David Rupprecht

I am sad to report that my uncle David Rupprecht (my dads brother) passed away on Sunday, February 16th at the age of 78.  Dave was a true gentleman and although I didn’t get to see him much (he lived in North Carolina, and I’m in New Jersey), I did enjoy talking to him on the phone from time to time.  He was a loving wife to my Aunt Connie and loving father to his sons Jeff and Alexander.   My sister told me she asked my dad about my uncle, and he said they never had an argument or ever had anything bad to say about each other.   He was a very nice man and will be missed  RIP

Dave Rupprecht (1942 – 2020)


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Survivor is back for Season 40

Last night was the premier of Survivor: Winners at War.  Crazy to think that this is the 40th season, and even crazier to think that I have never missed an episode.  That comes to around 583 hours (or around 25 straight days).   I used to be able to remember all the players and winners but as the seasons went on, its been harder and harder to remember everybody that played and won.

Season 40: Winners at War brings back 20 past winners (10 men and 10 women).  As they showed up on the beach, it brought back great memories of all the seasons I watched and reminded me of why I am such a fan of the show.  As the show went on, the one thing that stood out to me was that all these players are millionaires, but none seemed any different then when they played in the past.  They were all willing to submit themselves to the game of Survivor (eating rice / sleeping on bamboo / physical challenges) to play the game again.   I found it interesting how some of the players from the earlier seasons felt the game (and players) was moving super fast while the newer players felt like it was the same as when they played.

I really like the dynamic of  having all past players (winners) playing against each other.  I have read and heard that past Survivor Players have formed a kind of bond outside of the game and a lot of become good friends.   This makes things really interesting as everybody has a lot of external information on everybody else.

Its to early for me to try and pick who will win.   I have some of my favorites (Boston Rob and Amber, Parvati, Ethan and Yul) as well as some I am not a big fan of (Adam, Ben).  A lot of the others I am on the fence on,  so will need to wait and see how the season progresses before I make any judgments.

As far as the game play, I was not a big fan of Redemption Island, and hope they make some changes (like bringing back the voted off-players much earlier than before).  It should not be an advantage to be outside of the game as an non participant observer for most of the time while the players in the game have to stigmatize and make moves against other players)

As for Fire Tokens, I like the idea and it will be interesting to see how it plays out

The season is off to a good start and I am looking forward to watching and seeing if somebody can become the 2nd two time winner, or if somehow Sandra can Outwit, Outlast, and Outplay everybody again and become a 3 time winner.


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Quick Update

Just a quick update to remember a a few people who have recently left us

All left their mark  in different ways, touching millions of people with music, sports and movies.   Due to them, the world is a better place.  They all will be missed.

Neil Peart, the drummer from the band RUSH died on January 10th, 2020

Neil Peart

Kobe Bryant (any 8 others) died in a helicopter crash on January 26th, 2020

Kobe Bryant and 8 Others

Kirk Douglas – Actor who lived to be 103 Years old – died February 5th, 2020

Kirk Douglas

New Season of Survivor starts next week (Survivor: Winners at War).  20 past winners are back to battle for the title of ultimate Survivor.   Rely looking forward to this season.  Should be a lot of fun to watch.

Haven’t been felling well for a bit – been dealing with I believe is Lyme disease.  I’m on the mend and feeling much better, so will be back writing about my thoughts and observations about Survivor, Card Collecting, as well as Music, Sports, TV and Movies


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Survivor, The Rise of Skywalker, and lots more

Season 39 of Survivor (Island of the Idols) ended last week with Tommy Sheehan Outwiting, Outplaying, Outlasting all other contestants and taking home the 1 Million dollar prize.  While I really enjoyed this season (despite the issues regarding improper touching by one of the contestants who eventually got removed from the show), it was a bit of a letdown when another nondescript, uninteresting person in Tommy somehow managed to convince the jury he should win.   Not as bad as last season where Chris Underwood one despite not even being on the main island for more than half the season.   I will always be a big fan, and still enjoy the show, but they need to find a way for interesting, charismatic and remediable people win the game.   Not to take anything away from any of the winners, but I used to be able to remember and name most of the winners.  Now I look back at the past few seasons and think “I kind of remember that person, but have no really memory or feeling of them”.

