A Trip To Dodgers Stadium With My Dad

I recently read a story on the Dodgers Nation website titled “Baseball is Too Slow” – My Defense of the Game by Jody Wahl.

Great article and it got me to thinking about times my dad would take me to baseball games. I wanted to jot down one particular memory about a trip to a Dodgers game.

I don’t think it was my first time ever at a Dodgers game but it was certainly one of the first games I ever went with my pops to Chavez Ravine.

One thing that I certainly do remember is that I was FIVE years old.  The reason I know I was five is because the age to get in for free at Dodgers Stadium was four years and under.

The entire car ride down the I-5 freeway my dad had a very difficult task on his hands. The job of a father is to teach his children the difference between right and wrong. One of the most difficult and stressful things is to mold a young person into a productive member of society.

With sports I have learned over the years that there is a gray area. My kids for example are not allowed to use the word “hate” … unless of course they are talking about the hated San Francisco Giants.

My father was floating in the gray area with this current trip to see the boys in blue. He was explaining to me the importance of not lying while also telling me that just for today, I was four years old so I could get in the gates for free.

I remember pulling up to the stadium and holding my dad’s hand the whole way up to the gates. The long walk up to the gates my dad was still explaining that lying was bad.

Once we got close to the gate my dad picked me up, probably thinking me not being able to walk under my own power would fool the nice people ripping our ticket stubs. There is no way a kid that doesn’t walk by himself could need his own ticket.

We got to the front of the line and the moment came. Dad casually handed his ticket to the usher probably thinking they would never ask how old the child was in his arms. However, she did.

“How old is he?” she said.

This was it the moment my dad had set us up for that long drive down and the long walk to the gate. Confidently my dad said “Five!”

This then led to an odd stare down between the usher and Dad. Having been taught well, I quickly said “No Dad, I’m Four.”

The nice lady ripped my dad’s ticket stub and graciously let us in. Even as a four, er, five year old, I knew the lady didn’t believe us for one second.

In the aforementioned article from Dodgers Nation, it talks about the game maybe doesn’t need to be slowed down.

“Instead of searching for ways to speed up the game, how about we learn how to slow down. What’s the saying… It’s not the destination, it’s the journey … Baseball is a journey, gather up some family and friends, grab a cold beer, a hot Dodger dog and savor it. Savor every single minute, these are the things memories are built on.”

I don’t remember if the Dodgers won, I honestly am not sure who the Dodgers played. I think it was the Rockies but I honestly can’t be sure.

I do know it was quite the journey, one that I will never forget. This is one of many times my pops took me to a ball game. Thanks for letting me share that memory and thanks dad for always wanting to take me to a game.

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NBA Finals 2016: My Observations After 5 Games

The NBA Finals are well underway and I have tried to watch the majority of it, however with three kids it can sometimes be challenging. Don’t get me wrong I think Daniel the Tiger has some great life lessons for kids to learn, I just wish one episode would have a song featuring a song that includes “you should let your dad watch important sporting events instead of watching this.” I’m sure the writers could think of a way to make that rhyme but I digress.

Again I have been able to see a good chunk of the games and I have some thoughts that I have wanted to put out to the world but they are longer than 140 characters. So this is a couple of observations that you probably didn’t really care about to hear about. Thank you for indulging me.

Lebron James is… ugh.

After LeBron James’ second year with the Miami Heat I have really tried to like him. I think “The Decision” was one of the worst PR moves anyone has ever done which most would probably agree with. He took the “how dare you be mad at me for doing that, I raised money for children” approach afterwards and I didn’t really like that.

He tried to be the villain his first year in with Miami and it just wasn’t his style. This was one of the things that I made me turn toward kind of liking him. In saw an interview he did with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in 2011.

“I play the game fun, joyful, and I let my game do all of the talking and I got away from that. That’s what I lost last year. Going through my first seven years in the NBA I was always the “liked one” and to be on the other side — they call it the dark side or the villain or whatever they call it — it was definitely challenging for myself. It was a situation I had never been in before, and it took awhile … it took a long time to adjust to it.”

I respected this, I also respected the fact that he is probably the greatest all around player I have ever seen with his own two eyes. However, the sub-tweets, the working out with D-Wade on a day off, the I want to play with my friends stuff and taking the “high road,” drives me crazy.

LeBron seems to be going out of his way to do things that just rub me the wrong way.

