Tuesday, March 24, 2015
I haven't written much on baseball so far in this new year of 2015, but with 13 days to go until the season gets under way, and the cold weather finally abating, let's do it!
Earlier this month, Pete Rose made his intentions known that he is applying for reinstatement, after being banned since 1989 for betting on baseball. With a new commissioner at the helm in Rob Manfred, he figures to try and strike while the iron is hot and hopes that the new commissioner will be sympathetic to his case.
Manfred announced he will give Rose's case a look, but has not hinted in which direction he will go.
We all know the facts of Rose's banishment. He was basically caught red-handed having placed bets on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds, and screamed for years that he never actually did it. He says he accepted the lifetime ban with the idea that after one year he would file for reinstatement. He also figured that he was still eligible for the Hall of Fame at the time, so that wouldn't be affected. (The Hall of Fame then banned all players on the Permanently Ineligible List shortly thereafter.) But Bart Giamatti, who rightly gave Rose the boot, died one week after the whole sordid matter ended, and the two commissioners that followed him, Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, kept the ban in place.
Rose lied in his deposition in 1989, and smeared the reputations of the men who brought the evidence against him 26 years ago, and has never offered any kind of apology to them.
Everyone in baseball knows that betting on the game is the sport's mortal sin. Every locker room in MLB has signs posted about that. The Black Sox scandal of 1919 came close to sinking the sport.
And have you noticed there has not been one case of illegal betting on baseball by anyone in MLB since Rose was banned?
I was in Rose's camp in early 2000s that he had served a long enough sentence for this case, and maybe it was finally time to reconsider his ban. But then in 2004, simply to sell yet another autobiography he'd written, Rose decided to come clean and admit, "yeah, I bet on baseball." For 15 years, he insisted to all his loyal fans and supporters that he hadn't bet on the game, and it was all trumped up by MLB.
And to make more money, Charlie Hustle admitted he hustled the fans. Treated us all like chumps.
So as far as I am concerned, Pete Rose can stay banned from MLB.
Listen, the Hall of Fame has plenty of members of rather dubious character, and the PED scandals have really played havoc with the election process. But that's a whole different story. I'm sure Rob Manfred will give Rose a shot here, but I bet he is in no rush to make any kind of ruling.
Rose doesn't have my support. And many Hall of Famers feel the same way. Everyone knows the rules. YOU DON'T BET ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. He knew that, did it anyway because he was (and probably still is) a degenerate gambler. He of course merits induction for what he did as an MLB player.
But he ruined his career after he became a manager. I have always felt that somewhere down the road he will be reinstated and will enter the Hall of Fame by way of the Veterans Committee. But let it happen after he dies, so he's not there to enjoy it.
Sorry, Pete. No sympathy from me. You treated us like fools for years. Don't bet (pun intended) on getting back in MLB's good graces. Let your cries for reinstatement fall on deaf ears.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:51 AM
Monday, March 23, 2015
Due to the continuing NCAA Tournament basketball playoffs on March 29th, and the opening of the baseball season on April 5th (and it also being Easter Sunday), Trivia Night at Foley's will be taking off the next two weeks.
We'll be back with another edition of Trivia on Sunday night, April 12th at 7 PM.
Hope to see you then!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:21 PM
Monday, March 16, 2015
On the cusp of St. Patrick's Day, we did Ireland Trivia as one of two Special Categories for Trivia Night at Foley's on Sunday night. The numbers for that round were generally on the higher side. The bar had all different folks in watching hockey and soccer, and few in playing Trivia. The team of Green Eyed Monsters got the win, getting 38 points, winning each round except the final round. Nice job by Cato and Bob taking the night again.
Second place went to Dink Dink, Dink Dink, Dink Dink, Dink Dink with 23 points, and third place went to The K Family with 22 points.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Trivia Night will take next week off at Foley's, due to the NCAA Tournament games and few other events going on at the bar. We will return in two weeks, on Sunday night, March 29th at 7 PM. See you then!
1. What western US state's lawmakers voted this past week to bring back the firing squad as a form of capital punishment, the only state to have it?
2. A jury awarded $7.4 million to the children of what R&B singer after determining that singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied his music in their 2013 number one hit song?
3. What news organization was recently named the most trusted, as well as the least trusted network in news in a recent Quinnipiac University poll?
4. "American Sniper" last week became the highest grossing war film of all-time, reaching $500 million in worldwide gross. What 1998 war film had the previous record?
5. What longtime network crime drama was recently acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest-ever TV drama, simulcast in 171 countries on March 4th?
6. What English rock star was named an "honorary Texan" by the Texas legislature this past week after donating hundreds of his Alamo artifacts to the state?
