Big Brother 19 is in the books

Big Brother 19 wrapped up on Wednesday, and while this wasn’t one of the best seasons (according to a lot of critics and fans) it was one of the most interesting as far as game play was concerned.  As the season progressed, it became apparent that Paul was playing the best game.  He came in with a plan and stuck with it all the way to the final 2.   He played brilliantly, manipulating people to vote out who he wanted when he wanted them to.  It looked like it was his game to win.   Except he made 2 miscalculations that mattered far more than all the good things he did.

The 1st was that he misused his goodby messages,  while the winner Josh used them strategically to influence the jury. Each time Paul successfully got who he wanted voted out, voted out, he continued his charade in his goodby messages.   But Josh used the goodbye messages to let the voted out person know what was really going on.   This made each jury member madder at Paul.   If Paul has simply stated that he was sorry, but he had other alliances that he felt would get him further,  he may have been able to make the person voted out feel better about their game and appreciate his game, rather than feel bitter toward him.

The 2nd thing Paul did wrong was to misread the jury.    I saw several articles about this and agree with them in that the jury was simply bitter against Paul, and were going to vote against him no matter what.  Paul was banking on the fact that the jury would rise above their feelings and simply see that he played the best game and vote for him.   But as been seen on several seasons of Survivor,  sometimes the jury members just get in there mind that they will not vote for somebody no matter what and that is what happened here.  The two couples (Mark and Elena, and Jason and Alex) were so stung by Paul and how he voted them off, that they voted for Josh just so they didn’t have to for him.   Had Paul won the final HoH challenge and taken Christmas to the finals, he still would’ve lost.   There were 5 votes (the couples plus Cody) who were never going to vote for Paul.

Fascinating stuff and something that should be studied to see why some people can put their feeling aside when making decisions,  while others hold grudges and make decisions strictly based on feelings.

I admit I was rooting for Paul once it became apparent that he was able to manipulate everybody and would most likely voted for him if I was one of the jury members, but I was not, and that’s what makes shows like Big Brother and Survivor so fascinating to watch.

More to come


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Tough Start

Tough Start for both the NY Giants (0 -1 after losing to the Dallas Cowboys) and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0 – 2 after losses to Villanova and Monmouth).  Hopefully both team turn things around this weekend

Been strange not paying attention to the NY Mets in September as their season completely imploded and they were never able to get anything going.

In other baseball news – Have to give credit to the Cleveland Indians for winning 22 games in a row.    Truly an incredible feat.   And a cool things is that TOPPS Now has been putting out cards each day for this.

Have a good weekend




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30 Days hath September

Hard to believe it’s already September (where did the summer go?)

It been a bit different this year for me as the NY Mets never got things going and have we basically out of the playoff picture after the All-Star Game in July.   The past few years were spent watching (or at least listening) to most Met games on a nightly basis, as they were a good and exciting team fighting for and making it to the play-offs.   This year they have been hard (if not impossible) to watch.   These things go in cycles so hopefully it will not be to loon before they get things straightened out.   I think they do need to let Terry Collins go.  If it was me, I would have done it already.  If you’re going to get rid of him when the season ends anyway, why wait.  The team just doesn’t have any life or spark and some of that has to be on the manager.   Also the owners and GM need to take some blame for basically getting rid of anybody who had a attitude and replacing them with bland average players.   But this has been the way the Mets have been run lately.  If your fun or rock the boat, you are probably gone (regardless of the talent level).   Say what you will, but the fans liked Murphy, Duda, Granderson, Reed.

As the calendar changes to September, and baseball an afterthought, it time for some Football.  On the college side, The Lehigh Mountain Hawks open the 2017 season tomorrow against Villanova (quick shout out on the passing of Rollie Massimino – Sad to hear – Coaching legend Rollie Massimino dies at 82 ).   Hopefully Lehigh can build off last years success and return to the FCS Playoffs for a 2nd straight year  ( 2017 Bowl Subdivision Playoffs).   Looking forward to another great season,  finishing up at home for the 153 Meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette (College Football’s most played rivalry)

Then the following week the NY Football Giants start their 2017 Season on Monday night Football.    There is lots of hype and talk of how good the team is this year.  I try to avoid all the take and just want the games to begin and will see how things go.

Switching gears to Television, it’s getting near the end of another season of Big Brother.  I have been enjoying the season as usual.   Been fun watching with my daughter (who somehow has became a bigger fan than me).   Looking forward to see if Paul can pull off the win this season after coming in 2nd last year – He is definitely climbing the ladder of all time Big Brother players and has become one of my favorites

September brings  a lot of Series and Season premieres  and there are quite a few shows that I am looking forward to.

