Take A Swing

The SEVEN

25 October 2012

I.  The Straw That Stirs The Drink

The San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval really went off like “Mr. October” (Reggie Jackson-1977) or “King Albert” (Pujols-2011) in smacking three home runs in the Giants’ 8-3 Game 1 World Series win over the Detroit Tigers. “Kung Fu Panda” teed off on the American League reigning Cy Young/MVP Justin Verlander the way Tagg Romney said he wanted to do on President Obama. 

To Tagg’s credit, he has apparently apologized.  

II.   The Last Word

With that said, if you haven’t seen Lawrence O’Donnell challenging Tagg to a fight, google it!  Those that like hiring people – as opposed to firing people – should bear in mind that that temp employee, if hired, may really make that position his or her own in a way you might not initially realize.  One such example is that of O’Donnell, whom I must admit I was wrong about in stating I wasn’t in love with him as a substitute host for Keith Olbermann. He is totally The Man on “The Last Word!”

III.   Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Apparently not…because on January 20th, 2009, while the world rejoiced and the Obamas danced to Beyonce’s “At Last,” Republican members of the House and Senate – including the current vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan – plotted their obstructionist strategy to lead to what they hoped would be Obama’s last days in office in 2012.  Of course, their strategy was to do whatever was necessary to block almost everything from happening, and then blame Obama for not making things happen.

Given that the nation was in the midst of the worst recession in decades at that time, could it be said that that strategy was on the borderline of being treasonous?

IV.   Brooklyn In Da House, Pt. 1

After 55 years without a professional sports franchise (not counting the minor league Cyclones) since the departure of the Dodgers, the borough of Brooklyn will soon have two, as the NHL’s New York Islanders will move from Long Island to Brooklyn in the 2015-2016 season to join Beyonce’s husband’s Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.  It was stated that these two franchises – which shared the Nassau Coliseum for several years – will finally be united again.

Hope it’s not exactly like the last time…when the-then cellar-dwelling Islanders often out-drew the two-time ABA champion Nets…which probably led in part to owner Roy Boe’s trade/sale of Julius “Dr. J” Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers, a move which led to  the Nets’ largely wilderness experience in New Jersey.

V.    Brooklyn In Da House, Pt. 2

Among the great opening games of the 2012-13 NBA season will be the first Battle of the Boroughs, as the New York Knicks meet up with the new look/new state Brooklyn Nets.  Other intriguing opening matchups include the Denver Nuggets (with longtime Sixer Andre Iguodala) visiting Philadelphia, as well as the Miami Heat welcoming the Boston Celtics…on the night they will probably get their championship rings.  The next edition of The SEVEN will feature the NBA Preview. 
Spoiler Alert:  The Nets will not be the favorites. 

VI.   Picking A Winner

Once again, the almost-universally respected Gen. Colin Powell – a registered Republican – has publicly endorsed President Obama for re-election. Powell’s endorsement in 2008 was huge for Obama, and now on the heels of Gov. Romney’s less than stellar performance in the foreign policy debate, the blessing of a statesman such as Powell could once again be a key factor in the race. 

VII.  Governor, In Case You Thought We Forgot…

It’s a shame that you’ll never be able to convince 47 per cent of us to take personal responsibility for our lives…and it’s also a shame that it seems we’ll never be able to convince you to release more years worth of your tax returns.  We’ll see what happens on Nov. 6th.

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