7. What world leader was not seen in public for nearly seven days last week, and reports surfaced he was in Switzerland for the birth of his "secret" daughter?
1. What is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin in population? a. Cork; b. Galway; c. Limerick; d. Waterford.
2. Which Irish saint is said to have visited America 1000 years before Columbus? a. Patrick; b. Finbar; c. Brendan; d. Thomas.
3. Which one of the following entertainers was not born in Ireland? a. Bono; b. Bob Geldof; c. Elvis Costello; d. Pierce Brosnan.
4. Which is the most popular sport in Ireland? a. soccer; b. rugby; c. cricket; d. Gaelic football.
5. In which year did Ireland achieve Home Rule and their independence from the UK? a. 1905; b. 1922; c. 1929; d. 1935.
6. What Irish rock band had hits with such songs as "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back In Town?" a. U2; b. The Pogues; c. Black 47; d. Thin Lizzy.
7. In which century did Ireland's potato famine take place? a. 17; b. 18; c. 19; d. 20.
1. "Green River" was a hit single for what 1960s rock band?
2. What is the name of the main character in the book "Green Eggs and Ham?"
3. What US city's river is dyed green every St. Patrick's Day?
4. Martin Balsam portrayed Mr. Green in what 1974 NYC-based film that was remade in 2009?
5. What North African country's flag is completely green?
6. What is the name of the pigment in green plants that gives them their color?
7. What Nickelodeon TV show was known for dropping green slime on its characters?
1. The world's largest desert is found on what continent? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the name of the doomed boat from the classic TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island?" ( 1 pt)
3. Which of the Great Lakes is the largest in area? ( 1 pt)
4. The Galapagos Islands belong to what South American country? ( 2 pt)
5. Nicosia is the capital of what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1775, the Continental Congress named what Founding Father the first postmaster general? ( 2 pt)
7. Byzantium was an ancient city that today is known by what name? ( 3 pt)
1. Mt. Kosciusko, at 7,310 feet, is the highest mountain in what country? ( 5 points)
2. What 19th century US president was the only president who was once held as a prisoner of war? ( 4 points)
3. What current best-selling author was once a Democratic state legislator from Mississippi? ( 4 points)
4. The Treaty of Ghent ended what 19th century war? ( 3 points)
5. In 2014, who did Forbes magazine name "The World's Richest Athlete", having earned $105 million that year? ( 4 points)
1. Utah; 2. Marvin Gaye; 3. Fox News; 4. "Saving Private Ryan;" 5. "CSI"; 6. Phil Collins; 7. Vladimir Putin.
1. a; 2. c; 3. c; 4. d; 5. b; 6. d; 7. c.
1. CCR; 2. Sam; 3. Chicago; 4. "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three;" 5. Libya; 6. chlorophyll; 7. "You Can't Do That On Television."
1. Africa; 2. SS Minnow; 3. Lake Superior; 4. Ecuador; 5. Cyprus; 6. Ben Franklin; 7. Istanbul.
1. Australia; 2. Andrew Jackson; 3. John Grisham; 4. The War of 1812; 5. Floyd Mayweather.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 12:31 AM
Sunday, March 15, 2015
My friends at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant (where I do Trivia every Sunday night, plug, plug!!) announced this past week their newest candidates for the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, and they include three individuals with connections to the Red Sox over the years.
One is former player and 2004 World Series champion Kevin Millar, another is current Red Sox radio announcer Dave O'Brien, and the third is MLB Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy (who managed the Sox after his long successful tenure with the Yankees in the late 1940s).
There are eleven candidates on the 2015 ballot, from the groups of Former Players, Broadcasters, Managers and Executives. Here are the eleven up for consideration:
The Hall of Fame is located inside Foley's, at 18 West 33rd Street. It was founded by Shaun Clancy in 2008 to honor those connected to MLB of Irish descent. The candidates to be enshrined in 2015 will be announced in April.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:59 AM
Saturday, March 14, 2015
We will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday early on Sunday, March 15th with Trivia Night at Foley's. We will have two Special Categories this week (with the Q Train lightning round getting the week off), and they will be "Ireland Trivia" and "Green Trivia." Ireland Trivia will be seven questions about the Emerald Isle and its history, and Green Trivia will be seven questions that all involve the color green in some way. And in deference to Foley's, there will be no answers involving the song "Danny Boy."
The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
Which of the Great Lakes is the largest in area?"
We'll get started at 7 PM on Sunday night. Foley's is located at 18 West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. There will be drink specials throughout the Trivia Night, so come on out and celebrate the holiday early with a great night of Trivia tomorrow night!
Friday, March 13, 2015
It hardly seems possible, but it was nine years ago today that Yours Truly founded The Mighty Quinn Media Machine.
