Some thoughts for a Tuesday

The MLB World Series starts tonight between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.   The play-offs have been a lot of fun so far, and I’m hoping for a exciting series.  Is it much watch for me (A New York Mets fan from NJ)?, no, but I will be checking in to watch.  I believe all games are on FOX National Broadcast, which should help getting some ratings.   I know people will bash MLB and FOX for the ratings, but does it really matter.  The games are on TV, and anybody who wants to watch will watch.  The games will be covered on TV (over-the air, and cable), on the Internet, and be a headline on News Papers (I’m still a fan of the daily newspaper).   Saw an article the other day killing baseball ratings (Giants / Cardinals on Fox Sports 1), comparing them the Jets / Patriots game (CBS Thursday Night Football).

Here are the Baseball Numbers I found:

Here are the Football Numbers I found:

MLB – 6.5 Million,  NFL – 11.87 Million

So while more people did watch the Football (Major Network, Big Market Teams) then the Baseball (Cable Network, Small Market Teams),  its not that big of a difference considering the circumstances.

In summary – If you want to watch the World Series, (or any other sporting event), it will be on regardless of the ratings.   So sit back, and enjoy the game and let others worry about the ratings and how much the can charge for a 30 second commercial.

Another story here in New Jersey is the potential legalization of sports betting.    My personal feeling is that this is another miscalculation much like last years legalization of internet gambling.   Making it legal to bet on Football games is not going to automatically mean people from New Jersey and other states are going to be lining up by the thousands to place a few dollars on the Bills / Jets game this Sunday.   Part of the fun of gambling for the average person is the atmosphere – Much like most people want the experience of the casino over sitting in front of a computer / tablet / phone to play Black Jack or Roulette, I believe they will be turned off  on the idea of sitting in the bleachers at Monmouth Racetrack, watching NFL games on some small crappy TVs (Full Disclosure – Haven’t been to the Race Track in years so not sure if they have update to large HD TVs but tend to  think not).   Legalized sports gambling will be everywhere in a few years, but to believe it will generate millions and millions of dollars for the states is still to be seen.

On to other things

Here are a few thoughts on the current TV Season

60 Minutes – Still enjoy it every Sunday

Scorpion – Pretty stupid – Will keep it on the DVR for a bit, but not overly impressed

A to Z – Pretty disappointed so far.  Was hoping to like it, but the main guy reminds me of a Ted Mosby want to me (and makes me appreciate Josh Radnor that much more).

Homeland – Watched the 1st 2 episodes and still enjoy it

Gotham – Will give it a chance.  Liking it so far

CSI – Still one of the best shows on TV.  Been there from the beginning and hoping the move to Sunday at 10:00 PM doesn’t spell the end.

Madam Secretary – Always been a fan of Tea Leoni and actually enjoy the show.

Walking Dead / Talking Dead – The 1st episod pushed the limit of gore.  Show is very good at building tension and suspense, but still always wonder why they just dont leave and got to Washington DC.

Finally – Attended the 61s Philly Non-Sports Card show last weekend.   Also attended the free Card Talk Breakfast and really enjoyed the talk by Rittenhouse Archives founder and president Steve Charendoff.  Very insightful info on his take on the future of Non Sports Cards.  Especially liked his  answer to how to get younger people involved – “Not sure if we can”.   He basically said that while it would be great to get younger people to buy non-sports cards and enjoy the hobby as much as the people in attendance (an  older audience), they have some many other outlets for their entertainment that maybe Non-Sports Cards are not there thing.   No use worrying about what you can’t control.

Did pick up a box of Star Trek: The Original Series Portfolio Prints Trading Cards  – Hoping for a good auto / sketch.

Star Trek Portfolio

Star Trek Original Series Portfolio Trading Cards

Star Trek Original Series Portfolio Trading Cards

Thats all for now – More later

Have a wonderful day



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Cant believe its been a month since my last post

Where does the time go.  Been almost a month since Average Andys last post.    I am alive and well and things are good.   Been busy at work, and seem to have things planned every weekend.

Both Survivor and Amazing Race have started again and as always they are some of the best shows on TV.   I like the Blood vs. Water theme on Survivor and think it brings a interesting perspective to the game.   Adds an extra level of strategising for the players.  And I like Exile Island much better then when Redemption Island.  Once your voted off, your done (Although when I finally make it to the show, I will be hoping for  Redemption Island to return; will need all the help I can get).

