Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…
FIRST THING’S FIRST: HAPPY HALLOWEEN
As stated above, the purpose of this blog is to make Mondays better for the reader. With that said, could having Halloween on a Monday be one of the worst Mondays of the year? Nearly everyone was hosting Halloween parties on Saturday, watching the NFL hungover on Sunday, back to work Monday morning, and finally dealing with kids tonight. Just a formula for suck. A Wednesday Halloween might throw off plans, but it at least breaks up the week. No, I don’t hate Halloween…just children. And kids on a sugar high might as well be the devil reincarnated to destroy my soul and well being. Pray for me tonight as I hand out candy for the second time in my life. The first time was when I was in 7th or 8th grade (I was a loser who thought I was getting too old for Halloween.) Lastly, mini Snickers = GOAT Halloween candy.
CUBS SURVIVE, TAKE SERIES BACK TO CLEVELAND
Led by lefty Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs managed to win last night 3-2 to force a Game 6 back in Cleveland set for Tuesday night. I won’t get into the details of the game, since you’re reading this via the internet and can watch the highlights. But some take-aways from my brain (since it’s easier to follow):
-Chapman with an 8-out save was nuts. I assumed Maddon would pull him after the 8th or during, but I couldn’t believe he went the three innings. You have to assume this wouldn’t have happened if they played the next day. The off day will certainly help Chapman, but it has to be assumed he’ll be limited in Game 6 if the Cubs are up.
-The Cubs have a really good chance to pull this off now with Arrieta going tomorrow and Hendricks in Game 7. Even with the 7-2 loss in Game 4, the Cubs starting pitching hasn’t been terrible, giving up eight earned runs over the five games. As many have stated going into this series, this is a battle between the bullpens. Whichever team puts up runs against opposing starting pitching will most likely take the title. Yes, hot take from me.
-Continuing the “Cubs can win” narrative, Schwarber retuning to the lineup thanks to the DH rule gives Chicago a huge boost in its lineup. If he can produce, they’re in good shape.
-For the Indians, they need to continue holding the top of the order to anything less than extra base hits. The bottom of the Cubs lineup has been quite terrible this postseason. Just don’t give up anything big to the 1-5 guys, and Cleveland should be celebrating its first World Series since 1948 (just in case you haven’t heard).
-My Indians 4-2 prediction is set up to come true, so watch for Cleveland to lose Game 6 because every prediction I make is wrong.
HATE-LOVING THE NFL
This has been an over-discussed topic, so I’ll try not to dive too deep in it. The NFL in 2016 has me feeling like I do about parties back in high school. Being a Patriots fan gives me a reason to love watching. But there’s plenty to hate, such as the league’s off-field issues with domestic violence, long terrible games, and completely unnecessary penalties, such as Earl Thomas being flagged for hugging a ref. Yes, that happened. (Thanks, NFL for not letting me embed the video).
But sometimes when something is so bad, it can be so good. The Browns, Jaguars, and ties to name a few. Feed me hilariously crappy games; I need them like I need air to breathe. The question I have though for NFL fans is what keeps you in it? A lot of answers I’ve heard have been gambling. To that I say, good luck when you don’t cover the spread because a ref calls back a touchdown over a b.s. pass interference call. Or worse, illegal contact. What keep me interested is Tom Brady. I want to see how he finishes his career, where he’ll be, and how many more Super Bowls he potentially wins, regardless of where he finishes his career. But once he’s retired, I can’t see my interest staying strong. Crazy sports fans will bitch at that saying, “You pink hat, band-wagon, fake fan!” Sure, thanks. Don’t care. Do you continue to follow a TV series if it sucks? No. (Looking at you, Heroes) I’m not saying I’ll be completely uninterested in the Pats or NFL after Brady retires, but I probably won’t be as invested. Same with the Celtics and Pierce, Red Sox and Ortiz, and maybe some fans in regards to Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and more. The point I’m making is, the league might produce some new stars, but if the product sucks, then they go to waste and the fans suffer.
PSA: GET CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED
Shortly after I posted the first edition of Good Mourning, it’s Monday!, I had to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a co-worker in the office. Heard her choking in the kitchen and jumped up to helped. Thankfully she ended up being okay. If you have the chance to do so, get CPR / First Aid certified. You truly don’t know when you’ll ever need it and might end up helping someone at the least expected time. A few other people in the office were either certified and froze, or learned years ago and weren’t quite sure what to do. I would say becoming certified is up there with learning how to swim, ride a bike, and other essential life skills. It can honestly save someone’s life.
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