9:35pm As promised, here is the answer to the new Blob office bowl o’ chocolates pop quiz: The most popular chocolate among the mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Crunch is….
BABY RUTH! Running a less than close 2nd place…Crunch. karinct is absolutely right about the chocolately goodness (or lack thereof) of the Nestles chocolate, especially vs. the Hershey’s chocolate. And running a very distant 3rd…Butterfinger. They overwhelmed the half-emptied bowl…and because I didn’t want them to be all by themselves and lonely…I ate about 8 of them…you’ll see them on the WB Mason Postgame tonight…a couple will be in my 3rd chin, and when my top button pops off my jacket, you’ll know where the others went!
As I sit here preparing to watch the Yankees-Tigers wrap their series in Detroit, with the Yankees potentially leaving town taking two of three, my thoughts are re-directed to grabbing a tiger of my own by the tail …
It never ceases to amaze my how two people can read exactly the same thing and come to completely different conclusions about what was written. I refer to last night’s Blob, Listen To The Man With Lots of Gas. I urge you to read it and then see with which commenter you agree (and, by the way, I appreciate ALL comments … freedom of opinion!)
d.schilero said, “I think you’re missing something here – when you WIN you have fun –
when you lose it is not fun – very simple. Yankee fans want to win!
What I feel is missing is not taking each at bat seriously – that means
going up and THINKING about how they can hit to make something happen.
I realize you are not going to get a homerun every time you bat but so
many times all they needed was a fly ball – make contact. That is what
the old, winning Yankees always did – they knew how to make things
happen. Also what a lot of people are also missing is that the league
has changed and there are other teams that are better than before – it
is not just the Yankees and Red Sox and there is also no guarantee that
there are going to be two teams from the East in the playoffs. So
please don’t minimize things by saying they just have to have fun!”
fran0322 said, “Bob, I agree with you about this team needing to relax and have
fun. But the newspapers and talk radio personalities make every loss
seem like a major crisis and a lot of the fans just buy into it. It is
a long season and people have to realize that teams lose games.
Everyone just needs to calm down.”
Now, here’s the deal. I think if you read that Blob, and the comments, you know I agree with fran0322. d.schilero brings up some great points in the mid-section about having to have better at-bats, making contact, making things happen. I agree. But I in NO WAY minimized their problems by suggesting they have fun, as if that would cure all their ills. It won’t.
Let me see if I can draw a comparison. If you had a job where everybody around you beat you down and yelled at you EVERY DAY and told you how bad you were at your job versus a job where you DIDN’T have to hear that every single day, where those around you didn’t panic and scream, but gave you some latitude to do your job and work things out … which job would YOU prefer? And at which job do you think you’d be more productive and have better results? I think the answer is pretty obvious, no?
When it’s made a simple as “winning is fun and losing is no fun”… well, of course that’s the case. Who likes to lose? But, no team is going to go 162-0. It’s just reality. So, after some losses where your team is brutal, you kick ’em in the can … when they lose a hard-fought game, you don’t. You don’t hand-wring and yell and point fingers if they give an honest effort. There are some of those games, too. But, I get the impression that, no matter what kind of loss it is, there are some fans smashing furniture and kickin’ housecats in their misery (figuratively speaking, not literally … I hope).
I really hope this Blob clarifies what I mean. If not, fire away … again, freedom of opinion!
Now, some housekeeping
For those wondering if writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande watched “Groundhog Day” in the allotted week’s time I gave him, the answer is a resounding yes. Glenn watched it and said he enjoyed it, although I don’t think it made his top 10 list. Meanwhile, from one of my first Blobs, the studio crew at that time DID watch “Jeepers Creepers,” but as yet has not screened “Jeepers Creepers 2”, although spurred on by this Blob, perhaps they will.
And I added some new chocolates into the rotation on my office coffee table. This past week I filled the bowl previously occupied with Hershey’s Miniatures (Krackel is the favorite) with the delectable trio of mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Nestle Crunch bars. So, once again, pop quiz … which of those three was the favorite? The answer later tonight in Wednesday’s Blob, Part Deux …
3:50 p.m. How’s this for YES karma? I submitted my latest Blob this afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. with a mention of KJ and I co-hosting a Food Network show, and just minutes later she updates her blog with the news that Food Network reps were making everyone in the booth food. Quick, KJ, before they leave … pitch our show!!!
