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    Duquette is Orioles’ Middle Man
The Baltimore Orioles’ organization received a national beatdown last week when Jonah Keri of Grantland.com wrote in depth about the team’s benign offseason, checkered on-field history, and the whereabouts of all that MASN money. Keri’s revelations weren’t surprising to any Baltimore sports diehard but they certainly painted an ugly picture when thoroughly detailed. Orioles’ fans are accustomed to ugly pictures.
The O’s still have a chance to save an offseason that has to rank among the most disappointing in baseball. Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales, A.J. Burnett, and Nelson Cruz remain on the free agent market as the start of Spring Training approaches. After whiffing on the likes of Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, and Bronson Arroyo there’s little reason to think that the Orioles will land any of the aforementioned free agents.
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    Duquette is Orioles’ Middle Man

    The Baltimore Orioles’ organization received a national beatdown last week when Jonah Keri of Grantland.com wrote in depth about the team’s benign offseason, checkered on-field history, and the whereabouts of all that MASN money. Keri’s revelations weren’t surprising to any Baltimore sports diehard but they certainly painted an ugly picture when thoroughly detailed. Orioles’ fans are accustomed to ugly pictures.

    The O’s still have a chance to save an offseason that has to rank among the most disappointing in baseball. Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales, A.J. Burnett, and Nelson Cruz remain on the free agent market as the start of Spring Training approaches. After whiffing on the likes of Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, and Bronson Arroyo there’s little reason to think that the Orioles will land any of the aforementioned free agents.

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    — 2 months ago
    #orioles  #mlb  #baseball  #spring training  #baltimore  #manny machado  #chris davis  #dan duquette  #sports 

    Hump Day Pick Me Up

    Crash Kings - I Can’t Believe it’s Only Wednesday

    — 2 months ago with 2 notes
    #music  #crash kings  #hump day 
    Jonny Gomes Celebrates World Series with Dumb Tattoo
Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes is synoymous with bad defense, unruly beards, and stupid tattoos. Gomes’ one-upped himself with his latest ink commemorating the Red Sox championship by having Yosemite Sam forever etched into his skin.

    Jonny Gomes Celebrates World Series with Dumb Tattoo

    Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes is synoymous with bad defense, unruly beards, and stupid tattoos. Gomes’ one-upped himself with his latest ink commemorating the Red Sox championship by having Yosemite Sam forever etched into his skin.

    — 2 months ago
    #humor  #bad tattoo  #world series  #mlb  #boston  #red sox  #boston strong  #jonny gomes  #tattoo  #bad tattoos  #lol  #funny 
    Finding Beauty in the Beautiful Game
I’m not a fan of soccer as an entertainment option. The game ranks below tennis and just above golf on my list of tolerable television events. Perhaps I’m an ugly, uncultured American who fails to grasp the simplistic beauty of a game that has captured the hearts and minds of the rest of the world.
My grandfather was an outstanding soccer player for an Italian-American club team in his youth. Unfortunately he passed away years before my birth and never had the opportunity to hand down his love of the game to his grandsons. For that reason soccer has always seemed to me to be nothing more than good exercise for little kids.
That aside, watching youth indoor soccer is my new favorite pastime.
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    Finding Beauty in the Beautiful Game

    I’m not a fan of soccer as an entertainment option. The game ranks below tennis and just above golf on my list of tolerable television events. Perhaps I’m an ugly, uncultured American who fails to grasp the simplistic beauty of a game that has captured the hearts and minds of the rest of the world.

    My grandfather was an outstanding soccer player for an Italian-American club team in his youth. Unfortunately he passed away years before my birth and never had the opportunity to hand down his love of the game to his grandsons. For that reason soccer has always seemed to me to be nothing more than good exercise for little kids.

    That aside, watching youth indoor soccer is my new favorite pastime.

