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Friday, October 31, 2008

Rise and Shine -- Parade day

Good Morning and welcome to the day we never thought would come!

That's right, about noon today the city of Philadelphia will be awash in emotion as the World Series champion Phillies make their ride down Broad Street to the stadiums.
It's sure to be pretty amazing. If you can't get there, make sure you see it somehow (TV or Internet coverage. There will be a link on delcotimes.com).
While it will be a lot of fun and probably a little stressful, there is one downside to the event.
That would be the pressure schools are putting on students this morning. Most schools in the county have said they expect students to attend like any other day. That's all great and all. There's nothing wrong with that.
What is wrong is the pressure the students had to endure Thursday. I know of one elementary school (which, by the way, is having a Halloween parade of its own today) where the teachers drummed into the students it would be bad to miss a day to attend the Phillies parade.
Some even went so far to say: 'Don't forget, the Halloween parade only comes once a year."
Yeah, well, a championship parade only comes once every 25 years or so. If a parent decides to keep their child out of school to attend the parade, then that's where it ends. If on Monday the school officials give students any kind of trouble for missing Friday, they should be held accountable.
Of course school is important, but there's also life experience. The students don't always get that while preparing for PSSAs week after week.
By the way, lest we forget, today is also Halloween. So, to get ready for the show later tonight, listen to this:


After all the candy's been eaten, check out:


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rise and Shine --- It's finally sunny in Philadelphia

Good Morning and welcome to a World Championship town!

Yeah, it probably hasn't sunk in yet. The Phillies are the World Series champions. It was actually a team in red pinstripes celebrating on the field. It was actually Phillies fans crowding the streets.
Speaking of taking to the streets, the sights and sounds in Delaware County Wednesday night was amazing. You would have thought it was New Year's Eve or something.
People were yelling on the streets. Car horns were blaring. There was yelling. Firecrackers. Flags. More yelling. Dancing.
Most importantly, even though it will probably burn the rest of the nation, it was civil. I'm sure there were a few knuckleheads out there causing trouble, but, driving around Delco, it was just a celebration. There were no fights. There was no looting. It was just a bunch of smiling faces.
Moments after the final out, the streets of Drexel Hill were alive with people screaming and yelling and hitting the horns. There were children of all ages dancing in the streets.
Taking a ride down MacDade Blvd. saw even more celebrations. The police were keeping everybody in line and making sure traffic could flow peacefully.
The most amazing thing, though, is, after waiting 28 years and watching countless hours of useless baseball, it was all right about 9:58 p.m. Wednesday.
Now, people can't say they've never seen a championship. Thanks to Monday's terrible storm, it enabled some as young as 3-years old to experience the excitement.
Sure, say 3 and 6-year olds and even 9-year olds can't fully understand what's going on, but they will. Here's hoping they don't have to wait another 28 years.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Sun from the clouds

Good Morning and welcome back to (still) the longest World Series game in history!

Another great big thanks to baseball and Fox for making us wait to see the end of Game 5. Great job, Joe, Timmy, Bud and the rest of you.
You know, it is kind of annoying to have to wait like this, but there is a big silver lining in the delay.
Now, for the first time in 100 years or so, younger fans will actually be able to watch the end of the game.
Thanks again to Fox and baseball, the World Series is now a late night, adult event. In the middle (end?) of October, school is in full force. To keep younger fans up past the first pitch is tempting a fate worse than hell the next morning.
Children are now under so much pressure at school they need as much sleep as possible. That means they can never watch the World Series (or NBA Finals, NCAA Championship or any big event). They have rely on replays and parents.
Tonight, though, with just a few innings to play, it won't be so late.
Now, the Phillies have to do their part and win so we can all celebrate.
So, let's get ready to dance in the street.


Hey, if the Phillies lose, this will kill the time:


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Thanksgiving Series?

Good Morning and welcome to the longest game in the history of the World Series!

