Some random thoughts for a Friday

Really enjoying this season of Survivor.   Love the twists they are troughing at the contestants.   Will be interesting when they get to the merge (if they even have one) and to see how they play as individuals

Sad to see Tony, Caleb, and Malcolm go so early as they were some of the ones I was rooting for.

Wednesday was the 35th Anniversary of  Irom Maidens classic album “Number of the Beast”.    Does make me feel a bit old, as I remember when the album came out.   I still have vivid memories of what seemed like 1/2 my High School class going to see Iron Maiden / Judas Priest at Madison Square Garden in NYC and then coming to school the next day with their two-sided concert t-shirts.

Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast

And speaking of anniversaries, today (Friday) is the 31st Anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 alum.   I liked Van Halen with David Lee Roth and have to admit I was a bit skeptical about Sammy Hagar joining the band but was pleasantly surprised the 1st time I heard “Why Can’t This Be Love”.

Van Halen – 5150

And sadly we lost another musician as Sib Hashian, the original drummer for Boston, died while playing on a music cruise.   Always remember the picture on the 1st Boston album of Sib with his big afro hair.

Boston-Debut-Back-Cover

And finally,  just over 1 week until the 2017 MLB Season starts.   I had one roto draft already, and have one tomorrow with the same group we have had for over 20 years. Hopefully, I will be able to draft a solid squad for 2017.

Hope all is well

Andy

 

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Hoops and Survivor Part 3

Tough loss for the Mountain Hawks as they fell to the number 1 seed Bucknell Bison in the Patriot League final.   Was a 1 point game at the half but then Bucknell used a 12 – 0 run to open the second half and never looked back.   All in all it was a good season as Lehigh made the Patriot League Finals for the 2nd straight year.   Was really hoping for a win and a ticket to the big dance.   Hopefully next year

Once the game ended, it was time for the season premier of Survivor: Game Changers and this did not disappoint.   With a great mix fo returning players,  Survivor continues to set the bar for reality TV.    It was fascinating to watch how things unfolded so early in the game.  Some returning players immediately tried to make big moves and force the action, while others seem to sit back and see where things lead.    No spoilers here;  Nothing I hate more is seeing or reading about what happened before I actually get a chance to watch

I’m sure there have been studies done on Survivor looking at how they play the game and what characteristics help or hinder one’s chances to do well in the game.   If anybody knows of any studies,  or anybody involved with any, send me an e-mail as I would love to be involved and dig deeper into the psychology of the players and what makes a good or bad player.

I did come across this podcast on the Rob Has A Pod Cast site where some guys analyzed player data of all the contestants that have played Survivor and Big Brother to see if there were any patterns based on things like age or occupation

http://robhasawebsite.com/rhappy-hour-survivor-big-brother-by-the-numbers/

Was a good listen and had some really interesting information

Quick shout out to U2 and the 30th Anniversary of “The Joshua Tree“, one of my favorite albums from one of my favorite bands.   Looking forward to seeing them play the entire album live this summer (got my Tickets to the show at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey)

Any sadly it was 10 years ago today that Boston singer Brad Delp took his life.    Boston has continued to make music and tour (They put on a great show),  but Brad Delp is surely missed

Boston – Members

Until I write again

Andy

 

 

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Hoops and Survivor Part 2

Huge win for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Sunday as they beat #2 seed Boston University in 2OT to advance to the Patriot League Championship game against #1 Seed and long-time rival  Bucknell.   Should be a great game to see who advances to the NCAA.

The Patriot League Final tips off at 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday on the CBS Sports Network.  This throughs my plans into a spin as the premiere of Survivor: Game Changers is also this Wednesday starting at 8:00 PM EST.    I will need to figure out a plan as to how to watch both (without any spoilers and not staying up too late).   Will most likely watch the Lehigh Game at 7:30 and hope it ends around 9:30.  Then I can sit down with my daughter and watch Survivor (It’s a 90 min premier), and watch it on DVR and should be able to zip through the commercials and  be done by 11:00 PM

As for Survivor: Game Changers,  I am interested to see how some the returning contestants play this time.  Some (like Caleb Reynolds) never really got to play a full season (He was removed due to medical issues)  while others (Like 2-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine) never were actually voted off.   Will be fascinating to see how things play out. There is a nice mix of players and I will be rooting for players like Sandra and New Jersey native Tony Vlachos to see if they can remain Sole Survivors.   Would also like to see somebody like Jeff Varner do well.

Should be a great Wednesday in March

Andy

 

 

 

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Hoops and Survivor

The Lehigh Men’s Basketball team kicks off their 2017 Patriot League Tournament tomorrow (March 2nd) at home against Colgate.   The Mountain Hawks finished 3rd in the Patriot League and will be looking to win their way into the NCAA Tournament.  The have a good shot as they played their best basketball against the top teams (beating the league leaders Bucknell twice this season)

2017 Patriot League Bracket

Let’s Go Mountain Hawks

And 1 week from tonight, Survivor returns for its 34th Season (Survivor: Game Changers)

Survivor: Game Changers

The season is made up of returning contestants who made big moves during their previous seasons.   I am not the biggest fan of returning contestants, but there are some interesting players so this should be a good season.   Will write again before the season starts with my thoughts and who I will be rooting for / against.

