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  1. I know we have some longtime baseball fans around here...so as I sit on a LIRR train on my way to see 'My Mets' play a 'meaningful' September game, I keep thinking about the state of the game I have loved since I could walk. In particular it's the ridiculous amount of HRs hit this year. I should be excited about the rookie HR monster the Mets have in Alonso...but I just read another story of the individual, team and league wide homerun records falling by the wayside this year and it just doesn't sit well with me. I know the ball is juiced...or changed it whatever. That's obvious. So my old school mentality is just annoyed and I find it hard to get excited about it all....and that's kinda sad. Anyone else feelin this way?
  2. I saw this flick on Saturday. I tried to avoid reviews and this thread. It pretty much was what I expected. A 'Feel Good' movie...but not exactly deep. Basic story line of a youth at odds with his father and how it all worked out in the end...with Mr. Springsteen's music playing an important role. As usual when it comes to a 'based on a true story' type movie, this one got some of the usual 'Hollywood Treatment' by adding some stuff that never happened to help make the story more interesting. But overall...it was a pretty good movie. It might even get Bruce some new fans....which is never a bad thing.
  3. That's fine. It really doesn't change anything though. From what I can tell, the info that was available just about up to the moment he quit indicated that Luck was gonna play. The stuff I'm reading about this current injury however appears pretty sketchy. From minor...to bad enough to miss preseason games to whatever they are saying now. Anyway...I know it's a different game and a different world from when the NFL was full of hard nosed athletes that wanted more that anything else to get the 'ring' to todays 'me first' attitude that will eventually make me turn to the professional dart league or something....lol.
  4. Most of what I read indicated he was likely to play this year...but fudging injury related news is common in pretty much every sport. I know my younger son who follows NFL stuff way more than I ever did, drafted Luck in his fantasy league. He'd never done that if it was known that Luck was gonna be out for an extended period time. I truly hope the Colts do well. I have nothing against the team. It just irks me whenever an under contract professional player quits...especially when the timing is so awful like with Luck. I feel the same about the under contract clowns that hold out for more $$.
  5. Compared to players of the past and hopefully some still in the game...he is a wimp. I always want to watch players that have the 'They have to rip my jersey off my back to get me to quit' type player in any sport. Luck obviously isn't that. I agree that this type of pussy shit will happen with more frequency because of the amount of money players get these days. While Luck left a bunch of money on the table by quitting, he still has made close to $100 million in his career....so he, his wife, kids and grand kids are set. He quit on himself, his teammates and his fans. He is a quitter. I can't look at it any other way.
  6. I may have been a little harsh in my wording. But I still think it sucks that this guy would quit when he did. I looked around a bit, but see nothing about the Colts being aware of this decision or the possibility of this happening any earlier than last Monday. The Colts apparently won't be going after any of the $25 million dollar signing bonus he signed. I get that he's battled a bunch of injuries during his career...it appears he just doesn't have what it takes to work his way back again. I guess I just don't get that. He was paid millions of dollars and basically quit because he couldn't bare to go through anymore rehab....so essentially he didn't have it in him to get his ass back on the field. I'm not sure that makes him a fuckin wimp....maybe just a regular wimp. I also don't blame the fans that booed him as he left the field last night. He let them down. As far as taking the money while on an injured list...no that wouldn't make him a wimp at all. Injuries are part of the game and everyone knows that when a contract is signed....I assume the team expectation is for a player to work hard during his recovery and return healthy. I would think that outright quitting is usually not an option for most players. But Luck already made enough money to retire at 29....so he had that option.
  7. 29 years old...multimillionaire....'mentally worn down' from playing football?...quits on his team and his fans this close to the season opener. Fuckin wimp.
  8. And that's a wrap. I read through some of this thread after watching the last episode and tend to agree with the sentiment that the show went a bit downhill over the last season or two. But overall a pretty damn good show. Not as good as Breaking Bad or some other favorites. I'm glad I spent time bingeing through this one.
  9. Sleepy Joe's Cafe sounds like a fun place....way better than Harry's Place that's for sure.
  10. Up to Season 5 episode 7....lots of crazy unexpected shit happens on this show. Two thumbs up!
  11. I was at this show as well. Briefly met a few people at the tailgate. Had that delay during the lightning storm...that loudspeaker announcement was driving me nearly insane....Got a bit teary during Into the Fire and rocked out with a stadium full of people during Seven Nights.....great show.
  12. I hadn't heard this sad news until seeing this thread. I think saw Dr. John the first time when I watched The Last Waltz. After that I got a bunch of his music...sadly I never saw him perform live, but what a fantastic body of work he left behind for us to enjoy. RIP Mr. Rebennack.
