Saturday, October 25, 2014

#200 - MovieCount 2014 - Halloween

The beautifully restored original slasher classic, viewed in a beautifully restored classic theater.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#197 - MovieCount 2014 - Munich

Never seen this movie until now. Pretty damn good. I was trying to imagine if the shit that was going down in the movie, was going on today - then I realized it pretty much is. Duh.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Alternate Best of Five Series

The League Championship Series started as a best-of-5 series when the AL and NL each expanded to 12 teams in 1969. In 1985 the NLCS and ALCS expanded from a best-of-5 to a best-of-7 series.

What if the LCS stayed with the best-of-5 format?
Not taking into account pitching and managing strategies that come with the urgency of a short series, simply from a pure, completely unscientific "who got to 3 wins first" perspective... 9 World Series match-ups since 1985 would be different. Here's how it would play out...

1985 Blue Jays (not Royals) vs. Cardinals
1986 California Angels (not Red Sox) vs. Mets
1987 Giants (not Cardinals) vs. Twins
1991 Pirates (not Braves) vs. Twins
1996 Cardinals (not Braves) vs. Yankees
2003 Cubs (not Marlins) vs. Yankees
2004 Yankees vs. Astros (not Red Sox vs. Cardinals)
2007 Indians (not Red Sox) vs. Rockies
2012 Cardinals (not Giants) vs. Detroit
Only three 7 game series (1988 Dodgers, 1992 Braves, 2006 Cardinals) would have had the same result in a best of 5 format.

The first year of the 7 game format staying at 5 games would have seen no I-70 series in 1985, as the Kansas City Royals would only be going to their 2nd World Series this year. Boston would have have only broken the Curse of the Bambino last year in 2013. The Cubs would have finally made it to the World Series in 2003, not having blown the last 2 games of the NLCS that year. The 2004 World Series is the only one in which both teams would have been affected. Plus, the Red Sox would have 3 less league pennants.

What if the World Series was a best-of-5 format?
The World Series has always been a best-of-7 series. What if it was a quick best-of-5? Once again, not taking into account pitching and managing strategies, just a completely unscientific "who got to 3 wins first" ...and, also not taking into account the previous alternate best-of-5 LCS scenario teams listed above - since they never played each other in an actual World Series (are we confused yet?, that means Boston is back in) ...and not counting a whole lot of best-of-7 series prior to 1973, because frankly I've already spent enough time on this tonight... 

Which the exception of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, EVERY single World Series since 1973 that went a full 7 games would have a different outcome as a best-of-5 series.

1973 Mets (not A's)
1975 Reds *same result
1982 Brewers (not Cardinals)
1985 Cardinals (not Royals)
1986 Red Sox (not Mets)
1987 Cardinals (not Twins)
1991 Braves (not Twins)
1997 Indians (not Marlins)
2001 Yankees (not Diamondbacks)
2002 Giants (not Angels)
2011 Rangers (not Cardinals)

Still 1975 World Champions either way.

My math may not be the best, and hopefully I looked at those number right, but whoever gets to 3 wins first in the World Series, better hope it never goes to 7. They probably won't win. There were plenty of World Series that went 7 games up until 1972 that would have had the same result in 5 games, a few differences here and there, but the numbers didn't really start flipping until 1973. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

#189 - MovieCount 2014 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail

We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.

#188 - MovieCount 2014 - Best in Show

Fun fact: Fred Willard's character was based on Joe Garagiola.

#187 - MovieCount 2014 - A Mighty Wind

Wha happened?!

#186 - MovieCount 2014 - Star Trek Into Darkness

I actually watched a movie right before this but my memory sucks so bad I can't even remember what it was. My unusual early shift at work and other factors also have me about 40 movies behind my average for this time of year. Very disappointed in my movie watching habits.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

ShowCount 2014 - Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam
Scottrade Center
St. Louis 

At the top of my concert to-do list, at pretty much any given moment, is Pearl Jam. Only the 2nd time I've been able to see them live (and not for lack of trying) this one was right down front and center and it was amazing.

Despite nearing physical exhaustion by show time, Pearl Jam's over 3 hour/over 30 song set is well worth the wait. Lots of classics, the show was heavy with songs from Ten, plus a healthy mix of career spanning gems. That's about all I have to say because, words aren't really enough. Show #14 of '14.

#185 - MovieCount 2014 - Gone Girl

A fantastic, twisted tale. One of my favorite movies of the year.

#184 - MovieCount 2014 -The Fault in Our Stars

About as uplifting as a movie about kids with cancer can be.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#69 SeriesCount 2014 - Ray Donovan - Season 2

I overestimated how much I thought I would like season 1, and I underestimated how much I thought I'd dislike season 2. In other words, I liked season 2.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#68 SeriesCount 2014 - The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Last spring, on my first trip to L.A. I wanted to see some comedy & on the first night, the first thing I did was head to the back room of Meltdown Comics on Sunset. It was great, and I love this place is on TV every week. The caliber of comedians and comedy on this show is incredible. ...And I hate it when I don't realize a show has wrapped up it's season until a week later.