I started it almost on a lark, but I am certainly glad I did. It has brought many wonderful people into my life, and I can't thank them (and all of you) enough.
These days, I'm not writing as much as I once did. I still write about the Red Sox, but not on an everyday basis anymore. And of course, I use the blog extensively to promote my Trivia Night.
The post about good ol' Doug Mirabelli in 2006 is still be far the most popular thing I have ever put up here. Doug has long since left the Red Sox and MLB, but fans are still looking to find out about his "epic" day, and usually wind up on my blog!
Anyway, thanks to all of you for the support you have given me and my little writing thingy here.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:28 AM
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Our third edition of Sunday Night Trivia at Foley's brought out an old friend, Matt, who is one of my loyal Trivia players from my other Trivia venues. Always nice seeing familiar faces from the past. We had a small turnout of players on Sunday, but we are making progress in our new Trivia home.
Most teams did rather well in the Women's History Trivia round, so they can be proud on International Women's Day they know their stuff!
My thanks to the great Ed Randall, who hosts a Sunday morning show on WFAN Radio here in New York, as he gave a nice shout out to my Trivia Night at Foley's yesterday. I've known Ed many years, as he has been a regular at the BLOHARDS meetings and is a tireless advocate for prostate cancer awareness. He's one of the good guys in sports.Thanks a million, Ed!
The team of Vince Wilfork's Body Guards were victorious, taking the night by 20 points over second place Mortal Wombat, who had 34 points, and third place went to A Lone Warrior with 28 points.
1. Loretta Lynch was confirmed last week as what new member of President Obama's cabinet?
2. What man was named by Forbes magazine earlier this week as "The World's Richest Man" with a net worth of $79.2 billion?
3. What western US state became the third state to permit legal marijuana use in that state?
4. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before Congress for the third time this past week. What 20th century world leader was the only other to speak before Congress three times?
5. The National Transportation Safety Board recently said they have agreed to consider reopening the investigation into the plane crash that killed what rock star many years ago?
6. Mark Lippert, the US ambassador to what country, was attacked last Thursday by a man with a razor blade, and needed 80 stitches to close a wound on his face?
7. Minnie Minoso, the first black Cuban born player in MLB, died last Sunday at the age of 92. What team did he play for in five different decades?
Women's History Trivia
1. Who was the first woman to run for president of the US? a. Shirley Chisholm; b. Susan B. Anthony; c. Victoria Woodhull; d. Sonia Johnson.
2. In 1932, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to do what? a. Fly a plane; b. Fly solo across the Atlantic; c. Fly in the Air Force; d. Fly solo around the world.
3. Who was the first woman to be Secretary of State? a. Elizabeth Dole; b. Condoleezza Rice; c. Hillary Clinton; d. Madeline Albright.
4. What was the first US state to allow women to vote? a. Wyoming; b. Colorado; c. Utah; d. Idaho.
5. Roe vs. Wade was one of the most controversial cases in Supreme Court history covering what women's right? a. Education; b. abortion; c. birth control; d. employment.
6. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle accomplished what feat as the first woman to do what? a. Swim the English Channel; b. Climb Mt. Everest; c. Sail around the world; d. Ride in the Tour deFrance.
7. Who was the first woman to serve as US Attorney General? a. Condoleezza Rice; b. Hillary Clinton; c. Janet Reno; d. Geraldine Ferraro.
Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The pearl wedding anniversary is this number of years.
2. Arizona is this number US state.
3. Cancer is this number sign of the Zodiac.
4. This is the freezing point of water at sea level degrees Fahrenheit.
5. The highest number on a standard dartboard is this number.
6. This number is retired throughout MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson.
7. This is the approximate total number of grams in one ounce.
8. This number parallel north separates North and South Korea.
9. In tennis, this number represents the third point gained in a game.
10. This number amendment to the Constitution made the standard minimum voting age at 18.
1. The Brandenburg Gate is found in what European city? ( 1 pt)
2. What is another name for the human clavicle? ( 1 pt)
3. What two US coins have ridges on them? ( 1 pt)
4. The Emerald Coast is located on what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. Tony Abbott is the current Prime Minister of what country? ( 2 pt)
6. Name 1 of the 2 letters worth ten points in Scrabble, the most valuable ones. ( 2 pt)
7. What is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men? ( 3 pt)
1. What famous 19th century author is credited with having written the first book on a typewriter? ( 3 points)
2. What southern US state has the butterfly as its official mascot, but has no official nickname, the only state without one? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only Roman Catholic to be Vice-President of the United States? ( 4 points)
4. What famous singer was the first African-American to host an American TV show, in 1956? ( 5 points)
5. William Morgan invented what team sport in Massachusetts in 1895, which was originally called "mintonette?" ( 4 points)
1. Attorney General; 2. Bill Gates; 3. Alaska; 4. Winston Churchill; 5. Buddy Holly; 6. South Korea; 7. Chicago White Sox.
