Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
The USA men's World Cup soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with Portugal yesterday and the wholesale depression which fell on many fans is contagious. If they'd won, the USA would have been in the final round, but this tie means they must beat Germany on Thursday. At least I think that is what it means. The points given in soccer are a mystery to me. By beating Ghana the Americans received 3 points and the tie gave them 1. So they are tied with Germany in their group with 4 points while Portugal and Ghana each have 1. If the US and Germany play to a tie, they'll both move on. But if one of them wins, it could mean Portugal or Ghana could slip into the second qualifying spot. Depending....
If only the US had not let that last minute goal to Portugal they'd have woken up this morning with 6 points and have qualified for the finals. But it is what it is.
As I say, it's a mystery how they figure all this.
CBS has won the right to televise NFL Thursday night games next season. This is good news for those of us who do not get the NFL Network on their cable line up. It's only a one year contract however, but it appears as though the following years will see the Thursday games on at least one channel we all get in our homes.
The next time you head to Busch Stadium for a ball game, you might want to skip the tepid, boring hotdogs inside for a real hot dog outside. I'm sure you can bring them in because the owners of the stand pay a fee to the Cardinals and the city to set up their outdoor kitchen.
Karen Boschert runs the stand with her husband Kelly. The Boscherts are from Belleville. And...Top dogs are the Chicago (mustard, relish, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, celery salt and sport peppers) and the St. Louis (bacon and cheese sauce). At K's Unique Dogs, you get a $3 to $3.50 hot dog, $3 bratwurst, $4 hamburger, plus $2 to $4 for water, soda and bags of peanuts. For $5, you get the meal deal: a dog or brat, chips and a drink. Half the price inside Busch and twice as good.
They grill their dogs because St. Louisans prefer them that way as opposed to Chicagoans who like them steamed. But I'll take it anyway they prepare them. And take them I will next time I'm at a Cardinals game and maybe I won't even go to the game, I'll just go for the hot dogs.
Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/06/01/3232036/ks-unique-dogs-ofallon-woman-relishes.html#storylink=cpy
Kentucky Derby day. We pay absolutely no attention to horse racing but usually watch the Kentucky Derby for its pomp and color. This year's race will include a horse named Vicar's in Trouble ridden by a woman, Rosie Napravnik. Here are a few things to know about Rosie. She seems more than able, but her horse has been given 20-1 odds which doesn't sound promising. California Chrome is the front runner as far as odds go, but in at least one story, it seems as though California horses don't normally do well in the Derby.
Still, I kind of like the idea of having a horse to root for while watching. Go Vicar!
For several years I've had the idea that major league baseball national broadcasts were heavy on New York Yankees games and if not them, then the Red Sox. I always thought of this after too many weeks had gone by to prove it, but not this season. I've wasted a bit of my mornings since opening day checking the listings and taking notes. It turns out that my impression was correct.
Here is what April looked like for nationally broadcast baseball games.
April 1. April 2 Yankees MLB April 3 Boston MLB April 4 Boston MLB Yankees MLB April 5 April 6 April 7 Yankees MLB Boston ESPN April 8 Yankees MLB April 9. Boston. MLB April 10. Yankees Boston. MLB April 11 New York Boston MLB April 12 New York Boston fox sports April 13 New York Boston ESPN April 14. off day April 15. -- April 16 Yankees cubs MLB April 17 local games only April 18. Yankees MLB April 19 April 20 Yankees MLB Boston ESPN April 21 Boston MLB April 22 Yankees at Boston. MLB April 23 Boston New York ESPN April 24 New York Boston MLB April 25 April 26 LA at New York MLB April 27 LA at New York MLB April 28 off day April29 Seattle New York MLB April30 Boston Tampa MLB
This is in aid of nothing except that for whatever reason and no matter how good a fan base other teams have, someone at ESPN and MLB believe the rest of us are very interested in the Yankees. I even heard an ESPN commentator say to another commentator, "The Yankees are America's favorite team."
Maybe in the New York metro but I doubt you'll get that opinion in St Louis or Chicago or LA or anywhere else. Maybe in Florida since so many New Yorkers retire down there.
And what about today, May 1? Well, the Yankees gave up the stage for once, but Boston gets it.
Seriously, though. Don't the Yankees have their own broadcast network? Why YES they do.
Wrigley Field opened. What a difference a century makes. 100 years ago the owners built and paid for the ballpark. Now owners strong arm cities into paying for them.
Here's an early Wrigley/Cubs photo from when they actually had a real cub.
Before Wrigley was built around Clark, Waveland, Sheffield and Addison Avenues, that property was a Lutheran Seminary. It was originally purchased in 1851 by developer William Sheffield but somehow got into the hands of a Lutheran minister named William Passavant. In 1874, St. Mark's Lutheran Church had been constructed on the land. The small chapel served as the birthplace of the seminary until the school opened officially on Oct. 1, 1891, with six students.
As the seminary grew, so did the neighborhood.
"I get the impression it was pretty bucolic when the seminary opened, yet grew up and became a little too busy, noisy and dirty in the ensuing years," said Stuart Shea, author of the just-released "Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines.".
In 1909, the seminary bought adjoining land to give itself a buffer from the encroaching neighborhood. That brought the property to 8 acres, according to "Passavant's Vision: A History of the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1891-1951," by Marjory R. Weng. But it didn't solve the problem, and the seminary vacated the property in 1910, moving to Maywood and later merging with other seminaries to form the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, which is now on East 55th Street.
Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park and was built for a short lived 3rd professional baseball league team named the Whales.
The Whales' first game there was April 23, 1914. And even then, the presence of the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary was felt.
"There's a picture of the ballpark in the opener in 1914," Hartig said, "and beyond left field you see some of (the seminary buildings) on the property. There was a guy (on) the property, and he had time left on his lease. They were going to wait for the lease to expire. But when the season opened, there was something like nine home runs in the first three games.
"They decided the park was too small. So they checked the lease and saw it didn't say anything about a porch. So they took the back porch off the house and moved the fence back, right to his house."
The Cubs moved into Weeghman Park 2 years later in 1916 which is when the real bear cub appeared on the field.