Now, time to answer quickly to a few comments made on this and previous Blobs … Thanks to theduchess for realizing in today’s Blob that I am no sexist. I think the world of KJ AND theduchess! In a previous Blob re: Hershey’s Miniatures in my office, I did answer which was the most popular, but someone asked about it, so I’ll rinse and repeat … the most favorite lil bar in the bowl is Krackel! And for those intrigued/perplexed by writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande having never seen “Groundhog Day,” he assured me yesterday that he will see it within a week’s time. I told him the clock was ticking and, actually, he only had five days left. Ya got tomorrow off, Glenn! A whole day off to fit an hour and a half of Bill Murray magic into your life … with a side dish of Andie MacDowell, the very underrated Chris Elliott, and a dash of Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head, C’mon Ya Know Me Buddy!!! (For those of you who DID see the movie, which is everybody BUT Glenn, you get that last reference!
Well, well, well … instead of just Blobbin’ right out of the gate today, I can’t believe that I have to clarify a remark made by me to the AL blog Leader, Kim Jones. But, because her fingers are the Fast and the Furious … In today’s edition of Keeping Up With the Jones, she revealed that in our pre-show phone meeting with producer Bill Boland (Billy Boles), I said, “You write pretty well — for a chick.” True. I said it. But KJ! You couldn’t add a comma and say something like, “I love it when he makes comments like that because I know that he respects my work and that’s just a fun way to take a shot at me,”? Maybe I need to start editing KJ’s blog. I just want to clarify that it wasn’t a sexist comment because ya know there might be folks out there who think that when they read it. I say it because her work is so good, both TV and writing, that she’s obliterated the line between men covering sports and women covering sports. She’s just plain great at it. Now, look at the body of the first part of this Blob … an 11-line paragraph having to explain a seven-word remark. Thanks for the angst and all the extra work, KJ … ain’t that just like a chick?! Haha.
Feedin’ the animals
The previously mentioned Billy Boles with a great call today for lunch … a trip to the deli Rinaldi’s. He included me in the order and reminded me that this is the place where I always get the hot pastrami wedge with swiss and spicy mustard. So I ordered the same thing as always…and as always, I ate it like somebody was trying to take it away from me. I’m surprised I didn’t eat the paper and foil it came wrapped in. By the way, people have noticed how much Jones and I blog about food and what everybody on the staff consumes on a daily basis … I think we should be linked to a bunch of food blogs and Web sites … maybe we should co-host a show on the Food Network. “Bites and Burps, coming up next!” P.S. Billy Boles had the #12 — chicken cutlet with peppers. He looks very happy.
I said that exact thing to 2 people this week…Don’t know if you know this, but before the pregame starts, Kim Jones and I usually chat a bit, just to make sure we’re on the same page, make sure she can hear me and vice versa, and to double check the mikes, etc. So, tonight, she mentions that she can do with a little less cowbell, because the Rays’ fans go crazy shaking their cowbells. Well, of course, what’s the line I’m gonna lay on her?! “Kim, I gotta have more cowbell!” That’s the key line from the great SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle of Blue Oyster Cult, smacking his cowbell much to the dismay of his bandmates, and much to the delight of record producer Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken). Well, it seems that KJ is one of the 5 or so people left in the world who hasn’t seen that! I tried to explain it to her, but I think she glazed over midway through. I hope she’ll search it on YouTube (or just click the video link below). Enjoy the magic, Kim.
The other time took place a couple nights ago…I threw out a line from the movie Groundhog Day and our resident writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande, who’s also the voice of our Just for Men Hold of the Day on the pregame, told me….no, admitted to me…that he’d never seen the movie Groundhog Day! Who hasn’t seen that, except Glenn?! I can’t count the number of times, when a day seems the same as another, I either say or I’ve heard others say, “It’s like Groundhog’s Day”, and everyone knows what that means! So, right now, I’m issuing a Blob challenge to Glenn…Go rent and watch Groundhog Day or I’ll go out in the parking lot and let the air out of your tires! I’m just kidding…I wouldn’t do that…I’d get somebody else to do it.