So Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on Florida, eh? Of course, the watchwords, as always, are be afraid. Be very afraid. It's always something. Well, yours truly says -- forget that. Consider----
If you live in Oklahoma or Texas, you know you're at risk of tornadoes.
If you live in the Keweenaw peninsula in upper Michigan, you know you're going to get bombed with snow blowing off Lake Superior in the wintertime.
If you live in International Falls, Minnesota, you know you're going to get damned cold.
If you live in southern California, something is probably on fire close to you somewhere, and you could get swallowed up by an earthquake any minute.
It all goes with the territory.
So Floridians know, or should, that hurricanes come in the fall. Live there at your own peril. But stop with the whining already. We hear words like shocking, massive, terrifying, the biggest one to come along in ages. Are they talking about a storm or a Kardashian butt? HORRORS!!!
What's really nuts is they're stocking up on bottled water at scalper prices. Hey, if the storm is going to drop a foot of rain, the LAST thing they need to worry about is running out of water. Whatsamattuh with these people?
On that note, what's the matter with ANYBODY that's dumb enough to pay several dollars for a bottle of water? It's got to be the greatest scam of all time.
Between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox, it's difficult to pick a team to root for. On the one hand, the Indians haven't won a World Series in like forever. True, the Lake Erie-ites recently celebrated an NBA championship, but the World Series is bigger than that.
Yet how does one not get behind the Bosox when David "Big Papi" Ortiz is on his farewell tour? But hey, the Bosox finally ended their curse of the Bambino several years ago. In fact, they've won three World Series' since the turn of the century, including the last just a few years ago.
Boston has the nearby New England Patriots. They're in the hunt for the Super Bowl every year.
Cleveland has long been stuck with the woeful Browns. They're terrible yet again.
Boston has the Bruins of the NHL.
Cleveland has nada.
Speaking of forever, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated pointed out an interesting factoid. The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. The math is pretty simple. That's 108 years, or roughly the same amount of time William Shatner has been on TV. Seems like.
At any rate, Verducci notes there are exactly 108 stitches on a Major League baseball. One for every year the Cubs have gone without.
There's no place left to put another one.
It must be their time.....