Anybody who was watching the annoying Fox broadcast of last night's World Series Game 5, or if you were actually at the game, know it should not have been played.
Heck, as the rain started pelting down on the hood of a 6-year old boy while walking the dogs at 6:30 p.m., it was obvious Game 5 should have been pushed back.
Instead, Major League Baseball loves money. The powers that be would rather pack a stadium two days instead of one, sell a lot more junk and extend the coverage.
Think about it, this World Series, as much as we are loving it here, is the lowest rated World Series in history. Outside of the tri-state area and possibly parts of Florida, it appears everybody would rather watch the Greatest Race.
So, how do you pump up interest? Hey, let's do something new! Let's play in ridiculous weather, then stop the game halfway through.
We can get a lot of coverage and come back for a second day. Great Idea.
By the way, the Phillies say if you have a ticket stub for last night's game you will be allowed in the stadium tonight (if it resumes tonight).
Now, the tickets are made of paper (OK, heavy paper). Which, when it gets wet, has a tendency to become a pulp. So, a ton of those ticket stubs were gone by the second inning. Can I just show up at the gate, say my ticket disintegrated in the rain and I want in?
HMMM...Sounds like an idea.
So, while waiting for the raindrops to stop, get ready for Halloween by whistling:


Here's a good movie to check out:

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Excuses, excuses

Good morning and today we are all seeing things in red colored glasses!

The Phillies exciting weekend was topped off Sunday night with a show of power that means Tampa Bay would be better served just leaving now than being embarrassed in Game 5 tonight.
So, since we now know the World Series title is going to be the Phillies this week (most likely tonight, but, if not, than later this week), that means there's going to be a Philadelphia parade not scene since the sock-hop 80s.
To enjoy said parade is going to take a little planning. For instance, since we've had to wait 28 years for another baseball title, history says we have to enjoy this one to the fullest.
Also, since all schools now require parents to call in when their children will be absent, there has to be some good excuses.
So, here's a few helpful hints. One word of caution, this is for fun only, don't even try to use these for school (work?) the day of the parade. They won't work and, well, just don't do it.
Anyway, here's the script:
1. Sorry, my child has red fever and can't make school today.
2. Um, I have to take my student to the city for some college prep.
3. Hello, my student was up all night and needs today to rest.
4. Good morning, that Rise and Shine column is so good I need to keep my student home to read it a couple of times.
5. Hello. We are having car trouble and can't get our student to school on time. He/she may miss the day.
6. Yes. Um. My student ... OK, we are going to the parade. YEAH PHILLIES! (Well, honesty counts for something, right).
So, there are a few to mull over.
With a couple of days before Halloween, here are a few more:


Can't stop tapping your feet? This will do it:


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Time to forget

Good Morning and welcome back!

One of the greatest names of music albums in the last 40 years is the Talking Heads 'More Songs about Buildings and Food.' What makes it so great is the songs on the album have nothing to do about buildings or food. It's just the usual mix of the strange that is the best of the Talking Heads.
So, what in the name of buildings and food does this have to do with anything? Well, after staying up way too late again Thursday night to watch the Phillies lose Game 2 of the World Series, probably nothing. Then again, maybe losing Game 2 of the World Series doesn't mean much. After all, must didn't expect the Phillies to sweep the Rays (especially not Joe Buck). So, a split in Tampa Bay, even though Timmy and Joe are now handing the trophy to the Rays, is pretty good.
Maybe listening to 4,000 House promos got me thinking about the Talking Heads. Or maybe not. At least this is not about apples.
So, speaking of the Talking Heads, here is today's Halloween song of the day:


After getting that groove in your head, check out:


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Late night with Joe Buck

Good Morning World Series fans and those who stuck with the Biggest Loser!

By the way, speaking of losers, we have a special guest to take over the start of Rise and Shine today. Take it away, Joe!
'Well here we are at the World Series. Game 1. Tampa, Florida. I'm here with my buddy Timmy. Say Hi Timmy. Timmy? Timmy?
OK, just wanted to let you know there are two teams playing here this week. While one team has had a nice run, let's not forget about the Tampa Bay Rays. They are young and exciting. They have a future Hall-of-Famer at every position. Listen to what I'm saying people. The Tampa Bay Rays are the greatest story in the history of sports. Sure, they've only been around for a handful of years and they've never really had more than 100 people in the stands for each game before this year, but they are exciting.
'Take Game 1. Sure, the other team won, but did you see those Rays. How about their manager? He's a certified genius. They are just plain scary. I get scared watching them. If Carl Crawford had been able to get on base in the ninth last night, the game would have been tied. The other team should have just let him score to save some time and not stretch the game into the wee hours of the morning.
'Listen, these games are late enough. Timmy can't stay up this late. Timmy? Timmy?
'By the way, don't forget the Giants are playing the Steelers at 4 o'clock Sunday. The greatest game in the history of the NFL is only on FOX.'

