Hockey’s BACK!!

nhl-logoWelcome back hockey, I’ve missed you.

The NHL and its players’ union reached an accord on the framework of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement just after 5 a.m. Sunday to save the 2013 hockey season – the culmination of a marathon, 16-plus-hour bargaining session at Hotel Sofitel in Midtown.

Dates and games have not been announced.

Talking Sports

You no longer have to just listen to me rant and reminisce, now you can join in the conversation. I’ve added a forum to bRight & Early Sports. It is very much a work in progress, but it is up and functional. There are three forums right now – General, Football, and Baseball. I will be adding others, as well as sub-forums (like NFL and College under football), soon. Let me know what you think I should add.

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I hope to talk with you soon..

How late is too late?

Sure, this is a sports site, but fitness is a sport to many people. Besides, it’s my site, so I’ll write what I want. It’s not like I’ve publicized this site and anyone reads it.

Here’s the background: I’m fat and I’m getting old.

Need more? OK. I’ll be 57 in two days. I eat the wrong things, don’t get anywhere near enough exercise, and I don’t even know if I’m in shape to get in shape. But I have to try. To make things even more fun I’m cheap and poor. I’m not going to pay for a gym membership, and if I did I wouldn’t go. I know me.

I know running is inexpensive, but I get tired just running my mouth. I think I’m going to have to work up to something like that.

That pretty much leaves walking. I’m guessing that walking to the break room at the back of the building for a cinnamon roll doesn’t count. I’ll have to go to Publix and step on their scale to see where I’m starting. We don’t even own a scale. I’m guessing it will be around 285 based on the last weight I can remember. I’ll add that to this post later today, if I get there.

More later. Hey, does writing burn many calories?

Me and the Phillies

Since this is a new project, perhaps a little bit of background is in order.

My love of sports started so far back that I can’t even remember a time when it wasn’t an interest in my life. I grew up in south Jersey, right across the river from Philadelphia. My earliest sports memories are listening to the Phillies on the radio as I lay in bed at night. I can still remember listening to By Samm, Richie Ashburn, Bill Campbell, and later, Harry Kalas. I was a Phillies fan through the 60′s, including the infamous ’64 season — blowing a 6 game lead with 12 to play.

I was pretty naive when I was a young sports fan. I clearly recall trying to listen to a game in the waiting room of the hospital while my parents visited my grandmother. I didn’t catch the game, but I did hear the score. The opposing team scored two, three, four runs, I don’t remember and the Phils scored one. So while the announcer said something like, “Pirates 3, Phillies 1″ what I heard was, “Phillies won.” The truth can be a very sad thing.

I played right field in Little League, and I wanted to be the next Johnny Callison. I wasn’t. I know he had a great arm and bat, but I don’t think many people remember his consistency. If my memory serves me correctly (and it very well may not) he had a very impressive consecutive game streak going at one point in his career. I remember listing to the game that broke the streak when he had to sit out due to a case of the measles!

My fondest memories of the Phillies involve my dad. We would watch games on a Saturday afternoon, and once each season we would take a trip across the river to Connie Mack Stadium. That was always the best day of my summer. We always sat on the first base side somewhere in the upper deck. Those of you who remember Connie Mack Stadium probably recall that some of those seats were right behind a big steel support. I didn’t care. I was at a big league game. Dad taught me how to keep score at those games, a skill that is probably more often handed down from father to son than the fathers trade.

That’s enough for now. I’ll share more memories soon. I would love to hear your comments.

bRight & Early Sports

Welcome to bRight & Early Sports. I guess I could have written whatever I end up posting here on my main blog – bRight & Early – but there are a couple of reasons I decided to split the sports themed posts out here.

  • While sports and conservative politics are far from mutually exclusive, their intersection is pretty rare. I would keep them separated by more than just a category.
  • bRight & Early readers will know that I have been very remiss in keeping things up to date. My hope is that by writing about something other than politics I can get all of my writing jump started.
  • I love sports. I’ve been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. I’ll tell you more about my sports background in another post.

There you have a brief introduction. I hope that other sports fans will chime in here in the comments.