I've been wrestling with the current cover for the Irving Titans book. I kind of like this one, but I think it's over the top even though it does epitomize the story to a tee. All thoughts and comments are appreciated. It does put a whole new spin on deflate gate.
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It's that time of year again when the dark bodies will stalk the Earth and look for their unsuspecting prey. What better way to spend the time then with these great posters to scare the hell out of those who don't believe. They'll live to tell the tale. .
you answered to my letter!( Anyone remember me writing her??)
name is Elmira! ( Giddy up, omm papa, omm papa mow, mow)
I'm sorry that did not answered earlier to your letter because I have no
computer in home,( another closet dweller)
will write to you from the computer on my work.
write you every day, I promise, I promise, I promise!( Think she’ll keep her
idea of online dating came to me unexpectedly. My girlfriend and I were sitting
in a cafe drinking tea. My girlfriend said that now acquaintance on the
Internet more and more popular among the people, and she met her husband on a
dating site, her husband from Spain.
they have a daughter, and for them it is a great event!
weeks later my girlfriend and her husband are going to live in Spain. ( I
believe we have a serious time line issue.)
to talk about themselves. I do not have a profile on the Internet.
am not registered in social networks, as I was never interested in it,
I always dreamed of finding your other half! (Who’s half?)
my girlfriend suggested that I took advantage of dating.
and I went to the agency and I considered several profiles, but I decided to
write to you alone.
it were not for my girlfriend, I never would have dared to take this step,
thanks to her we can carry on dialogue.
course I'm a little confused and I do not even know what to write in the letter.
(Pretty wordy for someone who hasn’t a clue what to write.)
wish to tell you right away that I'm looking for in a man.
hope for your honesty, because I'm looking for love and only serious
me it is important that a man was kind, attentive and responsive.(And that my
woman can pop a top and twirl a pole!)
hope that these qualities do you have, and our goals can be matched.
want to talk about themselves, so that we can learn more about each other.
in Russia, and later I will tell you about their city. I live in Penza.
(That was quick. Thought she was going to wait until we were formally
have no children and I have never been married.
hope you understand me correctly, and my English.
can look at my picture to see my physique.
height is 163 cm, weight 52 kg.
have many interests.
like to learn new things.
have a good sense of humor. (Then she should love my responses. Time will tell
think in the future you will be able to see this.
was born October 21, I'm 33 years old.
zodiac sign scales. (I missed that one on the Zodiac scale. Scales???)
zodiac sign do you have?
be happy to answer any questions that you are interested. (Do you and your
girlfriend pole dance? Answer that and then we can move forward.)
am very interested to know more about you, about your life, interests, and the
which you live??
you are interested in our acquaintance, I am waiting for your letters and
have made a photo and video for you!! (Sadly, the video didn’t come across.
Believe me when I say I will be requested this intimate exchange. She could be
the one! ) I hope you will answer me!!
Apparently I'm required to post a message concerning the cookies I use for those across the pond. I have no idea what it means or how it works but I've done my due diligence to inform visitors of European law and the wonderful world of google.
If you're in the Greenville, TX. area from one to three tomorrow, Robert Lamon, Kathryn Magge and myself will be at Hastings Books and Records Books and Records. A good time will be had by all. Today, October 24th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
It's time for a sample chapter from the upcoming work, "Target Berlin" Book three in the Gateway series.
“It works. The
test produced satisfactory results. The weapon system carved out a perfect
circle for two kilometers with no residue or debris. The engines were brought
up to eighty percent with excellent results. We did detect some minor
turbulence in the convertor cycle. The plutonium and uranium reactors showed no
signs of instability. The amount of heat the plutonium generated was higher
than anticipated, but with modifications I will bring all systems to one
“How long will
maximum. We understand most of the properties from the salvaged ship, but are
still uncovering its mysterious. I do not want to damage any of the material.”
When will it be ready for a test flight?”
“We can perform
a test flight at any time, but I would feel more comfortable if both reactors
are able to operate at maximum efficiency.”
“A wise choice,
professor. Let me know when you’re ready.”
10 DOWNING STREET
Minister, the members of Parliament are awaiting your comments. You can delay
no longer. I understand the gravity of the situation with our staunch U.S.
partners, but we too have uncovered our own enemies. I’m glad Winston isn’t
alive to see what he warned us would happen if we lost our way.”