Uh, thanks Joe. That was, um, very informative.
Now, get out of the booth. Give us Harry Kalas for the World Series. Give us Larry Andersen. Give us Chris Wheeler. It's not like the Phillies are in the World Series every year. We don't need to hear about the next episode of House. If you have to be there, just call the game. We can see the rest.

So, now that Game 1 is in the books. How about some Halloween music?


Now, since there is no Game on Friday. Here's the first of a double-feature for you:


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Here we go

Good Morning and welcome to a World Series town!

Sure, we've known the Phillies will be playing in the World Series for a week now, but it still is taking some time to sink in.
Phillies? World Series? Is the end of the world near?
Well, we'll leave that last one for Darren Daulton.
Anyway, you know something special is happening not by the continued commercials or TV reports of "We are the best Phillies station around," but by the roadside T-shirt and hat stands that are cropping up.
Saw two yesterday in the relative short ride home and there are plenty more around the region. Schools are actually letting the dress codes lax a bit this week to allow Phillies gear.
You know, about a year ago, there would have been no argument as to the dominate professional sports team in the region. The Eagles were No. 1 and everybody else was a distant second.
Sure, the Phillies, Flyers and 76ers had made the playoffs, but they weren't bringing out the 'crazy' fans (by the way check out our slide show of some of Delco's biggest fans by CLICKING HERE).
Now, though, the Phillies are undoubtedly No. 1. The Eagles could make the Super Bowl, the 76ers the NBA finals and the Flyers the Stanley Cup Finals, but there wouldn't be as much juice as the World Series.
It probably comes down to length of time. We are invested in the Phillies season from February (spring training) until October. To see the team succeed makes all those summer nights in front of the TV or at the game worthwhile.
So, here we go. The excitement starts tonight.
In honor of the World Series, we will take a one day break from Halloween movies and songs to give you this:


And this:


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Streaming live?

Good Morning and welcome back to Tuesday!

One day to go before the World Series. I presume the Super Bowl is about a week away.
Really, doesn't it seem a little ridiculous how far the baseball playoffs are stretched now. Just think about it, when the Phillies won in 1980, Game 6 was Oct. 22. This year, Game 1 is Oct. 22. We may not have a winner until we wake up on Halloween.
Talk about trick or treat.
By the way, there are some pretty good Halloween decorations out there these days. Sure, they seem a bit over the top, but that's what Halloween has become. It used to be just a day for children to dress up and walk around, now it's a month-long celebration with all kinds of crazy costumes for adults and children.
I guess some people have enough money to spend hundreds on a Halloween costume and, sure, dressing up is fun, but come on. Remember when we used to grab something out of our parent's closet, throw it on and call it a costume.
Now, there are full-body Clone Trooper (Star Wars) costumes. There are full face Frankenstein costumes. There are crazy clowns. All kinds of things.
Anyway, I digress, back to the issue at hand. If you want to see the coolest decorated house around go to the corner of Drexel Ave. and Bloomfield Ave. in Drexel Hill. The people who live there have redone their entire house to look like a haunted house, complete with a hearse in the front yard and flashing lights in the windows. I'll try to get a picture later this week.
Well, that's that. Here are today's Halloween song and movie:
First, sing along to:


Then run out to get scared by:


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Retiring to Florida

Good Morning and welcome to winter!