More on LeBron…

LeBron James has the most unreal expectations I have ever seen on any athlete ever. Now he certainly brought this upon himself with the “not five, not six, not seven” talk.

But I see a change (albeit slow) in the narrative happening.

I once heard a comedian talk about living with your parents and how things change after a certain amount of time. In your 20s if you live with your parents everyone tells you that enough is enough and you have to get out. Your 30s roll around, you still live with your parents and people tell you you’re pathetic. Then by the time your 40s people change a little and say “man that is really nice of you sacrificing your space and taking care of your parents.”

This may be a bit of a stretch comparison but I feel like people are now starting to see that what he is doing will probably never be seen again. Six straight NBA Finals appearances and the media is currently going through LeBron fatigue.

The same thing happened with Michael Jordan, it would be easy to just give him the MVP award every year but the media doesn’t want to just give it to him every year.

Steph Curry’s struggles…

There seems to be a few things happening. I don’t know if he is 100% healthy. I know everyone has issues when they’re team reaches the finals however, he had two different injuries previously in this playoffs. That is why you are seeing him be way less productive after a big game.

Another thing added to this is the one thing the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t want to let happen is to let Steph Curry get rolling. When Curry gets rolling it is infectious, he can rattle off 12 quick points and it is more demoralizing than anything I have ever seen in basketball.

I remember when the Lakers had their last championship run Shannon Brown would come off the bench and throw down some of the most ferocious dunks. While that did get the fan out of their seats it only got the Lakers 2 points. When Curry goes on one of his runs not only does he get the crowd going crazy but he also gives his team a giant lead or makes sure they are never out of a game.

The Refs…

This has kind of been a theme throughout the entire playoffs but the last two minutes of a game report card makes the refs look really bad and it is messing with me psychologically.

I feel like all it does is make the refs look bad and make the losing team just feel worse. So the refs should have called eight fouls in your favor but they didn’t so you lost by two instead of going to the free throw line to put you ahead. Sorry, I guess?

For me all I am doing now is thinking about the refs. This is something I have never done before. Of course there is the occasional “That wasn’t a foul!” outburst but now I am thinking about conspiracies to extend this series to seven games. Now I think the refs have way more to do with the outcome of the game than I think they really do, either way it’s in the back of my mind now and it bothers me.

Predictions you probably don’t care about…

The Cavaliers will win game six and I don’t think with will be even close. Draymond Green feels like he let his team down by being kicked out for game five and with Andrew Bogut going down for the rest of the Finals, Green is going to try and do too much and it won’t work.

LeBron and Kyrie Irving are also playing about as well as anyone could play right now and I think that play continues in the comfort of their own home.

Game seven comes back to Oracle Arena and I think LeBron and company find a way to pull off the insane comeback.

This also will change the narrative on both LeBron and Steph. LeBron would cement himself as a top five player in the history of the game. I also predict after the parade runs through downtown Cleveland that LeBron strongly considers leaving once again to play with his buddies.

On the flip side people are going to start really cranking up the dislike for Steph, which I think has already happened quite a bit but it will be a story line all season long. The comparisons to Peyton Manning will be in full force.

People are also going to start discounting the Warriors previous championship. “Sure they won but they were more lucky than anything else in their title run.”

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Too Ugly For TV Sports Podcast – October 20, 2015

Myself and Justin Powell have given new life to the Too Ugly For TV Sports Podcast.

Tonight we spoke about College Football, the NFL and our two things we thought were too ugly not to talk about in sports; Rick Pitino and anguish you feel as a sports fan…

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Too Ugly For TV Sports Podcast – January 31, 2015

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On this edition of the Too Ugly For TV Sports Podcast myself and Brandon Crow talk about Super Bowl XLIX, NBA, Kobe Bryant, Marshawn Lynch, Tiger Woods, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather, and much more.

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Jess the Facts: Gettin old

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College Football Playoff: My Hopes And Dreams

The College Football Playoff is but a week away from being set in stone. Finally there will no longer be the BCS screwing up college football, this year we are leaving that up to a selection committee.

A committee which according to collegefootballplayoff.com is “A talented group of high-integrity individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, collegiate administrators and journalists, along with sitting athletics directors, comprise the selection committee.”

The members of the selection committee are: Jeff Long (chair), Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

Do I think this group of individuals is “talented” and of “high-integrity”?

Yes… Call me a dreamer but I think this committee wants to get the 4 best teams in this playoff. They really have been put in a no win situation.

