|PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
It suddenly got very chilly on Mykonos. Up until the middle of this week the weather was perfect…around 82F/28C, no wind, no humidity. At least that’s what I heard when I arrived here from equivalently glorious weather in New York.
Amazing, isn’t it, how such beautiful weather masks such dysfunctional national governments in both places? But I’m not going there. Not this week. Everyone else already has so there’s no reason for me to pile on. Hard as it is to resist doing so amid the Alice in Wonderland madness of it all.
Okay, just a little bit.
|Golden Dawn leader under arrest.|
I mean, in Greece a Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party spokesman boasted upon his release from prison that the only way to stop his party’s agenda of hate mongering is with “bullets.” And in the US we have Tea Party folk demonstrating to the world that their fanatical Congressional adherents (plus the Speaker of the House who must be featured in some very interesting videos locked up in the Tea Party’s Congressional Office) will destroy the American economy if necessary to insure (bad choice of words) that those who need medical care the most in the Land of the Free shall indeed perish from this earth instead.
Really makes you proud, doesn’t it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if both parties went off together somewhere far, far away from the rest of us to a place where they could cast righteously indignant aspersions on each other’s character and lineage to their hearts’ content, safe in the knowledge that ideological differences ultimately would be settled by a combination of bullets and unavailable medical coverage.
Ah, one can dream.
And speaking of dreaming. How about those Bucs? I mean its Bucctober Time in Pittsburgh.
Twenty-one years since the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team made it into post-season play. That’s 1992, when the Buccos (nickname derived from “buccaneers”) won their third straight National League East title but advanced no further toward the World Series.
George H. W. Bush was President (Bill Clinton won election in November), Silence of the Lambs won the Oscar for best picture, Euro Disney opened near Paris, Johnny Carson had his final appearance on the Tonight Show, and South Africa started its first Test Cricket since 1970 (that one’s for you, Stan).
|Trivia: The guy in the middle is ...|
And Pittsburgh has gone wild. Can you blame them? Here’s a team with the 26th lowest payroll out of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball kicking the fat cats’ butt (at least for now). It gives those who need it most something to rally around (for a deeper understanding of that concept, watch Deerhunter) and it’s a role usually played by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but let’s not talk about them.
|Deerhunter closing scene|
And then there’s the Penguins…but that’s hockey, almost as foreign to me as cricket.
So, why am I rambling on today about sports? For one very simple reason; I share the feeling expressed by one of America’s most influential jurists, former US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren:
“I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failures.”
|Earl Warren (1891-1974)|
Shame on us all that his words have never held more appropriate meaning.