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    — 2 months ago
    #soccer  #youth sports  #fatherhood  #MLS  #world cup  #dad  #parenting 
    Kubiak Gets Chance for Career Rehab with Ravens
Last Monday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the hiring of former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell who left his Baltimore post to become the new head coach in Detroit. The hiring of Kubiak, along with several of his most trusted assistants, looks to be a coup for the Ravens. Baltimore’s game of musical offensive coordinators also speaks to the current precarious state of job security in the NFL.
Jim Caldwell looked like a genius this time a year ago as he served as the play caller for a Baltimore offense that rode a hot streak from QB Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl title. Caldwell wasn’t shy about calling plays for TE Dennis Pitta and WR Anquan Boldin over the middle of the field, something his predecessor Cam Cameron was reluctant to do. Three offseason events (trade of Boldin, injury to Pitta, retirement of center Matt Birk) doomed the 2013 Ravens’ offense from the start. By the end of the season fans and local media were ready to run Caldwell and his staff right out of town, Super Bowl rings be damned. Caldwell landed on his feet with the Lions only to be replaced by Kubiak, who was fired by Houston after a disastrous season that saw the Texans go from Super Bowl contender to preparing to make the first selection in the draft. One city’s trash is another treasure.
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    Kubiak Gets Chance for Career Rehab with Ravens

    Last Monday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the hiring of former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell who left his Baltimore post to become the new head coach in Detroit. The hiring of Kubiak, along with several of his most trusted assistants, looks to be a coup for the Ravens. Baltimore’s game of musical offensive coordinators also speaks to the current precarious state of job security in the NFL.

    Jim Caldwell looked like a genius this time a year ago as he served as the play caller for a Baltimore offense that rode a hot streak from QB Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl title. Caldwell wasn’t shy about calling plays for TE Dennis Pitta and WR Anquan Boldin over the middle of the field, something his predecessor Cam Cameron was reluctant to do. Three offseason events (trade of Boldin, injury to Pitta, retirement of center Matt Birk) doomed the 2013 Ravens’ offense from the start. By the end of the season fans and local media were ready to run Caldwell and his staff right out of town, Super Bowl rings be damned. Caldwell landed on his feet with the Lions only to be replaced by Kubiak, who was fired by Houston after a disastrous season that saw the Texans go from Super Bowl contender to preparing to make the first selection in the draft. One city’s trash is another treasure.

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    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #nfl  #ravens  #baltimore  #Baltimore Ravens  #football  #joe flacco  #Houston Texans  #sports  #gary kubiak 
    Fathers of Washington Capitals Celebrate Sons
This is a great story from the Washington Post about the Capitals’ annual dads’ trip. 
Read here

    Fathers of Washington Capitals Celebrate Sons

    This is a great story from the Washington Post about the Capitals’ annual dads’ trip. 

    Read here

    — 2 months ago with 6 notes
    #washington  #washington capitals  #nhl  #sports  #hockey  #dads  #fatherhood  #parenting 
    Dress Pant Sweatpants
From the “What Will They Think of Next” department comes the invention of dress sweatpants. Betabrand, an online retailer that funds new projects through crowdsourcing, sells the ultimate desk potato pants for $97.20. It seems like a stiff price to pay for sweatpants until you remember that you can basically attend meetings in your pajamas. 

    Dress Pant Sweatpants

    From the “What Will They Think of Next” department comes the invention of dress sweatpants. Betabrand, an online retailer that funds new projects through crowdsourcing, sells the ultimate desk potato pants for $97.20. It seems like a stiff price to pay for sweatpants until you remember that you can basically attend meetings in your pajamas. 

    — 2 months ago with 6 notes
    #clothes  #reviews  #sweatpants  #suit and tie  #betabrand  #dress pant sweatpants 
    Winning at Recycling: Beer Can Racers
I saw this post on Facebook the other and was blown away by this guy’s creations. Sandy Sanderson, besides having a redundant name, is a technology teacher from New Zealand with an intriguing hobby. I have to admit that these creations blow my old Pinewood Derby cars off the track. Mr. Sanderson is winning at recycling and has pretty good taste in beer. 
Check out the rest of his creations here.

