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Thursday, October 27, 2005

From the Crescent City to the Golden State

Well, here's one way to get Los Angeles interested in rejoining the NFL: charge us with the care and feeding and warm fuzzies of the orphaned New Orleans Saints. Like we're gonna say no. I wonder if the Coliseum is close to the Red Line or Blue Line? Speaking of foreigners taking up residence in L.A., Boss of Melinda was thrilled as predicted by the White Sox winning of that World Series thingie. They last won it in 1917, followed by the Red Sox winning in 1918 (a feat not repeated until last year), followed by the Black Sox scandal in 1919. And apparently, it's been downhill ever since for the ChiSox. BTW, if you've never seen Eight Men Out, the story of the Black Sox scandal, I highly recommend it. John Sayles casting himself as Ring Lardner was priceless, as was the reaction of the owners to Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, inaugural Commissioner of Baseball, not only taking his job seriously but also wasting no time kicking ass and taking names. They elected him for appearances sake after the scandal broke but expected him to be no more than a figurehead. However the Judge had other ideas and baseball would never be the same. And until last night, neither would the White Sox. From the film: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis: "Regardless of the verdict of juries... no player who throws a ball game... no player who undertakes, or promises to throw a game... no player who sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing a ball game are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it... will ever play professional baseball again."
And that was that. Imagine what the Judge would have done with the steroid abusing idiots they've got in the league today.
Hey! The State of California wants you to claim your riches! I took a shot and apparently there's someone with the same first and last names (both unusual) and middle initial as me living in Canoga Park. But it's her, not me, who has $67.50 coming from the Commonwealth of Virginia via the Golden State. Go to the website and look yourself up. The State may be holding money and other valuable items you've forgotten about or just didn't know you had coming. Worst case scenario is that you come away empty handed but armed with the knowledge that there's someone in the Valley with your name.

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