My Apology to Julia’s Rants…

I owe the great Irish ranter from Boston a huge apology…



I posted a blog last night, and said Julia of Julia’s Rants (loser of a recent bet that you may have heard about) couldn’t post a blog about certain Yankees that I have mentioned in the past, like Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter and Thurman Munson.  Unknown to me, Julia had already written a blog tribute to Number 15 and had to trash it as a result of my blog.  When my son was little, he was constantly changing the rules of any games we played to suit his advantage.  It used to drive me nuts.  So, of course, that’s exactly what I did to Julia and I am sorry. 


Nevertheless, her choice for an alternative second Yankees blog is terrific!  She wrote about the late Bobby Murcer.  I could never imagine what it must have been like to follow a legend like Mickey Mantle with unrealistic fan expectations.  But Bobby handled it with class and dignity.  Bobby was a great ballplayer, an awesome broadcaster, and wonderful human being. 




Excellent choice, Julia!  Two terrific blogs in a row!  Keep up the great work! 




The San Jose Sharks lost last night’s game, 6-5, in Chicago against the Blackhawks in a shootout.  The Sharks, who had trailed by three goals at one point, rallied to tie the score.  But the Blackhawks won the shootout 2-0.


Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin keeps an eye on San Jose's Devin Setoguchi as Joe Thornton leaps out of the way and the Hawks' Colin Fraser dives to try block shot. Setoguchi scored on the play for San Jose's 1st goal, tying the score at 1-1.

Charles Cherney, Chicago Tribune


It was appropriate that the final shot in the shootout was delivered by Jeremy Roenick.  But there were no heroics as his former Phoenix teammate, Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, blocked the shot with his chest.  I can still remember the Coyotes fans screaming “Hob-ee-BOOOO-lin”!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t pulling for him this time.  Roenick blamed the miss on indecision, as he had planned to go short side on Khabibulin, but changed his mind at the last second.  Perhaps the loss had more to do with the fact that JR was raised in Boston!  Just kidding, Julia!


By tying the Blackhawks in regulation, the Sharks still picked up a point to put them atop the overall NHL standings (tied with the Detroit Red Wings).  But the team was disappointed with only a single point. 


“You never want to take satisfaction with one point,” said right wing Devin Setoguchi, who scored twice for the Sharks. “That’s not our mentality.”




Considering Julia spent so much writing a draft about Thurman Munson that never reached her blog, I will post this photo of Tito for her.



Oops, not that Tito!


This Tito!




Per Wikipedia (, here is Tito’s highly successful Red Sox managerial record:



Regular Season




Win %




Win %






2nd in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALDS





3rd in AL East






1st in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALCS



I look forward to Julia’s final pro-Yankees blog!  


Have a great day, everyone!




Apology accepted! πŸ™‚ I’m just glad that I am able to meet the high standards that you set with your Red Sox blogs! I will be hard at work today scouring the World Wide Web for my last entry. And Scott – enjoy the Sharks’ run now. We know how that will end.πŸ˜‰ And the Tito stats were a nice touch!

Have a great one!


Geez, remind me to never make a bet with youπŸ˜‰ Not that I would anyway, the Yankees have kind of owned the Twins this decade. And although I’m not a Sharks fan, I am a JR fan. Especially since he stayed with Kurtis Foster and comforted him after he broke his femur last year. It takes a tremendous amount of class and compassion to do something like that for an opposing player. I know we Wild fans appreciated it, and I’m sure Fozzie did, too.-Erin

Okay – where in the rules did it say that I could only write 2 posts about Yankees players that die at the end of the post?? Geez – you Yankees fans are fussy! I promise – the last post will have a “happy” (or least a “live”!) ending!


JULIA – Yeah, there was kind of an unhappy ending theme running through your blogs. I guess you’ll probably be writing about A-Rod or Teixeira with your final blog, huh? Just kidding.

ERIN – If you didn’t know or understand JR’s makeup, I could see how you could dislike the guy. But knowing those qualities, he’s in a class by himself. If I could play hockey, he’s the one guy that I would want on my line. You know that he’d do whatever takes for you. I heard that the Vikings coaching staff nixed a potential pursuit of Jay Cutler. I don’t know, I am definitely losing faith in Brad Childress. He kind of makes me miss Mike Tice.


My final blog is written and 1. HE LIVES!! and 2. It is SO not A-Rod or Tex! But I think you’ll like it!πŸ˜‰


It’s your blog and you can write what you want on it, but I just gotta say one thing before I put my foot in my mouth :

get the hockey stuff outta here.

k i’m done, sorryπŸ™‚

(Umm Jon – HOCKEY ROCKS! Kids, what do they know?πŸ˜‰ }

Scott – thank you – regular programing will return today!

Have a great one! And I look forward to April!


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