I like the Island of the Idols concept,  and enjoyed seeing Boston Rob and Sandra give their challenged to the players who were sent to see them. I feel they could bring this back in future episodes with other favorite players coming  back.

All in all, this season was a slightly above average season.   I am looking forward to next season (Season 40) whit all past winners competing for 2 Million Dollars, but have to admit, it is getting  a bit stale when players are now on for their 4th, 5th, and 6th time.

I will be submitting my next audition video for the upcoming seasons with the hope of eventually showing Jeff Probst, the Casting Directors, and the rest of the Production Crew that they need to get me on the show to bring some new blood to the show so that it can remain relevant for another 40 seasons

As far as Star Wars – The Rise of Skywaker – I saw it on opening night to keep my streak alive of seeing all the movies on their opening night – except the original Star Wars IV – A New Hope – which I saw at the Wellfleet Drive in on Cape Cod soon after it opened.   I went in with an open mind and really enjoyed it.  I have been a fan from the beginning and enjoyed all of the movies (some more than others).  I take them for a ongoing entertaining story with lots of great and interesting characters.   I really don’t consider this the end of Star Wars, but more like the end of chapter in a very long and ongoing book.    Just like life just doesn’t come to an abrupt end,  but just continues.

I will definitely  need to see the movie again (might try to catch it in the theater in a few weeks) to get a true feeling.  I enjoyed the story and the main characters, but do think throughout the new trilogy, they have added to many new or bit characters that really did not add much to the story.   In some cases, smaller and simpler is better

In other news, I have to admit I really like the new Harry Styles record.  My daughter has been playing it a lot, and it has really grown on me.   And it seems like I am not alone

Harry Styles “Fine Line” album Number 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Its very refreshing to hear some new music that changes things up and is not just the same as everything else that sounds all the same to me.

In sports, the New York Football Giants won their 2nd game in a row after losing 9 in a row.  I’m happy that they are winning some games, but also hoping they don’t take these last few wins as blue print for next season.  They need to get rid on Coach Shurmur and bring somebody in who can take the team (which has talent) and give them a identity and focus and a winning attitude.

And finally,  Mike Francessa of WFAN signed off of his afternoon slot for the 2nd time in the past 2 years, but this time I think he will be off for good.  He will still be doing a 1/2 recap show each day and looking forward to listing on my way home from work.  I really enjoyed listing to him for the past 30 years and think he was one of the best.

Have a happy and safe Holiday season and Happy New Year

Looking forward to writing more in 2020

Average Andy

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St. Elmo’s Fire – Music and Clips


I heard the St. Elmo’s Fire theme song on SiriusXM Big Eighty’s Countdown and made me realize how much I like the movie




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Monday Monday

Another Monday, and we are talking about another NY Giants loss.   For the past few NFL seasons the only thing that Mondays have brought have been a deluge of posts and rants about how bad the NY Giants are and that they need to make changes.  Fire Coach MacAdoo (Done), Fire GM Jerry Reese (Done), Trade  Odell Beckham Jr. (Done),  bench Eli Manning (Done).  Now it’s fire coach Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman.   What a mess this team has become.  Other than 2016 when they went out and spent a lot of money on defensive players (who all had All Pro Years), the Giants have been a below average team since 2013.  Mike Francesa of WFAN summed it up when he stated that the NFL is designed for teams to be average (7-9, 8-8, 9-7).    If your better than that you are a good organization, and if you are worse than that, then you are a bad organization.  For the past 7 years the Giants have been a bad organization.

