The Monday Memo

Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish. – Herm Edwards

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Trump National Doral
  • World Series Poll
  • 2019-20 NBA Season
  • Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include the Powerball jackpot, unemployment, gun laws, best/worst records in Major League Baseball, Trump’s performance rating, gun ownership, the net worth of Presidential candidates, Little League World Series, NFL preseason games, and Tester’s town hall.

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Thursday Numbers

I don’t think the therapist is supposed to say “wow,” that many times in your first session but here we are. –Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include the Facebook fine, the CNN Democratic debates, unemployment, Bernie Madoff, Greg Gianforte, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, zombie eaters, Trump’s job performance, MLB standings, immigration raid, Robert Mueller, and much more!

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Kansas City Royals: Crowned!

IMG_20151015_104041 (1)Baseball can be so cruel to players and fans. In the seventh game of the 2014 World Series (last year), the Kansas City Royals left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth. The game was being played in Kansas City. Royals’ fans around the world watched as the San Francisco Giants celebrated their world championship on our field and in our city.

Fast-forward one year and the Royals were back in the series and on a mission. Up three games to one on the New York Mets, the Mets were just about to win game five and send it back to Kansas City for games six and seven. Mets fans had to be feeling pretty cocky.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had pitched a jewel – his team was ahead 2-0 going into the ninth. Harvey wanted to finish off what he started and convinced his manager, Terry Collins, to let him pitch the ninth inning.

It seems the Royals had the Mets right where they wanted them. Earlier in the playoffs, the Houston Astros had the Royals on the ropes – just six outs from being eliminated, but the Royals prevailed.

Collins let Harvey pitch and the move may haunt the Mets forever. The final was Royals 7, Mets 2. It was a 12 inning game, and a classic in-your-face comeback that the country had come to expect from the Royals.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about valuable NBA teams, the New York Yankees, abortions, Roger Goodell, Verizon data, plowing streets, dissatisfaction with the government, missile launch facilities, Roe vs. Wade, the actual unemployment rate, new claims for unemployment, the Secretary of the Air Force, food stamps, Super Bowl, the McDonnells, Sean Hannity, the worst states in highway safety, plus a lot more so read on!

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Making a Deal?

Major League Baseball (MLB) lost me as a fan years ago. I might watch one or two games through the season and catch some playoff and World Series games, but I am certainly not a fan like I used to be.

My favorite sport to watch is Football – NFL, college, high school, two-hand touch – if a football game is on TV, I will watch it and skip baseball. I also watch some NASCAR racing because there might be a wreck and the rules are a lot like they have in professional wrestling. I enjoyed the NBA before LeBron and flopping.

I don’t think many people could escape the Alex Rodriguez “A-Rod” breaking news alerts this past weekend. ESPN was scrolling these alerts across the screen telling viewers that sources are saying he would be suspended today by MLB possibly through the remainder of this season and all of the 2014 season. Rodriguez is 38 and plays for the New York Yankees.   Continue reading

Steinbrenner

It was sad news this morning when I heard that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had died. Back the late 70s and 80s, I remember hating George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees with a passion!

Steinbrenner changed baseball forever. If you were a Yankees fan, you admired him for his desire to win. If you were a fan of another team, you detested him. He fired managers and traded players like children exchanging baseball cards at the local little league field. All he wanted to do was win and he did bringing the Yankees 11 American League Pennants and seven World Series titles.

George Steinbrenner was also an Air Force veteran. Salute!

Being a life-long Kansas City Royals fan, some of the best games of my life were when the Yankees and the Royals played. Many times my Royals lost. Continue reading