Also, when I make the show, and happen to find a idol,  I think I would play it the next tribal.  Think of it as a get out of jail card.   Would be awful to be voted off with an idol (which has been done numerous times, see link below)

As for the Amazing Race, still watching (even with its move to Friday nights; and with DVRs, what night a show is on is no longer a big issue).   Still one of the best ways to see and explore different places around the world.   Schools should use the show as a teaching assistant.  I feel I have learned and seen more of the globe from the Amazing Race than I ever did from a text book.

Still mad at myself for not getting to Time Square when they filmed the opening live in the summer.   Would have been neat to be there.

Want to congratulate Derrick Levasseur for winning Big Brother 16.  Was another great season and he deserved to win.   He played a great game and put himself up there with Dr Will Kirby and Dan Gheesling as the best of all time

The Giants have turned things around after a 0 – 2 start and have a big game this weekend in Philadelphia.   A win would set them up nicely going forward.  I’m beginning to get a good feeling about this team, and Eli Manning.    To me, he is underrated as a QB, not so much because of his statistics or won – loss record (which admittedly is not the greatest), but due to his durability, and the ability to handle NY as a true professional.  And he does have 2 Super Bowl MVPs, which do count for something.   Go BIG BLUE

Been a rough start for Lehigh Football this year.   Off to an 0- 4 start with their 1st conference game against a touch Bucknell squad this weekend.   Hoping the Mountain Hawks can post their 1st victory and get on roll so that the Lehigh / Lafayette game at Yankee Stadium (150th meeting) will have some juice.   Average Andy will be there rooting them on no matter what the record, but if were for the Patriot League championship that would be nice

The MLB play-offs have been fun to watch with a lot of great and entertaining games.   I am a bit tired with the Cardinals, but they play good fundamental baseball and are a well run organization.   Hopefully next year the NY Mets put things together and for the 1st time in a while will make the play-offs.

I’m torn between the Royals and the Orioles.   Will be happy with whichever team makes it to the World Series, and be rooting for them to win it all

Will try to write more soon about TV / Music / Movies / and whatever else is on my mind

Have a happy and safe Columbus day

Average Andy


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Short update

Not much new in Average Andy’s world.

Been enjoying Big Brother  (Thank good for the DVR as it has been moved to different times and different nights due to Football).   Looking forward to Survivor and Amazing Race.   All 3 CBS reality shows are still the best of all reality shows.   I did tape the 1st episode of UTOPIA but have not gotten around to watch it (and am now several episodes behind).

Tough loss for Lehigh Football in their season opener.  Was a non conference game so really has no effect as the only way the Mountain Hawks will make the play-offs is to win the Patriot League.   Tough game again this weekend against New Hampshire.

If the Mets could beat the Washington Nationals, they may have had a shot at sneaking back into the wild card race.  But they can’t so they wont.

Really enjoying the new US album (Songs of Innocence) that was given out for free on i-tunes.   U2 again showing that they play by there own rules (Much like the Grateful Dead, and Metallica).  These band are some of the most successful of all time, and ignored the corporate line by doing things differently than the rest.   I’m sure some corporate lawyer is going nuts on how much money U2 is potentially losing by giving away an album for free.   To them, all money is all that matters.  Same for the players associations for the major sports leagues.     Who cares if it makes you happy, and if its will pay off in the log run, the only thing that matters is how much you can make right now.

I say good for U2 and thank you to the band members and their management.

Lastly, RIP Richard Kiel.   Played Jaws in the James Bond Movies as well as appearing in the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”.   He will be missed

Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel

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Quick update

Hope everybody has a great Labor Day Holiday.  The weather looks good hear in the north east, so take some time to hang with family and friends one last time and enjoy the summer.

Will be back next week with some thoughts on Sports (Pro and College Football, MLB baseball), TV (Big Brother, Survivor, The Amazing Race), Movies and Music.

Average Andy

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Baseball and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yesterday Baseball named Rob Manfred as it’s new commissioner to replace Bud Selig.    I am hoping that he brings some new and exiting views and visions for the game.   Bud Selig’s time has passed and it was time for him to go.

