I don’t have much rooting interest in this year’s MLB postseason, but I’ve gone ahead and ranked teams from “most like to see win the World Series” to “least like to win the World Series.”
- Kansas City
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles Angels
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- St. Louis
Probably the most compelling World Series matchup for me is Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City, since both teams struggled for so long trying to play in small markets against big money opponents. It’s also a flashback to the 70s & 80s when the Pirates and Royals were postseason regulars, although they never matched up in the World Series. A Washington-Baltimore World Series would also be an exciting matchup for the Chesapeake region who haven’t had much to cheer for in recent decades. I’m disappointed that the Cardinals and Dodgers are facing one another in the NLDS because I’d like to see them both eliminated as soon as possible.
Okay, so now that I’ve determined what I liked to see happen (that is, underdogs reign), here’s my predictions for what will really happen.
COIN FLIP GAME
- Pittsburgh defeats San Francisco
- Oakland defeats Kansas City
- St. Louis defeats Los Angeles Dodgers
- Washington defeats Pittsburgh
- Detroit defeats Baltimore
- Los Angeles Angels defeats Oakland
- St. Louis defeats Washington
- Detroit defeats Los Angeles Angels
- Detroit defeats St. Louis
I haven’t kept up with Song of the Week posts mainly because I haven’t been hearing songs that excite me much the past month or so. Maybe I’m being too picky or maybe I’m not listening to enough new music. Regardless, now more than ever, if you have a song to share, you should post it in the comments.
I am excited that there are new albums from a couple of Song of the Week laureates, which you you should definitely check out.
Moon Hooch featured in SOTW on 2 November 2013. Their new album is This is Cave Music.
Clap! Clap!‘s new album is Tayi Bebba. “Elon Mentana” was song of the week on 8 March 2014.
Today marks 16 years since I first moved to Massachusetts. This means that my personal state residency rankings have a new champion, as I’ve lived in Massachusetts longer than any other state.
Connecticut moves into second place, with 15 years, 9 months.
Virginia holds on to the third seed with 7 years, 2 months.
And New Jersey stays at the bottom with 2 years.
Hooray for Massachusetts and Me! It’s been a good partnership, and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.
Author and Narrator: Bill Bryson
Title: One Summer: America 1927
Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2013
Other books read by the same author:
Bill Bryson’s talent is to delve deep into a subject, find all the minute details, and then tie them together into a bigger story. For this work, the title explains it all: one summer in the United States when a remarkable number of historical events occurred, many with unexpected connections.
The main feature of this book is Charles Lindbergh and his historic flight from New York to Paris aboard the Spirit of St. Louis. And then there is the aftermath in which Lindbergh deals with his celebrity, a level of worldwide renown perhaps unprecedented in history. Other aviators who had hoped to contend for the Orteig Prize, are given their due as well, with descriptions of their less-famous flights (if they managed to get off the ground).
The book is balanced by the story of another hero, Babe Ruth. In the 1927, Ruth would break his own remarkable single-season home run record and be joined in a race by teammate Lou Gehrig. In fact, the entire Yankees’ lineup hit so well that they’re forever known as Murderers’ Row and one of the best teams in baseball history. Bryson cheats a lot, leaving the summer of 1927 to fill in the back stories of Lindbergh and Ruth and other figures, and occasionally even peeking ahead. But the meat of this book is stories of events from that summer, including:
- the sensational Snyder-Gray murder trial
- the apogee of Al Capone’s power as a mob boss
- the government poisoning alcohol at the behest of Wayne Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League
- the Federal Reserve makes decisions that sow the seeds of the 1929 stock market crash
- radio comes of age
- The Jazz Singer ushers in the talkie
- television created
- the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti
- carving of Mount Rushmore begins
- massive flooding of the Mississippi River
- the Bath School bombing
- Henry Ford transitions from the Model T to the Model A
- The Long Count fight between Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey
The whole book is fascinating and full of interesting details of a transitional time in American history.
Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket has a new song “Carousel Ride” with a strange 80s sci-fi movie inspired video. It’s an upbeat song with some clever lyrics – even name-checking Shackleton – with some horns coming in at the appropriate time. I like the slow-build.
What are you listening to this week? Let me know in the comments.