Friday, November 27, 2009

April 17th, 1951.....

New York Yankees
LF Jackie Jenson
SS Phil Rizzuto
RF Mickey Mantle
CF Joe DiMaggio
C Yogi Berra
1B Johnny Mize
3B Billy Johnson
2B Jerry Coleman
P Vic Raschi

Boston Red Sox
CF Dom DiMaggio
RF Bill Goodman
LF Ted Williams
3B Vern Stephens
1B Walt Dropo
2B Bobby Doerr
SS Lou Boudreau
C Buddy Rosar
P Billy Wright

Why post this Lineup card? Becuase Bob Sheppard, the Public Address Announcer for the New York Yankees is hanging up his Microphone at the young age of 99, after 57 full years, and the last 2 in Semi-Retirement, citing "I think time has passed me by...." oh and how that time has passed unforgettably for those who have experienced the chills of hearing what Reggie Jackson has often reffered to as "The Voice of God". Thank you Bob Sheppard!

While I am not a New York Yankes fan, nor a hater of the Pinstripes, I am a fan of History, and the events this man has seen inside the Facade of Yankee Stadium are truly remarkable. While it isn't the moment I will forever remember in sports as my favorite; (The 7th inning stretch of Game One of the World Series 2001 in New York City after the 9/11 attacks.) This clip of Ronan Tynan singing God Bless America at the last game played in Yankee Stadium is pretty cool as well. If you listen carefully you'll hear Bob Sheppard announce Mr. Tynan in the background.

Or try this one on... Following the death earlier that year of Yankee Legend Joe DiMaggio, Bob Shepard recreated and announces the Lineup card for Game 6 of the 1951 World Series that was the last game played by "The Yankee Clipper".

And Chip... This is precisely why Derek Jeter is the Shortstop and Captain of The Yankees. He asked for Bob Sheppard's persmission and requests the Yankess play a recording of Bob Sheppard announcing him in the Batting Order at every game at Yankee Stadium. I don't care who ya are, that is Fuckin Cool! And that is why, even when they have 3 guys in the show, and 5 kids in the farm system that are better fielders, Derek Jeter remains the Captain of the Yankees and the starting shortstop.

Farewell to you Bob Sheppard... Farewell! Many years of Happy Retirement!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers.

I am thankful for my great family and friends. My warm, dry house. My great job, where I live, my beautiful loving dog and BG.

Going duck hunting tomorrow at 7 AM with Tommy G. Then to Butte with the BG.

It will be a bluebird day.

I wish you all the best.


I gues there is always next year.

It's been since Saturday since my beloved Bobcats fell to the minions of hell from armpit of Montana.  I've anguished long enough.  I knew the griz were better than the Cats and thought my alma mater would do well to be within 10 points, but having watched the game the Cats were much closer talent wise than I thought.  The griz have a slight edge at the skill positions.  There receivers do a better job of catching and holding onto the ball and their QB is more accurate than MSU's.  However, the difference in this game was not in the players but on the sidelines.  The griz and a better game plan for us offensively than MSU did for them. 

Why the Cats didn't run the ball more is anyone's guess.  My opinion is that Mason could have went for 150 yards if they had kept giving him the ball.  The Cats shut down Mariani receiving and Reynolds rushing but Mariani had 80 yards in punt returns.  Putting Iddins in at QB to start the second quarter was just plain stupid.

Coach Ash needs to get more aggressive and have more confidence in his running game.  If he had stuck with Mason the passing game was there for the taking.  Instead, he ran the same 5-6 passing plays and the griz were there waiting.

It will be a long winter, longer if the griz win the national championship.  Bobby Hauck is still a prick, but he's a good football coach.  I will be rooting my ass off for South Dakota State on Saturday.  I ask you all to do the same.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Aesops Fables

Thanks to Uncle Scott for sending this.

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why
the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ' It’s Not Easy Being Green. '

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant ' s house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome " . Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant ' s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant ' s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t ' t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hey, how about a little help?

For any of you females in Missoula, this is how you do it.  For more help, there are some great instructional videos on you tube.  You are welcome.

A great parody

For those of you in the sales world, like me, this is a great parody from the court room scene of A Few Good Men.  Skip up to about the :45 second mark.

ITS ON !!!!!

In Helena (supposedly)

The time draws near. As I type these words, our town is being invaded by hippies.   Hippies, malcontents, tree-huggers, liberals.  The whole nine yards.  They'll be drinking their dark beers and singing their horrible fight song.  I am weary of them already.  Tomorrow the great unwashed will enter our stadium and bring their dark pink sweatshirts with them. The horror.

