Showing posts from August, 2016

Good Day, Sir

The world lost a good man in Gene Wilder today. Wilder, the star of such films as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers, passed away today at the age of 83.

Wilder was someone I looked up to not only as an artist (actor and writer), but as a person. I only knew how he was perceived in public--not personally--but that image he portrayed in public was a man to aspire to (behind only my father, grandfather, and a few others in my life).

The effects of Alzheimer's had Wilder leading a largely private life for the last fifteen years or so, but he was always spoken and thought of with fond esteem.

Some of the earliest movies I remember watching have Wilder in them. Movies that I have enjoyed multiple of viewings over the years: Stir Crazy, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and, of course, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the movie with perhaps the greatest entrance of all time.

These movies have always had a special place in my heart and they always will. It was…

Las Vegas: Take My Money, Please.

I went to Las Vegas and I didn't even get a lousy t-shirt.

That could be the theme of every trip I've taken to Vegas since I turned 21. That's an astounding two times I didn't geta lousy t-shirt.

When I was younger, before Las Vegas turned into the "family friendly" mecca people seem to think it is, before the Strip was littered with families from near and far, parents would return from their Vegas excursions with the all-too-classic t-shirt "My parents went to Las Vegas and all I got was this lousy t-shirt". It was as if to say, "Hey kids. We just had a fantastic time reliving our youth while you were stuck here with a babysitter. We hardly thought about you for the past few days, but hey, we bought you a funny t-shirt."

I reiterate: I went to Las Vegas and didn't even get a lousy t-shirt.

At this point, I think receiving a t-shirt should just be complimentary to all gamblers Can you buy t-shirts at a price of 4 for $9.99 in Vegas? Ye…

Thrills, Spills and Agony in Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics in Rio aren't even a quarter of the way over, but already we've seen exhilarating highs, heartbreaking lows, and agonizing defeats.
The first three days of the Olympics have reaffirmed this: for 17 days every four years, the spirit of unified nations, athletes and fans alike, is alive and well in the world.
Gone from my Facebook feed are the scathing, unrelenting political posts that have dominated social media over the past six months. They appear sporadically but have fallen to the wayside for the most part.
These stories have been replaced with stories like Katie Ledecky, the United States swimmer who shattered the world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky is also expected to come home with a Michael Phelpsian haul of medals.
Speaking of Mr. Phelps, the most-decorated of American swimmers added to his loot on Sunday night. He swam the second leg of the U.S. men's gold medal winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay team. 
Phelps now has…

Taking a Dip into the Water Polo Pool

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Every four years, the best of the best in sporting events like swimming, gymnastics and track & field, to name a few, are brought together to determine who is the top athlete/team in their respective fields.

These sports, along with basketball, soccer, and volleyball--both of the beach and indoor variety--are among the more popular viewing spectacles when it comes to the Olympics.

To the surprise of many, there are other events out there. Events that many people only remember exist when the Olympic games roll around. Events like diving, rowing, and, most important of all: water polo.

The U.S. Men's water polo team opened play today, faltering late and losing 7-5 to defending gold-medal champion Croatia.

The U.S. Women's team, ranked number one in the world and the defending Olympic champions, open up play on Tuesday in group play again Spain.

Water soccer-wrestling, as I like to call it, is one of those sports many might not think about excep…