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The George Will Sports Machine on “The Catch”

Polo Grounds Trivia and “The Catch”

Sixty years ago, New York Giants Outfielder Willie Mays made “The Catch” during the first game of the 1954 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.  

In the top of the eighth inning, the score was tied 2-2 with men on first and second.  Giants left handed relief pitcher Don Liddle served up a pitch which Indians batter Vic Wertz drilled into deep center field.  In most ballparks, the Wertz 420 foot hit would have been a homer, which would give the Indians 5-2 lead.  

However, the 1954 World Series opener was played in the Polo Grounds. 

Willie Mays rushed in from short center field and made a spectacular on-the-run, over-the-back basket catch on the warning track.  “The Say-Hay” Kid then spun around and tossed the ball to second to check the runner, although the lead runner was able to tag up and take third. 

“The Catch” is the stuff of legend, which might make George Will wax poetically on the George Will Sports Machine, if such a show existed.

Here Comes the Boom– Buckeyes Football Coach Slams Unruly Fan

Towards the end of the first half of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the  University of Cincinnati Bearcats football game, a rowdy fan dressed in in a rushed onto the field at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

This unruly behavior was unwise to do around Ohio State Buckeye Football Assistant Coach Anthony Schlegel.  The Buckeye’s conditioning (strength) coach was a linebacker for OSU as part of the class of 2006. In addition, Schlegel was a 3rd round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2006 as well as playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

So when the disruptive fan evaded a security guard while storming onto the football field, Coach Schlegel sprang into action.  Schegel made a horse collar tackle and body slammed the disruptive fan onto the turf, but Schlegel was not penalized on the play.

 The record setting crowd of 108,262 Buckeye boosters roared its approval. Security officials then escorted 21 year old Anthony Wunder off the field, who apparently is a 6’2″ Ohio State University Senior  who hails from Cincinnati.   Wunder will be arraigned on charges of criminal trespass for his stunt.  No word on how many ice packs Wunder needed after his close encounter with Schlegel.

While the Buckeyes beat the Bearcats 50-28, the big winner of the day seems to have been Coach Schlegel for his protective tackle.   Pro wrestler Steve Austin shared his kudos on Twitter, suggesting that Schlegel earned several performance perks usually reserved for players, Another enterprising Buckeye booster scored the scene into a music video titled “Here Comes the Boom”.

Ted Cruz on How to Turn Around America

Ted Cruz Values Voters Summit


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R.I.P. Jim Traficant– Beam Me Up?

Former Representative Jim Traficant (D-OH 17th) was critically injured in a tractor mishap on his daughter’s farm in northeastern Ohio.  The 73 year old Traficant was believe to be pulling a vintage tractor which tipped over him inside the barn and trapped Traficant underneath the machinery. Paramedics found Traficant unconscious and eventually medivaced him to a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where he was kept in a medically induced coma to try to stabilize him before he expired.

In a case of sad irony, the accident occurred on the farm which became the focal point of  the two month trial in which Traficant represented himself and was convicted on ten counts which included bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion.  Thus, the House of Representatives expelled  the eight term Congressman on a vote of 420-1 in 2002.

Traficant served seven years in federal prison before being paroled in 2009. While in prison, Traficant turned to art as therapy, which he would sell online to pay for more art supplies.  But being in “Club Fed” did not deter Traficant from running for office.  In fact, Traficant ran for his old Congressional seat while behind bars and won 15% of the vote vying against his former aide Rep. Jim Ryan (D OH-17th now 13th)

Traficant was a flamboyant figure on Capitol Hill.  Traficant insisted on styling a pompadour which Traficant himself called “the weed whacker” but a hairdo which others likened to muskrats mating.  In prison, it was became evident that Traficant just sported a bad toupe.  Traficant also insisted on wearing out of style clothing in the well of the House, like denim suits and wide lapel sports jackets.

What drew great notoriety for Cong. Traficant was his eccentric, amusing and “earthy” One Minute Speeches.

Traficant would often punctuate his political rant by saying “Beam me up!”, thereby repopularizing the Star Trek catch phrase.  Assuredly, Traficant’s quip of “Beam me up” sounds much better than supporters trying to sing it in a polka honoring the paroled Congressman.