And finally  – The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race returns on Friday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), with a two-hour premiere one week after the season finale of MacGyver, then moving to its regular Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 28

Been busy lately so I apologize for not writing.  Hopefully I can find some more free time

Andy

 

 

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Thank’s Topps Now

Want to give a shout out and big thank’s the people at Topps Now for the free End of Season 2016 and 2107 Spring Training Topps Now cards.   These were totally unexpected and very much appreciated.   This is a great example of how great customer service and small things make the customer feel appreciated and I will definitely purchase some more in 2017.

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Topps Now was launched for the 2016 Baseball season and featured 1 to 5 Topps Baseball cards produced each day throughout the season that could be purchased and shipped for $9.99.   I picked up a few of these for my team, the New York Mets (Bartolo Colons Home Run, Jacob DeGroms 1 hit shutout, and when the Mets clinched the NL Wild Card

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Thanks again to Topps Now and I am looking forward to picking up a few more Mets cards in 2017 and maybe even a few more when something really exciting happens

 

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Richard Hatch (1945- 2017)

Sad to see the passing of Richard Hatch.   He played  Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, as well as Tom Zarek in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica.  I was a huge sci-fi fan as a kid and became a big fan of Battlestar Galactica when it premiered in 1978.   I remember being in 6th grade and the teacher brought in a 1979 Battlestar Galactica calendar and told us he would give it to the person who scored the best on an upcoming spelling test.    I had never been the best speller, but I made up my mind that I had to have this calendar, so I studied harder than I had ever studied and won the calendar, and I still have it today.

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Battlestar Galactica also had some great card sets,  from TOPPS 1978 set, to a number of Rittenhouse Archive sets in the 2000’s (for both the original and new show)

One of my all time favorite promo cards is the Battlestar Galactica Gummi 2003 Card which was given out as a mail-in redemption from Rittenhouse and Non-Sport Update Magazine.

Funny how the death of somebody I never met, can bring back so many fond memories.  Thank you, Mr. Hatch, for making my world a bit better and may you rest in piece

Andy

 

 

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Time for Baseball

This Sunday is Super Bowl Fifty One between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

I’m a big sports fan and love watching the NFL (I cant remember the last time I missed watching a NY Ginats Game)  and enjoy listening to sports talk radio (Mike Fracessa on WFAN in New York, and guys like Dan Graca and Tom Byrne who use to be on Mad Dog Sports Radio on SiriusXM).   Getting rid of their nightly shows  for the awful West Coast  show was a idiotic move.    Also,  I can’t listen to Steve Torre at anytime as he just gets on my nerve (but I digress)

I also have not watched a NFL pre-game show (on the Networks, or ESPN)  since Brent Musburger on CBS (You are Looking Live) as I only care about the games, and really have no interest in all gossip and worthless information that is discussed over and over.

So every year, I like to take the 2 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl to tune out all the noise to catch up on some TV Shows,  listen to music, and read some book.

Come Sunday, I will watch the Super Bowl, (no pre-game, or post game) and once the game is over I will start getting excited about the upcoming baseball season.

The week before the Super Bowl is also exciting because its when TOPPS usually releases it Series 1 Baseball Cards for the year.    While not as big a collector as when I was young, I like to follow the release each year, and will try and pick up a few packs now in then at Wall Mart or Target.  Its crazy how big the sets are nowadays, with all the different autograph cards, insert sets, and others.

TOPPS 2017 Series 1 Baseball Cards

Here is box break of a Jumbo Box of 2017 TOPPS Series 1 Cards to give you an idea

 

Been a while since I wrote so want give a few shout outs:

Congratulations to Serena Williams and Roger Federer for showing the world that age is just a number and winning the 2017 Australian Open.  It was a great tournament and fun to watch

Australian Open 2017

Congratulations to Brent Musberger and Verne Lundquist on there retirement.   As I mentioned above, I remember watching Brent as host of the NFL Today on CBS in the 80s.   And I have always enjoyed watching him do college football.  And I will never forget Verns’ call of Jack Nicklaus put in the 1986 Masters.  Both will be missed


And a big thank you to SiriusXM and Volume on channel 106.    I have really enjoyed listening to Nik Carter and Lori Majewski in the morning on my way to work, and then Mark Goodman and Alan Light on my way home.   Both shows have had some really great discussions since the show started.   And I can’t forget Eddie Trunk, the master of hard rock and heavy metal.  Maybe they can get whoever came up with this channel to take over Mad Dog Radio and bring back good sports talk radio

Enjoy

Andy

 

 

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