Coach Bealzebub Hauck prepares his team.

We must prevail.  The Earth depends on it.  First Obama and now a 12th straight conference title for the minions of hell. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I don't do much

This is the biggest sports weekend of the year for me.  The Cat/hippy game is huge here in the state of Montana.  On this weekend, there really is no gray area. You are a Bobcat or a griz.  I know that I have some out of state followers so I'll try to put it into perspective.  Montana is a state of about one million people. Most of them are from small towns like me. When you meet someone its "oh, do you know so and so" . Montana is really a large city with really long streets.  However, this thing has been going on for 109 years, so here in Montana it is HUGE.

I am excited for this game.  The superbowl, the BCS championship game, the Masters, the World Series? They mean nothing to me compared to the Cat/griz.

So for all of the out of staters who read this mindless rabble, if you want to take a break I don't fault you a bit.   I bought a new wind top that is so obnoxiously gold and loud that it hurts my eyes and I love it!

The griz are much better than most Cat fans will give them credit for but I'm hoping we will be ready to play. They are ranked 3rd in the country and if we can knock them out of a home field advantage run for the playoffs that will be awesome.

Go Cats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Letter to the editor #4

Recently the daily rag of a newspaper added a couple of local columnists to its opinion rotation.  On, Rich Sherlock, is a local business owner.  His first article was about the impending financial disaster health care bill.  It didn't take long for some liberal wussy with a shrivelled up nut sack to make a bunch of stupid statements my comments are in blue.

I was extremely disappointed to read Rich Sherlock’s maiden column (Oct. 28). His writing reveals the same non-thought processes as those of Tamara Hall, then he should be an excellent read every week. Two examples:

“Only individuals can be compassionate; government can’t.”

Why not? Government is a reflection of the people (at least in my democracy) c’mon John, don’t you mean our democracy which is actually a representative republic, and if I am compassionate, then why cannot my representative government pass compassionate laws, for example those regarding handicapped individuals or the victims of crimes or disasters? Compassion is an emotion, and governments do not feel emotion. Governing with emotion instead of logic will lead us to destruction. Hey, wait a minute. We’ve done that. Anyone who can use the public library (another government social program) what? The library is a government social program? or access the Internet the internet is a government social program? could discover these “compassionate” acts of government.

“No social program has ever succeeded in solving the problem for which it was created.”

Like the Food and Drug Administration? Uh, not a social program there John its a regulatory agency Which did not get rid of the sale of diseased meat, poisons posing as medicines, and misleading labeling? Like the GI Bill, designed originally to provide educational opportunities for WW II veterans and reduce post-war unemployment. It didn’t work? It worked but is it a “social” program? No.

Get out your history book, Mr. Sherlock. Like the Marshall Plan, to rebuild war-torn Europe and keep it from going communist? What are your views to doing this in Iraq I wonder. History book time again, Sherlock. Social Security, compassionately designed to provide retirement saving accounts for those without the resources to buy stocks and bonds. Hasn’t worked? Its broke you fucking moron. There is no money in it. Besides that, it was designed as a way for people to supplement their own retirement. It was also never supposed to be higher than 2% of your personal earnings and its been raided sinced the 60's.  Thats why it doesn't have any money in it. Why don't you read a book, dipshit.Talk to your grandmother. Voting Rights Act. Mr. Sherlock, do you know anything about the history of racial discrimination in our nation, and how effective this 1965 legislation was, and is, in providing social justice for people of color in the nation? It provided social justice but is it a social program? The answer is no.Yes, they can vote, and the democrats have been making the same tired promises to them for years. It also was passed because Republicans blocked southern Democrats from filibustering it but I digress.

Editor, are you not embarrassed to provide a showplace for such ignorance in your publication? If the editor wasn't embarrassed before, he/she definitely is now. Please provide us with an intelligent and educated local conservative to share his or her opinions in the Chronicle. Just read my blog.

John Imawuss,   Bozeman

Cat/griz post two

There is just a little over 48 hours until the 109th Brawl of the Wild.  The greatest rivalry in sports.  This is a pure good vs. evil matchup.  Montana State University, the land grant college established in 1893 for the  common good of our great state.  A place where an education gets you more than a low entry level government job.  We produce engineers who build our roads and bridges.  We produce chemists who cure diseases and send projects on the space shuttle to be studied.  We have one of the top agricultural programs in the nation to help feed the world.  Pre-med degrees from MSU can get you into almost any medical program in the country.