I too am pleased he’s dead. His words were true, but the country, though
victorious, paid a terrible price with the victory. While other countries
prospered and became gloated with the fruits of the victor, we fell deeper into
economic ruin. We sold off or lost the majority of our overseas holdings. We
became less than a stepchild at the table begging for scraps. Our proud nation
was thrown to the cold and told to fend for ourselves. If we wouldn’t have
thwarted the Luftwaffe in 1940, D-Day or any other combined allied offensive
would have never appeared on the planning table. That aside, as the Labor Party
did in 1945, it is now our time to clean house. I will address the House this afternoon.
Make sure the Yard and Bobbi’s have been placed on notice. We don’t want any
weasels sneaking off during the address.”
Prime Minister, I’ll see to it.”
White house, press room
Speaker of the House, Lori Newton stepped up to the podium. “Settle down
people.” She took a shallow breath. “Settle down. All of your questions will be
answered once the President finishes his address.”
she could say another word, the reporters crashed her with questions. “What
happened to Clark?” “Who’s running the country?” “Did Taylor know of the plot?”
“What are your qualifications to be Speaker?” “Is this another political ploy
for a power play?” “Why are their armed guards in the room?” She never wavered
with the assault. The one question she heard loud and clear was, “What are your
qualifications to be Speaker of the House?” It was simple math when one broke
it down. Despite being a junior representative, she was one of the few left
standing. But it was more than that. She… “I’ll answer that question.” She
looked to her left as the crowd calmed down. “Because I trust her. Unlike many
of you in this room, she shoots from the hip and doesn’t muddy the water with
the boring, lofty rhetoric we’ve become too accustomed to hearing.”
didn’t think twice as he entered the room. “Ladies and Gentlemen, The President
of the United States.”
you, Speaker Newton.” He glanced about the room as reporters and cameras
pointed lenses and microphones his way. It was the first press conference where
he felt each device was a weapon preparing to bring him down. He approached the
podium flanked by two Marines.
have a brief statement to make and then I’ll answer any and all questions.
First, the Pentagon and Washington Monument were not struck by a meteorite.
They were destroyed by a magnetic resonance weapon that was installed in the
lower basements of the Pentagon. The weapon was designed by Professor’s Leonoid
Skorzenzy and Gerhardt Blücher. Its sole purpose was to eliminate the current
government and replace it with a Fourth Reich. The accidents in Kansas, Black
Water Falls and Atlantic City were not accidents. They were targets of the
rogue group. Senator Washburn did not die of a heart attack or stroke. He was
summarily shot for treason against the United States.” Sounds of gasps rippled
through the report’s pool. “All of the missing members from Congress and the
Pentagon who perished in the blast were found to be sympathizers with the coup.
I have heard from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It is my
understanding that they too have identified a group of sympathizers. He will be
addressing the issue tomorrow. I, and Vice-President Powell, are running the
government to the best of our abilities. We have been in touch with all the
governors of each state and are working on having new elections for the vacant
seats. Any man or woman wanting to run for public office will endure a grueling
interrogation before being allowed to fill out an application.
regards to the question concerning the current Speaker of the House, Miss Lori
Newman, I appointed her because I trust her and she’s a personal friend with
unquestionable qualifications and references.” He stepped back, taking a drink
“Why are there armed guards in the room?
Because over a dozen of you have been identified as collaborators with the
defunct organization. Major McMillan, do the honors.”
sir. When I call your name, you will
stand up: McKelly, Ransford, Simmons, Daily, Wallace, Reuter, Allison, Sloan,
Fernandez and Rodriguez.” No one stood up. The Major moved from behind the
podium and approach the pool. “People, we know who you are. You can stand up
and face your judgment peacefully, or we will use force.” One by one the
accused stood up, all but one. Consuelo Rodriguez wasn’t going to go quietly.
