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.
Back in 2006 Chicago's WGN TV made the decision to become part of The CW Network. I haven't found what CW stands for but it may explain one thing. Last week we got a bit caught up in the Cubs success and thought it would be fun to watch one of their games. But we quickly found out that unlike the many years when WGN was a national cable network with most Cubs games, the station stopped broadcasting the Cubs.
All we found on WGN were unlikeable and odd tv series shows. Turns out the Cubs are pretty much just a Chicago area viewing team now. Whether this separation from The CW will bring back more baseball is unknown since the story mainly obsesses with Bozo the Clown shows, but I hope the Cubs come back for all of us to watch.
Seriously, Atlanta still has a national network, TBS, which bores us with many Braves games, why not the Cubs.
The Cards and Blues are both playing at home, the Blues in the third game of the second round of the playoffs. The two venues aren't next door to each other, but close enough to co-mingle traffic and fans. It's fun to see. Ballpark Village has worked out pretty well for allowing fans without tickets to either stadium to come together and watch both games on the big screens. Blue or Red clothing acceptable tonight.
The grandsons are having themselves experiences today. Connor is doing the Bubble Run St. Louis which is taking place in the rain in Madison Illinois beginning at the Gateway Motor Sports park. The Bubble Run is a three mile run more for fun than competition and runners go through waves every 3-5 minutes and 4 foam bogs which cover them in different colors of foam. I'm pretty sure Connor will find this amazing. Or maybe not.
Here is how the run looked
Drew and Jake out in Maryland are at an activity center doing all kinds of things including trampoline. But here they clubbing each other on a beam.
I've said before that I am not much of a hockey fan and truth be told, I wasn't optimistic about the chance that the Blues would beat the Blackhawks last night. But, I discovered I am a strong partisan of our city and so found myself really pulling for them. I didn't watch the game but followed along periodically on Twitter. There is a man (Mike Poepping of KSDK) who tweets only about the Blues so I knew what was going on. I finally shut down when the score was 2-2 in the third period.
Then as often happens I found myself wide awake at 2 and opened up the ipad to see the result and was able to go back to sleep happily.
The city of St. Louis is as important as a team and if the city's team does well, it makes us all feel pretty darn good.
All of a sudden there is a rash of big sports news, most coming from 2 sports I pay no attention to whatsoever. But the excited headlines have me looking over the stories anyway and getting, maybe, slightly interested.
The Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime last night in the first game of the playoffs. The game started late and I didn't watch in any event because hockey on TV is just nutty. But I read about the overtime before turning out the light and first thing this morning I checked to see who won. Beating Chicago in any sport is big here, but hockey as much as baseball.
Then the NBA is all about Steph Curry and as a sidebar but no less big, is Kobe Bryant. Kobe scored 60 points last night in his last game before retiring. 60! I guess his teammates gave him the ball every time down the floor. Then Curry, the biggest name in basketball this year, finished the season with 400 3 pointers. The guy's on fire this year and 400 is obviously a record.
"In recent weeks a rash of withdrawals and substitutions from major competitions has wreaked havoc on Russian sports, throwing into question the lineups for volleyball and even curling teams. The suspected culprit is meldonium, the newly banned drug whose use in Russia recently led to the provisional suspension of the tennis champion Maria Sharapova and has forced dozens of other athletes around the world from competitions."
CURLING!!? Curlers need performance enhancing drugs? Which one? the guy who brooms the ice or the guy who slides the rock gently down the ice?
"The Russian national men’s curling team was switched out the day before the world championships began in Switzerland this week.
March Madness needs a search committee to help us viewers find the channel numbers for the various games. And, we need a way to actually memorize the numbers of stations we don't ordinarily watch. So far in St. Louis the NCAA basketball games have been on CBS, TRUtv, TNT, TBS and maybe one more, I don't know. Each time I've had to get the cheat sheet that came with the cable box to figure it out. I like that games are all being aired, but this is work.
Last night Dale said he was going to watch the last game in bed and asked what channel it was on. I had to click down one and then back to know the number. Saying TNT was not going to cut it.