Thursday, August 30, 2007


Marlon Anderson goes apeshit as he is called for interference on the last play of the game. Endy Chavez would have scored easily, but Shawn Green got doubled up as a result of Anderson's ill-advised 'take-out' slide. Actually, Anderson tried to tackle Phils' 2B Iguchi. Game over.
I celebrating by listening to WFAN, your flagship station for the crying, weeping, moaning, complaining New York Mets fan.
Thanks to my Dad, I'll be there for the fourth and final game of this crucial series. More on that later.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A quick shout to Neil Gaiman

His work is proving to be a constant source of delight and wonderment. For me it all started with American Gods, but his true masterpiece is the comic series Sandman, now collected in ten beautiful graphic novels. He's a compulsive story teller and keeps his online journal with great regularity. I can't recommend his work enough. I just finished Ananzi Boys and, of course, loved it.

How about this guy for AG?

I know I was hoping that Kimi would be able to pull it out this season, but how do you not love his diminutive teammate Felipe Massa? Here he is on the center spot of the podium after the Turkish Grand Prix. Bravo on pole and a solid victory. Felipe is the real deal.
Ferarri started this year fastest and then all this nonsense with the spying and the cheating and the in-fighting (at McLaren) came up. It may generate copy and keep people interested during the summer break (which has just ended), but it's silly and it takes away from the racing. I read a great interview in the August issue of F1Racing with Pat Symonds, top racing engineer at Renault. He suggested, and editor Matt Bishop agreed, that McLaren had gotten a bit luck with their aero calculations this year and ended up with a car that was slightly faster than expected. Good for them, I say. But would Ferrari, now without the other-worldly focus and talent of Michael Schumacher, lose itself and its advantage in light of unexpected success from McLaren, and partciularly Lewis Hamilton? It sure looked that way a month or so ago. Then, as all the silly-ness of the scandals and the egos and the pouting, Ferrari quietly suggested that it might very well win the rest of the races this year. Well, that's one down, 5 to go.
P.S. Symonds also suggested that the best thing Schumacher could do now is offer his services as a driver's teacher so that these cowboys, these daredevils, these egomaniacs (not all of them) could learn the artistry and the engineering and the humility that brings success in this sport. What a wonderful idea!!

Not gonna miss this guy...

For me, he was a symbol of everything I dislike about this inept administration, particularly that feeling that they are above the law. The only question is, why now?