She leaned down, rummaging in her purse; removed a .38 caliber pistol, stood up
and raised the pistol towards the President. She died instantly from the
bullet, one of the Marines fired. It entered her skull, imploding it. Those
standing near her were showered with brain, bone and blood.
never wavered. He took his place back at the podium. “You nine have been found
guilty of crimes against the United States Government. You have been sentenced
to death. Major, escort them out. The room exploded with cat calls and cries of
injustice. Two M-16’s silenced the crowd as the soldiers fired a volley into
the ceiling. “Major, escort them out, now!”
looked back at the shaken assembly. “Are there any questions?” He paused as no
hands or calls came his way. “Before you ask an irrelevant question, think real
hard about the consequences. Play time is over. The days of political posturing
vaporized two weeks ago at the Pentagon. It’s time to turn the country back
over to the people and let them know they will no longer be the silent
minority. They will be the vocal majority. The new government will work for the
people and not their own self serving interests. The days of special interests
groups, influencing Congress, are over. No longer will Congress pass useless
legislation that provides the façade they are working. It will become an honor
and a job. When you come to Washington, you will roll up your sleeves and
prepare to work for the common good of the country and not the individual. For
too long, five-hundred and fifty-four men and women have decided the fate of
over three hundred million. We are going to put the law back in the courts and
eliminate judges would believe they are above the law. Supreme Court Justices
will not be life-long appointments. They will be replaced at age sixty-five. No
exceptions. Military contracts will no longer become a black hole. When a
project is put out for bid, it will be built for the agreed amount, not a penny
more. The days of wasteful spending are done. Employees of the government are
no longer immune from being fired or replaced. It’s time to run the country
like a business. It is time for full accountability on all fronts.” He stepped
back, watching the shocked crowd scribble frantic notes on their pads. He took
another drink. “Are there any questions of importance and relevance to what
I’ve said?” A lone hand shot up.
Johnson, with the Washington Post. Are we to understand the United States is
now a police state?” Taylor reached into his coat pocket, removing a piece of
paper. His eyes scanned the names. “No, Mr. Johnson. We are bringing law and
order back to our country.”
how will you do that? Can we expect storm troopers to visit us in the wee hours
of the morning and be whisked off to the FEMA camps?”
Johnson, you failed to add sir, to the end of your question. Before I answer, I
have a question for you. As a student at Harvard, is it not true you were a
member of The Freedom Fighters for All, a group known to sympathize with
Anti-Semitic activities? Is it not true you took part in rallies to evict Jews
from the campus? Is it not also true that you not only attend underground KKK
meetings but are a card carrying member?”
believe you’re avoiding my question, SIR.” Johnson fired back.
SIR! I’m addressing the question. How your name didn’t make the list I do not
know. But the people who just died were ardent members of the aforementioned
organizations. Would you like to join them?” Johnson down.
President, Steve Rawlings, Tulsa Tribune. When will the elections take place?”
I stated earlier, we are talking to the governors of each state concerning the
President, Ian McClarry, Boston Globe. What will happen to our colleagues who
were just arrested?”
will be shot today for treason.”
President, Ruth Truman, Connecticut Chronicle. With the demise of the majority
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who’s running the military?”
Kinkaid and his staff are handling those duties. In the coming weeks, there
will be more appointees after a thorough background check is performed on each
President, Aaron Walden, Austin News. Has the threat been completely
neutralized or are there other members not accounted for?”
took a long drink of water, than bowed his head. His tone became somber.
Walden, I wish I could answer that question. I pray to God Almighty that that
is the case.” then paused. “People, it has been a trying two weeks and there is
much more work to do in the coming months. I’m tired and need some rest. We
will call another press conference in a week or two. Thank you for coming.” It
was the first time in the history of Presidential Press Conferences, where as
he exited, the pool didn’t pepper him with more questions. They stood in
silence as he left the room.
Helmut Goebbels II watched over the crew as they extracted another piece of
metal from the ship. Despite his best efforts he was never able to ascertain
the origin of the foreign material. It was impervious to every test he
conducted: heat, cold, explosives and lasers could not penetrate the molecular
structure. What they did discover, despite its dense properties, it was the
most malleable material he’d encountered. It was easily manipulated and
fabricated. When welded, it only required a light touch from the technician. He
was fascinated how it could adapt to the desired shape, yet when handled
incorrectly it took on characteristics of intelligence by lashing out and
injuring or killing the workers. He no longer cared what universe or planet the
machine came from, his only concern was using its technology to build the most
devastating weapon on Earth, and that, he’d achieved. The piece was successfully
removed from the host.
it to the plutonium reactor. We need to increase the shield depth.”
watched the crew ascend into his masterpiece. His leader wanted a machine
unlike any other. He wanted a power which would bring the world to its knees to
finish the plans their forefathers started so many decades ago. Thor was the
answer. The ship was three times the size of its forerunner, the GO-229. What a
shame it didn’t come on line earlier. The RAF and Eight Air Force would have
been cleansed from the skies, sparing many cities from all but total
annihilation during the air campaigns of the 1940’s. The thought sickened him.