Well, OK, it only feels like winter. Still, don't try to tell me there's nothing wrong with our weather pattern when last Thursday it was 80 degrees and this morning there was frost on the windows.
Meanwhile, the Phillies get to play the Tampa Bay Rays (leave out the Devil) for the World Series title. So, the season started in Clearwater, Fla., and will most likely end in Tampa, which is right over the bridge from Clearwater.
Now, there's a rivalry our retirees can believe in. Maybe it's just me, but I would have rather seen the Phillies play Boston in the Series. That would have an old-time baseball feel. Then again, what is the difference if the Phillies can pull out the wins.
Meanwhile, this chill in the air and some cool looking Halloween decorations got me thinking about a couple of things (Yeah, that's the burning smell).
So, each day between now and Oct. 31 we'll have a Halloween song and movie of the day.
Since there may be a stretch at some point, if you know any cool Halloween movies or songs, send them along to onlinedelco@gmail.com.
So, here we go with the first two. Listen to the song first, then go out and find the movie. Who says I don't provide a public service?


Now, stop tapping your feet. Make some popcorn and enjoy:

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Rise and Shine --- It's only October

Good Morning every people!

So, does that cold air that was blowing through the windows last night mean it's time to pull out the air conditioners for another year. It's always a balance at this time of year. Sure, it's been cool at night, but that humidity that blanketed the area during the afternoon yesterday may have meant another blast of air conditioning.
That's really the last piece of summer that goes away. You can hold on to the dream of lazy afternoons in the sun all the way until the air conditioners come out of the windows. Then, it's only a short road until the heat starts to come on and we get the cold, grey doldrums of winter.
Of course, I have to remember what somebody much smarter than me once said: "What do you expect the weather to be like? You live in Pennsylvania."
Hey, at least our baseball team is still playing, so, it's still summer. Right? Right?
Well, I guess not.
So, instead, let's get a couple dozen pumpkins and carve them out. It's really the best way to celebrate October.
Or, maybe you could have the best of both worlds:


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rise and Shine --- World Series? Really?

Good morning to a World Series region!

Wow, was it just me or was that a surreal scene on the field at Dodgers Stadium a little after 11:30 Wednesday night.
That was actually the Phillies celebrating the National League Pennant. It wasn't some other team with a red and white color scheme. It was actually the Philadelphia Phillies.
They won Game 5 in easy fashion, too. There wasn't much drama, no matter how Joe Buck and Tim McCarver tried to muster it up. The Dodgers were done the moment Jimmy Rollins' leadoff homer left the park.
So, let it sink in ... World ... Series .... Phillies.
No matter how much we wanted to believe it would be the Eagles or the Flyers who would bring a championship to the region, it might just be the Phillies.
The same Phillies who once had John Felske as a manager. The same Phillies who set a national pro sports record by recording its 10,000 all-time loss last year.
This is the same Phillies team with Charlie Manuel as manager, the latest in a long line of genius managers.
These are the same Phillies who teased us for the last five years. These are the same Phillies who got blown out by the Colorado Rockies (Colorado Rockies?) in the playoffs last year.
It doesn't matter who they play now. Just the excitement of the World Series will be enough to forget the Eagles are struggling. To forget Temple football is headed for another double-digit losing season. To forget the stock market's roller coaster.
So, let's relive it while we can:
Phillies celebrate NLCS victory
Phillies celebrate NLCS victory


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Seeing Red

Good Morning as we wait a whole day for the Phillies/Dodgers Game 5!

It's probably a good idea for the Phillies to finish off the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. You never want to give a team any kind of life when you have a chance to finish off a series.
Still, it would be kind of sweet to see the clinching game at home Friday night. The final games of the 1980 World Series and 1993 NLCS were both home games. The celebration, unlike those in other cities, was quite civil. There were a few bad apples out there, but at least the city wasn't burned down or cars overturned.
You know, in the grand scheme of things, a bunch of millionaires winning a professional sports title doesn't mean a whole lot, but it does make you feel a little happy to watch your favorite team get it done.
It's a pretty good escape, especially for those of us who had to sit through years of Von Hayes, Wally Ritchie, Todd Zielle and countless other players who just made the summer boring.
So, it's nice to enjoy the ride while it lasts.
By the way, here's how Broad and Locust looked the night the Phillies finished off the Braves to reach the 1993 World Series:


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rise and Shine --- What happened?

Good Morning red-eyed Phillies fans and those of us who gave up in the seventh inning!

