On The Beach Blog | October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some of the funniest photos...

...(of the Halloween variety) I've ever seen were taken inside Nightmares Fear Factory of Niagara Falls, Canada...

Girls at Nightmares Fear Factory

All right, so they're a bunch of silly young girls, and More...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Congratulations to the Red Sox...

...or as my diehard Fenway friends of yore, John Shotwell and Peter Harrold, used to call them, the Red Flops... and that was decades before Bill Buckner had his notorious mishap at first base in 1986.

What few seem to have noticed is that Boston has just won its third World Championship in the past ten years... that's approaching dynasty status!

And one other thing... the Red Sox success this season after finishing last in their division a year ago means that their 2012 manager, Bobby Valentine, will never manage another major league game in his life!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hurricane Sandy +1

Yeah, I know... the Government, in league with the insur­ance industry, wants it known as "Superstorm Sandy," but I was here and I know what we lived through.

I also know what I've lived through from "Carol" in '54 through Isabel in '03, and they were all hurricanes, damnit!

And if anyone thinks I'm being strident about it, I know people in Breezy Point who will be happy to punch More...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I was sure the fat lady had sung...

...when the Detroit Lions turned the ball over on downs with 68 seconds remaining and the Dallas Cowboys leading 27-24.

I snapped off the TV set and moped around the house for several minutes before deciding to watch one of my birthday DVDs to try to get my mind off the Lions' second straight loss at home to a team the bookmakers had made the underdog.

O me of little faith! More...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Change it up, for the love of Pete Reiser!

I've had it with Fox Network's baseball announcers Jack Buck and Tim McCarver... especially the latter with his endless didactic condescension!

I admit that I'm spoiled, having grown up in the New York area when there were three... count'em, three!... major league baseball teams playing here, and all three of'em had top notch announcers calling their games on the radio.

We were all spoiled by the great voices of Red Barber, Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Russ Hodges, Curt Gowdy and More...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Morris 'Bill' Mazer (1920-2013)

Bill Mazer from his days on WKBW in Buffalo, circa 1954

I am diminished.

One of the most listenable "sports talk" radio personalities I've ever had to pleasure of tuning into, passed away today at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, ten days shy of his 93rd birthday.

Bill Mazer was, in fact, "the father of New York sports talk radio," in 1964 launching a "late drive" call-in show over WNBC (660 am, now WFAN) that single-handedly moved me off AM Rock 'n' Roll1 and kept my car radio dial on the same station for the past 48 years. More...

You know what really irks me?

2013 World Series logo

The 109th World Serious starts this evening... and yes, it irks me no end that my Dodgers won't be repre­sent­ing the National League when the first pitch is thrown.

That, however, is a matter of partisan pique... what I con­sider shameful was exemplified by a USA Today headline dur­ing the NL Division Series earlier this month: More...

Friday, October 18, 2013

That didn't work out so well...

Dodgers logo

Two axioms were reinforced this evening:

  1. The best pitcher in the National League, Clayton Kershaw, hasn't ever been able to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
  2. His team, the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... don't hit worth a tinker's damn when their ace is pitching! More...

Why is '70' the magic number?

Got an advocacy call Thursday morning, not for a candidate or a party, but for Proposition #6 on November's ballot:

"The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amend­ing sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: More...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wonderful!

Arthur's catch in Costa Rica

"Awful Arthur," who passed away in March in Playa Dominicalito, Costa Rica, has made me laugh out loud from beyond the grave.

To a brief notice in today's South­ampton Press Western Edition an­nouncing Arthur DiPietro's memorial service next Friday at 10:30 am at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, was added...

"The next day, in a private ceremony, Mr. DiPietro's ashes will be spread on a striped bass blitz off Montauk Point, as requested in his will, after which everyone in attendance will fish."

Nicely played, Arthur, nicely played.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Whew, Ryu!

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... 26-year-old rookie left-hander from Incheon, South Korea, that is.

"Whew!" because Los Angeles, behind their one-two punch aces, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, had left St. Louis in a 0-2 hole. More...

Memo to Costas: 'Bob, butt out!'

I've long expressed the belief that sideline sports wonk Bob Costas is an über-weenie who has managed to impose himself and his bleeding social views into his broadcasts.

In recent years he's used his electronic media as a bully pulpit to blather about how he considered Mike Schmitt "greatest Phillies player ever" when he'd never seen Robin Roberts play, or to dither about gun control following the firearms murder-suicide by the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher last December. More...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

What a couple of games!

I knew the final score of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... and the St. Louis Cardinals the moment Jon Jay lifted a fly to mid left field with one out and David Freese on third base.

Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has a weak and not very accurate arm, and as Freese crossed home plate with the only run of the game, the throw bounced in, more toward the pitchers' mound than home. More...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Remember 'Kiki' Camarena?

Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena (July 26, 1947 – February 9, 1985)

I knew instantly who he was when I saw the name in the news early this morning... and not because of the cheap-jack and fanciful 1990 three-part NBC mini-series.

I remember the name Enrique "Kiki" Camarena because of the extraordinarily gruesome details of his 1985 kidnapping, torture and execution at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and police officers in their employ, and the efforts of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Department to effect some measure of justice on those responsible. More...

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Pineapple Delivers

Dodgers logo

For more than two full seasons, each time Juan Uribe came to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Dodgers... I would despair!

Under the pre-Stan Karsten/"Magic" Johnson regime, Uribe was one of the worst signings ever by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, when the third baseman was inked to a three-year, $21 million contract after a 2010 season in which he won a World Serious with arch rival San Francisco while batting .248 with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in. More...

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Hell on AMC

Or, if my suspicions are correct, to hell with AMC!

It's been decades since I got into a TV Western... probably not since "The Rifleman" and "Have Gun, Will Travel" (or as we dubbed it, "Have Traveled, Will Gun... Anyone"), but cable AMC quietly launched just such a series in 2011 which somehow caught, and kept, my interest. More...

Friday, October 04, 2013

What's wrong with these political ads?

I first noticed it several weeks back, but this week's edition of The Southampton Press confirmed it for me... all but one one of this November's candidates for Town office, are re­luctant to identify their political affiliation!

From this week's Southampton Press

In the first section of the Western Edition, I count More...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

October Village Board Meeting

Even with the presence of Developer Andrew "just add two words" Mendelson and his new BFF, former Trustee Joan Levan, the regular monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board went off almost without a hitch this evening, and in near record time.

(The Over/Under was 13 minutes, and it concluded at the 7:12 pm mark, which included several minutes of emergency field repairs of Black Sheep Television's recording equipment.) More...

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The new 'responsibility'...

...is that it's always someone else's fault, and that someone is who needs to pay for it!

By now most everyone with a computer and Internet access has probably seen the 6½ minute helmet cam footage of the motorcyclists chasing a family in a Range Rover on the West Side Drive:

Exactly what started this herky-jerky 50 block More...

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

So, you can't get enough of...

..."Breaking Bad" even though the 62 episode series has wrapped?

There's always this specially packaged "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series" being released November 26th...

All this can be yours for just $209.99!

...the perfect Christmas gift for the BB fanatic who More...