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Comment 16 Apr 2015

No personal experience, but friends tell me a bag of ice is a big help. 

Comment 07 Apr 2015

Living in Cincinnati, this is the argument that never ends and is very close to me.  First, I am a lifelong Reds fan and Pete Rose was my childhood hero.  I was lucky enough to have lived through The Big Red Machine era.  Most Reds fans knew Pete was not an angel.  There were always stories about Pete's various character issues, but everyone chose to ignore them.  What he did on the field trumped what he was doing off of it.  Truly, there was no greater competitor.  I still remember Pete breaking up a double-play in the 6th inning of the 7th game of the '75 World Series that enabled the inning to continue, and Perez to hit a two-run homer to bring the Reds to within one run.  Everyone remembers Perez rocking Bill Lee on that shot, but it would have never happened if Rose had not taken out the second basement on a room service grounder by Bench.  Pete led the rally in the 9th that won the game. 

All that said, I don't think he should be let back into baseball.  I sincerely respect all the arguments from the other side, but I suspected when the betting accusations first surfaced that they were probably true.  Pete was sort of a guy who didn't think the rules applied to him.  But, I did not have a strong feeling one way or the other until he finally came clean - 15 years later.  It is always the cover-up, never the crime.  Politicians and celebrities just don't get it.  Pete lied for 15 years, which basically was the same as calling John Dowd, Bart Giamatti, various members of the press and MLB all liars.  He knew he was lying and he did it anyway.  Now, you can buy his apology ("Sorry I bet on baseball - Pete Rose") on a baseball for $200.  I think if he had come clean at the time, admitted his guilt, and followed Giamatti's advice to "reconfigure his life", he would be back in the game.  He would have been forgiven.  Sports fans are kind.  But he didn't.  He chose to stonewall it, and basically continue to live as he pleased. 

It's like this: everybody has One Rule.  Everybody.  You have a line you will not cross.  You love your mate and your kids and your family and your friends, but there is something they could do that is unforgiveable.  Whatever that one thing is, it defines you.  An infidelity, a second DUI conviction, a lie or deliberate deception that hurt too much.  On and on.  It is different for everyone.  But at some point, you come face to face with your One Rule.  You know if you break it, in your heart, you aren't the person you thought you were.  Well, MLB had One Rule.  If you broke it, there was a lifetime ban: "Don't bet on baseball."  Period.  You could just about do anything else.  Without looking it up, I think Steve Howe was suspended 8 times for drug use.  A couple of Yankees swapped wives.  No telling how many bar fights, domestic disturbances, illegitimate kids, and DUIs have happened to MLB players.  Those matter, but they are not the One Rule.  Pete knew this.  He knew there was just One Rule.  He could have continued to bet on horses or the NCAA brackets or college and pro football and basketball, he could play the casinos.  But no, that wasn't enough.  He had to break MLB's One Rule.  If baseball lets him back in, where is the line?  Is it no longer a lifetime ban, but a 25-year ban?  The thing is, I have a feeling it might happen ... it looks like they are setting the table for an All-Star Game event that would be the equivalent to the Rapture in Cincinnati.  I think it will make untold numbers of people happy.  It would be something to see.  But I think it would be wrong.

Finally, I caught an in-game interview with him yesterday on Opening Day.  No one is more entertaining, knowledgeable, funny, and insightful about baseball than Pete Rose.  I still love him.  It is a goddam tragedy that this happened.  But it did.

Comment 28 Mar 2015

Does DJ not remember Sullinger, Diebler, Lighty, Buford, and Craft being upset by Kentucky a few years ago?  Does he not remember how gracious their fans were?  Go North Korea!!!

Comment 28 Mar 2015

Lew Alcindor's UCLA team went 88-2, with three NCAA titles and a 47-game winning streak.  Plus, he graduated.  Bill Walton went 86-4, with two NCAA titles, a loss in the semis to eventual champion NC State, and, at one time, had a 74 game winning streak (part of an overall 88 game winning streak).  Plus, he graduated.  Kentucky might go 40-0, but they will never be great.  At least, to me. 

Comment 28 Mar 2015

True this!  Those tucked safely within the confines of inner Ohio don't have to put up with Big Blue Nation.  Like Alabama, the state lags behind in so many important measurements, yet the elites use the success of their sports team as a distraction for the general populace.  They don't have to fix their education system, or address infant mortality rates, or health issues, or crime, or social dysfunction, as long as the Tide is rolling and the Cats are going.  They're #1, baby, in the ONLY thing that matters.  I hate Notre Dame, but the emphasis there is still on education.  Brey is not recruiting kids to put in their one year and turn pro.  Calipari, the guy with two final four appearances vacated at two different programs, has finally found his ideal situation.  A program big enough and with enough resources to shield him from the rules.  I might be an idealist, but I don't think Matta recruited DAR with the argument that priority number one was getting him to the NBA ... 

