Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Pence vs Harris NBA looks beyond this season & The Beatles 1962

Pence vs Harris NBA looks beyond this season & The Beatles 1962 10/07 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Pence vs Harris........more than your typical VP debate.....NBA low ratings and going back to normal next season....Bush & Afghanistan 2001....The Beatles released their first 45 in 1962...........
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How do you say 'Lakers vs Heat' in Chinese?

Did you hear that L.A. and Miami are playing for the NBA title?  Maybe you did and don't care, as we see from this TV ratings:

Game one of the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat averaged a 4.1 rating and 7.41 million viewers on US network ABC, making it the least-watched game of the champion-crowning series since at least 1988, according to Sports Media Watch.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not a big NBA fan.  Honestly, it was a better game in the 1980s, when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird gave us a great rivalry.  Nevertheless, I did follow the finals, especially if the Mavericks or Spurs were representing Texas.

The NBA cannot write off a drop like that in TV ratings as a temporary case of "systemic racism."  We may be watching something bigger than racism.  My guess is that a lot of fans, myself included, are just fed up with a little too much politics on the court or jerseys.

It makes me wonder what's next.  At times of uncertainty, it's a good idea to check with our friends at the Babylon Bee.  They may have hit on the solution to keep the dollars flowing and teams meeting bloated payrolls:

In an effort to salvage its relationship with China, the NBA is now requiring all players to stand for the Chinese national anthem at the beginning of every game.

The official song of the People's Republic of China, "March of the Volunteers," will be played at the start of all professional basketball games, whether at home or abroad. All players, fans, coaches, and employees will be required to stand and solemnly sing lyrics including the following:

Millions of but one heart we run towards the Communist tomorrow!
Build our homeland, guard our homeland, and fight gallantly.
March on! March on! March on!
We, for tens of thousands of generations to come,
Hold high the Flag of Mao Zedong, march on!

Why not?  Win one for Mao.  Remind the world of how tolerant Mao was with dissent and how the Chinese cultural revolution allowed the masses to read their favorite books.  Those were the days, and the NBA will bring them back.

In the meantime, we can practice our Chinese and get ready for the Peking Lakers, Canton Celtics, and whatever mascot you want to use for the place where the virus came from.  Maybe the 19ers?

Yes, if I may steal someone else's line, "Go woke, go broke."  It couldn't happen to a nicer group of uninformed and irrelevant tall people.

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Cuba and the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debates

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My late father would often speak about the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960. 
Like he told me, many Cubans listened to that debate very carefully on the radio.  It was broadcast to Cuba on short wave radio, perhaps Voice of America or some other frequency.
By the summer of 1960, Cuba was in rebellion against the Castro regime.  
Cubans were asking these questions:  What happened to the elections?  Why are all of those Soviets landing at the airport?  Why are Cuban owned businesses “nationalized”?  Why is every regime critic called a CIA operative?  Why so many political arrests?  Why were newspapers shut down?   
“In the second of four televised debates, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon turn their attention to foreign policy issues.
Three Cold War episodes, in particular, engendered spirited confrontations between Kennedy and Nixon.
The first involved Cuba, which had recently come under the control of Fidel Castro.
Nixon argued that the island was not “lost” to the United States, and that the course of action followed by the Eisenhower administration had been the best one to allow the Cuban people to “realize their aspirations of progress through freedom.”
Kennedy fired back that it was clear that Castro was a communist, and that the Republican administration failed to use U.S. resources effectively to prevent his rise to power.
He concluded that, “Today Cuba is lost for freedom.””
Six months later, President Kennedy dropped the ball at The Bay of Pigs.   On December 2nd, Castro announced that he had always been a “Marxist Lennist”!   In an instant, Cuba was a Soviet satellite and nothing would ever be the the same.

1984: Walter Payton set a rushing record

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The late and great Walter Payton set  new a rushing record of 12,400 yards on this day in 1984.   Payton passed Jim Brown.   
We remember Payton as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history:  16,726 rushing yards, 110 TD’s and a Super Bowl title with the 1986 Chicago Bears.    
Payton died in 1999 of cancer.    He was a great running back:

1966: Moe Drabowsky's 6 innings of relief in game 1 of the World Series

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The underdog Orioles got off to a great start in the top of the first inning of the 1966 World Series.

Eventual MVP and Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson hit a 2-run HR and Brooks Robinson followed it with a solo shot.    It was suddenly 3-0 Baltimore!

Dave McNally could not get out of the 3rd inning but Moe Drabowsky pitched 6-plus innings of relief to preserve the win.

Final score: Orioles 5, Dodgers 2.    The Dodgers did not score again in the series.




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