Survivor, Star Trek Discovery, Kevin Can Wait, Big Bang Theory (and the spin off Young Sheldon),  This is Us, the final season of The Middle (which will be missed), and Modern Family to name a few.  Im sure there will be a few disappointments, as well as some surprise hits not even on my radar.

Sad to hear of the passing of Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman from the 6 Million Dollar Man) –  Was a big fan of the show back in the day.  There was even some card sets released by Rittenhouse Archives, including autograph cards.


Richard Anderson






And finally, just want to mention the passing of my uncle Robert Adam of Toms River, New Jersey.  He was a great man, and always very friendly to me and my family.   Prayers go out to my Aunt Sandy, as well as my cousins Bobby, Alex and Marc.  I will alway remember my uncle working as a delivery man for Charlie Chips years ago and having tins of chips and pretzels around

Charlie Chips

That’s it for now.  Sorry I haven’t written in a while, and will definitely try to find some time going forward.   Have lots to say on a variety of subjects and hope you find what I have to say insterding

Enjoy the long Labor Day Weekend – Make sure to spend some time with family and friends and will talk to you soon




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Jackie Earle Haley

Cool video on Jackie Earle Haley on IMDB

Jackie Earle Haley on IMDB

Was Kelly Leak in “Bad News Bears” and Moocher in “Breaking Away”, two of my all time favorite films.  Glad to see he’s still relevant today




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Sorry – been busy

Been busy lately at work and have not had much time to write.  And when I thought I had some time, things kept popping up.

It’s been an interesting summer so far.   I have seen a few concerts (Iron Maiden, U2 Foreigner with Cheap Trick).   Iron Maiden put on a great show, but they do play the same songs every time during each tour, so you are not going to see anything special on a given night.    U2 was fantastic.   Had floor tickets (the way to go at when bands play big outdoor stadiums.   Floor tickets are usually cheaper (which helps with the current cost of tickets), and you get to get up close instead of playing more to sit far away and spend most of the show watching the band on the giant video screens.    Was able to get free tickets to Foreigner / Cheap Trick though Ticketmaster and the ongoing class action lawsuit.    I have a bunch of vouchers good for certain shows.    Free tickets are for the lawn area, and the show was good except for the fact it rained for most of the show, and by the end I was soaked to the bone.

I also got to see the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” which I highly recommend.  We actually got tickets back in March when my daughter got into the show (before it won the Tony for Best Play of 2017).  If you get the chance, check it out.   The music is great and Ben Platt is truly amazing.

Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway

As far was TV,   I have been watching “Twin Peaks”, which despite the fact that it is one of the strangest things I have seen, it’s actually entertaining and I am enjoying it.   I am also enjoying the show “Salvation” on CBS.    Didn’t think I would like it – Another stupid summer series to fill up some time, but after watching the 1st few episodes, I got into it and will stick it out to the end

My daughter (and now me and my wife) are big fans of Beat Shazam on FOX with the great Jamie Fox as host.   It kind of reminds me of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in that it’s a simple concept and there aren’t all these crazy rules and stunts that a lot of game shows try these days.    Its interesting to see how certain songs and types of music seem to cross all groups and generations.   Would be interesting to study this and analyze why some songs become universally known, while others remain in their own small niche.

I have also been keeping up with Big Brother as usual.    Don’t know why I keep coming back but it is the perfect summer show.    Been a strange season,  and some of this years players are just plain weird, but It should be full to watch as we get down to the last few players.

Haven’t had the chance to go to the movies some far this summer.   There are some movies out there that I would like to see, but just haven’t been able to find the time (or it’s been to nice outside to waist sitting in a theater).

Will try to write some more in depth thought when I get some more time



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Curtis Armstrong

Just heard a fantastic interview with Curtis Armstrong on SiriusXM Volume 106.

He has a new book out which I will definitely be checking out

He has been around a long time and appeared is such classics as Revenge of the Nerds, Risky Business, and Better Of Dead.   Besides movies he has also appeared on several TV Shows.    He is a true legend

Curtis Armstrong IMDB

So if you get a chance, check out a Curtis Armstrong movie this weekend.   It will make you laugh and just feel good


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Anthony Michael Hall

Saw this video on Yahoo with Anthony Michael Hall.   For those of you who remember hiv from movies such as National Lampoons Vacation, 16 Candles and Weird Science, it was a fun trip down memory lane – Glad to see he’s still acting and doing well

Anthony Michael Hall – IMDB



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