So, after watching the Phillies for all these years, you can get a feeling about a game. Sure, the players change and all, but the uniform stays the same.
There are games where things just keep going wrong. The Phillies don't get a key hit, they make a boneheaded play in the field, they bring in Chad Durbin.
So, when the Dodgers took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS Monday night, it was time for bed.
Hey, I was dozing off anyway, so, like somebody smarter than me said Monday morning: "Tonight's game doesn't really mean anything. Why don't you go to bed early and get some rest?"
Sure, sounds like a plan.
So, even though I was going to ignore the sound advice, it was in the back of my mind when Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley went down without a fight in the seventh inning.
OK, if the Phillies big guys can't get it done, it's going to be a loss and a tied series.
By the time Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs (MATT 'freakin' STAIRS!) sent the ball into the California night, a soft pillow had me snoring. (Well, I don't snore but that's an argument for another day).
Well, I guess it's better I didn't stay up or, faithful readers, this would be about oranges or pears or something.
Expect that Thursday.
So, since it looks like the Phillies may be actually headed to the World Series, here's a blast from the past:


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Monday, October 13, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Biting the apple

Good Morning and welcome to Monday in the summer!

Well, it might feel like summer, but it is still mid-October so these nice temperatures won't last forever. It's best to enjoy them when you can.
By the way, driving around Sunday (being a Sunday driver?), it was interesting to see the variable prices at the gas pump. Here, prices were anywhere from $3.05 to $3.19. Go a bit north and you have to add about a dime to to the price.
Don't they all get the gas from the same place? Shouldn't the prices be the same all over? Somebody smarter than me can probably figure this out.
Anyway, the best part of this time of year, besides the cool Halloween decorations that are popping up all over, has to be the apples.
There's nothing better than biting into a crisp, sweet apple during the month of October. Sure, now markets carry different fruits all year round. You can get a pineapple or watermelon in the middle of winter thanks to those trucks that drive way to fast on the highways.
Still, local apples in the fall are about the best that can be had. Just think about how much better a meal becomes with an apple pie at the end. How about some apple crisp or baked apples? Nothing better.
The best thing about apples, though, is how they are portable. You can eat one while driving, walking, sitting, taking the train, just about everywhere.
Hey, there has to be something after a long weekend.
Of course, there's always this:
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning weekend warriors!
Wasn't it nice for the Phillies and Dodgers to play a two-and-a-half hour game?
For the first time in 25 years, I was actually able to sit down in front of the television and watch a Phillies playoff game.
Yeah, yeah, they were in the playoffs in 1993, but, in a former life, I was able to work the games, so I didn't get the pleasure of listening to these national announcers.
Now, the Phillies announcers, especially Chris Wheeler, get a lot of flack, but, after watching the Fox broadcast Thursday night, I missed the banter.
Here are some observations:
n One of the best parts of postseason baseball is watching as the players are introduced to the fans. They are announced, run out one-by-one and tip their caps. It might be corny, but they used to show this on television all the time. So, when 8 p.m. rolled around Thursday, we got some goofy Fox talking heads trying to be funny. Hey, this isn't 'America's Got (no) Talent.' Mark Grace was a good player for the Cubs, but he has no real insight on this series. Get rid of the useless pregame show and give us the warmups.
n Is it just me or is Tim McCarver not aging nicely. How about this separated at birth:

n The usual Viagra commercials don't shock any more. We've seen them all for years and, well, whatever. Scarier was the Craig T. Nelson Poltergeist/Direct TV deal. Where McCarver is one thing, Nelson appears to have had some work done. By the way, is it just me or is this commercial in bad taste. After all, Poltergeist star Heather O'Roarke is DEAD!
n It's amazing how the national announcers change sides as the game goes along. When the Dodgers were winning, Joe Buck was gushing about Joe Torre and the job he's done. When the Phillies took the lead and eventually won, Buck was falling over himself to praise the Phils. How about calling it down the middle? What happened to that? Joe Buck you are no Jack Back nor are you a poor man's Howard Cosell. Just call the game.
n Who the heck is Ken Rosenthal? This guy was a dugout reporter for Fox. After seeing his one report then post-game interview with Pat Burrell I think Hollywood has found its star for a 'Robocop' remake.
Here's the video:
Phillies power past Dodgers
Phillies power past Dodgers


