Sunday, January 23, 2005

Press Staaa

I read that former Sox pitcher Rich Garces, the 2nd most famous "Rich G." in Red Sox history, has been kidnapped. I really hope El Guapo is safely returned. That guy was awesome. I've got some great video of him at Camden Yards in April of '02, which I will put up on this site should I ever start putting pictures up on here.

In other sad news, Johnny Carson died today at age 79. When I first started staying up late, I used to see the old, pre-'Leno-crap-a-thon' Tonight Show. And while it was kind of boring to a kid who was pretty much waiting til 12:30 to see Dave Letterman drop watermelons off the roof, I still appreciated Johnny's sense of humor, and later grew to enjoy a lot of the classic episodes. My favorite moment off the top of my head was:

Old lady brings in potato chips shaped like animals and whatnot. While she's looking the other way, Johnny takes a bite out of a potato chip from a separate basket of normal chips. Lady hears loud crunching and almost has a heart attack thinking Johnny's just destroyed one of her delicate treasures. Johnny innocently reveals the basket.

Here's something else to cheer you up after all this sad news. My friend Mike, real yankee fan, went to Boston College. Through him, I met my friend Jen, who comes from Guilford, CT, home of Goose Lane, which you know if you ever drive on 95 out past New Haven. So I used to hang out with them up at BC on spring breaks and stuff. (This is the mid-nineties.) So up at BC, they have this hotline you can call when there's bad weather, to find out if there are any delays or cancellations. (617-552-INFO) When you call it, you first hear a fairly normal sounding man give the necessary info. Then there's a pause. Then, you hear what sounds, honest to god, like a leprechaun, say, "To heah the message again, press staaa." (star) He says it like it's a secret, like, well, the way a leprechaun would whisper to you where to find the gold. It's hilarious. I'd pretty much forgotten about this, as I never had to call the number since I didn't go to school there, but Jen reminded me of it tonight, and I was surprised to hear her tell me that the leprechaun is still there, giving that same message. Now that I think about it, she's been out of there for a decade, why was she calling it? Probably because she's obsessed with that leprechaun, and rightfully so. I suggest you call it. That number again is 617-552-INFO. It's a toll call, but it only takes ten seconds. It's really funny.

Comments:
I love love love that guy!!! He cracks me up every time.

For the record I am a bit obsessed with BC,but let me remind you of our records this year, our last in the Big East. We have done right by Boston this year:

Football- We beat ND for the umpteenth year in a row; ended up 21 in the AP Top 25 Poll; Won yet another bowl game; record 9-3

Basketball (Men's)- 5-0 in the Big East; 16-0 overall;ranked 9 in the AP Top 25 Poll

Basketball (Women's)-4-0 Big East; 13-2 overall; ranked 14 in the AP Top 25

Ice Hockey- Our pride and joy--- RANKED 2 in the country; BC 2 vs. BU 0= BIG WIN; Beanpot here we come!

With the Pats in the Superbowl it is an all around great sports year for the best city in America!
 
And now you're about to commit treason by ditching the Big East. Hopefully the ACC tears you to pieces next year, and for many years to come, which I would be thrilled to watch, while the Big East continues to win national titles in basketball and (very soon) football.
 
I would hardly call it treason. Treason by definition means a violation against one's country. At last check we didn't turn our back on the United States. Nor did we wage war against it or aid it's enemies. It's not as if we decided to become a sister school to Notre Dame. So I would classify treason as an extreme term for a team bringing pride to the city along with substantial monetary incentives. Here's what we did do. We recognized the opportunities available to us and our players if we joined a different conference, so we did. Here's what we didn't do. We didn't leave the city, didn't turn our back on local competition, and didn't diminish the ever to excel motto of our university or the high caliber graduates we produce. I think we do a great deal of services for the city and yet committing treason isn't one of them. Your animosity for a school you didn't attend is disconcerting though. Did you perchance get rejected from this Jesuit institution or a different Jesuit institution in the area?
 
You shouldn't have messed with her, Sam....

This is getting good.
 
Pride nuthin: it was all about the monetary incentives, so don't kid yourself. And if it's worth a few extra bucks to the (Jesusweet) leaders of your near & dear educational institution to be beaten twice a year every year by the Blue Devil and Tarheels, that's your thing.

Seriously, I'm takin bets on it now. The Eagles men's basketball team doesn't beat either UNC or Duke until 2010 at the earliest: over or under?

I'll take the over.
 
So here's the rub. First of all Pride Nuthin' as you so eloquently have written is a pore excuse for a description. I have never led anyone to believe our switch to the ACC wasn't for monetary incentive, I believe I did address the way the city of Boston would benefit from that transition if you will. As for the Jesusweets(Jesuit for the educated reader), as you so delicately called them, leadership, I believe you are referring to the same Leaders who watched us Win the Continental Tire Bowl Over UNC, 37-24. This was the UNC you speak of, the one you so decidedly planned to bet on. I see your gambling ability is much like you grammar and mechanics...Lacking. I wish you well in your endeavors and do hope you get a proverbial life.
 
So here's the rub. First of all Pride Nuthin' as you so eloquently have written is a pore excuse for a description. I have never led anyone to believe our switch to the ACC wasn't for monetary incentive, I believe I did address the way the city of Boston would benefit from that transition if you will. As for the Jesusweets(Jesuit for the educated reader), as you so delicately called them, leadership, I believe you are referring to the same Leaders who watched us Win the Continental Tire Bowl Over UNC, 37-24. This was the UNC you speak of, the one you so decidedly planned to bet on. I see your gambling ability is much like you grammar and mechanics...Lacking. I wish you well in your endeavors and do hope you get a proverbial life.
 
I recognize my own spelling error. In haste, I inadvertently pressed publish before spell-checking.
 
Umm ... you did catch the part where I was talking about the BASKETball team, right? Because y'know, UNC and Duke aren't really that famous for their football programs.
 
By the way, I recommend that you not concern yourself with my "grammar and mechanics" until you've learned how to apply the concept of the paragraph.

Yeah the paragraph. It's this novelty idea in writing. Helps make your writing seem a little more cogent & less jumbled. You should try it sometime.

Good luck with that!
 
I'm down but not out. Recovering from a big of surgery today. Nevertheless...we are still undefeated having won against Providence last night. Let the record show...I'll be back when I have longer to type.
 

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