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Monday, March 31, 2008

April Fool's Eve

As a big baseball fan, opening day is one of the best days of the year...or at least it used to be. The stench of steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) has dimmed my love of the game. I still love baseball....but its sort of the way you love a psycho bitch who is great in the sack. You love it when its good and you're watching your shoulder the rest of the time. It'll either give you a rise and put a shank in your back and you never know when either is coming. I might have dismissed baseball completely if it weren't for the Cleveland Indians. I've been a Tribe fan all my life and with them in contention to win their first World Series since 1948, its hard to walk away from them now.

In defense of my Tribe, only one current Indian, Paul Byrd, has been linked to the Mitchell Report. Byrd admits to using HGH but funny how the admission only came after the media broke the story before game 7 of last year's ALCS. Byrd did have a prescription for HGH...from a dentist! The Mitchell Report gave me a whole host of new reasons to loathe the Yankees. Damn near the whole team was in the report.

A few predictions for the MLB season....The Red Sox will not repeat, the Yankees will not make the playoffs (bad pitching), and the Cubs will complete their 100th year of not winning a World Series....In the AL I like the Angels, Indians and Red Sox to win their divisions with the Mariners taking the Wild Card....I'm taking the Angels to beat my Indians in the ALCS....In the NL, there are no dominant teams.....I'm taking the Phillies, Cubs and Diamondbacks to win their divisions with the Braves as the Wild Card. I'm picking an Angels and Phillies World Series with the Angels winning in five games.

Predictions having been made...I must confess....I think its bad luck to pick the team you follow to win the World Series. Cubs are a popular pick to reverse their curse this year but I'm convinced God hates the Cubs so I'm not gonna go against the wishes of the Almighty.

Kudos to the O.M.O.M. for pinch hitting and delivering a grand slam of a post to wrap up last week and the S'March of Metal (I know today is the last day of March but I'm too lazy to look up videos on YouTube that won't end up posting to the blog anyway). Make sure to check out the O.M.O.M.'s photography at his website

This story broke Friday but in case you missed it Poison Drummer Rikki Rockett (real name...wait for it...Richard "Dick" Reams) has been arrested and charged with rape. This case seems to have BS written all over it tho. The woman claims the crime took place in September. Its now nearly April and he's just now getting charged with this? Plus Rikki was released WITHOUT bail....cuz the Mississippi prosecutor's office (where the crime allegedly took place) aren't sure if they are gonna even bother extraditing him. Now I find Rikki's plight to be humorous in that it opens the doors for so many reality shows....As you know, Poison singer Bret Michaels has his Rock of Rikki Rockett can have his own too...Rape of Love? Or if the drummer gets convicted, maybe he can choose the inmate that will make him his bitch? Maybe Poison can do a reality show to find a new drummer...who will also fall in love with it Beat of Love....

Watched a ton of movies over the weekend....Didn't think much of American Gangster...too long, factually inaccurate, and disappointing....Much to my surprise I enjoyed Atonement. Michael Clayton was also a good way to spend two hours of my Saturday. The best flick I saw tho was Gone Baby Gone. Who knew that Ben Affleck was capable of directing such a fine movie? Gone Baby Gone is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Great story and fine acting. Its based on the book by Dennis Lehane, the same guy who wrote Mystic River. Trust me, you'll like it.

I watched about 10 minutes of Celebrity Fitclub this weekend...they call these people celebrities? Tina Yothers? Willie Aames? Skreech? AJ Benza? The dude who used to host American Idol...Dunkleman? Erin Moran, Joannie from Happy Days? Two black women I've never heard of? These are celebrities? These are stars? No, these are pathetic low lifes....cockroaches scurrying about for a few more moments in the spotlight....Here's an idea....Celebrity Brigade....we take our washed up, has been "celebrities" and we turn them into fighting machines and set them loose in the streets of Iraq. C'mon who doesn't want to see Jimmie "J.J." Walker (DYNO-MITE!) become a munitions expert? Lets see if Mr. T can still pull of his A Team character....Scott Baio is 46 single, pregnant and missing in action. I think it would be a hit and we would be bringing the real troops home.

I'm off to go pitch that idea to VH1....enjoy the last day of March.


O.M.O.M. said...

Thanks again for opening the blastfurniss to my ramblings last week.

I am completely bummed out that it is opening day and I am not in Cincinnati at the opening day parade and game. Used to take my daugther every year and it's become such a cluster to get tickets that we've been locked out the past 2 years. Plus I had work obligations, yuck...

E. S. Furniss said...

I feel your opening day pain. Me and the boy went to Jacobs...err Progressive Field every year for opening day. Missed out last year and this year by the time I scraped up the coin, tix were sold out. Rain in the forecast in Cinci and Cleveland but nothing that should wash out the game. I'm gonna try to make a pilgrimmage to the Pro to see the Tribe before the end of May. Pepsi has a promo where with a can you can get a bleacher seat for 6 bucks. Thats right in my price range.

If I were rich I wouldn't have a care in the world.

O.M.O.M. said...

People that say money can't buy happiness need kicked. It may not buy happiness but I'd sure be a hell of lot more content and carefree.

I'm listening to The Big One at work and am feeling anything but content and carefree.

E. S. Furniss said...

I feel a heck of a lot happier when I have money in my wallet and in the bank then I do when I'm broke. Money might not cure all my flaws but it would allow me to find ways to take my mind off the fact that I'm miserable.

Indians box seats have become almost unaffordable so I think I'm a bleacher creature when I go up this year. Either that or its skip the Tribe games and head to the minor league parks instead.

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