Here's Robocop:


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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning. You are looking LIVE a the NLCS!
OK, it's not live, but you get the picture. Also, if we actually "Paint the Town Red" can we get in trouble.
By the way, ever notice how sometimes the universe keeps you grounded.
I can remember as a child getting banged up all the time. I remember two times being rushed to the hospital to get stitches. Once for a broken leg.
Well, we have been lucky for the last nine years. Despite having two boys and a precocious little girl, there haven't been many major injures or illnesses.
Sure, there was a banged head here and there and the younger boy did have to spend a day in the emergency room after banging his head. That was a quick staple (staple?) to keep it closed. Despite having children jump off couches, ladders, down steps, off trees and falling off bikes, there have been no broken bones. There was no need to head to the hospital.
That was until yesterday.
After answering the phone and hearing: "There's been an accident. We are stopping the blood, but he should get somebody to take a look."
You have to jump back in the car, call the doctor (by the way, thanks, Kids First, for hanging up during an emergency. What is it, "Kid's First unless we have to make some coffee"). Finally get to school. Rush to the hospital. Wait in the emergency room. Pull a scared little boy to see the doctor and still keep as normal as possible.
Thankfully, the person who had to do all this is adept at handling about 100 things at any given time, then adding about 20 more.
Once again, luck held and the injury was just a deep gash and could be fixed with glue (glue?).
In the end, it all worked out all right, but what fun?
Speaking of fun:
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning and hope everybody has recovered from their debate parties!

By the way, while Tina Fey has popularized the 'Maverick' drinking game for Sarah Palin, how about a couple more. For John McCain, every time we here 'My Friends,' crack one open. Pour a drink for Barack Obama's 'Fundamental.' Although it's probably 'Change' out there, that's too easy.
Now that that's out of the way, we are getting ready for the Phillies vs. Dodgers in the NLCS. A 'Back to the Future' series between two storied franchise, one a loser one a winner.
So, there will be many of comparisons between L.A. and Philadelphia. Check out our Phillies preview section Thursday for one by Phillies writer Ryan Lawrence.
One that Ryan brings up is the song about the city. He uses Elton John's 'Philadelphia Freedom' against Randy Newman's 'I love L.A.' He probably could have gone with Springsteen's 'Streets of Philadelphia,' but that's a bit too depressing.
So, here you have the candidates. Get out and vote:


and...



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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

Good (Chilly) Morning out there in the dark!

Yeah, it's kind of cold out there this morning. I was actually able to see my breath heading out today. Bring back the summer. It's supposed to get chilly in October, but I, for one, am not quite ready yet. Is it too much to ask for one more 80 degree day?
Anyway, forget the weather, we have meaningful baseball being played in mid October for the first in what, 15 years.
Thankfully the Dodgers won the other NLDS and get to come to town to play the Phillies. The Phillies have been around since 1883 and this will be only the seventh time the franchise has been to this level of playoffs. (OK, the League Championship Series didn't begin until 1969, but why split hairs.)
Of those seven times, this will be the fourth time the Phillies are playing the Dodgers.
Now, it's not like there's been a lot of fun times playing the Dodgers in the playoffs. Remember 1977 when Danny Ozark should have taken Greg Luzinski out of the game in the ninth. He didn't, Luzinski booted a ball and the Phillies lost.
How about 1978? Garry Maddux made maybe three errors his whole baseball life, but dropped a fly ball then watched another go through his legs as the Dodgers clinched the series.
Sure, there was a victory over L.A. in 1983, but that team was less 'Phillies' and more hangers on. They were led by Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose, three key members of the 1970s 'Big Red Machine' in Cincinnati. Even getting beaten by the Orioles in the World Series didn't seem that bad.
So, now we have the Dodgers again. At least this time if history repeats itself we won't have to see Tommy Lasorda dancing around.
Or will we...


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Monday, October 6, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning Delaware County and all the ships at sea!

