This blog spot is the home to my ramblings. I am a free lance writer. Most of my work goes on Associated Content. Sometimes I write what is on my mind, sometimes I plug some of my writing, and sometimes a combination of the two. So, sit back read, enjoy, and we will see where it goes.
Soccer is the world's sport but it is not Merica's sport. Wanted to make a distinction between the United States of America and the two continents of America. Soccer could be the sport in central and South America. Soccer doesn't need to be the sport in the United States, but soccer would like to be successful in this country.
I played a season or so of youth soccer. I was a fan watching NASL soccer games and then ASL games in the 70s as a youth in Jacksonville rooting on the Tea Men. College football was king in the city and the city had dreams of an NFL team. Pro soccer is what we had. Leagues, teams folded and were forgotten. No one remembers the Jacksonville Tea Men now.
As a youth I was a fan. It was what my city could offer and my parents cold afford to take me to the games. I moved to a more soccer friendly area but never really got behind the DC United. The woman I got behind. They took advantage of international success and started a league. But it faded and petered out. I liked the girl's game.
Men's soccer needs World Cup success to make soccer successful here. Unfortunately the rest of the world is to talented than Team USA. Mediocre is how I would describe our World Cup appearance so far. A win over Ghana, a draw with Portugal, and a loss to Germany honestly is respectable. A win in the next round would give soccer a boost. A deep World Cup run could give soccer a much needed buzz here. A miracle championship could establish soccer here. It would be the best thing for soccer increasing the fan base, boosting interest, merchandise sales and it won't happen
I wish Team USA the best but watch out for the powerhouses!
I'm exhausted. These long road trips wear me out. Add in factors such as it being late, darkness, fog and it makes it even worse. However, the day was perfect.
I took my daughter to the beach as we visited with my parents. We walked along the way we saw a Wood Stork not something you see everyday..
A picture from two years ago from the same park. We also so lots of turtles. Then once we got to the beach the water was really calm for the ocean. Great for taking a younger kid swimming. However, in the water we were not alone. A pair of Dolphins were swimming a short distance away from us. A very cool experience to share with my daughter. We also saw pelicans and a couple of Ospreys who were catching fish!
Nice to share adventures with your kid! Then we made it back home for her swim lessons. I think she learned the duck paddle...
Chuck Noll's coaching career one team, four Super Bowl Championships, 12 playoff appearances, 22 seasons and a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Above a tribute by players and peers while Noll was still alive. Below s Hall of Fame speech..
A report on his death..
He meant a lot to the storied Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, he meant more to his players, and even more to his family. The city of Pittsburgh, fans, and his family will miss Chuck Noll may he rest in peace.
The first National League Baseball game I watched was in San Diego. Tony Gwynn was the Padres star and a player I respected being a fan of the game. A career .338 hitter, heck Gwynn batted .324 the year he retired. He was a 15 time All-Star and 3141 hits good for 19th all time. He was a Hall of Fame player.
Here is a news report..
Sad when a player you watched dies. It ages you as well. However 54 is way too soon to die. Another reason to hate cancer.
Thank you for what you did on the field. Thank you even more for what you did off the field. May you rest in peace Mr. Padre.
I don't know if the Pop Top 40 is as important to musicians as it used to be. It is not as important to me. I still listen to pop music. I have a seven year old daughter who enjoys a lot of pop tunes. However I listen to a lot of other genres that you just don't hear on pop radio. Back in the day, Pop music included a lot more music than it does now.
One of the reasons the Top 40 was so important was Casey Kasem. I have found memories of listening to him count the songs down in the early 80s. He would always close with his catch phrase..
"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Here Casey Kasem appears on David Letterman's show...
A news report of his death..
If music wasn't your thing or if you were never a fan of the American Top 40 you may remember Casey Kasem as the voice of Scooby Doo's Shaggy.
Casey Kasem was a legend of the airwaves. A medium in decline with internet radios, satellite radio, streaming songs, and other replacements. If it is not in decline it is ever changing. It is not what it once was which is fitting with the news of Casey Kasem. No new or current radio personality will ever come close to catching Casey Kasem's star.
I wrote an article about Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band performing a sold out show at Wolf Trap outside Washington, D.C. tonight. You can read the article here and there is a slide show of pictures too! What a year it has been for Ringo to perform at the Grammy's and then the Grammy special. Which he follows with a never ending tour.
He makes it same easy but he sings another tune..
It is like he is fab once more...
Creating more memories than just old photographs..
Yes I wrote an article just to have an excuse to blog about Ringo, but can you blame me?
Alan Douglas was a record producer who passed away this weekend. He is best known for his production of Jimi Hendrix after the guitarist death. They included the Gold album "Crash Landing," "Midnight Lightning," a trio of important live concert albums, "Nine to the Universe," and "Blues."
"Captain Coconut" from "Crash Landing"
The "Blues" album really elevated Jimi Hendrix in my mind up to the top few guitarists in my head. Here he performs "Once I Had a Woman"
Alan Douglas worked with Hendrix while he was alive encouraging him to explores jazz. Even paired Hendrix with Timothy Leary. Douglas also work with The Last Poets, Miles Davis and Lenny Bruce to name a few.
The Last Poets "When the Revolution Comes"
Alan Douglas talks about Jimi and a book who helped put together in this interview..
Alan Douglas thank you for changing my opinion on Jimi Hendrix, may you rest in peace.
The title of Don Zimmer's book Zim: A Baseball Life is a great way to sum up Don Zimmer's life. 66 of his 83 years of life were spent in professional baseball. Playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators.
Don Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs. He coached the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Tampa Bay Rays.
He was old school and I don't think I will ever forget this game...
Here is a tribute to him..
He was involved with a lot of history of the game, he was knowledgeable of the game, and was a link in the games history. He will be missed may he rest in peace.
Today Curtis Mayfield would have turned 72 except he passed away in 1999. It was Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart's version of "People Get Ready" that turned me on to Curtis Mayfield. Though Bob Marley would have gotten me to the same reference play adding parts of the song on "One Love." If not someone else on the long list of musicians he influenced would have turned me on to his music. A list that includes Hendrix, Clapton, Kravitz, and John Mayer. In Mayer's case just listen to "Waiting on the World to Change."
Here is Curtis Mayfield's take on "People Get Ready"
Here he is with The Impressions performing "It's Alright"
He was "Superfly"..
Let's all "Keep on, Keeping On"..
Remembering a great musician, an influencer, and the legacy that is Curtis Mayfield.
A classic Brady Bunch clip to start out my blog post about the sad news of the passing of Ann B. Davis. Ms. Davis played the maid Alice on the show. She passed away this weekend due to a fall she was 88.
Here she talks about her famous role...
Here is a report of her passing..
Thanks for the memories Ann B. Davis may you rest in peace.