Friday, October 3, 2014

Re2pect

Is he the greatest hitter of all time? No.

Is he the greatest shortstop of all time? No.

Is he the greatest Yankee ever? Some say yes, and some say no.

Is any of that important in considering the career of Derek Jeter?

Absolutely not.

Does the Yankee marketing of Jeter's 'farewell season' diminish his contributions to the sport and the team?

Hell no. That's marketing hype, and a real fan ignores that stuff.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Goodbye Roger Goodell

The NFL commissioner has taken considerable flak lately due to his handling (or mishandling) of the infamous Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Goodell faces heavy criticism for the initial two game suspension and for accusations of lying when he announced he had not seen the full video at the time he handed down the first suspension, a statement at odds with what appears to be the truth.

Goodell and the NFL continue to insist they did nothing wrong, yet the calls for him to resign are coming loud and fast from many directions. The questions continue to be debated: when did Goodell know of the full extent of the video, and was his response appropriate? Many Goodell critics are saying, goodbye Roger.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Giant Among His Peers

His first name is Jose - not 'little', 'diminutive', or 'tiny'. Baseball people love to add those size designations when they talk about him, because he is the shortest man in Major League Baseball. Critics insisted it was a joke when he was called up to the Astros in mid-2011 and became the starting 2nd baseman. No man standing 5'6" tall could possibly play big league baseball, they chortled.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Buckhead Mountain Grill & Graeter's Ice Cream – Bellevue/Ft. Mitchell, KY (Cincinnati)

Two things I learned while traveling through the Cincinnati, OH/Bellevue-Newport, KY area: a Kentucky Hot Brown for dinner at Buckhead Mountain Grill, and Cincinnati's famous Graeter's Ice Cream for desert is a great way to spend an evening.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tim Hortons – Hallstead, PA

Have you ever avoided a restaurant chain because you didn't think it would be worth your time? Without any solid reason, other than a feeling? On a recent vacation in the Northeastern US, we noticed Tim Hortons restaurants, many of which were paired with convenience stores and gas stations right off the highway.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sandy's Lighthouse - Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI

Okay, so sand is everywhere. You're on the beach, what would you expect?

Prices are a little high. You're on the beach, you're going to pay for it.

Service is a little slow. You're on the beach, laid back is the rule here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Waffle House – Arkansas & Kentucky

Pick any two Waffle House restaurants at random – say, Waffle House #668 (Forrest City, AR), or Waffle House #1894 (Mt. Sterling, KY) - and you will find a cook behind the grill that knows exactly how to cook perfect breakfast food. Regular Waffle House patrons know you will get a great meal at any Waffle House, and these two locations are no exception.