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Just Thinking Out Loud XXIII

Can we finally put to rest that Grady Little DID indeed do the right thing by leaving Pedro Martinez in the game back in September? I give you exhibit A: Opening Day 2004, Pedro starts and pitches ok, Mike Timlin and company come into the game and get lit. Exhibit B: Home Opener 2004, Timlin and Alan Embree both get lit. I rest my case.

Congrats to Connecticut for winning both the men’s and women’s tournaments. I just wish the men could have made one more free thrown to help me out on the final score, that’s all.

Speaking of which, was the men’s run like the parting of the Red Sea or what? They had to beat Duke and a pile of also rans.

Ok, the NCAA has had its fun, can we lose the 65th tournament team and go back to an even 64? Of all things in this world that make no sense, this HAS to be at the top of the list.

Since it’s been a while, no sense going back and rehashing everything, but was wondering when did Vermont begin using “VERM” as a short version? Wouldn’t VER or simply VT suffice?

How about this one, Louisville and Xavier going at it, announcer matter of factly informs us that “…these two teams are very familiar with each other. They started playing back in 1920 and last played in 1995.” If that’s familiar, then I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn that is for sale…

I don’t know who started it, and frankly I don’t care, but I have to give a MAJOR thumbs up to the, umm, brackets that are going on right now in the General Talk forum here. I think I speak for many when I say, “Thank you all.”

So the Apprentice has come to an end, with Bill winning….a job! Was it me, or did Donald Trump have a time trying to read the teleprompter or what? No wonder all he says in the board room is “you’re fired.” (Memo to Tony, I can put that here, right? He hasn’t copyrighted it yet I don’t think.)

It’s always nice to try and justify paying the $140 for the MLB Extra Innings package, but in the end, I think I would never leave my couch if I did end up getting it.

It always amazes me that people can confuse the ‘reply’ and the ‘reply all’ button for emails. Is there anything funnier than getting a message that was clearly intended for the sender, and not the entire group like this: “Hey, Bill, good to hear from you. I understand you’ve got a great stash of porn, we gotta get together and share libraries of material.”

I know many knock marathoners, but until you’ve turned the corner onto Boylston Street and you can finally see the finish line after running (walking?) 26 miles, then you don’t know what you are missing. What a feeling. Of course, you won’t be able to walk for a week, but that’s besides the point.

Speaking of the Boston Marathon, new change this year, the “elite” women get to start 30 minutes before everyone else. Am I the only one wondering what would happen if a “non-elite” woman came from the pack and finished the race less than 30 minutes after the “winner”? That’d be funny actually. A winner is crowned, she is forced to stand during her national anthem when all she wants to do is chunk, then they take away the trophy. Hee.

Whenever I need a “rude” fix, I watch the show “Airline” on A&E. Pretty cool show, basically they film situations that arise in some Southwest terminals. In any case, I’m amazed at how many rude people there are in the world. I mean, in this day and age, if you show up for your flight 5 minutes before its scheduled take-off, there is just no way you are going to make it on the plane. Berating the person behind the desk isn’t going to help either!

Couldn’t Eli Manning at least pretend that he was happy to be the top selection in the NFL Draft? Or was he the only person on the planet that did not know he was going to be traded to the Giants?

Speaking of which, not sure about anyone else, but that whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. I have never liked John Elway for having done it, and this whole incident has reduced my respect for the entire Manning family to almost nil.

I’m still trying to figure out the San Diego vs New York thing. Let’s see, 80 degrees and sunny all the time vs cold and windy all the time. One of the top RBs in the game vs a questionable running core at best. A veteran coach who has been around the NFL vs a glorified college coach that runs the team like a boot camp. Seems like a logical choice to me…

On the flip side, SHAME on the NFL for banning Clarett and Mike Williams from the draft. The whole argument that “these guys aren’t physically ready” makes no sense. If Williams wasn’t ready, then why was he projected to be a first round pick? No NFL team is going to select a player that can’t hack it. I fell badly for these guys, especially since they can’t go back to play in college.

Is anyone else excited that the NBA changed the first round from a best of five to a best of seven series? Does anyone even care? When do the games begin anyways?

Back to the Giants for a minute, I have to believe that Jesse Palmer is going to have a hard time in training camp. Every practice will probably end in some sort of mock rose ceremony, hee.

Good thing I didn’t just draft Kerry Collins last week to be my starting quarterback for the HAFAX league this year – DOH! (Yes folks, some leagues truly are year round).

And now that the draft is over, my mailbox is filled with questions about the draftees. In due time I’ll get something published, very soon I hope.

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