The university of Montana produces hippies who live off of welfare.  They have a major in protesting so that trust fund babies can go to college and pretend to be educated and "make a difference". You can get a law degree at um.  Just what the world needs, more lawyers. They vote for liberals who are against logging and then complain when the mills are shutdown.

The coaches are in complete contrast.  We have  Rob Ash, as classy as the day is long. A man who stepped into a program that was on the verge of imploding. Academic probation, loss of scholarships and practice time, a sub-par APR all stood before him.  He took over in July of 2007 when his predecessor had been let go just before the start of the season. None of his own recruits on this team. Some resentment from the players.  Nothing that looked fun.  What has he done since?  Well, the Cats are off probation, have their full slate of scholarships back as well as full schedule of practices.  All of this before the start of this season.   In 2009 Ash was named second vice president of the American Football Coaches Association. According to AFCA tradition he would move up first vice president in 2010 and president in 2011. Guys like Mack Brown from Texas and Jim Tressel from OSU are on this board.

 Coach Ash sums up his philosophy this way, “We instill a commitment in our players to win every day,” Ash said. “We want our players to win in the classroom and win in the community by making quality choices. Winning on the football field follows, as does shaping the lives of these young people in a way that will lead to success throughout their lives.”  Nuff said.

Meanwhile, down the road:

They have  a man who is so despised by his own fan base that despite his record, there is a slow movement asking for him to leave. His name is  Satan  Bobby Hauck. His reign of terror tenure over this football program has been significant.  Robberies and murders by players were all but been ignored by the local and state media.  His latest  negative publicity comes from a feud he is having with the college newspaper because they dared report on a couple of griz football players  assaulting another student..  The feud has been featured on Sports Illustrated's website. Yeah, the guy wins football games but a bigger douchebag in the state, outside of the governor's office, is hard to find.
This is Aragorn vs. Sauron.  Churchill vs. Hitler.   Batman vs. the Joker.  Ghostbusters vs. Gozer the Gozerian.  Luke Skywalkler vs. The Emperor.  Delta House vs. Omega. You get the picture. Its time for the Bobcats to cast out the dark pink demons.  Let that time be Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Its funny because its true.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cat/griz game post one

The biggest rivalry in all of college football is taking place this weekend in Bozeman. The Montata State Fighting Bobcats versus the liberal arts school from down the road grizzlies.

Just a quick post.  The Cats have to play flawless football to win this. It goes without saying that the Cats can't have any turnovers.  Here's my quick game synopsis.  The Cats have to hole Mariani to six catches or less. He's going to have one big catch but they can't let him catch more than six. While we are talking about Mariani, they can't let him have a big punt return. The guy is a stud but they can't let him break anything big on a return.  Hold their first team all-conference running back, Chase Reynolds, to 100-110 yards. If all this happens, then The Cats could pull this out and maybe make the playoffs.

More on this later in the week.

Go Cats!

Phoenix quick post

So, The Prodigy (TP) and I spent 5 days and 4 nights in Phoenix we golfed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tim is a 6.4 and I am a 19.9.  We determined (and when I say "we" I mean "I" and the USGA) that I would receive 13 shots a round as determined by the handicapped holes on the golf courses we were playing.

Long story short, in 54 holes, at a dollar each, I lost one American dollar. ONE!  Now, TP didn't play to his ability but then neither did I.  The 13 strokes difference in our handicap worked out just like the USGA thought it would but if you could have heard "you're not playing like a 19" as many times in 54 holes as I did, and you were me, then you would be quite happy with the outcome. As I am. I mean, I lost a $70 dollar bottle of scotch at our Masters weekend in Sheridan this past April and I didn't cry like a churlish little girl. But, that's just me.  I win and lose like a champion.  If I had a better putter, I would have crushed him on Saturday. I eagerly await your response to this my vertically challenged friend.

We played golf, I taught TP a card game that he now hates and will never play again, we had a great time at the race, we drove in the "big city" traffic like it was no big deal. Well except for a little slip up leaving the rental car center but, hey, no harm no foul. We found a great track, the Golf Club of Estralla and it was AWESOME!  I put that in caps for a reason.  $40 for 18 holes and a cart. The flipping Coronas made up the difference, $30 a six pack, but nonetheless a beautiful layout. Great holes, nice views, rattlesnake country, the entire package.

The race was kind of boring as Jimmy "I'm so fucking lucky that Jeff Gordon found me and sponsored me" Johnson dominated but a fun time nonetheless. Our seats were just to left of Kurt Busch's car (the blue one) in this picture. This is the first lap. Good times, a great trip.  I'll post some more pictures later.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Walt Gibbs Memorial

I'll try to make this short.