Women's History Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. a; 5. b; 6. a; 7. c.
Even Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 30; 2. 48; 3. 4; 4. 32; 5. 20; 6. 42; 7. 28; 8. 38; 9. 40; 10. 26.
1. Berlin; 2. collarbone; 3. dime and quarter; 4. Florida; 5. Australia; 6. Q&Z; 7. prostate.
1. Mark Twain; 2. Alabama; 3. Joe Biden; 4. Nat King Cole; 5. volleyball.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 11:06 PM
Saturday, March 07, 2015
This Sunday night, March 8th, the Special Category for Sunday Night Trivia at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant will be "Women's History Trivia," seven questions about women in US history, in honor of Sunday being International Women's Day. All the questions will be multiple choice.
The Q Train lightning round will be "Even Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions, and every answer will be an even number from 1 through 50. And no answer will be the same number.
The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Brandenburg Gate is found in what European city?"
We get going at 7 PM on Sunday night. The weather will be a lot better on Sunday, and there will not be a Pittsburgh Penguins game on at that time, so things should be fine. Foley's is located at 18 West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. There will be beer specials during the Trivia Night, so why not come out and have a great time with Trivia tomorrow night at Foley's. See you then!
Sunday, March 01, 2015
It looked like the weather was going to play havoc with us again for Trivia Night at Foley's. 1-3 inches of snow fell on NYC, but we actually had a pretty good turnout for a snowy night. We started after the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game finished (Pens fans hang out at Foley's), and a few of the patrons joined us, along with seeing old friends Rhonda, Michael and Amy, which was a nice surprise. So it turned out to be a pretty good night indeed.
The team of Polka Kings pulled off the win, getting 48 points and won by a comfortable margin of 12 points. They also won our opening week of Trivia at Foley's two weeks ago, so my congratulations to Cato and Bob on their win.
Second place went to Ballz Deep with 36 points, and third went to Captain Spock's Exploding Manhole Covers with 34 points.
1. John Kitzhaber, the governor of what western US state, resigned recently over an ethics scandal involving him and his fiancee?
2. What legendary comedian was recently chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as the all-time number one cast member in the history of "Saturday Night Live?"
3. The CEO of Hermitage Capital Management claimed recently that what world leader has a net worth of $200 billion, more than that of Bill Gates, most of which he claims is stolen?
4. Rock star Neil Young asked his fans last week to join in a boycott of what chain store after their involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over shielding food ingredients?
5. What late-night talk show host filmed segments for his show in Cuba late last month, the first US talk show to film there since 1959?
6. What female pop singer fell off the stage last week while performing at the Brit Awards in London?
7. What 1990s rap star was arrested in Florida recently for breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home?
Academy Awards Trivia
1. What 1985 film was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won no awards, tied for the most in history without a win?
2. What 1970 Beatles film won an Academy Award for Best Original Score?
3. What 1992 film was the last Western to win the Best Picture Oscar?
4. What film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?
5. Who is the only actress to win four Best Actress Oscars?
6. What actor has been nominated a record 12 times for acting Oscars?
7. Name 2 of the 5 actors/actresses who have won acting Oscars in consecutive years.
Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The silver wedding anniversary is marked after this number years of marriage.
2. The debut album from singer Adele was entitled this number.
3. A soccer match has this numbered minutes in each half.
4. The NY Yankees retired this number in honor of late catcher Thurman Munson.
5. Alaska is this number US state.
6. The left fielder in baseball is represented by this number.
7. Aquarius is this number sign of the Zodiac.
8. This is the number of flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
9. Chicago Bulls retired this number in honor of Michael Jordan.
10. Jesus Christ is said to be this age at the time of his crucifixion.
1. Lake Titicaca is located on what continent? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the second largest planet in the solar system? ( 1 pt)
3. Hall of Fame QB John Elway was originally drafted by what NFL team? ( 1 pt)
4. Since 1980, the shekel has been the currency of what country? ( 2 pt)
5. "Iron Man" is a 1970 song by what rock band? ( 2 pt)
6. A dodecagon has how many sides? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the national animal of Canada? ( 3 pt)
1. What 20th century US president used his poker winnings to help finance his first campaign for Congress, which he won? ( 4 points)
2. What Asian country is the world's largest producer and consumer of milk? ( 4 points)
3. Sid is the real first name of what popular Sesame Street character? ( 3 points)
4. After Rhode Island and Delaware, what Eastern US state is the third smallest in total area? ( 4 points)
5. What Canadian province was the most recent to enter the Canadian Confederation, in 1949? ( 5 points)
1. Oregon; 2. John Belushi; 3. Vladimir Putin; 4. Starbucks; 5. Conan O'Brien; 6. Madonna; 7. Vanilla Ice.
Academy Awards Trivia
1. "The Color Purple;" 2. "Let It Be;" 3. "Unforgiven;" 4. "The Producers;" 5. Katharine Hepburn; 6. Jack Nicholson; 7. Tom Hanks, Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards.
Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 25; 2. 19; 3. 45; 4. 15; 5. 49; 6. 7; 7. 11; 8. 31; 9. 23; 10. 33.
1. South America; 2. Saturn; 3. Baltimore Colts; 4. Israel; 5. Black Sabbath; 6. twelve; 7. beaver.
1. Richard Nixon; 2. India; 3. Cookie Monster; 4. Connecticut; 5. Newfoundland.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 11:23 PM
Saturday, February 28, 2015
I don't have to tell most Red Sox fans in New England and the Northeast what a brutal winter this has been. Boston has been blitzed the last couple of months with snow, and down here in NYC, it has been cold and miserable, even if the snowfall totals have been a lot less.
February is coming to a merciful end. Good riddance.
And that means that baseball is returning. The Red Sox open their Spring Training schedule on Tuesday with the traditional doubleheader against the college kids, Northeastern and Boston College. Then on Thursday they play their Ft. Myers rival Minnesota Twins to open up the MLB Grapefruit League schedule.
Courtesy of Redsox.com, here is the complete broadcast schedule of the games from Florida. (There are a few games that will not be broadcast either on TV or radio.):
|Tuesday, March 3||vs. Boston College||1:05 PM||WEEI 850|
|Tuesday, March 3||vs. Northeastern U.||1:05 PM||WEEI 850|
|Thursday, March 5||@Minnesota||7:05 PM||MLBN||WEEI 93.7|
|Saturday, March 7||vs. Minnesota||1:05 PM||WEEI 93.7|
|Sunday, March 8||@NY Mets||1:10 PM||NESN||WEEI 93.7|
|Wednesday, March 11||@NY Yankees||1:05 PM||MLBN|
|Friday, March 13||vs. NY Yankees||7:05 PM||NESN, MLBN||WEEI 93.7|
|Saturday, March 14||vs. Pittsburgh||1:05 PM||WEEI 93.7|
|Sunday, March 15||@Philadelphia||1:05 PM||NESN||WEEI 93.7|
|Tuesday, March 17||vs. Atlanta||1:05 PM||NESN, MLBN|
|Saturday, March 21||@Pittsburgh||1:05 PM||NESN, MLBN (delay)||WEEI 93.7|
|Sunday, March 22||vs. Philadelphia||1:05 PM||NESN, MLBN (delay)||WEEI 93.7|
|Friday, March 27||@Atlanta||1:05 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday, March 28||@Tampa Bay||1:05 PM||MLBN (delay)||WEEI 93.7|
|Sunday, March 29||vs. Tampa Bay||1:05 PM||NESN, MLBN||WEEI 93.7|
|Monday, March 30||vs. Minnesota||7:05 PM||NESN, MLBN||WEEI 93.7|
|Tuesday, March 31||@Tampa Bay||1:05 PM||NESN, MLBN (delay)|
|Wednesday, April 1||vs. Toronto||1:05 PM||NESN|
|Thursday, April 2||@Minnesota||7:05 PM||MLBN|
|Friday, April 3||vs. Minnesota||7:05 PM||NESN||WEEI 93.7|
|Saturday, April 4||@Minnesota||1:05 PM||NESN||WEEI 93.7|
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 11:04 AM
Trivia Night will return to Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant on Sunday night, March 1st at 7 PM. The bar was a bit empty last week, as the Academy Awards ceremony probably kept most folks home. So we will give "Academy Awards Trivia" another go as the Special Category. It will seven questions about the Oscars down through the years. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions, with all answers being odd numbers between 1 and 50. And every answer will be a different one.
The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the second largest planet in our solar system?"
We'll get going at 7 PM. Foley's is located at 18 West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. There will be drink specials throughout the Trivia Night. I hope to see many of you this Sunday night for a great night of Trivia to kick off the month of March!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:48 AM
Friday, February 27, 2015
My good friend and fellow Red Sox fanatic Alan Burnce is part of a nonprofit organization called Open Road, which is based out of Portland, Oregon and does fine work helping teenagers.
Alan recently alerted me to a fund raising effort that is currently going on, and it involves the Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Open Road currently has a raffle going on that the winner will get two tickets to the complete weekend series between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park from May 1-3. The package also includes a three-night stay at the Hotel Buckminster, which is just a stone's throw from the Fens (and where the plot to throw the 1919 World Series was supposedly hatched by the Black Sox, for you baseball history buffs).