His teachers drilled into his head the consequences of failure with the
pictures and film of the Hamburg Firestorm and the desolate moonscape of
Cologne. His anger boiled. Yes, they could have stopped the Americans and
British, but what about the Russians? Their air force proved futile during the
Red advance over his beloved Fatherland. The mass rapes and senseless killings
of his countrymen fueled his fire. Striking Moscow first would be a fitting
retribution. His thoughts of revenge were rudely interrupted from his comm.
we have a problem with the fitting. Could you please join us?”
I’ll be right there.” He smiled as he walked into his creation, thinking of the
retributions to befall their enemies.
Make sure you're prepared for the continuing adventures of Larry Jr. Judith, Muki and Abdul by reading the first two!
I'm going to get chastised for this, but like George
Washington, I cannot tell a lie. I went to my daughters last night after a
grueling day on the job. Since I knew where I was going, I decided to take my
laundry with me. One must be efficient at all times. I told her I would bring
the food for our festive feast. Well, the night started well enough. Oh, wait.
I forget to mention an important caveat.
One of the dear members of the Irving Writers Connection
decided to weigh anchor and head for Maui. Before she said Bon Voyage, she was
gracious enough to grace the members with many of her fine works, FREE! Mary
Scarborough’s writing style is extremely witty and charming. I knew my middle
granddaughter would enjoy one of the stories with immense interest. So, in an
effort to consolidate, I placed the book in my laundry bag, again, being
efficient and well thought out.
I arrived at Savanna's and the activities began. As we were
preparing the fine culinary fest, her roommate, Shawna, came strutting through
the kitchen with a load of clothes in tow. A light bulb went off in my head.
"Hey, do you mind if I do a load first?" See, I had it all planned
out. Start the laundry, help with the cooking, eat, relax, dry the clothes,
abscond the leftovers, fold, hang and load the clean clothes then vacate to
Dallas—an hour commute.
I ran to the truck, grabbed my bag and loaded the
washer."Odd, why do I keep feeling something in the clothes. I looked and
prodded, yet I couldn't identify the object. Regardless, I was off schedule so
proceeded forward with an Old Man Intellect. Dinner was cooked and served. It
was a Kingly feast. I enjoyed a smoke on the veranda then retired back to the
living and threw the clothes into the dryer.
Odd, why does it look like it snowed in the laundry? Must
have been an errant receipt or perhaps I cleansed my checkbook. Undeterred,
into the dryer they went.
Forty minutes later and back on schedule, I opened the dryer
only to be met with a flurry of white snow! It was everywhere. What, I say,
WHAT in the hello is in the laundry? One by one I pulled out my white speckled
clean(?) clothing only to be met with more of the floating particles and then I
saw it. The remnants of a mangled, massacred, mutilated half size binder.
"No, No, oh shit, Hell NO! There is no way I did the unthinkable. Yes,
it's true. I washed her masterpiece. To be perfectly honest, I've performed
some major bone-head moves in my day, but I believe this one takes the cake.,
Mary my deepest apologies. I do hope I can borrow a copy from one of the other
members. I know Leah will enjoy it and trust me, it will never see the inside
of a laundry bag.
Review for an interesting read indeed. If you're a cat lover, this book is for you. Avalon
Avalon-The lovable Terror of Belgium
This is a most unusual read. The author does a brilliant job of
blending and melding her life with her cat. Over the years, I’ve read a
smattering of books written by cat lovers, but this one takes the cake, pudding
and other dessert within easy reach.
Being a dog
lover I seldom venture into this realm, I’m glad I did.
Avalon is one
nasty Turkish Van cat, and I mean nasty. For the life of me I wouldn’t have
tolerated this animal for more than a week, This cat is the most possessive
animal I have ever heard or read about. He was Satan incarnate; at least to
everyone but our author.
If a cat
attempted to intrude in his territory, it was Katy-Bar-the-Door as he would
throw a temper tantrum by flinging himself against the glass windows, bouncing
off the walls and basically destroying everything in its path to run off the
offender. And don’t think humans fared much better, oh no. If Vanessa brought
over a male, he was not a welcome guest. I’m thinking of the chapter where
Avalon trashed every item the man brought with him and conveniently placed them
at the front door. Think it was a hint?
through, I couldn’t for the life of me understand why she kept the “Terror of
Belgium.” I had to find out why, thus I continued forward hoping she would dump
him in an alley somewhere. This is where the story takes on the surreal.
