Update on life…

It’s been a while since I last posted – but that’s because I’ve been busy with teaching and writing. But I’ve been paying attention to what’s been happening with the NFL signings and baseball news. Yup, I saw the other day that the Angels’ new pitcher-slash-DH got roughed up. I saw the news about Kirk Cousins.

Anyway, as mentioned, life’s been busy. Here’s an update from earlier this week:

Ahhhh…. After a full day of teaching – my university/college prep students & my Grade 12 kids – where we discussed poems, puns, understatements, euphemisms, appositives, etc., it was time for some honey lemon tea and my book writing… The book’s going well! And…the index for the 1988 Dodgers book is done too!


Will talk more sports later… and about people too…


Don’t flatter yourself…

So, I woke up in the middle of the night to do something, and I turned on a few things, including the radio – which is pre-set to a certain station.

I wasn’t interested in what the talk-show host was saying but since it was the middle of the night, everything was quiet so I could hear him rambling on about how he hadn’t missed a show for the past decade due to illness. I won’t mention his name but the guy compared himself to Cal Ripken about his “streak.”

Excuse me? If any caller made such a comparison, most hosts would hang up and call that caller names. Yet this particular host compared himself to Ripken. The irony is he then mentioned missing the previous week and having his producer cover for him. Uhm – doesn’t matter if it was a vacation, the fact that he missed his own shows meant there was no streak at all.

The worst part, though, was how he then threw the aforementioned producer under the bus by going on a rant about how the producer, whom he explained would be away for the entire week, had not returned his work-related phone calls (or, apparently, takes too long to do so). His sound engineer (I assume) or whoever it is then said on the air perhaps the two should just hash it out over a work lunch some day, but the host completely trashed the idea and said that he (the host himself) had no time. He was serious about this situation – it wasn’t a light banter or a joke. (The context was, according to what the host said, that the producer had texted him to say he was going to be away for the week without any further explanations and wouldn’t answer the host’s subsequent call.)

Excuse me? So, apparently the solution, when you have some sort of issue with a colleague, is to throw him under the bus publicly (since the guy claimed he had a large audience because of his college football coverage) instead of talking things over privately like grown adults are supposed to do? Got it.

And he even then said on air that he normally replied to or answered a call within a reasonable amount of time – whereas his producer didn’t. Then he quickly changed his answer to when he got a call from his own boss. As I was wrapping up my things, I was thinking this guy was full of it. I was sure that, for example, if I were to contact him on social media and asked to see if he would review my manuscript, he would (like others) just ignore my message.

But seriously – if you’re taking time off work for vacations – which is normal – don’t act like you have a “streak” going like Cal Ripken did. That’s absurd. Just like throwing people under the bus instead of making time to resolve your issue with them.

And after that, I simply turned everything off and went back to sleep.

Nobody’s an expert…

Okay, so I haven’t been posting… but I’ve been following what’s going on in the world of sports. I’ve just been too busy with writing three books and teaching full-time. I have thoughts but I’m not that obsessed to be posting daily.

Super Bowl aftermath: So many of these talk-show hosts on FOX Sports Radio and ESPN Radio are just full of it. They’ll say anything just to drive ratings, especially controversial stuff. Blah blah blah, “Bill Belichick goofed up” blah blah blah. So, you’ve got analysts who’ve never coached before criticizing a guy who’s won five Super Bowl titles as a head coach. Really. Seriously. How many titles have those analysts won? We’re talking about one of the greatest head coaches of all-time.

Same deal with certain people on ESPN who say there are red flags with the way Tom Brady played in the Super Bowl. Again, really? Brady threw for how many yards again? And he’s scrutinized? Yes, he fumbled the ball in the dying minutes, but c’mon.

The 49ers. C’mon, give me a break. A guy who’s started only seven NFL games, five for the 49ers, is now the savior in San Francisco? He started five games! Analysts are saying it’s a great deal to lock him up at that contract. How do these experts know he’s not going to be the next Matt Flynn? How many QBs in recent years have proven to be a bust after looking good for a few starts? And let’s not forget the guy played against some crappy teams such as Chicago, Houston, Tennessee… People are just content that this 49ers QB is playing well… just so they can say the Patriots and Belichick made a mistake. Blah blah blah.

Olympic hockey: Those (fans) who keep blaming Gary Bettman for NHL players not being in the Olympics this year should just get over themselves. All these naysayers do is blame Bettman for everything. Then, these same people don’t bother watching the Olympics anymore because the NHLers are not playing. Well, I have never understood the logic of temporarily stopping the NHL season for two weeks just for the Olympics. I don’t care how exciting the Games would become. The NHL should not have its season interrupted. It’s stupid.

Now available on Amazon.com + Rowman & Littlefield website…

Not much to say about the Super Bowl – the Eagles won, the Patriots lost, and life goes on. No matter what others say, the Super Bowl loss does not diminish New England’s run since 2001. It doesn’t tarnish anything that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have accomplished in New England. There will always be haters, so why waste time arguing with them?

In the meantime…

The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season is now available on Amazon.com and the Rowman & Littlefield publisher website.

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Here’s a review from Boston Globe‘s Bob Ryan:

Orel Hershiser IV…Kirk Gibson…the irrepressible Tom LaSorda…you know all about them. But Rick Dempsey, Mickey Hatcher, and Danny Heep—aka “The Stuntmen”—not so much. Now, thanks to K. P. Wee’s The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season, you will. This is the story of a very improbable and, yes, lovable bunch, the last LA Dodger squad to win a championship.
— Bob Ryan, Boston Globe, ESPN

The book is due to be released in August 2018, but all you sports fans out there can pre-order now! What a great gift for the baseball fan in your family!