The winner also gets complete roundtrip airfare included in the package, from anywhere in the contiguous 48 states in the US. One ticket is $25, three tickets are $70, and five tickets are $110. Please click this link to get more information on the complete fund raising effort. The sweepstakes concludes on March 20th.
So, if you'd like to see the Red Sox wallop the Yankees this May, while doing something special to help out teenagers in the Portland, Oregon area, I encourage you to take a chance and grab a ticket.
You've got be in it to win it. All the best to Alan and all the good folks at Open Road.
I had the pleasure in taking part in a survey of Red Sox bloggers this past week to see our thoughts on the team and the upcoming 2015 season.
It is done through the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, which I am a proud member. Daniel Shoptaw, who runs the fine St. Louis Cardinals blog C70 At The Bat, surveyed four of us this spring about questions like where the Red Sox will finish in 2015, our opinions of the Sox offseason, how ex-Cardinals Joe Kelly and Allen Craig will fare this season, and who will make the most strides this season on the club.
Please do check out "Playing Pepper 2015: Boston Red Sox," and check out some of my deep thoughts about the upcoming season.
My thanks to Daniel for letting me participate in his survey.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:16 AM
Monday, February 23, 2015
Well, as the previous post's headline said, the Oscars DID dominate Trivia on Sunday. And I'm guessing that a lot of folks stayed home and watched the show, and unfortunately, we didn't have enough people for a proper Trivia Night, so it did not happen last night.
But we will return with another edition of Sunday Night Trivia at Foley's next Sunday, March 1st, at 7 PM. Hope to see you then.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:07 AM
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Our second edition of Sunday Night Trivia at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant will feature "Academy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the Oscar ceremony that will be starting later that evening. It will be seven questions in the recent history of the awards. The Q Train lightning round will be "First Oscar Win Trivia", as I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses and you have to tell me which film they won their first (or only) Oscar for.
The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Since 1980, the shekel has been the currency of what country?"
We get started at 7 PM on Sunday night, and thankfully it will be about 30 degrees warmer than it was last Sunday! Foley's is at 18 West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, across from the Empire State Building, and the bar's phone number is 212-290-0080. Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia before another work week begins!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:04 AM
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
It was an absolutely brutally cold night on Sunday night, as we did our very first Trivia Night at Foley's on 33rd Street. Just a small crowd turned out, but everything went well. Those in attendance enjoyed it, and Foley's has a terrific staff, and that made the night enjoyable for me. It is a great place to do Trivia, with lots of tables and a great sound system.
The team of Polka Kings won the night, getting 46 points and winning by nine points. Congratulations to Cato and Bob on their victory, and I appreciate seeing them so much, as they have been loyal regulars from my other Trivia venues.
The first weather forecasts for next Sunday are a whole lot better, with temperatures possibly reaching 40 degrees. Let's hope so! And once again, thanks to those of you who turned out last night.
1. The Economist recently selected what North American city as "The World's Best City to Live In", based on factors including safety, livability and cost of living?
2. What city was chosen last Thursday to host the 2016 Democratic Convention?
3. What electronics retailer recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and will sell off more than 2400 stores?
4. An 1892 oil painting, done by what 19th century French artist, was recently sold at a London auction for close to $300 million, one of the highest prices ever to be paid for an artwork?
5. What pop singer won for Grammys at last Sunday night's Grammy Awards?
6. Dean Smith, the legendary college basketball coach who won 879 games in Division 1, died last week at the age of 83. What school did he win the majority of games at?
7. What company became the first American one to be valued at more than $700 billion last week?
1. What 20th century president was the first to be inaugurated on January 20th?
2. At 6' 4", who was the tallest US president?
3. Who was the last US president who did not attend college?
4. Name 1 of the 2 presidents who were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
5. Who was the only US president born in California?
6. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who never delivered a State of the Union address.
7. Who was the oldest man elected president?
States' Largest City Trivia ("The Q Train")
5. New Jersey
10. North Carolina
1. The Great Barrier Reef is located on what ocean? ( 1 pt)
2. How many pawns does one player get in a chess game? ( 1 pt)
3. The rover called Sojourner explored what planet in 1997? ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the first cartoon character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? ( 2 pt)
5. Latka Gravas was a fictional character on what TV sitcom? ( 2 pt)
6. The cities of Carlsbad and Las Cruces are found in what US state? ( 2 pt)
7. How many black keys are there on a standard piano? ( 3 pt)
1. Vermont was the first state to enter the Union after the original 13 colonies. What state was second to join in 1792? ( 4 points)
2. With the Kansas City Royals winning the AL pennant in 2014, what MLB team has now gone the longest without making the playoffs? ( 5 points)