2019  2-8      3rd — NFC East
2018  5-11    4th — NFC East
2017  3-13    4th — NFC East
2016  11-5    2nd — NFC East
2015  6-10    3rd — NFC East
2014  6-10    3rd — NFC East
2013  7-9      3rd — NFC East

I am not a big fan of coach Pat Shurmer and feel the Giants should fire him sooner than later.  My biggest concern is that under him, the team has no identity; No Spark; and no Desire to win.  They are just a Blah team.    They have as much talent as most other teams and need to bring in somebody who has some passion and can help get the Giants out of their current situation.   Why waste the rest of this year, and then the beginning of next year (I just cant see them turning things around with coach Shurmer) before making a move.   The best owners (of Sports team and business in general) know when to admit they made a mistake and things are not working, and make a change.

The New York Mets made a change and hired Carlos Beltran Mike Francesa as their new manager.  While the team played hard and had a good season under Mickey Calloway,  much like the Giants, the the team just had a blah feeling and needed to change the culture. Hopefully by bringing in a popular player and proven winner in Carlos Beltran, the Mets can ride the talent the have towards a winning season in 2020.   I am on-board with this hire and with the pitching  (Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard , and Marcos Stoman) and young talent (2019 Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil) they should be able to be competitive.

Last but not least, want to mention that I really enjoyed the series finale of “The Affair” last week.   The Showtime series ran for 5 years and I am sad to see it end.   I stumbled across the trailer after watching Homeland, and though it looked interesting.   After the 1st episode I was hooks and I looked forward each week to see where things were going and how messed up the characters could be.   I thought the show did a great job of portraying average people and I started to really care about the characters.  And after 5 years, the finale did a really good job of showing that although life can be messed up for everybody, there is hope that things work out in the end.

Spoiler for those who have not seen the show and plan to watch it at some point

Here is the final scene of the show with Fiona Apples version of the Water Boys “The Whole of the Moon”

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Survivor Now and Then

I’m really enjoying this season of Survivor (Survivor: Island of the Idols).  Its so much better than last seasons debacle (Survivor: Edge of Extinction).   Having players who are voted out actually be out of the game is the way the game should be played.   I love the concept of having Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine as mentors and hope they do it again with other Survivor legends.   Imaging going to the Island of the Idols with Benjamin “Coach” Wade and John Cochran   or Rupert Boneham  and Parvati Shallow.

As far as this seasons contestants, it took me a while to get familiar with some of them since they are not doing the introductions (with names) at the beginning of the episodes.   Hopefully they will bring this back next season.    I was surprised when I saw Tom Laidlaw as the 1st contestant from Canada.  I remember him as a member of the New York Rangers back in the 1980s, paired with Ron Greschner

Here is a list I found of professional athletes who have appeared on Survivor.  There may be more, I will need to do some more research

Jimmy Johnson (NFL Coach), Tyler Fredrickson (NFL), Brad Culpepper (NFL), Grant Mattos (NFL), Gary Hogeboom (NFL), Steve Wright (NFL), David Samson (MLB Owner), John Rocker (MLB), Jeff Kent (MLB), Cliff Robinson (NBA), Crystal Cox (Olympics)

Will be interesting to see how the rest of this season plays out.  There are a lot of good players playing good physical and social games.    After the merge next week we should have a better idea of where everybody stands.   Through in some more visits to Rob and Sandra and it should be fun to watch

In other Survivor news, was very sad to see that Original Player Rudy Boesch  passed away at the age of 91.   RIP Rudy Boesch.   He was a true character and realy embodied what Survivor was all about.    Here are the videos of him being voted out in Season One (Borneo) and Season 8 (All-Stars).   Rest in Peace Rudy Boesh – You will be missed


Here is a copy of custom Survivor Cards that I have created for Season 1

Rudy Boesch

And finally, here is a list of all Survivor Contestants who left us to soon:

B.B. Andersen (Season 1: Borneo)
Jenn Lyon (Season 10: Palau)
Ashley Massaro (Season 15: China)
Dan Kay (Season 17: Gabon)
Caleb Bankston (Season 27:  Blood vs. Water)

Much more to come including my take on the Series finale of “The Affair” on Showtime as well as thoughts on the NY Giants (awful) and NY Mets (Intriguing) coaches



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