Couple of things for today

Was very glad to hear that Steve Perry has finally released new music after 25 years.   Really like the new song and looking forward to hearing the rest of the album when it is released.    Steve will be on with Eddie Trunk on Sirius Volume 106 today to talk about the album.   Should be a great listen

Steve Perry – No Erasin

 

And for something completely different – Was listening to the This American Life podcast while on a walk, and they had this fascinating story.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/wildlife-watch-feather-thief-fly-tying-birds/

Give it read or listen to the podcast at https://www.thisamericanlife.org/

I miss writing for you and am looking forward to writing more soon

Andy

 

 

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What Makes a good Manager

As I watch the NY Mets spiral downward, I am torn on what the team should do.   Most of all I am torn on if its too early to get rid of the Manager Mickey Callaway or continue with him and his staff.   I admit that I thought it was time for Terry Collins to go after a successful run that did get the Mets to the World Series and back to back playoff appearances.    But last year he seemed to lose the team and they Mets were basically and afterthought after the All Star Break.    When the Mets hired Mickey Callaway, I thought he would come in breath some new energy into the team.   And when the Mets started the season 11 -1, they were the talk of the town.   And then they just stopped.  Since the 11 -1 start, the Mets are 17 -36 and have been hard to watch.  They cant hit, they can’t feild, and they look lethargic.  There is no energy or sense of urgency. (The season is close to 1/2)

Lately I have begun to wonder if the poor play is due to Manager or if the players are simply not that good.  The Mets have a long history of over hyping their players and  believing they are better than they actually are.   But even so, they are professional players so they have to have some talent.    So is it the Managers fault that the entire team seem to be having terrible years.  The more I watch, the more I think it is and that the Mets should make a change.

I realize it’s a short sample size but maybe Mickey Callaway was not ready to be a Manager.   Perhaps the Mets job is just not the right place and time for him to be a 1st time Manager.   Plenty of all time great Managers started off poorly and needed to learn how to become a Manager.   But in most cases, the teams they got their start with were not that good and they were not expected to do much (Joe Torre with the Mets,  Terry Francona with the Phillies, and even Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns).   So they had the liberty of managing for a few seasons with no expectations and were able to learn what works and what doesn’t, and what they needed to do to become better.   and based on the careers they went on to have, they appeared to have learned a lot and taken what they learned and their experiences to go on and win World Series and Super Bowls

But in Mickey Callaways’ case, the Mets are a know team.  They were expected to contend for at least a Wild Card spot.  Mickey Callaway was not hired as a gap manager to hold the fort while the Mets built towards the future.

Its funny how the NY Mets and the NY Football Giants both found themselves with Managers who were well respected and came with great recommendations,  but simply were not the right person for the job at the given time.   It took the Giants almost 2 years to realize this and ended up making a drastic move of firing Ben McAdoo in the middle of season to clean things up and refocus.   Maybe it’s time for the Mets to do the same.   This does not mean that Mickey Callaway or Ben McAdoo are bad people, or bad managers.  It’s just that they are not the people for the jobs at the present time.  Businesses evaluate and make changes all the time.  And the really successful businesses are the ones that are head of things and make hard moves before the masses.   It’s hard to admit mistakes and make tough decisions, but in the long run, the people who are able to move on from mistakes and bad decisions earlier than later are usually the ones who end up winning in the long run

Here is a recent piece from the NY Daily News with some similar thoughts

Mets and Mickey Callaway

Hope you have a great weekend

Will be back with more soon

Andy

 

 

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Just some quick notes

Going to try and see Solo this weekend.   Heard both good and bad things so want to check things out for myself

All of Fish’s (from Marillion) solo albums are now available to stream – Listening now on itunes.

Fish – The Digital Collection

At the 1/3 way mark,  the Mets are playing .500 ball (27 up, 27 down).   Been a strange beginning to the season.   After getting off to an 11-1 start, they have given that all back and are now truly an average team.   Coming into 2018, it was time for a change so I have no issues getting rid of Terry Collins.   But I am still on the fence with Mickey Callaway.  Kind of reminds be of when a guy I was working with got promoted to Manager.  He was a great guy and a great worker, but never blossomed as a Manager.  In fact he was a pretty bad manager, and I ended up moving on from the job.   Management is hard and not everybody is built to be a manager.   It takes special skills to be able to relate to both upper management (who has ways they want things done) and to the workers (who do the work).   If you give the appearance of leaning one way or the other, you can lose both sides.   Also, the best managers need to be able to separate personal feelings with work objectives and be hard on people if they are underperforming.   The saying ‘It’s not Personal’ is true,  but the hard part is getting your workers to understand this without hurting their feelings.    I think that Micky Callaway needs to trust himself more,  and stop appearing to be doing everything based on statistics and instead do what he thinks will win games.  (This is an issue all across MLB).   Funny how managers will follow other managers and teams by relying on all these statistics they have from people who have never played the game, and have never really won anything.   If I were a manager, I I would trust myself to know what my players can do.  I would also look for the Managers / Teams that are winning and follow what they are doing.   The idea is still to win games, (regardless of team Run Differential or Pitchers Quality Starts).

Have a good weekend

Andy

 

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Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday

Hope everybody can take some time off this weekend and enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday with family and friends

It’s taken me a few days to digest the Survivor Season Finale.   While I was not heavily rooting for Wendle, congratulations to him for winning this season.