I think the comparison of baseball to Blockbuster (and Bennigan’s, Channel, and Rickle for those of you in New Jersey) has some merit..  All companies who were doing well, but failed to react to the changing world, and eventually went out of businesses.   And it wasn’t hard to see or hear why.   Blockbuster held on the the block and mortar concept while other companies saw that the world was moving on-line and reacted early to stay relevant.  And ask anybody about Bennigans and you heard how their restaurants reminded people of a time warp and looked like they haven’t been updated in years.  This drives people out.  There are a few restaurants near me that still have old Tube TVS in hanging wooden boxes, and red and white checkered tablecloths.  Event though the food is good, the experience feels old and stale.   My money is on them not being around much longer.   The world is changing and hopefully Rob Manfred will take steps to bring baseball into the present instead of keeping it stuck in the past. I know most people are afraid that he will simply follow in Old Man Seligs footsteps.   I’m going to optimistic rout and think that he will put his own stamp on things once he takes over in January.

I am fascinated by the ALS Ice Buck Challenge that has been making its way around the world on facebook (and now TV).   Whoever came up with the idea is brilliant.  Found something that all people regardless of income / age / race can do and feel like they are part of the solution.   Watching my parents, my sister and here family, as well as professional athletes,  politicians, actors, and CEOs of business all take part is truly amazing.   I read that ALS last year at this time had raised ~ 1 million dollars, while this year they are over 4 million and growing.   Hopefully all this generosity will eventually lead to a cure

More to write later today


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Excellent Ted Talk Video

Highly recommend you check out this Ted Talk Video

Andrew Solomon – Love No Matter What

Check this out an others on TED.   Great site for this who want to see interesting speeches on all types of subjects

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Hard to believe how fast the Summer is going

Cant believe we are already in August. Looked up and the summer is almost over. I
have been busy and haven’t had as much free time to enjoy the summer as I would have liked, but should have made time to do more

I have seen a few movies (Planet of the Apes was the worst movie I have seen, but in a strange way I actually liked it). Also saw LUCY which I really enjoyed. Stranger then I though it would be, and the ending was a little silly, but the 1st half was very interesting and entertaining

I did have a great weekend with my sister and her family who visited from Virginia. We spent one day taking a tour and walking around Lehigh University (We are both graduates, and have kids nearing college – Where has the time gone). We then headed into New York City where we took a double-decker bus tour of lower Manhattan. Got to see the Naked Cowboy in times Square, the Freedom Tower (and the World Trade Center Memorial), take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (great views of the Statue of Liberty, and the Financial Distract). We tried to climb the giant stairs in Times Square (Where The Amazing Race started this upcoming season), but there was some sore of photo shoot going on, and it was mobbed. Finally we tried to take the kids to dinner at the hard Rock Cafe, but was over an hour wait. My brother-in-law saved the day by suggesting we head to Maplewood, NJ (Where Average Andy and his sister grew up) and take a short tour and then head to town and grab some pizza at the Roman Gourmet (still there and still some of the best pizza in the state).

As for other things, still enjoying Big Brother. every season the show hooks me in. Just the right mix of fun / stupidity / reality TV.

I just got caught up with “The Leftovers” on HBO. I am actually really enjoying the show (even though not much is happening). They have created a weird and interesting show about people and how they would react.

Find myself strangely liking “The Last Ship” on TNT. Though about this, and it is basically Star Trek on a boat in 2014. Really like the captain, the 1st officer, and the doctor, (Kirk / Spock / McCoy) but not sure if the rest of the cast is interesting enough (like Sulu / Uhura / Chekov). Will continue to watch for now as it has kept me interested enough

Will write a review of the latest book I am reading (Promise of a Pencil). Very interesting and a good read. Head about it when listening to the The James Altucher Show podcast. Great listen (both daily and weekly). James has a really interesting perspective on the world. Highly recommend you take a listen

I have updated my favorites tab with links to this an other Pod Casts / Sites / Videos that I and listening / watching and hope you check some of them out

Finally, been brainstorming the past week or so on ideas for my audition videos for both “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” and hope to get them done and submitted. May need to wait for some upcoming events like the nest Non-Sport Update Card show to capture some video of my doing things I enjoy to really show case myself.

That’s if for now. Hope everybody is happy and healthy and will talk soon


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