    Winning at Recycling: Beer Can Racers

    I saw this post on Facebook the other and was blown away by this guy’s creations. Sandy Sanderson, besides having a redundant name, is a technology teacher from New Zealand with an intriguing hobby. I have to admit that these creations blow my old Pinewood Derby cars off the track. Mr. Sanderson is winning at recycling and has pretty good taste in beer. 

    Check out the rest of his creations here.

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #recycling  #beer  #heineken  #race car  #sports car 
    Review of Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation
by: Timothy Ritchey
A few days ago, I finished Mr. g, a fictional account of the creation of the universe, written by Alan Lightman. What drew me to the book (besides the topic itself—always intriguing) was the fact that Lightman is the first dual faculty appointment at MIT in both science and the humanities. As a Physicist and Poet, he’s a natural to tackle the unimaginable.
This is not your Mother’s creation account. For no apparent reason, the cast of characters includes Mr. g (God), who is the nephew of Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, all happily residing in the Void for an undetermined period of time, since actual time had yet to be created. These three like to sleep—a lot—until one day, Mr. g decides to make better use of his time and start creating stuff. Besides a girl who steals some food, the only other characters are Belhor and Baphomet, who parallel as the Devil and his sidekick/dog…who really knows? Lightman never sheds much insight on the Aunt/Uncle/Nephew/Devil/Sidekick structure of the characters, which adds to the mysterious layers of his story.
At first, Mr. g goes over-the-top with his creation until his Aunt and Uncle reel him in a bit. When he slows down and places more attention on the detail, he zeroes-in on Aalam-104729, presumably the Milky Way. Aalam-104729 is where the crucible of his creation forms, but all good things come to an end, and eventually the many suns burn out and things return to the void.


As a Physicist, Lightman can go the way of some pretty heady material, and there are certainly glimpses of it here; but can you really take a guy seriously who writes about god’s aunt withholding sex from his immortal uncle? I read a lot and can be pretty hard to please, but anyone who successfully juxtaposes the origins of matter with god’s Aunt’s giddiness over her new dress gets kudos in my book. Mr. g is a great little story and a quick read—I finished it in one sitting. Lightman is a unique character himself and an accomplished writer. To those with an open mind and an insatiable curiosity, I highly recommend this book. 

    Review of Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation

    by: Timothy Ritchey

    A few days ago, I finished Mr. g, a fictional account of the creation of the universe, written by Alan Lightman. What drew me to the book (besides the topic itself—always intriguing) was the fact that Lightman is the first dual faculty appointment at MIT in both science and the humanities. As a Physicist and Poet, he’s a natural to tackle the unimaginable.

    This is not your Mother’s creation account. For no apparent reason, the cast of characters includes Mr. g (God), who is the nephew of Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, all happily residing in the Void for an undetermined period of time, since actual time had yet to be created. These three like to sleep—a lot—until one day, Mr. g decides to make better use of his time and start creating stuff. Besides a girl who steals some food, the only other characters are Belhor and Baphomet, who parallel as the Devil and his sidekick/dog…who really knows? Lightman never sheds much insight on the Aunt/Uncle/Nephew/Devil/Sidekick structure of the characters, which adds to the mysterious layers of his story.

    At first, Mr. g goes over-the-top with his creation until his Aunt and Uncle reel him in a bit. When he slows down and places more attention on the detail, he zeroes-in on Aalam-104729, presumably the Milky Way. Aalam-104729 is where the crucible of his creation forms, but all good things come to an end, and eventually the many suns burn out and things return to the void.

    As a Physicist, Lightman can go the way of some pretty heady material, and there are certainly glimpses of it here; but can you really take a guy seriously who writes about god’s aunt withholding sex from his immortal uncle? I read a lot and can be pretty hard to please, but anyone who successfully juxtaposes the origins of matter with god’s Aunt’s giddiness over her new dress gets kudos in my book. Mr. g is a great little story and a quick read—I finished it in one sitting. Lightman is a unique character himself and an accomplished writer. To those with an open mind and an insatiable curiosity, I highly recommend this book. 

    — 2 months ago
    #reviews  #religion  #books  #God  #mr. g  #creation 
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