A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous
So, I’m back, and I’m taking the lazy columnist’s way out: bullet points. Let’s talk ball, and other things.
- Note to Cardinals fans: don’t fret about Jacque Jones becoming a Cub. This is not bad news. The Cubs had no shortage of home run power. They did have a shortage of guys getting on base for their home run hitters to drive in. The Jones signing — for THREE YEARS, no less! — does nothing to solve that. Jones is apparently a solid defensive outfielder, and he does hit some home runs. But he doesn’t get on base nearly enough, and even with some home runs, he doesn’t hit for enough power to make up for it.
- The bride-to-be and I saw U2 (with Kanye West opening) in concert last week in St. Louis. Excellent show, as always. You know what you’re getting with U2 — I was amused/annoyed by the guy behind us who was furious about the sermonizing. C’mon, guy — what were you expecting? That’s what Bono does. He’s been doing it for 25 years. My gripe, however, was this: someone needs to remind them that they put out two albums after "Achtung Baby" and before "All That You Can’t Leave Behind." It’s as though they’re pretending that "Pop" and "Zooropa" never existed, and that’s a shame. There’s a lot of good stuff on those two discs.
- In doing a google search to make sure I had the title of this post accurately quoted, I came across this story. It doesn’t really cover a lot of new ground, but if you’re an Achiever, it’s a fun read. This was my favorite part, by far: "There was a Wall Street guy I met who’d drop a ‘Lebowski’ line into job
interviews and if the person didn’t pick up on it he wouldn’t be hired."
- Orange Bowl prediction: FSU gives Penn State far more of a fight than anyone expects. They may well lose, but it’ll be close. I’m still not ready to make a call on the Rose Bowl, which I expect to be a truly great game.