Do I think this selection committee can leave their biases at the door?

No, not possible…

Do I think this is the best way to choose a champion in college football?

No… I will get to my solution later.

I would also like to preface this by saying I absolutely love watching college football and I think that is the reason of not having a true champion bugs me so much. In the interest of full disclosure I would also like to say that I do hold a bit of a Pac-12 bias.

I feel like I am being a bit negative with this post but here are a few of my hopes for this new four game playoff that may break the internet and crumble the four game playoff.

Florida State is left on the outside looking in…

It seems like the committee and pretty much everyone else is looking for a reason to get the Seminoles out of the top four. I think they should be in the top four because they are the defending national champions and they only undefeated team. The problem is everyone is comparing them to last year’s and taking into account Jamis Winston’s off the field issues.

However the fact is the team’s schedule isn’t nearly as good as anyone else’s in the top ten. The ACC is having a down year and FSU have barely won most of it’s games against teams they should be blowing out. There is good reason to leave them out of the top four and if they weren’t the defending champs they may be just out of the top four.

My sinister side would love it if FSU barely beat to Georgia Tech but look terrible doing so and the committee leaves them out of the top four with an undefeated record.

The SEC is left out of the Final Four

The Southeastern Conference has all but owned college football for the last decade. They figured out the BCS system, totally took advantage of it and cashed in on it.

There is actually a pretty good chance that there could be no SEC school in the final four. If Missouri finds a way to beat Alabama there will be no SEC team represented. Before the season started everyone was talking about what two SEC teams were going to and now there is a possibility that none will be there?!?!

ESPN just started the SEC Network and they are also going to be broadcasting the four game playoff.

The Sports Media Mothership may implode and that would be fantastic.

Ohio State beats Wisconsin with style… still out

The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost one game in the last three years and will have nothing to show for it. Braxton Miller Heisman hopeful gets injured prior to the start of the season. J.T. Miller breaks his ankle just before the final four push.

Cardale Jones will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes and I think Wisconsin is playing really well right now. If the Badgers don’t win, I think it will be a close game. However I could see a problem arise if OSU blows out Wisconsin and they are still out of the final four.

The only loss the Buckeyes have is against Virginia Tech in week 2 of the season when Miller was still trying to get a hold of the offense. Not a bad loss in my opinion.

The only way OSU can hope to get in the top four is if they blowout Wisconsin  and even then it is an uphill battle. This will make waves especially in the state of Ohio and will make people question the selection system.

TCU In and Baylor Out

Now this one is probably going to happen. The committee loves TCU, plan and simple. If all of the top four teams win I don’t see any changes.

TCU lost to Baylor earlier in the year but for some reason head-to-head is not making a difference. Baylor did lose after beating TCU but the argument seems to be between these two teams and TCU somehow has the edge.

Baylor hired a PR firm to get them in the top four, my guess is they aren’t in the top four that same firm is going to spin something saying the committee made a mistake.

The College Football Playoff Solution

8 teams… All I want is 8 teams, no more, no less. I want the college football regular season to still mean something and adding more teams will make it like college basketball where no one cares until the final month of the season.

Champions of the big 5 conferences, the ACC, Pac-12, SEC, Big 10 Big 12 and then 3 at large bids. The seeding and at large bid can of course be selected by the committee I would hate for it to go to waste.

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Dodgers Broadcaster Charley Steiner Joined Radio Hall Of Fame

Dodgers Broadcaster Charley Steiner recently joined the National Radio Hall Of Fame. I had the opportunity to interview him on my show Jesse and The Jellyman.

Steiner, a four-time Emmy winner, just completed his ninth season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers, calling all the games heard on KHTS AM 1220.

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Steiner spent three seasons (2002-04) on the New York Yankees’ radio broadcast team. Before joining the Yankees, the New York native spent 14 years at ESPN, where, among many assignments, he anchored SportsCenter and did play-by-play for Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio.

Previous sportscasting inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame include Dodger Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Red Barber, Mel Allen, Marty Brennaman, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Ronald Reagan and Bob Uecker.

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Read the full story: Charley Steiner To Be Inducted Into The National Radio Hall Of Fame

Dodgers Broadcaster Charley Steiner Joined Radio Hall Of Fame

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Too Ugly For TV Sport Podcast

Feeling good about this one. This one was recorded a while ago but I didn’t post it on my blog.  I hope you enjoy.

If you want to get a hold of us here is how you do it:

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