NFL/XFL/Baseball Thoughts…

There’s really not much for me to talk about regarding the NFL. I’ve already long established the fact that I wanted a Brees-Brady Super Bowl matchup – and, in fact, have wanted such a Super Sunday for the past decade. Not much really to add, other than the fact that people who “hate” Tom Brady and the Patriots simply do not appreciate greatness. How can anyone hate greatness? And Brady has been loyal to his team, not switching clubs the way that other star athletes in other sports do on a regular basis. I mean, the way that LeBron James, for example, left Cleveland to go to Miami was disgusting, and you can hate that. Not only that, James has a losing record in the NBA Finals. Brady is 5-2 in the Super Bowl, and it easily could be 7-0. He’s been a winner throughout his career and was drafted at a position where he was almost an undrafted player. How can one hate a successful guy like that, one who began his journey as an underdog?

As for the XFL, count me as one of those who aren’t interested. A two-hour game is not real football, in my opinion. Gimmicks and all that aren’t real football. I applaud the concept of not allowing players to kneel during the anthem, but other than that, you’re talking about a low-tier league. Why would I invest time – even if it’s just two hours – to watch that?

The Hall of Fame in baseball… yes…. More and more, it’s the Hall of the Very Good, or the Hall with Voters’ Agendas…. I can’t agree with this year’s balloting results for the Baseball Hall of Fame… You know, the Hall is becoming a joke. Let’s talk about last year for a moment. Above, I referenced how Brady is hated by so many football fans… Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes shy of being voted in unanimously in 2016… but you have to wonder why there’s so much love for Griffey publicly by fans and the media…He essentially tried to undermine the Mariners organization by demanding a trade, and demanding to be traded only to Cincinnati. That meant Pat Gillick, the GM of the Mariners at the time, was put in a tough spot to try and make this deal happen. Yet, none of that comes up anymore today – or when the Hall of Fame voting happened. So, the number one pick who basically tried to sabotage his own team gets a free pass, but an underdog who leads his football team to greatness is hated all around. Yup. It makes sense indeed.

I’d been away from this site because I’d been working on my new book as well as working at my teaching job. Yes, I do read the major stories on ESPN.com every day, but I’m not one who sees the need to post every day. I’m a sports fan but I’m not obsessed. It’s kind of like how some of these major radio personalities decide to take the holidays off and not be on air when the big games are being played (ie. the NFL season in the final two weeks…where games with significant playoff implications are played). Why would I want to listen to their backups? I tune in to listen to these major personalities and their takes. If they’re going to be on vacation – and some do this a lot – perhaps I’ll go on a permanent vacation and no longer tune in. But anyway, you can liken my disappearance from this site to those personalities’ lack of being on air at various times. I love sports – but I do have a life and don’t post every day or every week.

So, why didn’t ESPN pick on the crumbling Steelers instead?

ESPN had this story about how New England was crumbling with in-fighting and dissension… but why didn’t they do one on the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Steelers, led by their coach, were all talk this year. They were going to beat the Patriots, they said. Blah blah blah.

Well, they crumbled to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC divisional round, a team led by Blake Bortles at quarterback. Blake Bortles!!

But let’s talk about their nonsense. Antonio Brown was upset in a game earlier in the year when they were leading – because his QB didn’t throw the ball to him.

And this past week, Le’Veon Bell was talking about quitting if the team didn’t give him what he’s worth. Blah blah blah.

All talk, all sulk, and at the end of the day, they lost to Jacksonville. Yes, yes, Ben Roethlisberger had five TDs but so what? They lost. Maybe their window of opportunity is gone.

Why isn’t ESPN writing about THAT?

NFL Thoughts…

Okay, so the big story over the past week has been that ESPN.com story about how the Patriots are crumbling… Hopefully, this latest nonsense will motivate them even more and they’ll steamroll the Titans and then Steelers to advance to the Super Bowl.

I say it’s “nonsense” because c’mon… how much of that ESPN story is real? Do you really think that at this point of Tom Brady’s career he’s upset at not being named Patriot player of the week? He might have joked about it and whoever leaked that to the reporter exaggerated about it… I heard Brady Quinn on the weekend on Fox Sports Radio slamming that story. I agree – it’s like ESPN needed more clicks and so they had this story to stir things up.

-Every year this decade, I’ve predicted (or hoped for, is more like it) a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. This year there’s still a chance. And boy, Drew Brees was awesome against Carolina in the wild-card round. Against Minnesota, it’ll be tough because of that Vikings defense – but the good news is that it’s indoors and Brees has gotta be the greatest indoors QB ever in the history of the NFL. He’s also a better QB than Case Keenum, so hopefully the Saints will prevail.

-It’s been said that this year’s Chiefs’ playoff meltdown has got to be the worst ever. I disagree. I still think the 13-3 Chiefs from 1995 losing in the divisional round to a dome team (Colts) because Lin Elliott missed three field goals…. that’s the worst. They would have hosted the AFC title game against Pittsburgh… they had a tough defense, and in the Super Bowl against Dallas, who knows what would have happened?

And speaking of 13-3… man, some years it’s tough because of the competition within your division or conference. In 2011 the Saints were 13-3 but were third in the conference, while the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers were the No. 2 seed because of a better conference record!! The Saints lost to the 49ers on that last-second comeback in San Fran… and it was tough for New Orleans to go down that way.