For those of you left wing crackpots who "tune out when I talk about sports," (ahem, Helen Wheels) stick with it, I'm going somewhere with this.
One of the reasons it took so long for the Red Sox to win the World Championship is not just because of the "The Curse" but because of Boston's terrible record on integrating the sport. As with the Celtics, Boston was a decade behind on enlisting people of color into their ranks. When they did win, ironically, they won with the Bible Thumper Curt Schilling leading the charge.
Now I am not gonna go into "people of color are better players" thing. Statistically if you limit your team to a small pond of talent, when everyone else gets to chose from an ocean-- you are limiting the talent available to you. It's bad team management. You want to choose from the biggest pool of talent out there.
This can't be completely philosophical. There is only one NCAA College Football team with a major network deal. Every week, millions tune in to watch Notre Dame. Could it be that Colorado is phishing for the same thing? Ticket sales and beer aren't enough to sustain a franchise. Especially a small market team like the Rockies.
In any case here are some folks that wouldn't cut it at Adolph Coors Field. I start with the Future Hall of Famers.
Helen, the two unlabled ones are Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg. I HIGHLY recommend the documentary "The Life and Times of Hank Greenburg." As a Jew playing in the times he did, little is known about him.
It's a great piece on the "amount of friends" each of the folks on their myspace pages. I am on the other side of the spectrum as far as endorsements go.
The radio ads for all the candidates, as can be expected, are going more negative as the election approaches. FOr the first time, Dems are getting called on for being Bush/Enron lapdogs.
I think all of these candidates have some great experience. I think they are all pretty qualified.
However, there are a few things that are sticking in my craw.
Once you get to the big game, you got nothing. You need creative out of the box thinking.
So the Crackpot Press is endorsing STEVE WESTLEY for governor. I really like the fact that he is a big environmetalist and that he was one of the reasons E-Bay has done so well. E-Bay could have failed as easily as Pets.com and E-Toys. Sure he tooks some kickbacks from Barnes and Noble. Phil Angelides did nothing about Enron. This former treasurer just watched as California saw billions escape. I think Phil Angelides returns us to a Gray Davis mentaility. I don't think there should have been a recall election. But Gray Davis was one of the worst governors California has had... I'm not sure if he was worse than Pete Wilson. Also of all the candidates, Westley inspires me... actually makes me feel like California could move forward. Innovative thinking is refreshing.
I am also supporting Jon Garamendi over Jackie Speier. Again Jackie is an Enron Democrat and it is time for California to rid of ALL of those folks. This is a vote against Jackie Speier.
I realize that I am breaking all ranks with Babs and Di on this, but they are looking out for their best interests.
And here in Studio City, I am voting against Rep. Berman.. why? He votes with the Republicans on most War related issues. I am endorsing Chuck Coleman. Here is some more info on him here
Also, like most Congressmen, Berman hasn't done anything that I am aware of on the gas price front,the war and also let Enron walk all over the State of California.
I think everyone agrees the Democratic Party needs some new blood... this is my solution.