3. What western US state is the leading gold-producing state in the US in 2014? ( 4 points)
4. Curtis Strange is in the Hall of Fame in what sport? ( 3 points)
5. In May 2014, Eric Garcetti became the first Jewish mayor of what US city? ( 4 points)
1. Toronto; 2. Philadelphia; 3. Radio Shack; 4. Paul Gauguin; 5. Sam Smith; 6. North Carolina; 7. Apple.
1. FDR; 2. Abraham Lincoln; 3. Harry Truman; 4. JFK and William H. Taft; 5. Richard Nixon; 6. James Garfield and William Henry Harrison; 7. Ronald Reagan.
States' Largest City Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Houston; 2. Bridgeport; 3. Wichita; 4. Wilmington; 5. Newark; 6. Memphis; 7. Jacksonville; 8. Kansas City; 9. Anchorage; 10. Charlotte.
1. Pacific; 2. eight; 3. Mars; 4. Mickey Mouse; 5. "Taxi"; 6. New Mexico; 7. thirty-six.
1. Kentucky; 2. Toronto Blue Jays; 3. Nevada; 4. golf; 5. Los Angeles.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:34 AM
Saturday, February 14, 2015
"The rover called Sojourner explored what planet in 1997?"
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 12:22 PM
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Despite Boston being blitzed by snow over the last few weeks, the annual tradition of Truck Day is going on as scheduled at Fenway.
It is the first sign of spring and the return of baseball. Here's what the Red Sox will be sending down to Ft. Myers:
• 20,400 baseballs
• 200 batting gloves
• 200 batting helmets
• 320 Batting Practice tops
• 160 white game jerseys
• 300 pairs of pants
• 400 t-shirts
• 400 pairs of socks
• 20 cases of bubble gum
• 60 cases of sunflower seeds
It's been a brutal winter in New England and the Northeast, but spring is around the corner.
I'll be celebrating the day with some of my BLOHARDS cohorts at Foley's this afternoon. Enjoy Truck Day, everyone!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:23 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
We've got a new logo for our new Trivia Night at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant, and it is the one above.
We get going this Sunday night, February 15th at 7 PM. It will be the same great Trivia Night you have all come to know and love at the other places I have done Trivia before: 5 categories, 2 special categories, $50 gift certificate to the bar for the winners.
I will posting the Sneak Peek question and the two special categories here on the blog every Saturday, and I put the Q&A for the night every Monday morning.
Looking forward to getting back in the saddle again. Just hoping the weather cooperates on Sunday. See you then!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:41 AM
Friday, January 30, 2015
I'm very pleased to announce that my Trivia Night has a brand new home: at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant, which is at 18 West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, right across the street from the Empire State Building.
I will be doing Trivia every Sunday night, and at an earlier time than I have usually done it: 7 PM. We will get started on February 15th, two weeks from this Sunday night. It will be the same Trivia you have come to know and love over the years: 5 categories, 2 special categories, and the staples of Current Events, General Knowledge and IQ Trivia. First place will be a $50 gift certificate to the bar, and the other prizes will be determined before we get going.
I'm really thrilled to be hosting Trivia in one of the best known sports bars in New York City. For those of you unfamiliar with Foley's, check out their web site here.
I thank all of you for your support and loyalty over the years, and I hope you can make it out on Sunday nights for Trivia. See you in a couple of weeks!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 8:06 PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ranaudo was a number one draft pick by the Sox in 2010, and was the Pitcher of the Year in AA in 2013 at Portland, and the International League Pitcher of the Year in 2014. He was up for seven starts last season and got roughed up, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA, walking more than he struck out in 39 1/3 innings, and allowed 10 home runs.
The Red Sox have lots of depth in terms of starting pitching at the high minor league level, so they saw Ranaudo as expendable. And you can never have enough relievers, especially those who throw left handed.
Ross, who is 25 and from Kentucky, was terrific in his first two full seasons in Texas in 2012 and 2013. But they tried to make him a starter last year, and he got hit hard, going 1-6 with a 5.70 ERA. And he was returned to the pen and couldn't get his groove back, putting up a 7.85 ERA. Ross figures to be a late-inning arm out of the pen. Here's more on Robbie Ross.
Ross joins Craig Breslow, Drake Britton and Tommy Layne as left starters in the Red Sox bullpen.
The Sox may or may not be finished as far as adding arms to the pitching staff, as the pitchers and catchers report in 3 1/2 weeks. Interesting to see that James Shields is still out there unsigned. I'm still betting that Boston will not be his landing site.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:38 AM
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I just finished reading the new autobiography by legendary sportscaster Al Michaels about his career behind the mic called "You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Miracles, Memories and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television."
