A little too much

Gary Giddins’ new biography of Bing Crosby, nearly two decades in the making (“part one” was released at the beginning of this century) should be the kind of book that’s right up my alley. It’s more than 700 pages long, covering exactly six years of Crosby’s life. Yup, it just focuses on “the war years,” 1940-1946.

You know those people who bore us on social media with pictures of what they eat for lunch every day?

That’s this book.

Following sports is still way better than following politics

There may have been a Blue Wave last night, but it did not extend to the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats’ men’s basketball team was trounced by Duke in the “Champions League” tournament in Indianapolis, 118-84. This following a disappointing loss last Saturday for the football team against Georgia.

My sources say the bourbon and fried chicken were unharmed.

Not the worst thing ever

Yesterday’s loss for my hometown (and still first-place) Redskins was far from the worst sports moment I’ve ever witnessed. That distinction belongs to Game Seven of the 2001 World Series, described in last Friday’s post.

Over the weekend I thought some more about “bad” sports moments I’ve experienced. Here’s the rest of the top five from this century, in chronological order.

On September 2, 2001, on a Sunday night at Fenway Park, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina was nearly perfect. He ended up with a shutout, 13 strikeouts and no walks. His game score was 98, for those of you interested in such things. He faced 28 batters. The second-to-last (pinch hitter Carl Everett) was the only man to reach base. Nine days later was September 11 and everyone forgot about Mussina’s near perfect start (he had several near no-hitters in his career but never completed one). But not this guy.

On July 19, 2009, Tom Watson had a chance to make history. He was in search of his ninth major championship, and his sixth British Open. It would have been his first such victory in 26 years.

Did I mention he was 59 years old?

This would have been the sports moment of the century, but it was not meant to be. Par on Watson’s final hole would have done it, but he finished with a bogey, then lost in his four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink.

Number four is Butler losing to Duke in the 2010 NCAA Championship. Jim Nantz’s final call of “it almost went in!” pretty much sums up that game.

And number five? That would be Super Bowl LI, from February 2017, when the upstart Atlanta Falcons lost to the blueblood New England Patriots (the Butler and Duke of the NFL). Seriously, did anyone want New England to win that game? Atlanta had it won, but blew a 25-point second-half lead and lost in overtime.

Kind of puts that mid-season ‘Skins loss in perspective, doesn’t it?

Sports is not always glorious

This weekend marks the 17th anniversary of the most disappointing sports moment I ever witnessed. The days of the week line up this year too. It was Sunday, November 4, 2001, that the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their seven-game series win over the three-time defending champion New York Yankees. Following September 11 everyone was rooting for New York, but despite the many heroics in that series, the final result was not meant to be.

It would be eight more years until they won another championship.

And they haven’t won another since.

Halloween!

Many people I know consider Halloween their favorite holiday, and their favorite day of the year.

Personally I respect the original intent of Halloween, as the eve of that most hallowed of days…

Discount candy day!

Fall Classic

Game One of baseball’s World Series last night turned up pretty much everything I would have expected, for better or worse. The Red Sox won, 12 pitchers were used, and the game ended after midnight.

Basically this is 2013 all over again. My only question going in was, “Who’s going to be the Ortiz this year?”

Would you have guessed Eduardo Nunez?

Yeah, that guy. Former Yankee hitting the first World Series pinch-hit home run since a certain Mr. Matsui in 2009. Broke the game open.

Guess those reports about his being unable to play were a bit off.

Said that about Gibson for Game One in ’88 as well.