Gadhafi brought to justice?

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So much for Obama’s highly touted “Rule of Law” in Libya. Moammar Gadhafi was captured, tried, found guilty, and executed in the blinking of an eye by a New York Yankee’s fan. It says a bunch for the glorious export of Western-style democracy … and commercialism. Which foreign leader wants to be next in the sights of America’s freedom rifle?
For the past two evenings, I’ve tried to watch the baseball World Series. It was the first time I’ve watched a full inning of baseball on TV—except for a few college games—since the ’89 earthquake series and will probably be the last time. I don’t know why I even tuned in to the game last night or the night before. I suppose it is something like watching a teeny-bopper titty flick; sometimes I feel compelled to do so and always end up wishing I hadn’t. Baseball is so boring, especially on TV. Nine players run into the playing field and then try to make three players on the opposing team wish they were somewhere else. The opposing players try to make the field team look like fools. The problem is that it is almost entirely in slow motion; you’d think they were getting paid by the hour for their efforts instead of the multimillion dollar salaries they each receive, win or lose.
The only way I could possibly become interested in baseball again would be for them to have some excitement between innings. How about a few downs of football, something like the colleges have in their overtime games between the first and second inning? How about a dirt track World of Outlaws auto heat race between the fourth and fifth innings. For that all important seventh inning stretch, they could play a couple holes of pro golf in the outfield. Between the top and bottom of the ninth, they could have a music concert. At least people would get their money’s worth of entertainment throughout the event. Maybe they could cut the baseball game to four innings so people could get home at a decent hour.
In my youth, I loved baseball and the Brooklyn Dodger’s first baseman Gil Hodges was my favorite player. However, the New York Yankees were my favorite team. I liked many players from other teams, too. Back then they had real men who were players first, very much the opposite today’s coiffed automatons who play the game only for the money. When Pete “Charlie Hussle” Rose was forced out of the game in 1989 by its commissioner of betting, I lost all interest in the sport and realized it was no longer a game but instead it had become just another big entertainment business, much like a Madonna concert. The fan’s wants have been removed from the game except for the money they generate for team owners and players.
You da Man, Pete!
Rant’s over … Have a great weekend!

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 11:32 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. Baseball is a slow sport, similar to watching Nascar on television. I love baseball in person and Nascar is my favorite sport to watch whether on tv or live in person. Both sports are based on stratehy for the most part. NFL is very boring to me these days. I love college sports and hopefully always will, due to the effort they give to make it to the next level. Baseball players are real athletes, unlike most football players. I always watch the world series no matter who makes it. I like the intensity it brings. When I worked at Turner Field for a season I had the time of my life. Best job I’ve ever had because I got to see every home game and make money at the same time. Most sports have turned political and are focused on making big bucks. Hope you have a good wekend Paw!

    • Up until the new kids came along with egos to exceed their paychecks and until NASCAR took the manufacturers out of the game with the COT, I loved the sport.
      I look at baseball from the perspective of an entirely different generation. The players these days are names on uniforms and not much more. In the 50’s, about every kid knew most of the players by name … on all the teams. Many of us could spout stats like Niagara River spouts falls. The best players were household names and most of them had a catchy but fitting nickname. We had ‘The Lip’, ‘Mr. Murder’, ‘Muscles’, ‘Scooter”, or ‘Little Louie’, and that is what we called them. Many of them darn sure were not athletes in the strictest sense of the word but they were damn good and colorful players. Lets face it; television has taken the romance out of sports as it has pumped money into them.
      Thanks Jeremy and y’all have a great weekend.

  2. I used to enjoy watching nascar back when it had a personal feel to it and each car was different. Now, it is more like NAS-commercial with occasional bits of racing. Every car is the same, it is marketed to outradgeous proportions, and the tickets are too expensive. The announcers are annoying. I find it strange to see grown men with Botox and collagen faces try to act like they do nothing but hang out in the garage all day working on cars listening to Lynard Skynard, dipping, spitting, and swearing – none of them do and I lost respect. Perhaps because I’m a girl but I never understood why baseball was popular; although, your comments on baseball today makes me think it used to be a whole different animal. Very funny rant by the way! I’d rather take a saturday night and go to my hometown track with a good buddy (Markie..) and watch the locals race on a dirt track. Way more fun, way more real. xoxo

    • Boogity-boogity-boogity boys; let’s go racing! Jaws is just too much for me to tolerate. I liked Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett, and especially Buddy Baker in the commentator’s booth for TV.
      Baseball players were heroes to boys and girls back in the day, but more so to boys. One reason was we could pick up a stick, wrap some rags into a ball shape bound with monkey tape or rubber bands, and in a few minutes we would have a game on. We participated and pretended we were the Little Bambino or Sluggin’ Joe or Hammerin’ Hank. We were the game and we never had a doubt that we could not be in the big leagues.
      I wish we still had our local dirt tracks.
      Thanks, Tammy.

  3. Kaddafi (Gadhafi) was a dictator, so it’s good that they overthrew him, nevertheless cruelty of the people who killed him terrifies me. I think he should have been captured, sent to prison and judged.
    Hmmm …. I had to check baseball in Wikipedia. There is no such game in Europe.
    Have a good weekend, my friends.

    • Politicians in the West like to flaunt “the rule of law” … when it is convenient.
      I suppose the closest thing in Europe to baseball is England’s Cricket.
      Baseball in its purest innocence (if there is such a thing) is a wonderful game that anyone can play and have a good time doing it.
      The wiki-pedia description is a good one for the formal sport baseball has become.
      Thanks, Jola. 🙂

  4. The death of Gadhafi at the hands of the anti-Gadhafi forces was pure murder. Simple blood lust for what he had done for years. They seem to be no better than the forces that had kept them repressed for all those years. The video and pictures that have been released are a disgusting sign of humanity. It does not bode well for the future in Libya.

    It will interesting to see what news leaks out as this progresses. A lot of people worldwide are not happy with the way this went down.

    How much American money has gone into Libya from American corporations and our government over the last 40 plus years. Bet it is billions.

    Nascar lost a lot of fans as money took control of the sport. As Tammy said local racing is the best. I like baseball but it has lost much of its enjoyment over the years. I wish it was not so.

    • Yeah, that made me sick. He may not have deserved to live, but he did deserve to go to trial.

      I saw some figures a while back on some of our corporate money that had gone to Libya over these years; it wasn’t a complete list but it amounted to a bunch.

      I think the TV money has spoiled everything. It began when CBS bought the Yankees back in the early 60’s.

      Thanks, Mark.

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