For the 2nd season in a row, the final 4 fire making challenge led to a winner who in all previous seasons would not have even made the final 3.    In both cases, they were able to withstand losing the last immunity challenge by winning the fire making contest.  Here is a interview with runner up Domenik about this, and how he thinks it will play out going forward – Basically people will try not to win the last immunity challenge as it has a better chance of making them look bad by sending somebody to the jury then being able to get rid of a strong challenger

Domenick – Survivor:Ghost Island runner up

This was an interesting season.   I did not think that Ghost Island lived up to what is could have been.   To many times people were sent to Ghost Island and then nothing happened and it seemed like an afterthought.   I did like some of the twists with old advantages and idols.   Going forward, I think there are some cool things that could be done to really challenge people – Note stating that a found idol is not real, or that idols or extra votes need to played at a specific tribal council or they are no good  – How about an idol that is switches between real and fake after each tribal.

I also think they need to get some more novice players.   Most of the contestants have really studied the game and it is becoming a bit to calculated.    KInd of like all the syber-metric stuff in sports.    Need to somehow bring back some innocents from the past where every move is not calculated over and over.

No matter what they do, I will keep watching – Still find it fascinating on many levels and think its a great study of people and how they react to each other and the unknown elements

Have a great Memorial Holiday

Andy

 

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Survivor Final Tonight

Can across this article about the future of Survivor as we get ready for tonight Season 36 Finale

Future of Survivor with Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst – 2018

Will be back tomorrow with my take on the Finale

 

 

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Still Here

Been a while since I wrote anything.   I have been busy (not an excuse), but the truth is I just have not been hit with the creativity bug for a while.    Nothing really made me think “This is something I need to write about”.    Hopefully that changes and I will be back writing more often

After a great start, the NY Mets have played some bad baseball the past few weeks, and now find themselves right around .500   They are a strange team and I really have no feel as to if they are going to be good or bad.  I’m hoping they go on a nce roll and stay competitive throughout the season.   Last year was such a mess, and they became really hard to watch as the season  went on.  Nothing is as worse as when a team you root for is so far out of it that the games really have no meaning.

Next week is the Spring Finale of Survivor: Ghost Island.   Been an up and down season for me.   I was really excited about the premise of Ghost Island, but it just never seemed to amount to much.   Maybe it was that there were too many times when nothing happened (not advantage or disadvantage as given) and it just seemed like a waste of time.   Also, as the players tried to outsmart the game (by searching for idols all the time, and keeping with the original tribes) and the game tries to keep the payers guessing (by having tribe swaps and an early merge)  things became a bit confusing watching from home.   I’m sure it was intense and exciting for the players (as described in some of the Ponderosa Videos), but just never seemed to come across that way to me at home.  Maybe it’s because there was no one who I really got attached to and wanted to see win.  Hopefully when I make it to the show, I can bring some charisma and excitement to the game and have people at home rooting for me to win.  The more the audience likes or hates you, the better the show.   Lately there has been to many boring people and people who don’t want to make big moves to try and win, but instead seem content with getting to the top 4 or 5

I will still watch the finale (I have never missed a episode, a finale, or a reunion show) and will be looking forward to next season and what the producers have in store for Season 37

Phil Keogan (Host of The Amazing Race) has updated his web site, and will soon be doing a podcast.   Should be a fun listen.   He has also added a section for uploading your BuckiT List and sharing it with others.

Phil Keoghan – BuckiT

It was a fun exercise to sit down and come up with my own BuckiT List and I uploaded it to the site.   Of course one on my main things it to be a contestant on Survivor or The Amazing Race, and I will be working on and submitting my videos again soon.

Was upset to see that ABC cancelled “Designated Survivor” after 2 seasons.  While the show was a bit campy and over the top, I really enjoyed it and was looking forward to seeing where things went in Season 3.    I did read somewhere that NetFlix was thinking about picking it up for new season, so fingers crossed.    I have really liked almost everything Kiefer Sutherland has been in from his early movies like “Stand By Me” , “The Lost Boys”, and “Flatliners”.   Of course he was awesome as Jack Bauer in “24”, and I even like him as Martin Bohm in “Touch”

Kiefer Sutherland – IMDB

Also not coming back for a 3rd Season is Kevin Can Wait.    I don’t know why I liked it, but I did so am sad to see it go.   Funny how everybody has some shows they like that everybody else seems to hate, or shows they have no interest in that everybody else loves.    But in the end it’s all meant as entertainment, and if you find something that you enjoy and can brighten your life a bit then it’s all good

Malcolm Gladwell is back with the 3 Season of his pod case Revisionist History.   Really enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 and am looking forward to listening to season 3 when I go on my walks (Podcasts are great for walking)

Malcolm Gladwell – Revisionist History Podcast

There are some cool new non-sport card sets coming out this year.  Hopening to pick up a few boxes and will try posting a box break video if I get a chance.   I will leave you with a box break of Star Wars Black and White, a really cool set that Topps recently released

 

Keep Smiling and have a great day

Andy

 

 

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School House Rock to Happy Days

Sad to see the passing of Bob Dorough.   He’s the person responsible for School House Rock, the cartoon series that helped me (and many others) learn about history, vocabulary, mathematics, and life.     While remembering the classics like “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” and thinking on how he used music to teach things, I was reminded of the classic Happy Days episode where Pottsy Weber uses music to pass his biology exam.   One of the classics.   Hope you enjoy


That’s all for now – Will write again soon

AverageAndy

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