Comment 22 Mar 2015

"Run For Your Life" was a great show.   There was a similar one about a guy who ditched his job and took off on his    Harley looking for adventure called "Then Came Bronson".  It was similar to "Route 66", but a little darker.  I always loved "The Avengers", which ABC would show during the summer.  I was in love with Diana Rigg.  It is unsettling to see how much she has aged now on Game of Thrones, and I havent!   Also loved "The Prisoner" with Patrick MacGoogan (sp?).  

Comment 16 Mar 2015

Me too.  I think I heard too much about it before seeing it.  I love Bill Murray in almost anything, but Carl really bugged me.  Did anyone else find it hard to believe that the character who played Danny in Caddyshack was the alcoholic CIA station chief in this season's Homeland??

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Tootsie.  When Emily Kimberly reveals herself to be the long-lost brother, Edward Kimberly, Dabney Coleman's take "Oh, God, here come the terms"  And Bill Murray, sitting at home, observing "That is ONE nutty hospital" still kills me. 

Comment 15 Mar 2015

We do owe them one.  Ever since they upset the Sullinger/Buford/Lighty/Craft/Diebler team, I have pretty much reset my expectations per OSU hoops.  If we could not win it with that team, I can't see us winning it.  The UK fans here in Cincinnati are pretty obnoxious and that was a tough loss to swallow.  

Comment 14 Mar 2015

Forgot about Last of the Mohicans!  Excellent movie.  Magua is one of the most loathsome villains of all-time.  Evil incarnate.  Chingachgook with one of the great revenge killings in movie history! 

Comment 14 Mar 2015

I am wrapping up a career in I.T.  I can't say that I enjoyed a single day.  Some were better than others.  I made some great friends and worked with some really smart people.  It was secure and lucrative, but many days were a pressure cooker and I was never passionate about it.  I think back to a backpacking trip a good college friend and I made through Europe immediately after graduating in '75.  A couple of guys who lived in a double on Lane Avenue had an arrangement with a charter company that provided cheap flights from NYC to Brussels and back.   When enough people had signed up, the flight was scheduled.  It was dirt cheap, like $400 round trip.  You just had to get from Columbus to NYC and back.  Anyway, we bought three-month Eurailpasses and a copy of Frommer's Europe on $10 a Day, and wandered the continent from top to bottom and back.  Made it from the fjords in Norway to the Greek Isles, from Barcelona to Vienna.  Ran with the bulls in Pamplona.  Got thrown out of the casino in Monte Carlo.  Met all kinds of interesting people, and a fair number of American coeds.  There isn't a day that passes that I don't think about that trip.  The kicker is when it was time to go home, the same rules applied, you contacted the office that the Columbus guys were partnered with in Munich and let them know that you were ready to go home.  They then would let you know when to be in Brussels.  It just so happened that when we were in Munich we decided to drop by and meet the guys in person.  It turned out to be an American couple.  It also turned out that they also were looking to come back home and needed two people to take over the operation.  My buddy and I thought about it, but it seemed risky.  We were 22, what did we know?  We had just spent four years in school and were ready to get our lives started.   I look back on that decision as the one I would like to revisit.   I see Rick Steves now and think "he stole my life." 

Comment 06 Mar 2015

I can't believe he would sell his varsity jacket!!??  I think if I ever earned one, I store it in a fire-proof safe until it came time to be buried in it. 

Comment 02 Mar 2015

In addition, there was already talk about that team being the greatest college team of all-time.  Plunkett beat them the next year in the Rose Bowl, which was also painful, but had they beat Michigan in '69, I think they would have had a legit shot at running the table for three years and back-to-back-to back National titles. 

Comment 02 Mar 2015

We rented wave runners and did a tour around the key.  A blast. Took about 45 minutes.  Restaurants are great.  Duval Street is great.  Sunset at Mallory Square is great.  Everything is in walking distance.  The Hemingway House is fantastic, especially if you are a fan.  Also worth visiting is Harry Truman's "Little" White House, where he would visit while president and the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum.

Comment 02 Mar 2015

230 yards against Nick Saban and #1 ranked Tide is a pretty solid argument.