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.
Another one of those regulations which is wreaking havoc for baseball fans. MLB decreed that baseball stadiums must now have metal detectors at entrances and the result has been hour long waits for fans to get in. This happened at the Cardinals season opener and many fans missed the fun opening ceremonies because of the wait. It got so bad that finally 40 minutes before the game, team officials just shut off the security system and let everyone in.
And St. Louis was not alone, almost all MLB stadiums saw the same thing happen even though, "Ahead of opening day, Cardinals officials, as well as those for other teams, had optimistically predicted that the walk-through detectors would not prove an impediment to efficient fan flow."
Sitting here as a news watcher, I'm not sure why this took Busch Stadium officials by surprise because a week ahead of the opener a National Womens Soccer game with a sell out crowd was held there and the same thing happened. Long lines, long waits, irritated fans. You'd have thought someone would have taken note of the mess of long lines and found an alternative way of getting baseball fans inside quickly.
Not sure how they're going to handle this the rest of the way. The crowds maybe won't be as big from now on but who really believes Cardinal fans won't pack Busch. We'll see today and the rest of the long season.
Cardinal fans will have more food choices at Busch this year, items in addition to the tradtional nachos and hot dogs.
Waffle sandwiches filled with your choice of fried chicken, pulled pork or bacon.
The Oreo Churro, made from an Oreo based batter, deep fried, coated in sugar and served with an Oreo creme dipping sauce.
A Walking Taco, served in a vertically cut bag of either Fritos or Doritos and can be topped with any of the traditional nacho toppings. Vendors will be walking through the stadium making these for fans to take and enjoy.
Quadruple Gooey Burger, a stack of four grilled patties and four slices of American cheese, topped with the proverbial special sauce, shredded lettuce and tomato and served with white queso tater tots.
Craft Cocktails which include the Crisp Caramel Apple, made with Crown Royal Regal Apple and Sprite. There’s also the Dark and Stormy, a mixture of dark rum and ginger beer that could help take the edge off long rain delays.
Today is Opening Day at Busch Stadium for the 2015 season and although it's storming at this early hour, the afternoon should be nice and everyone is so ready to get downtown to see the Cardinals play. Here's this morning's Post-Dispatch home page:
Last weekend St. Louis hosted a major soccer event featuring a friendly game between the women's national team and a team from, I think, New Zealand. This was the first shot at the requirement that stadium use metal detectors and the crowds waiting in long lines to get into Busch went on forever. It got so that officials at Busch finally gave up and let everyone in normally.
What does that mean for next week's season opener with the Cardinals? I wonder if the Busch people have figured out a better way to move the people inside.
This story is a waste of space. From KSDK: Illinois considers Metro East NFL stadium.
Governor Rauner was in O'Fallon Illinois yesterday and one reporter asked him about the possibility of building an NFL stadium in Illinois for the Rams. And just like that we learn "Illinois has not put out any concrete plans to build a stadium in the Metro East." And KSDK's Twitter feed said only this: "Illinois considers NFL stadium." Well, no, Illinois does not.
St. Louis hosted the NCAA Final Four Mens' Basketball Championships at the Jones Dome and as local luck would have it the University of Illinois was one of the four teams. Also in town were Michigan State, North Carolina, and Louisville. The excitement in this area was over the moon that weekend.
As the practice sessions were free and open to the public, I went over to see the Illini practice and absorb some of the atmosphere. That year Illinois celebrated its 100th year of men's basketball and had one of their most successful teams in school history, starting the season at 29-0 and holding the number one ranking for 15 straight weeks. Ohio State gave them their first loss of the season on the last game of the regular season before heading into conference tournament play, but still ended up Big Ten Conference Champions. They went on to win the conference tournament, regional finals and ended up at the Final Four.
They beat Louisville in the semi-finals and then lost a heartbreaker to North Carolina in the Championship game, 70-75.
Of local interest during that weekend, the team delayed their trip into downtown to spend a couple of hours bowling and they chose the Camelot Bowl in Collinsville where, as I recall, they thrilled the surprised local bowlers by signing nearly anything put in front of them.
That was a fantastic weekend for St. Louis and hard to believe its been ten years.
The country was still in a post 9-11 patriotic frame of mind as you can see by the entrance to the Jones Dome.
Coach Bruce Weber with the Illinois in 2005, now at Kansas State
My mind has officially been blown. Believe it or not the NCAA has a set of rules for any organization or group, for profit or non profit, which has planned a NCAA basketball watching party. And we think it's only government which has its big brother act in everything we do. Let's define organization first. It could be anything from a local community group like the Chamber of Commerce to individual churches.
Here is one example of how crazy these rules are and how powerful the NCAA is or thinks it is. If your church's youth group is planning to gather to watch the games: "Promotion of the event is limited to those affiliated with the organization. For example, if a church conducts a viewing party, it is able to promote within its own publications (e.g., church bulletin) to the congregation. However, any website promotion is prohibited."
So the group can't promote the event on the church's website or even Facebook?
Groups which might want to have a fun time and raise a bit of money for their projects and charge for the sale of food? Nope. Cannot do. Members can bring in their own food, but if the party is at say, the American Legion or Rec Club, they can't charge for their food.
There are more rules, but it is almost too much. Hypocrisy ratings given for each rule from WTOP in DC.
Here are two videos from the trapeze show Katie participated in on Friday March 13th at the Trapeze School NY in DC. There are a few seconds of video at the beginning of the person performing before her. Katie dedicated her performance to her college friend Becky who had a heart transplant at the end of last year. You can hear the announcer mention this dedication before Katie begins her flight.
Also, during a practice run, she wore my Go Pro video camera on a chest mount to get some video of how a trapeze run looks like to the person actually doing it. The great thing about this camera is the stability in video taken while moving. Sadly for me, Katie talked me into leaving my Go Pro with her and I'm not sure I'll get it back.