Aimless Meanderings…

In the spirit of Earth Day, allow me to offer some perspective on the event:

    One way to lower one’s carbon footprint is to join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. However, this is not generally a good choice…

    Hollywood might support environmental issues by doing a movie titled “Mission Compostable”.

    The rise in the temperature of Planet Earth will not be cured by changing the measurement from Fahrenheit to Celsius degrees.

    Channeling Obi-Won Kenobe for a moment: May the forest be with you…

I am sure you have heard by now that an American man won the Boston Marathon yesterday for the first time since 1983. Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi and to the winner of the women’s race, Rita Jeptoo (from Kenya, naturally) who set a record for women in this event. Keflezighi has also won the NYC Marathon and he won a Silver Medal in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. According to reports, Keflezighi lives and trains in San Diego and he is a member of the New York Athletic Club – which seems appropriate for a long-distance runner.

In addition to the more publicized winners, there is a more obscure story about a runner in the race yesterday. Ben Beach ran in the Boston marathon for the 47th year in a row; his first race was in 1976 when he was a student at Harvard. That is the record for most consecutive appearances. However, at age 64 he is not a lock to tie or set the record for most Boston Marathons finished. That record stands at 58 held by a runner named Johnny Kelly.

A former colleague sent me a link and said:

“I know you will have something to say about this and you’ll have to fight hard not to use too many 4-letter words.”

Of course, I pursued that link and read something I found incredibly inane. Before I share what that was all about, I will tell you that my response to my former colleague was:

“It will be easy to avoid four-letter words here; “moron” and “idiot” are five-letter words.” is a site where one can post Internet petitions and seek signatories from anywhere there is connectivity. There are some petitions there that deal with important issues at a societal level; some petitions deal with locally frustrating issues; and then, there are others… Here is the link my former colleague sent me just in case you think I am making this up.

The petition calls for BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit, the commuter rail system in San Francisco/Oakland – to “refrain from outfitting the seats in BART cars in neon green and blue, the colors of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks…”

The explanation of the philosophical basis for this demand says:

“The Seattle Seahawks are the chief rivals of the San Francisco 49ers. To outfit BART car seats in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks (i.e. neon green and blue) is an outrage and a slap in the face of every San Francisco 49ers fan who rides BART.”

As of yesterday, 1500 folks have signed that petition. One of the signers says he will boycott BART until there is a change. Seriously, the only thing that this petition might mean is that each and every problem of an economic, social and/or political nature in the Bay Area has been resolved to the satisfaction of every last hominid residing therein. Only under those conditions might this “issue” be marginally interesting; there are no conditions by which it might be important.

You may recall that the NFLPA said that they were going to investigate the circumstances that led the Eagles to release DeSean Jackson. Well, according to a report on, the NFLPA determined that DeSean Jackson owes his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, $516,415.00. Maybe that is a big part of the reason why Jackson was moaning about his contract with the Eagles…? You can find the details of the NFLPA finding here.

Bob Smizik writes a blog on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website and he wrote a column for that paper for a long time prior to his retirement. In a recent posting, he had some numbers demonstrating the meaningless nature of Spring Training stats for players. Check this out:

“The unimportance of spring training numbers: Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas hit .429 in the spring with four homers, seven doubles, more walks (11) than strikeouts (8) and a 1.290 OPS. In the regular season (through Tuesday), he was 4-for-40 (.100) and no homers. Last year, Moustakas hit .444 in spring training and .195 in April and .171 in May.”

Finally, here is a proposition bet suggested by Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:

“And in college football news, Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny was charged with marijuana possession in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark.

“So what’s the over-under on ‘Tenpenny nailed’ headlines?”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………

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  • Doug  On April 23, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Atlanta has gotten off to another good start this year, but their success has been almost totally because of their pitching. They rank 24th in runs scored, but 1st in runs allowed. In 15 of their 20 games thus far, the Braves opponents have scored three or fewer runs. The staff ERA is an eye popping 2.16!

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On April 23, 2014 at 9:18 am


      Injuries to the pitching staff in the spring and losing Hudson to free agency had lots of folks worried about the pitching.

  • Ed  On April 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    No one asked if Tenpenny had a dime bag?

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am


      Good question! I think the world will be a better place if you and Dwight Perry stay away from each other. If you were to combine your wordplay superpowers, the groans would be deafening.

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