Why I boo teams I root for

September 28th, 2007

When I’m rooting for a team, whether it be the Eagles, Seahawks, Phillies or Mariners to name a few, I cheer for the team when it does good and boo the team when it does bad.  What?!?! You boo at teams you root for?  Yes, I do.  I want them all to win, but I boo when a player does not perform or worse, when a player just does something absolutely stupid.  I feel they deserve a good lashing of boos.  We’re not in grade school, where everyone gets patted on the back for trying hard and expresses the “maybe you’ll get them next time” attitude.  This is the real world with professional athletes that are paid big $$ to perform.  So when Richie Sexson (Mariners’ first-baseman) bats .200 for two years in a row while collecting one of the largest salaries in the clubhouse, I feel I have earned the right to boo.  Or whenever Kenji Johjima (Mariners’ catcher) steps on the field, I do my best to express in the universal language (boo-ing) that I don’t appreciate him grounding into 21 double-plays this season (tied for most on the Mariners) and swinging at first pitches all the time. 

Philadelphia fans are known for our blue-collar mentality and short patience.  We applaud the outfielder that catches the ball and runs into the wall, and boo loudly when the Eagles go 3-and-out… heck, Philly fans boo-ed Santa Claus when he parachuted in during halftime of a Christmas Eagles game because the team was losing.  I’ve brought that same attitude here to Seattle… so when a Mariners pitcher walks a guy with the bases-loaded, I stand up and yell, “BOOOO, toss the bum out!” all for the purpose of trying to get someone in there that can help the team win. 

There’s a nice article by Bill Simmons from ESPN’s Page Two that explains the art of boo-ing in sports… my thought is that if you don’t boo when they stink, you must not care.

Margaret’s new handmade jewelry business

September 20th, 2007

Not to sound like advertising, but my friend Margaret has started a new business selling handmade jewelry.  I think they look awesome and I know she’s going to do very well with this new venture called Baby Duckles.  Check it out if you’re looking for cool looking handmade earrings (with additional items to be added in time).

Capture the moment with a Twitter

September 17th, 2007

Twitter is a cool application that takes blogging in a new direction.  Instead of posting a whole entry onto the blog, I can just capture a moment, an activity, or a thought as it happens, through Twitter.  When I’m doing something, or have an interesting thought, or want to share a moment, I can send a short text message from my cell phone that appears on my Twitter page.  This seems somewhat random and vane, but you’d be surprised what things people share on twitter that sometimes don’t seem big enough for a whole blog post.  If you want to check it out, I’ve started twittering.  You can do it too… it’s really easy and others can keep up with the things you’re doing.  If you do start your own free twitter account, drop me a line so I can follow your goings on.

Bumbershoot weekend

September 7th, 2007

I know people always say they need a break after a busy weekend… but bumbershoot really means it.  The 3-day music & arts festival in Seattle had 10 continuous stages of various acts all weekend.  The big draw was Wu Tang, Fergie, John Legend and Joss Stone.  One cool thing about seeing some of the upcoming acts, like Rodrigo Y Gabriela, was a few days later they’re on the Tonight Show with Leno working their way down the west coast.  The 2 things that make bumbershoot less than fun are the large crowds of people…. it’s almost as if you want to see smaller acts just to get away from the big crowds.  The other negative is the cage-like beer gardens.  In other festivals and even at baseball games, you can buy a beer and walk around.  At bumbershoot, beer is only available in fenced off beer-gardens that are located in various areas around the Seattle center.  The kicker is that all beer must be finished before leaving the beer garden.  I guess that prevents giving beer to minors, but it also prevents many folks from getting beer at all…. since who wants to be in a caged-in area everytime you want a cold one?   Not me. 

This weekend also included a trip to SBK…. a.k.a. Seattle’s Best Karaoke.  Now the “best” probably is in there since I don’t know if there is another competitor, so by default, I guess they’re the best and the worst at the same time.  3 hours of questionable singing always makes for a fun night where everyone agrees that singing should be left to the professionals.  But it’s still fun to belt out any song…. wheter it’s Billy Joel or Avril Lavigne…. the latter was not my best moment.  My lone OTS representative Jen held her own all weekend and shouts go out to Jen’s buddies who also made the long trek from LAX to experience a bumber-raoke weekend of fun.