuck out the Baltimore Orioles' Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell & Jack Cronin on 9 straight pitches.  For good measure, he fanned each one again later in the 6th inning of the same game, but not immaculately. Waddell was the last out of Cy Young's perfect game. Young's perfecto 05-May-1904

Sneaker # 40: my odd FootJoy golf / volleyball shoes. Got them for sale on eBay.
Much more than Ulysses S Grant and Francis Scott Key, Charles Darwin used racism as evidence of his theory of evolution. Will statues of Darwin be torn down? Will his theories be rejected? Doubtful. 

In Tennessee a political party kicked a 26 year state legislator off the ballot because he was against abortion.