My father died November 11, 1994.  The next fall, we had hired a young guy.  He was full of himself, much like me. Though we had worked together for over three months we had never hung out after work.

I happened to be working a Saturday which was rare for me.  This kid says "what are you doing after work?" 

I replied "I'm going to get shitfaced."

"Really? My girlfriends out of town. Do you want some company?'

"Well" I replied "My Dad died a year ago today and if you want to hang with me then you'll have to listen to how great he was all night."

"Sounds good.  I'd love to hear about your father."

Now, this kid is a talker. I mean, he can go on and on. Much like myself.  He was also a great worker and busted his ass for the company I worked for.  I like him from the get go.

We went out to the Hideaway Lounge.  It was supposed to be a night of mourning for me. I was pretty blue.

This kid has a great relationship with his own dad. At the time, talked to him every day.

We sit down, and this guy says to me " Tell me about your dad."

So I precede to do so.  For those of you who missed a tribute read here.

I talked. He asked questions. He hung on my every word.  What was supposed to be a night of me feeling sorry for myself turned into a tribute to my father.

A year passed.  It was Veteran's Day.  The day of my father's passing.  I had made a point of this the year prior.

Tim comes up to me.  "Are we going out to drink to your dad?'

I had never thought of it.  I had my one year of grief and it was good.

"No. We did that last year"

"Oh Chip.  This needs to be a yearly event.  We had a great time.  You need to celebrate this every year and remember the good times.  Let's do it again."

We took a couple of other guys from work and the Walt Gibbs Memorial Celebration was born.

Tim is The Prodigy. He posts here on very rare occasion. We haven't celebrated the WGM together for over ten years but he calls me every November 11th.  So the two of us bought a NASCAR package last spring.  He lives in Sheridan Wyoming. I was booking my flight out of Bozeman. He has to fly out of Billings.  He is really working me to fly out of Billings. I don't want to make the drive.  It's no cheaper so why would I. I'm not even looking at the date.

"Hey! Look at your fucking calendar!"

"Oh! It never dawned on me. I'll be in Billings."

So tonight, I'm in Billings with TP and my brother. We will have a great dinner and a little hooch.

Today or tonight. Take a moment and remember the fallen.  Those brave men and women who died to give us our freedom and the lives we lead.  Brave men and women who laid down their lives, gave up their families and put themselves first. God bless them and their families.

If you have the chance, go to a Veteran's Day Memorial.  Take some time to think about them. I know you will.

Cats vs Sac State.

So, the Cats dominated PSU on a very rainy Saturday 28-10.  Sac State this weekend and then the dark pink on November 21.  Sac State isn't a game they should overlook but it isn't one they should lose either.  I'm not trying to keep it short but I have a lot to do this week.  I leave Wednesday for Billings then hopping a plane Thursday at 6 AM with The Prodigy for Phoenix. We have some golf and NASCAR to get in so my blogging time is limited.  If the Cats can win, and then beat the minions of hell next week, then they should go to the playoffs.  Lose either of these games and its next year.

The dark pink and gray squeaked out a last second win over win-less Idaho State 12-10.  It's what good teams do but the griz may have been exposed, especially in the secondary.  If there is one thing to learn from this game its that Mariani needs two guys to cover him and when the game is on the line, he is there go to guy.

In South Bend, Navy kicked the living shit out of ND.  Again.  Its the second time in three years and ND got lucky to win last year.  Ask not for whom the bell tolls Charlie. It tolls for thee.

For the  Midshipmen.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cats vs PSU

Short blog today as I am heading to the center of the universe.

The Cats have PSU in Portland tomorrow.  The Cats will be a little healthier than last week.  Not a lot to report here.  MSU can win out and have a decent shot of going to the playoffs but one loss in the next three sinks any chance of playing after Thanksgiving.

The griz all but sewed up there 370th consecutive conference title last week with a dominating performance against Weber State.  Hmmm, maybe Weber was just a one-hit wonder last year.  The griz and there gay flamboyant head coach will coast until November 21st when the dark pink invades Reno H. Sales Stadium for the 109th "Brawl of the Wild".  The girz are rolling right now.  The only edge I give the Cats is home field.  Maybe rushing defense but that's it.  One thing though, in a rivalry, anything can happen.

ND could still lose two more games this year.  U Conn and Stanford will give Coach Largepants all he can handle.  You can watch this entire scene from the 1979 classic Meatballs or just skip to the 2:24 mark for the reference.