Sometimes, people amaze me.
Just when you think you know something, it gets shot out of the water.
Case in point, Saturday morning.
Spent the morning watching a couple of Cub Scouts attempt to sell popcorn, their annual fundraiser. The money helps fund some of the things during the year like camping trips, hikes, you know, those kind of scout things.
Anyway, with all the bad news floating around about the economy, I didn't have much hope heading into Saturday morning. Hey, most people are just trying to keep their heads above water for the basic things. Those basic things don't always include fundraising popcorn.
Still, lo and behold, people helped out. They engaged the sellers in conversation. They purchased some of the popcorn. They brought smiles to the parents of those selling.
Sure, there are always those curmudgeons who just ignore everything and give nasty looks. Those, though, were few and far between. Even if people couldn't help out, they were friendly.
In a world where more and more depressing news hits us every day, sometimes, it's good to have your faith in humanity renewed.
By the way, even popcorn can be funny:
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning debate fans, Phillies fans and those who don't care about either!

Well, hope everybody has recovered from the spin that came out of Thursday's vice presidential debate. While there were no YouTube moments, I'm still waiting for several questions to be answered.
While the hot button issues for this election are the economy, the war and the distrust of government, both candidates glossed over something that should join the big three, that's the subject of education.
The 'No Child Left Behind' laws are leaving more and more children behind by the day. They are still being taught for standardized tests. Forget freedom of thought, get these worksheets done so you can be prepared for the PSSAs.
Teachers, while it's obvious some don't buy into the program, are forced to structure everything. Really, when you think about it, the best part of school is discovery.
You learn something new and apply it in ways you never thought possible. A lot of schooling now is memorization. Once you get us a good score on the test you can move on. If you forget it by next week, oh well, there's another test to memorize things for.
On the whole, children want to learn. They want to discover new things. What they don't need is the pressure put on by those in Washington who believe our education is falling behind.
Let the children play chess, let the children do some hands-on science work, let the children have fun. The pressure becomes too much. There's enough time for overwhelming pressure when you get older.
One candidate tried to raise add an education discussion to the debate, but he was rebuffed by the standardization of the questions.
Oh well. At least we now know they can smile.
The government's plan has left no room in school for something like this:


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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning Phillies fans, debate watchers and all those in between!

Now that the Phillies got over the playoff hump and won Game 1 of the NLDS Wednesday, Game 2 seems to be forgotten. Sure, the Brewers have their best pitcher going, but, while he's been pretty good the last two years, he doesn't have the best history. Just win Game 2 and relax for the weekend.
Speaking of relaxing, tonight's vice presidential debate should at least offer some light moments.
Not much is expected from Republican Sarah Palin and, truth be told, not much should be expected. She hasn't so far shown any reason to be in the position except for a humorous convention speech. Then again, it's not like Democrat Joe Biden is the best speaker in the world.
So, why not just enjoy it for the political 'America's Got Talent' that it is (the presidential debates are more like 'American Idol'). If nothing else, it should be a reason for some comedy.
So, let's meet the candidates:


and...



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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning Phillies fans and those who don't care about the playoffs!

Our government is great, isn't it? The House of Representatives voted down the bail out package. The way it's supposed to work, that would be the end. A new package should be put together and presented to the House members again.
Instead, they tweaked the plan, by-passed the House and it is going to the Senate. That branch of government will vote on the plan today, then send it back to the House for another vote. Won't be any pressure there, huh?
Meanwhile, another ring of the political circus is coming to town Saturday.
Bruce Springsteen is playing a free concert in support of Barack Obama on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
According to the release, to get 'preferred' tickets you have to sign up as an Obama volunteer.
That's great. Sounds like a good deal. Free concert from one of the best showman on the earth. Springsteen's always been political, so a rally for Obama isn't surprising.
It's the volunteering thing that's a little out of whack.
There's no doubt the Democratic party picked up a lot of 'volunteers' over the last day. Many though are probably just looking to get tickets. Are they really going to do anything for the campaign beyond Saturday?
Some might, but most will forget about signing up by 3:35 p.m. Saturday.
Look, we need some dialogue about this election and it's always good to get involved, but this smacks as a big numbers-grab.
By the way, how do you sign up?
Anyway, here's another celebrity both sides are probably recruiting:


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