These attention grabbing speeches would generate publicity as light hearted news for the low information voter, but these epic rants reflected the blue collar, common sense sentiments of his Mahoning Valley constituents. 


James Traficant was a flawed but faithful fellow.  May the heavens beam him up and he yields back whatever is left.


Samuel Ryder on the Ryder Cup

Samuel Ryder Ryder Cup

Curley Howard on Thinking

Curley Howard

A Bit on How the Clintons’ Treat Presstitutes

The First Amendment of the US Constitution is in part intended to ensure Americans of a the Freedom of the Press.  But that fundamental freedom does not ensure access when progressive politicians want to manage the message by rounding up reporters and controlling access.
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick revealed how the Clinton Global Initiative separates reporters from an event which they are supposed to cover.  Of course, the special treatment is attributed to “security”.
This monitoring went to the extend of a 20 something year old aide following Ms. Chozick into the bathroom.  Kind of sounds like North Korea, but with electricity.
Perhaps the New York Times reporter earned some extra special treatment considering the critical pieces which the “Old Grey Lady” published in 2013 about the disarray with the Clinton Foundation:

“For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling
concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands,
vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It
ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts
of money flowing in.”

Control access and effectively manage the message.  So much for “All the news that’s fit to print”.



A Bit of Brooding Over the Brooklyn Bandbox Abandonment

On September 24, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field against the Milwaukee Braves.  Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley had been angling for years to build a replacement facility for the National League team.  O’Malley proposed a domed stadium in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards (ironically now where the Barclay’s Center stands) but  New York Building Commissioner Robert Moses “would not play ball.”  Moses wanted a stadium erected in Flushing Gardens, Queens (where Shea Stadium and Citi Field were built), but  O’Malley insisted: “We are the Brooklyn Dodgers, not the Queens Dodgers!”.  To put pressure on New York City officials, O’Malley had “Da Bums” play a few homestands in Jersey City, New Jersey for two years, but to no avail.  O’Malley packed up the Dodgers and left for sunny Los Angeles in 1958.  And Brooklyn was never the same.
Brooklyn Dodgers fans have an unusual nostalgic affection for Ebbets Field, which was the Dodgers home for 45 years.  Ebbets Field was built in “Pig Town” in 1912 between Bedford Avenue, Sullivan Place, McKeever Place, and Montgomery Streets from a collection of parcels which included a garbage dump.  When Ebbets Field opened in 1913, the intimate bandbox (a.k.a. cigar box) stadium sported neither a flag pole nor a press box (the latter was not added until 1929).   Ebbets Field had character because of its topography– the parcel of sloping ground required that the right field corner be above street level.  Ebbets Field could only seat 35,000 fans and had no hopes of expansion.  Fans of “Dem Bums” thought that it had a homey feel.
After O’Malley moved the Dodgers to the Chavez Ravine in “Dodger-town” California, Brooklyn fans were thoroughly bummed about the abandonment of the Brooklyn Bandbox.  Ebbets Field was demolished with great ceremony in February 1960.

The site was turned into the Ebbets Field Apartments.  However that did not destroy the nostalgia for the Ebbets Field and Brooklyn Dodgers among their die-hards.

Mary Landrieu on Tailgating

Mary Landrieu LSU Keg Stand Tailgate

Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning.    As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at  Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of ’77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana  to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger’s home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

While Landrieu declined to do a keg stand herself (even though it might earn her votes), she tried having it both ways by pouring a 20 something guy who she termed “a purple shirted bro”. Alas, Landrieu’s tailgate irrational enthusiasm did not help the Tigers beat the Bulldogs as LSU lost  by a score of 34-29.
Landrieu allegedly expressed concern about how doing a keg stand herself would be covered by the national press.  Landrieu had nothing to fear.  The national press is covering for the Democrats losing big at the midterm elections.  As CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s commentary shows,  Landrieu’s keg stand was a depicted as a  comedic sidelight, rather than a political act of desperation or stooping to conquer.



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