kurt's nightmare

Generally, I post once a week. Topics are randomly selected and depend mostly upon whether it's baseball season or not. Other topics will include sex, politics, old girlfriends, music, and whatever else pops into my little brain. If you'd like to read, or ignore, my blog about China: http://meidabizi.blogspot.com/

Location: Dayton, OH, Heard & McDonald Islands

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. I represent no one but myself, and barely do that. I'm here mostly by accident.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I was tempted to do a proleptic postmortem (yes, I know; I'm rather proud of it as well) on the McCain campaign, but I'm too superstitious to do so.

Instead, I will simply congratulate the Philadelphia Phillies, who now have a glorious second World Championship to add to their first, along with their 10,000+ losses. The Phans, of course, showed their typical propensity to violence, but aren't as good at it as fans from other cities. I really hate the city of Philadelphia; perhaps that is irrational, but it's there. I found the Rays much more likable, and it takes a lot—A LOT—to get me to cheer for an American League team.

I don't really blame Bud Selig for the rain. I do blame him for being an idiot (oh, my, why do I suddenly have the feeling that my loyal critic Dr. Anonymous will somehow tie this in with Hillary Clinton?)

I don't know who is in charge of marketing Major League Baseball, but they seem confused why they don't have younger fans. One possibility is the attention span of the average American—including mine—is about 4.3 seconds. I'm sorry, what? Oh, wait, yeah. But many of us older folks, born during the Cambrian Explosion, remember some Series games being on during the day. Teachers letting us watch it. Running home from school to see the end of the game.

Now, all night games, and most of it on cable. In my area, if there was a football game of any significance—don't ask for ESPN Radio's criteria for "signficance"—then there was no way to see or listen to the game without going to a bar. If I'm too poor to afford cable, I'm supposed to have the money to go to a bar to watch a game, nu?

MLB seems to like to piss in its fans' soup, and then wonder why it loses some fans and fails to attract enough new ones. Geniuses.


Blogger Mike Bock said...

You now, of course, must share with the world how you would run things if you were the king of MLB.

I loved that phrase, "proleptic postmortem on the McCain campaign."

What is really scary is to realize that if McCain had chosen a different running mate, and had run a different campaign, he could actually be winning. It is shocking to realize how McCain has disgraced himself with the type of campaign he has run. Who in the world is he trying to appeal to? Joe the Plumber doesn't exist, anymore than cartoon figures exist.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Bazarov said...

"nu"? Snackar du svenska nu?

The worst city I can remember ever having gone to would have to be Detroit. What's amazing is that the city right across the waterway has such drastically different crime rates, that being Windsor, Canada. And Windsor's a bit on the shady side as far as Canadian cities go.

Good call on the anonymous; I'd bet in agreement with you.

I can't say I've ever been a fan of baseball. I liked playing it when I was younger, but watching it never did much for me. But then again, I enjoy watching and playing golf. I think a great deal of my friends would rather get their teeth pulled than watch four hours of that, let alone four days worth of one tournament.

Glad to see new postings. I'm gonna try to do a new one every day until I leave.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...but I'm too superstitious to do so."

It is bad luck to be superstitious.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phuck the Phillies!

or, if you prefer, since this is a family blog:

Ph@*k the Phillies!

Go Pirates!

While we're at it, it was rather amusing to see the Republican vice-presidential candidate in Pennsylvania recently congratulate the local crowd for the Phillies victory... in Erie! But it was equally amusing to see all the pundits and commentators falling over themselves to point out that Erie is in Western PA, which would therefore make it Pirates country. What was amusing was that they also did not bother to do any research, and thus fell in the same trap as the guv, for had they done, so they would have quickly discovered that Erie is actually Cleveland Indians country.

--Anonymous (not yet a Dr.)

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man what the heck pro, pro, propal, propolactic postmodern what?
cajundude has questions about your family values. American hater. Your so far west in Ohio you probably root for the Cards.
And what's all this I hear about you hating american leaguers, are you not Independence born and braised? You need to let go of this anger and hatred of your father and embrace your mother (american league) female side. It is the balance you seek.

12:29 PM  
Blogger kmosser said...

The AL blows even more than your desired Aristotelian proportionality. Anyway, can you see what you can do to bring Missouri home for Obama? If you do, the next brisket and fries at Bryant's is on me!

2:09 PM  
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