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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Mike Teevee on Real TV

Paris Themmen (aka Mike Teevee in the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) was on Jeopardy last week.    So Mike Teevee finally made it on real TV

Was awsome to see.  When I saw this, it reminded me of the time I met Charlie Bucket himself (Peter Ostrum) at the Chiller Theater show a few years back

Charlie Bucket

“I got a golden ticket”

 

 

 

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Marillion in Atlanta

Been a bit busy lately, but was able to take a trip with a friend down to Atlanta to see Marillion play a gig on their current US Tour.  They are playing venuses that they have rarely played and skipping most major markets near me this time (NYC, Philadelphia, Boston).  I got lucky that one of the stops on the tour was the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on a Saturday night.   Flight from Newark, NJ to Atlanta were very reasonable so I was able to fly down on Saturday, meet a friend for the show and fly back on Sunday.   Was a bit of a whirlwind, but worth the time and cost to be able to see Marillion play.   I have been a fan of the band since the early days and have continued to follow then throughout the years.    The area was really cool (Little 5 Points), with lots of restaurants and even a old time record store.

After the show, I was able to ask one of the tech guys for Pete Trewavas’s set list of the show and he was  nice enough to hand it to me.   A great silvanaire from the show.

I would highly recommend seeing Marillion if you get a chance.   They have a very loyal following,  and its really an experience to see.

Back next week with my thoughts on the Big 3 (Survivor,  The Amazing Race,  Big Brother) as some come to an end and others start up again

Also pitchers and catchers reported, and position players are reporting which means its baseball season.   Time to start looking through things as I have a few Roto Baseball Drafts to get prepared for.

Average Andy

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Can’t wait for Baseball

Great article on Baseball Card Collection to get ready for the 2018 Baseball Season

Whatever Happened to Baseball Cards

And came across these while looking at some of my old cards

Jack and Alan

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell (TOPPS 1981)

 

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What is tanking?

I have read some articles lately regarding MLB players and the lack of Free Agent signings this offseason.   Most acticals state the reasons being either there are teams trying to get under the luxury-cap threshold to reset penalties, or that there are teams that have already decided to tank the upcoming season.   To me, the 1st reason makes business sense.  Why put your team in a position to pay a huge tax if you don’t need to.  As far as the 2nd reason, that teams are purposely  tanking, I don’t buy it.   When was it decided that if you don’t give huge salaries to marginal players, that you are tanking the season and don’t care about winning.

Everybody should have seen this coming.   There was no way the salaries being give out the past 5 – 10 years were sustainable.    Teams started looking at the contracts given to Albert Pujols, Giancarlo Stanton, David Price, etc.,  and realized they were not getting a good return on investment.  They also looked at the way the last few World Series winners (Royals, Cubs, Astros) were built and saw that it really makes no sense to dish out huge contracts for multiple years.

I say instead of complaining about the owners, we should be questioning the attitude of some of the players who are thinking of holding out unless they get every last penny.   I understand that the owners need to spend money to be competitive (and those that don’t would bother me as a fan), but the players need to realize that the game will survive without them, and they should be grateful for the opportunity to make a living playing baseball.  Time are changing everywhere, and the players need to realize they don’t just automatically get a huge salary increase once they become a free agent.

Now I’m sure some players will end up getting signed to big money contracts before the season starts, while others will reluctantly take a few million less than they wanted, and the 2018 MLB season will go on as always.  But at the end of the season, I don’t want to hear from angry fans, or read any more articles on tanking when the teams that give in and sign these players are watching from home, while the teams that don’t spend the big bucks, but had a plan and stuck with it are playing in the postseason.

Free Agents 2018

MLBPA looking into teams

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Quick update – Found this funny

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Amazing Race 30, Topps Bunt, and Golf

Happy New Year to everybody out there.   Hope you all got to spend time with family and relax and recharge for 2018.   I enjoyed some time of ang had a lovely Christmas at my inlaws and a fun New Years Eve at a neighbors

Wednesday, January 3rd brought the return of the Amazing Race.   I had gone to the live send of with my daughter last October in Washing Square Park in NYC and it was really neat to see the start on TV.    While I didn’t see myself close up, there were some long shots of the crowd where we were standing.   Was fun to see info on the teams, as we know nothing about most of them when we were there.   We knew Cody and Jessica were on this season.  We also saw Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus (who I recognized) hanging out by the starting line, and figured that Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion were NBA Players – Although didn’t know which ones)

I really enjoyed the episode and was happy that the NBA guys were not eliminated due to a technicality.    Was funny as I was watching with my daughter, and they showed Henry Zhang And Evan Lynyak (#TeamYale).  She looked at me and said – That’s a Vanck and Ashot (From Last Season) Ripoff.   See for yourself below

Looking forward to another great season.   Still find it great to see all the different places they travel around the world.   After 29 Season, it amazing how there are still so many places that they have yet to visit.

Been a fan of TOPPS Digital cards since the started a few years back and have been collecting them for Football (Huddle), Football (Bunt), Star Wars, and The Walking Dead.  While I don’t buy coins or crystals, I try to log on daily to get free coins.   These allow me to collect some of the sets – The best beeing Fans Choice.   Topps Bunt has started a new set of Fans Choice during the off-season of past greats.   It’s been fun to see who wins the vote each week.   Here are the 1st 8 cards of the set

Looking forward to the rest of the set as we get closer to Opening Day 2018

Finally, saw this video of Steve Jeffs setting the Guiness World record for the fastest Par 5 Hole of Golf.   I didn’t realize how far 500 Yards actually was until you watch him running down the fairway with the clock running.   Always find stuff like this interesting

 

 

More to come soon

Andy

 

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