Despite his repugnant attitude to all who vied for Vanessa’s attention, he
became the relationship she knew she was missing.
It cost her a
boyfriend and friends through the years, but he was always there for her no
matter what turn her life took. He shared in her triumphs and failures. He
became a movie star with an arrogance and acting ability many of the Hollywood
crowd would be envious of. He loved Vanessa unconditionally and that is what
the real story is here.
shared a love many humans strive for but fall short. Why? We expect our
partners to possess certain characteristics and traits we can relate to and
build a foundation on. These two had none of these preconceptions. They
accepted each other with no expectations and shared a remarkable love.
If you are a
cat lover and haven’t read this book, you must put it on your list. Not the
stack of TBR’s that you’ll never get to, the one which contains must read
books. You will not be disappointed!
Kseniya. I’m so, so sorry I’ve been remiss in addressing your needs. It has
been a busy yet productive week. Billy if block three became a dad which had us
all giving him high fives. Unfortunately for him, he had a few outstanding
poker debts and was forced to relinquish his fatherhood and marital status to
Leroy in block C. Not sure his wife is pleased with the arrangement, but it
beats being six feet under.
My team, The
Coffin Crypters made the finals for the International Convicts Tournament. No
this isn’t like the Freaker’s Ball by Doctor Hook and the Medicine Band. This
is the real “World Serious” for hard felons only. We are a bit of a unique
bunch to say the least.
Well, we made it to the finals with a squad of
twelve men. The other thirteen are in the infirmary recovering from the mis-timed
brawl with the Cleveland Crunchers. I think it had something to do with Boris
Kransky knifing their catcher, Mother Puss Bucket when Mother made a few unwise
comments about him having an affair with his mother’s second cousin on his mom’s
side who was twice removed from his Father’s side which resulted in a most disingenuous
genealogical tree. See, Boris and Mother are actually third cousins, yet by
their marriages, both male and female found them as twin brothers of the same
daughter from different fathers. Well, when the dust cleared from the scruff
and the bodies were counted, appears the incest poll depository is going to
have a run on organs this week.
Okay, back to
the big game. Since I’d be pitching the final game, I needed true inspiration.
Where do you think I found it??? That’s right, sweetie. Your lovely, adoring
pictures. I printed out a few. Put one in my cap and one in my cup. That way, if the pressure became too much, I
could rub you for luck.
Back to the
game. It was a barn burner going into the ninth. We had the bastards down by
two. Lucky Lucy, yeah, he’s from block 96. They do everything backwards over
there. Last time he/she came to the plate I threw one high and tight cleaning
up the five o’clock shadow. It responded by throwing the bat at me of which I
threw it straight back, cracking its skull. Was he/she deterred? Not at all.
Couple of bandage and fifty stitches and the SOB stayed in the line-up. Well,
being the calm headed individual I am, I couldn’t be upstaged. So I drilled it
right between the eyes. A normal person would have succumbed to a ninety mph
fastball in the noggin, but not him/her. It turned into a raging bull! I’m here
to tell you, what happened next isn’t for the faint of heart. I will tell you
that the game has been indefinitely suspended until each team can field nine
players. This could be a few months. I want you to know, if it weren’t for your
strategically placed picture, I would have lost my lucky charms.
I think that’s
enough for today. I do hope you’ll write back soon. Your words, I’m sure, will
assist me as my ribs, leg, arm and spleen recover.
Your undying admirer,
Sam the Sham
Come on guys, do you really think this is who you're talking to? Take a good look at the photos and tell me it's the same girl. But hey, if you're willing to take a chance, be my guess. Make sure your deep pockets. You're going to need it when she finds a divorce attorney.
Appears our love is budding. Don't believe? Wait till you she what she wrote. But, before I go on, remember this, I'm fifty-five, with three children and nine grandchildren. Does anyone out there really believe I want to start over? Let's think about that for a minute. ah, no. How about, HELL NO! There, I feel better. On with the show!