Malta lost in the first round.  I'm seriously worried about the Earth imploding.  The first round? Really? "And then depression set in."  This blog with the youtube thing is really starting to take off. "Talk about massive potential for growth!"  Rated R for nudity.  1:56 mark for the reference. 

Have a good weekend.

Go Cats

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tuesday tunes

I kind of expanded my musical spectrum today. Spent the day listening to Pandora on a station I made myself for a different musical list. I actually started doing this in my truck on XM Radio but haven't spent enough time driving to make a good list.

Anyway, without further ado, here's a playlist of a bunch of different bands and artists that sound pretty similar but are good nonetheless.  Except for the females that is.

Heading to Malta tomorrow afternoon with brother Bill.  Going to see Ma before she goes to AZ for the winter.  I'll try to take some pics and get some videos footage even.

He's just too short

So Tom Cruise dropped out of the filming of the new action movie  Salt and was replaced by......ANGELINA JOLIE!!!!!!  Now, I don't care who you are.  If you are supposed to be great, a superstar in your profession, and you dropped out and are replaced by a chick, well sir, you just aren't all that.  The good news for me is that I will probably go see this movie now.  The good news for the studio is that this movie will probably make money as opposed to other Cruise movies.  Well, there's always midget wrestling.

Now, if I could only get the flipping "jump" thing to work, I'd be a happy blogger.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Some light reading

Its always time to talk politics here at Crown on the Rocks.  So I went out and found some light reading.

First an article by Byron York about the coming divide in the Democratic party.  The thing that is interesting to me is that if far left loons, are there any other kind, keep pushing moderate/conservative Dems out, where will they go?  Don't buy into the notion being presented by the MSM about a divide in the Republican Party.  GWB took hold of the party when he was in office.  He ran on the right and governed in the middle just like his dad.  He was better at it than his father so he was able to stay for two terms, but lets not call him a conservative. I never have and never will.  He did manage to keep the conservatives from power within the party and that's where the division came from.  Now that he is back in Crawford enjoying his retirement, the moderate establishment is being taken to task for their poorly ran campaigns of 2008. 

Make no mistakes, conservative Republicans will be back in force in '10.  And let this be a word to the wise, if you run as a conservative, you'd better damn sure vote as one.  Last night's elections show that this country is already weary of Barry.  If he continues down this communist/socialist path, his demise is all but ensured.  The damage he can do along the way though will be irreparable.  We must hope that health care and cap and trade both go down in flames.

At The Daily Beast there is a nice article by Matt Latimer, a former speech writer for GWB and D. Rumsfeld. It's about how Rush and the others didn't have the ear of the last administration as much as people like to believe.  Maybe if they had, we'd be in better shape.

Here's an article about tipping that is pretty good.  Goes along with the  scene from Reservoir Dogs (I didn't want to post the scene up directly so I just gave the link.  Rated "R" for strong language and sexual content but I like how Tarantino writes.

I wonder if Barry is worried

Hmmm.  The people of Virginia and New Jersey have spoken and spoken loudly.  The people of up state New York squeeked one out but the voices of true conservatives were still heard. 

Over at American Thinker there is a great article about the results and what they mean.

I wonder how Obamaclause is taking this.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Climate debate part 1 and 2

Now that I don't have to do any real blogging anymore, I'll let Lou Dobbs do some stuff for me.  Here is part one of an "expose" on Algore's piece of crap film.  Here's a little nugget for you.  Algore never made more than a million dollars before his defeat in 2000.  He is now about to become a carbon billionaire.  I'll see if I can find that clip from his testimony on Capitol Hill.

Part One

Part Two

Man bear pig, it will destroy us all

By George, I think I've got it.

Alright, so I'm not a complete computer idiot but I do need help once in a while.  I've been wanting to be able to post videos to my blog for awhile now.  I asked computer genius BG for assistance and she did not want to be a willing particpant, not that anyone can blame her.  I decided to take the bull by the horns and see if I could figure this out by my lonesome.

After messing with the tool bar for what seemed like hours, I decided to break down and click the "help" icon.  Hmmm, aah, here it is, "how do I post a video to my blog from YouTube?"  You're shitting me?  It's that easy? Well, I guess it is the 21st century.

I really didn't know what to post for my first video so I went for a live performance of the greatest country song ever.

There were also updates on some other stuff. I've also been trying to figure out how make the strikethrough thing work.  You know, so I can say something sarcastic I mean relevent and make it even funnier.  And the they have a jump break.  Blogging just keeps getting cooler and cooler. 

This blog just might turn into something now.  Only one thing, where in the hell did the spell checker go?