It's an enjoyable read from one of the best-known voices on television. Michaels doesn't take himself too seriously as he guides his readers through his formative years growing up in Brooklyn, going to Ebbets Field, a short move to Long Island, and then going to Southern California, where his broadcasting career began.
He began his professional career in baseball, doing the AAA Hawaii Islanders games before moving over to the Cincinnati Reds radio booth in 1971. He moved over to the San Francisco Giants in 1974 before going to ABC in 1977 to do college football, where his national career began to take shape.
Michaels has been part of two of the most famous sporting events of the later 20th century, the 1980 gold medal win by the US hockey team, and the lead announcer of the 1989 World Series when it was struck by an earthquake and eventually delayed the series by 10 days. He gives insights into both events that take the reader back to one glorious, and one tragic, time in American history.
He has a passion for hockey, even before he made his legendary call back at Lake Placid in 1980. And golf is his current all-consuming passion, and does plenty of name-dropping on who he's hit the links with: everyone from Michael Jordan to former president George W. Bush.
Michaels even talks about some of his forays outside the sports world, when he talks of his appearance on "The Dating Game" ( you can see that on YouTube), "Hawaii Five-O" (the original series with Jack Lord, who doesn't come off too well in Michaels' retelling), and a cameo role in the 1998 comedy film "BASEketball" (which Michaels did against his better judgment). The book also includes some funny tidbits like his swiping a phone from a hotel in 2000 that Al Gore might have used on Election Night that year, and his great fandom for Howard Stern and his raunchy radio show.
But I found the most interesting parts of the book were how Michaels retells his relationships with the most controversial people in his sporting life, and dedicated a chapter to each. He has little love for Howard Cosell, who he was partnered with on Monday Night Baseball back in the early 1980s, as Cosell had turned bitter against ABC and the sports he was covering and really didn't hide that fact. Michaels worked with O.J. Simpson during the 1984 Summer Olympics and had nothing but nice things to say about him in terms of his working relationship. But, of course, the majority of the chapter about Simpson is on the murder of his wife and friend, and Michaels' working with ABC News on the day of the slow-speed chase in L.A.
Michaels talks in detail about his long tenure on "Monday Night Football" with his various partners, from John Madden to Boomer Esiason. And about the difficult conversion he had to make in moving over to Sunday Night Football on NBC.
"You Can't Make This Up" is generally a fun read that I would definitely recommend if you've followed Al Michaels' career, like I have. Lots of fascinating stories and name dropping throughout the book. He's lived an interesting life covering the world of sports, and as the legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy once told him, "Never get jaded." It sure sounds like Al Michaels has heeded that advice.
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 12:31 PM
Friday, January 09, 2015
Hello Trivia players: I thought I would give you all an update on the progress of my next Trivia Night. I recently spoke to a bar owner I know in Midtown Manhattan, and he is seriously considering taking me on as a host. It is a well-known establishment (I will reveal the place when and if it becomes a reality), and the best night for them to have Trivia is on Sunday night at 8 PM. I have no problem with that, and I hope that can fit into your schedules. If it happens there, the first night will probably be the Sunday following the Super Bowl (that would be February 8th).
I should hear back from him soon, and when I do I will let you know any further updates. I am also looking for a second place to do it during the week, preferably on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. Please do drop me a line if you know of an establishment seeking a new Trivia host. Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to hosting a new Trivia Night soon. Be well, everyone!
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 10:43 AM
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Johnson was the top vote-getter with 97.3% of the 549 votes cast. It is the 7th highest percentage ever.
Pedro was second at 91.1%. 49 writers did not for him. There were some writers who left Pedro and Johnson off their ballots simply because they felt they were both a synch to make it, and wanted to include more than 10 maximum they could vote for. (This is the reason the ballot must be expanded to 12 or 15 maximum.)
Smoltz and Biggio both received over 82% of the vote. Mike Piazza just missed this time, getting 69.9%. With just Ken Griffey Jr. the only sure bet to be elected to the Hall, Piazza's chances next year are very good for election. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling all did better than last year, and they trending upwards to an eventual Hall of Fame election.
Both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did slightly better than in 2014, but are still in the upper 30% range, still nowhere close. Mark McGwire got just 10% of the vote in his next-to-last time on the ballot. Nomar Garciaparra got just 5.5% in his ballot, and he figures to be like Don Mattingly, a great player who was a "shooting star" who will never get in.
Congratulations to one of the greatest Red Sox players of all-time, and to the other three very worthy newest Hall of Famers.
Here are the official results, courtesy of baseballhall.org:
|Ballots Cast: 549||Needed for Election: 412|
Posted by The Omnipotent Q at 2:28 PM