Tag: baseball

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Adam Scott & Jordan Spieth shake hands at the end of their 3rd round at the 2014 Masters I watch a fair amount of PGA golf on TV, and the players (all of them) have a strange ritual at the end of each round. They shake hands with their playing partner(s). Well…the hand shaking isn’t […]

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Sports, Media, and a 1,000 Other Things

 
This is my 1,000th post on Ricochet. I was going to hold out for something profound. As none of the other 999 posts were of anything of lasting importance I said to myself. “What the hell, why start now?” And so it goes…

Margaret Court in action (Wikipedia)

Margaret Court, OA, MBE, is without doubt Australia’s greatest female athlete. Her 24 titles in Grand Slam tennis events still stands as a record even though she last walked off the tennis court in 1977. As a testament to her greatness the Australian Open is played at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

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You know the old saying: “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” I’ve also heard that God moseys along while the devil is always on the run. And, of course, there’s the legend of the tortoise and the hare. All of which means that if you’re in too big a rush, you’re likely to slip […]

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Baseball Mysteries The things I remember most about the game are the smell of leather, infield chatter, and the sweet taste of RED MAN chew. What I can’t remember is what happened after the pitcher released the ball – it just completely disappeared. I’d not see it again ’til it was bouncing in the outfield […]

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Did anyone see this? I don’t know whose idiot idea this was but if they institute this in the majors I am done with baseball! I don’t want to speed up the game! That’s why I love baseball. No clock. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/report-mlb-testing-a-new-radical-extra-inning-rule-in-rookie-ball-to-shorten-games/ Preview Open

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Two long suffering franchises will meet in this year’s World Series. The Cleveland Indians, who last won the Series in 1948 will face the Chicago Cubs who last won the World Series in 1908 and last appeared in the World Series way back in 1945, Below is a quick sketch of each team.   Preview […]

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I am the world’s worst baseball player. Let me prove it: As the sun dipped below the treeline on a cool California evening in 1985, a young man stood, kicking at the clover way out in left field, his mouth watering as he savored the aroma of chili-cheese Fritos that emanated from the concession stand […]

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In the opening pages of her book The Need for Roots, the French philosopher Simone Weil sets about the task of identifying the fundamental needs of man. In her analysis, Weil largely ignores the question of rights, but instead focuses on what human beings must have if we are to lead a life fit for […]

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Some Computer Crimes Are More Equal than Others

 

CorreaSee this man? His name is Christopher Correa. He did a very bad thing with a computer. Today a Federal Judge sentenced him to 46 months behind bars and ordered him to pay almost $300,000 in restitution to his victims.

“This is a very serious offense, and obviously the court saw it as well,” US Attorney Kenneth Magidson said, feeling justifiably proud of himself for having secured a verdict meant to deliver a very important message — accessing Top Secret information and sharing it with others will not be tolerated no matter how powerful or well connected you are.

Correa’s crime? Hacking into the scouting files of the Houston Astros baseball club.

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This is a little untimely, since Father’s Day was obviously a few weeks ago. However, I got some positive response to my storytelling podcast on Stanislav Petrov and near-Armageddon at the height Cold War. Thus, I thought I might share this one as well. Unlike the historical tale of Petrov, this one was a very […]

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I am an anti-communist. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, America was in the midst of the Cold War. It seemed like everyone was anti-communist back then. Even at my public school, all of my teachers opposed communism (my college professors . . . not so much). Most Americans agreed that freedom was something […]

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BERUIT (Christian Examiner) – The leader of Maronite Catholics in Lebanon has said if the multiple wars in the Middle East do not stop, the region will be emptied of its Christians and Europe will eventually fall to Islam. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, who leads the eastern Catholics still aligned with Rome, said in a […]

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Anyone interested in making my Midwest Baseball trip into a series of Ricochet Mini Meetups?  (5 Days, 4 Stadiums, 7 Teams) May 23 Mon. Royals at Twins 7:10 >>> May 25 Wed. Cubs at Cardinal 12:45 >>> May 26 Thurs. White Sox at Royals 7:15>>> May 27 Fri. Reds at Brewers 7:10 I’ll start with […]

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