Tuesday, June 12, 2012

From High Atop The Ferris Wheel

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. The happy recap of some of the things that you might have missed over the past several days.

If the Butler University Bulldogs hoops team was a baseball team, then they would be the Stony Brook Seawolves. This week Coach Matt Senk and his band of merry men shall head west to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the College World Series for the first time in school history. In the interest of full disclosure, just twenty-two years ago Stony Brook was competing at the Division III level so they have only had a bit more than two decades worth of opportunities to play in the CWS. They got there this year by doing what many considered impossible. They made the trek to Tiger Country, took on and took out the six-time National Champion LSU Tigers on LSU's home field. Thus far this year, Senk's team has won fifty-two of the sixty-five games it has played - including twenty-eight of its last thirty. On Sunday night it not only defeated LSU to win its way to the CWS, it blew the Tigers out of their own bayou ballpark by a 7-2 count. I have no idea who Stony Brook shall play in Omaha or whether they shall win a game once they get there. It has been one helluva ride thus far and regardless of how it ends for them it is one they shall likely remember the rest of their lives....as shall the kids from this year's LSU team no doubt.

Free from pitching under anything bearing even a reasonable facsimile of a resemblance to pressure, former Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett has won five consecutive decisions for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The most recent win in his streak was his 3-2 decision on Sunday afternoon against the Royals as the Pirates finished off a sweep of Kansas City in the "Remember The 1970's When Our Franchises Were Relevant?" interleague series. Thus far this season Burnett is 6-2 with a 3.71 ERA. As long as I never have to cast eyes upon him again wearing Yankees pinstripes, I shall root for him to win every game he pitches for the remainder of his career. And as long as they are in zero pressure situations such as mid-June Sunday afternoon games for the Pirates, he very well may.

I have never lived in Michigan. Actually, but for one time that I had to change planes at Berry Gordy International Airport (or whatever the hell the name of the airport is in Detroit), I have never set foot in the Great Lakes State. That being said, allow me this opportunity to cross party lines (Yours truly is a registered Republican) and implore the good people of that great state to cast a vote for Bridget McCormack who is running for a seat on Michigan's Supreme Court as a Democrat. A lifetime ago, long before one of us began to drown in a sea of gray hair and the other moved to Michigan and became a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, we both attended W-H. Among the things that Dean McCormack does at U of M is serve as Co-Director of the law school's Innocence Clinic. Just last week, the good efforts of the Innocence Clinic helped exonerate a man who had spent close to three decades in prison for allegedly starting a fire at his home in order to murder his wife and two small daughters. Upon being freed from prison, David Lee Gavitt made a trip to the cemetery to visit his family. He had never before been able to do so. As a lawyer, Bridget McCormack gives the practice of law a good name. If you the people of Michigan cannot use her legal acumen and her humanity on your Supreme Court, then have your Governor alert Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo to tell them that their search is over for clearly you all are already living in the "perfect place".

And for all you ne'er-do-wells living on the Front Range of Colorado and in Wyoming. In case you wonder why the good guys always seem to know where you pieces of human dreck are hiding out and the no good you are up to while you are still in the midst of being up to it, this should be simple enough for you to figure out. While you are cooking meth or smoking crack, they are spending their LEISURE time doing crazy, intense shit such as this
and this. If these folks are willing to pay to spend a weekend doing this just for the sense of accomplishment one gets from doing anything this hard and this intense, then what chance do you think you have of outlasting them?

No doubt more stuff than just these few things happened worldwide in the past several days. But since I bear no resemblance at all to your mommy, I have no intention of pointing you in the direction of all of the rest of it. Seek and ye shall find.

-AK

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