Hello Jeff !!!!! I am glad
that you have answered me, I'll be glad to meetyou.Mynameis Kseniya, I am 27 years
old, my birthday is on
July 14 at the horoscope I crayfish. My height - 167
centimeters. My weight- 50 kg. As you can
see in my photos, I have green eyes and my
hair color is blonde. I'm from Russia, live in Orel. I have a
medical degree,andIworkin private practice as a
dentist. I'm lonely. I found your profile in a marriage agency "Arcadia," in my
town. It cost
me 5,000 rubles. I hope I have not wasted wasting my money. I've
never beenmarried,andIhavenochildren.A serious relationship
to interestme. I want to meet
people, to have a family with him. I know thatmostwomeninEurope and America is
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point against which it is necessary to put a tick. I want to a
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thing. I wanted to know you. I hope that our interestsaremutual.Ibegto be written only in this case, if I
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relationship. It's tough when I'll talk more about myselfinnextletter. I'll be glad to receive your letter, I would
like to see your photos. I
look forward to your next letter. Your new friend
I think I'm hearing wedding bells. Nope. Guys, she is an attractive woman but remember this, how do you know who you're really talking to????
If any of you folks who lurk about as shadows are hard core gamers and into the interactive online scene, Arimi Mimi is the one to watch. I think she's currently playing Redemption. She's a great gal and would love for you to come join her. Here's the link Redemption
Salute my new fellow. My name is Kseniya. I've never looked for
online personal knowledge online, and now I'm a little concerned a little.
< Her English is more concerning then her thoughts, so far.>
When I showed your account, <???> I
understood that it`s engaging. I want to tell a pair of some interesting facts
about myself. <You know the pair I’m interested in.> I am 27 years old. I am a fair woman with
green eyes. I live in Orel, it absolutely not very far from Moscow.
<Absolutely is not very far from Moscow. I guess this is a relevance of
geography.> Perhaps it can be you
interested what did I ever do for fun. < Did I ask??> I play sports. I always keep myself in good
shape. I love the bicycle, volleyball, swimming and skis. I am a
doctor-stomatologist. < She’s a what??!!! Where are my medical friends? Is
there such a thing?” I like to help
I`m looking for the man who wants to have regular
and solid relations. I don't want to waste time for amusements. <She has no
idea how much she could be.> I
looking forward you also value your time. I was never married and I have no
children. If you wish to reach our talk, write me.
<Gotta love that last line. “If you wish to reach our talk, write
me. How can one reach, talk and write at the same time?>
Good afternoon, Kseniya. I
can’t tell you how much you’ve touched me by reaching out. I look forward to
more thought provoking and provocative conversations.
How do you do it? Well, let's make it easy. To date, the site has almost garnered 40,000 hits. That's pretty impressive. What would be even better is if it picked up a few more followers. I know. Who wants to keep receiving constant updates and cluttering up their in box. I'm in there with on that one. I've stopped following quit a few sites because of the constant repetitive bombarding of new updates. For those who stop in, you know I don't do that. On the average, about five to ten a month, unless I've gone on a reading spree and post reviews. Other than that, I try and keep it to a minimum. Now, let's get down to nitty-gritty. If you see something you like on the side bars, all you have to do is click on the image and you are taken straight to the buy link. It really is that simple. Without further adeu, it's time to get back to reading, writing, editing and reviewing.
We are at the sixty game mark and still the Astros and Mets won't
go away. Many in April were writing them off as "quick starts",
"plain luck" or the ever ubiquitous "Upstarts." I love it
when the MLB and ESPN gurus are wrong. Perhaps they should have to take a pay
cut for errant reporting. Yeah, don't see that happening. Still, good to see
the Texas Rangers in the hunt. And what of the Texas Rangers? A team who had
four of their proposed starting pitchers sidelined, and I'll be honest, I
didn't pick them to perform this well, are nipping at the heels of Houston. How
are they doing this? That really is the question when you realize they are
second in errors in baseball. Guts and grit. That's how it's happening. Look at
the victory last night against the Twins. What was looking like another
shut-out exploded with a flurry of key hits, defense and a budding bullpen,
allowed them to keep the game in striking distance and strike they did. The
starters are doing their job by keeping the game in reach. That, my friends is
how you combat injuries. Never give up!
The only teams I would count out are the Brewers, Reds and
Phillies. For whatever reason, their tanks appear to be empty. As for the
remaining clubs, it's anybody's guess how the standings will look come
September 1st. Until then it's going to wild and wooly.