  13. Lots of chatter about HT/LT of late. So it seemed a good spot to bring back another Miami MArk post..... From 2006....enjoy: #42 – Human Touch/Lucky Town – Dec 2006 Last night I was pondering the unstable nature of all that we have in life. Life doesn’t play favorites and we are all on shaky ground. I have my own reasons for feeling this way, none of which are really germane to this post. With this in mind I started wondering if this is something that was applicable in Bruce Springsteen’s music. I was thinking of times in his life when maybe he was unsure of which direction he was taking. I thought of WIESS, this being what I consider a musical crossroad for him. The record company wanting a new Dylan and him wanting to rock and roll. But I think he had his own vision here, a roadmap he was going to follow, and it was apparent right through to Nebraska. He may have had some issues personally during BITUSA, but I think he was focused enough on his career not to let it matter. I looked at TOL, this being what many feel is the most introspective of his career, but I don’t think he was feeling precarious here. He knew what was going on and how to mend it. The first time I see it is in Human Touch/ Lucky Town. Here he has forsaken his brothers in arms, left a wife and essentially a lifestyle he may have thought he aspired to, and for the first time in a long time gone out on his own. I know these albums are vilified by a large group in the Springsteen community, but each time I listen to them, I think we get one of the “real” stripped down, no nonsense looks at Springsteen. Here is a time when he hasn’t surrounded himself with toadies, “yes bossing” him all around the studio, and while there are certainly mistakes on these albums there are also gems. I also think this is the only real album where we see him let his guard down. From the time line of this album, and it really is one album not two, I think we have to assume that he was settling in with Patti. Yet, we still see some questioning and actually some back pedaling. I have always loved that he essentially throws a disclaimer into his romantic life when he sings in Roll of The Dice, “I’m a thief in the house of love/and I can’t be trusted”. Is this an admission or warning. Then in the very next song he sings about love being “hopeless/hopeless at best”, and his answer to that “put on your best party dress”. That doesn’t sound like a man on steady ground to me, but I have to tell you I cannot listen to these songs without feeling the “human touch” that he writes about. This isn’t some rock and roll hero, this IS the guy down at the corner bar who isn’t feeling so sure about things. He wants it all or nothing at all but man when the hurt comes down hard and heavy he wishes he were blind. I always wondered if that song was about Julianne and something we may not be privy to. “I wish I were blind/ when I see you with your man”. That’s not being sung about someone imagined or someone you are romancing. Then right in the middle of all that is “Man’s Job” , and he tells Patti, loving you is a man’s job, and if you’re looking for a hero, that may not be me. He’s reflecting back to his youth, when in the throes of breaking free he tells Mary, “look, I’m no hero, that’s understood”. It’s a release from any contract. He’s unsure of his own success whether that be in romance or in life itself. In Lucky Town, he tries to put it behind him, but I think in a way he is bolstering his own self-worth. I always get this picture when I hear Better Days of someone getting dressed to go out on a Saturday night, and singing this whole song to the mirror. He even tells you in Lucky Town, he thinks he knows what’s going on, and an idea of how to fix it. “When it comes to luck you make your own”. But there is still that unsteadiness in the self -deprecating Local Hero. It’s a way out I think. He is saying “here look, I really don’t take myself so seriously.” But I think he says it from behind a shadow, kinda looking over the top of his Ray-Bans to see if you’re looking right at him. He talks in a negative way about being made the King and the Pope, yet here he is releasing two albums on the same day for maximum exposure. Unsteady as she goes. In If I Should Fall Behind, which I think is one of the most beautiful love songs he ever wrote (and I hate how he made it into that sappy Broadway tune on the Reunion tour), I think he is really looking over his shoulder and asking for help. Sure he says he is there for her (Patty), but there is also that immediate, “but if I should fall behind wait for me”. His confidence is broken somewhere along the way, and we see it wide open. It’s gonna take a leap of faith for him to believe in himself. We get the line “I grabbed you baby like a wild pitch”. I love that line. How many times in your life have you reached out and grabbed that object hurtling straight at you? Hoping to catch on to it, or just hoping to get caught in its wake, never mind actually catching it. The fear of course is what happens if you actually do happen to hang on. It’s happened to me a couple of times, and it’s always made me feel off balance. It’s made me feel good, but unsteady, and I like to hold steady. We also get Living Proof on this album, which I think is one of the best things Bruce has ever written, and not surprisingly about the birth of his child. Any parent can tell you, that while you want to remain a steady oak for your child, you can’t help but watch the horizon for brewing storms, and that feeling leaves us raw and waiting. So while I have at times heard the argument that Bruce doesn’t write well when he is “happy”, I can’t agree with it. I think he was happy at this point in his life. Sure we have all heard about the therapy, but honestly I think that was just a societal past time for him. A sign of his unsteady stance at the time. Each time I listen to these albums I am reminded again of the humanity that has always been an integral part of Bruce Springsteen music. Not the preaching or the politics, but the man at the end of the bar looking over the top of his Ray-Bans, telling me it can go like this or it can go like this. So what’s my point? (Some people need you tell them you are making a point). Nothing, except go back and listen to these two albums with the idea that this is really the last time we have seen Bruce stripped of all his diamonds and gold, with his heart and arms open wide to us. A time when he was still searching for his reward, and our acceptance of him may have been at the end of his rainbow. I tried listening to Devils and Dust right after this and I couldn’t make it past Black Cowboys.
  14. If Bruce cut Seeger Sessions in '78 instead of Darkness....actually I can't phantom how things would have turned out. But it wouldn't be pretty. I also bet Greasy Lake wouldn't exist as we know it....maybe it would be called Erie Canal or Old Dan Tuckers Oklahoma Home instead. There would be polls to determine everyones favorite banjo solo.