-When I was young, I looked forward to a concoction that we had for dinner every now and then. Mom called it meat pie. Essentially a pie with a bunch of leftovers thrown into it. Not too tempting of a concept...but it always tasted great. Thus the title for today's blog post.
-First, let's talk a little Cardinals baseball. They had the best April in franchise history. Well, wait a minute. They had the highest total of wins in franchise history. For a lot of that history they didn't start playing games until the middle of April. Other teams have had a higher winning percentage. So, the 18 wins is a little misleading. But, they are doing much better than most "experts" expected. I think we gave them a little more credit for winning potential here on this blog than most did. Let's see how things go in May before we get too wound up.
-Apparently T. J. Oshie is waiting to get through his final exams at NDU before signing a contract with the Blues. There's the difference between hockey people and kids in other sports. Most of the bb, fb, bkb, elites wouldn't give a #@*& about "real life". Just show me the money.
-Perhaps you've heard that I've gotten back into the radio biz. I'm honored to be back at KMOX as co-host with Maria Keena of Total Information AM-Weekend. I'll do a little news announcing from time to time as well. My ol' broadcasting friend Bill Reker is leaving weekends for a Mon-Fri schedule...which is much deserved. The Saturday show runs from 5a-8a and the Sunday edition 7a-10a. It's going to be a little tough sometimes after late night hockey or baseball to turn it around for the next morning. But after a couple of weeks of practice, I'm looking at it as great fun and the chance to do something worthwhile for one of the great stations in America. Thanks to ND John Butler and PD Steve Moore for inviting me to do it. I'm honored to have been chosen.
-Spectacularly written piece on Roger Clemens in the Post and on stltoday.com by Dan O'Neill. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/columnists.nsf/danoneill/story/0870B447C81288EA8625743B0013C34F?OpenDocument
Dan hits the ol' Rocket right in the fuel tank...IMHO.
-Best wishes to a couple of my Grizzlies buddies.
Tony Funderburg (pic 1) announced, much to my surprize recently, that he was leaving "the Grizz" for a job with an NBA D-league team being established in Reno. Tony was in the boss's office and asked me to be PA guy in '03... and is destined for stardom in sports management in my opinion. While he has a laid-back approach, he also is smart and totally capable. Tony has an incredible knack for promotion and publicity as witnessed by the "Baseball's Best" menu at the ballpark that has gotten national attention. Good luck, and thanks for everything Tony.
Steve Gomric has the task of filling Tony's shoes as the new Grizzlies GM. The good news is that Steve has been in the Grizzlies office for several years and knows what works and what doesn't. And most things are already humming along. Steve has all the ability necessary to "captain the ship" and I'm sure will bring some great new ideas to the table and continue with the fan-friendly personality that folks have come to expect from Grizzlies top management.
-I am maybe the world's worst mushroom hunter. My partially color-blind eyes probably don't help. Barb and I love to eat the tasty little fungi...but I'm usually totally frustrated when it comes to discovering the little buggers. Morels, in a steak or beef roast gravy, are just about the most terrific taste to cross my buds...ever. So it's worth a little frustration in the Spring to try to stomp through the wooded areas near where we live. Lo and behold last Saturday I wandered off into a usually unexplored area to find about 4 dozen of the things. That's a two-year haul in one afternoon for me. We found a few "true morels" but the rest were of the type we call "dog peckers". (sorry...but that's what we've called them since I was small). The actual scientific name for this variety of morel is--morchella semilibera. This guy has a longer stem with a little spongy top to it (far right in pic). Most morels...at least the most desirable ones...have a smaller stem and the rest is the spongy top(other 3 in pic). So, even though I found a load of the d.p.'s...we weren't as excited as we could have been because they tend to not be quite as flavorful. But at least I had some fun...and didn't come back home cussin' a blue streak like usual.
-OK...so I haven't written a single word about American Idol this season...until now. For those who don't watch...or don't care...the show is down to the final four now. Last night they kicked off the likeable, but not quite overwhelmingly talented Brooke White. The last four performers can be divided into two groups of two. The favorites, and the "What the hell are they still doing in its". Here's the last thing I'll say about the whole deal. David Cook (top pic) is amazing...can sing anything...and if he doesn't win it will be another AI mistake....(similar to the Taylor Hicks debacle). David Archuleta (pic 2) is a cute young kid (15 I think), sings everything very well, if not great, and should be the runner up. Jason Castro (famous for being a caucasian with dreadlocks more than anything) has no business being in the final four. Syesha Mercado is an OK singer...and might have a future on Broadway because she looks good too...but is not in the league of the two Davids. So final rankings for me: