Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 268

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The reward for Gov. Scott Walker (R-WS) officially entering the presidential race is this candidate profile from The Onion. I’m losing track, but I think he is the 15th Republican entering the fray. I see more on the horizon!

A recent poll puts Donald Trump (R-NY) leading the GOP race. Funny … but The Bloviator also has the highest disapproval rating of any candidate in both parties. It’s early, and he’ll keep talking. Meanwhile, he fooled me by filing his election paperwork.

Predictably, numerous Congressional Republicans were quick to criticize President Obama on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Cheers to the few on both sides of the aisle who prefer to read and study the agreement before commenting.

The question isn’t whether or not Iran will get the bomb, but can the global community convince them of not using it.

Baseball’s All-Star Game came to Cincinnati this past week, and it was a rousing success for the city and its baseball fans. From a Reds player winning the Home Run Derby to having 4 Reds legends being on the field, there were many memorable moments.

Some have called for GM to withdraw their sponsorship of Kid Rock’s tour because his use of a Confederate flag. To me, some people just don’t know when to stop … but Kid Rock needs to seriously think about it. Then again, it is his right to do as he pleases.

Citizens waving the Confederate flag when President Obama comes to town have the right to do so, have the right to look stupid, and have the right to suffer consequences of their choices.

Interesting that some continue to disagree with ESPN awarding Caitlyn Jenner the Courage Award over Lauren Hill. Let the record show that Lauren’s parents wanted to meet Jenner to say that they were not involved with the wave of criticism.

The WordPress gnomes again changed my settings that blocked emails of your new posts. Fortunately, I think the block was less than a week. Damn gnomes.

With only two acts remaining, Meals: The Musical returns next week. Act 9 features Snacks and Leftovers. In this case, leftovers stand for items that haven’t had been in any previous act – such as seafoods, eggs, and more. Acceptable snacks would be candy, chocolate, cookies, potato chips, pretzels, pizza, and more. For both snacks and leftovers, beware of the previous acts. The curtain goes up for Act 9 next Wednesday at 9:30 pm (Eastern US).

I greatly enjoyed the story challenge! Tough for me to pick a fav because each had a different element from humor to relationships to one set to die. Thanks to all for joining in the fun. Special thanks to Dale for interacting with so many comments here and on the other blogs posting the story.

Diane Henders told her readers that we are all free and naked.

Rumor has it that a blogging dignitary is coming to my area this weekend.

The Explore series continues on Saturday featuring a wonderful video about a person, place, or thing.

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their list of pros and cons regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Pope Francis grills burgers on balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica (Gotta love the pic)
Mom would rather sit here and watch you guys have fun
Hungover man horrified to learn he made dozens of plans last night
Flight attendant attempting to pass cup of cranberry juice over laptop
Pluto capable of sustaining rock-based life

Interesting Reads
A good collection of thoughts about the Iranian Nuclear Pact
Making wine in a war zone
Best way to fight memory loss
International war on LGBT (and it goes well with this from last week)
9 things you didn’t know about Pluto

Besides the tip in this post, Diane also got this song in my head, so it’s perfect to send you into the weekend … Aaahoo! Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Memorable All-Star Moments

Baseball’s All-Star Game – the Mid-Summer Classic has been thrilling fans since 1933. The game has provided many memorable moments, even one embarrassing, forgettable moment a short time ago.

Below are 20 All-Star game moments and factoids. The goal is to match the moment to the game’s venue. It’s not as easy, and answers are provided after a classic, must-watch All-Star commercial from many years ago. Enjoy and let us know how you did.

Matching Choices
Anaheim Stadium, Astrodome, Camden Yards, Candlestick Park, Comiskey Park, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Griffith Stadium, Jacobs Field, Metropolitan Stadium, Miller Park, Municipal Stadium (Cleveland), Polo Grounds, Riverfront Stadium, Safeco Field, Shea Stadium, Shibe Park, The Ballpark at Arlington, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium,

Events

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win.
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers

Answers

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later (Comiskey Park)
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse (Riverfront Stadium)
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower (Tiger Stadium)
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin (Polo Grounds)
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound (Candlestick Park)
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson (Camden Yards)
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch (Fenway, Boston)
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career (Griffith Stadium)
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR (Anaheim Stadium)
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players (Ebbets Field)
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park (Jacobs Field)
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat (Safeco Field)
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win. (The Ballpark at Arlington)
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers (Yankee Stadium)
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Shea Stadium)
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Metropolitan Stadium)
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf (Astrodome)
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night (Shibe Park)
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format (Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium)
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers (Miller Park)